What’s wrong with saying, “Let’s admit we have problems and strive to improve our work?”

By Aaron Berhane April 2011 I’m writing this letter to express my views, based on the example of the 15 members of Parliament who wrote to the People’...

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By Aaron Berhane
April 2011

I’m writing this letter to express my views, based on the example of the 15 members of Parliament who wrote to the People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ).

Above all, though, I would like to thank the editors of all privately owned newspapers for objectively presenting the issues and opinions of readers. History will remember you for playing a crucial role in transforming the struggle of the Eritrean people and moving it from one stage to another.

I can now glimpse a healthy development blowing through the political environment of the country.

Fifteen members of Parliament wrote an open letter to all members of the PFDJ. They criticized the party. This has led the country to compare the party’s reputation with the favourable one it had prior to independence. The members of Parliament detailed the weaknesses of the party and stated proper solutions to them.

Indeed, this is a delightful and optimistic step. Many people are now hopeful that the leaders who care about them will admit their weaknesses in governing the country. The people are happy to see the party’s readiness to correct their mistakes and establish a participatory democratic administration. Moreover, the people now know that the leaders are moving to restore justice. This is something which has only existed in theory before, not in reality.

The deaf ears of the administrators are finally starting to hear the complaints of the people. Unlike the situation in the previous ten years, the struggle of the Eritrean people has begun to move forward. As the G-15 mentioned in their letter to Parliament, the cause of the problems in Eritrea has been due to the illegal activities of President Isaias. To get rid of these problems and others, they requested a parliamentary meeting. However, the president refused. He removed two ministers from their positions although they did nothing wrong except request a meeting. I have no doubt about this. Those ministers weren’t removed from their positions because of wrongdoing. Can anyone describe these ministers’ request for a meeting and subsequent removal from their positions as a coincidence? What wrong did they do?

Everybody knows that the PFDJ and Eritrean government have made big mistakes in the way they administer. We cannot deny what is evident.

What’s wrong in saying, “Let’s admit our mistakes and try to improve the way we do our work?” Why is this seen as such a crime when the world is marching towards progress and many new developments are emerging? What’s wrong with saying “Let’s meet to correct our mistakes?” If you don’t discuss and negotiate, how can you expect to enjoy prosperity?

As many people say, one of the biggest problems is that the PFDJ has lost the culture of discussion and negotiation. What additional mistakes are you going to repeat? Have we really understood the damage caused by the mistakes of the PDFJ?

How long are you going to try to fool the people?

Let me close by mentioning a quote from one of Bob Marley’s songs: “You can fool some people sometimes, but you can’t fool all the people all the time.”

Most of the people are able to see the truth clearly day after day. The purpose for which they have sacrificed themselves, sweated and laboured, will be implemented in the near future.