A moaner’s moan is repetitive
(Yemogn Lekso Meleso Melalso)

By Dilwenberu Nega
Nov. 13 2009

Ethiopians tend to get bored quickly with people who love to moan about the same subject matter repetitively regardless of its relevance to the time of speaking or writing. That is why in nearly all of the languages of Ethiopia’s nations, nationalities and peoples there exist sayings which are used to highlight the naïveté and boredom associated with the crying over spilt milk. It is very much a ‘live saying’ used in both social and political inter-actions. For instance, some two years ago, former President Negasso Gidada referred to the then crises in Somalia as being the making of Menelik II during Prime Ministerial Question Time in Parliament. Meles Zenawi, who is renowned for keeping his wits about him, quickly rebutted Negasso Gidada by saying that there is a saying in Tigrigna: Hassassi’ya Hade Derfu” – a naïve has got only one song!

The Ethiopian blogosphere has never been immune to scribes who never get tired of harping on the same old tune. It is a well known fact that the recently signed Code of Conduct for National Elections and its subsequent endorsement by over 60 political parties have sent shivers down the spine of toxic politicians inside and outside Ethiopia. In a way, their reaction was a foregone conclusion, given their dread of positive developments taking place in Ethiopia. They know in their heart-of-hearts, therefore, that they possess no chance of wining in fair and transparent national elections simply because they are not wedded to the Ethiopian in the Homeland. In the words of one courageous Ethiopian who had set himself free from the herd mentality of the toxic Diaspora: “their one and only intention is to turn the Ethiopian in the Homeland into a hired performer for their attempted take-over binge in the streets and alleys of Ethiopian towns and cities come every election.” Some elements of this toxic Diaspora had, therefore, been hoping against hope of staging an encore performance of mugging the democratic process at the 2010 National Elections until the signing of the Code of Conduct dealt a death blow to their aspirations.

Now, in a frantic attempt at damage limitation the toxic Diaspora is seen ‘exhuming’ issues which in the eyes of the Ethiopian electorate are deemed as done and dusted matter. Professor Alemayehu G. Mariam and Genet Mersha are opposition web-sites luminaries who seem to get the kick out of blaming EPDRF for all the wrongs in Ethiopia. Time and time again, most notably, Al Mariam has been egging the toxic Diaspora to take recourse to unconstitutional means and remove EPDRF from office. When the Diaspora decided to turn a deaf ear and blind eye to his call for resurrection, Al Mariam resorted to beseeching them to be “Witness for the future” by reminding them of the sanguinary putsch the likes of him orchestrated during Ethiopia’s 2005 National Elections. His actions are tantamount to nothing more than flogging a dead horse. Today, Ethiopians have drawn a line on the sand of the 2005 elections, picked up the pieces and are ploughing ahead with their task of broadening the horizons of democracy and redoubling their anti-poverty stride. The ruling party is expected to do everything possible to ensure that the reaction to any possible reaction is calibrated and the electorate must eschew reacting in unconstitutional manner. Only then would Ethiopian democracy be able to bask in a win win situation.

Similarly, Genet Mersha’s overegging Birtukan Medekssa’s case at this juncture is a vain attempt at beating about the bush. Birtukan’s self-inflicted case is a done and dusted matter, and any attempt to ‘upgrade’ Birtukan’s status to that of prisoner of conscience will not stand the court of an alert public opinion. The assumption that either a free and fair election cannot be conducted or that Ethiopian democracy will be impoverished while a violator of the Constitution remains behind bars constitutes nothing but unmitigated nonsense.

The time to stop moaning and to do something positive for the common good has finally made its presence felt among the Ethiopian Diaspora.