A Look at the ‘Funniest’ Feature of Political parties in Ethiopia

I think no one can run from the naked fact that there is an economic capacity difference between the ruling political parties and their opponents in Ethiopian. The two pictures clearly show this actual feature of the parties: how opposition parties are economically poor and how their counterpart is very rich and powerful.

The former picture shows the office building of the Ethiopian Democratic Party (EDP), one of the known opposition party in Ethiopia, whereas the later one shows the office building of the Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM), the ruling party in the region.

As you see in the former picture, the EDP’s office building is very old. Truly, unless one sees the old and faded banner on the wall, it is challenging to realize that the building is an office of a political party working to represent millions of people. When you get into the very old office, you may get more confused and ask yourself: is it actually the office of the party? How are they working without necessary office facilities? By the way let me tell you what is more amazing – Just the front rooms of the building are occupied by the EDP, the other rooms are occupied by a family, who is the owner of the house.

When we come to the other one, things are absolutely different. The building is so modern, attractive and delicious. One who sees the building can easily realize how much it costed. It looks how western’s buildings look like. It has modern car parking that is decorated with flowers. The parking is always busy with very expensive new model cars.  Close to the main gate of the building, there is a small room, but much better than that of the EDP’s office, for security people. The internal part of the building is well organized for office service; every individual rooms are well furnished and equipped with the 21th century office equipments. Telephone, broadband connection modern lighting, and water systems are well installed. Generally, the building clearly reveals stronger financial capacity of the party.

The question I would like to rise in here is: why is there such a big difference between the two parties? How can competition be made between them?

By Betre Yacob



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  2. I liked your comment and i share the sentiment of your article for it is the naked truth. I only have one comment to make and I hope you take it as constructive criticism. Sorry I could not read in which region of our country is EDP office which you showed is located. To give a fair picture to your readers you should have shown the ruling amahra party office in the same locality, because I sense the ruling party office is located in addis.

    Otherwise it would be comparing apples and oranges. I say this because we do not want to adopt distorted ETV style reporting.

    Incidentally I saw Tamagne showing a clip of Meles saying weradoch ( i think Meles was addressing HIS parliament) and Tamagne was explaining that Meles uses abusive language towards its people. The only problem with that argument is when you go back and watch the full clip, Meles was saying weradoch to his own supporters because Lidetu was complaining of a campaign by EPRDFites in Wollo telling the local people that they should not vote for Lidetu in 2010 election because he is a protestant. By the way this is the first time Meles insulted his own supporters because they have been mean towards the opposition, well if you count Lidetu as a real opposition. Sorry my post is too long but I hope you get my drift. Otherwise keep up the good work.

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