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Aid in the wrong hands – The Telegraph

Hailemariam Desaleg

By Telegraph

31 Oct 2014

Is Ethiopia’s government, whose security forces are guilty of rape and torture, a worthy recipient of £329 million of British taxpayers’ money?

30 years ago, Band Aid mobilised a generation of British teenagers behind the campaign to help Ethiopia recover from famine. Today, Ethiopia is the second-biggest beneficiary of British aid, receiving no less than £329 million last year. And yet the same government that is favoured by this largesse has also carried out appalling atrocities. This week, Amnesty International detailed how Ethiopia’s security forces are guilty of rape and torture as they struggle against separatist rebels. Meanwhile, Hailemariam Desalegn, the prime minister, is untroubled by criticism in the local press or any public opposition, for the simple reason that both are effectively banned. The Department for International Development’s plan for Ethiopia shamelessly notes the country’s “progress toward establishing a functioning democracy”, but adds: “There is still a long way to go”. Indeed. A very long way to go.

The question is whether such a government is a worthy recipient of British taxpayers’ money. Our aid does not go to Ethiopia’s security forces, of course, nor to the secret police who create such fear. Yet British funding for schools and hospitals could release resources for Mr Hailemariam to spend on repression. Foreign aid will always give recipient governments more discretion over what to do with their own money. DfID would say that British aid is, for example, helping almost two million Ethiopian children to go to school – and that is a fair point. But DfID’s budget jumped by 32 per cent between 2012 and 2013 – the biggest percentage increase ever enjoyed by any Whitehall department in peacetime history. DfID has failed to allay the suspicion that its officials are more concerned with spending this money than guarding against possible unintended consequences. Sadly, that risk is greater in Ethiopia than almost anywhere else.

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The Ethiopians and their recent history

October 30, 2014

by Yilma Bekele

We all repeat by rot that our country is three thousand years old. It has always been like that ever since I remember. Not a single year more or one day less. I doubt anyone knows the details but we all seem to be happy repeating that mantra. I am not going to argue nor go on a fishing expedition to prove it right or wrong. To tell you the truth I am very comfortable with that aspect of our history. We are poor, when it comes to technology we are very backward, we still experience real famine and we are at the bottom of every index that measures human development but my dear friends that three thousand years figure is the only thing that keeps our head up and our spirit soaring and that is perfectly fine with me.

It is only when it comes to recent history our problem rears its head. When I say recent I am really talking about yesterday regarding things that happened when most of us are around to witness. Calling it history is a little presumptuous but due to lack of a good term let us call it immediate history. It is unfortunately true that times have not been good to us or we haven’t been good at making a history that our children would be proud of. For some reason we stopped being in charge of deciding our fate and making history as it has been done by those that came before us. Our bragging rights for the three thousand years is resting on shaky ground when it comes to this generation.

We are all free to pick a date and year to signify our trip down but after a lengthy debate with myself I have decided December 1960 to be the exact month and year we abdicated responsibility and took a leave of absence from making history. It has never been the same since then. We have showed signs of life only twice after that but overall we have been on hibernation. This is not the first time such things have happened in our three thousand year old history. You can actually pinpoint the few brilliant moments when we have woken up and stirred to make a difference but I would say the vast majority of the time we choose to be not involved and always let whoever was in charge do what they want.

December 1960 was the first time in our recent past the brothers Mengistu and Germame Neway attempted to make history. We refer to it as the Tahesas Gereger. I guess Gereger is what would be called chaos in the English language. It is a perfect description to what happened at the time. Absolute chaos reigned and change did not take place. After the dust settled things went back to what it was before and we all went back to sleep. Absolutely nothing happened. The Emperor went back to his old ways, the landlords continued their abuse of the ninety nine percent and the sun dimmed a little to help us sleep better.

The next time we stirred from our slumber was around 1974 when we woke up with convulsion. You notice we just don’t wake up in a slow controlled manner but rather we flex our legs and hands in a violent manner and jump out indicating we are rising up from a nightmare. Do you think going to bed with an empty stomach does that to us? That definitely is not a good way to regain conscience from a deep sleep. That is always why we end up being hazardous to ourselves and all those around us. No one is safe from an Ethiopian that opens his eye from a deep sleep.

Our recent attempt to wake up from our short nap took place in November of 2005. It was a little different from times before. For some reason we stirred in a careful and deliberate manner. I have no explanation why but it was definitely not as violent and destructive as before. It was controlled and Zen like accompanied with soft music and bright smiles. Hey we thought we are entering a new phase and it felt different. There was no Gereger, no wild drunken moves with signs of hangover anywhere to witness. Observers of our violent past were actually beginning to write about a new chapter in the life of the Abyssinian. It was not to be. We only licked half the problem. You know us, we love leaving things undone and unfinished.

Dear reader, please notice there is always another force that is always waiting around the corner when we are trying to wake up. The force is always sinister and negative by nature. In 1960 the Emperor with his landowners were the dark force. In 1974 the Derg with Sargent Mengistu were the dark knights. In 2005 the TPLF with evil Meles and his TPLF Politburo were waiting with bayonets at the ready. All three attempts to bring change ended up with acts of untold cruelty and real damage to our people and country. Please also notice that it was never an outside power that stands against our sincere attempt to build a just and harmonious society. Most other country’s history is full of their struggle against outsiders that try to control and subjugate them. Our Ethiopian history is a little different, we are our worst enemy. Our history is full of atrocity committed by no other than one of our won against the rest of us.

This weekend is the ninth anniversary of November 2nd and 3rd 2005 massacre by Meles Zenawi’s private troops of peaceful protesters in the aftermath of the 2005 election. According the report by the wonderful and brave commission led by Judge Woldemichael Meshesha one hundred ninety three Ethiopians were brutally murdered by Meles Zenawi and his TPLF party solders. We have the names of all those that lost their lives so a few could stay in power.

Ethiopian Election Massacre Commemoration MonthIt happened just yesterday. The parents, sisters and brothers that were murdered by the ruthless regime are still with us. We have their names, pictures, their date of birth and their address. They are not imaginary people but real Ethiopians that were murdered in broad daylight to keep a few Woyane’s in power. None were armed. Do you know any Ethiopian that even holds a few minutes of silent remembrance for these brave souls that went out to protest the theft of their vote? Do you for a second stop what you doing to think of them and why they died?

No we do not. We have no planed special anniversary to honor those who stood for our liberty. We do not fly our flag half-mast to remember our heroes. We do not write poetry to think of these extraordinary heroes. We do not have literature to teach our children what happened nine years ago and instill in their head the importance of the actions of those that dared to challenge dictatorship.

I guess we don’t find it significant. Even those of us that claim to be aware are too busy talking our mouth off about Woyane atrocity today without bothering to honor those that fought yesterday against the same abuser. The Jews remind us of the Holocaust, the Palestinians don’t forget Al Nafka or the catastrophe, the Americans keep a flame burning for 9/11 and the Ethiopians get upset when reminded of November. Why do you bring negativity, isn’t it better to forget some say. Those that did the crime want us to be a people without a memory and those that suffered accommodate without question. If we don’t think of it, it did not happen is the conclusion.

You know what I think? I believe we like being victims. We go the extra mile to recite all the atrocity Woyane is doing to our people so that we can hate some more. Is it because we are looking for sympathy? Is it to show our helplessness and elicit some pity? No one goes to great length like an Ethiopian to dig all the crimes done against them. We are like a bottom less pit fishing for story to tell about the cruel nature of Woyane. In fact we step over each other to see who would come up with the most horrific story to show what a monster Woyanes’ are. We are so frightened of the TPLF party that we end up frightening all those around us.

Thus you open our wonderful Websites that chronicle history as it happens and you want to close it fast. They are all full of horror stories in a never ending manner. If a being arrives from outer space and visit our pages I have no doubt the amount of self-flagellation would make their stomach churn with pain. It is a never ending report of what they are doing to us in graphic detail. The question to ask is how could we do this to ourselves? What exactly are we trying to accomplish by reciting the bravery, cruelty, cunningness of the enemy? If the purpose is to make us hate Woyane isn’t there a limit to how much hate one can accommodate without it turning to fear? How many ways can I hate thee is a good question?

The same being from outer space would ask isn’t there something this people are capable of doing? Glancing from our news and literature that information is hard to come by. It is buried deep and a few scattered here and there. How could people survive three thousand years with such disposition about life is the next question to ask. Well truth be told despite the many that get overtaken by a few weak and feeble there seems to be plenty brave souls among us that manage to keep the ship sail in stormy weathers.

That is the reason we still talk of three thousand years of history. The flickers of the bright light that shine intermittently is what keeps the story intact. Oh yes we have seen many flickers throughout history. The Holy Bible is full of allusions to our existence before Christ, the Holy Koran gives testimonial to our bravery, piety and generosity. Those three instances I mentioned earlier are recent flickers of our never ending quest to add on the glorious past. We are at it again stirring from a tiny little nap since 2005. You might not notice it due to the naysayers’ noise but it is there gathering momentum and all you got to do is listen with your ears open and cancel the shouts of defeatism.

Semayawi party discussionListen to the braves of Semayawi Party gathering the young and restless, pay attention to Andenet Party re-inventing itself from turmoil, observe OLF refusing to die, watch the forces of Ginbot7, Patriotic Front and Amhara Forces realigning in perfect harmony and my friend you can’t help but see the flicker of light getting brighter. Of course if you don’t want to see it, you would rather insistently talk about abuse and concoct story of a dying spent negative force like the TPLF no one can stop you. I am tired and bored of your recital of abuse. I would rather discuss my own positive growth and nurture the emerging, young and vibrant that is working to add to my glorious history. Go ahead talk about TPLF, shout about Eritrea numb your brain with horror stories of abuse and see if anything is going to come out of that.

Yes Eskinder is in jail, Andualem is in isolation, Reyot is denied medical treatment, Wubeshet is moved around, Andargachew is in solitary confinement, Temesgen was just taken hostage and hundreds unnamed ones are living in turmoil, well my friend isn’t that what the struggle is all about. Guess what they are inside because they were lighting the torch of freedom not sitting around talking about liberation but actually doing something to make it happen. I doubt they want us to sit around and mop about it. Did I tell you talk too much?

Ginbot 7 popular force 5th round recruitsThus this weekend I dare you to take one minute and think about Shibre Desaligne and the others whose life was cut short by Meles Zenawi and his Politburo friends that are still with us. When you go to church, when you visit the Mosque this weekend I want you to pray for my people that gave the most precious asset they have on behalf of you and I. Be Ethiopian enough and think of our heroes that are sitting as hostages of Woyane as you read this, think of the independent party members and leaders that are operating despite the tremendous pressure by the rogue regime and be proud of the liberation forces that are getting ready to engage the enemy and you will help make the flicker of a light burn a little brighter.

God bless them the Ethiopian Diaspora are the most precious asset our beautiful country have produced in a long time. We have left our beautiful land with nothing in our pocket and managed to build one of the most successful immigrants to ever step outside of their home. Where ever we have settled we always remember what we left behind. We have added value to that unique quality of being an Ethiopian and to claim all our mothers are proud of us is putting mildly.

It is up to the young Ethiopians in the old country to wake up and make history. It is up to our young people to follow on the footsteps of their elders that rose up to demand ‘Land to The Tiller’, it is up to our young Ethiopians to build on the shoulders of those EPRP heroes that defied the mighty Derg army and dared to dream of change and sacrificed in the streets, valleys and mountains of our beautiful land. Our Universities and high schools were training grounds where we thought of those less fortunate than us and rose to bring change. That is what is needed today from our young Ethiopians. We on the outside are doing our share, we expect the same sacrifice and dedication from our young people. No one is coming over to bring you freedom. It does not work like that. It is not about Woyane, USA, Britain China or any other but you my young friend, it is all about you. Dare to make history.

You know what, Woyane forces are going to complain and make fun of us, belittle our efforts and a few of you are going to go on the bandwagon and split hairs, find a sentence here, quote out of context there and pat yourself on your back for your feeble attempt at self-hatred. But some of us are not paying attention to you because we got work to do. I am only going to discuss what our gallant fighters are doing to Woyane why would I talk about what they are doing to me? Why would I give them precious space on my website to broadcast their atrocity when I can use the same space to galvanize my people to rise up?

We do not shed tears for Eskinder, Andualem, Andargachew and thousands others but we follow their footsteps and build a better Ethiopia that would make them proud. With or without you the freedom train is leaving the station. No one can stop that. It is inevitable.

posted by Daniel tesfaye

A British Man Is on Death Row in Ethiopia

October 29, 2014

by Oscar Rickett (VICE NEWS)

Andargachew Tsege, known to his friends and family as Andy, is a British citizen from Ethiopia. He came to England as a political refugee in 1979. Now he’s back in Ethiopia, locked up and possibly enduring torture for being a political dissident, and the UK stands accused of not doing enough to help.Andargachew Tsege, known to his friends and family as Andy, is a British citizen from Ethiopia.

Tsege is the secretary general of Ginbot 7, an opposition group banned by the Ethiopian government. In 2009, he was sentenced to death at a trial held in Ethiopia in his absence for supposedly planning a coup. Then, in June this year he was seized in Yemen, which has a security arrangement with Ethiopia. For two weeks, it seemed as though he had disappeared off the face of the Earth. Then, he emerged on Ethiopian state TV broadcasts, where it was revealed that he was being held in a secret detention facility. While he’s unlikely to face a rarely imposed death sentence, he is currently on death row.

In the first video released, he appears for a short time and looks fairly healthy. But in the second, screaming can be heard in the background (just after the one-minute mark) and Tsege, looking thin and exhausted, is presented as if he is making a confession. A narrator says, in a haltingly edited piece of propaganda, that Tsege has been working with neighboring Eritrea—which has a longstanding feud with Ethiopia, that he has been disrupting the “peace and economic growth of Ethiopia,” and that he has been “training various people and sending ammunition through Eritrean borders.” His lawyers are concerned that evidence obtained through torture will be used to justify the sentence imposed on him.

Since his arrest, a UK Foreign Office (FCO) spokesperson told me, Tsege has only seen the British ambassador to Ethiopia once. That was back in August. “We are deeply concerned about his welfare,” the spokesperson said. “We want consular access and are pressing for further access to him.” David Cameron has written to Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn “to request regular consular access and his assurance that the death penalty will not be imposed.”

Despite this diplomatic action, a British citizen is languishing on death row based on evidence that could have been gained through torture, and there has been no public condemnation of Ethiopia’s actions. His advocates say it’s not good enough. Human rights charity Reprieve has initiated legal proceedings against the Foreign Office (FCO) for its failure to treat Tsege’s abduction as a serious breach of international law.

Andy Tsege is raising three children with Yemi Hailemariam, his girlfriend of ten years. All three children have written to Cameron to ask what he is doing to get their father out of prison. Cameron, though, will be treading carefully. Strategically located in the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia is a key ally to the West in the war on terror and has a close relationship with Britain. It is one of the main actors in the fight against Al-Shabaab in Somalia. Ethiopia’s use of its anti-terrorism legislation to crack down on dissent of any kind is troubling. According to a recent Human Rights Watch report, Ethiopia has become a surveillance state. Press freedom is deteriorating, particularly in the run-up to elections next May.

When I put this to a source in Ethiopia’s ministry of foreign affairs, he insisted that grounds for concern over terrorism in the region were legitimate. “I don’t think it is so much Ethiopia using its strategic importance to do what it wants. The government does genuinely feel it is in the frontline against terrorism—and in terms of terrorist activity it has some cause—Al-Shabaab is in Somalia and trying to make moves into Ethiopia as well as Kenya, Uganda, and so on.”

Ethiopia considers Ginbot 7 a terrorist group, and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn claims that “Andargachew Tsege is a Trojan horse for the Eritrean government to destabilize this country.” Eritrea is where the Ethiopian opposition groups meet, and any connection to Eritrea can be milked by the Ethiopian government. According to a recent report submitted to the UN’s Security Council by its Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea, the Diplomatic missions and military officers of Eritrea are involved in the recruitment, training, and operational aspects of Ginbot 7.

But Ginbot 7 does not appear to be anything like Al-Shabaab. Its mission statement says that it is looking to establish a “national political system in which government power and political authority is assumed through peaceful and democratic process based on the free will and choice of citizens of the country.” Tsege’s family and lawyers insist that he is a peaceful man trying to stand up to an authoritarian regime.

My FCO spokesperson told me that more vocal lobbying is a “tool in our diplomatic arsenal,” to be used at the right moment. Old school diplomacy is still the order of the day, she said, and the British government’s public line may change depending on how the case goes. My Ethiopian foreign ministry source implies that this might be the right approach, citing the experience of Martin Schibbye and Johann Persson, two Swedish journalists who spent nearly a year in an Ethiopian prison on terror charges from 2011 to 2012. They “would have been released months earlier if the Swedish foreign ministry and Human Rights Watch hadn’t kept making loud public noises about ill treatment and human rights abuse,” he said.

Maybe that’s the cut and thrust of realpolitik, and the FCO is playing a savvy game. But a cynic might point out that there are grounds to believe that the British government’s approach is more about not showing up its ally than a desire to protect a British citizen.

Last year, internal documents from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) showed that millions of pounds of foreign aid money was set to fund the training of Ethiopian security forces in the Ogaden region, which has been accused of numerous human rights abuses and summary executions.

Then there’s a master’s program for Ethiopian security-sector officials, funded by DFID. A DFID document, still available online, reveals that places for Ethiopian officials on the “Executive Masters in Security Sector Management delivered to top and mid level military and civil servants in five cohorts” at Cranfield University, were set to be funded by the department up until 2017. The course has since been closed due to “concerns about risk and value for money.” I’m sure this is totally unrelated to any embarrassment that Tsege’s case might cause DFID. Despite the cancelation, the question remains: Can the British government be expected to stand up for Tsege while it is funding Ethiopia’s oppressive anti-terror operation?

Yemi Hailemariam, Andy’s long-term girlfriend, is worried that the father of her children will continue to suffer. “There needs to be clarity in the message the British government is sending to Ethiopia. They need to tell them, ‘This is our citizen. Please give him back,’” she said. Tsege’s lawyers, from the legal charity Reprieve, are just as concerned. Maya Foa, head of their death penalty team, said, “It beggars belief that the UK Government is not doing more to get him back.”

Tsege’s family are trying to hold themselves together. “I don’t feel at all confident about him coming back. I try not to think about it because when I do, I fall to pieces,” Yemi told me. Whatever happens, he “will be expected to ask for a pardon,” sources close to the case in Ethiopia tell me. If he does this, his death sentence will be replaced with a life sentence in prison, perhaps less. In a country that emphasizes security over human rights, and with the British intent on maintaining an important strategic and economic alliance, it may just be the best he can hope for.

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ፕሬዚዳንት ኦባማ ስለኢትዮጵያ ምርጫ ምን ያህል “ያውቃሉ”? ከፕሮፌሰር አለማየሁ ገብረማርያም

Oct 29,2014


ትርጉም በነጻነት ለሀገሬ  

ፕሬዚዳንት ኦባማ .. 2015 በኢትዮጵያ ስለሚካሄደውምርጫምን ያህል ያውቃሉ? 

