A new race: Haile Gebrselassie to enter politics

July 8th, 2013 Print Print Email Email

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Distance running great Haile Gebrselassie is entering politics and may now run for president of Ethiopia – even if his wife is not sure it’s a good idea.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist and multiple world champion in the 10,000 meters told The Associated Press Monday he wants to “reach more people” through politics, a topic most Ethiopians avoid in their restrictive, closely-watched society.

The “big mistake” would be to stay out of politics and miss the chance to do something to help, the famous runner said.

“We are here in our country, Ethiopia. And as long as we live here, we should play our part. We have to sort (out) any problems we have,” Gebrselassie said.

The 40-year-old is used to breaking barriers, having set over two dozen world records in distances ranging from 5,000 meters to the marathon. He said he will run for a seat in parliament as an independent candidate in 2015, a big deal in Ethiopia where there is just one opposition member in parliament.

The next presidential election in September is probably “too soon,” but he said he was considering a future run for that largely ceremonial post so he could use it to unite and promote his East African country.

Gebrselassie is not completely new to this game, either, having helped set up a group called the Elders Council, which brokered peace between the ruling party and opponents following postelection violence in 2005 that left hundreds dead and led to opposition leaders being jailed. Gebrselassie’s influence helped free them.

Gebrselassie said that while his wife and other family members are wary of Ethiopian politics, he thinks it’s an important next move to make.

“Some people are advising me against it. Others say it’s a wonderful idea,” he said. “I respect all opinions . I believe as long as my intentions are positive, you have to support it.”

Asked if he would accept a surprise election to the presidency in September, an office which is voted on by the two elective houses, he replied swiftly and with an impish grin: “Do you have information I don’t?”

Gebrselassie has huge draw at home. He has represented Ethiopia at the world’s top track events and biggest marathons for nearly two decades, building in that time a reputation as one of the greatest distance runners ever.

“He (Haile) is my most favorite Ethiopian and he is much more than an athlete,” Hallelujah Lulie, a researcher at the Institute for Security Studies in Addis Ababa, wrote on Facebook. “He can easily become a very skilled statesman. Go Haile.”

Gebrselassie also is a successful businessman, with a cinema and a luxurious resort among his interests.

Despite some doubts expressed by Ethiopia’s opposition parliamentary member, Girma Seifu, that the athlete could make any meaningful contribution to politics as an independent candidate, the runner is set on his next challenge.

“In sport, you cannot be on top forever. One day you have to slow down. My time (running) is almost over,” he said. “(It’s) a big mistake … to say let me avoid this (politics).

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  1. Ibsaa
    | #1

    ruca meselewu ende?????

  2. Kato
    | #2

    All that glitters is not gold.
    Live and let live that’s what I can say to that.

  3. ሩጫና ምርጫ ሲደመር ግሬት ረን?
    | #3

    ሩጠው ቀደሙ
    ሁሉንም ጥለው ቀደሙ
    ለማንም ምርጫ ሳይሰጡ ቀደሙ
    ነበር ልምዳቸው ሁሉን መቅደሙ !!!
    አሁንም ምርጫ ሳይሰጡ ማንንም ሊቀድሙ?
    ታጋይ መባልን ዋጋ ሊያሳጡት?
    ፓርቲ ትግል ምናምኑን ክንቱ ሊያረጉት?
    እንዲህ ኑሮዋል ለካ መተካካት?

    ሩጫና ምርጫ አበቃቀሉ ለየቅል
    ብሎ ህዝብ አዳሜ ሲታገል

    ሊቀድም ነው እወቁኝ አሳውቁኝ?
    አለ ምረጡኝ አስመርጡኝ?

    ምልክቴ ምርጫ በሩጫ
    ሰው ሁሉ ቢንጫጫ ባንድ ሙቀጫ?

    ተመልክት ሳጥኔን
    እየው ምልክቴን

    መጣ እወቁኝ አሳውቁኝ!?
    አለ ምረጡኝ አስመርጡኝ!!?

