US Policy and Democracy: Ethiopia a Test Case for US policy !! ENPCP

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March 11, 2011

The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton

Secretary of State
US Department of State
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20520

March 11, 2011

The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton

Secretary of State
US Department of State
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20520

US Policy and Democracy: Ethiopia a Test Case for US policy

Madame Secretary,

On behalf of myself and the eleven constituent civic organizations within the Ethiopian National Priorities Consultative Process, please accept our highest respect.

We write to you seeking to be afforded the opportunity to engage with relevant US authorities at the earliest possible time given recent developments in Ethiopia and the North African sub-region.

Madame Secretary,

With a population of eighty million, Ethiopia is the second largest nation in Sub-Sahara Africa. It is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious society. Christianity was adopted since the third century of the Christian era and Islam as of the sixth century. Its geopolitical sphere spans over regions of East Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, the Middle and Near East. Ethiopia holds a special place in the African context as a symbol of independence and for its active role in the liberation of the continent from colonial rule. It is the seat of the African Union, the UN Economic Commission for Africa, and many other International Organizations. Ethiopia was a member of the former League of Nations and founding member of the United Nations, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Ethiopian and US relations were established in 1902, the centenary of which was commemorated recently in both countries.

Considered to be a staunch ally of the United States against terrorism, Ethiopia has been the beneficiary of over 35 billion US dollars in emergency aid, financial and economic assistance from the US, the World Bank, the IMF and other donor countries in the past twenty years. Billions of US dollars have been also granted to Ethiopia in debt relief. In addition to these funds Chinese, Libyan, Indian and other bilateral grants and loans amounting to several billions dollars have also been given to Ethiopia. Several hundred NGO’s and consulting firms are active in Ethiopia providing additional grass-roots development programs.

In sectors not considered economic development, the US, Britain, and Germany have also been providing military and security training personnel and equipment to the ruling regime. The promise of reform and establishment of a plural democratic system of government, the rule of law, transparency and a free market economy in Ethiopia was at the core of constant donor and international institution’s tutelage in democracy and pouring of all these political and material assistances. Sadly, few of these basic reforms have materialized so far despite the adoption of a constitution purporting full respect of citizen’s constitutional rights that only exists nominally and citizens however, are bereft of basic human and democratic rights.

Regardless of all this enormous aid and financial support Ethiopia remains one of the poorest and destitute countries in the world.
The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) report on ‘Governance 2010’ shows Ethiopia failing to equate with the average level of 28 other African countries, lagging so far behind that it is one of three countries at the bottom of the line. With regards to freedom of the press Ethiopia ranks 122nd. From amongst the least developed countries Ethiopia ranks 157 out of 173. This enormous infusion of foreign aid has also created an extraordinary income disparity, concentrating an enormous amount of wealth in less than half (0.5) percent of the population, mostly in business enterprises owned by the ruling party and its ethnic affiliates. In spite of a seemingly glittering prosperity in some countries, a glaring example of such exceedingly unequal development in these societies are the cause for dissent for the disastrous downfalls in the Ivory Coast, Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, Yemen, Djibouti and the expanding popular revolt in other countries.

Regarded as ‘generally fair’ by certain observers, the first national elections in Ethiopia was held in 2000, where the ruling regime claimed to have garnered ninety percent of the popular vote. Evidence revealed that it was rigged and could hardly have been considered open and free. The opposition parties were forced to boycott the elections because of the serious restrictions and violations exercised by the regime. In May 2005, the second national election in Ethiopia was held with a landslide victory by the opposition. This was the outcome of a provision of ‘A Human Rights Bill HR 5321 introduced in the US Congress authorizing ten million US dollars earmarked for election related activities and urging the Government of Ethiopia to hold orderly, peaceful and free and fair national election. Realizing that the vast majority was against its rule, the regime proclaimed a state of emergency and declared itself the winner, even before the votes were fully counted. Subsequently, after a massive public demonstration all political party leaders were jailed, over fifty thousands were detained without any judicial procedure, over two hundred people were massacred. In the third rigged-up election in May of 2010, the regime claimed to have won by 99.6 percent. As in the 2005 election, funds and training was granted to facilitate the electoral process, even a “code of conduct” was signed between some political parties and the regime, but to no avail. It turned out to be another farcical charade.

Throughout these illegal and fraudulent proceedings the US, Donor countries, the IMF and World Bank and the international community did nothing but acquiesce to the regime, albeit some remarks about their irregularity and their lack to meet international standards. In spite of these glaring misdeeds by the regime, the flow of foreign aid continues unabated and aid to Ethiopia will be 3.4 billion dollars for 2011. Foreign aid has become an instrument of political oppression as well as a source of large income to members of the regime, who control every phase of its implementation at local level, (rentals, transportation, sub-contracts, distribution, employment etc.)

Therefore, as the regime is in full control of a) the government apparatus including the media, the army, the police and security units; b) the state ownership of the land, and therefore control over the peasantry which forms 85 percent of the population; c) the ruling party ownership of the major sectors of the economy, and control over all foreign aid funds, a fair and free election is utterly impossible. Besides, the political clique in power is a minority within a minority that is highly unpopular, even amongst its own ethnic constituency in Tigray. There is absolutely no way that it can win a national election except by fraudulent means.

