Zenawi's 40 years of homework for TPLF

By Robele Ababya / October 27, 2012
Change is perpetual in the entire universe and no one can prevent its happening; it is a constant occurrence in our lives whether we like it or not. The best human beings can do is to use their innate intelligence to adapt to the change. The best way for avoiding man-made catastrophic change is to actively engender and preserve a democratic environment.

Adolf Hitler exterminated six million Jews by various gruesome means and cruelty beyond imagination; he instilled the supremacy of the ‘Arian race’ in the minds of fools that believed his promise that their country shall become the supreme ruler of the world. But his life ended in disgrace leaving the highly civilized German people to contend with the imprint of racial supremacy perceived by the international community. Change came to Germany engendering an exemplary democracy and the most prosperous country in Europe. However, the good people that inherited the atrocious crimes of the Furor are still on the defensive each time someone makes a political capital out of the “Holocaust” despite their best effort to change their tarnished image.

There has been a change of guard in the brutal EPRDF party following the death of Zenawi with his phantom ‘golden race’. No rule in Ethiopia has ever declared the supremacy of his tribe except Zenawi. His gruesome legacy is alive to contend with. The task is enormous to break the master to slave relationship engendered and refined by the TPLF Stalinist regime in the last 21 years; the struggle for freedom is further made draconian by the resolve of the new PM to continue with the legacy of the late tyrant without any compromise. The arrogant tyrant who once said ጓሓፍ ጽረጉለይ is gone!

For us democrats, our consolation can however be derived from the logic that no two people will have similar vision and style of leadership in performing their duties of steering a nation through turbulent times in a rapidly changing complex world. The wishful thinking of the new PM to copycat his former boss is a pipe dream of a man most probably with no self-confidence of his own to formulate his own vision as a leader. His position as a loyal guardian of the legacy is untenable.

The ruthless TPLF party has surely been keeping as it were the ‘skeleton in the box’ of each member of its coalition entities. There is no way for the little puppet to pursue the dictate of his own conscience for he had sold it to the TPLF at the time of his joining it and partaking in its heinous crimes as an accomplice to the upper echelon of the hierarchy of the thugs holed up in Menilik II Palace in Addis Ababa.

The new PM owes his present power to the TPLF top echelon still in charge of defense and security forces. The top thugs will prepare the orders for silencing legitimate dissent and the timid puppet will approve those orders for execution; the notorious agazi security forces will be happy to carry those orders swiftly. The PM has to think about the dilemma he is in for the sake of saving his honor and that of his family, relatives and the people he is representing in the inevitably crumbling ethnic-based government. He should do so realizing that the noble cause for which our martyrs sacrificed their lives shall never be forgotten and that the TPLF/EPRDF security forces under the direct command of the late tyrant Zenawi shall be brought to justice for the heinous crimes committed.

Inevitable demise of EPRDF

The TPLF is trading in the good names of the people of Tigray and its other partners in the EPRDF criminal group are trading in the names of their ethnic groups. This is an amorphous group glued together by lust for power and greed for wealth – not by any noble revolutionary character or personality. So they are inherently morally decadent and weak to resist the universal pressure of the 21st century engendered by the quest for the respect for basic human rights.

The EPRDF is a set comprising four elements: TPLF (Tigray Peoples Liberation Front), OPDO (Oromo People’s Democratic Organization), ANDM (Amhara National Democratic Movement), and SEPDM (Southern Ethiopian People’s Democratic Movement). TPLF has liberated Tigray 21 years ago and has since become the supreme ruler of Ethiopia to date; of the three others two are ‘Democratic Movements’ and one is an Organization still under the dominant mercy of the TPLF in order to determine their future. Thus the EPRDF component parts are indeed strange bedfellows bound to split owing to multiple inner contradictions. They may contemplate transforming into a national political party, but this is unlikely given their parochial views of the past to which they are addicted and the phantom dream of TPLF bent on asserting its supremacy by maintaining the status quo. The nouveau riche in senior positions in public service and holders of monopoly … will certainly support the status quo.

