Egyptians up in arms as Ethiopia builds giant hydro dam on Nile River; minister rules out war (WP)

May 30th, 2013 Print Print Email Email

CAIRO — Ethiopia’s construction of Africa’s largest hydroelectric dam on the world’s longest river threatens to affect flows of water to Nile-dependent, water-starved Egypt, where there is growing outrage, anger and fear.

Egypt in the past has threatened to go to war over its “historic rights” to Nile River water but diplomats from both countries this week played down the potential for conflict.

“A military solution for the Nile River crisis is ruled out,” Egypt’s irrigation and water resources minister, Mohammed Baheddin, said Thursday amid newspaper reports recalling the threats of war from Egypt’s two previous leaders, Anwar Sadat and Hosni Mubarak.

Ethiopia on Tuesday started diverting the flow of the Blue Nile for construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Eighty-five percent of Nile waters originate in Ethiopia yet the East African nation whose name has become synonymous with famine thus far utilizes very little of those waters.

Ethiopia’s decision challenges a colonial-era agreement that had given downstream Egypt and Sudan rights to the Nile water, with Egypt taking 55.5 billion cubic meters and Sudan 18.5 billion cubic meters of 84 billion cubic meters, with 10 billion lost to evaporation. That agreement, first signed in 1929, took no account of the eight other nations along the 6,700-kilometer (4,160-mile) river and its basin, which have been agitating for a decade for a more equitable accord.

And Ethiopia’s unilateral action seems to ignore the 10-nation Nile Basin Initiative to promote cooperation.

Ethiopia is leading five nations threatening to sign a new cooperation agreement without Egypt and Sudan, effectively taking control from Egypt of the Nile, which serves some 238 million people.

Mohammed Abdel-Qader, governor of Egypt’s Gharbiya province in the Nile Delta, warned the dam spells “disaster” and is a national security issue for the North African nation.

“Taking Egypt’s share of water is totally rejected … The Nile means everything to Egypt,” said Gov. Abdel-Qader.

Baheddin said Egypt already is suffering “water poverty” with an individual’s share of 640 cubic meters well below the international average of 1,000 cubic meters.

Egypt protests that others along the Nile have alternative water sources, while the Nile is the sole water source in the mainly desert country.

Ethiopian officials say the dam is needed to provide much-needed power for development.

At a ceremony marking the diversion of the Nile, Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnin said Ethiopia could export cheap electricity from the dam to energy-short Egypt and Sudan. He insisted the dam would not affect the flow of water to Egypt.

Experts say otherwise.

Alaa el-Zawahri, a dams engineer at Cairo University and an expert on a national committee studying the ramifications of the Ethiopian dam, said Egypt stands to lose about 15 billion cubic meters of water — 27 percent of annual share — each of the five years that Ethiopia has said it will take to fill the dam. The country’s current share already is insufficient.

Egypt also would lose between 30 and 40 percent of its hydropower generation, he said.

“If I was more of an optimist, I would say it will cause significant damage (to Egypt),” he told The Associated Press. “If I was being pessimistic, it is a catastrophe.”

“Potentially catastrophic” is the opinion of Haydar Yousif Hussin, an Italian-based Sudanese hydrologist who has worked on Nile water issues for 35 years. The dam’s reservoir “will hold back nearly one and a half times the average annual flow of the Blue Nile” and “drastically affect the downstream nations’ agriculture, electricity and water supply,” he said in an article published in the South African magazine Infrastructure News.

Given the massive size of the dam, it could lose as much as 3 billion cubic meters of water to evaporation each year, Yousif added.

Mekonnin said the dam construction is at 21 percent and should be complete by 2015. Ethiopia has said the massive dam, located 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Sudan’s border, is being built with a storage capacity for 74 million cubic meters of water and generating power of 6,000 megawatts — 30 percent more than the electricity produced by Egypt’s Aswan Dam, built on the Nile in the 1960s.

But very little other information is available.

“It remains irresponsible for Ethiopia to build Africa’s biggest hydropower project, on its most contentious river, with no public access to critical information about the dam’s impacts,” Yousif wrote. He urged Ethiopian officials to “allow some light to penetrate this secretive development scheme.”

