Elias Kifle: A dictator in the making – By Mulumebet Asfaw

August 4th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

The effort to democratize Ethiopia is not easy at all. Despite the fact that the opposition camp claims to aspire to demolish the monstrous tyranny of Meles Zenawi, there are many among his dissidents who have brought us nothing but division and rumour mongering. Like any ordinary citizen, I sometimes get confused and puzzled with the amount of information and disinformation tossed in cyber space to catch our attention, not only by Walta and Aiga but also the terribly mismanaged websites like the Ethiopian Review, Debteraw and Ethiolion. (more…)

The effort to democratize Ethiopia is not easy at all. Despite the fact that the opposition camp claims to aspire to demolish the monstrous tyranny of Meles Zenawi, there are many among his dissidents who have brought us nothing but division and rumour mongering. Like any ordinary citizen, I sometimes get confused and puzzled with the amount of information and disinformation tossed in cyber space to catch our attention, not only by Walta and Aiga but also the terribly mismanaged websites like the Ethiopian Review, Debteraw and Ethiolion. I will come back some other time with the issue of the two conduits of hatred and the extremism, Debteraw and Ethiolion. For now, allow me to deal with Elias Kifle, a miserably failed spin doctor.

Elias Kifle, dictatorial publisher par excellence of a tabloid website called Ethiopian Review, is destined to be a ruler. Sorry, I have already made a mistake. I mean, he is already an absolute ruler of Ethiopia’s cyber space. Every single day he is churning out orders, edicts, laws and doctrines… for us, his hapless subjects who can’t survive without his website.

Remember the emergency power he gave to Engineer Hailu Shawel; he ordered us to shun Dr. Berhanu Nega whom he once labelled a Weyane mole; he appointed Isaias Afeworki, Ethiopia’s man of the year, he designated Bertukan Mediksa “lady liberty” and then demoted her to “lady surrender” because she rejected his uncalled for advice to wage armed struggle; he called ONLF’s slaughter of innocent labourer’s and Chinese miners an act of heroism; he called for the dissolution of the newly formed Andinet party and ordered us again to give an unflinching support to Dr Berhanu Nega’s Ginbot 7 because he happens to be a lieutenant; he demonized Dr Taye Woldesemait for exercising his right of joining a political group of his choice; he has the audacity to urge us to pack up and join an armed struggle under the leadership of his man of the year Isaias Afewerki; he delivered the heartbreaking news to us, with no regard to his loved ones, that Professor Mesfin Woldemariam died in jail; that proven wrong he is now trying to bury the dear professor alive by calling him to leave politics to his likes…. As no time and space will allow me to list down the orders, edicts, laws, insults, slanders, blackmails and tantrums that Elias Kifle produces with utmost passion, let me stop the listing here and try to examine the underlying motive of the author of all such travesties.

Elias Kifle has started too many projects but usually ends up in conflict with anyone who ventured to work with him. He is a very bold man, ain awta as his website reveals, being sensational, emotional, judgemental, and even worse, dictatorial.

Anyone with his right mind won’t dare to tell Ethiopian to form an alliance with Isaias Afeworki, author of Ethiopia’s demise. It is quite obvious that even Meles Zenawi would not have made it to the helm of power without the Godfather of ethnic politics. What good has Afeworki done to be shortlisted as ER’s man of the millennium? Is it for the blood letting, the misery, the dictatorship, the mafia crimes or for land locking Ethiopia with the full support of the treasonous tyrant? As the facts on the ground tell us, Isaias is a dictator who committed so much crimes and bloodbath only to set up his own empire where he is the law, the constitution, the parliament, the army… and everything. There isn’t even freedom to worship the Almighty as he wants to be the only supreme power that must be worshipped in Eritrea. The Eritrean tyrant must be pleased to see our own liberator, Elias Kifle, joining the church of Afewerki worshippers. Yes, Elias has a right to join any church but it offends so many to publicly pester and bully Ethiopians to join Afewerki’s church that has a declared aim of liberating Ethiopia. No, thank you!

