Zenawi cult in the offing amid famine on the watch of AU & donors By Robele Ababya,

September 9th, 2011 Print Print Email Email

The kleptocratic family of Zenawi’s ‘Golden Race’ is busy in the making of his personality cult amid famine on the watch of AU & immoral donors. His cohorts have dubbed him as “the Statesman leading Africa” despite his tribal policy, which is detrimental to racial harmony in Africa & in realizing the vision of Kwame Nkrumah. Zenawi, the disciple of Enver Halil Hoxha of Albania, is hell-bent on cultivating his personality cult. Like his fallen paymaster Gaddafi he is playing the tribal racist card to stay in power.

Nkrumah’s vision for Africa

The genuine revolutionary, Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana including Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia et al were founders of the defunct OAU replaced by the present quasi-dysfunctional AU. Nkrumah quickly embarked on practical aspects of implementing the OAU-Charter. He for instance mooted the idea of adopting the Amharic language as the official working language of the Organization; he sent Ghanaian students to the then Haile Selassie-I University in Addis Ababa – a brilliant move for creating the condition conducive to closer friendship between the youths of the two countries that had culminated in inter-marriages – which is a mighty tool in destroying tribal cancer. It is disgusting that the dismal performance of the incompetent leaders of the AU have betrayed the gains made possible by the defunct OAU; they brought the AU to the brink of extinction; their support for Gaddafi is a crystal clear example of their failure to read the signs of the 21st century where respect for human rights, dignity, freedom and liberty transcends modern infrastructures and buildings development.

Ghana has increasingly become a spring of farsighted citizens. Incidentally, I am in my possession of a photograph of President Nkrumah in the company of his host Emperor Haile Selassie-I looking at a technical experiment I was demonstrating during a state visit by the former. The bright-eyed revolutionary has remained my role model to date.

There are now 54 ‘independent’ states in the huge continent of Africa beset by rampant disease, abject poverty and strident influence of neocolonialists with greedy appetite in the scramble for its (Africa’s) vast resources, which the AU leaders are unable to defend because of their inordinate betrayal, incompetence, incurable corruption and gluttony.

Each Member State is an element of one or more regional groups of the AU and in that reality they share a common destiny, which means that excessive abuses of dictators must not be tolerated under the excuse of sovereignty. There should be a doable common policy to interfere in the internal affairs of countries which commit heinous crimes against their citizens including genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and economic crimes of which Zenawi’s regime in Ethiopia stands accused on the basis of its irrefutable records kept by credible sources, including some governments, renowned human rights bodies.

There is a long way to go for progressive African scholars and the new generation of young Africans to realize the monumental vision of Kwame Nkrumah. A lot needs to be done as a matter of urgency because corrupt and incompetent AU leaders have let us down. In its wise objection to Gaddafi’s ambition to create the United States of Africa immediately, the government of Botswana pointed out the uneven level of democracy and economic development within the AU Member States. Botswana government is blessed with respectable intellectuals, educated in prestigious universities, who are running one of the most democratic, prosperous and least corrupt countries in Africa. So I found it worthwhile to elaborate more on Botswana’s line of argument under the captions below.

AU member states & their level of democracy

The list of African Member States and the corresponding level of their democracy is given below. Their democratic status is roughly assessed in a brain-storming session based on a number of parameters which include: internal conflict, crimes against humanity, war crimes, latest success in free, fair and credible election, state-sponsored tribalism, freedom of expression, freedom of association, independent judiciary, independent press, independent civil societies, neutrality of the army and security organs, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), quality of life, academic freedom in tertiary institutions, quality of education, health care, family planning, and environmental care:

1. Failed state (s) includes Somalia, where Zenawi and Afeworrqi have been waging a proxy war and Al Qaeda is hell-bent on making it one of its home bases. It is ravaged by severe famine and only God knows when normalcy will return to this country.
2. Pariah state(s) includes Eritrea teetering on the verge of popular uprising. Eritrea has no constitution to date; it is misruled by a cruel dictator in a class of his own who vehemently shuns Western democracy without providing an alternative model of his own.
3. Dictatorial states include: Algeria, Angola, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Djibouti, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea–Bissau, Guinea, Lesotho, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Togo, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The worst of these are Ethiopia and Zimbabwe. Nigeria is teetering towards a civil war. Little Djibouti is a protectorate of France and therefore can hardly be called independent.
4. Democratic states include: Benin, Botswana, Cape Verde, Comoros, Ghana, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. It is on account of its impressive development and advanced level of political maturity of its citizens achieved since 1986 that Uganda is included in this category. Unlike Zenawi Museveni‘s distaste for sectarianism is commendable.
4. Arab Spring States include Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia. These three are well on course to becoming full-fledged democracy in time as a result of ongoing revolutions; Tunisia and Egypt are well advanced in their struggle of engendering uniquely democratic states for others to emulate.
5. Quasi-democratic states include Côte d’Ivoire and Kenya. The latest election marred Kenya’s reputation badly; it has to abide by its promise to bring to justice those responsible for inciting intra-tribal violence that claimed 1500 lives and left tens of thousands homeless.
6. Madagascar is suspended state(s) due to political crisis in 2009; Liberia and Saharawi Arab Republic have not been assessed.

It is shameful that 63% states are still undemocratic states – a dismal performance in fifty (50) years of independence.

