Fetsum: The current situation under the surveillance of the third-eye (PART II)

Fetsum: The current situation under the surveillance of the third-eye (PART II) In my last article, I said “our people are now conscious enough to seek freedom and justice in Eritrea through their revolution without depending

Fetsum: The current situation under the surveillance of the third-eye (PART II)

In my last article, I said “our people are now conscious enough to seek freedom and justice in Eritrea through their revolution without depending on the political groups.” By that, I meant only at organizational or mobilization level of the socio-political game because they are getting organized by themselves without parasitic attachment to the civic and political groups.

The Eritrean people have finally approached the end of dictatorship in so far as Isaias Afwerki as a system was concerned. We are approaching the end of the long tunnel, just a step away from making Eritrea one of the best democracies in Africa through universally crafted CONCEPTUAL UNITY on our immediate challenge (transitional government to democracy). We are  very close to close this chapter of our resistance and fully concentrate on his removal with confidence and security. I am not saying the people don’t understand this objective reality but we cannot afford facing the transition period without solid conceptual unity on the mandatory independence of the transitional government from the political parties.

The fact remains, that we have everything in place for correct democracy to reign in the country; decent, hardworking and obedient people, harmonious ethnic and religious groups, highly educated intellectuals and professionals and people that appreciate peaceful coexistence with our neighbors. We are also blessed with many civic and political groups that can in conceptual unison build democracy on the graveyard of dictatorship. Our society is conditioned to achieve sustained democracy from here on depending on how much we learned from our experiences and how wisely we utilize our resources based on the universal conventions of democracy. We need to scientifically face the incoming challenge to enjoy democracy forever because a slip out of its genuine process can drive the society to another chaos and dictatorship.

It is simple and here is the deal: Our struggle for freedom is impossible to succeed without tight conceptual unity between the civic and the political societies. Neither the interest of the people nor that of the political parties’ can be secured without this fundamental coexistence.

Dear Eritreans; we have gone through decades of experimentation to get to this critical final round of the fight. This is a playoff time where the people and the political parties must team up and work for the incoming transitional government by the book (clearly identifying their roles in the democratic process of the nation). This is the time where both elements of the society should initiate the foundation of the government by supporting each other and respecting their specific political roles to defend the nation from another disaster. The society needs security about its political future and the opposition camp should collectively deliver it by universal law. The people need strong political parties with good national programs and the political parties need rule of law from the people to create correct democratic ambiance by which they come to political power. The two components of the society are mutually interdependent in view of democracy and have a common enemy in dictatorship.

Then we have the Army, a  variable element in the equation that constructively or destructively serves society based on the quality of the relationship between the people and the political parties. The Sudanese people would never have achieved the current promising transitional government had the soldiers been the only actors of the change. Fortunately, the elite class and political parties were tight enough to substantially control the political future of the country behind the highly mobilized mass despite all attempts of the army to install another dictatorship, of course in the name of feck DEMOCRACY as usual. The political parties were in synch with the elite class and both sects harmonically performed their interdependent designated roles: for the people to manage the process of democracy through a NEUTRAL TRANSITIONAL GOVERNMENT and for the political parties to organize themselves for power strictly abided by the laws of the people. This was agreed upon by the elite class in the midst of the uprising and there was no confusion when they reached the pinnacle of the fight that toppled president Bashir out of the way. The political parties are today organizing themselves for election leaving the law and the transitional government for the people to manage. Once again, I will chronologically discuss the Sudanese journey to democracy somewhere in this series.

Our difference on what type of democracy we should have (liberal democracy or secular democracy) can wait till we arrive at the transitional phase of our history upon the devil’s dissolution, but there is only one condition for the harmonic relationship between the people and the political parties in our situation: Acceptance that the transitional government’s neutrality or independence is mandatory for its successful performance including managing free election with independent electoral committee observable by UN sponsored international forces without internal interference. Acceptance that the executive branch of the incoming transitional government be composed of NEUTRAL elements from the people independent of the political parties while its legislative brunch remains open for all citizens of the land with the people’s representation acquiring the majority of its sits by law.

I don’t know about other Eritreans but I believe the underlined points can produce the badly needed CONCEPTUAL UNITY that can swiftly diffuse the dictator in favor of genuine democracy in the country. We are in deep trouble, otherwise!!

In the meantime, few important events have developed today as a matter of necessity that we have to take advantage of shuffling the cards to win the game.

