Quo Vadis Ethiopia? Yet Again By Melakou Tegegn

August 24th, 2012 Print Print Email Email

Meles Zenawi, the prime minister of Ethiopia who ruled the country for over twenty years with iron fist is now dead. Ethiopia is yet again confronted with the erstwhile question: quo vadis Ethiopia? (Which way Ethiopia?) A number of political coincidences and opportunities have occurred in that country to forge national unity since the overthrow of the military regime in 1991 but none have been seized upon to bring about the political sanity required. All previous opportunities have been squandered one by one mainly by the ruling party headed by Meles Zenawi. The opposition has also had its share in this when it squandered the political opportunity created as a result of the 2005 elections. Like many politicians in the continent, Ethiopian politicians are also amazingly doggedly. They easily opt for rejections, come what may.

Despite the claims for an 11% annual economic growth and the eulogies by Mr. Cameron, Ethiopia is still one of the 10 most impoverished countries in the world. Its people still live in abject poverty of biblical times. On top of this, they have never been crowned with any sort of dignity but ruled by a series of regimes whose rule has been characterized by gross political and human rights violations. Despite the claim for a history of three thousand years, Ethiopians have never had any sort of freedom and practiced any of their civil and human rights even those proclaimed in the three Constitutions that they knew. The country has been at war of one sort or another for the last four hundred years. One can easily imagine the prevalence of the culture of violence which is most often reflected in the functioning of governance. The country has never seen and experienced a comprehensive peace. Reigning over such a situation, literally all governments, both of the traditional and the self-styled ‘modern’ governments, have practised extreme forms of violence to enforce their rule.

Freedom, democracy and human rights did not exist in the vocabularies of these governments and the people have been ruled by iron fists (political repression, mass imprisonment, torture and official state terror against outspoken individuals and institutions) while the West (the champion of human rights and democracy) looked the other way. The consequence of such authoritarian rule has been grave: it threw the country into a perpetual beggar even amidst of the government’s claim of a bumper harvest. Poverty and under-development have been the hallmarks of Ethiopia if not famine and starvation. The political rule has been and still is the main culprit behind Ethiopia’s poverty. To undo poverty and under-development, the key is freedom and democracy.

To generate social change in Ethiopia, i.e. in face of such colossal poverty and extremely repressive rule, there is no way out except creating an enabling environment for everyone, i.e. political parties, civil society organizations and social movements. Opting for the single will of one political party to prevail has always constituted a recipe for disaster and it will continue to be one. Ethiopia is a huge country with a large population (85 million) and is multi ethnic and multi-religious. Heterogeneity in all its forms is Ethiopia’s description. Amidst such heterogeneity, claiming the prevalence of one over the rest is simply unnatural. No wonder why Ethiopia has all sorts of conflicts the more various political forces attempt to enforce their single will. They have all failed one by one. That is why the salvation of Ethiopia lies in democratization and prevalence of freedom as a guarantee for the respect for heterogeneity. A social change can only succeed if only it is based on democracy. The country has gone through feudal autocracy, military dictatorship and ethnicization of politics that have all denied freedom. They have all failed.

More than ever now, Ethiopia needs a national reconciliation. Despite official assurances for calm and composure, it is in a deep political crisis marked by the pitting of society as a whole against the government, danger of religious fundamentalism looming over as legitimate religious demands are met with killings and clamp down, colossal poverty still prevails, the apathy of the public is worrying, prevalence of armed rebellions and possibilities of more break outs of rebellion, and worst of all, an ethnic cleansing targetting the Tigrean people is a major threat once hell is let lose. In face of such crisis, national reconciliation between the ruling party and opposition parties on the one hand; and between the ruling party and the nascent civil society (professional associations, private media, NGOs, etc…) on the other is absolutely essential.

If Ethiopia has still to restore the respect it deserves internationally, play a more constructive role in regional peace processes and crown its own people with the dignity they deserve, its politicians have the greatest historical responsibility ever. Both the ruling party and opposition parties have to realise this and be prepared to retreat from their ossified positions and views and be ready for a national reconciliation. Repression and armed resistance have to give way to a peaceful political transformation.

The main goal of the national reconciliation must be to restore the pre-2005 status quo ante as a minimum to create rapprochement between the warring factions. For this to be attained, the principal initiative should come from the ruling party. It has to declare its readiness for a national reconciliation. It has to take a few confidence building measures such as rescinding all post-2005 laws and proclamations that limited freedom in general (anti-terrorism law, press law, NGO law, etc…), release of political prisoners and journalists, declare amnesty for refugees and invite them to return to the country, and express its desire to sit in a national conference to discuss the country’s political future. The opposition on its part, has to resort to cessation of all sorts of hostilities and propaganda war and express its readiness for a national conference of all parties.

If Ethiopia’s politicians fail to seize the time and opportunity for a national reconciliation once again, let there be no doubt that the ruling party will never reconcile with the people hence invite more rebellions; and opposition politicians will never lead society towards democratization. In that case, the current opportunity will once again slip out of their hands in which case they will eventually lead the country to astray and we won’t cease asking “Quo vadis Ethiopia?”.

  1. ananymous
    | #1

    Melakou: the ONLY way forward for Ethiopia and the whole region to have peace forever and ever is: TO SIT DOWN DISCUSS WHAT CAN THEY GAIN FROM EACH OTHER. Consultations be it from western world or others must come by intitation; NOT THROUGH INTIMIDATION OR DISTRUCTIONS ONE AGAINST THE OTHER.

    | #2

    Job well done.Ethiopia need a person of integrity on the outside and inside.Such an individual can be trusted because he or she never veers from inner values,even when it might be expeditious to do so.
    Meles is gone for good.The new leader must have the trust of followers and the people of our country and therefore must display integrity.

