Does EPRP Match a Good Example of Leadership and Lives up to Its Name?

Yelfiwos Wondaya


The worth, the virtue and the effectiveness of the party in question is in the horizon for anyone to examine and have a clear understanding of what consistency is all about.  The party in pursuit of achieving its goals against all odds remains an all time potential rival of all tyrannies in Ethiopia and continues to be so until it makes sure that sweeping political, economic, and social changes take place in Ethiopia as opposed to so-called traditionally supported movement by some quarters to keep the status in quos alive.  In other words, EPRP is not in favor of reforming the existing ethnocentric political institution and joining the tyrant regime to share power in Addis.  Until then, one may attempt to marginalize the role of the brave, and can act as substitute for its leadership, and may well continue to undermine its conspicuous influence in our national struggle but will not succeed in persuading the public to change its mind about EPRP and prove the party a failure.  Never!  This is something that is so clearly true about EPRP and must be put in such a way as stated above if one can say in all truth about the work of EPRP and affiliates.  Isn’t that a blow for any political group who purposely presents arguments that run counter to the work of EPRP?  And also, one would question whether or not those quasi-support oppositions are capable of being as enduring, courageous, bold, daring and fearless as EPRP and affiliates are in the real sense.  In their method of struggle, however, Narrow Nationalists together with reformers believe that radical change is a sin because of radicals’ failure to obey so-called international system led by the west, which is why they fell at the first fence in their attempt to prove EPRP non-existent and make it feel like a failure.  Do they have what it takes to be broad-minded, decisive, enthusiastic, strong, brave, genuine, self-confident and all-inclusive so to suit the personality of EPRP and affiliates especially, in a movement that requires the qualities mentioned above?   


Be that as it may, honesty, competency, consistency and the ability to inspire his/her constituency are basic leadership qualities.  Isn’t that what many of quasi-support groups together with Narrow-Nationalists mentioned above lack to acquire? Without doubt, unlike WOYANES, and false profits alike, Ethiopians have a tendency to praise individuals and public figures not based on what ethnicity or religious conviction they are from but based on their political position and mind-sets they hold towards Ethiopian unity.  That is all there is to it.  In the end, a leader with all Ethiopian sentiment and wisdom at his/her heart shall win the hearts and minds of the vast majority of Ethiopians.  Likewise, a senior politician who is widely respected for integrity and impartial concern for the public good, a statesman and also a selfless nature that prefers to live above and apart from the material world is an ideal one we expect EPRP to offer to Ethiopia . 


True, unlike narrowly based ethnocentric organizations, such transcending leaders from such broadly based political parties as EPRP are bound to have joint expression of aims common to the vast majority of Ethiopians.  Neither Ethnicity nor religious conviction could discourage them from doing what it takes to be great in a world of leadership, outlooks and visions.  So ethnicity, religious conviction or how much rich or poor he/she is could not be part of the characters we seek to see from a future leader of Ethiopia .  Such characterization aside, however, what we need to see most out of our leaders is ability, the ability to combine ideas and the ability to make unusual connection with others to use whatever potential there is at their disposal to utilize it on time and accomplish their objectives.  After all, all is done both in the best interest of all ethnic-groups regardless and of course, for the betterment of our people and permanent interest of our country.  This is basically an inherited character we need to see from our contemporary party leaders that would have something in common with Theodros, Minilik, Yohanes and other great leaders Ethiopia ever had in the past. 


When he is a leader, he is a public figure looking after the huge responsibility he bears and the highest office he holds.  So, much so, such leaders are not bound to be parochial in their views and would not be limited within the boundary of a home turf like that of Meles of TPLF.  To that end, I believe EPRP is in a position to show a good example of such all-inclusiveness as being comprehensive in its content, knowledge, experience, ability and application.     


Every organization in Ethiopia is not an isolated entity working for an isolated instance, so long as it stands for unity and territorial integrity of our nation.  in that case, they must be forced by the people to broaden their horizons and to get into the center space to fit in and join the mainstream rather than hanging out of balance to go downhill due to some sort of defective ideology they carry on that goes against our unity and due to some bad influences from some bad elements as well.  It is a public pressure and constrictive criticisms we need to conduct in order to bring organizations of diverse views together and to be productive in their political works in today’s Ethiopia .    


In summary, in our modern times, also, a leader who involves his party members, and constituency in a decision making process is what we seek out to see from our leaders.  A leader who has the willingness to exert high levels of efforts to reach our goals and objectives is what we seek to see from our contemporary leaders as well.  Ethiopians expect not egomaniac, but gentle, compassionate, selfless and of course politically humorous leader.  In short, we need a new breed of leadership, ingenious and enterprising by nature that is full of initiative and good at problem-solving processes especially, at times like this and more.  A leader that has the ability to face danger, difficulty, uncertainty, and pain without being overcome by fear or being deflected from a chosen course of action.  A leader that can make decisions quickly, firmly, and clearly on time, and moreover, a person of conviction who is led to believe to win the mother of all battles is a kind of leader we need to see taking headship in our national parties including EPRP today.  I believe EPRP can deliver that and will continue to live up to its name.  



Justice shall prevail in the land of Ethiopia.

