Tedros Adhanom: Africa’s WHO post candidate counting the final hours, sipping champagne in Geneva!

19 May

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
Dr. Tedros Adhanom has Friday sent out message to his supporters in Amharic (below) through the Ethiopian Mission in Geneva. His message urges them to show the resolve of Ethiopia’s famous athletes, as he is approaching the eleventh hour of his competition for the top post in the World Health Organization (WHO).

In this brief message, he is reminding his Ethiopian supporters that he is an African candidate on whose support he relies for his victory. How many Ethiopians he has lined up to speak to WHA representatives is not clear; or how such campaign through the Ethiopian community translates into influence in electoral results is mystery to me. Nonetheless, it is not without reason he asked his message to be shared as widely as possible.

Of course, what he may have in mind may be to encourage his Tigrean base to come out en masse to show he has ‘national support’. Spurious as that is, it may not be that strong after all, especially after his regime has massacred several hundred Ethiopians and the continuing repression that has put Tigreans in the storm’s eye at home.

The following is full content of his message, with a bottle of champagne he has been feting diplomats, invitees and supporters. The question is how is all this paid for?

How can one explain this campaign in Geneva this week in Geneva by a candidate to the WHO top post, organized by the Ethiopian Mission to the United Nations

“የጀመርነው የምርጫ ዘመቻ የናንተው ድጋፍ ሀይል እየሆነው የመጨረሻው ዙር ላይ ደርሷል:: እንደ ድንቅ የአትሌቲክስ ጀግኖቻችን እንደ ሀይሌ እና ቀነኒሳ ሪባኑን በድል እድራጊነት ለመበጠስ ፍጥነታችንን ጨምረናል:: በአትሌቲክሱ ውድድር የመጨረሻዋ ዙር ትንፋሽንም ትኩረትንም ስብሰብ በማድረግ በሌሎች ተወዳዳሪዎች እንቅስቃሴ ሳይረበሹ የራስን የማሸነፊያ ስልት በብቃት መፈፀም ይጠይቃል:: ያለ ሀይልን ተጠቅሞ በልበ ሙሉነት መፍጠንን ይጠይቃል:: እነ ደራርቱ እና ጥሩዬ በአለም የስፖርት አደባባይ ተወዳዳሪን በረጅም ርቀት ጥለው በመግባት የሀገራቸውን ሰንደቅ ከፍ ማድረግ የቻሉትም በዚሁ አሸናፊነት መንገድ ነው:: መድረኩ ቢለያይም የመላው አፍሪካን ድጋፍ ይዘን የገባንበት የአለም ጤና ድርጅት ውድድርንም ድል ለማድረግ የሚያስፈልገን ይኸው መንፈስ ነውና በዚሁ መንገድ እንቀጥል! እስከ መጨረሻው መስመር አብረን እንግፋ እላለሁ!!
ድል ለኢትዮጵያ! ድል ለአፍሪካ !ለሁሉም ሀገር ወደድ ኢትዮጵያዊያን ሼር ማድረግዎን አይርሱ!”

It is also important to raise at this point, if the TPLF regime and its candidate have fully complied in disclosing the candidate’s expenses, as per the required conduct of candidates and the nominating state in EB134/43 of 10 January 2014 (Code of Conduct for the Election of the Director-General). In other words, the intention of this note is to ask if Tedros Adhanom’s financial sources are open and public, and how much support Ethiopian taxpayers are paying.

It is important the world knows what is being done by this unaccountable regime that is known to constantly deep its hands at will into the national treasury, with no legal constraints.

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