Ethiopia, Kenya and the leadership vacuum. By Yilma Bekele

April 7th, 2015 Print Print Email Email

Somalia would take a long time to recover and start acting like a Nation. Kenya the sane among the group has entered the warring Nations club. South Sudan has become a playground for all its neighbors plus the UN, Chinese oil companies, IMF, NGO’s, Evangelical Christians and Israeli agents to mention a few of the actors. Eritrea is on UN and Western embargo crosshairs to make it submit like the others and Yemen across the sea is becoming a training ground for all Arab Air Force pilots.

That is the madness surrounding our country. It is also sad but true that our country has its fingers in all the conflicts in the neighborhood. We have been playing with fire for a while.

Ethiopian troops have invaded Somalia on behalf of others and many battles were fought with Somalia militias until the TPLF Army was compelled to withdraw in a hurry.

Ethiopia has fought with Eritrea and over one hundred thousand died for a few square mile of barren land that still is as empty and irrelevant as before.

Ethiopian solders and security agents routinely enter Kenyan territory pursuing what they declare to be ‘terrorist’ and kill Ethiopian opposition members. Kenya looks away.

Ethiopian impartiality was questioned regarding South Sudan peace talks and moving the venue was requested by the South Sudan Government.
Ethiopia’s regime made a deal with the recently departed Yemeni President to ignore International law and kidnap an Ethiopian opposition leader.

Ethiopia still entertains the indicted and wanted criminal Al Bashir of Sudan in our capital city in a deal to ignore the arrest warrant for not allowing Ethiopian opposition to operate from Sudan.

The Ethiopian government is one of the main causes of regional instability.

It is from the rouge regime in Addis Abeba our Kenyan cousins decided to learn a lesson regarding use of force to make a point. What made Kenyan leaders convinced that they would fare any better than their fellow Africans in getting militarily involved in Somalia’s internal affairs is not clear yet.

What we do know is that Kenya invaded Somalia in 2011. Kenya has not been the same ever since. It should be considered a watershed moment in their history. The reasons for the invasion were mostly due to internal politics and if Kenya was a person it would be considered a testosterone fueled decision. Such acts by individuals are usually egotistical in nature and absolutely blind to reason.

Kenya is fortunate in not having enemies. Ever since independence Kenyan Army has been getting fat and lazy. The Army stayed out of politics and the politicians stayed out of war. That formula worked like a charm and Kenya was seen as a sea of tranquility among the storm prone neighborhood. The Army became restless, the politicians became delusional. The war against terror by the West gave them the opportunity to go to places where no Kenyan has gone before. Suddenly Kenyan army was given new toys to play with, trained in the art of warfare and given a task to fight the new threat of terrorism.

The Kenyan politicians and the Kenyan people were happy when their Army crossed into Somalia. At last they felt the Kenyan Army was going to prove how strong their nation has become. The fact that war is a dirty business and the Somalis they are trying to bully are not a push over by any imagination did not occur to the leaders or their cheerleading citizens.

The fact that they witnessed what the kat fueled Somalis are capable of in their single encounter with the US Marines in Mogadishu, the fact that they were observers of the fate of the poor Peace Keeping Forces from Africa that were virtual prisoners in their barracks and being subjected to daily harassment, not to mention their ring side seat to watch the embarrassing retreat of the Ethiopian invading Army that barely crossed the border with the militias in hot pursuit did not seem to have impressed our Kenyan friends.

Today Kenya is paying the price for failed leadership. It is going to take a long time until a sane and able leader emerges that would question the failed policy and push reset the button. If experience is a lesson Kenya is looking at a very dismal future where the country’s priorities would change and instability would be the norm. The leaders of Kenya have a lot to answer.

As Ethiopians we are familiar with the concept of failed leadership. We are living examples of a devastated people and country due to our inability to have acquired the power to choose a leaders. In Ethiopia the power of the gun is what determines the person in charge. We have been attracting very disturbed individuals that have caused us untold misery.

That is why it was disconcerting to hear that the current TPLF puppet Prime Minster of Ethiopia making some ill-advised comments regarding the situation in Yemen. Our illustrious underling claims that our country stands with the deposed and expelled Prime Minister and supports the bombing of Yemen by Saudi Arabia led Arab countries.

This is what is called self-inflicted wound. It is said there could be over one hundred thousand Ethiopians in Yemen. They are all political and economic refugees. Ethiopians have no reason to go to Yemen other than the need to get away from their country to start new. It is the dismal economic condition, the miserable ethnic situation created by TPLF that compels our young people to venture to Yemen wishing and hoping for a better tomorrow.

Today they are caught in a civil war situation. The Yemenis are too busy killing each other to pay attention to our people. Our people that are mostly young and possess rudimentary education at most find themselves in a terrifying and dangerous circumstance.

Such situation requires careful analysis with protection of ones citizens taking a center stage overriding all other political concerns. A head of state does not shoot of his mouth without considering the implications of such loose talk. A normal country with leadership that responds to the needs of the people would look at the situation carefully and pick a solution that would not put its citizens in harm’s way.
The problem in Yemen did not start yesterday. It has been going on for over two months now. There was plenty of time for the Ethiopian government to consider removing its citizens from such a war zone. The current plight of our people is not new. We experienced the pain when Saudi Arabia disgracefully deported thousands of our citizens a year ago and our own government robbed them of their possessions when they arrived home.

