On scapegoating the former Cabinet
Hazem al-Beblawy - YOUM7 (Archive)
By SAID AL-SHAHAT

CAIRO: Just days after the resignation of Beblawy’s government, several faces have disappeared from the new government, like Minister of Manpower Kamal Abu Eita, Minister of Higher Education Hossam Eissa, Minister of Sports Taher Abu Zeid, Minister of Solidarity Ahmed Boraie, all of whom were preceded by Deputy Prime Minister Ziad Bahaa el-Din. This begs the question: what could their disappearance possibly signify?

These former ministers are figures of the January 25 and June 30 revolutions. No one can deny their struggle and their political achievements, some of them since Sadat’s days in office. Even if we object to their ministerial performance, we cannot describe them as having failed considering the circumstances of the state at the time in which they took the office, and the political context that they were working in, which would easily lead any minister to failure.

You might say that Eissa, Abu Eita, Abu Zeid, Boraie and Bahaa were incapable of doing their jobs, but just remember a few facts before you judge them, like the academic year, which began just after the dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in.

This reignited the crisis of student protests inside universities, and Muslim Brotherhood students used violence against their colleagues, staff and security forces, and in turn the universities sank into turmoil, which required security intervention.

And yet, people judged Eissa, paying no heed to the corrupt policies of Mubarak’s regime, which fed the intensive presence of the Muslim Brotherhood inside universities. Further, various voices demanded the return of security forces inside universities, and Eissa had two options: either to respond to these demands, in which case he would be accused of betraying his principles, or to reject them, and to be accused of weakness. People have disregarded the fact that it is not Eissa who is the problem, as his predecessors have come and gone, and yet the same problems have persisted.

The same concept can be applied to Abu Eita, who found himself surrounded with labor strikes and protests in the midst of the already drained economy, and even Taher Abu Zeid is a living symbol of conflict between the state and corrupt entities in the sporting world.

But the state has chosen instead to wave a white flag at all these corrupt entities, and our tragedy remains, as ever, unchanged.

Opinion articles reflect the views of their authors and do not reflect the editorial policy of The Cairo Post.

Originally published in Youm7.

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