What Ethiopia Is Up Against (Prof. Messay Kebede)


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22 Responses

  1. Winsa says:

    First of all unless your argument is againist a multiparty system you should realize that every political party in the world would endorse its own party’s philosophy or viewpoint as only solution or remedy to solve problems facing any given country that the party is representing, and the TPLF cannot be unique in this regard for saying their brand is better than the rest,
    Secondly, with regard to consensus you mentioned in drafting the current Ethiopian constitution, it is a public record that it was drafted and ratified by many party representatives and prominent citizens including the late Tilahun Gessesse; and as far as all concerned parties are participated in the process, that is what is a consensus is all about and eventually becomes Ethiopia constitution.

    • gude eko new says:

      Winsa, you dare to tell us many parties, those in existence back in 1994, backed and ratified the constitution! Unless otherwise you have woken-up from the amensia you seems suffered from and missed what had happened during the period of 1991 to 1994. FYI:
      - known/opportunist were gathered and made representative of various nationalities without the mandate of the population they were supposed to represent, the likes of Tesfaye Habbiso.
      - there wasn’t a conducive environment to form opposition parties that represent the voice of Ethiopians.
      - Some of well known parties were marginalised such as EPRP and the party led by Colonel Goshu
      - The likes of OLF being sidelined and ultimately compromised
      - etc.
      The list is far too long to jot down here; nonetheless, what has been listed illustrate the point. Hence, dear Winsa, plagiarise contents from most of the western world constitution without ratification and endorsement of the population of Ethiopia is a mere exercise of imposing upon Ethiopian.

      If it had been properly discussed, ratified and endorsed as you might fully aware some of the articles wouldn’t stand a chance to be a constituting part of the constitution.

      Do I need to write more???

      • Winsa says:

        Gude eko new, the TPLF couldn’t force EPRP who fought it in the battle field and refused to recognize it after it came to power grudging over their loss in the battle field and TPLF had to cross out EPRP from its list of peaceful political parties after trying to win their heart and join the TPLF collision and their refusal to accept the offer. Obviouly, it couldn’t have forced former Mengistu’s loyalist Goshu Welde, the opportunist who vowed to fight TPLF with both hands/legs to join at constitution table. In addition, even if Goshu Welde were willing to join, it would have been viewed as inviting Mengistu Hailemariam his former boss because Goshu was a member of the military junta.
        Therefore, TPLF left only with newly emerging and willing political parties or representatives of different ethnic groups, some individuals who had change of heart, people like Negaso Gidada from OLF organiation, religious and civic associations; and drafted the constitution. Moreover, there were some EPRP elements led by Tamirat Layne who joined the TPLF collision while they were still in the field; and even the famous US constitution was drafted by one man and was drafted by a handful people and obviously representation cannot be the issue here-constitution is a law and a law can be created or amended by congress and qualified judges and others maybe invited but their imput is very limited. The issue is the wisdom behind it. Therefore, now can you see that I was following the matter and I wasn’t in amnesia.

        • astewayi says:

          Winsa, you are contradicting yourself by saying first, ” it( the constitution) was drafted and ratified by many party representatives and prominent citizens including the late Tilahun Gessesse( by the way are kidding this is really funny…”; and second, ” TPLF left only with newly emerging and willing political parties or representatives of different ethnic groups, some individuals…”.
          I wonder why you make a silly attempt to defend something which is indefensible!

    • muleta says:

      can some body tell me please..why is it ethiopian government..makes it hard for ethiopians to go to any university in ethiopia ,but very easy for those clown eritreans..with 900 ethiopian birr pocket money..for being in that university….ere sewoch neqa belu…..

  2. Magu says:

    I am a pragmatic person and I don’t expect a miracle to happen overnight.
    It deosn’t matter whether it is Ato Hailemariam or Prime minister Meles Zenawi, the fact is correcting and fixing Amhara’s 100 years of great mess will take generations if not centuries.

    As we all know, the Amhara dominated governments for the 150 years didn’t only made Ethiopia the symbol of poverty and mass starvation but also destroyed the social fabric of our society in total division.

    Instead of using the country’s resources to lift millions out of the poverty, the Amhara dominated govenments were busy spending millions of dollars annually to bying takns and bomber jets to bomb Oromos, Eritreans and Tigrians. Now, what few of the remnants from the Amhara elite want is the same thing. They should know that Ethiopia is not in a position to accept that. It is gone not to come again.