Ethiopia has timed the dam’s construction while Egypt is at its weakest. The government announced the project in March 2011, when Egypt’s government was overwhelmed by the Arab Spring revolution. The Nile diversion came the day after leaders of the two countries met in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, on the sidelines of an African Union summit, and days before Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan were due to issue a technical report on the dam.

Information about the funding of the project is also unclear.

The World Bank and other donors have refused involvement, reportedly because of Egyptian lobbying of countries like the United States, which considers Egypt a key ally and pivotal to security in the region.

The contract for the $4.8 billion project was awarded without competitive bidding to the Italian company Salini Construttori, according to Yousif and other experts.

Ethiopia says it is funding the massive project on its own, urging citizens to buy bonds that earn 5 or 6 percent interest. Norway’s Development Today magazine quoted Kjetil Tronvoll of Oslo’s International Law and Policy Institute as saying that government employees are being pressed to donate one month’s salary to the dam and, when people protested, they were arrested.

A journalist who wrote an article criticizing the fund-raising methods, Reeyot Alemu, was arrested, tried for terrorism and sentenced to two years’ jail, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

The issue of the dam also highlights traditional differences between Africa’s northern Arabs and the blacks of the south.

That perception must be corrected, Egypt’s assistant for foreign affairs, Essam el-Haddad, wrote on Egypt’s foreign policy blog.

“Egypt’s rejection of the project reinforces a negative stereotype of Egypt that is spreading among the people of Africa … that this country is the reason for the absence of development and economic progress in African countries because it has acquired, unduly, the largest share of (Nile) water for its development,” he wrote. “Egypt seeks to be a real partner in development in Africa.”

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    ትልቁ ችግር ወያኔ እንደዚህ አይነት ፕሮጀክቶችን የሚያከናውነው እንደሚከተለው ካሉት ከተለያዩ ምክንያቶች ወይንም Motives በመነጨ ነው፡፡

    1ኛ)ከስልጣን ህልውናው ጋር በማያያዝ ይህንን ልማት አደረገ ተብሎ ስልጣን ላይ ሊያቆየው የሚችልውን የፖለቲካ ትርፍ ለማግኘት ሲል መሆኑ፡፡This is such a systematic scheme of manufacturing consent by exploiting the mantra of such projects.

    2ኛ) “አባይን የደፈረ በቸኛ መሪ” የሚል አላስፈላጊ ከሆነ ኋላቀር አስተሳሰብ በመነጨ ካለፉት አገዛዞች ጋር እራሱን እያነፃፀረ ከንቱ የታሪክ ሽሚያና ፉክክር ውስጥ በመግባት፡፡

    3ኛ)የራሱን ኢፈርታዊ የኢኮኖሚ ጥቅም ለማራመድ ሲል ማለትም በእንደዚህ አይነት ፕሮጀክቶች ላይ በአብዛኛው ዋነኛው ተጠቃሚ ኢፈርትና ወያኔዎች የተቆጣጠሯቸው ተያያዥ የንግድ ድርጅቶች ናቸው፡፡በብድርና እርዳታ ከሚገነቡ ትላልቅ ፕሮጀክቶች በስራው ሂደት ፍትሃዊና ህጋዊ ባልሆነ መንገድ ኮንትራት የሚወስዱት በአብዛኛው ኢፈርትና ወያኔዎች በሞኖፖል የተቆጣጠሯቸው ተያያዥ የንግድ ድርጅቶች ናቸው፡፡ይህም ብቻም አይደለም እንደዚህ አይነት ፕሮጀክቶች ሲጠናቀቁ የእነዚህ ፕሮጀክቶች ውጤት ዋና ተጠቃሚዎች በአብዛኛው ወያኔዎችን እነሱን ተከትሎ ያለው food-chain ሲሆን ሌላው የተቀረው የበይ ተመልካች ነው፡፡ለምሳሌ በብድርና እርዳታ ከሚገነቡ ትላልቅ የሃይድሮ ኤሌክትሪክ ፕሮጀክቶች ሲጠናቀቁ ኢትዮጵያ የኤሌክትሪክ ሃይል ወደ ውጪ ኤክስፖርት አድርጋ የውጪ ምንዛሪ ታገኛለች ተባለ ነገር ግን የዚህ የውጪ ምንዛሪ ዋና ተጠቃሚው ማነው?ማነው ኤክስፖርት የተደረገውን የኤሌክትሪክ ሃይል ሽያች bill ተቆጣጥሮ የተገኘውን የውጪ ምንዛሪ ገቢ በትክክል የሚቆጣጠር?ወያኔ የራሱን በዘረኝነት ላይ የተመሰረተ የሚሊታሪ የደህንነት ቴክኖክራቲክ ቢሮክራሲ ወዘተ መዋቅር በሰፊው ስለዘረጋ ከእንደዚህ አይነት ልማቶች ዋነኛ ተጠቃሚው ወያኔና ተከታዮቻቸው ናቸው፡፡

