Current African Leaders: Ungrateful for H.I.M. Haile Selassie & the People of Ethiopia! By Zenebe G. Tamirat

February 4th, 2012 Print Print Email Email

Right at the top of the wall in my office is hanged a plaque in reminiscence of the founding fathers of African Unity who met in Addis Ababa in May 25, 1963. (more…)

Right at the top of the wall in my office is hanged a plaque in reminiscence of the founding fathers of African Unity who met in Addis Ababa in May 25, 1963. The plaque contains passport size pictures of the 30 African Head of States who assembled at Africa Hall, in Addis Ababa to establish the OAU. Their names and the countries they led are shown under each picture. In the middle is His Imperial majesty, Haile Selasie’s picture with the declaration of the establishment of the OAU. I hanged the plaque just opposite to my desk in such a way that my eyes easily rest on it every time I look up on the wall so that I do not forget the historic day of May 25, 1963.

The plaque boosts my Pan-African feeling. Besides as an Ethiopian it reminds me my country’s survival posturing as the sole independent African State during the colonial era, enshrining liberty and fostering a significant example of independence and self-rule in Africa. It also keeps deep into my heart the contribution my country made to the liberation of the rest of African nations, nearly 25 in number at that time. In particular the support to, Somalia and Kenya that were not lucky enough to attend the summit during that time because they were still under colonial rules was significant. Also the contributions my country made to the independence of African nations, now in the summit was also immense among which the highest regard was to the Libyan independence.

The plaque also refreshes my sympathy to South Africa that was under a cruel apartheid white supremacy rule. Moreover because I am an Ethiopian well aware of what liberty means for humanity and proud of the contribution my leader, Emperor Haile Selassie committed to make the May 1963 summit possible and to solidify its outcome thereafter, the contents of the plaque have special message to me.
“In the august assembly under the chairmanship of Emperor Haile Selassie I, 30 African Head of States and Governments performed the impossible” run the words in the second paragraph of the plaque. And further in the 7th paragraph the plaque states, “To Ethiopia the nation honored by such a historical gathering, the glory of playing host to many of her illustrious sister African nations remains vivid. She will cherish it forever and will guard it selfishly as a priceless treasure destined to occupy pages in her national and international annals.”

In the biography of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, I remember to have read how he felt when he learnt Mussolini had invaded Ethiopia, the only independent state and thereafter how the two leaders, emperor Haile Selassie I, and Nkrumah worked on the promotion of Pan-African sentiments among Africans in the Diaspora while the Emperor was in asylum in Great Britain. The idea of Pan-African was conceived by Nkrumah and he, without doubt was the prime mover of the movement. Nevertheless the contributions of his collaborators to make the dream come true are undeniable. Theories were formed; meetings were conducted in foreign lands and in situations that were very difficult to manage. But equally difficult was to bring together Africa that was linguistically divided by colonial masters after attaining independence and before the May, 1963 Summit.

It was at this time that the Emperor took the lead of bringing Africa together taking advantage of Ethiopia’s neutrality from the lingua -phone divided Africa. Nkrumah being Anglophone he was categorized with English speaking African Countries by the Francophone African nations who wanted their own organizations. Haile Selassie being an Amharophone speaking leader, with a unique language spoken in Africa before the English and the French languages were known to the world and from a nation that has never been colonized was regarded as “neutral” & was respected by both parties. Thus could manage to convince them at least to come to the table to form the Organization of African Unity the purpose of which would be at first to liberate those that were suffering from the yoke of colonialism. This was done successfully but not easily. The Emperor had to scamper forth and back the contradicting parties and the sabotage by their former colonial masters was not easy. Even in the May 1963 summit, the confrontation between the conflicting parties was enormous and the Emperor had to say in his opening speech and I quote from the plaque on my wall, “This conference cannot close without adopting a single African Chapter.”

