Will the real Meles stand up? By yilma bekele

December 20th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

I don’t know if you are familiar with it but there used to be an American television show called ‘what is my line?’ (more…)

I don’t know if you are familiar with it but there used to be an American television show called ‘what is my line?’ It was a guessing game where the panelists try to determine the identity of the contestant by asking leading questions. It was fun to watch a skillful contestant completely baffle the panelists.

Meles Zenawi was in Europe playing what is my line. Our skilled PM was using the podium to get legitimacy abroad while enhancing his image as a respected states man in front of the Ethiopian people. It was a perfect Kodak moment. I am sure ETV, his private television station back home will play the tape ad nauseam. The Sarkozys and the Obamas were enabling him to hide behind their podium.

Why was he there since Ethiopia cannot be accused of contributing to green house gas? Well he was delegated by NEPAD (New Partnership For African Development.) What is NEPAD? According to their website it ‘is a Vision and Strategic Framework for African Renewal.

NEPAD is setup to address the ‘current challenges facing Africa. Its objective includes eradicating poverty, halt the marginalization of Africa in the globalization process and empowerment of women. The principle NEPAD stands for includes good governance, broad and deep participation of the population in decision-making, acceleration of regional and continental integration.’

The Ethiopian Prime Minster was heading the NEPAD delegation. To start with one gets the feeling NEPAD is trying to convince others to work for the lofty goals mentioned above but it does not want to lead by example. If the challenge faced by Africans is the absence of ‘good governance’ shouldn’t NEPAD appoint some one who exudes those qualities? That is not too much to ask is it?

Let us put the NEPAD thing in perspective. The Copenhagen meeting was about threat to planet Earth. It is man made crisis. It is a problem created by the Northern hemisphere dwellers. The Europeans and the Americans. As time honored tradition dictates we Africans are victim number one. Our usual fellow victims Asia and South America are not with us anymore. They are heating up the planet but they are not in a mood to discuss slowing down. There is a lot of catch up to do.

So what was NEPAD doing there? Since it does not have any green house gas to threaten with it was doing some serious begging. Leading to this great ballyhooed affair our fearless leader was posturing to disrupt the proceedings. He was threatening to walk out. He was demanding 40 billion USD a year for Africa. That was his demand and he is sticking to it! Not. He was just kidding.

With the French President at his side the NEPAD leader agreed to a pittance 10 billion USD for the first year and little guarantee for the future. Africa’s cut will be 40%. Heck of a negotiator wouldn’t you say. The Westerners will heat up the planet and increase the temperature that in turn will create havoc on Africa’s weather forcing us into more deforestation, drying up of lakes and rivers and further starvation.

What do we get for this? Surplus genetically engineered food and deposit in African leaders personal account in European and American banks. To say plenty of African were upset by this unilateral negotiation by NEPAD chief is an under statement. They were fuming. From Algeria to South Africa they all distanced themselves from NEPAD. The Americans and the Europeans used NEPAD as a wedge to divide the third world group.

We Ethiopians are familiar with that playbook. Is it me or do you see some similarity here. Let us see Ato Meles is famous for his unique disruption technique. He leaves a clear MO. (Modus operandi). We can refer to the Ledetu affair, the Chamiso saga or the Hailu opera. The Westerners used NEPAD exactly as the Prime Minster used Hailu to break the solidarity of the opposition. The only difference is NEPAD will be paid thru African Development Bank while Ato Hailu or Ato Ledetu will suffer eternal humiliation. Not that I will waste any tears for them.

To go back to ‘what’s my line’ story the performance of the Prime Mister was enough to baffle the panelists if this was a show. He preached the gospel of compromise. The science of give and take was the heart of his philosophy. Ato Meles scolded the West for marginalizing Africa. He demanded to be included as an equal.

I was flabbergasted. Well that is an under statement. I was floored. I have not seen this side of him. Did the mantra ‘my way or the highway’ get revised? Did the philosophy of ‘some are more equal than others’ get tossed away? Are we going to have the new improved TPLF after Copenhagen?

The old one we knew was different. He has a few political prisoners in the various dungeons scattered all over the country, he likes to be mean and angry when it comes to Chairman Bertukan and jailing, bankrupting, and exiling journalists and intellectuals is his hobby.

Stupid me, I used to think TPLF was all about power and revenge for the past transgressions for perceived injustice. It is sort of surprising and a let down to see it is all about money. The net worth of Ato Meles is jaw dropping. It is difficult to explain. It begs for a tharrow investigation. The information boggles the mind.

Following is from Wikipedia. For The Web site Address Click Here.

