DEMYSTIFICATION Questions to questions? By Imru Zelleke

August 12th, 2011 Print Print Email Email

I would like people to read my message carefully and studiously. I am not advocating any political ideology but for Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law to be the best system of governance for our country and for the future wellbeing of our people. However, I believe that sometimes we must call a spade a spade and that our thoughts and behaviors must be based on the truth and not on fabricated myths. “Yilugnita” is a nice and elegant social behavior to avoid embarrassments or for scape-goating on difficult issues. Unfortunately it dominates our social comportment and more than often obfuscates the evident realities of our lives.

First of all we must reckon that we the people and communities in the Diaspora are exerting an important influence on events at home. The more our numbers have increased the more our umbilical cord with our country of origin has been strengthened by travel, instant communications, huge remittances of funds, businesses, investments, educational and social connections, etc. Therefore, the impact of our ideas and actions on events at home are substantial. Hence, for good or bad we have an unavoidable responsibility for what happens in Ethiopia. The fact that we are out of the country does not exonerates us from our duty to our people at home, for nothing else than Humanitarian reasons. I believe that any action we espouse should be based on the true whishes of the Ethiopian people and not on facts assumed and exposed by sundry interest groups. There have been too many notions and conditions, if not right out fabricated lies, imposed on the people without their understanding and consent by self appointed elites. The proposition being that most people in Ethiopia are illiterate therefore stupid, we are educated we know better what is good for them.

· Were the people asked when their land and properties confiscated and they were made rootless vagrants at the mercy of gun toting hoodlums? No.
· Were the Ethiopian people asked when the country was land locked and lost its historic and legitimate access to the sea? No.
· Were the people of Ethiopia consulted about the separation of Eritrea? No
· The choices offered to the Eritrean was to choose between “slavery” and “Freedom”? Can you imagine anybody choosing “slavery” against “freedom” ? Has anyone in Ethiopia ever known an Eritrean slave? No.
· Where the people of Humera, Wolqait Tegede, Semen Wollo, and Afar consulted when they were integrated with Tigray? No.
· Where the people of Ethiopia consulted to be split in arbitrary ethnic groups? No.
· Have the Ethiopian people been consulted to choose their own ethnic enclave? No
· Have the people of Addis Ababa have been given the chance to choose their administrative status? No.
· Have the Oromos been given any choice when adopting the Latin alphabet? No.
They could have chosen Arabic, Hindi, Chinese instead of European colonialist letters.
· Didn’t the thousands of people who died and were maimed in defense of Ethiopia’s borders against the Shabia invasion come from all parts of the country as Ethiopians?
· Where the people in the border areas consulted before being sold out summarily to the Sudan? No.
· Were the people asked when millions of acres of fertile land were sold to foreigners? No

It is too long an effort to catalog all the misconceptions and misrepresentations of facts introduced in our social and political fabric in the past thirty or so years. They distort the realities in which we live, leading us to confusion and self degradation. I say let’s open our minds and face our problems openly without fear of retribution by anyone, or for personal gain. We have to rehabilitate our values and cultures and get rid of the demeaning foreign influences that have denigrated our existence and contaminated our noble traditions. When England bestowed to Emperor Haile Sellassie the Most Venerable Order of the Garter, it was not just for his person, but because he represented an ancient and noble nation, whose heroic history was reckoned by the whole world. This said, I don’t mean that we return to old bypassed habits that are no more practicable; but to fund our new vision on the basis of the good values that exists in our cultures and mores.

On The eve of the 2005 elections I had written the following reflections, more for my inner self than for others, and later over the post-election 2010, wondering about what has changed since that tragic episode. Quote:

March 18, 2005
From outside the rat race.
Now that a new page has opened in Ethiopian politics and a chance to change regime in our country looms over the horizon, a lot worms are coming out of the woodworks. Some old, some not so old and some new protagonists are appearing on the stage. Some we never heard from for the past three decades are crying loudly (in falsetto) their deep concern about the future, especially about who is going to be where, at the helm; obviously there are no other positions worthy of their talent. The new ‘vulture nobility’ that has kept itself hidden, for the good of the country, from the risky climate of our unflattering history, is perceiving a light at the end of the tunnel. A new day in which it can shine and glitter without much pain or cost seems to be imminent. As to the downtrodden people who paid dearly to bring the change, in the hope of seeing if not getting something better, some political commerce sprinkled with a little gold dust should suffice. After all they are stupid and deserving no more than what they get.
The political parties striving in the land better watch-out not to be stampeded by the new arrivistes. These last ones have ample unused energy and a lot of reserve fat. Now. What will the “vulture nobility” do when it comes to power? Exactly what the ‘guerilla nobility’ was doing, with a little more panache and smarter PR. Pray for Ethiopia.

July 18, 2010
Five years later and lot water having passed under the bridge, what happened and what is occurring in our beloved land and in the ever extending Diaspora community entails some new reflections. Probably not for the best but, but changes have happened. After the debacle of the 2005 election Meles & Co. had learned their lesson, and prepared themselves assiduously to win the next one at all costs. With threats, violence, bribes, graft, blackmail and all sorts of pressures exerted on the people by a well organized cadre and militia, and massive foreign support they won the 2010 election by 99.6 percent. Obviously these fantastic results have some draw back because nobody believes them to be true and exposes clearly the ridiculous charade that has been made as a fair and open election.
Obviously, this extraordinary feat was accomplished with a large participation of the Amhara, Oromo, and other ethnic’s “vulture nobility”, who seems to have increased and expanded substantially in the past five years, and is now a large faction of the regime’s power base. Thus, the power base of the regime has moved from the periphery to the center, and the opposition has been annihilated. “ Unquote

Now we are almost at the end of 2011, it is also time to ponder about what is facing us in the future. Do we have a credible national movement that embraces indiscriminately all Ethiopians? No yet. Yes, there are some active parties; unfortunately, they have put on auction the future sovereignty and integrity of the nation, with the hope that they can barter their own future; in unpredictable conditions that might be favorable or not for some horse trading.

