Mr. Obang Metho Addresses Ethiopian at “Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa Conference on Governance, Peace, Security and Development,” Washington, DC

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Embracing Truth: A Means to End a Culture of Impunity in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa (more…)

Embracing Truth: A Means to End a Culture of Impunity in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa

First, I would like to thank those who organized this meeting—Advocacy for Ethiopia and the Ethiopian National Priorities Consultative Process for their excellent job in creating this historic event. We need more meetings like this and I hope it is beginning to not only talk, but that it will lead to action that will benefit all of us. It has been a wonderful experience so far to come together to listen, to learn and to hear different views on a region of the world about which we all care deeply.

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  1. aha!
    | #1

    Mr. Obang Metho has clobbered on the every regime from Feudal and Crime of Haile Sellasie, Red Terror of Dergue and TPLF/eprdf and/or perhaps Tigrai-Harena/fdd/efdr by association, as the mirror image of TPLF/eprdf by association, which is anchored with ethnic-based agenda, and yet talking about national agenda on democracy, healthcare and the economy from a national perspective and not from the perspective of Ethinic agenda, where in all those aspects a comparison is evident than a contrast between the two than between KAEUP, EDP and others and TPLFeprdf regime. These parties stand up for liberal ideology where individual freedom is at the core of liberal democracy. Why is conference is hammering on governanace, security, peace and development in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa, while evading the basic element of freedom of individual in all walks of life for the last 19 years, than has ever have ever have been before supporimposed with ethnic and/or seccssionist agenda supported by the coalition of loyalist opposition parties of coalition, called Medrek or the would be Tigrai-Harena/fddd/efdr, similar to the divide and rule policy of TPLF/eprdf regime.

    The conference governanance, security, peace and development as general and broader concepts do not address the prevailing disparty and the opposition parties in terms of national agenda: Ethiopian Nationalism and Ethiopian Interst at hand. Further-more the consideration for better relations and/or unity with Ethiopia depends on the genuine struggle of the people of Ertitrea to undergo the same process of liberating themselves from their form of dictatorship, although it may not be ethnic dictatorship, not through a conference on governance, security, peace and development, when the the element to form a democratic government is is not empowered, that of individual irregardless of ethnicity to elect elect a party that of the people by the people and that governs by the consent of the governed. That party does not exist within those with ethnic agenda.

  2. Assta B. Gettu
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    Obang Metho, a strong supporter of a particular group of people who might have suffered discrimination followed by genocide under the leadership of Meles Seitanawi (Zenawi) calls the existing unity of Ethiopia – a unity that has been kept for centuries by the mighty Ethiopian Christian kings, including His Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie, the defender of the Ethiopian unity and the father of Ethiopian modern education, freedom and liberty, a fake unity.

    If, in fact, the Ethiopian unity were a fake unity as Mr. Metho repeatedly claims, all the Ethiopian provinces might have been disintegrated long time ago, and the name Ethiopia could have been erased from the map of Africa, but thanks to the great Ethiopian Christian Emperors, Ethiopia is still a united Christian kingdom, and it remains so for ever until its enemies who want to see its demise are completely wiped out from this land of Christianity.

    Mr. Metho, it is okay you are not part of this Ethiopian unity as you firmly assert: “Faking unity is a tool to deceptively carry on impunity and I will never be part of this.”

    By calling the three-thousand years old Ethiopian unity “a fake unity,” you will prolong the justice that has to come through this Ethiopian unity and avenge the Anuak, your people and my people and punish the perpetrators. It is this unity of Ethiopia that you call a fake unity that brought Ethiopia a pyrrhic victory at Adwa; it is this unity that you don’t want to be part of it that drove Graziani out of Ethiopia, and it is this unity that has made Ethiopia the beacon of freedom in the continent of Africa. It is indeed for this unity that the Ethiopian Freedom Fighters are risking their lives and fighting day and night in one of the Ethiopian jungles, leaving behind their loved ones.

    So, how dare you say the unity of Ethiopia is a fake one while all Ethiopians including your Oromia are abiding by the rule of the Ethiopian unity that kept them together up to this day?

    Out of your pure hatred toward the Amhara people, you have accused Emperor Haile Selassie as a dictator, and that impunity, cover-up of a crime, was one of his legacies. First of all, His Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie was not a dictator, and you must understand the distinct difference between a dictator and a Christian monarch King.

