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Mulugeta Gulma – Great intellectual who dashed Meles Zenawi’s logic of ethnic politics passed away

September 7 ,2016

Video of Meles Zenawi’s meeting with Addis Ababa University lectures about two or so decades ago in one of the most widely shared video content among the Ethiopians in the cyber world.

Most popular personality in the video was not Meles Zenawi. It was an, then, Addis Ababa University lecturer who spoke Meles Zenawi to the eye ,in a packed hall full of Ethiopian intellectuals and Zenawi’s friends and cadres,that Meles’ party over-inflamed ethnic politics in Ethiopia and, if not loosened to its natural level, could have disastrous consequence and reach to a point of no return.

Now,sadly after his death, many Ethiopians in social media came to know that his name is Mulugeta Gulma – who was from Oromo speaking parts of Ethiopia who rather emphasized his Ethiopian identity.

An Ethiopian on twitter who uses twitter the handle – @nazrawi1 – broke the news that Mulugeta Gulma, whom he described as a childhood friend, passed away. The news is also shared on facebook but is not verified from other sources.

Mulugeta apparently lived and died in Ethiopia. From MuluGeta Gulma’s LinkedIn profile shared by his friend, he worked in Africa Beza college. He passed away in a private clinic in Addis Ababa.

The political thought he articulated in the face of Meles Zenawi will, no doubt, go a long way even in the future. With a pacifist and reconciliatory tone, he advised Zenawi and his friends that ethnic politics with governmental structural and administrative support is unnecessary to Ethiopia.

This weekend, former Prime Minister Tamrat Layne, who was once of Zenawi’s friends, hinted that one of the ways out of current political chaos in Ethiopia is to reconsider the Federal structure and an end ethnic based political entity to within the ruling TPLF party.


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  1. RIP, it is a big loss to our beloved country Ethiopia. I am just sadden by your departure without seeing our freedom. I know deep down in my heart you were feeling our freedom. God bless your soul my brother.

  2. Oh NO!!!…. you were really outstanding and it is too early to Leave us ! R.I.P Mule.. I always remember your beautiful English Poems and Essays .One among them Was “Common Sense is Not Common to all !”

  3. I can’t believe he is gone. After I saw the video some years ago I went on a search to meet him. Finally I found out that he works at Africa Beza college. I paid him a visit at the college and surprised him with a bouquet of flower. He asked me what is this about? I answered him you are my hero because you argued how Ethiopianism is important. Everything he has said has happened. From Eritrea to ethnic federalism. Mule I hope your video will inspire millions of Ethiopians to value our unity above diversity. You are one of the untold Ethiopian patriots.

  4. RIP. He was able to face things face-to-face. He was courageous and eloquent, able to express himself without fear of the enemy.


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