Kinijit Leadership Delegation Pulling Double Shift – The Ad Hoc Committee

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In response to numerous requests for updates on the Delegation’s activities since its arrival on September 9, the Ad Hoc Coordinating Committee is providing the following update. (more…)

In response to numerous requests for updates on the Delegation’s activities since its arrival on September 9, the Ad Hoc Coordinating Committee is providing the following update.


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Kinijit
Ad Hoc Coordinating Committee for
Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD)
Leadership Delegation Visit to the United States
Kinijit


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For Immediate Release
September 14, 2007

UPDATE
KINIJIT LEADERSHIP DELEGATION
PULLING DOUBLE SHIFT

The Delegation has been hard at work within 24 hours of its arrival, and for the past 4 days has undertaken a number of activities which has required it to work into the wee hours of the night.

The Delegation has been working on three fronts simultaneously. It visited Congress and met with Africa Subcommittee Chairman and author of H.R. 2003 (Ethiopia Democracy and Accountability Act of 2003). The discussions provided a good opportunity to discuss the current situation in Ethiopia and the long term prospects for peaceful resolution of disputes. Congressman Payne shared his views on the importance of human rights in American foreign policy in Ethiopia and the rest of Africa. Delegation members affirmed to the Congressman their deep commitment to human rights, democracy and peaceful resolution of disputes in Ethiopia. The Delegation is expected to revisit Congress on a number of occasions during its

U.S. stay, and a number of lawmakers have expressed interest in meeting the Delegation. The Delegation has received extensive briefings on H.R. 2003 and the Congressional legislative process. The Delegation has been provided substantial documentary material and legislative analysis to help them better understand the positive impact of the bill on Ethiopia, and the critical nature of human rights in the general scheme of American foreign policy.

This briefing is expected to help the Delegation conduct high level discussions with top American law makers and other foreign policy executives.

Delegation members attended the March for Democracy and Passage of H.R. 2003 on the west lawn of the Capitol (across from the Capitol Reflection Pool). In a passionate presentation, Ato Gizachew and Dr. Hailu thanked the estimated 1000-person crowd for their support during their imprisonment, and expressed their dedication to democratic institution-building in Ethiopia. The members were given a tumultuous welcome at the rally.

Various members of the delegation have given interviews to various national media outlets. Kinijit Vice Chair W/zt Birtukan and Dr. Hailu’s interview with Michele Keleman was broadcast on National Public Radio. Documentarian Chris Flaherty interviewed Dr. Berhanu and W/zt Birtukan. Dr. Berhanu, whose arrival preceded the Delegation’s by several days, has been on various national radio programs. He has made presentations at his alma mater, the New School for Social Research. VOA will conduct interviews with delegation members on its various Amharic and English programs shortly. Ato Brook will participate in the Delegation’s first tele-press conference with Ethiopian media on Friday. The Delegation recognizes that communicating with the international and local media is of the utmost importance, and will go out of its way to respond positively to all requests for interviews despite the fact that such interviews are time consuming and require critical balancing with other equally important demands.

The Delegation has invested considerable time in meeting with representative individuals in Kinijit support organizations in the U.S. to learn about issues and concerns. The Delegation believes that a thorough understanding of the issues, problems and competing perspectives is essential in the search for durable, solutions and in strengthening the cohesion of the organization. The dialogue is expected to continue with other representative individuals in the various states during the Delegation travels.

The Delegation’s work schedule so far has been grueling, beginning in the early morning and ending long past midnight. It is hoped that in the next week or so, their schedule will be pared down as they begin to travel to different states.

On September 16, 2007, the Delegation will have its first public meeting at the Jewish Washington Congregation located at 3900 McComb Street, NW, Washington, DC. The event is organized by the Kinijit Ad Hoc Committee, Kinijit DC Metro Support Chapter and KNAASO. For more information, please call (202) 541-0556.
www.kinijitdc.org.

The Ad Hoc Committee will make further announcements on the continuing work of
the Delegation.