Yes it could not, thanks to the insistence and wise leadership of the august emperor. As proudly witnessed in the concluding statement of the plaque, the world had to watch each leader signing the charter. Here is how the plaque expresses the historic performance and how may have the Emperor felt it. “How discerning he must have been! For only three days later, one by one, in a dignified ceremony, amidst tumultuous applause, each African leader proceeded to the rostrum and affixed his signature to the charter of the African Unity in Africa Hall, in Addis Ababa, on that memorable midnight of May 25, 1963.”

And now 49 years later the organization being transformed to follow its original path of creating the “United States of Africa” as per the aspiration of Kwame Nkrumah two episodes have taken place in the history of the organization; the construction of a splendid twenty story building to house the AU which is a gift from the Government of China and the great monument dedicated to Dr. Nkrumah greeting at the gate, the present generation and the generation to come. On the body of the monument it is said the famous biblical statement of the Psalm “Ethiopia Stretches its Hands to God” is written. While these are wonderful dedication to Dr. Nkrumah who undoubtedly deserves it, and the people of Ghana whom I respectfully salute, it is also sad that they fall short of paying gratitude to the Emperor Haile Selassie I and the people of Ethiopia without whose dedication the AU would not have happened.

It is true that the OAU has not been without controversy. Those who restrain abhorrence to Ethiopia and the emperor have demonstrated overt and covert adversity in spite of the fact that Ethiopia struggled for their independence and the Emperor utilized his majestic influence to speed up their liberty. Libya and Somalia are some of the cases in point here. The Libyan leader, Colonel Gadafi for example had not concealed his emotion that openly discredited the Emperor and Ethiopia but never were such obstinate forces entertained by the OAU before as they were today by AU, denying the right place that the Emperor Haile Selassie and the people of Ethiopia should hold in the history of Africa. It seems to me that this happened today because both Ethiopia and Africa are defenseless as incompetent and self serving leaders are in power.

In spite of the deficits however, the plaque on my wall will remain at its honored spot. It will profoundly pass to my children and grand children as well as to my great grand children. For, as quoted above and as I repeat the quotation here. “To Ethiopia the nation honored by such a historical gathering, the glory of playing host to many of her illustrious sister African nations remains vivid. She will cherish it forever and will guard it selfishly as a priceless treasure destined to occupy pages in her national and international annals.” So, shall I!

The Writer Zenebe G. Tamirat is available at ztamira@yahoo.com

  1. Ethiopian Spring
    | #1

    The person to blame is the Tigre tyrant in Ethiopia not the rest of African leaders. When supposedly the owners of the history, Ethiopians, are not demanding the honor of their former King, Haile Selassie, how do you expect other Africans to honor him.

    The fact of the matter is Ethiopians are currently under Woyane (Tigre) colonialism and we can own and honor our history and the legacy of Emperor Haile Selassie on the graveyard of Meles “Legesse” Zenawi. The legacy of Haile Selassie and his contribution to the African emancipation and unity only comes the day Meles meets the fate of Colonel Gadaffi – The day Meles is driven out of the Menelik Palace and dragged and sodomized on the streets of Addis Ababa.

  2. Oda Tulu
    | #2

    It is the shaeful work of the genocidal tyran Meles Zenawi

  3. አንበሳው
    | #3

    ሓይለ ስላሲ ከሱ ዘር በቀር ሊላ እንዳይዎጣ ከልጅ እያሱ ዘር እስክ ሰሚን ተዎላጆች እያሳደደ ሲገድል ሲያስገድል እና የኢቱኦጵያን ጀግኖች ስም እንዳይጠራ የሱ ስም እና የልጅ ልጆቹ ስም ብቻ በየ አደባባዮ, ሆስፒታሉ, ትምህርት ቢቱ ሲጠራላቸው ለኢትዮጵያ የሞቱት ግን ከታሪክ እንኮን ስማቸው እንድይገባ ያላደረግው ጥረት አልነበረም:: የህ ሰራው አሁን በራሱ ላይ ደረሰ….. ለንግስት ዘውዲቱ እንኮን ምህረት ያልነበረው ባሎን በአውሮፕላን ሰኞልት አስገድሎ እሶን እሮብ ለት ነው የገደላት ለስልጣን ሲል::

