Hailemariam Desalegn caught plagiarizing again – By Abebe Gellaw

July 18th, 2014 Print Print Email Email

TPLF’s puppet Hailemariam Desalegn is probably the most incompetent and incoherent “leader” in the entire history of Ethiopia. His incompetence, shallowness and lack of originality is exposed whenever he meets journalists or goes to TPLF’s rubber stamp parliament for a routine Q & A. It is apparent that Prime Puppet Hailemariam (hereafter acronymed PPH) has no originality whatsoever. He is not only clueless but a master of miscommunication.

His latest interview with the BBC further exposed the fact that he is fake, clueless, predictable and mundane, to say the least. It is clear now that he is addicted to mimicking and plagiarizing from Meles Zenawi, the dead tyrant he slavishly followed and worshiped.

The Prime Puppet was once asked why the price of teff, Ethiopia’s most popular staple, was skyrocketing. He replied that it was because of “our development”. He said people who had never seen teff suddenly got the luxury of consuming it.

“This is the fruit of our speedy economic development,” he claimed with a bland tone. Unfortunately, both the language and the absurd logic was stolen from his dead predecessor.

The only difference was that Meles was talking about sugar. It was not only the answer that he copied but also the body language. The poor parrot was doing the same thing. It seems he overplayed Zenawi’s video during his rehearsal under the guidance of his TPLF masters.

When Zenawi was asked about the legality of the anti-terrorism proclamation, he said it was copied from the British. In his latest appearance on the BBC Africa, PPH was asked a similar question by journalist Emmanuel Igunza.

Iguza asked PPH: “Let us talk about the country’s anti-terror law. You said there is a distinction between opposition and terrorist elements. That law has been criticized by the international community for having a broad mandate. That is why the security forces have been accused of arbitrarily detaining, for example, opposition members.”

“That is not true’” PPH interjected. “We know that this accusation will come. So we said let us copy from the British law. If you compare the British terrorism law and that of ours it is almost similar.” In fact, the poorly scripted lie was also copied from Zenawi, whose ghost seems to be controlling the Prime Puppet. He cannot tell how many terrorist bloggers, journalists, critics and activists the Brits are jailing and torturing just like his regime.

Iguza challenged him with a simple follow-up. “But it is the implementation that is raising questions.”

“That is something different. That is something different,” the Prime Puppet said twice struggling to bring out a better idea. “We understand that while implementing, it is an exercise…,” he said without worrying about the meaning and the message. He confusedly added that the [Kangaroo] court judges interpret the law.

Maybe Zenawi did not answer that question as he was not asked by the rubber stamp parliament or journalists. It was a difficult question for PPH as there was nothing to copy and paste for him.

One of the most embarrassing moment came in the last segment of the five-minute long interview. The BBC journalist asked: “Your country has been mentioned in the same breadth as the countries that have the highest number of journalists and opposition figures jailed. Just recently, Zone9 bloggers that have been arrested for more than two months now with no proper case brought against them.”

PPH gave an amazing answer that no sensible and sane person would say. “Look, I suggest that you also shouldn’t be connected with a terrorist. If you have any connection with terrorists don’t think that the Ethiopian government will let you free [sic].”

It was supposed to be an answer but ended up being a threat from a man with no real power as TPLF’s ceremonial Prime Minister. Unfortunately, PPH messed it up while trying to copy the dictatorial aura of Zenawi. Though the effort backfired in his face, this was another effort to wear the confidence and power of Zenawi. He has confessed recently that he always wishes to be his former master, whom he referred to as an “extraordinary personality” deserving eternal glory.

He did not even realize that Iguza should have been arrested on the spot. According to the absurd and unjust anti-terrorism law, no criminal act is needed to connect anyone with “terrorists”. Proclamation 652/2009 declares that “whomsoever writes, edits, prints, publishes, publicizes, disseminates statements deemed encouraging, supporting, or advancing” terrorist acts is a terrorist. The “terrorist” organizations are dissident groups like Ginbot 7 and OLF. But as the whole world knows, his TPLF masters are the real terrorists, who kill, maim, jail, torture and rob innocent civilians. The terrorists jailed are almost entirely journalists, bloggers, activists and dissidents for exposing the crimes and abuses of the regime.

