Ethiopia: Call for Opposition & Government

By Zelalem Eshete, Ph.D.
Here is an independent voice for those who are in opposite political spectrum.
Having a strong united purposeful opposition is essential for Ethiopia to practice true democratic governance. Everybody knows this.
The opposition in Ethiopia is doing its best by putting their lives on the line. It is hard to criticize them from afar.
NegotiationThe opposition in diaspora is living in the safety of democratic nations. There is no excuse for failing to form a unity in order to support those who are on the ground in Ethiopia. But it is enough to talk about the past. So there is no need bashing the opposition in Diaspora either. Lets look forward…
Opposition in Diaspora: Call for Annual All Ethiopian Oppositions Conference
We do it for soccer. We come together yearly to celebrate sports as Ethiopians. How come all oppositions in Diaspora couldn’t come together once a year to discuss on matters of Ethiopia to create a common platform in unison? Why not start now?
The oppositions have spent too much time analyzing and criticizing the government. It is time to do self-evaluation now. You have given deaf ear to the public’s cry for unity. If you cannot agree on a platform to challenge the current government as a united front, it seems: (1) you don’t have a real case against the government that galvanize all; or (2) you are just motivated by hate and you want the government to go no matter what; or (3) you are just driven to assume power by personal ambition regardless of the merit.
Government: Call for National Reconciliation
It is long over due.
The government being in power for multiple decades, it is time to show maturity and confidence by reaching out to the opposition through unilateral gesture of good will. Imagine declaring a time of “Jubilee” by freeing all political prisoners. How about you introduce the tone of winning together in Ethiopia by championing national reconciliation?
You are the government now. Don’t take it for granted. Time changes and if you don’t change accordingly – you become history. Be prepared to be the match when the opposition comes united. Instead of relying on brute force to stay in power, it is wise to lead by excelling in good governance. Force can only works for a time and brings disaster later for sure. It is wise to consider winning together and adopt reconciliation for Ethiopia anew. That is the true test of your greatness.

Dr. Zelalem Eshete may be reached at: [email protected]


  1. My Observations on united opposition-
    The thugs of Tigre people liberation front work on multiple fronts to keep the opposition at bay. TPLF infiltrated Kinjit and smashed it into pieces. Tplf is working behind doors to get a deal with olf and the numerous other –lf organisation.
    olf is more akin to Tplf than any other group and the two are still working secretly despite the end of their honeymoon in 1991. honeymoons do not last for ever.
    The opposition inside Ethiopia is infiltrated by Tplf. They will only do what Tplf allows them to do. they have to ask for permission from Tplf even to conduct their own meetings and to hire meeting halls. the lawless Tplf tells them to abide by the laws.
    so in a way the opposition inside Ethiopia are used as propaganda tool to the aid donors as sign of democracy, but in effect Tplf know that these opposition are under their total control. They are allowed to operate as opposition inside Ethiopia as long as they obey what tplf says and play by their rules.

  2. Dr Eshete,
    You changed your sound a bit. What happened? Have you matured as well? Freeing a political prisoners may be a step to the right direction, but one thing you should remember is that the entire Ethiopian population are lives in one giant prison. Until we get our freedom we should never compromise our stand against a fascist regime.

  3. Thank you Dr Zelalem for this wise council. This point strikes the same cord with the thought I had for quite sometimes about the inaction of the diaspora opposition with all the means and the freedom at its disposal. What do they wait for? for what long? These are the questions I could not get my head around.
    We know there are some opposition groups who are trying their best though they can still do much better, But to those who are in slumber our message is this: no matter what change is coming to our country by the effort of the people and when the time come every one is set to be held accountable for what he/she did or failed to do, never be surprised the people are watching!

  4. I was very puzzled by this Eshete . Do really Ethiopia has government? The Tigray woyanes have never been elected to power. They are in power by dividing and killing our people. How do we call this mercenary group as a government. Did we called the Italians invaders the Ethiopian government during their stay for 5 years. Is there any difference between both the Italian invaders and the Tigray woyane junta? Ethiopia for Ethiopians!!!! God bless Ethiopian.

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