የሰሞኑ ሁለት ዕይታዎች፡                      ‘ሌላ ትኩሳት’፤ ‘እውነታው ይሄ ነው’ ‘የመንጋ ክፋቱ እረኛ ማጣቱ ነው’!

15 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

 

 

 

 

Why Jawar Mohammed is Responsible for the Unrest in the Southern Region of Ethiopia

11 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

by Damo Gotamo

Jawar Mohammed couldn’t handle his fifteen-minutes fame. He thinks he is a big shot and above the law. He says anything he wants and gets away with it. Everywhere he goes, he makes controversial statements and agitates the youth to resort to lawlessness. His reckless actions have divided people and caused deaths and destruction in the country. Jawar’s thoughtless speeches and reckless actions are nowhere more apparent than in the SNNPR.

Jawar, the self-appointed Oromo activist and shallow political analyst, has enraged many people in the Southern region. His close personal and business association with Sidama extremists and his support for their illegal activities has caused so much suffering to the people of the region. Jawar’s flirtation with Sidama extremists and his disdain for the rest of the people in the region has made him the most despised man in the region. Talk to anyone in Awassa about Jawar, and you will observe how quickly the expression on the face of the person changes.

In his recent interview with LTV, Jawar has tried to deflect and play down his role in the crimes in Awassa and Sidama zone. He vehemently denied any wrong doing and downplayed his role in inspiring and supporting the Sidama extremists to resort to violence if they wanted to achieve their political agenda. Instead of answering the question put to him by the interviewer, he tried to rebuke her and blamed the government authorities for the problem in the Southern region. Once again, he has shown no concern about the death and destruction in the region. The ethnic extremist’s contempt for the military and federal forces who have sacrificed their lives to restore law and order in the region was apparent in the interview.

Jawar’s role in supporting the crimes of Sidama youths dates back in his refugee days in the United States. In every illegal activity that has taken place in the SNNPR and lack of peace in the area, Jawar’s finger prints are all over the place.

Through his OMN (Oromia Media Network), Jawar played a pivotal role in radicalizing the Sidama youth and sowing the seeds of suspicion among the groups. From his base in Minnesota, home of Oromo extremists, Jawar used to invite people of Sidama origin in his programs to disseminate hateful messages against people in the SNNPR. On many occasions, the self-appointed Sidama activists appearing on OMN preached division and tried to undermine the unity of the people in the region. His guests belittled the current regional structure and disseminated hate against groups in the region. The Sidama ethnic entrepreneurs often made bizarre statements to divide the people of the region.

Jawar was responsible for instigating the conflict between the Sidama and Wolita youths in Awassa in 2018. My sources told me Jawar advised his friends, the leaders of the Ejjeetto, to follow Queros tactics to achieve their goals. He told his criminal friends to restore to violence.

Last year’s mayhem claimed the lives of many people and left thousands of people homeless. Jawar didn’t condemn the crimes. Instead, he sided with the Sidama extremists and defended their crimes.

Youngman hanged during Jawar’s visit in Shashemene

Nothing good happens in places where Jawar sets foot. After overseeing the horrid lynching of an innocent man by his followers in Shashmene many months ago, Jawar went to Awassa to agitate and give moral support to his extreme Sidama friends in the city. He advised the Sidama extremists to be persistent in causing lawlessness in Awassa to achieve their goals. As soon as he left Awassa, we saw the Sidama extremists wreak havoc in the city that lasted for more than a year. The extremists forced the closure of government institutions, Banks, and hotels. They committed many crimes in the city that reduced Awassa into an economically weak city.

Little did the Sidama extremists know that Jawar had been undermining the interest of the Sidama people and others to achieve his objectives. While the value of land and property in Shashmene and other cities Oromia regions has gone up, the real estate market in Awassa has declined significantly. The slowdown has affected everyone in the region. Because of the reckless acts of the Sidama ethnic entrepreneurs, people have avoided businesses owned by hardworking Sidama businessmen. Many Sidama businesses were forced to close their doors forever.