BBC has given extensive coverage on the illegal abduction of Andargachew Tsege, whom the TPLF Trojan horse referred to as Eritrea’s stooge. Why doesn’t Hailemariam order the arrest of a few BBC journalists.

Under the broad interpretation of the unlawful proclamation that contradicts common sense and the so-called constitution, any media outlets, bloggers or journalists that raises issues related to the “terrorists” are committing acts of terrorism. The Kangaroo courts are not needed to interpret the law. Just like the Prime Puppet, the judges are hand picked and paid to take orders from the TPLF.

Despite his best effort, it is abundantly clear that PPH is trying to play Zenawi. Psychologists attribute this extreme form of insecurity, lack of self-respect and self-confidence to Dissociative Personality Disorder (DDP). He vainly tries to convert himself into a dead tyrant. But unlike the Prime Puppet, Zenawi was undoubtedly smart, competent and articulate despite being a ruthless evil dictator.

Last February, PPH had convened journalists for a press conference and labored hard to answer various questions in English. Unfortunately, all the key answers were factually, lexically and grammatically wrong and full of errors.

He said, “There is an elected government in South Sudan. So we equivocally [sic] denounced that unconstitutional means of getting power is not allowed at all….Whenever one foreign diplomat talks especially the American diplomats talk about certain things, Eritrea associates that it is Ethiopia who lobbied these guys. Of course, you have seen the position of the Ethiopian government. We equivocally [sic] denounced that it is wrong…” It is very hard to understand what he wanted to mean as he was saying the opposite of what he wanted to tell the world.

He continued: “And by that time the government of Sudan was under the British proctor, ah proctorate [Forgive him, he wanted to mean protectorate]. So that agreement has been evaluated next to it by emperor Haile Sellassie and its regime. Again Emperor Haile Selassie equivocally [sic] agreed that this agreement has to be binding. Similarly during the Derg regime, the Derg also has tried to study by sending professors from university and other professionals and the Derg regime also equivocally [sic], you know, endorsed this agreement is binding,” As the saying goes, a little knowledge is dangerous, especially if you are supposed to be the leader of a nation.

Hailemariam worked as a government official for so many years. He was also the puppet foreign minister before he became the Prime Puppet. Unfortunately, he was not given a proper chance to learn words very common international politics and diplomacy. He also claims to have done MA in global leadership from Azusa Pacific University, which has quietly decided to honor the poor parrot, a decision which is likely to put the university in hot water soon.

The dude doesn’t even know the difference between a proctor, someone appointed to supervise students, and a protectorate, a country controlled and protected by another. He even went on to coin a new word in his effort to correct his blunder. So to make matters worse he ‘corrected’ proctor with proctorate (but there is no such a word in the English language). It is quite obvious that every time he speaks in English, a language that seems too complex for him, he needs an interpreter or for that matter someone who can also lend him ideas. HIs communication skill in any language is substandard for that matter.

How can you denounce something equivocally, unless you don’t know what you are talking about? Hailemariam did not know, after all these years in government and diplomacy, that equivocal does not mean unequivocal. He probably thought that the prefix un- doesn’t make any difference. Even in factual terms, none of the leaders he mentioned equivocally or unequivocally agree with Sudan on border demarcation and giving away a significant swathe of fertile land.

It was another lie he incompetently plagiarized from the dead tyrant, who could at least flawlessly articulate his lies, in three languages. TPLF trojan horse, Prime Puppet Hailemariam, is so incompetent that he is messing up even with the lies and deceptions of his predecessor. He cannot even copy competently, let alone generating and articulating his own ideas. TPLF should consider replacing PPH with Tesfaye Habiso, a man who has at least proven his skills in plagiarism.
After watching his excruciating “interview” on BBC, Matthew Payne-Funk, an American administrative director at the U.S. Senate, wrote the following comment on his Facebook page: “PM Hailemariam needs a better Press Secretary or the Information Ministry should be embarrassed at the poor quality of his answers. The evasion and equivocations are just too painfully obvious… I think it is pathetic and very frustrating that the government of Ethiopia allows this sort of self deceptive incompetence to be its face. I am feeling angry about what is happening to the truly courageous Ethiopians who are being detained by incompetent power mongers.”