ባለፈው ሳምንት ፕሬዚዳንት ባራክ ኦባማ በኢትዮጵያ ካለው የገዥው አካል የልዑካን ቡድን አባላት ጋር በዚህ በዋሽንግተን ዲሲ ላይ በመገናኘት እንዲህ የሚል ንግግር አሰምተው ነበር…”በዚህ ዓመት ጠቅላይ ሚስትር [ኃይለማርያም ደሳለኝ] እና መንግስታችሁ በኢትዮጵያ ምርጫ ለማካሄድ የዝግጅት እንቅስቃሴ በማደረግ ላይ ትገኛላችሁ፡፡ ስለዚያ ጉዳይ ጥቂት ነገሮችን አውቃለሁ…እናም ስለሲቪል ማህበረሰቡ እና ስለመልካም አስተዳደር እንደዚሁም ኢትዮጵያ እስከ አሁን ድረስ ያስመዘገበችውን አንጸባራቂ እድገት እና ተምሳሌትነት እንዴት አድርጎ ወደ ሲቪል ማህበረሰቡም ማሸጋገር እንደሚቻል ለመነጋገር ጥሩ አጋጣሚ ይፈጥርልናል…“  

ገና ከመጀመሪያው ጀምሬ አስተያየቴ ምን ላይ አንዳተኮረ ግልጽ ላድርግ፣ ይህ የአሁኑ ትችቴ ትኩረት አድርጎ የሚያነጣጥረው ጠቃሚ በሆኑ ጉዳዮች ላይ በተለየ መልኩ በፕሬዚዳንት ኦባማ ላይ ነው፡፡ ለዚህም ዋናው ምክንያቴ እርሳቸው በፈቃዳቸው በኢትዮጵያ የምርጫ ፖለቲካ  ውስጥ በተለይ “የማውቃው ነገሮች አሉ” በማለት እመር ብለው ዘለው ገብተውበታል፡፡ እንደዚህ ልዩ በሆነው መግለጫቸው ስለዚያ ምርጫ ጉዳይ የማውቃቸው ጥቂት ነገሮች አሉ በማለት በይፋ በማወጃቸው ስለዚያ ምርጫ ጉዳይ የሚያውቋቸው “ጥቂት ነገሮች” ምን እንደሆኑ በይፋ ለህዝብ ግልጽ ማድረግ እንዳለባቸው ለመጠየቅ እፈልጋለሁ፡፡ ከዚህም በተጨማሪ በዚያች አገር በየጊዜው ምርጫ እየተባለ የህዝብ እና የመንግስት ሀብት ያለአግባብ እየባከነ ለይስሙላ የሚካሄደውን ምርጫ በማስመልከት እኔም የማውቃቸውን “ጥቂት ነገሮች” ለእርሳቸው ግንንዛቤ እንዲረዳቸው ላካፍላቸው እፈልጋለሁ፡፡ በፕሬዚዳንቱ ያልተጠበቀ የቃላት አመራረጥ እና አጠቃቀም ግራ ተጋብቻለሁ፣ በትክክል ምን ለማለት እንደፈለጉም ለማወቅ ጉጉት ያደረብኝ ሲሆን ይህ ፈሩን የለቀቀ የሸፍጥ አነጋገር ግን ሳልተች አንደአላልፍ ተገድጃለሁ፡፡

ፕሬዚዳንቱ ስለቀጣዩ የኢትዮጵያ ምርጫ “ጥቂት ነገሮችን” አውቃለሁ ሲሉ እንደ ስለላ ተቋም በሚስጥር የማውቀው ነገር አለ ማለታቸው ነውን? ፕሬዚዳንቱ ስለምርጫው ጥቂት የማውቃቸው ነገሮች አሉ ሲሉ ከዚህ ቀደም የተደረጉ የተጭበረበሩ እና በቀን ብርሀን የምርጫ ኮሮጆዎች እየተገለበጡ በሸፍጥ የተካሄዱ የይስሙላ ምርጫዎች ነበሩ ለማለት ፈልገው ነውን? እ.ኤ.አ በ2015 ስለሚካሄደው የኢትዮጵያ ምርጫ ፕሬዚዳንት ኦባማ የሚያውቋቸውን ጥቂት ነገሮች ግልጽ እንዲያደርጉልኝ በእርግጠኝነት ለማወቅ እፈልጋለሁ፣ ምክንያቱም የንግግራቸው ዳህራ አቀራረብ ጆርጅ ኦርዌል እንዳሉት “በቅጥፈት የታጀበን አንደበት እውነት ማስመሰል“ ከሚለው ጋር መሳ ለመሳ አስመስሎታል፡፡ ፕሬዚዳንቱ የሚያውቋቸውን ጥቂት ነገሮች ለማወቅ በዛር እንደተለከፈ ሰው መንቀጥቀጥ አለብን እንዴ?

እ.ኤ.አ በ2010 በኢትዮጵያ በተካሄደው አገር አቀፍ ምርጫ በህዝባዊ ወያኔ ሀርነት ትግራይ (ሕወሀት) የበላይነት የሚመራው ገዥው ፓርቲ በጠራራ ጸሐይ የድምጽ ኮሮጆ እየገለበጠ በመዝረፍ እና ምርጫ በማጭበርበር 99.6 በመቶ የመራጮችን ድምጽ በማግኘት ጠቅላላ የፓርላማውን መቀመጫ እንደተቆጣጠረ ያውቁ ነበርን? ይህ የምርጫ ውጤት መቶ በመቶ (100%) ለመሆን የቀረችው የአንድ ፐርሰንት አራት አስረኛ ብቻ ነበረች፡፡

እ.ኤ.አ በ2010 የፕሬዚዳንት ኦባማ ብሄራዊ የደህንነት ምክር ቤት እንዲህ የሚል መግለጫ አወጣ፣ “የኢትዮጵያ ምርጫ ዓለም አቀፍ የምርጫ መስፈርትን የማያሟላ መሆኑን ዓለም አቀፍ የምርጫ ታዛቢዎች ያረጋገጡት ስለሆነ ይኸ ጉዳይ አሳስቦናል…ከምርጫው ዕለት በፊትም እንኳ ለነጻ እና ፍትሀዊ ምርጫ የሚሆን የተስተካከለ የምርጫ ሜዳ በስራ ላይ አልዋለም ነበር፡፡ ከቅርብ ዓመታት ጊዜ ወዲህ የኢትዮጵያ መንግስት የተቃዋሚ የፖለቲካ ፓርቲዎችን በማስፈራራት እና በማሸማቀቅ የፖለቲካ ምህዳሩን በማጥበብ የሲቪል ማህበረሰቡን እና  የነጻውን ፕሬስ እንቅስቃሴ ገድቧል…“ ብለው ነበር፡፡ ፕሬዚዳንት ኦባማ ይህንን ሲሉ በአሁኑ ጊዜ የተቃዋሚ ፓርቲዎች እና አመራሮች በገዥው ፓርቲ አምባገነናዊ ማንአለብኝነት ማስፈራሪያ እየደረሰባቸው፣ እየተሸማቀቁ፣ እየታሰሩ፣ እየተሰቃዩ እና በሸፍጥ የፍርድ ቤት ክስ እየተጉላሉ መሆናቸውን ያውቃሉ?

ፕሬዚዳንት ኦባማ ለመሆኑ እ.ኤ.አ በ2010 በተካሄደው የመጨረሻ አገር አቀፍ ምርጫ የምርጫ ዘገባ በማቅረባቸው ምክንያት ምርጥ እና የብሩህ አዕምሮ ባለቤት የሆኑት የኢትዮጵያ ጀግኖች ጋዜጠኞች ከሰብአዊነት በወረደ መልኩ በየእስር ቤቶች እየታጎሩ በመማቀቅ ላይ እንደሚገኙ ያውቃሉ? ክቡር ፕሬዚዳንቱ እ.ኤ.አ በ2010 የዓለም የፕሬስ ቀንን ምክንያት በማድረግ በኢትዮጵያ በስልጣን ላይ ተጣብቆ የሚገኘውን ገዥ አካል በስም እየጠሩ በተለይም በነጻ ፕሬሱ ላይ እያካሄደ ያውን ጭቆና በማውገዝ እንዲህ የሚል ንግግር አሰምተው አልነበረምን?፣ “በአሁኑ ጊዜ ህዝቦች ከምንጊዜውም በላይ በኢንተርኔት አገልግሎት፣ በተንቀሳቃሽ ስልክ እና በሌሎች ተገጣጣሚ የቴክኖሎጂ ውጤቶች አማካይነት አስፈላጊውን መረጃ እያገኙ ባለበት ሁኔታ እንደ ቻይና፣ ኢትዮጵያ፣ ኢራን እና ቬንዙዌላ የመሳሰሉ አገሮች የህዝቦቻቸውን ሀሳብን በነጻ የመግለጽ ነጻነትን በመገደብ እና እነዚህን ዘመኑ ያፈራቸውን የቴክኖሎጂ ውጤቶች እንዳይጠቀሙ በማድረግ ላይ ናቸው“ አላሉም ነበር እንዴ?

በኢትዮጵያ ባለው ገዥ አካል ቀያጅ የሆነው የበጎ አድራጎት እና ማህበራት አዋጅ መውጣት ምክንያት በኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ ሲንቀሳቀሱ የነበሩ የበጎ አድራጎት ድርጅቶች እና ማህበራት ቁጥር እ.ኤ.አ በ2010 የመጀመሪያዎቹ ሶስት ወራት ብቻ ከነበረበት 4,600 ወደ 1,400 አሽቆልቁሎ መውረዱን ሊያስታውሱ ይችላሉን? እነዚህ የተረፉት ጥቂት ድርጅቶች ህልውናቸውን ለማቆየት ሲሉ የሰራተኞቻቸውን ቁጥር ከ90 በመቶ ወይም ከዚያ በላይ በሆነ መጠን የቀነሱ መሆናቸውን አያውቁምን? እ.ኤ.አ በ2009 “ስህተት እንዳትሰሩ፣ የሲቪል ማህበረሰቡ–የሲቪል ቡድኖች መንግስቶቻቸው በተሻለ የማስተዳደር ብቃት እና መስፈርት ላይ እንዲሆኑ ያግዛሉ“ በማለት የሲቪል ማህበረሰቡን ሁኔታ በማስመልከት ያደረጉትን ንግግር ሊያስታውሱ ይችላሉን? በኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ እ.ኤ.አ በ2009 ወይም በ2010 ከነበረው ቁጥራቸው እጅግ በጣም ባነሰ ሁኔታ ጥቂት ብቻ የሆኑ ድርጅቶች በ2014 በሀገሪቱ ውስጥ ሁሉም በሚባል መልኩ የገዥው አካል ደጋፊ እና ታዛዥ በሆኑ ጥቃቅን የጎጆ ኢንዱስትሪ መሰል ድርጅቶች ባለቤትነት፣ ተግባሪነት እና አመራር ሰጭነት የሚንቀሳቀሱ ብቻ ናቸው ያሉት ብለው የተናገሩትን ሊያስታውሱ ይችላሉን?

ፕሬዚዳንት ኦባማ ባለፉት ጥቂት ወራት ብቻ እድሚያቸው በ20ዎቹ መጀመሪያ አካባቢ የሆኑ ወጣት ወንዶች እና ሴቶች በፌስ ቡክ እና በሌሎች የማህበራዊ ድረ ገጾች አማካይነት ሀሳባቸውን በመግለጻቸው ብቻ አሸባሪ የሚል ታፔላ ተለጥፎባቸው በቀጥጥር ስር ውለው ወደ ዘብጥያ ተወርውረው በእስር ቤት በመማቀቅ ላይ እንደሚገኙ ያውቃሉን? በኢትዮጵያ ያለው የነጻው ፕሬስ በጭቆና ውስጥ ያለ መሆኑን፣ መታፈኑን እና  እየተዘጋ መሆኑን አያውቁምን? ባለፉት ጥቂት ሳምንታት ብቻ ስድስት ታዋቂ ነጻ ህትመቶች ማለትም አፍሮ ታይምስ፣ አዲስ ጉዳይ፣ እንቁ፣ ፋክት፣ ጃኖ እና ሎሚ የተባሉ መጽሔቶች እንዲዘጉ ተደርገዋል፣ በደርዘን የሚቆጠሩ የነጻው ፕሬስ ጋዜጠኞችም ወደ እስር ቤት እንዲወረወሩ እና ከሀገር እንዲሰደዱ ተደርገዋል፡፡ እ.ኤ.አ በ2012 የዓለም የፕሬስ ቀንን በማስመልከት “የጋዜጠኞችን፣ የጦማሪያንን እና የሰላማዊ አመጸኞችን በነጻ የመጻፍ እና የመናገር አቅም እንዳይገደብ ለመጠበቅ እና ምንም ዓይነት የበቀል እርምጃ እንዳይወሰድ እንዲሁም የጉዞ እቀባን ለማስቆም እና ሌሎች ቀጥተኛ ያልሆኑ የሳንሱር ስራዎችን አለማድረግ እና ዜጎች ዓለም አቀፋዊ የሆኑ መብቶቻቸውን ያለምንም ገደብ መጠቀም እንዲችሉ ማድረግ“ ብለው የተናገሩትን ሊያስታውሱት አይችሉምን? የተከበሩ ፕሬዚዳንት ኦባማ በኢትዮጵያ  ከዜጎች ፈቃድ እና ፍላጎት ውጭ በኃይል ተፈናጥጦ በማተራመስ ላይ ላለው ገዥ አካል መሪዎች “ወጣት የኢትዮጵያ ጦማሪያንን እና በዓለም አቀፍ ደረጃ ታዋቂ የሆኑትን ጋዜጠኞች በስም እስክንድር ነጋ፣ ርዕዮት ዓለሙ እና ውብሸት ታዬ ከእስር ይፈቱ“ በማለት እስከ አሁን ድረስ ያቀረቡት ጥሪ የሌለ መሆኑን ያውቃሉን?

ፕሬዚዳንት ኦባማ ለመሆኑ የፕሬስ ነጻነት፣ የተቃዋሚ የፖለቲካ ፓርቲዎች እና የሲቪል ማህበረሰብ ድርጅቶች በከፍተኛ ጭቆና ውስጥ እየተሰቃዩ ባሉበት እና የፖለቲካ ምህዳሩ ከጊዜ ወደ ጊዜ በከፍተኛ ደረጃ እየጠበበ በመጣበት ሁኔታ የሚደረግ የይስሙላ እና የሸፍጥ ምርጫ ከስም የዘለለ ፋይዳ ሊኖረው እንደማይችል ሊገነዘቡት ይችሉ ይሆን? እ.ኤ.አ በ2009 በጋና አክራ ላይ ለአፍሪካ ህዝቦች ያደረጉትን እንዲህ የሚለውን ንግግራቸውን “…ይህ ምርጫ ከማካሄድ በላይ ነው፣ እንደዚሁም ደግሞ በምርጫዎች መካከል ምን እንደሚደረግ የማወቅም ጉዳይ ነው፡፡ የጭቆና መገለጫዎች ብዙ ናቸው፣ በዚህም መሰረት ብዙ መንግስታት ምርጫ በማካሄድ ላይ ያሉትም እንኳ ህዝቦቻቸው በረሀብ አደጋ ችግር እየተሰቃዩ በህዝቦቻቸው ይወገዛሉ፡፡ የሀገር መሪዎች የሀገሮችን ሀብት ለግል ጥቅማቸው እያዋሉ እና ኢኮኖሚውን እየመዘበሩ ባሉበት ሁኔታ አንድ ሀገር ሀብት ማፍራት አትችልም…የትርፉን 20 በመቶ እና ከዚያ በላይ የሚሆነውን የአገር ሀብት የሚመዘብር መንግስት ባለበት ሀገር ማንም ቢሆን ከውጭ ሀገር ሄዶ መዋዕለ ንዋዩን ሊያፈስ አይችልም፣ የህግ የበላይነት ቀርቶ ጭካኔ እና የባርነት አገዛዝ በተንሰራፋበት ማህበረሰብ ውስጥ ለመኖር የሚፈልግ ማንም ሰው የለም፡፡ ያ ዴሞክራሲ አይደለም፣ ይልቁንም አንዳንድ ጊዜ ለይስሙላ ምርጫ እየተዘጋጀ ቢቀርብም ያ የለየለት አምባገነናዊነት ነው፡፡ እናም እንደዚያ ዓይነቱን የግፍ አገዛዝ ለአንዴ እና ለመጨረሻ ለማስወገድ ጊዜው አሁን ነው፡፡“ በማለት የተናገሩትን አስመሳይ ንግግር ፕሬዚዳንት ኦባማ ሊያስታውሱት ይችሉ ይሆን?

በአሁኑ ጊዜ በኢትዮጵያ እስከ አንገታቸው ድረስ በሙስና በተዘፈቁ አስመሳይ አምባገነን መሪዎች እና የእነርሱ ጋሻጃግሬዎች ኢኮኖሚውን በብቸኝነት አንቀው ይዘው እየመዘበሩ እራሳቸውን እና ቤተሰቦቻቸውን በማበልጸግ ላይ እንዳለሉ እንዲሁም አልፎ አልፎ የይስሙላ ምርጫ እያሉ በአገሪቱ ውስጥ ዴሞክራሲ እንዳለ በማስመሰል በዓለም አቀፍ መንግስታዊ ያልሆኑ ድርጅቶች የሚሰጠውን እርዳታ እና ብድር በማጋበስ ለግል ጥቅማቸው በውጭ አገር በሚገኙ ባንኮች የሂሳብ አካውንት እየከፈቱ በማጨቅ ያሉ ዘራፊዎች እና ማፊያ ጭልፊቶቸ መሆናቸውን ፕሬዚዳንት ኦባማ ሊያውቁ ይችላሉን? እ.ኤ.አ በ2008 እጩ ፕሬዚዳንት ባራክ ኦባማ እንዲህ ብለው ነበር፣ “ታውቃላችሁ፣ ለማቆንጀት ሲባል የዓሳማን ከንፈር ቀለም መቀባት ትችላላችሁ፣ ሆኖም ግን ዓሳማው አሁንም ቢሆን ያው ዓሳማ ነው፣ ዓሳማነቱን አይቀይርም፡፡ አንድን የጠነባ ዓሳ በወረቀት ጠቅልሎ ለውጥ ማለት ይቻላል፡፡ ከስምንት ዓመት በኋላም ቢሆን ያው መጠንባቱን አይተውም፡፡“ እንደዚሁም ሁሉ ቆንጆ ዴሞክራሲያዊ ምርጫ ለማስመሰል ምርጫ የሚባል የጠነባን ቀለም በምርጫ ካርድ በመጠቅለል የዘራፊዎችን ከንፈር መቀባት ይቻላል፣ ሆኖም ግን የሚደረገው የይስሙላ ሽርጉድ ምርጫ ውጤት ከ23 ዓመታት የሸፍጥ ምርጫም በኋላ ያው በዘራፊዎች ከንፈር ላይ ሆኖ መጠንባቱን የማይለቅ መሆኑን ፕሬዚዳንት ኦባማ በውል ተገንዝበውት ይሆን? ወሮበላነትን ምርጫ በሚባል የጠነባ ነገር በምርጫ ካርድ ወረቀት መጠቅለል ይቻላል፣ ሆኖም ግን ከ23 ዓመታት በኋላም ቢሆን ያው መጠንባቱን እንደማይተው ፕሬዚዳንት ኦባማ አልተረዱም ይሆን?

