The New, the Old, the Ethiopicide: Rising to the challenges of a stark configuration – BY Workie Briye

December 16th, 2007 Print Print Email Email

From jailhouse to organizational Agility: Although, the foul smell gushed out of the “split” within KINIJIT seems to have slowly dissipated, its negative (or positive) impact will continue to haunt KINIJIT in particular and the democratic struggle in general. (more…)

From jailhouse to organizational Agility: Although, the foul smell gushed out of the “split” within KINIJIT seems to have slowly dissipated, its negative (or positive) impact will continue to haunt KINIJIT in particular and the democratic struggle in general. Despite numerous attempts by political analysts, commentators, and editorial notes of many blogers over the last four months in search of a root cause behind the “split”, there still have figured out not one single theory that conclusively explains the discord to the satisfaction of members, supporters and observers. However, no matter what the reason behind the split may be, there is by now ample material regarding the whole episode for all of us to make sense of it all and its political repercussion. According to this writer, the whole episode related to the “split” has one significant import when viewed in the context of the political phenomena observed over the last three years.

The last three years of the pre and post May 2005 period can be treated as a unique chapter in our long quest for democracy. A two and half years’ time may be considered a very short span in terms of social transformation; but from the point of view of the speed and intensity of the events, the time lapsed in this period is not so short. With in this short period have glimmered hopes as well as dashed numerous anticipations. This time has revealed to us lots of tragic events: it has also been a period of countless setbacks, some of which could attributable to objective factors but others purely avoidable. During this time, our quest for democracy has sustained quiet sever blows, few of them explainable but many purely self inflicted. In short, the pre and post Election period is a time studded with luminous achievements as well as smogged with humiliating losses.

What came into sight from the KINIJIT “split” ?: Let’s take just a slice of the three years time pointed out above to aid us as a specimen for zooming into the variety of those events and the contrasting mix of the medal table of this period. One of the happiest episodes of the last two and half years took place on July 20, 2007; tearful joy of millions greeted KINIJIT leaders when released from their two years captivity. Not longer than few days after the herald, however, the disquieting rumor of a split within the top leadership broke out. The fear and speculation soon turned out to be real; the whole episode ushered in a load of spin-off that soon escalated to spiteful propaganda warfare. The “split” unleashed a chain of scenes packed with foul play and lasted as months-long drama that made us all feel embarrassed and humiliated. Today after four months of its outbreak, though the ugliest chapter of the fight seems to be dying away, it is still the dominant headline in the political pundit. The recent statement from Ato Hailu Shawel is not only part of the long trail of foul campaign wedged by his group but also one that seems to have the effect of sealing the split to its inevitable ending.

Upon their release from the 22 month captivity, KINIJIT leaders were greeted with the. It is still this same predicament that dictates us to raise the diagnostic question of what factors could have afforded a background for the split. According to some observers, those judgmental views expressed about KINIJIT uttered early in 2005 might shade some light into this investigation. To a degree, the events of the last four months proved the doomsayers right in their earlier assessment of KINIJIT as a fragile forum with daunting tasks a head before emerging as a unified party. The post “split” rancor employed by the Hailu Shawel group provided these observers with some trophy to claim vindication of their prophesies on the organizational solvency of KINIJIT early in 2005.

In connection with the “split”, one of the most FAQs was whether or not there existed a political or strategic difference between the two groups. The various interviews given by individuals from both sides have not given much help to resolve this query. One thing however seems to be lily clear: the repeated assertions made by several interviewees that there was no political or strategic difference, other than one related to observance or implementation of organizational bylaws, does not seem to hold much water. Because, the various scenes that followed the split provided ample material sufficient for observers to portray the political doctrines and the contrasting personalities in play behind the split.

First and foremost, given the covenant and the ideals KINIJIT outlined in 2005, members, supporters as well as observers expected a minimum standard of ethics to be observed by any one within the leadership under circumstances such as the ones followed the “split”. Accordingly, the way the two groups handled the split have spoken volumes and revealed the character, competence, belief, integrity, and leadership style of the respective groups. From this perspective, inspite of the repeated assertions that no political or strategic differences existed, the post-split drama has revealed the existence of a huge spasm between the groups in terms of substantive agenda as well as strategy to be employed for executing these agendas.

Upon his arrival in the USA, the then president of KINIJIT allied himself with political groups, individuals, and talk radio hosts, all with dubious organizational standing, questionable motives, and suspect reputations, to say the least. This group did not spend much time before engaging in wild charges against few of the most cherished individuals, especially Dr. Berhanu and Wt. Birtukan. This group opened a 24/7 smear campaign against the other group by fabricating and reproducing rumors. To prove these spurious charges, they organized false and exaggerated testimonies, replete with nauseating small-talks, by individuals raged by envy, driven by personal vendetta. The campaign wedged by the pro Hailu group choreographed by Dr. Taye proved it self to be incapable, shallow, callused, backward, out of the time, mean-spirited, and corrupt. This campaign master-minded by Dr. Taye, perhaps endorsed, certainly acquiesced by Ato Hailu, caricatured these two individuals themselves as persons not having a hint of elementary civics and civility let alone a higher education with extensive experience in civil service, management, international business, diplomacy, and real time politics spanning over several decades.

On a substantive level, this group has presented us with ample material indicating that the group doesn’t believe in the method of peaceful struggle. The group does not display any vision as to the kind of change it craves for our country. The crowd gathered around Ato Hailu does not at all seem to have a clue as to the major variables at play in the national politics and the various challenges facing our country today. By and large, what we heard time again from this groups is a reminiscent of the violent, combative, intolerant, divisive, and destabilizing style of politics that we had over the last 40 plus years, with a negative impact on the unity of our country.

On the contrary, the vision, the competence, mastery of the country’s subtle and intricate political problems, and the overall demeanor we observed from the other group is a reinvigorated essence of the 2005 KINIJIT with even deeper thoughts and clarity of vision. While the Hailu-Taye crew engaged in a 24/7 smear campaign against individuals, the group against whom the campaign was targeted carried out a different type of campaign, made purely of substance related to challenges we faced, opportunities presented, and principles to be employed to achieving the goal of democracy. Throughout their three-month US criss-cross and dozens of community meetings, they haven’t been observed wailing on the shortcomings of their opponents. Accordingly, within this group of KINIJIT’s leadership, the mass of membership and supporters saw a team equipped with the mastery of the gear that is needed to chart their way through the difficult phase in the democratic struggle. Due to this stark difference in substance and form, the delegation led by Wt. Birtukan was met with a receptive audience, stayed amidst warm compatriots and loving hosts, and finally seen off by an army of reliable support for the mission waiting back home.

In terms of being up to the job, a titanic gap in the mastery of local as well as global issues has been observed between the two groups. The stateswomanship qualities and disarming modesty of Birtukan vis-à-vis the commandeering arrogance displayed by personalities on Ato Hailu’s side; the apostolic style of egalitarian team-work displayed by Birtukan’s group contrasted with the oligarchic tendencies displayed by the other side have spoken for themselves to reveal to the entire membership who their true leaders are. From the point of view of these stark contrasts between the two groups and individuals, what was surprising is not the “split” emerged but how a leadership team made of such contrasting fabrics managed to travel thus far as a team and delivered on some of the land mark decisions passed during the pre and post election difficult periods.

KINIJIT vs. (KNIJIT + EPRDF): All things considered, what has taken place within KINIJIT under the open rubric of “split” is not merely an internal problem of a single political group. This episode holds a much wider meaning on the struggle and emerging alignment of major forces in the politics of our country.

In the beginning of October 2007 and no sooner than we returned back to a track of recovery from the nightmare passed by the split, the TPLF regime unleashed yet an other all out propaganda war against KINIJIT and its leaders. Kicked off by the regime’s routine technique of plucking assortment of ploys and maneuvers, the campaign drama got intensified convoyed with yet another of TPLF’s tasteless soundtrack; this time with even more idiotic tactic of likening the Treaty of Wuchale with HR 2003, the Human Rights bill passed by the US Congress. (Many analysts and ordinary Ethiopians considered this TPLF whimper not merely as another filthy trick of topping wicked plots with pious hymns, but also another instance of mocking at Ethiopian history.) It is well known that the whole purpose of the scam is to defraud Ethiopians by masquerading the regime’s myopic political agenda with one sensitive episode from the country’s history. However, every time the regime tries its luck at filthy tricks, it seems to miss one palpable fact about Ethiopians: out of being exposed and subjected to TPLF’s lies, double talks, and a mannerism typical of gangsters for a long time, Ethiopians have developed a deep and sophisticated sense of truth and falsity; they have acquired a canine skill of detecting validity out of a maze of deception. It has now become instinctual for every Ethiopian to apply a measure of skepticism to any claim by the regime and its media. Applying this wise judgment, Ethiopians have proved in 100% of the instances correct that what is “True” for the regime is “False” for Ethiopia and vice-versa.

