An Open Letter to the Chairman of the TPLF and Members of the TPLF Central Committee: Wake Up! Your Ethnic-Based Apartheid Government has Made You the Prisoners of a Self-Destructive Future! Only Morally Righteous and Genuine Actions will Free You Now!
The purpose of this letter is to invite the Chairman of the TPLF, members of the TPLF Central Committee, and our Tigrayan brothers and sisters to enter into a process where we would start talking to each other rather than about each other; ultimately leading to a national reconciliation effort. Also, I want to be careful to distinguish between the TPLF and the people of Tigray. I am addressing those in power, not the people of Tigray in general, who are often unfairly lumped together with the TPLF.
I am not writing this letter out of hatred, but out of love because there is so much bitterness and generalized resentment towards our Tigrayan brothers and sisters because they are so closely associated by ethnicity to the ethnic policies of the TPLF. Because of this, we are stuck in an impossible situation.
Is the TPLF/EPRDF an ethnic-based-apartheid government?
To answer this question, just look at Ethiopia’s major institutions, especially those with the greatest power and reach. Then decide for yourself if they are politically and ethnically neutral. Look at the Ministry of Federal Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT), the Ethiopian Federal Police, the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, the Ministry of Revenue and Customs Authority and the Ethiopian Radio and News Agency.
There are also others that are important, as well as those within civil society, but by looking at these key institutions, you will easily see that they all are heavily monopolized by people of Tigrayan ethnicity and TPLF party affiliation. Where someone of different ethnicity and/or party holds a top position, like in the case of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, you will often find that those second in line, hold the real power.
Strong, effective and independent institutions are fundamental to a well-functioning, free and stable society. In this case, these institutions are led by individuals with the competence, experience, character and a commitment to its mission and goals; however, under authoritarian regimes, these key institutions are led by regime cronies whose loyalty to the power-holders and their prolonged existence are primary, with the usual results being favoritism, injustice, oppression, exploitation, corruption, incompetence and increasing public discontent.
Under ethnic-based apartheid regimes, those in positions of control are predominantly from one ethnic group and/or one ethnic-based political party. They must spout unreserved loyalty to the regime’s political views and goals and if they do, such adherence is rewarded with top appointments, impunity, power, opportunity and other perks—as long as one rigorously complies with the ruling party’s agenda. Judge for yourself whether or not the TPLF/EPRDF is an ethnic-based apartheid government.
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