The common denominator of Medrek and color revolutions

By Fanowedy Samara
Feb. 22 2010

Multi-party system has become a very crucial tool to represent and advocate various ideas and interests of peoples in the modern political milieu. In any democratic system, different needs of the given society are most probably represented and met by different political outlooks. Hence, a single political party might not necessarily meet the various interests of the different segments of a given society (adult, youngsters, male, female, farmers, pastoralists, industrialists, intellectuals, urban dwellers etc) or the diverse needs of the given nations, nationalities and peoples of the country at hand. Thus, the need for multi-party system springs from the actual diverse needs of the society under consideration.

Ethiopia, being the home of more than 80 nations and nationalities with their diverse cultures, languages, religions and beliefs, psychological make-ups, historical backgrounds etc declared a democratic system of governance right the demise of the brutal regime of Mengistu Halemariam in 1991. It clearly puts all the human and democratic rights and duties of citizens in its Constitution adopted in 1995. Right to Honor and Reputation, Right to Equality, Right to Privacy, Freedom of Religion, Belief and Opinion, Right of Thought, Opinion and Expression, The Right of Assembly, Demonstration and Petition, Freedom of Association, Freedom of Movement, Right of Access to Justice, The Right to Vote and to be Elected, Rights of Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples etc are among the major pillars of the Constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia(FDRE). As a result, all citizens are exercising their constitutional rights.

Right the demise of the brutal regime of Mengistu Hailemariam and its replacement by the FDRE, the country exercises a multi-party political system. Today, the number of the local and/or national political parties exceeds the number of the Ethiopian Nations and Nationalities. This is the actual result of the constitutional rights of citizens to Association for any cause or purpose as per article 31 of the Constitution. Medrek is among the manifestations of the practical implementation of the constitutional rights of citizens.

Medrek has been established on the basis of the constitutional rights of Ethiopian citizens. It is supposed to bring new policy or strategic option to the Ethiopian Nations, Nationalities and peoples. It is also expected to enhance the ongoing development, good governance, peace, solidarity, stability, democratization etc efforts of Ethiopians in order to signify the Ethiopian Renaissance. Conversely, however, Medrek is desperately working to hamper the peace and order, democratization, development, good governance etc endeavors of Ethiopians. It adjusts all its targets to violate and breach the constitution and constitutionally established organs of the state at the expense of its unlimited interest of political power.

Medrek openly launches against the constitution and constitutionally established organs of the state. To realize its nastiest and expired motives, Medrek adopts the strategies, tactics and methods of the anti-democracy Color revolution otherwise called revolutionary wave.

In the 2010 National Election, the youth is needed to play three critical roles. First he/she should be registered and help others get registered. It is a plain fact that no body can use his/her right and/or duty to vote unless he/she gets registered. Thus, the primary exercise of every citizen in general and the prime role of the youth in particular should start from registration to vote. According to the author, registration per se covers almost 50% of the entire election process. Thus, every youth should ask him/herself whether he/she is registered to vote.

Like all color revolutions, Medrek starts its function from unification of the available opposition political parties regardless of the difference in their programs and political outlooks. Of course, these political parties do not have objective and practical policy or program options at all. Surprisingly, Medrek has become a forum of eight political parties which have in practice conflicting and self contradictory political outlooks-merely clustered together to capture political power.

Medrek, like all color revolutions, denies the legitimacy of the FDRE government at all circumstances for whatever reason and at any cost. Its denial of the legitimacy of the government could be evaluated from several political dimensions-mostly to sow seeds of resistance and intolerance among the general public. Medrek denied not only the FDRE government and the ruling political party EPRDF, but also all other political parties that decide to function within the limits of the law. Medrek called all the political parties that collectively sign the election code illegitimate and the process of their agreement illegal. Moreover, it categorized all these political parties as EPRDF wings considering itself most important for the political development of the nation-the inverse is true, though. From these defamations and denying legitimacy of what the government and the political parties including EPRDF have done, one might easily understand the common behaviors of Medrek and all the color revolutions.

