Legacy by Ethiopian martyrs written in blood Robele Ababya

March 22nd, 2012 Print Print Email Email

ተነሳ ተራመድ (Stand up and stride) was a revolutionary rallying song authored by progressive youths (in their twenties) of the former Imperial Ethiopian Air Force in 1974. It was broadcast over the national radio and soon captured the spirit, soul and mind of the Ethiopian people. The young authors of that all-inclusive famous song in my opinion rekindled the legacy of heroic deeds of their ancestors in preserving the unity and independence of Ethiopia while at the same time passionately calling for fundamental bloodless change to engender democracy, equality, liberty, dignity and prosperity for all regardless of ethnic origin or creed.

The coward Mengistu Hailemariam took the famous song off the air on the advice of Marxist-Leninists because it was nationalistic! Since 1974, communist ideas have been collapsing giving way to the rebirth of nationalism as the best weapon for defending and preserving vital national interests – a crystal clear development oblivion to TPLF graduates of Dedebit school of ideology.

In some of my previous articles, I had argued that the theory of the vulgar dictator Joseph Stalin on “Nations and Nationalities” is not applicable to Ethiopia because of our unique history confirming common values of dignity, freedom and sovereignty for which all ethnic groups fought dearly paying heavy sacrifices in lives and damage to colossal material resources. Add to this the fact that no one ethnic group can claim racial purity because each individual today is an offspring of mixed marriages. So, why is unity of opposition forces to confront their sworn common enemy nowadays stubbornly elusive?

Some Ethiopians attribute the incessant plight of the masses as a kind of curse imposed on us by the creator of the universe. Others blame bickering among political elites for the suffering of the masses living in abject poverty to the point where life for the ordinary people has become unbearably acute under the dictatorial rule of TPLF.
The first assertion in the above is answered by the common adage that “Heaven helps those who help themselves”; the second one is answered by the quote attributed to Shakespeare in Julius Caesar, which reads:

“Men at some time are masters of their fates:
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.”

So, in all cases the fault lies with societies that allow dictators on the loose to exploit their silence. We ought to be ashamed for letting Meles Zenawi in power for the last twenty years. As the popular saying goes “Every nation deserves the government it deserves”. I believe that we deserve far better if we Ethiopians unite and act together. We have a glorious history of scored victories over external aggressors by acting in unison knowing that the TPLF regime is an aggressor serving foreign interests.

Sitting under a giant African tree, I wrote the following stanzas in tribute to our martyrs and heroes that had made us proud in wars and political arenas. I hope that fellow Ethiopians will appreciate the message therein expressed:

The tyrant is cruelly infringing on my basic human right
And I am ready to fight the dictator with all my might
He has abused my beloved flag Green Yellow and Red
Which I have a moral duty with all my power to defend
The Green on my flag symbolizes prosperity
The Yellow color portrays faith in perpetuity
The Red for our ancestral blood for freedom shed
A priceless sacrifice paid to keep dignity to the end

The Oromos and Amharas take the brunt of his rant
Often unleashed in wrath by the misruling TPLF tyrant
Oh! People are sick and tired of his incessant threat
So nothing more than deposing the dictator is great

So stand up my fellow Ethiopians in resolute unison
To demand the release of all political leaders in prison
And pledge holding political prisoners will never happen
So that the hope for freedom and dignity shall shine again

Investment in high rise buildings, roads and infrastructures
Without the motto of “people come first” betrays our martyrs
Relegates social justice to the backburner & defeats our aims
To build democracy and prosperity for future generations

We have legacy of martyrs marvelously written in blood
Given to us by our heroic ancestors in trust tightly sealed
Therefore the onus is indeed on all of us young and old
To expunge the evil thugs so our history in glory be told

A bizarre combination of arrogance, ignorance, bigotry, lust for power, greed and other inhuman evil attributes such as these intoxicated the tyrants of Ethiopia and Eritrea and led them into committing gruesome human rights violations and incalculable damage to life and property in both countries as well as destabilization of the region through their proxy war. Their central theme was disempowering of the Amhara and the Oromo combined majority of 61.4% of the Ethiopian people. But they have of recent realized that their strategy is failing rapidly.

And according to the news posted on Abugida website on 16 March 2012, the twin brothers in crime, Isaias and Meles are going to meet to resolve their differences. It is widely believed however that the two had concocted a drama aimed at how best to stay in power in the face of rising opposition to their unbridled brinkmanship. Meles’ arrogance emanates from his insatiable lust for power, hatred for the Amharas, contempt for the Oromos, dominion over Tigres constituting only 6.1% of the Ethiopian population and neglect for the rest of the minority ethnic groups. Isaias is an absolute dictator who has been misruling Eritrea without a constitution and destabilizing the Horn of Africa region for the last 19 years; he has reduced Eritrea to a pariah state condemned by the United Nations for supporting the religious fanatic extremist Al Shabab linked to Al Qaeda.