    የአፍሪካን አንድነት ድርጅት ሲጀምር ለአፍሪካ አስቦ ሳይሆን የሱን ስም በአልም ለማስጥራት ዝነኛ ለመሆን ያደረገው ሰለሆነ ሃውልት በፍጽም ለሱ አይገባውም:: እውነተኛ ኢቱዮጵያውያን ከሆናችሁስ ለነጀግናው አጼ ቲዎድሮስ, አጼ የሆንስ, ለራስ ኣሉላ, ለትጊ ጠሃይቱ 6ሼህ ሰራዊት እየመራች ጣልያንን ላሸነፈች, ለደጃዝማች በላይ ዘለቀ ታሪካቸው እንዳይረሳ ሃውልት ለማቆም እንታገል:: ኣጺ ምንሊክ መታሰቢያ ሃዎልት ሰላላቸው ነው ያልጠቀስኮቸው::

    በተረፈ ውሻ በበላበት ይጮሃል እንደሚባለው በሃይለ ሰላሲ ግዚ ተጠቃሚ ሰለሆንክ እና የግዚው ባላባት በመሆንህ ተቆርቁረህ የጻፍከው አጻጻፍ ቤእውነት ለውነተኛ ኢትዮጵያውን በፍጹም ይህን ያንተን ሃሳብ አየቀበሉትም:: ሓገራችን ኢትዮጵያ በጠላት ስትያዝ ከነ ቢተሰቡ ለጠላት አስረክቦ እና አሳልፎ የሰጠ ብሎም የፈረጠጠ የመጀመሪያው አጺ ተብለው ዘውድ ከደፉት ውስጥ እሱ ነው::

    ኣሁንም እውነተኛው እና ተክክለኛው የዳዊት የሰሎሞን ዝር ምጥቶ የኢትዮጵያን ዙፋን ይዞ እና በእግዚአብሂር ሃይል ሃገራችንን ነጻ እስከሚያወጣን ድረስ ቸሩ አምላክ በሰላም ያቆየን እላለሁ:: ከንግዲህ ኢትይዮጵያ የኢትዩጵያውያን እንጅ የሊቦች የፈርጣጮች የዘረኞች እና ሀገር ቖራሾች ኣያድርጋት አምላክ እስራኢል::

  4. Anonymous
    | #4

    This is Meles’s doings. Meles is destroying the thousands years history of Ethiopia, the reputations of Ethiopia and everything Ethiopia is known and respected for. Meles wants to be the only known great leader of Ethiopia and African Nation. Meles without a doubt, has deep-rooted hate towards HaileSelassie and everything about Ethiopia, with the exception of Ethiopia’s money and treasures which goes straight to his, his wife’s and his TPLF puppets bank accounts. Meles, his wife Azeb Golla and their TPLF associates have become the wealthiest people in the world by robbing over 86 million poor Ethiopians.

  5. helina
    | #5

    ethiopian spring,,,band bekul seledimokraci sebawi mebt teglesh siysdestegn ,,bela bekul yalesh wegenawinet zeregnenet betam yasazenegnal tegre tyrant endalshew,,lemn amaraw emperior alalshem,,,if zer ende title ketewesede,,,,betam zeregna yezeregna polici kalachew kenemeles bemen teshalesh,ye ethiopian history tawkiyalesh wey bedemenefs new beeresh seletafe becha metefiew,,colony malet mn malet new?ethiopia sent hezboch alat,,sentes beher behereseboch alat,,pls i advice u to read more abt ethiopia,,keza endezih asafari yehone asteyayet kemetaf tekotebyalesh beye asbalehu,,yachi melekt selamna demokraci sayhon elkit ena torenet new migabezew,,,selezi shut up pls

  6. Gizat
    | #6

    Tyranny Ato Meles Zenawi is distroying Ethiopian history and her heroes. Please We Ethiopians stand together, unify ourselves then organize ourselves to avoid this bad regime and bring back Ethiopian dignity. It is urgent, don’t fear to death. Freedom, dignity ….. are first.

