Kill abject poverty in Ethiopia By Robele Ababya

September 12th, 2012 Print Print Email Email

Forced obedience due to abject poverty

Abject poverty which the TPLF has perpetrated for the last 21 years has all along been its effective weapon as a slogan to obliterate it, but in actual fact to perpetrate it through the adoption of wrong land policy in order to stay in power by holding the peasants actually in serfdom giving false hope to the people that three wholesome meals a day are on the way. The efficacy of abject poverty as almighty weapon for the TPLF top leaders came to a climax when the brutal ruling regime mobilized the poor people through its 5.7 million cadres to stage a nationwide funeral for the late tyrant Meles Zenawi: Thousands came out in public in displays of shame, for that matter in the 21st century, including: dirge of women wailing and beating their breasts (although such practice was condemned by the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church 5 decades ago); prostitutes and street vendors expressing bitter loss for their indispensable vanguard master.

It is amazing the extent to which people living in abject poverty can be made malleable to serve the purposes of despotic rulers controlling all pillars of democracy. Poor people forgo their freedom and dignity for the sake of staying alive. The popular saying I heard in Moscow was that citizens under the brutal rule of Joseph Stalin sentenced to death for crimes no matter how small against the omniscient communist state would run to the gallows with their own ropes.

There is no public record that the late tyrant Zenawi died having renounced his life as an atheist being converted to Orthodox Tewahdo Christian faith. Yet the procession for his funeral started at the Maskal Square and his burial took place at the famous Saint Trinity Cathedral reserved for patriots of that faith with epic record of fighting Italian Fascist aggressors. But the irony of it all is that the grandson of an Italian band and the and betrayer of all vital interests of Ethiopia as well as a perpetrator of heinous crimes including genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity got a pompous burial at the coveted grounds of the Cathedral. What a shame on the clergy that allowed it succumbing to the orders of thugs in the hierarchy of the top TPLF leaders!

Then the story of the ascendancy to heaven of the soul of their ‘Messiah’ may most probably concocted by Bereket and his close associates at the EPRDF Central Committee meeting slated for 16 September 2012. A make-believe prearranged deafening applause will take place that is intended to drown any doubting Thomas. A resolution may probably be passed to keep the body of the tyrant in a Mausoleum just like that of Stalin’s once was but later removed by the revelation of the crimes of the dictator by Nikita Khrushchev. The same fate will befall the body of the late tyrant Zenawi whether it is in the grave at the Cathedral or exhumed to keep it in a Mausoleum. That day will mark the era of the end of shame engendered by abject poverty!

Message to Azeb Mesfin

The speech made by Azeb Mesfin at the funeral of her husband left much to be desired. I interpreted it as a threat that she would not be on the side of the Ethiopian people unless the master plan, vision, strategy and policy put in place by Zenawi is kept absolutely intact. As it were, she shot herself on the foot making a political blunder that spelt her demise. No crazy leader, not even herself, can replicate the vision of a predecessor in its entirety. My advice to Azeb is to admit the delusional adventure of her husband, apologize to the Ethiopian people, divulge secrets she knows such as exactly on what date and of what cause her husband died, and stand in readiness to answer for her personal crimes such as corruption et al, if any. Please talk truth to the Ethiopian people and do your level best to avert civil unrest that may result in unnecessary bloodshed and loss of precious lives.
Fighting abject poverty in earnest

In my honest opinion, three prerequisites should take center-stage in fighting poverty once the TPLF is brought to the negotiating table and forced to accede to the restoration of civil liberties such as unfettered freedom of expression and surrender its monopoly on all the pillars of democracy.

1.Land to the tiller: This was the cherished darling slogan of Ethiopian students in the 1960s. Most of us understood it to be allocation of private farm land allocation to the peasants being exploited by landlords. Emperor Haileselassie issued a decree for the distribution of such lands but partially failed in its implementation; the Derg reversed its proclamation of allotting 10 hectares of farmland to each peasant household and blindly adopted the scheme of collective farming that had failed it and the ex-USSR from which it was copied. The late Meles Zenawi went too far in owning the entire land of Ethiopia in his capacity as head of a totalitarian state. Thus the “Land to the tiller” as a private ownership failed to materialize in three successive governments. This should serve as a lesson to future governments that would replace the TPLF brutal regime

2.Self-reliance: Self-reliance in what Ethiopians can do in all spheres of economic activity including farming for domestic consumption and exporting surplus, supply of labor,

3.Regional stability: There has been huge wastage on the purchasing of military hardware and building military institutions in more than seven decades. This did not contribute to the stability of Ethiopia and to that of region as we see it in hindsight and the dangerous reality on the ground today ushered in by the 21 years of TPLF’s brinkmanship. The next government of Ethiopia should, first and foremost, revisit its bilateral relations with Egypt on the basis of rational utilization and development of the Nile basin for the mutual benefit of littoral states in accordance with international laws.


