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Ethiopia: Reform in China vs crisis within EPRDF



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Ethiopia: Reform in China vs crisis within EPRDF

Delegates listen as Chinese President Hu Jintao (lower, unseen) delivers his address at the opening of the 18th Communist Party Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 8, 2012. (AFP Photo / Gon Chai Hin)

Ethiopia: Reform in China vs crisis within EPRDF

By Robele Ababya

The 18th Congress of Communist Party of China (CPC) opened in Beijing with a keynote speech by its General Secretary (GS) Hu Jintao on 07 November 2012. The GS articulated the stunning achievement in economic growth in the last decade. He vowed continuation of the “construction of socialism with Chinese characteristics “, a phrase frequently used by Chinese officials and scholars.

The CPC is the largest communist party in the world comprising 82.6 million members ruling 1.3 billion people with iron fist. The Congress, comprising 2307 delegates ‘elected’ from within the CPC, met in the Great Hall of People where an imposing portrait of Chairman Mao was conspicuous for its big size. Following deliberations during the period 7 – 14 November 2012 the Congress passed a number of major resolutions involving amendment to the CPC Constitution and replacing most of its affluent top leadership including the GS and the Prime Minister among others.

The power transfer in the one-party system of China was in all fairness a remarkable achievement far beyond the sham transfer within the EPRDF – the diehard custodian of one of the legacies left behind by the late tyrant Zenawi whose party had signed a treaty of friendship with the CPC.

The GS extolled the Scientific Outlook on Development Guidance, based on Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory, is the best achievement of the CPC in the past decade and told leading delegates that the Party must adhere for a long time for it shall be enshrined in the CPC Constitution as part and parcel of the new model for China’s all-inclusive development plan for the next decade.

By the way Prime Minister Deng Xiaoping Theory saved China from catastrophe due to the reckless experiment set into motion by Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution. And it is true that his Theory “over the past ten years, has enabled China to advance to the world’s second-largest economy from the sixth place in the world.”

The GS in his speech to leading officials underlined the unprecedented stride in economic growth achieved in the last decade but asking them “to exercise strict self-discipline and strengthen supervision over their families and staff.” He said “Leading officials at all levels, especially high-ranking officials, must readily observe the code of conduct on clean governance and report all important matters” adding that “If we fail to handle this issue well, it could prove fatal to the Party, and even cause the collapse of the Party and the fall of the state”. He made a passionate plea that “the CPC must make unremitting efforts to combat corruption, promote integrity and stay vigilant against degeneration.” He singled out corruption as a major problem in his closing speech also. And the incoming General Secretary Xi Japing strongly underscored the same thing in condemning the rampant corruption.

On the other hand Ethiopia’s PM aggrandized the economic growth of China justifying why it is adopted as a role model for growth by developing nations. He said Ethiopia scored double digit growth in the past nine years ignoring the fact that the IMF and the WB have revised that growth downwards to single digit. He was dead silent on rotten corruption which, by the way, his predecessor did not deny.

I watched on the China Central TV (CCTV) renowned pundits including Western economists arguing and reaching consensus that the average economic growth for China for the period 2010 – 2020 would be 5% to 6%. The pundits noted that the double-digit massive growth in the last three decades brought corresponding mind boggling social problems with it – such as income disparity, social unrest, and rampant corruption. It was argued that the CPC cannot rectify its blunders by itself without check-and-balance in the political system. I thought the several dialogues hosted by CCTV during the proceedings of the CPC Congress are a sure sign of China opening up to the world.

Therefore, the introduction of political pluralism in China is a must in the face of changing economic orientation from dependence on exports to domestic consumption coupled with 6 million degree holding graduates annually flooding the job market seeking employment that the CPC cannot provide without the support of private business enterprises. Add to this the 500 million informed and angry Chinese having access to the internet using the social media to expose rampant corruption and calling for multi-party democracy to change the present ‘vertical democracy’ method of CPC of replacing the affluent top plutocracy in the CPC.

The GS in all fairness deserves high respect for his courage and frankness for so clearly and unequivocally articulating the pervasive corruption within the CPC threatening to bring it down.

I cannot say the same for the EPRDF Prime Minister (PM) who had opted to copycat the Chinese aging model as a role model for Ethiopia and the developing nations. I would quickly add that it is perfectly normal to adapt models of other countries, but only to the extent that they are suitable to one’s strategic objectives and national characteristics. Emulating best practices is laudable.