There will be internal wrangling and external pressure; fighting for supremacy and lucrative positions; forming opportunistic or tactical exit alliances within their ranks as briefly discussed below:-

A simple exercise in permutation and combination will show that the set {TPLF, OPDO, APDM, SEPDM} make up six combinations of two pairs: (TPLF, OPDO), (TPLF, APDM), (TPLF, SEPDM), (OPDO, APDM), (OPDO, SEPDM), (APDM, SEPDM). Note that each element appears three times as a pair with the rest.

Now, the TPLF may decide to dump the rest and emerge as a national party or the others may decide to dumb it through a combined strength. In both scenarios the new set will be {OPDO, APDM, SEPDM} under this new circumstance.

The Council of SEPDM is already a quasi-national movement representing the southern region that can opt to forming a national political party in a united democratic Ethiopia; besides, a large Kambatta militia force travelled for seven months to the north under extremely difficult conditions and brilliantly fought the Fascist Italian aggressors in Tigray. The region has indeed a stake in a united, prosperous and democratic Ethiopia. Therefore the top leaders of TPLF have no chance to exploit the SPDM anymore.

So we remain with (OPDO, APDM) and ask where will they go? The reasonable answer is for them to recognize that they were targets of TPLF for political extinction in the same manner that Fascist Mussolini did; their only best option is to apologize to the Ethiopian people, come home as prodigal sons and daughters and join the struggle for freedom, liberty and dignity.

Speech by the new PM at the UN General Assembly

The unimpressive maiden speech of the PM consist of 1832 words of which 608 were devoted to exaltation of his former boss; 639 to regional security; 360 to sustainable development; 72 to diplomatic courtesy; and 146 to conclusion in which he gave precedence to growth over respect to human rights in my opinion because he said: “There is no greater human rights violation than attempts to put obstacles to the success of this ongoing transformation of Africa which would have enormous salutary implications for hundreds of millions of Africans”.

In his speech, the PM lied by stating that in its entire history Ethiopia had never seen a rapid economic and Growth Transformation recorded in the last ten years in a row. The fact is however is that the IMF had slashed the claimed double-digit GDP growth by one half to a single digit and a forecast of 6.5% for 2012/13 and beyond; he lied because the truth is that Ethiopia’s economy was on the verge of takeoff before 1974 as acclaimed by distinguished economists; the country was credit worthy internationally; food prices were considerably cheaper. He purposely covered up the fact that rampant corruption and abject poverty are excruciatingly biting the masses in Ethiopia while few Tigre warlords are basking in an oasis of luxury.

In any case Ethiopia’s GDP growth, on a slim economic base for that matter, does not explain improvement in the quality of life of citizens; that was why the former President of France, Nicolai Sarkozy, appointed a group of scholars led by the Nobel Prize Laureate to conduct a study by including more indicators to GDP for measuring fair distribution of wealth.

Relationship with Egypt

The Nile Accord of 1993 titled “Framework for General Co-operation between the Arab Republic of Egypt and Ethiopia” was signed on the 1st of July 1993 by Hosni Mubarak representing Egypt and Meles Zenawi representing Ethiopia in his capacity as President of Transitional Government during which there was no national parliament and Zenawi behaved as an invader. The text of the Accord was made “in two originals in the Arabic and English languages, both texts being equally authentic.” There goes the mother of all insults for neither of the two languages is an official language of Ethiopia. I had at the time of commenting on the Accord stated that it is much too much lopsided in favor of Egypt. The point of raising this issue at this time is to underscore Zenawi’s contempt for the Ethiopia sovereignty right from the beginning of his ascendancy to power.

In my article titled “Nile and other rivers as key to new policy after TPLF demise”, dated 22 April 2011, I wrote: “Pursuit of good neighborly relations respecting mutual interests would be in the best interest of regional harmony and development as well as in the avoidance of regional wars/armed clashes thus substantial saving of resources that would otherwise be spent on military weapons. And I then went on to state that “Democratic Egypt and Ethiopia will play key roles in stabilizing the region and promoting development thus becoming formidable political forces to contend with; will be partners in the development of the Nile Basin – a key factor of regional policy to avoid war.” I reaffirm my belief again provided Egypt stays the course to becoming a democratic state acceptable to all of its citizens. In all cases Ethiopia must remain strong.