In the overblown blown drama seen at the forced participation of paid mourners at the funeral of tyrant Meles Zenawi, we have seen how dehumanizing abject poverty can be. This was a heavy weight for our conscience to bear – a national shame unprecedented in the history of Ethiopia. We in the opposition camp are partly to play because of our failure to unite in order to say ENOUGH to the heinous crimes of the TPLF top leaders. I hope that in the New Ethiopian Year 2005 we will put our acts together and declare war to kill abject poverty in Ethiopia. Nothing more can be a precious gift for our citizens!
Private property ownership including farmland should be at the heart in the fight of ending abject poverty in Ethiopia and ushering in the era of inclusivity in a democratic environment of prosperity, equality, dignity under a constitution of the people by the people for the people of Ethiopia. To that end, enforcing the slogan of “Land to the Tiller”; the principle of self-reliance in the provision of basic necessities of life; and principled relations with our neighbors including Egypt would be instrumental.

The repressive regime does not seem confident to announce the traditional amnesty to release prisoners. This shows a deepening crisis of mistrust prevailing within the ERDF. We in the opposition should seize this as an opportunity for a united action.

I wish my readers a Happy and Prosperous Ethiopia New Year in which peace and tranquility will prevail in Ethiopia and in the region of the Horn of Africa.

Release all political prisoners including Andualem Aragie, Eskinder Nega, Reyot Alemu et al

  1. Anonymous
    | #1

    to tell you frankly ,i could not see any measurement to the depth of ur stupidity . Most probabley u are deranged psychotic if not schizophrenic,cos u would not waste this all time writing countless lies . Honestly what u ve written is nowhere near reality.what is ur contribution to ethiopia other than confusion ,cos u r confused? Meles has done what ever he believes good for his country with his own limitation(eg Aseb and eritrea separation among the things that i regret to lose). I swear God(if i ve to say ) am not supporter of any poletical party cos there is no any substantial alternative party ,it is only idiot mads who only sow hatred like you. As to the truth , you do not ve any clue to the situation in ethiopia apart living in the pubs of washington or like that.there are good things like education ,health, electricity coverage economic development many international organizations witnessed and there are bad things in the policy of DPRDF like letting ethiopia to be land locked and separation of eritrea. The so called brutality or abject poverty is baseless which is too much obscurey overstated .you would rather come and see what is on the ground than yawning like rabid dog. With regard to Meles’ mourning, nobody was paid to mourn it was only their honest will and respect for him that caused this rage and cry.pls do not lie it is not our culture and you can get any Poletical gain for sure if you continue in this way even for centuries.first come and see the ground and then listen the heartbeat of the people. Otherwise this old way of confusing people is no more valid in current society in ethiopia .And again you can not underestimate the acceptance and influence Meles and the many positive changes the ethiopian people appreciated under his leadership.

  2. Anonymous
    | #2

    to tell you frankly ,i could not see any measurement to the depth of ur stupidity . Most probabley u are deranged psychotic if not schizophrenic,cos u would not waste

  3. Said Mohamed
    | #3

    Well said.Having spent the past two months in Ethiopia I was personally privy to how the TPLF paid Cadres mobilized to give a “state funeral” to the late Dictator.I was one day sitting in a governement office when the cadres walked in and told my host that they were upset at him because he failed to make the bete mengist bus yesterday to pay his respects.These carders were Tigre by accent and I was shamed and saddened to see how like North Korea they had made Ethiopia out to be.The funeral tents they put up all over town which sat empty most of the time showed us all a glimpse of the economic power they wield.Money stolen from the Ethiopian people.What a shame.Meles had the opportunity to establish Democracy but the greed of power corrupted him until he was sent to his shameful place in history by being called the dictator and criminal that he was at the international forum where he last was supposed to shine. Further the crimes that the Federal police committed at Awliya Mosque on the night before the start of Ramadan has distanced the Millions of Muslims away from the Tigray thugs.There was no visible large participation of Muslims at Meles’ funeral and rightfully so.Islam gives dignity to a person and no dignified Muslim shed tears over this murderous dictators demise.

  4. proud ethiopian
    | #4

    hey, first of all i’d like to share what u have wished for the general Ethiopian public…coming to the bone of contention, i think you people who live abroad either get your facts from the wrong sources or you just choose to simply oppose to everything and anything. In my opinion, you people need to come to your senses and face the music! A true opposer dont just simply take a side and only hear and echo the sounds which comes from the drums that one beats repeatedly…you are exactly doing the same by collecting and collaborating facts that only echo your hatred, I would not dare to call it an opposition.!!! But what I deem you should do is try to work for a better Ethiopia, not for a mere desire to see the current government toppeld and its officials die by pretending that you stand for us…so leave your worthless blame game and pointing your fingers at everbody and start deposing a mechanism for which everybody ends up being satisfied to some level than the current government has managed to do so…afterall, Ethiopia is the glue that binds all of us to stick together and do good things for her!!!


  5. Oda Tulu
    | #5

    #1 Anonymous: The stinking legacy of the tyrant is really bad for Tigres in whose name he has been trading. The bad news for sychophants like you is that the humand development index (HDI) is 184 out of 197. Inflation is biting the overwhelming majority; rampant breach of the constitution is continuing. Of course the USA will continue to support the puppet regime at this crucial time when the Islami world is up in strong condemnation of mocking the Prophet Mohammed.