First of all we must recognize that no political party or group can deny an Ethiopian his citizenship, it is his God given immutable birthright, and his individual rights are inviolable. Hence, our future political democratic set-up must be based unequivocally on the principle of one person one vote, in one sovereign Ethiopian nation. There seems also to be some dichotomy about the concept of Unity “Andinet” meaning the integrity and sovereignty of the nation on one hand and on the other unity or alliances between political factions. The shouldn’t be any confusion about that, once a democratic system of governance is established, people can organize themselves freely into political, civic, religious, business, cultural and sundry associations as to fit their needs. For instance in a free election those that claim to have the largest number of the population would have nothing to fear, because they will dominate the politics by the share number of their voting members. Therefore, political parties and groups must realize that any other formula based on concocted group rights of any kind is not acceptable to the vast majority of the people, and will inevitably lead to mayhem and bloodshed. There are more than eighty million Ethiopians who are not likely to accept the dictate of power seeking groups, whatever their promises and incantations. When I hear the many volatile speeches that are made in public meetings and the enthusiastic applause they receive, I wonder if the attendance has understood what has been said.

When the TPLF regime will depart, it will leave in its wake enormous political, social and economic problems that will need the good will and joint effort of the whole nation to solve and put the country back to normal conditions. Beside the huge disparity of income created by the monopolistic and kleptocratic rule of the TPLF regime, the ratio of poverty has expanded to include even the remaining fringe of middle class citizens. Moreover, a huge foreign presence has taken place in the form of aid, loans, investments, etc., that will impact the future development of the country. As the former head of the World Bank group in Ethiopia stated, the present development program that is implemented in the country is not sustainable, a sad prognosis for what comes next.

Let’s put our ears on the ground and listen to what the people of Ethiopia are saying. Ultimately they are the ones who pay with their blood and flesh the price of our misdeeds. That is why I say that we should opt for a genuine national democratic movement and not for some compromise that will engender more problems than solutions. As the saying goes “the Devil is in the details”, compromises are an essential elements of the political process. However, there are limits and parameters under which they can be made. We should be more discerning and judgmental in our quest for an outcome that will benefit all the people of Ethiopia and will secure their freedom and wellbeing.

I appeal to the great number of the people in the Diaspora, particularly to the many thousands of professionals, educators, business men and women, students representing the silent majority of the community to organize in civic associations, and take an active role in maintaining the integrity and sovereignty of Ethiopia and the establishment of genuine democratic system in the country. We are privileged to live in this Great Country, where we are free to express ourselves and do what we deem just and air for our people, without fear and apprehensions.
Ethiopia lezelalem tenur.

Imru Zelleke
August 11, 2011

  1. Samuel
    | #1


    Could you please tell us how many Ethiopians speak Arabic, Hindi, Chinese compared to English? Before you utter such dispicable pronouncements about the Oromo people and your bias towards that nation can you collect your senses so that we can communicate. We don’t care whether you agree or not because you already had dicatated your will through fore fathers on the Oromo people and we do not expecet any different from you. You have no place on oromo issue.

    The following is your quote and I am dumb founded to read such pronouncements from supposedly a gentleman.

    “Have the Oromos been given any choice when adopting the Latin alphabet? No.
    They could have chosen Arabic, Hindi, Chinese instead of European colonialist letters.”

  2. Samuel
    | #2

    It continues;
    “When England bestowed to Emperor Haile Sellassie the Most Venerable Order of the Garter, it was not just for his person, but because he represented an ancient and noble nation, whose heroic history was reckoned by the whole world. This said, I don’t mean that we return to old bypassed habits that are no more practicable; but to fund our new vision on the basis of the good values that exists in our cultures and mores.”

    That is a refernce point for your esteemed history of yesterday that we lived through in the south when Haile Sellassie promulgated a different bill in the constitution to appropriate Oromo land to your warlords and subject the people to serfdom. You are right, the struggle is not yet over. This time though we are far more prepared than our forefathers who were defeated by your fore fathers with the help of European emperors. Today we are tending to a sensitive issue with the hope of bridhing the gap not to go to hell again. Should you advocate for one, there will be many who will answer to that in a way that you have never imagined.

  3. Alex
    | #3

    Ato Imru You have it RIGHT and please post this article to every webpage.

  4. Simon from usa
    | #4

    Man can’t u stop dreaming about getting back Eritrea. We were never been party of Ethiopia, we were force to be. Ethiopian please don’t even think about it, this will go for ever like blood and crips. U know Eritrean, we r not to play with.

  5. Letiyebelu
    | #5

    I like the idea of the writer. Thanks a lot. We have to take a responsible step. We must establish a parallel government of the people, establish institutions of the people by the people to the extent that EPRDF becomes irrlevant defeated and leaves the political scene. After all the jewish have reestablished themselves while in exile. We can not celebrate our ethiopia in a devisive Yugoslavian style “unity in diversity’ that served the Serbs best but ended up pulverising the nation of Yugoslavia out of existence, a system that created nothing out of something. We should instead believe in a unifying american type “diversity in unity” which created a nation of some thing out of nothing, which is sane and human. That is what USA is about, france is about, german is about. Let us not waste time on premordial, fourth order, bush bound zenophobia of self serving ethnic wars . You can not eat a cake and claim at the same time you have it saved on your hand. You can not have tribal division, tribal xenophobia, tribal based bantustan like adminstration, triabl war and expect ethiopia to stay healthy and awake. That is what we are doing with the present state of war based on ethnic affiliation, a foolish bush-bound primitive and destructive behavior. Society has long evoloved away from the primitive mode of existence. We are living in a first order (above all)century of globalisation, of respect for humanity and diversity in global unity, a time where another nation can be your nation, where borders evaporate. What is going on in ethiopia? Tribal exclusionism, the creation of a hypothetical enemy of the “other” neighbour. Typical tribal xenophobism. Who said that ethnicity is sacrosanct? Who said that humanity should not think beyound the border of ethnicity? Who said that the universe is defined by the dimension of ethnicity that a nation is second order existence.