Ad Hoc Coordinating Committee

Prof. Alemayehu G. Mariam
Ato Tamagne Beyene
Dr. Solomon Alemu

  1. Tigist
    | #1

    It is so great to hear that, the Ad Hoc Coordinating Committee. You communicate well regarding the visit of Kinijit leaders. In politics, communication is everything.

    Thank you once again for your hard work and timely update!

  2. | #2

    Hi Brothers and Sisters,
    Yes, Cmmunication is vital for any activities, social, economic and POLITICAL. I admire the Ad Hoc Coordinating Committee for sactficing their time, energy and money. It takes a lot sacrificies to do this. Each one of us work to make our needs met. In additiont to that we all have our own agenda. (that is my biast observation). I have been trying to communicate with Ad Hoc Committee. How can have the ears and extended hands of this committee. Al in all Your work is commendable.

    Harry Massele
    2271 Bryn Mawr Avenue
    Philadelphia, Pa 19131
    610-278-3072
    215-806-7564
    hmassele@montcopa.org
    massele.com

  3. Mesfin
    | #3

    We all should admire the Ad Hoc Coordinating Committee for what they have done so far. I just hope they will repeat their professional task one more time to welcome Eng. Hailu Shawel this coming Saturday. We are waiting for them for direction regarding what to do on Saturday.

    Thank you a lot!
    Mesfin

  4. Abudu
    | #4

    Dear Adhoc Committee mbes:

    I really do appreciate for all what you did with regard to welcoming Kinijit leaders. Being among those who welcome them is really a previllage for us to witness how the people feel. Hope we will have a good news as far as the outcome of their visit is concerned.

    But I have one question for your guys. Regardless of the reason for his lateness, as we are approaching tomorrow 4 p.m. to welcome another hero I could not see any press release from the adhoc committee to welcome the leader of the party. You guys might be busy. I also understand you are doing something that anybody don’t want to do it. But releasing the press to welcome the leader of the party couldn’t be a big deal for ou guys who did such a fantastic job.

    I am saying this because of two important reason. The first one is whether you guys accept it or not, if we don’t do the same like we did for the others; those people who sit at the corner and waiting for the reason will talk too much and let him the leader himself feel different. But if we do (which I am excepting) It will cover a lot hole and minimize the damage.

    The second point is, what so ever ad happened within the party itself, if we are wise enough to look back how it reaches at this point, this guy really deserve a hero welcome. He really did a wonderful job for his party and country. Please don’t take me wrong as his supporter, trust me I am not. I beleive in the democratically debated vote. Not with a one man decision. What I am trying to say is lets not forget what he did for the party since the past mnay years, even though some of the party leaders joined him 3 or four years ago. I like to see all six of them together on the podium on sunday for the good of our country. I honestly pray for that. They should reconcile and solve any problem and leave us here with unity. I ask all ethiopian families to look at this Diaspora’s difference wisely and not to be emotional. Lets not be the judje. If we really think they are our leaders, lets give them tme and tell us what we are supposed to do. Let’s not forget that we are doing this for the good of our country. Lets not bite each other. Lets not forget that these leaders are humans and make mistakes. Don’t we make a mistake in our day to day live? Please guys let’s be patient. Lets not associate ourselves with any group if there is any. We are ths children of one Ethiopia. Please lets stop our emotionality and be patient to listen to them on sunday. Even on sunday; when we go and ask them a question; please lets be ourselves and have a manner to when presenting our selves.

    Finally, I would like to thank the adhoc committee for their wonderful job, and hopefully expect a press release or announcement to welcome the leader of the party.

    God bless Ethiopia.
    Abudu

  5. NANI
    | #5

    DAts kool

  6. Selamu
    | #6

    Honerable Eng. Hailu need to be well informed of negative and spoiling politics being advocated in the disapora. The Ad hoc committe might have the responsiblity to inform him immidately Eng. Hailu come in USA. Eng. Hailu specifically should be aware of the EPRPs and Woayne Cadres of dividing the party. If this is not done, The Engineer might make a disasterous irreversable mistak on the party and the countiries opposition politics.

  7. kendie
    | #7

    kinijit is not and will not be a one person party, they have the responsibility to work as gloves and hands
    Please brothers/sisters stop these one-person cults. If engineer Hailu go against his partners and act as spoiler he will be the only looser. We have long way to go at this junction, no matter how brilliantly one person perform, we only need collective result. Of course every individual have huge responsibility about the group and vice versa. Remember the saying ” yejeb chekul kend yeneksal”

    God bless Kinijit and our country Ethiopia

  8. Titu
    | #8

    I think Enj Hailu didn’t have the chance of reading and having all the information we have been prevelaged to know, therfore he needs to be given a chance to know the truth and judge for himself. Even so our county is in such a desprate state or point please let us not rush to desregard the secrefies he has made he is a great leader.

  9. Ethiopian
    | #9

    Everyone wait until Engineer Hailu arrives in America and the whole leadership resolves the problems we have…patience pays.

    We have had worst problems than Shaleka!!

  10. Dil Yemetal
    | #10

    Stop accusing the Woyannies for trying to divide the CUD instead look in to the inside of the CUD. I was dissappointed the way Birtukan Midkisa was performing her interview with the VOA. She is not only a disaster but she can not possibly function as a vice president of a party who so many sacrificed their life. She did not answer her question instead she has something to say about the president of the party Eng. Hailu Shawel. She looks like a secertary of Andargachiew Tsigie. Double shifting? Now the battle field is in Washigton DC away from home where the president of a party who was just released from a 20 months of prison has been ridculed by cheap and amateur so called collective leaders. No wonder the Woyannies has a break.

  11. Tamrat
    | #11

    Queen Birtukan,

    For us Ethiopians one of our strength is the respect we give to the people specialy of the elderly who put their life in the line of fire to safeguard our country. Our democracy starts by respecting our culture. Even if he make a mistake as human, this is not the way you treat Hailu Shawel. You were in a diaper when Hailu Shawel started struggling for his country. I heard your interview on the VOA and was embarassed not because of your lack of maturity but how could it be you are a vice President of a party like the CUD who so many have died. Are we running out of people that you can spat on the legend Hailu Shawel on the VOA as if you are chatting in a MENDER coffee party. We now know this party is dead because it can no go an inch with the person like you and Gizachew Shiferaw. You are here in the Diaspora for 2 months, you will have plenty of time to do the bickering when you go back home. We thought you are here to thank and talk to us instead you are here to execute a grand plan with the advise of Elias Kiflie 11 thousand miles away from home. Is that a mission or a concidence? Hailu – a man of truth will prevail. The CIA & the TPLF agents will go down in history as treators.

  12. Belay
    | #12

    If I was Hailu, I would never spent my precious time with this hopeless delgates. I would never spend my time in the CUD with the likes of Nega & Medkisa. If they are fighting because of the Diaspora then they are not good enough for the country.

    Eng. Hailu, look after your health first and then go back home cutting short your visit. The issue is in Ethiopia not in Diaspora. Register the AEUP and go teach the people about their right and freedom as you have done for so many years.

    Leave the bickering for Medikisa and friends. They are finished.

  13. Demelashe
    | #13

    Thanks to our curajes Leaders for the harde worke they do to save our countery god blees you all.

  14. Assefa
    | #14

    How one can trust you about the future where
    you cannot solve the current issues. Issues that people of your own created. The past mistake of unable to lead the mass should not be repeated again. People listen, understand and decide.

    Be ware of the mistake that was made back post election. (the mass was without a leader)

  15. | #15

    Anberbre Beketema

    Come on you funny people, don’t pamper your self, swallow the truth kinijet is finished. (YEKETAFINA YELEBA BUDEN) form on wards Just talk about kestedemena or AEUP, by the way EDL is already lost in the battle.

    Warning!! You are going down with a plane engulfed in flames. Stay assured the old guards (the esepas and the shalekas) will come in fling colors no more humpy dumpy for Nega’s and Mideksa’s

    Kinijit is lost when it started to discuss the issue of certificate (its survival) with pathetic single persons like Ayele Chamiso and Temesgen. The MENFES it is weakened.

