If I was President of Eritrea for a day

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If I was President of Eritrea for a day

Let me ask you this If you were President for a day, what would you do?

If I was President of Eritrea for a day I would have done this:

  • First thing in the morning I would have set free all prisoners of conscience or any one imprisoned illegally. Then I would have apologies and beg for their forgiveness on behalf of the nation for all the highest degree of injustice they suffered all those years
  • Then bring all perpetrators to face justice in the courts.
  • Compensate and help the victims to recover quicker
  • Call the entire nation for an all-inclusive national dialog for truth, reconciliation
  • Implement the national Constitution and Declare Eritrea a free Republic that respects and upholds the rights of all Eritreans citizens
  • Conduct free and fair election
  • Build strong national institutions that protects freedom and democracy
  • End all types of forced servitude
  • Make peace with all nations of the world who want the same mutual peace and cooperation
  • Declare war on our number one enemy corruption and hunger
  • Make education and health care an absolute top priorities
  • Encourage and support business and hardworking job creators
  • Create a social welfare system so that people on poverty are not left alone to face poverty hardship alone.
  • Create a system that insures balanced distribution of investment and wealth to all corners of the country. No region should be left behind.
  • Create a well-funded national defence force to defend our national interests as well as off course the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Eritrea
  • Defend Women equality for the same right, respect and dignity as men
  • Promote for peace, harmony, tolerance and order

If I was President of Eritrea for a day that is what I would have done, and on the second day I probably would have rested have some beer and wine with loved ones and marvel at the bright future ahead for Eritrea.

Unfortunately we have no elected, people fearing president but a despotic tyrant who is on power frankly by his own power and abilities. He is not responsible nor is accountable to anyone but himself. So we cannot really expect him to do what we the people want. As far as Isaias Afwerki is concerned he is running his own state NOT a Peoples’ Republic. Until the person of Eritrea rise up and overthrows this despot there will be no real reform.

Feel free to add your ideas to the above list. If you were President of Eritrea for a day, what would you do?

 

Philmon Habtom

aseye.asena@gmail.com

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  • Sami September 27, 2014

    Bring to justice to all blind pfdj supporters.

    • merhawi September 29, 2014

      Dear Philmon,
      You have joted down the most important points.May the lord listen the cry of the people under the yoke of the DIA, so that your points may be implemented or fulfilled.

  • Ahmed Omer September 27, 2014

    What do you mean of frink beer with loved ones Mr philmon for spologying to those who spnend their lives in Isiyas’s horoble ptisons without comitting in any crimes behave the nation or not nothing to them , the deal to them is to see all those who was behind their stolen live in court and to be behind bars legally .

  • Kombishtato September 27, 2014

    Dear Philmon,
    It is a good dream but by the speed Eritrea is falling apart with its Kebesa population abandoning it, as if it were a leaky ship in the Mediterranean Sea, the day you become the President of Eritrea, there may not be any traces of Eritrea left except some old maps with a virtual border markings, also known as, Somalia II.

    We know how horrific Somalia is, and imagine what Eritrea will look like, given what the Higdefites and the Eritrean part-time opposition groups look like.

    The likelihood Eritrea will survive as a nation state is very small.

  • selamawit2 September 27, 2014

    Kombishtato, When you think it was a good dream by Philmon,
    why do you call the demhit leaders who support the regime in eritrea – the contrary to Philimons dream –
    call “heroes”?
    What do you want from us Eritreans? You think Eritrea is going to be an “Somalia II” or do you hope Eritrea would be a “Somalia II”.
    And how do you want to see your homeland Ethiopia? As “Somalia III” ruled by one of your demhit leaders with the help of iseyas?

    But now iseyas is doing the same with your demhits what he did with our heroes…Wake up, mister.
    Desmont Tutu says: “we can be free only together.”
    If we perish, you will perish with us. So it would be better to pray that non of us is going to perish.

    If you want to do something senseful, tell your demhit brothers in eritrea to make iseyas incapable of action, to catch him before they all vanish theirselves in the dungeon of iseyas an his gang!!!
    And than – when iseyas is sentenced – the Eritrean people will maybe forgive you. and if money is for you the most important factor (typical mercenary) the eritrean people never hesitate to pay for the bettering of the situation of our people!!!

    • Kombishtato September 27, 2014

      selamawit, demhit is not a worthy Eritrean issue while we are being sold as Arab slaves even though we are burning our own languages to be close to the Arabs.

      Eritrea is has become a wothless nation long ago when some ignorant elites who grew up in Mendefera, keren and asmera started to hate their own languages of Tigre-Tigrinya to import alien foreign language.

      • Kombishtato September 27, 2014

        Here is a good about demhit:

        Saleh Younis and his 50,000 strong Demhit army

        If you want to see how the anesthesiologists work, here is a good sample from Saleh Younis’ comment on his latest article:

        “So, no, I am not an optimist. And this is why I propose a PFDJ-without-Isaias solution. Because when I see 50,000 De.M.H.T. soldiers in Eritrea, 200,000 conscripted soldiers, I can’t see any scenario where an “armed struggle” will create anything but a massive disaster. And those who say otherwise are wild optimists who don’t know our history and our proclivity for producing shefatu. In the period that the Brits were in charge of Eritrea, they wrote reports about Eritrea’s economy and they said the only one that is making any money is fishing and that is only because it’s the only industry the shefatu haven’t gotten to.”

