My letter to Prime Minister Ahmed Ali Abiy: Time for dialogue with the regional states!
Oslo 27th June 2019
Dear Sir, His Excellency, Prime Minister Ahmed Ali Abiy.
I am writing to you for the simple matter, before things get out of hand. This is about the whole Federal Republic and not just one region. Even if there been lots of violence in the Ogaden, Oromia, Afar and even now in Amhara. You know about all this, as the head of state.
You know, how the military, the Police and the other security agencies has acted over the years of oppression, this is well-known and that is why people looked up to you. To see if you could reform and bring real peace. Instead, we are seeing more bloodshed and lack of open government.
We have a government that controls the narrative, the storylines and the tales of destruction, where the state ends the lives of suspects and doesn’t release the initial information for the violence in general. If this is in Oromia, Ogaden or now in Amhara. It is more of the same. The EPRDF is not giving way or resolute about the matter, just more people dying and the state calling them all terrorists. While, the state have the weapons and the means to end people’s lives.
That is why I am worried, as well as there are other paramilitary groups in other regions, whose sponsorships are in question, if the state are supporting or not. If the state is really considering their plight, their cause or their missions. This being whoever they are, but the state should show greatness and not revenge. Because, revenge and direct attacks will only make it worse. As it has been seen with the violence done by the state authorities in Oromia and Ogaden during the recent years.
It is time as the PM, to use the powers of the state, to mediate and finds ways. To mourn and secure the regional states, not only in fine words, not only in the narratives that fits Addis Ababa, but fits the whole Federal Republic.
I don’t have the answers and I don’t intend to have them. Just a simply plight of mercy and asking you to spend as much time, negotiating and finding the partners in the states, that can stop paramilitary uprisings. Where the unemployed and the youth will little future will join into and become militant. Because, they might feel that the state doesn’t server them or their people’s cause. That is my worry.
There is a need to talk, listen and find a way, in Amhara, in Oromia and in the Ogaden. Where the public is listen too, where the public is seen and that they not only see the force coming in with full steam. But, that the public see the state march in with dialogue and compassion. That it opens up its ears and takes a second to see them. This shouldn’t be too much to ask after the foiled Amhara Coup.
It is time. It is time to this and use efforts, policies and find new ways, as the old ones are battered down, as the EPRDF needs to find relevance, before the paramilitary take a surging power and adds weight with amounts of people on its side. Which none of us wants to see. None, because, nothing good will come out of it and the state should know this.
Writer of Minbane