extensions to backup M
call for action: TPLF should give an ultimatum to EPRDF and the FDRE
government sooner than later!”
(22 Nov. 2018),
accessed on 23 Nov. 2018
some extensions on my original piece of 19 Jul. 2018 (Part I), this piece
(Part II) is intended to support the well-articulated justifications of M
Gettaw. Time heals time kills: there is strategic time for every action
humans take. It was a strategic decision of the Tigrai Peoples’
Liberation Front (TPLF) that led to the creation of the Ethiopian
Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). After liberating Tigrai
from the savagery of Mengistu Hailemaraim’s military junta, the Derg,
TPLF decided to liberate the whole Ethiopia. To that end, the Amhara
National Democratic Movement (ANDM), the Oromo Peoples’ Democratic
Organization (OPDO), the Southern Ethiopia Peoples’ Democratic Movement
(SEPDM), and the TPLF forged a coalition called EPRDF. As the name
implies, EPRDF is a “liberation front” formed to defeat the enemy, the
Derg. The marriage of expediency succeeded in destroying the largest
mechanized army black Africa had ever seen, thanks to the strategic
prowess of TPLF. This is the bitter
pill of truth the detractors of
TPLF, such as Gedu Andargachew, Demeke Mekonen, Abiy Ahmed, Isaias
Afeworki of Eritrea, & Cos. hate to swallow.
the miraculous social, economic, and political achievements of modern
Ethiopia demonstrate the farsightedness of the then TPLF leadership,
headed by Meles Zenawi, the most brilliant leader Africa had ever had.
Meles chaired the EPRDF until his sudden death. EPRDF built the modern
Ethiopia we are witnessing out of the tragic ashes of civil wars, drought,
famine, starvation, hunger, and dysfunctional governance systems of the
Imperial and the military rule eras. Now, it is time to change course.
There is time for everything. EPRDF
no more! It has killed itself.
of Betrayal and Ethnocentrism
is judging another culture solely by the values and standards of one's own
culture. Ethnocentric individuals judge other groups, nations,
nationalities, and peoples relative to their own ethnic group or culture,
especially regarding norms, values, language, behavior, customs, religion,
and all sorts of social, economic, and political human attributes.
of ethnocentrism, which reveals immature political tendencies, are
disastrous. Read for example, the manifesto of the National Movement of
Amhara (NaMA), which was founded on 10 June 2018 in Bahir-Dar, the capital
city of the Amhara Regional State. NaMA is an extremely dangerous
organization. It disparages (demeans) TPLF’s contributions to
Ethiopia’s modernization. It does not recognize EPRDF as a legitimate
government. It has declared ANDM as an agent of TPLF.
rally of the Amhara chauvinists in Bahir-Dar has demonstrated
powerlessness or apathy of the EPRDF as a governing body. The prevailing
socio-political climate makes existence of an EPRDF government
questionable seriously. On 30 June 2018, the Amhara extremist elements
held a massive rally in Bahir-Dar, waving illegal flag of the Imperial
era. One of the laughable acts was watching a helicopter flying over the
huge crowd, bearing the Imperial flag, as if the event was a declaration
of victory won at battlefields, which the cowards cannot do. Another
laughable scene was an Eritrean flag tied to the Imperial flag. A
combination of the two flags was being waved high to the skies! Why? And,
the way Demeke Mekonnen and Gedu Andargachew was so childish, reflecting
political immaturity. They were the keynote speakers. Everything they read
so loud was against TPLF, by extension betraying the people of Tigrai.
Both of these men are members of the current government of the Federal
Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the EPRDF government. Their speeches
were highly charged-full of bravados, “we the Amharas!” Their actions
are national treason, because they violated the rules enshrined in the
Ethiopian Constitution. As members of the governing body, the EPRDF, they
were expected respected to uphold primacy of the
rule of law in accordance with the Constitution. Taking immediate
legal actions against these running dogs of a tragic civil war was a
national imperative. The Ethiopian Parliament must summon (call upon) Abiy
Ahmed to explain the well-orchestrated rally that violated primacy
of the rule of law.