  7. visitor
    | #7

    the tigrae liberation fornt agenda is to destroy ethiopian history.people don’t you get it why you think they are giving ethiopian farmers land by removing them from their land giving to india and china and to sudan to destroy ethiopia.as we know it from the bigining the tigray people liberation front is a massanger of destruction it is a near memory their coming is based on lies and decit.those evils before they took over the country they were bunch of tugs who destroy ethiopian bridges rob banks and kill a lot of innocent ethiopians.the ethiopian people must say no to this tugs and remove them.once like president bush said to iraq’s dictator and iran they are axes of evil”the ethiopian dictator melesse zenawi and his organization the tiray people liberation front is axes of evilwho is their for destruction of ethiopia.victory to ethiopian people struggle to remove the tugs in ethiopia the tigray people liberation front.our fellow ethiopians keep fight this evil force people’s victory is near !!!!!!!!!

  8. Another ethio spring
    | #8

    I cant add more what have been said by Ethiopian Spring. There is a saying in our culture getaw yakelelewon amole man yakebdewal. If legese honored why not Haileselase…

  9. Adhanom Wedi Shire
    | #9

    What is wrong with you guys? What do you expect from this fake ‘organization’ which is a den of thieves and murderers? Meles is ravaged with this deep-seated hatred for anything to do with the glorious history of our country. In fact his hatred is nothing less than what his cousin in Asmara harbors to our history and tradition. As a native of Tigray, I feel ashamed to call him my fellow countryman. He is a disgrace to our heritage. Was Kwame Nkrumah not a staunch leader of The Casablanca Group who could not get at a compromise with the other African group of his time -The Monrovia Group? Under his leadership, these two groups could not reach an agreement at all and until our Emperor intervened they were not even seeing eye to eye. They were hurling names at each other by one calling the other ‘stooges of neo-colonialism’. I would not be surprised if these thieves erect the statue of Meles next. What a shame!!!!!

  10. Anonymous
    | #10

    one should be very happy that our beloved king his Imperial Majesty is not associated with the current disgraceful AU which houses a collection of tyrants and thieves. when our time comes, when the people of Ethiopia free themselves from the weyane tyrant he will be honored and given his fully deserved respect by the people of Ethiopia and Africa

  11. Sew_Kentu
    | #11

    As majority of you said, Meles and his TPLF gang wanted to disgrace His Imperial Majesty. History will judje who cntributed a lot for African unity. Meles on his part whatever he is tryinng to do, his jelousy character will never put him in history in a positive way.

  12. Anonymous
    | #12

    The Ethiopian Spring will not be long in coming. Zenawi must be condemned and before him, Mengistu. The waves of time will soon wash over them and leave their memory as barren as the wall on which they did not honour Emperor Haile Selassie — the King who caused the headquarters of African Unity to be established in Ethiopia.

  13. wow
    | #13

    I think it is more the work of TPLF and Shaebia. Shaebia is obvious that its anti Ethiopian sentiment has always been present and they do not even want to remember the economic prosperity enjoyed by Eritreans under HIM. As a nation aspiring to be independent from Ethiopia, of course Eritrea was and is the architect of anti Ethiopian. We might be underestimating Eritrea very well, beleive me as it once wants to aspire itself the power of Horn of Africa, they are brainwashing like they did Tigrayans and Oromos, many Africans and African leaders against Ethiopia. I hope Ethiopains are aware of this, they want to become powerful, they work hard and glove with their diaspora and others against the interest of Ethiopia while we are divided. Add to that, Meles and TPLF directly and indirectly working hard against the interest of Ethiopia. However, how can TPLF as part of Ethiopia despite its resentment for what ever reson, reject the recognition of Ethiopia’s independence and HIM? Is there anything moronic than that? It is mind boggling. I sometimes wonder Africans will never ever mount to anything if they go against the interest of their people as a whole. Despite resentment, Ethiopia’s independence IS the recognition of Tigray and Oromia as well not just for the other Ethiopians.

