How to bring down Meles Zenawi – By Abebe Gellaw

February 12th, 2011 Print Print Email Email

As ordinary Egyptians have erupted in jubilant euphoria at Tahrir Square and on the streets of Egypt after the fall of the three-decade long dictator Hosni Mubarak, Ethiopians in and outside of the country (more…)

As ordinary Egyptians have erupted in jubilant euphoria at Tahrir Square and on the streets of Egypt after the fall of the three-decade long dictator Hosni Mubarak, Ethiopians in and outside of the country have been keenly watching the wind of change from North Africa. We have witnessed history unfolding once again. When people are determined to be free, nothing can stop them. After an epic struggle against him, Mubarak had no choice but to surrender. The world is a better place with the fall of one more dictator. What a beautiful moment to celebrate and watch!

The momentous events in Egypt and Tunisia are testimony to the power of nonviolent struggle. When people are united and speak in one voice, nothing can stop them. No guns and tanks have stopped the peaceful revolutions that have ended tyranny and ushered in liberation to ordinary people in many countries across the world. Ethiopians also know what revolutions are like. But they have never tasted the sweetness of freedom and smelt the aroma of true liberation. The new revolution should be different from the tragic upheavals that have turned our country into a land of slaves brutalized and exploited by a handful of slave masters.

Revolution is not a new phenomenon in Ethiopia. In the last four decades alone, two toxic and bloody revolutions have occurred in our country. Both revolutions were fought in the name of a better Ethiopia and liberation but the tragic changes they have wrought made matters worse by turning our land into a much harsher prison where calling for justice and freedom is a capital crime.

The first revolution was hijacked by a band of ruthless military officers and the second one empowered not the people but a band of bandits and divisive ethnocrats that have been exploiting Ethiopia by pitting one ethnic group against another.
The 1974 Ethiopian revolution swept away the monarchy and the ruthless feudo-capitalist system that had reduced the masses to tenants with no title deeds whose fates were controlled by the archaic ruling class. Land belonged to the Emperor and his cronies making the great majority of the Ethiopian peasantry landless in their own land. It was mainly the anger toward the land tenure system and the hidden hunger in Northern Ethiopia that mobilized so many Ethiopians under the banner of land to the tiller and bread to the hungry. In a disastrous turn of events, a small group of junior military officers hijacked the revolution and emerged as the most formidable force that defined the course of the popular uprising. What started as a nonviolent movement for change ended in bloodbath when the army officers turned their guns against the idealist young men and women who had a better vision for their people. During the dark era of the Red Terror, hundreds of thousands of fellow Ethiopians were tortured and slaughtered in cold blood.

Then came another revolution that has drastically changed Ethiopia for a second time. This time round, the revolution was not a result of peaceful mass protests. It was the climax of a protracted bloody civil war that brought down the Mengistu military regime. The 1991 ethnic-based revolution was dictated by two northern rebel groups that speak the same language, i.e. the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TEPLF) and the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front (EPLF). With the full complicity of the TPLF, EPLF seceded Eritrea and declared independence. TPLF monopolistically controlled state power in Ethiopia and chose the colonial way of “power sharing” with its subservient puppet ethnic liberation groups it organised and created in its own image.
In the last two decades, the nation has been divided into two major groups, i.e. those who accept the supremacy and tyranny of the Meles and his cronies and those who have rejected the new TPLF-power arrangement. The pro-TPLF camp has been organised under various ethnic liberation fronts created, funded and controlled by none other than the TPLF. The anti-TPLF camp, represent those who have been totally excluded from the political arrangement. Anyone opposed to the TPLF dictatorship is labelled as “anti-peace and anti-people”.

As it stands now, the anti-TPLF camp, i.e. the entire people of Ethiopia, minus the ruling ethnic junta and its puppets, have only one parliamentary seat and two seats in local governments. In simple terms, while the TPLF controls almost everything in Ethiopia, the oppressed people of Ethiopia have been excluded from economic and political power. Within the hierarchical TPLF clan in power, Meles Zenawi enjoys absolute power as he is accountable neither to God nor to the people of Ethiopia. During the last fraudulent parliamentary election, TPLF and its puppets “won” by 99.6 per cent. The regional elections were even worse; TPLF took it all by over 99.999 per cent. This is not democracy but thievery at its worst.