During the 2019 Chamebella Holiday celebration, Jawar Mohammed made one of his divisive speeches to date. He encouraged the Sidama extremists to put more pressure on the government by resorting to violent tactics regularly. Inspired by the speech of the ethnic thug, the Sidama extremists unleashed a series of crimes in Awassa and cities in Sidama Zones.

The infamous 11-11-11 caused so much suffering to the non-Sidamas in the cites in Sidama zone. Among other crimes, the lynching of an 83-year grandfather; the murder of two brothers in Aleta Wondo; the brutal killing of a father and son that ended in cutting their genital caused anger and uproar among Ethiopias in the country and overseas.

Jawar didn’t condemn the crimes of the Sidama extremists. Rather, he poked fun at the misery of the people in the region and expressed his anger over the arrest of the perpetrators of the crimes. He pointed his finger at the members of SEPDM while praising the Ejjeettos and their criminal leaders. He laughed at the sacrifices of the military and the federal police forces.

Jawar is mentally unstable. He is a repeat offender and easily gets carried away if he is a center of attention. A few years ago, he made an inflammatory statement that angered many people. He made the following statement to a gathering of Oromo Muslims in Saint Paul Minnesota:

“What I say to the Oromos is this: I started talking about Islam after meeting my friend from Gonder. At the place I live, 99% of the people are Muslims. No one dares speak anything against us. If he does, we hit him with Mencha.”

Jawar is a violent man. The above statement clearly shows how violent the man is. He won’t shy away from saying anything to instigate violence between different groups. In his speech in Saint Paul, Jawar was advising his fellow Muslims to resort to violence if a Christian said anything against them.

Jawar must know he is just another ethnic extremist. He should stop acting and behaving like the head of the country. His behaviors and actions are unacceptable and are hurting many people. If he doesn’t stop behaving erratically, he will further plunge the country into lawlessness. He reminds people of the first two years of the TPLF regime.

Some Tegdaleyes and their relatives were acting as if they had conquered the world soon after the TPLF took power in the country. They were loud and boastful. However, unlike Jawar and his friends, at least the TPLfies fought the Derge regime tooth and nail. Jawar’s empty bravado is an enigma to many people. Why is Jawar acting like a bigwig? Many believe Jawar’s bizarre behavior is because of the role he played in directing the young Oromo youth to throw dung at Woyane soldiers and instructing his friends in Addis Ababa to steal the 12th grade Ethiopian School Leaving Certificate Examination (ESLCE) .

No ethnic group in the Southern region has asked Jawar to be its spokesperson. He should keep his activism to the Oromo cause and stop poking his nose in the affairs of the people in the region. People in the region don’t appreciate his attempt to divide the country’s ethnic group along Kusthtic and Semitic group. They are way far advanced than a narrow ethnic extremists like Jawar. They have lived together for generations and know how to coexistence.

If the people of the SNNPR need advice on any matter, Jawar will be the last person they will look for help. There is nothing in common between the people in the region and ethnic lords like Jawar. For the people of the region, Jawar is just another ethnic extremist. They won’t easily fall for a fast talker, ethnic and religious extremist who makes a living by pitting one group of people with another.

Jawar is a friend of ethnic extremists everywhere. By defending the Sidama extremists, he has shown his utter disdain for the 55 ethnic groups of the region. We haven’t heard him talk about Wolitas, Hadiyas, Kemebatta, and others in the region. He only talks about the Sidama extremists who have a business relationship with him. We know that he is nine million birrs richer today after brokering a deal for the acquisition of the SMN (Sidama Media Network).

Carrying an American passport won’t absolve Jawar from his destructive activities. Being an American citizen comes with responsibilities. From his divisive behavior and actions, it doesn’t appear Jawar has changed much even if he lived fifteen years in the United States.

