CALL ME BY MY NAME: A small talk with Debteraw, VII

Wolde Tewolde alias Obo Arada Shaw

April 5, 2007

 The Crocodile is dead,
The Animal is imprisoned
The Oak is burning
Let EPRP start rolling
To arrest TPLF & Shaebia from stonewalling 

Will The Real EPRP leaders and members, stand up, please!

 Last week, Debteraw’s Website displayed three items of concern to all EPRP members and supporters. The picture of real Debteraw himself dressed in academic gown in Ethiopian “learned” fashion and as a peasant fighter. In the middle of the Website, an invitation by ASSIMBA.ORG for Pal talks discussions. The discussants were leaders such as Eyasu Alemayehu (Revolutionary/writer), Fassika Bellette (Leader/Economist), Ghenet Girma (Female leader), Asnake (colonel) and Aselefecth (Revolutionary Mother). On the third column, two ex-leaders of EPRP but returnee ready to discuss issues of the past and present.

Also an article on Debteraw’s continuous struggle plus a book of Hama Tuma narrating the African cannibalism of Democracy was posted on the same page.

What a wonderful scene and coincidence.

“ The EPRP was a clandestine organization where the identity of the members, including the leadership, was little known to the public. Very little is known about their history and how they operated, let alone outsiders, very few of the members knew or cared to know about the leadership, contrasting to the Ethiopian cultural setting where the leader is considered an important figure.”  (The Generation: Kiflu Tadesse p.2) 

EPRP was and is not a secretive organization though for tactical reasons, some of its leaders and members were working clandestinely for fear of retribution. But Most are open with the public and with their Party’s agenda. The writer knows the crocodile group but he would have done disservice to the Animal group if he did not tell their stories that sacrificed their lives, their properties, their careers and everything including their families in order to respond to Debteraw’s vision and mission.

Now that every individual, organization or political party is coming out in the open, it is time to call me by my name. What is my name? 35 years ago, April 1972 (Miazia 1964) a new political party of its kind headed by the crocodile Group was formed in underground; 32 years ago, August 11, 1975 (Nhassie 5, 1967), the clandestine EPRP, headed by the Animal Groups came out in the open to lead the struggle of the Eway Revolution. 33 years ago, February 1974 (Yekatit 1966), the rule of the Monarchy was terminated. 40 years ago September 1967, I met Debteraw who encouraged me to fight for freedom of speech, expression and assembly (SEA).

I have 3 more years (2010) to touch and speak to Debteraw in person. Why celebrate when we cannot even call him by his name? A number by itself has no meaning unless it is related to an object. 32 years, 33 years, 35 years 40 years or even 2000 years have no validity if we do not relate to EPRP as a real political Party that played a major role in the lives of a self-less youth Generation who followed the path of Christ.

As for me, the Eway Revolution is the one I am interested in. We should not gloat over, let historians explore the question who was right. EPRP is not the one who brought about the current situation in Ethiopia or Eritrea, but we do want to pitch in to bring about a resolution of the bad situation. As far as EPRP is concerned, it can afford to tell the truth and suggest specific viable alternatives, which to our mind will pave the way for cooperation. But first, EPRP has to have a project for the fallen comrade’s feeling and to those who have been held incommunicado. But what about the living comrades feeling? History should be interpreted not told and retold.

EPRP has nothing to be ashamed of. Unbiased image rather than about improving its image is the task at hand. When EPRP put its cards on the table, about why and how, it does business with United Democratic Front, Coalition Forces, OLF, or any force for that matter, people have no problems with any of that. I see nothing wrong in having our lives and actions covered with a pinch of salt, our natural talent and history. What can be done? Just call me by my name!!! Just use visual, Internet and print (VIP) and say more and more frankly what, why and how EPRP as a whole did it to bring the fundamental change in Ethiopia and Eritrea.

