Internal feud dismantling EPRDF By Robele Ababya

September 26th, 2012 Print Print Email Email

Lesson from the demise of the USSR

Yuri Vladimirovich Andropov was in charge of KGB before he became President of the defunct Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) on 12 November 1982 following the death of Leonid Brezhnev whose era (1964 – 1982) of economic growth nearly came to a standstill due to lack of reforms. His successor Andropov was reported as saying that comrades candidly backbite the shortcomings of CPSU without fear as long as their number is not more than two but otherwise compete in glorifying the Party unanimously in official meetings comprising more than two participants. Is it not true?!

Andropov died on 09 February 1984 after only 15 months in office and the moment of truth came up when internal feud crushed and dismantled the monolithic Central Communist Party and mammoth clumsy government state machinery under the omnipresent tight control of the Party. This is in sharp contrast to cases in a democratic society where individuals are free to voice their free opinion without fear and changes of regimes take place in orderly manner through the verdict of the people casting their votes at the polls.

As a copycat of the Brezhnev era and Stalin-style grip on power, ultimate demise of the exclusive misrule Zenawi’s was never in doubt just like that of his predecessor Mengistu Hailemariam who was advised by Brezhnev himself to follow a policy of mixed economy to be implemented by an inclusive government with broad base.

The powerhouse of EPRDF built according to Stalin’s design is replete with mistrust instilled in it by its architect the late pathological liar. Therefore it would be naïve to expect the new Prime Minister (PM) as an accomplice to the heinous crimes of his former boss to denounce in his acceptance speech the destructive policy of the EPRDF of which he was one of the architects. He didn’t even mention God in taking oath of office.

Champions of liberty freedom and human dignity

The following fall in the category of outstanding individuals, with vision and exceptional acumen of great leaders rallying others with similar vision for the purpose of ending tyranny:-

1.Abraham Lincoln: One of the greatest statesmen in the world known for gallantly leading his divided nation locked in a bloody civil war that culminated in the abolition of slavery in the United States of America. From his famous Gettysburg Address commemorating fallen heroes we often quote: “… that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. He underscored the bedrock principle according to which the USA was founded, thus: “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Note: Quotes are from the famous President’s Address made on 19 November 1863 (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania).

2.Emperor Menilik II: The victor of the famous Battle of Adwa that beacon of hope of the black people in the Diaspora; a truly beloved Great Leader of His people that dubbed Him Immye Menilik (Mother Menilik). Adwa is our hallowed ground where Ethiopians from all corners converged to defend their liberty by paying incalculable sacrifice in human life, spilt blood, and material resources. The Emperor was a magnanimous great leader who had elevated His captives in the battle fields to enviable top positions in His cabinet.

3.Mahatma Gandhi: Mahatma means “Great Soul”- an accolade given by the people to the Founder of the Indian Nation, the largest democracy in the world. Gandhi developed a method of direct social action based upon the principles courage, nonviolence and truth called Satyagraha. He believed that the way people behave is more important than what they achieve. Satyagraha promoted nonviolence and civil disobedience as the most appropriate methods for obtaining political and social goals. Among the tributes to Gandhi upon his death were these words by the great physicist, Albert Einstein: “Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this walked the earth in flesh and blood”. For the purpose of my writing this piece, I would like to add this quote by Gandhi: “Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men. “

4. .Martin Luther King: Supreme champion of human rights who gave his life in the struggle for those rights. Here is one of his scores of quotes I chose for my purpose: “Now, I say to you today my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: – ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal’.”
Nelson Mandela: The only celebrated Statesman of our time who had sacrificed his life for 27 years in prison during the Apartheid era to which he put an end and set up Truth, Peace and Reconciliation Commission to bury the past and lay the foundation for building the Rainbow democratic nation of South Africa.

I should be quick to add that the distinguished exceptional leadership of President Lincoln and Martin Luther King laid the foundation for the minority black people of the USA to hold positions of political power progressively culminating in Mr. Barrack Hussein Obama as the first black African-American. This is a highly commendable act of elevating merit above the ethnic origin, color or creed in electing individuals to high office.

Lincoln, Menilik II, Gandhi, and King dedicated themselves to the noble cause of either fighting aggressors or violators of fundamental human rights so that our common humanity shall be the centerpiece of a democratic and caring society without discrimination based on ethnic origin, creed, gender or political belief. Individual merit should be the sole criterion in public service as was vividly expressed in the Tenesa Teramed (Stand up and stride) rallying song that became popular in the aftermath of the 1974 Ethiopian Revolution. So it matters not to me where the new PM originated from.