Citizens everywhere are questioning the government why it has tolerated the destructive behavior of Jawar Mohammed. Many people believe the government should do something to stop the extremist from playing a destabilizing role in the country. He is severely undermining the efforts of the PM and hist team in restoring peace and security in the country. He belittles government officials and the military. He doesn’t know the limits of his actions. Jailing people who haven’t done anything and leaving an ethnic extremist like Jawar to say anything that destabilizes the country is unacceptable.

Jawar is responsible for the criminal activities of Sidama extremists in the SNNPR. If he doesn’t stop his destructive behavior, he must be forced to join his Ejjeetto friends in jail. He shouldn’t be allowed to continue his reckless behavior. Innocent people and members of the armed forces shouldn’t die because of a dangerous lunatic who doesn’t care about human life. No one is above the law. Jawar must know either his fifteen-minutes fame or the Queros he loves to talk about will not protect him if he tries to break the country.

 

/ECADF

ወፍሪ ሀርነት:                            “የትግራይ ተወላጆች ሆን ተብሎ ጥቃት እየደረሰባቸው ይገኛል”

8 Sep

(Credit: Elias Meseret Facebook)

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Journalist Elias Meseret (Frm FB) ዛሬ ጠዋት Global Movement for the Liberation of Tigrean Political Prisoners (ወፍሪ ሀርነት) መግለጫ ሰጥቷል። ከመግለጫው ላይ የወሰድኳቸውን አንዳንድ ነጥቦች ላጋራችሁ ይላል ጋዜጠኛ ኤልያስ መሠረት:

– ባለፉት አራት አመታት፣ በተለይ ባለፉት 15 ወራት የትግራይ ተወላጆች ሆን ተብሎ ጥቃት እየደረሰባቸው ይገኛል።

– ፍርድ ቤቶችም ጦር አዝማች ወይም መከላከያ መስለው ይህንን ሁኔታ እያካሄዱ ይገኛሉ። የፍርድ ቤት አቅመ- ቢስነትም ታይቷል። የመጣ ሪፎርም እንደሌለ የሚያሳየው ከእስር የተለቀቁ ግለሰቦች መልሰው እየታሰሩ ነው።

– የእኛ ዋና አላማ የትግራይ ህዝብ የተቃጣበትን ዘመቻ እና የዘር ጥቃት መመከት ነው። ትኩረታችንም በተለያዩ የድብቅ እስር ቤቶች ውስጥ የሚገኙት ላይ ነው።

– በዚህ ሂደት ውስጥ ለተጎዱ የትግራይ ተወላጆች ይቅርታ ተጠይቆ ተገቢው የቁስ እና የሞራል ካሳ እንዲሰጣቸው እናሳስባለን። በተጨማሪም ካስፈለገ የውጭ አጣሪ ቡድን ተቋቁሞ እየተካሄደ ያለውን የማጥለል ስራ መመርመር አለበት። በዚህ የተካፈሉ የመንግስት ሀላፊዎች፣ ሚድያዎች፣ ድርጅቶች እና ግለሰቦችም ተጠያቂ ሆነው ተገቢው የቅጣት እርምጃ እንዲወሰድ እንጠይቃለን።

– ባለፈው አንድ አመት የተለያዩ የመንግስት አካላት ያረጓቸውን ንግግሮች እናወጣለን። አንድን ህዝብ እና ብሄር ለይቶ ጠላት የማድረግ ነገር የተንሰራፋ ነበር።

– በመርህ ደረጃ ትግራይ ውስጥ ያሉ ፖለቲካ ፓርቲዎች የምንሰራውን አይቃወሙም። እኛ ግን ፖለቲካ ፓርቲ ሳይሆን እንቅስቃሴ ነን።

የፀረ-ሽብር ሕጉ እንዲያንሠራራ በተደረገባት ኢትዮጵያ፣ ዛሬ ዒላማ ያልሆነው ማነው?

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

Until each and everyone’s human rights are respected and is free in this Ethiopia, no one is free & no one’s rights are respected!

