Strategic foe of Ethiopia is rewarded with Fertile Ethiopian Land – By Tatu

January 10th, 2010 Print Print Email Email

The current buzz word that comes out of Ethiopia is the government’s desperate attempts to cheaply (as low as 1.50USD per hectare) sale Ethiopian land to anyone who has a foreign currency. (more…)

The current buzz word that comes out of Ethiopia is the government’s desperate attempts to cheaply (as low as 1.50USD per hectare) sale Ethiopian land to anyone who has a foreign currency. (Ethiopian Farms Lure Investor Funds as Workers Live in Poverty, Bloomberg.com). Be it a corrupted leader like Nigerian Obasanjo, or a friend indeed like Djibouti’s leader Guelleh, and Saudis king, it seems land for tit-for-tat. Among all the news which caught my attention and worth more analysis is the land awarded to Egyptian government. As all Ethiopians in abroad and at home know Egypt is a strategic enemy of Ethiopia and Ethiopian people.

As a person very familiar with the hydro-politics of Nile (I will call Abay henceforth), I have read extensive literature on this regard. I don’t support any political view, but revealing the facts that benefit the people to make a rational decision is one of my moral obligations. I understand the sensitivity of the issue since I have been working on the Nile river water and exposed with the situation for more than a decades.

Anyone who reads this article may posit “how is Egypt a strategic foe of Ethiopia?”. I will try to concentrate on the facts that help me prove this claim.

First, we need to know that without Abay River, Egypt is a desert land. The life and civilization of Egypt is located on the river of Abay. Almost 96 % of Egypt land is worthless desert and inhabitable. Since the dawn of civilization, the primary emphasis of Egypt is to secure the river flow at all cost. Hence the strategic national security of Egypt is to secure the smooth flow of Abay water to its territory. To do so, so far it has created different onerous mechanism towards Ethiopia and its people. One which has worked for long period of time is to weaken Ethiopian economy in all its comparative advantage and help to create instability so that the focus of Ethiopia diverted away from developing Abay River. Let see examples.

Arun Elhance (Hydro-politics in the 3rd world, 1999, p. 66) states the situation as “Egypt has on occasion been accused of fermenting dissent and helping rebellions in Ethiopia.”

The current president who will be awarded to thousand hectares of fertile land from Ethiopia, Hosni Mubarak says, “If Ethiopia plan to build dam in Abay River, Egypt will bomb it”.

Moreover, the former Minister of foreign Affair of Egypt and former UN Secretary General says, “The next war in our region will be over the water of Abay.”

Strategically speaking, Egypt has been in war with Ethiopia all the time to protect its national interest. In addition, it is our recent memory that Egypt is officially supporting a military attack against Ethiopia through Somalia, Eritrea and helping armed opposition within the country. Creating instability and a chaos of any kind within Ethiopia is the prime national interest and function of the Egyptian government. Those who have a common sense can judge that this is the government, unfortunately, who will be awarded a fertile land in Ethiopia.

Next, Egypt’s prime emphasis is collapsing the financial capability and political strength of Ethiopia at all expenses. For instance development loan and grant from the World Bank and other institutions have been blocked by Egypt. One which was a big success for Egypt is making Ethiopia a landlocked country. If a country is landlocked, it economic advantage and development effort would be on the hand of other country. Hence this homework was done through supporting Woyane, the current Ethiopian government, who now pays the debt it owed while in struggle.

All the plots of Egypt have been worked in a third party. But we now come to realize, it is given the opportunity to finish the homework of eradicating Ethiopia once for all so that it can get the Abay water without any further wary. This helps Egypt to harvest the blessing of Abay River and the fertile soil it carries. The shocking reality is that in addition to the soil carried by Abay, this nation is on the way to get thousands hectares of fertile land from Ethiopia. On the other side, the poor, helpless farmer of our citizen is cursed with owning even less than one hectare of land. What type of government is this, which awarded the enemy and cursed its own citizen?

When it comes to international relation, Egypt has played a big role in controlling the regional economy and politics so that it can get the unfair share of Abay Nile. In 1959 along with other enemy of Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt signed “Full utilization of Abay water.” The two countries who don’t contribute a single drop of water claim “full utilization of Abay water” by allocating amlsot 60 billion metric cube (bmc) of water for Egypt and the remaining 18 bmc to Sudan. In order to protect this claim in the international forum, Egypt presents a “reality on the ground”. This means the status quo water allocation of the 1959 agreement have to be respected through creating facts that help to convince negotiation. One of the claim is that Egypt import food and energy. Now Egypt will produce food for its own people and import from Ethiopia. So respect the current water allocation!!!!!

