Exhibits of the Hijack of ANDM by Rotten Neftegnas
Grew Up Like Bamboo; Rolled Down Like Pestle
ወጣወጣና እንደ ሸምበቆ፥ ተንከባለለ እንደ ሙቀጫ!
Droughts have been used by past regimes of Ethiopia – the creators and guardians of unimaginable misery – as weapons to subdue and exploit the nations, nationalities, and peoples of the Country. TPLF – the sole architect that has dislodged the creators and guardians of unimaginable misery into the dustbin of history with untold sacrifice – has generated revered strategy of national socioeconomic transformation that has helped Ethiopia to fully come out victorious against the challenges of the El Nino triggered drought of last year. Ethiopia’s success in withstanding the drought has helped herself and her leaders earn broad global acclaim. This national success has made all the Woyanes and their friends thrilled and proud. TPLF always comes with something ingenious that works!
TPLF – as history is lavishly rewarding it – is the most principled, committed, formidable, benevolent, industrious, and successful political party the world has ever seen. TPLF is the only political party in the world that has succeeded in pulling the most complex and massive country in the world out of debilitating poverty and backwardness quickly during the most intricate epoch of globalized world by ingeniously crafting one-of-its-kind socioeconomic transformation strategy.
Unfortunately, Ethiopia’s success in overcoming the last year’s drought is being muddied with unrests in various parts of the Country. The sole cause of the unrests is corruption and its various manifestations. The unrest in the Amhara State, nonetheless, goes beyond corruption-triggered one for all intents and reasons. It has evolved towards challenging the Ethiopian political arrangement for the sole purpose of sanitizing the ugly history of the rotten neftegnas by reducing the Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM) into their agent. Below, I will show some clear exhibits that show the hijack of ANDM by the rotten neftegnas and some signs of its decay into neftegna-hijacked ANDM (NH-ANDM).
Many observers have aired their worries when ANDM’s 35th Anniversary became the platform of venting distorted history and for telling blatant lies in broad day light about the role of ANDM in defeating the Dergue. ANDM’s leadership and cadres have been lectured several times that the history of EPRDF is essentially the history of TPLF. They are well aware that ANDM’s role in defeating the Dergue is practically insignificant in terms of lives and nothing in terms of ideas – except few scripts of poems and love letters. The adage “Mezmure Walwa” was coined to convey just that message. But, ANDM’s leadership has let the Amhara TV channel to steal documentaries from the ETV (EBC) archives and played them – some without editing their captions – as if they belonged to ANDM. God knows if ANDM had ever owned any apparatus to video-tape a war!
One of reverberating narratives of the 35th Anniversary of ANDM was that “ANDM is self made”, i.e. “ANDM is not the creation of TPLF”. Whether ANDM is self-made or is the creation of TPLF is not important at all. What is, in fact, quite important is that ANDM is leading the Amhara masses towards socio-economic transformation with the help of the ideas generated by TPLF and by adopting projects pioneered in Tigrai by TPLF. This being the truth, the “ANDM is self made” narrative has served its purpose of boosting the egos of the neftegna remnants within and outside ANDM and encouraged them to make a lot of empty bravados. Therefore, the way how the 35th Anniversary of ANDM has unfolded is Exhibit One of its hijack by the rotten neftegnas.
Once ANDM has morphed itself from allegedly invisible TPLF’s stepchild to invincible gorilla organization in few weeks of media hype without hushes and shushes from anybody, the neftegna-hijacked ANDM let or fail to stop the invasion of Qimant villages and the massacre of defenseless women and school children. NH-ANDM’s behavior and actions during the Qimant massacre – similar to all other massacres carried out all over Ethiopia by past neftegna regimes characteristically targeting unaware, unprepared, and unarmed men and defenseless women and children – can be regarded as Exhibit Two of ANDM’s total hijack by rotten neftegnas. In fact, the Qimant massacre looks like an intrastate trial for larger and extensive interstate adventure.
The reclaim of the alleged lost territories of Amhara have been the long standing mission of the “Yedil Atbiya Jegnoch” faction of ANDM. When NH-ANDM get out victorious after its operations in the Qimant community – with very little hushes and shushes from the federal government and insignificant bruises from the Qimant community – it truly and rightly felt that it is invincible and can go down to the lowlands of Western Tigrai to claim Wolqait through its proxies that have established documented allegiance with Ethiopian enemies. This Exhibit is the strongest one proving the total hijack of ANDM by rotten neftegnas. a. Land-grabbing with no regard for fellow human beings is diagnostic characteristics of the neftegnas. b. The way the proxies like to claim Wolqait throws the Federal Constitution and its instruments under the bus. The singular Ethiopian political entity that detests the Federal Constitution and its instruments to the core is the rotten neftegnas. Thus, unless it is hijacked by the rotten neftegna, ANDM wouldn’t have kept silent when the constitutional order was compromised by the proxies under the nostrils of its leaders.
ANDM’s actions and behaviors towards the Gondar unrest are interesting. Rotten neftegnas – who behave like a pack of wild asses that can only see green pasture and nothing else – believe that defeating TPLF by all means necessary including by harassing the people of Tigrai can help them annihilate EPRDF altogether and reclaim their lost glory. The glory of eating big and shitting big while starving millions to death! The first governor of Oromia State once said: “the neftegnas can only think about the coffee when they talk about Jima; and only about the red meat when they talk about Harar”. Some rotten neftegnas proxies have openly turned Gondar into war zone while NH-ANDM was taking enabler’s role by providing them with protections and by turning blind eyes on them when they suffocate, harass, and kill citizens of Tigrai origin and destroy and loot their hard-earned properties in broad day light. NH-ANDM neither took uncompromising measures nor sought the assistance of the Federal Government until the problem has evolved into Melaku Tefera’s era and has put NH-ANDM itself and the Amhara State Government in awkward position as many towns of the State are engulfed. These turns of events can only be unfolded under the leadership of pro-neftegna ANDM or NH-ANDM. The leadership of NH-ANDM and that of the Amhara State were reluctant to call a spade is a spade and protect the lives and properties of citizens of Tigrai origin. It has let the 1997 (E.C.) Addis Ababa mantra of “Tigre Wede Mekelle; Nibret Wede Kebelle; Woyane Wede Kertchelle” sung in Gondar. And yet, the leadership did not yet made any public apologies to the citizens who have lost their loved ones and properties.