    4ኛ)ወያኔ የግሎባል ካፒታሊዝም ኒዎ-ሊበራል ኒዎ-ኮሎኒያሊዝም ኢምፔሪያሊስታዊ ፕሮጀክት አስፈፃሚ ቅጥረኛ እንደመሆኑ መጠን ቅድሚያ ጂኦ-ፖለቲካዊ ዲፕሎማሲ በሰላማዊ መንገድ ሳይሰራ ይህ አይነት ትልቅ አካባቢያዊ ተፅእኖ የሚፈጥር ትልቅ ፕሮጀክት ላይ ውስጣዊ ብሄራዊ መግባባት በሌለበት ሁኔታ ተጣድፎ በችኮላ መግባት ኢትዮጵያን አላስፈላጊ አካባቢያዊ ግጭትና ቀውስ ውስጥ ሊከታት ይችላል፡፡ወያኔ ከስልጣን ህልውናው ጋር በተያያዘ ይህ ምን ይጠቅመዋል ከባድ ውስብስብ ጥያቄ ነው፡፡
    ሌላው ወያኔ በዘረኝነት የሚጠላውን አማራውን ለይቶ ለማጥቃት ሲል የአማራውን አካባቢ በዚህ የአባይ ፕሮጀክት መዘዝ የተነሳ ከውጪ በሚመጣ ጥቃት የተነሳ የጦርነት አውድማ እንዳያደርገውም መጠርጠር ተገቢ ነው፡፡ይህም ብቻ አይደለም ከዚህ የምስራቅ አፍሪካ አካባቢያዊ ውጥረትና ቀውስ ለማትረፍ የሚፈልጉ የባእዳን ሃይሎችን የሀይል አሰላለፍ (Global Power Relations) እና የግሎባል ካፒታሊዝምን ወቅታዊ አለም አቀፋዊ ቀውስም መረዳት ተገቢ ነው፡፡በአሁኑ ውጥረትና ቀውስ ከበዛበት ዓለም ውስጥ ግሎባል ካፒታሊዝም እራሱን ከገባበት ቀውስ ለማዳን ሲል በዚህ አይነት አካባቢያዊ ውጥረትና ቀውስ(Regional Tension and Crisis) ማስተንፈስ ማትረፍና ስርዓቱምከገባበት አለም አቀፍ ቀውስ በዚህ ሁኔታ ውስጥ አልፎ መውጣት ይፈልጋል፡፡Global Capitalism wants to thrive out of such regional wars and crisis by exploiting such events as an opportunity for its own survival. That is why and how some profit out of war and crisis while so many lose out of it. That is why and how socialize loss/crisis and privatize profit/advantage is so pervasive today under the current global social-order.ወያኔም የገባበትን አጠቃላይ የውስጥ ውጥረትና ቀውስ በተመሳሳይ ሁኔታ አትኩሮትን ወደዚህ አይነት ፕሮጀክትና አካባቢያዊ ውጥረት በማዞር በዚህ አይነት ሁኔታ የራሱን ህልውና ማስቀጠል ይፈልጋል፡፡