    ሩጫ ሁሉን ጥሎ ቀድሞ ወደፊት
    ምርጫ ሁሉን ይዞ አብሮ ወደፊት
    እያለ ጋድና ታጋይ ሲንገታገት
    ፓለቲከው የገባው ቆመ ከፊት

    ጉድ ጉድ ብቻ ከማለት
    ሊያመጡ የሚችሉትን በመገመት
    እሳቸውንም የሚሉትንም በመስማት
    ሳጥናቸውንም በመመልከት
    በምርጫው መሞገት

    በአማርኛው ጉድ ጉድ
    በንግሊዝኛውም ቬርይ ጉድ
    አንዴ ለንደን
    አንዴ ጀርመን
    ሲሮጡ ሲያሮጡን
    ለካስ ግሬት ረን
    ትርጉሙ ሳይገባን
    አዳሜ ሲሮጥ ሜዳ ሜዳውን
    ሌላው ሲያሰማ ብሶቱን

    አይተው አራራጡን
    ሰምተው ብሶቱን
    አሉ ሁሉንም በሳጥን?

  4. Hitman
    | #4

    Any one can call himself an eagle without having a single feather, said Fideal Castro of Cuba years ago.I prefer and vote for Tamagne, the Washington comedian to run the country as a PM rather than Haile Gebera Selassie and his running mate, the widow of ex-PM, Meles, Azeb Mesfin! What one can one do as Ethiopia is going downhill from day to day.The ultimate jock is on various nationalities of Ethiopia.

  5. dodo
    | #5

    Why not? Isn’t the post now occupied by the notorious philanderer and HODAM, Lt Girma W/G, who used to be a Gurage and is now an Oromo. Like a stray dog he is constantly kicked and humiliated. It is too much to see him being humiliated at every turn even as a typical HODAM he does not feel it.

  6. Anonymous
    | #6

    The world known runner will be a powerless puppet Prime Minister to be used and tossed around by TPLF just like Hailemariam.

  7. kentu
    | #7

    steal we are talcking we realoy make a big shame if we are human being because 22 years is realy too long we have to axept or fight for good