  3. cuba
    | #3


  4. Sam
    | #4

    I read Melakou’s article. There is nothing new or insightful infact. I read almost the same kind of articles million times. But one sentence of his makes me recoil. He wrote “ethnic cleansing targeting the Tigrean people is a major threat once hell is let lose.” No, Melakou you are imagining very badly. It will never happen. Ethiopians understand Ethiopian politics much more than you do. There is no animosity between ethnicities as you imagined to be the case. True, the EPDRF governance based on ethnic federalism might have made ethnic sensitivity more prevalent than before. There are Ethiopians who believe Tigreans benefited from ethnic federalism more than any other ethnicities. But even if those who believe that do not, I repeat do not, resort to violence targeting– your word– Tigreans. Melakou I understand your generalization of everyhing you touched. I understand that. Pretty much I am accustomed to it. But I detest your wishful thinking, which will never happen, to meet your politcal needs.

  5. Tesfaye Bikila
    | #5

    Only few can foresee what the future holds for the country.Mr. Tegegn is the personal testimony to the number of opportunities the country missed because all warring factions were not ready to seize it over the last 35 years or so.
    Emperor Haile Selassie I and the Derg paid dearly because they didn’t embrace for socio-economic and political reforms at a time when it was much needed.
    True, EPRDF may open the door for national reconciliation because of mounting pressure from internal and international forces.
    If EPRDF is engaging itself in the reconciliation genuinely (ready to give up its stubborn stance against opposition), it will bring lasting solution for the age old political problems of the country.
    Is there anyway EPRDF can survive the fate of its predecessors who choose to ignore ‘national reconciliation’?

  6. Amhed
    | #6

    I have gone through the above litrature,It is all your dreams.Ethiopian people are farsighted than you in all aspects.No threats for the Tigrean people.Ethiopia has already established a governement structure which can accommodate all differences in its respected regions.Meles has died but his strong party EPRDF is existing to lead the country.We will run to foster our economy and eradicate poverty but you cry there.We have strong and very important policies and strategies to use To lift our country and enrole to the middle in come contries of the world.Rest in peace Meles,You legacies are always with us.

  7. The Eritrean one!
    | #7

    Melakou: I do believe change is a must in our region and particularly in Ethiopia. I’m not sure what went wrong but weyanes policies was not beneficial for Ethiopians nor the whole region of horn of Africa. Since 1991 weyanes rule of Ethioia there were numerous mistakes that had been implemented for the benefit of westerners and narrow minded weyane officials. Under weyanes Somalia continue to be fractured, the bridges of peace amongst Ethiopians populouse is much narrow now, the suspicion and counter suspicion between Ethiop-Eritreans is affected, and so on. The loss of the war lord of weyane maffia family member could only be an opportunity for the Ethiopians and our region. I strongly believe he was in a suicidal mission ones he knew his life on mother earth was limited.

  8. Tekle
    | #8

    I told you a million times before and I am going to tell you again now. We the sons and daughters of Tigray had fought for 17 years to overthrow the blood thirsty regime of Mengistu where we lost more than 60,000 fighters during the struggle. Since 1991 we have shown a brilliant leadership quality in all branches of the government and private companies. We will continue to be in such leadership role as long as 25 years for each year we spent fighting the Mengistu regime. That amounts to 17 X 25 = 425 years. These are doubled for the magnificent work we did in transforming the country from a backward rural nation into one of the fastest economies in the world today. That means 425 X 2 = 850 years and with a freedom at fairness those are rounded up to 1,000 years. There you have it. Whether you like it or not we are given the mandate by the people of the entire country from Moyale to Adigrat from Dewelle to Assosa to lead them in every aspect of governance. You can cry or demonstrate and kill one another just like you did in 2005 where your own demonstrators killed 200 of their own peaceful marchers. And blame us. So shut up you all trouble maker Shewan Amharas!!!!

  9. Darsema
    | #9

    The death of the fascist and racist Tigrayan warlord Meles Zenawi is the right response of the Almighty God or Allah to the cries and prayers of millions of Ethiopians. This ethnical fascist warlord has inflicted untold sufferings on Ethiopians. He will particularly be remembered for his fierce anti-Amhara political stands of views.

  10. T. Feyssa
    | #10

    Sam, I can understand your fear. That is very obvious. But try to tackle
    and see the problems based on facts. It should not be on just assumptions.
    Ethnic cleansing is the work of well organized group or government that controls the mind of group of people for the purpose of against other group of people. It can be any time or anywhere as long as the magnitude of hatred is at the right level. You can’t just say “It will never happen”
    Many people understand and observe the reality on the ground better than
    You denial. See the danger, don’t try to cover it up with words.

  11. ማንን ፈርቶ?
    | #11

    The contributor of this article was not bold enough to tell us two (atleast) important things: clearly showing the looming dangers if the ruling party doesn’t call for national reconciliation and why the opposition are warring against each other. As far as I sense there is no way the ruling party could call for national reconciliation.
    Melakou Tegegn could have best helped the so called opposition if he dare to openly discuss the issue/s the opposition couldn’t agree on. And we, the people at large would be informed and might be contributing in one or another way for the strenght and formation of a viable oppossition. Then and then only the ruling party might listen to the citizens’ outcry for change.

  12. Anonymous
    | #12

    The Bible teach us to distance ourselves from everything that is evil…dictator Meles was a Godless man and a proven evil through and through. Ethiopians cannot help it to despise the master of Evil criminal and the coldblooded mass murderer tyrant Meles that abused his power in every way beyond one’s imaginations and looted their country and kill their fellow Ethiopians. Ethiopians also hate the people who knowingly supports the evil subhuman regardless of the dictator’s inexcusable decades of despicable evil criminal activities. One death is way too many, let alone the death of hundreds of thousands Ethiopians the brutal dictator Meles and his tplf thugs slaughtered needlessly. At this point, living in North Korea seems paradise than living in Ethiopia.

  13. Zerayakob Yared
    | #13

    የፈሰሰ ውሃ ሊታፈስ ቢቻል ኖሮ, ወይንም ድሮውኑ ስብሓት ነጋ, ማንነት የለሹ ጭንጋፉን, ትግራዋይነት-ኢትዮጵያዊነት የሚያሸማቅቀውን መለስ ዜናዊን ሳይሆን, ሌላ ትግራዋይ-ኢትዮጵያዊነቱን እንደ NORMAL የተፈጥሮ እጣ ውጤት የሚያይ ትግራዋይ-ኢትዮጵያዊን ህወሓት አመራር ላይ ቢያስቀምጥ ኖሮ, ዛሬ ኢትዮጵያ ምን ትመስል ነበር?