ስለምንናገረው ነገር ማወቅ፡ .. 2015 በኢትዮጵያ ምርጫ ሊኖር ይችላልን?

“ፖለቲካ እና የእንግሊዝኛ ቋንቋ“ በሚል ርዕስ ባዘጋጁት በባለ 1946 ገጽ ድርሰታቸው ጆርጅ ኦርዌል እንዲህ በማለት ጽፈው ነበር፣ “ሀሳብ ቋንቋን የሚያሻግት ከሆነ ቋንቋ እራሱም ሀሳብን ያሻግታል፡፡“ መጥፎ አጠቃቃም በህዝቦች መካከል በዘልማድ ይተላለፋል፣ የተሻለ እውቀት ባላቸው ሰዎችም ቢሆን እንኳ፡፡ ኦርዌል እንዲህ የሚል የመከራከሪያ ጭብጥ አቅርበው ነበር፣ “የፖለቲካ የቃላት አጠቃቀም ውሸትን እውነት ለማስመሰል ተብሎ የሚዘጋጅ ነው፣ እናም  የተከበረን ነገር እውነት በማስመሰል ይገድላል፣ ባዶ ነፋስን ጠንካራ እና ጠጣር በማስመሰል፡፡“

እ.ኤ.አ በ2015 በኢትዮጵያ ስለሚካሄደው አገር አቀፍ ምርጫ ፕሬዚዳንት ኦባማ የሚያወሩት ሁሉም ነገር ባዶ ነፋስ/ውሸት ነው፣ ሸፍጥ የተሞላበት ምርጫ ለማካሄድ የሚነገር ቋንቋ እውነት ሊመስል ይችላል እናም ወሮበላነት የተከበረ ዴሞክራሲ ይሆናል፡፡ በአሁኑ የኢትዮጵያ ነባራዊ ሁኔታ “ምርጫ” የሚለው ቃል መሰረተቢስ እና እርባናቢስ ነው፡፡ “እ.ኤ.አ በ2015 በኢትዮጵያ ምርጫ ይካሄዳል” ማለት ወይም ደግሞ “እ.ኤ.አ በ2015 በኢትዮጵያ ስለሚካሄደው ምርጫ ጥቂት የማውቀው ነገር አለ” የሚለው አባባል የፕሮፌሰር ኖአም ቾምስኪን አባባል እንዳለ የሚደግም እና ትርጉመቢስ እና እርባናየለሽ የሆነ ሆኖም ግን በሰዋስዋዊ አግባቡ ትክክል የሆነ ዓረፍተ ነገር ማለት ሲሆን “ቀለም የሌላቸው አረንጓዴ ሀሳቦች በብስጭት ይተኛሉ” እንደማለት ነው፡፡ በኢትዮጵያ “ምርጫ” ማለት በሶስት ቀለበት የሰርከስ ላይ ተውኔት የሚተወን ምርጫ የሚባል የህዝቡን ድምጽ በተቀነባበረ ሌብነት እና ዝርፊያ የሚነጠቅበት ከመሆን የዘለለ ፋይዳ የለውም፡፡ እንደዚህ ዓይነቱነን የተጭበረበረ የዘረፋ እና የውንብድና ሂደት ምርጫ ነው ማለት ውሸት ማለት እውነት ነው እንደማለት ነው፡፡

ፕሬዚዳንት ኦባማ እ.ኤ.አ በ2015 በኢትዮጵያ ስለሚካሄደው ምርጫ ጥቂት የማውቀው ነገር አለ ብለው ከማወጃቸው በፊት ጥቂት ኢትዮጵያወያን/ት እና የተወሰኑ ዓለም አቀፍ የመገናኛ ብዙሀን ስለዚሁ ጉዳይ ሲነጋገሩበት ነበር፡፡ ከዚህ ጋር በተያያዘ መልኩ እ.ኤ.አ በ2015 በኢትዮጵያ የሚካሄደው ምርጫ የምርጫ ዘዋሪ ቀበኛው ልዩው መሀንዲስ ያለፈው መለስ ዜናዊ በሌለበት በዚህ ወቅት እውነት ነጻ እና ፍትሀዊ ምርጫ የሚካሄድ ስለመሆኑ ወይም አለመሆኑን አስመልከቶ ትንሽም ቢሆን ተስፋ ስለመኖሩ እና አለመኖሩ ሙያዊ ትንታኔ እንድሰጥ ጥያቄ ቀርቦልኝ ነበር፡፡ ተስፋ በቆረጠ መልኩ “የምን ምርጫ?” ነበር ያልኩት፡፡ ወያኔ ምርጫውን አሁንም በድጋሜ ይሰርቃል፡፡ ጥቂቶቹ የዘረፋውን እርግጠኛ እውነትነት ባረጋገጠ መልኩ የምጸት ሳቅ ነበር የሳቁት፡፡ ጥቂቶቹ ደግሞ የምርጫ ቅስቀሳ ተብየው በዘራፊው የገዥ አካል በይፋ ሲጀመር የተቃዋሚ የፖለቲካ ፓርቲ አመራሮች እና አባላት በተቀናጀ እና በተደራጀ መልኩ ዘርፈ ብዙ የሆነ የሰላማዊ አመጽ እና እንቢተኝነት ዘመቻ ሊያካሂዱ እና የምርጫውን እርባናየለሽነት ለአገር ውስጥ እና ለዓለም አቀፉ ማህበረሰብ ሊያጋልጡ ይችላሉ በማለት ነግረውኛል፡፡ እንዲህ የሚል ጥያቄ ተጠየቅሁ፣ “የተቃዋሚ የፖለቲካ ፓርቲ አመራሮች እና የፖለቲካ ፓርቲዎች እራሳቸውን ከምርጫው ሊያገልሉ ይችላሉን?“ በሚሊዮን ዶላሮች የሚያወጣ በአንድ ወይም በሌላ መልኩ የተጠየቅሁት ጥያቄ ደግሞ “የወያኔው የፖሊት ቢሮ አባላት ኃይለማርያም ደሳለኝን (የይስሙላ ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር) አሽቀንጥሮ በመጣል በሌላ አሮጌ እና ነባር በሆነ የጫካ ዘብ ይተኩ ይሆን“ የሚል ነበር፡፡ (የወያኔ አለቆች በ2015 በሚደረገው አገር አቀፍ ምርጫ ኃይለማርያም ዳሳለኝን በማስወገድ በቀጥታ ወደ ቅርጫት ይጥሉታል የሚል ግምት አለኝ!)

.. 2015 ስለሚካሄደው አገር አቀፍ ምርጫ ኃይለማርያም ደሳለኝ ምን ይህል ያውቃሉ? 

እ.ኤ.አ ጁን 11/2014 ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ኃይለማርያም ደሳለኝ አፍሪካ ዘገባ/Africa Report ለተባለ የዜና ወኪል በሰጡት ቃለመጠይቅ ነጻ እና ፍትሀዊ ምርጫ ይካሄዳል የሚል የሀሰት መግለጫ ሰጥተዋል፡፡ ለማንኛውም የሰጡት ቃለመጠይቅ እንደሚከተለው ቀርቧል፡፡

.. 2015 በሚካሄደው አገር አቀፍ ምርጫ የተቃዋሚ የፖለቲካ ፓርቲዎች በተወካዮች ምክር ቤት ብዙ መቀመጫዎችን ያገኛሉ ብለው ያስባሉን?  

ምርጫዎች እስካሉ ድረስ ትኩረት ማድረግ የምንፈልገው በሂደቱ ላይ ነው፡፡ የምርጫ ሂደቱን በህዝቦቻችን ፊት ዴሞክራሲያዊ፣ ነጻ፣ ፍትሀዊ እና ታማዕኒነት ያለው ማድረግ አለብን፡፡ ከዚያ በተረፈ ውጤቱ የህዝቡ ነው፡፡ እነዚህ ብዙ መቀመጫዎች ለተቃዋሚ ፓርቲዎች ወይም ደግሞ ለኢትዮጵያ ህዝቦች አብዮታዊ ዴሞክራሲያዊ ግንባር (ኢህዴግ) ይሰጣሉ ብየ ለመገመት አልችልም፡፡

የምርጫ ሂደቱ ዴሞክራሲያዊ ይሆናል ብለው ያምናሉ?

ተቋማዊ ሂደታችን፣ ህጎቻችን እና ደንቦቻችን ሙሉ በሙሉ እንከን የላቸውም፡፡ ህጉ በእራሱ አይደለም እንቅፋት የሚሆነው፣ ሆኖም ግን እነዚህን ህጎች ከመተግበሩ ላይ ነው፡፡ ስለሆነም ሁሉም የፖለቲካ ፓርቲዎች የሚመሩበት የምርጫ መመሪያ ህገ ደንብ/Cod of Conduct አዘጋጅተን በስራ ላይ አውለናል፡፡ በማያወላውል መልኩ ለዚህ ህገደንብ ተገዥ መሆን ምርጫውን የበለጠ ዴሞክራሲያዊ፣ ነጻ፣ ፍትሀዊ እና ለህዝብ ታዕማኒነት እንዲኖረው ያደርገዋል፡፡

2010 አገር አቀፍ ምርጫ ጋር ተመሳሳይ ውጤት የሚኖረው ከሆነ እና አንድ የተቃዋሚ የፖለቲካ ፓርቲ ዕጩ ብቻ አሸንፎ ወደ ፓርላማ የሚገባ ከሆነ ይኸ ሁኔታ በመንግስት ላይ የሚኖረውን ታዕማኒነት ከጥርጣሬ ላይ ሊጥለው ይችላል ብለው ያስባሉን?

ይህንን አላስብም ምክንያቱም ውሳኔው በህዝቡ የሚወሰድ ከሆነ ሁላችንም በዚያ ውሳኔ ላይ መስማማት አለብን፡፡ የምርጫው ውጤት አንዳንድ ጊዜ ለአንዳንዶቻችን ቢመቸንም ባይመቸንም ምንም ይሁን ምን ውጤቱን መቀበል አለብን፡፡

በሚቀጥሉት ጥቂት ቀናት ኃይለማርያም ደሳለኝ የእርሳቸውን (ይቅርታ የህወሀትን ማለቴ ነው) የ2015ን ምርጫ እና እንዴት አድርገው የ2010ን የምርጫ ውጤት እንዳለ በመድገም በዝረራ በማሸነፍ ድልን ሊቀዳጁ እንደሚችሉ እና በእንዴት ዓይነት ማጭበርበር ዝርፊያውን ለማስኬድ እንዳቀዱ ባለሶስት ምላስ አጠቃላይ የምርጫ ስትራቴጂ ነድፈዋል፡፡ ይኸውም፣

1ኛ) እ.ኤ.አ በ2015 በኢትዮጵያ የሚካሄደው አገር አቀፍ የምርጫ ሂደት ዴሞክራሲያዊ፣ ነጻ፣ ፍትሀዊ እና በህዝብ ዘንድ ታዕማኒነት ያለው እንዲመስል የመንግስት የመገናኛ ብዙሀንን እና ሀብትን በመጠቀም የኢትዮጵያን ህዝብ ማታለል፤

2)  ፍጹም እና እከንየለሽ የሆኑ ተቋማዊ ሂደቶቻችንን፣ ህጎቻችንን እና ደንቦቻችንን ወደ ተግባር በማሸጋገር፤

3ኛ) ሁሉም የፖለቲካ ፓርቲዎች የፈረሙትን እና የተቀበሉትን የምርጫ ህገ ደንብ እንዲቀበሉት እና እንዲተገብሩት ማስገደድ የሚሉት ናቸው፡፡

የወያኔ ባለሶስት ጣት የምርጫ ስትራቴጂ በእርግጠኝነት እንከን ለሌለው የተጭበረበረ ምርጫ እንከንየለሽ የምርጫ ጨዋታ ዕቅድ ነው፡፡ አሁን በህይወት የሌለው መለስ ዜናዊ እንከንየለሽ የሸፍጥ የምርጫ ጨዋታ ህግ መጽሐፍ እ.ኤ.አ በ2010 ጽፎ ተግባራዊ አድርጓል፡፡ በዚህም መሰረት የእርሱ ፓርቲ እንከንየለሹን ምርጫ 99.6 በመቶ የፓርላማ መቀመጫዎችን በማግኘት አሸናፊነቱን አረጋግጧል፡፡ ከዚህ የበለጠ እንከንየለሽ የምርጫ ውጤት ማግኘት ሰብአዊነት ነውን? (አሁን በህይወት የሌለው ሳዳም ሁሴን ብቻ ነው እ.ኤ.አ በ2002 በተካሄደው አገር አቀፍ ፕሬዚዳንታዊ ምርጫ ከ11,445,638 ድምጽ ሰጭዎች መቶ በመቶ ድምጽ በማግኘት እከንየለሽ የድምጽ ውጤት በማግኘት በመፎከር ላይ የነበረው፡፡) የሸክስፒርን አባባል በመዋስ፣ የመለስ ሙት መንፈስ እ.ኤ.አ በ2015 በሚካሄደው አገር አቀፍ ምርጫ ላይ ለማጥላት “በጨላማው የሲኦል ቦታ ላይ እንደ እሬሳ ሳጥን“ ትንጠለጠላለች፡፡

ስለህዝቦች አገዛዝ/አስተዳደር ሳይሆን ህዝቦችን ለመግዛት ያፈጠጠ ምርጫ 

የበከተ አስተሳሰብን በመያዝ እና  እና የሞራል ስብዕና በሌላው መልኩ እ.ኤ.አ በ2014 የኃይለማርያም አለቆች ከእርሳቸው በስተጀርባ ሆነው እንከንየለሽ ተቋማዊ ሂደት፣ ህጎችን እና ደንቦችን በመጠቀም ተግባራዊ አድርገው ምርጫ ማሸነፍ እንዳለባቸው ብቻ አይደለም እምነታቸው ሆኖም ግን ኢትዮጵያን ለዘላለም ለመግዛት ባላቸው መብት የኢትዮጵያ ህዝቦች እንከንየለሽ ገዥዎች መሆናቸውን ለማረጋገጥ ጭምር እንጅ፡፡ በእነርሱ እና በዓለም አቀፉ ማህበረሰብ አስተሳሰብ በቀጣይ ኢትዮጵያን የሚገዛት ማን ነው የሚለው ከጥያቄ ውሰጥ የሚገባ ጉዳይ አይደለም፡፡ ይኸ ጉዳይ ለውይይት የሚቀርብ አይደለም፣ የሚያከራክርም አይደለም፣ እናም ለድርድር የሚቀርብ አይደለም፡፡ በእርግጥ መለስ እ.ኤ.አ በ2010 በተካሄደው አገር አቀፍ ምርጫ የተጎናጸፈውን የምርጫ ድል አስመልክቶ ባደረገው ንግግር እንዲህ የሚል ግለጽ መልዕክት አስተላለፎ ነበር፣

“…በዚህ ምርጫ የህዝቡን የምርጫ ድምጽ ድጋፍ ላላገኛችሁት እና ስኬታማ ላልሆናችሁት ፓርቲዎች በዚህ ፓርላማ ወንበር ይኑራችሁም አይኑራችሁም የህዝቡን ፍላጎት፣ የአገሪቱን ህገመንግስት እና ሌሎችን የአገሪቱን ህጎች እስካከበራችሁ ድረስ ከእናንተ ጋር በመቀራረብ እናንተን በታላላቅ ሀገራዊ ጉዳዮች ላይ በማሳተፍ እየተመካከርን አብረን እንሰራለን” ነበር ያለው፡፡ የውሸት እና የሸፍጥ ፈጣጣ ንግግር!

በቀላል አነጋገር ማንም ቢሆን እ.ኤ.አ በ2015 የሚካሄደውን እንከንየለሽ የምርጫ ውጤት አልቀበልም የሚል ልቡ ያበጠበት ወጠጤ ካለ በኃይለኛው ጡንቻ የመደምሰስ አደጋ ይገጥመዋል፡፡ አራት ነጥብ! ሆኖም ግን ምንም የማይሉ ሆኖም ግን የተባሉትን ብቻ የሚቀበሉ ዓላማቢስ እና ስሜት አልባ በመሆን አንገታቸውን ደፍተው ጫማ የሚልሱ ወንዶች እና ሴቶች ከሆኑ ያለምንም ችግር የመሸለም ዕድልን እየተጎናጸፉ በታላላቅ ሀገራዊ ጉዳዮች ላይ በማማከር እና እንዲያውም በማሳተፍ ይህችን በእድገት ጎዳና ላይ እንደ እሮኬት ጥይት በመምዘግዘግ ላይ ያለች ሀገር የበለጠ እንድትተኮስ ያደርጓታል፡፡ እንዲያውም ባለሁለት አሀዙ የኢኮኖሚ ዕድገት እጅግ በጣም ከመጦዙ የተነሳ ወደ ባለሶስት አሀዝ ሳይገባ ይቀራል ጎበዝ! ከዚህ በላይ በአገር እና በህዝብ ላይ ከመቀለድ የከፋ እና የከረፋ ከቶውኑ ምን ነገር ሊኖር ይችላል! እ.ኤ.አ በ2015 የሚካሄደውን እንከንየለሽ አገር አቀፍ ምርጫ ውጤት አልቀበልም የምትሉ ዕደለቢሶቹ ሁሉም የተቃዋሚ የፖለቲካ ፓርቲ አመራሮች፣ የነጻው ፕሬስ ጋዜጠኞች (ውይ! ለምስክርነት ካላችሁ ማለቴ ነው)፣ የሰብአዊ መብት ተሟጋቾች እና የሲቪል ማህበረሰብ ድርጅቶች አመራሮች ካላችሁ በምርጫው ወቅት አንድም እንደ አህያ ዱላውን ተቀበሉ አለያም ደግሞ በእስር ቤት ውሰጥ በመግባት እየማቀቃችሁ የአህያውን ኑሮ መኖር ነው የሚጠብቃችለሁ፡፡

ሌሎቹስ ስለኢትዮጵያመ ምርጫ ምን ያህል ያውቃሉ? 