It is a shame that a produce from Ethiopia is presented to Saudi king while the government is busy begging wheat from the western. It is shame that farmers are deprive of their right to own a land while Djiboutian are fed with wheat from Ethiopia. It is shame that Ethiopian pays nearly a billion birr for port while Djibouti enjoys a fertile land with zero cost. It is disgraceful to give Ethiopian comparative advantage to those who plot our destruction and weakness.

Unfortunately almost 10 million people a year is starved to death in Ethiopia for almost a century. The Ethiopian government is busy in begging food and other aid, and it announces the occurrence of famine with great honor. Instead of the government of Egypt produces food in Ethiopia, Why not the Ethiopian government produces food for its own people? When does Ethiopia establish a government whose prime concern is its own citizen. How will save Ethiopian people?

It is difficult to mention the entire ploy made by Egypt against Ethiopia and its citizen. When Ethiopia is librated and become a country of Ethiopians, not only the Egypt who maneuvers our destruction, but also the Ethiopia government should face justices. Who should go to jail, Birtukan Medeksa, an innocent citizen or the Egyptian whooficially dodge war against Ethiopia?

I am a strong supporter of investment. Investment creates capital, wealth, employment, knowledge and other important component of economic benefits. But investment should be compromise with the need of its people, national interest and the future of the country as a whole. A country without a national interest is a country without people. With a farmer struggling with less than a hectare of land, it is mindboggling to award thousand of hectare to its enemy.

Hence all Ethiopian in the country and around the world should condemn this irresponsible investment. Ethiopian enemy shouldn’t deserve Ethiopian land, instead justice. Land to the poor farmer who struggle to feed his/her family. Land to the tiller. We need to speak at every angle and stop awarding Ethiopian land to the strategic enemy who wage war against Ethiopian.

Make no mistake that Woyan came to power through the help of Egypt. So woyan stop paying your 17 years of war debt by using Ethiopian (our) land. It is an outrageous. Every Ethiopian loving citizen should condemn and make sure his/her voice heard.

Our land is not for our enemies.

  1. EtFirst
    | #1

    These human leechers… i hope they all die in their sand coffins. The time will come when they eat the sand and rocks they’re only good for. May God continue to bless the nation of Ethiopia!!

    Ethiopia First!!

  2. Akakizeraf
    | #2

    This and only this should mobilized the Ethiopian people from corner to corner.We are seeing our country’s death by its own “goverment”.Any person with a little conscious should see this satanic distraction of a nation.My message to Ethiopians is the country we love will cease existing in a very short time if we fail to coordinate our struggle against woyane.Time is running out!!

  3. KehalewDallas
    | #3

    It’s unfortunate to hear the misery of my people ever since I was a little boy. It’s the devide and rule politics introduced by the current so called “government” of Ethiopia, which made things worse. I am sick and tired of sitting and anguishing helplessly in foreign land while doing nothing for my country and people. I urge all concerned citizens in the country and diaspora be united and save Ethiopia and its people.

    Long Live Ethiopia

  4. True
    | #4

    Condemning is enough? Where is the act? Where is the woo? If Ethioians outside and inside do not do something right away, the country is doomed! Those of you supporting Weyane for your own interest or because of ethnics better wake up and join the rest of Ethiopians. Egypt in fact have lots of friends from Ethiopia and Eritrea. Shaebia is full supporter of Egypt and those of you who are supporting Shaebia because of EPPF better re think. Those of OLF muslims fully support Egypt please real the American Chronicle from Professor Shamssadin. The Weyane fullly supports Egypt. Who supports Ethiopia? Egypt forcefully converts christians to Muslims, Muslims’ whether in Ethiopia or outside their primary loyalty is for Islam not nationalism. The dream of Shaebia, Weyane and Egypt is coming true. BTW, Meles is half Yemeni. So, you would expect to support Egypt. Do we have power to face these factions? We have to be very active in the followings:
    1. Be active at the UN to justify that Ethiopia is facing starvation while its water is being used by Egypt.
    2. Talk with Israel if they can help. Israel knows Ethiopia is weaker now than Egypt so it may be better off for them to normalize relationship with Egypt because of Palestine, etc. So it is possible they may not help. But we need to keep bombarding them. The Falashas should push for this.
    3. In the West, make Ethiopia’s case heard regarding Egypt and the Nile.
    4. By any cost Ethiopians must rise up ready to die and organize: men, women, young men. They are starving anyways and many youths on the street. Isn’t it better to die in honor than under oppression and starvation? The diaspora must go and fight this cause and join their Ethiopian brothers and sisters. Those who are also in the diaspora each must participate in protest, supporting the Ethiopia cause in funding, put pressure on the politicians for Ethiopia’s cause.
    5. Find friends of Ethiopia alll over the world and support our cause.