Published in: on June 30, 2008 at 8:33 pm  Comments (7)  

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  1. Does EPRP Match a Good Example of Leadership and Lives up to Its Name?????????????????

    No sir !!!!! This is the truth that the EPRP’s leader should swallow!!!!

  2. The article is fair and commendable assessment of a person of high caliber who throws some light on the truth that some of our compatriots miserably failed to acknowledge.
    As an independant Ethiopian national, I was always intrigued by the level of denial and ignorance some of my compatriots exhibited to denegrate and corner anything EPRP. Since I became interested to learn the geopolitical development of our nation, a good numbers of political entities and their affiliates mushromed in an over night and disappeared with out trace even before their first birthday. Regratably, these tyro politicians did a lot harm than good to the Ethiopian struggle by employing a wicked strategy of divide and weaken the people on one hand and relentlessly intimidating and marginalizing popular parties such as EPRP to relegate into dysfunctional and demoralized one on the other.
    Nevertheless, EPRP was cornered by many self-made egocentric tenderfoot politicians, it remains to be a major force for generation to come. As Mr. Yelfiwos Wondaya beautifully articulated, EPRP continue to be part of Ethiopian history and pride to reckon. Personaly, I wish I had been part of this generation and shared such extraordinary legacy.
    EPRP taught us on what it takes to be persistent, patriotic, principled and resilient. It always astounded me to recall EPRP’S accurate prediction of the down side of May 2005 election with TPLF mafia group, by saying “Look before you leap”. Sadly to say, there were tyro’s who has got as mad as a hornet and ridiculed EPRP as a looser and jealous. Unashamedly, they continued to pour cold water on those strategic ideas EPRP to offer. The truth is, these novice politicians are not even fit to tie their shoes.
    No matter which way they sliced it, EPRP’s prediction was far more than truth. As a result of that self denial, we let our nation to descend out of the frying pan into the fire. My question is, if we don’t go around and step on someone’s toes, where we would have been by now? Spare me the details! But how can we spread our wings again? Down the same road? No! No way!
    O God, give us a heart, simple and transparent – ready to receive and acknowledge.
    Ethiopia will prevail!

  3. The minority regime in Ethiopia is not an example of a good governer. The regime in Ethiopia is a good example of how to dismental and disintigreate a county like Ethiopia. Those advocate and protect the regime are just playing with fire. Now ethiopia is one of the failed state and at critical junction of civil war. The minority regime in ethiopia creates ethinic and religion polorization in between the people of ethiopia in order to extedn their time of power. The game played by wyanne and his co-sponsers draged ethiopia in to civil war and instability. What is the good of this regime? There is nothing good from the current regime in ethiopia. In the last 17 years ethiopia economically, socially and politically draged back and nearly now to disintegrate in to pices. The current stiuation in somalia was developed at this level due to neglgence and bad government policy to words most somailia inhabitantis.The minority regime in Ethiopia plays the same game to end the unity and strenght of ethiopia in order to control and put the influcnce Tigrai in to the other parts of theiopia. So who says this regime benefits Ethiopia, if so that is Worng. All ethiopians must stand together to foil the secrete and danger policy of dismentaling ethiopia by the waynne regime.

  4. Hard to grasp the contenet of this article. It seemed to tell us the leadership in EPRP has a high standard of efficiency … My proplem is that if success is the only yardistic to evaluate peopl’s ability, then where does EPRP’s leadership stand? What kind of lesson could we learn from those people today? All what is written in the above article is a kind of frustration and illusion.

  5. First to Ewinetu Yineger,
    The mere mention of the name EPRP is like a poison pill to swallow, let alone the Leadership quilty for people like you who defected/runaway in the middle of the night to hided at the bossome of apologists and outright Bandasa.
    As to the other nay sayers, it is the case of the glass half full or half empty syndrome. In other words, it means those incorriigible optimists(EPRPities) and cynical pessimists(Anjas,bandass) world view. The clay footed or faint hearted, later day joe-come-lately politicians and crocodile tear jerkers “SUCCESS” IS MEASURED in terms of POWER GRAB FOR ITS OWN SAKE. Their darlings like the military junta-Dergue or Woyane/TPLF IS SEEN THE ULTIMATE YARdSTICK. THE EXODUS TO join these evil forces did not deliver them or the country to paradise. Still EPRP bashing persists in the hope of their illusion to become reality by always moving the goal post to fit their defintion of “SUCCESS”.

    Sooner rather than later, the day of reckonig is getting closer and the genuine item will be distingusehed from the make believe/fake one.

    Ethiopia will prevail!

  6. EPRP is a generation of hope whose golden generation was wiped out by facists. EPRP is an institution by itself in our country. Everybody, even the leaders sacrificed for good cause. Unfortunately in a complex world it could not move forwards in its own reforms.It pains me to see the split. Every body attacks EPRP in general. Everybody attacks it, because it is a dtermined organization that can bring change in Ethiopia.EPRP, be wiser, develop the tolerance and the peaceful struggle by restraining some of the polarizing comments. you owe it to the sacrifices of that golden generation killed by criminals by sumaary excution in the street of Addis, even asking parents for the bullets.

  7. I every time spent my half an holur to read this webpage’s content all tthe time along with a mug of coffee.

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