Like all the color revolutions, Medrek is also trying to detach the Ethiopian Nations, Nationalities and Peoples from the FDRE government and its activities and their alliance with other political parties other than Medrek. This is what the color revolutionist called noncooperation. It is plain that Medrek tries to apply this method not to promote the needs and interests of the Ethiopian Nations, Nationalities and Peoples for it does not have a moral ground to do so. It, rather, desperately strives to quench its need of political power which Medrek sees as a matter of life-and-death. According to the author, Medrek evaluates every thing from its contribution to power, not from the actual demands of Ethiopians. This uncovers the open political attachment of Medrek with the so-called color revolutions.

Moreover, Medrek tries to undermine the political importance of Ethiopian citizens and the ruling party in the same manner as what the color revolutionists have done so far. For instance, Siye Abreha once said that EPRDF could never bring any person that competes Gebru Asrat and himself who are in practice fired out from EPRDF because of their corrupt and chauvinist attitudes and practices. He further added that it would be the sure-fire sign that the national election is rigged, if EPRDF wins in Mekelle and Tembien. Of course, Siye does not have rational mind or he does not want to evaluate things from their objective reality. And no wonder why Siye and his colleagues prefer this hypocrisy approach. Actually this is what the color revolutionists called annulment of the legitimate results of the election even from the beginning. This method springs from their innate chauvinist and irresponsible behavior. By and large, what Medrek is madly preparing is to seize political power in a displacement, not to help the development efforts of the nation.

In general, Medrek seems the anonymous heir of the color revolutions carried out around the globe. Likewise, its strategies, tactics and methods seem the carbon copies of those fatal revolutions. Hence, one might effortlessly understand the motors that Medrek wants to carry its political luggage, the roads through which its motor supposes to go, and the terminals which Medrek wants to land up, i.e. to take political power through color revolution and set the nation in to endless chaos and upheavals. So, Medrek has much in common with all the color revolutions. Mathematically speaking, the common denominator of Medrek and the color revolutions is seizing political power regardless of the voice of the nations, nationalities and peoples belongs to.

Furthermore, Medrek tries to apply the Machiavellian approach called Misleading and misdirection people. The author of this article is forced to associate Medrek to Machiavellism from Medrekís criticism of the National Electoral Board (NEB) of Ethiopia and its approval of the cases in line with the NEB. At one time, Medrek seemed to be the anonymous prosecutor of the NEB, particularly during the time when the Election Code was formulating by the political parties. Then, Medrek stated that the legal power of the NEB was evaded by the political parties. Simultaneously, it announced that it could not participate in the debate and negotiation of these political parties for they collectively undermine the constitutional power of the NEB. Few days latte Medrek accused NEB for its affiliation to EPRDF and named it as the wing of the ruling party.

In addition, Medrek accused NEB and EPRDF for the scandal which Medrek committed in Horo Guduru Wellega. It openly stated that it was purposefully orchestrated by EPRDEF and NEB to defame Medrek. In this case, Medrek was trying to confuse the Ethiopian Nations, Nationalities and Peoples though filing tremendous unfounded allegations.

Meanwhile, NEB announced that Mederk repeatedly appointed two individual candidates over a single election area. And this hampers the proper functioning of the board, the board stated. Medrek in its press release responded that NEBís statement was false and unfounded. However, Medrek, after certain periods, confirmed that there was an implementation problem in assigning candidates and NEBís statement was exactly true. Respected readers, donít you examine the real political behavior of Medrek! It habitually stated two contradictory ideas-to accept the Code for it becomes a law and denies it for the law contributes nothing to the election process and its results.

In sum, Medrek is desperately preparing to seize political power through color revolution using the above mentioned strategies, tactics and methods regardless of the voices of the Ethiopian Nations, Nationalities and Peoples are. Hence, every citizen should vigilantly follow the activities of Medrek and other disruptive political parties to safeguard the would-be catastrophes.

Otherwise, there is no guarantee that the development efforts of the nation could be turned back and the prospect destiny of the Ethiopian Nations, Nationalities and Peoples would definitely be disintegration, chaos, disorder and catastrophe. Thus, all the Ethiopian Nations, Nationalities and Peoples in general and every Ethiopian citizen in particular should struggle against those forces which desperately fight against their common and shared vision-promoting peace, development, democracy, good governance; emancipating the nation from abject poverty and ensuring the Ethiopian Renaissance.