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03/25/08

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Categories: Ethiopia, Wondemhunegn Ezezew

Ethiopia - In a “booming economy”, the south is far poorer than up north!

Ethiopia - In a “booming economy”, the south is far poorer than up north!

By Wondemhunegn Ezezew*


Ethiopia’'s economic achievements in the last four or five consecutive years are said to be consistently marching in a promising direction. Official statistics flaunt that Gross Domestic product has been increasing at 10 plus percent in the specified time period. Flower export is thriving at a rate which is likely to overtake the traditional coffee in the next half a decade or so. Government reforms in areas of licensing and land acquisition have facilitated the influx of Foreign Direct Investment, especially in agribusiness and related sectors. Farmers, the government says, are enviably counting in millions and consequently rural poverty is declining. Even there was news that domestic supplies could not meet the ever growing demand from the construction industry. Thus everything is booming! Very recently Prime Minister Meless Zenawi, presenting mid term performance report to the House of People’s Representatives, ‘confidently’ reassured MPs that the economy will not be swerving from this lush track and GDP will grow by 10.8 percent during the fiscal year. We keep on burgeoning!


These are all what Meless and his spin doctors claim. Most of the claims are unfounded. Data can be inflated or falsified. We may fabricate facts and figures to seduce donors and to guarantee a sustained inflow of foreign loans and grants that fill TPLF coffers. For the last almost two decades they had managed to mislead Uncle Sam, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the European Union, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and other bilateral and multilateral international sources of economic development assistances. Though these organizations too often take official reports at face value, at the end of the day, all attempts by TPLF to create a whimsical economic realm are proving to be utter lies. It has been like “covering the head and exposing the legs,”to use our proverb.


Pragmatic situations attest to head spinning economic wretchedness and to worsening chaos than to TPLF declared prosperity and improvement in people’s standard of living. Each year we have millions of people food insecure despite the fact that ‘food security’ has been a deafening slogan of the ruling regime since 1991.The cumulative effects of TPLF economic and financial mismanagement have finally exploded and are all tangible and visible far and wide in the country. Virtually all Ethiopians have fallen victims to “Meles's Dutch disease” that has been spreading rapidly and mercilessly both in rural and urban populations. In reality this disease has nothing to do with the so called economic boom rather it represents a fully fledged “pandemic” that the regime had been concealing the last 17 years. Thus it is a seventeen-year-old disease which gradually developed into chronic malady as time went by and recently it burst out smashing the age-old networks of cover-up and disguise. They kept on cheating us that the economy was healthy; today we witness that it is dead sick! “He, who hides his illness, finds no cure.”


On the eve of our Millennium celebration, Meles and his ginger group were all bragging about conjuring up a prosperous nation in the next twenty years, a nation that would stand on par with middle income countries (nations whose real per capita income valued at official exchange rate is around $3000 taking the 2006 exchange rate as a base ($27,000 in PPP for Ethiopia!)). To turn this “vision” a reality and to make the 10 percent growth sustainable, they had invited Professor Joseph Stiglizt-the 2001 economic laureate and a former WB chief economist-to give them professional advice on how to keep the economy growing at constant pace. The Professor, as usual, demonstrated his combined intellectual and professional integrity. He did not choose not to disappoint the PM as most Westerners do; rather, he commended the positive and bluntly put what was negative: «The south was far poorer than anywhere else we had seen in the country. Many of the children had swollen bellies, typically a sign of serious malnutrition. Even in the larger villages, the children lacked shoes. There were far fewer schools and clinics than we had seen up north and we did not see any of the community self[-]help projects like the one we saw up in Tigray aimed at fighting land erosion, raising the water table and promoting fruit orchards.»


The crux of the matter is that what have they been doing since entering Addis? If the south is better endowed with resources than the region up in the north, why is it that it is far poorer? How can we leave the south without schools, clinics, and other basic social facilities and services when we create huge industrial conglomerate in the north virtually from scratch? Why did the economic affluence that they told us about fail to trickle down to the south? Who would answer?


Shame on TPLF!!!! One of the key reasons that sent the honchos of TPLF to the bush was purely economic. They had been accusing HIM Haile Silassie I of neglecting Tigray province (in reality famine and miserable economic hardships that plagued Wollo/Amhara were no different from those that devastated Tigray).Today, after controlling the pearl of power, the Meless play the suicidal game of ignoring the south, and in their turn, they face the same accusations that they were making against the monarchy.

