Tigray would fight whoever, trying to destabilize its peace
‘It is now, not the past 27 years, which is dark.
Being ready to all sorts of scenarios is of much significance.’ Dr. #Debretsion
Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael, President, ##Tigray regional state, in a statement yesterday said that the current crisis has nothing to do with establishing a new party by merging #EPRDF to one national party. The issue is about self-administration. It is all about either multi ethnic federalism should be sustained or not.
The situation is about establishing a new party in the name of merging EPRDF.
It is undertaking whatsoever it really needs in the pretext of what EPRDF had decided in #Hawassa, Debretsion mentioned. It’s OK; a new party could be established. However, it should not be in the name of EPRDF and merger, he added.
From the very beginning, it was #TPLF that initiated the issue of establishing one national party by merging the constituent parties of the front because all of them had similar programs. According to him, they didn’t have any differences in their programs except the language they use unlike now.
The program of the new party is completely different from that of EPRDF. It is new contrary to what was agreed in Hawassa.
Debretsion asserted that it must be noted that the council of EPRDF is not, from the very beginning, legally authorized to decide on merger. And the same is true for the council of TPLF and those of other similar parties.
In Hawassa, EPRDF had decided and agreed not to have any program change which was contrary to what is being practically carried out at this very moment, he reiterated.
If truth has to be told, the agreement reached in Hawassa was to maintain developmental state. Now the program is totally changed. That is why it is not EPRDF, rather about establishing a new party in the pretext of the merger, Debretsion accentuated. .
Therefore, it is not, as they say, TPLF which is sulkily disrupting the normal situation; but they themselves are violating all the agreements reached in Hawassa, he further pointed out.
Now, the unelected party with such a new program has to either stick to the program of the party (EPRDF) that Ethiopians have given their votes till the coming national election or to hand over its power, he stressed.
As to the president, the new party must, therefore, choose either of these two alternatives. Otherwise, it would be dangerous and impossible to continue in the pretext of EPRDF or by changing it to other such a new party.
In the case of TPLF, the final decision is of the People of Tigray. It is the council of TPLF that has a final say on the issue. And the same is true for the case of other regions though that of Tigray is a bit different.
For this reason, the party has already decided to call a meeting in the coming recent days to decide on the matter, the president stated. TPLF has already taken a stance. So the people would either support that decision or take a corrective measure against it.
It is a time of decision making. However, there would not be a rush decision making that makes the people of Tigray at risk. It is not the time to show one’s bravery, he signified.
As indicated by Debretsion, the new party has clearly stated in its guideline that regions with big population size would be superior to those with small population size. And this is completely contrary to what all the Ethiopian nations, nationalities and peoples have been fighting against to ensure equality.
“So, there would be superior and inferior. We will never accept that. And we do not believe that others would accept it too,” he echoed.
Debretsion further stressed that it is now, not the past 27 years, which is dark.
In his statement, Debretsion assured that the center of all of his government’s activities is the interest of the people of Tigray. There is no any compromise in this regard.
“We would never do anything that endangers the interest of our people. That is why we are undertaking things carefully unlike the others in a rush. We see things critically,” he said adding “We don’t have to worry about what we would be tomorrow. We can be whatsoever we want, the alternatives are out there. But, there are still lots of issues we should still consider.”
However, Tigray would fight any enemy who tries to destabilize its peace and anyone who violates rule of law, Debretsion underlined. Tigray would not have the shoulder to tolerate such intolerable challenges.
“But, we should never be consumed with the establishment of a new party, the merger or else. We must further strengthen the efforts we already started in Tigray. In this regard, we should push the efforts to ensure good governance and prosper Tigray forward,” he underscored.
Debretsion further emphasized that being ready to all sorts of scenarios is of much significance. Nevertheless, it must be also noted that there is nothing that the people of Tigray and their party could be confused by so long as they are taking the right path, he restated.