Just to recap the highlights of the last four months: the release of the leaders, the split ensued by the ugly smear campaign, followed or accompanied by the regime’s war cry against the leaders. Here, one might be tempted to suggest that the stand off, the in-fight, and the heavy use of incendiary language in the confrontation sounds a familiar scene from political plays we had watched countless times over during the bygone era. This line of thought may sound valid on the surface. However, a close scrutiny reveals that the events transpired over the last four months bear at least one significant hallmark. These events have unambiguously demonstrated the emergence or the ever lucid realignment in the Ethiopian national politics of three categories of political philosophy, represented by three political groups, speaking three different political languages.

The three categories include: the ruling click spearheaded by TPLF, the second category represented by KINIJIT, and the third is composed of the group rallied around the former KINIJIT president Hailu Shawl (a group establishing itself on a support mainly from elements nostalgic of Hailu’s former party of AEUP, some remnants of EPRP, few blogers and few freelance individual politicians). In terms of ideology and political belief, the KINIJIT leadership represents a new thinking on our politics. Hailu Shawel’s group on the other hand is rehearsing and roaring old slogans in a bid to resisting new and futuristic modus operandi and vowing to turn the political clock back through vague slogans and conceited catchphrase of “Ethiopiawinet”. The TPLF-led regime, as a third force in the configuration, is the force that bulldozed everything of past and vowed to abort the birth of a new Ethiopia in the future.

It is this configuration what has taken a clearer shape and seen in action since the last four months. In this new chapter, the political onslaught against the novel and emerging KINIJIT has been jointly carried out by the government on the one hand and the group that growls in the shadow of Hailu Shawel on the on the other. Given the political context and the content of their campaign, it is hard to take that this joint operation by the two groups against the visionary KINIJIT is a result of pure coincidence. Therefore, it is not farfetched to believe that the tale-tale campaign wedged by some of the Hailu Shawel backups was not only welcomed and enjoyed by the regime but also schemed and financed by it. These new backups are not the first to serve the regime as Fifth Column units against KINIJIT. There has been other primordial traitors who served (and still serving) the regime as loyal members of the task force employed by the regime to create implosion within KINIJIT. Similarly, in an apparent pursuit of opposite but coexistent goals, a well synchronized pincer attack by these unlikely allies–Hailu Shawel’s “KINIJIT” and the regime–against the new KINIJIT has been going on in earnest since the last four months.

Therefore, the events of the last four/five months have ushered in the beginning of an end of a long political process– a stark political and ideological configuration is emerging in the political scene of our country. From the point of view of political thinking, the three groups represent the past, the future, and a third one that is hostile to both the past and the future. The group representing the old paradigm of our politics tends to stick to a medieval time prescriptions to a 21st Century problems of our country; the second group is trying to articulate and offer new and reasoned solutions to our old problems and new challenges. The third force in this confrontation is the government that carries neither old sentiments nor new vision for the country. According to this third force, the country had no past reminiscence, neither would it be allowed to have any future. This force views the country in the prism of present power, present use, and present value. According to the treat analysis adhered to by the government, the incoming new element is more dangerous than the nostalgic convulsions of the outgoing old. In line with this analysis, the TPLF government is driven by a power impulse that rather wishes and is raving for the total destruction of the country than letting see the emergence of a new Ethiopia that benefits all of its children. Therefore, it is not hard to comprehend that all opposition elements that are attacking the true KINIJIT are considered strategically useful by the regime. Because, in the eyes of the regime, while the outgoing old is considered an enemy in the past, the incoming new is seen as a dangerous foe at present and hence a real threat to the halfway house occupied by members of the regime. That explains why the regime focused its offensive against the true KINIJIT leadership while enjoying the companionship presented by the other group.

What might seem anomalous in this scheme of things is the fact that both the old group and the terminator regime allied against the visionary KINIJIT to the extent that they plan and execute a pincer attack against the latter. The old naturally feels threatened by the new, the terminator is always scared of the just, the popular, the capable, and hence a symbiotic relationship between the old and the incumbent regime.

Viewed in hind sight after the events of the last four months, emotional reactions of members and supporters of KINIJIT to the split have passed through three. First it was a shock—something hard to believe that the KINIJIT that was founded on the very values of civility, love, compassion, accommodation, and dialogue lacked the conviction and stamina to resolve its own problems; hard to swallow that the KINIJIT that survived the brutal onslaught of the regime now faced extinction as a result of internal conflict. Thereafter, the shock gave way to hope—hope that the leaders in their wisdom, assisted by wise and elderly men, aided by the Almighty would be able to resolve the problem. In the third phase, after observing the way the two groups handled the problem and how they composed themselves vis-à-vis the “split”, shock and hope gave way to a judgement of “a blessing in disguise.” Now, the clear majority of KINIJIT’s membership believes that the split was inevitable, it was timely, and happened for the good of KINIJIT. What was once a prayer for a providence intervention to solve the problem and unite the estranged groups once again, now it is uproar against entertaining any idea of KINIJIT associating itself with the types of individuals observed on the other side of the “isle.” After weighing the pros and cons of the split, the writer shares this majority view of the KINIJIT family. For some time to come, KINIJIT might loose the synergy it had enjoyed before the election. But this will be a set back only of short run. Ultimately, KINIJIT and Ethiopia benefit from a political party having clear vision and competent leadership.

This writer opins that the “split” was inevitable and its outbreak was a matter of time. It is for the good of KINIJIT that it surfaced relatively early. The new challenges in our politics need enlightened leadership. With Hailu Shawel and his groups in KINIJIT, it would have been difficult for the party to act according to the dynamics of the problem. The common denominator between the two types of personalities would have been doing nothing in the face of the growing challenges. However, it is incumbent upon supporters of KINIJIT to maximize the long term net benefits of the split. We can do this not only by offering our direct support to KINIJIT but also impressing the other group on civility by practicing civility, the way the leaders displayed through out the heydays of the split.

The next part of this article deals with the impact that the “split” and the new configuration would have on AFD and the way forward.

  1. Yohannes
    | #1

    I think the writer is biased and he is siding with the Dr. Nega group.

    comment like this:”The crowd gathered around Ato Hailu does not at all seem to have a clue as to the major variables at play in the national politics and the various challenges facing our country today.”

    What the author simply have forgotten is the fact that most of these names like Birtukan, Nega, Tsigie, Mogges — haven’t been in the battle field before 2005. Most of the hard work and the sacrifice pre 2005 has been carried out by the group surrounding Eng. Hailu Shawel. They have a clue on what they are doing. In fact Dr. Nega predicted back in 2005 that the CUD will not win more than 40 sits in parlamient and he has written off the election victory in favor of the EPDRF. As usual the Dr. Nega side is simply distorting the facts. And I don’t think this will help the process of reconcilation.

    Dr. Nega and friends just parachuted in the middle of the struggle to share the fruit of Hailu’s hard work. Not only that they want it all.

    This article is based on wrong facts and does not reflect the truth.

  2. tintag7
    | #2

    Dear Ethiopian people please come to the rule of law and let us setle our problem imidately. Dr. Birhanu’s Group lost not only their authority but also they lost the people of Ethiopia’s support because they tried to fire the chair person of Kinijit. We have seen it Here in United States of America. But the chair person Hailu has a great number of supporter. That was why he prefer to be silence when Dr. Birhanus group cried here. Anyway let us agree to make Kinjit stable.Coplaining each other is not good for us.

  3. question
    | #3

    “The three categories include: the ruling click spearheaded by TPLF, the second category represented by KINIJIT, and the third is composed of the group rallied around the former KINIJIT president Hailu Shawl”

    ok, did I just read “former KINIJIT president Hailu Shawl”? Not that this move was unexpected, but dear writer, please save us the analysis of this and that if you are indeed so far into supporting one camp over the other that you would go as far as telling us about the future counter punch as a foregone conclusion. Some of us are actually interested in reading analysis that presents the issues and facts and gives us opportunity to determine where the answers lie.

  4. | #4

    I still do not understand why we do not work to bridge the gup instead of widenning the gup between the leaders. you who own this web site please don’t post any negative idea for any of kinijit’s leader that help 200% for woyane. let us wait both dide to try there way of solving a problem in their own party. We as an Ethiopian support CUD not because of our ethinic back ground, Family relation ship or freind ship, beyond that we thought these are the answer to solve ethiopian problem.