    ይሄስ ጉዳይ አሁንም ቢሆን ይስተካከል ዘንዳ እድል አለን? It is never too late, ይባላልና! ወይንስ ላለፉት 30 ዓመታት በመንፈሰ ጭንቅነት, ጭንጋፉ ሲያደናብራቸው የነበሩትና የጭንጋፉን ካልሆነ ሌላ ሜላ መፍትሄ የማይታያቸው ጭንጋፎችና ግማሽ ጭንጋፎች, ትግራዋይ-ኢትዮጵያዊ የሚለውን ቃልና መንፈስ ሲሰሙ, የጥፋት-ጥፋት ተግባራት ብቻ የሚታያቸው ሃሳውያን አሁንም የመቶ ሚልዮን ህዝብ እጣን ሊወስኑና የግል ኪሳቸውን መሙላትን ሊያስቀድሙ?

    መፅሃፍ የሚወጣው SYNTHESE ታሪክ!

  14. enqilqilaiy
    | #14

    Yes,the death of this monster has been sought for too long,and has infact been overdue;he has gone! Some say that although zenawi is unparallely dictator a killer,his death is too premature.However,thinking and seeing the death he caused,that little boy that zenawi ordered the shooting was only 13;isn’this heart-aching and a pain on the stomach?.The man in a criminal organization,also,within that a highly anti-Ethiopia cell,as one of the founders,zenawi,a dedicated hater of Ethiopians and child-killer,has left a system that kept him in power for two decades;therefore,for Ethiopians,the job well-done is quite an achievement,although,dismantling the regime is the most daunting yet necessary task to be carried out by bringing all Ethiopians together pounding the system with a combined feast of unity and synergy and demolishing this old house over the grave of zenawi.

    Look,all this,remember- zenawi at time when he was enjoying drinking the blood and eating the flesh of his victims,the dead robber weighted 205lb;huge a monster he was;after he was zapped with high-energy sound waves,he was transformed into ice-cold silence;then,when he appeared on CCTV,he appeared sluggish with a funny look;he was weighing a mere 55lb;when he died,he was half of the weight of the kasket he was hidden in,just 35lb.

    For all to remember:- zenawi didn’t leave the tiny and chaotic world that he built without whispering something;he condmned the day he was born and the day he set his feet into Ethiopia and died in agony face down.

  15. Tagadlit Adanhoum
    | #15

    Dear Readers:Inquiry mind wants to know.Can somebody tell me who Melaku Tegene is before I express my opinion? I know a person by that name who was in Alemaya College and abroad in Holland, and later came to Assimba to join the defunct EPRP. He was unpleasnt person who was addicted to cruelty while in the field.Melakue went back again to Holland after an army of EPLF/TPLF chased EPRP once and forever.One again this brutal and seditous monster became a gashing proponent of TPLF when Meles seized power in May 1991. Melaku also became a hit man for Meles against EPRP and even during the fraud election where more than 200 people were killed.Let us know!

  16. Birku
    | #16

    I wish you had given much thought on two matters before committing them on your piece. “.. danger of religious fundamentalism looming over as legitimate religious demands,..” and “..an ethnic cleansing targetting the Tigrean people is a major threat once hell is let lose.”. Readers who know who you were will be greatly baffled to read this. Your call for national dialogue, however is timely, wise, sound and good.

  17. Girum
    | #17

    ፍቅር እስከ መቃብር በውሸት እስከ መቃብር ሲተካ!!!

    ጀግና አይሞትም !!! መለስ አልሞተም!!! አባይን የደፈረ ጀግና !!!


    ከላይ ያለው የመለስን ሞት ተከትሎ ያለው የወቅቱ መፈክር ነው፡፡
    ከሞት ቀጥሎ ሰዎች በዚህ ምድር ላይ በጣም የምንፈራው ነገር እውነትን ነው ይባላል፡፡ከዚህም በመነጨ ብዙዎቻችን ለራሳችን ስሜት ከሚቆረቁረን እውነት ይልቅ ለራሳችን ስሜት የሚመቸንን ውሸት መስማት እንወዳለን፡፡May be this is related to evolutionary survival of human dynamism but eventually it becomes so dysfunctional in the long run with destructive outcomes.

    አዎ መለስ አልሞቱም ኢትዮጵያን ግን ገድለዋታል!!!
    አዎ መለስ አልሞቱም ኢትዮጵያዊነትን ግን ገድለውታል!!!
    አዎ መለስ አልሞቱም ኢትዮጵያውያንን ግን ገድለዋል!!!
    አዎ መለስ አልሞቱም ትውልዱን ግን ገድለውታል!!!