        Let me focus on the 50,000 figure to make my point. To understand the magnitude of this figure, let’s put it in comparative contexts first:

        (a) I doubt that, at this moment, the Ethiopian army has 50,000 of soldiers from Tigray origin. If so, we are asked to believe that there are more armed Tigrawot on the Eritrean side than on the Ethiopian side.
        (b) Even the TPLF could have reached this large figure only when it controlled most or all of Tigray towards the culmination of its mieda life. Now, according to Saleh, we are to believe that there 50,000 Demhit troops in Eritrea without controlling any part of Tigray; even more incredible, without them having any presence (any boots on the ground) in Tigray.
        (c) And if we compare this 50,000 figure to the Eritrean case, until the early ’70s, Shaebia’s army had only a few hundred and Jebha was about 2,000 at most (that is, after a decade of armed struggle). To understand the magnitude of this figure, compare it with Jebha that never reached 50,000 (not even close) in its 20 years of mieda life – that is, even when it liberated half of Eritrea – before it disintegrated in Sudan.
        (d) Shaebia was able to reach this figure only when it helped itself massively through “giffa” that involved tens of thousands of peasants throughout the ’80s. But when it comes to Demhit, let alone to conduct giffa at this massive scale, it hasn’t even acquired a foothold in Tigray, let alone a base.

        One could have easily avoided invoking this immensely foolish figure, whatever the loony source that Saleh got it from happens to be, if one has asked this sensible question: is there any grievance in today’s Tigray proportionate enough to produce a 50,000 strong Liberation Front? Not at all! Tigray is developing as never before, and that development is well spread throughout the land. It doesn’t mean there are no grievances; but it would take an immensely retarded mind to come up with this huge figure to account for those grievances. And proportionate to those smaller grievances, I don’t believe that Demhit makes even a small fraction of that stupendous figure.

        I admit that Saleh Younis is too intelligent to believe in the figure he has provided; it is only that he has fond it a good anesthetic weapon to numb the Kebessa zombies. Notice what his main goal is: to protect PFDJ: “this is why I propose a PFDJ-without-Isaias solution” You would think that he has become more Shaebia than Medrek, who to their credit are saying that change should come from inside without equating that “inside” with “PFDJ” only. But don’t be fooled by all this; he has love neither to the PFDJ nor to Isaias. He eventually wants to see the entire Shaebia rooted out. So what could be the reason? As I have put it in my article above:

        “This is because it has slowly dawned to them [the anesthesiologists] this important realization: the Isaias regime, by driving out the Kebessa youth out of the nation in epic proportions, is doing an excellent job of finishing off Kebessa. If so, their rationale goes, why stop it now? After all, if Kebessa collapses, so would Shaebia. The aim is for total victory. Blinded by their demographic calculations, they fail to see the most crucial factor: that if Kebessa goes, so would the rest of Eritrea.”

        Of course, Saleh gives us a different reason: the fear of shiftnet. Conveniently, he leaves out the two greatest eras of shiftnet in his account: the 30 years of ghedli shiftnet that brought nothing but havoc to the country, and the 20 years of entrenched shiftnet in independent Eritrea. He also conveniently leaves out the most notorious shifta on whose head the Brits put the largest amount of reward in that era of shiftnet (supposedly an era that Saleh dreads) was Awate. Thus, his fear is not of shiftnet per say, but rather of any sabotage inside Eritrea that may jeopardize PFDJ’s shiftnet before it does its cleansing job – that is why he is now openly working for the PFDJ.

        • ahmed saleh September 27, 2014

          Selemawit
          Sometimes to ignore suspicious commentators
          and to focus on constructive opinion brings
          satisfactory results . Do not forget about the
          attempts in disguise to confuse participants
          has sinister intentions . That is why we read
          remarks from people with ill will wishes .
          Do they sound genuinely Eritreans ?
          I doubt not .

        • Tekle September 28, 2014

          You are twisting Salih’s comment. If you want to challenge him by twisting the message..I suggest you do at his awate forum..I am sure he and many educated participant will response to your comment.

        • selamawit2 September 29, 2014

          Kombishato, with all due to respect your text is long and off topic.

          I Ask you clearly:

          1. What do you want from us Eritreans when you consider the demhit leader in Eritrea “heros”?
          (see: http/demo.assenna.com/eritrean-prisoners-prisoners-of-conscience/comment-page-1/#comments
          Kombishtato on September 12, 2014 at 8:43 pm said:
          „Shabia’s Eritrea has turned out to be a Bermuda Triangle for Ethiopian heroes such as Zemene, Andargachew, Tadesse, Fisseha, Getachew, Yoseph, Adane, Kassahun, and so many others.“)

          2.How can you like Philimons “dreams” when you support those who deatroy this dream (Iseyas and his supporters – e.g. demhit leaders)

          3. (new question): Do you want to say there are no demihts in Eritrea, terrorizing the population? And your demhit leaders are for vacation in Eritrea or what???

