Hailemariam Desalegn parroting dead tyrant By Abebe Gellaw

September 29th, 2012 Print Print Email Email

Hailemariam Desalegn’s recent interview with Peter Heinlein of VOA confirms that his rise to the helm of power can be largely attributed to his opportunistic imitation of how the late dictator talked and walked as well as his commitment to serving TPLF bigwigs that control him as their Trojan horse.

Hailemariam called political prisoners such as famed journalist Enskinder Nega and Andualem Aragie “terrorists” that wear two hats operating legally and illegally as operatives of terrorist organizations. He claimed that protecting the country from these kinds of people is a national priority.

Despite the fact that Hailemariam tried to portray himself as a God-fearing Christian, it turns out that this man of God has no qualms about the injustice and atrocities being committed against defenseless citizens by the brutal regime he took over as Prime Minister. Hailemariam gave no hint of reform and political concessions including the release of political prisoners or opening up the repressive political system that crushes peaceful dissent in violation its own constitution.
He defended the anti-terrorism law and the unjust incarceration of journalists and dissidents. According to Hailemariam, the regime is punishing only those who wear two hats and operate legally as journalists and dissidents and illegally as operatives of terrorist and violent organizations.

His convoluted, repetitive and at times unintelligent answer to a simple question why the government resorts to repression and blocking the free flow of information, Hailemariam did his best to use his dead boss’s [that he calls the “Great Leader”] words and catch phrases such as “crossing the red line and wearing two hats”.

In response to how he views the dominance of the TPLF that ruled the country in exclusion of the others, he made his best to please his TPLF bosses by denying the obvious and saying that EPRDF is composed of four “parties” that have equal share of power. According to Hailemariam, his election as Prime Minister is a “living witness” of the “internal democracy and equity” within the EPRDF.

“For those who say that EPRDF is biased to certain ethnic groups, is a false and unwarranted speculation… Internal party democracy is the basis of our strength,” he claimed in an interview punctuated with numerous factual [and grammatical] errors.

Asked why websites and other media outlets are being blocked, Hailemariam said that even in the United States Osama Bin Laden’s blo is not allowed. “You cannot open a blog of Osama Bin Laden in the United States. So it is the same,” he said.
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Following are excerpts from the VOA interview where Hailemariam tried to answer a couple of fundamental questions confronting him:

Peter Heinlein: One of the first things that Ethiopians notice about the change from Prime Minister Meles to you is that you are not part of a minority group and the armed struggle perceived as having ruled the country to the exclusion of the other larger ethnic groups. Can you say that the Tigrayan influence on Ethiopian politics is in decline? How do you answer to skeptics who say that the TPLF is still in control behind the scene?

HMD: Well, first of all, if you want to understand the whole situation you have to understand our party. Our party is a coalition of four major parties in the country… These are the four coalitions [sic] of the EPRDF.

EPRDF was initially been [sic] established by the two parties which has been [sic] in armed struggle in the Northern part of Ethiopia. TPLF was the pioneer of this struggle and so later on joined by the Amhara National Democratic Movement [sic] and then against by the OPDO and finally after the overthrow of Derg the Southern Ethiopian Peoples Democratic Movement has joined EPRDF….

After the renewal process, since the last ten years [sic] the renewal process has brought up a new, I mean, refined strategy and policy in line of the party. So in this regard, all the parties has [sic] gone into a new movement and has [sic] become parties which has [sic] embraced the same line, the same experience, I mean, the same way of working within the internal party system and almost equitable way of engagement. Even if there are natural differences with experience everywhere…

So I think all the four parties has [sic] equal settings in all the EPRDF mechanisms like the council, the party congress, assignments. The witness is I am the product of this process. So it is a living witness. For those who speculate that EPRDF is biased towards certain groups or ethnic groups, it is based on the powerful influence of this or the other group is a false and unwarranted speculation. So we see internally, in our party system the first and foremost thing is a democratic discourse. You know, internal party democracy is the basis of our strength. So those who are thinking from outside, they think without knowing the inside of the party. We have to explain this properly to those who are confused because they don’t understand the party mechanism and how the party operates.