My argument is that the PM should rather pay serious attention to multiple problems associated with the ongoing political and social crisis on the watch of his Stalinist party, which itself is incurably divided. A splinter group of TPLF has gone underground with determination to lead the government from behind; a second splinter group spearheaded by the senile Sebhat Nega is concocting to resurface the glory days of the all-pervasive TPLF supremacy; the widow of Zenawi controls all the resources of the TPLF in her capacity as the CEO of EFFORT that she grabbed from Sebhat; it is an open secret that the OPDO top brass, purportedly struggling for the right of the their ethnic group, are angry at being denied not even one key ministerial post, which is humiliating to the great Oromo people – the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia. So the PM has a lot to worry about and no wonder that the formation of his Cabinet is inordinately late and the government is in limbo.


The first time I met Chinese citizens physically in Ethiopia was well before the 1974 Ethiopia Revolution at Massawa on their commercial ship docked at the port of Massawa waiting for thousands of quintals of cargo of sesame from the renowned fertile land called Setite Humera – then part of Gonder/Begemder now merged with Tigray by force as part of the secret scheme of Zenawi to create an independent “Greater Tigray” by grabbing land for the surrounding areas including Wollo.

I am mentioning the above meeting with the Chinese for the following reasons:-

The Chinese I had met then were reclusive and incommunicative reflecting rigid discipline under the iron rule of Chairman Mao. I and my colleagues were invited to the cabin and made to wait for the party representative for a few minutes silently. There was an eerie quite as the party official joined us. He said welcome and we exchanged salutations. We were treated to a bottle of Chinese beer. He told us why his cargo ship came. He was the only one who spoke. I am saying this to admire the progress the Chinese have made through the years in engaging foreigners including Chinese in discussions and social interactions in my capacity as project manager of major engineering projects at home and abroad in the past 32 years. China opening up to the world is the name of the game now!
To underline the fact that Ethiopia at that time owned a vibrant Navy established by Emperor Haile Selassie and a harbor and in all fairness expanded and developed to an enviable high standard during His regime and that of the Derg.

To bring out the fact that Setite Humera was a shining symbol of burgeoning agriculture in Ethiopia producing exportable cash crops on high demand from countries in Europe, America and as far places as China in Asia.
To remind readers that one of the pernicious legacies of the late Zenawi was to give away the above mentioned vital national assets – the Navy, the harbor, burgeoning agriculture Ethiopia entrepreneurship in the spirit of self-reliance.

The Big question!

Indeed China has become the second global economic powerhouse involving 80% private sector partnership. It is a force in our global village to reckon with in terms of its military might, achievements in advanced science and technology to the extent of sending manned satellite into space – but all this at the expense of engendering draconian social problems including rampant corruption, environmental degradation, and suppressing human rights. President Hu Jintao candidly admitted that rampant corruption threatens to bring down the CPC and the government. Putting people first was underlined by the President as one of top priority tasks for the new leadership.

My big question is, given the worsening injustice and social problems in Ethiopia, why Prime Minister Hailemariam is upbeat about developing nations adopting the Chinese model for economic growth under review for change by the CPC as a priority. Shouldn’t the EPRDF learn from mistakes made by China in the past and design a model for growth that includes democracy and respect for fundamental human rights recognizing it as the foremost priority for the 21st century?


President Hu Jintao’s candid admission that economic growth brought with it rampant corruption and a host of other problems threatening to bring down the CPC and the government is laudably respectable. The CPC in my strong opinion cannot correct its failings in this regard without at least one independent watchdog political rival, less so in view of rising demands for social justice and more freedom of expression. Therefore, in view of rapid progress made to date, one would be inclined to predict that there will be a multi-party political dispensation in China in next 10 years.

The EPRDF PM is well advised to heed President HU Jintao’s speech and design a growth model with Ethiopian characteristics – with due reverence to the 96% of the population believing in God and taking into account the rights of the rest of the 4% minorities including atheists. Government interference with religious affairs has to stop; EPRDF must respect its own constitution to avoid the impending instability in the region due to inordinate crackdown on religion, especially on the Ethiopia ancient Orthodox Tewahido Christian and Muslim faiths.

The PM will have to bring to justice all the corrupt greedy top TPLF leaders including Azeb Mesfin;

dismiss all incompetent ones within the entire EPRDF top leaders and make history by establishing his

Cabinet dedicated to real change to democratic order, principles and rule of law.

Change is inevitable; the rest of us must expedite it knowing that Ethiopia’s strategic location and the

State-sponsored internal division of her people along ethnic and religious lines is making her more

vulnerable to the danger of fragmentation.

The name of the game in the 21st century politics is “people come first” or “putting human rights first”

for sustainable economic development in a truly democratic society.

Finally, I repeat my call that all political prisoners Andualem, Eskinder, Reeyot et al must be released unconditionally without delay; that all restrictions on freedom of expression are lifted; political parties including MEDREK, AEUP, et al are regarded as partners rather than enemies publicly declared as such by the late tyrant Zenawi.



