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“Ethiopia After Meles:
The Future of Democracy and Human Rights"
Testimony By Mr. Obang Metho
I would like to thank the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Congressman Edward Royce, and all ranking members of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations for this important opportunity to examine the Ethiopian Government’s observance of democratic and human rights principles in post-Meles Ethiopia.
I want to especially thank Congressman Christopher Smith, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Africa for his extraordinary leadership in bringing the case of Ethiopia to the attention of this subcommittee once again; particularly in light of the many pressing global issues. In 2006, Congressman Smith worked hard to bring this issue all the way from subcommittee to the House, where it faced obstacles and died. I hope this time, something more concrete and productive can be accomplished for the betterment of both our countries.
In 2006, I gave testimony at that previous hearing in regards to the massacre of 424 members of my own ethnic group, the Anuak, in 2003, perpetrated by members of the Ethiopian National Defense Forces. I also testified regarding the ongoing crimes against humanity and destruction of property and infrastructure in the Gambella region of Ethiopia; however, because similar abuses were being perpetrated in other places in the country, I also spoke of the 193 peaceful protestors who were shot and killed as they peacefully protested the results of the flawed 2005 national election and the repression in Oromia. This also included testimony regarding the imprisonment of opposition leaders, including Dr. Berhana Nega, who is sitting next to me today.
Now I am here once again to testify about these same kinds of issues because Ethiopians have only seen increasing restrictions to their freedom and a continuation of government-sponsored human rights violations in every region of the country. This includes the illegal eviction of great numbers of Ethiopians from their ancestral homes and land, causing great hardship to the people. It also includes egregious human rights atrocities in places like the Ogaden [Somali] region, which is blocked from the outside world by the regime. It has obstructed the media from reporting on the great suffering of the people being perpetrated by government forces, which has been described as a silent genocide. Two Swedish journalists were arrested, detained and charged as terrorists before being released last year. However, the Ogaden is not alone for every region of the country has become a victim to this regime.
Sadly, little, in terms of rights, has changed post-Meles. The only change is that he is no longer here. Although the rapid decline in freedom and rights was led by Meles, he and his cabinet and ministers established an apparatus of strong-armed control that continues to reach from the top offices of the federal government to rural villages throughout Ethiopia. That infrastructure of repression, which carries out much of the day-to-day enforcement of EPRDF control and the perpetration of human rights violations, is still in place and marks the near achievement of a secretive and chilling plan put into motion in June 1993 under the name: TPLF/EPRDF’s Strategies for Establishing its Hegemony & Perpetuating its Rule , which was said to have been given to all their cadres for its execution. An abridged translation of the 68-page Amharic document is now available online.
This plan, based on Marxist ideology, was brought to our attention by one of the members of the TPLF who reported to us strict adherence to this plan by its cadres. The plan aligns closely with the nature of the TPLF when they were still fighting in the bush as well as the Ethiopia of today.
Prior to defeating the brutal Derg regime in 1991, Meles led the Marxist-Leninist based rebel group, the Tigrayan Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF), also so known for its brutality in the bush that the U.S. State Department had classified them as a terrorist group at the time. When they took over power, they formed a new coalition party made up of separate ethnic-based parties. It was called the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and was meant to appear to be a multi-ethnic government but in fact, it has been controlled from the beginning by the TPLF who have never abandoned the goal of perpetual hegemony.
The EPRDF’s structure was based around ethnically defined regions and political parties, but at the grassroots level, all regions and parties, though appearing to be led by leaders of the same ethnicity as the region, were instead pro-TPLF/ERPDF puppets, who implemented their policies. By its nature, this division of Ethiopia by ethnicity was a guise meant to dupe the public and the west by its appearance of being democratic; however, in practice, it has contributed to the prolongation of ethnic-based divisions while strengthening the power of the TPLF, assuring its control of the EPRDF even though Tigrayans are a minority, making up only 6% of the total population. However, this does not mean the TPLF speaks for many Tigrayans who have become disillusioned with the TPLF/EPRDF.
In short, the TPLF’s plan of revolutionary democracy, which is more closely aligned with the Chinese model than the liberalism of the west, was clearly designed to achieve perpetual hegemony over every aspect of Ethiopian life. In the above-stated plan, they warn that they can achieve their goals “only by winning the elections successively and holding power without let up.” They warn, “If we lose in the elections even once, we will encounter a great danger... [so] we should win in the initial elections and then create a conducive situation that will ensure the establishment of this hegemony.” In 2010, the TPLF/ERPDF successfully accomplished this goal and won their fourth election with an alleged 99.6% of the votes and all but one of the 547 seats in the Ethiopian Parliament.
This also was accomplished through gaining control every sector of society: the media, all aspects of government and civil service, all political space, elections, the judiciary, the passing and interpretation of laws to suit their goals, the financial sector, education, the military, the economic sector, religious groups, civic society, government ownership of all land and government control in the extraction of natural resources. The principles upon which America was founded are absent in Ethiopia despite all the democratic rhetoric.
The TPLF/EPRDF is more in control today than it was in 2006 and continues to hold that power despite the death of their central figure. It has become near to impossible to find any political space for the development of a viable alternative to the TPLF/EPRDF because dissenters, activists or anyone speaking for change will be put in jail. It has become a full-blown autocracy. Anyone who attempts to speak up is silenced. All has been justified by saying that Ethiopia has double digit economic growth and that they have met their millennium goals and that the people are too ignorant to understand how they will eventually benefit; however, the people know that this is not balanced growth but instead has “filled the pockets and bellies” of government supporters as laid out in the 1993 plan. Claims of economic gains also serve to minimize or cover up the reality on the ground of the increased poverty of the majority. Supporters of the TPLF/EPRDF policies and tactics are rewarded while non-supporters are penalized in a variety of ways. The most marginalized masses are ignored unless they become an impediment to the TPLF/ERPDF plan of exploitation of land or natural resources. Here is an explanation of that strategy from the original TPLF/ERPDF plan:
The combined strength of the State and Revolutionary Democracy’s economic institutions should be used either to attract the support or to neutralize the opposition of the intelligentsia. We should demonstrate to it that our economic strength could serve its interests, and, in the event of its opposition to us, its belly and pocket could be made empty.
Examples of the practice of the above strategy are rampant. According to a Human Rights Watch report, following the 2010 election, even humanitarian aid was linked to party membership.
Record numbers of refugees are leaving the country, regardless of the risks, because so little opportunity exists for the average person, let alone for more outspoken dissenters. Laws such as the Charities and Societies Proclamation have literally closed down civil society, replacing institutions with TPLF/ERPDF controlled look-alike organizations. A vague anti-terrorism law has been used to silence journalists, editors, democracy activists, religious leaders and opposition members by intimidating them, arresting them or charging and imprisoning them as terrorists. Examples are our heroes of freedom such as Eskinder Nega, Reeyot Alemu and Andualem Arage.
Into this highly controlled milieu, the new Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, has emerged. He is neither Tigrayan nor is he part of the old guard of TPLF loyalists but instead comes from the South, helping to counter accusations of TPLF domination of the EPRDF. Reportedly, his appointment was hotly contested; however, because he had held the position of Deputy Prime Minister it may have provided the least controversial transition. Insider information reports he has little power and that his actions are all closely monitored by the TPLF central committee. As another means of control, three deputy prime ministers of different ethnicity were appointed and are said to hold more power than the prime minister. Reports have also surfaced that power struggles within the party leadership have split the top power holders and remain unresolved. These intraparty conflicts could deepen as the next election comes closer, with unpredictable, but possibly dangerous results. Hoping that this problem will resolve on its own is unrealistic and a recipe for disaster.
The TPLF/ERPDF has so effectively constructed a system of repression in Ethiopia that it will likely carry on for awhile; however Meles, the driving force who charmed the west while terrorizing the people, remains their main visionary leader. Billboards around Addis Ababa show his picture and the TPLF/ERPDF continues to elevate his legacy, possibly because no one else within the party has been able to articulate another, more timely or urgently-needed vision. This opens them up to new challenges from the dissatisfied majority that they may not be able to dodge. Intraparty conflicts may also further exacerbate the situation. Add to that pressure from the outside, like from Egypt, neighboring countries or others and the situation may either explode or implode without reforms. Although the TPLF/EPRDF has shown little openness to reforms, with enough pressure from the people and donors like the U.S., it might create a win-win situation to bring about such reforms without violence, chaos and a spillover effect in the Horn of Africa.
The road to democracy and respect for human rights in Ethiopia must be solved by Ethiopians, but the U.S. has a role to play as well. I believe the current U.S. policy of quiet diplomacy will actually contribute to a worse outcome. We should learn from what happened in the Arab Spring, when forces of a frustrated public joined together to oust Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. It took many by surprise, especially those who had sided with an authoritarian regime rather than the people, thinking Mubarak was so powerful that he could not be brought down. This alliance with an authoritarian regime makes it much more difficult in the aftermath to reestablish a meaningful partnership with Egyptians that goes beyond giving large amounts of foreign aid.
Undoubtedly, many Ethiopians attribute U.S. support to Ethiopia, including partnership in the War on Terror, as a means that has prolonged the life of a repressive, undemocratic regime. Will the U.S. be pro-active in aligning with the people; something that will help sustain a long-term relationship with Ethiopians? Unfortunately, the tendency of most entrenched groups and their supporters, foreign or native, is to continue the status quo without any change; however, in Ethiopia, there is a window of opportunity before the next election in 2015 to set the stage for meaningful reforms. The U.S. and other donor countries should not simply stand by, using the rationale that there is no viable alternative to work with because the TPLF/ERPDF has been so effective in blocking access to political space and will not easily give up on this. This must be taken into consideration for how can you build an alternative in this kind of repressive environment? You cannot put someone out in the middle of nowhere with no material and tell them to build something. It will not work.
With these limitations in mind, the Ethiopian public, both at home and in the Diaspora, are now working to bring the change. Some of that change can be seen from what happened last week in Addis Ababa when Ethiopians came out in mass numbers to peacefully rally for freedom and justice in Ethiopia based on a call from the newly emerging Blue party. With minimal resources, the Blue party reached out to the public in an inclusive way and the groundswell of response from ethnically, politically and religiously diverse Ethiopians surprised even them. They called on the people and the people answered. Yet, the TPLF/ERPDF warned that Muslims who joined together with Christians and others in the rally were extremists. This defies the reality on the ground.
For the last year, Ethiopian Muslims have been peacefully rallying in their compound, asking for freedom to practice religion without government interference into their internal affairs. In violation of the Ethiopian Constitution, the TPLF/ERPDF has been choosing their religious leaders, ensuring those leaders were pro-government. The TPLF/ERPDF has done the same within the Ethiopian Orthodox Church leading to the church breaking into two divisions—the government approved church in Ethiopia and the other in exile here in the U.S. – a divide and conquer strategy of gaining hegemony of religious groups addressed in the TPLF/EPRDF master plan of 1993. Within that plan, religious groups were to be “used to disseminate the views of Revolutionary Democracy...and if that is not possible we should try to curtail their obstructionist activities…Without denying them due respect, we should mold their views, curtail their propaganda against Revolutionary Democracy, and even use them to serve our end.”
The TPLF/ERPDF government will do anything to label the Muslims as extremists and radicals to be feared by the west; however, Ethiopian Muslims, Christians and Jews have lived together for thousands of years in harmony. We do not only share the land but we share blood. We are a family. We are brothers and sisters.
In twelve months of rallying, these peaceful Muslim protestors have never destroyed anything or hurt another person. They are not making a stand for Sharia law but instead for a secular state where all people will be free and where there is no government interference in the practice of any religion. Yet, the TPLF/EPRDF fears unity between diverse religious groups.
Reports have emerged of the TPLF/ERPDF’s intentions to divide people of different religious faith and to alarm the west by staging events themselves while blaming others. For example, inside reports allege that when Ethiopian Muslims were going to rally in front of the U.S. Embassy, they found out that pro-government forces were going to burn the American flag so they called off the entire rally. An eyewitness to the killing of Christians in 2007, reported to be by Muslims in the Oromo region of the country, were recognized by a relative to not be Muslims at all but government supporters.
I personally spoke to that survivor. It preceded the invasion into Somalia and is seen as an attempt to dupe the west. It must be understood that it profits this regime to do violence in the name of their opponents. Here is another example reported in Wikileaks where the U.S. had knowledge that the TPLF/ERPDF government had set the bombs in Addis Ababa several years ago so as scapegoat government opponents. They used it to justify the arrest of Oromo leaders as terrorists and to show a rising incidence of terrorist acts in Ethiopia, even though it was phony. Duping the west into supporting the TPLF/ERPDF was part of their original strategy laid out in the 1993 plan and is part of the reason for becoming a pseudo-democracy.
Division between ethnicities, regions, political parties and religious groups is the lifeblood of the TPLF/ERPDF. For the government to gain power and control, they are trying to alienate the people from each other and spread rumors regarding the makeup of those who are protesting. Just as they are calling Muslims extremists and terrorists, they are now trying to label the Blue party, to separate them from others, by accusing them of being funded by foreigners like Egypt. The fact that Christians and Muslims are rallying together for freedom and justice for all Ethiopians is a real threat to their existence. These kinds of tactics by the government are a sign that the status quo cannot continue and will be challenged in increasing unity among Ethiopians. The donor countries, including the US, should align with the people. This means supporting the people who are working from within and those who are trying to resolve the problem peacefully, without violence.
The proper sequence of reforms is critical to the success of the outcome.
1. Intellectual reform must come first, which means the people must have access to information and have the freedom to express it—the first freedom to be attacked by dictatorships and the first that needs to be restored to bring about change.
2. The second must be political reform; opening up political space so the choice of the people is reinstated. Then they are free to choose political leaders and groups who represent their interests and the interests of the country.
3. The third is constitutional reform which must rewrite, redefine or reinstate the most inclusive and beneficial relationship between the people and the state in the form of this “constitutional contract”; a contract which upholds the rights of the people and protects the people from the state, similar to African models where it is assumed anyone can become tyrannical so checks and balances must be established to control the power of the government, ensuring participatory democracy.
4. The fourth is institutional reform; meaning reforms of the judiciary, the parliament, the military, civil services, and other institutions where regime cronies are now in control. Institutions must be independent of the state or party for change to be accomplished and made sustainable.
5. Lastly, economic reforms are necessary but will not be inclusive until the other reforms are implemented, making the system more transparent, accountable, and just; unlike in places like Russia, Ivory Coast, Indonesia, Yugoslavia, Cameroon, Rwanda and the Philippines where economic advances were made; yet, regime cronies still controlled the institutions, the political system and the justice system, staging the conditions for a reversal of power and the re-emergence of repression and cronyism.
Poverty and corruption in Ethiopia will also increase the pressure for explosion. Recently, Kofi Annan spoke about the cost of corruption to the African people. Ethiopia is a primary example. Although many quote statistics of economic growth in Ethiopia, most of it is in the hands of a few. Prior to the release of the report by the Global Financial Task Force in their report titled: Illicit Financial Outflows from Developing Countries Over the Decade Ending in 2009, they stated on December 5, 2011 the following in regards to Ethiopia:
“The people of Ethiopia are being bled dry. No matter how hard they try to fight their way out of absolute destitution and poverty, they will be swimming upstream against the current of illicit capital leakage.”
Their report reveals that Ethiopia lost US11.7 billion in illegal capital flight from 2000-2009 and illicit financial outflows from Ethiopia nearly doubled in 2009 to US$3.26 billion—double the amount in the two preceding years—with the vast majority of that increase coming from corruption, kickbacks and bribery. When it comes to transparency, it does not exist in Ethiopia.
Here is another example. Human Rights Watch found evidence that World Bank money, which was to be used for services, was instead used by the government to displace the people from their land, later given to foreign and crony investors. Five villages in the Gambella region, hard hit with land grabs, accompanied by human rights violations, made an appeal to the World Bank regarding the improper use of its funds. An independent inspection panel investigated the grounds for the appeal for the World Bank. After meeting with the local people who had been displaced to refugee camps in Kenya and South Sudan, they recommended a full investigation after finding substantial evidence of the misuse of World Bank funds. Now the Ethiopian government has refused to cooperate. All donors to the World Bank should look into this because this is your money. If they have nothing to hide, why would they not allow an investigation?
People on the ground in Ethiopia live in fear of this regime, but many are coming to the point that they can no longer endure life without change and are willing to take a stand. Prior to the Blue party’s recent rally, a 26-year-old recent graduate sent me his thoughts. He said:
Obang, it is now just four hours before we go out to rally. We don’t know what will happen but this may be my last message because the last time I went out I went with three of my friends and I was the only one who came back. That was seven years ago after the 2005 election. I may be the one not come back this time but I am not afraid. I am looking at it like going into a war zone, but the only difference is the other side has a gun and we have nothing. If they shoot, I have nothing to deliver. This is the kind of country we live in. But, we have the moral high ground and this is what is making me go out. I want someone to know.
Ethiopia is a country which relies on the US as its number one supporter and here is one of their brave, but peace-loving heroes, going out not knowing what will happen to him and those with him. Most of you have met Ethiopians here in Washington D.C. as thousands of Ethiopians live and work in this city. They pay taxes to the same government that for too long has overlooked the serial violations of human rights and the emergence of a full-blown dictatorship.
Ethiopians have struggled under dictatorship for 40 years. With the death of Meles and the appointment of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn until the next election in 2015, Ethiopians may have been given the most opportune moment in 21 years for change; however, if Ethiopians—or donor countries genuinely wanting to see democratic reforms—step back, waiting to see what will happen under this new arrangement of power, rather than actively creating a process of change that is owned and managed by the people of Ethiopia, this opportunity will most likely be hijacked and the “system” of repression will continue with the same or new “strongmen” at the helm. The only acceptable outcome for the Ethiopian people is nothing short of the transformation of Ethiopia to a new society and a New Ethiopia where humanity comes before ethnicity or any other distinctions for no one is free until all are free!
This is a time when the U.S. should use their influence to put pressure on the Ethiopian government for reforms rather than waiting for simmering tensions to explode. Support for a people-driven process is the best alternative to bring lasting change to Ethiopia, more sustainable peace to the Horn and a better ongoing partnership with the US.
Time for Wayane nonsense is over. Labeling good citiziens such as Muslims as terrorists is over. Muslims must stand with others and demand full recognition as they paid a lot in blood, torture, abuse and mayhem in the hands of the terrorist Wayanes. The next thing USA should do is not only deny aid, but also charge HD was war crime and ban all terrorist Wayane supporters and members here in the USA. This is not nonsense. All websites that promote the Wayane regimes must be held accountable. All Websites and TV channels coming from this brutal regime must be stopped. I say this is no time for nonsense. Ethiopia is switching to become another North Korea as evidenced by the recent visit to china of the Prime Minister HD.
We will waste no time. America should side with Opposition or with Wayane. There is no in between. I urge the opposition not to be modest in their demands. At least a 50 per cent seat is a must for change to be acceptable. In fact, it will no be long before we see Ethiopians flooding the streets. Muslims should pay a price for this revolution if need be. But I am hoping the Wayane regime is losing ground. Hence, politically it is bankrupt. Especially we should deny it foreign currency reserve and we should also make it clear that there should be no investment until freedom. We need a free market economy with Banking and Telecommunications open for investors. We can rapidly change the social and economic state of that country by waging a war on our poverty and lack of democracy. That will bring peace and prosperity to that country. One man one vote, not one ethnic; one leader.
I urge again the Muslims in Washington to be very active and bold in their protest and demands. It is a common mistake that Muslims start revolution but hand it over to others. We paid the price and we should be at the fore front of the change that is coming. If America listens to my suggestions it will save money and it will save ally. Supporting minorities costs more money than supporting majorities. The cost of policing is much higher in a minority led state.
It is disappointing that Muslims were not represented in that meeting although I must appreciate the fight of Obang Metho who nailed it like any one Muslim should have done. This Ah Bash supported regime will be remove, and soon. People should celebrate.
what a bullshit is that…. the good thing is they can not do anything … sorry DURYAW Nega the angry Dog.. nice try tho!!!! we Ethiopians will go forward….
The thing that my brother ’shifta mehon’ said is what is dividing us and giving a lifeline to the current government. What do you think gives you the right to decide who is Ethiopian and who is not. What makes you think that we have to look like you to be ethiopian. What makes you the standard and the model? The more we say ’stupid’ things like this the more we help EPRDF stay in power. I, myself will continue to give them the benefit of the doubt and so will millions of my fellow ethiopians because they will choose the ‘lesser evil’.
Dear Nazret Editor,
The first comment is irrelevant to this discussion. It’s not only disrespectful to Mr Obang, but also insulting to all Ethiopians. In any website, the comments reflect more about the Editor’ choices, politics and mental setting than the writer. What is it that you want us to read and takeaway as a lesson? Mostly here about obsession with Ethnicity, defaming people of all type for no particular reason than to be rude, damning down serious issues. Basically stuck somewhere b/n 1998 - 2008. In more recent years as Ethiopian media has exploded so has the peoples knowledge and communication skill. What I see on Nazret tho does not represents the Ethiopians that I meet everyday and everywhere discussing news of the day. I wonder why?
It always amazes me, the fact that Ethiopian Diasporas trying to push American government to run Ethiopia and hand the helmet of power to them on a silver plate. Who is America after all?
I am an Ethiopian living in Addis, and I do not recognise all the things that you said existed in Ethiopia. In fact, it seems to me that, you are calling the American authorities to run Ethiopia. But the fact of the matter is, despite all the short comings of the current or any future government of Ethiopia, I rather see them making mistakes than being a poppet government (something you would like to see)
One thing I like the most about the current government is the fact that, no matter how wrong or right they are, the do not let any one dictate what happens in Ethiopia. So your call for American intervention won’t work with us.
No matter what you said or do can change anything in Ethiopia. I would have given you some attention and admiration, if you have had said those things while living in Ethiopia and the same goes to your fellow coward want to be political activist or leaders. Why can’t you lead by example and come over to Ethiopia and face the same mistreatment that you are claiming the Ethiopian people is facing and lead the people to victory and freedom? Only then, I will respect you as a leader and as some one who stand for something that he believes in. But living in America and asking the American government to hand you the power on a silver plate, says a lot about yourself than the very same government that you are accusing of brutality and dictatorship.
Have a good day in America
OBANG MATHEO IS AGAINST LARGE SCALE FARMING, AGAINST GILGIL GIBE DAM AND RENAISSANCE DAM…
HE SOLD OUT LONG AGO TO NGO $$$…CONTRIBUTING MOUTHPIECE TO RACIST LIBERAL OAKLAND INSTITUTE PROPAGANDA.
This guy is a house nigger…He reminds me of a character played by Samuel Jackson in the movie Django.
If you want to fight Woyane go back and join other fellow Ethiopian. Wagging your tail in State department like a dog in here mating season does not take you anywhere. You and your loser friends are an embaracment to the black consciousness.
Shifta, You are one hell of a stupid stone head weyane dikala who does not have guts to respect such a smart and brave person as Obang Mehto. You still don’t think deeper than the color of your skin. Just keep silent and serve your masters since you will never get better of slavery. You already chose your destiny and don’t curse other who fight for their freedom. Dedeb!!
U guys stop ur anti_Ethiopian propoganda,Ethiopia is on the right track and wt bright future.We need Co-operative diaspora in nations development rather than human right watch dogs.I remmember the so called economist dr.birehanu nega"s prediction on Ethiopian economy he presented in a panel@jima univ. 6yrs back;but the reality is different in fact Ethiopia is among the fastest growing country in the world…pls we 90milion Ethiopians at home are enough to fight against human rt…rather than the so called human right watch dogs.
Obang Metho is what whites call “a loyal salve".
You see! These people are making a big mistake by going the same route woyane did. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. What we need is a charismatic leader that appeals to all people, even if possible a holy saver kind, not a saver who wishes to get on top by any means because we are seeing the results with woyane. I don’t know how to tell them but ego is destroying these people. These is not a healthy foundation for a type of leader we are looking for, asking America or any other country to be your king maker is like winning a lottery, easy come easy go, so twenty years from now back to square one. Look what holding a grudge politics did to us. Just to hurt the once we don’t like we alliance with anyone. I don’t doubt those congress people care about us but it’s not because they need a a friend instead they see us a disaster and they want a quick fix to our mess. If dr. Birhanu wants to be our leader he needs to quite this get to power by any means attitude and appeal to every one even the ones who who wishes his demise. Look what Mandela could have done to the whites and make his country a misery, if u don’t believe me Zimbabwe is my witness. Even very recently do you thing obama could have wan the first election if the people felt anger resentment in his voice let alone conspiring with any body to punish the once he didn’t like. Because people saw him as a uniter everybody from all wake of life help him to get elected, on the other hand look mitt Romney with dip pocket and rich pocket it got him half way but not to the finish line. I don’t understand why we don’t learn from the past, I hope these brilliant people won’t abuse their power and leave us to an ether all chaos. I want an ethiopian party by Ethiopians for Ethiopians. No more king maker, no more behind deals we already have one too many.
A bright future to all of us—-luv y’all
Obang is not new to this kind of dramatic scenes of shading false tears in the name of “human rights” etc as he has always done to please his friends in “Human Rights Watch” and the anti Ethiopia toxic diaspora community. The Gambela he knew(I assume that he must have left that region long time ago otherwise he would have opted to look at things differently) is a completely new area of progress and development now. As Ethiopians, the people in Gambela region like all other nationalites in other regions who were opressed for generations, are benefiting from the economic, social and political progress our country is experiencing right now.
Obang will surely be ridiculed and loughed at if he uttered these words to the people living in Gambela region. Obang,together with his friends Tamagn Beyene, Abebe Gelaw, Birhanu Nega and other members of the toxic diaspora, belongs to the group of a lost generation whose credibility(if there was one!) were weaned ages ago. Obang would have earned more respect if he had opted to quiesce instead of making a fool of himself.
Ethiopia, under Meles Zenawi, made the giant leap and will continue to do so under Haile Mariam Desalegn.
Ethiopia is prospering and shall continue to prosper!
Mr.Obang, I know gambella, Dimma etc …places where the anguack people lives. 25 years ago,I had an apportunities to work and lived in that area. Comon! mr. Obang, the Agnuak people are thankful to have a government who gives’m education and health. If you love the Agnuak people, go ethiopia and do your part.If not, you just shut up.
Mr. Obang Metho,
You should better know by now that democracy and human rights don’t come as a merchandise from overseas. Even the country you delivered your “testimony” has taken more than 200 years and is still in the process and is not full democracy. We can talk and write about the Ethiopian Government whether it is a democratic or not for months and years. That is not the point. If we love our country as we profess, we must work hard to bring the change from within. Although Rep. Christopher Smith has been working day and night to tarnish our country, there is no chance for Ethiopia to become a 51st State where he can exercise his authority. Ethiopia is a sovereign country that has existed thousands of years before his own country was created. He can organize tens of subcommittee meeting on this and that issue but nothing will change on the ground. Now adays, I’m getting sick and tired of these leaders who only know complaing while not doing their homewaork.
So, my advice to the Honorary Human Rights Advocate - Mr. Obang Metho is that please don’t trade in the name of the Ethiopian masses. I wish the Ethiopian government listens and makes adjustments to give political space to these true opposition groups who are working for the country and people.
I can’t believe what the G7 folks were talking about. When I read the news on Awramba Times, I get sick to my stomach. The enemy of your enemy is not always your friend. Please don’t bring another cycle of havoc to the poor people who is still suffering from previous wounds.
Neqa Bel [Visitor]
“In any website, the comments reflect more about the Editor’ choices, politics and mental setting than the writer.”
I think this comment is for nazi.com not for me
I am sorry to wast my time reading this collection of nonsense writings. It has no fundamental truth. It is shame to speak this boldly in front of many people or publish it on media. To tell the truth many Ethiopians abroad are becoming the enemy of their own country. If I were there I would have challenged this man. It has very tiny truth, which is later corrupted by his own wrong imagination. This I would say is treason. Pls don’t mention about the position group and number of their representatives in MPs, mathematically it is impossible for Ethiopian oppositions to win, because they are divided among themselves, they compete vs one another, they have no unity at all, no political or economic program or plan. pls don;t just vomit consider the reality on the ground. God bless Ethiopia.
Jeggaw Joro Dabbaw ,you and your Thuggy bros
the likes of Mollalaw who dreams of Addis from DC Little Ethiopia’s Tigre Bar Balcony or the Agazi Shelle Mimi are the well known House Nigger bandas ,who sell your soul for your evil Northern Goat Herder Masters .At least Mr. Obang Metho , as any True Ethiopian Patriot ,has the pride and dignity for not being a sell out Looter banda serving the Criminal Agazis and the Tigre mafiosis .
Is this freedom of speech or freedom of bigot.
You just let this foreigner paid agent evil ASSTA B. GETTU shit here on others’ religion.
I know you want him earn his livings by harming Ethiopians. This is crime.
He already told us that
Prophet f… dead woman.
Islam is not religion.
Islam is terrorism,
Islam is every thing bad…
He is angel.
Why then he repeats these lies million times. To make fools like Amhara Princess believe him.
Poor psychology, psycho mad man.
He is neither Ethiopian nor coptic. He has agenda. Agenda of Serbia, nazis and fascists, Rwanda, Congo, etc.
He knows the census on the ground there. Nobody will win if his wishes spark violence and genocide.
As depicted above his aim is to divide and then cause destruction, loss of lives, and nothing else. What’s his gain out of this fascist act can anybody tells me guys?
He uses Amhara and Ethiopian identity to cause them eviction, genocide.
He never dare say he is Tigrian. He knows the outcome.
Muslims in Malasia, Turkey, Indonesia, Afric represent 80% of the total Muslim population. Arabs are coptics and Muslims.
He can hate Arabs but what has to do with Islam.
Well read Hitler’s hate on Jews and then compare this nazi’s hate on Islam. The only difference is this toy head has no power.
To listen to the lies of the Ethiopian wannabes is shameful and waste of time by the American committee who are attempting to do right and improve foreign relation with Ethiopia. Yes, Ethiopia have ethnic problems for many centuries and yes there is severe corruption in the country. Above all, there is injustices in Ethiopia like any other countries of the world NOT in the magnitude the wannabes presented.
The Wannabes are the tool of the enemy Islam who are out to do harm to Ethiopia through the manipulation of Arabs, for the Islamization of Ethiopia and the world. The wannabes time has come and gone who are now, scams that floats in the sewer. What a waste of time for unsuspecting committee to sit and listen to the evil doers who are determined to do harm to the relationship of Ethiopia and America. They are the useless eaters who are a burden to the society. Furthermore, they are breeding like rabbits in America that is tragedy to all when they follow their footsteps!
If America wants the TRUTH ask the ambassador to Ethiopia NOT people from the street in washington who does not know any thing good but to gossip.
Long live the friendship of Ethiopia and America!
Excellent Mr. Obang
Tired of those Woyane, Addis Zemen changing
his name and posting multiple times !!
acting as if many pro
Go ! Go! Blue party! Next one should be everyone
participating !!!!! Kick those evils out!!!!
ከመለሰ በሁዋላ ምንም የቀረም ነገር የለም ሁሉንም ጠራርጎ ነው ይዞት የሔደው፣ 3ቢልዮን ዶላር፣ ወርቁንም፣ ቡናውንም እንዳንጠጣ ዘጠና ሚሊዮን ህዝብ ሆነን ስራ ፈተን የሰውን ሁላ የመኖር ፍላጎት እና ነፃነቱን ሁላ ጠቅሎት ነው የሔደው ፣ የትም እንደደረሰ አናውቅም ሰላቢ ሰላቢ ነው መለሰ ዜናዊ አሁን ይህን ጊዜ ፣ የሆነ ቦታ ተደብቆ ነው እንደዛ መንግስቱ ሃይለማሪያም እኛ እንደሆነ ዜና የሚባል ነገር አንሰማም ኤሌትሪክ እና ውሃ በቀን በቀን ስለሚቁዋረጥብን በከንቱ ነው አዲስ ቲቪና ቴፕ እና ራዲዮ ማጫውቻ የገዛነው ፣ አሁን አዲስ አበባ ውስጥ ማንማን በህይወት ይኑር እና ይሙት የምንሰማው ነገር ያው የፈረደበት ፣ ያው የፈረደበት ጋዜጣ እና በእድርተኞች በጥሩንባ ብቻ እንደ The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride hakuna matata ነው የሌላው ሃገር ህዝብ በሞባይል እየተያየ ስልክ ያውራል፣ ይላቀሳል፣ ያስለቅሳል፣የኢትዮፒያ ህዝብ እስካሁን ድረስ አሳዛኝ ነው በጣም ያገራችን ሁኔታ ረሃብ፣ችግር፣ ምሬት፣ ብሶት በየሔዱበት ቦታ ሁላ የመለስን ሁኔታ በአይፎን 4 ወይም በጋላክሲ 4s ሞባይላችን ላይ ማየት ነበረብን እንደ ቪዲዮ ይህም ይህም አሁን የመለሰ ጥፋት ነው ፣ መለሰ ዜናዊ ጥሎት የሔደው አንዱ ትልቅ ችግር ነው ፤ አበስኩ ገበርኩ እማዬ አለች ችግር ችግር ችግር ብቻ አቤት ፈርዶብን መጥኔ ጥናቱን መጥኔ ጥናቱን መጥኔ ጥናቱን ይስጣት ለአዜብ መስፍን!!!