 

THE OBSERVATORY / AHRE / HRCO / CERO joint press release of February 10, 2019:

“The process by which the CSO Proclamation was revised by the Legal Advisory Council, the participation of local civil societies and the public hearing before the approval by the House of Peoples Representatives is an important harbinger of how the government shows its commitment to revising laws in line with international human rights norms ahead of the 2020 elections” said Yared Hailemariam, Executive Director of AHRE.

Under the previous framework, all organisations receiving more than 10% of funds from foreign sources were labelled as “foreign organisations”, and therefore prohibited from engaging in any human rights-related activity[1]. Under the effects of this law, at least 17 organisations were forced to either change their mandate or close down, while several others had to significantly reduce their activities.

The new law, which was adopted at the end of a highly participatory process which saw the engagement of local civil society organisations, addresses several of the concerns expressed in relation to the previous law. The funding constraints are lifted, and the powers of the CSO Agency are also limited in particular by the introduction of the right to appeal against the refusal of registration. This will allow all organisations, local and international, to work on human rights-related issues, and has already opened the door to several organisations which will now be able to end their exile.



“After years of violent repression of the human rights movements in Ethiopia, we are extremely glad to witness this crucial change and we hope that the new CSO law will live up to the expectations by providing new impetus to the Ethiopian civil society movement. In this key moment, we need to stand as steadfast as ever on the side of local civil society organisations to be sure that theywill be able to carry out their work free from hindrances, threats and legal restrictions” said Gerald Staberock, OMCT Secretary General.

Nevertheless, important constraints remain. Firstly, the CSO law opts for an authorisation rather than a registration regime, contrary to the recommendations of the ACHPR Guidelines on Freedom of Association and Assembly in Africa[2].This means that CSOs’ staff could be held criminally liable should the organisations be operating informally.

Organisations which were already registered under the previous law will have to register again, thus imposing an additional and unjustified burden. Secondly, the majority of the staff composing the CSO Agency in charge of the registration procedure will be appointed by the government; and this body maintains ample discretionary powers to order closures and asset freezes of CSOs.

The Board of the Agency, which is the appeal body over the decision of the Agency, is nominated by the Government, CSOs and by the judiciary system. Thirdly, the law imposes a cap on the administrative expenses of NGOs, which cannot exceed 20 % of the total budget thus limiting their independence and flexibility. Lastly, significant and vaguely defined restrictions remain with regard to the work of international organisations, which cannot engage in advocacy and lobbying of political parties nor in election monitoring without an explicit permission from the relevant authority.

“This revision of the Civil Society Proclamation is a significant step forward. Yet, the persisting severe restrictions to the work of local and international organiastions hamper the full recognition of the right to freedom of association in Ethiopia. The authorities must ensure that civil society organisations are free to engage in regional and international synergies in their work for upholding respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in the country, and more broadly in our continent,“ added Sheila Muwanga Nabachwa, FIDH Vice President.


The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (the Observatory) was created in 1997 by the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and FIDH. The objective of this programme is to intervene to prevent or remedy situations of repression against human rights defenders. OMCT and FIDH are both members of ProtectDefenders.eu, the European Union Human Rights Defenders Mechanism implemented by international civil society.

The Human Rights Council of Ethiopia (HRCO) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that works towards building a democratic system, promotes rule of law and due process, and encourages and conducts human rights monitoring.

The Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia (AHRE) is a non-governmental, nonpartisan and not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the advancement of human rights in Ethiopia. AHRE isregistered and based in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Consortium of Ethiopian Rights Organizations (CERO) is a consortium of Ethiopian Charities working on advocacy of human rights and governance issues.

Until all are free, none is safe and free in Ethiopia!

 

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What Ethiopia needs is an independent prosecution!

የኢሕአዴግ አንገቶች: የሚደመጥ!

Financial sector will not be open to foreign investment

7 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

The government, which launched a three year economic reform program, Homegrown Economic Reform, says the financial sector will never be open to foreign actors in the reform period.

The main target of the reform program is to accelerate the economic growth besides to correcting the economic imbalance that put the country on debt stress, hard currency crunch and inflation.