For the Ethiopian people, these elections were looked upon with great hope and high expectations and as defining their future governance. Unfortunately, the regime has provoked a great popular disappointment that will cause turmoil and instability in the country. It will also undermine US and donor countries policy for the development of democracy and free society in Africa and elsewhere; resulting ultimately in another cycle of mayhem and violence, leading to the proliferation of radical and extremist elements.

The present US policy towards Ethiopia seems to confer the highest priority to the stability of the country, rather than the achievement of successful democratic change through fair and free elections. Strangely enough this notion is based, first on the assumption that the country will disintegrate if free elections are held and a multiparty government emerges, resulting into a chaotic situation; and secondly that the opposition is weak and ill organized. Despite opinions expressed by would-be experts in support of this hypothesis, we argue that these assumptions are completely misleading and out of touch with the country’s realities. The experts have given little attention to the public mood and to the concerns of ordinary people, who are looking for freedom and justice to conduct their daily lives, without the government’s denial of their basic rights to property, and control of their livelihood through party owned monopolistic corporations. The experts have not given weight to the mismanagement and corruption of government officials; and at the inefficiency and incompetence of the administration. No account is taken of the frustration and despair caused by such abuses, and to the grinding existence of people who have to pay bribes at every step of their daily life. Neither have they asked why the regime is so pervasively unpopular across the land.

Threats of civil strife by separatist political factions are taken at face value, despite the fact that their claim to represent this or that ethnic group is generally unsubstantiated. The very large majority of people in Ethiopia oppose the ethnic division of the country. They have proven it clearly throughout ages and as recently as in the recent conflict with Eritrea, when the whole nation rose in defense of the country. Then, why is it that no importance is given to the evident popularity and increasing growth of pan-national parties? Yet, reliance is placed on a minority clique, whose mainstay in power is very doubtful against an inevitable popular uprising. On their part, although fragmented, the opposition parties are firmly and unanimously committed to democracy and its tenets, and to peace and stability, and a proven stand for no tolerance for any kind of terrorism. Moreover, they are perfectly able to mobilize all the human resources required for good and efficient governance. In spite of the ceaseless harassment and violence exerted by the regime on their members, they are creating alliances and building very large constituencies.

We understand and share fully the concern for stability that worries policy makers; particularly at the present time when a global anti-terrorism war is being waged. However, in view of past experience in Africa and elsewhere, we firmly believe that a democratically elected popular government can guarantee lasting peace and stability, instead of a dictatorship imposed by force and economic pressure. Thanks to the extraordinary broadening of communications, there is a growing new world wide awareness amongst people about the dire conditions in which ordinary people are living, and what kind of conditions could improve their future plight. It is mostly out of hopelessness and desperation that people resort to extreme acts of violence on others and on themselves.

As the world leader, the US must demonstrate clearly and actively that it stands unequivocally for the principles of democracy and freedom that it advocates. Successful democratic elections have been carried in several countries, in spite of ongoing wars and serious tribal and political frictions. In contrast to that in Ethiopia the situation appears momentarily stable, with no imminent terrorist threats. The sole opponent to democracy in Ethiopia is the ruling EPRDF party, who after twenty years of misrule and corrupt governance still seeks to remain in power at all costs. The regime is universally unpopular with the Ethiopian people; the only way it has ruled so far is by coercion, unmitigated violence and indiscriminate foreign support; conditions that may not last much longer. It is hoped that the US and other democratic powers will do their utmost to do justice to the people of Ethiopia, who so far, have endured with exemplary patience the abuses and injustices befallen upon them. However, it is evident that now this passivity has reached a critical mass and may explode at any time.
Therefore, in view of the critical situation in Ethiopia, and the initiative taken by the US to work out some arrangement between the opposition and the regime, we would like to suggest the following procedure to be taken, both by the US and the opposition elements, in order to find a viable solution to the Ethiopian crisis.

The United States

In order to have the required credibility and acceptability by all concerned, this must be primarily a US initiative with its full endorsement. EU countries and other donors will undoubtedly follow suit.

1. The US must seek an alternative to the EPRDF regime and support unequivocally the restoration of democracy in Ethiopia.
2. It must insist on the liberation of all political prisoners and the freedom and resumption of all political activities.
3. Freedom of expression, assembly, full access to mass media and freedom of all newspapers and magazines.
4. Release of all restrictions on legitimate civic organizations.
5. Instead of accommodation between the opposition parties and the regime, it must promote a national conference in which all stakeholders civil and political inside and outside of the country will participate.
6. The regular Defense Forces of Ethiopia and the Civilian Police must be guaranteed their status and must be neutral to any political activity. The party cadre and militia must be disbanded and criminal elements prosecuted.
7. Human rights, the Rule of Law must be enforced vigorously with a restructuring of the judicial system and the election board.
8. New elections to be held within one year. In the mean time joint commissions to be established pro-tempore to manage major government departments and act as caretaker administration.
9. In order to achieve the above the US must adopt appropriate measures, including the resources of the substantial and influential Ethiopian community in the US and abroad.