  6. bimm
    | #6

    A quote from the above article which is worth noting :

    ”……..Therefore, political parties and groups must realize that any other formula based on concocted group rights of any kind is not acceptable to the vast majority of the people, and will inevitably lead to mayhem and bloodshed. There are more than eighty million Ethiopians who are not likely to accept the dictate of power seeking groups, whatever their promises and incantations. When I hear the many volatile speeches that are made in public meetings and the enthusiastic applause they receive, I wonder if the attendance has understood what has been said……….”

    politics of ‘Group rights’ is the reason why the struggle of the opposition will never be successful in Ethiopia.

    -when somebody talks about unity of purpose and united struggle he/she is labelled as ‘neftegna’

    If the people in the ‘group rights’ camp say they want independence from Ethiopia, then this should be done after a democratic debate on the merits of their proposal. Does it benefit all sides. Is it practical to do so?
    when the shabia separated Eritra from Ethiopia IT WAS DONE AT THE POINT OF A GUN. SHOULD we repeat the same mistake.

    groups representing somalis, oromos, afar, tigres etc can just say we have a right to take this part of Ethiopia. In a democratic society such isues need debate. it cannot be done willy nilly, based on hate and emotions. If the interest of the majority of the people is at risk then it is a no no.

    I wish the ‘olf’ onlf’ ‘ddf’ and all the others ‘…f’ groups were a little patient and wait until woyane if removed and a democratic society established in Ethiopia.

    The priority is not ‘our group rights’ at the moment. the priority is to remove the scourge of the woyane ethno-fascist junta.
    Then you guys who represent ‘…f’ and the pthers could sit in a round table and discuss your issues. the time is not now.

    You dont even have the right atmosphere to discuss your ‘group rights’. As I understand it you are in exile. why are you placing a barrier to the united struggle by putting forward issues that could be resolved later.

    Grow up! you have been in the wilderness for 40 years. you will add another 40 years even more if you continue moaning about your ‘grievances’ or group rights.

  7. BIYE
    | #7


    the problem with you is that you pick out phrases from the article and try to generalise.

    What the writer is saying is that the latin alphabet is as foreign as the chinese or hindi or arabic alphabet to Ethiopians and therefore it does not matter which you choose. You have to learn the alphabets in all cases to use it in your language.

    I also should tell you that everybody has a role to play on issues affecting Ethiopia, concerning oromo,somali, guraghie ,amhara etc. You cant tell people to shut up because they do not write or say what you like. you have to grow up and be mature to be able to debate isues. Don’t attack people, attack the issues at hand. By the way, this is how many people like you play their politics. attacking people, hatting others for suggesting provoking ideas etc. People like this are ruled by emotions and are unable to see the wider picture.

    Grow up , be sensible and debate the issues. that is what a democratic debate is about, which you have the freedom to enjoy in the country you are in.

  8. ዋቆ
    | #8

    ለአምባሳደር እምሩ ባርኔጣየን አነሳለሁ:: ጋሪው ከፈረሱ ቀደመ ካልሆነ በስተቀር አስተማማኝ ሰላም በኢትዮጵያም ሆነ በቀረው አለም ሊሰፍን የሚችለው ማንኛውም ግለሰብ በሕግ ፊት እኩል ሲሆንና ሰብዓዊ መብቱ የተረጋገጠ ሲሆን ብቻ ነው:: የቡድን መብት አቀንቃኞች ሊያሳምኑን ያልቻሉት እና እያድበሰበሱ የሚያልፉት ነገር ቢኖር የግለሰብ መብት ለመጠበቁ ማረጋገጫ ማቅረብ አለመቻላቸው ነው:: እንጥቀስ ከተባለ የኤርትራ አማጺ የቡድን መብት የሚለውን ተሳክቶለት አዲስ ሀገር መስርቶ ለስልጣን ቅርጫ ራሱን ቢያደላድልም ለህዝቡ መሰረታዊ የሆነውን ግለሰባዊ መብት ሊያጎናጽፍ ቀርቶ ካለፈው በባሰ ደረጃ ኤርትራ ታላቅ እስር ቤት ሆናለች:: ማንኛውም ኦሮሚፋ ተናጋሪም ሆነ የቀረው ዪትዮጵያ ክፍል ጥያቄ የጎጥ ፈላጭ ቆራጮችን ማስቀመጥ ሳይሆን ማንኛውም ግለሰብ ሰውነቱ የሚፈቅድለትን መሰረታዊ መብት መጎናጸፍ ነው:: ስለዚህ ጋሪውን ከፈረሱ በፊት እናስቀድማለን የሚለው ፍትጊያ በኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ ዘንድ ተቀባይነት ሊኖረው አይችልም:: የኢትዮጵያ መሰረታው ችግር እንደ ማንኛውም አለም ህዝብ ግለሰባዊ መብቱ መነጠቁ ነው:: ለዚህ መሰረታዊ ጥያቄ መልስ ለመስጠት አቁዋራጩ መንገድ እያንዳንዱ ግለሰብ እኩል የሆነባት ኢትዮጵያን መገንባት ብቻ ነው:: በጫካ የነበረው የወያኔ ሽፍቶችም ለትግራይ ህዝብ ሲቀልቡት የነበረው የቡድን ነጻነት የአምባገነን መንግስት ከመቀፍቀፍ በስተቀር የፈየደለት ነገር የለም:: በጣም ተራ የሆነውን ነጻ ጋዜጣ እንኩዋን ገዝቶ የማንበብ መብቱን አላረጋገጠለትም::

