Issues in the critical phase of showdown with TPLF – By Robele Ababya

October 16th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

“Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers get hungrier”, Sir Winston Churchill (more…)

“Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers get hungrier”, Sir Winston Churchill

I drew up a list of issues to find out where I fit in the on going critical phase of our struggle. I thought I should share it with my fellow Ethiopians:

Issue I Icon Judge Birtukan Mideksa

The case of Birtukan Mideksa falls squarely in the domain of morality transcending ordinary politics. It is a burning issue of the highest order not only for Ethiopians but also for the international community on moral grounds. This charismatic Leader is suffering for upholding TRUTH in a country governed by thugs feeding on lies; her five year daughter and her above 70 years mother share her agony emanating from deliberate physical and psychological torture.

This is indeed a unique case in the world! It is an issue that should unite all opposition forces. It is an issue that should compel donors to stop immoral flow funds to the brutal TPLF regime.
I will relentlessly support Birtukan no matter what the sacrifice and so help me God.

Issue II TPLF and the Stalinist thugs at Arat Kilo

The New Year Gift by the lord of lies, poverty and all evils is his offer to resign in 2016. This is a clear message that election 2010 is a foregone conclusion. And so the question is what we in the genuine opposition camp and the Ethiopian people are going to do about it!

It is an offer the tyrant shall withdraw in case he makes it to the year 2016 alive. The present rubber stamp parliament will have gone by then. A new one will take its place and will waste no time to condemn its predecessor parliament for accepting the indispensable ruler ordained to serve for life in order to complete his dreams. The new parliament will argue that monumental works conceived by Meles are only one election away to bear fruit. It will argue that the double digit growth in the economy is thriving and the promise to deliver three wholesome meals per day is on the verge of fulfillment. That is how the Stalin system works – condemn ex-comrades and heap accolade of praise on the despot.

The quotation from Sir Winston Churchill fits tyrant Meles perfectly who has laughably offered to ‘resign’ in 2016. The lord of lies, poverty and all evils keeps on creating all excuses to hold on to power against the backdrop of mounting misery of the Ethiopian people getting angrier and hungrier every day. As the old adage has it: “He who rules by the sword will die by the sword”. That would be the fate of tyrant Meles. It is up to the opposition of democratic forces to unite and hasten the downfall of the tyrant.

The roaring lion of igaland summoned a special meeting of his rubber stamp parliament and declared that Eritrea is the destabilizing state in the region of east Africa. The pathological liar Meles knows no shame or respect for his audience at home and the international community at large that it was his mercenary agazi forces under his command that invaded Somalia causing unprecedented humanitarian crisis; innocent lives were lost and millions of Somalis were displaced living in squatter camps under sub-human conditions. So, all farsighted Somali leaders and democratic Ethiopian opposition forces should make a meaningful cooperation in evicting TPLF from power.

At the special meeting of the parliament the tyrant said he did not know the number of the unemployed in the country. It is a shame for a tyrant who boasts a double-digit growth in the economy. The army of unemployed youth should know this and work for the downfall of the repressive regime.

A bizarre array of forces combined to catapult TPLF power, to wit: petrodollar support flowing from the Middle East; brinkmanship of Mengistu Hailemariam; support of the US Administration and the UK at the time; refusal of the defunct USSR to supply arms to the Derg regime; spirited alliance of Shaebia and the radical Marxist Leninist League of Tigray we now know as (TPLF).

I know that some key diplomats of the Western powers were intimated that it would be in the long term interest of stability and development of democracy in Ethiopia to work for a change of policy of the Derg regime. The powers agreed and gave Mengistu an offer of support provided he supplanted his centralized command economy to mixed-economy. Mengistu adamantly refused and betrayed those who worked so hard to bring sanity to our politics.
The point is that the vile TPLF regime was imposed on the Ethiopian people and lack of political foresight of the Derg regime contributed to the success of its downfall.
No word is accurate enough to describe an evil despot that sprays bullets on peaceful protestors; steals votes in broad daylight; commits all those heinous crimes known to the international community; impoverishes the nation by betraying vital national interests and monopolizing lucrative businesses and natural resources. It is difficult to exercise decorum in blaming immoral fund flow from donors in the form of direct budget support to a brutal illegitimate regime hell-bent on sabotaging the development of democracy. There is no choice but to, as a matter of civic duty, condemn in the strongest terms again and again the bizarre contradictory relationship between donor-democrats and recipient dictator, tyrant Meles.

