The Patient Diagnosing the Doctors

Painkillers are a temporary measure to reduce distress, while failing altogether to get to the root cause of the problem. It is through a similar response that the EPRDF are attempting to appease the frustrations and rebellions of an increasing number of the Ethiopian population. This is evidenced in the current delays in the commencement of Ethiopia's academic year, with meetings being held to temporary dampen the heat, as opposed to cutting off additional fuel for the fire.

When politicians hold power by hook or by crook, history has shown us that they fall prey to losing their sense of acceptable judgment of their own morality, often going beyond their limits to the extent of extending that power to override knowledge.

This is revealed when they try to lecture on subjects they know little about, without being able to identify carefully to whom they are delivering their lectures and under what circumstances they impart their missions.

Accumulated dissatisfaction and resentment, brought forward from years boiling under the surface, reached a boiling point almost a year ago and exploded. The measures taken at the time were regarded by many as little more than an outdated painkiller – and, as all the experts in the field tell us, painkillers have their immunising drawbacks. This seemed to take little to prove itself correct.

What could have been responded to in good time with care went out of hand and the peaceful protests that flared up here and there got stronger and spread, embracing issues of socio-economic and cultural manifestations.

Political observers trace back the recent upheaval to the results of the last election, which was a laughing matter – even at the US state Department. All the Parliament seats were won by the ruling party and its associates.

Right after the elections were over, the ruling party took the view that most members of the opposition were in fact enemies of the country. The party drafted and approved the so-called anti-terrorism bill.

Courtesy of some members of the media who are doing professional reporting, we heard a few highlights of the discourse one senior politician had at Addis Abeba University.

As part of the usual schedule, all the public or private institutions ought to have started normal classes by this time of the year. But this year it has become delayed. We recall that Shiferaw Shigute, the Minister of Education, told us of the decision of the government to postpone normal school function by two weeks, stating that all staff members and students should take some orientation or discussion on current issues and government policies during that period.

The senior political elite, who had been at different university meetings with scholars, found out that bringing about solutions to the current situation is difficult. They highlighted the extent of the problem, which is more than just a sheer wound that requires not salt but better medicines to heal.

The general plan of these meetings are nothing but evasive steps passed down this academia to ameliorate, or cool down, the political heat by the temporary fire extinguishing squads.

There are some sympathisers, who express their dismay that the situation has reached the stage where it is like a patient trying to diagnose the doctor and prescribe some painkillers. Painkillers, we are told, could end up affecting the resisting characters intrinsic in the body of the patient.

By Girma Feyissa

Published on Oct 04,2016 [ Vol 17 ,No 857]



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