    We all were standing to gether to voice up for thier freedom. nothing stop us hot weather or snow cold or meles supporters took our picture. We all cry not for Berhanu or Hailu shawel, Why now we are to fast to say Hailu was this and that and vise sersa. Even the five members when they were touring North America they don’t want to tell us what the problem was but they said we solve it when we return to home. The present letter of Hailu shawel to suspend them was us i understand is not to do any thing in the name of CUD before the councels general meeting and before the fact finding team from the party it self. If this happen & they solve their own problem by them selves it is one of their strong part if not they can’t lead the country and like birtukan appologize for tigrean in menesota they have to appologize for woyane and let the Ethiopian “Sekoka” continue til then til we listen from the CUD general meatin please all of us stop insulting any of these leaders for the sake of Ethiopia. Thank you & God bless Ethiopia.

  5. GETACHEW REDA
    | #5

    From GETACHEW REDA

    To Mr. Werkiye Briye (sorry (x-?) TPLF/EPRDF Ambassador Werkiye;

    Welcome to the Diaspora opposition politics from being years a volunteer servant slave of TPLF “brother”. I will like to have you as one my guests in the future. We have seen few X-EPRDF/TPLF Diplomats like you few years back. None of them were so protracted tongued Arada (AYNUN BE CHEW YATEBE) (Wechmad!) official here in the Diaspora.
    We have been following your writings for the last few months preaching how the opposition should be guided by OLF under AFD. No one in the anti OLF group deny that you are the OLF man. None of us deny that you worked hard OLF to infiltrate the opposition through some of its elements like you. The OLF organization that is responsible for variety degree of ethnic cleansing as a criminal entity was still a criminal terrorist organization. But, TPLF?EPRDF slave Diplomats like you currently are campaigning OLF to be seen not as criminal but as political entity. For an official pathetic ignorant like you who serve Meles Zenawi day in day out all those years while our families were crying tears of blood, you think YOU WE HAVE NO CLUE WHO YOU WERE? All in a sadden you are the actor of the opposition leading counseling diplomat, telling us not any one but your diagnosis and analysis is fact?

    How genuine OLF diplomat can OLF afford to loose you, if OLF can’t elect you as its new chairman “Sir!”? . Could you please stop jabbering telling us what went wrong with Hailu Shawel’s group and precede to tell us what crime you knew about OLF since in 1992 up to the year you left EPRDF? Tell us more about OLF when you were there, what you witnessed while OLF was in power and in a recent crime it did commit? Wasn’t OLF part of your government in 1992? Have you ever heard that OLF was committing atrocity? You never heard, or you just simply believe the accusation was not fact? Or was it just the accusation was from “Neftenga” (the OLF/TPLF vocabulary you were loved to use it while you were EPRDF) propaganda? Could you tell us the facts, since you were there as first hand official of EPRDF? If you dismissed such atrocity can we debate and tell us why you like to be the “new” FANATIC die- hard OLF spokes man (unelected/selected?) for the last few months since AFD was popping up from the ditch of the Eritrea in Europe?

    A democratic articulation of particular demands with principles for a united and democratic Ethiopia can is something else, asking and confusing (as you were and still is doing) oppositions to accept criminals who are responsible for ethnic cleansing (still vowing to continue so) in the name of unity to promote the logic of disintegration is unacceptable and you and your likes should be watched carefully in every writings you come up. You, the X- EPRDF diplomats need to hash a little bit and know what shame means at least for now. For now, I think the stage should be left alone for those who were been arrested, suffered by you. At least, if you even want to participate, at least you should have been careful not to dehumanize and disrespect Ato Hailu Shawel who was your victim while you were part of the Fascist Diplomat. Yes, you have to know that the time the elites fooled us is been over a long time a go. It is this grass root individuals that will go after each of you who are misguiding us under the name Diplomat and elite class respect. Stop interfering, stay were you were if you want go back and serve more years for Meles, or else face the Diaspora as you are repeating want to call us “the Diaspora”!!!! Fascist Diplomats need to hash up your attitude till you learn more of us and the victims living abroad. Will you? Prevail!

  6. Anon…
    | #6

    It is doubtful that individual analysis specially glazed with propaganda, one sided, forcasting a split, claiming one “KInijit” as the right one and the other “kinijit” assigned an owner (HS) sells well at this time. The process is at a stage when it should be “trusted” to the Independent Inquiry committe, and there after to the vote and resolution of the CUD’s Supreme Council (LMB).

    The most welcome articles and analysis at this time might be the once that are informative as to how the process works. Several fact based editorials have been written specially on one of the groups. It is better to be mindful that the “split” between Kinijit is not final, and the ownwership of as such Kinijit, its mission and meaning in its original sense also belongs to the people specially in side Ethiopia. Both factions are also Ethiopians working towards some progress, but are different in characteristics, style, integrity and even in their application of code of ethics.

    The lack of unity was exposed through obvious and subtle messages of one of the deleagations in NA. When one wing of the party did not know or can not predict what the other’s public statement could be, obviously there is a crisis that threatens the well being of the party. At this time, to allow the process be completed through the proper channels is better than a waste of such analysis at the wrong time. Enough has been said, and breathing space is called for.

  7. tena
    | #7

    THANK YOU!

    GREAT ANALYSIS!!

    We need to be told like this.

  8. GETACHEW REDA
    | #8

    Mr. Werkie Birye:
    Do you recall when you wrote an open letter to the TPLF sinior Foreign Minister Tekeda Alemu?

    “In my stay in the Ministry, for more than a decade, I remember you, as a boss who is very good at mimicking the curses and insults coined by the Minister against employees of the Ministry. I know you not as a Minister with powers and responsibilities of your own but as helpless individual with no guts even to defend his personal dignity when a TPLF cadre calls you to a room, put one of his foot on the lap of the other, puffed his chest and pushed his shoulders back, tighten his lips, flare his nostrils with contempt, and arrogantly shout at you “didn’t I tell you that it is non of your business to try…” The rest is between God and me. You know what I am talking about as I learned this from the very cadre who did this to you narrating the story with pride”.

    If so, what made you he didin’t also did it to you, if he did it to your Boss? Could you also confessed some more about yourself what you encountered when you were serving the Facist TPLF for ten years?

    You also said on the same letter

    “All said and done, Dr. Tekeda, it is not what Paul Henzi or Prof. Clapham say; it is what the people of Ethiopia say about the whole matter. What did the people say through the May 15 election?”

    The same question could face you also. If it is what the people Ethiopia was determinate when you were in power before 2005, the Ethiopians said since 1991 “TPLF/EPRDF the system you were knowingly serving who murdered Tesfaye Mekonen in Addis Abab University (student) and murdered many students and parents for showing protest to the Egyptian born French citizen, an Eritrean suppporter the pathetic Butros Butros Gahli; WHY then did you serve and stay with TPLF knowing such slogan if you respect and believe what matter was the people, not the elite in the system you were serving for a more than ten years? Shame on you. Slow down!
    stay tune more to come!

  9. GETACHEW REDA
    | #9

    Mr Werkie Birie:

    On your Alichaw Millennium, you adviced Ethiopians not to go to and visit Ethiopia. If they do you warned them they will face risk from the government of EPRDF. My question to you is- aren’t you a little naive and too critique, to warn those Ethiopians not to go if they do they face murder, arrest, (negative encounters from the system). is that whay you chose to remain and live here in Virgina or somewhre in the USA conforatbly while Hailu Shawel stayed since challanging you ever since you were supporting and serving Meles Zenawi and his policy? When hailu Shawel decided to go to Ethiopia to live there , he was not there to live ,he went there not fearing TPLF spy and prison and intimidation, he went there living his confort behind for the sake of the Ethiopian people. Becuase he respect what the Ethiopian people’s voice is what matters and live by it and still living with his people facing sufferings and agony with all his physical illness facing all kind of intimidation from the sytem you organized built it to be the monster, including facing currently your verbal insults from you. Why can’t you go and lead the people instead of talking nonsense (YEMENDER WERE)slundering Hailu Shawel? You already served TPLF/MELES- when are you going to serve the people of Ethiopia. You frightened the Ethiopians not to go. They did. bad or good, that is their desire,When are you going to break your fear and lead Kinijit in Ethiopia with your AFD? For god sake give those who challange TPLF since 1991 while you were building a monster state. You elites need to eximine yoyr brain in the church . Go to church early morning and pray to help ypu god tpo speak the truth nothing but the truth! Ethiopia will prevail!