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It completely makes no sense to claim substantial economic growth and development when, in a seventeen-year-old-journey, one region takes the lead and the other(s) could not have access even to basic infrastructural facilities. Professor Joseph mentioned only what he saw in the south, but Somali and Afar regions are the most forgotten enclaves. Life is really miserable in these regions even by Ethiopian standards! In 2005/06 the gross enrollment rates at primary and secondary school levels were less than 20 percent and 5 percent respectively for both Afar and Somali regional states, which represent the lowest rates in the country. Health facilities are not better either. Given the nominal government efforts in these areas, the “Millennium Development Goals” do not seem to have “goals” in the south. What economic growth are we talking about?


The Meles regime tells us that it is finalizing plans to transform the rural communities into a ‘digitized society’ within a few years! It would not do badly. But we have more urgent problems than that. As Bill Gates remarked, now our turn to say, “What good is a computer for someone who survives on one dollar per day, whose main concern is the next meal…?” The main problem with this government is that—if it gives any!—it decides on what people will have instead of what they actually need. Much to our chagrin, the PM is always quick to jump on western bandwagon than to listen to his people’s strong pulses. We must invest in ICT but, at the same time, we should identify those who are in need of it to streamline their jobs. At the moment, the south needs our attention for more schools and clinics than our fixation on “digital revolution,” which, in fact, is not unattainable if we have healthy and educated citizens everywhere in the country.


In conclusion, sustainable growth and development is not about money and big figures nor it is about opening the national economy to voracious multinational corporations that chase profit making investments without regard for our environment and our future. Rather it must take the people with it. We can grow sustainably only when we treat all peoples of Ethiopia in the same way and invest equitably to promote their material and intellectual aspirations. It is the lack of inclusive regimes that has been holding us under undue conflicts and wars which in turn consume our meager resources and priceless human capital that could have been channeled towards constructive social projects. We cannot have a socio-economic mechanism whereby one group is treated preferentially at the expense of the others who have been doomed to remain underdogs despite their plenty of resources. In the “North”, for example, the per capita regional budget transfer from the federal government amounts to 500 Eth.Birr while in the “South” it is only less than Birr 100(This reveals one of the innovative strategies of TPLF exploitation and looting). In the absence of “timely” corrections, people who feel deprived of their basic economic entitlement rights could be forced to adopt other alternatives to remove the circle that tramples on their economic freedom than to work with such a system. As it is said, it is never too late to change one’s views.Hence,even now, it is not too late for TPLF to turn its face southwards and put the energy and resource as it has been doing up in the north.

* The Writer can be reached at bishangary@yahoo dot com

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44 comments

Comment from: dagne [Visitor]
dagne

it will be helpful if the writers backs his allegation with statistics such as what percentage of the new schools, roads or other investment infrastractures went to this or that region. if you ask me the government was unfairly favoring its home region few years back but i dont see that is the case now.
so even though there is still problem the government has changed for the better in that regard.

03/25/08 @ 13:05
Comment from: OGADENIAN [Visitor]
OGADENIAN

Tigre state is booming true becouse they steal everything donated by the outside world since this Nation depands completly on food aid in order to survive.The rest can all starved to death or they all be shot and kill by Agazi Tigre Death squad.

03/25/08 @ 13:19
Comment from: Eshetu Daba [Visitor]
Eshetu Daba

It is impossible for the feudal, anarchists and fascists remnants to tell the truth. Deformed and scurilous CUD is the fool who sees the truth behind appearances and curses all truth. Writing and rewriting false editorials of their distorted assessment of facts on the ground, exhibiting their bankrupt hegemonistic thought of their heartless folly and is all empty pomposity. Their envy and pride stirs them into laziness and kneel down on the feet of the US Congress to serve as its henchmen to slay their enemy the war against ignorance, poverty, famine, death, weeping and resurrect from the dead the parasitic and bloody old order that dehumanized the people of Ethiopia and to day dream to replace the new and progressive political economic order of Constitutional Democratic Federation of Independent Nations. They are too stupid even to wait for the wounds that they inflicted against the Ethiopian people to heal. They instead, do give wounds to themselves that could not heal. Omission to do what is right and necessary seals a commission to a blank of danger. CUD is undressed as a fraud defeating and sabotaging itself through lack of principle vision and more internal quarrels to occupy the loftiest and the most honorable chair to seat on.