Finance & economy minister Ahmed Shide (Credit: The Reporter)

In the first public discussion about the program, Ahmed Shide, Minister of Finance, said that the capital account and banking business will not be opened for foreign actors. “This issue is not included on this program period. It will consider the national interest and based on the strength of our economy and handling of the vulnerability,” he explained.

The government has been easing the closed economic sector for all interested actors including opening the finance sector for Ethiopian born foreign citizens, which is the first time since free economy was endorsed early 1990s.

Ahmed said that this period will focus on improving the capacity of local financial firms and putting them in the capacity to be on a competitive status before opening to others.

Eyob Tekalign, State Minister of Finance, said that the National Bank of Ethiopia under its reform program is working to improve the financial sector regulation. He said all banks including the two public financial firms would be seen equally by the NBE as per the international banking experience.
The state owned Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) and Development Bank of Ethiopia (DBE) are in the process of reforming to follow the industry best practice, according to Eyob. “NBE is applying the internationally accepted regulatory framework to improve the banking sector,” he added.
“DBE, which is on high non performing loan rate, has proposed its reform agenda and it is evaluated by NBE board in details. The CBE reform is evaluated under the public enterprises reform jointly,” Eyob said.

Eyob said that to enhance the access to capital and development the finance infrastructure the monetary policy will be improved that will change the T-bill and lifting the NBE bill that private banks buy a 27 percent bond on their every loan approval.

“As per the schedule of the government the secondary bond market will be also introduced regarding to access to finance,” he added.
The homegrown economic reform has three major pillars; macroeconomic, structural and sectoral reforms. “The economic reform should have holistic and comprehensive approaches that the macroeconomic reform will see foreign exchange imbalance, inflation, access to finance and debt stress, and structural reform will also solve the bureaucratic challenges, doing business and sectoral reform looks specific problems on every sector,” Eyob said.

In the first public discussion about the three year program Yinager Dessie, Governor of NBE, said that the local private sector will get more attention since the government reduced its involvement in the economy. “The access to finance for the private sector, local investor, the government will reduce its consumption of finance due to it will focus on the accomplishment of the started projects rather than introduce new investment or public consumption,” he said.“The manufacturing sector will also be seen on this manner and improve the access to finance and foreign currency,” he added.

The international partners like the International Monetary Fund recommended that the government expand access to finance for the private sector than consuming under public projects, while the government was arguing that it is providing adequate finance for the private sector.
However, in the discussion Eyob said that lack of adequate access to finance for the private sector is one of the reasons for the macroeconomic imbalance in the past.

Last week CBE stated that in the past financial year it has disbursed 129 billion birr loan and advances and of which the private sector secured only 22.2 billion birr, which indicated that how the public borrowing is very high compared with the private sector, according to experts.

 

/The Reporter

 

 

Inflation surges to seven year high

7 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

A renowned economics professor sees need for the government ” to focus on inflation to provide structural solutions to structural problems as well as upholding the Developmental State Model along with democratization, supported by knowledge-based decision making and economic planning.”

“The growth was driven more by capital accumulation. Productivity growth is constrained by structural and institutional bottlenecks. There were hurdles for the business environment too,” Eyob Tekalegn indicated.

With no signs of abating, the consumer price index inflation in Ethiopia is reported have reached a seven-year high in the just ended month, intensifying fears that it might exacerbate the already distorted macroeconomic situation in Ethiopia, The Reporter has learnt.

A monthly report released by the Central Statistics Agency (CSA) shows headline inflation, which is used to measure the cost of living using a Consumer Price Index (CPI), jumped from 15.5 percent to 17.9 percent in August.

Moreover, Food Inflation has increased to 23 percent from 20 percent.

“Increases in price of major cereal types (especially Teff, Barely, Sorghum and Maize) has continued unabated in the current month,” reads the report. In addition, some of the vegetables which are important daily ingredients for food (ONIONS and GARLIC) have shown an exaggerated rise during the last month which has contributed to the rising inflation figures. However, the prices of Wheat, Rice and Bread have shown a sign of decline in some regions.