እ.ኤ.አ ኦክቶበር 2009 “የ2010 የኢትዮጵያ ምርጫ እብድነት” በሚል ርዕስ የሚከተለውን ጥያቄ በማንሳት ትችት ጽፌ ነበር፣ “የፖሊስ መንግስት በተንሰራፋበት ሀገር ፍትሀዊ እና ነጻ ምርጫን ማካሄድ ይቻላልን?“ (ይህ ጥያቄ የፕሬዚዳንት ኦባማን የከንፈር ቀለሙን እና የዓሳማውን ጉድኝት የሚያመሳስል ቀላል የተመሳስሎ አቀራረብ ነው፡፡)

ያ ትችት ዶ/ር ነጋሶ ጊዳዳ እ.ኤ.አ በ2001 ከኢትዮጵያ ከስልጣናቸው መንበራቸው እስከለለቀቁበት ድረስ የኢትዮጵያ ፕሬዚዳንት የነበሩት ባቀረቡት የምርጫ ዘመቻ ዘገባ ላይ መሰረት ያደረገ ነበር፡፡ ዶ/ር ነጋሶ በምዕራብ ኢትዮጵያ የምትገኘውን ደምቢዶሎን ወክለው ለተወካዮች ምክር ቤት ለመወዳደር ለምርጫ ቅስቀሳ በተንቀሳቀሱበት ወቅት በገዥው ፓርቲ የበታች አካላት ልክ የድሮዎቹ የኮሙኒስት ፍልስፍናን ሲያራምዱ የነበሩ አገሮች ሲያደርጉት እደነበረው ሁሉ ህዝቡን አስጨንቀው በመያዝ የአዛዥ እና የቁጥጥር ስርዓት/Command and Control በመዘርጋት ሲያደርጉት የነበረውን የአፈና አሰራር ነው፡፡ እርሳቸውም ተዘዋውረው በተመለከቱት መሰረት በደምቢዶሎ የገዥው ፓርቲ የታችኛው እርከን ድርጅቶች የደህንነት፣ የፖሊስ እና ሌሎች በታችኛው የስልጣን መዋቅር ላይ ያሉት የሲቪል ማህበረሰብ መሰል ድርጅቶችን ሁሉ ሳይቀር በቁጥጥር ስር በማዋል አንድ ወጥ የሆነ የቁጥጥር መዋቀር በዞኖች፣ በከተሞች፣ በወረዳዎች፣ በመንደሮች፣ በጎጦች እና በቤቶች ሳይቀር ተጠርንፈው የተያዙ መሆናቸውን ግልጽ አድርገው ነበር፡፡

ዶ/ር ነጋሶ የመረጃ ሰጭዎች፣ የወኪሎች እና የሚስጥር ፖሊስ መሰል አደረጃጀቶች ሆነው እነዚህም የተቃዋሚ ፓርቲ አባላትን ለማሸማቀቅ፣ ለማስፈራራት፣ የስለላ መረጃ ለመሰብሰብ እና ተቃዋሚዎችን በማዳካም ሰርስሮ ለመግባት የተዋቀሩ አደረጃጀቶች እንደነበሩ እጀ እረጅም በመሆን ህሉን አድራጊ ፈጣሪ እንደነበሩ ግልጽ አድርገው ነበር፡፡ በደምቢዶሎ በፖለቲካ ፓርቲው እና በህዝብ ደህንነቶች መካከል ምንም ዓይነት የስራ ክፍፍል ልዩነት የለም በማለት ሲሞግቱ ነበር፡፡ ሁለቱም በአንድ የፖለቲካ ጥላ ስር የተዋቀሩ እና የአካባበኒውን የፖለቲካ እና የማህበራዊ ሁነት በጅምላ የተቆጣጠሩ እና የበላይነትን የያዙ ነበሩ ብለዋል፡፡ የመንግስት ሰራተኞች፣ አርሶ አደሮች፣ የአካባቢው ወጣቶች፣ ሴቶች፣ የአነስተኛ ብድር እና ቁጠባ ድርጅቶች እና ሌሎችም በግዳጅ በሚስጥራዊው የፓርቲ መዋቅር ስር እንዲሆኑ ይገደዳሉ፡፡ የቁጥጥር ስርዓቱ መጥበቅ ሁሉን ነገር የሚያሽመደምድ ነበር በማለት ዶ/ር ነጋሶ እንዲህ በማለት ጽፈው ነበር፣ “እያንዳንዱ ቤተሰብ በየዕለቱ ወደ ቤቱ የሚመጡትን እንግዶች እና ጎብኝዎች የመጡበትን ምክንያት፣ ምን ያህል ጊዜ እንደሚቆዩ፣ በቆይታቸው ጊዜ ምን እንደተናገሩ እና እዳደረጉ እንዲሁም በምን ስራ ላይ እንደቆዩ ዘገባ ማቅረብ ይጠበቅበታ”:: እንግዲህ ያ ነበር የመለስ የደህንነት ዋስትና በመሆን በ2010 እንከንየለሽ ምርጫ በማካሄድ 99.6 በመቶ ድምጽ በማግኘት የቅጥፈት የድል ከበሮ ሲደልቅ የነበረው፡፡ አሁን ከኃይለማርያም በስተጀርባ ያሉት ስምየሾች፣ አረመኔዎች እና ራዕይየለሾች በተመሳሳይ መልኩ እንደገና በ2015 ለሚደረገው ምርጫም ተመሳሳዩን የሸፍጥ ስራ ለመስራት እና ለማግኘት ደፋ ቀና ይላሉ፡፡

እ.ኤ.አ በ2010 በተካሄደው አገር አቀፍ ምርጫ የምርጫ ውጤት ላይ ትችት በማቅረብ ፕሮፌሰር ቶቢያስ ሐግማን የተመለከቱትን እንደሚከተለው አስፍረዋል፡፡ “የኢትዮጵያ መንግስት እ.ኤ.አ በ2005 በተካሄደው አገር አቀፍ ምርጫ ውርደትን ባከናነበ መልኩ ሽንፈትን ከተጎነጨ ወዲህ አ.ኤ.አ በ2010 በተደረገው አገር አቀፍ ምርጫ መንግስት የመጨረሻ የፖለቲካ ስተራቴጂ ነድፎ የገባበት ነው፡፡ ይህ የአካሄድ እስትራቴጂ ዱላ እና ካሮትን ሁለቱንም አካትቶ የያዘ ነበር፡፡ ዱላው የሚያካትተው ማስፈራራትን፣ ማሸማቀቅን እና የተቃዋሚ ፖለቲካ ፓርቲ መሪዎችን እና የእነርሱ ደጋፊ ይሆናሉ ብለው የሚያምኑባቸውን በቁጥጥር ስር እያዋሉ ወደ እስር ቤት መወረወወር ሲሆን ካሮቱ የሚያካትታቸው ደግሞ ገዥው ፓርቲ አዲስ የፓርቲ አባላትን በገፍ መመልመል እና አዲስ የትንታኔ ዘገባ እንደሚጠቁመው ጠንካራ የተቃዋሚ አባላት በሚገኙባቸው ወረዳዎች በቀጥታ ከፌዴራል ወደ ወረዳዎቹ ገንዘብ እንዲላክ በማድረግ በጣም ጠንካራ የሆኑትን በገንዘብ መደለል እና በገንዘብ የምርጫ ድምጽ በመግዛት ዓላማቸውን ማሳካት ነበር… በምርጫ 2010 የተገኘው 99.6 በመቶ የምርጫ ድምጽ ውጤት ሲታይ ዴሞክራሲ በኢትዮጵያ ለህዝብ አስተዳደር ሳይሆን ህዝቡን ለመግዛት የሚያመላክት ጠንካራ ምልክት ነው… ከ20 ዓመታት በላይ በስልጣን ላይ ከቆየ በኋላ የኢትዮጵያ ህዝቦቸች አብዮታዊ ዴሞክራሲያዊ ግንባር (ኢህአዴግ) በፖለቲካ ውክልናው እና በውሳኔ ሰጭነቱ ህጋዊነትን ያልተላበሰ አድራጊ ፈጣሪ ጠቅላይ ብቻ ሳይሆን በኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ ዴሞክራሲ ማለት ምን ማለት እንደሆነም በእራሱ አረዳድ እና ዓላማ ጠቅልሎ የያዘ ህጋዊነትን ያልተላበሰ ድርጅት ነው፡፡”

የፕሮፌሰር ሄግማን ምልከታዎች በተጨማሪም የወያኔ አመራሮች (እና የእነርሱ ጋሻ ጃግሬዎች) በእብሪተኝነት እና ሊለወጥ በማይችል ቀኖናዊ አመለካከት ወጥመድ ውስጥ የተያዙ በመሆናቸው ምክንያት እድሜልካቸውን ለመግዛት ሀሳብ አላቸው፡፡ ከዚህ አንጻር በኢትዮጵያ ምርጫ ማካሄድ ምንም ዓይነት እርባና የሌለው እና ከንቱ ነገር መሆኑን ፕሮፌሰሩ አጽንኦ በመስጠት አስቀምጠውታል፡፡ የምልከታቸውን ተጨባጭነት ይበልጥ ለማረጋገጥ እንዲህ ይላሉ፣ “ይህ ሁኔታ ኢህአዴግ እራሱን በሚያይበት መነጽር ላይ በግልጽ ሲንጸባረቅ ይታያል – በስም እራሱን አውራ ፓርቲ/Vanguard party እና የመንግስትነት ስልጣንን ጨብጨ የመምራት መብት የእኔ መብት ሆኖ ልማት ማለት ምን ማለት እደሆነ እና ዴሞክራሲ እንዴት መደራጀት እና መዋቀር እንዳለበት የምወስነው እኔ ነኝ፡፡ ስለሆነም ማንም ይሁን ማን ከኢህአዴግ አመለካከት ውጭ የሆነ ሁሉ ጸረ ልማት ወይም ደግሞ ጸረ ሰላም ነው፣ እናም ማንም ማን ይሁን የእርሱን ፖሊሲ የሚቃወም ሁሉ ጸረ መንግስት ነው“ በማለት የድርጅቱን (የጠቅላዩን እና ዘላለማዊ ገዥውን) ከንቱነት በማያሻማ መልኩ አስቀምጠውታል፡፡

.. 2015 በኢትዮጵያ ስለሚካሄደው አገር አቀፍ ምርጫ ምን ያህል አውቃለሁ?

በ2015 በኢትዮጵያ ስለሚካሄደው አገር አቀፍ ምርጫ እኔ የማውቀው ይልቁንም የበለጠ የተወሳሰበ ነገር ነው፡፡ አብዛኛውን ጊዜ በርካታ ጥያቄዎችን እጠይቃለሁ፣ እነዚህም ለእኔ የሚታወቁ ታዋቂዎች፣ ታዋቂ የማይታወቁዎች፣ እና የማይታወቁ የማይታዎቁዎች ናቸው፡፡ ይቅርታ አድርጉልኝ አንዳንድ ጊዜ እንቆቅልሽ ማውራት ይቀናቸው እንደነበሩት እንደ ቀድሞው የዩኤስ አሜሪካ የመከላከያ ሚኒስትር ዶን ሩምፌልድ ዓይነት አቀራረብ ተከትየ ከሆነ፡፡ ዶን እንዲህ ብለው ነበር፣ “የምናውቃቸው የሚታወቁ ነገሮች አሉ፣ እንደዚሁም የምናውቃቸው የማይታወቁ ነገሮች አሉ፣ ይህም ማለት የማናውቃቸው ጥቂት ነገሮች አሉ፡፡ ሆኖም ግን የማናውቃቸው የማይታወቁ ነገሮች አሉ፣የማይታወቁ እና እኛም የማናውቃቸው፡፡“

ሙሉ በሙሉ ግልጽ ላድርገው፡፡ በእርግጠኝነት ጥቂት ነገር አውቃለሁ፡፡ የወያኔ ገዥ አካል እ.ኤ.አ በ2015 የሚካሄደውን አገር አቀፍ ምርጫ እንደ ቁማር ጨዋታ ሻጥር ይሰራበታል፡፡ እንደዚሁም ደግሞ የምርጫው ዕለት የድምጽ ቆጠራ ገና ሳይጠናቀቅ እና የቆጠራ ጣቢያዎች ገና ሳይዘጉ የወያኔ ገዥ አካል በዝረራ አሸንፎ ድልን እንደተቀዳጀ በማስመሰል በህዝብ ግብር በሚተዳደረው መገናኛ ብዙሀን ማናፋቱን ይቀጥላል፡፡ ይኸ እንግዲህ ታዋቂው የማውቀው ነገር ነው፣ ምንም ዓይነት ሊያስረዳኝ የሚችል ሌላ ጭንቅላት አያስፈልገኝም፡፡

ሆኖም ግን የሚታወቁ የማላውቃቸው ነገሮች አሉ፡፡ ይህም ማለት እ.ኤ.አ በ2015 በሚካሄደው አገር አቀፍ ምርጫ የወያኔ ገዥ አካል ቢያንስ በ99.6 በመቶ ያሸንፋል፣ ሆኖም ግን ይህ እንደ እስስት ተለዋወጭ የሆነው ገዥ አካል በ99.7፣ በ99.9፣ በ100 ወይም ደግሞ በ110 በመቶ ለማሸነፍ ዕቅድ ይዞ ይሆናል (ይህም እንግዲህ ከ2010 ጀምሮ የሞቱ ድምጽ ሰጭዎችን ቆጥረው ማለት ነው)፡፡ ሆኖም ግን በ2015 የሚደረገው ምርጫ የመራጮች ድምጽ ውጤት ከ99.6 በመቶ ያነሰ የድል ውጤት ተመዝግቦ ከሆነ መለስ ከመቃብር ውስጥ ሆኖ ለዚህ የሸፍጥ ምርጫ ስኬታማነት ተንቀሳቅሶ ሊሆን ስለሚችል የማይታወቅ የማላውቀው ነገር መሆኑ ነው፡፡

ለእኔ እ.ኤ.አ በ2010 በተደረገው አገር አቀፍ ምርጫ የወያኔ ገዥ አካል 99.6 በመቶ የመራጮች ድምጽ ውጤት አመጣሁ ብሎ የድል ከበሮ ሲደልቅ ፕሬዚዳንት ኦባማ በውስጠ ታዋቂነት ይህንን ተቀብለው ቡራኬ በመስጠት ማጽደቅ መቻላቸው የሚታወቀው የማውቀው ነገር ነው፡፡ ፕሬዚዳንቱ ለዚህ ጉዳይ ጆሮዳባ ልበስ፣ አላየሁም አልሰማሁም ነው ያሉት፡፡ (ሆኖም ግን እ.ኤ.አ በ2013 በዚምባብዌ በተደረገው አገር አቀፍ ምርጫ ሮበርት ሙጋቤ የፕሬዚዳንትነት ወንበሩን በ61 በመቶ ድምጽ በማግኘት አሸንፊያለሁ ብለው ድንፋታ ሲያሰሙ ፕሬዚዳንት ኦባማ ለወያኔው ገዥ አካል እንዳደረጉት ሁሉ በዝምታ አላለፉም፡፡) እንዲያውም እንደህ ነበር ያሉት፣ “ዚምባብዌያውያን/ት አዲስ ህገመንግስት አላቸው፡፡ ኢኮኖሚው በማገገም ላይ ይገኛል፡፡ ስለሆነም ወደፊት በእድገት የመገስገስ ዕድሉ ይኖራል፣ ሆኖም ግን ይህ ተፈጻሚነት ሊኖረው የሚችለው ነጻ፣ ፍትሀዊ እና ሰላማዊ ምርጫ ሲካሄድ ብቻ ሲሆን በዚህም መሰረት ዚምባብዌያውያን/ት የወደፊት ዕጣ ፈንታቸውን እራሳቸው ምንም ዓይነት የማስፈራራት ፍርሀት እና የብቀላ እርምጃ ሳይወሰድባቸው ሲወስኑ ነው፡፡ 61 በመቶ የመራጮች ድምጽ በማግኘት አሸናፊ የሆነ ምርጫ ነጻ እና ፍትሀዊ አይደለም፣ ስለሆነ ህዝባዊ ውግዘት ሊደርስበት ይገባል“ ነበር ያሉት፡፡ ሆኖም ግን 99.6 በመቶ የመራጮችን ድምጽ በማግኘት አሸናፊ የሆነ ምርጫ እንደ ክቡር ፕሬዚዳንቱ መንታ ምላስ ሁኔታ ነጻ እና ፍትሀዊ ነው፣ እናም ታላቅ የሆነ የግል ሙገሳ ያስፈልገዋል!

ፕሬዚዳንት ኦባማ እ.ኤ.አ በ2015 በኢትዮጵያ ስለሚካሄደው አገር አቀፍ ምርጫ ስለምርጫው ጥቂት የማውቀው ነገር አለ ሲሉ የማይታወቀው እኔም የማላውቀው ነገር ማለት ነው፡፡ እ.ኤ.አ በ2015 በኢትዮጵያ ስለሚካሄደው አገር አቀፍ ምርጫ ምናልባት ፕሬዚዳንቱ የሚያውቁት ሆኖም ግን ማንም ኢትዮጵያዊ የማያውቀው ነገር ሊኖር ይችላል፡፡

እ.ኤ.አ በ2015 በኢትዮጵያ በሚካሄደው አገር አቀፍ ምርጫ የተለያዩ የህወሀት ተስፈንጣሪ ቡድኖች የጠቅላይ ሚኒስትርነቱ ቦታ ለእኔ ይገባል፣ ለእኔ ይገባል በሚል የንግስና ጦርነት ለማካሄድ ዝግጅት ሊያደርጉ የሚችሉበት የማይታወቅ እኔም የማላውቀው ነገር ሊሆን ይችላል፡፡ ከኢኮኖሚያዊ ጥቅም አንጻር የተለያዩ የህወሀት ተስፈንጣሪ ቡድኖች አሮጌ ብር በማጣበቂያ ታሽጎ አንድ እንደሚሆነው ሁሉ እነርሱም ለጥቅም ሲሉ ብቻ አንድ ሊሁኑ የሚችሉበት የማይታወቅ እኔም የማላውቀው ነገር ሊኖር ይችላል፡፡ ሆኖም ግን የሚታወቅ እና እኔም የማውቀው ነገር አለ፣ ይኸውም የምርጫ ዘራፊዎች የሚከባበሩበት እና የማይከባበሩበት ያልተጻፈ ህግ አለ፣ እርሱም፣ “በምርጫ ወቅት አንድ ዘራፊ በሌላው ዘራፊ የምርጫ ጓደኛው ላይ ጦርነት አይከፍትም፣ ምክንያቱም በምርጫ ጦርነት የሚያሸንፉ የምርጫ ዘራፊዎች የሉምና፡፡“ ስለወያኔ ውስጣዊ ባህሪያት እና አሰራር በርካታ የማይታወቁ እና የማናውቃቸው ነገሮች አሉ፡፡ አጋጣሚ ሆኖ ስለወያኔ የማይታወቁ የማናውቃቸውን የሚያውቁ ንግግር አያደርጉም፣ እናም ንግግር የሚያደርጉት ስለወያኔ የማይታወቁትን የማናውቃቸውን አያውቁም፡፡ ኦ! በጣም አደናጋሪ ነገር ነው!