Anyone with his sanity intact won’t have the audacity to tell Professor Mesfin Woldemariam, a lifetime freedom fighter, to leave politics, the struggle for justice, freedom and democracy. Where is the decency? Where is the common sense? Where is the desire for justice? I was shocked to read Elias’s scribbling like a naughty school child that enjoys defacing a good desk or a toilet wall: “The current visit to the U.S. by Ethiopia’s distinguished scholar and human rights activist Professor Mesfin Woldemariam has one mission: To preach to Ethiopians in the Diaspora NOT to support all-inclusive struggles to defeat the Meles fascist regime in Ethiopia and instead to start preparing for the 2010 elections. It is a mission to disarm the people of Ethiopia and make us all spineless people who do not stand up and defend ourselves.” [ER, July 10, 2008]

The outrage did not stop there. It becomes boundless when Mr Elias pours insult: “Dear Professor, you are a great scholar in the field of geography. You are a respected human rights advocate. Please stick to those fields. Leave the politics to those who know the kind of language Woyanne thugs understand…” Such is an example of cyber terrorism that Mr Elias wants to commit. Assaulting and damaging anyone who do not subscribe to his views is his trademark.

On so many occasions, Elias Kifle has declared that he is struggling to bring about democracy, justice, freedom and equality in Ethiopia. As Ghandi has once advised us: “You must be the change you wish the world to be.” If one aspires to bring about democracy that person must be a democrat who does not dictate the destiny of others. If one wants to bring about freedom that person must know what freedom entails and must allow others to live in liberty without any fear of his cyber blackmailing, holding any views and making any choices without infringing on the rights of others. In the same manner, anyone who declares to bring us justice has to desist from committing injustice. All the evidence from Elias cyber trails is damning. Elias tries to destroy others using his WMD [Website of Mass Destruction] unjustly.

Let me conclude by referring to Elias Kifle’s spin again. Here are the winners of ER’s person of the year in 2007: “Alemayehu Gebre Mariam, Berhanu Nega [ER had named him a Weyane spy], Bertukan Mideksa [lady liberty now undeservedly named by Elias as "lady surrender"], Daud Ebsa [OLF leader with a secessionist agenda], Isaias Afeworki [an architect of Ethiopia's turmoil, but now Mr Kifle's Godfather of liberty].
Here are those who won the ER vote for “harming Ethiopia the most”. Take note of the interesting voting tally! Hailu Shawel [60%], Meles Zenawi [36%], Taye Woldesemayat [11%], Iyasu Alemahu of toothless EPRP [4%], Jenday Fraser, an employee of George Bush [7%].

There are many who think that Elias is a fighter, fighting for Ethiopia. But what I am witnessing is a confused man fighting with himself…not for democracy or anything to that effect. He is a dictator in the making that I would not allow to dictate me what to do and choose. If ER wants to be a credible source information, the owner must stop giving orders to Ethiopians what to do, what to wear, eat, believe or worship. In all honesty, the reason I sometimes visit ER is just to see watch a shallow spin doctor called Elias Kifle making a fool of himself. Nothing else!

  1. Wondo
    | #1

    I have no doubt that Elias Kifle has been under they payroll of the Evil Man of the Horn (Isaias Afeworki of Eritrea) for a long time. He gets his orders from Shaebia. That is the only reason.

  2. | #2

    I believe we need more Elias’s! I can see and feel every weyane beneficiaries barking like dogs but guess what all of you weyanes beneficiaries! weyanes are finished from Meles all the way to his Eritrean masters who advise him day-in-and-day-out! please stop barking at Elias it would make sense if you could do that to the scavengers and cannibalist Meles stooges!

  3. atuba dolla
    | #3

    Ethiopians, is there a difference, can you see the difference between woyanetplf and shaibya?

    When it comes to being the enemies of Ethiopia for too long and into the future too, they are one and the same twin enemies of Ethiopia.

    Mr. Elias Kifle is nothing but the divider and an agent of a known enemy that Isaias Afterork of shaibya. This distructive agent, Elias Kifle is like a venomous snake hising while hiding in dirty sands injecting venom into the unity of Ethiopians.

    His motives are openly and subtly crystal clear to those Ethiopians who have been patiently following his divisive activities on his wabe site expenging and deleting any cruicial information about the so called eritreans and moreover, any informative report that has been input and feedback exchanged in hope that Ethiopians would get informed and advised to pay attention to the distructive activites of elements of that Eleas Kifle nature.

    Ethiopians, this is not saying believe it or not, it is our sincer and well founded feedback and information are reaching you with greatest hope that you would and must reject this agent of shabya, Elias Kifle.

    In fact, you must use your valuable time to detect and toss those of elements like Elias Kifle out into anything that is used to collect and store trash.

    Confront and challange this spy on a daily basis until he is surrendered to the power of all genuine Ethiopians. To be continued.