Celebrating for unhappiness and celebrating for happiness are totally different things.  In politics as in business, the way to create enduring advantage is not by beating the competition at its game but changing the nature of the game. The real key to success is self-discipline. The current leadership of EPRP has it all as far as discipline but not the initiative to invest time with people instead of spending time with people. Their calendar should be filled by priorities not to fill the calendar by request. As to the members, the opposite is true, they seem to have lost the self-discipline and they spend their time in living day-to-day reacting to current situations.

Many spoke and wrote about EPRP. But the majority described EPRP what it is not instead of what it is. The Why and How questions distinguish EPRP from other individuals, organizations and civic communities.

EPRP’s five tasks:

  • To teach, educate and persuade

  • To assist in organizing various associations
  • To arm in self defense
  • To plan and manage its resources
  • To lead and be lead


For Criticism and comments:

Published in: on April 6, 2007 at 6:05 pm  Comments (5)  

The URI to TrackBack this entry is:

RSS feed for comments on this post.

5 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Call me by my name………well descriptive .Thank you for your devotion on this subject.

    with regards,ttsega.

  2. “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way” wrote Tolstoy in the opening line of Anna Karenina. EPRP indeed has its own ups and downs. The leaders have sustained the struggle so far and they made it through the “valley of death”, and I have great respect to the fallen and to the living one. The (hi)story of EPRP is a well-constructed narrative plot. The characters, setting, theme are to be told and retold (not only interpreted) to the new generation. EPRP is not only an agent (in the strictest sociological sense) but also a myth (in a very cultural way). Interpreting historical facts will help us to frame a harmonious historical account, looking to the nature, function of the myth will help us to understand the party and its characters in a creative manner. Surprisingly, historical analysis is most often the time barren and lacks imagination, while creative accounts are full of life. The latter instead of the former plays a great role in sustaining the struggle towards its historical “end”. The stories of all the fallen martyrs are potent and make EPRP a living political organization. The party is now in its middle age and may now face a “middle age” crises. Being torn apart between the legacy it will leave and the success it attained so far. Probably the problems you mentioned could be the reflections of such ‘crises” which will be resolved in due time.

    Thank you

  3. What kind of non-sense is this??

    “EPRP as a real political Party that played a major role in the lives of a self-less youth Generation who followed the path of Christ”

    What on earth does christ have to do with this??

    Any progressive movement, the EPRP included, is bound to be secular.

    What are you going on about Wolde Tewolde alias Obo Arada Shaw or whatever your name is?

    Your articles are full of errors and weird statements and they are completely incoherent. Are you sober?

  4. Dear friend there is no need to use inappropriate language against anyone including Wolde Tewelde. From my own understaning whcih I am dare to say is right, Jesus Christ lived in this world for 33 years and Yekatit 1966(February 1974) was when the revolution erupted in our country. You maight say what a concidence but he is comparing the number of years with that of Christ’s age. Rember it is Easter. That is all my fellow countrymen what I will say to you in this matter. If you wrote for a humour then I will accept your version. If your wrote it seriouslly you are wrong.
    Correction of the dates:-
    1. April 1972 (Miazia 1964) that becomes 35 (1999-1966) years
    2. August 11, 1975 (Nehassie 5 1967) that becomes 32 years since EPRP decalred and distributed it’s program throughtout Ethiopia
    3. February 1974 (Yekatit 1966) that makes it 33 years since the revoultion erupted in Ethiopia
    4. September 12, 1975 (Mesekrem 2, 1967) that makes it 32 years again. On this date the Dreg moved from 4th Kifle Tore to Menelik’s Palace and decalred a provisional government. Mr. Webmaster please correct the dates and years since this a permanenet file accordingly especially take out Mesekerm 11, 1975 and repalce it to February 1974 (Yekatit 1966) to make it 33 years.

  5. The following is taken from the article,

    “Many spoke and wrote about EPRP. But the majority described EPRP what it is not instead of what it is.” Very true.

    Had the portrayal of EPRP by its’ detractors been true, they would have praised it to the heavens rather than being engaged in the relentless campaign of demonizing and denigration for over a generation.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: