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09/18/12

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Ethiopia: Changing of the Guard

Ethiopia: Changing of the Guard

By Msmaku Asrat

It has been announced that Haile Mariam Desalegn has been chosen to be the Chairman of the TPLF dominated EPRDF and Demeke Mekonnen as Deputy Chairman. According to Communications Minister Bereket Simon they have been effectively chosen to become Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. He said that the Old Guard of Freedom Fighters have passed the baton to the new guard who had not participated in the liberation movement which has defeated the Derg and run the country for the last 21 years.

It is on the face of it a most welcome development. How could the Ethiopian people forget the Derg - those most heinous of criminals, those who drenched Ethiopia in rivers of blood, those trigger happy hooligans who run the most primitive, the most uneducated and, at that time, the most criminal government on the face of the Earth - only to be equaled or rivaled by those criminals of Cambodia who called themselves the Khmer Rouge. The Ethiopian people are eternally grateful for the Tigrean freedom fighters for the singular act of driving the Derg and its attendant criminals from power. But unfortunately the gratefulness ends there and then.

What followed was the pillage of the State as war booty by the Tigrean and their Eritrean overlord “freedom fighters” unprecedented in any time of Ethiopian history of the past. The Woyane became hungry vultures who devoured everything and cheerily declared that they deserve it. Until they were ‘driven out’ OFICIALLY by excessive greed, the Eritreans declared that Eritrea is for Eritreans but Ethiopia is for Eritreans and Tigreans. Later the Eritreans returned through the back door opened for them by the late dictator and tyrant Meles Zenawi. The TPLF leadership, supported by the entire Tigrean people and 100% of the Tigrean elite embarked on a two decade pillage of Ethiopia by owning and controlling the commanding heights of the economy. Their guru and intellectual ideologue Sebhat Nega (and a stooge of Isayas) declared that EFFORT, a conglomerate established by pillaging the resources of the Ethiopian people, is for the benefit of the Tigrean people ONLY. Period. The sole benefactors of EFFORT, the Tigrean people, cheered and the Tigrean elite in particular showered him with admiration, Meles went on to say that the Amara, and particularly the Shewan Amara, need to be subjugated and destroyed. And no Tigrean except Getachew Reda and later Gebre medhin Araya objected. A shame for the Tigrean elite which will be recorded for posterity. No brow beating or revisionist history after this!!

We may ask “has the guard really changed?” The old Ethiopian wisdom says let your suspicions thrive. ያልጠረጠረ ተመነጠረ (he who is not suspicious; will be weeded out) There is this proverbial story of a country folk who had a knock on his door and he comes out. A person asks for Ato X and said he had come to visit him. The country folk answers “Ato X is not at home. May I take a message” The person answers “I am his second cousin, son of so-and-so, I am passing by and came to visit” The gentlefolk says “wait a minute here” he then goes back into the house after realizing that the person is indeed his relative. Then he goes out again and enthusiastically kisses both cheeks of the bewildered visitor and says “I am Ato X, welcome. Please do come in my relative.” This is the way it goes. Now coming back to Ato Desalegn and Ato Demeke one is tempted to ask “is it for real that the Tigrean oligarchy had willingly surrendered its absolute power – a power which has corrupted it absolutely for over two decades – and surrendering its power to a Wolayta and worse still to the hated Amara. How can we be sure that these two are not Trojan Horses or marionettes to be manipulated from behind. The Tigreans own the whole country and had pillaged the wealth and had billions stashed in foreign banks from Malaysia to Bangkok, Singapore to Hong Kong, from Swiss to Canadian and European banks as well as the US. It is said that the proof of the pudding is in the eating. We would find out soon.