  14. Abu Sharmarke
    | #14

    You can not combine two opposing things together .. to be a freedom lover for all Africans and to occupy and colonise your Ogadeni neighbour. Why don’t you read the other’s history, while glorifying yours? Now the auther wrote that Somalia was not independent in 1963 !! what a shame for a great writer like Tamirat. Somalia’s independence was July 1960. Please know your neighbor and put a while your arroganse.

  15. samawade
    | #15

    The bad side of ethiopia history,is being part of the colonial power,who taken their own share

  16. ወቅት
    | #16

    የተከበራችሁ ወንድሞቸ ወገኖቸ እንዲሁም የኢትዮጵያ ጠላቶችና ደመኞች:ከሁሉም በላይ ሥለ መለስ ሲነሳ የሚኮሰኩሰው የህዝብ ቁጠር ከጊዜ ወደ ጊዜ እየጨመረ መቶ በመቶ ደርሷል::ጥያቄ ታዲያ ህዝብ እየጠላው እንዴት ይህን ያክል አገርና ወገንን እያሰቃየ አሳፋሪ ተግባራትን እየፈጸመ ሥልጣን ላይ ልቆይ ቻለ?::ወድቀህ ተነስ የሚለው ከፓርቲውም አባላት ሆነ እስከቤተሰብ ውስጥ ሁሉም የጠሉትና ክብር የማይገባው የሀግርና የታሪክ ከበርን ያልተማረ,ግብረገብና መሀበራዊ የኑሮ ዘዴን የማያውቅ; እንዴት ለኢትዮጵያና ለህዝቧ ይህን ዓይነት መሪ እግዜርስ ሊጥልባቸው ቻለ? አሁን መለስ በዚህ እኩይ ተግባሩ ማንን አስቀይሞ ደስታን አገኛለሁ ብሎ አስቦ ይሆን? እንደተለመደው አማራን? ህይል ሥላሴ አማራ ብቻ አይደሉም::እንደ ጀመረው ጉራጌን? ለጉራጌ ህዝም የተለየ ጥቅም የሰሩት የለም::በኣነግ ምክንያት ኣሮሞን;ለኦሮሞም የተለየ ጥቅም አልሰሩ:የትግራይን ህዝብ ለመበደል የትግራይ ህዝብ የተለየ ጥቅም ከንጉሱ አላገኘም::እንዲያውም በጥቅም ደረጃ ከተሄደ በንጉሱ ጥቅም ያገኙ ቢኖሩ የትግራይ ተወላጆች ናቸው:;ይህም በሁሉም ክፍለሀገራት ከተለያዩ ብሄሮች አገረገዢና እንደራሴ ሲላክ
    ለትግራይ ክ/ሀገር የትግራይ ተወላጂ ብቻ ነበር ይሚልኩት::በአፍሪካ ህብረት ወጭ ለሚሰራና በሳቸው ክፍተኛ አስተዋጾ ለተቕቕመ ደርጂት ቢሰራላቸው ምንኑን ነክቶበት ነው? ይህ ተግባር ለአዴና ለመጨረሻ የመለስን ኢትዮጵያዊ አለመሆን የሚያረጋግጥ ተግባሩ ነው::መለስ የኢትዮጵያን አብዮት እንደመንግስቱ ቢመራ ኑሮ እንኳን ቢሮው ውስጥ ቆፍሮ ሊቀብራቸው ቀርቶ,የኢትዮጵያ አሞራ እንኳን እንዲበላቸው አይፈቅድም ነበር::በጣም አሳፋሪ ስንት ወገን ስላለኝ ትግሬና ኢትዮጵያዊነኝ ሲል ያሳፍራል::

  17. african amerikkkan
    | #17

    we have to bring ethiopians and african americans together…we love and miss HIMHaile Selassie I….