The Opposition

1. The opposition parties must agree with the above conditions and concur actively to establish an all inclusive National Provisional Council.
2. It must guarantee emphatically the establishment of Plural Democratic System of Government, the respect of Human Rights, the Rule of Law and a market economic system conducive to rapid development. For instance the adoption of Bill of Rights as suggested in the Citizens Charter presented by a civic group concerned about the future of the country.
3. It must guarantee to fight against and struggle any terrorist activity in Ethiopian national territory and abroad.
4. It will cooperate fully and transparently with the US and other countries to achieve this end.
5. Will respect all international obligations and seek peaceful solutions to all outstanding problems.
6. Will seek national reconciliation and refrain from any vengeful acts against anyone, and will prosecute criminal cases with proper judicial process and transparency.

Probable results:

Politically this new policy will be a big plus for the US initiative to promote democratization in Africa, and given lieu to suspicion and incredulity. A freely elected democratic government with mandate from its people would assuredly conduct effective campaign against terrorism than an unpopular dictatorial regime.
There is no material or financial cost involved. Hopefully, there will not be any reductions in aid granted to the country but probably for an in-depth revision of projects and their implementation.
The ultimate result of the new policy will be the permanent stability of Ethiopia and the area of the Horn of Africa, a promising future for the people as whole and a lasting friendship and respect for the United States of America.

With Our Highest Respect

Imru Zelleke

Imru Zelleke, Ambassador (Retired)
Chairman, ENPCP

ENPCP Secretariat:
ENPCP Web Site:,
ENPCP Constituent member Civic Society Organizations:
Advocacy for Ethiopia (AFE)
Citizens Charter
Constituents for Democracy (Dejen Le Democracy)
Ethiopian Forum for Peace, Democracy and Development (EFPDD)
Ethiopian Free Press Journalists Association (EFPJA)
Ethiopian National Congress (ENC)
Ethiopian Women for Peace and Development (EWPD)
International Ethiopian Women Organization (IEWO)
Network of Ethiopian Scholars-Scandinavia (NES-Global)
Solidarity Committee for Ethiopian Political Prisoners-Canada (SOCEPP-CAN)
Solidarity Movement for New Ethiopia (SMNE)

  1. Sam
    | #1

    Ambassador Imru Zeleke’s writing to the US Secretary of State is not the high caliber I expect it to be because the lady has a substantial influence in US foreign policy. Lecturing her about the number of us who are trying to survive in Ethiopia, or where Ethiopia is located is really uneccessary. It seems like just saying you have to be enlightened Madame secratary,I, imuru Zeleke take the task of just doing that. But she is the US Secratary of State;she should have known what Imuru has spent considerable time writing about. That is not, however, what compelled me to write the feedback. What inspired me to write is Imurus assertion “in may 2005, the second national election in Ethiopia was held with a landslide victory by the opposition.” That is compeletely not true, and the Secratary of the State knew it. True, Kinijit overwhemingly won in Addis. That part is undebatable. Which party the rest of the population– the great majority indeed– chose to ascend to power is open to argument. Did I believe in panick after Addis was lost the EPDRF was tempted to tamper election results in the rest of Ethiopia? I believed to have happened, and I still do. But if had EPDRF did not mess with the returns Kinijit would have prevailed? If anybody can manage to be true to himself/herself reaching that conclusion could be very, very difficult. Eighty-five Percent of the electorate in Ethiopia are peasants, and live in the countryside. How many of them know the political program of Kinijit let alone choosing them to govern? Not that many. Kinijit was a quick patch-up work that came to exist four months before the election. In fact, no Kinijit leader I know of visited a single villige in Ethiopia to campaign. The diaspora community believed, the Kinijit leaders bought it winning Addis, Dire Dawa and awassa kind of places will gurantee a winning strategy. I am not a math genius. But I know this much: the number is not there to reward the highest political power in the country. Secratary Clinton knew about this fact. Why the need to make a statment that cannot be backed up with facts? Had I written to the Secretary, I would have spent a lot of time editing my writing, deleting a single sentence I could not substantiate with facts. Writing to the diaspora community who are willing to jump to any slogans no matter how untrue it is one thing, to write to the US Secratary of State is altogether is a different thing. The US State Department believes the opposition parties are not visionaries. That is a dimplomatic way of saying they do not know what they are doing. Imuru’s letter if anything lends support to that belief.

  2. alemash kahsu
    | #2

    It is too much! We are about to get fed up and hate you!You know only one music, the one of doom and we Ethiopian as a whole are fed up. I am not saying all is wrong but guys changes are there and are evident in every field. Clinto or Obama the first interested people are us the Ethiopians living in Ethiopia and we see light coming and America, Euro or Asia can add something but the protagonists are we at home and not you Ethiopians in maybe more comfortable diaspora with more dollars. Thank you for your effort of stopping any help to Ethiopia! We believe that the USA does not need your or my advise so let us spare our useless counseling! Peace and development to Ethiopia

  3. Oda Tulu
    | #3

    This is an excellent contribution by His Excellency Ambassador (Retired) Imru Zeleke. I respectfully salute him.