    In short: every Ethiopian must act in sacrificing to save Ethiopia. It does not help writing online and complaining and feeling we are doing something. If we are not effective online into changing the perception of Ethiopians, we are not doing anything. Change our tactic.

    Ethiopia will prevail!

  5. tafesse
    | #5

    Egypt is not the enemy of Ethiopia. You are, disguised as Americans.

  6. aha!
    | #6

    The main reason why the Prime Minister is acting with in your face type deeds is that he has instituted the “Separate but Equal policy of Nine Ethnic groups, with a divide and rule colonial style governannce supperimosed with ethnic dictatorship, backed security and Agazi forces, Military and Police forces under his command protecting the party not the country. That scenario of ethnic politics want change with those with ethnic agenda either, which ever way you look at it, as long as the positive forces for integration are not strengthened to reinstate Unity, Territorial Integrity, Sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians with unified strategies. He has has once stipulated that “Axum Le Wolayta Minu New” and yet the Ethiopians fought over the border invasion of Eritrea into Tigrai Killil, (a dispute which never would have existed if he did not grant and/or request for the seccession of Eritrean province and seccede the port(s)), as they did against foreign agression.

    By putting the policy of ethnicism and seccessionism into the constitution, and delineating the landmass into nine major ethnic groups and granting the seccionist rights, he has politicized and radicalized, and indocrinated leaders to look into their ethnic groups before Ethiopiawinet, without the fullfilment of their aspirations as it is for Eritrea. That is why they keep fighting the TPLF/eprdf regime, a one party rule with defunct loyalist opposition parties with ethnic agenda, and now a coalition with ethnic agenda, with a government enjoying western aid in the name of eprdf, a so called democratic regime where there are no independent branches of government, where Once the Ambasader to the US told us, that “democracy is a work in progress in Ethiopia”, as if 26 million people did not turn up to vote for CUD. The Officils of the TPLF/regime say what they want do what they want, but it does not reverberate into the Diaspora, with abundant web communications, which provide the news in an essay style serving as an extention to ETV, which would have told us the same thing, but without the analysis, for collective action or unified strategy. That perhaps would never happen, until the individuals look outward instead of inward into their ethnic identity, unless the individual ask for forgiveness for grudges over other political factions in the past and in the present to forgive but not forget kind of positive energy and unite at least temporarirly and strategically over the the national goals and strategies to achieve those goals, to form a government by the free will of individuals to govern by the consent of the governed. Untill that threshhold is reached, we would not have a society that would stand upto its government and/or government that would stand up against foreign governments to defend the Teritorial Integrity, and National Interest of Ethiopia.

  7. kebebe wolde hizb
    | #7

    egypt is doing what it must for it’s people.Melistu is what he must for himself ;that is he and Azeb willbe very tigres who coluld move to egypt or any place where dictators rule and somalis ca not get him ,for he is a criminal of war–a puggy idi amin dalistu.

  8. justice for all
    | #8

    This is one of Meles’s pure hate at its best! I really think Meles suffers from bipolar disorder of the brain. Let’s hope he commits suicide as Adolf Hitler did for the best of the country and the people.
    Death to Woyane!

  9. Deriba
    | #9

    Winning the heart of you strategic foe by any means available and make your people benifited from that is much much ……..better than staying foe and getting poorer and poorer with famine and poverty for a century is the smartest choice.
    So what meles doing now is a very intellegnt work and ofcourse and its use is visible and already at hand.
    It is not one commenting in diffrent way as required but the reallity is meles is smart poitician of the decade…

  10. atuba dolla
    | #10

    Ethiopians,why are we on this Earth? The enemies have been envying Ethiopia and Ethiopians since time ememorial because God gave us invaluable gift; Nothing is above our beloved Ethiopia and her children.We made a choice and make a decision either to let the enemies cease the existence of Ethiopia or we must take a pause for a second and stand up in unity and die for Ethiopia.Gentle readers,motherland or death.

  11. yiba
    | #11

    I think we should all together send an open letter to all potential land grabbers that, the piece of land that they obtain today in any manner, will be taken away tomorrow when we succeed to have a responsible government.

    How can one think that foreigners can eat of the harvest that they make in Ethiopia while the very owner of that land die of hunger ?

    I think they are simply selling out all they can before leaving the power.

    LET’S GO ON STRIKING, DESOBEDIENCE, INSURRECTION whatvever the price that we pay (ofcourse those in Ethiopia). WE SHOULD NEVER EXPECT VICTORY WITHOUT !!!!!!

