Lidetu and Temesgen are traveling to the US today. My parliamentary informants have discovered TPLF's elaborate strategy to kill the bill, HR 5680. TPLF has already proposed a power sharing agreement with the Lame duck opposition in parliament. According to the informants, Temesgen's Teletafu Kinjit and Lidetu's EDP-medhin are placed to get few ministerial posts. They are already told to submit the CVs of their members to the American Embassy here in Addis. Part of the message to the American law makers will be the democrartic process is going on so well that the opposition is to get a power sharing deal.
In Long Walk to Freedom Mandela recounted how he and Oliver Tambo received the news differently when that the Nationalist Party which run with a platform of creating apartheid won the election in 1948. "I was stunned and dismayed, but Oliver took a more considered line. 'I like this,' he said. 'I like this.' I could not imagine why. He explained, 'now we will know exactly who our enemies are and where we stand.' "
There were people, readers of this blog and others, who tried to give Temesgen a benefit of doubt while demonising Lidetu. If the power-sharing arrangement will go as planned both will be in the same basket as TPLF. They will once and for all take away their cloak of an opposition. I really Like this. Now we know whom to fight and how.
The counter-message in diaspora for the law makers should be:
-There are still thousands of political prisoners in Ethiopia including the true Kinijit leaders, journalists and anti-poverty campaigners
-There is no free speech, no free press, no freedom of demonstration, assembly (constitutional rights are still suspended by the TPLF's fiat)
-The government still has the monopoly on the state media.
-That critical websites are still closed
-That the causes of the death and destruction on June 8 and Nov. 1 aren't yet investigated independently
- There are still violence and clashes all over the country
The bill addresses overall democratic issues, not power-sharing agreement with lame duck opposition. All demands of the bill are yet to be met.
- ► 2007 (230)
- Systematic harassment of the prisoners
- A power sharing deal on the air? I like this
- Lidetu and Temesgen to campaign against HR 5680
- Muslims protest at Arat kilo
- Policemen fear being used for Meles Zenawi's misad...
- Professor Mesfin's moral courage
- Peasants forced to become EPRDF members
- TPLF will continue repression
- Plea from jailed leaders as their health condition...
- Parliamentary Kinijit in disarray
- Birhanu Nega's health condition relapses
- ▼ July (11)