  4. wedi samre
    | #4

    Yetekeberu Imru Zeleke,
    I hope you will not feel offended because I don’t call you Ambassador. For me, Ambassador is a ferenji title even though I am not sure that Ferenji use it as a title. I don’t understand why Ethiopians are keen on carrying ferenji titles such as Ambassador, Engineer, etc. May be Western educated Ethiopians think of themselves too modern to carry an Ethiopian title. For sure educated Ethiopians would like to look like ferenji. This is a curse. Why the hell don’t they like to remain proud Ethiopians? The trouble of Ethiopia is not only that educated Ethiopians don’t want to look like Ethiopians. They want also the ferenji to solve Ethiopia’s problems in lieu of Ethiopians. That is the message of Yetekeberu Imru’s letter to Hilary Clinton. Why does the gentleman ask the US to work for the democratization of Ethiopia as if the problem of Ethiopia was democracy, as if Ethiopian intellectuals and politicians were ready for democracy and as if the United States was a democratic country? Yes I say the US is not a democratic country but it is a country of freedom. Since it’s creation in 1776, the US has been ruled by an elected oligarchy. The oligarchic system is some times called liberal democracy or representative democracy. But the very idea of liberal or representative democracy is an oxymoron. In reality, the US embarked on the path to democratization in the 1960′s following the abolition of racial segregation against Afro-Americans. But the process of democratization was nipped in the bud in the wake of the rise of the conservative movement in the 1980. The election of Reagan was a big blow to the fledgling American democracy. I am making this digression so that Ethiopians can understand why the US has always been teamed up with the most dictatorial regimes in the world. But I want also to say that the democratization of Ethiopia (assuming that the number one problem of Ethiopia is the lack of democracy) is not in the best interest of America. If by democracy one means a rule according to and in accordance with the will of the people (we must understand that Western governments don’t usually rule according to and in accordance with the will of the people even though they are voted in our out of office by the people) and if Ethiopia is ruled according to and in accordance with the will of the Ethiopian people, then Ethiopian rulers will not be errand boys for Western imperialism. They will work for their own people and never for American strategic interests. For this reason, it is not in the interest of the West to facilitate the democratization of Ethiopia. Having said this, I don’t frankly understand why we Ethiopians look to Western leaders to solve our own problems. This is a serious problem. Why the hell are we outward looking? Why don’t we put full trust only in God and in our own people? Why do we try to set bad example to young Ethiopians? Young Ethiopians should learn that Ethiopia’s problems can be solved only with the help of God and with a united national effort of all Ethiopians. No foreigner should be allowed to do the work in lieu of Ethiopians. If our people receive the right leadership, they can work miracles. That is what teaches us our own history. The extensive use of mustard gas against the Ethiopian people, its five hundred war planes and half a million soldiers did not save the Italian invading army from experiencing a humiliating defeated by two hundred thousand heroic Ethiopians. What is the lesson that we should draw from the victory of our heroic ancestors? The lesson is that Ethiopians can destroy Shabia (TPLF/EPLF) if we can be as patriotic and as united as our ancestors. To ask Hilary Clinton or Joseph Stiglitz to do something for Ethiopia is un-Ethiopian. It is an insult on the Ethiopian national pride. The choice is in our hands. If we want to liberate our country from Shabia foreign military occupation, we should acknowledge the truth that Ethiopia is under foreign military occupation. If we say that the problem of Ethiopia is lack of democracy, we are lying, we are being insincere toward our country and people. What Ethiopia sorely needs is not American help; Ethiopia needs sorely patriotic leaders who don’t set the Ethiopian people against each other by pointing the finger at this or that population inhabiting this or that region. Until now, we don’t have patriotic leaders. This is the tragedy of our country.

  5. Anonymous
    | #5

    Hey commentators try to give analysis based on the objejectives over the ground. Don’t compromise.Facts of assesment on all aspects are supported by the international observers,inistitutions, intelectuals… etc and above all by the majority citizens of the country.Be willing to come to negotiation with the genuine proposal to rescue the future crisis and establish the right road for the furture generation.Enough is Enough.

  6. Daniel
    | #6

    Don’t try to change the subject. It wont work. The issue is not whether Ambassador Imru knows who won the elections of 2005 or not.Most of us know. Woyane knows it too; that was why Meles had to declare ‘victory’ and a ‘State of Emergency’ at the same time.

    So, please stick to the subject at hand. It is Woyane’s record that is being scrutinized. Ms Clinton through her department knows what is going on in Ethiopia. We know what is going on in our country. The letter hopefully will help open the eyes and ears of you and people like you. I hope it will serve as a reminder to you to jump ship in time. Woyane’s minority rule is approaching its last stop.

  7. Ahmed
    | #7

    Sam, you have always trouble balancing your ethnic loyalty with your political opinions. You accuse the good ambassador of failing to back up his statement with tangible facts. But you did not prove him wrong either. Where are your facts?