የነጻ እና ፍትሀዊ ምርጫ ትክክለኛ ትርጉም እና ተሞክሮ፤

ምርጫዎች እና ምርጫዎች አሉ፡፡ በሸፍጥ የተሞሉ እና የተጭበረበሩ ምርጫዎች እራሳቸው ማለት ናቸው፡፡ አንድ ምርጫ ነጻ እና ፍትሀዊ ነው ወይም አይደለም “የተቋማዊ የአሰራር ሂደቱ፣ ህጎቻችን እና ደንቦቻችን እንከንየለሾች ናቸው“ ብሎ በመወሰን የማወጅ ያህል አይደለም፣ ችግሩ እንከንየለሽ የተቋማዊ የአሰራር ሂደት፣ ህጎች እና ደንቦች ያለመኖር አይደለም፣ ይልቁንም እነዚህ እንከንየለሽ ተቋማዊ የአሰራር ሂደቶች፣ ህጎች እና ደንቦች  ተፈጻሚነት የማይኖራቸው እንከን በእንከን በተሞሉ ሰዎች ስር በመሆናቸው ብቻ ነው፡፡ ችግሩ ያለው እነዚህን እንከንየለሽ ህጎች በሚጽፉት ሰዎች እጅ እና በትክክል ቅን ልቦና ኖሯቸው ወደተግባር አምጥተው በቅንነት መተግበር በማይችሉ እንከን በእንከከኖች ነው፡፡ ከሁሉም በላይ እንከን በእንከን የተሞሉ ሰዎች እንዴት እንከንየለሽ የአሰራር ሂደቶችን፣ ህግችን እና ደንቦችን ያወጣሉ? እነርሱ እራሳቸውን እንከንየለሾች ነን ብለው የሚያምኑ በቀላሉ ነገሮችን የመረዳት ወይም ደግሞ የግንዛቤ ችግር ያለባቸው ናቸው፣ እናም ያ ዓይነት አመለካከት ያላቸው አጠቃላይ የጅምላ እንከን በእንከን ቁልሎች ናቸው፡፡  ከኃይለማርያም ደሳለኝ በስተጀርባ ያሉት ኃይሎች እንከን በእንከን የሆነችውን ኢትዮጵያ ለመግዛት ከላይ ተቀብተው የመጡ እና በክልል፣ በሙስና እና የጅምላ ሰብአዊ መብትን እየጣሱ በእነርሱ የእንከንየለሽ መስፈርት ለማድረስ እየዳከሩ ያሉ ለመሆናቸው በእርግጠኝነት እምነቱ አለኝ፡፡

በእርግጥ በኢትዮጵያ እንከንየለሽ ደንቦችን፣ ህጎችን እና ሂደቶችን በማውጣት ብቻ እንከንየለሽ ምርጫ ይካሄዳል ብሎ የሚጠብቅ ሰው የለም፡፡ ነጻ እና ፍትሀዊ ምርጫ ጥቂት እንከኖች ያሉበት፣ ቁስሎች እና ህጸጾች መኖራቸው ተፈጥሯቂ ነው፡፡ እንደዚህ ያሉት ምርጫዎች የመከሰታቸው ሁኔታ በዓለም አቀፍ ደረጃ ስምምነት የተደረሰባቸው መስፍርቶች እና መርሆዎች ያሉ ሲሆን መፍትሄዎችም ለተቃዋሚ የፖለቲካ ፓርቲዎች መክፈት እና ማስፋት፣ የተቃዋሚ አባላትን ማስፈራራት እና ማሸማቀቅ ማስወገድ፣ በሲቪል ማህበረሰቡ ላይ ያለውን የቁጥጥር ደረጃ ማላላት እና የነጻውን ፕሬስ መብት በማረጋገጥ ለዜጎች መረጃ እንዲሰጥ እና ዘገባ እንዲያቀርብ መፍቀድ ናቸው፡፡

ፍትሀዊ እና ነጻ ምርጫዎች ህዝቡ በዕለቱ ወደ ምርጫ ጣቢያዎች በመሄድ የምርጫ ካርዱን ጥሎ በመምጣቱ ብቻ የሚከሰቱ አይደሉም፡፡ ይልቁንም ከምርጫው ዕለት በፊት የመከወኑ ነገሮች ናቸው፡፡ ፕሬዚዳንት አቦማ ጋና ላይ እንደተናገሩት፣ “ይህ በአጠቃላይ ምርጫ ከማካሄድ በላይ ነው፡፡ እንደዚሁም ደግሞ በምርጫዎች መካከል ምን ተከናወነ የሚለውም መታየት አለበት“ ነበር ያሉት፡፡ ከሁሉም በላይ በመጀመሪያ ነጻ እና ፍትሀዊ ምርጫ ተግባራዊ ሊሆን የሚችለው የህግ የበላይነት ባለበት እና መሰረታዊ የሆኑ የሰብአዊ መብቶች በተከበሩበት ሁኔታ ነው፡፡ የኢትዮጵያ ህግመንግስት “የሀገሪቱ የህጎች ሁሉ የበላይ” ለድምጽ ሰጭዎች እና ለዕጩዎች (በአጠቃላይም ለዜጎች) ሀሳብን በነጻ የመግለጽ መብትን ያጎናጽፋል፡፡ እንደዚሁም ደግሞ ፖለቲካዊ የሆኑ መልዕክቶች እና መረጃዎችን ከምርጫው በፊት እና ከድህረ ምርጫ በኋላ ወደ ህዝብ  ለማሰራጨት እና መረጃ ለመለዋወጥ የሚያስችለውን የፕሬስ ነጻነትን ማረጋገጥ ያስፈልጋል፡፡ በህገመንግስቱ የማይገዙት ለምንድን ነው?

ህገመንግስቱ ለሁሉም ድምጽ ሰጭዎች፣ ፓርቲዎች እና እጩ ተወዳዳሪዎች፣ ነጻ፣ ከማንም ጋር ያልወገነ የምርጫ ሂደቱን የሚያስፈጽም የምርጫ ቦርድ እንዲኖር ዋስትና ይሰጣል፡፡ በዜጎች የፖለቲካ ፓርቲዎችን እና የሲቪል ማህበረሰብ ድርጅቶችን ለመመስረት በሚያደርጉት ጥረት የመደራጀት እና የመሰብሰብ መብት ላይ በዘፈቀደ የሚደረግ ጣልቃገብነት መኖር የለበትም፡፡ እንደዚሁም የፖለቲካ ፓርቲዎች ሰላማዊ ሰልፍ እና የምርጫ ቅስቀሳ ዘመቻ ለማድረግ ሲፈልጉ ያለምንም ችግር በነጻ መንቀሳቀስ እንዲችሉ ማድረግ ያስፈልጋል፡፡  ዜጎች የፖለቲካ አመለካከታቸውን በነጻ የማራመድ እና ከማንኛውም ተጽእኖ ነጻ ሆነው መግለጽ እንዲችሉ መብታቸው ሊጠበቅ ይገባል፡፡ ዜጎች መረጃ የመፈለግ፣ የመቀበል እና የማካፈል መብታቸው ሊረጋገጥ ይገባል፡፡ በሀገሪቱ ውስጥ የዘመቻ ቅስቀሳ ለማድረግ እና ከሌሎች የፖለቲካ ፓርቲዎች ከገዥው ፓርቲ ጋር ጭምር እኩል በሆነ መልኩ የመንቀሳቀስ መብታቸው ሊጠበቅ ይገባል፡፡

የፖለቲካ አመለከካከታቸውን ለማራመድ እና በህዝብ ዘንድ ለማስረጽ እንዲችሉ ማንኛውም እጩ ተመራጭ ማንኛውም የፖለቲካ ፓርቲ ለሚዲያ በተለይም ለብዙሀን መገናኛ እኩል እድል ሊያገኙ ይገባል፡፡ ከምርጫ እና ከፖለቲካ ጉዳዮች ጋር በተያያዘ መልኩ የሚነሱ ውዝግቦችን በሰላማዊ መልኩ ለመዳኘት እንዲቻል ነጻ እና ከማንም ያልወገኑ ተቋማት ያስፈልጋሉ፡፡ የህገመንግስቱን ትዕዛዛት ለምን አይከተሉም?

የተቃዋሚ ፓርቲ እጩዎች እና ፓርቲዎች ለህዝብ ቀርበው ሀሳቦቻቸውን እና ፕሮግራሞቻቸውን ሊያስረዱ የሚቸችሉበት መንገድ ሊቀየስ ይገባል፡፡ ገዥው ፓርቲ ፖሊስን፣ ወታደሩን፣ የፍትህ አካላቱን፣ የመንግስት ሰራተኛውን፣ የምርጫ አስፈጻሚ ባለስልጣኖችን ከህግ አግባብ ውጭ ወገንተኝነት እንዲያሳዩ እና እራሱ እንዳይጠቀምባቸው ከፍተኛ የሆነ ጥንቃቄ ማድረግ እና መረጋገጥ አለበት፡፡ የመንግስት ገንዘብ እና የማስፈጸሚያ ቁሳቁሶች በምንም ዓይነት መንገድ ለፓርቲ ስራ ገዥውን ፓርቲ ጨምሮ መዋል የለባቸውም፡፡ ጥብቅ በሆነ መልኩ መከልከል አለባቸው፡፡ የምርጫ ሂደቱ ምንም ዓይነት ችግር የሌለበት የመራጮች ምዝገባ፣ ሊደረስባቸው የሚገባ የምርጫ ቦታዎች፣ የምርጫ አስፈጻሚ ኃላፊዎችን ክብር ያረጋገጠ አያያዝ ማድረግን፣ ለሁሉም ክፍት የሆነ እና ግልጽነትን የተላበሰ የመራጮች ድምጽ ቆጠራ እና የማረጋገጥ ስራ ሂደት፣ ምርጫዎችን በሰለጠነ እና ከማንኛውም የፖለቲካ ፓርቲ ነጻ በሆኑ ኃላፊዎች ታዛቢነት እንዲኖር ማድረግ እና የምርጫ ማጭበርበር ያለመኖሩ መረጋገጥ አለበት፡፡

እ.ኤ.አ በ2010 በኢትዮጵያ ለተካሄደው አገር አቀፍ ምርጫ የአውሮፓ የምርጫ ታዛቢ ቡድን የመጨረሻ ዘገባ፣

የምርጫው ሂደት በተለይም የሂደቱን ግልጽነት እና ለሁሉም ተወዳዳሪ የፖለቲካ ፓርቲዎች እኩል ምህዳር ባለመስጠቱ ዓለም አቀፍ የምርጫ መስፈርትን አያሟላም፡፡ የበለጠ ፍትሀዊ እና ወካይነት ያለው የምርጫ ሂደት እንዲኖረው ተደረጉት ጥረቶች አናሳ ሆነው ተገኝተዋል…በመሆኑም ሙሉ፣ አድሎአዊ ያልሆነ እና መሰረታዊ የሆኑ መብቶችን ለመጠቀም ባለመቻሉ የምርጫው ሂደት በችግር ተተብትቧል… የገዥው ፓርቲ በመላ አገሪቱ ባሉ የምርጫ ጣቢያዎች ከመገኘቱ አንጻር ሲገመገም በተለይም የገጠሩ አካባቢ 80 በመቶ የሚሆነውን ህዝብ የሚሸፍነው የህብረተሰብ አካል የተቃዋሚ ፓርቲዎች ተወካዮች እና ተወዳዳሪዎች አልነበሩም፡፡ በምርጫ ቅስቀሳ ወቅት በተለይም የተቃዋሚ የፖለቲካ ፓርቲዎችን ባካተተ መልኩ የመሰብሰብ ነጻነቶች፣ ሀሳን በነጻ የመግለጽ፣ በነጻ የመንቀሳቀስ መብቶች ወጥ በሆነ መልክ አልተከበሩም…በመንግስት ቁጥጥር ስር ያለው የብዙሀን መገናኛ ለሁሉም እኩል በሆነ መልኩ ሽፋን አልሰጠም፣ በተለይም ለገዥው ፓርቲ ከ50 በመቶ በላይ የህትመት እና የብሮድካስት ሽፋን ሰጥቷል…በብዙዎቹ የአገሪቱ ዝቅተኛ የመንግስት አስተዳደራዊ መዋቅሮች ዘንድ በገዥው ፓርቲ እና በመንግስት መዋቅር መካከል የጠራ ልዩነት አልነበረም፡፡ የአውሮፓ የምርጫ ታዛቢ ቡድን በቀጥታ የመንግስት ሀብቶች ለገዥው አካል የምርጫ ዘመቻ ቅስቀሳ አገልግሎት መዋላቸውን አረጋግጧል፡፡ በስልጣን ላይ ያለው ገዥው ፓርቲ በግልጽ ጠቀሜታ ያለው መሆኑ በግልጽ የሚታይ ቢሆንም የምርጫ ቡድኑ የ2010ሩ አገር አቀፍ ምርጫ በብዙ መልኩ የምርጫ ምህዳሩ ፍትሀዊ አልነበረም፣ በብዙ የምርጫ ጣቢያዎች በከፍተኛ ሁኔታ ወደ ገዥው ፓርቲ ያደላ ነበር…

አሁን በህይወት የሌለው መለስ ዜናዊ የአውሮፓ ህብረት የታዛቢዎችን ቡድን የምርጫ ዘገባ “ለምንም የማይውል ወደ ቆሻሻ ቅርጫት መጣል ያለበት“ በማለት በአደባባይ አጣጥሎታል፡፡ እንዲህ ብሎ ነበር፣ “የምርጫ ዘገባው ስለእኛ ምርጫ አይደለም፡፡ ይኸ ጉዳይ በገዥው ፓርቲያችን መጠናከር ደስተኞች ያልሆኑት የምዕራቡ ዓለም ኒዮሊበራሎች አመለካከት ነው፡፡ ማንም ወረቀት እና ብዕር የያዘ ሰው የፈለገውን ነገር መሞነጫጨር ይችላል፡፡“ በእርግጥ መለስ በፖለቲካ መድረክ ላይ እንደዚህ ያለ አስቀያሚ ቋንቋ ማስተላለፍ መቻሉ አፈታሪክ ነበር፡፡ መለስ በአፍሪካ አህጉር ማንንም የፖለቲካ ሰው መሳደብ፣ የጭቃ ጅራፉን ማጮህ፣ መበጥበጥ፣ መዘለፍ፣ ጥላሸት ሲቀባ የቆየ ሰው ነበር፡፡ መለስ የአውሮፓ ህብረት የታዛቢዎች ቡድን የምርጫ ዘገባን “በውሸት ቁልል የታጨቀ“ ብሎታል፡፡

ፕሬዚዳንት ኦባማ ስለ2015 ምርጫ ማወቅ እና ማድረግ ያለባቸው ነገሮች፣

ፕሬዚዳንት ኦባማ እያወቁ ያላወቁ በመምሰል የሚያደርጉትን ትተው የምርጫ 2010 ስህተት በ2015ም እንዳይደገም ለመከላከል ማወቅ እና ማድረግ የሚኖርባቸው ጥቂት ነገሮች እንደሚከተለው ቀርበዋል፣

ቅድመ ምርጫ ከባቢ፡ የአውሮፓ ህብረት የምርጫ ታዛቢዎች ቡድን በ2010 እንደተመለከተው “ሁሉም የፖለቲካ ፓርቲዎች የምርጫ ቅስቀሳ ዘመቻዎቻቸውን ነጻ እና ለሁሉም እኩል በሆነ የምርጫ ምህዳር ሜዳ ላይ የመወዳደር መብት እንዳለቸው ህጉ ይፈቅዳል”፡፡ ፕሬዚዳንት ኦባማ የወያኔ ገዥ አካል የፖሊስ መንግስት ሆኖ የቀጠለ መሆኑን መገንዘብ ይኖርባቸዋል፡፡ ከምርጫው በፊት በሚኖሩት ወራት ሰላማዊ ሰልፎች ለማካሄድ እና በአገሪቱ በሙሉ የፖለቲካ ከባቢ አየሩ ከማስፈራራት እና ከማሸማቀቅ ነጻ በመሆን እኩል የምርጫ ጨዋታ ምህዳር እንዲኖር ያላቸውን የፕሬዚዳንትነት ስልጣን ተጠቅመው እውን እንዲሆን ማረጋገጥ ይኖርባቸዋል፡፡

የመንግስት ሀብትን መጠቀም፡ ለአንድ ለፖለቲካ ፓርቲ የምርጫ ቅስቀሳ ስራ በሚል የህዝብን ወይም የመንግስት ሀበት መጠቀም በህግ የተከለከለ ነው፣ ሆኖም ግን በ2010 በተካሄደው ሀገር አቀፍ ምርጫ የአውሮፓ የምርጫ የታዛቢዎች ቡድን እንደዚህ ያሉ ሀብቶች በስፋት በስራ ላይ ውለው እንደነበር ምስክርነቱን ሰጥተቷል (ተሽከርካሪዎች፣ በስራ ላይ ያሉ የመንግስት ሰራተኞች ለገዥው ፓርቲ ለምርጫ ቅስቀሳ መሰማራት፣ በየአካባቢው ያሉ የመንግስት መስሪያ ቤቶችን ለምርጫ ቅስቀሳ ማዋል፣ ወዘተ) ፕሬዚዳት ኦባማ የህወሀት ገዥ አካል የመንግስት ሀብቶችን እና ተቋማትን ለእራሱ የፖለቲካ ስራ የሚጠቀምበት መሆኑን ሊገነዘቡ ይገባል፡፡ እንደዚህ ያሉ የተሳሳቱ አሰራሮች ሊወገዱ እንደሚገባ ፕሬዚዳንቱ ጥረታቸውን ሊያደርጉ ይገባል፡፡

የሜዲያ ከባቢ፡ የአውሮፓ ህብረት የምርጫ ተዛቢ ቡድን በ2010 በደረሰበት ድምዳሜ መሰረት በመንግስት በሞኖፖል የተያዘው የቴሌኮሙኒኬሽን አገልግሎት በአገሪቱ ያለውን ብቸኛ የኢንተርኔት አገልግሎት ተቆጣጥሮታል፡፡ የኢንተርኔት አገልግሎት እንዲቋረጥ ይደረጋል፣ እንደዚሁም አንዳንድ በዲያስፖራ ኢትዮጵያውያን የሚንቀሳቀሱ ድረ ገጾች ይሰለላሉ፡፡ የወያኔ አገዛዝ በአገሪቱ የሚገኙ ሁሉንም ነጻ ጋዜጦችን እና መጽሔቶችን የዘጋ መሆኑን፣ እንዲሁም የኢንተርኔት አገልግሎትን መዝጋቱን መቀጠሉን እና የሳቴላይት እና የሬዲዮ ስርጭቶችን በሚሊዮን የሚቆጠር ብር ወጭ እያደረገ እያፈነ መሆኑን ፕሬዚዳንት ኦባማ ሊያውቁት ይገባል፡፡ ፕሬዚዳንት ኦባማ ያላቸውን ስልጣን በመጠቀም ከቅድመ ምርጫ ጀምሮ እስከ ምርጫው ዕለት ድረስ በመንግስት ቁጥጥር ስር ያሉት ሚዲያዎች እኩል በሆነ መልክ እንዲያገልግሉ ብቻ ሳይሆን ጋዜጠኞች እንዲፈቱ እና ሜዲያው በነጻ እንዲያገለግል እና ሁሉን ዓይነት መረጃ ማቅረብ እንዲችል እንዲያደርጉ፡፡

