By Kebour Ghenna
November 6, 2018
Fast ten years ahead, I hope to tell my granddaughter that once upon a time, Ethiopia came into bloodshed. Many believe that ethnic extremism will capture that day and that the country is destined for chaos of violence. In the end, the visionary leadership of Abye Ahmed and Team Lema proved them wrong.
Jumping back to 2018, Addis Ababians (and Diaspora) remain highly controlled by Dr. Abye and Tim Lema (is there really a team?)
… and why Dr. Abye and Tim Lema are still so amazing?
One of the main reasons is that these people, by some miraculous actions, not only defeated and pursued the TPLF thugs and henchmen, they, and especially Abye Ahmed (AA), had the courage to do what the ordinary Prime Minister would not do … managing a revolution; and he has done it with so much style, sophistication, talent, and intelligence. That might mark the end of an era.
Let me share my five favorite resting places so far: Peace with Eritrea, open political space for all, freedom of the press, a team of ministers who for the first time in the country's history are balanced between men and women, and pushup actions with the rebels.
No, Dear Reader this person (AA) can walk on water and be able to perform miracles. He really tried to make us believe that the present government is a saint, that (the government) is afraid of us … citizens? But we are not fools. Cover with sweet myths at the end of the day we know the government uses a big stick to get what it wants.
However, there is nothing wrong for citizens to start thinking about Ethiopia as a possible success story as long as they understand that the post-TPLF transition is still not finished. Reformation takes time, and progress depends on the patient's win-win agreement, attention, and honesty. Leaving a win-win transaction is the only way to find out what people want … and the only way for them to get it. The win-lose agreement imposed by the government is an obstacle to growth and progress.
Meanwhile, to claim the crown in 2020, there are three problems that Abye Ahmed must consider, before time runs out:
1. Form a Special Committee for Election Reform that will consult widely with Ethiopians from north to south and from east to west. The aim is to increase the representation of our political system, making sure the proposed system works effectively and fairly for all nations and nationalities. The Committee must, among other things, deal with the issue of public funding for political parties, identify and conduct studies of electoral systems that are feasible to replace the first-past-the-post system, develop cases for or against parliamentary democracy, examine mandatory voting , made an E-Consultation on Election Reform to invite Ethiopians living abroad to look at this issue, etc … and much more. The big challenge here is to try to find a system where pluses are bigger than minus.
2. Form a Task Force that will identify actions to address Government regulations that do not need to be burdensome, complicated, excessive, or duplicate to release business transformation. It is clear that business in Ethiopia is experiencing too many regulations and, in many cases, this regulation imposes excessive and unnecessary costs on businesses. The main focus should not be on such policies, but rather on undue costs for business in implementing policies through regulations. In short, the task force must be tasked with identifying future agendas consisting of around 80-100 reforms to existing regulations that will encourage growth. In addition, the task force must also inform how the processes and institutions responsible for regulation can be improved to avoid the same problems just reappearing.
3. Reform of the state justice structure. This is useful at this time for the federal and regional governments to take a direct role in forming the national court system. And because it is very important to maintain control over the quality of judges and the opportunity for patronage for prestigious judicial positions in the nation's most senior courts, governments (regional and federal) must agree to allow the federal government with the authority to appoint judges to regional superior courts – it is superior courts and appeal in each region. As a consequence, in each state, there will be a court system created at the regional level where lower courts – where most of the country's legal business takes place – are managed by appointed judges by the province. In the same province, a higher court, which hears a trial involving serious criminal offenses, a civil suit involving an amount above the specified limit, and an appeal from a provincial lower court, supervised by a judge appointed federally.
Anyway the person knows what to do and how to do it …
Editor's Note : This article first appeared on the Kebour Ghenna Facebook page.
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