  8. More letters please!
    | #8

    Thank you Ambassador Imeru and the eleven constituent civic organizations for writing this letter. Please keep it up. I’ve been begging and urging Ethiopians to keep on writing these kinds of letters again and again till it falls on the right ears and the the killer of Ethiopians is exposed around the world like Hitler. We Ethiopians have been reading different assays about the TPLF dictatorship and their robbery for the last twenty years with no solutions. Now, it is time for Ethiopians to read letters written to various International Human Rights Organizations and Democratic and socialist Countries like England, Germany, France, and the Scandinavian countries. Ethiopians back home are counting on Ethiopians that are living in free countries around the world to let the world know how tyrant Meles is butchering their children and stealing their money and land.
    Thanks again and God bless you all for being the voice for the oppressed Ethiopians. Let read more letters, please!

  9. Ahmed
    | #9

    Sam, you also said, “Eighty-five Percent of the electorate in Ethiopia are peasants, and live in the countryside. How many of them know the political program of Kinijit let alone choosing them to govern?”

    I think you are making a lot of assumptions here. It is true that 85% of Ethiopians live in the countryside. But in concluding that not many of them chose Kinijit, you are simply parroting what your guardians in Addis tell us everyday. For your information, Kinijit did not emerge “just four months before the elections.” The parts and components of Kinijit had been well and alive in politics for years and only Kestedemana–the very party which catalyzed the colation formation–was the new face in the house. Particularly AEUP had (and still has) strong bases throughout Amhara and SNNP regional states. So when Kinijit was formed the members and supporters of the constituent parties became members and supporters of the new coalition called CUD. Moreover, the formation of Kinijit had created so much excitement among Ethiopians who had always prayed for the coming of a strong, united opposition to challenge the TPLF-led ethnic junta. So it was not surprising that CUD’s support grew exponentially throughout the nation in such a short time frame. I was on the ground mobilizing support for Kinijit at grass-roots level and I know the level of euphoria and enthusiasm that the people had for Kinijit. Please next time, speak about things you know better.

  10. zeman
    | #10

    Ms Clinton will shake bloody hands of Weyenes who oppress Ethiopians. Will she also next go to Syria?

  11. sanjaw
    | #11

    Nobody wants Ethiopia to stand on her own. They want us to be dependent on foriegn aid. Colonialists did try to dismantle Ethiopia 100 + yrs ago and they still doing it in a different way by hiring woyane, feeding woyane, awarding woyane. They know woyane is a very suitable government to help them dismantle this historical country.If woyane want one Ethiopia with her beautiful history, they wouldn’t use divide and rule policy, they wouldn’t kill people. It is hard for meles to say Ethiopia. Most of the time he use the word “agerachin” see how much it is hard to say Ethiopia? Check all his interviews, speech to the public. Ato Emiru, forget it it will not happen. One day…one day the Ethiopian people will rise without any opposition push or order because we do not have real opposition groups. Some of them want to be “liberated” I do not know liberated from who? Some are still blaming the Tigrean people because woyanes are from Tigre like they represent the people, some of them are under the Eritrea shabia umbrella; number one enemy of Ethiopia and hence they ask Isayas to liberate them. Most opposition groups used the old time politics and lay a brick wall for woyane to rule forever. 20 yrs opposition…nothing. Why do we have so many opposition groups since their mission statements are the same? why don’t they become one or two and get rid of woyane? why is it important for OLF try to dismantle Ethiopia”which will never happen” ? Please people we need some good organization that include all ethnic group to break woyane. Not US, not Europeans, but Ethiopians.

  12. ይበልጣል
    | #12

    you stated your comment,as I believe as much as I tried to understand it, with four conflicting ideas:1,with no ground of true man of ethiopian future biulder,you are accusing the writer without your side of positive image.2,you are telling us that the US is a non democratic country to say that it works and/or teams up with the most dictators*
    3,you are talking about leadingly shabia parting TPLF* 4,last you said that we dont have patriotic leadr still now.

    Now,leaving the first idea for you to own it,the second of your very US point proves that that you are against the will of the future of ethiopia and infact against simply the writer-as what why he was writing to Madam Clinton.Thirdly,our emediate and particular problem is not shabia eventhough they(TPLF/EPRDF AND SHABIA) work glove in hand.Our most atrocious enemy is only the ethnic based Mels Regime with his colaborators in and around him(Meles-aka kiles).Lastly yes we dont have patriotic leader right now since long ago at least 20 years thanks to the selfish Meles regime came in out of the bush through casting democratic like despotic preaches of rule of law only papered for the ear of his western introductors and proffessorial of power sharing incubators.Having said that,the writer is a true and dedicated man who loves his country that is why he wrote a letter to Madam clinton as there are no good leaders of ethiopia now holding power for the last 20 years;thus he wanted to express his fear that the US is being fooled by those wrong leaders pretending they are doing thier best for democracy by implementing false development agenda while mass arresting,detaing, torturing,hiding personnels,and killing the valued citizens of Ethiopia through out the country.Indeed you must be working to confuse readers standing against the unity of ethiopians acting as if you are the good mediators of the issue.Try to be on the vissual vission of the comment that otherwise you will be regreting of it,as it will be revieled soon when the murderors and criminals will be going through thier fate as to say that history repeats itself on thier (Meles and his collaborators)power shortfall.