    ብልጣ ብልጥ ፖለቲከኞች ህዝቡን ጭዳ ካደረጉ በሁዋላ ከጽልጣናቸው በስተቀር የሚታያቸው ነገር እንደሌለ ታሪክ ደጋግሞ አስተምሮናል:: በውነት እነዚህ የፖለቲካ ነጋዴዎች ለህዝቡ ካሰቡ ለምን የግለሰቡን መብት ቅድሚያ አልሰጡትም:: አብዛኞቹ በሰሜን አሜሪካና ኤሮፕ የሚኖሩና የግለሰብ መብት መሰረታዊው የዴሞክራሲ ጽንሰ ሃሳብ መሆኑን ባያጡትም ትግሉን ወደዚያ አቅጣጫ ከዞረ የነሱን የስልጣን ቅዠት አልቦ የሚያስቀረው መሆኑን ስለሚገነዘቡ ነው:: እነሱ እንደሚፈሱበት የዘር ፖለቲካ በምዕራቡ ቢተገበር ኖሮ የጥገኝነት እድሉንም እንደማያገኙት ሊረዱ በተገባ ነበር:: የዘር ፖለቲካው ለኛ ለኦሮሞ ተወላጆች መፍትሄ የሚያመጣ ቢሆን ኖሮ ኦህዴድ መች አነሰን? ለሌሎቹ ብሄርተኞችም ብዙ ዘረኞች ተኮልኮለው ምን ፈጠሩላቸው? የራሳቸውን ስልጣንና ጥቅም ከማግበስበስ በስተቀር:: የዘር ፖለቲካው ኢትዮጵያ ለ20 አመታት ተሞክሮዋል:: ውጤቱ ግን አሳዛኝ ውድቀት ነው:: ዘር ከተነሳ አንድ ቦታ ሊያቆም አይችልም ምክንያቱም ከሀገር ወደ ክልል ከክልል ወደ ዞን ከዞን ወደ ወረዳ ከወረዳ ወደ ቀብሌ ከቀበሌ ወደ ጎረቤት ከዚያም ወደ ቤተሰብ እየወረደ መቆሚያ አይኖረውም:: ሰው ደግሞ ከእንስሣት ተሻለ የሚባለው ቁዋንቁዋ በመናገሩ ሳይሆን ማሰብ በመቻሉና በመተባበሩ ነው:: ቁዋንቁዋ ለሰውነት ወይም ለአርቆ አስተዋይነት መገለጫ አይሆንም:: እነ ማዘር ቴሬሳ ከፍተኛውን የሰውነት ደረጃ ለመድረስ የቻሉት “እኛ” እና “እናንተ” ብሎ ግድግዳ በመፍጠር ሳይሆን “የኛን ለሁላችን” በሚል የተቀደሰ ምግባር በመሰማራታቸው ነው:: የከፋፍለህ ግዛው ሁዋላ ቀር ፖለቲካ ከአሁኑ ትውልድ ጋር አይጣጣምም:: የኢትዮጵያ ተረካቢ ደግሞ አዲሱ ትውልድ በመሆኑ ከሁዋላ ቀር ፖለቲካው ጋር የተጣበቁትን እዚያው ይቆረፍዳሉ እንጅ መጻዒ እድሉን እንዲያባክኑበት አይሻም:: በድጋሚ አምባሳደር እምሩን አመስግኜ በዚህ ልሰናበት::

  9. Samuel
    | #9


    Do you know what you are talking about? You rae raising a non-existent issue while we are discussing on a possible dialogue with all groups that have a stake in the future of the country. Today Ethiopia is in a danger zone of possible chaos as a result of dicatatrial descriminatory rule of the TPLF. people sre opening up the door for dialogue and possible coordination of their actions to reclaim their country. The purpose is to safeguard the future of the country with a common understanding, and yet, addressing the issues pertinent to all groups. This step needs wisdom and genuine care for all Ethiopians. G& must be commended for championing this step. It is an eye breaker and it alluded us for over 20 years. The failure of forging a common understanding helped the TPLF only. Now we see a light at the end of the tunnel and anything short of this step will neither bring change to the country or peace to our people.

  10. BiniAM
    | #10

    “Were the people of Ethiopia consulted about the separation of Eritrea? No”

    After 30 years of hard fought struggle, sacrifices of a generation and the untold sufferings of Eritreans under the hands of successive Ethiopian regimes, not to mention the battle field victories that allowed the Eritreans to liberate the whole Eritrea, you still expect Eritreans to consult the people of Ethiopia weather to separate or not? Imru Zeleke, are you for real?

    “The choices offered to the Eritrean was to choose between “slavery” and “Freedom”?”

    Eritreans did not need any scare tactics to vote for freedom, they new they have earned their freedom and they were already basking in it, voting on the referendum was merely an exercise in a tolerable democratic process.

    Can you imagine anybody choosing “slavery” against “freedom” ? Has anyone in Ethiopia ever known an Eritrean slave? No.

    This is part of your continuous effort to tarnish the history of Eritrea, this also shows the monumental failure in your part to accept a forgone conclusion and reconcile with your past deeds, for it is your generation that has let Eritreans and Ethiopians suffer tremendously.

  11. ጉረኞች
    | #11

    How is it difficult for you to understand the questions and answers of the writer? Simply put Dictators are not always foreign origin. In fact the present day world they all emerge from one of your own. There is no guarantee you will be free as you think you might be if your beloved OLF takes power in the would be country of Oromia. That is what the experience of Eriteria teaches you if you are willing to learn. The writer just put it for you in simple questions and answers format that all the things happened without the will of the people. Self appointed dictators imposed on Oromos and the other ethnic groups that are using latin alphabet for writing. The people of those tribes did not get a chance to choose what they want.

  12. Amare
    | #12


    You talked much about democracy which is good- but isn’t democracy giving people what they want? In that case why would you suggest Hindi or Chinese for the Oromos? They have already selected Latin. If you really love the Oromos, please let them use what ever language they want. If they can, they can even invent a new alpahbet. Be opne and be accomodative, this is what democracy is all about!

  13. Sheger
    | #13

    Arent they writing in English any ways wether that is called Latin or what ever. But let us not miss the whole point.

