Ethiopia: Abiy Ahmed warns two-faced members of his government

“No one is above Ethiopia,”Abiy Ahmed. He hinted impending purge in his government

Prmie Minister Abiy Ahmed answering question in parliament in June 2020. (Photo : from EBC video)

 

borkena
July 7, 2020

Last week, Ethiopia has foiled what it said was a planned plot to disintegrate the country. Based on the narrative from the government, the assassination of Ethiopian singer Hachalu Hundessa on the evening of June 29 in the capital Addis Ababa was meant to be a flashpoint to achieve the plan.

Although the government claimed success in foiling the plot, extremists ethnic Oromo nationalists were not stopped in the Oromo region of Ethiopia when they unleashed what many believe to be is ethnic cleansing against ethnic Amhara, Gurage, and Wolaita in the days following the death of the singer. Moderate ethnic Oromos who reportedly opposed the carnage were also massacred. 

A report by VOA Amharic on Tuesday revealed there was an orchestrated attack in 40 districts in the Oromo region of Ethiopia.

Emerging reports on social media, with verified sources, indicate that carnage was politically motivated and that it targeted people based on ethnicity and religion. 

Security authorities in the region admitted that at least 166 people have been killed in the region in a span of two or three days. The magnitude of destruction of property is unprecedented in the history of Ethiopia. In Shashemene town alone, more than 20 buildings have been destroyed. Hundreds of residences are blazed leaving hundreds of families homeless.   And there are many horrifying stories of the killings in the region.  Attackers were allegedly covering their faces to avoid being noticed.

The region has hundreds of thousands of special police forces. And the question that many Ethiopians are asking is “why was it so easy for the attackers to unleash their brutality and claim hundreds of lives and destroy properties worth hundreds of millions of birr?”

In the latest parliamentary session, which was held in the office of the Prime Minister for reasons related to the Coronavirus, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said that there are two-faced officials in his government. They pretend to work with his government, and at the same time, they also work with extremists’ elements.

He hinted that there will be a purge of those who are playing a double game. During the struggle against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) dominated government, Abiy Ahmed was among the people who were aiding the struggle for equality and freedom. He might use that experience to clean up his government. 

“No one is above Ethiopia,” Abiy Ahmed said while addressing questions from the parliament on Tuesday. The remark sounds like there is no mercy for those who were part of the reform movement, half-heartedly, and later drifted from the movement while still working within government structure. The purge is certainly something that requires tact as it could bring about more division within his government.

His critics in the radical quarter of ethnic nationalism accuse him of betrayal of the “Oromo cause.” They went to the extent of disowning Abiy Ahmed “as an Oromo.” 

Abadula Gemeda, the former speaker of the house who is said to be the mentor of Abiy Ahmed, does not subscribe to the allegation that Abiy is not an Oromo. “I know his family,” he said during an interview with Arts TV world.

Prime Minister Abiy has his own answer for those who are “why do they deny my Oromo identity when I became Prime Minister?”

If I am not good for the Oromo, I can not be good for other groups, he further elaborated. What he is facing seems to be a manifestation of the dangers of ethnic politics.  



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8 Responses to "Ethiopia: Abiy Ahmed warns two-faced members of his government"

  1. Mebha   July 8, 2020 at 1:19 am

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  2. Amererech   July 8, 2020 at 3:16 am

    PM Abiy said as reported above ” If I am not good for the Oromo, I can not be good for other groups” this phrase is the most TPLF styled racist remark I heard come out of Abiy Ahmed.

    I can not call this racist Abiy Ahmed a leader of Ethiopia any longer, what a disgrace. This sentence should go down in history as the worst remark a country PM Abiy ever said to its people.

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    • Fitsum   July 8, 2020 at 6:28 pm

      Amererech

      The prerequisite set to Ethiopians by the people’s representatives us for Abiy to be good to Oromo first then after Abiy accomplished being good to Oromo he will then accomplish being good to others.

      Until Abiy becomes good to Oromo the “others” got no choice but to patiently wait if they want good coming from Abiy , all it takes is patience and dedication to help Abiy shorten the time down which may take for Abiy to be good to Oromo.

      Especially all diaspora Ethiopians can contribute all the communications resources to help Abiy become good to Oromo, that way Abiy can continue to the next phase of his vision which is becoming good to others.

