Despite the 101 sabotages, Tigray successfully conducted its historical election
By Gemech Tussa
Tigrai Online Sept. 9, 2020
This is a special day, a landmark in the history of the people of Tigray in which the people confirmed once again that the unitary system has no place in Tigray, President of the Tigray Regional State Debretsion Gebremichael (PhD) emphasized.
The disharmony between the Federal Government of Ethiopia and the Tigray Regional State was emanated from the illicit actions of the former as they on intention committed lots of sabotage against the unity of the people of Tigray and their leading political party TPLF.
The Federal Government under the leadership of Abiy Ahmed has been exerting a lot of economic. political and social deliberate damages against the people of Tigray in the past two solid years. This piece, therefore, attempts to describe some of the illicit actions and impositions and the courage, determination and devotion of Tigrians in carrying out their plans.
Abiy Ahmed and his backers have been doing a great deal of political disrupt in the country since its emergence into power. One of these was insecuring the national interest and the sovereignty of the country by taking to pieces the intelligence and security institutions of the country built in the past three decades. Moreover, he murdered the celebrated Engineer Simegnew Bekel to fulfill the interest of Egypt, the country supporting the violence in the Oromia Region under the name of 'Team Lemma' to bring Abiy Ahmed to his current position.
It is also public secret that the Federal Government done a number of actions against Tigrians in isolation. They locked up members of the intelligence institution who were serving their country only for their identity. Besides, the government either jailed or sent away most of the Tigrian generals and military officials who were served for long periods in the country's defense force.
Those unacceptable actions taken by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his supporters now and again aimed not only to uproot TPLF and its legacy of democratic development but also to get rid of the Federal System. Those illicit feats to replace the Federal System by the Unitary System in general and jeopardize the 2020 Regional election in Tigray National State in particular failed to hit their targets.
Although the Federal Government exerted unreserved effort to force the Regional State to scrap the 2020 election, the people of Tigray along their political parties never changed their firm principled stance so that they managed to conduct their historical election.
Due to the unity of the people, the actions taken by the Federal Government faild to hold water. All the efforts to compel the Regional State to give up its plans of holding the elections remained only in black and white. The people never laid down their arms rather reinforced their unity; overcame all the challenges and carried out their historical election.
The people. the government and the competing political parties had firm stances on the people's constitutional rights of voting for their leaders.
The worst of all is the actions taken by the governmet using the media mainly Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporate, Fana Broadcasting Corporate, Walta Media and Communication, Ethiopian News Agency and Ethiopian Press Agency as instruments to propagate hostility between the people of Tigray and other Ethiopians by broadcating and publishing various conflict triggering unfounded stories in connection to the people of Tigray and TPLF.
They disseminated different documentary films using fiction protagonist and various characters; those persons who faced various accidents and lost part of their body describing as if they were amputated or hurt by Tigrians so us to create antagonism between the people of Tigray and other Ethiopians.
The government's imposition on the economic activities of the Regional State is also apparent. Most of the mega development projects financed by the Federal Government died away under the pretext of financial constrains while their budget has allocated for other purposes.
Moreover. the government's intelligence and security members have been devoted on compelling investors to restrain themselves from going to Tigray and investing there.
The delegation of the People's Republic of China could be a typical example for this. They were forced by the government securities to canceal their voyage to Mekelle regardless of the legal procedures they fulfilled to go to Mekelle and make investment agreements with the Regional State.
Tigrian investors who have different investment in Tigray have also been facing a lot of impositions by the government. The Premier himself gathered them and gave them warnning not to go to Tigray, neither to invest there. The Abiy administration also remained silent while the Federal Highway from Addis Ababa to Mekelle was illegally blocked for two years in a bid to weaken the economic activities of Tigray Region.
The Social damage is also rife. The Federal Government has exerted a lot of efforts to create social choas mainly in the Tigray Regional State. In the first place, the government replaced all politically assigned Tigrians by others and let them as well as their family suffer from financial constraints. In the second place, it forced civil professional Tigrians working in different Federal Institutions to quit their jobs. Above all, many tigrians were murdered and others were jailed. In addition to thar more than one hundred thousand Tigrians who lived for many years in different parts of the country were displaced to their region having deserted their properties there.
In a nut shell, despite the varieties of sabotages, Tigray has already elected its leaders in a peaceful, democratic , free and fair manner. According to Debretsion Gebremicael, history is repeated itself in Tigray. In 1991, the people of Tigray being under the umbrella of TPLF overthrew the dictatorial unitary system with an unprecedented sacrifice and this time the people repeated the same history. It forwarded it message that there is no space for the unitary system in Tigray. That is why Tigray held its Regional election despite the 101 sabotages of Prosperty Party and the Federal Government whose legitimacy of ruling the country will come to end at the beginning of October 2020.
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