This is a change of guards. Some says its just the name, as the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) consists of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), Amhara Democratic Party (ADP), Oromo Democratic Party (ODP) and Southern Ethiopian People’s Democratic Movement (SEPDM). Which has all various roles with the government, ministries and so-on.
The rumour of a single party made out of the coalition came earlier this year, in about April 2019. As the TPLF came out with a statement in April questioning the whole idea. That was surely showing signs of disaffection to the idea itself. When the party who has controlled the coalition certainly didn’t like to be muffled with.
Now the Addis Maleda had the scoop that the EPRDF was planning to become a one-party renamed Ethiopian Prosperity Party (EPP). This means the former parties will be dissolved and become one united force, not just an coalition of parties representing the various ethnic groups and regions of the Republic.
The central leaders, the Council of Ministers, together with the main bodies of governing should vote this through. They should also let all the parties itself, as they let them change names in the recent past. Also get to vote and put together a new party constitution and guidelines they all are agreeing upon. Unless, this is a top-down approach, where the current leadership are planing to take total control and not let any interference come from each party. As this is seen as blessing for the Republic, that the coalition becomes officially one.
The EPP will continue the path of Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali. Where he consolidate power, structures things the way he see fit and uses the systems bound around him. Just like he could appoint and get the people around him. That he wanted in Amhara region, as the state had an “coup”, which was brutally shut-down and now his gotten all of his men in position.
If an EPP gets into existence, the one-party might look the same, but the functions made swiftly change. The power-dynamics of the previous parties are all gone and sort-of-sharing between the regions are dwindling even more. This could cause more tension, in a nation where there are already to many internally displaced people, where there insurgency and extra-judicial killings. Surely, the Ethiopian politics could be a break for that, instead of being the catalyst.
What we have to hope, is that the EPP is a build-up to a real election and the opening of the previous sanctioned groups from diaspora. Can show that the regional parties and rebels has a place in the new elections. Not just the friends of the government in the EPRDF.
If not, than the EPP is a ONE-PARTY state and a sign of open oppression. Where the state has only one head, one party and only one set of governance. Where the people are supposed to follow and listen to the central state, but not question it. This is not reforming, but consolidating power.
Your blind or not seeing it. Not that the EPRDF is a democratic institution or total open transparent body, but it at least has some promise for all the regions and its citizens. While one-party could easily transform to another monster, where the winner takes it all and the rest has to suffer.
That while a man with swagger and promise, shed his opportunity only to regain more power himself. This is the worst-case scenario, I hope I am wrong, but this is just my thinking. Peace.
“This is good for entertainment and business, but should never be to the detriment of strides made in bringing our country out being a failed state. For example, I disagree with one of the singers who was saying “Bizeemu”, as if to say that this NRM government is committing crimes against its people! I advise the artists to use their talents in ways that do not sow divisions based on lies. The government of Uganda is working against all the threats and crimes against Uganda and her people“ (Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, 21.09.2019).
Isn’t it weird that all the time and nearly everywhere, the President, the Head of State, the Commander-in-Chief, the Fountain of Honour, His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. The old man and his place as the King at any function. He has to lecture and often warn them.
I have a feeling he has during his career now, his warned every single profession he has passed by. If it is teachers, nurses, doctors, soldiers, refugees, unemployed or whatnot. Everyone get packed together, farmers and foreign investors too. They are all warned, not to go into sectarianism and become threats to the Republic. Because, nobody wants to become that.
What he means, that you shouldn’t challenge him nor his NRM. His National Resistance Movement (NRM) is the only right way, the rest is the enemies and the ones committing crimes against the state aka him. Museveni see himself as the state and with that in mind. If you question the administration, the NRM and the State House. Your going against him.
That is why his warning everyone at every possible place. It is a reason why writing “Museveni Warns” on google and you get 1,200,000 search results. Many is the same story in repeat, but it shows a pattern. He warns MPs, warns Beneficiaries and so on.
He does that because he knows best and has the answers. No one else does and that why everyone has to blindly follow him. Nobody else has the skill set to think or make a difference without the touch of Midas aka Mzee.
That is just the way it is. Yesterday it was the musicians. Next time its the Mwenda’s or the Mao’s. Who knows, but Mzee always has to lecture someone. That is what he does and what he do. He thinks this is smart, its not.
We have been here before and its not funny. Just more mere proof of how the President thinks his brilliant and has to warn about the correct path. That is just the way it is in 2019 I suppose. Peace.