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Panaroma, No.26


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Melese Zenawi’s TPLF has to go!!

Tedla Asfaw

Melese Zeal’s part one version of his seventeen years hold on power, May 28, was presented as always in contempt for his opponents. He presented his narration of the Ethiopian people struggle, Pelf’s version, led by his group which stayed the course in the middle of doom and gloom while organizations like EPRP and MEISON he alleged wanted a short path to victory. However, he did not elaborate what it means by a short cut. Does that mean working with Derg?

EPRP was battling TPLF and Derg in Tigray, Gondar and that does not sound to me a short cut and of course the likes of Addisu Legesse, Tamerat Layne indeed chose the short way that takes them to power and the Ethiopian Revolution which Melese narrated on his interview posted on “Aiga” has not yet brought freedom, democracy and equality to its people except misery for millions and wealth for very few of current rulers..

The declaration that the call for days of rebellion in Ethiopia “Fano Tesemara” is gone is absurd. This day in all the corners of Ethiopia the struggle to remove TPLF is intensifying. What do you call the battle in the Oromo and Ogaden regions of Ethiopia? What do you call the “Miazia 30” May 2005 millions of Addis Ababeans demonstration which is much bigger than the February huge demonstration in Addis Ababa more than thirty years ago that was coined by Melese Zenawi as “Yegodana Newet” or street uprising?

The “power to the people” slogan of TPLF is a total lie and its answer for the question of power is not different than King Haile Selassie or Mengistu Hailemariam and in fact it is a combination of them. Mengistu after he accomplished in destroying the king and killing his opponents it never cross his mind that he will give power to the people and similarly after TPLF destroyed the Derg huge army and breaking the back bone of “Chauvinist Amharas” it believes power is back in the name of Tigrayans where it was snatched by “Amhara” feudal from Yohanesse the second.

The power intoxicated warlord spent one hour talking about his TPLF glorious victory and gave few minutes on the current economic hardship of the people. In fact he told  the million  starving Ethiopians to wait for the coming months or years to be rewarded by bounty of food, water add electricity which are now in very short supply . He alluded that such hardship are the sign of good days to come by comparing it to the last few years of TPLF hardship in battle which later propelled them to victory.

Our country is in bad shape economically and politically and the questions that were raised thirty five years ago were raised again three years ago and the people in power were and are denying the problem we have and there is no doubt that only armed rebellion will bring a new chapter to our country.

Ato Melese is not different than Haile Selassie or Mengistu when it comes to the question of power and what makes him different is that he wanted to end Ethiopia we know after his eventual demise and for that end he is giving Ethiopian land to Sudan and at the same time his adventure in Somalia and Ogaden is a recipe for unending conflict in Eastern Ethiopia.

Present and future armed conflict for poor Ethiopia is what Melese has achieved in his seventeen years in power and the longer he stayed in power the more damage to our country and people and the sooner he goes the better.

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Points in Memory of Kedir

Daniel Yeshitela


I met Kedir for about 4-5 times before 30 years ago between the years 1967-1970 Eth. C. I first met him just few weeks before the 1967 Eth.C Land Proclamation when he popped at EDIGET BEHIBERET ZEMECHA station in North Shoa- Debresian town to inform us about the contents of the proclamation (He was my first hand source of information regarding land proclamation before it is officially declared). Despite his position as official public servant, he arrived in the night dressing GABI to disguise himself and I learnt latter it was a pre-planned measure not to be spotted in the future as the area was within his catchments area of political activity. At that time I did not know about his political affiliations.


Then, I met him in 1968 Eth. C while he was doing his official public service task (as Shoa Land tenure department secretary) and his clandestine task (as EPRP’s Shoa zone secretary) at the same time. This was the first time to meet as comrades and he handed to me a bundle of Democracia and other documents for distribution.


I then met him in 1969 Eth. C when we had a Sub-zonal party committee meeting in a place called CHIRE (some 5 Kms from a town called MAJETE –YIFAT & TIMUGA AWURAJA -North Shoa). We had three consecutive days meeting day and night with practically no food except chewing gums in Kedir pocket and when ever we feel tired he used to give us some and his supply was very appropriate and timely to boost our energy in order to continue our meeting smoothly. I never forget how I was able to solve complicated and challenging problems through the best practice I shared from that meeting – a lead architect of which was Kedir.


Immediately after his return to Addis Ababa he was forced to work underground. A comrade, before he was murdered by Derge, told me that he met Kedir a couple of times in Merkato and people were settling their bills without their knowledge where ever he was with him.  It was as if everybody knew and protected him in the then free areas of Merkato. Kedire was very bold who worked under the very nose of fascism. He was able to operate unnoticed in areas where many people know him.


I admired his theoretical clarity and bold leadership. By the way, I am still surprised about an event that happened in 1970 Eth. C. It was the time when I suddenly met kedir (with a disguised cloth) in Shoa Robi town– North Shoa the next morning I dreamed about meeting him while I was in a very risky and very bad situation.  I was very happy, as I was very confident that my problem would be solved through kedir. Unfortunately, he was in a worse condition and I preferred to leave him where he was since I was exposed in that area and being with me meant a death warrant especially for him and for the organisation’s structure.


I think it was in 1971 or 1972 Eth. C I heard from a comrade that kedir was arrested somewhere in DUFETI (WOLLO while I was in KERCHELE). If I am not mistaken, Kedir and I were released in the same time but from different prison as he was in the 4th Army division prison.


I finally saw him in 1984 Eth. C at a panel meeting held in Minilik II Secondary Scholl –Addis Ababa with Dawit Yohanis representing WEYANE and Kedir representing Gurage People Democratic Front. First I was surprised why Kedire was involved in ethnic based organisation as I was expecting him to be a life long member of EPRP and by doing so to remain vanguard for Ethiopia and her people as a whole rather than advocating for a single ethnic group (yet, I am grateful for his part in arming me with the necessary equipment for what I am now). However, I have appreciated his presentation challenging Dawit who advocated the presence of Amhara chauvinism. Kedir was very eloquent to argue and in convincing everybody that there is no Amhara chauvinism after the Land Proclamation of 1967 Eth. C.


In sum, he was the first, if not one of the few people deep in my memory through out 1968-1970 Eth. C who were patient, brave, a role model, politically matured and among those who planned ahead.


May his soul rest in peace!


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Teddy and the injustice


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Press Release on the Treasonous Border Deal


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