I don’t like to be ambitious yet, I don’t see any reason why this could not happen in Ethiopia.
A series of questions always come to my mind when I think of our leaders. What is the problem if they travel with us, live with us and so on. They didn’t come from anywhere. They were just among us before they get to the upper stairs of power. But once they get there its like we didn’t know each other.
Whenever the leaders want to move from place to place, flay out of or back to Ethiopia dozens of policemen spread on the sides of the roads and wiped out everyone and every vehicle. I do have a great respect for our security forces (policemen) but sometimes I could not be so sure if they have the same respect for me and my fellow citizens when it comes to “clearing out” the road for a government official. “ Go! Go! Just Leave the road! You can’t stop here” are the offensive commands we always have to follow, every time the roads has to be left only for “ VIPs”. It is like someone among the people is going to open fire so everyone has to leave the road. I know they have to follow orders and they have to do their job, protecting the leaders from any potential attack. But why it has to be always like that?
I am inspired by the above picture and with all due respect I would like to say the British people need to show some respect for their leaders. I don’t know maybe if that is what our leaders are afraid of, getting a seat in a public transportation. Believe me Ethiopians are more respectful than the British people. At least we will leave our seat for you or if you are walking among us we will accompany you to the palace. In the meantime you will have the opportunity to learn what are the exact feelings of the people you are leading and the gaps needed to be filled. Besides you will also have some fresh air.
I am wondering how soon we will be able to see our leaders in public transport like Prime Minister David Cameron. May be after the rail way construction is over.