Even the most ardent supporter of CUD is civilized and rational enough to follow his own better principles and has seen the absurdity of all their cliches and senseless and irrational exuberance.

03/25/08 @ 13:27
Comment from: Kolotemari [Visitor]
Kolotemari

“Growth.. Must Take the People with it"…Thats how it should be but its not, So stop whining. Ethiopia will grow with or without the people. And we are not the only one’s. Every county in the world is growing leaving the poor people behind. But they solve that problem, after a sustained economic success is achieved. We can worry about social programs as much as we want after achieving certain realistic goals.

It looks like, people find any reason to downgrade the good the Gov has achieved.

ETHIOPIA Will grow, wheather you are part of it or not.

03/25/08 @ 13:55
Comment from: Truth be Told [Visitor]
Truth be Told

Grande Grande Grande

Excellent analysis

The tigrays are looting the weakth of ethiopians at large and building their mountanious, arid, stony and cursed tigray!!

03/25/08 @ 14:01
Comment from: yoni [Visitor]
yoni

Yes Ethiopia is showing a remarkable growth in the economy…..but it does not mean that the govenment has solved all the problems Ethiopia had for the last god knows how long…why can’t the tink tank actors don’t understand that this changes start to show only during the last few years….meaning there is a lot of room left for further improvemnets????

The country has been door closed for any kind of foriegn or domestic investments for decades until last few years…we are very new to the global market… and we have 80 million people to take care of and some parasites to wipe out…things do’t happen overnight….it takes time but trust me we will get there…it took the westerns a century where they are now and we don’t have the magic pill to get there in one leap…specially when we have cockroaches infested abraod….

The south part of Ethiopia is even difficult as it is a huge poures border and we have some idiots pulling stunts here and there…any investment is a bit risky as the LF’s are threatening to kill indescriminately…once the government sprayed those roaches with RAID and wipe them out….things will get better…

03/25/08 @ 14:09
Comment from: Saba [Visitor]
Saba

Unequal distribution of wealth coupled with targeted massacre of communities will eventually lead to the disintegration of our country unless we wake up and put a stop to it. We certainly can not afford to lose Ogaden and “Oromia” as we have lost Eritrea.

Why should far-flung communities like the Somalies and the Afar or the Agnuak swear allegiance to the central government when all they get in return is starvation, death and destruction? Where are the roads, the schools and the clinics that other communities in the highlands take for granted? Successive Ethiopian governments have proved beyond doubt that they do not think much of our brothers and sisters who are inhabiting those hostile and remote lowlands.

Ethiopians, especially Amharas and Tigres should understand the level of disenfranchisement and dissatisfaction felt by the numerous ethnic groups that make up Ethiopia. They need to realize that they can no longer maintain the status quo. The greatest stumbling block to the peace and stability of our country is not the minor skirmishes waged by OLF, ONLF or any other armed group. Rather it is the refusal of the Amharas and Tigres to accept that there are other rightful stake holders who are as competent to rule the country.

03/25/08 @ 14:11
Comment from: Tewodros Salsawi [Visitor]
Tewodros Salsawi

Can the writer provide us with better alternative programs? Or parties with better programs?

The whole intention of the article is to attack EPRDF in one way or another. I dont think this kind of pundits will help our people get over the poverty they have been carrying for centuries.

It is very unpleasant to see most of our pundits are dogs barking on the government just for the sake of expressing hatred.

Tewodros Salsawi

03/25/08 @ 14:12
Comment from: yegermal! [Visitor]
yegermal!

wow! these weyanes must be some sorts of magicians as they manage to hoodwink all economist out there from the IMF, WB, EU US and UN well you name it …

Man, what are you blabing about, good for nothing so called academic time waster. people like you keep hating and spreading false news. let me tell you, your time is up. development is not measured by some statistical data only but in real terms of people improving their life.

this is the beginning of immense prosperity to come and then i wonder what you will comeup with. just sit on the side and wish doomsday for Ethiopia. People of Ethiopia have waken up and they are in no points of return to instability and poverty.

Just wait and watch from your western comfortable seats and burn in anger.