    Under His Majesty, there had always been freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of owning one’s own property, and freedom of running one’s own business; however, under a dictatorship, there is no freedom of the press; there is no freedom of speech and freedom of owning one’s own land. It was under the leadership of Dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam that over 500,000 Ethiopians lost their lives, and it was under the leadership of Dictator Meles Seitanawi that the Anuak people were slaughtered in 2003 and over 200 people were gunned down during day time on May 7, 2005 on the street of Addis Ababa. Such disgusting crimes never happened during the time of Emperor Haile Selassie; therefore, it is not a fair characterization of Emperor Haile Selassie as a person of immunity – a person who had covered up the crimes of his own family or the crimes of his ministers or his army generals. If you believe there was a cover up of major crimes during the time of King Haile Selassie, say it openly, and let us hear it so that we can join you in condemning him. Please, refrain from insulting that great Emperor of ours, King Haile Selassie and stop adding his revered name to the black list of the criminals and real dictators – Mengistu Haile Mariam and Meles Seitanawi.

    Mr. Metho, when you said: “In Ethiopia, the rule of law has failed for over sixty years,” what do you really mean? Are you saying there was no rule of law and order during Emperor Haile Selassie? You are suppressing the facts and blaming the King for administering total peace, unity, democracy, rule of law, and justice for all Ethiopians during his long reign in Ethiopia he loved. Indeed, peace, justice, and the rule of law have faded away after his quietus – eternal rest.

    For your information, the people of Ethiopia loved their king Emperor Haile Selassie dearly, and it was not the civilians who brought him down; it was some angry personalities in the army who complained about their meager salary that brought him down. Yes, the citizens of Kyrgyzstan, not the army, have brought down their President Kurmanbek Bakiyev with the help of Russia; nevertheless, Ethiopian civilians never brought down their Christian Kings from power throughout the Ethiopian history without a valid reason, which means if the Ethiopian civilians think their king is changing his religion and embracing Islam or Catholicism, then they can rise up and bring down their leader from his or her power, and those events have been very rare.

    From your article I can easily detect you hate the old Ethiopia as you indicated: “the old Ethiopia is unacceptable….” By detesting the old Ethiopia, the old Ethiopian history, the old Ethiopian culture, the old Ethiopian Christian kings, and the old Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church, you will never get the new Ethiopia, the new Oromo, the new Finfinne, the new Oromia language as a federal language, and the new Obang Metho as the new president of the new Anuak people.

    If you want change to take place in old Ethiopia, you must appreciate old Ethiopia that has kept the unity of Ethiopia and is ready to pass its glorious history to the new Ethiopia – the new generation. The new Ethiopia you are eager to find and to get comfort from it must be built upon the old Ethiopia; the old Ethiopia must be the foundation of the new Ethiopia. It is impossible to start a new Ethiopia from a scratch, throwing away the most impressive history of the old Ethiopia.

    Back to the Biblical story: you mentioned Adam, Eve, Cain, and Abel as irresponsible people for covering up their transgressions against the rules of God.

    Of course, there was a rule of law specified to Adam and Eve not to eat any fruit from that special tree, and if they do, they both will die; however, they ate the fruit, and each one of them gave reason why they ate the fruit, and they didn’t cover up their transgressions; therefore, for Adam’s sin, we must condemn, not Adam but his wife Eve for seducing him to eat the forbidden fruit, and for Eve’s sin, we should not condemn Eve but the Serpent that tempted Eve to break the rule of God. In my opinion, Adam and Eve are free, but the clear criminal here is the Serpent, and the Serpent must be cursed and driven out of Paradise, the dwelling place of some criminals like the palace of Menelik II that has become the gathering of criminal Meles and his Woyanne cadres.

    Yet, how can we condemn Cain for murdering his brother Abel since there was no law that was given to him not to commit murder? Where did he learn to kill someone, and who taught him to terrorize his brother and finally to kill him? And why did God accept Abel’s sacrifice but reject Cain’s, and the reason why Cain killed his brother was that God had been pleased with Abel’s sacrifice but unhappy with Cain’s sacrifice?

    Since we do not know the mysteries surrounding these particular Genesis stories, we should not bring them as clear evidence for immunity or for cover up of one’s crime. We have no idea why God said: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” (Romans 9:13) It is only God who knows his own love affair with particular people and his own detestation with other people, not me, not Obang Metho, and not any one else.

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