Mandela’s colossus legacy versus Ethiopia he once loved By Robele Ababya

December 6th, 2013 Print Print Email Email

The indisputable Great Statesman Nelson Mandela glorified Ethiopia in these immortal words in 1961 at a conference in Addis Ababa: “Ethiopia has always held a special place in my own imagination and the prospect of visiting attracted me more strongly than a trip to France, England and America combined. I felt I would be visiting my own genesis, unearthing the roots of what made me an African. Meeting the emperor himself would be like shaking hands with history.”

He has now gone home to his final resting place leaving behind him enduring legacies. This Icon of Apartheid will at his new home find Menilik II of Ethiopia – the Icon Victor in the famous Battle of Adwa over Italy, the victory that has become a lasting beacon of hope for all black colonized people struggling for freedom and independence in Africa and in the Diaspora.

At their heavenly home, the beloved Mandela will narrate to Menilik the sad saga of apartheid policy in Ethiopia that been in effect for the last 23 years of dictatorship of TPLF leaders shunning the exemplary peace and reconciliation legacy he (Mandela) has left behind for all African countries to emulate. He will also tell the Monarch that: His Statue was saved from removal by popular anger; the tri-color – Green, Yellow and Red – Ethiopia Flag is disgraced; sellout or mismanagement of all vita national assets is rampant.

Glowing Tributes to Mandela

World leaders and dignitaries on our globe have affirmed Madeba’s enviable qualities as a Great Leader by crowning him with deeply moving accolades with gratitude, which he so richly deserves. Here below are few tributes gathered from Aljazeera and BBC media:-

•President Obama said in a televised White House address held shortly after the death of the 95-year-old was announced, paid solemn tribute to Nelson Mandela, dubbing him “influential, courageous and profoundly good.” The President went on to say: “Through his fierce dignity and unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others, he transformed South Africa and moved all of us”; “That he did it all with grace, good humor and ability to acknowledge his own imperfections only makes his achievements more remarkable”; “As long as I live I will do what I can to learn from him”. “I am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s life,”

•British Prime Minister David Cameron said: “one of the greatest lights has gone out in the world”; “Nelson Mandela was a hero of our time”.

•Speaking on behalf of the United Nations, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon hailed Mandela as a “giant for justice” who had inspired freedom movements the world over; “Many around the world were influenced by his selfless struggle for human dignity, equality and freedom. He touched our lives in deeply personal ways.”

•China’s President Xi Jinping said “Chinese people would always remember his extraordinary contribution to the development of bilateral relations and the cause of human progress”.

•Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Mandela was “a truly great man”; “Nelson Mandela was one of the great figures of Africa, arguably one of the great figures of the last century”; “As president, I watched in wonder as Nelson Mandela had the remarkable capacity to forgive his jailers”.

•Bill Clinton said: “Today the world has lost one of its most important leaders and one of its finest human beings.”

•Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan dubbed Mandela “one of mankind’s greatest liberators”

•Mexico’s Enrique Pena Nieto said: “Humanity has lost a tireless fighter for peace, freedom and equality.”

•Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said: “The example of this great leader will guide all those who fight for social justice and peace in the world.”

•French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius called Mandela “a charismatic giant”. “With Nelson Mandela, the father of South Africa has died, the driving force for freedom and for reconciliation,” Fabius said.

•New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said: “Nelson Mandela was an inspirational leader and a remarkable man”. “For years he symbolized South Africa’s hope for a future free from apartheid”. “He was a force for change, not only in South Africa, but around the world.”

•The UN Security Council interrupted a meeting on the tribunals for former Yugoslavia and Rwanda and stood for a minute in silent tribute to Mandela.

• Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who has turned over his business acumen and part of his fortune to battling disease in Africa, said he and his wife had been personally inspired by the statesman. “Every time Melinda and I met Nelson Mandela, we left more inspired than ever. His grace and courage changed the world. This is a sad day”.

•His fellow Nobel laureate, the Egyptian former head of the IAEA nuclear watchdog Mohamed ElBaradei, declared: “Let freedom reign. Humanity has lost its greatest son”; “In the years since his retirement as South Africa’s elected leader, Mandela became a magnet and an icon for celebrity activists fighting for social causes.”

•Brazilian football legend Pele declared Mandela “was a hero to me. He was a friend and a companion in the popular fight and the fight for world peace.”

•”Over the past 24 years Madiba taught us how to come together and to believe in ourselves and each other. He was a unifier from the moment he walked out of prison,” said Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

•Citizens of RSA dubbed him Father of their Freedom, Founder of RSA, Moral Compass of their nation.

