Zenawi endorses Mugabe at African summit – By Qeerransoo Biyyaa , Sudan Tribune

July 2nd, 2008 Print Print Email Email

I was not surprised but a little shocked to watch on CNN Zimbabwe’s de facto president, Robert G. Mugabe, hurling insults at journalists, who were trying to interview him at the African Union Summit in Egypt.

Mugabe shouted, “You British IDIOTS go away from me!”. His own spokesperson also addressed the media saying, ’’the West should go and hang a thousand times”. Answering the question “Is President Mugabe well accepted by his African peers?”, Mugabe’s spokes person said Ethiopia endorses/accepts Mr Mugabe very well. What a revelation!

What this endorsement exposes is that Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe and Ethiopia’s Prime Minister are illegitimate leaders that cling to power by the use of brute force. They snatched the will of their people many times at the polls and pronounced themselves over their peoples as leaders. It is very shocking to see killers like Mugabe and Meles Zenawi, holding the Holy Bible in their bloody hands while being sworn in.

Traits that Mugabe and Zenawi have in common:

- both are dictators, who rigged votes and forced oppositions to pull out of elections;
- both ordered mass murders and ethnic-cleansing;
- both control the media and allow no press freedom;
- Mugabe is at 28 years in power and Zenawi is 17 years in power (Zenawi is soon to catch up age wise);
- arrogant and irresponsible use of language when addressing the media;
- two of the heavy armies on the continent of Africa;
- famine is hitting the masses of both countries hard;
- both set strong precedent for other leaders in denying democracy in Africa;
- both have potential to harbor terrorists;
- supplying weapons to both regimes can maybe eventually counter-productive as it was in Afghanstan.

The west must watch out for Prime Minster Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia as much as they do for Mugabe. Otherwise, differential treatments/ coverage would make the west look like they have agenda in Zimbabwe. This is exactly what the sophist rhetoric from the entourages of the Mugabe regime would like the world to believe; they would like the world to believe Mr. Mugabe is a born ’anti-imperialist power’ in Africa.

The truth of the matter, however, is that both Mugabe and Zenawi are birds of the same feather as dictators and they should receive the same treatment. Powerful western nations should consistently adopt a mono-standard towards all dictators who hide under different rhetoric.

Zenawi, for example, hides under rhetoric of ‘fighting terrorism’ while in reality he just wants to extend his tyranny over the peoples in Ethiopian without being questioned by the major world powers. On the other hand, Mugabe, hides under a very popular rhetoric of ’anti-imperialism and colonization’ amongst African dictators. This is the reason leaders in Southern Africa, have been reluctant to openly criticize Mugabe’s regime. It is easy to underestimate the role that this rhetoric would play in unifying African dictators, but the effect is far-reaching and frustrating. To effectively isolate the two dictators, it takes looking seriously beyond their rhetoric.

I do underscore that the endorsement Ethiopia is giving Mugabe as witnessed by his spokesperson, is revealing the many similarities the two regimes have in common. The danger is that Mugabe has a potential of destabilizing the Southern Africa region while Zenawi has already been destabilizing the Horn of Africa region. To overcome this, it is only fair to adopt a uniform parameter of isolating and sanctioning dictators.

The author is based in Ethiopia. He can be reached at meettaa@gmail.com

  1. Tg
    | #1

    Ethiopia tabets edewiha habe egziabher hale luya.

    correct me if i mistakenly wrote the geez.

    Eski hulachinim enitsely endeye emnetachin. egziabher talak neger mareg ayisanewmna ke belayeseb meles ena chifirochu endigelagilen.

  2. AFCAN
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  3. Abera M.
    | #3

    The west doesn’t care about Africa, what they care is their strategic benefit. They want to set foot in Africa in every corner they suspect there is oil. They can not be in Sudan, so they want to be in Ethiopia and control the area, even at the cost of supporting a dictator regime like Meles. In Zimbabwe, they know that they can not go in, therefore their idea is if we can’t go in, then we have to destabilize the regime. they know that Meles is more arrogant dictator than Mugabe is, but Meles is their dog, he does what they wanted him to do. The loosers here are the poor in Ethiopia and Zimbabwe.

  4. Tg
    | #4


    ante amedam ye taliyan kid atabi lij, antem ahun beye sidetegna camp firfari eyelekemik eyenork, shabiya sitil atafirm. lezih yewurdet nuro yedaregeh man honena ye etio tebeka arekew. ayi dedebinet,

    ethiopiawiyan be egziabher haile ena berasachin tenkara sira ye tigre minority yehonewun tplf dimitimatun endeminatefaw atterater.

    No time to patience any more.
    Mechem ayigebah ahiya ayideleh.
    yelik kulikual kemebilat yegelagelehn the western society kit eyatebik nuru.

  5. AFCAN
    | #5

    Dear Tg
    I know the truth hurts,but you can’t change the facts on the groud. Because you don,t like president Issaias Afewerki,it doesn,t mean,he is not playing a role in Ethiopia,s strugle for liberation from Weyanne regime..The saying still stands “ETHIOPIA TABETZIH IDEWIHA HABE SHAEBIA”.

  6. yikerbelen
    | #6

    It is immorale to compare mr mugabe with the westren and an arab’s ashiker melese zenawi.Mugabe stands for his ppl and his country. His distribution of land to zimbabwe’s farmers
    is being considered by UK nad its master USA. M elese is ready to giveaway land to any country. melese is the son of bandawi dejachiyi zenawi asrse. his father got a title from italy for his service for five years against ethiopia.

  7. Honest
    | #7

    Sure Mr Zenawe Asres had title from Mussolini war of five yrs in Ethiopia in which tens of thousands of Ethiopians including those in Irob and the rest of Tigray fought against and peristhed for the motherland, Ethiopia. Besides Meles grew up in Asmara worshipping the hate Jebha had for Ethiopia before Shabia was evem created.

    The only African dictator that the western countries’ medias’ are now focusing on is Dr. Robert Mugabe’s in Zimbabwe, Mugabe is better than Zenawi by far and they know that. They’ve been up Mugabe’s butt for a while now b/c there are white Zimbabweans.

    That is all folks…Ethiopia don’t have white minorty and Zenwi can kill and plnuder and steal and the same kind of westerners don’t care as long as hotels and asphalt roads are built in Addis for prices only they can afford with IMF and WB money which our children’s childre might have to pay with interest.

    I was reading what a former Black-Tiger professor wrote in his exile in south east Africa. He visited Hilton Addis and Sodere and Langano and was amazed that Ethiopians didn’t know they weren’t supposed to be majority in those places and the Dr. also mentioned that that really annoys the so called liberal white westerners who go to Africa to help Africans. And that was back in the late 1970s.

  8. aselefu
    | #8

    Meles will most definitly not endorse neither the asmara mobster nor the head of the UIC.
    The ethiopian prime minister delivers whatever he promises and probably that is why everyone is anxious. Shabias start cursing whenever they are afraid of something. Well cursing wont get them anywhere. Flexing muscles never got them anywhere either. The last resort is to accept defeat and surrender.
    Time for a regime change in asmara

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