Delegations representing the Federal Government of Ethiopia and the governments of the regional states are faced with intense harassment by the segment of the pro-neftegna, pro-Dergue Diaspora. The most vocal, flag waving anti-Ethiopian Diaspora – from ex-communicated priests and Red Terror criminals up to Dergue’s foot soldiers and nameless azmaries – are pro-neftegna and pro-Dergue ethnic Amhara. They are known by the nuisances they create towards anybody belonging to the Ethiopian government. Surprisingly, the delegation led by the NH-ANDM leadership has received the warmest and the most hospitable welcome in its recent tour to the United States. The closed-door meeting of Amhara Diasporas and NH-ANDM leadership during the recent Diaspora Day held in Bahir Dar is a tale-tale sign that shows that NH-ANDM is aboard the wrecked boat of the neftegnas. Yesterday’s ANDM leadership – who were ridiculed for allegedly being the puppets of TPLF – wouldn’t have received a respectful treatment in the States and would have returned the same for their recent guests at home unless today’s ANDM has surrendered itself to the land-grabbing, riffraff neftegnas and their ideals of chauvinism.
More Exhibits Can Be Furnished. But, What Is to Be Done?
Now, the Gondar unrest has evolved into bigger crisis and its primary owners are trying to expand it to engulf Amhara and other states of the Country. It has grown bigger and the NH-ANDM leadership is not managing it anymore; whereas the Amhara State Government and its apparatus cannot stop it. Neither ANDM nor the Amhara State Government has ever faced with a crisis even a hundredth of this magnitude. It is in recent memory when some members of the “Yedil Atbiya Jegnoch” faction of ANDM stationed in Addis Ababa were lost into thin air following the defeat of EPRDF in the City in the 1997 (E.C.) election and surprised many observers by reappearing in the Federal Parliament to make oath and take ministerial positions after Addis was stabilized by the men and women with guts.
The long-standing dream of some factions of ANDM is overtaking the position of TPLF in the Ethiopian politics. This dream, by itself, does not have any problem at all. In fact, TPLF also wishes to maintain its position in the EPRDF coalition and in the Ethiopian political ecosystem. However, TPLF has always achieved that and is working do so in the generations to come by continuously transforming itself and by generating sellable and ingenious ideas and strategies of development and democratization that transform the Country and her peoples. What is problematic with the dream of ANDM is the way they would like to fulfill it. They endeavor to achieve it by sabotaging and weakening TPLF instead of taking bold measures to transform ANDM itself; and worst of all by aligning themselves with land-grabbing rotten neftegnas. When NH-ANDM was assisting land-grabbing neftegnas to concoct a war from a star hotel in Gondar, it was for the sole mission of sabotaging TPLF by letting the harassment and killing of citizens of Tigrai origin and the destruction and looting of their properties to make them feel that TPLF is failing them. In fact, this strategy is the strategy of all anti-TPLF forces in general and the neftegnas in particular.
ANDM is a gift of TPLF and the people of Tigrai to the peace-loving, humble, and fraternal peoples of Amhara who are still laboring to fully extricate themselves out of debilitating poverty and backwardness. Anybody can go to the highlands of North Shoa, Gondar, and Wollo and figure out for themselves. The price TPLF and the people of Tigrai have paid from the time of Tekhrarewa until now in protecting, grooming, and guiding EPDM/ANDM to help it become successful leader of the Amhara peoples is the testimonial of the high regard TPLF and the people of Tigrai have towards the fraternal peoples of Amhara.
Many pro-Dergue neftegna riffraff would keep dreaming and talking to resurrect the neftegna system and its chauvinistic ideals. But, no sane observer of the Ethiopian politics would fail to understand that any project aiming at resurrecting the neftegna system is a futile exercise. Even the NH-ANDM leaders and their tens of thousands of armed-to-the-teeth innocent militias cannot remove a stone-mark put up by a single Woyane let alone resurrecting the neftegna system by defeating TPLF and the people of Tigrai. Agitating innocent and unaware Amharas – who still believe that Woyanes are creatures with ears as large as the leaves false banana – to harass and kill unprepared and unarmed men and defenseless women and children and to destroy and loot their hard-earned properties cannot resurrect the neftegnas. The ugly legacy of neftegnas and their chauvinistic ideals are like a child’s dead mother who cannot return home from her graves – not like one who left home to fetch water.
Therefore, the good people of Amhara and all Amhara elites – who cannot and should not miss that the legacy of rotten neftegnas is neither salvageable nor useful to anybody including to the Amhara people themselves – have to reclaim ANDM before it is too late. The ideals of chauvinism should be scraped off the psyche of all good-willing Amharas. Likewise, the EPRDF coalition should assist ANDM to sanitize itself off the remnants of neftegna sooner than later. It is time for major renewal (tehadisso) of EPRDF to scrap off narrow nationalism and chauvinism from the psyche of the leadership as well as from that of the ranks and files of EPRDF. That is the most effective measure to fight and defeat corruption and rent-seeking.
Ethiopia Thrives Over the Graves of Chauvinism and Narrow Nationalism!