Economic blocs

For the purpose of this piece I would like to make the following observation about some groups regarding their influence on fostering or retarding democracy:

1. Nile Basin states include Burundi, Egypt, South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. The dominant states in this group are in terms of per cent volume of Nile waters supply to Egypt are Ethiopia (85%) and Uganda (15%). Undemocratic Ethiopia under the misrule of one of the worst dictators on the globe poses a grave danger to economic development, peace and regional stability. A future Democratic Ethiopia, Egypt, Tanzania, and Uganda will have a considerable positive role in fostering democracy and prosperity for the bloc.
2. The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) States includes Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
3. The Intergovernmental Agency for Development (IGAD) member states includes Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Uganda.
In the above groups, small countries may eventually merge with bigger ones. There is bound to be big trouble in a group where Eritrea and Ethiopia are involved as long as Zenawi and Afeworqi remain in power; the duo should relinquish power by popular demand.


Africa’s total debt stands at about 300 billion United States dollars. It is shameful that about 63% of the AU Member States are undemocratic states – a dismal performance in fifty years of independence. It would be naïve to expect the immediate creation of the United States of Africa with so many Sates still languishing in abject poverty under dictatorship and – in the case of the Horn of Africa region – exacerbated by the cancerous tribal policy of Zenawi. The phantom dream of Isaias Afeworqi to assert himself as a leading regional strongman must end; his misrule of Eritrea without a constitution is ENOUGH and that he and all other dictatorial AU leaders should be replaced by progressive and educated leaders as a matter of urgency in order to save Africa for Africans.

The majority of African states lagging behind in democracy and prosperity should work hard to reach a comparable level of the few of those who have done reasonably well. All Africans should defend the interests of Africa collectively. Then only will Nkrumah’s dream of the United States of Africa eventually come true. So, it is time to declare: “All citizens for their respective countries; all Africans for Africa”.

Finally, I wish to reiterate my plea to the youths of Ethiopia and Eritrea to work together for a comprehensive regional peace and security for the sake of fostering stability, democracy and prosperity.


  1. Jap
    | #1

    The comment on Uganda is very absurd indeed, Museveni is the devil of Africa who is responsible for the genocide in Rwanda, killing in Congo, S Sudan, and Uganda. The worst dictator with government office run from former colonial master. All the international so community have taken over the country and citizen just too afraid and watching in horrow how the heart of Africa is bleeding.

    Please do not write things that you have no clue about!especially Uganda.

  2. Oda Tulu
    | #2

    It is awonderful article. Museveni is a PanAfricanist. Ugandans are good people and politically mature.

  3. Thomas Sankara
    | #3


    Here’s my two-cents, because that’s about all I have left :-)

    The Westoxicated African “political analysts” who desperately mask their latent inferiority complex using buzz words like democracy have no shame showing off their hypocrisy as they glorify a self-proclaimed “king of kings” deposed monarch while condemning a pan-Africanist revolutionary leader who overstayed in power. They copy and paste propaganda material from the western media and present it as their own opinion without realizing how monotonous their scribbles can be to humble readers like myself.

    A hungry Ethiopian man going to the ballot box and leaving the polling station with inked thumb is what these “analysts” consider a democracy. Hmmm. For such image-conscious people, economic development, education, health care and social justice are mere inconvenience to be put in the back burner, for they have already embraced the notion that Africans are meant to remain illiterates and live at the mercy of the western powers who give them $1 in aid and take away $1000 in natural resources.

    Oddly enough, they think democracy is a solution to all the problems in Africa, even as they see thousands of Africans being slaughtered each election cycle in the so-called “democratic” countries in Africa. If the self-serving corporate-owned western media don’t write any critical reports about a vote-rigging regime, these Westoxicated souls think everything is well and dandy in the country, despite all evidence to the contrary.

    In the words of Malcolm X:… the Westoxicited souls “ate the same food their master ate and wore his same clothes. And they could talk just like his master – good diction. And they loved their master more than their master loved himself.”

    Yes, they could talk good diction, especially when they speak about Africans they use words such as a “Pariah state” in place of a “Self-reliant African nation;” or they equate the absence of a constitution with “lawlessness,” and in apparent sign of inferiority complex, they don’t hurl similar accusations against the state of Israel, or the United Kingdom, or New Zealand, all of whom without written constitutions. Hmmm.

    The years of brainwashing they underwent has conditioned them to think that a white man in a suit running the show is a good leader, whereas a self-less sandal-wearing benevolent African leader achieving food-security for his people while his neighboring nations are facing famine of Biblical proportions, is dictator. In my humble opinion, it is this kind of slave mentality that is the main cause for all that ills Mama Africa today.

    Why can’t the Westoxicated African pseudo-intellectuals possessing an overinflated sense of self worth leave Africans alone to develop their home-grown system of governance instead of importing one that’s has shown time and again that it is unworkable in African societies? The imported version of democracy the author is trying to sell here has been known to remove the African communal-spiritual aspect and adds emphasis to materialism. If left alone, Africans can formulate political doctrines in harmony with their own respective values, cultures and traditions. I’m not saying recreate the wheel, but why not have the confidence in your own ideas? If you’re an African, think like an African. If you want good governance and economic development, rely on your own strength. After all, true Freedom comes from self-reliance. And conveniently misinterpreting self-reliance as being “isolated” is not a substitute for thinking.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson on his Essay titled “Self-Reliance” wrote:
    “It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude after own own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.”


  4. Reppi
    | #4

    The Author conveniently forgets like Nukrumah,Gadhaffi is a pan-Africanist and has done a lot for Africa. Unlike Nukrumah Gadhaffi had the means to bring it to fruition. Does the Author know what happened to Nukrumah?

    @Thomas Sankara
    Your two-cents are worth Billions,Imported ideology is the door through which foreign elements gain entrance to suck-off Africa’s resources.
    Who is Ralph Waldo Emerson?

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