    • hailu says:

      copy of Ebrahim’s Message

      Who runs and owen almost all our country’s economy ? TPLF , EPRDF . Who let the country to be port less? Who let the country lose western borders land to Sudan? Who is meadling in religious affair and introduce un-accepted sect to Muslim’s population ? Who is misusing its power and abduct, arrest , kill un lowfully ? …..who killed Ethiopia ? And now they are talking about constitution ?

    • Mebrahatu says:

      your comment is too childish and narrow … think as a person of 21C

    • Inku says:

      This is specifically to people like Magu,

      All what you are saying is a result of the hatred you have to Amhara people.This hate emanates from the perceived fear that you hold in your sole.I am not surprised people like you are coward ,cruel and born to hate.

      Look, in Ethiopian history there is no time that the Amhara people sit down and elect their leader.Amhara has/had been starved,tortured,displaced and killed by the rulers you claimed to be an Amhara.

      As long the existing condition is concerned it it TPLF that begs trillion dollars and keep Ethiopia at the bottom in poverty index.It is TPLF that divided the people and killed the national pride of the citizens.It is under TPLF that Ethiopia remained landlocked.It it TPLF that makes Ethiopian the prison house of Journalists,Politicians and human right activists.It is under TPLF that lies is the usual practice of the country.

      Listen,I am not happy with the previous regime of that country;nevertheless,there are a lot of elements that indicates they are much better than TPLF.

      Finally,TPLF is a group of criminal mind individuals.

    • belay says:

      Don’t blame Amhara.please be wise.

  3. Olorro says:

    Hi Messay,

    You are still there man! don’t you grow up?

    Sibhat did not say at all Ethiopia started existing after the present constitution. Beyond that he had time and again mentioned our past had not only glorious but also number of barbaric acts amongst our people. Who do you think to fool by saying Sibhat believed Ethiopia started existing after the constitution. This is not the real Sibhat we know but the Sibhat Messay eagerly want him to exist. Do not take us all as if we are your ex-AAU phylosophy 101 students !!!

    As you surely understand and as you deliberately hide to say it wht Sibhat meant is the present constitution rescued Ethiopia from disintegration !!! That is perfect! Where do you think the Oromo, Somali, Sidama, Afar, Gambella, Benshangul, Tigray etc..Liberation movements could have ended if the present constitution were not in place ? Why doyou think we are idiots to understand and witness what we have clearly seen with our naked eyes !!!


    • mamitu Mekonnen says:

      Forgive me but, was the solution for the so called “barbaric” past a policy that further disintegrate the country? Im confused. Infact, the policies that are setforth so far,have only made things worst. e.g “Kilil” we were told was suppose to be each kilil was to represent people who have the same culture and language, but I don’t see it being that. Let’s take Tigray. There are the Kunamas,and other non tigrigna speaking nationalities and whose culture is not even close to Tigray,but they are under Tigray Kilil. And by the way, they have been living there way before TPLF came into existence. I am sure if we go to the southern part of Ethiopia, there are nationalities that do not qualify as Kilil and they have each their own language and culture,but from what I understand, they are put together as just “Yedebub Hizboch” and decided that Amharic to be their language. Our past is not as barbaric as you painted it to be. There is no barbaric past like America’s(slavery)but they have left it for history and overcome that barbaric past. May be I am wrong,but the problem that we have is not Ethnics,but class.The farmer from Tigray has the same issue with the farmer in Amara, or etc. They have more similarities than differences. I can assure you that there the ethnic tension is more magnified since EPRDF took power.
      Let’s not even talk about Afar. They were not even given a chance when they were thrown to be Eritireans.

  4. Ebrahim says:

    Who runs and owen almost all our country’s economy ? TPLF , EPRDF . Who let the country to be port less? Who let the country lose western borders land to Sudan? Who is meadling in religious affair and introduce un-accepted sect to Muslim’s population ? Who is misusing its power and abduct, arrest , kill un lowfully ? …..who killed Ethiopia ? And now they are talking about constitution ?

    • Olorro says:

      Stick to the ajenda please!

      The Issue is “did sibhat say Ethiopia came to existence after the present constitution?” as Messay tries to convince us with out convincing himself!!!

    • Winsa says:

      TPLF did. And let’s suppose that TPLF got mad with Amhara and chopped off Ethiopia’s head and decided to rule whatever leftover. Of the country. Messy too thinks that Ethiopia is not dead, so let’s give him the benefit of the doubt and believe that Ethiopia is only mutilated. That means it could have a constitution so long as it is alive even at a vegetated stage. Sebhat Nega believes that the new constitution saved the country from further mutilation and he says this because he is contented with mutilated Ethiopia; and you on the other hand because you don’t see the whole body may say what country and the whole thing is madness!
      Yes yes ofcourse, but we are not talking about the whole Ethiopia remeber! We are talking about Sebehat’s Mutilated Ethiopia. Therefore, it is not wise to criticize a doctor who already made a mortal error in cutting wrong body part believing it would heal the patient but sees sees further deterioratins and is fumbling to keep it alive by administering adrenaline injection until his turn is over or he may overdose the patient as result of confusion and blame the poor nurse. My best advice, give the doctor space and fallow him closely and pray for the patient.

