ESFNA Created a Trivial Oversight Committee by Better Sinzeros

April 19th, 2011 Print Print Email Email

We believe anyone may get a momentary appeasement by concession to one of the demands one is supposed to address, but one would not get a lasting trust that way until it addressed all the demands it is supposed to deal with.


According to http://www.abugidainfo.com/amharic/?p=5981, the Ethiopian Sport Federation in North America, ESFNA, board of directors met on April 16, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. And it discussed some of the problems the organization is currently engulfed with. The board concluded its meeting by unanimously deciding to extend its invitation to Judge Birtukan, and by creating an oversight committee which comprise a team of five members of the board. The newly created oversight committee is supposed to monitor all the actions of the executive committee since most of the problems the federation is facing to date, including embezzlements, corruptions, and mismanagement of the organization resources have been mostly committed and instigated by some members of the executive committee.
Based on the information made available to the public on the above hyperlink about the outcome of the last meeting of the ESFNA board of directors, we are highly disappointed by the board because it failed to respond to almost all the Diaspora demands and candid suggestions it received in the last several months except for inviting the Judge as its guest of honor which we think is inadequate as a remedy and not in time to be effective; for instance, follow the following hyperlink, http://ecadforum.com/?s=esfna, and browse the articles which have been written about the organization, and make your own judgment.

On the one hand, we think the federation board of directors’ effort and decision to amend one of the mistakes of their executive committee members regarding the invitation of Judge Birtukan is commendable, although it is an insufficient attempt to lull the Diaspora which already thinks the ESFNA cannot be reformed while the organization is ruled with an iron fist by a few members of its previous and current executive committee.

On the other hand, we believe the board effort for creating an oversight team among itself is ludicrous to say the least, and it is a mockery in the face of such enormous public dissatisfaction with the federation recent years inappropriate behaviors. Because: in theory, an oversight committee is an external committee that oversees the operations and activities of an organization such as finance, operation, service, and fundraising, etc. This committee performs an important role in gathering information on the functioning of an organization and ensuring, through its oversight and questioning of management officials, that corrupt practices do not take place. This committee would be effective if it comprises local experts, citizens, civic organizations and community representatives. If structured appropriately, an oversight committee is an excellent starting point for the reduction of corruption, embezzlement, and simplification of an organization’s administrative procedures,
This letter will serve as another request that the ESFNA president, secretary, public relations officer, and its external auditor, Mekonnen Demisiew, Samuel Abate, Fassil Abebe, and Feleke Teka, CPA respectively must resign immediately from their position because reforming the federation is impossible while it is under the iron fist of these highly corrupted and dysfunctional authorities. We are demanding the resignation of the above mentioned authorities of the organization because besides these individuals being responsible for embezzlements, corruptions, lack of transparency in the activities of the federation, and wasting the organization resources they are also accountable for the following:

1. The Ethiopian Heritage Society in North America is established due to these individuals unwillingness to pay close attention to the needs of the Diaspora.

2. According to the ESFNA Finance Committee assessment, “Abework Abay’s resignation few weeks before the end of his term did not come out of nowhere. He resigned due to the lack of full support from critical members of the EC, and lack of transparency, and secretiveness from the President and the secretary regarding contractual dealings after the October 2010 meeting. Abeworks’s tenure was completely shrouded by continuous intimidation and abuse he suffered in the hands of the president, and the auditor, and the silent treatment he had received from the secretary at various times regarding meeting minutes and hotel contracts. He has been warned on occasions by the President that he will be thrown out of the EC meeting. He has been a victim of name calling. He has been called “Neftam”, “Mother F..”, “Hidwediya” in his effort to discharge his responsibilities. He has been treated like a baby and even called “Cry Baby” for being inquisitive about contract dealings, payment without receipts, and unacceptable financial activities.”

3. The Public Relations Officer:

On his October 20, 2010 press briefing, lied to the media about the reasons for the Executive Committee decision to reverse Judge Birtukan’s invitation as its guest of honor. He stated that the vote in favor of Judge Birtukan invitation was reversed due to concern about losing the organization status. The CPA who has been working hand-in-glove with the executive committee surprisingly remained silent while most of the board members and some in the general public worked their tail off to verify the accuracy of the public relations officer statement.

On January 4, 2011, emailed his colleagues the following: “Guys, there is a new article on www.ethiopianreview.com titled ESFNA is falling apart. Please read it. Also, this morning I received a phone call from a very close friend in DC who told me that this past Saturday, Abebe Belew, http://addisdimts.com/, on his radio show was saying what the PR of ESFNA has recently said and quoted me as saying ” … who are we afraid of these politicians that cannot even get 100 people to their demonstrations? …” I’m not going to deny that I’ve said that in an e-mail to my colleagues in the EC last week and only to the EC. I wonder how Abebe Belew found out a personal message intended only to my colleagues. And you’re telling me there is no leak? Come on !! By the way Mr. Leaker, tell Abebe Belew and ER I stand by my statement. I’ll further add that all you politicians have done nothing but divide Ethiopians while ESFNA is the only Organization that is” Bringing Ethiopians Together” and you’re so jealous of it’s power and reach, you wanted for a long time to dominate it and now that you’ve learned you cannot do that you want to break it up using some internal “Bandas” who leak stuff to you. Tell him/them I said F*U and the horse you rode in.

