Now that most of the leaders of Kinijit are released, there are steps they have to take to strengthen the party and consolidate the belief by the Ethiopian people that Kinijit is a viable alternative political force
-Strengthen Internal Democracy: The promise of Kinijit, the promise that made a lot of Ethiopians elect it in 2005, is that the way the party operates is a break from the tradition of authoritarianism in party politics in Ethiopia. There have been set backs in the past year or so. It is time for the leaders to build a party where democratic principles reign supreme within the party. Kinijit internally should have no place for the rule of man. Internal democracy is a guarantee for external democracy.
-Make the party an institution: Kinijit's strength has in the past two years been the profile and dedication of its leaders. Between its formation and the imprisonment of its leaders, there wasn't enough time to establish Kinijit as institution with institutional procedures and mechanisms to deal with issues. This has enabled some people with public trust and high profile to make the party and its members hostage of their will using their capacity to destruct.
-The parties that formed Kinijit are relics of the past: The four political organizations that formed Kinijit were made defunct by the September 2005 merger agreement. They have no place in the minds and hearts of the Ethiopian people. That has to be reflected in the party's leadership as well. The party's internal unity should be strengthened. Line ups based on the old parties should stop. The old parties should be dead in name, spirit and body.
-Kinijit should resemble Ethiopia: As a unity and nationalist party, Kinijit's leadership and membership should reflect the diversity in Ethiopia in terms of ethnicity, religion and gender.
-Be accountable and transparent to its members, supporters and Ethiopian people: During and after the election, Kinijt has done its best, considering the constraints and limitations, to be an accountable and transparent organization in most areas of its activities. When the leadership was incarcerated, it had lost a lot of the accountability culture with allegations of embezzlement and nepotism flying right and left. The leaders have to urgently undo this and create the mechanisms that ensure accountability and transparency.
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