ethiopian constitution guarantees freedom of association and
assembly, the government did not allow opposition parties to organize
freely or to canvass for new members. Several opposition parties
candidates were harassed or put into prison, with the government
seeking to intimidate citizens away from siding with the opposition.
Oromo opposition parties with an ethnic agenda are in most cases
banned or severely harassed. Dubious accusations have been levelled
against opposition figures, including a "plot to overthrow the
government.” Any serious challenges to EPRDF ideas by opposition
leaders are equated with attempts to overthrow the government by
force or with violating the constitution, and are met with harsh
sentences. On the other hand, opposition parties are not effectively
managed, and have shown limited ability to inspire their members or
society at large to engage in a democratic society-building process.
under difficult economic situation, job loss is a very serious matter
which is considered a suicide in the Ethiopian Empire, and,
therefore, the peaceful oppositions will have to think twice before
saying "no” to the warning of the dictatorial authorities and
endangering their life and their families.
the years the TPLF regime has been abusing its political power to put
every sector of the peaceful oppositions under its control by denying
them their natural rights. For instance the TPLF regime is
notoriously known for using job entrance criteria for its political
purpose those who graduated from universities, colleges, and other
educational and training institutions, to show their EPRDF membership
before they are employed.
BY Daniel masho