    Survival guide to pilgrims of Alchaw Millennium

    One way or another it was clear that a significant number of Ethiopians would travel and join their families on the Millenium occasion in spite of the many well intentioned calls for boycotting the show. Under such circumstances, many of us were hopping that opposition political groups and leaders may devise an alternative strategy aimed at creating some kind of silver lining to the Millenium exodus and the charade. Given the political and security situation of the country especially over the last two years following the tragic election, planning a trip to Ethiopia is not merely an exciting plan to commemorate a once in a century occasion but also taking daring steps towards a dangerous and difficult trek. Many of the adventures might have already entered the country and others are only few days away from making the holly trip. Therefore, whether one is for or against the idea of showing up at the EPRDF sponsored catwalk, the bottom line is “if you can’t beat them, join them.” This writer is trying to join the pilgrimage through this piece. The title “Survival Guide” is used here with a reason. On the one hand, any journey to Ethiopia today has parallels to all dangerous extreme sports such as jumping off the steep cliff of a deep gorge or hiking up a steep and freezing mountain. On the other hand, the dangers are man made and, in many cases, invisible for which no advice is available from any travel operator or travel guide publisher. Although some of the advises contained here may seem commonplace and obvious to every one, the points are placed in the context of the political situation of the country so that travelers could see the hazards in a different light
    From these two incidents, one may think that many of the supplies they are buying and the precautions they are taking are necessary during any travel or even at any time even while staying at our base anywhere in the world including the USA. From the long shopping list and the detailed advice they seek from their doctors, one may also observe that some pilgrimes are too cautious and some of them even sound like they have never been to Ethiopia let alone being born and raised and lived a pretty good part of their adult life down there. From some of the questions they raise to their doctors, some might even sound as if they are set to kick off to an unmanned planet.
    From observing this kind of excess precaution and meticulous preparation, any Ethiopian with a fair knowledge and understanding of the current situation of our country could not help pondering over one unavoidable question, i.e., what is the top most danger or even the top three menaces to life and limb in Ethiopia today: the answer unambiguously is 1) the TPLF regime, 2) the TPLF regime, and 3) the TPLF regime. The authorities ruling the city does so by commandeering power from the legitimate leaders who won a land slide victory during the May 2005 Election. Ironically the country’s top most criminals, who organized, ordered, presided and, in many case directly took part in killing hundreds of innocent citizens, or those whose who were hand-picked by the top criminals, are at the helm of power in the city. On the other hand, the city’s most cherished leaders and many of its innocent citizens are either killed or they are behind bars, both literally and figuratively.
    Although there may be other several ways and meanse of paying tribute to such a ravaged city, one of the ways may be just listening to its heart beat by talking to its ordinary citizens. Ordinary citizens of Addis from Kotebe to Kera, from Entoto to Akaki will tell you the story of the besieged city in an identical narative. The vast majority of the citizens of Addis in every walk of life, regardless of their level of education, age, gender, religion, and nationality are highly conscious of the political and social situation going on in the city and the country as a whole. Talk to them if you want to know the truth.
    Sermons to Avoid – beware of the Devil quoting from the Scripture: The planned Millenium festival is without doubt a government sponsored Bazaar. Pilgrims of the diaspora Ethiopians may fully own the decision to travel to their country for the Millenium celebration to enjoy with their family, relatives and friends. But once they set foot at Addis, the pilgrimes may not fully own their itinerary. (To be continued)

  10. Belay
    | #10

    Getachew Reda,

    Do you really believe that your poltical programs in the mold of EPRP has any palce in present day Ethiopia? Do you believe that Oromos have as much thinking brain as much as yours if not better what is best for them as a people than your propaganda of Ethiopiawinet. I know you are losing sleep over what is happening. I tell you that OLF exists not despite of you and your bodies, but because of you. We need enemies like you lined upp against the wishes of the Oromo people.

  11. GETACHEW REDA
    | #11

    Mr. OLF (let me call you with your nick name Belay)

    Why do you want to disappear on Debteraw.com when I whip you with the facts? I will still whip you here if you are interested. OLF is still surviving because of not me, but because the silly Ethiopian elites are letting OLF sleep and confront fresh after drinking the blood of the Ethiopians since 1998, 1999,” It is this proof of evidence that you always cry and come back against my reaction any time I challenged the anti Ethiopian elements who are die hard OLF supporters in the name of Ethiopia and Ethiopian opposition. Werkie Birie is your new man, Andargachew is been for years, Shewakena was for a while up front defending OLF for few years 9 I do not know now).
    As long as you manage to infiltrate the anti Ethiopian elements to support OLF atrocity, you will stay fresh, rest and young for more blood of our brothers and sisters to keep you going. It is the matter of time; you will be challenged one day in the face of justice. Werkie Birie or Andargachew or Mowa or the rest are not going to stand with you in court of justice defending you. The only way they can defend you is by crashing the opposition and the Pan Ethiopianist elements and organization. It did work for 16 years, but no more!

  12. GETACHEW REDA
    | #12

    Correction-
    “OLF is still surviving because of not me, but because the silly Ethiopian elites are letting OLF sleep and confront fresh after drinking the blood of the Ethiopians since 1998, 1999,” Must read to since” 1989, 1990,1991…..”
    Thanks
    Getachew Reda

  13. GETACHEW REDA
    | #13

    Correction-
    “OLF is still surviving because of not me, but because the silly Ethiopian elites are letting OLF sleep and confort fresh after drinking the blood of the Ethiopians since 1998, 1999,” Must read to since” 1989, 1990,1991…..”
    Thanks
    Getachew Reda

  14. bulcha
    | #14

    EPRDF won the battle. go as usual opposition

  15. Belay
    | #15

    Getachew Reda,

    You still exude that aqrrogance of the 1970′s EPRP style. The Ethiopian people were caught by several surprises in the last 40 years that they were not able to concentrate on the legacies of each poltical organization. By the way how many “Fedists” did you kill you anarchist. You continue with your childish poltical fgame right down to your grave? Time will tell. The problem is that you will not come out with your true name. Anarchists will not have any place in Ethiopia. Just to remind you the OLF is there because of the Oromo people and the demand now is not to come back to your mould, but to kill once and for all the political hydras like yours in the land of Oromia. You are desperate and you bark like a mad dog as things start falling away from your dreams. For fools dreams never die. You blame others of human rights violations while you are the symbol of urban terrorists of the middle 1970′s who escaped to the arms of the west.

    Getachew Reda,

    You have no footing in Ethiopia. Your territory is a computer space. You are done no matter how much you bark. Empty barrel make so much of a noise.

  16. GETACHEW REDA
    | #16

    You the criminal OLF don’t have the human shame after you committed such horror of ethnic cleansing crime; you still are acting as if you are political entity? Look at the following crime and look your self at the mirror. OLF is free still going hiding in every Europe and US cities after committing this crime. Who is responsible? It is now the Ethiopian elites for letting you loose free!!!!!! The blood of innocent is screaming still to the god of the universe. It will be heard very soon by god’s help!
    Crime by OLF (Just a few Sample out of the many crime it committed) Sample taken from
    “”The Hidden Massacre of Amharas & Christians in Arsi”
    Compiled and distributed by Ethiopian Information Service Network {S.H.I.N.E}
    Amsterdam, December 4, 1991
    NOVEMBER 2, 1991:

    On this very area (DIBU and GIGAN areas) the OLF opened fire beginning at 7 am thereby killing more than 1000 (one thousand people). The homes and properties of 16 peasant associations and their individual members were looted, pillaged and the rest set on fire by the OLF. The genocide which took place on this day was extremely horrendous and barbaric. For example, the OLF members after having forced two Christian elders to say “Allah Weaker” against their religious belief, have blind-folded these two elders with a piece of cloth and slaughtered them like animals and thrown them in front of the doorsteps of SAINT MIKAEL (MICHEL) CHURCH at GINGA.
    NOVEMBER 5, 1991:
    In a peasant association known as GOBENU CHAKA with the exception of 16 houses with corrugated roofs, all the remaining 116 houses (one hundred sixteen) were burnt down. While houses in the above -mentioned areas were set on fire, children and old people housed in these homes were also burnt alive. Those who were strong and tried to escape from the burning houses were shot at and the ones who survived have fled to an unknown direction. Within these two days, in these two districts alone property worth millions of Birr, accumulated over centuries has been destroyed. More than one thousand homes were burnt down. Schools and churches in the districts have been looted and pillaged. Parts of these schools and churches have also been burnt down. At this moment, in the whole sub-province 197 (one hundred ninety seven elementary and junior high schools as well as 2 (two) high schools, thus a total of 199 (one hundred ninety nine) schools are closed. While a school teacher in the district of MERTI had been killed, the remaining teachers have fled the area. With the exception of government offices in the sub-provincial capital, all government offices in other parts of the sub-province have been looted and closed. The culprits or the people responsible for this serious massacre (genocide) of people and the destruction of property are:

    ) Mr. Kassim Hussien representative of the OLF in ARSI administrative region.
    2) Mr. Abiyu Gilo representative of the OLF in the district of MERTI, HOMBA area.
    3) Mr. Mohammed Kebir Adem otherwise known as Mohammed Moye a rich merchant in the district of Guna and member of the OLF.
    4) Mr. Adem Abdulahi a very rich merchant of GEGU district and member of the OLF.
    These four people are the general commanders and coordinators.
    The following people are members of the OLF and commanders of the army who master-minded and led the OLF army that perpetrated these above-mentioned atrocities): 1) Mr. Sultan Kedir 2-Mr.Reshad Feto 3-Mr.Ahmed Amane 4-Tutuna Kedir 5-Gibriel Sheik Muktar 6) Mr. Geylana Hagihum 7) Mr. Sikuare Sane. While OLF still remains loops and unaccountable –still vowing to destroy Ethiopia and establish Oromia from the under-ruinous of the Empire State (Ethiopia)

    You said
    “ You continue with your childish poltical fgame right down to your grave? Time will tel”l
    Let me tell you Mr.OLF what one of my Ethiopian friend writes about you one day, I will quote
    “There has been a loud and clear voice telling you and your cohorts ‘you are STUCK’, ’stuck in hate”, ’stuck in history’, ’stuck in monopoly of untruth’, ’stuck in everything that is wrong with our country’. Everyone has been a tenant of the government for 31 years in our country, no one least of all the starving Amhara or elite has the means or the will to ‘group oppress” Doesn’t this rightly fit OLF?

    1.
    2. “Just to remind you the OLF is there because of the Oromo people and the demand now is not to come back to your mould, but to kill once and for all the political hydras like yours in the land of Oromia”.
    Oh! You are a joke! How are you going to kill each of us in Oromia when you are living and watching Satellite Dish in Minnesota in America and Europe? Most of all you never known a shame to even try to act as if you are a united Oromo liberation front. How are you going to liberate the Oromo or kill us when you are wasting thousands of thousands of money that you snatched it from the your cults and the anti Ethiopia Arabs, Libya, Eritrea…. spending in court suing each other like a crazy in Minnesota? Who is a mad Dog here? May ask you? What is Ato Frew Masho doing here with us? Why is “Frew Masho” lack a footing in Ethiopia and chose to live in Sudan, in Eritrea in Europe in Amerca going every where hiding for his belly? Read the following and tell me what went wrong and who is lacking a foot in Ethiopia? The following is a story commented at each other –you the dogs and the criminals by one of your likes.

    anonymous said…

  17. GETACHEW REDA
    | #17

    anonymous said…

  18. GETACHEW REDA
  19. GETACHEW REDA
    | #19

    Dear Abugida editors:
    How are you not allowing the rest of my comments? Many of the parts are cutting off from the main body of the comment. Still is not allowed to be posted. Any coimment. I can do that in other websites, if my fight with the criminal OLF is not allowed here in Abugida. Thanks
    Getachew Reda

  20. GETACHEW REDA
    | #20

    This is remained part-

  21. Ethiopia Tefferi
    | #21

    Getachew Galla Reda, you comment stiks just like your( Bote chamma. What an idiot you are!.

  22. GETACHEW REDA
    | #22

    “It is to be recalled that Oromo Affairs reported the lawsuit brought against TA-OLF by the Asmara Group of OLF in a Minnesota Court. It looks like the Minnesota Court has decided on one of the four judgments the Asmara Group had applied for.

    An internal source with in the Asmra Group of the OLF has informed this blogger that they have succeeded in obtaining a “temporary restraining order against TA-OLF and its members from passing themselves off as OLF and its officers or representatives pending a full hearing on the merits of the lawsuit.” (E-mail message from Source, July 25, 2007) According to this source, this judgment in effect has forced TA-OLF to cancel its planned public meeting for July 26, 2007, and that “in granting the temporary restraining order, the judge has concluded that there is a reasonable likelihood the plaintiff will prevail on its claim.”

    The date for the commencement of the trial, which is expected to last for one and a half day, has been set to be August 16, 2007 at 2:00 PM.

    A call to my sources in TA-OLF confirmed the trial date and the temporary restraining order, but would not confirm whether it is against TA-OLF or “some individuals.” The same source added that the judge also ordered the Asmara Group to post $25,000 bond to by noon on July 24, 2007 failing which the case will be dismissed. He believes the Asmara Group has posted the required bond which he says is “squandering $25,000 of Oromo hard earned dollars donated toward the struggle to defeat enemies of the Oromo people but are being used against Oromo nationalists.”

    On the question of the temporary restraining order, according to my TA-OLF source, the US laws allow for restraining orders only in cases where monetary compensation will not remedy the complainants claimed potential damage which would ensue if the motion is denied. According to this source, this is clearly NOT the case here as the Asmara Group has already applied for $50,000 in compensatory damages in its application and therefore a restraining order is not allowed here. “Naturally, this is an order which should not have been granted in the first place and which we hope will be vacated in the next few days” said my TA- OLF source. He would not elaborate on how they plan to do this except to warn me to “Stay tuned.

  23. GETACHEW REDA
    | #23

    OLF these are your cults insulting you a untrusted. Read
    “Gadaa said…
    It is very streange to me because I have never thought that there is OLF Asmara and OLF TK.
    This is totally shame on you guys who ever doing this.
    Before I used to blame Jara Abbaa Gadaa for being separated from OLF but now I found the reality that OLF has internal proble which will never end for ever.
    Last, what I would like to say is that I don’t think OLF is going to bring our freedom, and we are just westing our time with them.
    I am Oromo sabboonaa I don’t know what to say except praying because all of them are teaf, and they are runing to still oromos many in many ways.
    Stop this…..

    8:44 PM “

  24. GETACHEW REDA
    | #24

    The whole Shanee Qinijit saga is a belly politics gone horribly wrong. The leaders of Shanee Qinijit had never been, and are not, OLF. The likes of Dawud (a.k.a. Frew Masho) have been refugees in the Sudan during Mengistu’s time and are now refugees in Eritrea. They always give priority to their big belly. They are now fighting for their gara. The lawsuit itself gives away a great deal of truth how their mind operates. They simply claim that they are interested in the hard earned dollars of the unsuspecting Oromo mass. There is no claim for damage to their principle but their pocket. Do not expect any sort of principle from such a group, except money, money, money.

    The Shanee Qinijit, it seems, have lost the plot completely. First they were screwed by Meles, then by Eritrea and now by the Amahara. Then they take out their frustration on the Oromo people. The best way forward form them would have been to repent. If they cannot repent, they should walk into the red sea and banish into wilderness never to be seen again. But they lack courage, which placed them between rock and hard place in the first instance.

    In any event, I am not sure which faction of the Shanee Qinijit that has gone to court. The likely faction to have gone to court seems the Dawud group rather than the Lencho group. I say this because the Frew Masho group must be the more desperate them of all. Because the Lencho group is the group that sold their soul to the devil as they have now started maneuvering their supporters to pack their bags and head for Ethiopia, by hook or crook, before 2010 election. This group does not care about Frew Masho and the rest in Eritrea. ‘An gallaan gabaan wal haa loltu”. As far as this faction of the Shanee Qinijit is concerned the rest of the world can go to hell.

    The Frew Masho faction has become captive to the Eritrean fortune. “Dabeessa du’atu barbaada”. It takes a miracle to free them. The sad truth is that neither Frew Masho nor Lencho Lata really understands the Abyssinian game; however desperately they both want us believe them as the best Oromo Machiavellians. They both should listen carefully to their Amahra buddies who say “hodaam hagaru ayigabaam”.

    Gumaa Guddaa

    6:09 PM

  25. GETACHEW REDA
    | #25

    .Mr.Belay; (mr belly)
    Did you read your self at the above mirror? You fool! Your leaders are here and in Eritrea feeding their belly while you are fooling the Oromo community in the Diaspora that there will be ne wOromia coming. How so? In your dream? Who is Oromo and which land are you going to take and from who? Who the hell are you to tell any Ethiopian to get out of Oromo land? That land you are talking about belongs to every Ethiopian citizen. You want to talk history, I am will be glad to talk and discuss about it to if you are done with your leaders who are hiding in Eritrea and Minnesota. I love to expose the crime of the OLf when I get the chance to do it like this stage. Any time their infiltrators are challenged, the OLF IS RIGHT THROUGH THE DOOR defending the elites who call them sleves Ethiopians as a cover up to serve the criminal OLF who is intoxicated drinking the Ethiopian blood still want to drink more red blood of mine and others. Lrd, give mercy to these beasts and savages!

  26. GETACHEW REDA
    | #26

    Dear Abugida::
    i got it through different tech and manage to post it. Please disregard.
    Thanks
    Getachew Reda

  27. Guenet
    | #27

    Whenever a person writes a great article, we, Ethiopians, have a lot of destructive comments. Can anyone tell me why?
    Thank you Workiye I will re-double my struggle for democracy.