All-inclusive dialogue is welcome. To avoid bloodshed is noble. However the two tyrants, Meles and Isaias, do not represent durable interests of the people of both countries. Both of them lack the moral character and integrity of visionary leaders that give top priority to human development and the rule of law. They are utterly corrupt dictators sleeping in separate tents but thinking alike.
Meles, immediately after the outbreak of hostilities initiated by Isaias in 1998, complained of being “stabbed in the back”. The reported meeting may be to settle their differences that led to the stabbing. As to the rest of us Ethiopians, we have yet to discover what their secret deal was? We can only guess and my guess is that there could have been a secret agreement allowing Isaias to keep Eritrea for himself alone and share Ethiopia with Meles. Let us stay tuned for the breaking news that someone in the know may one day reveal the secret!

I would like to close this piece with the quote below attributed to Margery Eldredge Howell:

“There is dignity in suffering
Nobility in pain
But failure is a salted wound
That burns and burns again “

Dignity, nobility and decency do not exist in the lexicon of thugs. Tyrant Meles is a sadist adept at swiftly passing on sufferings and pains to the masses; he is quick to pull the trigger to silence his peaceful opponents. In doing so, he goes into trance chewing psycho thermal plants, while trusted scribes read to him litanies of his ‘historic’ achievements as a ‘Statesman leading Africa’. But failure is fast approaching to burn him incessantly till death – and the bloated parasitic bureaucracy of his TPLF regime is fueling the inferno.

Let us jealously guard our priceless legacy written in blood and given to us by the Ethiopian martyrs and heroic patriots; let the present and future generations forever keep their valiant deeds alive in the annals of history.

Release all political prisoners in Ethiopia including Andualem, Eskinder, Nathnael et al!

  1. Henok
    | #1

    Indeed, the sacrifice of Amharas and Oromos paid kept Ethiopia a respected and proud country in world stage. That is our history.

  2. koster
    | #2

    Meles will not give power willingly and alive. We should all unite against this tyrant and his ethnic politics. Tigrean or anyother group econmic, political and military dominance should not be tolerated at this age.

  3. Kamush
    | #3

    The fascist and racist Meles Zenawi hails from a banda/traitor family that served the Italin invaders in the 1930s. The shame and ostracization his family faced and suffered in the free Ethiopia have left a permanent imprint in Meles Zenawi. Though he was born and grew up in Tigray, he ascribed his shame and torment to the Amharas and developed a deep seated hatred against them. He mobilized the people of Tigray by beating the anti-Amhara drum and succeeded in seizing power in Ethiopia. He took revenge against the Amharas by massacring and displacing them from their homes in the south, east and west of Ethiopia.

  4. peace
    | #4

    Well, Eritrea will be the number one “coffee” exporter again. I am sure they Eritreans will boast that they are still “indpendent” from Ethiopia. The shame of Eritreans will continue and through this reconciliaton, Eritreans will fully support TPLF and bleed Ethiopia once more. Their fear is Amara and Oromo union. Unfortunately, the Oromos have been brain washed by OLF (another foreing agent serving TPLF and Shaebia) therefore weakening the livelihood of Oromos. Do you think the OLF stands really for Oromos? Think again. OLF which is a closed being like TPLF and blessing for Shaebia, hardly participates in the concerns of Ethiopia and Oromos. Yet their campaign until today is how Amara was “bad” while TPLF is selling the lands of Oromos, destroying the great Borena, burning Oromia forests, killing and jailing Oromos. You would think Amara will do this based on their campaign thus, they don’t participate on any Ethiopia-related events because everything is “amaranized” god save me for such ignorance. Thus one would think there will be a quick campaign on the abuse and death of Alem Dechasa who was recently shown world wide therfore one would probably see this on OLF websites? There was nothing reported on OLF websites. It was the mainstream Ethiopians (amaras, ORomos, gurages, etc any concerned Ethiopians) who are campaigning and screaming on this issue. One proof tells me it is all about getting money from foreign aid pretending OLF stands for Oromos.

    Unfortuantly, that is exactly why OLF and TPLF and Shaebia are chosen by foreigners because they don’t care for their people nor the region they live in. They are just waiting what the next order will be from outsiders. In the mean time they will continue to do as they are told, break up unity.