          You are pro demhit – that is clear! And you maybe recognize lately that iseyas i evil.
          And know? WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM US? Why don’t you directly say what you want instead of wobbling around the topic, junping from one isue to another?

      • Hagherawi September 27, 2014

        Teclay aka Kombishtato,

        You are the one who is ashamed of your Tigreyan orgin, and hiding as Eritrean.
        Instead of posing as a citizen of a country you hate so much, try to be proud of your Tigreyan heritage at least for a day.
        Don’t hate yourself, that is what is driving you crazy in hating Eritreans.

  • Philmon September 27, 2014

    Hi All, thank you for your comments. I just want to correct some spelling errors on this one, it seems this was my draft version sent by error. Nevertheless it is pretty much the same piece.

    If I was President of Eritrea for a day

    Let me ask you this If you were President of Eritrea for a day, what would you do?

    • This is what I would have done first thing in the morning I would have set free all prisoners of conscience or anyone imprisoned illegally. Then I would have apologized and beg for their forgiveness on behalf of the nation for all the highest degree of injustice they suffered all those years
    • Then bring all perpetrators to face justice in the courts.
    • Compensate and help the victims to recover quicker
    • Call the entire nation for an all-inclusive national dialog for truth, reconciliation
    • Implement the national Constitution and Declare Eritrea a free Republic that respects and upholds the rights of all Eritreans citizens
    • Conduct free and fair election
    • Build strong national institutions that protects freedom and democracy
    • End all types of forced servitude
    • Make peace with all nations of the world who want the same mutual peace and cooperation
    • Declare war on our number one enemy corruption and hunger
    • Make education and health care an absolute top priorities
    • Encourage and support business and hardworking job creators
    • Create a social welfare system so that people on poverty are not left alone to face poverty hardship alone.
    • Create a system that insures balanced distribution of investment and wealth to all corners of the country. No region should be left behind.
    • Create a well-funded national defence force to defend our national interests as well as off course the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Eritrea
    • Defend Women equality for the same right, respect and dignity as men
    • Promote for peace, harmony, tolerance and order

    If I was President of Eritrea for a day that is what I would have done, and on the second day ones the ball is set rolling I rest and have some beer and wine with loved ones and marvel at the bright future ahead for Eritrea.
    Unfortunately we have no elected, people fearing president but a despotic tyrant who is on power frankly by his own power and evil abilities. He is not responsible nor is accountable to anyone but himself. So we cannot really expect him to do what we the people want. As far as Isaias Afwerki is concerned he is running his own personal state NOT a Peoples’ Republic. Until the people of Eritrea rise up and overthrow this despot there will be no real reform.
    Feel free to add your ideas to the above list. If you were President of Eritrea for a day, what would you do?

    Peace, Love and all that!

    • Simon G. September 28, 2014

      Philmon,
      Was this in one day or a year? It is nice, even though it is a very nice one!
      Since you cover almost everything, how about adding of high speed internet?

      • Philmon Habtom September 28, 2014

        Hi Simon, yes off course high speed internet very important too in this digital age…

        Regarding the day or a year in power; I was not speaking literally, it was a metaphone or sort. The main point of the article was to list and put in words some of my and majority of Eritrean people finest dreams about our country.

  • Daniel September 27, 2014

    Nwedi medhin berad ms Korakuru ab Irairo meetekwo.

  • ahmed saleh September 27, 2014

    My first step of one day task would be ;
    Immediate release of political prisoners and
    then arrest all criminal officials including
    the leader to clear the way for new chapter.

  • ogbai September 27, 2014

    Thank you Mr.Philmon for saying that that is the right thing to do to save our nation Eritrea. If you can do like your promise I grant you my vote. I don\t have to run for president. You are my president. I will go to my beloved home Eritrea and thank God the AlMIGHTY. I let you have a few beer,but don\t be like the crazy one. And I will enjoy my \Hitmo Suway\ in Qahaine Aday.Thank you for making me smile for a while and we all wish you the best that your wish be true. thank you.

  • Hagherawi September 27, 2014

    Brother Philmon

    Your idea are good but, justice comes first, it’s a pre-requisite of peace.
    There are thousands of Eritreans who are missing and their loved ones do not know even where they are or were buried.
    Unless justice is done there won’t be a durable peace. Besides, the ruling junta, won’t leave the stage easily, they have too much blood on their hands, and are ready to take the country to hell with them. We should start thinking how to save our country before it’s too late.
    The beautiful lady of the Horn is kidnapped by a serial killer and his gang who are pointing a gun at her head, there is no much time to lose discussing anything else but her safety.

  • Tamrat Tamrat September 28, 2014

    If a foreigner is allowed to be a president in Eritrea, then i want to be president isaias (even the imagination makes me feel like vomitting) only for few minuttes which is enough to come to the eri-tv proadcasting station then i will say ‘I am sorry and i resgin now.’

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