    All the issue ‘s are very important. At this point, just like the Durg did they claimed the whole. Country and are doing what ever they want to our beloved Ethiopia. They talk about fudalizim and and so on as the bad thing, but to tell the truth wether the Durg or the TPLFs aren’t they the feudalist of feudalist? Just because he took it to him self and is cuasens and friends what does it make it? And what does it make it dimicratice or what ever when we know the country
    Is on sale and the picle is at his mouse and the money is at his pocket and the water is at his personal jar and the gold
    His or lost and the…… a country were there isn’t even one lunch or dinner station for the starved. Except people
    Baig and people give. How about home for the homeless? School? Any kind of sanitation? May be free school and Hospitals, but how can you use that if you don’t have a house food and staff. And coumunitys that cars country that cars
    And provides what it could to help people. Except privet groups I don’t know what the Govenrmnt does to help the people or to develop the country itself. If there is any I don’t believe they do any of it for us all Ethiopias rather using
    All of it for their own use and profit and interest.

    One thing Ato Imeru didn’t mantioned is about billions of Ethiopian money getting lost, all kinds of Ethiopian treasury
    And so on. This can be only done by people some how some body made is father or some thing a slave. I suspect
    It could be some people that Italy broth as solders and some people from the Oromo tribes also was slaves for
    Some kings and degasemaches just like there is SERATEGNA at every house hold to day. And thouse were women.
    By the ways. But any how not that today’s Ethiopia or Ethiopians are responsible about it. I think that is what we are dealing with. Intermes off race we are all mixed up. And I think we have been under sage for a long time by Italy
    To appoint we don’t even want to talk about it. Wethere people really newu or not or if they know today or not.

  14. Tedros not TeWOdros
    | #14

    Ethiopian got to accept Basic fact that we Eritrean never claimed, think or believe we were( are) part of Ethiopia. We just are not. get it over. great History of Femine , drought, begging help for most of ur life

  15. Sheger
    | #15

    Or how about just live together in peace? What is the problem religion? Well we just have to respect each other unless
    You what people do.

  16. Oda Tulu
    | #16

    Ethiopia will claim its rightful access to the Red Sea whether the likes of Tedros likes it or not!

  17. Tazabiw
    | #17

    take an active role in maintaining the integrity and sovereignty of Ethiopia and the establishment of genuine democratic system in the country. We are privileged to live in this Great Country, where we are free to express ourselves and do what we deem just and air for our people, without fear and apprehensions.
    I agree with the writer, some comentators are not reasonable. Insulting some one for his/her ideas is ignorance! come with an argument why you oppose the idea- and discuss it. We need more of you Imiru- thanks. i advice all Ethiopians (Oromo,Amara,tigre, gurage……) to be together and save their country. Lets get rid of ethnic politics which is based on haterate.

  18. The Eritrean one!
    | #18

    Imru, you would only know why Eritreans chose to be free from Ethiopia if you would have your mother slaughtered infront of you, if your father was slaughtered infront of you, if your properties are demolished ones and for all, if your relatives were arrested and tortured to death, if your days and nights are brighten with American and later Soviet made bombs, when and when; HOWEVER, NOW I’M BECOMING VERY SKEPTICAL AS I GREW AND HAPPENED TO HAVE MANY DARE FRIENDS OF ETHIOPIAN ORIGIN. NOW YOU AND I CAN AGREE AS TO WHO THE MOTHER OF ALL DESASTER, MURDER, TORMOIL, AND MUSTRUST WAS ORIGINATED FROM; IT’S CALLED TIGRY!!

  19. BIYE
    | #19

    The Eritrean one!

    You talking here you are ‘free’. the majority of eritreans live as refugees scattered all over the place, unable to carve out a decent living in eritrea. you call this freedom. kkkkkkkkk!
    those inside the country live in fear under the dictat of afeworki. torture and murder are as widespread as ever. disappearances are common, the people are gagged and can’t say or write anything against the shabia, if you call this ‘freedom’, you are fooling yourself and you will never get out of the hole you are buried in. How is it that you people lack a bit of common sense. If you don’t wake up afeworki will continue to flog you for ever more.

    anyway the issue here is not about WHETHER THERE IS FREEDOM IN ERITREA OR NOT. THE ISSUE IS

    -’HAVE THE ETHIPIAN PEOPLE been consulted about eritra’s so called refurrendum?’ the answer is NO. this is the truth and you can’t deny this. In a war where 1000s of people died in the name of ethiopian unity, the ethiopian people surely have a right to be consulted in a democratic and free debate.
    fact nr 1

    -The atmospher under which the so called referrundum took place was not ideal to start off with. It was a deal between shabia, woyane and butros ghalli. fact nr 2

    -the interests of ethiopia were never discussed. fact nr 3
    That is why the writer of this article raised the issue.

    I know you and the likes of you do not like it because it is the TRUTH.

  20. Sheger
    | #20

    I am suspicious of this people to a point of calling the Amehara Oromo just so some day they get pushed around and
    Including the so called Amaras getting pushed around so in general speaking just to push around Ethiopian in all. Just like they have been doing. What did we do and what do we do about this dear people? Don’t we have some thing to say or do about this? At least say Enikebaber. I don’t won’t to know the rest.

  21. Samuel
    | #21


    There are a number of Amhara political elites that are driven by their nostalgia to the past and still hope the resurrection of the status quo perhaps in a diminished fashion. Let us also rememebr every day that the past has not been so good for other ethnic groups as we have been discussing for the lat 40 years. These elites do not have any respect for the alternative views of others and they preach us day and night about the great years and traditions of theirs for the rest of the country. Ambassader Imiru is one of them. He had his days in the 1960s and they were not successful to bring a change with a soft landing for their system. Ambassader Imiru is ridiculing the choice of the oromo poltical elites, and today the Oromo people, in the adoption of Latin script. They have not been successful in portraying the choice of the Oromo to use the Latin script (English letters) as foreign as they tried. In Ethiopia every child who goes to school including Amharas learn the Latin script in order to learn English. There is nothing new here. The unspoken truth that the Amharas do not want to address is the fear that the Amharic language will lose its influnce not only in Oromia, but also inj other regions as we move forward. The size of Oromia and the Oromo people is just too much to accept that scenario. That is why they are trying to put a block at every turn. That is also why the issue of Oromia is far more visceral and timely to them than challenging even the TPLF dictatorial rule. That is why in the back corners of their kitchens the talk is about the Oromo in difference to the Tigrean hegemony. That is also why the Oromos are demanding the oromo political groups to stay the course and to cooperate with those poltical organizations that have an open mind to negotiate with and with not the die-hard remnants of the feudal lords. The exterme Amhara poltical elites are as dangerous to Ethiopia as they are against the Oromo people. They believe that they are the solution to the problem of Ethiopia. The subject people, on the other hand, are coming together to rise up against dictatatorial rule of the current as well as the ugly faces of the past.

