Jason wrote:Hi semira,
First let me say that i've not been a benefactor of Woyannie rule. My intention is to paint a picture as i see it, and what i saw back home is an eye opener. However, if you noticed my commentary i've not touched base on the political situation inside the country. I planned on commenting but i was kind of swamped with work the other day.
You and i see eye to eye on many fronts and politics is one of them. You are right there are discrimination on many front. It happened to my cousin. After graduating from Jimma University in Finance, the government assigned him to work in Assebe Teferi instead of his hometown Jimma, my cousin asked to be transferred to Jimma for years to be close to his family but each time his request kept getting denied. However, when he joined OPDO, they transferred him right away. Yes it's true in order to get ahead especially in government you need to be a member of OPDO, TPLD and ANDM. also in private sector i also heard stories of systematic discrimination by Woyannie owned companies.
For example in order to be hired in Woyannie owned "Wegagen Bank", you need to speak Tigrega. Regardless of your qualification your ethnicity trumps your qualification. This sort of thing is common in many sectors including Ethiopian airlines. I also heard stories about successful Ethiopians getting arrested for being successful. The stories i heard is when a Woyannie business man wants to eliminate his competition, he calls on his comrades inside government to charge him with "Musina" aka corruption to eliminate competition.
As for politics the folks back home pretty much gave up for now on the ideals of having a freedom to live, work and assemble. The people i spoke pretty much got disappointing the way thing unfolded after election. They thought if they hold their ground the leaders would show them the way but that didn't happen. There are many neighborhoods in Addis Woyannie currently punishing for resisting their rule during the aftermath of the election by letting the roads deteriorate in Areas like Kechene, Medhanyalem, and Cherkos. The people i spoke to in those area pretty much gave up on the ideas of liberation for now but if they see an able leader i'm sure based on what i heard, they stand ready to fight.
Semira in last i have a question for you. What is your solution. Should the Ethiopian people stay idle until a new leader emerge or should they keep getting stronger by educating and working?...I prefer the latter.
It seems you are mixing up things here. on one side, you said you have seen enough progress and condemn the diaspora politics much like the tune the weyanne cadres feed us in a daily basis. On the other side you seem to have agreed on the 2nd class status most ethiopian citezens live. i have met many people like you who were overwhelmed by the weyanne propoganda machine and the buildings it erected, the industry scale farms etc. i would like to challenge your consiousness to ask who ownes those buildings? who owns those industry scale farms, flower businesses etc. it is either TPLF fat maggots or investors from other countries. the poor ethiopian is employed for his/her daily bread just to survive. You always have to consider the mass, its well being and its future. you need to think beyond your family, your friends and circles. the majority of ethiopians are vacating the country through sea, land and air. women and children are for sale. Just because that didn't touch you and your family members doesn't mean that people are not affected. the present Ethiopia under weyane is on the bottom list of nations in any index. let alone from the world, we are the bottom in Africa. It is very sad to see a person who saw civilzation and human dignity in the west completely turn 180 degrees and support a barbaric, racist and greedy government who is on the business of starving people to collect handout and make business out of it