It is dejavu time. Our regime is caught off guard and one month into the crisis they are talking about siding with one section of the warring faction and exposing our citizens to danger. We wish the puppet PM and his minders would learn a simple adage that goes ‘lead, follow or get out of the way.’ They as usual have decided to get on the way and put their Party’s interest ahead of the general welfare of the Ethiopian nation.

I am hoping our Kenyan friends will wake up and realize the use of military force comes with unintended consequences. Today it was reported that Kenyan Air Force bombed to Somali targets. It is baby steps like this that turn into full-fledged war that Kenya cannot afford nor win.
One would think that they would look at their neighbor to the North that is in perpetual war and learn a lesson. If I were Uhuru kenyata I would nip this idiotic idea in the bud and withdraw my troops from Somalia and find someone to talk to in both in Northern Kenya and Somalia.
As for our esteemed policy makers in Ethiopia I ask you whose interest are you serving-Ethiopia or the TPLF Party? Why would the regime that purports to look after the interest of its people go around pledging alliance with one of the factions while our people are stranded there?
The only concern of the ethnic regime is staying in power and that goal compels them to pimp our sovereignty to the highest bidder. It is not that they are smart and powerful but rather it is because we still lack the courage to question authority. They hold elections where they choose the opposition party and the candidate and we look with surprise and continue to do business as usual. They sign an agreement with a foreign power without consultation or discussion and we fume but let it slide. They take sides in a civil war endangering the lives of our people and we grumble and move on.

Ethiopia is one of the few countries in the world where elections have become a farce. This is the fifth attempt and it is going to be condemned by many and celebrated by a few. The people are not part of the play yet. The one with the gun and the purse would dictate and the people will follow. We Ethiopians have been doing that for millennia. In Ethiopia we the citizens allow the inmates to run the asylum.
Kenya stands a better chance of coming out of this crisis hopefully without much damage. There is a real vibrant opposition and the media is much developed than in Ethiopia. When the euphoria of the feeble and ineffective air bombings dies down and the cost is known the Kenyan people will put an end to it. Uhuru Kenyata has been in office very short and the opposition is watching his every move. He has to grow fast in the office for Kenya’s sake.

As an Ethiopian my advice to him is ‘do not mess with the Somalis.’ Let them sort out their clannish issues. Most of all do not listen to the foreigners whisper in your ear. They have their own interest and they can afford to make mistakes whereas in your case it causes death to thousands and unnecessary drag on the development of your country.

Ethiopia Kenya
Population 96 million 45 Million
Life expectancy 60.7 years 63.5 years
Literacy 39% 87.4%
GDP per capita $1300 $1800
Electricity production 4.92billion Kwh 7.33billion Kwh
Telephone Mobile 20.5 million 30.7million
Internet hosts 179 71,018
Internet users 447,300 3.996 million

  1. AMEN
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  2. Sam
    | #2

    Usually, I try to make time to read any issue which Ethiopians are writing. Whether I agree with what they have written or not is a little concern to me. I am, therefore, familiar with Yilma’s writings. Recently though I have become disappointed with I know it all approach he takes in any issue he touches. The article posted here has no central message. One could might give him a pass saying he is disappointed with the Kenyans’ bombing of Somalia. That is exactly what Yilma tries you to believe. But it is an absolute fabrication. The Kenyans have gone to bomb the militants who massacred innocent Kenyans for no reason which makes sense except for the assassins. Yilma knows this fact. But saying that undercuts his propagandas. Yes, I do not use the word “propaganda” loosely. If it is not propaganda, when he accuses the Kenyans for bombing the militants, he might have the courage at least in passing to mention the reason for their doing. He just skips it as if it does not matter. People who write obviously want an audience. All members of the audience however are not their cheerleaders. It is prudent to write therefore having in mind the skeptics. If Yilma had had those readers in mind, he would not have written such hearsay.

  3. Abere
    | #3

    This article by this Yilma dude makes me thing if it was worth reading not only it but all his previous ones. He clearly has the audacity to try and make every event in the world, be it in Yemene or Korea, Kenya or Somalia relevant to his unrealistic, do little partisan agenda. Poor Yilma, if you have so much lust for power, as your every article suggests, you must be a very miserable person to come up with such nonsensical article.

  4. Hailu
    | #4

    I think Yilma is becoming propaganda mouth piece of Eritrea one man regime, that is why his article including this one is posted in pro shabia website Tesfa news.