  4. demes
    | #4

    I dont think wheather or not Elias is Ertrean matters here; please beware that there are many Eritreans who regret of what hapopened in the horn in the last 18 years. What matters is how Elias wants to tell us Isayas is syphatizer of Ethiopia.

    Wheather Elias is Ertean or not is not my concern; what concerns me is how judgmental, irrisponisble and arrogant person he is and his strive to convince me UDJ, Ginbot 7 …etc is such and such thing.

    And truly, Elias should be sponsored by Esayas; he doesnt even have any Eritrean agenda. Just Isayas.

    He is Arrogant like the person he is working for–Isayas.
    good job mulumebet

  5. mammo
    | #5

    Many people, most probably Weyane cadres, labeled Elias as Shabia agent/spy. Nonsense.

    Don’t you know what agent or spy means?

    Esias is betrayed and humiliated by Siye Abrah and other ex-TPLFists. No doubt, Esias wishes total annihilation of TPLF either through direct hit or through his proxies. Melese/ Sibhat, on the other hand, work hard to decapitate Esias to create the Great Tigray at the expense of Ethiopia.

    If we don’t know our role in this struggle, we will fail miserably not to rise up again.

  6. Mariam
    | #6

    I fully agree with all comments you made about double faced and a true dictator Elias Kifle. However, when you make comparison of Ethiolion and Debteraw with Elias is NOT a wise comment. At least this two wbsite may luck a true journalistic ethics but they are not that bad when it comes to Ethiopianism.

  7. atuba dolla
    | #7

    It is obvious that the twin enemies of Ethiopia,Shabiya and woyanaetplf are ready for the last battle that is ready ro erupt any time soon.

    As this battle is all about the control of Ethiopia indefinitely, it is also about breaking the promises by one of the enemies that they had made to each other while they were engaging in the destructive activities against Ethiopia being fully supported by all sorts of the historical enemies of Ethiopia.

    There is absolutely no difference between the twin enemies of Ethiopia at all;therefore, as they will remain so in the future, Ethiopians must have to open their minds’ eyes in order to see Mr. Elias Kiflom as equally as a treat to the security of Ethiopia.

    On the surface, it looks like Mr. Elias Kiflom is one of us, who are concerned Ethiopians, but in the hiding he is doing destructive activities which will result in the disintegration of the unity of Ethiopians.

    Currently, there are more than 200,000 soldiers from both the enemies camps stationed on both sides of the riverbank;although, they were idle for a while yet consuming tons food and wasting a great deal of resources, it seems that they are ready to engage in the battle that would determine the winner. whether shabiya or tplfwoyanae wins or loses, the greatest loss will be on Ethiopians and Ethiopia. while this is crystal clear for the greatest majority of Ethiopians, Mr. Elias Kiflom is trying hard to to convince and confuse Ethiopians by suggesting to taking side with shabiya which actually leads us to the betrayal of our own motherland.

    Mr. Elias Kiflom’s direct or indirect attempt to convince Ethiopians to collaborate with shabiya is nothing but an attempt to weaken the strength and the united force of Ethiopians in resisting then defeating the enemies.

    Mr. Elias Kiflom has a web site called ER, and one his destructive activities was that anybody who posted information that is crucial for all of Ethiopians and Ethiopia has place in the spot to be read by Ethiopians chiefly because he expenges it before reaching the greatest majority of Ethiopians. It was this and other destructive activities of his that he never confessed to doing so,hence acting a genunie agent while in fact, he has been very, very destructive.

    The ultimate goal of Mr. Elias Kiflom is to drag all democratic organizations into his clandestine camp and therefore make them ready to be owned and abused by Shabiya leader, Isaias Afework.

    As it has been known to most of Ethiopians, ER has had active paticipants of shabiya followers and supporters being guided and encourage by Mr. Elias Kiflom to directly or indirectly inject their usual deadly venom into the minds of unsuspected Ethiopians. The good thing is the greatest majority of Ethiopians have had confronted and challanged Mr. Elias Kiflom almost on a daily basis; this is good but not enough.

    Yes, it is true and is a fact that both Isaias Afeworki and Meles Naziawi have been and are the fugitives wanted by Ethiopians for the crime that they have committed against Ethiopians and so is Mr. Elias Kiflom is a fugitive tantamount to his deleberate distructive activities against Ethiopia and Ethiopia.