  12. Gugsa
    | #12

    It is not only WEYANE but we all are responsible for Ethiopian’s bargain_because we ignored the call of many as far back to rise up with arms against TPLF.Those wo insistd ,then were not insane blood tristy men, but because of their knoweledge about the nature and the purposes of TPLF.Even now, yes as some has pointed out we can easily secure raport with the state of Isrial-they are witnessing our demise and wanderig too,sice the current regime kept them at arms length. We may insist through GINBOT7 to arrange meetings through out the world ,or any other forum that will give a chance all of us to express our points face to face.WE need to insist a delegate to be imidiately discpached to Israel- we can easily secure training ground for special forces there.I disagree that Israel will reject our call-Israel will never be infavor afainst the staus que. We can also use S.Africa,Zebabewe,Tanzania and the other former front line states.Only through active resistance we can breast the tide of this evil,Only now we can galvinize our support and confound the enemy from tow fronts-abroad and at home. Through repentans,contrition,and prayer we may go forward against the enemy beliving that GOD will bless our petition when we stand united for our survival.

  13. ALI somalia
    | #13

    are you saying that,ethiopia has ever been upp to good, how maney of you killed somalia youth, helping westeren?.

    when i was ethiopia, i saw dirty people,they did not even know how to get bath, so the second question how will they learn to invest?.

    do not you think egypt is fear? ofcourse they are but meled zanawi is not fear trow him out you can all do! Tigre the sickish smell.

  14. yiba
    | #14

    Thanks Tatu for this clear and beautifully written article. Egypt is doing its own homework and our government is paying its debt, period. But what I’m asking myself is, what do think our reknown economist Eleni Gebre Medhin about this. She’s an economist and she must have a something to say on this matter.

  15. Mahmoud
    | #15

    WELL MY FRIEND DJIBOUTI COULD SEND BACK HOME THE THOUSAND OF ILLEGAL ETHIOPIANS WHO ARE DEGRADING OUR CAPITAL. JUST FOR YOUR INFORMATION FOR YEARS DJIBOUTI HELPED ETHIOPIA BY BUYING YOUR PRODUCT WITH OUR INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED CURRENCY.SO YOU CAN HAVE SOME RESERVE CURRENCY FOR YOUR IMPORTATION. NOBODY WANTS AN ETHIOPIAN BIRR…
    NOW WE ARE HELPING YOU WITH LOW TAXES FOR YOUR IMPORTATION AND EXPORTATION . IF YOU WANT TO AVOID OUR PORT FEEL FREE TO USE MOMBASSA OR ASSAB. YOU NEED US MORE THAN WE DO… HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF DJIBOUTIAN STARGING TO THE DEATH ?
    LES CHIENS ABOIENT, LA CARAVANE PASSE…

  16. Anonymous
    | #16

    From my recent visit to the homeland, one think struck me hard about the whole thing. We have a government that doesn’t care about its people and people who quite frankly don’t give a damn about their country. Therefore the net result is, well I’ll leave it to your imaginations.

    The other point I’d like to make is as a minority race (Somali) in Ethiopia, I am kind of sick of the rivalry between the Amhara and Tigrai people. I sincerely believe that Peace and harmony won’t be achieved in our beloved country until people stop furthering their own race. I have never ever come across any of the above mentioned races embracing the less powerful citizens of Ethiopia. Guys, we need to grow up and discard race loyalties and start thinking for all the citizens of Ethiopia whether they are of small or big races. Inequality & injustice won’t get us anywhere except to repeat the same old thing, destruction, poverty, discrimination, starvation etc….

    Imagine for a minute, for those of us stuck in the west, if we had the chance to go back to our homeland with the spirit of rebuilding our country without the fear of corrupt authorities interfering, intimidating, confiscating etc……

    No point blaming Egypt and the like for acting in the best interest of their people. We have to ask ourselves, how did we get to this mess?

  17. ሃኩ
    | #17

    በኢትይፒአ የተሰራው ጊልገል ጊበ 2 በታም የምይሲች እና የሚአሳፊር ነው.ምክኒአቱም ዪሃ አይነት ሃዪል በዚህ ጊዝ አይሰራም ዛሪአ ያለው ተክኖሎጀ አንድ ቲኒስህ መኪና የሚአኪል ለኢትሂኦፒአ በኪ ነበር አውሮፕዊአን የሀ ቲሊክ የሰሩት የሚከበለው በማታት ነው ለትሂኦፒአ የሰቱት.ዪሀ አይነት ድሮ ነበር ኮንጆ ምን የድረግ ሰው ተፋ በሃገሩ ቡዙ ገንዝብ ቡዙ ጉልበት የፈጀ ያለው አሁን በአንድ ከን የሚገታተም ነው.

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