  28. GETACHEW REDA
    | #28

    Miss Guenet:
    You asked why we Ethiopians have a lot of comments. I already told you why. Can;t you read and see your blind eye why I oppose the OLF man who is degrading Dr.Taye and Eng Hailu? Hello!

  29. GETACHEW REDA
    | #29

    Guenet:
    You want redoubling your struggle based on Werkie Birie of insulting the most respected leaders in Ethiopia at this moment since Weyane held power, since Andargachew and Werkiye Birye were TPLF servants arresting Taye and Hailu? Is that what your are promising Werkiye Birye to double it? To double what>? More suffering? More Werkiye Birie, more Andargachew, more TPLF press x-editorial staffs? Well Taye and Hailu will go and I hope you are not talking of doubling their sufferings by supporting the very first anti Ethiopia elements who are degrading Taye and hailu. Ethiopia wil prevail. I will be with you to discuss if there are more OLF fools coming who never known me.Be my guest.

  30. belayneh tegegne
    | #30

    the desscription you are given about hailu and his followers are tottaly fabricated by you your likes . someones age is not at all represent his idia. let me put it this way most of so called leaders a one time woyanes confidants fall of woyanes wagon infiltrate kinjit to create a dispora based party and loot ethiopia this is exactly what your are for
    BIGGIOTS DRESSED IN DIVERSTY you cant full us.

  31. Zega
    | #31

    Dear GETACHEW REDA

    The person who contributed this article may have minor errors however you being a key EPRP political parasite, you have no business to comment on the internal affairs of KINIJIT. You should rethink and worry about your EPRP internal crisis and the so called EPRP leaders who are political thugs.

    Dear Getachew Reda we all know one of the key supporter when TPLF come to power was your brother Berhane Meskel Reda (Tygraie). As a result TPLF mafia ruled over Ethiopia for the past 16 years.

    Dear Getachew Reda keep in mind that we Ethiopians will never forget so called EPRP leaders who are nothing but poltical bandits who are wrokiing for Woyane to spolit Kinijit

    Berhane Meskel Reda a brother of Getachew Reda who helped TPLF murder most of true EPRP leaders

    Getachew Reda =EPRP Leader(Tigrai)a brother of Berhane Meskel Reda who helped TPLF kill true EPRP leaders in Assimba

    Long Live EPRP & Woyane Mafia Family

  32. Bekele
    | #32

    5. On Dr Birhanu’s negotiation wisdom and skill:

    Right after the June/05 massacre, election-dispute related negotiation between Kinijit and EPRDF was arranged at EU’s office in Addis Ababa. Kinijit was represented by Dr Birhanu and Engineer Gezachew. Dr Birhanu was informed by other Kinijit leaders to put certain preconditions before signing any agreement with EPRDF.

    The release of all detained Kinijit members, the lifting of Engineer Hailu’s house arrest and the lifting of Ato Lidetu’s office arrest were the main preconditions Dr Birhanu was assigned to address. In spite of this clear instruction, Dr Birhanu failed to put forward any of the agreed preconditions. When Dr Birhanu was asked later why he failed to bring forward any of the preconditions, his answer was very surprising. Dr Birhnau simply told his colleagues that he completely forgot about the preconditions. Yes, you might find it hard to believe what you are reading! Knowing the gravity of the matter, I do not blame you. But it is nothing but the whole truth.

    This was the most disingenuous response given by Dr Birhanu to his colleagues, to say the least. How could he possibly forget the house arrest of his leader (Engineer Hailu)? How could he possibly forget the office arrest of Ato Lidetu? How could he possibly forget the arrest of many Kinijit members and supporters? If Dr Birhanu can not remember such a crucial matter, how can one entrust his memory to negotiate complex and detailed matters? This is a serious matter which can not be taken lightly.

    In his recent book, Dr Birhanu cited the harassment of Dr Yacob and Engineer Gezachew by the TPLF security after they left his home as the sole reason that made him decide not to join Parliament the next morning. By any standard, the house arrest of Engineer Hailu, the office arrest of Ato Lidetu and the arrest of many Kinijit members were more serious than the harassment of Dr Yacob and Engineer Gezachew.

    How can one explain Dr Birhanu’s seriousness on the harassment of Dr Yacob and Engineer Gezachew and his indifference on the house arrest of Engineer Hailu and the office arrest of Ato Lidetu? In short, I am of the opinion that, either this honest fundamental error or calculated omission by Dr Birhanu begs the question of his competency or integrity to negotiate on behalf of Kinijit.

    My suspicion is that, as Ato Bereket Semon disclosed in his interview, there was an informal pact between Dr. Birhanu and Ato Berket to contain the ‘extreme’ wings of CUD and EPRDF. Dr. Birhanu, honest to this pact, went on containing and partly eliminating “the extreme wing of Kinijit”. But on the contrary, Ato Bereket went against the sprit of the pact to let loose the Agazi force to cause the untold suffering to thousands of civilians and CUD supporters. Dr. Birhanu missed the old adage which says “one need a long spoon to sup with the devil”.

    Let us leave aside the preconditions for the moment and move into the main theme of the negotiation, which is resolving the dispute regarding the election result. Two steps were agreed to follow to resolve the dispute. The first step was to carry out initial screening on all the disputed election results to filter out those manifestly unfounded vote-rigging claims. The second step was to carry out an investigation of the matter for those disputed seats which passed the initial screening scrutiny and make a decision. Of course, the decision after the investigation was appealable to the court.

    Kinijit successfully negotiated for its and foreign observers to monitor the fairness of the Election Board’s initial screening process. However, when the terms of reference were later signed to facilitate the matter, Dr Birhanu, without prior consultation with the Kinijit leadership and against the previous Kinijit’s council decision, single-handedly agreed to leave the whole matter of the initial screening solely to the Election Board without Kinijit’s and foreign observers monitoring it.

    Since the Election Board was partisan and under the direct control of EPRDF, it is unreasonable to expect the Election Board to carry out a free, fair and independent initial screening. To be frank, the Election Board was part of the main problem and it can not be an impartial arbiter. This was very clear even to an ordinary Ethiopian leave alone to a Kinijit leader. If this was the reality, it is very strange for Dr Birhanu to agree on the matter against Kinijit council’s decision.

    It was not surprising then that, out of the more than 180 seats Kinijit filed for initial screening scrutiny, only 80 of them passed by the Election Board. Almost all of EPRDF’s filing passed the initial screening scrutiny by the Election Board. Here we go again!

    When we come to the investigation stage, Dr Birhanu agreed the Election Board and the two disputing parties to decide on the matter on majority vote. Since it was easy to predict the Election Board to vote in favour of EPRDF, EPRDF can easily get two votes (one from itself and one from the Election Board) against Kinijit’s one vote. Hence, it was crystal clear that both the screening and investigation stages seemed to favour EPRDF. It was suicidal for Kinijit to sign such an agreement. It ended up further legitimising EPRDF’s theft and EPRDF even got more seats than it had previously.

    In short, one can safely conclude that such a grave error was an indication of Dr Birhanu’s lack of competency, wisdom and negotiation skill. Dr Birhanu was simply outwitted and outsmarted by the EPRDF. Dr Birhanu was no match to TPLF’s shrewd move and he was incapable of reading TPLF’s real motive behind every negotiation. In another aspect, the incident also brought to the open Dr Birhanu’s contempt for collective decision. His unwillingness to execute Kinijit council’s decision had shown the glimpse of what to come more later.

    Finally when Kinijit became certain that the negotiation to resolve election-related disputes were concluded in favour of EPRDF, it changed its focus from getting back the people’s vote which was taken fraudulently by the EPRDF to the establishment of national unity government. A working draft document was prepared by Dr Birhanu on the establishment of national unity government to this effect.

    After Dr Beyene was convinced, the establishment of the national unity government was jointly proposed by Dr Birhanu and Dr Beyene to the EPRDF which was flatly rejected by the EPRDF. The issue which I wanted to highlight on this section is that, even though there were some discussions on Dr Birhanu’s draft by Kinijit council, no final decision was made by either Kinijit council or executive. Thus, the final agreement on the establishment of national unity government between Dr Beyene and Dr Birhanu which was proposed to the EPRDF, was yet again another solo action by Dr Birhanu with out any mandate from Kinijit council or executive. It was undemocratic and in violation of Kinijit’s bye-laws.