    And when I look at the article, I look at the totality of his message. Even after all these years he is calling for the unity of his wing, what he calls the silent majority, to keep Ethiopia in a way his forefathers have passed to us. I just don’t see that happening. There are many Ethiopian intellectuals who subscribe to a completely different view of accomodating the hither to unrpresented population in the poltics of Ethiopia and to bring changes necessary to address the dividing issues. In that attempt our effort is not exclusionary as his is.

  22. Reppi
    | #22

    @Tedros not TeWOdros
    It is not about you. It is about our port. You of all people should know the Ethiopian world view. Just because weyane worshiped you, do not be led to believe that you are any different than weyane.

  23. wilqonna
    | #23

    They were motivated by wrong personal model and distorted Identity and were wrongly mentored and were finally mislead into becoming followers and supporters;then came that choice and was given to them. slavery or freedom?.It was a trick and funny;then,the choice was made for them and the score was tallied,then everyone got a score of 99.9%.Shortly after the score was displayed on a billboard,the choice that was made resulted in a loss.Yes,thieves ran away with Ethiopia’s lands and waters and naievely thought that they would get away with it.Would they? Obviously,NO.

    For sure,Ethiopians will and shall retake all those stolen lands and waters at precicely set time for now, the clocking is ticking towards achieving the goal.

    If OLF is thinking on Shabia’s brain,it will be like dancing on the head with old music,whether the music is spanish or the words and rythems are in Latin.

  24. aha!
    | #24

    “Kaf keweta Affaf” indemibalew yeethiopia anegager, your article this time corroborates with the prodemocracy movements of UDJP, whose mantra is “no change but durable democracy, in a regime the manthra of which economic development before democracy in the East Asian Style and engaged in a peaceful struggle for democracy, human right, and justice, in a country where the constitution is built on ethnic and secessionist politics and/or policies with underlying totalitarianism of the Derg regime and its own inclination of Marxisist/Stalinist ideology of the student movement spearheaded by TPLF and/or EPLF with the inclination to the oppression of nations and nationalities, and UDJP is focusing on the subset of the national agenda for unity, territorial integrity, sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians, which I consider as “yekotun awerd billa yebibtuan talech” aynet politika is now being reiterated by your excellency, which does not amount to a non-violent uprising to freedom rather than democracy, human right and justice, which are by products of freedom: economic, political and the God given liberty of the individual from autocratic, ethnocratic rule/ethnic dictatorship eith underlying tototalianism falls short of your call for democracy, human right and justice from the TPLF/eprdf regime. That is not anywhere close to restoring Ethiopian Nationalism and Its National Interest and the sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians and reinstating the original provinces with assorted ethnic groups into a federation to replace ethnic federalism and secessionism. That is where the rubber meets the road.

  25. aha!
    | #25

    I also do not share the euphoria you created about a havoc being created when TPLF leaves, which is what the regime says the country will fall apart/if it were to loose controll. What is the difference of engaging the the masses for a democratic movement and freedom movement anyway in terms of avoiding havoc on Ethiopia, the former leaves the constitution of ethnic and secessionist policies and /or politics in place, Article 46, 39 (1), 8, etc. and the latter starts with a clean slate with a constitution free of ethnic and secessionist polocies with underlying totaliarinism to form a truly democratic government with the three branches of the government being independent of each other and the rulers govern by the consent of the governed, which is unthinkable by maintainig the status quo, of majority or minority ethnic rule.

  26. Eritrean history student
    | #26

    Your Excellence,
    Read your own history. In the 1950s you not only suggested but agreed and signed a treadey with the British to divide Eritrea into two – Western Eritrea to Anglo-Egyptian Sudan and South Eastern Eritrea to Ethiopia. You only cared to have your bahr ber (sea lane). You never cared for Eritreans. In the 1890s, when Eritrean patriots fought against the Italian settlers, you made treaty with Italy to arrest the patriots and hand them over to Colonial Italy. You see, Sir, you had already considered Eritrea a separate entity until you were handede it over from the United Nations by the then Super Powers.

  27. tewbel
    | #27

    At the begining of the article the author said to read it carefully and judiciously. It seems that some people want to read it according to their own distorted views. Unfortunately history cannot be hidden no matter how many false facts are fabricated about it. Assuming that people are stupid and will believe in any anythig that is said, is an arrogant and self defeating attitude. The Ethiopian people are intelligent and wise, and know their history. It is said that “if ignorance is bliss, it is foolish to be wise”.

  28. aha!
    | #28

    What Bimm was pointing out a direct statement His Exellency Ex-Ambassador Imiru zelke, whch to my understanding is the point of view of anticipatory set fo Ginbot 7, of forming an alliance with the liberation movement now instead of merging with the goals for national agenda, and will engage on ethnic and secessionist rights latter in a democratic dialogue/fdd, when TPLF leaves Office, I believe this secenario relfects the armed struggle. What I was contending was his excellency’s point of view from the the perspective of the pro-democracy movements, namely UDJP, now Medrek/fdd/fdd, which maintains the status quo.

    I do not understand where Samuel comes in to condemn Bimm for “not knowing what he is talking about”, much less that he does not know where he stands in the skim of things.

