By a patriotic Ethiopian
At the beginning of this month, the London-based newspaper, Financial Times, published a list of socio-political problems submitted by the dictatorial TPLF regime to international investors, that are believed to put investors at risks if they opt to invest in Ethiopia. This is a dampening piece of information which is not expected from any institution that claims to be responsible for governing a country as big and important as Ethiopia. Below is a partial list of the problems forwarded to investors by TFLF on behalf of Ethiopia.
- Abuse of human rights
- Prevalence of political turmoil
- Prevalence of famine
- Rampant poverty
- Lack of reliable sea outsets and associated economic problems
- Underdevelopment and public finance strain
- Political and military tensions with neighboring countries including Eritrea and Djibouti
- Overall poor governance and bottom level index measurements
It is clear that the stated problems are directly tied to the philosophy, policies and practices that TPLF itself has been promoting religiously for decades in Ethiopia. Here, it may be appropriate to repeat the cliché “You reap what you sow”, although, unfortunately, the consequences of reaping only remain to be a burden on the Ethiopian people who play no part in sowing of the poisonous seeds. Admittedly, however, whatever the motive behind the document submitted may be, this is quite an admission on the part of TPLF of its own wrong-doings for years. Although many other crimes have been committed by the regime, such as promotion of ethnic enmity, forced displacement of rural communities, ethnic cleansing of the Amara people and giving-away Ethiopia’s lands to neighboring countries, this move is a surprising turn-around which should, by all means, be encouraged.
Since the discovery of TPLF by the Ethiopian people as an evil force imposed upon them, there have been widespread and intense resistances against its philosophy, policies and practices, which have lead to the above predictable problematic outcomes. Many citizens have sacrificed immensely in their struggle for a change to a better Ethiopia. Taking the reported admission of TPLF for wrong-doings at its face-value, at this moment, it seems that both the Ethiopian people and the evil organization are on the same page, at least theoretically. Since TPLF has failed miserably to perform its expected duty at least during the past 23 years, it is now time to bow to the will of the people and shift the power to the genuine representative the latter. This is not only an investable process, but it is also a fair game if one is willing to admit his/her failures in the presence of a stronger competitor/power taker. In other words, if TPLF is honest to its own admission of political/administrative failures, it has to start working on an exit strategy from power and prepare the ground for a peaceful transfer of the power to the Ethiopian people in a responsible way. Short of this, the failure admission document submitted to international investors as reported in the Financial Times this month will only remains empty words. It is predictable that this will make the struggle of the Ethiopian people for freedom even more vigorous and resolute, rather than deterring it, if the latter is what TPLF is hoping to see. The consideration of this inevitable fact and taking positive action in time will be the appropriate thing to do as it will save unnecessary waste of time, human lives and resources.
In short, it is now time for TPLF to exit from power willingly because it has openly admitted its own sins and the Ethiopian people expect this to be done sooner than later.
Long live Ethiopia, the birth place of the human race on Planet Earth.