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National duty of Ethiopian Defence Force  to save Ethiopia

by Muluken Gebeyew

1 3After 27 years of TPLF dominated regime’s brutal dictatorship, the Ethiopian people briefly seen  glimpse of hope that its peaceful long struggle reaching to its pinnacle and to fruit. Reform oriented middle rank  new leaders who sensed the public outcry for freedom   in the last 3 years emerged with in the EPRDF and assumed the leadership position in April 2018 following with in the party bitter power  struggle. The strategic  alliance of former OPDO (ODP) and ANDM ( ADP)  helped to oust TPLF from leadership position to the periphery.

The so called “Team Lemma” and new prime minster Dr. Abiy Ahmed made a bold, promising and Ethiopian speech  and their early action raised new hope among Ethiopian people that the country is to undergo peaceful  transition to democratic country. Some of the measure by the new leadership in the early days of transition galvanised national public support to the new leaders. Most people thought their longstanding praying have been answered. The youth considered it as revolution toppling the brutal TPLF dominated regime. Some considered it as rather a reform  instead of revolution that the EPRDF metamorphosing from TPLF to Oromo elite dominated new regime.

The public euphoria lasted only few months. The new leadership tasked itself only rectifying the sin of TPLF instead of looking for the future and new Ethiopia. They covered the open gangrenous wound of TPLF’s regime with new dressing with some fragrance perfumes.  This doesn’t  root out the root/ poison  of  TPLF’s regime  that bitterly ruled the country through divide and rule policy for nearly three decades.

The wound covered by the new dressing is currently  highly infected by the virus and bacteria called Ethnic politics, its proponents and activists.  It is  discharging foul smelling  pus. More than 4 millions of people are displaced, thousands died and majority of Ethiopian are now under fear that country will go to civil war.  The ethnic clash we see all over our country is due to partly failure of the new leadership  to  identify the root cause of our  countries suffering of 27 years under TPLF dominated regime  and address accordingly by informing, unifying and mobilizing the public  against  root cause.

It is becoming apparent that the poison cancer left by TPLF regime will not be detoxified for long unless a radical treatment/therapy is done. The current leaders are unlikely to sort it as they are rather “reform” oriented and part and parcel of ethnic based political parties that have been ruling the country and wanting to rule further. Their Ethiopian national feeling and activity is often thwarted by the ethnic enclave party enslavement they come from and  it is very unlikely this would change in the near future.

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The so called transition political period which is led by themselves without including the oppositions or other stake holder’s is dwarfed by their failure to be true transition leaders. Although they have facilitated superficial freedom and engagement for the political elites, their inaction or covert action embolden aggressive ethnic politics to dominate the agenda and cause death and displacement throughout the country. They failed the country  and the people by allowing ethnic political  armed group to enter Ethiopia without disarmament. They facilitated their  medias  to preach hate,  displacement,  monger war and  have caused distress to the  majority  of Ethiopian people . These groups  causing chaos, suffering, displacement of millions  all over the country in a scale not seen even in 27 brutal dictatorship of TPLF led regime.


The new leaders have failed  as they  have no clear  bold vision of the future except patching some of the holes and dirt’s of TPLF regime.  They fail to do top priority  task  of reconciliation, forgiveness, people to people discussion and among  political parties for the past ill of 45 years. The majority of the people currently alive are  affected by  27 years of TPLF rule and 17 years of Dergue rule where millions of life lost. Many bear grudges and hate which needs healing through forgiveness, reconciliation, fair justice and close the past chapter to have a new Ethiopia where the past deed will never repeat.  If Ethiopians have done that  in the early months following this political reform, they would have been  able to know the root causes of the past, current ill and ease the transition without challenging setbacks.

This gave opportunities for  old actors to revive, re organise  and new actors to use the past as means to promote the future to disrupt peaceful political transition that the Ethiopian people deserve.


The risk at present Ethiopians face is not only an issue of democratisation of the political system, but the country as whole is at risk of disintegration. Prominent scholars and Political  experts are stating Ethiopia is at brisk of integration and the country is becoming failed state. The current leadership unless it takes radical measure, they are to fail Ethiopians and the country in manner that no Ethiopian leaders  failed in history.

