We think Kinijit should start preparing itself for the main elections in 2010. To do that:
1. The leaders should avoid sentiments and change the name to avoid the legal obstacles
2. All of them should return home as soon as they finish the trip that has threatened to destroy the party. If the top leadership can settle their differences, it is good. We believe though that without each party leader firmly committed to the principles of democratic leadership, the settlement will just be postponing the problem. If they can't settle their differences, both groups can compete in the next election. To be a strong opposition doesn't mean pursuing the instrumental value of unity at the expense of all other values. In fact for one of the groups, we think this crisis is an opportunity to create a more inclusive and representational (in ethnic, religious and gender terms), more democratic, less confrontational and more resourceful political organization.
3. They should start working on alternative policies and programs. Kinijit had a manifesto during the election. That was that – an election manifesto. Now is the time they should come up with detailed policy alternatives on land, agriculture, education, health, media etc…
4. They should reorganize their base at home.
5. Start dialogue with the EPRDF if it is willing and use the slightest of political space it opens. They should make sure that they dialogue with caution but with optimism. There is no supporter or politician in the Diaspora who suffered as much as the supporters of Kinijit at home. There is no need to shun away dialogue and reconciliation when the ones who suffered significantly here are ready for reconciliation. Don't fear getting the "Woyane" and "Kaladi" labels from the most vitriolic of "Kinijit supporters" for stretching your hands for reconciliation. Leadership needs tough decisions.
6. Root out the cynicism that is creeping even among the most moderate leaders in Kinijit.
We thank ER for starting the debate. EZ Post doesn't want to lend credence to the kind of ugly discourse that is going on in some of the websites. Thus, we won't post anything relating to the internal problems of Kinijit. We apologize for not posting the second part of our article on the problems.