  1. a)        The dictator has exhausted his intelligence and potentials as a function of time and circumstances. Space and time are fast shrinking for him at Adi Hallo where he spends his uncertain time coloring and twisting his mustache. Change will come one way or another!
  2. b)        People at home are struggling in their capacities. The people’s movement (Yiakil, etc.) has created a favorite scenario for us to encourage its progress towards global unification under common leadership in Diaspora. The global leadership anticipated to be achieved through the movement will have to serve as the back bone of the revolution that instructs the people to simultaneously act (demonstrations, cultural events, discussions, etc.) through one global chain of command, depending on the situations. We hope to see an all inclusive organization of our intellectuals and professional to navigate the political (conceptual) dimension of the movement like the Sudanese people did in the ongoing revolution (to be discussed in detail in the near future).
  3. c)         Direct communication link between the Diaspora and the people in the country has been highly upgraded thanks to Assenna and other channels in the category. The social media has produced quiet a few activists from within the young generation that are currently teaching the people from all angles of the planet.
  4. d)        The final topic of interest is fast shrinking towards the most critical subject matter of the society; how to transit the society to democracy!
  5. e)        BAYTO has opened the stage for everybody to exchange ideas without anyone dominating the show. It has also disclosed its CHARTER to the public for discussion.
  6. f)         It has been a while since DENVER SINIT disclosed its MANIFESTO to the public for discussion. The group had recently announced its CHARTER and we shall together enjoy it with positive energy no matter what happened in the past.
  7. g)        GI is discussing the matter and will hopefully disclose its position on the subject as soon as possible. I hope others will do theirs to this end obvious saying we can very, very, very much utilize the many professors in EGS in this prospect.
  8. h)        There is a group of high caliber intellectuals and diplomats calledEritrea Focusworking on how to transit the society to democracy and we hope they will bring something to the table soon; needless saying their prompt contribution would play an extremely important role in this aspect.
  9. i)          An extraordinary coincidence (Sudanese democratic journey) is taking place today under the very organized Sudanese intellectuals, law abiding political parties and the tightly unified mass at large. We can use their scientific revolution as our prototype or model for transition to democracy because of the similarities of our situations and also because they are executing the process by the rule! Once again, I will discuss this in detail!

Folks! Bayto’s and DENVER SINIT’s exposure of their respective CHARTERs is indeed a great opportunity that opens the door for other inputs to engage into a collective output that conceptually unites the people in Diaspora. We can now work on something materially concrete to positively enhance the vibrant environment transparently. As for clarity,  a CHARTER is a ‘written proposal as to how our country’s legislative or sovereign power, and its rights and privileges should be processed in the transitional period to democracy and far beyond. It is a document that describes the powers, duties and structures of a government and the rights of citizens.’ This is a golden opportunity to create a common understanding of the subject matter before we formally enter the transition stage at the expense of the dictatorship.

In conclusion, objective knowledge illuminates subjective logic and a universal impression centralizes scattered opinions of a concept in question. This is why, it becomes necessary for us to learn about other experiences of transitions to accept the constants (applicable elements such as universally accepted values of the subject matter), blend them with the variables (unique issues of our society) and arrive at legitimate transitional authority acceptable to the international community (UN, AU, etc.). I will present the Bayto’s and SINIT’s Charters in the next series and we will together at minimum compare and contrast with the Liberian and Sudanese transitional experiences. We can also include Somalia’s transition to democracy and even more, upon demand as few cases in the long list of points concerning the generic human experience of transiting a society to democracy through independent transitional governments. This is the voice of the people and please participate and enjoy the show!

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23 COMMENTS
  • k.tewolde September 17, 2019

    ‘The Sudanese people would never have achieved the current promising transitional government had the soldiers been the only actors of the change.’>>>>>>the trademark of dictatorships around the world, showcasing or politicizing the military ex. the recent sawa hardware parade,forget a nation struggling to feed itself and hustles its diaspora for 2% contribution to its GDP,even in the US of A with its apocalyptic arsenal,putting out a few tanks in the mall on a national holiday was highly controversial. Folks,we need to get away from this old militaristic way of thinking we learned decades ago,ordinary people working together can wield more power than a mounted cruise missile for display, Fitsum pleads, ‘Dear Eritreans; we have gone through decades of experimentation to get to this critical final round of the fight.’>>> Let’s punch it in and call it a day and bring the righteous owners of the land home.

  • tewelde Gebremariam September 17, 2019

    The 1997 ratified Eritrean Constitution, which was adopted by the consensus of majority of Eritreans, is and must remain the sole charter of the country. Although the impostor isaias afewerk has held it hostage for the last twenty one years in order to advance his hidden agenda, nevertheless, it remains to be the sole Will of the Eritrean people that no one can temper with and get away with it, the cognition of which the impostor blubbered…….. “it was dead”……… unwittingly projecting out to the open his deep morbid anxiety for violating it….. of course in vain. It won’t be very long before he is held accountable under its jurisdiction.

