This Part II
under the title “Bracing to weather political storms amid hunger” is a sequel to
my article entitled “Jailed icon Birtukan and brewing political storms amid
hunger” that was posted on democratic websites starting from 12 January 2010. I
would like to precede it by the following extract from my article written in
March 2008 entitled: “The folly of dubbing Ethiopia a ‘black colonizer’”:
attribute in us of rising in unison against external aggression is a priceless
value to keep for ever. It proves that ‘black- colonizer’ Ethiopia is a mirage.
Offering ourselves as victims of internal internecine strife instigated by power
hungry dictators must end once and for all by demanding peaceful change through
the ballot box. We must make up for time lost in forging strong unity in
combating horrendous tyranny by singing our own heroes, counting our blessings
and respecting ourselves so that others will respect us.”
the extract to:
my faith in the magnificent display of unity Ethiopians had shown at the
historic election of 15 May 2005
disagree that Ethiopia is not a prison of nationalities as argued by the
TPLF Minister of Foreign Affairs in his speech to the UN Assembly.
that events have proved the concern of the late Chief Justice of the US
Supreme Court, Earl Warren, to the effect that voter apathy is inimical to
the fostering of democracy - and thereby encourage the repeat of
overwhelming casting of votes in 2010 as in the historic election of 2005..
In Part I,
started with bringing to the attention of readers and the international
community that: “The
four-year old Halé Mideksa wants her mother to come home each time
she visits her Mum in the filthy jail”;
reproduced the now infamous words of arrogance: “There will never be an
agreement with anybody to release Birtukan. Ever. Full stop. That’s a dead
issue.” This is of course not surprising given his usual state of paranoia
each time the name Birtukan is mentioned;
the well known and documented mantra of heinous crimes of the reprehensible
underlined the importance of taking part in the coming election with a
firm, coordinated and united resolve to vote the brutal regime out of
readers that there are positive signs in that most Ethiopians are now
convinced that they are ruled by a foreign agent and that their
characteristic spirit of rising in unison against an invader is emerging;
the historic indomitable gut of Ethiopians of fighting the enemy to the
bitter end will gloriously resurface and that it would be the mother of all
shame and cowardice to deliver victory to tyrant Meles in May 2010.
the above introductory recapitulation, I know move on to write the second part
of my article. As usual I shall use descriptive terms or titles befitting the
ruling repressive regime. The despotic rulers use their courts, prisons, media
and guns readily to suppress freedom of expression and we democrats fight back
with our pen. Therefore, calling dictators by any other names does not change
their evil deeds.
victory to Birtukan
an icon of nonviolent struggle for freedom. I, like other millions of her
supporters , have never met her. I am not a member of any party but have not
made secret my strong support for UDJP (Andinet) – a unique largest democratic
party in Africa led by a woman committed to nonviolence, which is all the more
the reason for my unflinching enduring support. The name of the game is
fulfilling my civic duty!
her supporters are equipped with the spirit of the moral victory scored by icon
Birtukan in the struggle to weather the political storms of 2010. Nothing can
stop or eclipse the moral issue of respect for human rights for which Birtukan
is paying a heavy sacrifice on our behalf. She has done absolutely nothing wrong
in the eyes of the law to deserve even a warning let alone life imprisonment.
She told nothing but the whole truth, in writing for that matter, to the
Ethiopian people and the world at large that there was a negotiating process
leading to the pardon for her release in 2007. We all know that she and her
illustrious colleagues should not have been sent to jail in the first place, for
their only crime was winning in the historic election 2005 convincingly.