    Dose any body know W/rt Birtukan did not know hers daughters father some say it is from here X –boyfriend AKABE SHIMELES she is so ashamed that she is hiding and some say she didn’t know the fact that she is using here father and now she is taking Dr Behanu in the bosom of her… and he is finding his way to her…….., what a queen?

    WERADA ENA AGDEM ADEG NECH. DONOT JOCK ETHIOPIA BENDEZIHCH AYNET KILETAM LIMERA. ATASKUGE HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! H…….. NEGERUGE BAY HULA

  16. | #16

    Come on you funny people, don’t pamper your self, swallow the truth kinijet is finished. (YEKETAFINA YELEBA BUDEN) form on wards Just talk about kestedemena or AEUP, by the way EDL is already lost in the battle.

    Warning!! You are going down with a plane engulfed in flames. Stay assured the old guards (the esepas and the shalekas) will come in fling colors no more humpy dumpy for Nega’s and Mideksa’s

    Kinijit is lost when it started to discuss the issue of certificate (its survival) with pathetic single persons like Ayele Chamiso and Temesgen. The MENFES it is weakened.

    Dose any body know W/rt Birtukan did not know hers daughters father some say it is from here X –boyfriend AKABE SHIMELES she is so ashamed that she is hiding and some say she didn’t know the fact that she is using here father and now she is taking Dr Behanu in the bosom of her… and he is finding his way to her…….., what a queen?

    WERADA ENA AGDEM ADEG NECH. DONOT JOCK ETHIOPIA BENDEZIHCH AYNET KILETAM LIMERA. ATASKUGE HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! H…….. NEGERUGE BAY HULA

  17. Yohannes
    | #17

    If you are embarassed by the Diaspora squabble, hold on your breath. The infighting among the CUD leaders is worst than the squabble among the Diaspora CUD activists. These days the pro Woyannie media is better than the so called pro Ethiopia media out lets. Birtukan seems lost it. So much to the endless praise and admiration. If you are waiting for patriarch Hailu to calm down things then I will say wake up brothers and sisters: the head line at ER says “Hailu is a dictator”. And the Queen herself said why is he coming know here – perhaps maybe to disrupt the party. This is called double shifting of stubbing each other. This is an ugly drama satisfying to watch to the Woyannies and distasteful to Ethiopians. If this is a result of a 20 months prison term then the Woyannies will be more than happy to put them back to Kaliti for 30 – so that they can shoot each other when they come out of prison. Ethiopians and the Ethiopian people are lost between the war of the CUD because of a turf in exile. The biggest picture is now who will win the day in the turf war but not Ethiopia and Ethiopians. OU!OU!OU!

  18. filfilu
    | #18

    am so excited
    huhuhuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!!!
    The American millionaire Victor Ozeri said Ethiopia
    Djibouti (HAN) September 15th, 2007 – The American millionaire Victor Ozeri said Ethiopia could become the next China if the current economic growth trends continue with all the tremendous potentials just starting to be exploited.

    The millionaire who owns five companies in USA and Asia, with 20 factories in China producing 38 million handbags annually, said what he sees in Ethiopia now is what he had seen in China 20-25 years ago.

    Ozeri, who is also building a garment factory in partnership with an Ethiopian woman investor, stated that the country’s economy is about to explode and Ethiopia is the place that the world has to come to next.

    The American investor who specializes in handbag manufacturing also said he would establish handbag manufacturing company in Ethiopia in addition to the significant amount of investment he is putting into the garment factory as he has observed a stable government and encouraging investment atmosphere.

    Though there are lots of incentives to attract investors to Ethiopia, naming the AGOA opportunity which he said is a tremendous saving to be earned from investing in Ethiopia, a lot remains to be done in promoting the available incentives to the world, according to Ozeri.

    The Ethiopian investor partnering with Victor Ozeri, Lily Betru, on her part said the garment factory to go operational in 4-6 months time would create jobs to about one thousand Ethiopians.