  29. ጉረኞች
    | #29

    You mentioned that the concern of the Ambassador have is that Amhara loose influence if Oromos use latin script than Geez scripts. I say not really, that is not his concern. The concern he has is that proud Ethiopians are being robbed of their heritage with wrong headed and short sighted, politicians deciding what Ethiopians should do or should not. I do not see any problem at all if one Ethiopian language influence other Ethiopian language? Isn’t that what should make us proud and strong Ethiopians? Like in any other multicultural countries of the world, people of Ethiopia have shared heritage, one culture has benefited from the others. Of course, one culture could be more influential than the other but that doesn’t always amount to domination. Do not forget that Ormiffa have been written using Amharic script with no problem in the past. In fact, when it was written in Amharic script, it was very inviting and easy for other non-speakers to learn Ormoiffa. The fact the Ambassador stated remains the same Latin script was imposed on Oromo, by very narrow minded politicians whose ulterior motive is to separate the Oromo population from other peoples of Ethiopia.

  30. aha!
    | #30

    Samuel wants to have his cake and have it too from his narratives in support of OLF. While he holds on to the entitlement of ethnic and secessionist rights handed to him by TPLF spearheading the liberation movements with Marxist inclination to oppression of nations and nationalities, his faction which is part of the forces of disintegration of Ethiopia back into feudalistic ethnic states demarcated by TPLF/eprdf regime, he and his faction want to ride under the cotail of the coalition Medrek/fdd/fdre, which a mirror image of TPLF/eprdf in core ethnic-based agenda of respect for ethnic rights, human right and democracy, assuming democracy will fit in with ethnocracy, and on armed front he and his faction want to ride on the coatails of Ginbot 7 in an AFD like approach, which has fizzled out, where part of Kinjit copted with the liberation movements, in a by law that stipulated English as the medium of communication, which implies their hate for Amharic language, and now he is being offended for questioning the elites for not adopting the Amharic letters which is a pride of Ethiopians and likely to be adopted as African language. Their obssesion of oppression of nations and nationalities, and their hold/affection on/for on ethnic federalism and secessionism are so great, they have engaged the nation into cultural war on language mainley Oromo, and war skirmishes for secession, with alliance rather than merging with Ginbot-7, with which those parties and/or armed forces with national agenda for unity, territorial integrity, sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians dis agree on the strategy used by Ginbot-7 for forging an alliance rather than a merger, which common in the business and the political world I presume.

    With the current secenario of UDJP forming a coalition, rather than a merger with the loyalist opposition and Ginbot-7 forging an alliance than a merger, does not achieve the same result, if and only if TPLF/eprdf leaves office with a democratic dialogue among the positive forces of integration and the negative forces of disintegration: the OLF,and the loyalist oppostion parties, unless they form a merger in a bylaw to dismantle ethnic and secessionist politics and/or policies with underlying totalirianism of the Derg regime and their own inclination to Marxist/stalist ideology.

    For that matter, the question raised by His Excellency Ex-Ambassador points to maintainig Ethiopian Nationalism and Ethiopian National Interests along perhaps with maintaining individual rights to supercede ethnic rights as a unit of democratic process and institution and democratic party, which otherwise could not be achieved with ethnic and seccessionist agenda superceding individual rights and there is no country in the western Europe and North America, which supperimposes democracy: a rule by the people of the people and for the people over ethnocracy.

    What Samuel calls the old system and Amhara influence is the ideology of maintaining and dying for is “Ethiopian Nationalism and Ethiopian National interests with with individual rights superceding ethnic and secessionist rights”, and the political outlook of the individuals be Ethiopiawinet ahead of ethnicity, with due respect to ones citizenship to Ethiopia, which should not bear the connotation archaic, but perpetual to make Ethiopia a truly democratic and egalitarian society at par with the western democracies, which enhances human, economic, infrastructural, and cultural developments through democratic process though their legislature and sevices, legislature and justice through the independent branches of their government, which unthinkable In Ethiopia with TPLF/eprdf regime and/or with its mirror images with ethnic based agenda.

  31. wizomezoo
    | #31

    Shabia was mainly motivated by the destructive activities of the historical enemies of Ethiopia and was driven by intrinsic desire to disadvantage Ethiopia;therefore,a combination of external forces and their agents plus evil desire gave birth to homegrown enemies,elements like Meles Zinawi and his likes.

    The goal of Meles Zinawi and his associates is to loot the resources of Ethiopia and pocket billions of dollars into their bank accounts,and of course,down the road,to bankrupt the country and the people.When the country and the people are bankrupted,starvation and famine happen.

    Famine and starvation can not be abolished under the circumstances in which Meles Zinawi put Ethiopians and Ethiopia unless the evil doers are completely removed from and within the surface of Ethiopia.

    The distructive activities and the presence of those who built and ran the system in Ethiopia is a punishments not a reward.Ethiopians must set a goal and focus on how to achieve the goal whose measurements deliver big payoffs.Democracy,equality,and prosperty, that is what all the people in Ethiopia want.The goal and the payoff by themselves are collaborativ activites that end in victory.

    Gentle readers,please keep in mind – Meles Zinawi and his partners in crime did not come into Ethiopia as entrepreneures or to establish a democratic system with shared economic advantage for all.As drug and narcotic curtails have business empire and make profit by involving in crimes of all types,so are Meles Zinawi and his group,the bandits that turned into mafia and have a vast business empire in our country that have had an eye on for years.

    So,Ethiopians,why not redouble our effort and remove the enemy from the surface of Ethiopia as soon as possible?

  32. Samuel
    | #32

    What is meant by Ethiopian nationalism, as described here by some people in support of Imiru Zelleke, means Amhara nationalism as has been practiced in the last 120 years when Amhara expansion reached its climax at the conquest of the southern people. Then as now the winners expropriated the people from their land and made them subserviant to them as is commonly called colonial expansion. Colonialism does not have a colour code, it is a practice of subjugating people for the benefit of the ruling entity. That entity may be represented by any colour. That is what they call Ethiopian nationalism. The story today is defferent. We have been struggling for over the last 40 years to wipe of that tragedy and create a democratic nation built on the will of the people as civilized countries do. Instead the old ugly face still lurks around to show us the true nature of what we tried to leave behind.
    Too much time has been spent in codling this incorrigible class of people while we argue among ourselves the best way forward. We learn a lesson from these people that no matter what we try they will not yield their nostalgia to the past. We should also know well that the Amharas will not let go the Amhara cultural domination. Once we understand that, it would be easy to prepare for an alternative antidote as is being practiced in Oromia. Qubee is here to stay and we would not like to spend our time discussing about it with non-Oromos. I too would have liked to see a different picture in others’ cultures as they try to meddle with ours.


