A NEW WAVE OF RACIST ONSLAUGHT ON ETHIOPIAN MINORITY ETHNIC GROUPS. By Hilina Negassa
“ . . . All politicians from the south earned the post they assumed.”
Tsegaye Chama | December 1, 2010
“It was on his academic merit and achievement that he (His Excellency Hailemariam Desalegn ) was employed by the Higher Education Commission.”
Tsegaye Chama | December 1, 2010
If this article is not written by “His Excellency Meles Zenawi, the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia” himself, or his associates, it is on “His Excellency Meles Zenawi, the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia’s” desk, right now, for an award.
If this is telling of a story of Ethiopia as seen by Meles Zenawi, I have no problem. Indeed that is what he sees. The problem I have is when he insists that I see it that way. Tsegaye Chama correctly wrote: “Immediately, following the announcement of power sharing (of the senior positions) in the new cabinet; two groups pursuing two different perspectives emerged:” Excellent observation! But he forgot to clearly put the two groups. He was so much obsessed with himself as Meles Zenawi does, he focused on his group and what he thinks the other group should be. That is not how it works. I am not here to start name calling and disrespect the reader. I am here to deal with the facts.
Fact Number One: I do not know “Deputy Premier and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, His Excellency Hailemariam Desaleng”. Thus I write from the beginning that I am not going to evaluate the qualifications of him, to mischaracterize him, or to dehumanize him. My problem is not “His Excellency Hailemariam Desaleng”. My problem is what is going on in Ethiopia. As for your article, I will show the reader what the second group you forgot sees the reality behind the appointment.
As I read this article, my admiration for Meles Zenawi went up over the roof. He is excellent. He is smart. He knows the game he is in. Those who are on the other hand are not in the game. I do not know if they understand the game. By now everybody knows there is no EPRDF, there is no TPLF, and there is no political organization. Meles and what Meles wants is the game. As he has been doing for the last 20 years, he gives the opposition a little home work and while the opposition is engaged in self destructive fighting, he goes on to create a new home work for the opposition. This is the game he is in. The new home work for the opposition is fight amongst your selves on majority-minority assignments.
The earlier home works were: armed struggle vs peaceful struggle; joining parliament or not joining parliament; boycotting this or that and not boycotting it; Kinijit’s way or Hibret’s way; demonstrating here or there or not demonstrating; cooperating with Eritrea or not cooperating with Eritrea; the list goes on.
I choose to write this article not to engage with Tsegaye Chama, “the supposed writer” of the “Attacks on fair cabinet, ethnic minority group December 1, 2010” (I know he will use this to mean that I wrote minorities can not write this kind of articles – you are welcome!) but to bring to the reader the game Meles Zenawi is engaged in.
Let us look what kind of Ethiopia this article tries to show us. Because we do not know it:
“It was on his academic merit ( he being ‘His Excellency Hailemariam Desaleng’) and achievement that he was employed by the Higher Education Commission.”
Where does this kind of Ethiopia, where one is employed by his/her merit exist? Did he not write a little above this line:
“Unfairness of the assessment procedures was awful; subjectivism and nepotism were so rampant . . . ”
Whish Ethiopia are you talking about?
Let me forget Tsegaye Chama and focus on you the reader. I do this because when I read:
My message to His Excellency Meles Zenawi, the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia is that this cabinet is a living testimony of an all-embracing Ethiopia. WELL DONE! History is on your side and on the side of all-embracing Ethiopia.
It was clear to me why this article is written, who wrote it, who it is written to, and the time it is written. So, let us fight!!! Let us segregate the websites we are going to and those we do not want to go to. Let us go only to those chat rooms that accept our views. The game is on!!!
Dear reader: This is the ultimate target Meles wants to take the opposition to. Fight on the basis of minority vs. majority, the significant vs. less significant people. I know from experience this topic is going to be in the media for a while. But why? Who is to blame here? Is it not the opposition that elected Dr. Beyene Petros and Dr. Merara Gudina to lead the Hibret Coalition? Is it not the opposition that elected Dr. Birhanu Nega to Kinijit leadership and late to be mayor of Addis Abeba? Why will you have any discussion at all in the media? Is it not the opposition that clamped Addissu Legesse, Berket Simeon, Aba Dulla, Seyum Mesfin, Abay Tsehay, Sibhat Nega, and the like and showed who they are? These incompetent, nepotistic, and corrupt individuals were not from the minority this article tries to favor. These were the primary criminals that are responsible to put Ethiopia where it is today. We say what they are not because of where they are from but of what they did. So, let us face it: this is the game Meles wants us to play. Let us not fall for it and choose our own way.
Our way is the united way. We have a situation where a despot is ruling the country assigning his family like most dictators; like the rulers of North Korea, Syria, etc. Why did Meles give the position to “His Excellency Hailemariam Desaleng”? Is it because he loves the minorities so much? He kicked out Seyoum Mesfin, Addissu Legesse to replace them with “His Excellency Hailemariam Desaleng” because he hates Tigreans, Amaras, and Oromos and loves the South minorities! Or is it to further his political maneuver to stay in power?
Message to the opposition! It is not what Meles does but what we must do that is important to discuss about. His homework is not ours but his. Let us do our homework. Let us be united and move forward. Let us not focus on what we think are our differences but what will save our country and give us a chance to discuss our differences. Let us discuss this in websites, chat rooms and the radio.