  5. Oda Tulu
    | #5

    I totally agree with all of the above comments. Let us say no to ethnic-centered hatred and unite to defeat tyranny.

  6. Chalew
    | #6

    Mr.Robele Ababya, as usual, I thank you very much for this article and your call to make all Ethiopians a consorted effort to unite against the common enemy the ruling class ethnocentric ideology. I agree with your premise the fault is in socity.Specifically the poetically conscious class of Ethiopians. Inaddition, you have rightly pointed out some of the widely held explanations by Ethiopians about the lack of political space and economic opportunity in their land as something divinely imposed punishment or a result of the dispirited political discourse as well as non involvement among the opposition groups.

    I completely agree with your view. We, the patriotic Ethiopians, are to be blamed for being not evolved giving much time and ground to the destructive strategically policy of the country’s mortal enemies,
    Shabia and her offspring TPLF.What is more, we know, from the start TPLF boss has openly told us “if you want political participation you need to go to the forest and fight for it”. If this was Mele’s resolve then, much of the blame goes opposition leaders who opted for armed struggle, such as EPPF, Tinsae Ethiopia and G-7.

    We know exactly what kept these groups from being effective force that can rally behind broad public support and lead the people to freedom. If I have to reduce the many insurmountable problem faced with this group to a single factor, it will be this-lack of a strategic vission.Knowing that the enemy is something that these were expected to master. As it turned out they close their eyes to the grim reality of Shabia and TPLF’s sworn enmity to Ethiopia’s strategically interest when they were led to believe they can befriend with Shabia in order to remove Melese. I don’t want to dwell on this now I mentioned it because this strategy is suicidal and it needs to be scraped now. It is absurd for a portion of our society to see believing by compromising Ethiopia’s strategic interest will lead to freedom in the first place.

    I whole heartedly agree we, the patriotic Ethiopians make up the majority block, not to mention the fact they include the well intended and level headed portions of the population. We need not give any more ground and time to the twin sisters cabal project -Shabia and TPLF. At the present our focus is on TPLF and we must reach consensus to mobilize those who can be united to militarily challenge weyane’s destructive policy. The question that needs to be asked is how many if any supporters of TPLF will be inclined to heed this call as to deny their support of the regime and be a part of the opposing field. No one can answer this question at the present, we have to wait and see.However,we can be sure once the majority of the patriots agree to set up resistance force inside the country and begin to liberate some portions of the country there will be many who will join the opposing camp. Ethiopian nationalism is proven dynamite that is capable of removing the ethnocentric cabal-TPLF. As you have well put it out if we refuse to resist we will be no more respected people or perhaps no more a country. But if we choose to resist I tend to believe, we will save ourselves respect and freedom. On the surface TPLF may appear militarily strong, this will soon change when Ethiopians start begin to put their hands upon its army. Please, let us focus on one thing and one thing alone, the removal of weyane.I expect more of this kind of message from you and those who are concerned about the plight of our people.

  7. Tola
    | #7

    We should all cry for all Alem Dechasas who for no fault of their own are suffering accross the world because Meles Zenawi and his tribal junta has made Ethiopia unlivable. Alem Dechasa and other Ethiopians didn’t have to leave their homes and be dragged on the streets of foreign lands if the tribal junta treated them with respect and dignity and respected their humanity. I would like to thank Ato Robele for keeping to remind us that our liberation depends on our unity to oust the nocious and brural dictator and his divide and rule policies.

  8. Belehennet
    | #8

    Selam, Wud Robele,

    Thank you for your excellent piece. Please keep it up. On my part, I would like to draw your attention to one important issue. This concerns the need for us Ethiopians to bring the culprits for injustice, corruption, oppression, and other crimes such as Murderer Mengistu H/Mariam to justice. Who, for instance, is the worse criminal: Mengistu or Milosovic/Taylor, etc. Mengistu is the worst criminal but we allow him to get away with murder as he is living a life of luxury withing Africa?

    When are we Ethiopians going to wake up and demand that the international community i.e. the UN Security Council to bring Mengistu to justice at the International Criminal Court?

    If we don’t, do we realize that we are in the process of encouraging similar injustice to be perpetrated against our people/us?!!!

    Talking a lot about injustice is ok but it is much better to be action oriented. So, let us launch a campaign to bring Mengistu and his ilk to justice in the Hague.

  9. Zerayakob Yared
    | #9

    በርግጥም, በህይወት ስለሌሉት ነገሮች ምን ልናደርግ እንችላለን?

