ESAT ZARE Wed 02 May 2018

ESAT ZARE Wed 02 May 2018

ኣቶ ጌታቸው ኣምባየ የኢትዮጵያ ኣቃቢ-ህግ ሃላፊ የነበሩ: ከኢትዮጲያ ሊወጡ ሲሉ መንግስት ከኤርፖርት ሲመልሳቸው: በቀጥታ ወደ ህጋዊ ባለቤታቸው ቤት ሲሄዱ: “የት ነበርክ ኣትገባም ሂድ ወደ ቅምጧ” ስትላቸው: ምን እንደሆኑ ባልታወቀ ሁኔታ እዛው ግቢ ላይ ወድቆ በኣምቡላንስ ወደ ሓያት ሆስፒታል ተወስዷል:: ኣሁን ኣቶ ጌታቸው ኣምባየ በሃያት ሆስፒታል


Tsegu Berhane Gebreegziabher

Revolution vs Reform in Ethiopia

The history of change in Ethiopia is the history of violence and bloodshed. Even peaceful protests that demand small policy change have been quarreled by merciless mesures. Ethiopian rulers have difficulty making easy and smooth changes. Some argue it is the result of how Ethiopian were socialized to the concept of change while others say it is the result of having long lived oppressive political system in the country.

In general, uprooting the existing and replacing with its opposite is deep rooted in Ethiopian culture. Compromising, maintaining the good and changing the bad on the other hand is uncommon. Incremental policy change has little to no space in Ethiopian policy-making. Revolution on the other hand is considered a policy of making a new policy.

On the other hand, the history of reform in Ethiopia has been the history of failure. Although all the successive dictators have tried reform, they all alike started it too late and delivered too little. That made the reform option a not significant option in the country so far.

The sector review of the monarchy, the dialogues and agreements of the military junta with EPLF, TPLF and OLF, and the unfulfilled reform promises of the EPRDF have many similarities in common. The lesson one could draw from these experiences is that reform may not well suit the Ethiopian concept of change.

Given this mindset and history, how easy it will get for the new reform leadership to implement reform in Ethiopia?

Source: East African Policy Research Institute