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The root cause of 27 years brutal dictatorship and current mass displacement and death is Ethnic politics. Ethnic politics is embolden in the country by the Constitution  of TPLF. The Constitution  was coined for sole purpose to legitimise the  TPLF rule through divide and rule. The ethnic pseudo-federalism  with TPLF made up fake boundary  deluded many ethnic propagandist and their followers to  discriminate the people as “ours and theirs”.  This poison fuelled by historical exaggerated and false accounts and  deluded sense of “this is our time” is  edging the country to the cliff.


Ethiopian of all ethnicities, abilities, religious group, age group, gender, political opinion, profession, sexuality  and specially the young generation   should be aware of the current risk and save the country before it is too late. Once our country break up and engage in civil war, it will be catastrophic disaster for us and our children. Remember Former Yugoslavia, Somalia, Rwanda, Yemen and  the people of Rohingya in Myanmar (Burma)


Unfortunately, Ethiopian based political groups and opinions that promote citizen based politics  have been  dissipated and dismantled by TPLF for 27 years  and also made more lame by the current rulers and ethic agenda. They have no teeth to bite, nor tongue to speak. Currently it is Ethnic based political groups either in ruling or opposition which is dominating the country despite the public genuine desire  for democratic country where people live as brother and sister with equal opportunities, justice and fair treatments. Ethnic politics by its nature is anti democratic, it is based on division and animosity of one from other. Further promotion of such is to call for more mayhems.  Culture, language  and tradition of different ethnic members of Ethiopia  can be used to build the country for better instead to divide by not using it in political organisation.


At present the only national institution which is not legally promoted  under ethnic tones and underpinning is the Ethiopia’s National Defence Force. Although the upper echelons with in army were from TPLF era with ethnic dimension, majority of the army specially the officers under the  rank of Colonel are from all part of Ethiopia who are  trained and to serve the nation. The Ethiopia Defence Force has the responsibility to save the country from disintegration by either internal or external forces. At present, Ethiopia is at risk of integration from volcanic ethnic politics  which is causing mayhems. The current  leadership is weak, failed safe political transition and facilitated ethnic politics to reign with in the country in manic mood.

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The current prime minster Dr Abiy Ahmed  preached  unity,  democracy and  genuine election, but the reality on the background is different. He is either  denied  to put to practice what he promised because of  hand twisting by the  old TPLF dominated EPRDF political structure holding him back or /and fear of his ethnic party (ODP) which is infiltrated by OLF and other secessionist to  replace him by Oromo ethnicist  leader or /and fear of Oromo elite  ethnic activists  who dominated the agenda and controlled the social media and the youth specially the so called “Querro” or he has covert mission. At present it is not clear.  Most people trusted him as genuine person and expect him to deliver such. There are two alternatives; either to enable him with full power to secure genuine political transition comprising other stake holders or the National Defence Force has to take the responsibility to save the country for short period to root out the root cause of the last 28 years poison and hand over to civilian government through genuine election.


We have seen in most countries the national army plays significant role in saving the country from collapse or disintegration although there are military coups for dictatorial military regimes as well. We can learn from the  experience of countries from all over the world.


The Ethiopian Defence Force has national responsibility  either to support Dr. Abiy Ahmed to have full power  and enable him to form transition government with all stakeholders by dismantling the current EPRDF party structure, ethnic politics, divide rule of TPLF era system, replacing the TPLF era Constitution, banning political parties based on ethnicity, or  the other option.


If Dr Abiy is not prepared for such, the Ethiopian National Defence Force has national duty to take the responsibility to save the country by taking measure that would root out the causes of all the chaos, displacement, death and fear of Ethiopians in their own country by forming transitional  provisional government tasked with dismantling EPRDF, Ethnic politics, the current ethnic pseudo-federalism, replace TPLF’s constitution and hand over to elected civilian government based on citizen based politics with in a year or two.


May God help us to save our country and our people.



  1. “At present the only national institution which is not legally promoted under ethnic tones and underpinning is the Ethiopia’s National Defence Force.”
    “(T)he National Defence Force has to take the responsibility to save the country for short period to root out the root cause of the last 28 years poison and hand over to civilian government through genuine election.”

    You are either a complete moron or a Woyane rat or both! In any case, you are too simplistic to overview the political situation the country is in. Your infantile whining is typical of an ordinary TPLF foot soldier or a newborn ultra-nationalist ala NaMA (ABN)! Keep your political dirt to your peers!

  2. Are you serious? I want to think that you are just kidding around. Military rule? You must be one from the millennium generation who have no experience living under a military regime. I can’t believe this!!!!