  8. ግሩም
    | #8

    ሃይሌ እንድ እሩጫውና ቢዝነሱ በተመሳሳይ ሁኔታ በፖለቲካውም ስኬታማ ይሆናል አይሆንም የሚለው ወደፊት በተግባር የሚታይ ነው የሚሆነው፡፡ነገር ገን በ21ኛው ክፍለ-ዘመን ስለ ነፃነትና ስለ ዲሞክራሲ የምንከተለው የህይወትና የፖለቲካ ፍልስፍና ግን ግራ የማያጋባ ግልፅ ቢሆን ጥሩ ነው፡፡በ21ኛው ክፍለ-ዘመን ዲሞክራሲ ማለት ማድረግ የሚገባንን ነገር ለማድረግ ሳንችል ስንቀር ማድረግ የምንችለውን ነገር ሁሉ እንደፈለግን ማድረግ ማለት ነውን? ነው ወይንስ አገዛዞች ልሂቃንና መንግስታት ለሚገዙትና ለሚያስተዳድሩት ህዝብና ዜጋ መስጠት የሚገባቸውን ነገር ለመስጠት ሳይችሉ ሲቀሩ መስጠት የሚችሉትን ነገር ሁሉ መስጠት ማለት ነውን? በቅዱስ መፅሀፍ ሁሉ ተፈቅዷል ሁሉ ግን ለበጎ አይሆንም ይላል፡፡በ21ኛው ክፍለ-ዘመን ግብረ-ሰዶም ሰብዓዊ-መብት(ሰብዓዊ መብት ለማለት እንኳን ይከብዳል ተግባሩ ስብእና የጎደለው ከሰውነት ተራ የወጣ ስለሆነ ዲሞክራሲያዊ መብት ቢባል ይሻላል) ዲሞክራሲያዊ መብት ነው ተብሎ በምእራቡ አለም የህግ ድጋፍ እየተሰጠው ነው፡፡እናም ዛሬ በሀገራችን የዚህን ነውረኛ ተግባር ልቅ ዲሞክራሲ መንግስታችን እያስፋፋልን ነው፡፡አዎ ይህ ብቻም አይደለም በ21ኛው ክፍለ-ዘመን ለሰው ልጅ ህይወት ሊሰጥ የሚገባውን ጤናማ የተፈጥሮ ምግብ በቅጡ ለመስጠት ስላልተቻለና ስላልተፈለገ በቴክኖሎጂ በላብራቶሪ ውስጥ የተቀመመ GM(Genetically Modified) በገፍ እየቀረበ ነው፡፡እውን በክርስትናው እምነትስ መንግስተ ሰማያት የሚያስገባው መልካም ምግባርና እምነት መሆኑ ቀርቶ በ21ኛው ክፍለ-ዘመን የተፈበረከው አይነት ዲሞክራሲ ይሆንን?በ21ኛው ክፍለ-ዘመን ዲሞክራሲ ማለት እሳት ማለት ነው፡፡እሳት በቅጡ በብልሃት ከተጠቀምንበት በእለት ተእለት ህይወታችን ውስጥ ብዙ መልካም ነገር እንሰራበታለን ነገር ግን በብልሃትና በስርዓት ካልተቆጣጠርነው ደግሞ አደጋው የከፋ ነው፡፡አንድን የእሳት ክብሪት ለመጫር በጣም ቀላል ነውና ዲሞክራሲም እንደዚያም ነው ነገር ግን የተጫረችው የክብሪት እሳት የምታርፍበት ቦታ ግን የትነው የሚለው ወሳኝ ነገር ነው፡፡ዛሬ ግራ የተጋባቸው ይህች ዓለም ከምንም ነገር በላይ የሚያስፈልጋት የዘመኑ አይነት ዲሞክራሲ ሳይሆን የፈጣሪንና የተፈጥሮን ህግ የሚያከብር ስርዓት(Order) ነው፡፡ሁሉ ነገር ተፈቅዷል ማለት ሁሉን ነገር ማድረግ እንችላለን ማለት አይደለም እንደዚሁም ሁሉን ነገር ማድረግ እንችላለን ማለት ያደረግነው ነገር ሁሉ ለመልካም ይሆናል ማለት አይደለም፡፡በእርግጥ የ21ኛው ክፍለ-ዘመን ዲሞክራሲ እይታ ሰዎች ቅድሚያ ማድረግ የሚገባቸውን ነገር ቅድሚያ እንዲያደርጉ ሳይሆን ማድረግ የፈለጉትን ነገር ሁሉ እንዲያደርጉ የሚገፋፋ ነገር ነው፡፡በኢትዮጵያችን ውስጥም ከ70 በላይ የፖለቲካ ፓርቲዎች እንደ አሸን የመፍላታቸው አንዱ መንስኤ ከዚህ ስለ ዲሞክራሲ ካለን የተዛባ እይታ የመነጨ ነው፡፡ሌላው ፕሬዝዳንትነት(Head of The State) ከፍተኛ የህዝብ ድጋፍ የሚጠይቅና የሀገሪቱና የህዝቦቿ የበላይ ጠባቂና ወኪል ተደርጎ ስለሚታይ በቀጥታ በህዝብ ተመርጦ የፓርላማ አባል ያልሆነ ዜጋ ወይንም ከፓርላማ ውጪ በቀጥታ በህዝብ ድምፅ ያልተመረጠ ዜጋ ፕሬዝዳንትነት(Head of The State) ለመሆን ይችላልን?ለማንኛውም ጊዜው የነፃ-ገበያ ስርዓት ጭምር ነው ስለተባለ ማንም እድሉን መሞከር ይችላልና ያዋጣኛል ካለ ሃይሌም ወደ ፖለቲካው ጎራ መቀላቀል የግል ዲሞክራሲያዊ መብቱ ነው፡፡ዲሞክራሲያዊ መብቱ ነው ስል ግን ከአንጀቴ ነው ነገር ግን ወደዚህ አይነቱ ፖለቲካና ስልጣን ውስጥ መግባት አለበትዎይ ለሚለው ጥያቄ ግን ብዙ አከራካሪ ሊሆን ይችላል፡፡ ፕሬዝዳንት ከሆነ በኋላ ግን “Well እንግዲህ” የሚላትን አባባል ማቆም አለበት፡፡ Any way I wish him to be a nice office-boy for the palace.

