The depressing moment of my life started to take effect the moment I heard about Zone9ners arrest.I have never felt threatened,scared and confused like the way I did when young brilliant and caring minds were tossed to one of the notorious prison Maekelawi.Maekelawi is a place that is designed and built by tyranny architects who want to suck,drain and darken our passion for a better Ethiopia.
I was always thinking that Reeyot,Eskinder and Andualem among many other will be the last prisoners of consciousness that’s why I was so shocked hearing the arrest of Zone9ners.
A lot has been said about Zone9ners and I am not going to repeat that but I have learnt one thing clearly and that is No Ethiopia For Young Bright Man and Woman.You may have a photo with Secretary Kerry but you have a country that pays you back with torture,you may express your opinion genuinely without no other agenda but you will be tossed to jail or insisted to exile.you may have impressive professional and academic record but your loyalty with the tyranny values most to build your Ethiopia dream.
To Be Continued
If you are part of a group of people who care for the nation then you gone have to make sure your business card includes prison as your office address.That what exactly happened to Zone9ners,
-They are not the type of guys who build their body and malnourished their mind
-They are not like those university intellectuals who can’t even agree with their students let alone have a national agenda to build the nation
-They are not the young man and woman who are environmental friendly with khat
-Zone9ners are not like those anonymous social media characters who advocate hate and racism
Zone9ners are engineers,lawyers,journalists,statisticians,bloggers,caring,loving,humorous,beautiful,brothers,sisters,daughters,sons.
They are bulldozing injustice with their keyboard and pen.Zone9ners collaborators can be those who liked,shared,favorite,tweeted their posts.Their collaborators can be just friends who have had tea with them.
Unlike those in public office who are busy with silencing our voices Zone9ners are serving their nation from the tiny cell of Kaliti to the torture hall of Maekelawi without breaking their commitment for justice and freedom.
We have witnessed countless times when history degrades freedom fighters as terrorist and again when history erases its statement with a time rubber and honors those who once have been labeled terrorist as heroes.
Zone9 are the reflection of our day to day life, they all are young man and woman who are educated and what they are picturing for our country excel the mind frame of the tyranny.Zone9 are not just bloggers who care but they are part of our lives, they are sisters, brothers, friends, daughters and sons of a families in which their absence can impact as much as their presence.
Zone9 took the sacrifice to burn their skin with the tyranny torture but light our hope with their smile even in the face of gun mouth.Zone9 is the past the present and the future, many like them have travelled the same road before and they all say it’s worth it. It’s worth it to slave your body and liberate your mind.
There are many who fill their stomach until they brain start to digest nothing but their food and there are people like zone9 who fill their mind with thoughts of caring.
When we say free zone9ners we are not also forgetting Edom,Tesfalem,Reeyot,Eskinder and many others but zone9ners proved the power of unity.
I was raised in a family who were also raised & grew up in Addis Ababa a town that reflects the beauty of harmony.Race has never been much of an issue in a place like Addis where all the people from all corners of the nation come to build the Ethiopian Dream.Eventhough we were prideful of our race I can assure you that the vast Addis Ababians are disgusted by a system that tag your race in your identity card.
I was awakened by the race issue after joining campus after witnessing the recruitment of student cadres based on their race rather than their ideology.Their political participation was compartmentalized by ethnicity as a result there was no space for a broader dialogue on national agenda.
I never reflected a view that rejects the recognition of ethinicity but I am very against a system that divided us based on our ethnicity & denied us the opportunity in providing a platform that lets us to build #theethiopiandream.
The system is restructuring the race issue in a way that destroy our harmony.companies like EFFORT are recruiting based on political affilation & ethnicity while their business is operational in all parts of the nation;currently language is being used as a tool of barrier from working in all parts of the nation.Ethnicity first move is trashing the recognition of the others by denying opportunities & distorting history.Language should be a tool to channel knowledge instead of a criteria to reject your competency.The word Fikir in Amharic can’t have a Hate translation in Oromigna or Tigrigna but if you tag words like #neftegna #woyane …the term will be affected by the speaker identity.
