The constitution of Ethiopia unequivocally stipulates that any public official or an elected representative is accountable for any failure in official duties. The reality on the ground cannot be further from this though.
The presser given earlier this week by the Federal Attorney General has left the public aghast at the extent of the horrifying acts committed during the reign of the ruling Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).
Most government institutions in Ethiopia are the epitome of purposelessness. Although the powers and duties they are vested with are set out in their establishment legislation, the performance of the vast majority leaves a lot to be desired.
History is an embodiment of the heritage of a nation’s people that is passed down from generation to generation. It is manifested in nation building, the defence of national sovereignty, the expansion and demarcation of territory and numerous other forms of interactions at various levels.
The eagerly anticipated 11th Congress of the ruling Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), which was held for three days in Hawassa, the capital of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State, wound up yesterday.
The rule of law is a foundational principle on which a democratic society is built. The rule of law is the concept that all people and institutions are subject to and accountable to the ordinary laws of the land that are fairly applied and enforced.
In the latest spate of violence to hit Ethiopia scores died last weekend in brutal attacks on the outskirts of Addis Ababa. Tens of thousands have fled their vandalized homes and staying in churches and community centers due to what many described as barbaric acts that are not dished out to enemies let alone fellow citizens.