Above all, Nelson Mandela is a uniquely unselfish Icon for his pursuit of peace and reconciliation with his enemies that had locked him up in prison for 27 years – 18 years of which in the isolated Robben Island in an inhuman condition. He shall forever be remembered for conceiving and successfully implementing the virtue of truth, peace and reconciliation and creating the Rainbow Nation, which we now know as the Republic of South Africa – by far the leading economic and military powerhouse on the African continent.

It would have been a grand welcome-home for Mandela to visit Ethiopia officially or otherwise in the last 22 years. But he did not. In my opinion the visit of apartheid Ethiopia by Great Statesman Mandela would have been contrary to his beliefs of a great unifier.

In closing I would like to ask why the TPLF regime has so far shunned the virtue of peace and reconciliation. The G7 has responded responsibly to the call of the TPLF regime for negotiations; why is the regime dragging its feet to respond? Is it in self-denial that popular uprising is inevitable otherwise? Why did the regime deny the request of the Blue Party to hold memorial services of the 100th anniversary of the death of Menilik II at a public gathering? Is it fear of massive turnout of the people?

The TPLF/EPRDF regime should immediately and unconditionally release all prisoners of conscience including Andualem Aragie, Eskinder Nega, Bekele Gerba, Reeyot Alemu, Leaders of the Ethiopian Muslims et al!
LONG LIVE ETHIOPIA!!!
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  1. Oda Tulu
    | #1

    Well done as usual. TPLF cannot be expected to emulate the peace and reconciliation legacy of Nelson Mandela. Therefore popular uprising should start to demolish its hold on power

  2. selamta
    | #2

    here we go again ,why does everything has to be political, the man is, was, will be an icon till eternity and yet you and your kind want to act like a leach and spread your useless propaganda.You and your slick buddies want to live out your life milking the gullible diaspora shameless

  3. Robele Ababya
    | #3

    #2 Selamta: The article was not meant to compare historical events that took place more than a century apart. The piece is merely a tribute to colossus fighters for freedom from oppression in their own times.
    In the 19th century (1896) Emmye Menilik II won the victory of the Battle of Adwa that put Ethiopia on the world map as an independent country. The victory shocked European powers, which had no choice but recognize Ethiopia as a free and independent country and establish their diplomatic missions in Addis Ababa. This was an epic achievement by Menilik that subsequently paved the way for stalwart liberation fighters like Jomo Kenyatta, Kwame Nkrumah, Nelson Mandela et al in the 20th century. In short Ethiopia played a leading role in the fight for the liberation of the African continent with effect from Menilik’s victory in the Battle of Adwa.
    Nelson Mandela continued with the fight for liberation in his time in the 20th century setting sterling example to African leaders of the 21st century to fight neo-colonialism. Mandela stood for the principle of no group should oppress any other groups; on the contrary Zenawi encouraged his ‘Golden’ race to rule over all other groups in Ethiopia. Zenawi thus left behind the divisive divide- and- rule ethnic policy thus setting a bad example for Africa.
    I am not on the payroll of anyone> I am doing my duty as a citizen. But you are sycophant.

  4. dodo
    | #4

    How can you forget to mention the foremost Anti Apartheid freedom fighter, Winnie Mandela, who carried the torch for freedom decade after decade!

