“ Disinviting Birtukan “ – What next? by Tadesse Admassu, Toronto

October 24th, 2010 Print Print Email Email

Esfana’s executive commitee’s decision to turn down voice of the majority of Board members is the hottest issue our compatriots in the diaspora appear to be currently engaged with. It is not that unexpected from the very nature of those at the helm of Esfana that Birtukan is disinvited, What Esfana executive leadership stands for has never been in conformity to the needs and aspiration s of the Ethiopian people That is one fundamental difference Birtukan has exhibited all along her golden youth life. As a charismatic leader, she has won the hearts and minds of the entire Ethiopian population.. There has never been a single politician , in our moden times , so much adored and highly reputed like Bitrtukan.

As a household name, home and abroad alike, Birtukan has increasingly earned the reputation of a future champion of peace , justice and democracy . Birtukan, the citrus fruit each household likes to peel , squeeze and sip, has proven herself as the darling daughter and sister of the cross section of the Ethiopian population.. Her enemies are just the few in power and the beneficiaries of this very corrupt political dynasty of the duo; Meles and hs wife. Unlike the duo , Birtukan is best known for her bravery, indispensibility, rationality, tenacity, , unwavering principle , kindness, affectionate and national glamour ( B.I.R.T.U.K.A.N)

As a shining political star with international celebrity status , politicians and parlameterians of most countries have debated her jail and denounced the regime and called for her immediate release. The entire period Meles put her to jail , Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have both brought to worlds attention that she is a prisoner of conscience suffering in the hands of most notorious regime in the face of this world She was the undisputed political prisoner whose jail was orchestrated by Meles and chronies to dismantle and annihilate any popular opposition voice. It is proven again and again that Meles could not afford similar loss this tme and his political strategy was to leave opposition in dissarray by incarcerating the most credible rallying political leader.

Why have Esfan’s executives failed to recognize Birtukan’ s position as both a national and international figure? Esfana is more about the business venture than the soccer tournament or cultural activities. If their dream is about earning millions of dollars , well , they have to potentially attract a larger crowd to host cities.. It makes business sense that the larger the crowd will bring in more ticket sales to the arena and vendors can equally capitalize on such big turn outs. Esfana’s executives appear to be blinded with hand outs from the Sheik and privilages at Sheraton Addis. Forget the cheque from the Sheik. With genuine governance practices, Esfana could generate millions of revenue from attracting more spectators and businesses alike. Introduce and implement a stricter code of conduct and dismantle the Sheraton Addis privilages those corrupt executives are enjoying from auctioning Esfanas well laid out missions.

Esfana’s executives failed to recognize that inviting Birtukan would pull up their rock bottom reputation. When individual clubs are considering regional federations and tourbaments, Esfana must think twice before it is even late. The public is in favour of local neighborly states tournaments and the future of Esfana
appears in jeopardy. It must reorganize itself and take immediate corrective measures to guarantee its future survival. In addition, inviting Birtukan will definitely heal the wounds polarizing the governing body and also upgrade its profile as our most viable cultural movement in North America.

It is just a simple fact that recognizing a star who has earned the love and respect of millions is a straregic move for the success of any event. It is a move to ally with the millions who adore her. It is a strategy to attract tens of thousands to the tournament. More vendors will be interested to take part as they see it as a great opportunity to sell more and maximize revenue. Again, ticket sales to matches will obviously grow in relation to the greater crowd coming from all corners of the world as piligrims to this annual event. Who the guest of honour equally matters for any vendor or a family or group destined to socialize in the once long acclaimed annual event

Finally, I appeal to club leaders and members of Esfana’s board to come up with a a joint action plan to expose the corrupt governance practices and rekindle the spirit of the cultural movement embracing every Ethiopian in North America. . Stand up and challenge those opportunists who live in hand out cheques from the Sheikh This is aid money woyanes are looting from Ethiopians starving to death. The Sheikh is just the conduit to such gross embezzlment in return to generous kick backs in major industries. He continues to serve as a clearing house where woyanes or their other agents cannot reach out directly for tactical or other reasons.

