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The Kinijit split and the birth of democracy

By  Maimire Mennasemay, Ph.D

Ethiopia was not made in a day; nor democracy. I would like to look at the Kinijit split from a historical and philosophical perspective.

The birth of Kinjit in 2005 was a political earthquake of the like Ethiopia has never known.Its eruption surprised both its enemies and friends. It revealed to all that powerful democratic forces inhabit the interstices of Ethiopian society.

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  1. Getnet
    December 29, 2007 at 4:30 pm

    With all due respect to Maimire Mennasemay, I don’t see the public’s sphere that was created ether by Kinjit or any other body, not at least in Adds where I am vacationing. I’d like to see people taking interest in their own political, economical and cultural affairs and making informed discussion about them. Contrary to you claim that is not what is happening. I have seen a couple of Amharic newspapers carrying news of the split, most of which are recycling of what is published in Ethic-America websites. But few people bother to discuss the issue.
    I have come across many young people who take excessive interest in English football but not in the kinjit politics.
    I am afraid there isn’t any invaluable achievement to be cultivated.

  2. Yaya
    December 29, 2007 at 5:28 pm

    I suspect you haven’t read the article thoroughly, otherwise you haven’t interpreted it the way you did. The writer never said the public sphere was created in Ethiopia but rather used ‘seeds of such sphere’. The discussion in the websites, blogs, and newspapers are indication that they exist.
    The people you have seen taking interest tin football are behind the discussion. I agree whole heartedly with the writer that ethnic spheres are being eroded. Yes if kinjit dies, it will be a death with a resurrection announced.

  3. Juru
    December 29, 2007 at 9:56 pm

    Thanks Getnet for your honest observation. There’s always a political reality clash in the minds of Diasporas wishful thinking and what’s happening in the land of Ethiopia. We all know that there was a birth of Kinijit , we all got excited to witness at least a fair political change process and then the party members bad behaviours turned to a bad dream. We Ethiopians (my opinion) are suspicious society by nature and i’m not sure how we’re going to dust it off these mess and gain trust in Kinijit like party.

  4. Alethia
    December 29, 2007 at 10:45 pm

    Hi Juru:

    If you’d like to read an article on how much the behavior of Ethiopians (in my language “character”) is among the fundamental problems that easily manifests in the life of our political leadership, I want to encourage you to read an article that I just wrote for Addis Voice, if you’ve an access to it. You might not if you live in Ethiopia as many would tell me. If you’d like to participate in a discussion that I’d like to be part of upon reading that article, I can ask the blogger for Addis Journal to post it here.

    This is not a back-handed way of promoting my small piece by any means. I just wanted to point at an article that addresses your concern and that is it.

    That said, there is a solution for Ethiopia’s problems as I think and it’s within our hands but it might not happen even within a life time of a generation. It takes a radical change or transformation of the society and that is not an overnight process. It all starts with a radical change in an individual Ethiopian’s life, moves into a community’s life and a society’s but that is a very complicated and prolonged yet very workable process.

    It took only a decade or so to change the mindset of millions of Ethiopians with the Marxist-Leninist idea in order to get confirmed Marxists, right? Some were willing to die for such ideas, in my opinion, which were ideas not worth dying for at all. We can replace values that most of us hold as Ethiopians by intrinsically better values that would make us better people. How can be do that? How can we change? I think there are ways and most of such ways are still within our reach.

    Let’s discuss such ways but then first it all starts with admitting that there is something wrong about us. What is that which is wrong about us, Ethiopians? My article that I mentioned above touches some of these issues. It’s titled, “Reflections on Fekade Shewaken’s Artcile.”



  5. Endlakachew
    December 30, 2007 at 9:40 am

    Maimire might have exaggerated. Not a lack of information or awareness, I guess, about the political apathy prevalent in the country but it seems to me more out of a sincere and well-intended attempt to point out and bring into our attention, the tiny emerging tend that might have been overlooked, thereby giving reassurance for those might have been disappointed by the political saga that is turning uglier and uglier everyday. The public sphere-whatever the size and intensity-is a sure sign of a development of durable and vigorous democracy.
    But Maimire also observed that those, with a nominal or actual interest in the current politics are engaged in exchanges that are at times irrational, flippant, divisive and dishonest. We might disagree with it, as it is what the writer is trying to celebrate, but the way I see it takes wisdom, courage and sanguinity to see hope in such political and perhaps societal crisis, in which some are reacting antagonistically, to keep believing things will keep going in some form or other. We have no other choice but to keep going if we have as long as we need each other.

  6. Endlakachew
    December 30, 2007 at 9:41 am

    Soory for the typo i mean trend, not tend in the fifth line.

  7. Shumye
    December 30, 2007 at 4:43 pm

    Yes there are lots of young people who spend a great deal of time watching and discussion football. I have all the appreciation for them. They are frank and committed about what they like. They have found their passion and zeal something that makes sense. It is you who are foolish trying to blame them for apathy or any stupid idea which you are not what the hell are about. Just because you are all goddamn politicians or fake literary people, you think that gave you the right to down play them. I suggest you‘d better look at yourself. All you do is name drop the name of writers whose works you haven’t grasped appropriately. Use writers like Tsegaye or Debebe to attach young writers. You form circles and eulogize each other.
    Those football zealots are not pretentious like you. They are down to earth. I will always support them, not conceited people you.

  8. Getnet
    December 31, 2007 at 8:09 am

    If you are refering to me, I wasn’t trying to downplay anyone.I don’t know what you are angry at.

  9. Getnet
    December 31, 2007 at 8:30 am

    it seems to me that EPDRF is celebrating the party that was arranged by Kinijit.

  10. Juru
    December 31, 2007 at 3:40 pm

    Obviously, you’re a football fan, however, i’m confused from your comment. I thought Getnet used “football interest” as a metaphore than blaming them. Come down, okay.

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