Ignoring propitious moments for change is perilous

The first paper that I wrote during the Imperial regime appeared on the Ethiopian Herald in the aftermath of the 1974 Revolution. I pleaded with His Majesty to allow free press and facilitate the emergence of political pluralism. My plea was unheeded. I saw Lidj Indalkachew Mekonnen at his residence at his initiative and advised him to revive the land to the tiller Imperial Decree that was already in place and reform his cabinet with progressive individuals. It did not work for he chose a retrogressive path of maintaining the aristocratic values. I advised Mengistu in person to return to the barracks living politics to the civilians; he went berserk and put me in his blacklist. I now advise the TPLF top leaders and the men and women in uniform above the rank of major to resign in order to facilitate peaceful change or face the calamitous fate of their predecessors.


The blasphemous tyrant Zenawi has died with his phantom dream of a son of the ‘golden race’; the sworn atheist was laid to rest at the St. Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa reserved for eminent patriots and heroes. It is a welcome change that he is bodily gone for good - wherever his body that was never seen lying in state was actually buried; but his atrocious legacy remains.

This is the moment that the opposition including the youth should emulate the insuperable example of top patriot Abichu and his heroic compatriots Haptom, Tesfatsion, Gashu, and Worku - as well as the heroic militia army from Kambatta - that bravely fought the Italian Fascist invaders; opposition democratic forces should do likewise in unison to break the backbone of the racist TPLF leadership.

Zenawi died with his phantom "golden race"

Zenawi died with his phantom "golden race"

By Robele Ababya / October 7, 2012
I chose to start writing this peace with this quotation by Thomas Jefferson: "Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty.” I chose it because liberty cannot be guaranteed to the vast majority of humankind as long as merciless dictators with lust for power exist on our planet. I submit that the struggle to defeat tyranny must be continuous.

Thomas Jefferson was one of the Founding Fathers of the USA, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and the 3rd President of the United States. Benjamin Franklin was also one of the Founding Fathers of the United States; the famous quote: “Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God” was in 1976 suggested by him to appear on the reverse side of the Great Seal of the USA so that it would echo the Declaration of Independence. I ask the present US leaders whether they still uphold the ideals of the Founding Fathers enshrined in the Constitution of the United States of America.

So my fellow Ethiopians, liberty comes and then kept at a hefty price paid for incessantly, more so now that the new ‘do-as-told’ Prime Minister of Ethiopia, inter alia: (1) has clearly, arrogantly and defiantly declared repeatedly that the policy of his notorious predecessor shall continue intact; (2) has ignored earnest calls for the release of all political prisoners and relax the political space; is denying the constitutional right of freedom of expression. Does he, as a professed Christian, understand the grief, despair and agony that this beautiful Ethiopian young lady in picture had suffered under the tyrannical rule of his predecessor?

There is no doubt that he obeyed the orders of Bereket Simeon and other atheists in the TPLF to dictatorship to authorize the Federal Police to carry out the outrageous killing of innocent Muslims in Wollo appealing for the respect of their constitutional rights. This act of savagery signals dark days of tyranny ahead in the process of implementing Zenawi’s 40 years of homework for TPLF of which the President of Tigray Abay Woldu spoke (vide the paragraph under the caption below). Are the Ethiopian people and opposition democratic forces going to tolerate tyranny for that long? Are we going to let the TPLF nurture and grow the seed of intra-ethnic and inter-ethnic hatred sown by the late tyrant? I think not at all and predict the end of the EPRDF is in sight.

Abay Woldu’s homework

The President of Tigray Abay Woldu in his speech after becoming also the Chairman of the TPLF Stalinist party replacing the dead boss of its founder said in his speech to the people of Tigray that their ‘Great Leader’ has given them forty (40) years of homework. It was clear from his speech that Abay meant holistic implementation of the ideology, policy, strategy and plans authored, approved and put in place by Zenawi. He seems to be under the illusion that Tigray as the epicenter of communist power is by right of legacy the custodian of that ideology.