Would Hailemariam be able to persuade the West to return the pillaged wealth of the Ethiopian people? Or would he even dare to ask? If, as it is being speculated, it was the gentle pressure of the West which put him in his position in the first place, then he can certainly push forward. Could he be able to reverse the recent appointments of Tigrean Generals in the army which has been done without his consent? Could he be able to appoint other generals from other ethnic groups in order to make the Army an Ethiopian army and not merely a Tigrean army? Would he even go further and retire hundreds of Tigrean Generals and put their overall number from the current 99% to less than 51% in the immediate future? After all Tigreans constitute only 6% of the population

Hailemariam should free ALL political prisoners who are again 99% non-Tigrean. He should open political space so that people can express their political feelings freely without embarking to armed conflict. Let ideas and arguments stand ‘on the strength of the better argument’. Let him assert the independence of the judiciary and the supremacy of the Rule of Law. In this regard let him issue an immediate order to reverse the decision of Meles to release the barbaric Derg Members, who had been released amongst of the cowed – down, brow beaten and sheepish Ethiopian populace who had been suppressed for four decades and could do nothing. These Derg mass murderers need to be returned to prison to finish life in prison – a merciful decision where they will not face the firing squad! Above all he should ask the brutal tyrant Mengistu Hailemariam to be sent to the International Court. It is said that people who forget the past has no future. We should learn from the gallant people of Israel and Armenia. Only justice will push us forward. Everything else will be a sham.

The death of Meles and the mass hysteria that followed it is an aberration which would be in the history books as other mass hysterias of the past: (Mumbai sweet water-2006; Tanganyika laughter epidemic-1962; Hindu milk miracle-1995; bug epidemic-US-1962; soap opera hysteria-2006; penis epidemic-1967; the dancing plague, the mewing nuns, and finally the one that is that most similar to Ethiopia, the hysterical grief for the “Great Leader” of North Korea. Ethiopians should not be surprised by the high delegation of the US (the highest from the West) nor by the accolades Susan Rice heaped on Meles. We, however, must be incensed, by her affirming the designation of Meles to those who oppose him as idiots and fools, and she throws this bold and insensitive insult to our faces and in our citadel. Ethiopia –Americans need to protest vigorously about this. We must point out to the US Administration that American Exceptionalisn and the insensitive bravado accompanying it has brought anti-American havoc throughout the world- from the Far East to the Middle East to Africa. Supporting dictatorships that terrorize their people will inevitably breed an undying hatred to America. We see this flaring up from time and even places where the US expects it least. We should be able to speak Truth to Power and remind America that it was one of the five countries which stood by the side of the Ethiopian people and did not recognize the occupation of Ethiopia by the Fascist forces of Mussolini. We must remind America that had it not been for Imperial Ethiopia refusing to undergo land reform; the US was determined to make Ethiopia the bread basket of the region and Africa, by establishing land-grant agricultural schools in every awraja if possible and introduce the Green Revolution and rid Ethiopia of food shortages forever. If their wise council had been listened to the name Ethiopia would have never been associated with famine hunger and pestilence which has become our adjective to this very day.

We must also remind the foolish Billionaire Bill Gates to stick to what he knows best, and not lecture us by boldly declaring and even lecturing saying that Ethiopia has the best medical system in Africa. He says this ignorant of the fact that Ethiopians in their millions are being infected by malaria, when TB is epidemic is rampant when even almost every Ethiopian immigrant coming to Ethiopia is afflicted by the disease, where HIV is not contained and where millions have parasitic diseases because of contaminated food and water. Bill Gates is the perfect example of what is fundamentally wrong with lassie-faire Capitalism. What is the logic for him to become a multi-billionaire and others not having even a fraction of one percent that he has. Is his knowledge that unassailable? Who decides that?

The era of dictators is rapidly coming to a close in this 21st Century and Ethiopia would certainly be among them. It is unsustainable for 5 million people to dominate 85 million others for a long time and two decades is certainly more than enough. The pendulum has to and will swing back. Tribalism as promoted by TPLF will die and multi ethnic Ethiopianism will flourish. The hideous ethnic enclave called “kilil” will be demolished and once again Ethiopians will live together in harmony any one would have the freedom of movement to work and live where ever he or she chooses. The millennium plus past history of Ethiopia will attest to that. Individual right will triumph over group rights. Since the demise of Emperor Haile Selassie in 1974, Hailemariam is the first Ethiopian leader who has a religion. That is a most welcome development as Ethiopians believe that God is the arbiter of all things. This belief in God of Hailemariam will be severely tested now. If he prefers to be Godless like his predecessors it would be better for him to resign now. However, if, as he has continuously declared his faith and his commitment to Christian morality, he walks along that path we say to him Godspeed ahead.