  13. ታገል
    | #13

    ምን ማድረግ ይሻላል ?

  14. Zerayakob Yared
    | #14

    የጀርመን ሬድዮ እንደዘገበው ከሆነ:
    “ወይዘሮ ክሊንተን አፍሪቃውያንን የቻይና ኒዮኮሎኒያሊዝም ተጠቂዎች እንዳይሆኑ መጠንቀቅ እንዳለባቸው አስገነዘቡ !”
    Simply a lecture for ማሞ ቂሎዎች! ይሄንን ለማለት ግን እኮ የግዴታ አፍሪቃ ድረስ መሄድ አያስፈልገውም ነበር ! ወይንስ ባዶ ከበሮዎችን ነፍቶ አወናባጁ CNN’ም አፍሪቃ ውስጥ እንዳይታይ ተዘግትዋል !?

  15. Solomon
    | #15

    It is good Ambassodor got out of his old fashioned position such as supporting the likes of Hailu Shawl and joining the Ethiopian people. His letter is a good start, but as it appears nobody is going to die or loose relationship to save Ethiopia.The Ethiopian people need to do the work and they need to rise. So the Ambassador need to sing the old patriotic songs after cleansing it from any ethnic tainting, so he does not scare others. Unfortunately, his own tribe was the most hurt, but remains the most obstacle to change, as many are compromised or a culprit for various reasons to keep Meles.

  16. Belay
    | #16

    Get out of here. Teach yourself how to organize information and refute other ideas. Dull

  17. DRAMA
    | #17


  18. Supporter of Evil
    | #18

    People like you, need your heads examine for knowingly supporting a mentally disturbed hateful man that has the blood of so many Ethiopians on his hands…a dictator that has tortured and thrown Ethiopians in prison…a liar, a cheater and a professional thief. Meles is an armed criminal that answers and solves everything by muzzling and murdering people. Only delusional and heartless cruel people that don’t people in the love and kindness of God/Allah support a bloody hand dictator.
    Death to Woyanes!

  19. Sam
    | #19

    Ahmed: After reading your two feedbacks, I convinced myself, hey, it is time to puncture Ahmed’s bubble. One thing first: I do not have trouble balancing my ethnic loyality with my politics as you mentioned. I know it will kill you inside because it is not what you want to hear, but I am an Ethiopian. Period. Sorry for not geeting from me what ethnic group I belong so that you will tailor your next feedback based on that. As for not knowing about Kinijit as you do, you are right. I believe you when you wrote you were a foot soldier for Kinijit. I was not. In fact, I had never been in a single meeting, or rally which Kinijit sponsored. I did not suck up the rehtoric of the time. Forgive me for not believing Hailu Shawel was a god-send as the popular diction then was saying. When I was sixteen-years-old, I had sentimentaliy hooked up with slogans. Now, I do not rush to join with groups who wear their emotions on their sleeves. I did hope Kinijit to do well then. Not because they were a “god-send” who pull Ethiopia up from its misery as soon as EPDRF became history, as the Kinijit diaspora supporters belief was then. I wished them good because having a competitive party would be good for the country. To win the next election every party tries its best. Except that the Kinijit leaders might not drum up about ethnic differences to get votes, I did not believe then, I do not believe now, Kinijit would bring the miracle we were promised to get. As for the Kinijit support which you mentioned to grow “exponentially,” I have a different take. The support grew substantially in Addis. But 5 million people do not vote for an upcoming government. Eighty millions Ethiopans do. One more advice whether you take it or not. Do not try to figure out somebody’s ethnicity because you disagree with him. If you really are against ethnic politics, you should not bring it when you feel it serves your purpose, and denounce it when EPDRF plays with it. Be consistent. The people who despise ethnic politics should be in no time question somebody’s idea attaching it with an imagined ethnicity. As for the writing the Ambassador wrote, It is way well below the standard. For one, you could not lecture Hillary what she should have known. Second, he should not insert a statment that he could not back up with facts. Do not forget no international observers have said the election was stolen. What they said was the election did not meet innternational standard. Pay attention there is a big difference between the two.

  20. Phile
    | #20

    The first thing I want to ask everybody is that if you are a true ethiopian what have you done so far in reality apart form sitting around and waiting for aid or being involved in a presumed accusations of the government?well I don’t care who is in power,what I do really care is that how the people are and what achievements have been done so far to address the roaring of the people?in the meantime,this is only for ethiopian diaspora community,if you are true ethiopian, care for your people,care for who you are and hail the achievements of your or your people’s country because we all want our country to develop.