This is a list of heads of state and government by their net worth, mostly of their liquid assets in US Dollars. This list should not include crown property and other material goods (although these are sometimes difficult to separate depending on the source) as of August 2008.

Poor Mr. Obama is not even worth a lousy million and he is going to stay that way till he leaves office. Our Meles can eradicate famine from Ethiopia if he donates some of that stash. Don’t ask me how he amassed such obscene amount of money in such a short time. I did not know we paid our chief executive that kind of money either. Do you get the feeling there is no rational answer to this problem except outright denial. May be Wikidepia’s editors character can be brought to question or a plot can be uncovered that was trying to defame the regime. Hey 1.2 billion in USD is nothing to scoff at.

  1. አንበሴ
    | #1

    ምላስ ዜናዊን በጭፍን እየተከተላችሁ ያላችሁ የትግራይ ተወላጆች:
    ዜናዊ የሰረቀው የኢትዮጵያውያን አንጡራ ሃብት ከትግራይ እንዳልሰረቀ የምታውቁት ጉዳይ ነው:: ገንዘቡንም ትግራይ ላይ ሊያውለው እንዳልሆነና በውጭ ሃገር የባንክ አካውንት እንዳስቀመጠው ከእናንተ የተሰወረ ጉዳይ አይደለም:: በፈጠረው የማጋጨት ርእዮት ጦርነት ከፍቶ በዘራፊነቱ እንዳይጠየቅ በውጭ ሃገር ከተሰደደ በኋላ ቁጭ ብሎ ሊበላ:እሳት ይብላውና:: የገደላቸው እነዚያ ጨቅላ ኢትዮጵያውያን ወጣቶች ነፍስ ፍርድ ትሻለች:: ምላስ ዜናዊ:-በግልጽ አነጋገር: የዚህ ብሔረሰብ ግንባር: እስከመገንጠል: ምርጫ: በማለት የሶማሊያ አይነት የማይበርድ ጦርነት ከከፈተ በኋላ ለማምለጥ እየተመቻቸ ስለመሆኑ የነቃው ሕብረተሰብ ካወቀ ቆየ:: የኢትዮጵያ ሕዝብ ምን ያህል አስተዋይ መሆኑን እና ሃገራዊ ማንነቱ ሲነካ በዘመነ ጣሊያን ወረራ ለ 5 ዓመታት በአንድነት ለነጻነቱ ለክብሩ ሲዋጋ እንደነበረና: ከዚያው ከትግራይ የምላስ ዜናዊ አይነቱ ባንዳ ሃይለስላሴ ጉግሳ ለወራሪው ጣሊያን ሶልዳቶ መሪ ለማርሻል ባዶሊዮ መንገድ በመምራትና ሲያቃጥር ከነፎቶግራፉ ስንመለከት አይ ኢትዮጵያ ስንት አይነት ነቀርሳ ተፈራረቀብሽ በማለት ብቻ ሳይሆን ሞኝነትን የዋህነትን በመተው ለትግራይ ሕዝብ ጥሪያችንን ደጋግመን ስናሰማ ፋሽስቱን ዜናዊ አይዞህ በርታ እያሉት ነው:: ከአንድ ሃቀኛ ኢትዮጵያዊ ሰው በስተቀር:: የቀድሞው ወያኔ አባል የአሁኑ እውነተኛው ኢትዮጵያዊው “አቶ ገብረመድህን አርአያ”::

    ኢትዮጵያ ለዘለአለም ትኑር!!!
    ጠላቶችዋ ይጥፉ!!!

  2. ደምስ
    | #2

    yilma bekele,

    The link from Wikipedia said the aritcle’s factual accuracy is diputed. You lefted out, why? The evil melese may or may not have this money. You as writer, need to be honest to your readers. Please!!!!!!!

    ” This article’s factual accuracy is disputed. Please see the relevant discussion on the talk page. (October 2009).”

    It is not a big secret dictator melese and his circle do have a lot of money. You have to be blind not to see it.

  3. yilma
    | #3

    Dear Dimtz,
    I put the link in my article so you can go and confirm it. As far as the accuracy is concerned I am sure Meles is not going to present his portfolio, this is what they could reasonably confirm. The possibility is high that it is a lot more since some of the investment is hidden using different names. The fact of the matter is the Ethiopian people did not pay him that kind of salary. He stole it. We are not even counting the rest of his Woyane comrades account. The bottom line is they are ordinary thieves using state power to steal from poor people. That is the core of the article not the peripheral discussion of how much. Let us stick to the point please. Why it is not ‘big secret’ that they are stealing from us is not clear to me. Could you please elaborate and tell us your information. On the other hand why are you questioning my honesty while at the same time agreeing with Wikidepia editors that Meles is rich for a person who came to Addis without even a bank account? Is your problem with the amount? To me sir, stealing a dollar is the same as stealing a million dollars. The act of stealing is the same the difference is the voracity of the thief.