27 comments

Comment from: wedimekelle [Visitor]
wedimekelle

neftegna rambling at its best. Tigray (as the most fit ethnic) will continue to administer Ethiopia, directly or through their stooge Hailemariam.

Amharas can dream otherwise

09/18/12 @ 23:43
Comment from: Abebe [Visitor]
Abebe

Thanks Wedimekelle, for admiting your intentions for the first time instead of hiding under Democracy of Desalegn…
Ist that a relieafe for you to addmit that you are a dictator?
Aside the call for Democracy and Freedon and Human rights continues I hope not for eternity.
Death to Dictators.
Long live Democracy.

09/19/12 @ 00:00
Comment from: Abyssinian [Visitor]
Abyssinian

Ato Msmaku:

Which cave did you crawl out of?

Ato Wedimekelle:

Do yourself a favor and read about the history and ethnic lineages of your country. For your information, Amharas and Tigreans have extremely close and common lineage. I say this because you think Tigreans are the most “ethnically fit". Anyway, for all practical purposes, there is so much intermarriage these days(even outside the big cities) you would be hard pressed to find an ethnically “pure” Ethiopian. To do so you have to go deep into Ethiopia. Unfortunately, I
as an Ankobere might be related to you. I say unfortunately not because you are Tigrean but because you are narrow-minded.

guarantee you

09/19/12 @ 00:56
Comment from: bedada [Visitor]
bedada

u r sleeping like anaconda for z last decade. Ethiopia is not what u are saying in ur article.
just to mention few malaria is history, 97 pct. of Ethiopian children enrolled in scool these r just few, just to remind morons, deafs and blinds like u.

09/19/12 @ 01:40
Comment from: extraterrestrial [Member]  
extraterrestrial

“We must also remind the foolish Billionaire Bill Gates”

So the logic is any one who don’t demonize Ethiopia is a foolish man? Bill Gates is a foolish man??? Wow! what an idiot are you to think Bill Gates is foolish?

09/19/12 @ 02:12
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]
TEDDY

Maybe TPLF bandits have changed the gards but never their politics .Afterall Bill Gates is in Africa to make money .The same as the Chinese ,the Turkish ,the Saudis
and the Quatars taking the raw materials and exploiting fertle lands for FREE !!!!

09/19/12 @ 03:37
Comment from: Robert [Visitor]
Robert

Ato Msmaku, your English is as bad as that other idiot TEDDY. Don’t tell me you are university educated. Your ideas are as stupid as your english. Go back to school mate.

09/19/12 @ 04:06
Comment from: flulu [Visitor]
flulu

The most idiotic and stupid article I have ever read in this web site . The only reason this article is appearing on this web site is because it meets the criteria of the website ; EPRDF bashing .
Bro please go to school again and learn some basic steps on how to write an article

09/19/12 @ 06:12
Comment from: C'est moi senait [Visitor]
C'est moi senait

You sound like those desperate shimmagiles party GINBOT who are now unemployment list of obama or drug rehabilitation centre with no health care insurance. Have you already packed your belonging just incase this new pint PM of weyannes pardon all GINBOT and others to come to Addis share the PUDDING that you mentioned and want to test it.?
Have you ever heard a story of a beggar in Damascus ? I am sure that is not in today’s America library .

09/19/12 @ 07:49
Comment from: deerbeyaber [Member]  
deerbeyaber

Ethiopians have to see beyond PM Meles. We can not continue to drug our feet with old history. History will judge him, whether he did good or bad for the people of Ethipia. Let’s see if the new PM will have authority given to him without restriction instead he will be calling the tune. i have no doubt about his leadership and the ability to understand the passions of the Ethiopian people and to integrate these passions in a collective goal. I believe with his experience of leadership,he understands when to lead and when to be guided in order to achieve the desire of the Ethiopians people.

09/19/12 @ 09:24
Comment from: heny [Visitor]
heny

It has been announced that Haile Mariam Desalegn has been chosen to be the Chairman of the TPLF dominated EPRDF.”