ሲቪል ማህበረሰብ፡ የአውሮፓ የምርጫ ታዛቢ ቡድን በ2010 ምርጫ ዘገባው የኢትዮጵያ ሲቪል ማህበረሰብ ድርጅቶች በበጎ አድራጎት እና ማህበራት ቀያጅ አዋጅ ምክንያት የኢትዮጵያ ሲቪል ማህበረሰብ ድርጅቶች በምርጫ ሂደቱ ስራ በእጅጉ ስራቸው ተደናቅ ፎነበር፡፡ ይህ ህግ ከ10 በመቶ በላይ የሚሆነውን ገንዘብ ከውጭ ምንጭ የሚያገኙ ከሆነ የአገር ውስጥ ድርጅቶች እንዲባሉ ተደረገ፡፡ በሀገር ውስጥ ያሉ ደርጅቶች ብቻ ናቸው በሰብአዊ መብት እና በዴሞክራሲ ላይ መስራት የሚፈቀድላቸው፡፡       

ከአንድ ሳምንት ገደማ አካባቢ በኒዮርክ ከተማ በክሊንተን ግሎባል ኢኒሼቴቭ ባራክ ኦባማ እንዲህ የሚል ንግግር አሰምተው ነበር፣ “የሲቪል ማህበረሰቡ መሪዎች ብቻ ናቸው በብዙ መልኩ ዘለቄታዊነት ያለው ለውጥ ሊያመጡ የሚችሉት፡፡ ምክያቱም አባባሉ ሲነገር በነበረበት ጊዜ በጣም ጠቃሚው ርዕስ “ፕሬዚዳንት” ወይም “ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር” አይደለም፣ በጣም ጠቃሚው ርዕስ “ዜግነት”… ዜጎች ሲቪል ማህበረሰብ ለምን በጣም አስፈላጊ እንደሆነ ያስታውሰናል፡፡ ህዝቦች ሀሳባቸውን በነጻ መግለጽ ሲችሉ እና መሪዎቻቸው ተጠያቂ እንዲሆኑ ሲደረጉ መንግስት መልስ ሰጭ እና ውጤታማ ይሆናል፡፡“ ፕሬዚዳንት ኦባማ የበጎ አድራጎት ድርጅቶች እና ማህበራት ተብሎ የታወጀውን ቀያጅ አዋጅ እንዲወገድ ወይም ደግሞ ጠቃሚነት ያለው ማሻሻያ እንዲደረግበት ጥረት እንዲያደርጉ በአጽንኦ እጠይቀዎታሉ፡፡ የሲቪል ማህበረሰቡ ለዴሞክራሲያዊ ሂደቱ ዋናው እምብርት በመሆኑ ላይ ሙሉ እምነት ስላላቸው ፕሬዚዳንት ኦባማ ያላቸውን ኃላፊነት ተጠቅመው የ2015 አገር አቀፍ ምርጫ ከመካሄዱ በፊት የሲቪል ማህበረሰቡ ስራውን እንዲጀምሩ እና ነጻ ሆኖ እንዲሰራ እንዲደረግ እንዲያደርጉልን፡፡

የፕሬዚዳንት ኦባማ ኃይል ምንድን ነው? የእርዳታ ገንዘብ፡፡ በጥረት የተገኘ የአሜሪካ የዶላር  ግብር ከፋይ ህዝብ፣ አፍሪካውያንን/ትን በመርዳት ሰበብ የአሜሪካንን ዶላር ለአፍሪካ አምባገነኖች መስጠት ሆኖም ግን የአፍሪካ አምባገነኖችን የሂሳብ አካውንት ማቆም፣ የእርዳታ ገንዘብ ይናገራል፣ እናም በወያኔ ደንቆሮ አለቆች አንደበት በከፍተኛ ደረጃ ይሰማል፡፡ ዳምቢሳ ሞዮ በመጽሐፏ ላይ የሞተ እርዳታ/Dead Aid ብላ ባሰፈረችው መሰረት የወያኔ ገዥ አካል 97 በመቶ የሚሆነውን በጀት የሚያገኘው ከውጭ እርዳታ ነው፡፡ በቀላል አነጋገር የወያኔ ገዥ አካል ከአሜሪካ ጠንካራ ሰራተኛ ግብር ከፋዮች የሚሰበሰብ እርዳታ እስካላገኘ ድረስ ለአንዲት ቀን እንኳ መቆየት እንደማይችል እና ህልውና እንደሌለው ግልጽ ሊሆን ይገባል፡፡ ፕሬዚዳት ኦባማ ዓመታዊውን የደህንነት እርዳታ ለለማኞቹ የወያኔ ተመጽዋቾች ለመስጠት እጅዎን ሲዘረጉ እ.ኤ.አ በ2009 በጋና አክራ ለአፍሪካውያን/ት ምን የሚል ንግግር አድርገው እንደነበር ያስታውሱ፡፡ 

ልማት በመልካም አስተዳደር ላይ የሚወሰን ነው፡፡ የእራሳቸውን ህዝቦች ፍላጎት የሚያከብሩ፣ በስምምነት የሚገዙ እና በጭቆና የማይገዙ መንግስታት በጣም ሀብታሞች ናቸው፣ የተረጋጉ ናቸው እናም ከሌሎች የዚህ ዓይነት ባህሪያት ከሌላቸው መንግስታት የበለጠ ስኬታማ ናቸው፡፡ መንግስታት የህዝቡን ሀብት እየመዘበሩ የእራሳቸውን ኪስ የሚያዳብሩ ከሆነ ማንም አገር ቢሆን ሀብት ሊፈጥር አይችልም፡፡ የህግ የበላይነት ቦታውን ለጨካኝነት እና ባርነት የሚለቅ ከሆነ በዚህ ዓይነት ማህበረሰብ ውስጥ መኖር የሚፈልግ የለም፡፡ ያ ዴሞክራሲ አይደለም፣ ይልቁንም ያ አምባገነናዊነት ነው፡፡ እናም በአሁኑ ጊዜ የዚያ ዓይነት መንግስት መወገጃው ጊዜው አሁን ነው…

2015 የኢትዮጵያ ምርጫ ከነፋስ ጋር አብሮ ይሄዳል፣

እ.ኤ.አ በአስራ ዘጠኝ መቶ ሰማንያ አራት ኦር ዌል እንዲህ ብለው ጽፈው ነበር፣ “የወደፊቱን ስዕል የምትፈልግ ከሆነ በሰው ፊት ላይ ለዘላለም ማህተም የተደረገ የቦት ጫማ በህሊናህ ውስጥ አስብ፡፡“ የ2015ን የኢትዮጵያን ምርጫ ስዕል ለማየት ከፈለግህ በጠራራ ጸሐይ በቀን ብርሀን የተሰረቀን የምርጫ ውጤት እና በምርጫ ቦት የምርጫ ሌቦችን እና ዘራፊዎችን የሚያባርሩትን ፊቶች፣ ግን ለብዙ ጊዜ አይቆይም፣ ግን በጣም ለረዥም ጊዜ አይቆይም፡፡

በ2015 በኢትዮጵያ ስለሚደረገው ምርጫ የፕሬዚዳንት ኦባማ ንግግር “ባዶ ነፋስ” ነው፣ (“የውሸት ቁልሎች” ከመለስ ዜናዊ ዘለፋ በመጥቀስ) ውሸትን እውነት የሚያስመስል ፖለቲካዊ ቋንቋ፡፡ ታሪክ ብዙ ነገሮች “ከነፋስ ጋር እንደሚሄዱ” ያሳያል፡፡ “እርሱ የእራሱን ቤት የሚያስቸግር ነፋስን ይወርሳል፡ እናም ቂል የብልህ አሽከር ይሆናል የሚለውን ሁላችንም ልናውቀው ይገባል”፡፡ አሁን በህይወት የሌለው መለስ እና የእርሱ ደቀመዝሙሮች በአሁኑ ጊዜ አስቸጋሪ በሆነ መልኩ የኢትዮጵያን ቤት በማስቸገር ላይ ይገኛሉ፣ እናም ነፋስን ይዘግናሉ! አውሎ ነፋስም በቅስፈት ይዞዋቸው ይሄዳል።

በ2015 በኢትዮጵያ ምርጫ አለ፡፡ ምርጫው ሰዎችን እንዴት በብር መግዛት እንደሚቻል ነው፣ እናም ስለሰዎች አስተዳደር አይደለም፡፡ በኢትዮጵያ በ2015 ምርጫ አይኖርም፣ ሆኖም ግን ሸፍጥ ለመስራት የሚቆይ ምርጫ አለ፡፡ 

ኢትዮጵያ በክብር ለዘላለም ትኑር!

ጥቅምት 15 ቀን 2007 . 

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Response to References made about Ginbot 7 in the Report of the Monitoring Group of Somalia and Eritrea (here after SEMG), Pursuant to UN Security Council Resolution 2111 (2013).

oct 28,2014



TO: The United Nations Security Council Sanctions Committee

FROM: Ginbot 7 Movement for Justice, Freedom and Democracy.

DATE: October 27, 2014

SUBJECT: Response to References made about Ginbot 7 in the Report of the Monitoring Group of Somalia and Eritrea (here after SEMG), Pursuant to UN Security Council Resolution 2111 (2013).

Ginbot 7 Movement for Justice, Freedom and Democracy expresses its high regards to The United Nations Security Council, and would like to use this opportunity and bring to the attention its reservations regarding some references made about it in SEMG report of October 13, 2014.

1. The SEMG report states that “Ginbot 7 is a banned opposition group”. We would like to call the attention of the International Community to the infamous “Anti-Terrorism Proclamation” promulgated by the TPLF/EPRDF regime of Ethiopia with the aim of stifling political dissent. The dictatorial regime has used this proclamation as an instrument to label and criminalize Ginbot 7, as well as other political opposition organizations, human rights advocacy groups, civil society, journalists and bloggers inside and outside of Ethiopia.

2. Let alone the claim in the report that Ginbot 7 was established in 2005, which is categorically false, even the so-called Anti-Terrorism Proclamation was not promulgated until 2009.

Ginbot 7 was formed in 2008 after few members among its leadership spent almost two years in prison in the aftermath of the ill-fated election of May 15, 2005. As well known by the International community, the regime overturned the election results that clearly showed the opposition party Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) has won the majority throughout the country. This is a fact corroborated by international election observes such as the European Union’s Election Monitoring Group that was present in Ethiopia to observe the election in 2005. Those who formed Ginbot7, then leaders of the CUD, were among the leaders thrown in prison on trumped up charges.

Ginbot 7 was formed as a political movement in order to advance justice, freedom, and liberal democracy in Ethiopia. Ginbot 7 believes that no meaningful and genuinely competitive elections can take place in the country due to the prevailing and ever worsening egregious human rights violations, the closing of political space, the harassment and persecution of members of the legal and peaceful political opposition. Furthermore, an entrenched minority ethnocratic dictatorship in Ethiopia has determined to perpetuate its hold on power by all and any means necessary.

3. SEMG’s claim in the report that Ginbot 7 was established by “Amhara elites” is grossly erroneous given the ethno-religious mix of its leadership and membership. The report’s characterization of Ginbot 7 as an organization established by “Amhara elites” is not only factually inaccurate, but a clear indication of the bias of the report. It seems like SEMG has bought lock, stock and barrel the dictatorial regime’s fabricated story of Ethiopian politics as an entirely ethnic based phenomena.

The SEMG could have easily established the facts by taking a cursory look at Ginbot 7′s website rather than unquestioningly accepting the regime’s characterization with regard to Ginbot 7′s multi ethnic membership and leadership, its organizational principle and its well established position on ethnic based politics in Ethiopia. No effort seems to have been made by the SEMG to balance its report by counterchecking its claims from Ginbot 7 or other sources instead of recycling the minority regime’s long standing targeting and demonization of the Amharas, the second largest ethnic group in Ethiopia.

4. The SEMG, despite its familiarity with political conditions in the Horn of Africa, fails to realize what is very obvious to all regarding the TPLF/EPRDF regime’s agitation, use of threat, torture and at times bribery when presenting helpless prisoners under its custody to echo unfounded guilt they are coerced to rehearse for interviews and media presentations. Hence, presenting forced confessions and unreliable information from such prisoners as evidence is beyond comprehension.

5. The SEMG’s claim to have retrieved information from an alleged Ginbot 7 fighter captured in Gonder is no different from what is explained above.

6. SEMG’s reference in its report to weapons’ serial numbers to suggest the source of certain weapons as being from Eritrea, clearly neglects the fact that numerous prisoners of war, weapons and ammunitions have exchanged hands between Ethiopian and Eritrean forces during their numerous wars.

7. Needless to say that the SEMG has been manipulated to construe that Ginbot 7 needs to extend its recruitment to the southern tip of Africa, while what Ginbot 7 objectively faces is the capacity to accommodate the tens of thousands forcing their ways into its fold from amongst the millions who support it. These are Ethiopians from very diverse backgrounds seeking a genuinely liberal democratic and just order, freedom and equality which have been denied to them by the brutal dictatorial regime of the TPLF/EPRDF.

8. It is unfortunate to note that the SEMG has been misguided to misrepresent Ginbot 7’s prevailing organizational reality that clearly demarcates boundary between its own political bodies from that of other organizations that may have opted to attain their objectives by any other means they deem appropriate.

9. Ginbot 7 found the claim in the report regarding persons SEMG suggests were received by Andargachew Tsege upon their arrival in Asmara and who have “joined a group of 30 to 60 Ginbot 7 fighters at Harena Military Camp” comical, simply because the arithmetic percentile between 30 and 60 is 100% and hence too large a difference for any wrong guessing.

10. The SEMG clearly states in its report that it was unable to verify the claims of the alleged Ginbot 7 fighters, which begs the question, then, as to why the SEMG had to dwell in its defamatory claims and tarnish the image of Ginbot 7.

11. The same can be said about SEMG’s statement in its report regarding its inability to assess the extent of this unsubstantiated support as compared with Asmara’s support of Ginbot 7 in the past.

12. The SEMG seems to be deliberately overlooking or otherwise incognizant of TPLF/EPRDF regime’s well recorded expertise in passport, travel document, and other forms of forgeries going back to its days as a guerrilla force. Had this not been the case, understanding the nature of documents presented to it by the regime’s security officials, should not have been beyond the comprehension of the SEMG.

The allegations by SEMG may be well calculated and deliberate distortions aimed at upholding the sanctions imposed on Eritrea. However, we fail to comprehend why Ginbot 7, or the Ethiopian people for whose rights our organization is struggling for, is interjected in these maneuvers.

Ginbot 7, however, would like to use this opportunity to assure all concerned, including the United Nation’s Security Council, that it is ready to give freely and candidly tangible explanations related to its mission and the achievements in the process of registering its just struggle.

Ginbot 7 Movement for Justice, Freedom and Democracy would like to respectfully conclude its MEMORANDUM by strongly affirming that it stands ready and willing to cooperate with the International Community, in good faith, and contribute everything within its capacity for sustainable regional peace and stability in the Horn of Africa.

We look forward to your timely reply.

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Oct 28,2014

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The Great Ethiopian Famine of 1984 Remembered (by Alemayehu G. Mariam)

October 27, 2014

by Alemayehu G. Mariam*

There is famine in Ethiopia in 2014, but it is known by other fancy names

Famine in Ethiopia is a topic that horrifies me. Over the years, I have written long commentaries on the subject often challenging with incontrovertible facts the fabricated and false claims of the Tigrean Peoples Liberation Front and its late leader Meles Zenawi that there has been no famine in Ethiopia since they took power in 1991. Of course, there has been famine in Ethiopia every year since 1991. They just don’t call famine, famine. They have fancy names for it like “extreme malnutrition”, “severe under-nutrition”, “extreme food shortage”, “catastrophic food shortages” and other clever misnomers. However, famine in Ethiopia sugarcoated with fancy words and phrases is still famine!There is famine in Ethiopia in 2014

Food is the quintessential human right. All human beings have a God-given right to food. Without food and water there is no life; and those who control food and water control life itself. The problem in Ethiopia for over one-half century has been that the governments and regimes in power who controlled the supply of food have pleaded congenital ignorance when it comes to famine. H.I.M. Haile Selassie said he did not know there was famine in northern Ethiopia in 1973-74. In 1984-85, military strongman Mengistu Hailemariam said exactly the same thing. “Yo no sabía…” Meles Zenawi in 2008 said, “We did not know there was famine in Southern Ethiopia until emaciated children began to appear.” Oh! The curse of know nothing and do nothing governments and regimes in Ethiopia!

Since I joined the human rights struggle in Ethiopia after the 2005 election after the late Meles Zenawi ordered the massacre of hundreds of unarmed protesters, I have used my pen (keyboard) to hold Meles and his Tigrean Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) disciples accountable if not before a court of international law, at least before the court of international public opinion.  Their ongoing depraved indifference to millions of Ethiopians facing famine year after year is a testament to their continuing and monumental crimes against humanity.

In his first press conference in Addis Ababa after Meles and his gang seized power, Meles declared that the litmus test for the success of his regime should be whether Ethiopians were able to eat three meals a day. (See video here.) Two decades later in 2011, Meles pompously declared, “We have devised a plan which will enable us to produce surplus and be able to feed ourselves by 2015 without the need for food aid.

“Three meals a day” in 2014 Ethiopia is pie in the sky for the vast majority of Ethiopians. There is no chance that Ethiopia will feed itself “without the need for massive food aid” by 2015, which is two months from now. In fact, Ethiopia today is 123 out of 125 worst fed countries in the world. According to a 2014 Oxfam report, “while the Netherlands ranks number one in the world for having the most plentiful, nutritious, healthy and affordable diet, Chad is last on 125th behind Ethiopia and Angola.”

For years, the TPLF leaders have been promising to end “food shortages caused by drought” in a very short time. In 2009, Simon Mechale, head of the country’s “Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Agency”, proudly declared: “Ethiopia will soon fully ensure its food security.”  Meles’ “plan to produce surplus” was by “leasing” out millions of hectares of the country’s prime agricultural land to so-called international investors (land grabbers) whose only aim is to raise crops for export.  Ethiopia will produce food to feed other nations while Ethiopians starve. Meles and his TPLF gang have adamantly opposed private ownership of land, which by all expert accounts is the single most important factor in ensuring food security in any nation. In 2010, food inflation in Ethiopia remained at 47.4 percent.

The TPLF and the international poverty pimps that coddle and protect the TPLF would like the world to believe in a rosy fairy tale about “double-digit economic growth”, “construction of massive infrastructure” and “leadership in the fight against terrorism”. They will never talk about the famine that has stalked Ethiopia for decades now. Those poverty pimps are so clever that they have invented a whole set of words and phrases not to call famine, famine. The word “famine” is banned from their official reports. It has been replaced by such phrases as “severe malnutrition”, “food deficit”, “acute food insecurity”, “extreme food consumption gaps” and many others deceptive euphemisms.

In its August 15, 2014 report USAID wants us to believe that the thing that walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and swims like a duck is NOT a duck. USAID says, “Despite a fast-growing economy…  Ethiopia… experiences high levels of both chronic and acute food insecurity, particularly among rural populations and smallholder farmers. Approximately 44% percent of children under 5 years of age in Ethiopia are severely chronically malnourished, or stunted.  The long-term effects of chronic malnutrition are estimated to cost the Government of Ethiopia approximately 16.5 percent of its GDP every year according to the UN World Food Program (WFP).”