03/25/08 @ 14:19
Comment from: ARADAW [Visitor]
ARADAW

hey dude what did you expect from EPRDF aparheid.
please tell us some thing we don’t know next time.

03/25/08 @ 14:25
Comment from: woygud [Visitor]
woygud

Have you been to Tigray lately? That place is barren. Nothing tangible has been done by this government nor the previous ones. I really don’t understand your claim that The “NORTH” is richer. Please give us some example. Unless you are talking about Eritrea or some other northern state, I have not seen anything special in Tigray.
Can we be truthfull to ourselves please ….

03/25/08 @ 14:45
Comment from: XYZ [Visitor]
XYZ

For all I know TDA (Tigray Development Association) plays a major role in most of the developments in Tigray, from building schools, clinics to fighting land erosion. TDA is an active non profit NGO with a vision to free Tigray from poverty and backwardness. I know there exist ADA (Amhara Development Association) and ODA (Oromo Development association) but I am not sure how active they are in their respective regions. If any of you are interested to learn more about TDA here is their website: http://www.tdaint.org/aboutus_t.html

03/25/08 @ 14:52
Comment from: Sami [Visitor]
Sami

No question there is growth and there should be when a country comes out of cominist rigim and all immigrants are contributing to it.
The problem is Political reform!
If that does not happen there will be destraction that will destroy the growth and more!

03/25/08 @ 15:01
Comment from: kenbid [Visitor]
kenbid

Smells like eritrean,
whatever.
writing, writing, writing, writing….
Sir, if u believe that this government is useless and if u love your country, then go to Asmera and take the arms to get ride of the TPLF. Why waste your time writing such craps?

03/25/08 @ 15:04
Comment from: x-CUD [Visitor]
x-CUD

Ethiopia doing its economy very well,
I am from south ,I know better than
you abaut south.North and south all are Ethiopian brothers. You are aut of reality
,Like Nega ,Birhanu who declared him self
as a Addis Abeba Mayor with out election.

03/25/08 @ 15:17
Comment from: RasTeferie [Visitor]
RasTeferie

It would be nice to have some numbers with that. The writing is good but there was nothing to back it up. If you ask me, it looks like one of those Tigre haters wrote it. The writer should have considered to insert some real figuers discrediting the said economic growth. No figuers, no good.

The answer to this is, the issue is not on economics but equal politcal participation free of the tribal killel. If one wants to raise issues pertaining to the presented economic growth, one must bring known facts or else it is just an opinion. The writer did not have a thing to backup his claim the North was better than the South except the Economist from the West. Why, ladies and gents don’t we have well to do Economists of our own? Yes we do.
I would like to hear what they have to say. Did Meles ask them at all? As they say, “yehagerun serdo behageru berae".

03/25/08 @ 15:33
Comment from: temtem [Visitor]
temtem

bishangary….interesting e mail add…u must be olf(Oromo Liberation Front)…as we all know Bishan in Oromigna means water lol:roll:

03/25/08 @ 15:41
Comment from: Qorqoro [Visitor]
Qorqoro

WAYANE BECAME ETHIOPIANS WHEN THEY FOUND THE TREASUREY LEFT WITH NO GUARD WITH IT. AS LONG AS LOOTING IS THERE I AM SURE THEY WILL BE THERE. UNFORTUNATELY IN LIFE THERE ALWAYS COME CHANGES. LOOTING WILL NEVER GO FOREVER

03/25/08 @ 16:09
Comment from: kajima [Visitor]
kajima

Can someone out there teach Eshetu Daba how to write right? The man thinks throwing out fat words (most of which he gobbles from here and there–notice Greenspan’s “irrational exuberance”) is stylish; a sign of sophistication. Dah. Please someone send him back to junior high. He needs to learn the basics if the man has some more years left to live on planet earth (I suspect he belongs to that dying generation though). But before that he needs to cleanse himself from his embedded apartheid syndrome. South Africa may be the best place for that. Good luck sicko.

03/25/08 @ 16:31
Comment from: melkamu [Visitor]
melkamu

“Shame on TPLF!!!! One of the key reasons that sent the honchos of TPLF to the bush was purely economic. They had been accusing HIM Haile Silassie I of neglecting Tigray province (in reality famine and miserable economic hardships that plagued Wollo/Amhara were no different from those that devastated Tigray).Today, after controlling the pearl of power, the Meless play the suicidal game of ignoring the south, and in their turn, they face the same accusations that they were making against the monarchy.”