Those among the above who held the reigns of political power at the helm did nothing to enrich individuals of their ethnic background because merit was their only yardstick in appointing individuals to higher positions. None are tainted with corruption or abuse of power. All of them fit the template of “Great Leaders” or “Great Statesmen”! Such accolades are validated after a long time and emerge from the masses expressed in various ways such as in poems, music, paintings, folk songs et al – as well as from the chronicles of historians and writings of scholars.

But Zenawi was a cruel despot who tried hard to “make dictatorship work; he is the antithesis of the above supremely stalwart leaders. It is almost certain that Bereket Simon and the EPRDF Party Secretary prepared the acceptance speech in which the accolade of ‘Great Leader’ was inscribed five times and asked the poor new PM to read it. The speech went as far as exalting the tyrant as a leader who cared about the poor of the world. That is how the Stalinist system works!
Giving time to the new PM?

The new PM vowed to retain the legacy of his former boss intact undiminished. One wonders whether it was really out of his own free volition or under duress that he made his acceptance speech given the repugnant legacy left behind by Zenawi, to wit: sellout of Ethiopia’s vital national interests such as active support for the separation of Eritrea; grisly heinous crimes including genocide, victims of torture, incarceration of peaceful protesters en masse; extra judiciary execution of peaceful protesters, the wailing of mothers, the agony of bereaved families, filthy jails in which hundreds of political prisoners are cruelly kept, toiling peasants in serfdom, interethnic hatred, dangerous interference with Orthodox Christian and Muslim religious affairs in violation of the constitution; daylight robbery of votes, pervasive corrupt practices, culture of pathological lies, demised free media, government monopoly of all pillars of democracy, blocked freedom of expression, poor educational standard, forbidden academic freedom in tertiary institutions, a land-locked country, fertile farmland ceded to the Sudan; leasing large chunks of fertile farmlands to unscrupulous foreign investors at tiny price; massive unemployment largely affecting the youth; demoralized youth addicted to psycho-thermal drugs; abject poverty; rampant unemployment; environmental disaster; rampant breach of the constitution; regional instability et al.

Given that the new PM did not make any concession for relaxing the Stalinist policy of the late dictator Zenawi, I oppose the costly traditional “wait and see attitude” and subscribe to the old adage of beating the iron while it is hot. In support of my contention, I provide this quotation by Martin Luther King, which directly applies to the current messy Ethiopian political environment: “This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God’s children. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood”.


The cancerous legacy inherited from tyrant Zenawi that, among other of its atrocious components, relegates Ethiopians to live in divisive ethnic cocoons, and which his successor has vowed to implement, must be categorically rejected. The Amara and Oromo ethnic groups, previously earmarked by Fascist Italy and subsequently by TPLF regime for political extinction, should join forces in self-defense.

This is not the time to relax the struggle against the repressive EPRDF regime particularly when it is engaged in internal feud of the type that dismantled the former USSR and its monolithic CPSU; it is not the time to give it respite at this time when Andualem Aragie, Eskinder Nega, Reyot Alemu, et al are in prison in the face of the vow of the new PM to carry forward the policy of his former boss undiminished.

Four decades of creeping change to democracy has already resulted in incalculable cost in terms of human lives, human sufferings, and wastage of natural resources. The time is now for the Ethiopian people, all opposition forces and civic organizations to deal a heavy blow to the EPRDF while it is in disarray – at this time of internal feud and mistrust is dismantling it. Give no respite to a repressive regime while political prisoners languish in filthy jails and Ethiopia is on the verge of falling apart!

The Almighty God has done His part; he is not going to interfere in the remaining works that we can do in unison as Ethiopians for our own freedom, liberty, dignity, democracy and prosperity.

The legitimate Muslim-Christian joint demand for religious freedom should translate into nationwide peaceful civil disobedience for the sake of securing all liberties enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
President Obama should, in the best longtime interest of his country, reject the EPRDF policy in favor of change to democratic dispensation in Ethiopia that would be a reliable ally in terms of her strategic location particularly at this time of souring relations with Egypt and the Arab world and the rising global political ambition of China. Christianity, Judaism and Islam have lived in relative harmony for centuries in Ethiopia.


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

  1. Balcha Gebeyhaue
    | #1

    Thank you Ato Robele for explaining how we have to continue our struggle for freedom, justice and democracy no matter who the current face of the government is. We are in agreement thatmattehow the TPLF appears weak it is determined no to reform at all. If anything it is planning for a bigger comeback by bringing the old guards!

    Thus all the talks about giving the New PM time is like adding insult to injury. What more proof do the Ethiopian citizens want to have? For sure he can never be as evil andw down person as the dictator Meles had been. But, what more do we need to conclude that this guy was handpicked by Meles to be, at least, in his inner circle? Let us not waste time analyzing what will he do or when, with whom etc instea
    Let us continue the struggle even more by setting our own agenda, by helping all the Democratic forces in any way we can in order to bring justice, equality and freedom from dictatorship of any kind.