This party is internally a democratic party. All its decisions and engagements are made in a democratic fashion. Therefore, you cannot say that this or the other party is influencing or overriding the other parties because all the all parties are equal number of constituents, I mean, individuals, that constitute the EPRDF and they have all the influence necessary if they want in a democratic process…

Peter Heinlein: Ethiopia has been criticized in some quarters for its tight control over the flow of information. Critical newspapers have been forced to close, journalists have been accused of violating anti-terrorism laws, and websites have been blocked, even VOA has been jammed, foreign broadcasts have been jammed. What would your government do particularly in this high profile cases such as that of the newspaper Fiteh that has been closed and the jailing of very critical blogger-journalist Eskinder Nega?

HMD: I know that these are your friends and you are so much sympathetic about them. The only thing is, Peter, you have to understand that anybody who has two hats should stop to wear two hats and should wear only one hat in a possible way. These two hats are one hat in a legal system, legal operating on the other hand having the other hat, which is illegal and violent working with a violent organization.

People who are arrested in Ethiopia are not arrested or convicted because they are working in a legal manner. Those who are arrested are has a connection with violent organizations. They are not convicted because of their journalistic business. It is allowed, you know have been there, you have been operating there but you couldn’t cross the red line ahhh to have a connection supporting a violent organization, terrorist organization. That is a case and I think it is a national security matter. It is a different thing. It is not journalism; it is not opposition.

Opposition doesn’t operate in illegal and violent manner connecting itself with ahhh, by the way, with terrorist groups. These are individuals not parties. We have never convicted any party because we know that those legally registered can operate legally in the country. But individuals who are registered with these parties but having two registration, one registration legal parties the other registration with illegal and violent terrorist parties.

They will be convicted for not legally hat but for the other hat which is illegal, violent and connection with terrorist organizations. So we have to differentiate between the two. If they stop clearly, unequivocally without any hesitation to work on the legal spectrum it is always the room is there [sic], the place is there.

If they mix the two, then we delineate between the legal one and the illegal, violent, terrorist one and for the action which is the second hat the violent and terrorist connection and support. Then that will be convicted according to the law of the land and will be punishable. I think these differences should be understood for you. In the United States it is not a problem because journalists do not go illegal way.

They go for legal and they have only got one hat. They do not have a mixed hat. So that is the difference between here and in Ethiopia. Unusually the Western countries do not understand the mix because they do not have this problem. They just see that all journalists work in legal manner. They don’t have this problem of illegal and the other hat. So that difference is sometimes confused. As far as we are concerned we focus for [sic] our national security interest.

Our national security interest cannot be compromised somebody having a two hat. We want to tell them properly that they have to have only and only one hat, which is legal and the legal way of doing things between journalism and opposition discourse. But if they opt to have two mixed functions then we are very clear to differentiate the two. People should be questioned for illegal and violent terrorist connection.

Peter Heinlein: What would be your government’s position on may be possibly opening up a little bit on the issue of press freedom. Right now websites are blocked, foreign broadcasts jammed and newspapers are being closed.

HMD: This I think should be very clear that my government has no policy of blocking these issues. It is depending on the websites or whatever that comes in. If there is any connection with these kind of organisations it is obvious that is done in every country. You cannot open a blog of Osama Bin Laden in the United States. So it is the same.
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Full interview on VOA

http://realaudio.rferl.org/voa/AMHA/manual/2012/09/27/feec1602-022f-455b-a2bb-f554180406ec.mp3

  1. EriRat
    | #1

    In the change of government within the scaffold of EPRDF,the players may change, but the music is the same from Meles to Haile Mariam.I do not pin my hope on this new Prime Minister Haile Mariam nor the alien Eritrean Bereket Simon,Minister of Information and Propganda nor the deep-seated alcoholic grandpa Sebhat Nega. As the French aptly say Singe qui voit,singe qui fait.The translation in plain English,monkey see,monkey do. This time I am not going to be duped and defrauded by Woyane clap trap like in May 1991.