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  10. Fikreab
    | #10

    A business man should not be a president. It will create a conflict of interest.A year or so ago Haile has committed a petty crime by illegally locking a business flat that he rented to a business man while the contract was still running. He should have been convicted of the crime. His medal has saved him from it. As much as Haile was a world renowned athlete, he has also set a very bad record by showing unhealthy hunger for wealth and by colluding with Azeb and Meles in business in order to acquire most favored status. As a result he has donated his running vest to the late Meles and has officially leaned himself with Eprdf, a party that is best known for gross human right violations. Haile is turning himself from a renowned athlete to a renowned mercenary.

  11. dikdik
    | #11

    Well, it won’t be a slaughter house; rather, it is hog fattening house. We have seen Girma W/Georgis. There are rebellious animals, as there are dormant ones; when a hog runs, it rungs miles until it runs out of energy extracted from the fat it stores; in the end, Haile G/Selassai will transform into the look of his predecessor.

  12. Useless parliament
    | #12

    TPLF must be trying to get rid off one strong parliament member and replace him/her with the long distance runner. The parliament of Ethiopia is full of powerless voiceless people and the athlete won’t be any different. It’s obvious that, for the last 25 years, the non-TPLF parliament members haven’t had a voice to stop the members of TPLF from ruling the country with iron-fist, leaving the country landlocked, looting the country, giving and selling Ethiopia’s fertile land, locking up, torturing and killing the citizens of Ethiopia. Let’s hope Haile G.Selassie can run fast enough from TPLF before they destroy him mentally, physically and ruined his reputation and the wealth he has earned with hard work and dedications. Knowing the history of TPLF, my heart goes out for Haile.

  13. jamm
    | #13

    Haile gsellassie could be a leader if all these illiterate woyanes from dedebit who spent their lives in the jungle killing and raping could do it.
    I am sure he can do a better job than the illiterate peasant sibhat nega, or the murderous samoura younis, who has no proper education other than pulling the trigger of a kalanshinkov.

  14. Alemu Mulugeta
    | #14

    I fully concur with Fikreab’s #10 comments. I also know I can not put it as beautifully as he did but I just want to briefly say the following.
    When the late Meles was once a President,he wielded power as president. The Prime minister’s role then was rather symbolic.When later,he mutated into a prime minister,he rendered the Presidential office a functionless one while still retaining power in his hands.Presidents Negaso and Girma were thus fig leaves under his tenure and under EPRDF’s rule.
    Now there is an incipient campaign being orchestrated by EPRDF with a nod of approval by our ‘foreign’ friends (Haile recently had an audience with PM Cameron)to replace Girma with Haile. They are very keen to ‘create’ Haile as a ‘popular’ choice. They think that they are smart and people are that dumb not to see through the trickery.
    This is not dissimilar with those ubiquitous commercial adverts or ‘lies’ we know.
    You want to advertise and sell, say, a brand milk.You pay a certain body builder guy posing in an advert while drinking your milk.You want us to believe that it is your milk that has resulted in those bulged muscles. It is possible that the guy might never have drunk your milk at all but still you want to create a deceptive association to sell your product. Similarly, the same spurious association is being attempted to sell Haile, the ‘great’ athlete as an acceptable or even ‘great’ president.
    Haile himself is bought into this trivialization of a big office and political charade. His apparent ego and his political naivety should answer for this.

    I for one don’t believe such a willing pawn in the such scheme would be an effective or independent president. He will,if given his coveted title, continue to be a simple a fixture continued EPRDF rule.

