By Teodros Kiros ( Ph.D.)
Ever since the peace agreement was signed in Pretoria and Kenya, a mood for peace, prevailed in Tigray. This is welcome. The death of 800, 000 and increasing was shadowed by the mood for peace.
Since Nov 2, when the guns were silenced, the Tigrean regime in concert with the African Union pledged to realize all the conditions, including the very precarious disarmament, for the sake of peace. The Tigrean gov’t and its representatives, secretly continue to disarm more and concede more, in order to make the peace agreement viable.
A measure of secrecy and caution by the Tigrean government is welcome to a point, but not at the expense of the Tigran people who sacrificed their children at the prime of their lives. The Tigrean regime mobilized the Tigrean people to conduct the war and the people fought fiercely.
The intimate relationship between the Tigrean people and the Tigrean government was ideal during the war, whereas now, although the agreement is not realized on the ground, it has shifted from intimacy, as it was during the war to inexplicable secrecy at the present time.
My questions to the Tigrean government now are:
Why the secrecy?
Why the shifting mood?
Why are the people who made the agreement possible by sacrificing their children abandoned now?
Why is the Tigrean government alienating itself from its own people?
Why is the Tigrean government giving a blind eye to the continuing genocide in all the occupied Tigrean lands?
Why are the Tigrean negotiators not insisting that Eritrea and the Ethiopian regime withdraw from Tigrean lands before total disarmament is fully realized?
I can only hope that the Tigrean government in some shape or form respond to the above questions.
It is irresponsible to remain silent in the face of an impending tragedy, including another war to be born out of despair.
The questions above could be addressed subtly in closed doors with the people without leaking premature information to the mass media, if that is concerning. The people of Tigray are distressed as Tigrean media is reporting. The negotiators should come out of hiding and engage the people and collect data and sense the pulse of the people who are conflicted between joy and confusion.