Kinijit founder and the father of Ethiopian peaceful struggle, Professor Mesfin woldemariam made his first speech to the public since his release from prison last month. The celebrated human rights activist advised Kinijit leaders to stick to the party's commitment to put power under the ownership of Ethiopian people. He made the statement at the occasion the Ferensay Legacion neighbourhood organized to honor their beloved heroine, Kinijit Vice-President Birtukan Mideksa.
"It is great that the Ethiopian people are starting to honor the leaders they want, and Birtukan deserves it, " Professor Mesfin told those who were present to honor Birtukan. "But there is something the Dergue introduced to our political culture. That is applause. We should be careful when we applaud our politicians, because there are those who, drunk with applause, go awry. We have already seen some in Kinijit going there after election 2005. Some will be revealed in the future. Kinijit can only fight together with the Ethiopian people. No Kinijit leader can compete against the Ethiopian people. "
Professor Mesfin's wise speech was a message for every single Kinijit leader that he/she can't be above the people of Ethiopia.
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