To the insanely indecent former KNA leaders – A call for decency

January 5th, 2007 Print Print Email Email

By Voices for Sanity | January 4th, 2006

It appears that the defunct Kinijit North America clique being led by Shaleqa Yoseph, and their lousy website,, have made a decision to not say anything against the Woyane to which they claim they are struggling against on behalf of Kinijit. The only literature they have produced since they were chased out of leadership, a couple of months ago, is only lies and false accusations against sincere compatriots of Kinijit.

As genuine supporters we only thank God that we are no more a part of this group of sick individuals and for the success of the November Atlanta Conference that brought a vibrant North America Kinijit Support Leadership that looks like the real kinijit itself. The defunct Shaleqa clique, that is now routed out from every corner of the Ethiopian Diaspora is merely represented in few localities by their appointed “Enderassies”? who fraudulently call themselves “chapters”?. Sometimes they have one man chapters as in the case of Denver, Colorado. Thanks to the wonderful brothers and sisters in Denver a vibrant chapter is in the making there now and we shall stand with them. The defunct shaleqa group is making desperate claims that they are alive and even pretend to speak for Kinijit. Over the last several months there is hardly anything they produced either in the form of literature or public action. None. In fact they have totally forgotten the Woyane and almost all the crap they write on their disgraceful website , the website that even the woyane did not even care to shutdown while shutting all other pro-democracy websites, is busy name calling two compatriots in Kinijit International, Ato Berhane and Andargachew.

In fact, they are doing the bidding of the woyane by engaging in spreading blatant lies against genuine Kinijit compatriots who are the legitimate and accepted leaders of Kinijit by a vast majority of the Ethiopian Diaspora and by the leaders in prison. Recently the clique has lost all threads to hang on to as the Diaspora kinijit supporters have deserted them and moved on to the newly reconstituted Kinijit North America and Kinijit International who have taken the mantle of the struggle on behalf of our imprisoned leaders and our people suffering under the yoke of Meles Zenawi’s dictatorship. The shaleqa clique travels from state to state sometimes in groups of four and five, spending the hard earned money we raised for Kinijit like drunken sailors, and spew their unmitigated and shameless lies. They have our money under their control.

Their contempt for the intelligence of the Ethiopian Diaspora makes you think that they have taken that stupid racist Japanese evolutionary psychologist who thinks Ethiopians have lesser IQ. Sometimes they lie to us on things that we can verify by a single phone call to Addis Ababa or ask a first-hand witness around us to find the truth. For example, they tried to lie about Andargachew Tsige’s membership to the Leadership Council of Kinijit. They said he is not even a member of the 60 Person Council of Kinijit. Well, the real information is only a phone call away and we called some members who were at the Kinijit Merger Conference in September of 2005. We also found some activists of Kinijit who managed to escape the woyane onslaught from Ethiopia and are living among us in the Diaspora. Daniel Assefa, a young hero of the struggle and member of Kinijit leadership lives in Washington DC area and wonders if these shimagile individuals surrounding Shaleqa Yoseph have a sense of shame at all and take their age seriously. He says they could simply give him a phone call and he would tell them all details including documents and references since he was there on the spot from beginning to end. But that is not their goal and in fact they are not even making a mistake as it looks. We have credible evidence that they know Andargachew is a member of the Leadership Council. But they think that the Ethiopian Diaspora is goofy enough to take their word without verification. In other words, they are insulting all of us, supporters of Kinijit, who live in Diaspora. Ato Tesfaye Mengistu, who was made their public relations chief, seems to think that public relations means spreading phantom lies. Sadly this man is in his mid seventies and God only knows how he sleeps at night after making the lies he keeps making. He recently said that “Ato Alemayehu in Washington DC chauffeured Berhane Mewa to a DC hotel of Lidetu Ayalew to conspire with the renegade Lidetu Ayalew”?. The real story is actually that Lidetu asked the Hotel management to call the police when he cited Alemayehu in the Hotel lobby and panicked that Alemayehu may hurt him. Alemayehu, by the way is one of the leaders of the DC Kinijit Support chapter who works twenty four seven for the causes of Kinijit. The other day Ato Tesfaye was being interviewed by a DC extortionist who stole 30 thousand dollars out of money raised to support famine victims in Ethiopia and runs a closed circuit radio program with a saying with straight face that he stands for our people. As they say, birds of the same feather find each other.

