Pursuant to the timetable set by the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE), campaigning for the sixth general elections, due to be held in June, officially got under way at the beginning of this week.
Ethiopia has endured scores of atrocities over the past three years that have resulted in the death of thousands, the displacement of millions and the destruction of both private and public properties.
The report published by the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) on January 1into the three-day unrest that rocked some parts of the Oromia Region in the wake of the murder on June 29, 2020 of the Oromo singing sensation Hachalu Hundessa makes for grim reading.
Ethiopia has rarely enjoyed sustained peace and stability throughout its history. For centuries citizens from all walks of life in every corner of the country have been subjected to all manners of suffering by despotic rulers and generally speaking the political class who have always put their interest and that of their cronies above the national interest.
Throughout its long history Ethiopia has faced numerous ups and downs that had exacted heavy tolls. Domestic strife and the sacrifices paid to repel foreign aggressors have resulted in the destruction of both human capital and material wealth.