    According to her, the factory would solely manufacture garment for export.

    Ozeri who is famous for being the first person from his sector to go to communist China in 1981and who considers himself to have contributed to China’s economic boom also runs charitable organizations in Ethiopia and New York.

    Currently his NGO helps 120 girls to attend private schools while being provided shelter and food in a facility he built, it was learnt.

  19. Kasa
    | #19

    Collective leadership? A collection of garbages. The CUD is not about Tsigie or Shaleqa – it is about Ethiopia and Ethiopians.
    Birtukan – MAFERIA NESH! You need to grow up first before you lead a party.

  20. No name
    | #20

    Ethiopian Politics,
    I know that Ethiopian Muslims flock to do pilgrimage to Mecca to be come Hajjis. And the Ethiopian Christians to Jerusalem, to be purified from evil. And the Ethiopian Politicians to America, to collect money, power and oppress 70 millions.
    Pilgrimage accomplished bravo

  21. No name
    | #21

    I listened to Araya and Mideksa on VOA, that coup d’état was done on Shawl (He can join as if he want). He is a chairman and they are a majority what type of democracy are they following. Kinijit is loosing transparency.We do not support gang agenda
    We do not need power thirst

  22. No name
    | #22

    Dose the deligation represent each ethnic group
    Birtukan for Oromo
    Araya for Tigre
    Birhanu for Gurage
    Gizachew for Amara
    Kebede for….

    This is EPRDF way
    Forget Ethnicity
    One Ethiopia

  23. | #23

    Dear Abugida writers,

    I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for some of the contributors for their constructive criticism and sharing views. Though we have an absolute to right to express our views, it is also an impressive to respect views of others and be positive in order to build-up democracy.

    Always be as kind and compassionate as you can. This principle is absolutely essential. Please do not direct criticism towards the CUD delegates since the leadership has been making sustainable struggle for peace, democracy and stability in general throughout the country, ETHIOPIA.

    Please carefully follow the outcome of the delegates rather criticizing the CUD. In hopes Eng. Hailu will take part in the entire scheduled meeting in US. It is only TPLF/Melles associates vulnerable propaganda to divide the Diaspora as well as the delegates. Obviously, we do not have any credit for TPLF/minority group. This is because of the fact that we have seen over the past 16 years about democracy, economic growth (though the statistics says 10% economic growth), etc.

    Don’t give the impression that you are writing because you are ideologically or politically opposed to CUD or its system or TPLF or its government. It is far more effective to stress the fact that your concern for human rights (Ethiopia stands last in the world) is not politically based in any way, but in keeping with basic principles of international law.

    It is important where possible to stress a country’s reputation for moderation and justice, to show respect for its constitution and judicial procedures, and an understanding of current difficulties and political crises. This will give more scope to point out ways in which the human rights situation can be improved, the economic growth be achieved, the democracy line and principles put in practice, the one-man-leadership style come to an end, the deep-rooted corruption get rid off etc…

    Thus, it is not an opportunity to divide the Diaspora and the CUD delegates by agitating and disseminating irrelevant propaganda via this website although it is clear from whom these views arose. I am not the member of any political party but CUD is composition by well-educated individuals and compromises any difficulties and solve in the pattern of acceptable democratic line.

    Dear All, it is not to late to say “HAPPY ETHIOPIAN MM” and prosperous life. “UNITY IS STRENGTH”

    “In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme.” ARISTOTLE

    God bless ETHIOPIA

    nahom(TD)

  24. weyane
    | #24

    Meles is the best for Ethiopia. Meles controll his party very well. and govern all Ethiopia and do so many good jobs. in the opposite see these all the so called oppositions Dr. Prof. or Ing. all of these Degrees is nothing. even they don’t know what they want. see in neer future kinijit is dead. ABOY SIBHAT said all. Ye KINIJIT HASB BE QIRBU YIQEBERAL!!!