    ሃሳቤን የማጠቃልለው ፕሮጀክቱን በመሰረተ ሃሳብ ደረጃ (In Principle) ማንም ጤናማ ኢትዮጵያዊ የሚደግፈው ነገር ነው::ኢትዮጵያም ከፍተኛ የአንበሳ የውሃ ድርሻ ባላት በዚህ የአባይ ወንዝ ላይ ለዘላለም የበይ ተመልካች ሆና መቅረት አይገባትምና በመጀመሪያ ከፍተኛ የውስጥና የውጪ ብሄራዊ መግባባትና የዲፕሎማሲ ስራ ተሰርቶ በሰላማዊ መንገድ ይህ ካልሆነ ደግሞ ሌላ የሃይል ጫና የሚፈጥር ነገር ከመጣና አስፈላጊ ሆኖ ከተገኘም መጀመሪያ የሀገር ውስጥ ብሄራዊ መግባባትና ተገቢው የሀገርና የህዝብ አቅም ተገንብቶ እራስን ከውጪ ጥቃት ለመከላከል የሚያስችል ሁኔታ በተፈጠረበት ሁኔታ ወስጥ ነው ይህ ፕሮጀክት መጀመር የነበረበት፡፡የኢትዮጵያ ህዝብም ለእንደዚህ አይነት ፕሮጀክቶች ወገቡን አጥብቆ መስዋእትነት ከፍሎ ዋና ተሳታፊ ለመሆን የሚፈልገውና የሚችለው የፕሮጀክቱ ውጤት ዋና ባለቤትና ተጠቃሚ መሆኑ በግልፅ ሲታወቅና ሲታመንበት እንጂ ወያኔ አሁን እየተከተለው ባለው ኢፈርታዊ የሆነ “Hit and Run Business Scheme” ዋና ተጠቃሚው ወያኔና ተከታዮቻቸው ሲሆኑ የተቀረው ብዙሃኑ የኢትዮጵያ ህዝብም ከዚህ አይነት ፕሮጀከት የሚተርፈው ነገር መዘዙና ጫናውና እዳው ለትውልድ የሚተርፍ ብድርና እርዳታ ሲከፋም የአባይን አይነት አካባቢያዊ ውጥረትና ጦርነት ነው፡፡ላፉት 22 ዓመታት ባለው ነባራዊ ሁኔታ ወያኔ ከውጪ በሚቀበለው ብድርና እርዳታ ዋነኛ ተጠቃሚው እራሱ ወያኔና ተከታዮቻቸው ሲሆኑ የተቀረው የኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ ግን የሚተርፈው ትውልድ የሚገፈግፈው እዳ ነው፡፡ስለዚህም በዚህ አይነት የተወናበደ መሰሪና ግልፅነት በጎደለው የወያኔ የጥድፊያ አካሄድ ግን አሁን ባለው ወቅታዊ ሁኔታ ይህ ፕሮጀክት ከጥቅሙ ይልቅ ጉዳቱ ያመዝናል የሚል የግል አመለካከት ነው ያለኝ፡፡

    እግዚአብሄር ኢትዮጵያን ይባርክ ይጠብቅ !!!

  2. hun
    | #2

    I am with weyenes on this. Ethiopians should help with their money.

  3. Dawi
    | #3

    Former Egyptian commander: Striking Ethiopia dam ‘impossible’

    http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/former-egyptian-commander-striking-ethiopia-dam-impossible

  4. Ittu Aba Farda
    | #4

    This is a project that should have been done a long time ago when it was conceived and surveyed by Haile Selassie’s government several decades ago. Egypt has enough water (more than enough) coming to her already. It should control the waste that is happening right now and above all put in place practical schemes to control its population growth. Egypt has to face the reality that it is not only facing opposition to an old colonial treaty from Ethiopia but many other riparian nations in the region. Just being able to fly F16′s does not and will not intimidate anyone. I would like to see this project completed in my lifetime. By the way, Egypt already has huge water resources more than the Nile can bring to her – The Mediterranean and Red Seas. Morsi is an engineer, right? We have been told for decades that Egypt is the most educated, the most powerful nation, and the most this and the most that… ad nauseam. It should line up its jobless engineers and start projects to desalinate sea waters from both these two vast seas. In the long term, national projects like this dam belong to the whole nation and that is why I don’t stand in opposition. Believe me all of you including the current rulers back home when I say regimes can come and go away sooner or later. The Chiang Kai-Shek dynasty, Park and his cabals, Ferdinand Marcos and his ruling elite, all of the Latin American dictators along with their killing machines are in the dustbin of history. But the national projects such as dams, networks of railways and highways they did while in power are in the hands of much better and democratic regimes in all of these countries. Taiwan and Chile are good examples. Of course both Pinochet and Chiang Kai-Shek were brutal to their political opposition but the economic progress their countries made was impressive. Yes, they had lined their pockets in the process but the population had benefitted from the progress made in the areas of health and the economy. So I say to Egypt this: Wake up and wise up!!!
    When it comes to our country, the trick is how to do away with authoritarianism. I don’t condone any form of violence to get it done. It should proceed peacefully by all means and avenues available. We should all guard ourselves from any ‘struggle’ along religious and ethnic lines. Liberation front this, liberation democratic front that, religious democratic movement this and that will continue to do more harm to our harmonious way of life. That is why I see all these ‘liberation and ethnic democratic’ fronts as heavily veiled hate groups. During the last 30 years all national questions in our country have been amicably answered. Any group who still thinks of a need of national liberation in nothing short of a hate group. It just does not like the Amharas, Oromos and other ethnic peoples. That is the bottom line, no ifs or buts. So forget about the reincarnation of a ‘Sultanate’ or a ‘Purely Unitary Nation’ in Ethiopia. That will never happen, ever!!!! If you want to see a democratic and strong nation in Ethiopia then mingle with others and wage your struggle peacefully. ‘I Hate this ethnic people so much that I don’t want to speak that language’ is not a prudent way of presenting oneself as a leader of a ‘liberation’ front. As an Oromo myself I don’t want to see some ‘Richard the Lion Heart’ to liberate me with an 11th hour borrowed name. We are not that gullible. We know better already, believe me!!!!

