Siye Abreha and his failed politics

By Fanowedy Samara
Feb. 02 2010

As Ethiopia entered the era of democracy at the turn of this century, it comes across various impediments that emanate from both internal and external factors.  This is inevitably true for democracy is a process. The remarkable fact which the nation gives special attention has been on the lessons obtained from every practice, be it positive or negative. This springs from the fundamental policies, strategies and programs which the country formulates and enacts. These major issues in turn are the results of the effective analysis of the objective reality and real demand of the Ethiopian Nations, Nationalities and Peoples. Its economic success during the global economic crisis of the last two years is a brief manifestation of the effectiveness of these policies, strategies and programs.

However there are certain quarters who intentionally divert the reality and sow seeds of illusion and uncertainty to maximize their political benefit at a worst cost. Every body knows that these certain forces do not have any policy option. After all, they do not have a moral ground to bring about feasible policy options to the Ethiopian Nations, Nationalities and Peoples for their primary target is not to do so. These certain cliques measure every thing from its contribution to their political power. They do not allow their mind to think rationally if it starts evaluating what is really going on. Similarly, they do not adjust their sense organs to scrutinize the objective reality on the ground if these realties have nothing to  do with their  political power which they frantically urge.

The article entitled “Ethiopia: The Politicization of Food Aid under One-Party Rule” reveals how these certain cliques are struggling to invert things upside down. In this article, Siye Abreha tries to politicize Food Aid through unfounded premises and the consequent conclusion as well. From all his assertions, this author comes to know that Siye does no have a gram of concern to the people of Ethiopia in general and to the peoples of Tigrai in particular.

But Siye tries to fool the peoples of Tigrai by knocking their sensitive doors. In reality, however, it is Siye who is ignorant of the needs and desires of Tigrians. They precisely know what, how and why to give decisions. They are not as fool as what Siye’s assumption is. On the contrary, they know how to achieve economic development and how to defeat the chauvinists as well as totalitarian regimes and individuals. Even Siye could not deny the outshining history of Tigrians.

By and large, how honors that Siye is struggling for the betterment of the peoples of Tigrai while he at the same he is collaborating with the forces who openly launch anti Tigrian campaigns. And how honors that Siye is striving to ensure the equality of the Peoples of Tigrai while at the same time he strongly opposes the right of nation, nationalities and peoples to self determination! Eve, how honors that Siye is working for the benefits of the Peoples of Tigrai while at the same time he requests donors to quit their food aid to Ethiopia! All What Siye is struggling is to get certain benefits from the political market in the name of Tigrians like what his colleagues are madly working for. He is doing this for Siye and his colleagues see political power as the only way to snitch the whole economy of the nation. Hence, political power for them is a matter of life-and-death.

The worst proposition  that this author upsets is his blind guess by stating ““As a veteran politician and an ex-commander of an insurgent army that brought down the Derg military regime, I know relief aid could be misused to purchase ammunition, weapons, spare parts, fuel and other materials.” This explanation commits two fundamental errors. In the first place, Siye could not have a real ground to proof that a person who once had been a veteran politician and an ex-commander of an insurgent army is a prophet in predicting what is really going on now. This explanation could, however, reveal the whereabouts of Siye in the modern politics.

Secondly, Siye is stating him self as a most important person in the political arena of the nation, though he is unable to bring about a rational justification to what he is saying. This author assumes that Siye is suffering from the Spotlight Effect in which he tends to assume his features and behaviors are more relevant than what he generally is. Moreover, Siye seems to believe that other people are paying closer attention to his appearance and behavior more than what he really is.

This springs from his fundamental assumption that the Ethiopian Nations, Nationalities and Peoples are less conscious in their socio-political lives. He openly claimed this hypothesis on various occasions while justifying the need of political reconciliation in the nation. However, this is not a miracle. On the contrary, it might be a miracle had Siye recognized and respected the socio-political consciousness of the Ethiopian Nations, Nationalities and Peoples.

Siye failed to understand that the Spotlight Effect and undermining the social, political, economic, cultural etc consciousness of citizens reached all the totalitarian rulers of the globe and the past dictator regimes of Ethiopia in particular to no where. However, he is unable to realize the objective situation of the nation.

Probably, Siye is looking towards the 16th or even 15th century while giving his back to the 21st century. From all his propositions, the author of this article assumes Siye as if he were living in the past five to six centuries. All his unfounded premises and their uncorrelated conclusion spring from his failed assumptions of the socio-political consciousness of the Ethiopian Nations, Nationalities and Peoples.

Thanks to the united arms and unreserved struggles of the Ethiopian Nations, Nationalities and Peoples, Siye and his colleagues would never have real ground in the peaceful political discourses of the nation. Whatsoever Siye and his colleagues undermine the socio-political consciousness of the Ethiopian Nations, Nationalities and Peoples; they are working hard more than ever to ensure their shared and common vision-the Ethiopian Renaissance. Back to page <<< one