  18. Yetimatdersu
    | #18

    I believe the choice of Kuame Nkruhma’ statue is very wise! Imagine having Emperor Haile Silassie’s statue instead. Every African country and the rest of the world would perceive that we Ethiopians were too conceded. It is in fact a very smart thing to do, having the late Ghanian statesman’s statue greet / welcome all!
    God bless Ethiopia and the united African States.

  19. Nebru
    | #19

    @አንበሳው

    You must be one of the Agazis. His Majesty Haile Selassie First was a highly resepcted individual by all standards. What could he do if your region is dry and you parents cry. Jirathin atwerachi! Jiratam.

  20. teshome
    | #20

    አንበሳው :ሓይለ ስላሲ ከሱ ዘር በቀር ሊላ እንዳይዎጣ ከልጅ እያሱ ዘር እስክ ሰሚን ተዎላጆች እያሳደደ ሲገድል ሲያስገድል እና የኢቱኦጵያን ጀግኖች ስም እንዳይጠራ የሱ ስም እና የልጅ ልጆቹ ስም ብቻ በየ አደባባዮ, ሆስፒታሉ, ትምህርት ቢቱ ሲጠራላቸው ለኢትዮጵያ የሞቱት ግን ከታሪክ እንኮን ስማቸው እንድይገባ ያላደረግው ጥረት አልነበረም:: የህ ሰራው አሁን በራሱ ላይ ደረሰ….. ለንግስት ዘውዲቱ እንኮን ምህረት ያልነበረው ባሎን በአውሮፕላን ሰኞልት አስገድሎ እሶን እሮብ ለት ነው የገደላት ለስልጣን ሲል::
    የአፍሪካን አንድነት ድርጅት ሲጀምር ለአፍሪካ አስቦ ሳይሆን የሱን ስም በአልም ለማስጥራት ዝነኛ ለመሆን ያደረገው ሰለሆነ ሃውልት በፍጽም ለሱ አይገባውም:: እውነተኛ ኢቱዮጵያውያን ከሆናችሁስ ለነጀግናው አጼ ቲዎድሮስ, አጼ የሆንስ, ለራስ ኣሉላ, ለትጊ ጠሃይቱ 6ሼህ ሰራዊት እየመራች ጣልያንን ላሸነፈች, ለደጃዝማች በላይ ዘለቀ ታሪካቸው እንዳይረሳ ሃውልት ለማቆም እንታገል:: ኣጺ ምንሊክ መታሰቢያ ሃዎልት ሰላላቸው ነው ያልጠቀስኮቸው::
    በተረፈ ውሻ በበላበት ይጮሃል እንደሚባለው በሃይለ ሰላሲ ግዚ ተጠቃሚ ሰለሆንክ እና የግዚው ባላባት በመሆንህ ተቆርቁረህ የጻፍከው አጻጻፍ ቤእውነት ለውነተኛ ኢትዮጵያውን በፍጹም ይህን ያንተን ሃሳብ አየቀበሉትም:: ሓገራችን ኢትዮጵያ በጠላት ስትያዝ ከነ ቢተሰቡ ለጠላት አስረክቦ እና አሳልፎ የሰጠ ብሎም የፈረጠጠ የመጀመሪያው አጺ ተብለው ዘውድ ከደፉት ውስጥ እሱ ነው::
    ኣሁንም እውነተኛው እና ተክክለኛው የዳዊት የሰሎሞን ዝር ምጥቶ የኢትዮጵያን ዙፋን ይዞ እና በእግዚአብሂር ሃይል ሃገራችንን ነጻ እስከሚያወጣን ድረስ ቸሩ አምላክ በሰላም ያቆየን እላለሁ:: ከንግዲህ ኢትይዮጵያ የኢትዩጵያውያን እንጅ የሊቦች የፈርጣጮች የዘረኞች እና ሀገር ቖራሾች ኣያድርጋት አምላክ እስራኢል::