    May God/Allah bless Ethiopia


  2. Oda Tulu
    | #2

    #1: I agree with you entirely. For the sake of the enslaved Ethiopia people, we must act in unison to vanquish EPRDF at his of its vulnerability.

  3. Oda Tulu
    | #3

    #1:CORRECTION I agree with you entirely, Obbo Balcha. For the sake of the enslaved Ethiopia people, we must act in unison to vanquish EPRDF at this of its vulnerability.

  4. gigi
    | #4

    Thanks Robele!!!!!!

    Long live Ethiopia!!!!!!!!

  5. Borsamo
    | #5

    The TPLF is composed of fascist and racist individuals who are determined to cling to power and block the way to democracy, freedom and justice in Ethiopia. The death of their ethnic chief, Meles Zenawi is a big loss to the TPLF but the discord and division they have caused in Ethiopia are difficult to heal and patch up. The ethnic superiority feeling and arrogance of the members and followers of the TPLF have cemented the group. It is always important to bear in mind the deep rooted hatred of the TPLF people against the Amharas. The late TPLF ethnic chief, Meles Zenawi had taught his followers and supporters that the Amharas are the sworn in enemies of the people of Tigray. This teaching of the late ethnic leader played a crucial role in mobilizing the people of Tigray for the political ends of the front.

  6. Sam
    | #6

    Robele wrote “the Amara and Oromo ethnic groups, previously earmarked by Fascist Italy and subsequently by TPLF regime for political extinction, should join forces in self-defense.” Where? In North America? Should they join forces and bring the Tigres– by the way who are not targeted by the Fascisits at all according to the implication Robele writing might impart– under control? Maybe now the Wolyatas are becoming friendly towards the Tigres, and we should keep an eye on them, too. In a country where scores of ethnic groups live together Robele found it the fate of Amaras and Oromos to be unbearable under the”Tigres” rule. Well, Robele might have doing some arthemitic. The two ethnic groups he mentioned if they join together might constitute the majority. It is the arthemetic after all. When anybody who despises ethnic politics as divisive resort, after doing some maths, to the same political tactics one might compelled to ask is there no anyone whose brain functioning writes about Ethiopian politics from North America or Europe these days? I regret the generalization, but I am asking myself the same question for sometime now, and I have to say it.

  7. Tariku
    | #7

    What is happening now
    should not in a way be new or unexpected to anyone
    For long time Ethiopian poletical observers and reviewers
    it is a normal but wrong/erroneous occurence as happened
    so often times.
    Simply,it is repositioning by discredited groups to self
    serve and be opportunistic of the presumed poletical change
    by eprdf and infiltrate the new change and embedd in it.
    will continue

  8. Dawi
    | #8

    Where are you Girum?

    We need to bring things back to equilibrium.

    This author is getting out of control.

    [[..Therefore it would be naïve to expect the new Prime Minister (PM) as an accomplice to the heinous crimes ….. He didn’t even mention God in taking oath of office….]]

    He goes on with the same breath:

    [[..The new PM vowed to retain the legacy of his former boss intact undiminished. One wonders whether it was really out of his own free volition or under duress that he made his acceptance speech …]]

    C’Mon Man! Why do you wonder? If he is an accomplice to “crime” already he must be saying things out of “his own free “volition”. He is a “MELESITE” period.

    He “didn’t Mention God”? why should he? That is between God & himself. What are you going to ask next? He is not a Moslem, Pagan or Christian…..???

    [[..This is not the time to relax the struggle against the repressive EPRDF regime particularly when it is engaged in internal feud of the type that dismantled the former USSR and its monolithic CPSU..]]

    So what is your guarantee that Ethiopia wouldn’t break up just like the USSR?

    I have read write ups where the Russians regret going with “liberal Democracy” that consequently demised the USSR. They are sorry that they didn’t do like China that is, “economic freedom” but no “political freedom”. We already know, only “Economic Freedom” stops the political demagogues from messing things up because they don’t like to work.

    [[… Zenawi was a cruel despot who tried hard to “make dictatorship work…]]

    As Meles pointed out in the World Economic Forum, political freedoms, may account as desirable features in a society, but they are not part of the concept of development, and they have the potential to undermine sustainable development (in terms of health, education, income and security) through the improper incentives raised by the democratic decision making mechanisms and institutions. This is especially true when the lack of development reaches such a low level as ours where people are incapable of administering any political liberties in a productive fashion.

    We’ve seen evidence of this in the examples of Venezuela, Yugoslavia, and the USSR and now Robele it wishing the same to happen to Ethiopia.