Comment from: Nuwari [Visitor]

An article written by one of top toxic diaspora and has nothing except hate,frustration,

11/15/12 @ 23:24
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Newreganaw ,an interest article that Little Tyrant may have to read
to meditate on the New World Political Change .The late Crime Minister exercised a single parti Tyranni inspired from the defunt Eastern Block Soviet System ,based on the then Albanian and Kehmer Rouge evil Ideologies .Disguised as a Liberal System to entertain his American Donators .By the past 80th and early 90th ,Derg Junta leader refused to reform his system while his Soviet protectors were launching political changes .And you know what had been the final result . Some TPLF Thugs and Tigre Mafiosis think that their Northern Land shall be spared from the Turmoil even that when the country the whole shall explose .Better they
meditate on the actual condition of
their Eri bros under Shabyan Bandits
boots ,from which their Agazi bosses
have made most of their political Insperation .

11/16/12 @ 00:36
Comment from: Gebru [Visitor]

@ Robele Ababya

Wrong Address/Network
Please ! Send your your garbage,Trash report to ESAT why you spent so much time to a simple and direct message ? your main point is “I repeat my call that all political prisoners Andualem, Eskinder, Reeyot et al must be released unconditionally” Sorry ! your “Kazanches” brothers they are not above the law !!! By the ways I have a question for you why you are not mentioning Mr. Julian Assange ? Because you not to go there aganist the WEST ? hummmmmm…

11/16/12 @ 00:56
Comment from: Taye [Visitor]

Ethiopia and Ethiopians are today marching forward under non neftegna government but some old regime dreamers vomit out the virus of hate and exclusivism. Kewedeku bewala meneferaget lemelalat

11/16/12 @ 00:57
Comment from: obsaa [Visitor]

@Taye and other modern neftegnas:

The current TPLF led government is worse than the old neftegna regim. The TPLF bandits are also neftegnas (new neftegnas). As far as the marginalized people of ethiopia are concerned both Amhara led and Tigre led regims are neftegnas. Donot blame the previous neftegnas alone;start criticism from your self.

11/16/12 @ 02:37
Comment from: GONDAR [Visitor]

from: Taye [Visitor]


11/16/12 @ 02:43
Comment from: Heny [Visitor]

Rubella Ababya,
you are the leading fool and idiot of the idiots Ms rice mentioned in her speech. If you wanna listen to it, u can have it here,

ante bekumh yebesebesk shimagle.

11/16/12 @ 05:54
Comment from: Ejole Ambo [Visitor]
Ejole Ambo

Where is my woman Amhara Princes??I missed her so much!99%of the time I don’t agree what she said here,but I like her.She make me laugh.She is the funniest woman in

11/16/12 @ 10:30
Comment from: Ejole Ambo [Visitor]
Ejole Ambo

Where is Agazit Woman?
The woman who only knows about the history of Shabia,TPLF and Derg. She only proud being a wayanne army.She never said any thing in this site about Aksumite empire,Queen of Hatshepsht,Queen of Sheba,the Ark of the covenant(tabot) at the church of our lady Mary of Zion in Axum,king Zoskale of Axum,king Enduris,king Ezana, king Kaleb…….

11/16/12 @ 11:24
Comment from: nenewe [Visitor]

Ejole Ambo,

Agazit had gone away on business & told everybody about it as if she would be missed perhaps except you. God only knows what business.

But the biggest AWOL is Addis Zemen.

11/16/12 @ 11:53
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Gebrewottu ,who the hell ask you about Julain Assanga .We know that your dedeb keftaff dead master once did compare the free press journalists with assanga’s cases .His stupd point of views ,aproved by the bunch Moron Illettrate Fake MPs
was that even in Western World that Journalists are also put in Jail .By the way ,willingly ignoring that Eskinder ,Reeyot and others are imprisoned by him for their political opinions while Assanga case concerns on an ordinary law rules not really poletically motivated .The fact is that never Assanga has never been strown into Jail .Concerning the Rule of Laws ,don’t you know that
is jammed by your Agazi Bros .The same as ESAT TV considered by them as a Terrorist Media .Within the New Agazi bandits law ,as you know
collaberating on medias considered by the evil regime as a threat ,can
bring to justice and imprisonment .
The Greastest Joke ,is that you ,Thuggy bandas ,supposing advocating the cases of your looter
masters on this site ,you are simply endangering your own lives and also those of your parents and relatives .TCHINKILATEBIS KEBT BANDA !!!!!

11/16/12 @ 14:20
Comment from: Kerkarew [Visitor]

Angry Diaspora,
Zembeleh Awra,
Gebteh Atesrana!!

Fesam Diaspora!!
Zenderom merara
Serteh latasera!!

Zeregnaw diaspora
Memochah kirbe naw
Ewneten Sitfera!!