On one of his January 7, 2011 email he sent to his colleagues he stated that, “… if people want to talk about the guest of honor issue let them talk and see how far they can go. They are doing it right now across the states and over the phone lines. It is much better to contain this discussion from outsiders – and hope at the end of our meeting we will come out as one.”

On his other January 7, 2011 email which he sent to members of the Executive Committee he said the following “You and I both know that the “Emergency” meeting that is being asked or demanded right now by few Board members with their own agenda, is not to discuss the “Future of ESFNA” or Atlanta 2011. We all know it’s to talk about the Guest of Honor issue. Period. In some circles, if Birtukan is not invited as a Guest of Honor, it’s an emergency. Sorry, I for one, do not share that sentiment…“Look, a lot of unnecessary stuff has been said and I admit I’ve contributed to the verbal volley ball out of frustration and disillusion. I also don’t think a face-to-face meeting, regardless of who pays for it, is not going to resolve the current issue. In fact I think there will be an all out mother of fist-fights.

“I’m also amused by the sudden concern of our financial situation by the Finance Committee. The truth is, the former president and the group with 140 years of experience were the custodians of the over $700,000 we received from the generous Sheik and one would be forced to ask did we really get the optimal leadership and used this large cash infusion appropriately. LA3 that hosted the 2006 tournament has numerous documented financial misdeeds that we can bring to the table if its needed. Again the question that begs an answer is why the financial concern now and not then? “

The writers can be reached at bsinzeros@gmail.com

  1. DRAMA
    | #1

    WHATEVER RHETORICS YOU WRITE ABOUT ESFNA WILL NO LONGER MATTER. ESFNA IS A FISHY ORGANIZATION AND WILL ALWAYS BE DOUTED BY THE ETHIOPIAN PEOPLE FOR EVERY STEP THEY TAKE. NO MATTER WHAT KIND OF DRAMA THEY WILL PRESENT TO US, WE KNOW THEIR CHARACTER. AS A MATTER OF FACT ANY PERONA OR CHARACTER THAT IS TRYING TO BUY A NAME BY USING THIS ORGANIZAION WILL ALSO BE SEEN AS FISHY. THIS IS THE HODAM DIASPORA WOYANE SERVING BUTLER ORGANIZAION. OBVIOUSLY PEOPLE MIGHT MEET DURING THE SOCCER GAMES BUT THEY WILL NEVER BELIEVE THE PERSONAS THAT ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS HYPOCRITICAL ORGANIZATION. DON’T WAIST YOUR TIME TELLING US STORIES ABOUT ESFNA. SAVE YOUR TIME.

  2. YEMM
    | #2

    This group is known to be a vehicle for Alamoudin to promote the divisive and ethno-centric agenda of the Tigreia People Liberation Front (TPLF).
    We all know that Alamoudin has been the heart of exploiting the wealth of Ethiopia along with EFFORT, which is the economic arm of the TPLF controlling the national economy in Ethiopia.

    Alamoudin is the main fund raiser and activist of the TPLF at their annual conference , effectivelly bribing the TPLF , so that he can have a free hand in the looting of Ethiopia.

    It is no concern to Alamoudin to throw few loose changes from his pocket to ESFNA and others to appear a philanthropist and a concerned Ethiopian citizen. He collabored with the woyane for his own gain.

  3. Ketema
    | #3

    @DRAMA

    You made a great point which I totally agree with you that one should not waste time trying to point the fishy ESFNA to the right direction since it is lead in the wrong direction on purpose.

  4. Queen Elizabeth
    | #4

    It is amusing how childish and infentile this whole process has been. Really how stupid do some folks think we are that all is honky dorey after 6 months of continual berage of insults and arrogant behavior that all is well and we can go back to business as usual. I do not think so, ESFNA’s problem was not only the fiasco with the invitation of Judge Birtukane that was the iceing on the cake, the final straw that that broke the camles back.

    ESFNA has over the years been on of the most disfunctional organization that we have all complained about and silently hoped that in due course it would reform and grow, yet it has shown us that it is

  5. Queen Elizabeth
    | #5

    contiuation:

    Yet it has shown us that there is no sincerity in their desire to change but to throw some mambo jambo on us and say everything is okay. It is not okay it will be okay only and only when it faces the fact that it is not structured as an organization but rather a mafia group that has been trampling on the desire of Ethiopians to find a social outlet to meet and socialize. ESFNA has been a cash house for a few at the expense of all its players and its participants.

    1. The players need to be taken care of properly they are the ones who make the event. So many have been injured and have been left to suffer without real medical help.

    2. The players should be respected and taken care of while they are at the games. Not stuffed into 3 rooms while the Executive’s are given suites and limo’s. These young kids are forced to fend for themseleves in close quarters and in the most dispicable way.

    3. We are told that they have given scholarships let us see the candidates and when they are being honored openely not behind close doors.