I challenge the organizers at the host city Atlanta and all Ethiopians in North America to express your frustration against Esfana’s leadeship gang and hold them responsible for the unfortunate outcome that boycot is imminent. The future of ESFANA is at stake . No one wants the “Dedebit” gang wholly controlling the leadership of ESFANA. Who knows what is cooking? ESFANA might join the business empires of MIDROC or EFFORT. Should we wait and see until Esfana registers as North American wing of Dedebit sport club ? Not at all.

Act now and save ESFANA. Let’s meet and greet our darling; BIRTUKAN , the brave ,indispensible ,rational, tenacious, unwavering, kind, affectionate and nationalist shining star at the forth coming Atlanta event

  1. Gemede Kassa
    | #1

    You must be totally out of your mind to express your anger, very narrow minded Birtukan may be a hero to her supporters,not….. EsFANA can not represent politics.Have some room to entertain differences,

  2. Ittu Aba Farda
    | #2

    I say let’s leave this mother of a young child alone. Can you imagine how that little angel had been traumatized the whole time her mom was incarcerated? So leave Birtukan alone. I have read on this very website what she told leaders of her party. She wants to raise her daughter and look after her aging mother. Right? We are living here far away from trials and tribulations that her family went through for more almost 5 years. If we want to invite someone who is notable for the occasion, why not invite Ana Gomez or other past famous Ethiopian who are still alive? So leave her alone, I say out loud and very clear.

  3. Drama
    | #3

    THERE ARE THREE ORGANIZATIONS THAT WOYANNE HAS INFILTRATED IN THE DIAPORA.
    1. ESFNA
    2. THE ETHIOPIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
    3. EPRP
    NOW, THERE MIGHT BE MEMBERS FROM ALL THREE ORGANIZATIONS THAT MIGHT DISAGREE, BECAUSE THEY DON’T KNOW WHO STARTED THE INFILTRATION. THE INFILTRATION IS DONE BY THOSE WHO CLAIM THAT THEY ARE BUSINESS WO(MEN) IN EHTIOPIA. THEY NEVER WILL TELL YOU THEY ARE POLITICIANS, PRIESTS, OR COMMUNITY LEADERS, BUT THEY JUST WORK IN GROUPS. GROUPS OF FRIENDS, RELATIVES, INTERMARRIES ETHNIC GROUPS, BLA, BLA… JUST LIKE THE OLD BACKWARD HYPOCRITIC COLONIAL WAYS. THEY RUN IN THE NAME OF EDUACTION AND BUSINESS, BUT THEY DON’T KNOW HOW TO DO IT WELL EVEN THEIR SCRAFY COLLEGE DEGREES. I AM SORRY TO SAY FOR THE MOST OF THEM THAT THEY ARE NOTHING BUT IDIOTS. APART FROM THE IDIOTS IN THESE ORGANIZATIONS, THERE ARE THE FEW “HODAMS” THAT CAN’T MAKE GOOD EARNINGS IN THE USA OR EUROPE WHO SOLD OUT THESE ETHIOPIAN ORGANIZATIONS FOR THEIR INTEREST. THEY ARE THE ONCE WHO SOLICIT FOR WOYANE IN THE NAME OF BUSINESS IN ETHIOPIA AND ABROAD TODAY. THE FUNNY PART IS, THEY THINK THEY ARE SMART AND TRY TO DICTATE THE ETHIOPIAN PEOPLE HOW TO DEVELOP THEMSELVES. OUR BELOVED, “SMART WANNA BE ECONOMIST” ELENI GEBRESAILOUT IS A PRODUCT OF THIS SHAMEFUL LOSER DIASPORA NETWORK. IT IS UPTO YOU EHTIOPIANS TO CHASE OUT THESE ILL FOUNDED INDIVIDUALS FROM THESE ORGANIZATIONS. DON’T LET THEM BRAKE YOU APART IN THE CHURCHES AS WELL.