  5. The Eritrean one!
    | #5

    I know some of you would say, “mind your business”, but when it comes to the entire horn of Africa politics no one is immune from the cloud of uncertainty on the sky: Egyptian threat, al-qaeda’s agenda if they have it their way for the people of Ethiopia and Eritrea, Sudan’s uncertainty, weyanes mess all over the world, and so on. Peace is the only the solution.

  6. yohannse
    | #6

    The opposition at this time must unite and this issue a matter of national security and interest of Ethiopia. I am not a supporter any political party,but when it comes external enemy please do not show any kind of weakness. Stand up to protect Ethiopia,our fathers and mothers died for their beloved country Ethiopia.

  7. Mohammed Kotb
    | #7

    the ethiopean government is such an idiot and selfish one. instead of enhancing investments and co operation between the peoples of ethiopia and egypt, they have resorted to the easy solution which is building a dam which will erase the mere egyptian existence.
    the egyptian government and people are willing to cooperate with etheopia to have alternative solution to its electricity shortage. building that dam will only deepen the rift between the two countries. you can’t just starve and destroy an entire country like egypt in order to have more electricity. sure there are other solutions which can be gained through mutual cooperation between the two peoples.
    Mohammed Kotb M.D
    Egypt, Cairo

  8. DamDam
    | #8

    Hmmmmm God help Ethiopia/ns! Knowing the history of the last 22 yrs, how can Ethiopians put faith in TPLF regime to do anything in the best interest of ETHIOPIA/NS? The same TPLF regime that have incarcerated over a hundred thousand Ethiopians, massacred hundreds of Gambelans, tortured and killed unknown number of Ethiopians, chased and evicted Ethiopians in Gondar and Gambela and sold their land to wealthy foreigners, the same group of people that have looted and gotten filthy rich and stored the rest of it in Swiss Banks and around the world, the same group of people that have exported Ethiopian young women and children as goods, and so on and so forth…It seems to me, there is more serious mysteries about this darn dam than patriotic Ethiopians will never know, until the unthinkable happens in the near future. I’m afraid there is more about this dam than meets the eye. I wonder what TPLF are up to?

  9. Aida
    | #9

    I am for the dam.

  10. The Dam Dumb
    | #10

    Ethiopians don’t put your guards down and let TPLF pee on you repeatedly and tell you that it is raining. Ethiopians shouldn’t expect any good to come from corrupted group of people that have gunned down tens of thousands of law-abiding Ethiopians and locked up over a hundred thousand innocent Ethiopians. How can any Ethiopians put their faith on the very people that have no regards for the people and the country and have proven themselves to be Godless, Self-centered, Racists that hate the country and the people, Lack of empathy, Money worshipers, Professional-looters, Professional criminals, Merciless killers…? Beware Ethiopians! Don’t forget the innocent Ethiopians that are rotting in cold woyane prisons. And the 500 Gambelans and the countless number of other Ethiopians that have been massacred at the hands of Woyanes! Don’t be fooled and persuaded by watching the propaganda machine–ETV.