What does this bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo actually mean? Many in rural areas are facing famine-like conditions? Babies, toddlers and small children are starving? It makes me sick to my stomach! USAID and the rest of international poverty pimp network members think we are too dumb and too stupid not to see their stupid word and phrase games about famine in Ethiopia. They should know that we are not as dumb as we look. (Are we!?!? Just wondering.) “That which we call a rose, any other name would smell as sweet”, but USAID and the rest of the international poverty pimps should know that they cannot sugarcoat famine in Ethiopia by calling it “extreme malnutrition” and expect to fool anybody.

The Great Ethiopian Famine of 1984

For me the best way to remember the Great 1984 Ethiopian Famine today is by remembering the hidden Ethiopian famine of Ethiopia in 2014In October 1984, the BBC released a documentary on the “Ethiopian famine that shocked the world.” Describing that famine as “shocking” is a gross understatement of the reality. It was disgraceful, dreadful, ghastly, sickening, monstrous, scandalous and unspeakably horrifying. BBC reporter Michael Buerk described it as a “biblical famine”. His documentary today is considered as “one of the most famous television reports of the late 20th Century.” Watching the video of that famine is psychologically devastating today as it was 30 years ago when it happened.

An estimated one-half million people in northern Ethiopia died as a result of the 1984 famine. Some 600 thousand people were forcibly transported by military truck from their home villages and farms to various regions in the southern part of the country. Tens of thousands of peasants died in the transportation process and at the various settlement camps. The military Derg regime also used the opportunity to depopulate certain areas considered sympathetic to rebels by creating a “villagization” program. The outcome of the Derg’s response to that famine was an unmitigated disaster.

In 1987, Time Magazine wrote  about famine in Ethiopia that year questioning what was really going on in Ethiopia. “Three years ago [1984], a famine began to strike Ethiopia with apocalyptic force. Westerners watched in horror as the images of death filled their TV screens: the rows of fly-haunted corpses, the skeletal orphans crouched in pain… Today Ethiopia is in the midst of another drought… Ethiopia, which has earned the unhappy honor of being rated the globe’s poorest country by the World Bank… is on the brink of disaster again. At least 6 million of its 46 million people face starvation, and only a relief effort on the scale of the one launched three years ago will save them… As the cry [for aid] goes out once more for food and money, the sympathetic cannot be faulted for wondering why this is happening all over again. Is the latest famine wholly the result of cruel nature, or are other, man-made forces at work that worsen the catastrophe?”

The end of famine in Ethiopia according to Meles Zenawi and his TPLF disciples

For years, Meles and his TPLF disciples have been advertising their “Productive Safety Net Programme” (driven by foreign aid in the form of budget support supposedly) as the silver bullet against famine. That program presumably “prevents asset depletion at the household level and creates productive assets at the community level accelerating the end of the cycle of dependence on food aid”.

In October 2011, Meles told his party faithful: “We have devised a plan which will enable us to produce surplus and be able to feed ourselves by 2015 without the need for food aid.” His “plan to produce surplus” was to be implemented by “leasing” out millions of hectares of the country’s prime agricultural land to so-called international investors (land grabbers) whose only aim is to raise crops to feed people in India and the Middle East. So much for the TPLF’s hype of “ending the cycle of dependence on food aid.”

The facts speak for themselves. According to the World Food Programme report (WFP)  (the branch of the United Nations and the world’s largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger and promoting food security), in 2014,  2.7 million Ethiopians need food assistance and that WFP plans to assist nearly 6.5 million vulnerable Ethiopians  with food and special nutritional assistance, including school children, farmers, people living with HIV/AIDS, mothers and infants, refugees and others.  In 2012, there were  3.76  million people in need of emergency food aid;  in 2011, the number was 4.5 million;  5 million in 2010 and 2009 and 6 million in 2008. According to a 2013 U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) report, “34 million Ethiopians–40 percent of the population–are considered chronically hungry.” To be “chronically hungry” means to go without food for a very long time. Isn’t that what we used to call starvation and famine in 1984?

In honor and remembrance of those Ethiopians who have died needlessly from famine in Ethiopia

In honor and remembrance of the victims of the Great Ethiopian Famine of 1984 and those who died needlessly since then, I review a few of the many commentaries I have written over the years on hunger, starvation and famine in Ethiopia. I do so not to self-congratulate or to seek recognition for my miniscule efforts to raise public awareness.  I do it for the same reason I do all of my human rights advocacy: To speak truth to power and abusers of power.

For years, I have relentlessly criticized the late Meles Zenawi and his TPLF regime for their depraved indifference to the issue of famine and starvation in Ethiopia. In 2008, I wrote a commentary entitled, “The art of denial (lying)”. I argued that Meles and his TPLF crew deserve credit for perfecting the art of denial (lying) just like the smooth career criminals who deny everything when caught.  When Meles was confronted by the facts of famine in Ethiopia, his response was, “What famine?”  In an interview with Time Magazine on August 7, 2008, Meles flatly denied the existence of famine in Ethiopia:  “Famine has wreaked havoc in Ethiopia for so long, it would be stupid not to be sensitive to the risk of such things occurring. But there has not been a famine on our watch — emergencies, but no famines.”  (“Stupid is as stupid does,” said Forrest Gump, the character in the movie by the same name.)

Meles’ deputy, Addisu Legesse, following his boss groused, “Institutions that exaggerate the food shortage in Ethiopia and report inflated figures of the needy are intent on belittling the economic growth of  the country and calculating their interests.” Mitiku Kassa, Meles’ “Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development”  was equally adamant: “In the Ethiopian context, there is no hunger, no famine… It is baseless [to claim famine], it is contrary to the situation on the ground. It is not evidence-based.”

In An interview with journalist Peter Gill on August 22, 2012, Meles  said he was clueless of the famine engulfing Southern Ethiopia. “That was a failure on our part.  We were late in recognising we had an emergency on our hands.   We did not know that a crisis was brewing in these specific areas until emaciated children began to appear.” For Meles, the proof of famine is “emaciated children”. Everything else is at worst an “emergency”. All of the talk of  famine is merely a figment of the overactive imagination of the foreign media and humanitarian organizations.

In November 2009, I wrote a commentary entitled, “Famine and the Noisome Beast in Ethiopia”.  I wondered out loud how successive Ethiopian governments and regimes over the past one-half century  could blame famine on “acts of God.” The TPLF regime even today blames “poor and erratic rains,” “drought conditions,” “deforestation and soil erosion,” “overgrazing,” and other “natural factors” for “severe malnutrition” and  “chronic food shortages” in Ethiopia.  They shrug their soulders and say, “It ain’t us. It’s God who did it! He forgot to send the rains.”

In April 2010, in my commentary, “The ‘Silently’ Creeping Famine in Ethiopia”, I vehemently protested the dishonesty of the international organizations, bureaucrats and officials who use euphemisms to hide the ugly truth about famines and mass-scale hunger in Ethiopia. I accused the heartless international poverty pimps of inventing a lexicon of mumbo-jumbo words and phrases to conceal the public fact that large numbers of people in Ethiopia and other parts of Africa are dying simply because they have nothing or very little food to eat. The international poverty pimps cannot hide the truth about famine by talking nonsense about “food insecurity”, “food scarcity”, “food insufficiency”, “food deprivation”, “severe food shortages”, “chronic dietary deficiency”, “endemic malnutrition” and so on just to avoid using the “F”amine word. They got to call a spade, a spade!

FEWSNET (Famine Early Warning Systems Network”, a creation of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), has invented a ridiculous taxonomy to describe hungry people in places like Ethiopia. According to FEWSNET, when it comes to food, there are people who are generally food secure, moderately food insecure, highly food insecure, extremely food insecure and those facing famine. Translated into ordinary English  and applied to countries like Ethiopia, these nonsensical categories seem to equate those who eat once a day as generally food secure, followed by the moderately food secure who eat one meal every other day. The highly food insecure eat once every three days. The  extremely food insecure eat once a week. Those who never eat face famine and die! The kind of madness that masquerades as “science”!

In March 2011, I wrote a commentary entitled, “The Moral Hazard of U.S. Policy in Africa” arguing that the TPLF regime is so heavily dependent on the safety net of foreign aid, massive infusion of multilateral loans and a perpetual supply of humanitarian assistance  that were it left to its own devices it will likely behave very  differently (more responsibly). Why shouldn’t the donors and loaners leave the TPLF to deal with the  consequences of its mismanagement of the economy and debilitating corruption? The fact of the matter is that for over two decades, the TPLF regime has gone out into the international community with bowls begging for food to feed millions of Ethiopians without being held accountable by the donors and loaners. As a result, the regime has been completely indifferent to the plight of the people.

In July 2011, I wrote a commentary entitled, “Apocalypse Now or in 40 Years?” I was and still am concerned whether there will be an “Ethiopia” in 2050. I argued that whether Ethiopia survives as a viable nation in 2050 free of war, disease, pestilence and famine will not depend on an imaginary “double-digit” economic growth or a ludicrous 99.6 percent election victory. It will depend on what is done to deal with the little big 3 percent problem. In other words, overpopulation poses the single most critical problem and decisive issue in Ethiopia today and the years to come.

In 2011, U.S. Census Bureau made the frightening prediction that Ethiopia’s population by 2050 will more than triple to 278 million. Ethiopia’s chronic “food insecurity” is expected to get increasingly worse culminating in a “Malthusian catastrophe” (where disease, starvation, war, etc. will reduce the population to the level of food production). The TPLF has failed to implement a national family planning program which will avert such a catastrophe. The bottom line is that Ethiopia’s population is growing by 3 percent every year. If Ethiopia cannot adequately feed, clothe and shelter 90 million of its people today, is there any way in God’s green earth that she will be able to feed 278 million in just 35 years?

In my August 8, 2011, commentary entitled, “Meles Zenawi and the Weaponization of Famine”, I argued that Meles and his TPLF gang were insidiously manipulating  famine as a political and military weapon to cling to power. I argued that famine is not just about images of skeletal children gasping for their last breath of air as their mothers gaze into nothingness in the sun baked landscape. Famine is also a military and political weapon. Meles and his TPLF have used denial of food aid to “rebel areas” in the south/southeast as did Mengistu to “rebel areas” in the north back in his day. That is the classic strategic lesson Meles learned from Mengistu. Famine can be used both as a tactical and strategic weapon against one’s opponents.

My August 15, 2011, commentary entitled, “Starve the Beast, Feed the People!” was a call to action. I urged Ethiopians to stand up to the Western donors and loaners who continue to support the criminal regime of Meles Zenawi and the TPLF in Ethiopia and declare, “Starve the TPLF Beast, Feed the People!” No more aid to a regime that clings to power by digging its fingers into the ribs of starving children. No more aid to torturers and human rights violators. No aid to election thieves. No aid to those who roll out a feast to feed their supporters and watch their opponents starve to death. Let’s shout in a collective voice to the West — America, England, Germany, the European Union, the IMF, World Bank and the rest of them—“Starve the bloated TPLF-beast that is feeding on the Ethiopian body politics, and help feed the starving people.”

In my August 22, 2011, commentary entitled, “Why are Ethiopians Starving Again in 2011?”, I gave ten reasons why Ethiopians are still starving in 2011, (and in 2014 as well): 1) Famine is not merely a humanitarian catastrophe in Ethiopia; it is a powerful political and military weapon. 2) Famine is a recurrent fact in Ethiopia because that country has been in an endless cycle of dictatorship for decades. 3) Famine in Ethiopia is an annual crisis because the TPLF dictators do not give a damn if the people die one by one or by the millions.  4) Famine is a structural part of the Ethiopian economy because the “government” owns all the land. 5) Famine persists in Ethiopia because massive human rights abuses persist. 6) Famine persists in Ethiopia because Meles Zenawi’s TPLF regime has succeeded in keeping the famine hidden. 7) Famine persists in Ethiopia because there is a “conspiracy of silence” or a “conspiracy of turn a blind eye” by Western aid agencies, timid NGOs and a mindless international press.  8) Famine persists in Ethiopia because the regime in power for over two decades has failed to devise and implement an effective family planning policy. 9) Famine in Ethiopia is good business for the TPLF. 10) It is true “a hungry man/woman is an angry man/woman.”

In my August 29, 2011 commentary entitled, “What Should the World Do To Save Starving Ethiopians?”, I offered 10 reasonable recommendations to save starving Ethiopians. 1) Take the moral hazard out of Western aid in Ethiopia. 2) Put humanity and human rights back in Western humanitarian aid in Ethiopia. 3) Promote and support a stable and healthy Ethiopian society through aid, not entrench an iron-fisted and malignant dictatorship. 4) Never bankroll bad actions by dictators with good Western taxpayer money. 5) Make partnership with the Ethiopian people, not the Meles Zenawi TPLF dictatorship. 6) Hold the local paymasters of aid accountable. 7) Condition aid and loans on the implementation of comprehensive family planning programs in Ethiopia. 8) To help the starving people of Ethiopia, help Ethiopian women. 9) To help the starving people of Ethiopia, help Ethiopia’s youth (70 percent of Ethiopians are under age 35.) 10) Starve the (TPLF) Beast, Feed the People.

In October 2012, I rang the alarm bell in my commentary “Ethiopia: An Early Warning of a Famine in 2013”.  By  carefully piecing data, analyses and findings  from various sources including the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), Oxfam, the U.N. World Food Programme, the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization and reports of the New England Complex Systems Institute, [NECSI] (a group of academics from Harvard and MIT who specialize in predicting how changes in environment can lead to political instability and upheavals), I warned that 2013 was likely to be the threshold year for the onset of famine or “catastrophic food crises”. I also challenged the ridiculous classifications of the international poverty pimps and  their pseudo-scientific stages of food deprivation, e.g. “acute Food Insecurity”,  “Stressed” situations,  “Crises” mode, etc.

In May 2012, I argued in my commentary, African Hunger Games at Camp David, that food has been used as a political weapon in Ethiopia.  Hunger has been the new weapon of choice to generate support for the TPLF regime and to decimate their political rivals. Meles and his TPLF have been pretty successful in crushing the hearts, minds and spirits of the people by keeping their stomachs empty.  Those who oppose the TPLF are not only denied humanitarian food and relief aid, they are also victimized through a system of evictions, denial of land or reduction in plot size as well as denial of access to loans, fertilizers, seeds, etc. In the case of the people of Gambella in western Ethiopia, entire communities have been forced off the land to make way for Indian “investors” in violation of international conventions that protect the rights of indigenous peoples.

In February 2014, I wrote a commentary entitled, “A Glimpse of the Creeping Famine in Ethiopia”. That month an investigative report by NBC news stated, “[Ethiopia] is the face of the world food crises. In a village in Southern Ethiopia, mothers cue with their malnourished children for emergency rations of food. They can’t afford to feed their babies and now it seems neither can the outside world. The distended stomachs, a symptom of the hunger so many here are suffering after two poor harvests in a row, and there are more new cases everyday… They were given food rations ten days ago… The government reserves ran out long ago, and now the U.N. supply is thinning too.” (In 2008, Meles Zenawi said, he knew nothing about the famine in Southern Ethiopia. They still did not know of the famine in February 2014. They believe there is famine only when skeletal children wander the streets and countryside.) The curse of a know nothing do nothing regime!

I recently challenged President Barack Obama for making patently false statements on September 23 that he knew or should have reasonably known to be untrue when he made them. “We have seen enormous progress in a country [Ethiopia] that once had great difficulty feeding itself. It’s now not only leading the pack in terms of agricultural production in the region, but will soon be an exporter potentially not just of agriculture, but also power because of the development that’s been taking place there.” I should like to believe he was grossly misinformed because USAID’s August 15, 2014  report completely contradicts him.  “Despite a fast-growing economy, Ethiopia remains one of the poorest countries in the world.  It experiences high levels of both chronic and acute food insecurity, particularly among rural populations and smallholder farmers.”

Famine in Ethiopia is TPLF-made

In 2011, Wolfgang Fengler, a lead economist for the World Bank, in a refreshingly honest moment for an international banker said, “The famine in the Horn of Africa is a result of artificially high prices for food and civil conflict than natural and environmental causes. This crisis is manmade.  Droughts have occurred over and again, but you need bad policy making for that to lead to a famine.”

In other words, it is bad and poor governance that is at the core of the famine problem in Ethiopia, not drought or other environmental causes.   For the past 23 years, the TPLF has mis-governed, mis-administered and mismanaged Ethiopian society, politics and economy. Penny Lawrence, Oxfam’s international director, after visiting Ethiopia in May 2012 observed: “Drought does not need to mean hunger and destitution. If communities have irrigation for crops, grain stores, and wells to harvest rains then they can survive despite what the elements throw at them.” Martin Plaut, BBC World Service News Africa editor, similarly explained  that the “current [2012 Ethiopian food] crisis is in part the result of policies designed to keep farmers on the land, which belongs to the state and cannot be sold.” The entire responsibility for Ethiopia’s famine (or whatever sugarcoated word they want to use to disguise famine) rests at the feet of the TPLF leaders.

So the obvious questions are:

Why does a regime that has rejected socialism and is presumably committed to a free market economy insist on complete state ownership of land?

Why is there not an adequate system of irrigation for crops, grain storages and wells to harvest rains throughout the country?

Where is the TPLF leaders’ plan for food security for the country?

Do TPLF leaders really think that by giving away millions of hectares of land to so-called investors for commercialized export agriculture they will prevent famine or ensure food security in Ethiopia?

Do the international poverty pimps believe that they can make Ethiopia self-sufficient by giving the TPLF food aid which the TPLF in turn will weaponize to maintain itself in power?

Do the international poverty pimps believe that they can fill the bellies of starving Ethiopians with assurances that they are only suffering from “extreme malnutrition”?


I find it extremely distressing  to see few Ethiopians taking the lead in remembering the great tragedies of the Ethiopian people over the past several decades. I am grateful that the BBC has taken media leadership today to commemorate the Great Ethiopia Famine of 1984.  I am ashamed (but eternally grateful to our Western friends) that Ethiopia’s defenders in times of great tragedy are Western institutions and personalities. When our human rights are violated, our defenders are organizations such as Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Freedom House, Genocide Watch and others. When our independent journalists are jailed and exiled, it is the Committee to Protect Journalists that mans the defensive lines.  When our rivers and indigenous people are facing extinction, it is International Rivers and the Oakland Institute that come to our defense. The double shame of it is that few of us are even donating members of the very organizations that defend our rights and dignity. (The truth hurts, doesn’t it?!)

Perhaps some of my readers may disagree, but I see few CIVIC-SOCIETY organizations toiling to defend human rights or press rights in Ethiopia. I see few civic organizations standing up to prevent genocide in Gambella, the Ogaden and many other parts of Ethiopia. I see few civic organizations dedicated to the promotion of youth issues or women’s causes. I am aware of only one civic organization dedicated to celebrating the achievements of distinguished Ethiopians. Why can’t we stand for ourselves? What is that our Western friends got that we ain’t got? Is it money, knowledge, commitment….? What? Why can’t we stand and defend out rights against thugs?