  2. Sheme
    | #2

    Abe;
    Thank you so much for coming upfront. It is about time we expose anybody who is banking by suppressing our people.HD the so called PM is like ‘A Parrot’a brightly colored tropical bird who could imitate a speechand throws back at you without any thoght process.I have heard his acceptace speech and I thought Melese came backafter gaining few pounds with a pair of glasses. It is ajoke and an insult to make us believe that the TPLF Gangs are not in charge. We should no fall for this. Let us not try to Humanize HD. He is the old gaurd of Melse and TPLF.He is a stooge for mockery and humulation to the Ethiopian People. LET US DISMANTLE AND SINK TPLF AND THE REST WILL PERISH ALOO

  3. tedd
    | #3

    Hailemariam is a puppet of TPLF. He has been nurtured and raised by late Meles to serve the interest of his master rather than act on his own freely. Whatever he does is going to be pleasing his bosses, like Bereket. That is what we are beginning to see. He will move extra mile, even if it means killing, to prove himself that he is a true servant of TPLF. That makes him more dangerous than those of TPLF.

  4. selamta
    | #4

    Well ,you shouldn’t be complaining ato Abebe,you have one more and more to follow, leaders that you can exercise your immature profession of yelling at leaders .I knew you were a shameless loser when you posted yourself wearing a cowboy hat as tall as you,and you expect the majority of ETHIOPIANS to follow you? what a shame to call yourself ETHIOPIAN.I hope you will wake up from your nightmare soon
    cheers

  5. Debenaw Beza
    | #5

    Ato Abebe you must be feeling really depressed by the events unfolded before your eyes. You can’t even quote the PM in his own words. I know you are used to editing your own set of facts as you see them fit. I digress. While events have proved you to be a fool of no proportions, the country and government you were wishing ill and doom are doing just fine. Thanks to the strong leadership and vision of our late PM, we Ethiopians, were able a historic smooth transition of power. Sir, no hell had fallen over our beloved country or the EPRDF. Go to your dreaming and hope to get the next signal from the your “Saint Gabriel.” LOL!

  6. Ittu Aba Farda
    | #6

    It may be a good idea to give this man a chance to show himself as a leader of the country as a whole. Leading a country is a lot more complex than having ruled a region that is the most underdeveloped part of the nation. We have seen it here in the USA when some revered state governors falling by the way running for the presidency during the primary season. But there is still one story that has been bothering me since this man was elected to the deputy PM office by the late leader. Correct me if I am wrong on this one. Was it not there a story, a terrible one which took place in some towns of the region he was heading or at least as a member of the leadership in and around 2002? Didn’t I read a story of mass killings of peaceful demonstrators in that southern region on various websites of the Diaspora among us? I believe human rights organization such as Amnesty International and others alike had cried foul about the shooting of civilians. Was it investigated and if so what happened to it? Where was this man at the time of the killings? He might have atoned for what happened then. As far I am concerned, statute of limitation does not apply when it comes to the loss of human lives and crime was committed in the process. The other important thing I always keep in mind is goes by the old saying: Tell me with whom you walk and I will tell you what you do and who you are. If Joseph Goebbels tells me he goes with Hitler, I can tell what he had done, that he killed more than 6 million Jews, about a million Serbs and millions others in cold blood. If Rodolfo Graziani tells me that he and Benito Mussolini were buddies I can without a doubt tell him that he had ruthlessly killed more 3 million Ethiopians and tens of thousands of Libyans. But still I believe PM HD has the chance to redeem himself and do things related to human and democratic rights in different, inclusive and tolerant ways. I will sit back and watch him doing his things for now.

  7. Anonymous
    | #7

    Selamta;
    You could not Yell at anybody. It takes courage and gut to Yell and I guess you can not understand the love he has for his country.He did a great job of buring Melse and his coward cadres like you. You will probably faint to even think to yell infront of such a big gathering. See if you could do it.

  8. Belaynesh Dubale
    | #8

    Where are U our hero Abebe Gelaw? after the Woyanees Took Ur House and Your Wife in Addis last week i was Just cryin cryin and cryin i was really Sad. Stupid Woyane stop goin with Abebe Wife U WonBedi!!