It is needless to say that I will vehemently oppose the brutal regime of TPLF.

Issue III Medrek

I do not doubt the integrity of Dr. Bulcha Demekssa and Dr. Merrera Gudina nor the paradigm shift made by Dr. Negasso Giddada and Ato Seye Abraha. These are mature political leaders that are quite capable to discern the liability that a political party with an ethnic label would incur. My hope is that they will work hard and smart to shed the label.

Issue IV AEUP

My birth to Oromo parents did not hinder my initiative in mobilizing support to All Amhara Unity Organization of which the AEUP was an offshoot. AEUP was the backbone of Kinijit which broke the dawn of hope in our politics. I am grateful to the illustrious leaders for their invaluable sacrifices.

I plead with AEUP leaders to forge alliance with UDJP above all for the sake of Ethiopia.

Issue V Ginbot 7

I believe that the integrity, ability and patriotism of Ginbot 7 leaders are indisputable. The Movement has every right to its declared all-inclusive method of struggle against tyrannical rule of Meles Zenawi.

In the advent of inevitably massive demonstration and civil disobedience to protest rigged election, the brutal regime shall respond with force as usual. In that case readiness of Ginbot 7 to unleash all weapons at its disposal would be legitimate.

Who in his/her right mind would fail to support such a scenario!?

Issue VI Professor Mesfin Woldemariam

Professor Mesfin is the legendary founder of Human Rights in Ethiopia. His thesis articulating succinctly in favor of ending the culture of succession through bloodshed is unassailable. He is one of the founders of Kinijit and Andinet.

He remains my hero. I would beg him to close ranks with Engineer Gizatchew Shiferaw and other illustrious leaders in Andinet.

Issue VII Boycotting Election 2010

Effort-consuming debate over boycotting an election already rigged does not make much sense. What is important is readiness and determination to stage a massive civil disobedience at home and diplomatic offensive by those of us in the Diaspora.

I am prepared to contribute to that effort. With my colleagues we will knock at embassy doors, human rights organizations and civil societies so that milking the cash-cows of donor countries would be of reach of the stealing hands of tyrant Meles.

Issue VIII Impending showdown with Sudan

The ruling TPLF regime has secretly given a generous gift of fertile farmland to the Sudan. The generous gift is estimated at 64, 000 square kilometers – half the size of Eritrea, twice the size of Djibouti and 6% of Ethiopia. The birthplace fiercely nationalist Ethiopian Monarch, Emperor Theodros II is included in the giveaway.

A showdown with the Sudan is inevitable and I am prepared to play an active role.

Issue IX Liberation Movements

The sun is setting in the domain of Secessionist politics. In the context of the scramble for Africa the role played by our forebears in that dark period does not qualify Ethiopia as a ‘colonizer”. European colonizers agree with this contention.

So, let us focus on the noble cause of liberation from the Meles regime serving foreign interests like those of the Sudan and Egypt.

Issue X Other dissidents with offices in Asmara

My humble question is what the hell they are doing in Asmara. Isaias who hatched so much hatred for Mother Ethiopia and created horrendous political upheaval cares more about saving his neck than care about us. Remember he was the very first to invite Al Bashir of Sudan immediately after issuance of warrant of arrest on the latter by he International Criminal Court. In the circumstances, do these dissidents holed up in Asmara think Isaias will be on our side in the face of impending showdown with the Sudan?

I think not!