  11. መሻል
    | #11

    የብዙ ኢትዮጵያዊ ክሬታ አባይ መገደቡ እንዳልሆነ ግልጽ ነው። ቅሬታችን ግድቡ በትትክል የታቀደ ነውን፤ ወጪውና ገቢው ይማጣጠናልን፤ ናቸው። ለምንድነው ሶስት ወይም አራት አነስታኛ ግድቦች ከመስራት አንድ ትልቅና ችግር ቢኖረው መጠባበቅያ የሌለው የሚሰራው። ለምንድነው ለሙስና (ማለትም ለደካማና አደገኛ አሰራር) የትጋለጠ ሚስጥራዊ የፕሮጄክት አወቃቀር ያለው። ከግፕ ሚስጥር የለለም – ምን እንደሚሰራ በትክክል ያውቁታል። ታድያ ለምን ከኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ ሚስጥር መጠበቅ አስፈለገ?

    ብዙአችን በታም የምንፈራው ስራው በደምብ ሳይሰራ ቅርቶ ብርም ባክኖ ማስተካክል ስያስፈልግ እንዴት እንደምንሆን ነው። ለምሳሌ ይህ ግድብ ከታሰበው ግማሽ ሃይል ካመነጨና ሌላ ግድብ መገንባት ካስፈለገ ሌሎች አገሮች ምን ይሉናል። አሁን ያለንን የውጭ ግንኙነት ‘ካፒታል’ አባክነን በምን እንከፍለአዋለን? እንቁላላችንን አንድ ቀረጢት ውስጥ አናርግ ነው::

  12. Anonymous
    | #12

    I think it is blind and blinding to try to associate everything — bad or good — with “Weyanne” and to propagate a smear campaign even with the construction of a dam. What is wrong if the dam is constructed even by the devil as long as it benefits that Country? Those who have a negative idea about this should probably invest their energy on the dismantling of the non-inclusive 1929 “Agreement” that probably the Brits have then thought like planting a time bomb for our time. Think of Kashmir? Think of Kuwait and how a Brit general created a “country” by a simple scratch in the dusts and sands of Iraq. Go back to our own “neighbors” and to Ogaden. Those mean-mined colonialists left behind a calculated scenario whereby their off-springs are now trying to tell us — Egyptians and Ethiopians — a century later how to handle the problem that their very grandparents intentionally instilled. Then, our refugees and “Starbuck” polititians blame the Weyane for building the dam. Sure Weyane has got blood in its hands. This is a collection of bandits and school dropouts, thieves who broke prisons and street boys (and girls) who, after the failure of Durg, sold medicine that it robbed from the Ethiopian people back to the Ethiopian Ministry of Health Day One they came to power. Weyane is the brain-child of Isayas Afewerki who motiv

  13. Shibru
    | #13

    I think it is blind and blinding to try to associate everything — bad or good — with “Weyanne” and to propagate a smear campaign even with the construction of a dam. What is wrong if the dam is constructed even by the devil as long as it benefits that Country? Those who have a negative idea about this should probably invest their energy on the dismantling of the non-inclusive 1929 “Agreement” that probably the Brits have then thought like planting a time bomb for our time. Think of Kashmir? Think of Kuwait and how a Brit general created a “country” by a simple scratch in the dusts and sands of Iraq. Go back to our own “neighbors” and to Ogaden. Those mean-mined colonialists left behind a calculated scenario whereby their off-springs are now trying to tell us — Egyptians and Ethiopians — a century later how to handle the problem that their very grandparents intentionally instilled. Then, our refugees and “Starbuck” polititians blame the Weyane for building the dam. Sure Weyane has got blood in its hands. This is a collection of bandits and school dropouts, thieves who broke prisons and street boys (and girls) who, after the failure of Durg, sold medicine that it robbed from the Ethiopian people back to the Ethiopian Ministry of Health Day One they came to power. Weyane is the brain-child of Isayas Afewerki who motive as we can now see it to have a herd of some 5 to 6 million that he rules, imprisons, and kills (sad for the Eritreans who Isayas considers his “herds”). Weyane is a collection of defective Ethiopians who introduced and propagated corruption at its highest level in the Ethiopian society. Weyane is there to benefit its associates and cronies at the expense of the rest of the “innocent” us. Weyane is a curse that for long claimed to be “Arabs” (during their “struggle for freedom”) and orchestrated all surrounding countries against Ethiopia. Weyane is a mercenary group used by Siad Barre of Somalia to sabotage Ethiopian causes. Weyane, contrary to Durg, has been and is killing Ethiopia and its youth — not just individuals as Durg did. Weyane is a group the orchestrated the massacre of Hawzen against its own people (remember how their video was shown in Europe only the very day the massacre took place). Weyane is indeed everything of an abomination to Ethiopia; it should go!

