Enforcing the law ends political terror, conspiracy
Amidst pockets of unrest, civil disobedience, criminal offences, and constant fear towards the upcoming elections; Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) faced questions raised by the House of People’s Representative’s (HPR) on February 4, 2020. Noting the country is going through difficult social and political tests, the Prime Minister said by stopping the politics of conspiracy and terror, we will push Ethiopia towards the future.
PM Abiy said due to the government’s actions, it has managed to lessen the dire problems the country has been faced with. Recalling the time before the movement that ushered him and his administration into power, and bringing to mind that Ethiopia, as a country was at a stage where it could not continue to go forward in all sectors, he said the government was at the whim of a certain few.
Preferential treatment, nepotism and the like, being interwoven in government, Abiy said, its job after the change came, was in jeopardy due to the problems of the ruling parties own making. Admonishing the old regime, Abiy said since the government lacked in either enforcing or following the law; and the people have suffered from lack of justice, adding what the problems the new administration is facing now is a result of a the previous regimes shortcomings. And this disease is going against the rule of law.
Discussing the fact that his administration faces numerous challenges inherited from the previous administration, and even though there are people removed from power as a result from the change in guard; there are those waiting eagerly, looking for shortcuts to assume power. Without the respect for the rule of law, it is difficult to say conspiracy and terror will abate. He went on to say we have to accept that the sporadic violence dotting around the country which is going beyond ethnicity, benefits and preferences; is further trickling into religions because of the laziness to enforce the law. Illuminating further on what should not be done in the name of enforcing the law, such as kidnappings’, depriving freedom of speech, work and movement; Abiy said there are those who lack care for these issues and rather promote their own group’s interest rather than the national interest. One of the priorities of the government being law enforcement, stakeholders should also do their part in realizing the rule of law by participating and carrying out their duties, or else the country would tire or worse disintegrate.
No one can be above the law in order for Ethiopia to stand strong. But failure to not abide by these would lead to chaos. If we cannot stop, by enforcing the rule of law, the violence in various regions, the burning down of religious institutions, the killing of innocents and their displacement, the chaos and killings in universities leading to 35,000 students not to attend school in fear off harm, the road blockages inconveniencing travel and businesses and those plunging the country in uncertainty; the challenges on the road ahead will continue to be stronger and more testing.
Mentioning it is a country where it is a rarity to find a competent, strong institutions and executors; the Prime Minister said it is difficult to conduct elections and have an elected government, where there are there are forces both inside the country and outside the country that contest and vie for the country’s detriment. Ignorance towards the likes of Al-shabaab, those competing against our rights to use the waters of the Blue Nile, and the broad and deep divisions in society will only worsen and cause further damage.
Addressing the question on who can be armed, Abiy said even though it is clear no two forces can be armed in one country, it is frightening to hear those entering the country in the name of peace and political struggle are armed and fighting, than be in awe. Solving problems which demand broad and ample patience, and considering this day-and-age, there should be no one in an armed struggle, said Abiy. Inferring on who can enforce the law, he said there cannot be two governments in one country and that the lawful government will take the necessary steps. Even more, in the region of Oromiya Wollega zone, people are in dire difficulty and the lawful government needs to bring the unlawful in front of the law quickly. If it can be done, we have to choose a peaceful road to reconciliation by involving the people, elders and religious leaders to solve the issues at hand. If it cannot be done, the government has to secure peace for the people by using its mandated powers.
Since a country cannot be led while the security and peace of the people is disrupted, the PM’s government needs to carry out its duties competently. There cannot be an election, economic growth or increased standard of living without peace. So, the rule of law must be respected.
As the PM stated, even though much is talked about the growing economy, many find themselves trying to survive. There are around 25 million people under the poverty line, while around 17 million people are unemployed. It cannot be denied that the previous regime, by promoting its self and groups’ interest over the national interest, has been in power for a long time. And to guarantee its time in power, opponents and critics of the regime have been removed, arrested or forced out of their country. This was its usual trend. And what the country is in now, is a result of this incessant need for power, and lack of vision. By only using ‘Democracy’ as part of their name only, and their failure not to let it be its rule and regulation, has led Ethiopia to lack in kind administrations, theft, lack of accountability.
Furthermore, lack of competent officials has led to the mixing of government work with party works, which has in turn led to the demise of good institutions. In a country where there are many who lack moral values and ethics, due to the decreasing quality in education, has given fruit to people educated only on paper. And this shortcoming is wanted by many to come back into the frame, by not only debating relentlessly, but by using force too. These people want to bring back a period of heartache and darkness, and have begun movements to bring about an unheard and never seen before crisis. The Prime Minister’s government has to give its utmost attention to these issues. The politics of Conspiracy and Terror only abates in the face of the Rule of Law!