The army is controlled by TPLF loyalists. Almost all the generals that have key positions in the army are TPLF members from one minority ethnic group and handpicked by Meles Zenawi. The economy is significantly dominated by two conglomerates. The billionaire Sheik Mohammed Al Amoudi, who has lost the respect of the Ethiopian people when he publicly declared to be a TPLF loyalist in 2005, has managed to have a significant share in many sectors of the economy. Nonetheless, the privileged Endowment Fund for the Rehabilitation of Tigray (EFFORT) has emerged as the unchallenged monopoly that pays neither income tax nor opens its accounts for external audit.

Nobody has access to EFFORT’s astounding wealth except Meles Zeanwi, his wife and his most trusted loyalists like masters of corruption Abadi Zemu, Arkebe Ekubay and Getachew Belay. After Meles appointed his wife, Azeb Mesfin, who is widely known as the first lady of corruption, as head of his business conglomerate, it turned out that EFFORT is nothing but a family business making billions of birr in annual profit. While EFFORT controls the fate of the Ethiopian economy, the stake of the TPLF in foreign aid is managed by two domineering NGOs called the Relief Society of Tigray (REST) and the Tigray Development Association (TDA). The exploitative ethnic apartheid Meles and his cohorts have imposed on the people of Ethiopia has reduced the nation into Africa’s most explosive powder keg that can erupt any time.

Ethiopia under Meles is more unjust than ever before. The poor people of Ethiopia are being exploited and the leeches in power have been sucking the blood of the nation. While in public TPLF preaches about state ownership of land, in reality it is leasing and selling the most virgin and irrigable land that can ensure food security for generations to come to foreign corporations mainly from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, India and China to grow food and cash crop for their own market. Under this illegal and unfair arrangement, poor peasants are being chased away from their birthplace. Out of desperation, so many peasants, who have lost their livelihoods, have ended up being slaves for the foreign entities and TPLF merchants exploiting their land and resources illegally.

Nearly ten million peasants and their families still survive on food aid. The handouts given to them are so little that they barely survive but still starve and suffer unimaginable indignity and humiliation. They can neither raise serious questions nor complain. If they do, the ruthless ruling party goons will punish them. They will lose food aid.

In cities across Ethiopia, the ruling TPLF clan and their cronies show off their loots. They compete among each other to show off their villas, luxury cars, import goods, gold and diamond. And yet, the greater majority cannot afford to eat. They cannot afford to have a decent meal once a day despite the fact that Zenawi’s first promise was to make Ethiopia a breadbasket, where food would be available to all. What he has created instead is a hell for the majority and a heaven for the selected few TPLF elite who dine and wine with no limits and relax at Al Amoudi’s Sheraton Luxury Collection at the expense of the poor people of Ethiopia. This is not the Ethiopia its citizens have been dreaming of. This is not the Ethiopia that any citizens want to be part of. That is the very reason why Ethiopians need to dismantle the exploitative ethnic apartheid and create a country where every Ethiopian is free and equal.

The time for a revolution is long overdue. TPLF’s ethnic apartheid has survived for the last two decades not because of its strength but because of the fact that the people of Ethiopia have not found inspirational leaders that are capable of uniting and mobilizing them for the epic battle for freedom and break off their chains and shackles once and for all.
TPLF is a house of cards. It is fundamentally weak as it is founded on the ideologies of oppression, injustice, exploitation, domination, discrimination, corruption, thievery and fraud driven by a greedy colonialist mindset. The only reason why it is still riding roughshod over our people is because those who have stepped forward to be leaders of the freedom march have been preoccupied with their own infighting.

The time for self-promotion, empty promises and bravados must come to an end. Leaders as well as followers must focus on the real issues that really matter to ordinary Ethiopians. People who have resolved to change their destiny no longer need undemocratic leaders that preach about democracy and freedom. It is impossible to bring liberation without a clear vision. To be free of tyranny and oppression is a simple and powerful vision that can mobilize anyone suffering under the boots of Meles Zenawi and his cronies.

Land to the tiller and bread to the hungry are simple dreams for all. The end of injustice, indignity and tyranny should be a priority. For these to happen, credible leadership that never wavers must emerge not from the outdated elites but from the ordinary people. Ethiopians need leaders that speak the simple language of freedom, justice and equality. There is no need of calling every professor and doctor to be leaders as revolution is not an academic debate. There is also no need of recycling failed leaders that have shattered the aspirations and dreams of the people of Ethiopia to reclaim their dignity.