  5. Zerayakob Yared
    | #5

    ካብያ ብዓል ጣፍስ ብዓል ኣፍ ኣይትኹኑታ:
    ማንደላ ዓቢይ ሰብ እዩ ነይሩ:: ብዓብይነቱ‘ውን ታሪኽ እንዳዘከሮ ክነብር እዩ:: ግን‘ከስ ሰብ ከም‘ምዃኑ መጠን ደሊኻ-ደላሊኻስ ዝውቀሰሉ ነጥብታት‘ውን ኣክስኣንን እዩ:: ዋላኻ ንናይ ሙጋበ position ንምድጋፍ ዝተሓሰበ ኣብሃህላ እዩ ኢልካ ክውሰኸሉ ኣድላይነት እንተሃለዎስ፣ ንናይ ማንደላ ምሟት ኣስዒቡ መንግስቱ ሃይለማርያም ዝሃቦ ርኢቶ ባዕሉ እኹል ነጥቢ እዩ:: (በነገራችን፣ መንግስቱ ተመዛዛንነት ዘለዎ ቃል ክድብሪ ንመጀመርታ ግዜ ሰሚዐ!)
    እዙይ ከምኡ ኢሉ ይፅናሕ እሞ፣ ናተይ ዋና ነጥቢ ግና ብዛዕባ ብዙሓት ኢትዮጵያውያን፣ ብፍላይ ኣብ እተፈላለያ ድረ-ገፃት ምስ ሕልፈተ ማንደላ ኣትሓሒዞም ብዛዕባ ወተሃደራዊ ተግባራት ዝፍንዉዎ ዘለዉ ርኢቶታት ይኸውን:: ገለገሊኦም ቅድሚ ህወሓት ጦርነት ምስዓሩ ክንደይ ጀነራላት ከምዝነበርዎም ከተረፈ ኹሉ ፀብፃባዊ ሊስት ዓይነት ነገራት ኣቕሪቦም ይርከቡ::
    መጀመርታ ነገር፣ ማንደላ ወተሃደራዊ መስመር ከይኮነስ፣ ከም ናይ ቃልሲ ትልሚ፣ ናይ ማህተመ ጋንዲ ተኸታላይ ምዃኑ መጠን፣ ብሰላም መንገዲ እዩ ማዕርነት ከምፅእ ተበግሶ ነይሩዎ:: ብርግፅ ስርዓት ኣፓርታይድ ዓቕሉ ምስ‘ኣፅበበሉ ወተሃደራዊ ዝብል ነጥብታት‘ውን ኣልዒሉ ነይሩ:: ኢትዮጵያ መፂኡ ብዝነበረሉ እዋናት‘ውን፣ ብሂይወቱ ንመጀመርታ ጊዜ ፀለምቲ ተራ ወትሃደራት ብፀለምቲ ጀነራላት ክእዘዙ ብምርኣዩ ብጣዕሚ ከምዝትሓጎሰን ከምዝተደነቐን ባዕሉ ብፅሑፍ ኩሉ ከይተረፈ ኣስፊሩ እዩ:: ኣብ ኢትዮጵያ ኣብ ዝነበረሉ እዋናት ናይ ወትሃደራዊ ቃልሲ ኣድላይነትን ገለፃ ረኺቡን ጠመንጃ‘ውን ከመይ ገርካ ከምዝትኮስ ታዕሊም ተዊሃብዎ ክኸውን ይኽእ እዩ::
    እዙይ ማለት ግና፣ ናብ ኢትዮጵያ ተመልስካስ፣ ቅድሚ ህወሓት ምፍጣሩስ ንሕና‘ውን ጀነራላት ነይሮምና እዮም ናብ ዘብል Nostalgiaታት ተንጠልጢልካስ ኣብ ማእኸል ኢትዮጵያውያን ናይ ልዕልን ትሕትን ዘብል ዓይነት ስሚዒታት ምፍናው ፋይዳ የለሽ ውዕሎታት እዩ::
    Fact is: ወይ ኣድግኻ ንገዝኣ ከይመለስካ ዩኒፎርም ምክዳን፣ ወይድማ ኣጣልካ ጠንጢንካስ ደንጎላ ኣልዒልካ ጠመንጃ ብምሕዳግ፣
    መብዛሕትኦም ናይ ሃይለስላሴ ወትሃደራት፣ ካብ ሱልልታን ካልኦት ከምኡ ዝኣምሰሉ ቦታታትን ኣእድጎም ኮብኪቦም ናብ ኣዲስ ኣበባ ምስ ወረዱ፣ ነቶም ኣእድጎም ከማን ናብ ገዛውቶም ከይመለስዎም ኣብኡ ከለዉ ክቡር ዘብዐኛ ኾይኖም ይኽተቡ‘ሞ፣ ካብ ብፅብሓይትኡ ጀሚሮም ዩኒፎርም ተኸዲኖም ንሃይለስላሴ ሰላምታ ክህቡ እንተለዉ ስለዝድንግፁስ ጠመንጀኦም ኹሉ ይስበሮም ነይሩ:: ኣብ ሜዳ ከይዶም ግና ንጀብሃ ከማን ኣይስዓርዋን………………………!!
    መብዛሕትኡ ቆልዓ ትግራይ ድማ፣ ኣጣሉ ንገዝአን ከማን ከመለሰንስ ካብ ብበረኽኡ ናብ ተጋደልቲ ተፀንቢሩስ „ናብ ብደንጎላ ኮሎኔል ማራኺነት“ ተዘዋዊሩስ፣ ብድሕሪኡ ድሕሪ እንዳሕደካ ብዓል ጠመንጃ ንብረተኛ ምዃን፣ ብመጀመርታ ብመጀመርታ ንጀብሃ ኣብ ሜዳ ስዒርካን ሓጢጥካ ንኸሰላ ምድብራይን፣ ብድሕሪኡ‘ውን ንኻልኦት ኩሎም ካብ ናቕፋ ክሳብ ህንድ ውቅያኖስ ዝርከቡን፣ ጠመንጃ ኣሎኒ ብሃልቲን፣ ሰቢርካ ምስዓር ናይ ወተሃደራዊ ተግባራት ምክንዋንን፣ በዚ ዘለናዮ እዋን ድማ ኢትዮጵያ ብኣልቃሂዳ(ዳግማዊ ግራኝ!) ከይትድፈር ናይ ኡኣላዊነት ኢትዮጵያ ዘብዐኝነት ጠጠው ማለት ዝበለፀ ወትሃደራዊ ተግባራት ተራእዩን ተሰሚዑን‘ዶኾን ይፈልጥ ነይሩ ኾይኑ ድዩ፣ ሕጂ ኣብ ርሑቕ ኮይናትኩም ሓሙኽሽቲ ብሕሩጭ ክትልዉጡታ እተውጠንጥኑ ዘለኻትኩም…………………!?
    ግን ያው ነገሩ ኹሉ ቆልዓ ትግራይ ከምዝበሎ እዩ፣ „ንወትሃደር ደርጊን፣ ሀሊኮፕተር ሶቬትን ከምኡ ንገበል ተከዘ በታቲንና ከምዘይመፃእናስ፣ ሕጂ ኣብ ኣዲስ ኣበባ ምስበፃሕና ብዓለባ ሳሬት ሓሊኾም ከውድቑና……………! ህህ……!“
    ኢትዮጵያ ሆይ፣ ለዘላለም ነፃነትሽ እንደተጠበቀ ይኑር……………….! ኣሜን………………………!!