Ahmed is an accidental Prime Minister (PM). When the Deputy PM, Demeke
Mekonnen, withdrew his candidacy to the position, Lema Megersa and others
facilitated ascendency of Abiy to the PM’s position. Thus, Abiy’s
current position remains an accidental, because he did not go through the
electoral processes of the FDRE. A Protestant Reformist Preacher, Abiy Ahmed, is determined to
marginalize TPLF. This is an ultimate betrayal. But, he better play his
many occasions, I observed Abiy Ahmed pleasing his close strategic mentor,
Isaias Afeworki, by demeaning the victories
scored by the heroes and heroines of TPLF. Knowing very well that it is
the TPLF leadership that brought the demise of Mengistur Hailemariam, the
butcher of human beings, the Protestant
Reformist Preacher continues to dehumanize TPLF. Moreover, the ANDM
and SEPDM have become politically irrelevant. Thus, it is time for TPLF to
exit the bounds of the EPRDF. The narrow nationalists, egoistic
individuals, and chauvinists are colluding to destroy TPLF. To fulfill
their wish, which is a wish against wish, Abiy Ahmed and Isaias have
designed a strategy that will result in demise of the TPLF. However, this
is a dream that will never be realized.
working with Isaias Afeworki, Abiy Ahmed is a messenger of external forces
hired to eliminate TPLF from the landscape of Tigrai (a wild dream!) There
is mounting evidence that Abiy continues to be groomed by CIA, United Arab
Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt to destroy the unique Ethiopian
federalism in order to build a neoliberal-market-based economy that can be
ruled by American and European multinational corporations. Consequently,
Ethiopia is now in an absolute state of anarchy: (i) similar to that of Rwandan
Genocide, citizens are slaughtering one another; (b) Ethiopia has
become number one globally in terms of internally displaced peoples (IDPs)
–untold human misery in one’s
own country, a country being destroyed by civil conflicts under watchful
eyes of Abiy Ahmed’s Government; (iii) all macroeconomic metrics
demonstrate that the national economy is in tatters, going down to the
trough of depression, a dangerous deep hole; (iv) unemployment rate of the
productive workforce, the youth, has become so rampant, generating
hooligans who are willing to be hired by Ethiopia’s enemies at any
minimum pay to cause a widespread
national havoc (killing their compatriots and destroying the
socioeconomic infrastructure) to make Ethiopia ungovernable; (iv) the
teaching and learning environment in all universities is polluted by
socio-political unrest; (v) mistrust, the dangerous human attitude, is reigning in Ethiopia: absence
of trust among citizens is one of the major elements of social unrest;
and (v) hopelessness, uncertainties, and mistrust are destroying
Ethiopian’s dream for peaceful, united, and prosperous Ethiopia.
is you, Abiy Ahmed; in a short span of time, less than seven months, you
have led Ethiopia to darkness out from the glowing bright future the
country was enjoying and moving forward with confidence. When you were out
of the political scene, even the mothers of neoliberalism, the so called
Washington Consensus, i.e., World Bank and the International Monetary
Fund, were impressed by Ethiopia’s economic and socio-political
realities on which they produced praising reports; and renowned
economists, including Joseph Stiglitz, winner of the Nobel Prize for
Economic Sciences, applauded PM Meles Zenawi’s democratic developmental
state theory and practice-based political stability and economic
performance of Ethiopia for over twenty years. But, shamelessly, you
called those years as years
of darkness to please your backers/promoters!
better Know Who Your Mentor
you should know who your strategic-political mentor, Isaias Afeworki is. In case you do
not know, let me tell you succinctly as follows:
is hired gun to put you under his wings so that you do the dirty job on
his behalf to destabilize Ethiopia, including stopping the Grand Ethiopian
Renaissance Dam. The world has watched you and Isaias being rewarded the highest
national-special-gold medal prize from the United Arab Emirates’
Prince for a job well done. I watched a video you stooping and kissing
Isaias Afeworki’s right hand at that ceremony. Shame, an Ethiopian
leader has never-ever done that at any event, let alone at an Arabic
event. You should have known the national consequences of demeaning
behaviour of a national leader. A leader is expected to project a national
know that Isaias has declared himself a king for life of the tiny enclave
called Eritrea, a country without constitution.
flatter him “Isu” during casual conversations, thinking that you might be able
to manipulate him. However, you must know that Isaias Afeworki is shrewder
than you. He is a tested iron man! You better be careful. In fact, trust
me, he will dump you soon.
chronic poverty Eritreans are suffering from is not his concern. Thousands
of Eritreans are fleeing their homeland to seek refuge in Ethiopia,
emptying their homeland of all nationhood identities and the productive
workforce, facts revealing national failure.
you and Isaias tried to break the genetic, cultural, and historical
bondages (natural relationships) between the Eritrean and Tiraian peoples
to meet your goal of marginalizing
the TPLF and removing it from power eventually. You both failed. The
people were ahead of you in quick thinking and in taking actions to
rebuild their family hoods and livelihoods. The historical celebratory
events at several border towns, such as Zala-Ambessa, Rama, and the Badme
Front should have given you lessons you will never forget. The
celebrations were people’s power
in action. Learn from those celebrations that you never planned.
you know well, Isaias has jailed all his comrades of the liberation
struggle, including top generals, political elites, and intellectuals. He
is now a lonely man in Asmara.
