A response to Tsegaye Tegenu | By Teshome Abebe

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In his commentary to my short piece on Land As a Commodity and a Human Rights Issue, Tsegaye Tegenu (“Research on Land Ownership and Land Use Policy in Ethiopia”) takes issues with my comments regarding the shortage of “…clear, concise solutions to the problem of land allocation…” in Ethiopia. Furthermore, he indirectly suggests that my commentary piece should have followed strict rules of scientific research. While I agree with his assertion that there have been notable economists who have studied the land issue in Ethiopia, I won’t accept his criticism that my short essay should have been written explicitly as a scientific piece.

First and foremost, my comments regarding previous work were never intended to undermine or demean the contributions that have been made by many over the years. By selectively choosing only that part that would help him gain favors with others, the commentator exaggerated it into a kind of imbalanced monstrosity to flatter his own point of view and gain sympathetic ears. Whereas I regret that the writer approached his criticism of my piece in a manner that sounds pamphleteering, as one would belittle and mock one’s opponent, I didn’t think that I approached any prior work on the issue as being unnecessary, unworthy or inconsequential. Neither did I question the abilities and intellectual prowess of others. The reader will note that my focus, though not properly framed, was on the limited issues of clarity, simplicity and salability—standards that are difficult for many to fathom. I submit that the writer himself implicitly agrees with that when he declares, “The findings are not easily available because of their depth, complexity, time and space variations.”
 
My attempt in that piece was to communicate with my readers that land as a commodity could be subject to the rules of a market system, and as a human rights issue, it is subject to other considerations. Through this process, I reached at the conclusion that neither the private market system nor the state ownership of this important resource would be able to solve the scarcity problem. Consequently, I wasn’t writing to take sides but to implicate all of us to continue the dialogue so as to provide workable solutions before the politicians damage us further.
 
I thank Dr. Tegenu — a man I respect highly — for opening up the dialogue and for his insights. And in that sense, both he and I agree that the conversations and dialogue must continue. What I find interesting and reassuring as well is that, despite his criticism of my piece, he and I have come to the same conclusions on what is desired and hoped for on this limited issue of land in the Ethiopian context.
Teshome Abebe
December 24, 2016.

4 Comments

  1. For those who do not know him, Teshome Abebe may look educated because he puts his fingers on his head as a thinking man.
    The reality, however, is he has been working with retarded Woayne for many years. He is the first man who lead the first groups of “woyane diaspora investors” under the guidance of Woyane. He further thinks Woyane can be transformed.
    Therefore, he lacks not just knowledge but also common sense. He is one of the those what George Ayttitte calls Intellectual P. The right phrase George Ayitte.
    Shame on him.

  2. Wondime “belay”, I do not know you, and you certainly do not know me.You have a right to your opinion, and you may even make up your own views. But your facts are all wrong. I have never ‘worked’ with Woyane, and never, ever led a delegation of Diaspora investors. How you came to conclude that I hold the view that “Woyane can be transformed” is also a mystery to me, even if I think that all human beings have the capacity to be transformed. You are absolutely incorrect in your views, and totally wrong for reverting to name calling even if you disagree with me.
    I will make a deal with you, Sir: I will publicly apologize to you and to my readers if you can produce evidence that I have led a delegation of Diaspora investors to Ethiopia. That is easily verifiable. On the other hand, you will have to publicly apologize to me and to my readers if you fail to produce any evidence whatsoever.
    I normally do not respond to irresponsible persons. But because you made a claim, and because I take you as a man of your words, I am challenging you to prove those claims.
    Whether I am an educated person or not is immaterial to me. That is for others to judge, and not for me to defend.
    Thank you.
    Teshome Abebe

  3. Where is the evidence or proof of your claims, “belay” aka TW? Where are they? It was all a personal attack, and you have been outed. It is safe to say that you have, by your action, demeaned and insulted everyone who comes to this site to be informed. In the process, while you cannot change who we are and still aspire to become, you have simply revealed what sort of person you are.
    Before one becomes a critique of others, it is best to first master the notion of being a decent human being!

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