The momentous events in North Africa have reawakened the spirit of revolution in countries like Ethiopia where ruthless tyrants have been abusing, oppressing and exploiting their own people. Revolutions won’t come without a determination to revolt. Revolt against injustice a heroic act. It is a holy cause that is worthy of sacrifice. Ethiopians have to be determined to liberate a square where they will vent out their anger, defy tyranny and declare their freedom. The day should come when all Ethiopians should sing “Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty we are free at last….”
As we have witnessed in the unfolding history in North Africa, bringing down a reviled tyrant like Zenawi is not a difficult task when people start speaking in one voice. In the second part of this piece, I will try to deal with practical strategies of nonviolent struggle in the Ethiopian context.

  1. Nubiya (Afriq)
    | #1

    “Apple never fall far from the tree” all African leaders are the same.

    WOW great article,99.6% Mr. Zenawi elected make me sick. Can we unite and make history rid of Life time presidents.

  2. smetawinet ahunm ke40 ametat behuwala ayawatam
    | #2

    I expected a lot from this writer when I noticed his name. But he disappointed me by not addressing the major issues, which he’s not going to address it in his second part of his article_lessons to be learned …methods which we could develop based on our reality…the causes and means of overcoming the weakness (?) of the opposition in our country…
    This writer dared to write the following : “…Land to the tiller and bread to the hungry are simple dreams for all. The end of injustice, indignity and tyranny should be a priority. For these to happen, credible leadership that never wavers must emerge not from the outdated elites but from the ordinary people. Ethiopians need leaders that speak the simple language of freedom, justice and equality. There is no need of calling every professor and doctor to be leaders as revolution is not an academic debate. There is also no need of recycling failed leaders that have shattered the aspirations and dreams of the people of Ethiopia to reclaim their dignity…”
    This part of the article forced me to ask myself whether this writer is the person I know befre and admire.
    Specificaly the part which reads as follows : “…There is also no need of recycling failed leaders that have shattered the aspirations and dreams of the people of Ethiopia to reclaim their dignity…” infuriated me a lot. This part of the article tells us a lot about the writer’s understanding of our past history …
    The young generation doesn’t need such generalization. Such generalizations are main causes for our disoranization…Tell us who are the so called failed leaders? Why did they fail? We should learn from their failures. A lot can be said regarding such views and ideas…
    I hope the writer may visit this part of his article in his second article…
    Another mistake of the writer is that he’s telling us we can bring change by following the Egyptians. The two countries are very different.
    Bellittiling ones enemy is a grave mistake in politics as politicians tell us. Meles and his cronies have more than enough aminution to stand the heat…so the our youngsters should not be missled …they should be organised accordingly…The scars we had from previous revolutions are not yet healed. You should be realistic to bring the so callede detemination for revolution/s.

  3. Desideratum
    | #3

    Both the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions tell us that dictators
    including ours,are not strong and immortal.The people are the really lasting and mighty forces.No one can truly stand in their ways.
    We have seen the back of the Tunisian dictator.Soon after,the Pharaoh has departed.It is probable that there is more yet to come in other places.The hope and excitement of the people,the self discovery of their power,their Revolution are all here.This is the triumphant march of history.
    Let every dictator in every country,including Meles,quake and tremble in fear.

  4. muzeyin issa
    | #4

    It would be good to know why these guys won almost all the seats. That sounds very strange. The rest of what the article says would have a lot more credibility if there was a way to provide evidence for the claims. Supporting documents, publications, etc would be very useful. I live far away from home so it is hard to know what is true and what is a fabrication. It would be good to explore ways of addressing this problem.

  5. Gash Polisu,
    | #5

    Good article, Abe!

    But as one of my friends (#2) pointed out above, why do we fear to single out the failed leaders and tell them to show us their back? when we say “failed leaders” categorically, the reader may not know who they are. There are genuine leaders but who have been unable to deliver because of TPLF’s bestial mentality and lack of determined support from ordinary followers. There are also those who have failed us reaptedly because of their sectretive agenda and personal interest. Some like Bertukan seem to have given up after testing the brutal mental and pysical torture of TPLF.

  6. Anonymous
    | #6

    Do not say lot come to Ethiopia and try it

  7. go ethiopia
    | #7

    Ethiopians must unite as one and take this thug out over power.

  8. ይሄይስ
    | #8

    “የሞኝ ልቅሶ መልሶ መላልሶ” አለ ያገሬ ሰው። ስልጣን ላይ ያሉ ሰዎች የሚፈጥሙትን ጥፋት አቶ አበበ ለማን ነው የምትነግረው? የሰለቸን ነገር እሱ ነው። አሁን የሚያስፈልገን እንዳንተ አይነቱ አጉራ ዘለል ያዙኝ ልቀቁኝ ባይ ሳይሆን ሳይንሳዊ በሆነ መንገድ ትግላችን የጎደለው ነገር ምን እንደሆነ፡የሚተነትንልን፡ ፖለቲካዊ ሽግሽግ ያስፈልገን እንደሆን የሚጠቁመን ምሁር ነው። Recycled failed leaders የሚለው ቋንቋህ በጣም አጸያፊ ነው። ኢትዮጵያዊ ግብረ ገብነት እንደሌለህ ያሳያል። አዳዲስ መሪዎች ያስፈልጉናል ማለት ያባት ነው ነገር ግን በስካሁኑ ትግል ያቅማቸውን ያህል ትግሉን የመሩትን ሰዎች እንደ አሮጌ ቁና መወርወር አይገባም። ወያኔዎችን House of cards ማለትህ ያስቃል። ቢሆኑማ በምን እድላችን። ጠላት አይናቅም። ለማንኛውም ይሄ ጽሁፍ በበርጫ የተጻፈ ሳይሆን አይቀርም።

  9. Anonymous
    | #9

    Are you hopefull? I thimk it is only nightmare because the Ethiopian people who you are.You have no any consideration about the people but your intention is to storm the nation under massive and successful development efforts.

  10. Beti
    | #10

    Dear (2)“smetawinet ahunm ke40 ametat behuwala ayawatam”

    Generally you comment is all right! But at one point you committed grave mistake! You simply said that ..”There is no need of calling every professor and doctor to be leaders as revolution is not an academic debate”. Surprising! What does it mean ! What is the need to say it! If so, please call your old stupid dictator Mengistu Hilemariam from Harare! Don’t write such ………for the public! Sorry!

  11. አስናቀ
    | #11

    አስተያየት ስጭዎችን ትችት ሳይ የአበበን ጽሁፍ ዶክተሮችና በድርጅት እርስ በርስ ጦርነት የሰጠሙ የጥቂት ሰው አምላኪዎች እንተበሳጩበት ያመላክታል:: አበበ ጀመረ እንጅ አልጨረሰም:: ይህም ሆኖ ግን የመጀመሪያዉ/ዋ አስተያየት ስጭ ሁለተኛውን ጽሁፉን ሳያይ/ሳታይ የሚጽፈውን እንደሚያውቅና/ምታውቅ በጭፍን አስተያየት ስትሰጥ ሳይ ሁሉም ነገር በጀርባ በታዘለው ስሚት ብቻ እንደሚያጠነጥን ነው የሚያሳይ:እውነታው የማይዋጥላቸው 3 ሚሊዎን ህዝብ ተነስቶ ምሩን ምሩን ሲላቸውና ሲነሳና በጥይት ሲደበደብ “አናውቀውም” “የኛ አይደሉም” እንዳላሉት ሁሉ አሁን ዉጭ አገር ሆነውና ‘ኢትዮጵያ ኮሎኒ አድርጋናለች ጠላታችን ናት’ከሚሉ ተገንጣዮች ጋር ቂጥ ለቂጥ ገጥመው ህዝብ እንዲከተላቸውና እንዲነሳ የሚጠይቁት መሪዎቹ ሊሆኑ አይችሉም!!! አበበ መጣጥፍህን ቀጥል አይዞች