If this is the kind of honesty Ato Tesfaye and the Sheleqa clique teach their children and grand children, folks, we really have a serious problem. These are a group of people who have no respect for our dignity as a people and our intelligence. If you remember, Sheleqa Yoseph, Almaz, Solomon Bekele and Syum Solomon were members of the Kinijit International Committee. Shaleqa was in fact its chairman. Now with a straight face they tell us the KIL is illegitimate and is a fabrication formed outside the will of Kinijit’s leaders. They expect us not to ask them a simple question ““ Why were you in the committee if it was what you are claiming it to be? Is this a fabrication you came up with when you are challenged about your ineptitude and corruption?

The sickness of this group is extremely terminal. They are now even engaged in a satanic mission of attempting to make it look like there is a rift among Kinijit leaders in prison and everybody needs to watch them carefully before they drag us in this direction. They try to create division between our heroes in prison by positioning themselves as Hailu Shawul’s men and by trying to portray him as an autocrat who makes decisions on his own without consulting his compatriots. In reality they are dragging his great name and integrity in the mud. They are using the name of our hero to satisfy their egomaniac desire to dominate our movement in Diaspora.

See what they are doing to a respected Ethiopian professional Accountant who exposed their fraud and their mismanagement of our resources. Mind you, this is a successful Ethiopian in America a certified accountant who has done numerous high profile auditing and accounting in the United States. He is one of us who we all should be proud of. There is no bad word on the planet the shaleqa clique have not called this genuine son of our country who volunteered to help Kinijit by going out of his way and taking a huge responsibility of over looking our financial contributions. Ato Tesfaye, the Auditor, understands that his certification will be in jeopardy if he accuses anyone with a lie and, in fact, has told them upfront that he is making the reports on them fully aware of his responsibilities. Yet, they go from state to state trying to make him look like different from what he really is ““ an honest person who supports every allegation he makes with a valid document and reference. He is a genuine Ethiopian who was angered by the abuse of trust he puts on them and by the abuse of all of us who worked hard to make Kinijit a strong organization.

Now they have turned to accusing Aklog, the chairman of the New Kinijit North America Support leadership. For people like Ato Tesfaye and most of the defunct former KNA leaders he could be their grandson. Aklog has served Kinijit with diligence, commitment and dedication that parallel no one. It seems they are not sparing him too and we hear they are working hard to cook-up some lies to tarnish his name. Stay alert folks. The other day Ato Tesfaye Mengistu was saying Aklog has raised one hundred thousand dollars for Kinijit and attributed his election to the chairmanship because of that money. What is it they say in Ethiopia: ” leba enat lijuan ataminim”?

The saddest part of the story is that many of the people engaged in this lie making and destruction of our movement in Diaspora are people aged above or around their seventies.

Now that every one of their plots is falling apart they tell us that Shaleqa is anointed leader and should follow him whatever mess he does. A certain HG, famous for scribing bizarre commands from his desk writes for example,

Those in the Diaspora, who respect the victory of the Ethiopian electorate and who struggle to make that victory a reality, must listen to Shaleqa Yoseph Yazew, who has the ewqinna from Kinijit Ethiopia. Failure to listen to the leader brings disunity and tears down the society

This man must be living in the middle ages. Does anybody want anybody’s ewqinna to fight for his freedom? Nobody said that shaleqa was an appointed leader of KNA until a few months ago and there is a serious allegation of fraud and corruption hanging on his head that he has to clear to everyone of us who have toiled to raise fund in millions. He has refused to be investigated by a committee set up by the most supreme body of decision making in KNA- the General Assembly. It must be only HG and the folks around him who think that we accept to be led by the blind while traveling on the edge of a cliff. HG and the others can do us a favor by giving us a detailed accounting of our resources in Shaleqas hands than ordering us to march with them toward the abyss.