    Mr. Elias Kiflom shall remain undesirable a spy and an agent for the shabiya until he comes out of his clandestine closet.

  8. Ethiopian1
    | #8

    What a bunch of idiots, Elias has been on his grind since ’91. If all of you who commented negatively toward the man have 1% of the dedication he has Woyane would be gone!

  9. Jan Amora
    | #9

    Dear Abugida,

    It is very shame to put this piece of crap article on your website. It is absurd to attack ER which is fighting the baby-killer Woyane along with a different tactic.

    By the way we should not forget that ETHIOMEDIA=Woyane” yebeg-lemd-yelebes tekual”

  10. mammo
    | #10


    Don’t act like stupid. If Elias truly believes in that we should work With Esias, what is wrong with that?

    Esias factor is crucial to our freedom. Weyane is equipped to its teeth. All neighboring countries are not friendly to us. Fully knowing this fact, rejecting Esisa, it is strategical blunder and self defeating.

    If you are not ready to push aside politically, militarily and financially wounded Weyane and wait the result of Esis or Melese victory, sure enough, you will continue being the slave of the winner.

  11. Dil Le Ethiopia
    | #11

    Jan Amora,

    What a stupid argument you have here. Elias is not fighting against woyanne but himself.

    The real fighters are in Ethiopia fighting inside the Jaws of the beast(Woyanne).

    If you think talking all day in pal talk rooms is fighting then you have a serious mental problem.

    Dil Le Ethiopia.

  12. Surafel
    | #12

    First and foremost, I would like to thank Mulumebet, for her excellent analysis of Elias Kifle and ER. I totally agree with Mulumebet that Elias is getting too ‘Big’ for his britches. Just because he runs a website, a crappy one by the way compared to other Ethiopian sites, by compiling news gathered and written by other people, he thinks he can dictate Ethiopians how to think and worst of all WHAT TO THINK! His article on Dr. Berhanu, Professor Mesfin and the UDJ was so out of line, I though he is gone totally and completely mad and if he has any friends, they need to tell him to STOP!

    Elias, in addition to being a dictator, is also a two faced bigot. On one hand he pretends to fight for freedom of expression in Ethiopia; but dare to post anything contradicting his opinion, he simply deletes them. Now this is not freedom that we can believe in.

    Many of you have suggested that Elias is a TPLF agent or an Eritrean, which is totally out of line and very stupid really. A man doesn’t have to be a TPLF or a Shabea agent to be a moron.

    We will wait with anticipation for your article on EthioLion and Debteraw website editors; also very stupid individuals but NOT TPLF or Shabea agents, I think.

  13. Tilahun
    | #13

    Elias Kifle should be working to shabia officialy not clandestine way. Is he an agenda setter for entire Ethiopian and oppositions group without any credibility?.I urge every Ethiopian must stop this pompous cyber virus now.

  14. Gente
    | #14

    Who is Elias Kefle ???
    Elias’s Father is Eritrean and his mother is Ethiopian. Until recent months now one knew that Elias Kefle has been working for Shabya as agent in N.America to ensure any oppostion is contorled by Isays Afeworki or Eritrea
    Curretnly Elias Kelfe is working hard to devide Current Affair Discussion form by using one of his Eritrean born agent whos PalTalk name is Fano4Ethiopia.

    My advice to Ealias Kefle=Get Out of Your Shabya Spy Closet the game is over!

  15. mammo
    | #15


    You don’t necessarily need to be Eritrean to advocate solidarity with Esias. I agree with Elias in that regard.

    Elias is loosing credibility for his wild attack on individuals like Dr. Taye. No Ethiopian with right mind asks the integrity of Dr. Taye. He suffered the most under Weyane. Dr. Taye was skeptical, in my view, the Kinigit itself which accommodates amharaphobic elements in senior position.

    Dr. Taye. Believes Ethiopian unity in which every one is equal. Something was wrong in Kinjit when Andarkachew, one of the amhara haters took the most senior position.

    I also witness how loyal Dr. Taye was to Tigreans in his passionate speech he made long time.

    I believe Dr. is one of the few genuine, intelligent Ethiopian we should be proud of if we truly believe in Ethiopian unity.

    EPRP tries to hijack him. Cyber warrior, Elias was attacking him with out mercy. It was at that point I start to ask who really Elias is.

    Dr. Taye doesn’t agree in our collaboration with Eritrea. I disagree with him. In my view, the shortest path to win Weyane is to make alliance with all opposing forces, including Eritrea.

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