House members describe May 28 victory as unique in consolidating nation’s unity
Addis Ababa, May 31 (WIC) - Members of the House of Federation (HoF) described Ginbot 20 (May 28), which marks the demise of the Derg regime, as a unique day which guaranteed the unity of nations and nationalities of Ethiopia.
Some members told WIC that the equality and unity of nations, nationalities and peoples of Ethiopia are now in a much better condition than it was 21 years ago.
Daniel Dobiyo, Representative of Tsemay Woreda, in the SNNP State, said, “Ginbot 20 gave the people of Tsemay the right to be recognized as a nation of the country.”
The previous regimes gave little recognition to the rights of nations and nationalities of Ethiopia; however, owing to the victory of Ginbot 20, Tsemay nationalities have been enjoying their rights enshrined in the Constitution.
Daniel stated natives of Tsemay nationality have become beneficiaries of education, health and potable water services as well as other infrastructural developments flourished in the area.
More importantly, the victory gave the people of Tsemay the right to speak and learn with their mother tongue and exercise their democratic rights.
Getu Argaw, Representative of Gurage nationality, in the SNNP State, said the participation of Gurage people in the development efforts of the region has increased after the demise of the Derg regime.
Getu said the pre-1984 period had been the time of inequality, injustice and brutality; however, a significant progress on good governance, economic and social developments have been made as a result of Ginbot 20 victory.
Tadesse Date, Representative of the Gamo nationality and Mayor of Arbaminch town, said the victory of Ginbot 20 hasn’t only answered the question of nationality, but also given all nationalities the opportunity for development.
Remarkable economic and social developments have been recorded in following the victory, he said, adding residents of the 49-year old Arbaminch are now benefiting from good governance, democracy and other fruits of May 28 victory.
The rural development strategy put in place by the incumbent government has helped farmers residing in Arbaminch and its environs to boost productivity, he added.
Meaza Goshish, Representative of Shoa Rrobit Woreda, in Amhara State, on her part indicated the victory has paved the way for gender equality.
“The past time was not good for Ethiopian women; but the victory of Ginbot 20 has given Ethiopian women the right to empower themselves and owe property,” she said.
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