Ato Mismaku, no need to passivize it. The EPRDF has chosen HMariam to be the chairman of EPRDF. mionew eret eret yaleh tmeslaleh?

09/19/12 @ 11:09
Comment from: TM [Visitor]
TM

Dr. Msmaku,

As always you are calling a spade is a spade. I see that many woyanes are burning inside-out reading your article. You eloquently presented your argument and trashed these ethnicists.

In my opinion the New Prime Minister is a trojan-horse for woyane’s evil act. The struggle should continue by any means. Please disregard those hooligans who scribble here and there.

09/19/12 @ 11:15
Comment from: ovampo [Member]  
ovampo

WOW. I could not believe this article is written by university graduate or some idiot who don’t understand how things are working. Before you try to write please go back to college, and polish your brain.

09/19/12 @ 11:34
Comment from: Almuza [Visitor]
Almuza

let us hope “good” is coming for Ethiopia and celebrate good times as it comes. the past is history and the future is for us to see. Let us give the new prime minister a chance to lead and criticism will follow accordingly when due.Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong to warn us for what could happen. but for Ethiopia sake we need to be optimistic.

09/19/12 @ 14:33
Comment from: re-msmaku [Visitor]
re-msmaku

actually idiot will be an understatement and a compliment to you. to start with how is it possible to pillage ethiopia and at the same time spend billions and billions of dollars every year on roads, dams, schools, health centers.. etc, etc… its not like ethiopia is a rich oil/gold producing nation, so where does the money to pillage and at the same time to build the infrastructure as we are witnessing come from.
you also said “Meles went on to say that the Amara, and particularly the Shewan Amara, need to be subjugated and destroyed."… i am sure most like me arent aware of this, can you tell us when he said that and provide us with some evidence…if you are just making it up as i think you are, you shouldnt blame people for calling you what you are, Idiot!

09/19/12 @ 15:00
Comment from: Antihater [Visitor]
Antihater

Once again valid points muted by sensational rant. Firstly, a writer cannot speak on behalf of an entire population. This is a common mistake amongst politicians. A man’s opinion is his own and that is it.

None of these things are likely to happen under HMD admin. As a party man, he has neither the will nor the ability, besides to him and his supporters everything is just fine. It is easy to dismiss this admin as without support, but this is naive. Barring a worsening economic crisis, little will change before 2015 and therefore it is better to start talking about specific and realistic recommendations that so that by 2015 there can be a real debate.

09/19/12 @ 16:05
Comment from: extraterrestrial [Member]  
extraterrestrial

TEDDY [Visitor]

Now we now the “Chinese ,the Turkish ,the Saudis and the Quatars” can’t satisfy you, since you are living in the US why not try the African Americans? You might also try a heavy duty extra large size Dild0 to calm you down.

09/19/12 @ 16:52
Comment from: Zenash [Visitor]
Zenash

Actually such wishy washy wishful thinkings and sitting like fat ducks and waiting MANNA from the heavens above or from the mouth of brutal tplf/Tigrian tyrants and or their faces and traces camouflaging puppet mask called Hailemariam will only put back Mamma Ethiopia to the medieval era and down to the drain. Araat netib. :: :)

09/19/12 @ 16:57
Comment from: Tekole Alemu [Visitor]
Tekole Alemu

C’est moi senait [Visitor]
The name “kerfatam arogit", it truly fits your character.
As your personal hygiene stinks, so does your brain.
Please shut up!
kerfatam arogit

09/19/12 @ 20:01
Comment from: mesfin_b [Member]  
mesfin_b

አቶ ምስማቁ ትክክል ትንታኔ ያዘል ጽሁፍ ነው የጻፍከው::
ትንሽ የማስተካክለው ነገር ቢኖር ግን 5 ሚሊዮን ህዝብ 85 ሚሊዮን ህብን አልጨቆነም::
ሃቁ ግን በ መራባውያን የተደገፈ የ ሽፍታዎች ማህበር በ አሻጥር ኤርትራን ገንጥሎ አስብን አስውሰዶ -TPLF &ELF የ ወንበዴዎች ትርቅም የ አጋሚዶዎች ቡድን የ ፔትሮል ዶላር ያደለበው የ ሌቦች ማግበር ነው አሁን ስልጣን ላይ ቂብ ብሎ አገራችንን በ ድህነት የሚያማቅቃት ::
ይህ ማለትም 95 % ትግራይ ንዋሪዎች ከ ሌላው ኢትዮጵያዊያን የተሻለ ኑሮ አይኖሩም::
እውነታው እ ህ አ ዴ ግ ነው ጋጠ ወጥ መንግስት የሆነው::