At the same time, Non-food Inflation has increased from 10.3 percent to 12 percent, according to the report from the Agency.

“The rise in inflation in the Non-food component is mainly due to rise in the prices of Clothing and Footwear, House Rent, Housing Repair and Maintenance, Energy (Firewood and Charcoal), Household goods and Furnishings, Health Care and Transport (Specially, Household Cars),” reads the report.

It can be recalled that back in May 2019, headline inflation showed an 11-month high at 16.2 percent where food inflation increased from 14.5 to 20.7 percent. In the same token, non-food inflation increased from 0.1 percent to 11 percent.

Back in June, following the escalation in the cost of living, it can be recalled that a taskforce was formed to come-up with a solution for the continued increase in inflation. The taskforce was to conduct researches and forward recommendations to the Macroeconomic Committee, chaired by Prime Minster Abiy Ahmed (PhD).

Just last month, experts have urged the government to introduce a remedy in order to manage the ever increasing inflation.

According to Alemayehu Geda (PhD, Prof.), a prominent economics professor from Addis Ababa University (AAU), said that the government’s investment trends over the years has applied constant pressure on inflation, making life difficult for the poor.

Speaking at a forum organized by Forum for Social Studies (FSS), he said that the government needs to focus on inflation, “to provide structural solutions to structural problems as well as upholding the Developmental State Model along with democratization, supported by knowledge-based decision making and economic planning.”

 

/The Reporter

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The Future of Money

6 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

 

Is it time to ditch the US dollar? And how will crypto-currencies change our world?

Every summer at a mountain resort in Wyoming, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas hosts a symposium of central bankers and academics to discuss the global economy. This year at Jackson Hole, the outgoing Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, grabbed headlines by calling for a new global monetary system to replace the US dollar as the world’s main currency reserve. A new digital currency, he said, based on a basket of currencies and provided by the public sector, could be more stable and sustainable than the dollar in today’s volatile, multi-polar world. But what would such a shift mean? Is this actually an old idea, revived by our digital age? And how could the rise of the private crypto-currencies such as Facebook’s Libra change the way money – and governments – work? Join Chris Morris and our panel on The Real Story this week as we ask: how is money changing, and could different systems be better for people and countries?

 

Contributors

Gillian Tett – chair of the editorial board and US editor-at-large of the Financial Times 

Michael Casey – author of The Truth Machine: The Blockchain and the Future of Everything

Catherine Mulligan -an academic specialising in digital technologies at Imperial College London 

Also featuring

Yanis Varoufakis – Greek economist, academic and politician

Perianne Boring – founder and president of the Digital Chamber of Commerce

 

/BBC production

 

 

Open Letter to Professor Alemayehu G. Mariam

4 Sep

Professor Alemayehu G. Mariam with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (Credit: ECADF)

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

by Asfaw Regassa

I am one of those Ethiopians who read your articles over the years and appreciated your taking the time to write every week during TPLF’s brutal dictatorial rule. I believe your articles, as well as articles from many other fellow citizens made positive contributions to the struggle against then dictatorship by exposing the regime’s heinous crimes as well as educating us all. However, the changes that we have been witnessing in your writings and public oral statements since the ascendancy to power of Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed have been dramatic in that they seem to be more of a propaganda stunt used to elevate the Prime Minister to great heights than incisive, critical, above all objective statements that reflect the reality on the ground. This is unbecoming of a professor who teaches constitutional law and political science and claims to stand for truth, freedom, justice and equality for all our people.

In your recent article on ECADF titled, “Hope Springs Eternal in Africa with Leaders Like Abiy Ahmed!“, as you have done several times before, you have gone the “extra mile” to not only commend but also glorify and make the Prime Minister look like an angel with some magical power to bring Sudanese opposing forces to the table and bring about a solution.