    Diaspora Eritreans should abandon the old political organizations and swarm around Y’akl. However Y’akl must remain fiercely independent political Eritrean entity, avoiding the pitfall of the old organizations, whom woyane and the impostor isaias afewerk had made mockery of . Y’akl must restore the indomitable spirit of Eritreans, and towards that end, it must very quickly set up a Propaganda Organ composed of genuine Eritreans of high intellectual caliber and of indefatigable zeal and commitment to educate our people and expose the impostor and disable his tentacles in Eritrea as well as around the world. I commend J-studio.

    • fetsum September 22, 2019

      Dear Tewolde;
      you said ” Y’akl must restore the indomitable spirit of Eritreans, and towards that end, it must very quickly set up a Propaganda Organ composed of genuine Eritreans of high intellectual caliber and of indefatigable zeal and commitment to educate our people and expose the impostor and disable his tentacles in Eritrea as well as around the world. I commend J-studio.?

      There is no propaganda for us to do because we have nothing to distort. I don’t know what you mean by J-studio but Yoakil movement cannot make any difference except suffering without independence from any political groups. Nor should it depend on any civic group before the civic society unites under common concept of transiting the society to democracy.

      The movement should continue organizing he people globally but cannot move an inch towards democracy without an “Organ composed of genuine Eritreans of high intellectual caliber and of indefatigable zeal and commitment to educate our people and expose the impostor and disable his tentacles in Eritrea as well as around the world”
      It better start working this out as soon as possible. It must at least completely understand how the Sudanese uprising (like yiakil) blended with the countries Intellectual and Professional Association to correctly reduce the people’s wish in practice.

      It will stagnate, otherwise! .

  • Woldegabriel September 18, 2019

    Dear Fitsum,
    I have keenly followed and enjoyed your articles. In your upcoming article you promised to discuss about Sinit’s charter or constitution or whatever they call it. You know better about the Sinit conference. As an intellectual,you will be compelled to write about it, but I would appreciate if you could spare us from the fake copycats of the “hushukshuk” mentality. It is a cheap race for recognition and power. Time will reveal its higdeg connection.

    • Woldegabriel September 21, 2019

      Correction! Pease traf higdef not higdeg

    • fetsum September 22, 2019

      Dear Weldegabriel;
      what happened within the SINIT Committee has been and will be told to the people without any distortion. we have to communicate transparently. whatever the group produced as proposals will also be discussed without any personification based on political science and procedures of democracy. our people must be aware of everything that goes on, on their name. this engagement is not about me but about us all as a family in relation to their contribution.

  • Nasser September 19, 2019

    My bro.fetsum thanks 4 ze effort writting all these articles,however in my opinion what ever u r doing is a lot. But in order to be more productive, we need some good writers to help translating them to amharic, tigrigna,saho, tigre and as well as in arabic, thus every eritrean can grasp it better. Thanks.

  • Nasser September 19, 2019

    Hi bro.fetsum thanks for the effort s and tirelessly writting all those articles putting your time and material without complainig nor bragging,however one hand cannot clap solo,I. Believe.many of us acknowledge the reason u writing the articles that’s the only right way of doing it, thnks a lot.

  • Genet-origimal September 22, 2019

    HI Fetsum
    I Read your article. Questions for you, #5 you said “BAYTO has opened the stage for everyone to exchange ideas without anyone dominating the show” . Oky, but which BAYTO are you talking about? DC BAYTO or all Eritreans in America BAYTO? if there is one. Beside the DC Bayto has been working in its investigation of its own process. Is the report in?

    The Snit group not sure what it is all about? All I see is two men’s show or stand up comedy. Ha Ha!!!!!!!!

  • fetsum September 22, 2019

    Dear Genet;
    Nice to see you here again! Bayto in this regard is the Bayto created in Awassa, Ethiopia few years ago. It used to have an arrogant attitude towards the rest of the opposition but its representatives have at least said that they were not they only shakers and makers of our democratic journey. This is very good but we will see it in practice. As about the DC BAYTO, I have no idea my dear Genet and please inform us if you know something good in this regard. Please continue following this issue Geni and let us know so we can discuss it here in open forum.
    The next articles will consecutively discuss the SINIT STUDY GROUP and their contribution. I am sure it will be interesting if not exciting. I also expect education for us to learn from the extremely important topics ahead. See you in this forum in about 10 days and enjoy the flow!!