This government is doing what no one government in Ethiopia did. Please go back and look at history. In fact the reverse happened. the focus was on the south and central Ethiopia, thus the South was richer than the north (today’s Tigre and Amhara region with the exception of Eritrea)during HSI and the Derg.

03/25/08 @ 16:54
Comment from: Abeba T [Visitor]
Abeba T

“For the last almost two decades they had managed to mislead Uncle Sam, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the European Union, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and other bilateral and multilateral international sources of economic development assistances.”

If EPRDF can manage to mislead Uncle Sam, the IMF, EU etc, to get the fund for development purpose, then I think EPRDF is smart enough to outsmart the top world Economist in these organizations. And if EPRDF can outsmart the organizations mentioned above for the sake of development, so be it. A mother has to do whatever it takes to raise her kids.
Denying the fact will not take us anywhere

03/25/08 @ 16:54
Comment from: Olana [Visitor]
Olana

Mr Ezezew,

Your article is full of speculative argument and lacks any substance worthy of the readers’ time. You need to back up your statements with facts. I know you are a strongly involved in the extreme Diaspora politics, but that didn’t preclude me from reading your article. But it was a waste of my precious time.

03/25/08 @ 18:15
Comment from: ehhron [Visitor]
ehhron

QUOTE OF THE DAY BY Abeba T:

“If EPRDF can manage to mislead Uncle Sam, the IMF, EU etc, to get the fund for development purpose, then I think EPRDF is smart enough to outsmart the top world Economist in these organizations. And if EPRDF can outsmart the organizations mentioned above for the sake of development, so be it. A mother has to do whatever it takes to raise her kids.
Denying the fact will not take us anywhere”

THANK YOU FOR THE BEST RESPONSE I HAVE EVER SEEN IN NAZRET FORUM.

03/25/08 @ 19:16
Comment from: Eshetu Daba [Visitor]
Eshetu Daba

Kajima Who?
Gojjame buda neu? Or are you claiming the Voodoo economist is your gal friend that you share his dollar as blanket and bed. A fool and a paper does not forget what is imprinted on it.

You can’t right the right, just listen when the sighted and visionaries do right the wrong.

03/25/08 @ 19:21
Comment from: Samuel Gebru [Member]  
Samuel Gebru

The author is seriously flawed! XX(

Two issues:

1. NO FACTS. If you’re going to write something arguementative, you need to back it up.

2. The article’s purpose is to bash the EPRDF. Its not constructive. We need to move beyond these party lines and instead, if the author was mature enough, solutions would have been offerred in this otherwise baseless article.

03/25/08 @ 20:04
Comment from: free [Visitor]
free

EPRDF didn’t do anything for Miserable Tigray & Wollo. They only Achieved
Politics Exploitation. they sill are Miserable.

03/25/08 @ 20:43
Comment from: tser [Visitor]
tser

Are you OK?
People can see and comprehend what is going on in our country, I don’t know what for all this bad wish or allegation.
whether you like it or not this PM put that country economy on the right track while you guys are still complain and wandering from CUD to UDJ

03/25/08 @ 21:22
Comment from: Brooks [Visitor]
Brooks

Sorry!, I don’t understand the status of Gojam & Wello?.Both States are not different from Bale,Ogaden Arusi,Illibabor,Gemogofa/Afar regions in comparison stated north & South poverty Scale.I appreciate any body Explain to me regardless of poletics, how poverty scale is measured in Ethiopia regionally?.

03/25/08 @ 21:52
Comment from: amare [Visitor]
amare

it is realy sad to see individuals like this writer preach hate amongst ethiopians. if you read between the lines and from the cheer leaders response you will learn that this mans target is not the government but the people.i have been at the north and south and what i witness is that the people in the north suffer equaly from poverty as those in the south.

