From the outset, I would like to salute falleninnocent lives who have been struggling to bring real democracy, rule of law,freedom of speech…. Though many of them are not privileged today tohear or see what is going on in this country as they have paid their preciouslives; their sacrifice is going to and will be among great men’s triumphs to becited, praised and referred by the generation to come and today. Leaving all the inconvenient situations behind, Iwould like to take it as a signal of civilization. In a civilized society, what matters most is thelogic, the rationality, the reasoning, justice, fairness, listening each other,integrity… any of the points we have listed is believed to bring people to thecommon ground where there will be a win-win game. In its absence,especially, in the Ethiopian context it is very difficult to bringtransformation. In the absence of democracy, fairness and supremacy of law,transformation is incongruous. This is because the society whom you are tryingto serve feels that they are dejected and rejected. There will not feel thatthey are part of the game.
They don’t have feeling of belongingness. They donot feel that the development agendas are their business. It is like feelingthirsty while you are in a sea. Who will benefit out of the chaotic situations thatcome in the absence of democracy and unfairness in this country and the wholeworld? I do not think it helps anyone than the selfish ones who thinks thatthey are going to live forever, the reality is, life is too short, too brief.It is better to handover blessing to the next generation than curse within thetime frame we are allowed in this earthly life. It is good to be genuine andrational in life. Why don’t we say a ‘spade – a spade’.
There wereproblems in terms of absence of democracy to the expected level and absence offreedom of speech to a required level, … it is better to admit the problems andwork hard to solve them. Our frame ofreference is usually important to judge what we are performing. In this sense,our constitution is relatively good. But, the implementation is full ofshortcomings. My argument is if we are transparent enough, if weare committed, if we are really serious to bring transformation, if we arereally committed to bring fairness, if we are committed to bring peace ..andreal democracy in this country, it will not take us more years to achieve thesegoals than the previously planned goals. There is an active work force, theyouth, .
.who can bring miracle if properly led. The question is, are we leadingwith the expected pace or we are dragging back the vibrant workforce???? So,let us push hard and forward to bring miraclesin this country. Let us compensate this innocent society by working hard and bygiving right leadership that takes all to success. That time poverty will be adamn history in this country.
Most importantly, poverty in terms of winningideas, poverty of fairness, it is good to entertain and welcome the mass in thetransformation agendas of the country. If the government is committed and if the decisionsand discussion that is under way is going to be implanted as told, the braindrain will be highly mitigated. Those citizens who left their country due totheir political attitude but who are highly skilled and who are outstandingprofessions can come and serve their country. From now onwards, the idea of welcoming thoseindividuals who left their country due to their political affiliation should beinvited to support the transformation process of the country.
It is very important to be genuine in every aspect.’ Let dogs do dogs work and donkeys do donkeys work’. If they exchange theirrole, you can imagine what will happen. During assigning individuals on certainposts, it is good to consider whether that individual is capable enough. Meritshould be given priority and value to bring real change.
Nepotism cannot bringtransformation. Instead it puts the country into a terrible situation. In a suitable atmosphere which is inviting all tobe development partners, we have to change our working culture.
We have to workas if we don’t have time afterwards. We have to value time. In that casetransformation is meaningful. Let us swim together not sink together. Wecan make our county either heaven or hell. The later doesn’t help. I salute those fallen lives who paved the waytowards democracy and freedom of speech….To be continued……..