No Contrition, No Redemption. – Selamawit Tsegaye

January 7th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

When Siye Abraha, one of the founders of TPLF ( Tigray People’s Liberation Movement) (more…)

When Siye Abraha, one of the founders of TPLF ( Tigray People’s Liberation Movement) was released from Kaliti last Summer, he immediately took to the airwaves and said all the right things, used all the right buzz words to make people think that maybe he has “mended his ways.” The many doubting thomases said, “he is incorrigible”, the few said, “let him have his day.” Although I was not in the audience in Washington DC, I heard his long and winded speech over the internet radio, needless to say, I was not impressed at all. What came across is the boorishly arrogant, no execuses Siye, that sounds like he will go to his grave, along with his TPLF friends, never atoning for the sins they have committed against our nation, Ethiopia.

How on earth do you reconcile with 70 million people that you have created ethnic homelands with ethnic identity cards for, without first apologizing for the crimes and high treasons that you have committed? How could Ethiopians just ignore the woyane master plan meticulously drafted in its own Tora Bora- Dedebit to dismantle Ethiopia under the infamous Article 39 clearly written in its own Constitution? If nothing else, Siye should be man enough to apologize to the memory of his ancestors Yoahanes IV who was beheaded in Metema valiantly defending the territorial integrity of Ethiopia and the brilliant general Alula Aba Nega who loudly declared that the Red Sea was Ethiopia’s natural border. History will not easily absolve Siye and the TPLF cabal. For all the talk of the six years spent soul searching in Kaliti, not much has really changed.

To get too personal, nobody will forget Siye’s arrogant declaration in woyane’s parliament that Article 39 is the cornerstone of the so called Ethiopian Constitution. Or his dismantling of Ethiopian Airlines by firing 41 managers in one sweep, in much the same way that Meles fired 41 Ethiopian Professors from Addis Ababa University.

For Siye to stand in front of all those Ethiopians from different ethnic/religious affiliations and varied political persuasions, who came to give him the benefit of the doubt, and not take, at least personal responsibility for playing a major role in instituting Apartheid in Ethiopia and the mini pogrom against the Amharas in Arba Gugu, Arsi etc…. is to deny the obvious.

In much the same way that Siye’s anger is evident and raw for being betrayed and locked up by his friend and for the injustice that has befallen him and his family, he needs to understand that the Ethiopian people are angry and hateful towards the woyane cabal that has dismembered Ethiopia, territorially, ethnically and institutionalized tribal politics as a matter of government policy.

For too long, Ethiopians have been careful not to demonize Tigrayans for the national crisis that has befallen our Motherland ever since the TPLF landed in Addis Ababa. Even when we know that every aspect of socio economic and political life is controlled by Tigrayans with a few scraps thrown to the opportunist ethnic serfs, Ethiopians have resisted the urge not to accuse Tigrayans of collusion with the TPLF mafia. In all the killing, the beating and the wholesale looting going on in the country, we have yet, to hear Tigrayans, from Siye to the average citizen saying not in “my name.” Isn’t 16 years long enough to wait? Where is the outrage when 10 year old kids are shot in the head in cold blood, when lives are destroyed? When is the right time to speak up, to speak out? As long as Tigrayans continue with their “menchakanet” the road to national reconciliation will remain closed.

BTW, Ato Siye who do you think is responsible for Ethiopians not even worshipping in the same Church? Isn’t it the TPLF that annointed the illegitimate cadre Patriarch? You could not even leave our Church alone. How very sad!!

  1. dawit
    | #1

    he was sent by the tplf to be planted as a mole in the Ethiopian struggle. dont try to play your double standards woyane siye.

  2. temari
    | #2

    Dear Selamawit Tsegaye
    Well i do wish millions of Ethiopian get to read your article. Siye is all about Siye and his TPLF clan. He missed the opportunity to say I AM SORRY for all crimes commited by his TPLF clan. Tigray is not Ethiopia-Tigray is Part of Ethiopia thats is what lowlife TPLF mafia doesnt want to recognize

    Hulum Yalfal

  3. mohaaz
    | #3

    My fellow Ethiopians including Selamwit; may be we are the incorrigble ones!!

    Think carefully, Seye was one of the pillars of TPLF. He parted from his friends on the issue of Eritrea. He now says TPLF/EPDRF must go. he now says it must be replaced by a democratic order: For me this is more than required to welcome Seye to the alliance for fighting against EPDRF. How are we going to fignt and win the struggle against EPDRF, if we keep on pushing potential allies to the enemy camp. It seems to me, we want to fight EPDRF, EPLF, OLF, Senator Inhofe the likes of Seye all at ones and expect to win. This is not the way politics is done. This is the way religous or idological purity is sought. One last question: who are we to demand apologies before we agree to work? What do we have? army? money? extra ordinary knowledge that others whould be scared of? Please Likachinen inwok! let us welcome anybody who can agree with us on minimum requirements — i think Seye meeting us more than half way. Let us think!!!