  4. Assefa
    | #4

    We don’t need the help of Wikipedia to show that Meles and his clique are robbing the country. Besides, the Wiki story is questionable, to say the least.
    Meles may not be a billionaire. But he sure has gotten rich by robbing the Ethiopian people. In addition to the repression and oppression being conducted by his regime, as an accomplice to his wife he is party to the robbery and rape of the motherland.
    No need to go to Wiki.

  5. ይቻላል
    | #5

    please replace this picture with something the child killers don’t deserve to be shown as a civilized people like this if you put it upside down it may be bettrer…

    thank you abugids

  6. ደምስ
    | #6

    Mr. Yilma,

    If you already had seen the link from Wikipedia disputed, you should have said some thing why it is disputed. I’ve been in Addis many times and you do not have to be super smart to know who has the money and who is left for starvation. It is no big secret, because when you go to Addis you see what’s happening.

    The Addis tyrant may have 2 or 3 billions in his account, the point is we should always strive to be right. I have no disagreement with your point, but I did not like the disputed report from Wikipedia.

    If we have honest leader, the amount listed above could’ve get rid off the starvation at the moment in Ethiopia.

    What ever money he has in his account, he will run away with it sooner or later. Dictator melese not only a criminal but also an evil.

  7. Anonymous
    | #7

    When the real Ethiopians take control of their beloved nation then the real Meles along his boss Bereket Simon will be revealed in the courts of law; as of now the only protector of Meles and his boss Bereket Simon are the large skirts of America’s diplomat and lately the boxer shorts of France!

  8. Tazabi
    | #8

    Dear Yilma,

    Great article as usual.Every time I read one of your nice articles,I say to myself,’I wish I did express myself with such simplicity and loveliness’.Yes,your messages are conveyed effectively.They expose the lies and plainly tell the truth.And that is the important thing.

    May I thank you for your consistency and diligence in discharging your civic duties this way.I believe you set a good example for the rest of us.

    N.B:Poverty,they say,is the worst form of oppression.A man who steals millions from the starving poor of the poorest and turning himself super rich while condemning them to more abject poverty and death is the worst oppressor.And Meles is that heartless and soulless oppressor.

  9. UET
    | #9

    Meles wanted to use this conference mainly for the one reason. Western leaders has lost all their patience in Meles and his private company (EPRDF). They no longer need his service in Somalia or else where as his little image left was totally tarnished after killing hundreds in the aftermath of the 2005 election. No western leader in healthy mind want to have the dictator on his side even for photo ceremony.
    When it comes to self defence Meles had to use all amunition left in his disposal, not to win the heart and mind of the west but to blackmail them. so far his unsuccessful reaction was to use China as his next destination (as if China want him). Knowing that China is not stupid, he climbed on to getting hold of representing Africa in the Climate Change conference. Few months ahead of the conference he started sending blackmailing messages to the west in form of boycotting, demanding for big money, ..etc. An immediate response telling him that his minority revenge rule on Ethiopia is a concern from a US ambassador was part of the card game. Calling the ambassador the “Idiot” was Un-Ethiopian as Meles himself is, however what he wanted to say was that he had never been serious in his threats, just joking, idiot!
    Meles had never had the trust of Ethiopians, to day he is not trusted by the west, he is not trusted by Chinese even by African dictators. Meles is alone trusted by no one as he is running out of lies. This is the right time to finish him off once forever. Ethiopians United can get rid of this useless animal.

  10. atuba dolla
    | #10

    Unlike an individual who earns his or her living by sweating or in general,by working and earn an income for his or her family,Zinawi the fugitive,never worked and earned an income;neither he has been a bread-winner,nor was a-working-man in the family or in the group he was made to be one of the most criminal fugitives in the history.

    When there is no a bread-winner in the family,there won’t be a lady who can either cook or bake;Azeb Golla never cooked or baked, both Zinawi and Azeb had accumelated billions of dollars by stealing and looting from Ethiopians who had been held hostages at gun point since invasion.

    It is just a matter of time that Zinawi will be standing infront of justice to receive his sour an ultimate fate for the dispecable and ugly crimes he committed as if he wouldn’t be captured.Yes, he will be captued along with his members of the crimefamily.He wouldn’t either get away with cheating the west too;as a matter of facr, it is just a matter of time he would stand being charged for all sorts of crimes and would be forced to spit out what he stached in his belly and bank account.Period.

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