Axum is the citadel of the Ethiopian Judo-Christian civilization and later joined by Islam thus making our country a unique land of harmonious abode of the Judaic, Christian and Islamic faiths for centuries. It is a bizarre twist of history that radical communists sprung from Tigray with the vicious intent to upset and ruin the enviable harmonious relationship bound by the belief in one creator of the universe in order to substitute it with atheist Marxist- Leninist- Stalinist-Maoist ideology. This is one of the legacies left behind by the late Zenawi buried at the holy grounds of the St. Trinity Cathedral – a decision in and of itself a hot controversial issue awaiting resolution.

Cry for leaders in the 21st century

In one of my articles I recall writing that “A leader is one with a vision of where people want to go but they won’t do it alone without the leader”. It is widely agreed that people in this age of information in the 21st century are equipped with the knowledge of identifying able leaders and exercising their rights to elect them to positions of power whether in government or private enterprises.

The people as: the only single source of political power have the right to hold those elected to public scrutiny and strict accountability; the only source of political power have the right to identify and vote for democratically-minded leaders with vision and proven ability in a free and fair election.

Unfortunately dictatorship will continue to be an impediment in post Zenawi Ethiopia where the literacy rate is 28% ranking the country as 182nd out of 184 nations. Incidentally the rate was 60% literacy during the Derg era for which the regime received international accolade.

The TPLF power behind the new Prime Minister (PM) has successfully converted him into a clone of his former boss in that not only did the new PM underline that there shall be no change in policy but also tried to act as an incarnate of his master. This is a shameful but nevertheless a clever devious drama that only a devil can conceive, refine and implement. The PM and the driving force behind him are under the illusion that the legacy of their boss including ideology, policy, strategy and plans will continue undiminished and that the masses have the sole duty to listen to the massive state propaganda and obey the diktat of the party.

Exemplary Ladies fighting for freedom

The news of the recent assassination attempt on the 14 year Pakistani girl, Malala Yousufzai, propagated like a shockwave on our globe causing a state of anger and outpouring sympathy for the victim of a Taliban extremist opposed to modern civilization, enlightenment, freedom of expression and above all the right of women to education. The savage act deserved the description “The War Against Intellectual Freedom”, a theme of common concern to humanity as demonstrated by the mammoth vehement condemnation emanating from all corners of our world. The news of the recovery of the lass is most welcome and the award of bravery she has received from the government is wonderful and the campaign for her candidature for Nobel Peace prize spearheaded by celebrities including Angelina Jolie is a mortal blow to extremists everywhere – including the leaders of TPLF who created the Al Shabab by their naked aggression of Somalia.

Malala spoke in defense of moral and legal rights of girls enshrined in the Universal Declaration of the United Nations and became a towering champion of those rights. This is a shining example of women fighting for their rights everywhere because they are grossly disadvantaged in our global village.

On our side, the emergence of ladies leaders like Asayesh Tamiru is inspiring. In her interview with the remarkably seasoned journalist, Sissay Agena, on the highly esteemed ESAT Radio, she made me exceedingly proud of her tenacity to expose the gross injustices that were being perpetrated in Ethiopia for the last 21 years of TPLF. Her resounding success after 18 years of persistent attempts to convince and win to her side the initially stubborn German Lawmakers and taxpayers is a spectacular distinction of her great leadership quality. Her clarion call for more work to be done in order to replace injustice so far fostered by the TPLF regime was so clearly and powerfully made for all of us men and women to heed and implement vigorously.

I heard the news with utmost pleasure that the invincible Reeyot Alemu was awarded the “2012 Courage in Journalism” Prize by International Women’s Media Foundation. I extend to her my sincere congratulations from the depth of my heart.

The quest for freedom, dignity, democracy and prosperity is shared universal value of humanity. Bravo ladies! You will emerge victorious in your just struggle.

