Reviving the ENCDC/ Coalition of struggle from dictatorship to democracy

By Fesseha Nair

The aim of this piece/ questionnaire is to engage all ENCDC members conduct assessment locally.

The Eritrean National Council for Democratic Change was the leadership born after the Awasa Congress of the Eritrean political, civic and individual entities. The leadership is composed of two bodies- the legislative and executive. The legislative’s function and responsibility was making laws and policies of the ENCDC while the executive is the organ that is responsible for implementation and execution of policies adopted by the legislative organ through its standing committees.

The process of election of the ENCDC was by quotas but not by voting or elections. The Wasa Congress goals and objectives were to enhance participation and inclusion of all Eritrean citizens aspiring for democratic change in Eritrea. It was a council of struggle not of a Bayto of stable nation.

Most of those who participated in this congress were not well read and prepared to analyze the Eritrean people’s situation and the struggle from dictatorship to democracy. There were no papers presented at the congress. Papers presented ( Charter, Organizational structure and the road map) were not disseminated and discussed by the participants at the local level. Those who participated focused only on who will come to the leadership not on issues of conflict and the papers presented.

Why the ENCD leadership not work under its manadate period should be assessed if the ENCDC will emerge to new strategies under uncertain circumstances at this time. I hereby will contextualize the questionnaire as below:

  1. Assessing its foundations
  2. What framework can we use to assess the ENCDC’s nonfunctioning according the resolutions of the Awasa Congress?
  3. How was the preparation of the Awasa Congress?
  4. What were the requirements for participation?
  5. Was the congress Eritrean –owned or home-made?
  6. How convenient was the venue of the ENCDC’ congress?


  1. Assessing its mandate
  2. How was the ENCDC’s organizational levels connected/Operative , Management and strategic levels?
  3. How effective was the Executive body of the ENCDC in its operative activities, management of human and financial resources?
  4. How effective were the standing committees with different assignments? Were they qualified for such public assignments?
  5. How was the ENCDCs presidium organized in its tasks and responsibilities? Was separation of power practiced? What were the ENCDCs legal responsibilities adopted at the congress of Awasa?


  1. ENCDC Strategic Planning and Action


  1. Has the ENCDC embraced a common strategy to accomplish certain goals at the short and long term?
  2. If ENCDC has had strategic planning what were the steps it has taken in its three level of organization?( Strategic, management and operational)

I think if the ENCDC leadership of 127 persons must navigate from the current rough waters towards clear shores by organizing seminars and workshops locally and assess the strengths, weaknesses, internal and external opportunities and threats. The ENCDC members both political, civic and individuals must take responsibilities deliberately discuss what has gone wrong and what has gone right before running towards calling 2nd  congress of the ENCDC.


The ENCDC need a healthier approach where all sides agree that there was no harmony and co-operation between the two bodies of the ENCDC/ Presdium and executive. The problem was not on programs but personalities. Let us be committed towards program-oriented politics instead of personality-oriented politics.

Let us give the ENCDC Leadership reconcile its conflicts and then go to the constituents.

Let us give the ENCDC leadership at least 6 months to find out its footing, develop synergy overcome its obstacles, adopt a new strategy  that leads us towards the 2nd congress.


We are all equally responsible to give this Coalition/ ENCDC life and be the symbol of, “ untiy in diversity” now at this time of struggle from dictatorship and lay foundations for building democratic institutions both public and private sectors in all lives of political, economic, social and cultural spheres in Eritrea


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