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In this regard, he asked to what extent the ‘rule of law’ should be respected mentioning the case of repressive and discriminatory laws.
But, for Meaza Ashenafi, ‘rule of law’ entails respect for the law whatever the nature of the law might be, and having the option to organize and struggle to change the law if need be.
“Citizens need to respect the law, even the ones they do not like,” she stressed.
While Dagnachew criticized the government for showing appeasement than take actions, Muferyat refutes by saying that the government is opting for engagement than force to bring about respect for the ‘rule of law’.
“Our transition is from negative peace to positive peace; we had relative peace and security but it did not have structural depth. We made a policy shift to change this and what we said is let engagement of the public come first; engagement is not appeasement,” she asserted.
Reflecting on the points raised, participants said that the situation in the country has the potential to bring about philosophical crisis as people are longing for dictatorship because of persistent violence.
A surprise guest at the meeting hall, PM Abiy Ahmed (PhD), made a concluding remark saying that if we are brave enough to entertain ideas, action is easier. And this needs training of the general public to entertain ideas and to practice democracy.
“We heard about democracy, we have not live it yet,” Abiy stressed, adding that, “we have to give incentives for the public to slowly internalize peace and democracy by tolerating the pinching.”
“There [Ethiopia] are people of varied interests and it takes time if we want to be inclusive of all.”
Abiy also said that, the previous way of punishing citizens won’t bring any change and that there are no gains to be had from violence.
“There is no country which has inflicted its citizens with so much hurt like Ethiopia. This has brought nothing to us except making our country practice a democracy less than any African nation; what we are doing is trying to change this,” he stressed. “There might be some threatening situations in today’s Ethiopia but we can build irreversible democracy.”