    I accept that it was a hectic moment and people including Dr Birhanu were under lots of pressure. Yet, looking at the seriousness of the matter, Dr Birhanu’s actions which were against or with out mandate from Kinijit were unacceptable. Now, after the crisis within Kinijit leadership came into the open, when I read and listen the concept of “collective leadership” used by Kestedamena as a slogan to discredit Engineer Hailu”, I get amazed by the depth of “hypocrisy” displayed by politicians. Of all the people, what is most amazing is to hear Dr Birhanu accusing Engineer Hailu of failing to respect ‘collective leadership’. This must be taken as the mother of all hypocrisies!!!

  33. GETACHEW REDA
    | #33

    Indeed the mother of all hypocrisies. Thanks brother Bekele. superb!

  34. Weynedo
    | #34

    Getachew Arada,

    Listen why don’t you leave alone Mr Workie he one of the finest diplomat and he is entitled for his opinion why don’t you write an article supporting Hailu Shawel and publish it here and let us judge you just stop barking here.

  35. Nahom
    | #35

    Good Analysis.

  36. GETACHEW REDA
    | #36

    Dear Weynedo:
    I did an article about Hailu Shawul before any of my friends did. Where were you in Somalia or in Asmara? How long you been internet visitor? Why don’t you tell us about the OLF man who was responsible for Dr.Taye and ASssefa Maru and Haile Selassie University (Addis Ababa university) young student’s blood flooded on the street sometime when he (WERKIYE BIRIE was TPLF diplomat under Seyoum Mesfen for ten years? You the one to tell us his Excellency’s Diplomatic skills how he served and spoke on behalf of TPLF government for his belly? Can you explained to us what his fine Diplomat mean when he serve the most outrageous , mercenary anti Ethiopia group -TPLF (MELES ZENAWI)? Is he not the man who got the approval of certificate from his boss Meles and Seyoum to be member of the foreign Diplomat when Taye the hero was arrested and suffering, handcuffed leg and hand? Is It because Taye was not fit for such mercenary job that Werkiye Berie liked to jumped and accepted this shameful position (serving TPLF) Can you help us? Is that his finest moment you are trying to tell us? Were you part of the X-TPLF Diplomat group? Or member of the x-TPLF Heral and Abiyotawi Democracy editorial group? Why so much going after Dr.Taye and Eng.Hailu? Can you tell us the secret of such Excellency behind this conspiracy, unbelievable black mailing of heroes/ How could TPLF be TPLF of what is now and before unless people like you and the scams who are operating website “Ethimdia.com (pathetic ! Sad!), EMF , Ethiopian review, Addis Dimst openly serving to disrespect Dr.Hailu and Eng Hailu Shawul to comfort their X-Boss TPLF Meles Zenawi? Could we go and dig out what those fellows used to write on their editorial when they serve TPLF? I don’t think it is worth now to go detail. If necessary and didn’t stop, we are obligated to get al their copy what they were writing and editing during their servicer to this anti Ethiopia mafia group. Until then, we are expecting you to tell us about you fine Diplomat the new AFD lawyer Werkie Berie- then we will compare what he was up to with your cry nonsense here Don’t you idiots out there calling yourself “fine Diplomats” feel the sense of shame for replacing DimTsi Weyane Tigray Radio or Weyin GazeTa’s job for cursing Dr.Taye and Hailu Shawul?/ Ethiopia will prevail

  37. GETACHEW REDA
    | #37

    Check this that is documented under UN files
    and tell me if this man is realy the person, who is realy worried about Terroism? If so, wht did he do about OLF’s crime? Can we ask this man? How silly is this glob getting staffing such eliets in to such stage? This planet is hopeless indeed!

    LEGAL COMMITTEE APPROVES DRAFT EXTENDING COMPETENCE OF UN ADMINISTRATIVE TRIBUNAL TO STAFF OF REGISTRY OF WORLD COURT
    19971114

    Is this the same man who we are talking about ?

    “WORKIE BRIYE (Ethiopia) said that, as one of the victims of terrorism, his country appreciated the efforts of the Sixth Committee in combating terrorism. His delegation recognized the importance of a comprehensive approach to eliminating terrorism, adding that such efforts should transcend international boundaries. Terrorism and global violence were not only a means of last resort but a way of communicating an agenda. His delegation supported the progress made by the United Nations in fighting different manifestations of terrorism.

    He said there were still some outstanding issues of the draft convention that had not been resolved. For example, the preamble paragraphs underlined the need for a comprehensive legal framework to combat terrorism. That was a lofty idea that could not be achieved within the current framework of a convention. Also, the draft convention should assign a clear definition to terrorism and give clear guidelines on who was a terrorist and who was an accomplice to terrorist acts. The scope of the convention should not apply to the actions of governments that undertake legal efforts of self-defence.

  38. GETACHEW REDA
    | #38

    brothers and sisters: he told the UN Ethiopia is a victim of terrorism. Yest we like to ask him hear on this web site to tell us who were in his mind the terrorists when he said such in the UN? Was it OLF? ONLF? EPLF? ICU of Somalia? who else has a gun beside those? We need help in such elaboration. If so, we have a question to ask him. Ethiopia will prevail!

  39. Anon…
    | #39

    Guenet,

    In my case, I found it to be a biased analysis. In its attempt to give chronological order of events, the author has skiped facts that also triggered the division that was atleast officialy exposed to the public. There was no propaganda until triggered by the actions of BB-5. ( That is probably what the author referd to, “at first we were shoked..”) We might have short memory, but the series of events that followed is well documented.

    The BB-5 is obviously painted as the perfect visionary democratic Ethiopian leaders who are refered as the real Kinijit. That is too rushed and almost self serving and motive driven.

    I realized there is a pre gudgement and there by totaly disregard and /or kill the Chairman Hailu’s group. The make of Kinijit is out of four parties. Writers like this author hopefully consider the thousands of Ethiopins who belong behind the party of the so called “the Hailu Shawel group”. They are the thousands of Ethiopians (even membership of a million), the original Kinijit support chapters globaly, the general public that made KInijit’s cause Ethiopia’s and there by showed support in demonstrations, advocacy, etc.

    Some one who attempts to convince specially the international community and other Ethiopian groups who might have missed out on a follow up of Kinijit, the author could have atleast reasoned how the gap in communication occured and continued.

    Ethiopian pro democracy media, and specially the pro BB-5 web sites were full of opinions biased like this one in the “hey days of the split”. It was adding fuel. Another round seems to be forthcoming and this one is in the lead.

    ” A blessing in disguise”?. May be. Be careful what you pray for, your prayer might come true.

    It gives the impression that the author was set long time back to marginalize the “Ato Hailu group”. The question is what ever happens to the over millions of Ethiopians who also happen to have confidence in him, some members of his group who played critical roles before even the diaspora movement came into being moblized openly by the Kestedemena members of KIL/Dr. Birhanu Nega and company after January 2007?. How can one author blindly dismiss some good percentage of Ethiopians, claim the party, denounce the partners and conclude,

    “However, it is incumbent upon supporters of KINIJIT to maximize the long term net benefits of the split.”

    No matter how well written a political analysis is, the meaning of its substance and timing can mean different things to different people, and it is “great article” to you for different reasons I don’t even know..

  40. Weynedo
    | #40

    Getachew Fara

    Are you crazy or sick why you write this much comment under one article it looks like you are jealous of him. Wake up

  41. Belay
    | #41

    Getachew Reda,

    You are an ass-hole who do not have anything elso to do. You have been cut into pieces over the years. You are left with few followers left and right. That is why you bark like a mad dog. Your poltical vision has been buried over thirty years ago and you still hope you will find a hole through which you could sneak like a snake. Man, there is no hole that would allow you. Can you tell the world which EPRP squad you belonged to? No you won’t because there is too much blood on your hand. The irony of Ethiopian poltics is that EPRP terrorists were left untouched after the fall of the derg. Time will come when you will account for the killing of the Ethiopian youth. You cannot hide behind Emiye Ethiopia to mask your henious crimes. The new Ethiopia will not allow such snakes to snare around.

    You ass-hole jerk.

  42. dildil
    | #42

    Hey Getachew Reda,

    You seem to be really confused! Do you have some other beef with the author? If I were you I would have just shut up. Your comments don’t make sense. Drink your milk and Grow up!

  43. Biraanuu Yaadasaa
    | #43

    Dear Mr. Workie,

    You did an excellent analysis of the current crisis within the popular party that almost approached to destroy the good hope that the large majority of Ethiopians have developed for freedom, justice, equality and democarcy. Just like your previous outstanding writings on different topics related to various aspects of Ethiopian politics, I enjoyed reading this particular work and learned a great deal from all the points you have raised and discussed in understandbale ways. I have no doubt that people who have seriously followed what have happened within Kinijit during the last few months can easily understand each and every point you have tired to address.