03/25/08 @ 22:46
Comment from: lilleswed [Visitor]
lilleswed

Weather Tigray is stony, pricky, desert, dry or what ever you call it, still it’s part of ethiopia and the people belong to ethiopia!! the northern part of the country was the centrer of civilization and we all ethiopians belong to it!! you are not ethiopians without it!! Whatever negative comments you put here doesn’t change the reallity!! We all know what’s going on there and are happy about that!! Don’t fool yourselves. It looks like you are paid to make false propagandas to mislead people! But not well paid. You are not working hard enough so we see weak and evil writings!! Such kind of people keep up damaging the image of the country while others try to be ambassadors to creat a better image of Ethiopia! Nobody denies the fact that we are poor but the reallity is we are working on it! it may take a generation. Some mad people dream to come to power just in an overnight! We hope to see our children living a better life in prosperity but you dream just only for yourself sitting on the throne. :crazy:

03/26/08 @ 09:43
Comment from: Truae [Visitor]
Truae

Ato Wondemhunegne,

“We may fabricate facts and figures to seduce donors and to guarantee a sustained inflow of foreign loans and grants that fill TPLF coffers. For the last almost two decades they had managed to mislead Uncle Sam, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the European Union, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and other bilateral and multilateral international sources of economic development assistances. Though these organizations too often take official reports at face value, at the end of the day, all attempts by TPLF to create a whimsical economic realm are proving to be utter lies. It has been like “covering the head and exposing the legs,”to use our proverb.”

Thank you so much for your to the point and honest remarks. Specially I liked your summary a lot. I really enjoyed reading your article and truly believe you nailed down the facts well. Now please sit down relax and enjoy the weyane show, (Z-Mice, Yeha, Cheffee, Eshetu the Dedeb etc.) If I were you I will take all insults from weyane cohorts as a complement, also they are renowned crying when the truth being told and that is normal. Please be aware that there are so many of us who share your concerns.

Ato Wondem, I don’t think Uncle Sam or development banks are fooled by weyanes, they know what they are doing. To me seems the banks and the donors themselves are advising weyane what to say to help them secure the funding. Unfortunately it is a double edged sword. Weyane using our misirable people as a tool to secure the aid money while the beaurocrats from the so called donor countries also using our name to justify their high paying jobs. My friend when the famine stricken name of Ethiopia mentioned, let alone the donors, I have witnessed my local priest rejoicing because of the huge amount offerings he is expecting. I tell you a lot of stinky under the table aid related financial transaction going on in the name of the starving children of our beloved country. “Aye Ethiopia be semish sent gefe yesera!”

Eshetu the dedeb said;

“It is impossible for the feudal, anarchists and fascists remnants to tell the truth. Deformed and scurilous CUD is the fool who sees the truth behind appearances and curses all truth.”

The usual weyane insult, they think they are the blameless race, I know it all, fascistic, stubborn behavior catagorising all people opposing weyane as feudal, fascist etc. Whenever a point of view is expressed the weyane ground tremor “Fes yalebet zelay aychelem”. I see weyane getting unsettled day after day. The day of reckoning fast approaching.

To me Eshetu Daba seems a well educated person (i.e. based on his English language ability) who solid his sole for Italian Lire. I think unless he is a drug addict or real hodam arrogant, I can’t see the reason why he is aligned with the weyane murderers. I actually now suspect he is Melese’s speech writer or probably his public relation liaison officer. Either case Eshetu the cursed go to hell. Even if you choose to keep on bluffing Mr the dedeb, the bottom line is weyanes are incompetent tyrants and you can’t change the truth and you can’t fool all the people all the time.

Ethiopia will rise again.

03/26/08 @ 09:54
Comment from: dawit [Visitor]
dawit

this article does no more than piting ethiopians against one another on the false premise that one ethnic is benefiting at the expense of the other. it is true those closer to the government benefit but it is very wrong and dangerours to acuse the poor people of tigray in general as he is implying for simply belonging to the same ethnic as the ruling party. this technique was used by liberation fronts against amhara people and we all konw what happened in the south part of ethiopia to innocent people. i wish the pin head writer will realize the negative outcomes of his division and hate sermon amongst ethiopians far out weighs what ever gain he is contemplating.

03/26/08 @ 11:20
Comment from: JANET [Visitor]
JANET

Another negative article which doesn’t take in to acount the progress made by the government, rather searches if there is dscripancies of development between north and south. These sort authors usually focus on propoganda and forgets the core of their arguments. Hate makes them blind to the truth. They don’t look at what was built, say in Bahir dar, but only focus on that of Mekele. If one is built in Mekele and thousands in Ancober, they would only talk about the one built in Mekele. If these is not hatrade I don’t know what is. I have never heard Tigreans speak with hatred or malice of other ethnics. I hope their opponents has a bit of descency and respect like them. Sooner or later these hate mongers will be converted to advocates of harmony. It is just a matter of time. Till then EPRDF will shine till everlasting dawn.