  6. Zerayakob Yared
    | #6

    ካብያ ብዓል ጣፍስ ብዓል ኣፍ ኣይትኹኑታ:

    ማንደላ ዓቢይ ሰብ እዩ ነይሩ:: ብዓብይነቱ‘ውን ታሪኽ እንዳዘከሮ ክነብር እዩ:: ግን‘ከስ ሰብ ከም‘ምዃኑ መጠን ደሊኻ-ደላሊኻስ ዝውቀሰሉ ነጥብታት‘ውን ኣክስኣንን እዩ:: ዋላኻ ንናይ ሙጋበ position ንምድጋፍ ዝተሓሰበ ኣብሃህላ እዩ ኢልካ ክውሰኸሉ ኣድላይነት እንተሃለዎስ፣ ንናይ ማንደላ ምሟት ኣስዒቡ መንግስቱ ሃይለማርያም ዝሃቦ ርኢቶ ባዕሉ እኹል ነጥቢ እዩ:: (በነገራችን፣ መንግስቱ ተመዛዛንነት ዘለዎ ቃል ክድብሪ ንመጀመርታ ግዜ ሰሚዐ!)

    እዙይ ከምኡ ኢሉ ይፅናሕ እሞ፣ ናተይ ዋና ነጥቢ ግና ብዛዕባ ብዙሓት ኢትዮጵያውያን፣ ብፍላይ ኣብ እተፈላለያ ድረ-ገፃት ምስ ሕልፈተ ማንደላ ኣትሓሒዞም ብዛዕባ ወተሃደራዊ ተግባራት ዝፍንዉዎ ዘለዉ ርኢቶታት ይኸውን:: ገለገሊኦም ቅድሚ ህወሓት ጦርነት ምስዓሩ ክንደይ ጀነራላት ከምዝነበርዎም ከተረፈ ኹሉ ፀብፃባዊ ሊስት ዓይነት ነገራት ኣቕሪቦም ይርከቡ::
    መጀመርታ ነገር፣ ማንደላ ወተሃደራዊ መስመር ከይኮነስ፣ ከም ናይ ቃልሲ ትልሚ፣ ናይ ማህተመ ጋንዲ ተኸታላይ ምዃኑ መጠን፣ ብሰላም መንገዲ እዩ ማዕርነት ከምፅእ ተበግሶ ነይሩዎ:: ብርግፅ ስርዓት ኣፓርታይድ ዓቕሉ ምስ‘ኣፅበበሉ ወተሃደራዊ ዝብል ነጥብታት‘ውን ኣልዒሉ ነይሩ:: ኢትዮጵያ መፂኡ ብዝነበረሉ እዋናት‘ውን፣ ብሂይወቱ ንመጀመርታ ጊዜ ፀለምቲ ተራ ወትሃደራት ብፀለምቲ ጀነራላት ክእዘዙ ብምርኣዩ ብጣዕሚ ከምዝትሓጎሰን ከምዝተደነቐን ባዕሉ ብፅሑፍ ኩሉ ከይተረፈ ኣስፊሩ እዩ:: ኣብ ኢትዮጵያ ኣብ ዝነበረሉ እዋናት ናይ ወትሃደራዊ ቃልሲ ኣድላይነትን ገለፃ ረኺቡን ጠመንጃ‘ውን ከመይ ገርካ ከምዝትኮስ ታዕሊም ተዊሃብዎ ክኸውን ይኽእ እዩ::