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  • Genet Original September 24, 2019

    Dear Fetsum
    Good to know. About the Bayto that was created in Awassa hmm. I would like to know more about this Bayto.
    thanks Fetsum.

  • Tsehaye September 28, 2019

    Dear Fetsum,

    Do you honestly believe in the following statement of yours:

    “The fact remains, that we have everything in place for correct democracy to reign in the country; decent, hardworking and obedient people, harmonious ethnic and religious groups, highly educated intellectuals and professionals. We are also blessed with many civic and political groups.”

    What I see on the ground is quite contrary, though. Can you provide the number of educated people or intellectuals that Eritrea has produced in the last 28 years? The thousands of young people I see everyday fleeing out of the country are completely illiterate and they have no desire to go to school once they arrive and settle in the west. The myriad political organizations have been the cause of disunity among diaspora Eritreans, and there is no hope they would do differently once they get the chance to govern the country. Regionalism and religious resentment among Eritreans is not uncommon and it is striving. Festum, I like your utter optimism, but you are completely detached from reality on the ground.

    • k.tewolde September 29, 2019

      I know this post is addressed to Fitsum,however allow me to interject into the conversation,this current political and social phenomena inside and outside of our country was and is a deliberate,calculated and heinously executed genocidal agenda purported not only by the vector but also the ones who back him for their own interests on like Fitsum said,’… decent, hardworking and obedient people,’ it is a sinister scheme in the works for over half a century on the people whose resources have already been depleted by the 30 year costly liberation war, for somebody like me who sees the glass half full,Fitsum’s optimistic statement is validated, to see our people still throwing ineffective counter punches till they regain their faculties.It’s been a protracted and sustained beat down. Hizbey, give yourselves a pat in the back.I am proud of you, those who saw the light in the total pitch of darkness are shining the path to our future,let’s give them a hand.One more time, God is giving us a chance like he did 18 years ago and many more before and after.

      • Tsehaye September 29, 2019

        Dear K. Tewold,

        Sorry I failed to fully understand the message you are trying convey. Could you please bring your comment down to ground level and make yourself clear? Additionally, please address the peson your comment is intended to. It is called common courtesy. Thanks.

        • k.tewolde September 29, 2019

          Dear Tsehaye, my apologies,there is no intent to be rude or disrespectful,it is an answer to your post in which I sincerely asked permission to interject.As far as the message is concerned it is crystal clear, I don’t see any ambiguity in it, I am commending the resilience of my beloved people still fighting despite all the odds stacked way up against them and the potential to overcome and win,any doubters refer to the heroes of Bahti Meskerem.

    • fetsum September 29, 2019

      Der Tsehaye;
      the destruction in the last 28 years is tragic but I believe in what I said. we have educated people no matter how small in number. We have enough resources to change the regime and it will happen soon;. a society only needs few down to earth people to transform. Ghandi changed India for good. very few intellectuals and smart political party leaders are making history by the book in Sudan today. if we get the political parties and the people work by the rule, there is no reason why we can not have one of the best democracies in the continent. the Liberians did it after years of civil war. the political parties in unison made it in Cambodia after Khemer Rough destroyed the educated class and 25% of the people in three years of terror and so did people of Rwanda, of course because of good leaders that we also have except the people have not yet been able to collect and take advantage of them. Thank you

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      the only provblem we have it the politician are c.

      unbelieveaBLE BUI seriously mean what I said because

  • michae tzerai September 29, 2019

    Tsehaye bro,

    There is such thing as ‘trgta lbi’ of Eritreans. The heart bit of Eritreans. In 1961, even though dim and weak the heart beat was of hope of one day becoming free from the clutches of the feudal monarch of Ethiopia. This heart bit became louder and louder but was dimmed again in 1978, when the new ruler of Ethiopian Mengistu garnered almost global support to liquidate the Eritrean revolution. This heart bit was once again sounding hope when it replaced by kebero and ellta of the Eritrean people.

    Issayas began to wage war against Eritreans from inside when he announced nay ‘mieda hashewiye aynfqdnn ena’ in short we dont toletate difference of opinions in 1991. Since then it has been open war against the citizens, that included divisiveness and pitting one group against another. The effect has been as you observed anecdotally, this hopelessness of people at the lower echelon of political awareness. This is a very superficial problem and the yiakle movement is already creating a heart bit of a renewed hope – the hope of 1961, post 1978, and now in 1019 with uniting march in Washington DC, Toronto Canada, and now in the UK.

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