  4. Girma Ayalew
    | #4

    Wondem, Tadesse

    You Said “Why have Esfan’s executives failed to recognize Birtukan’ s position as both a national and international figure?” what have we said when we ask Judge Bertukan to be Person of the year in 2008 and 2009 by Ethiopian Review and he has in two years in a row 2008 Esayas Afeworki person of the year and in 2009 Eritrean Minister Person of the year what have we said to ER Publisher Elias Kifle? at that time our hero Birtukan was in Jail she should have been person of the year. It looks like double standard.

  5. Yared
    | #5

    Good article and I think the ESFNA has to be restructured and to be clean from the WEYANE/Alamudi agents. This so called bord members said the are non profit organization with no affiliations with any political organization! What a BS because they were happy inviting american poltician inlcuding Obama in the past now they are telling us they are not involded in potitics. What a shame! for these pigs Brtukan is a very caurageaus woman who spent in dark solitary confiment for more 6 months for human right issue and she desere more than this because she stands against tyranny while this ESFNA pigs flirt with the tyrant. So i will say the majority ethiopin need to stand up against this conspiracy from TPLF/Alamudi camp and show this losers that their ESFNA is nothing withoout the respect for the majority ethiopians.

  6. Kuribachew
    | #6

    Ittu Aba Farda and Gemede Kassa, I will bet my bottom dollar you are one person. There is a saying in amharic “Azagn kibe anguach” as if you are concerned about the well-being of Birtukan’s daughter, you ask as to leave Birtukan alone. This is an old tactic (gizew yalefebet). Your real goal is that you don’t want to see Birtukan disinvited (you smell woyane from a mile away)(le mayawqish tategni)

  7. Ababa
    | #7

    The truth is ESFNA had violated IRS Non profit Tax exempt status for several reasons. I agree with you inviting honorable Judge Birtuka will also violated the IRS code tax exempt again but The IRS need Ethiopian Whistleblower. The Whistleblowers Office, which was established by the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, will process tips received from individuals who spot tax violation.

    In summary ESFNA should invite Birtukan and enjoye the IRS Taxt Exempt status (c) until IRS find out that ESFNA had violated IRS staus long time. This way ESFNA will make the Dispora happy. The Dispora owns ESFNA.

    ESFNA is a profit company for few in the name of bringing Ethiopian together. It is the most corrupted organization. They survived 25 years because no one reported them to IRS and FBI. ESFNA survived because it was an Ethiopian organization. If ESFNA was a mainstream non profit 501 (c) organization like Red Cross, united way it would had been on the news for violating IRS non profit 501 (c) statuses. Some of the board members had been in jail or pay fines.

    Let us not abuse the American system in the name of non profit. The time may not be soon but one day IRS and FBI will audit ESFNA. Watch and see

    1. ESFNA has refused to disclose its annual returns to the public despite
    the United States Internal Revenue Code. Visit http://www.esfnawatch.com.

    The United States Internal Revenue Code, CITE: 26USC6104 states the
    following:

    Tax-exempt organizations must make available for public inspection
    their annual returns (Form 990) and applications for exemption (Form
    1023), and must provide copies of such returns and applications to
    individuals who request them. Copies usually must be provided immediately in
    the case of in-person requests, and within 30 days in the case of
    written requests.

    Why did they refuse to disclose ESFNAs annual returns to the public?

    2. Al-Ahmoudi= Ethiopian Government.

    Esfna has violated IRS tax Exempt statues 501 (c) the first time ESFNA received money. ESFNA had admitted to receive over $700,000.00.

    3. Most of ESFNA incomes are generated from unrelated business such as the sale of Alcohol, concert tickets

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