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                          Eritrea: The Dictator and its Political Theatre!

 

              By Fesseha Nair

 

 

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The Eritrean self- appointed president of the PFDJ but not the Eritrean people, in his speech on the occasion of the 23rd anniversary of the Eritrean Independence day came out with a ridiculous and contemptuous speech as noted below.

 

 

Within the framework of our tasks of nation building, the political infrastructure assumes a vital role as a vehicle to advance our overall objectives. We have gleaned important lessons and experiences from the hostile external schemes aimed at derailing our nation-building endeavours and processes.  I would thus like to announce on this occasion that a constitution drafting process will be launched in order to chart out the political road map for the future governmental structure.”

 

 

Is this an empty promise or is a farce to exploit the situation and deceive the innocent Eritrea people. In this article I will try to explore this ridiculous announcement made by the dictator.

 

1. Why did the president take the issue of constitution at this time?


2. Who forced him to announce this time?


3. What aret these important lessons and experiences from the hostile external schemes that derailed nation building endeavours and processes?


4. What kind of constitution is to be drafted and be launched in order to chart out the political road map for the future governmental structure?

 

1. Why did the president take the issue of constitution at this time?

 

The Eritrean dictator is very shrewd and intelligent who can lead his supporters and cheers inside and abroad with his false promises and empty rhetorics. The issue of constitution and constitutionalism has been the main issue of conflict between the dictator and his dissidents for the past 17 years. The demand for the implementation of constitution of 1997 was high among those who wish cosmetic changes in Eritrea and the international community. Why the dictator prefered to draft a new constitution and roadmap for the future is because it has failed in all its attempts to gain legitmacy by the Eritrean people therefore came out with another new to silence the opposition who wishes the implementation of the constitution of 1997 and further to deceive the others who were against the 1997 constitution.

 

This announcement is well planned announcement to create fracture between the opposition and waste their time discussing on this issue of no interest for the Eritrean people.

 

Some opposition groups has already started to propagate in support of this false announcement and create divisions inside the opposition camp. Such forces who cheer and support dictator’s false promises are not because of their genuine preference but because of paranoia or fear of the dictator and its hooligans.

 

The dictator’s announcement on drafting constitution and road map is whimsical and it expresses how much the self- appointed dictator disregards the Eritrean people’s aspirations and demnads every year during the national events.

 

The Eritrean dictator must first admit its failure and ask forgiveness for the crimes it has committed for 23 years. Then it is the Eritrean people who decides on constitution and constitutionalism after your removal.

 

2. What forced him to announce drafting a new constitution this time?

 

The Eritrean dictator born inside the Eritrean Peoples Liberation Front/EPLF and grown up after the Eritrean independence is well experienced to exploit the innocent general public of the Eritrean people. He came to power by his cunning and divisive policies and still work hard to remain in power for life.

 

What happened Mr. Presoident? Have you forgotten the border issue? Didn’t you say that Eritrea is in no war no peace situation? Has this changed? Didn’tyou say that constitution is a paper and threw the 1997 constitution in Mai-Bela.This year your supporters abroad were campaigning under the name, ”EPLF” to arouse the people with emotional and nostaligia and more on , ” Bologna Festival” this all that indicates your PFDJ trade mark is out of function and validity, and now you come with a sudden announcement declaring a new constitution under your authoritarian rule.

 

The Eritrean people now are aware of your deception and know what enfroced you to such statments is because you have realised your time is short because you have lost the Eritrean peoples confidence and be isolated from the regional and international community.

 

Your system cannot be repaired but dismantled. The building of constitution and constitutionalsim is not the business of dictators but of the people. You must ask first forgiveness from the Eritrean people and leave the power to the people.

 

It is the people who decide on constitution and road map for the future Eritrea.

  

3. What aret these important lessons and experiences from the hostile external schemes that derailed nation building endeavours and processes?

 

There were no nation building endeavours and process derailed by hostile external schemes but they were derailed by your one man made policies of poor performance lacking accountability and articulated political, economic, social and cultural programmes.

 

Your policies were not related with development of humanity but destruction. You have destroyed the political and economic infra-structure of Eritrea. Your shoot to kill policies have emptied Eritrea and turned it into prison for its citizens. Your non-programmatic method pursuing only the interest of few and neglecting the majority is the main cause of your failure to build a nation that benefits its citizens.

 

It is your arrogant policies that derailed programmatic structuring in nation building after post-independent Eritrea but not hostile external schemes.The Eritrean people has no external enemies but internal dictatorship conflicting and warmongering with all neighbours and international community.

 

When dictators realize that their policies failed to succeed they blame or scapegoat others but these has been repeatdly announced by our dictator in Eritrea. Eritrean peoples enemy is dictatorship and its wrong policies.

  

4. What kind of constitution is to be drafted and be launched in order to chart out the political road map for the future governmental structure?

 

The dictator’s announcement on constitution drafting and road map is sarcastic- what he says and what he means are opposites. I would like to remind the dictator by asking him below mentioned questions,

 

”Mr. Dictator, what are you saying? Weren’t you saying that constitution is a paper? Weren’t you saying I have no contract when asked to leave power to the people? Do dictators know what constitution is? What kind of constitutions are you speaking about? ”

 

Mr. Dictator:

A constitution is the supreme law of a nation. Constitution building or drafting is a process that is run by peoples representatives/ Constituent Assembly/. What about the 1997 constituent assembly led by Professor Bereket Habteselassie? Weren’t you that who rejected this constitution and threw it in dustbin? By the way how are in your physical and mental health?

 

I don’t think your statement of constitution drafting and road map are targeting to transition from dictatorship to democracy but are simply theatrical play to stay in power.

 

The aim of this announcement is to magnify national problems and lead to more conflicts among those who struggle for democratic change in Eritrea.

 

Historically, there are no constitutions drafted under authoritarian regimes. What the Eritrean people demand, is first the removal of the criminal dictatorship and later prepare for peaceful transition to democracy.

 

 

 

 

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