Response to Fekade Shewakena’s article
Lidetu, of all his sacrifices that we all admire, is a pioneer in establishing a multi national party since the EPDRF cling on to power, and as such, it was his courage that pull out the elites from their ethnic enclaves so that they acted in such similar way until moving forward in crafting how an integrated coalition could viably occur. After the creation of E.D.P, the leadership of the party did not only play a prominent role in galvanizing the public, but also did encourage the youth to engage in political activism.
With such a noble, cautiously handled courage and wisdom, Lidetu was favored by many, including a wide spectrum of elites, in particular instance you, a teacher and political henchman of the DERG regime in Addis ababa university was his supporter, as you testified in your article— but the astonishing thing, is that you were amid those who supported him with out literally knowing what he stands for, and the same was true for the hate that some entertain as result of the 2005 election. The leap from one extreme end to another completely opposing extreme end was the problem for most of the elites, and this is one, among the very few factors that complicates the political process about the opposition parties.
You stated that Lidetu’s intellectual stature is no where near to that of Dr.Yakob, Dr. Hailu Araya and former defense Minister of the armed forces of Ethiopia, Ato Seye Abirha. For me and undoubtedly for many others, the sole standard for measuring intellectual stature would not rely solely on possessing B.S or PHD, but wining minds and hearts of a good number of all walks of people in a society so as to exert it in to a force of social, political and economical dynamics is which one simply could not easily achieve it, when it comes with him I bet too many will agree.
The other simple element is as to whether or not one had a far-reaching accomplishment in a period, where a nation’s citizens are in a state of confusion, therefore Lidetu, by any form of comparison, could not lack the sort of intellectual stature, except otherwise you wanted him to solve a century old mathematics, like Gregory Perelman of the poincare’s conjecture.
Your response as hastily as it was, misinformed people when mentioning the name of Dr. Hailu Ariya, where as Lidutu was heard saying that he responded back to Dr. Negasu. Unlike you, the reason why these people cease responding was not aimed at ignoring him or contempt to him, but for they envisage what the degree of intensity of his response might become, and hence remaining as if nothing happened was a viable decision.
Lidetu and his party emerged with a brand ideology —distancing away from a zeal advancing by the ruling party and a zeal promoted by the opposition parties on the other end; this liberal idea was which you distorted in simple terms, by saying that Lidetu came to tell us that we appreciate when the government is doing good and criticize when doing bad.
He did not confine himself with simple issue as you stressed above, but his big volume of book which stressed on the current political situation and political parties in the pre EPDRF and the after math of the Derg regime; the issues in this book will enhance the generation focus on swaying away from the usual gridlock and proceed with smart thoughts that could be measurable,, attainable and transform the economic growth incessantly.
The book is titled “Medlot ”meaning, “ scale, ” such an outstanding book which was admired by many in the country, is one I call it a doctrine Lidetu exerted his scholarly persona.
In literal expressions, this idea is noble, because: it is opening the door for a new opinions which eject the age-old style of me-me-me-me; I will represent you, I could speak for you, I am the one who knows what you want—the era of exclusion which hampered the prosperity and democratization of the country needs to cease, is what he meant, his second book reveals this and so many other issues of the country, I am sure you did not read it, because I can tell from your article.
His ideas will flourish simply because it opened the eyes of the generation of his sort, as it is a mere fact, this generation is responsible for the future of Ethiopia which will never have a government of exclusion, marginalization and imposing citizens against their will.
In the end, do not forget, Mr. Shewakena, Lidetu was not spending his almost twenty years of life playing soccer game, but doing politics, a sort of disliked by EPDRF, those who missed Derg and the kings, the we only ones, the insecure ones and the likes; amid such an intricacy, Lidetu rise as tantamount to as the best political figure so far.
Every one was talking about Lidetu’s request for political asylum in the U.S, the dissemination of his request was simply to pull him away from the political centrifugal force so that he be crippled; and thus the creation of such a situation especially was meant a defeat for those who enviously hate him, but a strength for him—he went back to Ethiopia where the real political business, the people, the ruling party, opposition parties and the peaceful struggle is available.
I have a great admiration for the leadership of E.D.P in particular and the members in general, for the vision and courage they posses in a period of perplexity and enigma.
He is back for he knew he would make it sooner or later. Alas!