  21. Tyeakia2012
    | #21

    Emperpor Haile Selassie 1st is the King of all Kings and the Lord of all Lords Conquering Lion from the Tribe of Judah, Elect of God, Prince of Peace,The Highest Man among Men,Direct Decendent from the Solomonic and Queen of Sheba Dynasty,Foundering Father of the OAU,International Stateman,Defender of the Faith,ReDesigned The St.Mary Church which Houses The Ark Of The Convenet,225th King ,Maintained Ethiopia Independence and helped to free all other African countries by example, organization and hard work towards the Unification and Freedom of all Africans in Africa and Aboard

  22. kikiki
    | #22

    the problem is stil melese is creating anger b/n the rest of africans and arabs as an ethiopian seen as neutral for both side one thing is? not to be colonized the other thing is ?if you live with west african s they think the other is better other so when they see ganian in africa union aha the nigeria say what is going on in addis ababa,the arab is worest than this…i think melese is creating more problem in african union (becha)watch and see ….at the end of the day every one is better of with His Majesty but not melese.or lembocham

  23. Long time ago
    | #23

    Long time ago it was said……..”yeEthiopia hizb wushu aydelem wedetifatu ayimelesim,” that truth still holds, more so now than ever!

  24. PEACEFUL SPRING
    | #24

    My beloved Ethiopia needs to have its own Spring. I hope it comes soon and I pray it is peaceful. I also say: pay attention Ethiopia — China did a big favor, not necessarily for Ethiopia or for the AU when they built the new headquarters. Are they friends of Ethiopia or of its corrupt government?

  25. aha!
    | #25

    Despite the absence of gratitude, by the current Afican leaders and the absence of a monument for HIM Haileselassie as a founder of OAU, Pan-Aficanism is an ideology and sentiment shared By HIM Haileselassie and Kuwame Nikruma in their struggle for freedom and latter in the formation of OAU after independence in Addis Abeba,Ethiopia as a prcursor to the “United States of Africa”, perhaps following the creation of a truley democratic government of each countries.

    It is also worth mentioning from your article that HIM Haileselassie won with its Amharphone linguistic and original culture indigineous to Africa over the the squabbling between the Francophoe and Anglophone liguistic lingiustic culture and centers in Africa as the seat for OAU. This precedence have offered the oppotunity to inorporate the Amharic language the lingua frana for Africans in commerce and academics with English and French as second lanaguages. This in addition to boosting ones feeling and confidence on Pan-Africanism and the anticipated creation of the United States of Africa is deep and farsighted vision by our Afrian leaders that we need to be proud of, in a continent of tribal fueds, and scars and methods adpoted from colonial style of divide and rule policy over the ethnic groups, which was manifested in form of Appartheid System of South Africa of self-rule, and separate development of a dvide and rule plicy implemented in South Africa that led to Pan-Afrianism movement, which later included other nationals.

    It was that same policy for the most part that manifested itself in Ethiopia for the last 17-to 20 years in Ethiopia in the form of Ethnic federalism, secessionism and totalirinism, where totalirinism is the carry over from the Derg regime and its own inclination of the liberation movements spearheaded by TPLF against opression of nations and nationalities, that formed the TPLF/eprdf regime and constitution centered around ethnic fedralism, secessionism and totaliarinism. As such ethnic federalism, instead of “state federalism of the original provinces is the layer added by the constitution of TPLF/eprdf regime, directly supported by the teletafi (ethnic federalist) parties and indirectly supported by the loyalist (ethnic fedralist) opposition parties, counterparts to the teletafi parties, which now formed a coalition with UDJP and OFF (Oromo freedom front) on the armed struggle vouching to create a new federal democratic Ethiopia (fdre), which part and parcel of the negative forces of disintegration, rather than decentraization with an imbalance of power as Dr. Aklog Birara tries to tell us by citing Dr. Merara Gudina, whose ethnic agenda is far different from those in Andinet Hayloch, who are engaged in non-violent and armed struggle to freedom of all Ethiopians in terms of unity, territorial integrity, sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians, where the sovereignity of Ethiopians refers to individual freed, liberty and equality to have precedence of over ethnic and secessionist rights. Then and there we will the precedence for truly democratic government of the people by the people and for the people, but not where the TPLF/eprdf regime or the OPDf/EDUD/fdre is heading to.