In the service of his TPLF masters, Hailemariam, who is acting more like a slave than the prime minister, has betrayed not only his conscience but also his profession. He was trained as a sanitation engineer. Instead of designing and constructing toilets in Ethiopia, which has chronic shortage of sanitation, he is swimming in the cesspool of TPLF’s filthy, stinky and fascistic politics.

For the sake of his children, who will certainly regret being related to him, he should rather find a better job than making a fool of himself as a TPLF Trojan horse. TPLF power mongers should also consider letting him go as he is a liability and an embarrassing piece of work for the terrorist regime.

Ruled by incompetent thugs and clueless terrorists, Ethiopia is certainly in great trouble. We should unequivocally denounce and reject the incompetent tyrannical regime standing on its last leg after the demise of Meles Zenawi. Ethiopia shall never be a TPLF protectorate or colony. We need equality, freedom, dignity and justice. No puppets, oppressive thugs and terrorists please!

  1. Moanbesa
    | #1

    It’s funny how people who have little to say, write so much. The article is so full of insults, I find it hard to take anything he/she write seriously. It’s obvious you have a personal grudge. But next time, if you keep to your topic and be brief and logical, you will gain more readers. I do agree with some of the issues raised but they pale hurried under all that insult. And that by itself is an insult to us all, who are fighting for press freedom in Ethiopia. Just a thought!

  2. Gudu Kassa
    | #2

    Abebe, I cannot hold anymore. We know each other during our freshman years. In fact we were in the same section, Section 1. After 23 years you did not disappointed on one thing which I still expect from you-. You are still worshipping your command in English. You are still judging individual capacity and character on the level of their English understating. Though you did not do it in the same harsh words, I still remember how you insulted me. You told me that I have poor English and I am almost nothing. I am still wondering how you are still obsessed-much better colonized by the same theme for almost a generation.

    My colleagues and Me used to assess you and few English bragging and egotistical boys -as full of form but with no content and substance. It still holds true.

    In case you did not heard, I graduated with Distinction, got my MA from the best European University and landed in a good International job working outside the country. I have the content and substance nurturing it every day, but you still stuck in your form.

    I agree with you that it is good to learn English. In fact, I encourage my three kids to do the same. But, what matters most is content and attitude. My favorite stories from the famous 20th century Ethiopian personalities is “Abba Mella’s encounter with Great Britain Defense Minister” In case you forget I want to tell you again.
    “The Defense Minister bewildered asked Abba Mella whether he speaks English. Abba Mella, even without a second though, responded No, French … no, Italian.. Of course No…. The arrogant Minster told Abba Mella- how on earth he became an Ethiopian Defense Minster without knowing these languages. Abba Mella asked the Great Britain Defense Minster – whether he speaks Amharic, the Minster with disbelief responded no. What about Oromiffa, No Gurage … o. Abba Mella perplexed by the response – told the “Omnipotent” Minster –how on earth he became Great Britain Defense Minster without knowing even one of the three Ethiopian language.”

    This is the story I always tell my kids- while at the same time encouraging them to study English. Attitude matters… We have never been colonized. Abebe, you have a colonized mindset. Better free yourself first, rather than shouting empty freedom words. “Adroo Kariya”

    You disappointed me on one thing. You still keep your Ethiopian name- why do no not you change into English. On a personal note – I used to like your friend – remember the guy who shoot himself in his dorm with his father pistol. Nefse Yemaree… he was a humble boy.

  3. Yigermal
    | #3

    “Freedom!! We want freedom!!! ” Wow! Wow!!!. Plagiarizing used in the wrong context for the sake of barking as usual. I could not finish reading the article due to its empty rhetoric and no substance at all. HM and MZ are two different individuals but have had the same political outlook, and I would not call it HM is parroting the other as such. All being said, the writer’s argument is very weak. There are other issues to address at the moment – freedom of press and the release of political prisoners. Next time, Abebe should be mature enough to present his arguments like a literate person.