Yes Kinijit is one. But it is the one we have made to be democratic, transparent and accountable. We don’t need anybodies ewqinna to fight for our freedom just like those who die and languish in woyane prisons did not seek anyone’s ewqinna for to fight for their just cause. Can someone tell the HGs to practice some decency and get off of our backs and the backs of our compatriots? We are busy working for the greater ideal of the Ethiopian people and our leaders in prison.

Voices of Sanity

  1. zoma
    | #1

    Voices of Sanity,

    Well done! Nail them to the cross, they deserve it.
    The whole editorial cabal, Diana K, Girma
    Bekele, Haptegiorgis Churenet, Daniel Kassa etc… are
    only good for “bere welede tera were”

    The great Hailu Shawel, the patriotic son of Ethiopia
    will dismiss these shameless, narcissist traitors to
    the cause as “FIDABISS”

  2. Yohannes
    | #2

    Dear By Voices for Sanity,

    Obviously you are an angry man. You hated the Shaleqa group and you are supporting the Andargachiew/Mewa group.

    For sure the Shaleqa group also will have something to say about you and the group you support.

    Can you pause a minute and think what can be done to save the unity of the community and salvage the struggle to free our country from Zenawi?

    It doesn’t matter who is at fault – the Diaspora struggle will achieve nothing by splitting its support in to two groups.

    You may think you have a momentum against the other group and the other group may think they have a momentum against you – but take my word you will not reach at your goal with this kind of childish behaviour.

    Think of reconcillation but not scoring point against your opponents.

  3. Mesfin
    | #3

    It is true that we all should come together and fight Woyanne with United front. We may have different ideas about how we should move forward, but democracy, transparency and the peoples support are Kinijit’s values and we expect that from every one who inspire to lead Kinijit. Those are the tools to resolve our differences. I am not involved with either side yet, but I can’t help to notice that the Shaleqa Yoseph group has some serious problems. I don’t doubt the fact that Shaleqa Yoseph is a true Ethiopian, but I don’t think that he has the skills that he needs to fill the leadership gap that was created when our leaders jailed. I heard his interviews a couple of times, I just couldn’t even understand what he was saying. I don’t see him speaking on our behalf on any stage in these bad days in our struggle. I don’t think he is capable of testifying in the US congress in our behalf. I don’t imagine him conducting interviews on CNN or BBC to address our concerns to the rest of the world. I don’t see any political skills in him that would help to rally the Diaspora in one united front. Come on guys our problems are serious. We need serious and skilled people to lead us. Our heroes and heroines are in jail, our brothers and sisters are dying every single day, it is not time to baker each other. Kinijit is Kinijit because it captured the majority Ethiopians wish and hope for their beloved country. Kiniit is so powerful because it is for individual right; it is for transparency and united Ethiopia. Kinijit is the sprite of Ethiopians both at home and abroad. It is not a family business. If any one wants to do something in the name of Kinijt, one should think about millions and millions of Ethiopians behind this name. They should think about hundreds and hundreds of Ethiopians who are killed and jailed when they struggle under this name.

    My advise to Shalequa Yoseph and his group, be advised, don’t be obstacle on our struggle. You may have some thing to contribute for our struggle, and it is time to reconcile and fit in where you can contribute your best.

    With respect

    Mesfin Astatkea

  4. Ewnetu
    | #4

    Selam Ato Yohannes.

    I think you are misguided misele there is no the so called two Kinijit. There is only one Kinijit.