03/26/08 @ 12:23
Comment from: habesha [Visitor]
habesha

Talking the talk is not as easy as walking the walk. One thing is true, the country is developing and prospering, but that doesnt mean the lives of all the ethiopians has improved, the data dipicts overall economy of the country. there are still people walking with out shoes and starving, the government of ethiopia hasnt denied that, but if one see’s ethiopias economy sector by sector the growth is clear.
A)expansion of road works
B)expansion of electric services
c)expansion of schools and clinics
D)growth of the export sector
E)Increase in the numbers of tourists coming
F)growth in the realstate an construction sector
G)Growth in foreign direct investment
H)Increase in the productivity of the agricultural sector
I)Increase in the number of higher institutions auch as universities and colleges. there were only three universities before 1991 currently we have over 23 public universities, and hundreds of private and public colleges, its almost ten fold.
J) Telecommunication cover has grown more than ten fold in the last 17 years.

if this is not growth, what is it. I think we need to redefine economic development before arguing on this issue. the EPRDF has done more jobs in the last 17 years compared to what was done in the last 100 years of chauvinists rule. the people of ethiopia in all regions are enjoying self rule, they decide what to do and where to invest their money. self help developmental associations are flourisshing in almost all regions. I advice the author to organise such an association and play his part in the developmental activities than sitting aside and criticising those who are working on the ground.

03/26/08 @ 13:10
Comment from: Kajima [Visitor]
Kajima

Eshetu who? Or shall I say Eshetu “what” after I read your last blog? What other proof does one need to doubt what you are other than read your blogs?

03/26/08 @ 15:02
Comment from: omo [Visitor]
omo

Eritrea was born with a dream to be an industrialized country, although she did not have the know-how nor the resources. There were few factories, no raw material and no market. The outcome is a dream that never became a reality. The few factories have ceased to function a long time ago and the people are more desperate today than ever before. For a third world country industrial development by itself is not a panacea. There are a lot of things that go with it.
Tigray is no better than Eritrea. TPLF/woyane is grossly mistaken if it thinks that it will continue to exploit the rest of Ethiopia for ever. If Tigray refuses to move forward with the rest of Ethiopia, and wants to be a front runner, its fait will be no different from that of Eritrea.

03/26/08 @ 15:46
Comment from: athens [Visitor]
athens

Who ever works hard has to show progress and in the long run develops. Mr. writer,if this is what makes you sad, shame on you.
mikegnnet lemanim aytekmem.

03/27/08 @ 04:38
Comment from: Tamrat Tamrat [Visitor]
Tamrat Tamrat

Except the south ppl all of us guilty concerning the development of the south. the south has naturally everything for development. But we always use our resource unwisely. But the most blame goes this time towards our mass media. They like to dance with our leaders. This must be thir work like showing the public the weak side fo the our govt. But instead they simply write what we already know, some times again and again. They work like we are in a kind of communist govt. but when i see the policy of the govt there is nothing to do with communism. So lets wake up this opportunist parasaites for once and all.

if they were a jenuin journalists, then this kind of unfair distribution of wealth, knowladge, experiances, social structure could have been shared by all the regional govt of our united states of Ethiopia.

A big campain against the state owened communist Ethiopian journalism. This kind of jounralism only good for harrassing the past 3000 years leaders and flatter the existing one. What a shame for ena and walta.

03/27/08 @ 10:04
Comment from: kajima [Visitor]
kajima

lilleswed,

Compared to the 25billion dollars the world poured in to that country what has been done is all but disappointing. Also, don’t forget that it took a major election defeat in May 2005 for Meles and his woyane co. to wake up from their out of date tribal politics and to begin to think about economic growth and development. Still, the bulk of the Ethiopian economy is run by aid money and TPLF companies that are bankrupting the economy as we speak. Growth is about quality of life. It is not about fabricated numbers. By the way wayane’s “everything in Ethiopia started after we came to power” rhetoric reminds me of apartheid era reasoning in a South Africa that was ruled by a racist minority regime. I hope you have a brain to think outside of the box Meles has put you in.