  15. ጋዜጠኛ ብሆን?
    | #15

    ፕሬዚደንት ሊሆኑ ነው?

    የምን ጉም ጉም ነው!!!
    ይቻላል…ዌል.. ደግሞ መብታቸው ነው!!!

    ጥያቄ ግን ይቀራል?
    ለምሳሌ ለፕሬዚደንትነት ያማላሉ? ለምን አያማሉም? ይቻላል! የሚልስ ይጠፋል? መልሳቸው ይቻላል ይሆን?

    ይቻላል ከሆነና እኔ ጋዜጠኛ ብሆን- ምክርና ሃሳብ በጥያቄ መልክ ባቀርብላቸውሳ

    1. ከምርጫ ጫና በፊት በሙስና ሰው እንዳያማዎት ሞራል መሪ እንዲሆኑ
    ሀ. ያለዎትን ሁሉ ንብረትና ካፒታል አስቀድመው ያስመዘግባሉ? አደራ መሬቱንም የውጭም የአገር ውስጥም ካፒታል ሳይቀር?
    ለ. ደግሞም ያለዎትን ሁሉ ቢዝነስ ግንኙነቶች ለምሳሌ እርስዎ ፕሮዳክታችውን ፕሮሞት የሚያደርጉዋላቸውን ድርጅቶች ከርስዎ ጋር አብሮ የሚሰሩዋቸውን ድርጅቶች ያስመዘግባሉ?
    ሐ. እንደ ስፖርተኛ መጠጥ ሲጃራ የጫት ንግድ ነክ ፕሮሞት የሚያደርጉ ማስታወቂያዎች እንዳይስፋፉ ይታገላሉ?

    2. ኢኮኖሚውን በማሳደግ በኩል ከሌሎች ተፋካካሪ አገር ውስጥ አምራቾች ጋር እንዳይቀያየሙ
    መ. በረባሶ ጫማ ቀርቶ አዲዳስ ጫማ አገር ውስጥ ያስመርታሉ ማለት ነው?

    3. ልምድ በመቅምሰም በኩል
    ሠ. አስታራቂ ነበሩና ከነሱ ድክመት ልምድ ቀሰሙ ማለት ነው? ወይስ ፓለቲካው ቀላል ሁኖ አገኙት?
    ረ. ታዋቂዎቹን ምሩጽንና ማሞ ወልዴ ታስረውና ተሰደው ነበርና ፖለቲክኛ መሆን ያዋጣ እንደሆነ ምክር ጠይቀዋል?

    4. እንደ ስፖርት ባህልና ቃንቃ አምባሰድርነትዎ
    ሰ. ስፖርተኛ ይሽለማል ይሾማል እንጂ ሸላሚ ሲሆን አልታየም ሻሚ ሸላሚ መሆን ያማረዎት ለምንደነው?
    ሽ. ስፖርተኛ በጎ አድራጎት አቃቃሞ የሕዝብ ፍቅሩን ይግልጻል ፖለቲካ ማግለል ማዋረድ ማሰረን ያካትታል ድንገት በርስዎ ዘመን ሰዎች በግፍ ቢገደሉ ሃላፊነቱን ይወስዳሉ?
    ሸ. አሩሲ ቆቦ አድገው ኦሮሞኛ ሲናገሩ አይደመጡም ምነው?

    5. ስልጣን መጨበጥ
    ቀ. ሥልጣን ከሆነ ያማረዎ ትልቁን ሥልጣን የጠ/ሚርነትን ትተው ፕሬዚደንትነቱን ሲወዳደሩ ኦሮሞ ክልል ብቻ የተሰጠ ብለው ነው? ወይስ ቢዝነሱን ሥራ ይመቻል?

    6. ቀልድ ይወዳሉና የቀልድ ጥያቄዎች
    ዶ/ር ፍስሃ እሸቱ ጠ/ሚር መለስ አንድም ቀን አናግሮን አያውቅም ይላሉ ርስዎስ?

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