  5. Mohammed Siraj
    | #5

    Come one Yilma you sound like a demented pedant. Primarily the insoluble problem of Somalia is caused by Egypt, the Gulf countries and more importantly by the US. Siad Barre went to war with Ethiopia on behalf of these countries and finally paid an exorbitant price for being inhumanly stupid in 1991. The end result is what you see now. It is not dignifying to talk about a nation which went to dark abyss willingly, deliberately and knowingly. Abandoned by fellow brethren Arab Muslims, Somalia a Sufi, with no blood DNA to “white Arabs”, sad but true, left to fester its wound with no one to extend a helping hand. It is at this crucial moment, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda ironically came to save Somalia from Somalis. Be this as it may, what is remarkable is that Somaliland and Puntland are a functioning state much better than the TPLF administered Addis Ababa and the Hamassen led government in Eritrea and even worse, South Sudan.

  6. Tango
    | #6

    Life expectancy of Kenya in 1993 was 57 years while Ethiopia at that was 47 a difference of 10 years.Now(after 23 years) life expectancy of Kenya is 63 whereas Ethiopia is 61 years a difference of 2 years.The same is true for electricity production and other variables. For propaganda purpose the author skip to mention their base difference between kenya and Ethiopia.

  7. Anonymous
    | #7

    Dumb asss woyane cadre “tango” where do u get your statistics? From woyane diploma mills? Stop lie. I believe Ethiopians life expectancy not more than 37 years. Stop your woyane propaganda.

  8. Tango
    | #8

    Anonymous, just Google “Ethiopia life expectancy”. you will find it.

  9. ObserVer
    | #9


    East African terrorist wing called AL SHABAB (ISLAMIST TERRORIST GROUP) is trained in Eritreas training camp in the blessing of Eritreas government to target and attack WESTERN interest world included kenya and Ethiopia.

  10. Showaye
    | #10


    Economics and life expectance goes hand in hand.

    While Ethiopia economy progressing advancing in unprecedented speed, Ethiopians life expectance will also improve, so far Ethiopias life expectance had improved by 9 years for the last 21 years.

  11. jirjerere
    | #11

    The adages says, it needs two to do TANGO. you don’t know which side you will be done from. Woyanae’s propaganda has clearly done you on the head, but the invisible thing that is coming from multiple direction will do you in multiple ways to shorten your own life expectancy.

  12. papie
    | #12

    You know, i truly don’t understand what principle the “Abugida editors” follow?? They say they don’t tolerate tplf’s empty propaganda and don’t post their comments. But, read the comments above majority of them are tplf and their surrogates. The editor still kept their ill will comments. In some way it is good to see day by day how tplf/surrogates become malevolent and incompetent in everything they do. Tplfs are the most spiteful bugs on the face of the earth and whose primary vision and goal to live is just fill their belly by sucking Ethiopians blood. The bible says in the last days the these ill natured human bugs will be seen in the world. Exactly, that is how the tplf/surrogats act:::!!!

    2 Timothy chapter 3
    This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

    2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

    3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

    4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

    5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

    6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

    7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

    8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

    9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their’s also was.


  13. kentu
    | #13

    Is it true that displays from Yemen more than 5300 thousand Ethiopian youth in Eritrea by Eritrea warships to be came opposition party.if this is true think it’s an end of weyane government

  14. Dejene
    | #14

    @ Kentu,

    What will Eritrea feed these Ethiopians ? ? bankrupted barren Eritreans do not even have no enough food to eat for themselves. thousands of starving young Eritreans crossing to Ethiopia as refugees (beggars) everyday.
    who in the right mind go to the barren land of starvation (Eritrea) ? ?

  15. Yebio
    | #15

    Eritrea has more fertile and arable land than Tigray proper. Eritrea can produce enough food to feed its people while Tigray can not do so without exploiting the other regions (Amhara and Oromia). The fertile and arable lands Tigray/TPLF has illegally taken from the Amhara region will be not remain in the hands of the Tigraway because they are acquired by force. What Tigray has acquired by force will be returned to its rightful owners, the Amharas by force. So Tigray as the poorest region (in terms of natural resources)in the horn of Africa, has a bleak and hopeless future. It is going to face non-surmountable challenges such as famine and destitution. The other resource rich regions can do better and grow faster than the poorest Tigray. The rocky and almost barren Tigray has no prospect of producing food and will continue to depend on on food aid.

  16. Addisu
    | #16

    The most poor country in terms of resource and arable land is Japan whereas the most prosperous country in the world is Japan so arable land and resource is not critical factor for development. When we come to Tigray and Eritrea,Tigray has more fertile land in south and west part of the region.South and west part of Tigrai can feed the whole Tigerai, in Eritrea there is no single region that can produce reliable food.As stated above if Eritreans feed them selves why they fled to Tigerai as refugee

  17. Yebio
    | #17

    `Addisu`you have it wrong. Tigray minus/without the fertile and arable lands it has seized from Gondar and Wollo is not suitable to cultivation and can not produce enough. You can not deny that Eritrea has more fertile and arable lands and is in a better position to produce more food.

  18. Addisu
    | #18

    Do you mean that Raya is not suitable to cultivation?Raya with west can feed the whole Tigrai.Tell me which aweraja of Eritrea is more fertile and has arable land .only 12 percent of Eritrea is cultivable but it doesn’t mean Eritrea is poor totally rather Eritrea is rich in mineral resources.Tigray export sesame,cotton and incense whereas Eritrea nothing except 4000 refugee every month

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