  12. kush-kush
    | #12

    I thank you for the summary of the failed Ethiopian movements . What I do’nt agree: you said those who accept the supermacy & tyrany of the Melese regime . This is a wrong assumption because no one accepts tyrany and supermacy in his/her free will,but forced by the brutal and repressive regime . Second, you used the word “Apartheid” and made me very uncompfotable because the TPLF/EPLF dictators can not be taken like the south african apartheid based on color lines . But there is one fact that is they are narrow tribalist and they are master of divide and concur .Do you remember the EPLF was using the word colonialist Ethiopia ? It was very unfortunate and some ethinic movements are still in that state of mind . Dear sir, if you want us to follow you, you must stop name calling like Melese’s wife and sheik… In simple language leave the TPLF/EPLF ethinic tribalist leader wife . What we should focus is on the whole criminal regime and not on individuals . Period ! I totally agree with you that we need organized leaders . When I say leaders, those who are free from narrow ethinicity and ethnic domination . We need parties that can mobilize and lead us to vicory & we do not need dozens of them . The maximum parties we need are no more than 5 . If they are more than 4-5, the struggle for state power will be very tense and we will be loosers. Finally, you the writer said the two northern rebel groups that speak the same language . I believe that is an insult to the people of Eriteria & Tigray provinces. Dear writer, don’t you think ethinic equality is very crucial for any society ? What is not fair is to condemn the ethinic movement irresponsibly . Our movement needs and greately benefits if it embraces the Eriterian and Tigryan people . If our movement doesn’t include our two northern provinces, we will never & ever achieve our goal-dethroning TPLF/EPLF . Neither Esaias nor Melese represent the the two northern provinces because they are the DEFACTO leaders . In the end, if you do not like my response, please disregard it . Selam Tena Yistiligne .

  13. smetawinet ahunm ke40 ametat behuwala ayawatam
    | #13

    Beti :Dear (2)“smetawinet ahunm ke40 ametat behuwala ayawatam”
    Generally you comment is all right! But at one point you committed grave mistake! You simply said that ..”There is no need of calling every professor and doctor to be leaders as revolution is not an academic debate”. Surprising! What does it mean ! What is the need to say it! If so, please call your old stupid dictator Mengistu Hilemariam from Harare! Don’t write such ………for the public! Sorry!

    I invite you to go back and read my comment.I was quoting the writer_..”There is no need of calling every professor and doctor to be leaders as revolution is not an academic debate”.(This is the writer’s word.)

    Why are you relating me to Mengistu? Are you trying your best to distract us from discussing issues? Forget it. Thanks to the new tech you won’t succeed. People like you had power in the last century. You need to present your facts. …

  14. smetawinet ahunm ke40 ametat behuwala ayawatam
    | #14

    አስናቀ :አስተያየት ስጭዎችን ትችት ሳይ የአበበን ጽሁፍ ዶክተሮችና በድርጅት እርስ በርስ ጦርነት የሰጠሙ የጥቂት ሰው አምላኪዎች እንተበሳጩበት ያመላክታል:: አበበ ጀመረ እንጅ አልጨረሰም:: ይህም ሆኖ ግን የመጀመሪያዉ/ዋ አስተያየት ስጭ ሁለተኛውን ጽሁፉን ሳያይ/ሳታይ የሚጽፈውን እንደሚያውቅና/ምታውቅ በጭፍን አስተያየት ስትሰጥ ሳይ ሁሉም ነገር በጀርባ በታዘለው ስሚት ብቻ እንደሚያጠነጥን ነው የሚያሳይ:እውነታው የማይዋጥላቸው 3 ሚሊዎን ህዝብ ተነስቶ ምሩን ምሩን ሲላቸውና ሲነሳና በጥይት ሲደበደብ “አናውቀውም” “የኛ አይደሉም” እንዳላሉት ሁሉ አሁን ዉጭ አገር ሆነውና ‘ኢትዮጵያ ኮሎኒ አድርጋናለች ጠላታችን ናት’ከሚሉ ተገንጣዮች ጋር ቂጥ ለቂጥ ገጥመው ህዝብ እንዲከተላቸውና እንዲነሳ የሚጠይቁት መሪዎቹ ሊሆኑ አይችሉም!!! አበበ መጣጥፍህን ቀጥል አይዞች

    ጽሁፍዎን እንዳለ ያስቀመጥሁት መልሰው እንዲያነቡትና ራስዎትን እንዲመረምሩት ነው:: የርስዎን አካሄድ ብከተል ምን እንደምል ህልናዎ ይረዳዋል::
    የምሁራንን ሚና መናቅ ምን የሚሉት ሳይንስ ነው? አንዲት ዘለላ መረጃ ሳያቀርቡ ማጣጣል ምን ፋይዳ አለው? እጅግ የሚያሳዝነው ደግሞ በኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ ለውጥ ሊመጣ ያልቻለው በርሳቸው አባባል በጥቂት ሰዎች ጥፋት መሆኑ ነው_”…ዶክተሮችና በድርጅት እርስ በርስ ጦርነት የሰጠሙ የጥቂት ሰው አምላኪዎች…” የሚለው ሀረግ ከዚህ ሌላ ምን ትርጉም አለው?