    ይህንንም አይነት የአቶ መለስ የአላማ ፅናት አደንቃለሁኝ፡፡
    እራሱ የሞተ ትውልድ የራሱን ሞት ለማየት አይችልም ስለዚህም አቶ መለስ በእርግጥም አርሳቸው በገደሉት በሞተ ትውልድ ውስጥ ዘላለም የሚታወሱ ህያው ናቸው፡፡ማንኛውም ነገር አንፃራዊ(Relative) እንደመሆኑ መጠን መሞትም ሆነ መኖር እንደዚሁ ነውና ኢትዮጵያን ኢትዮጵያዊነትንና ኢትዮጵያውያንን የገደሉት አቶ መለስ በሞትነው በእኛ ኢትዮጵያውያን ዘንድ በተሻለ ህያው እንደሆኑ ተደርጎ በደጋፊዎቻቸው ቢዘከር የተወሰነ እውነትነት አለው፡፡ ለዚህም ነው “Success/failure is the way you present and interpret it.” የሚባለው፡፡ሰጎን እንቁላሏን አተኩራ እንተምታየው ሁሉ ወያኔዎችም እነሱና በዋናነት እራሳቸው አቶ መለስ የገደሉትን ኢትዮጵያን ኢትዮጵያዊነትንና ኢትዮጵያውያንን ጉዳይ እንድናይ ሳይሆን እራሳቸው የሞቱትን ነገር ግን በእኛ በሙታን ውስጥ ህያው እንዲሆኑ የተፈለጉትን መለስን እንድናይ ብቻ ነው የፈለጉት፡፡ይህ ደግሞ ከዚህ በፊትም በተደጋጋሚ እንደተናገርኩት የአጠቃላይ የትውልድ ዝቅጠት (Generational Systemic Crisis) መገለጫ ነው፡፡ለአንድ ማህበረሰብ ትውልድ ሀገርና ህዝብ ደግሞ ነገሮችን ሞራላዊ/ኢ-ሞራላዊ ሀሰት/እውነት ፍቅር/ጥላቻ ስልጣኔ/ኋላቀርነት ሰላም/ጦርነት ፍትሃዊ/ኢ-ፍትሃዊ ህጋዊ/ህገወጥ ወዘተ ነገሮችን የሚመዝንበነትና ፍርድ የሚሰጥበት መመዘኛ ሚዛን(Norms & Standards) ከማጣት የበለጠ የአጠቃላይ የትውልድ ዝቅጠት (Generational Systemic Crisis) መገለጫ የለም፡፡እረ ጎበዝ እንዴት ነው ነገሩ ለመለስ ወይንም ለሌላ ማንኛውም ተመሳሳይ ሰው ወይንም ሰብዓዊ ፍጡር ሲሞትም ሆነ ሲታመም ወይንም በሌላ ምክንያት ሰብዓዊ እርህራሄ እንዲሰማን የግድ ያሰው ያልሆነውን እንደሆነ ተደርጎ እንደ ቅዱስ መልዓክ መቅረብ አለበት ማለት ነው?ነው ወይንስ ይህ አይነት መለስን ያልሆኑትን እንደሆኑ መካብና ማራገብ እውን አቶ መለስን ከሞት ያስነሳል ወይንስ ወደ ገነትና መንግስተ ሰማያት እንዲሄዱ የይለፍ ፍቃድ ያሰጣል?
    በሞተ ሰውና በአቶ መለስ/ወያኔ የ21 ዓመታት አገዛዝ የተነሳ ስሜቱ በተመሰቃቀለና ግራ በተጋባ ህዝብስ የፖለቲካ ትርፍ ለማግኘት ይህንን ያህል መፍገምገምንስ ምን አመጣው?እስከ መቼ ድረስ ነው በዚህ አይነት ሁኔታ እየተወሻሸን መቀጥል የምንፍለገውና የምንችለውስ?የመለስ/ወያኔ አጠቃላይ ታሪክ እንደ ታሪክ ልናውቀው ልንረዳው የሚገባ ቢሆንም ቅሉ ግን ይህንን ታሪክ ያለአካሄዱ እያጣመሙ በማቅረብ ይህንን ታሪክ እንደ ስኬት የሚያይን የአንድን ውስን ስብስብ ማህበረሰብ ስሜትና አመለካከት በተቀረው 80 ሚሊዬን ህዝብ ላይ ዘላለም ለመጫንና በዚህም ዘላለም ቅቡልነትን ለማግኘት መፍገምገምስ እስከመቼ ያዋጣል፡፡መለስ የአክሱም ሃውልት ለወላይታው ምኑ ነው እንዳሉት አይነት እኛ ግን የመለስ/ወያኔ ታሪክ ለእኛ ምናችን ነው ለማለት ማንደፍርም ቅሉ ግን ይህ የመለስ/ወያኔ አጠቃላይ ታሪክ ግን ለተቀረው አጠቃላዩ 80 ሚሊዮን ህዝብ ዛሬ እውን ምን አተረፈለት የሚለው ወሳኝ መሰረታዊ ጥያቄና ምላሽ ፈፅሞ ችላ ልንለው የማንችለው ነው፡፡የፈጣሪን ትተነው ቢያንስ እንደ ሰው አስተሳሰብ ስናስብ መለስ በዚህ አይነት ወደ ፈጣሪ የተጠሩት ስለ ዲሞክራሲና ህገ-መንግስት እኛን ላለፉት 21 ዓመታት እየሰበኩን በተቃራኒው ግን ቢያንስ ስልጣናቸውን ላለፉት 21 ዓመታት የሙጥኝ ብለው እንጂ ስልጣን በቃኝ ብለው አይደለም፡፡ስለዚህም የሰሩት መልካም ነገር እንዳለ ሆኖ ነገር ግን ዛሬ ከበስተጀርባቸው ትተውት የሄዱት አሻራ ባብዛኛው የግራ መጋባትና ይህ አይነት ያልተረጋጋና የተቃወሰ ሀገርና ማህበረሰብ ነው ምናልባትም የአጠቃላይ የትውልድ ዝቅጠት (Generational Systemic Crisis) ነው፡፡ጥሩ ሰው ማለት ያለኔ መኖር አትችሉም አይነት ሌሎችን የራሱ ፍፁም ጥገኛ የሚያደረግ ሳይሆን ሌሎች እራሳቸውን እንዲችሉ የሚያደረግ ነው፡፡መለስንም አሁን በዚህ አይነት ያልሆኑትን እንደሆኑ አድርጎ የመካብ አካሄድ በተዘዋዋሪ የሚያሳየው መለስ የፈጠሩትን ትውልድ ሀገርና ህዝብ ምንምነት የሚያሳይ ነው፡፡So we are manipulated and psychologically controlled and conditioned to believe and celebrate the success of Meles as a leader in our failure. And this mainly arises from our self perception and self-image.
    That is why I say things are relative and success/failure is the way you present and interoperate it.ይህ አጠቃላይ ሁኔታ ወያኔዎች ለእኛ ለኢትዮጵያውያን ያላቸው ግምት ምን ያህል የወረደና የተዛባ እንደሆነ ጭምርም ያሳያል ምክንያቱም ሁል ጊዜ እኛን እየዋሹን እንደ ህፃን ልጅ በከረሜላ ሊያታልሉን ነው የሚፈልጉት፡፡ለወያኔዎች ፍቅር እስከ መቃብር ውሸት እስከ መቃብር ነው የሆነው፡፡ማንም ጤናማ አስተሳሰብና ህሊና ያለው ለራሱና ለሌሎች ክብር የሚሰጥ ፍጡር ሌሎችን ሁሉ ጊዜ እየዋሸ እንደ ህፃን ልጅ በከረሜላ ሊያታልል አይፈልግም፡፡ከዚህ ስንሳም ወያኔዎች እራሳቸው ለራሳቸው ተገቢውን የሰብዓዊነት ክብር የሚሰጡ አልመሰሉም፡፡መለስ በመሞታቸው እውነቴን ነው የምለው ማንም ጤናማ ሰብዓዊ ፍጡርና ዜጋ በሰውነታቸው ያዝናል ስለዚህም እኛም እናዝናለን ነገር ግን ይህንን የጋራ የሰብዓዊነታችንን ሀዘንና ስሜት በትክክለኛ ጤናማ አካሄድ እንዳንገልፅበት ወያኔዎች የፖለቲካ ትርፍ ለማግኘት በሚያደርጉት ተራ ፕሮፖጋንዳ የተነሳ ትልቅ እንቅፋትና የስሜት ግራ መጋባት ነው የሆነበን፡፡የፖለቲካ ትርፍ ለማግኘት በሚያደርጉት ተራ ፕሮፖጋንዳ ስንነሳም ወያኔዎች ከመለስ ሞት ይልቅ የነሱ ቀጣይ የስልጣንና በተያያዥ ያለ ኢኮኖሚያዊ ጥቅማጥቅም አጠቃላይ ደህንነትና ህልውና ያሳሰባቸው ነው የሚመስለው፡፡TPLF has been aspiring for so long to thrive and survive not out of sustainable constructive enlightenment and consciousness of general events but rather the other way round out of destructive delusion, confusion and crisis. TPLF is still governed by its inherent sheer lies and even it wants to thrive and survive