    This said, however, the dam should be built — even by the Devil!

  14. Shibru
    | #14

    @The Eritrean one!

    Indeed, you should mind your business. Weyane is messing up everything. Sure you guy has not messed up anything — Hannish, Djibouti, Sudan, Ethiopia, UN, AU, name it. He didn’t mess up with Ghadafi, his God father., for sure, until Ghdafi was messed up by his own people who decided to mind their business. Guy, you have a lot a hand beyond looking across your board and “concerned” for the East African Region. My humble piece of advice to you: You probably better plan on a way out to Shimelbah.

  15. Oda Tulu
    | #15

    TPLF regime is seeking the path of regional instability to the detriment of Ethiopia.

  16. Shibru
    | #16

    @ግሩም

    This article smells like what I read some 30 years ago — “Democracia” — EPRP’s newsletter.

    The analysis might sound appealing as it was then; the truth, though, if there is any truth in it, is questionable. It hypothesizes so many issues and uses extra-ordinary-looking phrases to give it an intellectual touch, what I generally call photo-shopping. All is well known to a causal observer, though. As bad as Weyane already is, one really need not make such a huge effort to make it “badder” (‘worse’ is the right word, but not enough for me to express my point).

    Item No. 1 sounds something similar to what Durge and Weyane alike used to blame Haile-Sellasie’s effort in the area of education. They both barked hard and fought nail and tooth to convince us that the King did so only to have the support he needed around him. Sure he didn’t need to mix children of the peasant, like myself, with the royal crew at Teferi Makonnen. Nor he only gathered off-springs of the Dejazmaches. Weyane has got many cards to play to stay in power and it is not as idiot as a few of us are. Mobutu of Zaire and Marcos of the Philippines were not there because they built dams or other infrastructure elements; and Weyane knows how to play even a better card.

    No. 2 is even cynical; what is wrong with that concept after all? That is what every politician and statesmen do all over the world — touching the seemingly untouchable. Bravo Weyane if you had that in mind. Please do more better than those in the past. We tend to blame when something is done and nothing is done? What are guys?

    No. 3 is the classical blame; I think Weyane is somewhat smart and has learned from its story and the surrounding. Only those of us who are stuck where we were 20 years ago use this as a point against Weyane. Weyane is changing — at least in tactics — and let some of us do the same or better.

    No. 4 is extremely intellectual — “Democracia” — and I would like to stay away.

    As a final word, let us all come to our senses. As long as it is not a zero-sum scenario for Ethiopian and there can be some positive outcome, let projects be implemented — even by the Devil.

  17. The Eritrean one!
    | #17

    Just wait until the religious hijackers start writings all kind of “fatwas” against the Ethiopian people and against the project itself. You don’t need to be weyane lover or hater to feel such unnecessary hatred coming against the people of Ethiopia. Meles killed nearly 200,000 Ethiopians, Meles killed nearly 50,000 Somalians, Meles deported nearly 100,000 Ethio-Eritreans, and Meles want to murder the whole civilization of Egypt and Sudan. Thanks to god he is buried 6 feet under before he engulfed the whole region of the horn of Africa for dollars and cents from his handlers far-far-far away…

  18. Anonymous
    | #18

    No war against Egypt under TPLF

    Melese has already disintegrated Ethiopia along ethnic line. He has weaken the population by his divide and rule politics. After he completed this inside he went to borrow war from Egypt for final destruction of Ethiopia. Do not forget this …..

    you well know that it is Melese’s friends that have arrested who demonstration against Graziyani. This group will poison us from behind after calling for war to defend.

    We should not loose sight of Melese and TPLF, they are enemy #1 for Ethiopia right now!

    Unfortunately people like Dawit (Awramba times) is trying to tell us about patriotic Melese by posting his phony speaches and interviews. I think Awrambatimes is Aiga’s covert sight.