    እዙይ ማለት ግና፣ ናብ ኢትዮጵያ ተመልስካስ፣ ቅድሚ ህወሓት ምፍጣሩስ ንሕና‘ውን ጀነራላት ነይሮምና እዮም ናብ ዘብል Nostalgiaታት ተንጠልጢልካስ ኣብ ማእኸል ኢትዮጵያውያን ናይ ልዕልን ትሕትን ዘብል ዓይነት ስሚዒታት ምፍናው ፋይዳ የለሽ ውዕሎታት እዩ::

    Fact is: ወይ ኣድግኻ ንገዝኣ ከይመለስካ ዩኒፎርም ምክዳን፣ ወይድማ ኣጣልካ ጠንጢንካስ ደንጎላ ኣልዒልካ ጠመንጃ ብምሕዳግ፣
    መብዛሕትኦም ናይ ሃይለስላሴ ወትሃደራት፣ ካብ ሱልልታን ካልኦት ከምኡ ዝኣምሰሉ ቦታታትን ኣእድጎም ኮብኪቦም ናብ ኣዲስ ኣበባ ምስ ወረዱ፣ ነቶም ኣእድጎም ከማን ናብ ገዛውቶም ከይመለስዎም ኣብኡ ከለዉ ክቡር ዘብዐኛ ኾይኖም ይኽተቡ‘ሞ፣ ካብ ብፅብሓይትኡ ጀሚሮም ዩኒፎርም ተኸዲኖም ንሃይለስላሴ ሰላምታ ክህቡ እንተለዉ ስለዝድንግፁስ ጠመንጀኦም ኹሉ ይስበሮም ነይሩ:: ኣብ ሜዳ ከይዶም ግና ንጀብሃ ከማን ኣይስዓርዋን………………………!!

    መብዛሕትኡ ቆልዓ ትግራይ ድማ፣ ኣጣሉ ንገዝአን ከማን ከመለሰንስ ካብ ብበረኽኡ ናብ ተጋደልቲ ተፀንቢሩስ „ናብ ብደንጎላ ኮሎኔል ማራኺነት“ ተዘዋዊሩስ፣ ብድሕሪኡ ድሕሪ እንዳሕደካ ብዓል ጠመንጃ ንብረተኛ ምዃን፣ ብመጀመርታ ብመጀመርታ ንጀብሃ ኣብ ሜዳ ስዒርካን ሓጢጥካ ንኸሰላ ምድብራይን፣ ብድሕሪኡ‘ውን ንኻልኦት ኩሎም ካብ ናቕፋ ክሳብ ህንድ ውቅያኖስ ዝርከቡን፣ ጠመንጃ ኣሎኒ ብሃልቲን፣ ሰቢርካ ምስዓር ናይ ወተሃደራዊ ተግባራት ምክንዋንን፣ በዚ ዘለናዮ እዋን ድማ ኢትዮጵያ ብኣልቃሂዳ(ዳግማዊ ግራኝ!) ከይትድፈር ናይ ኡኣላዊነት ኢትዮጵያ ዘብዐኝነት ጠጠው ማለት ዝበለፀ ወትሃደራዊ ተግባራት ተራእዩን ተሰሚዑን‘ዶኾን ይፈልጥ ነይሩ ኾይኑ ድዩ፣ ሕጂ ኣብ ርሑቕ ኮይናትኩም ሓሙኽሽቲ ብሕሩጭ ክትልዉጡታ እተውጠንጥኑ ዘለኻትኩም…………………!?

    ግን ያው ነገሩ ኹሉ ቆልዓ ትግራይ ከምዝበሎ እዩ፣ „ንወትሃደር ደርጊን፣ ሀሊኮፕተር ሶቬትን ከምኡ ንገበል ተከዘ በታቲንና ከምዘይመፃእናስ፣ ሕጂ ኣብ ኣዲስ ኣበባ ምስበፃሕና ብዓለባ ሳሬት ሓሊኾም ከውድቑና……………! ህህ……!“

    ኢትዮጵያ ሆይ፣ ለዘላለም ነፃነትሽ እንደተጠበቀ ይኑር……………….! ኣሜን………………………!!

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