    ግን በህይወት ያሉትን ተራ በተራ ወደ ዴንሃግ እንኳን ባይሆንም ወደ ሓውዜን ፍርድ ቤት መምጣት አለባቸው!!

    የድሮው ቀበሌ ገንዘብ ዘራፊ ሁሏ ሆይ, መጀመርያ መንግስቱን እናቀርበውና ከዚያም እነ መስፍን ስዩምም አያመልጡንም!!

    በእውነትም, ቁጥር 8 እንዳለው ማለት ነው!

  10. Andargatchew
    | #10

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  11. aha!
    | #11

    You touched upon a crucial point of distiction that is the source for creation of ethnic federalism, secessionism and totaliarinism, in your raph about the stalinst theory of “nations and nationalities” I have defined this as the liberation movement of “oppression of nations and nationalities spearheaded by TPLF, as opposed to class struggle by EPRP and others”, now governing the country under ethnic federalism, secessionism and totaliarinism as the three pillar ideologies built into the constitution. I have also said the the teletafi (ethnic federalist) parties and the loyalist opposition (ethnic federalist) parties, lately forming a coalition/front not a merger as OPDF/EFDF/fdre play a supportive role to these ideologies and the TPLF Politbuerro, leading the puupet Killil Mengistat is no stronger than the constitution that gives precedence to ethnic and secessionist rights ahead of individual rights to which the teletafi and the loyalist opposition parties are holding onto. If they abandon those ideologies, they will be standing for the national agenda for unity, terrtorial integrity, sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians, where the last item stands for individual freedom. liberty and equality, a basis for the constitution of the united States of America.

    The patriotic sentiment you raised are important if linked from the standpoint of acquiring individual freedom from the autocratic and ethnocratic rule by a minority or a majority ethnic rule by dismantling ethnic federalism, secessionism and totaliarinism, by ratifying the constitution and resorting to the original provinces.

  12. aha!
    | #12

    The prevalent condition between the two leaders, has long been alluded to by ex- TPLF member by saying that “thieves agree at the time of stalining but diagree at the time of sharing”, which boils down to ” they were in agreement of splitting Eritrea from Ethiopia and Exploiting Ethiopia together, but gradually deteriorated when Eritrea tried to dominate both over Ethiopia, and Eritrea, while maintaining the secession and self-determination of Eritrea, which was irreversible form both Meles and Issayas, on behalf of Ethiopia.

    Since Meles did not accept the conditions set by Issayas, Issayas had to instigate a border conflict by way of an incursion into Badme, resulting into war over the border between Tigrai and Eritrea, therefore Ethiopian border with the Eritrea, whch accounted for over 80,000 lives.

    Even after wining the war even to the point of taking over Eritrea, Meles stopped the war prematurely in favor of Issayas, resulting into a negotiated settlement through the United Nations over the boreder conflict, a border conflict which is also a prelude to the present Killil Mengistats, as well as the secessionist movents upto self -determination.

    As far I understand there is no enemity, but rivalery between ISSayas and Meles and there is no difference of opinion between the the two expcept aggree to disagree for not being able to exploit Ethiopia together maintaining master servant relationship. Regarding Eritrea, “What Issayas said, in Amharic for the first and last time was: “Benena be Meles Mehakel liyunet binor beertra guday, inne ibelte, ine ibelt bemalet bicha new” and the difference over Ethiopia is they did not agree to exploit Ethiopia together, is not that they retract from its grant and declaration of sessionism to self determination/ independence from the colonial power Ethiopia.

    The silent majority of Ethiopians should not be deceived if anything good comes out of these two leaders, when it comes to Ethiopian Unity, territorial integrity, sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians, much less what one would not expect from existing political layout of TPLF/eprdf and OPDF/EFDF/fdre aligned with ethnic agenda, rather than national agenda, intent on removing the leader, but leaving ethnic fedralism, secessionism and totaliarinism in tact, does not a change make to attain individual freedom, liberty and equality, regain Ethiopian Nationalism, Ethiopian National interests and the sovereignity of Ethiopia.

    The patriotic sentiment and the non-violent uprising to freedom rests not in getting rid of one or two individuals but in changes to the constitution to be free of ethnic and secessionist politics and/or policies and divert attention to human, economic and cultural developments,of the country as one nation, one flag and one Official language and religion, where the country belongs to every religious denomiations, every individual of all ethnic groups, under the original provinces with Eritrea included shoud they free themselves from the current regime. Despite all of the above Ethiopia need to have control over one or two of its ports.

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