  19. Idris
    | #19

    No war against Egypt under TPLF

    Melese has already disintegrated Ethiopia along ethnic line. He has weaken the population by his divide and rule politics. After he completed this inside he went to borrow war from Egypt for final destruction of Ethiopia. Do not forget this …..

    you well know that it is Melese’s friends that have arrested who demonstration against Graziyani. This group will poison us from behind after calling for war to defend.

    We should not loose sight of Melese and TPLF, they are enemy #1 for Ethiopia right now!

    Unfortunately people like Dawit (Awramba times) is trying to tell us about patriotic Melese by posting his phony speaches and interviews. I think Awrambatimes is Aiga’s covert sight.

  20. The same kind of Evil!
    | #20

    The Eritrean one!
    The two evil blood-related cousins are one and the same. There is no argument that Meles was one of the most manipulative liar, soulless, heartless, subhuman and merciless killer that hated Ethiopia and Ethiopians. For that you and over 88 million Ethiopians agree that we are trilled that the bloody hand tyrant is now 6ft under. But you cannot deny that the other soulless racist Dictator Isayass is also responsible for countless number of patriotic Ethiopians and Eritreans deaths. Dictator Isayas is the one that trained and groomed the Hitler of Ethiopia and the rest of TPLF, to be hateful racist, soulless killers and looters. If it wasn’t for Dictator Isayas, Ethiopians wouldn’t have to deal with the brutal tyrant Meles and the rest of TPLF mafia. May the Merciful loving God gives the same fate to the hateful bloody hand Isayas.

  21. Amsalu
    | #21

    The TPLF government did not do anything wrong, you people were sleeping for all these years, now the lions from the north are roaring, who can stop them? Egyptian cannot stop them, no one in the face of the earth can stop them, I am surprised with the wisdom of TPLF, they control east to west and south to North, the country is quite, the lions are roaring and working hard and progressing, you people keep crying enjoy your latte at the star bucks, that is all what you can do, let the great Ethiopians do the job and fulfill the Ethiopian dream

  22. umdda
    | #22

    You don’t know this? Before anything is done, the organized criminal group that established and run the system that is bilking and sucking the resources of Ethiopia must first be benefited,first and foremost.

    Today, everything and anything that is available below and above the lands in Ethiopia is owned, controlled, and run by the enemy that had been invading and robbing Ethiopia and Ethiopians.

    The criminal group, Hiwhat dosn’t even think of doing anything that is either small or big without first this group ensures it is and it is only would take the grand share of the benefit.

  23. inkissajjeffa
    | #23

    Well, for years, the enemies of Ethiopia both internal and external ones have been tirelessly working hard both in the open and covert operations and activities to harm Ethiopia; the current enemy that invaded Ethiopia 22 years ago has settled in the lands it occupied via invasion. It then soon establish two economic systems and ethnic division and partitions to expand and strengthen its economic exploitations and social suppression.

    We, Ethiopians don’t trust the TPLF-HIWAHAT-EPRDF mafia groups with our dearest country and beloved people.

    Ethiopians strongly believe without a doubt that both Egypt and Hiwhat are equally the most distractive enemies of Ethiopia and must therefore be dealt with the end result that both be crushed to their defeat,accordingly.

    Meles Zenawi never came to Ethiopia to do volunteer work, and never has he been promoting good cause for Ethiopia. After having settled he in Ethiopia for the last twenty-two years and promoting, preaching, and practicing and implementing banda culture and mass murder, he died with unforgiving and unforgettable sins and crimes that he committed while chief a boss in the criminal organization that he currently left because of a quick and agonizing death that lead him to be buried in a cold dark grave. Now, dead and fragmented into devil’s rubbish for nearly a year, left three billion stolen $us for his three children and a wife to spend it recklessly and extravagantly on anything and everything they want.

    The robbers wife, now, a widower, spent 1.5 million us dollar on nothing but personal care products that she encountered in a European shopping malls-shelves. She did not earn the money that she spent extravagantly, she got it through thefts and robberies. She never had a meaningful job, neither had her dead husband. At 15, she was smuggled into the Sudan and earned her living by involving herself in an indecent nightlife; most of her regular customers, in the red-light district used to go home crying and broke, condemning her for life.

    the robber’s wife and the dead robber, together will stand trial and face the justice.

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