ESFNA leadership still misleading stakeholders By Robele Ababya

November 3rd, 2010 Print Print Email Email

Obnoxious records of EPRDF

This time in the long history of Ethiopia is unlike any others in the magnitude of betrayal of vital national interests, grave violation of human rights and endangering regional stability. The naked invasion of Somalia by the puppet ruling regime is detrimental to the most desirable and essential neighborly relations between the peoples of the two countries for a very long time. The boss of the regime has sold Ethiopia barrel-and-stock. Meles has openly and arrogantly called his political opponents enemies of his regime. Therefore genuine Ethiopians and civic organizations functioning in the name of Ethiopia should retaliate to this threat of a leader whose agazi ruthless invading army is crushing democracy.

The regime has stolen twice in broad daylight in 2005 and subsequently in 2010 this time around by 99.6% of parliamentary seats. It found it convenient to conceal the declaration by the electoral board that it also won nearly as much in popular votes. The scene is now set for our children to take them on the march backwards to crude communism singing revolutionary democracy slogans.
The perception that a billionaire is underwriting the expenses of the regime as well as making generous financial contributions to ESFNA is unavoidable; it will continue to be a source of acrimony and mutual suspicion. The man made inroad to the corridor of power during the Derg regime; he threw a lavish party at the Hilton Hotel for the wedding of Dictator Monist’s female private secretary; it was a hot talk of the city that the wealthy man had a hidden agenda to do that. This is another good reason why tempers flare between the tiny supporters (but well-financed) of the regime and the vast majority of us who relentlessly remind the global community of the colossal damage done to our country by the brutal ruling regime, vide paragraph one above. It is reasonable to see the regime through the prism of its evil deeds at this critical time when the future of our country hangs in the balance; to seize every opportunity to retaliate. Ethiopian civic organizations such as ESFNA are morally bound to do likewise.
Misleading by ESFNA officials
ESFNA is governed by the same law as The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), which files its annual returns as an “Organization Exempt From Income Tax under section 501(c), 527, or4947(a)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code. “ Of course JFNA is huge and plays advocacy role for Israel.

It is written in the website of the Federation that “The General Assembly (GA) inspires and engages Jewish leaders, tackles the most critical issues of the day, and showcases the best of the Federation movement. The GA plenaries, forums and workshops feature top speakers from the political, business and nonprofit arenas.” So, Jewish leaders invariably address the General Assembly irrespective of their political party affiliations in Israel. For example, the current Prime Minister of Israel is scheduled to address the GA this month in November 2010. In principle a legitimate Ethiopian leader can also address ESFNA at its annual event. But Meles is NOT a legitimate Prime Minister.

Therefore it stands to reason that ESFNA can also play the role of advocacy for human rights, nothing will prevent it from doing so. The least it can do is invite political leaders with impeccable records as guests of honor as it had done before. Attorney Shakespeare N. Feyissa has elucidated this issue from the legal point of view supported by historical facts of past practices of ESFNA regarding invitation of guests of honor- vide his article entitled ESFNA vs. Birtukan Mideksa: The errors, posted on and on 23 October 2010.

Quintessential nature of liberty, freedom and equality

Mr. Ephrem Madebo in his article entitled “Does the Letter “E” in ESFNA Stand for Ethiopia?” – posted on on 22 October 2010 – wrote the following:

“The late Yidnekachew Tessema, the undisputed father of modern sports in Ethiopia, was a man who effectively used sports to create closeness, peace, and understanding between people. Mr. Yidnekachew hailed from a highly political and uniquely poetic family, but during his lifelong service to our nation and to the African continent at large; Yednekachew clearly identified the fine line between sports and politics. He knew and understood where sport and politics differ and where they relate to each other.”

Furthermore, Ephrem cites the striking example of 28 African nations led by Yednekachew Tesemma that requested the International Olympics Committee (IOC) to ban New Zealand from the 1976 Olympic Games in Montréal, because its (NZ’s) all-black rugby team was playing in apartheid South Africa at the same time. When the IOC declined to their request on grounds that sports should be free from politics, the African Nations disagreed. Indeed “what mattered was freedom and equality

The law in a democratic society protects the liberty, freedom and equality of every citizen of that society. There is nothing in the ESFNA bye-laws, it being consistent with higher laws of the USA that would prohibit it from upholding these basic values in the United States.

Closing remarks

Our country is on the brink of catastrophe. It is not a normal situation. We are contending with a destructive brutal leader who calls us his enemies. After two stolen elections he is brainwashing the young generation to adore a one party state. This dire situation has to be reversed. ESFNA has advocacy role to play as part of its input to stop gross abuse of human rights in Ethiopia known to the global community.
It would be foolhardy to believe that the ESFNA is not penetrated or influenced by TPLF cadres who would leave no stone unturned to steer the organization in favor of their masters including the billionaire. It is sad that the majority fell in their trap in the name of breaking bye-laws to reverse the decision to invite the elected guest of honor.
Colonel Abdisa Aga broke out from high security prison in Fascist Italy and joined the guerrilla forces of Marshal Tito at their mountain hideout and dealt hell to the invaders on their home turf; he commanded his own forces and flew the tri-color Ethiopian flag Green, Yellow and Red; Zerai Deresse cut the throat of Italians in Rome and gave his life rather than see the flag of his country mocked; Abraha and Asgedom threw bomb at Graziani as he was preparing to make a speech in Addis Ababa. All these courageous patriots broke the laws of the invader for liberty and freedom. It is a pity ESFAN leadership failed to invite a human rights champion even when it didn’t have to circumvent its bye-laws in anyway.
This brings me to the cardinal question whether ESFAN would at its annual event allow the flag of the regime imposed on the Ethiopian people.

Release all political prisoners in Ethiopia!

Comments are closed.