    ለምሁራን ጥላቻ ያለው ማነው? ከመለስና ጋሻ ጃግሬዎቹ ሌላ አለ? በኢትዮጵያ የትግል ታሪክ የመጀመሪያዉ ሰለባዎችስ እነማናቸው? ሆነ ብለው ራሳቸው ላይ አደጋን አመጡ? ወይንስ ሌላ ምክንያት አለ?
    ትምህርትንና ምርምርን ትተዉ ወደ ደኑ የሄዱትስ ምን ለውጥ አመጡ?
    እኒህ አስተያየት ሰጭ ስለ ስነ ጽሁፍ የሚያውቁት ነገር ያለ አይመስለኝም:: ቢኖር ኑሮማ “…There is no need of calling every professor and doctor to be leaders as revolution is not an academic debate. There is also no need of recycling failed leaders that have shattered the aspirations and dreams of the people of Ethiopia to reclaim their dignity…” የሚለውን የመጣጥፉን አካል አስመልክቶ ትንሽ ተንፈስ ባሉ ነበር::
    ይህ ጽሁፍ እጅግ ዝቅተኛ ግንዛቤ (ስለኢትዮጵያ) ያለው ግለሰብ ያቀረበው ስለሆነ እንክኣም ዶክተሮች ይቅሩና አንድ መለስተኛ ሁለተኛ ደረጃን የጨረሰ ሰውን በግሉ አያስጨስም:: ያስጬሰን ጸሃፊው ለሚለው አላማ ጠንቅ መሆኑ ነው:: ለትግሉ የሚሰጠው ፋይዳ አለመኖሩና እንዲያውም ያለውን አንድ የመሆን ችግር ያባብሰዋል ….

  15. Ibrahaim
    | #15

    So where is the freedom of press?

  16. jumbo
    | #16

    Abebe Gelaw, you miserably failed to answer your own question, “How do you bring down Meles Zenawi?” Next time your write, please know what you are talking about or at least answer your own question.

    Thanks.

  17. Guest
    | #17

    Just want the readers to have more idea clearly what is this writer is talking about. At first I was curious to read the article and this is what I came up with. PEACE on Earth

    ruthless military officers … bandits and divisive ethnocrats
    the ruthless feudo- … Emperor and his cronies
    Mengistu military regime …TPLF … with its subservient puppet ethnic liberation groups
    supremacy and tyranny of the Meles and his cronies
    TPLF dictatorship … the ruling ethnic junta and its puppets

    while the TPLF controls almost everything in Ethiopia, the oppressed people of Ethiopia have been excluded from economic and political power.

    Saudi Arabia, Egypt, India and China to grow food ===>> ((Business???))

    Within the hierarchical TPLF clan … TPLF and its puppets �won� by 99.6 per cent

    The regional elections were even worse; TPLF took it all by over 99.999 per cent. This is not democracy but thievery at its worst.

    The army is controlled by TPLF loyalists

    Sheik Mohammed Al Amoudi … TPLF loyalist in 2005

    Meles Zeanwi, his wife, … masters of corruption Abadi Zemu, Arkebe Ekubay and Getachew Belay

    Azeb Mesfin … the first lady of corruption ….
    The exploitative ethnic apartheid Meles and his cohorts
    the leeches in power have been sucking the blood of the nation
    TPLF merchants exploiting
    the ruthless ruling party goons
    the ruling TPLF clan and their cronies

    a hell for the majority and a heaven for the selected few TPLF elite who dine and wine with no limits and relax at Al Amoudi�s Sheraton Luxury Collection

    Ethiopians need to dismantle the exploitative ethnic apartheid, …. TPLF�s ethnic apartheid

    the people of Ethiopia have not found inspirational leaders …. TPLF is a house of cards

    founded on the ideologies of oppression, injustice, exploitation, domination, discrimination, corruption, thievery and fraud driven by a greedy colonialist mindset

    It is impossible to bring liberation without a clear vision
    To be free of tyranny and oppression …the boots of Meles Zenawi and his cronies
    injustice, indignity and tyranny

    the outdated elites … ruthless tyrants …bringing down a reviled tyrant like Zenawi

  18. Anonymous
    | #18

    Why you mention TPLF or One clan administration. Such phrases make Ethiopia to be divided…?