  6. Gobez
    | #6

    Tnx to God I am not a diaspora…
    The way they think, the way they dress. The way they talk, they way they walk etc… God they are so backwards.. When u ask them how long they were in US or EUROPE.. I’ll b shocked..”26 yrs” So far they learned nothing except hate. Guys do u have to oppose everything or anything? Pls grow up.. We live in Africa and and we r much better..

  7. Anonymous
    | #7

    respond to DEDEB

    I will advice you to go to some of addis hospital how it looks the living condition .you talking about diaspora my family back home they stil need my support they are not handicap the system is corrupted they can not compit with u fool importing goods with out any tax.

    you get loan with out interest,
    you import with out tax,
    your goods come with out any delay,
    no one can not challenge you.
    how do you think people can survive
    its the diaspora who is making achange
    dont forget ethiopia is the biggest begger in the world
    looking hand out from IMF or world bank
    but the country is rich.

    the system it serving you not my family can you imagine the vast majority how their life is destroyed.

  8. tewsemagn
    | #8



  9. aha!
    | #9

    Thanks for bringing these issue up in isolation, which is encapsulated in one of the three ideologies built into the constitution, namely totaliarinism. According to that ideology the philosophy is to each is given according to his need and from each is expected according to his ability, I paraphrase. Nether that nor the colletive farming approach functioned well in Ethiopia for a number of reasons. What went smothely without a fight is that land was exappropriated from the royalists, the church, the balabats and absentee landholders to the tenants and the resident farmers were reduced to the average size holdings, all with no title of private ownership of land. In retrospect, despite private ownership, the farmers should have as much land as they could farm according to their ability and family size according to the principle of Communism. While engaged in war with the liberation movements spearheade by TPLF in collaboration of EPLF, the initial liberation front both reduced to what they are after a process of eliminating each other, and collaborating with outside forces overpowerd the Dergue regime. These same conglomerates of ethnic-based secessionist fronts spearheade by TPLF and/or EPLF, which fought the Derg and the HIM Haileselassie’s regime against oppression of nations and nationalities, but not for the principles stipulated above. Having unilaterally taken power as ex-liberation fronts, they crafted a constitution that divides the land mass of Ethiopia into seven of nine and/or 80 ethnic groups, instead of leaving the original states of assorted ethnic groups in tact, whcih enhanced the divide and rule policy of self-rule and separate with no apparent authority to administer them selves, devoid of shared ownership of the country’s land mass to say the least about private ownership.

    Having created a fuzzy ethnic-boundries for the major ethnic groups and having stipulated secessionist rights upto independence in the constitution, the TPLF/eprdf regime created a prelude to secession as well as future boundry conflicts, which the disgruntled OLF and others took advantage of to continue to struggle as a new liberation fronts.

    Having set-up such constitutional frame work with puppet killil Mengistats of self-rule and separate developments for the most part in the image of the previous South Africa, they created an endowment in the form of TPLF/EFFORT, together with TPLF and TPLF affiliated enterprises and foreign corporations are engaged in the exploitations, political and economic stranlehold of the country’s resources, thus making the silent majority of Ethipians as they say “yebeyi temelkach”, deprived not only of not only economically feasible land ownership, but also individual freedom, liberty and equality to exceed ethnic and secessionist rights. Under this constitution, humanitarian, political, economic and environmental crises have been perpetrated by the TPLF/eprdf regime, in direct support of the teletafi (ethnic federalit) and in indirect support by the the loyalist (ethnic federalist) opposition parties now formed as conglomate of Tigrai-Harena, UDJP, known as OPDF/EFDF/fdre, a mirror image of TPLF/eprdf regime, the security, the federal police and the military forces in direct support of the party apparatus and the constitution from those with national agenda for unity, territorial integrity, sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians, where the last item refers to individual freedom, liberty and equality to supercede ethnic and secessionist rights.

  10. deneth
    | #10

    Ato gobeze why do you think people lost their property in merkato.
    for the so called shenshena.

    shenshena was orchstrated by weyane. to furestrate people and give up their property to weyanes.

    you weaken him by putting every price on it and ask him to share the shop lastly you call it every thing whats going on in there is illegal

    Then there is a new law which say any one who did shenshena will give up the property.

    we never heard the law the shop owner say.
    the new commer say yea we heard it long time ago that was why we took part in it that was secret poor you.

    from markato

  11. proud ethiopian
    | #11

    people stop all the bulshit talking and start the walking!!! All I see is a bunch of imposters who does not have the slightest courage to put thier money where thier mouth is… What has speaking or should I say, screaming your lungs out from the side lines brought to the Ethiopian People at home? Except bombarding the public with woyane this, woyane that… If u consider urself as being True Ethiopiawi, do away with the child play and start acting like mature adults. I know for Sure you guys possess the required brains to take part and play your much needed role in Ethiopia’s development.But am afraid this wont be the case unless you clear the narrow hate cloud which has engulfed your minds…

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