    4. ESFNA’s finances need to be explained and kick backs paid back for example in 2008 on thier tax returns it shows a bill for $75,000. Air conditinng cost for their final night event. Someone has really made a killing if the dance was from 9:00 PM – 2:00 AM the cost of Airconditiong is $15,000./hour I would love to know which company charged that? This is directly from their 2008 tax returns. They show a $1,000.00 Expense for a Scholarship yet their total revenue for 2008 is $1,489,803 which is 0.000.67% of their income which is an insult. They spent more 8% more on car and limo rentals for their Executives than on giving back to the community on a small scale with their so called scholarship fund that they keep on telling us about. This is jus a miniscule take on their wi exorbutant expense of $1,397.006 – really who is making the money it sure is not the players.

    5. They have disrespected our community by making the Sheik their prime hero who is robbing Ethiopia clean, and are willing to get payoffs from him and the regim indirectly and we are supposed to just look at it as if nothing has taken place and oh we will invite Birtukane if that is what it takes. That does not sound kosher as the saying goes in New York something is very fishy and smelly.

    This is just my few cents on the issue. First and foremost ESFNA needs to appologize opnely to the Diaspora community in North America for all the insults thrown on them by the PR person. All Eecutives should be fired and new elections held, the $240,000. recieved last month should be donated to a humanitarin group that does work in the eleivation of the suffering in Ethiopia..such as orphanges, HIV-prevention program, water for life projects and famine relief and not be used at the Atlanta Event otherwise it is all a lie and nothing has been resolved.

    We need to be serious half measures such as this is not acceptable and ATLANTA should not be bambuzzled into accepting this kind of a silly reponse as a face saving measure to the damage that ESFNA has caused the community and the total lies that they had spread.

  6. Better Sinzeros
    | #6

    @Queen Elizabeth

    We have read your point of view with great interest. Your remarks are not only just remarks but also an article which deserve to be published. So, please consider sharing the feedback you gave us with a wide range of readers by trying to get it published.

  7. Tabor
    | #7

    The current ESFNA board members and the executive board members showed their deficency in their Atlana dining get together event. A person with a right mind and visonary leadership will not prescribe nothing for the ailing organization.I know they do not have the capacity to analyze events and perform corrective measurre.In a society where social clevers are running the show we should not expect different outcome than the one they delivered.

    Weather we like it or not, ESFNA has been sold to the higest bidders. I know this and you guys know this. We just wake up as a result of Birtukan’s guest of honor issue. To me we are in the state of denial.Before it is to late, let us accept the fact and move on with our new life. Our new life and our kids future is HERITAGE. Let us make this dream to make it reality.

  8. Oda Tulu
    | #8

    I entirely agree with TABOR’s comment above.

  9. Mekedes
    | #9

    This is article is timely. So, I like to thank the writers for their efforts.

    I know Feleke Teka, CPA, one of the people whom the writers are demanding to resign. I know for sure that he is not Woyane, and he does not have close relationshiop with Sheikh Al Amoudi, but he might have distant relationship with the Sheikh via Fassil Abebe, the liar public relations officer of the ESFNA.

    Feleke’s characteristics would make a great episode on the Jerry Springer show. In brief, he is an old man. He does not care a bit about what is going on in Ethiopia. Let alone Ethiopia, he does not even care for his own two kids. He left his lovely two kids when they both were under ten years of age, and married a lady called Aberash whom he was dating for a couple of years while he was still married with his two children mother. His love affair with Aberash lasted only a couple of years.

    After he broke up and divorced with Aberash, he stared dating his X-wife Aberash’s best friends. This relationship also did not last more than a year. He dated other ladies after he broke up with Aberash’s friend whom I do not know the names. A few years ago, I was told that he was dating one of his close friend sister.

    What do we from a man of such character? Leadership quality from a man who abandoned his own kids, and he does not care about his country?

    By the way, just to show you more wicked characteristics of Feleke, the External Auditor of the ESFNA, he is the major fundraiser of Fassil Abebe. According to the rumors, he gets a 50% kick back from all Fassil Abebe’s fundraising income in the name of the ESFNA.

    Have you ever seen an external auditor helping his client fundraising? I only have seen Feleke Teka, CPA doing so.

    Feleke shame on you; you must resign!!!

  10. Teddy
    | #10

    I am highly surprised about Feleke Teka’s corruption skim. And I could believe he let Fassil Abebe drug his name on the dirt like this. Feleke must go public to defend himself about the kick back he was receiving from Fassil, although he cannot defend himself about his family record that I know he goes years without seeing his kids. It is very true that he would make a great character the Jerry Springer show.

  11. Temesgen
    | #11

    This man, Fassil, is deeply hated and disrespected by most people who are closely following the ESFNA crisis which he instigated at the time when told lies to the media.

    Fassil, you are not a good person because of that I am one of those who hates you. Just know that I think you are a thief, and big liability for the federation.

    It is a public knowledge that the federation is one of your main sources of income. It is known that for the last eight years besides the money you have been pocketing from the fundraising events you held at your home accompanied by your crooked auditor friend, Feleke Teka CPA, you have been stealing more than $30,000 each year from the federation. In short, the federation has been your cash cow.

    Fassil, please resign immediately for the good of the federation.

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