by creating such an abusive and confusing environment among Ethiopian society related to the death of Meles. And for me it is even amazing that TPLF wants to achieve revival and renaissance for its self on the death of its leader Meles by manipulating the emotions of Ethiopian on the death of Meles. And the general event following the death of Meles is very evident of this farce in that TPLF still wants to thrive and survive not out of sustainable constructive enlightenment and consciousness but rather out of destructive delusion, confusion and crisis. It is really such a very disgusting self-defeating disease and that is running amok that requires psychiatric attention also beyond the stereotypical political realm.አሁን ያለው አጠቃላይ የኢትዮጵያውያን ስሜት እጅግ ግራ የተገባና የተመሰቃቀለ እንደሆነ እገምታለሁኝ፡፡As is said it before there is a broad spectrum of mixed and confused feelings or emotions. And it is well known that human nature is mainly hardwired to emotions that rational thinking. And specifically when we come to we Ethiopian it seems that we are ,are very much of emotional than rational and that is why we see such a broad spectrum of mixed and confused feelings or emotions in Ethiopian society following the death of prime Minster Meles Zenawi. And as usual the incumbent TPLF is striving very hard beyond what is warranted even to exploit this broad-spectrum of mixed and confused feelings or emotions for its own selfish political gain or advantage as usual. Despite the fact that we have political showdowns, rivalry and conflict it is well known that because we are all mortal human beings, we have sympathy and compassion for any human being created in the image and likeness of God. And when it comes to the innocent Ethiopian society that is so compassionate then the death of Meles has created such an amazing sorrow among so many innocent Ethiopians, including myself. However the inherently ignorant nature of the incumbent TPLF regime, that fails to understand even basic human dynamism, is undeservedly and unnecessarily striving to gain political advantage out of the human emotions in a perverted manner.እንዴት ነው ነገሩ ጎበዝ ወያኔ ከመለስ ሞት ራሱን እንደገና ውስጥ መመርመርና ማስተካካል ሲገባው ጭራሽ የባሰውን የህዝብን ስሜት ወዳልሆነ አቅጣጫ በመምራት ጥረት ውስጥ ከመለስ ሞት ሌላ የማያዋጣና የማያዛልቅ ሌላ የፖለቲካ ትርፍ ለማግኘት መፍገምገሙ ይህ ሃይል ምን ያህል ይሉኝታና ህሊና የሌለው ከስህተቱ ለመማርም ፈፅሞ የማይችልና የማይፈልግ በSelf-Defeating ስሜትና በድንቁርና የሚመራ ስብስብ መሆኑን እየተረዳሁኝ ያለሁት፡፡የመለስ ሞት እንደ ሰብዓዊነታችንና እንደ ኢትዮጵያዊነታችን አብዛኞቻችንን ጤናማ ስሜት ያለንን ኢትዮጵውያንን ያሳዝናል በዚህ ምንም የሚያከራክር ነገር አይደለም፡፡ነገር ግን የመለስን ሞት ለሌላ የማያዋጣና የማያዛልቅ ሌላ የፖለቲካ ትርፍ ለማግኘት ሲል መፍገምገሙ ለምን አስፈለገ፡፡
    መለስ/ወያኔ የስልጣንን ጉዳይ በዚህች ሀገር ላይ የሞት የሸረት ትግል ጉዳይ አድርገውታል የመለስ ይህ አይነት አሳዛኝ ፍፃሜም ከዚህ መሰረታዊ የተንሸዋረረ እይታ የመነጨ ነው፡፡አንድ ወቅት ላይ በቅርቡ የግንቦት ሰባት አመራር አባል አቶ አንዳርጋቸው ፅጌ መለስ/ወያኔን በሚመለከት የተናገሩት ነገር እጅግ የሚገርምና ያለውን እውነተና በቅጡ የሚገልፅ ነው፡፡የኸውም መለስ/ወያኔ እየሄዱበት ያለው አጠቃላይ አካሄድ “የነብርን ጅራት አይዙም ከያዙም አይለቁም::” አይነት እጅግ ፈታኝና አደገኛ አካሄድ እንደሆነ ነው፡፡በዚህ አባባል በጣም እስማማለሁኝ፡፡ነገር ግን ከመለስ/ወያኔ ስብስብ ውጪ ያለው ቀናኢ የሆነው የተቀረው የኢትዮጵያ ህዝብና እንደዚሁም በተቃዋሚው ጎራ ያለው ፖለቲከኛውና ምሁሩ ኤሊት ግን የለም መለስ/ወያኔ ሆይ በዚህ አይነት አደገኛና ፈታኝ ሁኔታ በከንቱ አትፍገምገም ይህ ጤናማ ያልሆነ አካሄድ በስተመጨረሻ ሀገርና ትውልድ ለዘለቄታው ያጠፋል ስለዚህም ነብሩን(ለከት ያጣና ተገቢ ያልሆነ በዘረኝነት ላይ የተመሰረተ ኢፍትሃዊ የስልጣን የጥቅምና የንዋይ ፍቅር) ተባብረን በዘዴ እናስለቅቅህና ለአንተም ለእኛም የመንፈስና የህሊና ሰላምና እረፍት እናግኝ እያለ እስከ አሁንም ድረስ እየወተወተ ቢሆንም ቅሉ ግን ይህ የመለስ/ወያኔ ስብስብ ከያዘው የጥፋት መስመር ፈፅሞ የሚማርና የሚመለስ አይመስልም፡፡የአቶ መለስን ሞት ተከትሎ መለስ ዜናዊን የማናውቃቸው ሌላ አይነት ከሰማይ የወረዱ መልአክ ወይንም ሌላው አይነት ቅዱስ መለስ ዜናዊ እስኪመስሉን ድረስ ወያኔ ከነባራዊ እውነታው በራቀ ፕሮፖጋንዳ እያረገ ያለውም አሳዛኝና አሳፋሪ አካሄድም ይህንን ቁልጭ አድርጎ የሚያሳይ ነው፡፡ይህ ከነባራዊ እውነታው በራቀ በተለመደ ፕሮፖጋንዳው እያረገ ያለውም አሳዛኝና አሳፋሪ አካሄድም በአቶ መለስ ከፍተኛ በደል የደረሰብት ነገር ግን በአቶ መለስ ሞት እውነተኛ ሰብዓዊ እርህራሄ ያውንም ንፁህ ይቅር ባይ ኢትዮጵያዊ ጭምር እጅግ ግራ የሚያጋባና የተዘበራረቀ የስሜት ምስቅልቅል(mixed and confused emotional state) ውስጥ የሚከት ነው፡፡በመለስ ሞት ሀዘን የሚሰማው ቀናኢ ኢትዮጵያዊ በዚህ የሀዘን ስሜት ውስጥ ሆኖ በተቃራኒው ደግሞ መለስ ፈፅሞ ቅዱስ መልዓክ እንደሆኑ ተደርጎ ሲቀርብለት ምን አይነት እጅግ ግራ የሚያጋባና የተዘበራረቀ የስሜት ምስቅልቅል(mixed and confused emotional state) ውስጥ የሚከት እንደሆነ ለመገመት ብዙም አይከብድም፡፡This stupid scheme of TPLF to gain political advantage from this tragic event is really not only shameful and ignorant but also very abusive of we Ethiopians. The tragic unexpected death of Meles Zenawi is such an an opportunity where humanity unite us all Ethiopians despite our conflicts and differences but what TPLF is doing being ignorant of this human dynamism in a way that is contradictory in order to gain mere political advantage as usual is so arrogant ignorant and shameful. Ethiopians feel sorrow and express their feelings not because of such portrayed hoax merits of Meles but rather mainly because he is human and Ethiopian, which is out of sheer humanity. I myself share the environment in this sane sentiment because death such an extraordinary event which creates such an amazing feelings. So the ignorant and arrogant TPLF is so devoid of boundaries between humanity and dirty politics. Humanity and Emotions unite us all we human beings irrespective of any secular differences we have but mere stereotypical ideology and politics usually divide us. TPLF as usual failed to understand and discern this reality. Even at this moment of time it is by far very advisable to temporarily sideline political issues and allow our humanity to share common feelings and emotions regarding the death of our leader Meles. And if stereotypical dirty politics have to take and control the stage then it is so bizarre and confusing that we can not share common human feelings/emotions in such events. The current situation run or handled by TPLF is so manipulative and abusive of human feelings/emotions. And in such manipulative and abusive conditions I am afraid that TPLF forces mothers, fathers and family of the dead Ethiopians during 1997 massacre by Meles Agazi forces in Addis Ababa to sympathetically mourn the death of Meles. As far as I understand the ignorant and arrogant TPLF usually does not want to take honesty and responsibility for any of its thoughts and actions in that it is in some sort of perpetual self-defeating vicious-circle. So TPLF please get calm and become emotionally conscious in addition to your stereotypical dirty politics. As a human being we are all sorry for the death of Meles but that is not Ethiopians fault.
    So please at least temporarily throw away your ignorant and arrogant dirty politics and then allow us to share the sadness of the environment in a sane manner. Meles is dead but his system is well alive and I wish the reverse scenario in that Meles is alive Ethiopia is alive and his system to become dead. And I think that has been what the majority of innocent Ethiopians have been aspiring for so long. However, TPLF seems to focus on the first one in that Meles is dead but his system is well alive scenario just for its own selfish motive likened to “የነብርን ጅራት አይዙም ከያዙም አይለቁም::”Any way time will tell us every thing.በድጋሚ ወያኔዎች ሆይ እባካችሁን ለአቶ መለስ ጥሩም ሰሩ መጥፎ ለጊዜው እንተወውና ነገር ግን እኛ አሁን በዚህ ወቅት የሚሰማንን ንፁህ ያልተበረዘ ያልተከለስ የሰብዓዊነትና የኢትዮጵያዊነት የዜግነት ሀዘናችንን እንድናዝን በሸፍጥ የተሞላና የቆሸሸ የተለመደውን ፖለቲካችሁን ለጊዜውም ቢሆን ተወት አድርጉት፡፡ወደማይቀረው አለም የምትሄደው የራሳቸው የአቶ መለስ ነፍስ ለአቶ መለስ ብላችሁ ሳይሆን በዋናነት ለራሳችሁ የፖለቲካ ትርፍ ስትሉ ብቻ አሁን እያደረጋችሁት ባለው ነገር የምትበሳጭና የምታዝን ይመስለኛል፡፡በስተመጨረሻም ለአቶ መለስ ዜናዊ ቤተሰቦችና ዘመዶች እግዚአብሄር መፅናናትን ይስጥልን፡፡

