Tsadkan Gebretensae retired TPLF general, now a businessman, calls for the formation of independent commission if Ethiopia is to survive from impending danger, according to a report published yesterday by Reporter Newspaper whose owner is former TPLFcombatant.
In an exclusive interview with the aforementioned newspaper, Tsadkan is cited as saying that “the current situation in the country is beyond the control and management capabilities of the current system…”
And he thinks that “only an independent commission” is capable of rescuing Ethiopia “from any unforeseen fate that awaits it”, a remark which seems to emphasize the ruling coalition of ethnic-based parties is incapable of resolving the political crisis that the country is living.
In his view, the commission to be established need to be free from Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) control and the purpose, according to Tsadkan’s wish, to level the political playing field for a period of two years and prepare the country for election.
As to the role of EPRDF, he says it will be treated other political parties but in the meantime, the government will carry out running offices. The Independent Commission whose establishment he is proposing is to work under the Office of the President of the Federation and EPRDF will not be allowed to be a member.
What he is indirectly suggesting seems to be for EPRDF to continue ruling the country until next general election, perhaps something that does not sit well with expressed aspirations in the ongoing popular protests which is an end to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) dominated ruling coalition.
His suggestion for “Independent Commission” to work under the office of the president of Federation for two years does not seem to give consideration to the possibility that Ethiopians perhaps need systemic change rather than continuity.
Last week, Tsadkan Gebretensae turned down invitation by VOA Amharic to discuss the current situation in Ethiopia along with four other opposition politicians.
Ethiopian opposition figures, including the recently released chairman of Oromo Federalist Congress, Merera Gudina, have been calling for a national dialogue which fell on deaf ear.
On the other hand, pledges made by the ruling coalition during completion of executive committee meeting sometime in December of 2017 are essentially dishonored.For example, releasing political prisoners without any precondition, which was meant to serve as a public confidence-building measure, is vanishing. This week the regime announced that it will release more than 700 prisoners at the Federal and regional levels including a prominent journalist and blogger Eskinder Nega and Andualem Arage, an opposition figure, and Ethiopian Muslim committee members who were elected to advance the causes of Ethiopian Muslims.
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