  9. Anonymous
    | #9

    Some of us are left baffled how well known Ethiopians questioning some of us who are skeptic about TPLF chosen prime minister. Some have said that they have heard that Hailemariam is a “NICE CHRISTIAN GUY” and who questioned the TPLF chosen one — simply were told to stop bullshitting — very disappointing, indeed!! Yes, we need somebody that is not a bloodthirsty murderer, but what has being nice and a christian has to do leading the country? How do we know that Hailemariam is not one of those who hold the Bible on one hand and hate on the other? Do some of you remember that hate-filled racist Evangelical Christian Pastor in Rwanda who went on killing spree of the Tutsi ethnic group with his son? The majority of reasonable Ethiopians don’t care what religion and ethnic group Hailemariam came from — We want to know if he is capable, shrewd, astute, reasonable and fair politician that cares for Ethiopia and all ethnic Ethiopians. Also the reason why Hailemariam decided to work closely with one of the most brutal dictator that left Ethiopia landlocked, sold Ethiopia’s fertile land, looted Ethiopia, locked up unknown number of innocent Ethiopians, tortured, gunned down and slaughtered hundreds of thousands innocent Ethiopians,…Where was/is Hailemariam’s conscience, heart and responsibility to speak-up for the muzzled and mistreated Ethiopians? Do we need a leader that has given a blind eye and a deaf ear to the suffering Ethiopians? Why didn’t he leave the country and asked asylums somewhere in the world than throwing his conscience out the window and decided to work with professional looters and mass murderers? What a shame!

  10. selamta
    | #10

    I just have one ? for you aba ababya,if you are advocating that the tigrians have to be fought by the oromos and amharas ,what happens to the rest of ETHIOPIA dear sir?Why is it so hard for you nukell heades to understand that ETHIOPIA is not the same and you can never bring back the past man.I have to tell you this, think about all ETHIOPIANS not this or that ethnic,you by vertu sound and act like a raciest ,shame on you.

  11. Anonymous
    | #11

    By your statement, it’s a given that you’re a member of TPLF Mafia that is tone deaf and completely in denial of the horrific crimes your party members have been committing on Ethiopia and Ethiopians for the last two decades. FYI: TPLF are hated by every peace loving Ethiopian from north to south and from east to west of Ethiopia, including by Somalia and Eritrea. You people lied so much, you start believing your own made up false history that was intended to divide and rule Ethiopians. No matter how much you people want to shift the blame on the past leaders, no other past leaders in Ethiopia have ever been this much lawless criminals as TPLF — even the other bloodsucker Mengestu seems an angel compare to TPLF. The merciful God/Allah is watching you people and may God/Allah send you to the same place as the late brutal dictator Meles.

  12. TRUTH
    | #12

    #10 selamta: There is no question that you are a TPLF sychophant. What the writer stressed in his piece was that the Amaras and the Oromos were targets for political extinction by Fascist Italy and the TPLF is doing the same. So the two ethnic groups must act in unison in legitimate self-defense. Your days are surely numbered!!!

  13. selamta
    | #13

    YOU want to talk about shame ?look at you ,you can’t even have a statement without mentioning GOD.YOU people need to wake up from whatever dream your dreaming,i have said to your puppet that racism will never get you to your promised land.JUST grow up and have a constructive argument,you can bark all you want and you have done it for 21 years dud and what have you got to show for it?YOU said the ruling party is hated from N.S.E.W and all over the country….. really? this tells me that you and your anonymous buddies are full of hot air.YOU do not pray for hate but for healing and mercy from GOD/Allah.THe tine for you and your moronic mentality have been exposed by the very POEPEL that you are advocating for and they said.SHUT THE HELL UP WE ARE MOVING ON WITH OUR LEADERS TO CHANGE ETHIOPIA’S PLACE IN THE WORLD.GROW UP GET OUT OF THIS NARROW MINDED MENTALITY DUD

  14. Anonymous
    | #14

    Once again you’re being typical TPLF trouble maker that twists matter to suite you — Peace loving Ethiopians don’t hate their patriotic Tigrean brothers and sisters — it is the criminal mafia TPLF group Ethiopians despise the most — the undeniable TPLF criminal thugs that are responsible for leaving Ethiopia landlocked…looting the country blind…stripping Ethiopians of their God given rights…leading the country with iron-fist, guns drown at Ethiopians necks 24/7…selling the most fertile land of Ethiopia…incarcerating tens of thousands Ethiopians…spilling the blood of unknown number of innocent Ethiopians and so on… It is indeed a great shame that arrogant people like yourself take pride and try to justify the despicable horrific crimes that have been committed on Ethiopia and Ethiopians for 21 years. God/Allah fearing people are suppose to distance themselves from Evil and Evil deeds.

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