Grateful to #AsfawRegasa for this incisive piece cutting down Almariam to size. Since PMAbiy’s rise he’s gone awry, by all measures. AsfawR is right these excessive & blind praises by which he’s raised PM to sainthood has gone too far by all measures. 1/3 wp.me/p1u1FD-cj9

Whereas the Prime Minister and others who played a positive role in the said process should be commended you seem to lose sight of the fact that the Prime Minister shuttles the East Africa region in a diplomatic mission to resolve conflicts and bring opposing parties together while ignoring the ethnic conflicts that are taking place in various parts of our country, the mass displacement by millions of our fellow Ethiopians including young children, women, and elderlies including in Kamashi, Assosa, Gedeo Legetafo, Sulultata, Dire Dawa, and other Somalia, Amhara, Beninshangul, and Oromia towns and cities.

I recall in one of your weekly articles several years ago you rightly criticized the late vicious dictator Meles Zenawi for his claim of trying to resolve problems in neighboring countries while ignoring  problems at home noting that “he stirs someone else’s pot while his own is burning”. However, on the contrary you now bestow sainthood to Dr. Abiy Ahmed who has consistently ignored the various ethnic conflicts at home and taken reactive instead of proactive measures to prevent the massacre of fellow Ethiopians and destruction of property in Burayu, Jigjiga, Gedeo, Hawasa, etc., a double standard that you’ve employed blinded by your worship for the latter.

The danger that is hovering over our country is palpable, an everyday reality that is manifesting itself through ethnic conflicts and displacement of our poor and helpless citizens, a result of an apartheid rule by EPRDF, now being exacerbated by the tireless efforts of few lunatic extremists such as Jawar Mohammed and Ezkiel Gabissa to disintegrate our country. These individuals are treated like royals at a certain star hotel with all their living expenses covered and provided bodyguards, all cost borne by the poor Ethiopians taxpayers’ money by none other than the Prime Minister!



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, Almariam’s indecorous praises to fatally flawed man, the PM is, has annoyed me a lot. Excesses of his praises, a looney’s tunes, ‘ve bn irking me. Neither can see they’re mark of injustices against our ppl, a monarch over their shoulder! 2/3 wp.me/p1u1FD-cj9


Your continuous attempt to depict the Prime Minister as someone with some mystical power able to accomplish things no one else was able to accomplish including African and European powers is nothing but a cheap propaganda. If the Prime Minister has such power why ignore the crisis unfolding in our country before our eyes, including conflicts between different ethnic groups resulting in the death, brutal injury and displacement by millions of our fellow Ethiopians, the destruction of churches and other public property in many parts of the country!!! As the saying goes, “Charity starts at home” and if the Prime Minister is indeed bequeathed with such capacity and is true to what he has been claiming to lift Ethiopia over the past one year, he shouldn’t have ignored the crisis in our country. In fact, on the contrary, it appears as though he has given a tacit green light to the destructive efforts perpetrated by the likes of Jawar Mohammed and Ezkiel Gabissa (at a minimum, “Silence is agreement”)! I would like to remind you here that it is the Prime Minister who shared a stage with Jawar Mohammed at a stadium in Minnesota when he visited the U.S. a year ago and raised the latter’s hand and touted him as a “Freedom Fighter”!!!
Jawar Mohammed is nothing but a terrorist who is widely believed as being used by some foreign powers who are historic enemies of our beloved motherland financing his media network in return for his destructive project against our country. He is a guy whose place should be nowhere but at a kids playground but emerged from nowhere, thanks to social media, a decaying apartheid regime and disgruntled youth baptized in ethnic politics, however he now plays “the tail wags the dog” politics in our country. In its long history, our country had a multitude of great men and women, I would say in many walks of life, be it in politics, journalism, sports, government, literature, academia, civil service, religion, the military, private sector, etc., who “wowed” foreigners and fellow citizens alike by their knowledge, wisdom, foresight, humility, grace, mannerisms as well as patriotism. Despite such history it is heartbreaking to see our country having become a playground for the likes of Jawar Mohammed, Ezkiel Gabissa and their accomplices!!!