Imature Kassa ,when you are refering the Ethiopian Ambassador ,do you mean the DC’s recycled banda ,Girma Birru ,ot the NY’s ones Tekada Alemu both of them former Junta Mengistu’s close advisors who in May 1991 turned their coats by becoming Agazi Ass Holes .Or the TPLF cadres desguised as second personalities in the Embassy ,after the Ambassador ,but in fact the real bosses of the place .
For your dead ,brain washed memories
there’s “Nothing” to be learned from these bandits than the usual TPLF propagandas of the fake “Democratic process” ,the Fake “Double Digit Economic Growth” ,and the fake “Rule of law “.
This was a good presentation by Mr. Obang Metho.
Clearly Mr. Obang was talking about lack of Democracy and human rights in his home country of Ethiopia, yet as usual the resident Coptic terrorist above comes to this site to drop his stinky poop and mess everything else? Eww gross!
I don’t blame him, I blame Nazret for letting Sickos and pervert deacons to roam freely and defecate on the site in the name of free speech.
Obang makes a lot of sense, he is focused, bright, knows exactly what he is talking about. Some folks either don’t read or comprehend. Why should he go back home & fight? He is not asking the US to free him either. He clearly said he is NOT asking anybody to free him but telling USA & Co not to bloke the roads to freedom… Well said Obang!
@ EthiopiawiNOT aka Mamo Killo
You and the other Arab wannabe scumbag Gragn never discuss any issue as per topic. Always spitting religious garbage. I hope you two know that your likes only have a place in hell? I don’t blame you, it is the khat you have been grazing on for 60 + years like pack of herds that made you totally incompetent, mentally challenged good for nothing losers. Quit mentioning me everywhere. If your issue is with Assta B, take him on? Coward! He will put you in your rightful corner in no time. He does not need me to challenge feeble terrorists like you & Gragn? He never did, never will . He is your one and only medicine on this site & I love it! Who is the first geriatric to comment trash on this thread?
Welcome back my dear. You were really missed.
I totally agreed with Joe.
The man called Obang Metho, what a bunch of idiot he is. He accidentally find him self in the centre of attention that produces nothing than for him and the other idiots around him some charity money for his living cost, I am sure never done a day job since he inter US. This people haven’t got a clue what is going on there because they never return home. I am not writing nonsense ,I just returned from Ethiopia, our country is moving very fast and every one is busy. Please don’t pay attention to those people like obang talking about Gambella land and land grabbing ,human right, by the way the Gambella people archived their full right like every one ,thanks to the new born democracy in Ethiopia. Mr obang’s tribe been isolated for generations, thanks for Meles Zenawi ,brings all Ethiopians together . Finally my message to all is, we should not forget from famine to one of th10th fastest growing economy in the world for 10 years straight. You can’t satisfy every one in any country, for us this is the way forward . Nothin is easier than siting and talking negative nonsense ,almost in existence in front of camera. To me if you love Ethiopia, buy bond to show your support of the massive hydro electic dam. I saw a picture of Tamagne Beyene ,some one I know in swiss, the girl used the picture to support her case to grant asylum from Swiss authority. When he went to beg money in there ,most of they Ethiopian where there to support their case, not to support him. Every one even knows about his speech ,because is always the same. Meles or Weyane.
Sorry if I upset any one ,I believe this is the truth.
Assta B. Gettu Aka Assadabi Be Qitu
I visit nazret.com once in a blue moon( rarely) for the last couple of years and even then I rarely post my comments but It seems guys like Assadabi have nothing to do except being on web site and vomit his despicable and sick comments about Islam regardless of the topics on this website. I wonder how he sleeps at night with all these hates in him.
So the need to respond some times. I would like to apologize if my opinion upsets some people.
Assadabi tries to appear deliberately as some one who can’t differentiate between race and religion when he says Muslims should go to Arabs over and over again when in fact the Coptic ideology he so worships, if he ever does, came to him from Arabs(Egypt, Palestine and Syria).
I don’t know what ever happened to the “Jesus said love even your enemy ” thingy?
But let me tell you Muslims only worship one and only one Almighty perfect creator unlike the likes of you who worship a MAN or in our case a messenger who according to your script couldn’t save his ass from simpletons of Romans who were just human beings from torturing and killing him- the supposed powerfull God. You simplify the almighty creator of the whole universe to a mere Jew(man) who just happened to live simply 2000 years ago in those desert lands of Palestine. You believe in trinity which are very confusing entities splitting the Almighty in to three subjects. On top of that you believe of Mary to have even upper status than your God. You also worship self-made up saints in your local places unknown to the rest of christians in the world as well angels. But in Islam only God is to be worshiped, nothing else or nothing more and you know it. You are in self denial and Islam is much better in Theological Credibility than any other religion if you critically compare and contrast. Islam is growing despite the hard time going on now due to some groups conspired against Islam with the west to give it negative image who are on character assassination without the facts and the root causes. Nowadays almost no one practice Christianity and people attending church is falling incredibly because people can’t find any credibility once they questioned it and also it doesn’t go with their craving for worldly lust.