  19. ageazi brhane
    | #19

    meles zenawi is the first ever visionarist leader in ethiopia. how can u compare with the other african leaders. they r symboles they don’t have their own vision. let me tell u a good idea that i gat from this article if p/le determines to be free nothing can stop them.the same is true in ethiopia now if the ethiopian p/le were not free nothing could not stop them like what they did to derg.but now they r free and equal.

  20. Fikre
    | #20

    I expect and hope that it won’t be long b4 Ethiopia comes out with its own unique process to democracy; and you will be writing this kind of divisive, unaware, negative and repulsive analysis.

    I got to say that your mastery of the language is impressive. you can use it for wise analysis.
    Learn to respect your “enemy”. you can start with this, call them by their proper names

    “Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment” … Don Corleone

    peace to you my friend

  21. afufu
    | #21

    Abebe Gelaw,u have explicitly addressed the tyrany in Ethiopia. As is said revolution is unfolding;dictators never step dowen by themselves.Wemust revolt now.

  22. reda
    | #22

    you are right we can we are prepared bring dowen meles be prpered for afredem the yang people revlution we have to stand for the righet

  23. smetawinet ahunm ke40 ametat behuwala ayawatam
    | #23

    Guest :Just want the readers to have more idea clearly what is this writer is talking about. At first I was curious to read the article and this is what I came up with. PEACE on Earth
    ruthless military officers … bandits and divisive ethnocratsthe ruthless feudo- … Emperor and his croniesMengistu military regime …TPLF … with its subservient puppet ethnic liberation groupssupremacy and tyranny of the Meles and his croniesTPLF dictatorship … the ruling ethnic junta and its puppets
    while the TPLF controls almost everything in Ethiopia, the oppressed people of Ethiopia have been excluded from economic and political power.
    Saudi Arabia, Egypt, India and China to grow food ===>> ((Business???))
    Within the hierarchical TPLF clan … TPLF and its puppets �won� by 99.6 per cent
    The regional elections were even worse; TPLF took it all by over 99.999 per cent. This is not democracy but thievery at its worst.
    The army is controlled by TPLF loyalists
    Sheik Mohammed Al Amoudi … TPLF loyalist in 2005
    Meles Zeanwi, his wife, … masters of corruption Abadi Zemu, Arkebe Ekubay and Getachew Belay
    Azeb Mesfin … the first lady of corruption ….The exploitative ethnic apartheid Meles and his cohortsthe leeches in power have been sucking the blood of the nationTPLF merchants exploitingthe ruthless ruling party goonsthe ruling TPLF clan and their cronies
    a hell for the majority and a heaven for the selected few TPLF elite who dine and wine with no limits and relax at Al Amoudi�s Sheraton Luxury Collection
    Ethiopians need to dismantle the exploitative ethnic apartheid, …. TPLF�s ethnic apartheid
    the people of Ethiopia have not found inspirational leaders …. TPLF is a house of cards
    founded on the ideologies of oppression, injustice, exploitation, domination, discrimination, corruption, thievery and fraud driven by a greedy colonialist mindset
    It is impossible to bring liberation without a clear visionTo be free of tyranny and oppression …the boots of Meles Zenawi and his croniesinjustice, indignity and tyranny
    the outdated elites … ruthless tyrants …bringing down a reviled tyrant like Zenawi

    You just insulted our INTELIGENCE. You’re cruel to yourself too. Wait for the author’s response then wait for me why I said in my second sentence.

  24. Mesfin
    | #24

    The writer has conveyed an important message for those of us dreaming for a better of Ethiopia. I don’t think hair splitting will of words will not help to distruct the deliverable. As to my understandning,he mentioned ‘professors’, ‘doctors’ & ‘the failed ones’ for mere reason we don’t need higher education to lead operessed people to targeted objective. However, what we need to have will be passion and commitment. More so, loyality for our people in all prospects. The writer is also expected to show us factual evidence and not expected to tell us the ‘how to remove the regime’. It is good to bring our version and debate instead of dealing on the unnessary stuffs.

    Well done job Abe & God bless you aboundantly.
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