  4. Dawi
    | #4

    Abebe said:

    [[.... TPLF’s puppet Hailemariam Desalegn is probably the most incompetent and incoherent “leader” in the entire history of Ethiopia......He has confessed recently that he always wishes to be his former master, whom he referred to as an “extraordinary personality” deserving eternal glory...]]

    I suppose this write up must be the softer side of Abebe and his better piece as well because he made us all laugh. I have to admit it cracked me up!

    No doubt he has learned a thing or two from the master himself, our own Al Mariam. He even invented an acronym PPH on his own for god sake! That is Al’s forte as we all know; however, say if this piece was done in a comedy section it would have won him an award for being one of the better pranks Ethiopians seem to enjoy these days on the Internet. Believe me, it is that good.

    On the serious side, I think what triggered Abebe’s anger and drove him to the extent he went was HD’s confession recently that he always wanted to be like Meles (when he grew up) and emulated him when he was in the University and it was a dream come through ending up working for the great man. He also said that he has met other leaders in his career but none are close to his predecessor’s caliber. etc. and as Abebe pointed out add “extra ordinary personality deserves eternal glory”! We have seen similar views on Meles’s personality portrayed by many high caliber and ordinary folks so HD for sure is not alone in that.

    So we have to imagine that it is understandable Abebe as many others got the message in such forth coming on your face kind of way from HD that all opposition & freinds should put the final nail in the coffin of the thought that HD will ever diverge from Meles’s vision therefore, more attacks on HD should be expected.

    Meles has earned loyalty from many, HD is just one of them; at the same time very few people like Meles and HD are able to contribute beyond immediate family and friends and we have read what folks who worked for HD said about him that he is another “extra ordinary” leader in all his posts. BTW, his latest English language interview about Andargachew & bloggers was flawless. I say he is getting the hang of it.

    BTW, did you notice how much praise Abebe gave to Meles the genious? but, you are “supposed to have killed” that man? man!! :-)

    If Abebe insists on HD being the worst leader, the following thought can may be applicable.:-)

    This is what someone wrote about the war crimnal Dick Cheney for calling Obama the worst president in his lifetime.

    “..If (Dick Cheney) thinks that Obama is the worst president in his lifetime, his family needs to wrap it up and ship him off to a skilled nursing facility. I’m sure there’s a convalescent home for the clinically villainous somewhere in Wyoming..” LOL!

  5. Shewangezzaw
    | #5

    I find nothing intellectually appealing or useful information in this article but the usual useless tired propaganda.

  6. Long live Ethiopa
    | #6

    Bereket’s cyber warriors are out in full gear. It has nothing to do with Hailemariam’s English fluency but has to do all with his none ending parroting the dead dictator legesse. The TPLF goonies are pulling all the strings and he is afraid of not make mistakes he is repeating word by word what that ugly crooked has said years a go. He supposedly is the “prime minster” of all Ethiopians not TPLF mouthpiece — it is embarrassing for all Ethiopians to see such a grown up to be played by TPLF knuckleheads.He so powerless he has to act like a clown.

  7. Fikreab
    | #7

    Hailemariam is obsessed not just with copying the late meles but copying him precisely in line with the precept of being more catholic than the pope. The people of Ethiopia are long resigned to treating his interview as an irrelevant irritation. i am not sure of the size of the audience to HM’s interview but i am sure they are few and i am not one of them. The only time he tried to exercise some semblance of political independence in relation to peace with Eritrea at the very helm of his installment as PM, he was so rattled by the TPLF rank and file that he decided to muzzle himself up until and unless he is told to read Tplf’s script ad verbatim.. To those who viewed HM as a possibly precocious political talent since the time he was paraded by the power player Tplf so preciously, they must have now been awakened to the boring reality that HM is in fact the complete opposite at best an opportunist copy cat and at worst a shameless mouth piece to TPLF’s appalling brutality.

  8. limadi
    | #8

    Mo question about it because Hailemariam Desalegn does not have
    a mind of his; sad, sad he does not have a thinking brain. Of course, he is not functioning with a gun held on his dysfunctional brain; rather, he is a prisoner his choice; therefore, he is a fourth generation robot receiving command and order from his masters who literally manipulate his life that has been enclosed in woyane’s camp.