    Shaleka was fired b/c of his inept leadership and North America has new leaders now. There is nO Berhane or what ever name you call it in North America there is one democratic Kinijit group the others are in history dustbin.Please wake up and join the struggle for the realese of our beloved leaders not for inept Shaleka.

    God bless Ethiopia.

  5. Yohannes
    | #5

    Dear Ewnetu,

    It is this kind of atitude will take us no where. Unless you bury your head in the sand, yes currently there are two KNA’s. One is lead by Aklog and claims to have the support of the majority of Ethiopians in NA. The other is lead by Shaleqa Yoseph and claims to be the true representative of the Kinijit movement in NA. This is the fact.

    It is your kind of people who are tormenting the community who relly want to help the struggle in Ethiopia but distancing themselves from the movement because of the bickering among the leaders.

    Just think of how to resolve the crissis instead of pointing fingers at individuals. No body denies the fact that Shaleqa is incompetent at the same time no body denies the fact that Andargachiew is a weak link. Let us find a way to compromise with out these two individuals. If KIL is the problem then we can also find a solution to it.

    But saying my KNA is the only KNA is not going to solve the problem.

  6. mesfin
    | #6

    The problem is not just Shaleqa. It is HG and other friends of him who alwasy want to rule in “woreda gezzie style(Do what I tell you, I know what is better more than you and the only way is this one !)” that devide us. It looks at this time Ethiopians are understanding why we were not united this long.

    It is a good beginning. If we continue to speak against dictators like HG, we will definately succeed.

    God bless Ethiopia

  7. Ewnetu
    | #7

    Dear Yohannes,

    I think you live In North America We should focus on North America Leadership. Shaleka who ever Andargachew is they said they nominated from Kaliti we dont realy care about this. we should care about American Kinijit support group we should elect them no one has the mandate to appoint on us even the leaders In Kality like AWERAJA ASTEDADARI.So how do you believe Shaleka is the true representative of Kinijit with out any election he is worst than Weyane. So time for shaleka and his friends to retire and collect their social security Instead of poisining the people struggle for freedom .


    Good luck .


  8. Gizew
    | #8

    Dear Voices of Sanity,

    Forget the so called Shaleka. He is already died and lets work hard to remove this tyrrant woyane

  9. European
    | #9

    You, the Ethiopian Diaspora in North America, you are a bunch of worthless stupid guys that do not deserve to call yourselves Ethiopians. How dare you claim that the Kinijit leaders in Kaliti do not have the right to nominate THEIR representatives in North America? You did not create Kinijit !!! You did not set up Kinijit!!! You did not struggle for & die for Kinijit!!! Most important of all, you did not participate in the May 2005 elections in any way and you were not elected by the Ethiopian masses in Ethiopia as their only & sole legitimate political leaders!!! You are not in any way a threat to the DICTATOR and are not therefore kept in prison as the only true leaders of Kinijit!!! So how dare you say that you have the right to choose the Kinijit leadership in North America without obtaining the go-ahead from the only true leaders of Kinijit currently in prison in Kaliti.
    Tell me who is Kinijit??? You in America or them in Ethiopia??? If you say that YOU are Kinijit but not the ones in prison in Kaliti, then definitely you are TELETAFI. You work for Lidetu and his clones. I can therefore understand why you go against the true & only leaders in Kaliti. But if you accept the decision of the Ethiopian masses, then you have to acknowledge that the one & only Kinijit is the one headed by those in Kaliti and you have to abide by the choices and decisions of these leaders including the party’s representation in N.America. By the way, one of the two Kinijit groups in North America is Teletafi cloned during Lidetu’s last visit to N. America. You can keep the change!!!