  5. Sapa says:

    ኢሕአዴግም ታሪክ ሠራ!
    የኢትዮጵያ ሕዝብ ለዓለም ሕዝብ ታሪክ ሠርቶ አሳይቷል፡፡ የጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር መለስ ሕልፈት ሲሰማ በጋራ አዘነ፤ በጋራ ተቆረቆረ፤ በሃይማኖትና በጐሳ የማይጋጭ ሕዝብ መሆኑን አስመሰከረ፡፡ እንደ አንድ ሕዝብ ተንቀሳቀሰ፡፡ ኢትዮጵያ ትቃጠላለች፣ ኢትዮጵያውያን ይተራረዳሉ፣ ይፋጃሉ ብለው ለተነበዩትና በየቀኑ ይህን ተግባር ሲጠባበቁ ከነበሩት ጠላቶችና የጠላት ተላላኪዎች ኢትዮጵያን እንጠብቃታለን፣ እናስከብራታለን እንጂ አናዋርዳትም፡፡ የጠላት መጫወቻ አናደርጋትም ብሎ ተግባራዊ ግልጽ መልዕክት አስተላለፈ፡፡ ታሪክ ሠራ፡፡

    ይህ የራሱን ድርሻ የተወጣ ወርቅ ሕዝብ ለመሪዎች የሰጠው የቤት ሥራ ነበር፡፡ አደራ እናንተም በጐሳ፣ በሃይማኖትና በሥልጣን ሳትጣሉ አንድ ሆናችሁ መምራትና መሥራት የምትችሉ መሆናችሁን አረጋግጡ የሚል፡፡ አገርን እንዳታዋርዱና እንዳታሳፍሩ አደራ የሚል፡፡ ውጤቱንም በጉጉት ይጠባበቅ ነበር፡፡ የኢሕአዴግ ምክር ቤት ባለፈው ሳምንት ተሰብስቦ የድርጅቱን ሊቀመንበርና ምክትል ሊቀመንበር ሲመርጥ፣ እነዚህ የተመረጡት ሰዎች ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትርና ምክትል ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ሆነው እንደሚቀጥሉ ሲያረጋግጥ ለሕዝቡ ትክክለኛ ምላሽ በመስጠት ታሪክ ሠራ፡፡
    ታሪክ ነው የሚያስብል ምን ሥራ ተሠራ?
    በመጀመርያ ደረጃ ጠላቶች ፍላጐታቸውን በማንፀባረቅ የኢሕአዴግ ባለሥልጣናት በሥልጣን እየተሻኮቱ ናቸው አሉ፡፡ ያኛው እከሌ ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ይሁን ሲል ያኛው ግን ሞቼ እገኛለሁ አለ እያሉ ሲያናፍሱ የከረሙትን ውድቅ ያደረገ ሥራ ነበር፡፡ ማንም ሳያስገድደውና ሳይገፋው ሕወሓት ራሱ የሕወሓት ሰው በጠቅላይ ሚኒስትርነት ለሃያ ዓመት ስለመራ እስቲ ቀጣዩ ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትርና የፓርቲ መሪ ከሌላ ድርጅት ይሁን አለ፡፡ ተሰብስቦም ይህንን ወሰነ፡፡ ከራሱ ውጭ ተወዳዳሪ እንዲቀርብ ተስማማ፡፡ ይህን ውሳኔ ሌሎች የኢሕአዴግ አባል ድርጅቶች በአክብሮትም በአድናቆትም ነው ያዩት፣ የተቀበሉት፡፡ አገርንና ሕዝብን ማስቀደም ነው ዋናው ቁም ነገር፡፡ እንደ አንድ አካል በጋራ መሥራት እንጂ ማን ነው ሊቀመንበርና መሪ የሆነው የሚባል አለመሆኑን ኢሕአዴግ ተቀብሎ ሲቀጥል፣ ከራስ ድርጅት በፊት አገርን ያስቀደመ ስለነበር በሥልጣን የሚጣላ ድርጅት ሳይሆን ለጋራ ዓላማ በጋራ የሚሠራ ነው ብሎ ለሕዝብ አረጋግጧል፡፡