  9. Ittu Aba Farda
    | #9

    In reading this article I noticed a heavy dose of emotion on behalf of the writer. He used superlatives to describe the prime minister. From what I ready in his biography, the minister did not come into politics until after the late 1990′s and early 2000′s. I have also noticed that he belongs to a very close knit sect of a religious group and a devout one. I sensed in his interview the struggle he is waging with himself. When the reporter challenged him regarding the difference in England how a similar anti-terror law implemented there, the prime minister answer is somewhat vague and lacks depth. And he was very cautious though in telling the reporter that it will be up to judges to interpret the law correctly. And he is right in that aspect. In any case, I think we should all refrain from calling him names. We should all be dignified in our discourse dealing with anyone we differ politically. Hurling insults will not help further the accord. We all came from a very cultured people with a very old and rich culture. We should all keep our emotions in check and avoid insults in describing others.

  10. Alem
    | #10

    Abebe may be placing himself at the center of the struggle at the expense of ideas to rally Ethiopians behind a greater cause. Let me go ahead and say it: we allow this only to doom the cause. Accolades such as “Abebe is a democratic hero who deserves our appreciation” or to see Tamagne rolling out of a limousine, etc may not be of much use other than to fund ego trip and a PR effort to raise funds. Please do not take my comments as attack on these individuals. All I am saying is that good ideas have better survival rate than personsalities.

    On to Andargachew’s “abduction.” The more I listen to VOA interviews of Andargachew’s brother and sister the more I’ve come to entertain there could be a subplot to all this. A subplot like the British and Ethiopian rulers holding secret talks with the view to narrowing differences? Of course, I could be very wrong. Any way I try to look at it something is not quite right, in my opinion; fishy. Let us be honest: Ethiopian rulers cannot go on jailing, stealing, and lying. They, too, want a way out of this morass. The hypocritical US/British governments would want to take advantage of the situation [as they did in 1991 London Conference] to turn this generation to another worthless chapter. For all that we only could blame ourselves because we could not come together [rather unable to come up with ideas that could speak to our existential fears and hopes].

  11. Dawi
    | #11

    Abebe methodically used all the fluffy stuff to discredit HD; I have no doubt all the goofs quoted were real; in other words they were very likely they are legitimate goofs. Abebe or somebody else down the line can connect all those video clips and create a good comedy show on ETV; it will be funny; however, that has to probably wait until the country reaches or gets over the zero sums game politics.

    I am also of the opinion that as confident as HD is in his own “content” of high caliber personality he sees himself as, chances are he sits in his living room after every interview with family and laugh at himself off on all his goof offs. How many bloopers did I do this time? Oh, HA-HA-HA-HA! …

    I only saw one of her interviews but if you have noticed his wife is very proficient English speaker; so we can safely assume the husband and wives laugh at each others weaknesses. That is what makes couples strong. Wouldn’t you say?

    Be that as it may, If Meles was picking up folks for the “fluffy stuff” for sure he would have found somebody else. HD was picked up for his content and is proving him to have made the correct choice already.

    Eat your heart out!! :-)


  12. Dawi
    | #12

    Alem said:

    [[..The hypocritical US/British governments would want to take advantage of the situation [as they did in 1991 London Conference] to turn this generation to another worthless chapter..]]

    C’mon man, don’t be such a pessimist! I hope your guess materializes.

    As I have said before under different circumstances, at the right time and the right moment, Andy, Berhanu, Bertkan and Meles could have been running a coalition government together.

    Now HD without a liberation struggle baggage can/should close the deal!

    Capitalism is a game of “robbing and stealing” if you don’t know that already; when it is done by individuals as in the “free market” it is less accountable & harder to catch the thiefs in my opinion but, as in an “EFFORT”; it is a piece of cake; they are big elephants and are not going nowhere.

  13. dafdoufa
    | #13

    In God’s eyes, Hailemariam Desalegn is a sinner, before the justice, however, Hailemariam Desalegn is a criminal. It has been a protocol Hailemariam Desalegn following on his daily routine tasks he does while serving his masters; he signed any and all sorts of documents without reading them. This disgusting humongous giant has no a brain of his own.

  14. about this page
    | #14

    We know when this article is posted. That is very good.
    To know when the comments are posted. Was best. What do you think?

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