The world is changing & pulling toward a globalized village,unification & multilateral cooperation but it doesn’t mean our identity is erased.For Greece to be rescued by Germans they didn’t format their identity & installed a German culture,the secret ingredient for Americans to become great was their ability to build a system that allows anyone to function & to be judged by their performance.Their state of mind didn’t stop them from electing a black president eventhough they knew 50 years ago blacks were not legit to vote.
On the contrary the unrepresentative pig officals & intellectuals from gov & opposition camps are still busy in distorting history in their favor to manipulate the mass poor farmer who remain uneducated but polished with wisdom of life.All races in Ethiopia were victim of all the governance by a degree that varies but they were all Ethiopian.As Ethiopian we have to share eacother pain instead of tagging #rawandasyndrome.
During my little month exposure in the rural parts of #oromia,#tigray & #amhara I was able to witness a broader & uniform image among the society in which all of them suffers from extreme poverty,food security,electricity & clean water shortage.But these farmers are not busy in tracing & checking my background rather they were restless in making me comfortable so that I can address & solve their issue.
For a farmer in Amhara #teddyafro appraisal for #menelik & for a farmer in oromia #jewar campaign #boycottbedelle won’t make sense more than the moan of their cattles,a farmer in Tigray don’t have time to assure the continuity of the late PM mourning.Amid all these facts those of us who were able to count a bit ABCD & who knows how to log in are doing less contribution than the farmer livestock.
For a farmer it makes more sense to mourn more for a cattle he lost than the passing of an intellectual who is survived by the fruit of its vengenance.
#embeembe #kukulu #muomuo
The year 2005 in E.C marks a reviving political movement after napping for almost 8 years.The activism and awakening believed to get momentum for the following stated reasons.
1-Late PM-After the death of the late PM,TPLF was more focused on re-positioning it’s control in EPRDF so as not to lose control due to the appointment of a leader that was not part of their camp.The struggle for power control let for the creation of different groups(the old guerrillas,the young reformers,……) because of this the party wasn’t able to focus on evolving oppositions.
2-Anti-Terrorism-Law,after the passing of the Anti Terrorism Law around 12 journalist including 2 Swedish were jailed.Unlike the old days the prisoners of mind remain defiant by rejecting a pardon bargains that scores negatives to their activism.These in return pushed one of Ethiopia strong ally US to draft Ethiopian Human Rights Act Bill.After congressman Smith openly warned Ethiopian gov to face consequences for continuation of crackdown it was considered as a triumph for oppositions based in US.Dr Birhanu Nega invitation to the senate hearing Ethiopian gov was seen as a loser in the game of labeling oppositions as terrorists.
3-Religious Intervention-For many still the Ethiopian Muslims affair remain unclear since most of the information was hijacked and poisoned by gov medias.The call for the release of the Muslim leaders was altered with a reckless allegation that label them as terrorist and extremist despite that a year has passed since a peaceful and sustained rally started.Their quest was also acknowledged by western states and international medias.The different BASED ON LIE STORY documentaries that were fabricated by ETV wasn’t able to alter the course of the movement rather intensifying and making itself a best tool to recruit new activists to the group.
4-Semayawi Party and Andinet Party-The existence of Semayawi party didn’t score more than a year but they were successful is staging the first largest opposition rally after 8 years of fasting public demonstration. Eventhough the party lacks the manpower and clear agendas it was enough for the people to show their oppostion to EPRDF more than support for a young party.After Semayawi effect other oppositions like Andinet Party were active in a coordinated,peaceful campaigns that called as a Million Voice March that calls for the anti-terrorism law to be revoked.
5-Corruption or Faction-In a recent wave of crackdown on political figures of the ruling party and business tycoons many were jailed on the basis of corruption.The story didn’t really water-dawn with the public since the move hasn’t touched the TPLF heavyweights and it’s business that are believed to be cruising on the ocean of corruption with their yachts.Also the largest business corporate Military Engineering was given a cover story of National Security to avoid possible auditing.
These all factors along with social media activism are cracking a slight door of opportunity in the upcoming 2015 election.This Sunday in a surprising way two parties will be rallying at the same time and place in two very contradicting agendas.
Semayai Party calls Sunday March long time ago calling for an End for Religious Intervention
EPRDF party not only calls but forces citizens to attend a march that calls for End for Religious Extremism