    God Bless Ethiopia !!!

  18. Derese
    | #18

    The present attempt of the so called ruling party is to glorify Dictotor Melese as the greatest ever Ethiopian leader over the ages. The purpose is to defuse the joy and a possible uprising by The population.After two months of preparation it seems they have succedded to have clowned and debased the victm to mourn en masse to the worst dictotor in Ethiopian history.
    But when the present orchestrated euphoria is settled the struggle for power will start in ernst.The apparent heir is Azeb but she was not sufficiently coached and educated by Melese to take the seat.Unlike well known dictotors( Stalin replaced by krucheiv Kastro by his brother) Melese has not cultivated a leader from the old guards and climants.As a result the chair is available to any of the old guards who are already jokeying for positions.
    It is only a matter of time Melese who is considered as a grate leader to day will be condemend by his own party TPLF tomorrow for the untold misery he brought to Ethiopia and thousands of Tigreans perished in Tigray.Thatis what the Communist partys did in USSR and China.This will happen only and only if TPLF can maintain its hegemony over Ethiopia for some time to come which is unlikely.
    Mean while, let Tekle and the likes enjoy their dreams.

    . But who knows the rank and file of the army may decide for another solution and a vent may open for the oposition and the population

  19. Sam
    | #19

    T: people who advocate against ethnic politics not should speak of ethnic politics when it seems to serve their purpose. That is a no, no. As for “covering up with words,” I totally disagree with you. I do not cover up anything. I tell it as I see it. Ethnic animosity between Ethiopians are more pronounced in the diaspora community than in Ethiopia. Just go to Addis and see it to yourself. There is more separation among ethnic lines in the diaspora community than the residents of Addis. That is a fact, not an opinion.

  20. T. Feyssa
    | #20

    Tekle, This discussion is not a joke. It requires high level of integrity
    and it requires to see out of the box you have lived for so long.
    No nation has been built based on ethnic mindset. To you, ethnic mind
    set is primary and You want to build Ethiopia which is the secondary one to you.
    That is why you could not see the mental fever You got.
    Please, learn from others and see your conditioning which destroyed millions of people because of this one single illusive idea.

  21. T. Feyssa
    | #21

    Sam, to see the danger of ethnic politics, You can not compare what you saw in Addis with diaspora. That is not good example for justification.
    The passivity of people in Addis doesn’t tell you any thing.
    people my not express their feeling due to fear and suppression.
    The survival of TPLF politics is based on animosity between Ethiopian ethnic groups.So, weyane cadres are doing their job in diaspora to create that animosity, on the other hand, people in diaspora have a chance of expressing their feeling. If I were you, I should have addressed the danger of ethnic politics and its ugly outcome. Because it doesn’t help any body, We all lose. Don’t focus on short term gain by dominating others. There are unseen results and nobody knows what it is going to be.

  22. Anonymous
    | #22


    Didn’t you hear the news, it seems TPLF has been massacaring its own fighters since the incetpion of TPLF until they reached Ethipoia. Not to mention the TPLF killing machine on innocent Ethiopian still continuing today. So ask Meles and your high ranking members what happened to your fighter and leave Ethiopians alone you maggot. But then you are most likely Eritrans or die hard TPLF from any ethnic group

  23. T. Feyssa
    | #23

    hmed, I don’t understand your purpose in this discussion forum.
    We have heard your kind of comments for years from Meles and weyane group.
    If you don’t know the outcome of ethnic politics, open a history book.
    Nobody has time to repeat what was being said.
    Either, You may have another mission to fuel the conflict or You are utter ignorant.
    The majority of Ethiopians suffered by Your ethnic policy.
    If You don’t know that consult those who know.
    You can’t even differentiate between dream and reality.
    You are just throwing words.
    I will never respond to Your comment again.

  24. Tekle
    | #24

    You Feyssa and Anonymous!!!

    You two are ganging up on me not because of what I said but just because I am from Tigray. You are bigots who hate everyone from Tigray!!! In this day and age you still hate people because of their ethnicity. Your action is hurtful man!!! I will never forgive you for that!!!

    | #25

    Teckle! Teckle! Eerre Teckle! Did you say “…You can cry or demonstrate and kill one another just like you did in 2005 where your own demonstrators killed 200 of their own peaceful marchers. And blame us. So shut up you all trouble maker Shewan Amharas!!!!…”, in one of your posts above?
    After I read your post ,#24 above. I read, for the second time to scrutinize whether I have missed something during my first reading, the opinions of the posts of those you allegedly accuse them for ganging up on you. And I came accros the above piece which you blurted out against your oponents.
    Teckle! Befor IO say anything about this racit view nof your I would like you answer me the next question: In your post, the same post, You bragged: “…Since 1991 we have shown a brilliant leadership quality in all branches of the government and private companies. We will continue to be in such leadership role as long as 25 years for each year we spent fighting the Mengistu regime… ”
    Where were you when your opponents killed each other as you alleged or you told us? Isn’t it your cardinal duty keeping the safety of the citizens of the country you rule without any discrimination?
    You convinced me that you’re one of those who are running away of their own shadows …”they hate us…because we’re tigrians…”
    Such fabrications won’t help you Teckle! Come to your senses and find the facts why those who ppose you oppose you and take the appropriate measure. Visit your formula again.

  26. T. Feyssa
    | #26

    Tekle, It is sad to see this. I don’t know why You are using the discussion in a wrong direction. Please, step back and look again.
    I love all Ethiopians without exception. For me, I don’t see as one ethnic group is superior than any other ethnic group. That is it!!
    Tekle, don’t use Tigrean society to compensate for your view.
    You should be responsible for your opinion. I don’t even believe that all people from Tigray think Like you think.
    You are creating a bad case which is not true. Still and for long and long time, the danger of ethnic politics will be discussed and should be seen whether you like it or not.
    Tekle, It has nothing to do with you and it is not personal. It is a matter of belief we are talking about. I don’t see or think that You are a bad person because You have that belief,but any belief should be explored and exposed for discussion without exception.
    To let go of any belief is not easy. Even to see our belief why we have it, requires honesty. The danger of ethnic politics is for everybody, why the danger becomes for one and not for others.
    Tekle, this should not be missed opportunity, to see the problems together.
    thank you

  27. Tekle
    | #27


    When those 200 people died in 2005 I was here gong to school and I was not happy at the loss of such human lives. I was back there during vacation and I did my own investigation because whoever killed them was not mistaken. I have a discussion with people close to law enforcement and they all told me what happened. Some individuals in the crowd(Most likely Shewan Amharas) opened fire shooting at all directions and when the shooting stopped a lot of people had died including members of the local police force. I know the people who told me this since our days in the bushes. I trust them and they wouldn’t lie to me. I am telling you what my trusted former comrades told me. I trusted them during the liberation struggle days when our lives were on line and I have no reason not to believe them now. Case closed on that one.