  21. koster
    | #21

    Hitler build also roads and buildings but that is no excuse to tolerate occupation by Mussoloni or his cousin Meles

  22. Heartless Woyanes
    | #22

    You clueless moron! it is because of idiots like you why tyrants like Meles stay in power and torment people. Even a loss of one life is too many, let alone hundreds of thousands Ethiopians that have been massacred by woyanes and thousands that are locked up in jail. How about the billions of Ethiopian money that has disappeared? How about the millions acres of Ethiopian land that have been given to foreigners? How about the millions Ethiopians who are struggling to make ends meet than ever before? How about the millions who are dying of hunger? Only molach leba Hodams ignore the sufferings of Ethiopians and call Meles’s atrocities outstanding achievements. Give me a break!

  23. Ahmed
    | #23

    Sam, “I believe you when you wrote you were a foot soldier for Kinijit. I was not. In fact, I had never been in a single meeting, or rally which Kinijit sponsored.”

    At 16 you might have been forgiven for callowness. Four or five years later, you are no longer a minor and should be prepared to face the music like a man. I think your judgement about Kinijit is not based on your assessment of their programme or election manifesto, which was clearly written and made widely available to anyone then. But as you unambiguously stated above you did not have the gut or the appetite to show up in their meetings and listen to what they had to say. Your hateful and emotional reaction to anything Kinijit is conditioned by the ethnic slurs and sweep generalizations that your cousins have been sprinkling before and after the creation of CUD.

  24. astra
    | #24

    Thank you amb.Imru. You have put the demands of the Ethiopian people in the clearest possible terms. You have also pointed the US to the correct direction, at this critical juncture of the history of Africa and the Middle East. Thank you it was excellent!

  25. Mumia. Abu Jabal
    | #25

    Here we. Go again. The bottom line is power grab and the imperial body guards who assumed the mercenary role in Ethiopia via the Rand Corporation think tank to kill the threatening revolutionary spirit of Ethiopian Eritrean true freedom fighters like Zerai Deres and Moges Asgedom. The $100 million tanks and other insanity is to counter that in vain . The curtain will close and the show by this jokers will be over soon.

    From Qaliti’s death row!!!!

  26. Tolch
    | #26

    God! Some of us still got the old melody still ringing in our heart. Although it is good to maintain one’s identity, it is primitivism to condemn westernization. Lucy was found in Ethiopia, but science was not. Can we stop singing Adwa and see the neighbors like Kenya. Let’s be realistic and …..the truth.

  27. Tolch
    | #27

    okay, what should people learn if not to be like “ferenji”. We are sharing ideas and write to each other thanks to ferenji. FACT! What good stuff have we invented to help ourselves or others. Baadoo kererto & fukeraa!@wedi samre

  28. Tolch
    | #28

    @Heartless Woyanes
    Harsh. Let as be self sufficient. In that way we have helped our country. Just be self-sufficient!

  29. aha!
    | #29

    I applaud this letter from his Excellency, Imiru Zeleke for the perspective presentation of the backgound and justification for your appeal to the executive branch rather to the Senate to speed up the passage of S 3427?, which provides a policy directives to the Executive Branch, in this case Secratary of State Hilary clinton, which is past due as of the last election, nevertheless, rgarding Human Rights, Democracy and Accountability, as reinforcement 8-point preconditions for fair and elections and the proper implementation of the Code of Conduct Agreement. All these assertions points to US involvement to use democritzation and fair and free election as leverage to Budget Support to the current regime and peacefull transfer of power through election, with closer scrutiny for coerscion and intimidation.

    With that being the role of the US through its legislative branch, I am baffled by your proposal of a bilateral conditions for agreement between the US and the opposition party(ies) in order for “USA to seek an alternative to EPRDF”.

    Since Ethiopia is mired first Marxist and/or Maosit ideology, one faction engaged as liberation movements leanin on the oppression and nations and nationalities, and the other faction engaged of class struggle for landreform and workers rights against Emperor Haile sellassie’s regime, and later on the Derg regime, where the former presided over the country with ethnic and secessionist politics and/or policies inscibed in the Constitution with ethnic fedreralism rather ferated states of the original provinces, and secessionism with the right to secede upto self determination, much like Eritrea. Thus making it a constutional issue for a third country to be involved in let alone replace the current TPLF/eprdf heirarchical political model with ethnic agenda at its core, Medrek/fdd/fdre, with ethnic agenda at its core and others like KAEUP, EDP, and others including EPRP, not participating inthe election with national agenda for unity, territorial integrity, sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians to restore Ethiopian Nationalism and Ethiopian National Interests. That being the wide spectrum of the political models, would you have called for a national convention of all the opposition parties to merge around the the national agenda to create a credible and formidable alternative to “EPRDF” and to engage in a dialogue with the Seceretary of State, Hillary Clinton, to urge the Senate to pass S 3427?