You may have to visit him frequently to nurse him psychologically.
time ago, when he was a student at the Haile
Selassie I University, Addis Ababa, Isaias dreamt and declared in 1975
disintegration of Ethiopia into pieces of enclaves equal to the size of
tiny Eritrea. This was his response to a BBC reporter in 1980 in London,
when she asked him about future relationship with “the giant in the
south”, Ethiopia. That remains a dream, but, he did not stop dreaming.
He envisions using you, Abiy, to realize his dream.
Afeworki is the butcher of Ayder
Elementary School Children.
will never give up dreaming a bad dream for removal of the TPLF from the Ethiopian
political landscape. Observers have concluded recently that this obsession
of removing TPLF will kill him eventually. You will be left without a
close mentor, Abiy!
Do not get me wrong: I am not claiming that TPLF is a perfect
political body. Far from it, it has weaknesses and strengths, like any
human organization. However, TPLF possesses an admirable behavioural
trait; it is very quick to learn from its mistakes. Dynamic renaissance (ongoing
rebirth/renewal) is TPLF’s guiding principle.
of a Unified Political Force:
the Best Way Forward
is the high time for TPLF to forge a close strategic alliance with all
progressive-democratic Ethiopian forces immediately. I suspect many of
them are waiting for a call from the Mother of all victories, the TPLF.
The time is right to declare a unified national party involving all
progressive parties from all regional states. That is, must reach
out all Ethiopia’s nations, nationalities, and peoples through their
democratic forces. Give it an attractive name with a nationalistic spirit
that impresses the gullible and the elite. In short, the TPLF has a huge
opportunity now to create a brand new strategy for Ethiopia’s
revolutionary democratic developmental state (RDDS). RDDS is a dynamic
socioeconomic and political transformation process by which a genuine
sustainable development, which fosters inclusiveness, justice, equity,
empowerment, and freedoms. It is a conceptual vision rooted in systems
thinking with clear strategies for fighting neoliberalism, which is
determined to create a fragile Ethiopian state vulnerable to the dangers
of regime change through a colour revolution, using Abiy Ahmed & Co.
immeasurable sacrifices, TPLF liberated all oppressed Ethiopian masses on
20 May 1991. It succeeded tremendously, beyond imagination of its
detractors – particularly the Amhara narrow nationalists and chauvinists
as well as Isaias Afeworki & Co. What you see in modern socioeconomic
infrastructure of Ethiopia is what you should always think about TPLF’s
sacrifices and victories. That is why the Ethiopian masses admire and
respect the TPLF and, by extension, the people of Tigrai for the
sacrifices they paid for Ethiopia’s unity.
a warning to the detractors of Tigrai’s historical contributions to
Ethiopia’s nationhood is necessary. Without going into the historical
facts of Alula Aba Nega, Yohanes the 4th, and the Battle of
Adwa, etc. etc., let me focus on the recent 17-year bitter struggle that
destroyed the heinous government of Mengistu Hailemariam. The Government
of Tigrai has obligations and factual grounds (reasons) to call upon the
Federal Government (be it the current or future) for redressing the
miscarriages of justice against the people of Tigrai. Political
recognition and material compensations are just
necessary, but not sufficient to heal all of the multiple wounds Tigrians
suffered for years.
patience, the civility, and the magnanimity of the people of Tigrai must
be acknowledged. Although Tigrai paid immeasurable sacrifices to defeat
external invaders and dictatorial and corrupt political oppressors, the
people are willing and happy to live in freedom, peace, security,
prosperity, and harmony with all their Ethiopian compatriots in a
democratically united Ethiopia. The people of Tigrai have never been and
never will be vindictive. They would like to be seen as civil,
compassionate, magnanimous, and patriotic Ethiopians. However, civility,
humility, and patience are not
signs of weakness. The quest for justice that remedies all historical
grievances must be addressed. Enough
is enough for Abiy Ahmed & Co.! Let
it be known that this generation of Tigraians will not remain complacent
to all the injustices that afflicted enduring harm on Tigrai. There is an
urgent need for redressing all miscarriages of justice.
not Tigrai for the sake of Ethiopia’s unity in diversity!
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