An open letter to Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahme
May 29, 2019
By: Abdiaziz Ali
Your excellence Mr. Prime Minister
Your Excellency, everyone who watches the Ethiopian politics, witnesses the decisive and historic changes you have made since you came to power when the country was on the verge of collapse. I will not repeat here all the major changes you have made, as I have already done extensively and satisfactorily in a previous piece that I wrote on the eve on your 365 days in offices.
Your Excellency, I want to take this opportunity to talk about your mission of bringing criminals to justice, and have them face our legal system: here I would like to raise an incident that will not escape from your attention and would like to impress it with you before the details of this particular incident makes to the headlines.
Your Excellency, you have already an exemplary job in bringing criminals behind bars at all cost; you correctly did so with the cases of Burayu, Gedeo, and how you removed the power of former president of the Somali Region Abdi Omer (Abdi-Ilay) and took him with some of his team in to custody while others warranted to be accountable what happened the notorious August 4.
Your Excellency, I want to bring your attention, if not already in your detail Implementation plan, to the whereabouts of the perpetrators of the crimes committed in Awaday and Balbalayti Massacre, where innocent Ethiopian Citizens lost their lives. I don’t want to detail these massacres, just because you are very aware and full knowledge on it as it happened under Oromia Regional State where you served before you Jump the top job of this country early 2018 to save a country which was on the brink to collapse.
These Incidents left behind a lot of people with horrific injuries in their minds and hearts. Because of this, many children are orphaned and traumatized due to losing their Silver Primary Caregiver and breadwinners. Because of this, many families who were dependents on the goodness of taxpayers and Contributors to our country’s GDP, have now lost their livelihood in this massacre; they lost their only assistant to sustain their day-to-day life, and are lining up for very limited humanitarian aid assistant in a concentration camp called “IDPs” while some are begging on the streets.
It is a very serious and worrisome situation for a normal human being to be in this condition.
Your Excellency, to the dismay of many concerned citizens including me, we did not see or hear any person in your government who raised or talked about the whereabouts of this massacre, whether the perpetrators will be brought before the law or even if they are at large. I know your predecessor, former Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, expressed that the government has some of the suspects in custody for Awaday; we are anxious to learn more about this particular painful experience.
Your excellence, it is a time that you speak and make yourself be heard by those families who have lost loved once in these Cold-Blooded acts and to the fellow Ethiopian citizens who are concerned, where you are on this. At least this will heal the hearts of the families who lost their Silver ones and will be a good moment they told themselves, that Justice is with them before they lift their trust on your leadership and find someone who can speak for them.
Your Excellency, I would like to conclude this letter to say that there is no reason for those who were responsible for these massacre and associated crimes still evade the law and lead a normal life; rather they should be sitting in jail as other criminals are like, Gedeo, Burayu and August 4 perpetrators, etc. I have every trust that you will move this Case from where it is if it stationed or will hear from your government where ever it is, and give victims the justice they deserve. I also hope that the relatives of the victims will hear and see what you can do for them and help them soothe their pains. Your words could be the very medicine that heals the very wounds left by this Massacre in their mind and hearts.
CC: Ethiopian Human Right-both FDRE and Oromia Offices; Ethiopian FDRE Attorney General; Oromia Regional State President; Ethiopian Federal Police.
Abdiaziz Ali is an Educationist, Humanitarian, Campaigner and Child Right Advocate. Mr. Ali lives Jigjiga, Ethiopia and can be reached through firstname.lastname@example.org.