  9. Abe wondu
    | #9

    VICTIM OF HAWZEN
    SELAMTAY
    History and bravery only takes place
    in a split second moment when the yelling
    was desperately needed Abebe rose up above
    occassion and proved himself. He is not like
    you who studys it first and duplicates.It is
    not the nature of heoism.
    Continue to be parasite and your parasitic ways
    on the opposition host but believe me you will
    be dead when the opposition wins over the extreme
    opposition and mehal sefaris.
    I AM A VICTIM OF HAWZEN WILL NOT WORK ANYMORE….

  10. Anonymous
    | #10

    Selamta, here you go again ranting the same sonsense time and time again. You seem to believe genuinely that the majority of Ethiopians are on TPLF side. Why in God’s name you think that Ethiopians would support a group of people that are undisciplined, Godless, lawless, heartless and remorseless criminals that enjoy inflicting human miseries on law abiding citizens and spilling the blood of Ethiopian parents sons and daughters and their family members for over two decades? Ask yourself why would any individual give his/her support to a group of people that rules them with hot-iron-fist and causing terrorizing fear and nightmares on them and their families? Why do you think Ethiopians want to be ruled by the same group of people that have robbed Ethiopia and Ethiopians blind and left millions of Ethiopians starving to death? Why should Ethiopians support a group of people that left Ethiopia landlocked, that have thrown hundreds of thousands innocent Ethiopians in rat infested prisons–massacred hundreds of thousands, if not millions of Ethiopians, kicked-out Ethiopian families from their properties and sold their land to Arabs, Chinese, Indians, Sudanese and other foreigners, etc…I wonder if you are one of the despicable TPLF so called leaders sons or daughters? If you are, have you ever asked yourself–where the money and the material things you’re enjoying came from? Do you ever think for a second that millions of Ethiopians die everyday from at the hands of Agazi Army and a lack of cup of water and bread a day?

  11. Anonymous
    | #11

    Selamta, here you go again ranting the same nonsense time and time again. You seem to believe genuinely that the majority of Ethiopians are on TPLF side. Why in God’s name you think that Ethiopians would support a group of people that are undisciplined, Godless, lawless, heartless and remorseless criminals that enjoy inflicting human miseries on law abiding citizens and spilling the blood of Ethiopian parents sons and daughters and their family members for over two decades? Ask yourself why would any individual give his/her support to a group of people that rules them with hot-iron-fist and causing terrorizing fear and nightmares on them and their families? Why do you think Ethiopians want to be ruled by the same group of people that have robbed Ethiopia and Ethiopians blind and left millions of Ethiopians starving to death? Why should Ethiopians support a group of people that left Ethiopia landlocked, that have thrown hundreds of thousands innocent Ethiopians in rat infested prisons–massacred hundreds of thousands, if not millions of Ethiopians, kicked-out Ethiopian families from their properties and sold their land to Arabs, Chinese, Indians, Sudanese and other foreigners, etc…I wonder if you are one of the despicable TPLF so called leaders sons or daughters? If you are, have you ever asked yourself–where the money and the material things you’re enjoying came from? Do you ever think for a second that millions of Ethiopians die everyday from at the hands of Agazi Army and a lack of cup of water and bread a day?

  12. vilugga
    | #12

    Bullshit! Bullshit!

    There is absolutely no trick existed to undead the dead robber;all those followers of the dead robber kindly come to reality and keep on mouring the dead robber,and for banda you are confirm the world that you truely love and adore the dead robber that you wouldn’t mind stach the million pieces of the dead robber in your heart.

  13. sisiqui
    | #13

    It seems that Hailemariam Desalegn is well on his way to master the coockbook of master butchers,the Hiwhatians.Never had our children had a safer environment while Hailemariam Desalegn was a high-paid regional cadre and will our children never have a favourable,friendly,and safer life while Hailemariam Desalegn is a prime minster who has been elected by the murderer,Zenawi who mentored Hailemariam Desalegn,the mentee for years.

    Dead or alive,Zenawi will for sure stand for a trial to face the justice;so will Hailemariam Desalegn.Clearly,Hailemariam Desalegn will exceed his mentor in every crime that he would approve and will quickly rise to the top as top a criminal far worse than the mentor who conditioned him to committing such sorts of crimes;therefore,Hailemariam Desalegn shall not run away from justice no matter where he attempts to flee to;of course,that day,the day that he stand before court is not far away.

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