09/19/12 @ 20:40
Comment from: True Ethiopian [Visitor]
True Ethiopian

Announcement!!!!!!

C’est moi senait [Visitor] & TEDDY [Visitor] ..why don’t you 2 get married? you have more in common. you both anti Ethiopian, former cadres, Beggars in DC, mentally challenged……you have more time than any body..why don’t us you free time(23 hr/day) for praying and ask god for forgiveness. Old people like you must go to church and pray…

09/20/12 @ 00:48
Comment from: solomon [Visitor]
solomon

You said, you don’t trust the new Pm, how come you think you are trusted. Histories are recorded by historians. Ethiopian people they don’t want to be the prisoner of the past any more. Ethiopian chooses to go on making history with everyone willing to participate. Ethiopians choose to defeat poverty and educate themselves. Ethiopian said enough is enough to give their loved children to slavery and watching when they cry loud in Middle East. Ethiopians are standing together to create work for coming generation and remove the shame. Ethiopians are saying stop talking and get down for work and get dirty. You see if America choose to be the prisoner of the past, America never be working with UK and Japanese and Ethiopia will never work with Italy and so on. Please late as work together before the enemies getting a chance to heart the people. Let as preach unite, strength and hard work. God bless Ethiopia and God bless U.S.A the country willing to rescue Ethiopians and gave them a chance to see the Ethiopia to day. There is a saying “If someone is foolish at his/her forty, he/she is real foolish”. We got a lot of experience from the world and our country, if we don’t choose the correct way to do things by helping and defend the country, we really foolish. One lady said, “My husband made one mistake and we lost everything, she with tears filled eyes said know am praying not to lose my last home”. Some time making one wrong decision will be the end of everything.

09/20/12 @ 01:32
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]
TEDDY

Hey Extrapentebanda ,even Turkish and Arabs are actually exploiting the country .The only thing I know is that your CM Amice masters never allow Pente ass Holes as you.Keep on sheding your tears of Crocodile .These guys are really not in need of your rectum already destroyed by Agazis and Azeb Gangs..LOL !!!YE WOYANE TCHIN GERED BANDA !!!!

09/20/12 @ 05:12
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]
TEDDY

Fake Ethiopian ,if you are in need of a
confessor you can go and ask Pastor
Hailemariam Desalegni than boring us with your
Banda Pente preachings…LOL !!!

09/20/12 @ 05:17
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]
TEDDY

Hey Mr. The Robber ,and what about you .you are not going to tell us that you are a scholar from Havard ,Bekerley ,Princeton ,Cambridge or Oxford.Surely from DEDEBIT AGAZI LOOTING ACADEMY…LOL !!!

09/20/12 @ 05:25
Comment from: True Ethiopian [Visitor]
True Ethiopian

TEDDY [Visitor]
It is ok. you are describing your self very well. you are simply worthless Ignorance and an Idiot. You are using the same words in every comment you posted in the past. you always start with Lord TPLF and now Pente…what is next for you? may be seek a mental health help? whom are you kidding you are still hoping Mengistu will come back?

09/20/12 @ 19:24
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]
TEDDY

Hey Fake Ethiopian ,keep on dreaming.It’s not because Hailemariam Desalegn is a Pente that you the Pentes will enjoy on the new “Pente Power” ,the power is afterall still in the hands of Meles
Amice Boys..LOL !!!For your Information Mengistu did leave the
country safe also thanks of the cooperation of your dead master who
did accept the deal with Tesfaye W/Selassie and Herman Cohen .TCHINKILATEBIS DEDEB BANDA !!!

09/23/12 @ 05:14

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