11/16/12 @ 20:06
Comment from: Ittu Aba Farda [Visitor]
Ittu Aba Farda

Did anyone of you watch what the official statement of the ruling party of China said in regards to the system it has in place? It is telling its citizens and the world that the regime is a ’socialist’ system ‘scientifically’ designed for our time China. That shows they still espouse the dreaded and proven bankrupt ’scientific’ socialism. ‘Scientific’ socialism makes the mother of the new designated leader a multi-millionaire in just few years. Go figure!!! That is why I never had any respect for leftist thugs who embrace Marxism. History has shown us all in indisputable facts that they kill and they kill in millions. They maim and jail and when they do that they do it in the millions. Since the 19th century majority of assassins of political figures at one time or another were students of this warped philosophy. The current leaders of the regime back home all broke their teeth in Marxism whether the Stalin, Mao or Enver Hoxha brand. They will kill, jail and maim until they somehow go away because, according to that creed (doctrine), it is legal and justified to kill, maim and jail opponents. When they throw you in jail, they would tell you it is because you are wearing two hats. That is in spite of the fact that they put on the market economy hat when they come to Washington DC and they wear a ‘designed’ scientific socialism hat when they go Beijing. And they have a ‘combo’ hat made just for the State Dinner in New Delhi. That is not the entire theatrics. When some of them see that their pockets are sufficiently lined up, they defect!!! You heard me right!!!! They defect with their loaded bank accounts to Canada or USA. Oh!! Poor 90 million souls!!! Their freedom? Their rights? Where art thou?!!!!

11/16/12 @ 23:32
Comment from: David [Visitor]

What a moron, Yes you are a moron (Robele Ababya),
Haven’t you heard the finincal crises and it’s causes, pleas read a professional site for your benefit(,
The number one finincal backer for EU bonds, US bond, yes China.
It has been prediceted with the finincal data compiled, China will overtake US, in the next few years.
not a decade.
The Ethiopian goverment is doing the right thing, They are much better in all aspect, you worthless bum. get it.

Get your fact straight.

11/17/12 @ 00:53
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Korkoraw Banda ,your own Death is more than even near .Since the Death of your Leba Master and the undergoing Spliting away of your Mafia Firm (TPLF) .LEKAMMI WUSHA BANDA !!!!

11/17/12 @ 01:06
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Hyena ,you mean the confused so called Diplomat ,who dares to consoder as a wise leader a simple Bandit and internal Sovereign affairs Crimes of Human Rights Violation ….LOL !!! AGAZI BIGOT SHABYAN SHELLE BANDA !!!!

11/17/12 @ 01:14
Comment from: Gebru [Visitor]

@ TEDDY [Visitor]

My advice to you ..Please ! Read carefully this very interesting and meaningful poem by @
Kerkarew [Visitor] It will help you let me repeat it for you and some other Idiots in the diaspora :
Angry Diaspora,
Zembeleh Awra,
Gebteh Atesrana!!

Fesam Diaspora!!
Zenderom merara
Serteh latasera!!

Zeregnaw diaspora
Memochah kirbe naw
Ewneten Sitfera!

WOW ! I admired this individual for this poem… I think we have to look for a vocalist (singer) to sing this song as Amharic version of “RAP” That is the only way to inject the message through your “Kewus” brain….

11/17/12 @ 01:55
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Gebrewetu ,the way you are admiring a stupid childish words of an Idiot Thuggy guy shows who really you are .TCHINKILATEBIS LEFAFFI BANDA !!!!Dinkem yegnia RAP Awaki ,ende lekehn whulu ,le Shabya Shellenet Fintitahin Raped asderegeh yalsheresseh Fessam ,Kebt ,Assaffari DEDEB BANDA !!! Yawhu Serafet Wodemeh Endemerekelehi…LOL !!!!

11/17/12 @ 14:41
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Gebrewetu and Korkorow here is the best versionfor your stupid poem :
Angry Dedeb Agazi,
Zembeleh Awra,
Diben lalehu lebah merih setakrara
Gebteh Atesrana!!

Fesam Agazi!!
Zenderom merara
Kazeb mesfin gara
Ende feka machela erara
Serteh latasera!!

Zeregnaw Agazi
Memochah kirbe naw
Kene zeramanzerh gayteh
le tarik atelatnet tedaregeh
Bekonenkehu Serahi
Zarema ewnet ashenefa Anekahi
Le Medere Sihol Bekahi .


11/17/12 @ 14:54
Comment from: honest [Visitor]


11/19/12 @ 17:57
Comment from: Mo Farag [Visitor]
Mo Farag

I think TPLF/EPRDF is a rotten egg, we all Ethiopians rise and topple these non - sense chicken heads very soon. Then, we can have a modern and developed Ethiopia.

Freedom for Ethiopians, Journalists, Muslims and Christians.

Down with arrogant TPLF looters!

Long live Ethiopia!!!

11/20/12 @ 03:00



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