You mention that Dr. Abiy Ahmed is a potential top candidate for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. For what? Ethiopia on Dr. Abiy Ahmed’s watch has become the number one nation in the world in internal displacement of people, an infamous title not even secured by Syria, Libya, and Yemen, countries that have been going through destructive civil wars for several years now. The peace and security of our nation is at stake due to the divisive ethnic politics that has been perpetrated by EPRDF for 28 years to this day, which Dr. Abiy Ahmed is a part of! Citizens get stubbed, murdered and persecuted at whim as a result of such politics and extremist propaganda by Jawar Mohammed and company. You just need to watch on youtube Jawar Mohammed’s recent speech in Hawasa and ensuing murder of citizens, destruction of churches and other property, as reported by Government media! You need to put yourself in the Hawasa mother’s shoes who was narrating the story of her ailing daughter who was stubbed while in her bed!!! In my opinion, it would be an insult to injury to those millions of Ethiopians who have been subjected to politically motivated arrests, injuries, murders and displacement under Dr. Abiy Ahmed’s rule if he is awarded a “Nobel Peace Prize”!!! Your further attempt to liken Dr. Abiy Ahmed with H.I.M. Haile Selassie was a great spin and good try! However, that’s a bit of stretch to say the least, Mr. Professor.


Is Almariam noticing the disdain he shows to his folks for refusing to be on his side? He flies all over to cut them to pieces with his off key ridicules, sign of his monopoly over truth! Fact is these weekly tirades’ve got him pity as one needing help! 3/3 wp.me/p1u1FD-cj9

Your characterization of fellow citizens who do not bow to and worship Dr. Abiy Ahmed as “ungrateful brain dead in Ethiopia and in the Ethiopian diaspora”, “windbags and empty barrels” is very indecent and un-Ethiopian! It is not your first time to make such an outrageous statement in your writings and in public fora. You once claimed at a meeting held in Alexandria, VA something like, “No one can oppose Dr. Abiy Ahmed.” It is perplexing to hear such a statement from you who has taught constitutional law and political science for years. It is no-brainer that each and every citizen has a right to have an opinion of their own, criticize Dr. Abiy Ahmed or whoever in public office for what they do and they don’t do and the ultimate judge should be the people of Ethiopia, not a self-appointed professor who claims to be omniscient.

Finally, I would like to mention that the power-sharing deal in the Sudan creates a joint military and civilian council to rule the country for three years until elections can be held. As such, at least on a theoretical level (of course no one can predict what happens in the country’s politics between now and three years from now) this will be an inclusive transitional government that creates a fertile ground for a path to a democratic system through building institutions needed for such a system. It is paradoxical that Dr. Abiy Ahmed commended the parties for taking this road, whereas he claimed to transition our country to a democratic system on his own (exclusively) when asked about it during his visit to the U.S. In addition, our Sudanese brothers and sisters are taking the time to make the necessary preparation for a democratic system whereas Dr. Abiy Ahmed and his EPRDF party are rushing to proceed with an election in less than nine months working in concert with his rubber stamp parliament despite opposition from many political parties and other concerned citizens saying that it would be unrealistic to conduct a free and fair election in a country where there is no basic peace and security. Mr. Professor, your article has also lost sight of this fact vis-à-vis the Sudanese power-sharing deal. In conclusion, Mr. Professor, I would like to say that no one questions your right to support and stand firm by the Prime Minister, however your excessively effusive statements and glorification of the Prime Minister, which cannot be objectively corroborated by what’s going on in our country, and insults toward fellow Ethiopians who disagree with him earns you nothing but disrespect and rejection. It is only my hope that you will be open to criticisms that come across your way, introspect and revert to assessing the reality on the ground objectively and free of any bias, and continue to make a positive contribution to our country that is going through one of the most difficult times in its history.

/ECADF

 

 

 

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1 Sep

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