Constitutional bylaw, proclamation number 251/2001, clearly stated that any appeal regarding self administration or any other related to the violation of the constitution should get adequate and proper answer within two years time. If that particular administration body (level) fail to reply in two years time, the same appeal can be submitted to the House of Federation (HOF) and the HOF should give the final decision within two years.
It is now exactly six years that the Qemant people requests for self administration. In this six years time, the Amhara Regional Government still ridicules on the constitutional quest of this people. Even the House of Federation has been biased towards the mockery reaction of the regional government rather than applying and respecting the law they enacted.
The regional government has very poor appetite in acting as per the constitution; it rather proves that it is only the government of Amera and struggle to annex Qemant to the dooms day. There are many signals that the Regional Government also grossly violates the constitutional rights of these recognized nationalities (Awi, Himira, Oromo and Argoba) living in the region. In this nationality administration, good governance has become a thing of luxury, education quality absolutely deteriorates, higher officials in the zone who decides the fate of these nationality is one who is subdued and surrendered to the domination of the amharaization system.
The Qemant people’s self administration request seems going from bad to worse. From the previous continues and tricky actions, one easily predicts that the regional government has unofficially decided Qemant should not have self administration. They are probably buying time until possible termination of the constitution; or till the government come up with some sort of strategy to label them as “bandits” or “terrorists” or shaiabia “missionaries” and detain them or else wait until the people bored of the quest and abandon it by themselves.
However, it is imaginable that the peaceful struggle of the Qemant will continue until the Regional Governors officially terminate the constitution and replace by their own village rules and regulations.
After all, it is impossible or highly unlikely to reverse the constitutional rights quest of Qemant by any means. It is my personal point of view that delay rather would have the following consequences: The first scenario: Kemants may resort to a political party legally or join with other political organization that struggle peacefully and respect its rights.
The second scenario would be this people may try to ensure its freedom through alternative means if they think all civilized means has been closed and the constitution would not work in Amhaara Region. Indeed,let us guess majority will choose the first scenario against the second path because of their keenness to peace, democracy and development.
On the other hand,there is very little hope that the regional state will respect the constitution by reacting positively to the constitutional quest of Qemant. This New Year is a year that comes to the Qemant People with conflicting scenario hope and frustration.