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The Politics of Mockery

During the parliamentary meeting on the current crisis in Somalia last week, Dr. Negasso Gidada, an independent MP, suggested the lasting solution to the Horn of Africa region will come about only by letting ethnic groups exercise thier rights which he specifically meant self-determination and secession.

The Prime Minister in a charateristics bluntnes retorted that this reminded him of a Tigrigna saying that says ‘Yemogn zefen andnew’, which literally means ‘ A fool has only one song’, that sent the whole parliament into laughter.While I am not fond of the idea of secession, I take exception to the impudence with which the Prime Minister responded to the MP.

A liberal constitution that has gone as far as granting the very thing Dr. Negasso is demanding has now proved unable to ensure the basic freedom of expression.

Mocking people who don’t conform to our views is an easy course to take.But it could be a dangerous weapon that fuel an already volitile situation.

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  1. Mamitu
    January 11, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    Excuse Moi!!! Excuse the French but isn’t that what the PM help Eritrea do (secede), I see that the standards that the PM uses are lop sided.

  2. Tedi
    January 19, 2007 at 12:08 pm

    Yeah, ethnic groups in this country have to be allowed to go their own separate way. I know this is hard to swallow for many of us around here but that is the only and final solution. I can’t see anything that would unite as to stand as a nation.
    So let us have a clean separation.If this doesn’t happen,I don’t like to think of what is going to follow next.

  3. alem
    January 19, 2007 at 5:45 pm

    Aref, you last wrote on your blog 10 days ago. I hope all is well with you:)

  4. Arefe
    January 20, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    Yeah, I am safe and sound.
    It was a combination of a little sinifina, slow internet connection and a day’s trip to Shahemene that I blogged about.
    Thanks for reading.

  5. Fofi
    February 15, 2007 at 7:23 am

    The trouble with Meles is …………he constantly confuses honesty with rudeness.He takes pride in bluntness, not realizing how his abrasive comments could be despicable to others.

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