  10. Yigermal
    | #10

    Europian, with all respect I think you misunderstand the KNA and mixup with KIL.KNA is a support group helping Kinijit so it is not a political organization which needs Go Ahead from Kinijit.If KNA thinks KIL is going on the right direction,It supports the political org.Otherwise it suport the political org that is supported by Kinijit which is now in Kality. So KNA supports Whoever our leader in Kality assigned on behalf of them to lead the strugle.So KNA is organised and run by the diaspora to help the strugle.

  11. engi
    | #11

    I like your observation budy.I mean the one the insanity one. What i would love to ask the previous leaders is that how would they think they belong to KINIJIT if they don’t surrender themselves to the principles and order or importantly to the democratic values of KINIJIT ? come on people the esence of KINIJIT is not the old party values but the modern spirit of Democracy.Here we are not defying party.if you think it is woth valuing the principles then first surrender yourself to it. It would be bad for you ATO Shaleqa that are so desperate for power like some order to your behaviour look at Dr birhanu how credible, honest ,simple he is please,take it easy and as the writer said show

  12. Yohannes
    | #12


    Do not use offensive words to express yourself. In my view it is good we discuss the crissis in an open manner.

    We need to select honorable people acceptable by the two warring factions to investigate and decide on the issue. They have to form a committee of 10. Names will be suggested by the public and it must be accepted by the squabling leaders of KNAs. Let us give them the resource and mandate to investigate what went wrong at the Ethiopian community in NA and make a recommendation to solve the crissis. And we move on!

  13. giorgis
    | #13

    Woyane is laughing, please if you are fighting for a certain goal instead of power and money, narrow your differences and work together.

    The Ethiopian people elected those who are now suffering in KALITI, you are fighting each other to take power from the real KINIJIT. If your interest is to serve the people of Ethiopia, there is no need to quarrel.

  14. Surafel
    | #14

    I agree with most of the view expressed by individuals with no axe to grind. It really is a sad commentary on the Ethiopian Diaspora that it can’t even maintain a support mechanism (a Kinijit Support Chapter was only that and nothing else) without imploding into warring factions. I don’t think either side is as bad as the other is trying to tell us. I truly believe that the leadership on both sides are patriotic Ethiopians who mean well but haven’t mastered yet the art of compromise, which is the hall mark of democracy after all.

    I live in the US and was fortunate enough to attend meetings and discussions led by both sides of the leadership now in opposite camps before the fracas. I have noticed that Shaleqa Yoseph to be a good and decent person but lacks the know how to lead KNA. I have also noticed that Berhane Mewa is a very articulate and able person but, lacks the humility to represent Kinijit and unite people around it. A good example here will be the ill will and confusion Berhane Mewa, single handedly managed to generate, during the May 15/16 2006 commemorative protest in Washington, DC. It was so unnecessary and counterproductive in my opinion.

    The other thing that I have observed from the above postings is, each group has its converts and it is therefore: “˜either my way or the high way’. No room for compromise there and it is very sad because compromise is exactly what we need here and now. The only way we could effectively support Kinijit and/or the other opposition groupings and bring about democratic change in Ethiopia is, if and only if we are united towards a common purpose under a unified support mechanism (organization). It is good we have started talking about this and let’s not despair and instead let’s all try to be wise and learn to talk to each other and most of all LEARN TO COMPROMISE.

  15. Menkir Girma
    | #15

    I wonder about the sanity of Shaleqa et al. They accuse Berhane and Andargachew of recruiting new party members for KINIJIT as if it is a crime…Dr Siyoum and Tesfaye Mengistu brag on radio of their ability to tap private phone calls..Dr Gashu admits to suffer from extreme amnesia. Ato Solomon sees no crime when his friends divert a third of a million dollars of public fund.This fellow called HG exhorts us to follow the Shaleqa who allegedly has Ewqinna, and then makes a weird suggestion that they may all be of the same Luba grouping? i.e. they had..(somebody please help me here) circumcision all at the same time???(see hizbawi imbita in
    Can someone please decipher this riddle? Do any of us remember our circumcision date? ……or are this people from another planet?

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