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  3. Ittu Aba Farda   July 8, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    Tell’em tiger!!! Just tell’em those good for nothing connivers!!!! That gem of the colored have tried something new to benefit itself by shunning autocracy in 1974 but it failed and it failed miserably due to the fact that it ended up giving it all away the golden opportunity it had to bloodthirsty soldiers. Then another opportunity came knocking at the door once again in 1991 but it again lost its calling to smart aleck deacons/deresas of Marx, Lenin Mao who were very crafty in herding it’s children in their tens of thousands to jails, experts in sugar coating killings of its loved ones and in many occasions making them disappear without a trace. Then it managed to throw those coffer robbing despots out at great sacrifice in 2018. Winds of change for good started blowing throughout the country like it was never seen before in its modern history. Every prisoner who was thrown in jail for alleged or assumed political activity was let free. Exiles returned in droves even those who were scavenging at the dump sites in countries that were on war footing with that pride of the colored. Press freedom and the rights to assemble never had their moments in their history there. A young and visionary leader came on the scene assuring citizens that he has their backs. He set an example in himself by being a man of patience and pragmatism in abundance. As a young man he transformed himself into a peace forging elderly by finding room for enduring truce with our dear brothers and sisters of Eritrea and mediating peace in neighboring Sudan where others tried and failed. His administration even showed tolerance to bigots in the hope of seeing them mending their twisted ways. In all its indications, that country is in its third and last chance. This is it!!!!! This is it’s the last waltz!!!!! Bigots and self acclaimed ‘leaders’ of history’s glorious groups of people took patience for cowardice, took respect for being taken as untouchable. That gem should have learned from its past mistakes both 1974 and 1991. It seems it has done just that. If it fails this time, that will be a grievous mistake. It cannot afford to see it’s more 110 million citizens on the move due to barbaric bloodletting instigated by demonic bigots and personal fiefdom dreamers. It has not and should not have the stomach to tolerate these deadly ghouls to have field days on innocent citizens and their properties.

    It is time for this visionary and young prime minister to look at himself in the mirror and go back to cleaning up his house. You can see it out there in the open. There are those that strive to replicate ‘The National Enquirer’ boasting about their sources from his inner circle. These re-purposed dreamers of personal fiefdom did not mince their words in wishing the prime minister dead. They brag about their sources being members of his inner circle when they posted information hot off from the minutes of closed door meetings. They were wishing to see him dead when they chastised him for not visiting patients sickened by the deadly pandemic. He has to locate and cut of their umbilical cords. Again, I had said this before and I’m gonna say it again. This is the last chance the old country will ever have. The consequence of squandering its hard fought opportunity is utter mayhem and bloodshed it has never experience in its contemporary history. The current bloodbath is just a rehearsal for the big one. Bigots should be treated with the only way they know, relegated to the dustbin of history. Enough is enough!!!!!

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    • Abeshaw   July 9, 2020 at 10:29 am

      Unfortunately, the new generation has been brainwashed to think ethnicity-first. So before they talk about pride of the colors, they focus on “us vs other colors”. That problem can only be checked with the dismantle of ethnic rule.

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  4. Tekle   July 9, 2020 at 7:43 am

    Ethiopian people have never any luck of a good leader since Atse Menelik II. Amara and Oromo nationalists seem to blame the people of Tigray and TPLF for what happens in Ethiopia. The Amharas started the ethnic violence and cleansing against Tigrayeans in Gondar and Bahir Dar. Hailemariam Desalegn and Aby Ahmed Governments and Politicians were silent to denounce the atrocities against innocent Tigrayeans’ Geodes’ kemant, Somalis killings, displacement, ethnic cleansing and burning their properties and businesses.

    Now, the Amharas nationalists portray themselves as the victims. The Amharas have been killing Tigrayeans and other ethnic groups inside Amhara zone and have been engaging on ethnic cleansing. The Oromo nationalists have been killing and displacing many ethnic Gedeo, Kemant, Gurage, Somalis, etc.

    Aby Ahmend Government and PP has been turning a blind eye on ethnic violence, displacement and ethnic cleansing since he took power. Aby is not handling the political and social affairs of all ethnic groups properly and he is completely inept to lead the Ethiopian people. Instead, he is appeasing the enemy of Ethiopia, particularly, the Eritrean dictator, Arab countries and mishandling the Blue Nile Dam (GERD).

    Meles Zenawi and TPLF started the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and now Aby government is blaming TPLF for his diplomatic failure to fill/complete the GERD as schedule first by killing Simegnew Bekele who dedicated his life to build the Ethiopian economy, by spreading fake news and conspiracy theory against the people of Tigray and TPLF. TPLF relinquish power in since Meles Zenawi’s death. Under Meles Zenawi government, the Ethiopian Economy had flourished and infrastructure had been built in a massive scale including many universities, hospitals, schools, banking, Airports, etc.

    How can the people of Tigray and TPLF take the blames for the atrocities committed since 2011 and bad governance of Hailemariam Desalegn (EPRDF) and Aby Ahmed (PP)?

    The truth must be told!

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  5. Ittu Aba Farda   July 12, 2020 at 6:32 am

    There is one new thread I have noticed lately that is gaining momentum in the diatribes of ‘fiefdom’ mongers and bigots. These ghouls have put a bounty on the head of this visionary prime minister with hashtag #abiymustgo. The main spraying platform has badged itself as an intercept. The owners/editors of that twitter/Facebook accounts must know something that we don’t know to spew around this threat with a gusto. ‘Must go’ in a charged up political environment also includes physical extermination. This PM must be extra careful now. These editors must be asked to explain what ‘must go’ means.

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  6. Berihu Gebretsadkan   August 5, 2020 at 3:04 am

    Everybody knows that TPLF, has built alot of infrastructures, industries and made peace over two decades. Why does not Dr Abiy do? His strategy and police don’t correspond with the Ethiopian peoples, nations and nationalities. Please look the country in three dimensional view. Why the main road, Addis-Abeba to Tigray, closed at weldia since 2018 Dr Abiy came to power still now and no solution. You never scream about that. We Tigreans want development, peace and sovereignty, and we are TPLF too because we are killed and displaced in Amhara and Oromia as the name of ‘Weyane’.

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