As we remember the 1984 Great Ethiopian famine in 2014, I want my readers to be very aware that there is famine going on in various parts of Ethiopia today. Just because the BBC or some other investigative body is not reporting it does not mean it is not occurring. One of the reasons the TPLF regime has clamped down so hard on the independent press is to prevent such reports from going out into the international media.

I also want my readers to be aware that the international poverty pimps that pump billions in food aid into Ethiopia every year have a “conspiracy” of silence not to use the “F”amine word. They want to skin over the ghastly face of FAMINE in Ethiopia with discombobulating bureaucratic phrases and words.

On a personal note, I find it mind-boggling that one person’s voice should be heard week after week for years on so many important topics affecting Ethiopia and Ethiopians when there are so many Ethiopians scholars and men and women of learning throughout the world who could also have their voices heard. People are “amazed “that I have written long commentaries on so many topics every single week, without missing a single week, for years and expressed my voice and views. I do not find that amazing at all. What I find mind-bogglingly amazing is the fact that so many learned and intellectually accomplished Ethiopians have chosen to speak their minds every single week, without missing a single week, year after year, with their thunderous silence.

Commitment and passion for any cause are unique to the individual, but I believe every Ethiopian, particularly those blessed with great learning, have a duty to man up and woman up to the cause of human rights and dignity in Ethiopia, Africa and elsewhere.  I am afraid that when future generations of Ethiopians look back at our generation, they will all stand up, point their collective index fingers and resoundingly shout out, “We Accuse!”

La luta continua! (The struggle continues!)

Famine in Ethiopia sugarcoated by fancy words and phrases is still famine!

Professor Alemayehu G. Mariam teaches political science at California State University, San Bernardino and is a practicing defense lawyer

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David Cameron writes to Hailemariam Desalegn

October 23, 2014

David Cameron writes to Ethiopian PM on behalf of British political dissident on death row

Andargachew “Andy” Tsege, a critic of the Ethiopian regime, was kidnapped in Yemen

(The Independent) – The Prime Minister has personally intervened in the case of a British father-of-three facing the death sentence in Ethiopia, after the man’s children appealed for his help.David Cameron writes to Ethiopian PM

David Cameron wrote to the Ethiopian Prime Minister in a bid to save the life of Andargachew “Andy” Tsege, 59, whose plight was revealed by The Independent last Friday.

His actions were in response to what he described as “very touching messages” from Mr Tsege’s children, who are calling for the Prime Minister to help get their father home.

Mr Tsege, who came to Britain as a political refugee in 1979, was arrested at an airport in Yemen in June and promptly vanished. Two weeks later it emerged he had been sent to Ethiopia, where he has been imprisoned ever since. The Briton, a prominent opponent of the Ethiopian regime, is facing a death sentence imposed five years ago at a trial held in his absence.

Menabe, his seven-year-old daughter, recently wrote to Mr Cameron asking him to help get her “kind, loving and caring dad” out of prison. Her twin brother, seven-year-old Yilak, simply asked: “What are you doing to get my dad out of jail?” Mr Tsege’s 15-year-old daughter, Helawit, summed up the mood of the family in her letter: “Please, please, please (!) bring him back soon. We miss him so much.”

Responding to the children’s appeals, the Prime Minister claimed the government is taking the case “very seriously”. In the letter to Yemi Hailemariam, Mr Tsege’s partner and mother of their children, Mr Cameron admitted “Ethiopian authorities have resisted pressure” from British officials to have regular “access” to Mr Tsege.

“As a result of the lack of progress to date I have now written personally to Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn to request regular consular access and his assurance that the death penalty (which the British Government opposes in all circumstances) will not be imposed,” he added. “I very much hope that there will be further progress to report in response to my letter,” he concluded.

Responding to the news yesterday, Maya Foa, head of the death penalty team at legal charity Reprieve, commented: “The Prime Minister says he is ‘concerned’ – but where is the outrage at this flagrant breach of international law, and the ongoing abuse of a British citizen?”

She added: “Andy’s small children are terrified of losing their father, his partner is desperate with worry, and we are no closer to seeing Andy released and returned to safety. Enough delays – we need firm action now to bring him home to London.”

Reprieve has begun legal moves which could result in a judicial review to force Foreign Office officials to press for Mr Tsege’s immediate release and return to Britain – something which the Government has resisted to date. A letter to Treasury Solicitors, sent last week by lawyers acting for the charity, argues: “Far from not being ‘entitled’ to request his return, the UK Government has every reason to do so and we urge you to exercise that power as a matter of urgency.”

Meanwhile, Mr Tsege’s family remain in limbo. The past four months have been “agonising” said Ms Hailemariam. “Waking up every day not knowing where Andy is or how he’s being treated is taking a terrible toll on my children and myself.” She added: “The Prime Minister has told our family that he is taking action, but it seems like next to nothing is being done to get Andy back. The children and I need him here with us in London. The Government must demand his return, before it’s too late.”

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ባነሰ ወጪ ድልን መቀዳጃ አመቺ ጊዜ ላይ ነን – እንጠቀምበት!


Oct 23,2014

በአለፈው አንድ ወር ጊዜ ውስጥ በምንም የማይገናኙ እና የተመሰቃቀሉ የሚመስሉ፤ በጥልቀት ላያቸው ግን የተያያዙና የተደጋገፉ ከመሆናቸው አልፎ እንደከዋክብት ፈለግ አቅጣጫን የሚያመላክቱ በርካታ ክስተቶች ተስተውለዋል። የጊዜ ቅደም ተከተላቸውን ሳንጠብቅ አንዳንዱን ለአብነት ያህል እናንሳ።

በማኅበረ ቅዱሳን ላይ የዘነበው የዘለፋና የዛቻ ውርጅብኝ ህወሓት በቀጥታ በማይቆጣጠራቸው ማኅበራት ላይ ሁሉ ሲደርስ የቆየው ነፃ ማኅበራትን የማፍረስ ዘመቻ አካል መሆኑን መገንዘብ ቀላል ነው። ህወሓት የእስልምና እምነት ተከታዮችን ነፃ ማኅበርን በቁጥጥሩ ውስጥ ካስገባ በኋላ ፊቱን ወደ ክርስትና በተለይም ወደ ኦርቶዶክስ ተዋህዶ ማዞሩ የተረጋገጠ ነገር ሆኗል። ወያኔ በሥልጣን ላይ እስካለ ድረስ ማንም ከጥቃት እንደማያመልጥ፤ ለምንም ጉዳይ ይቋቋም ወያኔ የማይቆጣጠረው ማኅበር እንዲኖር የማይፈልግ መሆኑ ከዚህ በፊት የሚታወቅ ቢሆን በድጋሚ ማረጋገጫ የሰጠበት አጋጣሚ ሆኗል።

በመዠንግር ከአስራ አምስት በላይ የሥርዓቱ ታጣቂዎች ከነመሣሪያዎቻቸው አገዛዙን ክደው ጠፍተዋል። የጠፉትን ለማደን የመጡ ወታደሮች ደግሞ ከሕዝቡ ጋር በፈጠሩት ግጭት በርካቶች ሕይወታቸውን አጥተዋል። በዚህ ግጭት ብቻ ከ40 በላይ ወታደሮች መገደላቸው ይነገራል። በጋምቤላ እና በቤንሻንጉልና ጉሙዝ ወረዳዎች ውጥረት ሰፍኗል። ከመሃል አገር ሄደው ኑሮዓቸውን እዚያው ያደረጉ ዜጎች ላይ ከተለያዩ አቅጣጫዎች የሚደርስባቸው አፈናና እንግልት ጨምሯል። ግድብ እየተሠራበት ነው በሚባለው አካባቢም ከአሁኑ የፀጥታ ችግር እየደረሰ መሆኑ መረጃዎች ይጠቅማሉ። ወያኔ በምሥራቅ ኢትዮጵያ ኦጋዴን ውስጥ የገባበት ዓይነት ማጥ በምዕራብና ደቡብ ምዕራብ ኢትዮጵያም እየመጣ መሆኑ አመላካች ነው። የመከላከያ ሠራዊት አባላት መፍለስና የነፃነት ታጋዮችን መቀላቀል የእለት ለእለት ትዕይንት እየሆነ ነው። ወያኔ በመሃል አገር በሙስሊም እና በክርስቲያን ወገኖቻችን የእምነት ማኅበራት ላይ በከፈተው ግንባር “ጠብ ያለሽ በዳቦ” ሲል ዳር ዳሩን ሠራዊቱና ሕዝቡ ለማይቀረው ፍልሚያ እየተዘጋጁ ነው።

በርካታ ጋዜጠኞችና አሳታሚዎች ለስደት ከተዳረጉ ጥቂት ሣምታት በኋላ “የሚመጣውን ሁሉ አገሬ ውስጥ ሆኜ እቀበላለሁ” ያለውን ጋዜጠኛ ተመስገን ደሣለኝ አሳዛኝም አስቂኝም በሆኑ ክሶች ጥፋተኛ ተብሎ ወደ ወህኒ ተግዟል። በጋዜጠኞች ሕይወትና ሞት ወያኔ የፓለቲካ ቁማር መጫወቱ አጠናክሮ ቀጥሏል። በአንፃሩ ደግሞ በውጭ አገራት የሚገኙ ኢትዮጵያን አምርረዋል። የወያኔ ሹማምንት በአሜሪካ እና አውሮፓ የሚዘዋወሩት በሰቀቀን ሆኗል፤ በየደረሱበት ውግዘትና ውርደት ይጠብቋቸዋል። የወያኔ ሹማምንት በኢትዮጵያዊያን የተጠሉና የረከሱ ተደርገዋል።

የዩ.ኤስ. አሜሪካው ፕሬዚዳንት ባራክ ኦባማ ከኢትዮጵያ ቴሌቬዥን ባላነሰ ወያኔን በልማት አምጭነት አሞካሽተዋል። የአውሮፓ መንግሥታት በሰብዓዊ መብቶች አያያዝ ወያኔን እየተቹም ቢሆን ወያኔ በሚሰጣቸው ቁጥር እየማለሉ “እውነትም ልማት እየተፋጠነ ነው” በሚል ተስፋ ማበረታቻ እየሰጡት ነው። በዚህ ደስታ አቅሉን ያጣው ኃይለማርያም ደሣለኝ የውሸት ቁጥሮችን የመፈብረክ ሥራ ከስታትስቲክስ ጽ/ቤት ነጥቆ የራሱ የሥራ ድርሻ አድርጎታል። በዚህ አዲሱ ሥራውም ውጤት እያስመዘገበ ነው። ሁለት መቶ አምሳ (250) ሚሊዮን ኩንታል ሰብል አመረትን ባለ በሶስት ወሩ ሶስት መቶ (300) ሚሊዮን ኩንታል አመረትን በማለት በሶስት ወራት ውስጥ ብቻ የ20 በመቶ የግብርና ምርቶች የውሸት እድገት ፈጥሯል።

የውሸት ቁጥሮች ፈጠራ እንዲህ ቢፋፋምም፤ ቁጥሮቹን የሰሙ ኦባማ፣ የአውሮፓ መንግሥታት ሆነ ዓለም ባንክ ቢያወድሱትም አገር ውስጥ ያለው ሀቅ አልቀየረም። ስኳር፣ ዘይት፣ እንቁላልና ሌሎች የምግብ ግብዓቶች የደረሱት የሚያውቅ ጠፍቷል። ውሃ የለም፤ መብራት የለም፤ ኔት ዎርክ የለም። የአዲስ አበባ ጎዳናዎች በመቸውም በባሰ መጠን በነዳያን እና በቤት አልባ በረንዳ አዳሪ ዜጎች ተጥለቅልቀዋል። ድህነት ከጎጆዎች ወጥቶ ጎዳናዎች ላይ ፈሷል። የገንዘብ ዋጋ ወርዶ ወርዶ ብር ቁራጭ ወረቀትን ማከል አቅቶታል። በጥቂት በዝርፊያ በደለቡ የህወሓት ሹሞችና በብዙሃኑ ኢትዮጵያዊ መካከል ያለው የኑሮ ልዩነት ማነፃፀር እንኳን እንዳይቻል ሆኖ ተራርቋል።

የመከላከያ ሠራዊት አባላት በኑሮም በዘረኝነትም እየተማረሩ ነው፤ አለቆቻቸው ግን አሁንም በዝምድና እየተፈላለጉ እየተሿሿሙ ነው። አሁንም በዝምድና እየተፈላለጉ እርስ በራሳቸው እየተሿሿሙ ጄኔራሎች ሁሉ ዘመዳሞች ሆኑ፤ በሥራቸው ያለውን ኢትዮጵያዊውን ወታደር ግን እንደ ግል አሽከራቸው እንኳን ማየት ተጠይፈዋል። በጄኔራሎችና በሠራዊቱ መካከል ያለው ግኑኝነት ከጌታና ሎሌም የባሰም ሆኗል።

እነዚህ ምስቅልቅል ያሉ ሁኔታዎች ምንን ያመለክታሉ?

እነዚህንና እነዚህን የመሳሰሉ ምስቅልቅል ያሉ ሁኔታዎችን በጥንቃቄ የተነተነ ሰው በምስቅልቅነታቸው ፋንታ ሥርዓት የያዙ ፈለጎችን ያገኛል። ከእነዚህ ፈለጎች አንዱ የሚያመላክተው መጪዎቹ ጥቂት ወራት ለኢትዮጵያ ወሳኝ ጊዜያት እንደሚሆኑ ነው። እንደ እውነቱ ከሆነ ምስቅልቅል ውስጥ ያለው ወያኔ ነው። ወያኔ፣ በድንገት አዕምሮዉን እንደሳተ ሰው ይይዘው ይጨብጠው ጠፍቶታል። በዚህ ምስቅልቅል ወቅት ውስጥ በቢሊዮን የሚገመት የሕዝብ ሀብት አውጥቶ፤ የማይረቡ ድርሳናትን ጽፎ የአገሪቱን ዜጋ በሙሉ ካላሰለጠንኩ ሞቼ እገኛለሁ ማለቱ ራሱ የውስጡን መመሰቃቀል ማሳያ ነው። ስልጠናውን ሰልጣኞች ብቻ ሳይሆን አሰልጣኞችም ጭምር የጠሉት ቢሆንም ፋታ የሚሰጠው መስሎት ገፍቶበታል። የነፃነት ኃይሎች በሚቀጥሉት ጥቂት ወራት ውስጥ ኃይላችንን አሰባስበን ከገጠምነው ባነሰ ወጪ ድልን መቀዳጃ አመቺ ጊዜ ይሆናል።

ግንቦት 7: የፍትህ፣ የነፃነትና የዲሞክራሲ ንቅናቄ ያለንበት ወቅት ወሳኝነት በመገንዘብ ከመሰል ድርጅቶች ጋር ውህደት በመፍጠር፤ ከሌሎቹ ጋር በጥምረት ትግሉን ለማፋጠን ቆርጦ ተነስቷል። የኢትዮጵያ ሕዝብ የወቅቱን ልዩ ባህሪ በመገንዘብ በአንድ ልብ ለትግል እንዲነሳ ግንቦት 7 ጥሪ ያቀርባል።

ድል ለኢትዮጵያ ሕዝብ!!!

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መልዕክት ስለተመስገን ደሳለኝ ከጋዜጠኛ እስክንድር ነጋ

October 23.2014

Temesgen‹ተመስገን፣ ጥሩ ታጋይ እና ሰው ሆኖ ለእስር ይወጣል››
‹‹ተመስገን፣ የህዝብ ልጅ ነው፤ ነገም ከነገወዲያም የህዝብ ልጆች ይፈጠራሉ››
ጋዜጠኛ እስክንድር ነጋ ‹‹ስለተመስገን ደሳለኝ ሃሳቤን አስተላልፍልኝ›› ካለኝ የተወሰደ
ከትናንት በስትያ፣ ሰኞ ዕለት ጋዜጠኛ እስክንድር ነጋ እና የአንድነት ፓርቲ ጸሐፊ የሆነውን አቶ አንዷለም አራጌን በ2007 ዓ.ም ለመጀመሪያ ጊዜ ላገኛቸው ችዬ ነበር – ለአቤል አለማየሁ ጋር፡፡ ባለፈው ሳምንት የ‹‹ባንዲራ ቀን›› በተከበረበት ዕለት ቃሊቲ ከወዳጄ እዩኤል ፍስሐ ጋር ሄጅ እነስክንድርን መጠየቅ ሳንችል ተመልሰን ነበር፡፡
የሆኖ ሆኖ፣ ከእስክንድር ጋር ለ15 ደቂቃ ያህል ለማውጋት ችለን ነበር፡፡ እስኬው፣ ሁሌም መንፈሱ ጠንካራ ነው፡፡ ሰኞም ያ አስደማሚ ጥንካሬው፣ ትህትናው፣ እውነተኛ ቅንነቱ፣ ብርታቱ፣ ቀናኢነቱ…አብረውት ነበሩ፡፡
ሰዓት ደርሶ ከእስክንድር ጋር ቻው ከተባባልን በኋላ ‹‹ኤልያስ፣ አንዴ ላናግርህ›› ብሎ ከጠራኝ በኋላ ‹‹እባክህ አንድ መልዕክት ስለተመስገን ደሳለኝ አስተላፍልኝ›› አለኝ፡፡ እስንክድር፣ ሁሌ ሀሳቤን አስተላልፍልኝ ሲለኝ ግልጽነቱ እጅግ ይማርካል፡፡
‹‹እሺ›› አልኩት››
‹‹ተመስገን፣ ጥሩ ታጋይ እና ጥሩ ሰው ሆኖ ከእስር ይወጣል፡፡ ተመስገን የህዝብ ልጅ ነው፡፡ ነገም ከነገወዲያም የህዝብ ልጆች ይፈጠራሉ፡፡ እስሩ ስለሀገሩ ያበረታዋል፤ ያጠነክረዋል፡፡ ብዙ ነገር እንዲረዳ ያደርገዋል፡፡ ሰዎች ይታሰሩ እያልኩ አይደለም፡፡ ይሄ አንዱ የሰላማዊ ትግል መስራት ውጤት ነው፡፡ በለውጥ እና በትግል መስመር ላይ ያሉ ኢትዮጵኖች መታሰራቸው ነገ ለውጥ ያመጣል፡፡››
ካለኝ በኋላ ለሁሉም ‹‹እወዳችኋለሁ፣ አከብራኋለሁ፣ በተሰማራችሁበት የህይወት መስመር፣ በሰላማዊ መንገድ በርትታችሁ ለለውጥ ታገሉ!›› በልልኝ ብሎኛል፡፡
እኔም ዛሬ ‹‹የሀገሪቱን ህዝቦች አንድነት እንዲፈርስ እና በሀገሪቱ ሕዝቦች መካከል ጸብና ቁርሾ እንዲፈጠር በማሰብ …›› የሚል ከባድ ክስ ብቀበልም የእስክንድርን መልዕክት ለማስተላለፍ አልተቆጠብኩም፡፡
ፍቅር ያሸንፋል!
Elias Gebru Godana
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