President Mengistu’s slogan of “UNITY by force” has come back under the name “MEDEMER”
Amleset Tesfay 08-05-18
Mengistu Hailemariam with his ignorant dergue members had killed and arrested his brilliant leaders and a generation of Ethiopian intellectuals for the sake of power under the name of Ethiopian unity. However, the UNITY by force that was implemented by Dergue had pushed Eritreans to completely isolate from their Ethiopian brothers. Today, history is repeating itself. The name “UNITY by force” has changed its skin and color and appeared as “MEDEMER”. In today’s Ethiopia the constitution that guarantees the rights of all citizens are being violated. It seems the Ethiopian constitutional red lines are being crossed.
Mengistu Hailemariam’s old Slogan of “UNITY by force” is now changed into the worst new form of “Addition without inclusion or MEDEMER Be-mekenes”. At the Addis Ababa meeting hall, when his Excellency prime minister of Ethiopia was explaining to president Isaias Afewerki about BODMAS (Bracket of Division, multiplication, addition and subtraction). The explanation about the BODMAS reminded me my excellent elementary math teacher. But now I am confused how the BODMAS formula is being applied in the politics of Ethiopia. I do not know if the BODMAS formula is correctly applied for all Ethiopians? Are we going back to the old-bad days of unity by force and lawlessness? Are we not all Ethiopians already united under the federal system as it had never been before? Today, the Ethio-somali, Afar, Tigray, Benshangul-gumuz, southern Ethiopians, the Oromo, Amara, Harari etc are more proud Ethiopians than they were 27 years ago.
Yesterday’s Ethiopian unity by force was not successful by Mengistu Hailemariam, and it will not work today either. Why are you repeating the failed System of the Mengistu Hailemariam’s regime? Probably Mengistu Hailemariam may be welcomed at Bahir-Dar by Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonen and Gedu Andargachew, but do you think that means the Ethiopian people and the Eritrean people will say TEDEMRENAL (We are with you)? During Mengistu’s rule we lost (subtracted) our Eritrean brothers. In this generation, I afraid we may subtract all Ethiopians under the slogan of “Addition without inclusion” or (Amharic “MEDEMER-Bemekenes”).
The other burning issue is about the attempts that are made to halt Science and Technology in Ethiopia. As we all know the life, knowledge and expertise of the son of Ethiopia, Engineer Simegnew Bekelle was stolen in a broad daylight in Addis Ababa and currently Scientist Dr. Biniam Tewelde is under arrest. All people, Ethiopians, Africans and most of all the scientific community of the world must stand against the arrest of a young Scientist Dr. Benaim Tewolde. Not only Africa, but also the world needs him, companies from the technologically advanced countries were requesting him to serve them in the advancement of their scientific research. He is arrested (subtracted) with his seven-month-old child with baseless accusations. His house was vandalized and his families were mistreated. But, some of the main reason for his arrest is to cause him a psychological and physical damage, because, he is a young brilliant Tigrean whom Ethiopia would be proud of him to be one of its future leaders.
As a matter of fact, I mentioned Dr. Biniam Tewolde as an individual, but at this moment thousands of people are being mistreated at work, arrested and killed while Mengistu Hailemariam, the most sadist person that the world had seen is pardoned, was visited by former PM Hailemariam Desalegn and he is welcomed to walk freely in Ethiopia and Eritrea. On top of that, Individuals who killed 300 Qemant and who displaced and killed thousands of Tigreans under their leadership are not only free to walk but also they are being rewarded Honorable degrees for free as an incentive for their crimes and political ignorance. Now, they are leading the nation into a complete mess.