Finally, I hope I have defined myself on issues. I thank my readers for their patience.
The release of Birtukan and all political prisoners is moral imperative!

LONG LIVE ETHIOPIA!!!

Robele Ababya, PanAfricanist Ethiopian
robele_ababya@yahoo.com

  1. aklilu
    | #1

    we will get weyane tplf soon. and stab them.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4c-c3HeR28

  2. Eskesta Werajoche
    | #2

    Why do we need to knock the door of western embassies rather than knock Woyanes from their hiding residential areas dismantling their high walls. sleepless nights wherever they are. The cry in night “Oo- Oota” will flush them from their hideout. The western donors should not also sleep quitely and let them know conspiring behind the peoples back to find “Ajabewoche” for 2010 is a crime.

  3. jeberti from north
    | #3

    TO ROBELE ABABAYA : WHAT IS THE MATER WITH YOU TALK ABOUT ERITREA AND DEAR PR. ISAYAS AFEWERKI? DO NOT BLEME ALWAYS WHEN OUR UNIT IS WEAK AND WEAK. IF YOU HAVE MORAL WHY DO NOT COME IN ETHIOPIA FIGHT THR WEYANE GANGES TOGERTHER INSTEAD OF TALK TALK BLA NLA BLA? ERITREAN IS IN SILLENT NOW THEY ARE IN WORK NOT IN TALK. THEY CATIVATE THIRE LAND AND USED THIRE KNOWELEGY. YOU DO NOT KNOW ISAYAS VERY WELL BUT HE IS NOT A LIER AND HE SAID HE NEED A STRONG ETHIOPIA AND ONE ETHIOPIA. I BELIVE HIM 100%. HE IS NOT A MAN OF TALK BUT A MAN OF WORK BETTER THAN WEYANE GANGES. GOD BLESS MAMA ETHIOPIA.

  4. YESHI
    | #4

    Robele, you are confused and all you are trying to tell us is what has been on the table for so long time . You are an Amhara sympathizer and what you keep saying is a joke in Ethiopia today . If you are serious, go pay a short visit to the country and hopefully you will learn a lot . Otherwise do not drag our people to a place we do not want to see ourselves again . You look like someone get paid for writing unnecessary materials .

  5. Bekele
    | #5

    The loyalist opposition has,in one shrewd move of professing Ethiopian unity,pushed Andenet to the periphery while holding the centre for its politics of ethnicity.Andenet has foolishly consented to this by subsuming its trans-ethnic politics under the political calculus of Medrek.It has in effect reneged on the legacy of Kinjit.This therefore is a complete reversal of the national gains of the May 2005 elections.
    Prof Mesfin has got it right again when he opposed this.

    Fight for the unconditional release of Bertukan and other political prisoners!

    Boycott the upcoming fake election!

    Congratulate Meles well ahead of time on his predicted 99.999% election victory!

  6. ETHIOPIAN from Boston
    | #6

    TO ROBELE ABABYA: I have picked up three points from your article and put my opinion as follws:

    ISSUE III: ON MEDREK:- Medrek is NOT an alternate hope for Ethiopia but a promissed symbol of misery. It would have been a visionary party and hope for Ethiopia had it excluded Seye Abrha who helped the repressive regime to come to power and make homeless 300,000 Ethiopian soldiers. He joined Medrek to serve WEYANE either as a spy for or as an agent of provokator and author of chaose among Non-Tigrian political parties. In this regard, I am saddened by your charatcerization of “ATO” Seye Aberha with (“DR” Merrera Gudina, Negasso Giddada and Bulcha Demekssa) whom you have “no doutbt as to their integrity”. If you have respect to Seye Abrha, then you must be one of the oromos’ enemy, no more no less.IS THAT NOT THE Seye”s party who gave 12 seat FOR 60% of the Ethiopian people in the parliament, disarm your oromo brother and pushed to the neighbouring countries as refugees and still persecuted them to thia day??. I do not khow you have “no doubt” as to such personality??.