  4. Dereje
    | #4


    Don’t try to read what is not written. All Selamwit is saying is that anybody who seeks redemption has to apologize for everything that happened under his/her watch. If Siye did not have a personal fall out with Meles, I am sure he would still be one of the boys in Arat Kilo. Nobody said, Siye should not be forgiven as long as he take responsibility as a TPLF member who:
    1-Landlocked Ethiopia
    2-Agreed to Article 39
    3-Insitituted ethnic politics
    4-Instigated ethnic cleansing against the amaharas etc….
    All treasonous crimes against Ethiopia. The very least he could do is say I am sorry. All those peopel were in DC because they gave him the benefit if the doubt.

    I don’t have your crystal ball, but I don’t think Selamawit is off the mark. Time will only
    tell if Siye is a changed man!!

  5. | #5


    “He parted from his friends on the issue of Eritrea” …I really doubt this. Do you have a proof or some insider information that he parted from Zenawi on such basis?
    My source tells me he parted from zenawi on the bases of power greed. Seye wanted more power. That 5.5, ugly dog or creature got the words from his intelligence and locked him up.

    Zenawi is not good for Ethiopia, so is Seye.

    There is no the lesser of two Evils. Both want to run over Emmama Ethiopia.

  6. AleQa Bru
    | #6

    Why ar all media silent about last Saturdays interview with Siye Abraha?

    I do not know what he said, how am I supposed to judge his opinion? Based on what?

    Why are Abugida, ER, EMF, Ethiomedia not posting audio files of his speech? Shame on you.

    Give us a chance to listen to him before you bombard us with anti-Siye propaganda.

    Why are you even expecting him to apologize? Are you seeking to humilate him or to let him play his part in rebuilding trust between the fractured Ethiopian society?

    Which Ethiopian leader/dictator has ever apologized for his/her wrong doings? And who is going to lay down the standard by which each one of us is going to be judged? What if there are so many of us as guilty or even guiltier than him?

    I do not think this “apology” thing is realistic. Lets just check if he is honest and commited to working for peace and reconciliation.

  7. Chaltu D. U.
    | #7

    It’s good to see some eye’s openeing. What in heavens sake give you people the idea that Seye was coming out of Jail an Ethiopian Nationalist? The problem with him and Meles was the loot it was never on the bases of principles. If you know the history of TPLF Seye was one of the first 7 who started the Company.

    It was pretty naive of many of our young to really think that Seye had lost his spots in Jail. Hope you realize, that every thing that glitter is not a diamond.

    If any of you can go back and find the Video of the First Conference that TPL when it came in Addis. When Professor Asrat stated that he and all in the meeting had no mandate to discuss the sessions of Eriteria. It was Seye who jumped up and attacked him for making that statment. I remeber being told in a conversation that he later came out and was trying to harrase the good Professor. So this concept of him being anti Erteria is crap, they all came out of the same barrel and smell and think the same way. Please wake up and smell the coffee.

    We are at a cross road and there alot of wolves in sheep clothing hovering around double talking. If one cares about Ethiopia please listen through your heart and you will find the answer. Think, talk to yourself , but at the end let your heart be the judge.

  8. wesenu
    | #8

    Go and listen hailu shawel and his gangs speech in minnesota at
    It is amazing to not that he is concerned much more for his siltan rather than the democratic struggle.Do you think hailu is better than siye?Who damaged the democratic process and the ethiopian dreams hailu,bedru and his gangs or siye…Siye left the prison with courage but hailu and bedru as a Rat

  9. Chaltu D. U.
    | #9


    What exactly are you trying to communicate. Tell us what has upset you about Eng. Hailu’s speech that you are frothing from the mouth. Hailu is not only better than Seye they do not compare. Hailu is a man of integrity a man who has dream for Ethiopia wereby its people would pull itself out of the misery that Seye and his friends have put Ethiopia in. Seye is a divider ethnocentric hater, he has worked against Ethiopia’s interest robbed Ethiopia, killed the young and old for his greed and just was a threat to Meleses power. He is no hero he is a thug that was outsmarted. What courage are you talking about. Maybe you should go find the definition of courage. He is a weseal just like his old buddy. Its your type of low lifes that have caused havoc on the country.

  10. wesenu
    | #10

    Dear Chaltu,

    I don’t think so you listen,what hailu and bedru says.If you listen the audio recordings he is talking about himself how brave he is rather than how he will run the democratic process.Even,bedrus talk is attacking only one guy(Birhanu Nega)…Even every sentence of his word begins with Kibur likemember like the zemene Derg,But any political party individuals are not more than a group(party interest)…Shame on them…Take time and listen to looks like a chereba tescar.

    Regarding Siye,i begun admiring him after his release,because he stands firm for his believe and left the prison with diginity…he knows he will loose everything by opposing meles,but he didn’t hesitated to take the risk…he may made a mistake…but all human bings made a mistake including the Pop…

    I don’t have a speciall relationship with siye and i am not also from Tigray…But i like and believe in persons deginity…

    I voted for CUD last time,but seeing what they are talking,doing currently i ashamed for them,for the country…Rather than talking about democracy they are talking about Personal Silan…they concerned about that and the amount of money they will raise from Diaspora.

    Tell me who make the struggle back,it is not EPDRF it is Hailu Shawel and his gangs…after they released from the prison if they continue together every body will be happy.They quarreled not on ideology,they quarreled by money…and they make us down and ethiopia.

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