    What I would like to politely remind you, however, is that you should not give attention to emotional comments written by individuals who are not in a position to understand the current realities of our country. Ethiopian politics arrived at a very complicated stage that needs rational thinkers who can see things beyond their ethnic background. I am happy to see an Amhara intellectual who can speak his mind by moving far from the empty “And Hizib, And Ager, And Hayimanot, And Kuwankuwa” slogans. We cannot go anywhere by simply shouting the mere “Emiye Ethiopia” slogan. We will leave shouting that empty slogan to Getachew Reda and Co. Please forget them as they really don’t know whatever they are talking about. All the trash comments posted by Getachew Reda clearly explain what I am trying to say.

    He tried to categorize you as an OLF cadre simply to disclose his deep-rooted hate for the Oromo people in general and their leading orgnaization in particular. I am sure the farsighted OLF supporters will not push themselves down to the level of Getachew Reda and people like him as they have a lot to do to strengthen their organization in all aspects. So, no need to give him any comment!! However, the leading Oromo people’s organization, the OLF, should continue working with other Ethiopian democratic forces in order to bring the real freedom and democracy in our motherland. Frankly speaking, the large majority of Oromos that are supporting OLF are not against unity based on equlity, but are against people like Getache Reda who are thinking just like their selfish great grand fathers. However, what makes me happy whenever I am thinking of individuals like Getachew Reda is the deep national feeling of the young Oromo generation not only towards their identity, Oromummaa, but also towards their leading organization, OLF. Thus, it is not only the political and military measures of OLF that will teach Getachew Reda and his likes unforgettable lessons on what Oromo and Oromummaa mean within democratic Ethiopia but also the decisive role of the young Oromo generation (“the Qubee Generation”).

    It is obvious that we cannot think of Ethiopia without Oromo on the one hand and the large majority of the Oromo people are strongly supporting OLF on the other. So, whether Getachew Reda and Co. like it or not, the Ethiopian people in ggeneral need OLF’s working with other Ethiopian political forces for the sake of our motherland, Ethiopia.

    Having said this much as a very quick comment on your article, Mr. Workie, I would like to let you know that my friends ans I are eager to read the next part of your wonderful analysis.

    Respectfully yours,

    Biraanuu Yaadasaa

  44. GETACHEW REDA
    | #44

    FROM GETACHEW REDA
    Fool, why do not you tell your heart the truth about OLF. If you do not want to hear me, I will make sure you hear it from your group who will tell your subteen mind to inform you the truth picture of your leaders OLF. Read this and tell me the reality. Let us start with this,. This is not from me , it is from your group.

    WHO IS “FREW MASHO”?
    READ THE FOLLOWING INTERESTING COMMENT I GOT IT FOR YOU.
    “nonymous said…
    The whole Shanee Qinijit saga is a belly politics gone horribly wrong. The leaders of Shanee Qinijit had never been, and are not, OLF. The likes of Dawud (a.k.a. Frew Masho) have been refugees in the Sudan during Mengistu’s time and are now refugees in Eritrea. They always give priority to their big belly. They are now fighting for their gara. The lawsuit itself gives away a great deal of truth how their mind operates. They simply claim that they are interested in the hard earned dollars of the unsuspecting Oromo mass. There is no claim for damage to their principle but their pocket. Do not expect any sort of principle from such a group, except money, money, money.
    The Shanee Qinijit, it seems, have lost the plot completely. First they were screwed by Meles, then by Eritrea and now by the Amahara. Then they take out their frustration on the Oromo people. The best way forward form them would have been to repent. If they cannot repent, they should walk into the red sea and banish into wilderness never to be seen again. But they lack courage, which placed them between rock and hard place in the first instance.
    In any event, I am not sure which faction of the Shanee Qinijit that has gone to court. The likely faction to have gone to court seems the Dawud group rather than the Lencho group. I say this because the Frew Masho group must be the more desperate them of all. Because the Lencho group is the group that sold their soul to the devil as they have now started maneuvering their supporters to pack their bags and head for Ethiopia, by hook or crook, before 2010 election. This group does not care about Frew Masho and the rest in Eritrea. ‘An gallaan gabaan wal haa loltu”. As far as this faction of the Shanee Qinijit is concerned the rest of the world can go to hell.
    The Frew Masho faction has become captive to the Eritrean fortune. “Dabeessa du’atu barbaada”. It takes a miracle to free them. The sad truth is that neither Frew Masho nor Lencho Lata really understands the Abyssinian game; however desperately they both want us believe them as the best Oromo Machiavellians. They both should listen carefully to their Amahra buddies who say “hodaam hagaru ayigabaam”.

  45. GETACHEW REDA
    | #45

    1. To those of you who are new to the information what the above posted issue is talking about; here is part of the story. Read how the ant Ethiopia groups are foaming at each other worst than they do to us. Someone wrote at the time for the public to inform what happned between these fuctions. Read…..
    “It is to be recalled that Oromo Affairs reported the lawsuit brought against TA-OLF by the Asmara Group of OLF in a Minnesota Court. It looks like the Minnesota Court has decided on one of the four judgments the Asmara Group had applied for.
    An internal source with in the Asmra Group of the OLF has informed this blogger that they have succeeded in obtaining a “temporary restraining order against TA-OLF and its members from passing themselves off as OLF and its officers or representatives pending a full hearing on the merits of the lawsuit.” (E-mail message from Source, July 25, 2007) According to this source, this judgment in effect has forced TA-OLF to cancel its planned public meeting for July 26, 2007, and that “in granting the temporary restraining order, the judge has concluded that there is a reasonable likelihood the plaintiff will prevail on its claim.”
    The date for the commencement of the trial, which is expected to last for one and a half day, has been set to be August 16, 2007 at 2:00 PM.
    A call to my sources in TA-OLF confirmed the trial date and the temporary restraining order, but would not confirm whether it is against TA-OLF or “some individuals.” The same source added that the judge also ordered the Asmara Group to post $25,000 bond to by noon on July 24, 2007 failing which the case will be dismissed. He believes the Asmara Group has posted the required bond which he says is “squandering $25,000 of Oromo hard earned dollars donated toward the struggle to defeat enemies of the Oromo people but are being used against Oromo nationalists.”

    On the question of the temporary restraining order, according to my TA-OLF source, the US laws allow for restraining orders only in cases where monetary compensation will not remedy the complainants claimed potential damage which would ensue if the motion is denied. According to this source, this is clearly NOT the case here as the Asmara Group has already applied for $50,000 in compensatory damages in its application and therefore a restraining order is not allowed here. “Naturally, this is an order which should not have been granted in the first place and which we hope will be vacated in the next few days” said my TA- OLF source. He would not elaborate on how they plan to do this except to warn me to “Stay tuned>

  46. GETACHEW REDA
    | #46

    Finally, I will leave you with this commentary from one Oromo OLF supporter’s frustration. Now, tell me if you the fool cults can think these idiots of yours would librate Oromo people in order to repress them again as they are fighting here before even they get the freedom of hell they were talking about. Tell me these kind of leaders are the one who you are talking or your spokes man Birye Workie (the x- TPLF/EPRDF man)is dying hard to tell us as visionaries? Lord! you fools , please come to your sense.

    “Gadaa said…
    It is very streange to me because I have never thought that there is OLF Asmara and OLF TK.
    This is totally shame on you guys who ever doing this.
    Before I used to blame Jara Abbaa Gadaa for being separated from OLF but now I found the reality that OLF has internal proble which will never end for ever.
    Last, what I would like to say is that I don’t think OLF is going to bring our freedom, and we are just westing our time with them.
    I am Oromo sabboonaa I don’t know what to say except praying because all of them are teaf, and they are runing to still oromos many in many ways.
    Stop this…..”>

    8:44 PM “

  47. Abugida admirer
    | #47

    Dear Abugida Team,

    Why this forum becomes so DIRTY?

    PLEASE, don’t allow only one single individual abuse your respected forum. Who is this Getachew Reda? He spent day and night here but no substace. He seems he is lost, or he has some kind of guilt in his head and he abused your respected forum beyond one person response.

    Please, make sure this won’t happen again.

    Thanks,
    Abugida admirer

  48. Abugida admirer
    | #48

    TAHNK YOU Workie Briye for the best analysis.

  49. Maria Tadesee
    | #49

    I get it! The IHEAPA mad dog who is barking 24/7 with his bad English and nonsensical
    jibberis is non other than Berhnae Meskel Reda’s brother! Oh my God.

    Getachew, you and your brother’s hand are soaked in blood. Your brother betrayed his comrades and joined TPLF. You should be ashamed of your banda heritage. I wonder how
    much hailu is paying you from the looted money
    for you to screanm all day long. Poor imbecile,
    wusha be’belabet yechohal!!!

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