  26. aha!
    | #26

    Wekit, had posed a timely and appropriate questions, the answer of which lies in the arrangement of the political models as presented above with all their attributes on ethnic-based agenda vs those with national agenda, which tilts the balance towards TPLF/eprdf regime with its teletafi parties, security forces, federal police forces and cadres against the silent, silenced but not silent majority of Ethiopians. What is lacking is unity of all factions over the goals for unity, territorial integrity, sovereignity of Ethiopa and Ethiopians with common strategies to save the country from disintegration.

  27. aha!
    | #27

    Eventhough it has ascetrtained at the seat for OAU, it has never been able to maintain as an example for grand intention put forth for OAU for the last 20 years under the ideologies of ethnic fedralism, secessionism and totaliarinism, which contrary to a democratic rule of its people and its hinderance to capitalism and democracy to take a foot hold in Ethiopia. To set an example for the Other Afican nations, Ethiopians must be goverened by a democratic rule, to create a United States of Ethiopia; but not from the current autocratic rule, ethnocratic rule of minority now and majority ethnic rule in the future, as a precedence to forming United States of Africa.

  28. Gragn Ahmed
    | #28

    What did Haile Selasie do for us Ethiopians? I have never seen a person who is unpopular at home but is famous out side of his country. Every where I go I hear about him a lot more than what I hear about him. He might have given a speech at UN but at home he chased away every thing Iyasu and everything Islamic. He colonized Jimma by forcing the then leader into untolerable tax. He is not fair person to his country men, and killed a lot of full eye browsed kids. In many ways, he deservedly needed to be humiliated and killed the way Derg did. I for one will take it humiliating to see him around. He is dead and let us forget this cruel man.

  29. Idris
    | #29

    To be fair, we have to recognize the fact that the originator of the idea of African Union were the Casablanka and the Monrovia groups, not Haile Selassie. And yet, without the fatherly role played and a compromising spirit ushered by him, the charter that lead to the formation of OAU would not have been signed. Therefore, as far as the coming into being of OAU is concerned, there were 3 equally important forces. And these forces were the Casablanca force represented by Kuame, the Monrovia force represented by (?), and the somewhat neutral force represented by the King. During the meeting, if any of these forces did not play its role the way it did, there would have been no OAU. So we need a joint statue of three persons. And these 3 persons are 1) Kuame, 2)the leading and compromising figure from the Monrovia side (name ?), and 3)Haile Selasse.

  30. Anonymous
    | #30

    Gragn Ahmed,
    You’re simply a laughable and childish brainwashed yewoyane propaganda machine. Haileselassie was a saint compare to the two bloodthirsty tyrants who came after him. Well, what can Ethiopians expect from a group of people like you who have been trained and brainwashed by Isayas and Meles to hate Everything about Ethiopia for 40 years. And what did Ethiopians get from one of the most hateful tyrants Ethiopians have ever seen—Insecurities, Dividing Ethiopians by ethnic group and religion, Bloodshed, Incarcerating hundreds of thousands innocent Ethiopians, looting the country, selling Ethiopia’s land, more starvation, Torture, Assassinations and so on… And you have a nerve to go back almost 40 years to blame the late Hailesellassie when Ethiopians are in the midst of Hell as we speak! where is your brain? TYPICAL WOYANE!

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