Lesson from current demographic

According to the CIA World Factbook the population of Ethiopia was 93,815,992 (July 2012 est.) with demographic as follows:-

Ethnicity: Oromo 34.5%, Amara 26.9%, Somalie 6.2%, Tigraway 6.1%, Sidama 4%, Guragie 2.5%, Welaita 2.3%, Hadiya 1.7%, Affar 1.7%, Gamo 1.5%, Gedeo 1.3%, other 11.3% (2007 Census)
Religions: Orthodox 43.5%, Muslim 33.9%, Protestant 18.6%, traditional 2.6%, Catholic 0.7%, other 0.7% (2007 Census)
Languages: Amarigna (Amharic) (official) 32.7%, Oromigna (official regional) 31.6%, Tigrigna (official regional) 6.1%, Somaligna 6%, Guaragigna 3.5%, Sidamigna 3.5%, Hadiyigna 1.7%, other 14.8%, English (official) (major foreign language taught in schools), Arabic (official) (1994 census)

For the purpose of this article I have derived the following classification:-

  1. The Big-3 groups according to religion that have decisive impact on the Ethiopian society are in shown below:-
    • Orthodox Tewahido: constitute 43.5% of the Ethiopian population
    • Muslims : constitute 33.9% of the Ethiopian population
    • Catholic and Protestants: constitute 18.6% of the Ethiopian population

    Tigray with its population of 6.1% of the Ethiopian population is a bastion of Orthodox Christianity and is therefore subsumed in the Big-3 category. Sidama, Guragie, Welaita, and Hadia most probably fall within Orthodox (Guragie in particular) or in the Protestant. Most Somalis as Muslims are in this category.

  2. The Big Two according to Ethnicity
    • Oromos: constitute 34.5% of the Ethiopian population
    • Amharas: constitute 26.9% of the Ethiopian population
  3. The Big-2 according to language
    • Amharigna 32.7% and
    • Oromigna 31.6%

From the array of data and derivatives given under the section above it is logical to deduce that:-

  • The potentially overwhelming combined force of Christians, Muslims, Oromos and Amharas is suppressed by the brutal TPLF/EPRDF regime. The senile, Sebhat Nega, architect and co-founder of MLLT, is hell bent on destroying Orthodox Tewahido Christianity and the Amharas. His claim is a crystal clear disclosure of the hidden agenda of his party to destroy Ethiopia. Triggering the aforementioned potential force into action will see the quick end of the few diehard communists within the top echelon of the TPLF that are desperately fighting for their survival.

  • The Oromos and Amharas are dominant in each of the scenarios (1, 2, 3) presented above. This is the reason the TPLF warlords are scared to death of the two groups as demonstrated by distancing them from the inner-most core of power. It is to be recalled that Fascist Italy devised and perpetrated the policy which is now being religiously applied by the Stalinist communists within the TPLF.

  • It would be a shame if opposition democratic forces fail to cease this moment of political turmoil - within the traditional cash cow of the TPLF in the Arab world - and the demise of arch communist Zenawi in order to engender the kind of a new regime that the Ethiopian people need so critically.
  • Religious groups: Orthodox Tewahido Christians at 43.5 %; Muslims at 33.9% and; Protestants plus Catholics at 18.6 % amount to 96.0% of the Ethiopian population. The scared die-hard communists in the top leadership of TPLF hell bent on unconstitutional interference with religious affairs such as not allowing elections at Mosques. The same fate will come to other religions unless a united action is taken to dislodge the TPLF regime from power through massive civil disobedience.

In closing, I would like to convey the sentiment of my highest esteem to ESAT and all pro-Ethiopia democratic websites for keeping the Ethiopian people informed.

God has done his part leaving to us what we can do. Ethiopians have their God and themselves to claim their natural right to be free and live in dignity. Let us invigorate the struggle at home!

Long Live Ethiopia!
Stop the killing of the Ethiopian Muslims!
Release all political prisoners including Andualem Aragie, Eskinder Nega, and Reeyot Alemu et al

The writer can be reached at rababya@gmail.com

Stop the killing of the Ethiopian Muslims

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