Meles made a
terrible political blunder in shoving Birtukan to jail for the second time
without a shred of evidence that she had broken any law. His reckless move has
awakened Ethiopians that he is simply bent on hiding truth from the Ethiopian
people. His miscalculation is a huge plus for the democratic opposition forces
and reason for optimism that his TPLF party will suffer loss.
with determination to win at the polls
know that the year 2010 is fraught with multiple intrigues and formidable
problems. Democratic forces have no choice but face them resolutely and expect
to walk through political mine fields that are already in place and expecting
more to be laid by the masters of deception in the top echelon of the TPLF
regime. So for the sake of restoring the independence of our country and
reclaiming our fundamental human rights opposition democratic forces must unite
to turn problems into opportunities and deal a heavy blow to the repressive
arrogance of tyrant Meles and his habitual lies and deception democratic forces
have no alternative but brace to face the political storms with courage, unity
and determination to win.
political fight leading to election 2010, the issue of the release of Birtukan
and all prisoners of conscience must take center stage. As tyrant Meles once
said but did not honor, “democracy is not an option for Ethiopia”. This time
around, he should be forced to accept defeat at the ballot box so that he can
stop bluffing about entrenching the rule of law and democracy as matter of
reason for optimism,
are some reasons for my optimism which I hope my fellow Ethiopians will support:
Faith in the Ethiopian people that they would turn out in overwhelming numbers
to give their verdict at the polls as in the historic election of 15 May 2005...
strength of the quest for freedom exemplified by the long ordeal of the Israeli
people who, after enduring all forms of abuses and threat of extinction,
including surviving the holocaust, have returned to the land of their ancestors
where they have formed a modern and democratic Jewish State which is respected
by the world. In fact, owing to their tenacity, fortitude, ingenuity and
industriousness, they are so effective in influencing policies of the powerful
industrial democratic world in favor of their security and other national
interests. They have mastered the art of living as a superpower in an
overwhelmingly hostile political environment.
shares some of the ordeals that the Israelis had gone through in that she too
lives in a potentially explosive political environment. She had been a victim of
repeated foreign aggressions by those seeking to usurp her abundant natural
resources including water. Scramble for controlling her strategic position in
the Horn of Africa is in full swing.
motivation for survival should naturally be strong and signs are that this is
indeed the case. We all realize more than any time before that we have waited
far too long in restraining the TPLF regime bent on destroying Ethiopia – thanks
to emerging credible information about the nature of the reprehensible regime.
Young Ethiopians are victims of large scale unemployment coupled with low
standard of education and training to acquire skills. Their beacon of hope icon
Birtukan is a prisoner of conscience languishing in filthy jail. Therefore they
will vote in overwhelmingly numbers as well as play active roles in getting out
people to vote similarly.
Those who dubbed Ethiopia as a black colonialist have got it all wrong and they
know it too. This will bring back converts to pro-unity camps in droves.
is unlikely that vestiges of colonialism will come out openly on the side of the
reprehensible regime so unpopular to be considered as a reliable partner on the
war on terror. It is most probable that long-term interest of friendship with
the Ethiopian people will outweigh short-term political expediency. The
deteriorating human rights record putting Ethiopia, Eritrea and the Democratic
Republic of Congo as the worst in Africa may restrain direct budget support by
donors to the regime.
days of Isaias in power are numbered. He is beginning …. Separatist liberation
movement to which he had given shelter will surely think of options to leave
Asmara or even join with dissident Eritreans to topple him. Poor dictator Isaias
is in a nightmare as his buddy tyrant Meles.
Historical sworn adversaries of Ethiopia like Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq, Egypt,
Pakistan et al have serious internal political problems of their own. This will
effectively minimize their ability to destabilize the Horn of Africa Region.
Modern farming by Ethiopian citizens was acclaimed as a spectacular success by
the international community before the outbreak of our revolution in 1973.
Ceding 64,000 square meters of Ethiopian land secretly to the Sudan and the
spate of sales of large chunks of fertile farmlands to unscrupulous foreign
‘investors’ is a hot issue to the advantage of opposition forces. The Ethiopian
people will never tolerate this crime by the ruling regime. They will say we
have proven expertise in farming; let our own citizens grow food in abundance
and export the surplus to markets overseas to earn foreign currency for
The next part
of this sequel will be examining all conceivable issues to the best of my
ability based on information I have so far gathered and then predict three
likely outcomes of election 2010.
For now I
would like to stop my writing at this point with a promise to esteemed readers
that the third and final part will be ready for posting shortly.
intent or purpose of the remaining piece would be focusing on strategy to win by
resisting diversions from real issue, blame games or polemics among democrats.
Judge Birtukan and all political prisoners in Ethiopia!
The four-year old Halé Mideksa wants her mother
to come home!