    ISSUE IV: ON AEUP:- The suggestion for possible unification of all opposition parties is, in a prima face stage, seems plusable but first opposition to Hailu Shaul should reduced to a degree as opposition partiy supporters show a campaign ofcharacter assasination. There is no dirty names used by opposition supporters in tarnishing his reputation including fund embaslemet with Shaleka Yoseph?, showing in various website that Meles is voting for Meles and vice vers. As a matter political analysis, it shall hardly be assert that with Hailu Shawl ADJ may have a vote record 0f 50-55% of the Ethiopian peole and AEUP will win 37% but both will loose for Weyane, any way. The reason is one simple fact: WEYANE ALREADY COMPLETED ITS HOMEWORK BEFORE OPPOSITION PARTIES START IN SOLVING THEIR DIFFERENCES..

    ISSUE VI ON PROFESSOR MESFIN WOLDEMARIAM:- Professor Mesfin is only a Messiah to Fekade Shewakena and his cronies and, nothing else. To the Amhara, he is an invisible picture because, in his depraved philosophy, ther is no so-called Ethnic Amhar and Weyane is NOT enemy to the Ethiopian Peole. .

  7. Dawit
    | #7

    I don’t think there is any Ethiopian who doesn’t know the true color of woyane. For 20 years, people have written countless articles regarding the anti-ethiopianess and anti-democrat-ism of woyane. Thus, rather than wasting your time as well as our time stating the obvious and breaking an old news, it best if you try to find methods to overthrow woyane and create a democratic system.
    ስለ ወያነ መጥፍኔት ማውራት ይብቃ. ሁሉም ሰው ያውቀዋል.

  8. Gemechu
    | #8

    Robel! Why do you recognize Eritrea as a country? Eritrea is a province of Ethiopia. As an Oromo, I believe, Oromia has more right to secession than Eritrea. Eritreans like Amara and Tigres or Guragae. Why do we accept eurpean colonialism to be right? Eritrea was taken away from North Ethiopia by Italy. But Italy was defeated by Ethiopia in 1896 at Adwa. Thus Eritrea is still an ethiopian province. We should stop supporting artificial states. As an Oromo, I would like to have my own idepedent country. But I would like to live as an ethiopian exercisinf equal rights with other language communities.
    We have to defend Ethiopia on the basis of pre-1991 political boundaries. It is hypocrisy and straight to want declare war on Sudan without accepting the pre-1991 bounfdary of Ethiopia. We will go to war with Sudan and we will teach the Sudanese a good lesson. I think Sudan will diintegraate because the sudanese slaves of Arabs. For us Ethiopians, the only true Sudanese are the non-Arab Sudanese people (Darfur and South Sudan areas). However, we have to consistent with our boundaries. We have to reject the secession of Eritrea for it has no historical and legal basis.

  9. Lema
    | #9

    Robele,
    Itis a realistic insight.Short and precise.But the positve rolles of Olf& Onlf are missing.They should be convienced to take part in a unified front.

  10. jeberti from north
    | #10

    TO GEMECHU : FIRST YOU ARE THE ENEMY OF PEACE AND SECOND YOU WROTE AS AN OROMO BUT YOUR TRUE COLUER IS FROM TIGRAY AND YOU TRYED TO CREAT HAVOC AND CONFEUZING AMONG PPL. WHY I SAID THIS AS YOU SAID ERITREA IS A PROVINCE OF ETHIOPIA. SO YOU DO NOT WANT RECOGNIZED LIKE A COUNTRY. BUT AS YOUR MASTER DREAM IN DEDEBIT YOU NEED TO CREAT ABAY TIGRAY WITH OUT OROMEYA BY BRING ERITREA,GOJAM WOLO,AFAR AND GONDER. SO I CAN ASURE YOU 100% YOU ARE FROM DEDEBIT REIGION. GEMECHU IF YOU BELIVE OR NOT YOU MUST SWALOW THE WORD ERITREA AS A COUNTRY AND BELOVED BROTHER OF ALL RIGION. TIGRAY DREAM IS TO DECLRE INDEPENDENT AND ABAY TIGIRAY. KE KE KEEEEEEEE. GOD BLESS MAMA ETHIOPIA FOREVER.