03/27/08 @ 11:12
Comment from: Don [Visitor]
Don

That is because the North has accepted for whatever the situation of Ethiopia is and has moved on to enrich themselves economically but the South like the Oromos, Ogadenis, etc are all dwelling in the past saying this leaer has done this to me or this and they will never evolve but stay in the bushees fighting for whatever stupid cause they their leader can manage creating to brainwash them. it is all their doing.

03/27/08 @ 12:04
Comment from: koster [Visitor]
koster

Unite and struggle all forms of injusticee. The Woyanes made it all clear from day one, their prioritiy is to build Tigrai and that is what they are doing. Blame Beyene Petros and other Hodams who are sitting in parliament just to get a salary and give Meles a cover-up about his democratic rule.

03/27/08 @ 12:56
Comment from: y_abai [Member]  
y_abai

In the first place,knowing who we were in a reasonable manner could have guided us to a better direction. it could have helped us to differentiate between right and wrong, moral and immoral..etc. Unfortunately and sadly enough, it does not seem to be the case. Many “writers"(poison sprayers)do not seem to know why they are doing what they are doing. They are using their mouths to dump their trashy words. They use their hands to expose their ignorace. I wish I could see them making some efforts to get out of darkness and broaden their horizons a little bit. I thought one of the reasons we left our country, Ethiopia was for better chance to educate ourselves. How sad is that?? Many of us are still living in an ignorance and dark situation. I am ashamed of some of my fellow Ethiopian!! Please start from your selves, know who you are in a logical manner. Go a little further before rashing to judge and spray hateful words, go a little deeper before starting to put some barriers and Obstacles among the poor, loving, caring and innocent people. believe it or not the bond among the historic people, the ethiopians, is not as weak as you might have imagined or dreamed, I guarantee you, it won’t happen, it won’t break!! You guys, I am deeply sorry for you. I do not know what is in your mind, you could not differentiate between individuals or a party and a whole population. I am not a big fan of eprdf, being myself from Tigray, or at least I have not been. However, a normal person should not dare to show any kind hatred towards the innnocent and poor people of Tigray, no way there is no reason. It is immoral and complete ignorance. I may not support OLF, but there is nothing to stop me from caring and loving the innocent and poor Oromia people, never!! You guys, wake up, stay open minded for change. work harder to Scrub your life long evil thoughts off your mind, you will be the first to suffer from it. Come on, have some courage to accept weaknesses and try to learn from them. Do not waste your time living in denial. You do not have to appreciate or support EPRDF, however, have some courage to accept and believe the positive things the world is witnesing in our country at least at this moment. You could be a big dreamer and miracle beliver to see a country developed overnight. but in the real world, I guarantee you that does not happen. Finally, let me say this: as I feel ashamed and irritated of some immoral, shameless, narrow minded and judgemental, and good for thing, thank God I am learning that there are some open minded, senseful, logical and fair brothers and sisters I could be proud of.

03/27/08 @ 14:27
Comment from: Eshetu Daba [Visitor]
Eshetu Daba

Truae: I can’t accept a complaint or insult from you because both are less likely to be the truth. What relation does the truth have with the lie that comes from the source of all lies and deceit of Satan. or the light with the darkness of hell

God in the beginning said let there be light hovering over the deep dark. There was light. And he said it is good. He separated the two and called the light day and the darkness night.

In the immediate past, no news agency, international organization, foreign investor, and governments could bother to give giving an economic data of any substance on Ethiopia since, there was none to report except the millions of people that die in successive famines.

Today, any rational person could have one look of Addis and Ethiopia in the aggregate can’t help to say wow!!! “Ethiopia is going some place with wings of eagles.” If it is good for Buoyancy to call Ethiopia its second home, who cares about the lies of the demons of hell? No body calls the devil to give witness on behalf of life, it comes to lie deceive and destroy.

03/27/08 @ 15:10
Comment from: tolla [Visitor]
tolla

Forget the builings one sees owned by the associates of TPLF and EPRDF. The majority in Ethiopia are farmers living in rural areas (85-90%). I have witnessed it myself that the Southern farmers eat, dress and enjoy life better than the Northerners. Building in major towns are the possession of less than 0.01% of the population.

03/28/08 @ 10:21

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