Islam bans Alcohol but you guys use it even in Church. Islam forbids prostitution but you guys employ them in your bars and try to face god in church on Sundays.You commit many adultery like having ‘wushimas’
Islam encourages and obliges charity for the poor and needy but I doubt it in your case.
Islam sees everyone as one despite who you are, race, status, rank but in your case different church for different race, status i.e one for white another for black, one for Amhara another for Tigre or Oromo. One bruial church for elites one for the poor.
You guys believe some people are the chosen people, oh what a bunch of sad self deprecating fools! No one is better than no one!!!!
Islam bans drug or any thing bad that may influence and impair right judgment and thinking.
Crimes are almost minimal in Muslim countries.
You guys are so addicted to the worldly, you live just for the lust and greed, hate and envy.
But I wonder when Assadabi may regret his low life and join the right path of the ONE AND ONLY ONE.
And one more thing GET A JOB Assadabi, you lazy Debtera!
Coptic terrorist Affu B. Kittu,
50 years since the last Egyptian Patriarch sent to Ethiopia, but we still have remnants of Egyptian Copts like you among us dropping shit and defecate all over. Trying to saw hatred among the real citizens. Likely for the rest of us Ethiopians, your numbers are dwindling if not diseases, your arogance and stupidity is killing you on daily bases. Look at your church attendance.
No holly water from Kulubi nor the Tabot from Axum Zion will save you for a single day. God already saved you a special place in Hell to sizzile.
Yes we are related to you in blood and flesh as you told the honoroble Congressman Smith.
We’ve never called you ‘baria’ or nigger as Amhara Princess calls all of us except her tribe. In the west they tell story that they are white. I am not kidding my dear brother in flesh.
Of course there are pure Coptics as pure Muslims Ethiopians who are not in this vicious cycle of abnormality way of talking and threat on other religion and tribe.
Her master evil Assta even went further like if you are not Amhara then you are not Ethiopian. If you are not Coptic then you are not Ethiopian.
I have the copy of his above statement. When I confronted him on this front he started to divert and invert everything what he said from his unconcious traumatized brain.
He said there is Amhara gene in every Ethiopian blood.
How come this become possible unless Somali or other tribes in Ethiopia go to the bar and pregnate his sister or relatives who do not have other job other than this stinky cursed job.
I really do not want open his book which is not pleasant to read it. I am even disgusted to read his comments here in complete.
Hope nazret will post this. This guy writes even about genocide and yet let it post. Unbelievable.
Melabisu ,you have shown by yourself how much you are an idiot ,brainwashed Agazi Ass hole .You did not even read a single line of Obang’s speech than barking as a an Agazi Mad Dog .Just because your Northern Agazi Masters are critisised .By the way ,you Thuggy guys days and nights barking HAWZEN HAWZEN ,time to meditate also about BEDENNO ,ANUYAK ,BENISHANGUL ,GURA FERDA even Addis_Abebe on May and November 2005 where inocent peoples have been slaughtered by your own bandit masters .By the way ,what about you and your Northern Agazi-Amice Ass Holes being todays Asylum Seeker in US ,Australia ,Southern Africa and America including DVs Applyers ,while your own are still controling the whole power .LEKAMMI WERADA KEFTAFF BANDA !!!!
Extraidiot and what about your dead master ,serving his American Masters
as a Loyal Foot Soldier in Somalia .
Maybe the Mokadisho’s “Uncle Tom” ,
“Shebelle’s Agazi Donkey” ,"SHIGUTTE
ZE BAYDEWA” and any sort of nicknames as your wishes …LOL !!!
Assta B. Gettu (visitor)
Hitler used to deny everything like you.
He also used to say like you that his blood is noble and superior. You say Amhara blood contrast to German blood.
He also used to say like you & co that he is god fearing, educated, bla bla…
He committed genocide and yet point his finger on others.
Assta said Muslims are prostitues but in fact who are prostitues if you look around in Ethiopia.
Millions of children brought to this life out of wed in Ethiopia though inflated the census of that tribe but lacks moral, ethics and humanity on those creatures such as Assta B. Quittu and Co.
He writes non stop the same thing over and over which are his shame and yet blame it on others.
Well nobody reads your comments unless somebody is out of touch psycho like you.
I bet you that Mr.Obang & Genbot 7 losers took them weeks and lots of cut & paste to prepare their “papers” to the Subcommittee on Africa in the US house rep.
It would have been better if you had a courage to reach your own people back home instead of “testifying” in USA house of Rep. about a hearing called “Ethiopia after meles"!! LOL
You know that you can not and are not the representative of Ethiopians here. You represent Only your group. You are all jokes and old schooled.
You labelled others as racist and ethnocentric but you are far worst than the one you are accusing of committing such a crime.
I have wittnessed during the “Derg” regime that people was being labelled as ” Anti-revolution”, ” Mehal sefare” if they tried to be neutral and/or avoid politics ; “Adhare” if they had relatively modest income than the average Ethiopians and “Gentaye & Asegentaye” if they belong to a certain ethenic ground
I can also see the level of hatered you got for those who disagree with your opinion and “political” view. Sorry but I can’t see you as a part of groups that stands and strive for the harmony, freedom, equality, freedom and/or justice to ALL Ethiopian People.
I wish you were wise enough to convince your buddy Berhanu Nega to stop his hypocracy & work to bring change in non-destructive & non-divisive way but you are simply an opportunist.
Good luck on your Paradigm.
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