  25. No name
    | #25

    Constitution is not dogma like the Ten Commandments. We do not trust the constitution we need referendum on it, this was in Kinijit manifesto and the people wish. Without the right to private ownership and the omission of article 39 how can we trust each other. If you respect the woyane constitution, Give freedom to Oromos, Ogaden and Gambella and divide Ethiopia no one should come to my Oromo teritory. Is Woyane Judiciary fare

  26. No name
    | #26

    Dear filfilu,
    You said an American millionaire told that Ethiopia will be like china
    It is not clear if he means The Dilla University will launch a satellite in to space, The chemistry department in Addis Ababa University will establish a nuclear plant or
    If Maoism is getting strong under the leadership of Meles?
    Would you further elaborate?

  27. No name
    | #27

    Why not we sell Eritrea if it is profitable?
    Mengistu era jock

  28. No name
    | #28

    Tedros Mekibib who has photographed the Ethio American deligates. Has not used the same technique or has not edited the photos of Shawl arrival, what money can do. Even a photographer discriminate?

  29. Mengesha
    | #29

    Among all, I highly welcome Engineer Hailu Shawl, a real Ethiopian hero and a legend to the history of the nation. Welcome!

    Ethiopia is suffering from chronic woyane ethnic disease, lose of its children by assassinations, starvation, disease and a challenge of worst human catastrophe in the short run would be eminent. Simply the nation is calling her children to save the name “Ethiopia” and the vulnerable population who are under the point of gun by woyane in conjunction with enemies of Ethiopia.

    Yesterday, today, and tomorrow we must persuade ourselves that there were individuals attempting to kill Ethiopia by collaborating with enemies, and currently, there are human elements that are glittering in the public and yet serve as mercenaries of the nation. We do find one in the future too. Nothing surprises us. There are million and million heroes that rescue Ethiopia and keep the nation going forward.

    Any one who is double faced and works for woyane under the cover of Kinjit would be cursed and would face calamities for he or she drinks the blood of the massacred innocent and needy Ethiopians. I tell you, you step on no where. It is time you expose yourself or yourselves, and work for releasing the nation from woyane barricade. If not you goanna go with the out going evil woyane regime. God is great!

  30. nahome
    | #30

    Stop accusing the Woyannies for trying to divide the CUD instead look in to the inside of the CUD. I was dissappointed the way Birtukan Midkisa was performing her interview with the VOA. She is not only a disaster but she can not possibly function as a vice president of a party who so many sacrificed their life. She did not answer her question instead she has something to say about the president of the party Eng. Hailu Shawel. She looks like a secertary of Andargachiew Tsigie. Double shifting? Now the battle field is in Washigton DC away from home where the president of a party who was just released from a 20 months of prison has been ridculed by cheap and amateur so called collective leaders. No wonder the Woyannies has a break.

  31. nahome
    | #31

    I didnot believe my senses until read I read the article today that Engineer Hailu has been surrounded by the Shaleka group. I was almost having my tears dripping down on my chicks as if history was turned upside down. I hope and expect he will make up his mind again again and he should not distroy his own history.
    I call upon once again his close friends and relatives and his party excutives alike to give him a wake up advice. I feel lost and destructed when I think of losing such the real son of Ethiopa. Dear KINIJIT senior excutives, I urge you to give him his due respect and always a last chance. I wish he follows the foot steps of Prof. Asrat W/yes. Very soon please prove it to him that the Shaleka’s are trying to find a scape goat for what they did, if what is in the news is correct. I know nobody is guilty unles proven guilty.
    Now and then he is the person in time of crisis.

    KIKIKUUUU

  32. nan
    | #32

    Why some Ethiopians like dispute? If you want to see progress in your nation first grow and get matured. Do not discriminate people based on their view and political stand; try to learn the best things by looking for some common grounds. Redeem the time and set your priorities. Do not try to explain this world only from your point of view. The world is too big to put it in our box. Try to think outside of the box; if possible get rid off it. Voice together and learn how to work together. How come in a week time you glorify some one and again you shout saying, “crucify him”. Please grow up! Express your dissent in wisdom and loving way. Do not rush to judge.
    If I sound silly, please have mercy on me!
    Peace up!!!

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