Yene Gasha 10-22-19

As discussed in part one of the article published on September 19, 2019, that the two-decade long sabotage against TPLF and Tigrayans which began outside of EPRDF, officially merged two years ago with an intra-EPRDF betrayal.  This betrayal has now made it impossible for the ruling coalition to recover as a party much less to effect party unification.

A group within EPRDF calling itself Oro-Amhara (purposefully excluding Tigrayans along with the remaining 80+ ethnic groups) repeatedly tried to inflict harm on Tigray and Tigrayans, including by attempting to starve us through a well-orchestrated blockade that still persists today.  Tigray was recently even denied, through the federal parliament, access to funding for water projects that it had already received from the Chinese.  This could only be understood as a continued attempt to inflict maximum damage on Tigray’s civilian population.

But recently, in an about-face the EPRDF faction that has been attempting to destroy Tigray over the past eighteen months suddenly adopted a new strategy of lulling Tigray’s leaders into a false belief that it has become remorseful, while secretly advancing its ultimate strategy.

Let’s just remember, two years ago TPLF thought it had reached an understanding with the other parties within EPRDF.  TPLF leaders unfortunately did not fully grasp then that ODP and ADP members were in fact simply telling them what they wanted to hear.  Ultimately, the faction betrayed them at an opportune time and used TPLF as a scapegoat for all ills within EPRDF and the country, and even tried to pin poverty-related and other challenges across the country on “Tigrigna” speakers.

Despite this, a couple of months ago following the most recent EPRDF central committee meeting, TPLF leaders were on various talk shows expressing their belief that PM Abiy and his team have now perhaps seen the error of their ways and that they were ready to course correct.

Unfortunately, TPLF appears to be repeating the same fatal mistakes again.  They are failing miserably yet again to recognize that this group was simply telling them what they wanted to hear then and is doing the same now just to buy time until it completes its preparation for an all-out confrontation with TPLF and the people of Tigray.  And the recently floated rumor that ODP is split into two, whether true or not, is just another distraction that could very well prevent Tigrayans from planning and preparing for all eventualities.  What’s been happening in the Afar region lately should be seen as the precursor?

I had warned TPLF back in September that the conciliatory gesture we were seeing from this group was just a tactical maneuver. Now, the self-identified Oro-Amhara group’s hidden strategy has been all but unveiled with the advent of the PM’s “medemer” mantra and the soon expected Ethiopian Prosperity Party.

It is very difficult to call “medemer” a philosophy because it’s nothing but the cobbling together of a bunch of platitudes like love, equality and democracy – mostly intended to give Western powers currently aiding and abetting the authoritarian brutality that is beginning to emerge across Ethiopia much needed face-saving cover story.

In reality, we haven’t seen any one of these platitudes actually practiced over the past two years. Words are meaningless.  Action is what we must judge.  And, on that score,we have witnessed hateful vindictiveness grip the federal government against anyone who offers opposing views.  We have seen certain ethnic groups receive preferential treatment.  For instance, one group could openly threaten the lives of condominium lottery winning citizens on camera, while another is carted off to secrete prisons for nonviolent expression of an opposing view.

The international community will not condemn these actions because that would get in the way of the pending transaction to purchase Ethiopia’s key assets – our telecommunication systems, our energy sector (with close to a dozen large dams), our banking system and even Africa’s beloved Ethiopian Airlines all on offer to outsiders.

Based on what we’ve seen to-date, the medemer mantra seems to suggest Ethiopians are free to live happily only if they sign onto federal government’s new ideology. Citizens do not appear to have inalienable right to follow their own God-given preferences. In today’s Ethiopia, one cannot become a peaceful, non-violent activist against medemer.  Just ask Eskinder Nega and his group if the current leadership really walks the talk.  They have not been able to organize a peaceful demonstration in support of Addis Ababa’s right to self-governance.

Furthermore, in the last eighteen months we have seen basic values of society degrade in the midst of all of these platitudes. Shiny and superficial renovation of a handful of buildings funded by Ethiopia’s historical enemies will not fool anyone but the few sheep and foreign interests seeking to purchase the nation’s assets to control the nation’s economy.It is not surprising that the new government’s first order of business was to repeal the regulation– the Charities and Societies Proclamation Number 621/2009 –  that prevented extremists from funding religious groups masquerading as NGOs engaged in potentially terroristic propaganda and activities.
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