“In Ethiopia, aside from power through elections, there will not be a government created on the basis of negotiations or transitions. Leadership can only be attained through elections” – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali (29.04.2021).
If this was in 2018 and early after he was selected as the new Prince of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and appointed as the Head of State. He would have much more given for him and his reign. The Prime Minister was walking on water in the beginning and had all hope ahead of him.
Still, the greed for power and control is endless with this man. Now he seeks to be anointed king and not be little prince. He wants to run and stop walking. Nevertheless, the man has squashed all possible options for a peaceful transition and a credible election.
Abiy wants be inaugurated and be sworn-in. Be in the bash of glory and create tales of grandeur. The Prime Minister wants so badly to elected and be respected. He wants to be seen as the future of leadership and be the de-facto His Excellency. However, he will be selected for this and with the current state of affairs. He will not be properly elected, but selected. As he has made this a selective election and created an atmosphere not only of mistrust, but of top-notch oppression of dissidents.
The Abiy regime is cracking down on anyone who oppose him. They are creating extremists and creating a dangerous sphere. Where if your not part of the click or the ruling elite. You can die in a ditch or be detained forever. As you could be a opponent or activist who is offending the don. The Prime Minister only wants blind loyalty and nobody is supposed to question his reign.
Abiy is either charging, arresting, detaining, burying or getting rid of the ones who are standing in his path. There is no middle ground and a place of moderation. No, there is dialogue or trying to forge a proper relations with the opposition. The opposition are either in jail, in exile or dead. The ones who Abiy fears and knows could hurt his status are challenged by the state or revoked their rights. That is what he does and this is why this whole elections is a sham.
Abiy can talk big about election and democracy. However, when the biggest challengers are behind bars. When their parties and associates are in bracelets. We know the drill and know there is proper election going on. As long as his allies are thriving and he will rule supreme.
I cannot believe this man has the audacity to speak of democracy and leadership received through elections. When he knows perfectly well that he will not have any serious challengers, but pawns on the chess-set. Abiy will only face his own shadow and NEBE is creating a winner circle for his associates as well. There is no reason to not believe Prosperity Party will have a majority and be the big-men in the next term. To think otherwise is naive. Since nobody else have the state apparatus or the possibility to conquer him.
Abiy will win on a walk-over. Heck, he could skate through it all and only do an ollie. That is all he will have to do. Not like he needs to do any serious tricks or show-off. No, he can just breathe on the mic and someone will make a love song out of it.
Prime Minister Abiy will not be legitimized by this. Only consolidate power more and make it seem more real. Since he was just appointed and now his (s)elected again. His not properly elected or even trying to conceal the efforts to win before the game starts. He and his men has already ambushed and destroyed all options for a possible free and fair elections. That’s before the ballots and before the campaigns. He doesn’t even have to try.
He can now run without even trying. There is no reason to do anything really. He will be forced upon the public again and get “validated”. However, not because his loved or respected. No, because every other door is shut and silenced. There is no other choice. That is why this election is insincere and a lie. His just acting like its real, but its fake as it gets.
Abiy is sort of losing at his own game. Because the thing he wants the most he cannot get. This is all his own fault and his own pride. The reason for total control and therefore losing the vital things. The lack of space, liberty, freedom and justice for his fellow peers. That is why we know the game is over and his just another prick with a small dick running a nation. Since he doesn’t have the balls to stand in a credible battle against his opposition. He doesn’t have the stamina or the heart to do so. It is not in him, because he knows he cannot win that game either.
That is why his rigging it and ensuring a smooth ride for himself. While speaking big and hoping the international community is naive. Not seeing it or even hearing about it. So, they can celebrate his “victory” who was just a protocol and a procedure for him to get a valid mandate. Peace.