  30. Derbabaw
    | #30

    Sam, no matter how you labor hard to hide your loyalty it is clear from your view you are in the same band wagon with weyane.How dare you say 85% Ethiopians who live in the country side don’t know anything about KINIJIT? Where is your evidence for your claim? In like manner you might as well argue weyane’s eprdf is well liked and approved of by the majority of the rural population. Contrary to your idiotic assertion, the Ethiopian peasants are more savvy than, say, you who are confused and are out there, if possible, to confuse others. There is a reason ,by the way, there is a reason as to why you esteem low the Ethiopian peasantry even though their contribution to defend their country throughout the ages is well established fact. One can’t put defenders of Ethiopia and her mutilators in the same camp. In this regard, I am not surprised to see why weyanes undermine Ethiopians at every occasion. Most will agree with me, though, provided there is freedom to speak, to assemble, and vote the very people you are calling in to question their knowledge of KINIJIT could have easily send weyane and her carbon copy entities packing to their retirement by land slide vote. Beside, you tried to miss represent the facts by shifting blame on KINIJIT for what you said its failure for not conducting a nationwide campaign to attract voters. This is purely misrepresentation of facts on your part. The point is the 2005 has been documented by IFES Consultant Terrence Lyons.Inspite of your claim that KINIJIT is to be blamed for being new arrival and not campaigning enough, this report highlights the difficulty Opposition party faced from the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE), reports of intimidation and violence, and government polarizing rhetoric. In short opposition candidates in general and KINIJIT candidates in particular have restricted media access, have been closely harassed by securities. Beside the election was not free, there is reported voters fraud, voters have been turned back, have been intimidated. You are indeed one of those loyalists who believe weyane will rule Ethiopia forever; if that be the case why do you come to this forum to spread your party dogma anyway? Others like will continue to believe Ethiopia will be in a much friendly hand without weyane, and will work towards that end. You guys are so blind by self-interest won’t believe the fact, at this moment, that the course of the country is hanging in the balance-that is anything can happen any time in that country, and the majority of the people care less which way things turn.

    Here, is the link for the article.

  31. Sam
    | #31

    Derbabaw: I am not trying to answer your every name calling. That is a waste. But let me tell you one fact, if you are able having harmony with a fact. I am not a party member to any organization. I will never be. In fact, I wonder why any reasonable person subjects himself in Ethiopian politics, in which where the diaspora community half-baked politics was forced upon to be taken by the populace as a Gospel. But I agree with you the 2005 elewction was not entirely free. It was much, much better than the 2010 election though.

  32. dreamers
    | #32

    I’m worried of the rate of inflation jumping a cliff every day. No one can predict what would come next day, even the government talking controlling all the policies at hand. Let alone thinking of the dam people are hijacked to think only how to fill their stomach with all uncertainties for tomorrow.God Bless Ethiopia.

  33. amazing
    | #33


    I am very convinced that you are the so called Ethiopian youth in the diaspora under fake “developing Ethiopia” we know you are spying for TPLF and who is who in the diaspora and trying to divert Ethiopian diaspora from talking about human right and equality in Ethiopia. I hope the diaspora youth are on to you.

    Wedi Samre,

    I agree with half of what you said. Develping countries like Ethiopia are still thinking democracy will thrive in our country with the help of the West as if they will not ask something in return. Imagine, if we told the West we want this and that, do we really think they will do as we told them without something in return? That is naive from our side to keep thinking this way, especially Africans who are fighting against dictatorship are still looking to be rescued by the West and we haven’t learned our lessons yet. The other issue is that we are assuming the West has no hand in the dictatorship of our country. The money funneling to Meles Zenawi is for that he can keep the strategic interest of the West. We are suffering due to these main points and we need to understand this over and over again: 1, obviously we are suffering due to dictatorship leadership 2, dictatorship is directly linked to the West and other countries who have interest in Ethiopia either in its weakness or to be exploited 3, we are suffering because we the people are at fault in allowing dictatorship to thrive up to the point dictatorship gets control and stangle hold of the country rather than as you said, nipping it in the butt. We Ethiopians as a whole always need to follow our intuition because it is always true that there has always been a doubt when TPLF first took over that TPLF was bad news for Ethiopia and yet, we continued to its thrive and now we have to take responsibility for our inactivity. We allowed for our people to be divided by TPLF and Shaebia. So, it is every Ethiopia’s responsibility for this. Perhaps, we may have to go through transformation before we Ethiopia finally live in peace and grow. There is a lesson to be learned here. My other issue is that, indeed we have to very much work with the West as it is also involved in thriving of Meles Zenawi, what we need to say is that help us in not providing funds that is killing Ethiopian people, help us to become partners against terrorism, economy, against dictatorship of our country because West and Ethiopia have centuries of parntershp during peace times. Indeed they need to be involved to bring democracy to Ethiopia with the points I mentioned above. Otherwise, what you mentioned, Ethiopia’s patriotism, today is the 21st century, things change, we allowed Meles Zenawi to question our nationalism and division and ethnicity so that is why we Ethiopians have been in active for a long time. There are also groups like OLF including TPLF who are fighting for interest of foreign countries in return they believe they will liberate their ethnic groups. TPLF and OLF are the bread and butter of Shaebia, Egypt some Arab countries and some Western countries. Foreign nations can’t control Ethipia without these foreign agents such as OLF and TPLF.

    I am impressed though more Ethiopians are now coming out and becoming activists and comments are more intelligent than it used to be. Too bad it took Arab rising to open our eyes nevertheless, it is not too late to act. We must now wait for motivation to act on Ethiopia’s issue.

    God bless Ethiopia!

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