Advice to Woyanne – Imru Zelleke

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OPEN COUNSEL To the EPRDF- II

January 2010 (more…)

OPEN COUNSEL To the EPRDF- II

January 2010

The following advice was given five years ago to, on the eve of the election held in 2005. I am posting now because it is relevant today as it was then. Presently conditions have gone from bad to worst for the Ethiopian people, but not for your party. You have become richer and power drunk. It is true that some new infrastructures and new housings have been built, and social services have expanded thanks to some 2500 projects provided by aid programs. Off course, any other regime would have done the same, most probably better, with the huge amount of technical and financial assistance received from foreign sources. The question is at what cost and of what quality and standards.

You have compromised the country’s sovereign territory by giving away huge tracts of border lands to foreign powers. In the guise of investments you have handed over the national resources and the economy to foreign interests, and sold out millions of hectares of the most fertile land to foreign powers and companies, dispossessing the Ethiopian farmers of their rightful property and their livelihood. You have compromised the independence of the country into a neo-colonial status by making it totally dependent on foreign charity and aid.

Politically your ethnic federation is a total failure, your regime is hated by all ethnic groups including your own. You remain in power by the point of the gun until it lasts, the loyalty of gun totting militias being unreliable at best. I invite you to read carefully the following message because it is an honest advise, and relevant to your own future, especially that you are preparing another sham election, in which the collaboration of some opportunists will never legitimize.

February 2005

SOME FRANK COUNSEL TO EPRDF

When you read the following lines you will probably say to yourselves, what is this old fool telling us? Doesn’t he realize that we have made it? We are rich and powerful; we have vanquished all our enemies, even those in our own party. WE have convinced foreign powers to support us. We have allowed some freedoms that did not exist during the monarchy and socialism, etc. etc.

There is no doubt that as a party you have been very successful. The problem is that on the national level your mistakes and misdeeds outweigh by far your achievements. Now that you are at the apex of your tenure, I suggest that you reflect and ponder seriously on the sad fate of the Ethiopian regimes that have preceded you, and of those other dictatorships elsewhere. Some of them could claim some popularity and Monarchs could claim legitimacy, in your case you have none of those qualifications. You are disliked by the whole nation and by the majority of your own tribesmen and women.

One axiom of your policies was the failed ethnic division of the country, a problem that the nation had overcome after centuries of attritions. You have presided over the separation of Eritrea, to the disadvantage of Ethiopia, to the misery of the Eritrean people and a hundred thousand useless deaths. The state ownership of the land which you persist in maintaining, not because of its economic advantages, but to give you a full control on the peasantry, has not solved the persisting famine neither alleviated poverty or given any valuable contribution to the economy. The claimed 11.1/4 growth of GDP last year is based more on the huge increase of foreign aid; some seasonal improvements of the agricultural sector and some generous statistical adjustments, than on sustainable economic development. The country still depends on food aid and foreign budgetary supplement, despite the billions of dollars spent on countless developmental projects. As to your governance I could go on and on about the injustices, mismanagements, corruptions, blatant crimes, vandalism and malfeasances committed by your regime for the past fourteen years. The sacred blood of the university students and many other victims of your regime is still fresh on the ground.

While the Monarchy had exhausted its usefulness, the revolutionary regime that followed bought the country into a destructive morass and decline. Then followed your regime with its self-centered parochialism, and all its misconceptions about the country’s needs. Obviously, the country does not have the leadership it deserves. Our people are good, industrious and proficient. Our land is rich and hardly exploited. There is no excuse for its backwardness, but for the lack of genuine, honest and competent leadership. You could have built a great Ethiopia from the abundant human talent and natural resources that the country possesses. Thus, you could have been admired and respected. Driven by fear, insecurity and greed you failed to do so. Now you are at a cross road, you have to choose your future role, whether you want to be a historical political party or a footnote in a history of sham and shame.

Manipulating and coercing voters will probably get you elected, and establish another rubberstamp parliament with a few seats conceded to the opposition. This will not work. On the contrary it will strengthen the opposition and drive them into more aggressive stands. A few mass demonstrations may suffice to destabilize your regime. In spite of all the favors you award them, I wouldn’t count much on the loyalty of the police and the army, after all they are Ethiopians; ultimately they will side with the people of whom they are part and parcel. In spite all the back bending you do to please them, your foreign supporters are not likely to continue their assistance. They have committed values and broader interests. A rigged-up election and a failure of the democratic process in Ethiopia is detrimental to their avowed policies. Look at Serbia, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon and other similar developments. It is now the season for democracy and honest governance.

In view of all the above, I believe that it is time for your party to handover the country to capable and honest hands. You have nothing to loose but gain the respect and admiration of the people of the world.

Please understand why I am so concerned, I have no other interest other than that of the country and my compatriots. I also believe that you need some honest counsel, because more than often absolute power has a sedative effect, which deprives one’s sense of balance.

In defense of my bluntness I quote George Orwell who said “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act”.

Sincerely,

Imru Zelleke.

  1. True
    | #1

    Well,

    Good try. It sounds like begging to me. This is not the person you can talk to in this way. He knows even as we speak we Ethiopians are left with begging and incapable of anything. He knows his power, is ready to fight. Are we ready to fight?

  2. GONDEREW
    | #2

    With due respect, I ask the ambassodor how it is possible for you to believe that Meles will “gain respect and admiration of the people of the world” while he is a well known compromiser on the soverginity of the Ethiopian nation, having a failed system of federation which was established on ground of ethnicity and, did not succeed internationally?? Is it customery to praise one’s failure for the sake of winning his heart or what else that can be?? In my opinion, it would have better if forgiveness and respect be realized at home than the world because the Ethiopian people are the victim who forgive and not the outsider.