    Amhara chauvinism has no place any more. I do not expect you to come to terms with that reality, but it is a fact. The era of your cultural dominance in the name of ONE ETHIOPIA is gone forever. You just have to look around to find the reality.

  33. tewbel
    | #33

    pilosophy of Ayn Rand on Ethnic politics.

    Ethnic politics (as described by phil. ayn rand)
    Ethnic politics is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of politics. It is the notion of ascribing moral, social or political significance to a man’s genetic lineage- the notion that a man’s intellectual and characterological traits are produced and transmitted by his internal body chemistry. Which means, in practice, that a man is to be judged, not by his own character and actions, but by the characters and actions of a collective of ancestors.

    Ethnic politics claims that the content of a man’s mind is inherited; that a man’s convictions, values and character are determined before he is born, by physical factors beyond his control. This is the caveman’s version of the doctrine of innate ideas-or inherited knowledge – which has been thoroughly refuted by philosophy and science. Ethnic politics is a doctrine of, by and for brutes. It is appropriate to a mentality that differentiates between various breeds of animals, but not between humans.

    Ethnic politics invalidates the specific attribute which distinguishes man from all other living species: his rational faculty. Ethnic politics negates two aspects of man’s life: reason and choice, or mind and morality, replacing them with chemical predisposition. Ethnic politics can lead to nothing but torrents of blood in practice. Brute force is the only avenue of action open to men who regard themselves as mindless aggregates of chemicals.

    Those who implement ethnic politics have only one psychological root: their sense of inferiority. To ascribe one’s virtues to one’s ethnic origin, is to confess that one has no knowledge of the process by which virtues are acquired and, most often that one has failed to acquire them. The overwhelming majority of supporters of ethnic politics are men who have earned no sense of personal identity, who can claim no individual achievement or distinction, and who feel the illusion of a “tribal self-esteem” by alleging the inferiority of some other tribe.

    In Ethnic politics, men are required by government officials to fill questionnaires about their ancestry in order to prove their belonging to a certain ethnic group. In Ethnic politics, people who belong to a certain ethnic group are penalized for the sins of their ancestors, and the whole of a certain ethnic group are charged with collective ethnic guilt for any crime committed by an individual from that ethnic group.

    In Ethnic politics, men are indoctrinated with notion that the individual possesses no rights, that supremacy, moral authority and unlimited power belong to the group, and that a man has no significance outside his group – the inevitable consequence is that men began to gravitate toward some group or another, in self-protection. The simplest collective to join, the easiest one to identify, the least demanding form of belonging is: the ethnic group.

    United States was the best refutation of Ethnic Politics. Men of all ethnic groups came, some from obscure, culturally undistinguished countries, and accomplished feats of productive ability which would have remained stillborn in their control-ridden native lands. Men from various ethnic groups that had been slaughtering one another for centuries, learned to live together in harmony and peaceful cooperation. America had been called “the melting pot,” with good reason. But few people realized that America did not melt men into the gray conformity of a collective: she united them by means of protecting their right to individuality.

    Reference: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand

  34. Sheger
    | #34

    Some thing the Rusian or American bob didn’t kill no body els but him. Is it Italy who is doing this? We don’t like fascists
    And live as alone Italy Babilon, Egypt, or who ever you are. If you Think Ethiopia or Israel is insane. You could be talking about your insanity at this point, what els could be????? Not to say I do what you do or you are I am or what ever.

    Aren’t we all suppos to be are people anyways?

  35. aha!
    | #35

    Samuel twebel has given you the answer, Ethiopian Nationalism is in par with African nationalism for all Aficans as much as Ethiopian Nationalism is for all 80 ethnic groups, whose outlook is Ethiopiawinet first their ethnicity second, with due respect to their citizenship, if they do not possess those attributes. The liberation movement your vouching to engage in cultural war and secession upto self determination is held hostage between two masters EPLF/Eritrea and TPLF/eprdf, which stipulated in the constitution in the form of ethnic rights and secessionist rights, when the fabric of the Ethiopian society is so interwoven it can take the form of living sequoya tree with the Oromo and the Amahara as the roots or the stem of that living three and the others as big and smaller branches of a three or similar to plant species and animal species populations living harmoniously before the liberation movements spearheaded by TPLF came into power and established ethnic and secessionist politics and/or policies with underlying totaliarinsim, while OLF went back into woods to make secessinism upto self-determination a reality, under the sposorship Eritrea and under the cotail of Ginbot-7, by forging an alliance but not merging with Ginbot 7 for freedom and democracy of all Ethiopians. Are not Amaharas in all this factions, why are you so intent on Amharas as much as TPLF was intent and marginalised the Amharas. Are going to blame the Tigres for what TPLF/eprdf regime is responible for, is it the entitlement of ethnic federalism and secessionism you are obssessed with or is it individual freedom (political and economic) and the God given liberty? If it is the latter parties with national agenda for unity, territorial integrity, sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians, where the individuals are free of ethnic and secessionist politics and/or policies with underlying totaliarinism, having monopoly of land holdings, telecommunications, securtiy and police forces, etc. under its control, where land and capital is freely available to TPLF and TPLF affiliated enterprises and land being freely available to foreign corporations.

  36. aha!
    | #36

    Correction: in the last sentence, add the word “join” after if it is the latter, add the word “join those” parties with national ……, “where individuals are declaring to be” free of ethnic and…..

  37. Sheger
    | #37

    aha, TPLF is blamed for what it is blamed for. We don’t like it or you.

  38. Sheger
    | #38

    May be if you or TP!F are may be are sorry one day.

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