Who is in power in Ethiopia?
Yes, 16 years have elapsed but we will never stop asking this question, and there wouldn’t be a better time than now when Sebhat Nega has made it clear who is in power.
|In a four-part interview with TPLF radio on May 28, 2007, TPLF chief Sebhat Nega said time and again that no one fought for Eritrean independence from an Ethiopian colonial rule like TPLF did. “We paid dearly to liberate Eritrea,” he said. “Even if Eritrea comes under attack today,” Sebhat warned, “I’ve no doubt the EPRDF-led government would jump into Eritrea, join the Eritrean people and engage the enemy.”|
In short, Sebhat Nega, the architect of Meles Zenawi’s ascent to power in pre- and post-1991, has confirmed what genuine Ethiopians have been testifying all along: Ethiopia is in the hands of a masked mercenary group housed in the misnomer TPLF. The ABC of the struggle of the Ethiopian people should be to recognize power in Ethiopia is in the hands of an enemy, namely “TPLF,” a group that has nothing to do with Tigrai other than use the northern region as a spring board to attack and hold the rest of Ethiopia hostage.
The guilty verdict Meles Zenawi imposed on the Ethiopian leaders in Kaliti Prison is being presented to the internatioanl community as the work of an independent judiciary by none other than Bereket Simon, the second-in-command Eritrean who personally oversaw the June and November 2005 killings of innocent civilians. Bereket also referred to the protesting youth as “hooligans who tried to rob banks,” although banks in Addis reported to an inquiry commission later that there was no single law-breaking incident during the protests.
Sebhat Nega’s “we are more Eritrean than Eritrean themselves” is a last wake-up call for Ethiopian opposition support groups and civic associations to map out a common strategy that will lead to dislodge the Eritrean Woyanes from power. With the effective opposition environment, it wouldn’t be too hard for the rank-and-file of TPLF/EPRDF to abandon the top-notch Eritrean camp and intensify the movement for freedom.
No opposition should waste time by entertaining the idea of reconciliation with the Eritrean Woyanes in power. For a group that was born and raised through violence knows no reconciliation. Nor should we place our trust in the so-called “mediators” who have never uttered a single word of condemnation when the Eritrean Woyanes were brutally murdering innocent Ethiopian citizens. Sebhat Nega’s two-and-a-half-hour confession should help us come out of the stage of denial, and admit that we are being ruled by those who fought against our country, our history, our honor, our survival. Above all, sixteen years of despicable rule should make us say: “Enough is enough.”
Absolute power corrupts absolutely, so they say. Sebhat was too corrupted by an absolute power he thought he was in power in Eritrea, and vowed to defend Eritrea from his perceived Ethiopian attack by any means possible. The guys who fought and turned Ethiopia into a landlocked nation, the guys who fought on the Eritrean side against Ethiopia during the 1998-2000 War, have neither the legal nor the moral right to rule Ethiopia even for a day. They have to go.
To achieve this, once again, Ethiopian opposition parties and civic groups should come up with a common program and mobilize the huge Ethiopian Diaspora resources even, among other things, into launching a viable radio service to Ethiopia.
For that matter, at a time when very small nations have several radio and TV stations, Ethiopia, a country of over 70 million and the second most populous nation in Africa, has no single radio or TV station of its own. In addition, the Eritrean Woyanes are using Ethiopian money to block even US-based Websites and blogs from being accessed in Ethiopia.
In other words, Ethiopia is the only big country that is in an information limbo. This crime is being committed by design by those who have virtually held the nation hostage.
The case of Kinijit leaders and the journalists who have been convicted of crimes that carry death or life term sentences cannot be seen in isolation from the struggle of freeing Ethiopia from the hands of its enemies. It is time to stand up and be counted as an Ethiopian seeking freedom and honor for a deserving people.
Sebhat Nega’s recorded speech in Tigrinya – 2 1/2 hours long – begins with Eritrea and ends with Eritrea. All the four parts are presented here by Ethiomedia as one audio file. Documents in Amharic, Oromiffa, and Tigrinya will be distributed to the society in due course of time. (Audio source: Dimtsi Woyane/TPLF).
Note from the Editor – The above commentary was written before AP broke the news that Ethiopia has agreed to hand over Badme to Eritrea. The news report is another assertion that it is a class of Eritreans who is running the state of affairs in Ethiopia.