  3. Yinegal
    | #3

    At the end of the day somehow, our national fredom, our people right,all the integrety are at the steak. We like a smarty… need to give them a loop-whole so that they can leave peaceful. We need to guaranty them a secure life where ever they ask to live otherwise it will be “የነብርን ጭራ አይዙም; ከያዙም አይለቁም”

  4. atuba dolla
    | #4

    There is an adage:- If one has neither knowledge nor wisdom,he then must acknowledge that he needs to be grown up in all dimensions.Meles Zinawi is surely a grown up man but not a learned man;in other words,he sees everything in his own world attempting to cram up everything in a very narrow space in which he will soon find no spot to stand on.

    Ethiopians have already have taken steps and have made a decision to hold hand-in-hand and to march together towards victory because they have nothing in common with current brutal members of the failed regime.

    Meles have been given all sorts of advices on how to think properly both inside and outside the box but he failed terribly.Guns and bullets don’t vote people do.Ethiopins don’t beg for their freedom;they do earn it through all possible meanses.

  5. abbyca
    | #5

    atuba dolla you said it all. Ethiopians don’t beg for freedom; they earn it and will earn it through all possible means. what a nice qoute.

  6. mateos
    | #6

    The people of Ethiopia and their brotherly communities around them are finally aware who the owners and advisors of Meles and his boss Bereket are: THEY ARE EMPLOYED TO WORK FOR THE INTEREST OF FOREINGERS FROM THE EAST, WEST, SOUTH, NORTH, AT EH EXPENSE OF ETHIOPIA LIVES! NO MORE NO LESS; their days are numbered, Meles and his boss Bereket will be put in the same cell, and their will be peace and prosperity in the entire horn of Africa!

  7. hora
    | #7

    WEYANE ALERDY SAID HIS RULE COME THROUGH BLOOD SHED WAR .NO ONE TAKE IT BY CARD OR ANY OTHER PEASCEFULL METHED.HE SAID MANY TIMES. HE PUT IN PRACTICE AND KILLED IN THOUSANDS OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS ETHIOPIANS .WHAT DO YOU WANT NOW? . ARE YOU WAITING TO BELIEVE UNTIL YOU DIE .THE ONLY WAY IS TO FIGHT BY ALL MEANS .ALL ANTI WEYANE ETHIOPIANS MUST BE STAND TOGHTER AND THROW WHAT EVER YOU HAVE LIFE ,MONEY , ENERGY AND ABLITY AND REMOVE HIM FROM THE HOUSE OF MINILIK PERIOD.

  8. Goniche
    | #8

    WHAT IS BEEN SAID NOW HAD BEEN SAID FOR THE LAST TWO DECADES. MELES IS WELL AWARE OF THIS FACT AND HE IS SITTING COMFORTABLY ON HIS SWIVEL CHAIR AND DOING WHAT EVER HE LIKES REGARDLESS WHAT THE CONSEQUENCES WOULD BE ON THE PART OF THE PEOPLE OF ETHIOPIA. NOW IT IS THE TIME TO TAKE ACTION THAN TALKING SAME ISSUE TIME AND AGAIN.
    LOCALIY, EVERY ETHIOPIAN SHOULD BOYCOT THE SO CALLED 2000 ELECTION AND TO USE THAT DAY AND SUBSQUENT DAYS FOR PEACEFUL DEMONESTRATION UNTIL WOYANE RELINQUISHES POWER.
    IN THE DIASPORA, THEY SHOULD ESTABLISH AN EXILE TRANSITIONAL GOVERNMENT AHEAD OF TIME WHICH COULD TAKE OVER THE GOVERNMENT MACHINERIES FROM WOYANE.
    A QUESTION

  9. አረጋው
    | #9

    ችግሩ ከኛው ነው, ወሬ በዛና መንገደኛውን ቦዘኔ ወያኔንን የሚያጠፋ ጠፋ:: ሁልት ነገር በአስቸኻይ መደረግ ያለበት ወሬኛው ድርጅት አቋቁሞ ወያኔንና ረጅዎቹን ማጋለጥና ተጠያቂ ማድረግና የወያኔ ካድሬዎችን ከየጉድጋዱ አውጥቶ ማንነታቸውን ማወቅ ነው::

    አማባሳደሩ መከራ ለመከረው ወያኔ ምክር እሰጣለሁ ብለው ጊዚያቸውን ከሚያጠፉ ትግሉን ወደፊት የማይገፊት:: ወያኔንን የሚያቆዩት ግራ የተጋቡ ሙሁራኖች ናቸው:: ወረቀጥ ላይ ከማጻፍ ማልፍ አለቻሉም አልፈውም ካለእንሱ ምንም እንዳይደረግ ጠልፎ ማልፍ ሆነ ሰራቸው::

    ስለወያኔ ተጨማሪ ማወቅ አንፈልግም የመሪ ማጣጥ ነው ችግሩ ወይን መምራት ወይን የሚመራን መደገፍ; የውሸት ድርጅት እያቋቋሙ ሌላውን ማኮላሸት ሆኖ ስራቸው:: የሰው ያለህ ያሰኛል

  10. habesaw
    | #10

    hey all bulls back to home and live what ethiopian life. u ve nothing to do there just turinafa bicha. here we ethiopian are not what u are look alike.

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