TPLF pol. commissar as UNISFA commander — wonders never end where the TPLF & its ethnic discrimination get a free hand!

10 May

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Beside his civilian-cum guerrilla fighter experiences, Ato Haile Tilahun is an ordinary person.

As a young man, he joined the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) to fight Ethiopia to break away Tigray region and make themselves a country and government.

In the UN roster, he is civilian. At his death in August 2016, at the age of 62, ENA referred to him as Brig-Gen Tilahun, news to this writer

Ato Tilahun had served from January 2015- February 2016 as commander of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA).

Prior to that he also had acquired some experience as chief of logistics at Ambasel Trading House. This is a TPLF-engineered import-export business the Front’s bosses largely-own and benefit from, although in name they make it look like an Amhara organisation. Most decisions are made by the Tigrayans.

In addition, Haile Tilahun was adviser to manager of Tigrean(s)-owned engineering firm.

Prior to that, Haile Tilahun was a political commissar. It appears, the TPLF wanted to reward him with appointment as UNISFA commander.

The sad tragedy is the UN being ensnared in such a trap, as facilitator of a corrupt practice and ethnic discrimination against Ethiopians.

Periods of commanders’ service compiled by the writer from UN sources; the ethnicity information is native knowledge from names and Ethiopian media.

Like all TPLF officials that show off their acquisition of degrees, Haile Tilahun too holds an MA degree of sorts. That he got through an opportunity designed to help former liberation movement fighters to make up for the school years they spent in the trenches. Ethiopia has seen them in every office; they even have had a hard time learning on the job. For them, the Albanian ideology represented the height of education, thanks to dictator Meles Zenawi.

In Ethiopian offices, this quickly showed  ideology not necessarily is an education. Such degrees Haile Tilahun also holds are not a measure of the education its holders acquired, but the benefits of pretence and psychology. What does it matter whether one is educated or not so long as he or she belonged to a powerful party with guns?

Of course, the former TPLF guerrilla fighters like Haile Tilahun have been generously compensated. As the saying the church knows how to reward its own has aptly proved, each of them, for instance, receiving pension from the day they joined the guerrilla force against Ethiopia.

On the other hand, the TPLF’s sense of justice and its cruelty is shown by the same law denying the former Ethiopian soldiers of all ranks their pensions, including what they have contributed towards it.

This is not being said out of hostility against a single individual, such as Haile Tilahun. The problem Ethiopians have is with the TPLF’s arrogance and its system of ethnic discrimination, designed to hugely enable one group and deprive the majority in all spheres of life.

A graduate from the TPLF ideological school, in a BBC interview The New York Times of December 28, 1989 quotes Haile Tilahun, whose official title during the interview was the political commissar of the Tigrean-organised Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Movement — manifestation that TPLF is everyone’s boss.

‘Comrade’ Haile’s 1989 interview on the BBC has potently exposed what was wrong with the TPLF then and today, proving the virtues in the continuing Ethiopian protests.

The interview appears in an article in The New York Times by Jane Perlez titled: Ethiopia Base and 2 Towns Said to Fall to Rebels (link above). In that article, Commissar Haile Tilahun tells the radio Mikhail S. Gorbachev of the Soviet Union was a revisionist.

Sadly for all peoples of the world, especially Ethiopians he “held up Albania as the model for the Ethiopia that his movement would strive toward.” TPLF stuck to its words and in every sense proving it was more Stalinist than the Enver Hosa disciple — for its killings, tortures of citizens and an unbelievable degree of corruption.

There is no mistaking Ethiopia has truly found itself in that Albanian mess, where wealth and power go to the graduates from ‘Dedebit’ (TPLF bunkers of sorts during guerrilla days) welding guns.

Twenty-seven years in power, what those guerrillas wield is not any lesson learned by way of the importance of respecting the human rights of citizens and a sense of settling down. But Ethiopians encounter daily powerful greedy people who can never get full.

The TPLF cadres are hungry they kill; the TPLF cadres are full, they imprison citizens, torture, kill and ‘castrate’  the men to deny them possibilities of offsprings.

Such power in Ethiopia, to this day has helped these criminals to control the economy and benefit a smaller group in TPLF leadership position, whom Ethiopians refer to as ‘shifta bessilttan’, bandidos in power, or the political mafia.

While Tigray is about six percent of the Ethiopian population, like the rest most cannot be seen as beneficiaries, save only the feel good they enjoy for being to the same side as the ruling Mafiosi.

That’s is the Ethiopian reality today!

What everyone must be ashamed of is those civilised Western societies and the United Nations who have befriended such a group that does not reflect the values of their societies, or the Organisation’s Charter, they always tell us they are proud of!

Is it not long overdue for some sense of decency to be displayed?

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