    Now I will explain the reason why I have a bone to pick with the Shewan Amharas. When we marched into Gondar, Gojjam and Wello in the 1980′s where there were millions of Amharas, they all welcomed us with joy. But when we neared Addis passing through Menz, Bulga, Minjar and Mera Bete, the Amharas there did not extend the same welcoming hands like those in Gondar, Gojjam and Wello. And it did not take them a week before they start hatching up troubles in and around the capital by inciting violence because they just don’t like anything that has to do with Tigray. I was told about this by my trusted comrades and I have no reason not to believe them. And then I found out after talking to a well educated scholar from my own state of Tigray that those Amharas who now reside in Menz, Minjar, Bulga and Mera Bete were sent there from Amhara Sayint as frontier guards by one of our Axumite emperors. Since the location of the frontier has now moved, then I may make sense to let them go back to their homeland. It is much more developed for them to go back now. What is the problem with that? It is something that needs to be done so there will be virtual peace. Then and only then you and I will be able to mend our differences without being disturbed or distracted. They have no respect for the constitution and the rule of law any way. That was why I sent a letter to my Most Beloved Prime Minister about the need of repatriation of these trouble making peoples. But unfortunately, my Beloved Leader had already decided to be with Jesus Christ and meet the Lord before my letter reached his desk. I am 100% sure that he is sitting by Jesus side as we speak surrounded and being serenaded by ever beautiful angels. But I bet you 100% that these hateful Shewan Amharas are celebrating the passing away of our Most Sacred, Most Benevolent and Most Infallible Leader – The 13th Disciple Meles. I am sure I have explained my reasons very well and I am 100% sure that you will be my side from now on.

    Otherwise, stop ganging up on me because I am from Tigray!!!!!

  28. T. Feyssa
    | #28

    Tekle. first of all, thank you for your long explanation.
    I will tell you one thing to be clear.
    When I took part in this exchange of ideas, I did not care whether You are from Tigray, Amahra, Oromo, Gambela,..etc. I did not know and
    I was not also interested to know until you mentioned that You are from
    Tigray. Pick whatever you like for you, for me, Ethiopia is primary and
    ethnic Identity is secondary.
    You can’t have the other way round to build Ethiopia. That is our big difference between you and I.
    As You know, and explained You participated in TPLF movement.
    The word TPLF means Tigray People Liberation Front. right?
    So, why do you think other Ethiopians have to do with your TPLF?
    In the beginning You and Your movement excluded me and other Ethiopians.
    In order to be in TPLF, I have to be from Tigray. That foundation itself is very discriminatory and divisive and it breeds hatred in the
    first place. During Your movement, the crime of TPLF is untold, Your crime is beyond the scope of this discussion.
    Since then, hundreds of thousands ordinary Tigreans and others have been murdered .
    You came as TPLF and YOU wanted “shewa Amaras” to welcome you.
    What do they have to do with Your TPLF?
    I wonder, how you think like that and also expect others the way You think.
    TPLF elites have done their jobs by conditioning innocent ordinary Tigreans with this twisted ,inhuman and divisive doctrine.
    Your movement foundation has been full of hatred targeting the Amhara people.
    I can not tell you now, how the property of Ethiopian people is being robbed by TPLF.
    All public sectors,military institutions and all administrative posts are controlled.
    Don’t undermine how people understand. People have been forced to cry for Your dictator which is unheard except North Korea.
    As I said, think again and step back to see what is coming.
    The poison of ethnic politics spread by You will come back to you.
    Before that happens, You better get out of this very obsolete and gross belief.
    If You have the courage and honesty, say one thing. Admit the danger of ethnic politics and I ask also elites of Tigreans like Aregawi Berhe, Siye Abrha to clearly state how ethnic politics is dangerous.
    I have never heard of any one of them except They oppose Meles Zenawi.
    My problem is not one person, It is the problem of system You brought.
    That system should be dismantled.
    If You want to live with equality, work for it with Ethiopian people.
    The struggle of Ethiopians people will go forward without You, if You resist change. Nothing stays forever no matter what you do to keep it.

  29. የገበያ ግርግር ለሌባ ይመቻል
    | #29

    Teckle! You reminded me one of the ethiopians adage_”የ’አይጥ ምስክር ድምቢጥ።”
    Your proof for your hatred against the so called Shewa amharas are your comrades opinions.
    You said, “When those 200 people died in 2005 I was here gong to school and I was not happy at the loss of such human lives…”
    From your argument one can sense that you quited your schooling and went back to Ethiopia -may be urged to come home to save your comrades from the alleged violence against tigrians.
    My advice to you is to go back to school. Your contry’s problem is very complex. Your hearsay would lead you no where….
    You better come up with well researched and studied argument to save your people and the rest of the people of that beloved country.

  30. T. Feyssa
    | #30

    @Tagadlit Adanhoum
    Tagadlit Adanhoum:
    First of all when You started your comment, You started with a question”.. the inquiry mind wants to know. can anybody tell me who Melaku Tegegne is before I express my opinion?”. This is how You started but the funny thing is, You already expressed Your opinion before Your question is answered.
    This is the kind of political culture TPLF spread from its inception.
    why do you ask a question and at the same time give a statement of defamation of Melaku?
    The dirty political culture we have developed for long made us to be slaves of our own making.
    Why does anyone trust you based on Your information?
    Here, the issue is to argue on a given analysis by Melaku. If You have the capacity make a rational statement to convince those who read the article.
    Otherwise, don’t undermine the consciousness of Ethiopians who know much better than Your gossip.

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