  11. Anonymous
    | #11

    Issue III Medrek

    ‘…I do not doubt the integrity of Dr. Bulcha Demekssa and Dr. Merrera Gudina nor the paradigm shift made by Dr. Negasso Giddada and Ato Seye Abraha. These are mature political leaders that are quite capable to discern the liability that a political party with an ethnic label would incur. My hope is that they will work hard and smart to shed the label…’

    I find what you wrote about these people and their politics too deferential and something along the lines of wishful thinking.

    I am certain that they won’t change their ethnic politics.Why should they? It has always been their reason of existence and they need to uphold it even firmer now.There is no multi-ethnic challenger in the field challenging them anymore.Andenet has bowed out of its nationalist arena while surrendering to the authority of ethnic politics although its leaders pretend otherwise.
    This indeed is a big tragedy.And because of this capitulation by Andenet all the sacrifices made and the victory scored by the forces of multi-ethnic politics not least during MAY 2005 election are now vanished.
    Meles,more than anybody else,must be elated by such eclipse.While multi-ethnic politics is in a retreat,the politics of ethnicity is at the moment in the ascendancy.

    More over,the leadership of Andenet has disgracefully made Bertukan expendable.They have completely abandoned her despite their insincere talk of making her case second to none.Sadly,this hapless,idealistic and politically inexperienced young woman has been deserted in middle of the battle by pretentious,fickle and calculating grey men especially now when she needs them most.This,my friend,is the harsh reality surrounding the fate of Bertukan and also the fate of multi-ethnic politics at the present stage of our struggle.We must face the reality as it is.We should not soften it for tactical or what ever reason.We need to continue to fight and fight it with greater resolve.This battle is never an easy one!

  12. Robele Ababya
    | #12

    There is a difference between Ato Seye of TPLF and Ato Seye of Medrek fighting the thugs at Arat Kilo on home soil. The right to grant amnesty is exclusive to the Ethiopian people in an open forum of truth, peace, and recconcilliation. All political mistakes in the aftermath of the Ethiopian revolution of 1974 will be the subject of the forum.

  13. ETHIOPIAN from Boston
    | #13

    TO ROBLE ABABYA:
    Wait a minute if I get this right:

    1, You said that Seye Aberha of TPLF differ than Seye Aberha of Medrek because at present Seye is “fighting the thugs at Arat Kilo on ‘HOME SOIL’”. Whose soil was Tigrai, Gondar, Gojjam and other vicinities crossed by Seye Abrham’s army until TPLF settled in Menilik’s Palace?. Psychological interpretation of your statement yield that you do not recognize any soil outside Arat Kilo to be non-home, and not entitled to claim as a country by Seye or Tigreans. If this is not your position, then what other explanation can you offer??

    2.On the question of Amenesty and Reconciliation: As if there is democracy in Ethiopia, you had assured us that the “right to grant amnesty is exclusive to the Ethiopian people in an open forum of truth, peace and reconcilation…” Again your understanding of the concept of reconcilation is plausable as long as the process will guard the safety of those who commited crime against the Ethiopian People one of which is Seye Aberha. While more than ten thousands political prisioners are in the country, how Medrek can attempt to negotiate with Weyane for the purpose of sharing power, if not oeverthrowing it by popular balot?

    In this connection I remember an incident in the German Politics: The German people were fedup with politics and no one appear for voting to their reprsentation. A candidate went out and said ” if there are no people who can choose us as there representative, then we must choose the people who will choose us as their representative. Weyane already had choose the people (throug self-made parties) who will vote and, therefore, the up-and-down marathon of Medrek is Seye Abrham’s insistance in forming such Forum, not the will of the opposition parties.

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