    ሌላው ታሪክ ኢትዮጵያዊ እስከሆንክ ድረስ፣ አገርንና ሕዝብን ለማገልገል ቆርጠህ እስከተነሳህ ድረስ፣ ብሔር ብሔረሰብህ ከየትም ሊሆን ይችላል፡፡ ሃይማኖትህ የፈለገው ሊሆን ይችላል የሚል መልዕክት በግልጽ የተላለፈበት ውሳኔ ነበር፡፡ ‹‹ሃይማኖት የግል ነው አገር የጋራ ነው›› የሚለው መርህ የበላይነት ሲይዝ ታየ፡፡ የድርጅቱ ሊቀመንበርና ምክትል ሊቀመንበር ሆነው የተመረጡትና ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትርና ምክትል ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር የሚሆኑት እነዚህ ተመራጮች የተመረጡት ከብሔር ብሔረሰባቸው በመጣው የኢሕአዴግ አባል ብቻ አይደለም፡፡ ሌላው ብሔረሰብም መርጧቸዋል፡፡ ለየት ያለ ሃይማኖት የሚከተልም መርጧቸዋል፡፡ በእንደዚህ ዓይነት አካሄድም ኢትዮጵያን ለመምራት ዋናው መመዘኛ ኢትዮጵያዊና የኢትዮጵያ አገልጋይ መሆንን ነው የሚለው ደምቆና ፈክቶ ታየ፡፡ አዲስ አመለካከትና አዲስ አንድነት ሲፈጥር ታየ፡፡

    ለኢትዮጵያ ሕዝብ አኩሪ ውሳኔ ነበር፡፡ ለጠላቶች ደግሞ አስደንጋጭ ነበር፡፡ ጥላቻ ሳይኖር፣ ሽኩቻ ሳይኖር ፖለቲከኞች እጅ ለእጅ ተያይዘው መጓዝና አገርን መምራት ይችላሉ የሚል መልዕክት ለዓለም ሕዝብ ተላልፏል፡፡ አዲስ ልምድ ነው፡፡ ለመጀመርያ ጊዜ ያጋጠመን ነው፡፡ ታሪካዊ ምዕራፍ ነው፡፡

  6. Tiglu says:

    For me one optmist farmer is better than one arogant profesor for our country.

  7. Soqraaxis says:

    Dear Dr. Messay! First, take my word that, whatsoever!, I heartily believe that u & me are Ethiopians! Then, I ask u: R TPLF, OLF, ONLF, EPRP, IFLO, …. name it.. not Ethiopians? Or, ‘Some animals r more equal than other animals’ - to borrow from Orwell’s Animal farm? The answer tells it all, then!!!!

  8. jotee says:

    Nowadays we couldn’t find any difference between the philospher and the common man in ethiopian political discourse.
    Messay is ever diving down to the bottom as he becoming demagogic, populist and emotional. I couldn’t find any difference between him and those Palltalk drum beaters and Messay, the philosopher, except he says what they say in english.

    Dear Messay please try to elaviate the standard of your engagement in politics in the way it matches your academic status
    And philosophical knowledge for the sake of your own respect. LOOK you served the dergue not in your capacity but as an Abiyot Tebaki and Qebele liqemember. Having failed to draw lessons from your past, you serve now the extremist diaspora as a propogandist. When are you going to behave and contribute in accordance to your learned and practiced knowledge?
    I am really sorry for you

  9. Moti says:

    Thank you Magu. Rubish minds think rubish ideas and write rubish. ETHIOPIa will never go 100 back.

  10. Wetu Enewta says:

    Messay did it again! As usual, he nailed it. TPLF talks about the constitution now but was completely silent when their chief-mad-man used it for his (and their) purposes. They preached a non-zero-sum game, but they had to be the sole winners; they preached one Ethiopia, but they were getting ready for ‘greater Tigrai’;they talked about democracy, but incarcerated half the nation for political purposes; they talked about co-existence, but disdained and humiliated any one who is not born in Tigrai; they preached development, but only to develop their land and accumulate personal wealth; they talked about equality, but handed out meaningless jobs and sources of income to non-Tigrains; and they talked about women’s rights, only to send our women to other countries for humiliation, and in some case, suicide! Messay identified the beast known as TPLF in its proper context.

    The trouble is that most who read Messay can not grasp both the depth of his arguments and intellect but also his love for Ethiopia. Along with Professor Mesfin Woldemariam, he has consistently presented a view that has been born out by the facts. Though he did not use the phrase, Professor Mesfin wrote about the conditionality of TPLF’s Ethiopiawinet along with the historically correct argument that there is no Ethiopia without Tigrai!