  3. I may add this to my previous comment. Once the military is given the opportunity to dabble its hands in the business of politics and running a country, it is in its regimen and upbringing to stay the course until some concocted objectives are met. These objectives are usually excused upon the ‘security and sovereignty of the country’. We would be told that the safety of the citizens is the utmost priority. Then this is followed by the declaration of curfews and marshal laws. Peaceful demonstrations will be outlawed and the population would be told the rules are there for them to follow to the letter. That is put into practice by arrests and such arrests will create anger followed by confrontations and shootings. I could find one and only one military rule that led to a democratic and civilian rule. That was those ‘exception to the rule’ military officers of the 1950’s Costa Rica. Those were not even from a military group from the barracks. They were rebels and former officers from the military who rebelled in a united front and overthrew a dictator and his allied communist groups. The junta that was set up in 1949 stayed in office for 4 years until 1953. Costa Rica has been a jewel in that troubled region for more than 65 years now. In Ethiopia we don’t have a dictator ruling the country now and therefore no need for a rebellion. What is desperately needed is for the opposition to wake up and make a hard decision to form a united opposition party and leave the military out of it. Those who are itching for the country to descend into a bloody civil war and mayhem are mainly those bigots who have made up their minds not live in harmony and a union with their long time neighbors. Those bigots from my own ethnic group are on loose telling everyone that our noble neighbors from Amhara don’t want to live with my own Oromos. Those bigots from Amhara region as of late are hitting the pavement telling my noble neighbors that Oromos don’t want Amharas in their hoods. The Somali bigots are telling the same about the Afars and Oromos and vice versa. Bigots are let loose in our Blessed hoods which was put together not humans but by The Almighty Our Creator to show the rest of humanity that for more than 80 ethnic groups to live in a union however it is an imperfect union is all possible and practical. That is why the devil is let loose riding on the backs of these faceless bigots to send the country asunder. Then, according to their plan, they will be able to carve out territories to claim as their personal fiefdom. We have already been told that the old country is a myth that exists only in the minds of lost souls. We have been told such a lie since the 1960’s. But that will be futile even though the devil will quench his thirst for human blood in the violence his slave bigots will be able to ignite.

  4. Those proven bigots in Tigray have been camping out in their hood telling the noble people of Tigray that they are hated just because they are from Tigray. They are dreaming about regrouping back to the ‘good ole days’ prior to the 19th century. But I don’t think the proud people of Tigray will stoop down to the level of those bigots infesting their blessed region.

  5. Mr Muluken given the scare that is coming out of Ethiopia, on can’t judge you harshly, cause the situation is getting out of hand every single day . However, the solution you propose is going to exacerbate rather than cure the situation. Although the law ranking members Ethiopian army are made up from all nationality Ethiopia, they high echelon is not as unified as you might assume, after all for 27 years TPLF had a complete monopoly of it. So to relay on Ethiopian army to save Ethiopia is a complete misreading of the Ethiopian political dynamics. Even it was a unified army no one want to be under military dictatorship. If we invite theme to power,that is what they will become. We had that for 17 years and we know what become of Ethiopia, when derg collapsed. The only option we Ethiopians have at this time is to really engage politically so that Abey is not going off the rail. The Ethiopian national army is still a potent force when rightly used. The army should have an organized way of communicating to Ethiopian people and in no way should appear to side on side of another. The army have to state objectively its finding, not get in speculation. In recent past the army seems to make a press statement before it has all the facts. Abey’s soft spot for radical or any kind who are agitating to cause conflict between Ethiopian nationals regardless of its source has to be swift, and credible. His soft handling of Jewar and his mob army, and his finger wiggling against Eskenders peaceful movement is a case in point. The justice ministry should have taken the lead in enforcing the rule of law. Unfortunately, the lady seems to be sleeping on the wheel. she should have strengthened the regional and the national judicial system and use the existing constitution to enforce the law. That could have dilatory effect on the degree of lawlessness. When all Ethiopians get involved Abey would have a better chance of succeeding. As a Politician we see a sign of vacillating on his part, but if the public is organized know what they want and act, he can take bolder actions as he did at the beginning of his admiration. A call for Coup d’état not something we should consider under any circumstances.

  6. High time to enforcing law and order to averting the animosity and hatred ignited here and there,to realising democratic and sustainable unity of our country and peoples. To realise this noble goal, advise and supprt PM Abiy.

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