Ethiopia: This is not a “New Beginning” but legitimizing the “Medemer Terror”

Today, the sham election is now fulfilled, as the opposition have been either boycotting, blocked or detained ahead of the polls. The Prosperity Party had no other choice but to win in the polls that happened during the calendar year of 2021. There was no other results that could happen. As the other parties and the prominent opposition have been kept behind bars, disallowed to organize or even been labelled as “terrorist”. Therefore, today’s swearing-in was a formality and not a ceremony of honour.

This is the first election of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali who took over the EPRDF in 2018 after the previous PM stepped down. He was internally elected and given the mantle until the next election. An election he postponed because of COVID-19, but held a year later while the same pandemic was still lingering on. Therefore, the excuse to postpone has been for whole other reasons.

PM Abiy have clearly done whatever in his power to consolidate power. That is all clear, as his allies are weapon-brothers and they are willing to use all means to silence detractors. There is no manner or way that isn’t used. If it is political charges, seizing businesses and keeping them behind bars without any due process. If not killing and stopping the parties from actively working. This is why regional state parties have boycotted or not been allowed to be on the ballot. Which just states that the PP was destined to win. Since the ones who had the popularity and the leaders people trusted in these states wasn’t allowed to run or even participate in this poll.

With that in mind… the political mindfuck is that his supporters calling this the “first democratically elected Head of State”. That is dismissing the 2015, 2010, 2005, 2000, 1995, 1987 and 1973 elections for instance. This is happening because the PP is trading itself a “reformist” party and different than the previous coalition of Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Defence Force (EPRDF). However, this election is copying means and ways of which has been common by the ruling regime in Addis Ababa. There been polls, but everyone knew who to vote for and the opposition didn’t have a true voice or ability to campaign. This just sounds like today. Therefore, PP and EPRDF is the same and when people called 2015 elections sham. The 2021 elections is no difference. Only the name of the party and the leader of such party.

What we can expect from Abiy is that he will follow his warlord ways and do what he can to annihilate his enemies. That is clear when the Upper House of the House of Federation has elected previous Amhara President Agegnehu Teshager as speaker. That is just a further proof days after he stepped down as the regional state President. This is what the regime is doing and his a loyal man of the Head of State.

The PM will not deliver a “new beginning”. That could only have happened in 2018. There is to much water under the bridge. To many lives at stake. He has started to many conflicts, tensions and unfinished destruction to suddenly turn to another type of leader. The PM is galvanized by war and by creating enemies. Instead of dialogue and peace, he prefers to use violence and monopoly of legal justice to strangle his enemies. Therefore, the “Medemer Terror” will continue. His allies are still there and they will continue to work with him. This alliance will prolong and not wither, unless there is no profit or possible way of actually winning it.

The PM undermined and arrogantly thought he could finish the Tigray conflict within a months time last year. However, we are in October and nearly a year after with no end. The conflict has spiralled out of proportions. People are dying of starvation and man-made famine. His policies are draconian and genocidal. The state is arresting people on the basis of ethnicity and even former allies in the Tigray interim government has been detained as well. No soul left behind. This conflict has also gone into Afar and Amhara. While there violence appearing in Ogaden region as well and guerrilla warfare in Oromia. The state is supposedly behind massacres in Benishangul-Gumuz. So, it is not like it is only warfare and war-crimes happening in Tigray region since November 2020. The state had already misused the same sort of violence in Ogaden region and Oromia. That was to silence and stop the dissident there. Also, on the forefront in Oromima for instance to stop the Queerro from rising to power or have ability weakening the regime.

The PM will not deliver a “new beginning”. That phase is over. We know what we are getting and he still haven’t made it rain. This man is willing to bury his neighbour just to rule supreme. Innocent civilians are dying because of his ego and entitlement to be the head of state. Today’s swearing-in and new legislative term will not significantly change things. The only thing it does is to legitimize it. He has the polls and election to give him leeway. However, the truth will eventually come out.

This will only ensure the Prime Minister can continue his “Medmer Terror”. He has the whole House of Federation and the PP rules with a massive majority. There will be no other way. The opposition and the dissident will continue to suffer. At this point of time there is no remedy. For me there is no hope and possibility for change. Since there been a year and longer where Abiy has used force to get his will. That’s why Jawar and other are still behind bars as a political prisoner. Abiy can act like those things doesn’t matter, but it does. Because, in Oromia his party would have been crushed if Jawar and allies stood on the ballots. The same with ONLF in Ogaden. Therefore, it is deluded to think he usher in “new beginning” now.

I know that I would be deported or detained if I arrived at Bole International Airport. That’s because, I have several of blog-posts dismissive or disregarding Abiy. The state would call me “anti-Ethiopian”. While I only want justice for the ones suffering injustice and impunity. Just like I want that for everyone. Abiy is insincere and is an tyrant.

Long live the Seventh King, Abiy Ahmed Ali. Peace.

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Ethiopia: UNHCR Report states worrying signs for humanitarian assistance in the Tigray Region

The UN Refugee Agency – the UNHCR Situation Report Number 22 published on the 30th September 2021. It is published on the day high ranking officials from several of UN organizations including the UNCHR had become “person non-grata” and had to leave within 72 hours. Therefore, this report is vital and important.

We know the Prosperity Party and the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali doesn’t want this published or discussed. As they are disregarding the reality and want it to go away. The government doesn’t care about the plights or the suffering of the Tigray region. Neither the woredas or provinces, which has been hit by the same worrisome situation, as the Tigray Defence Force (TDF) has annexed the regions.

The UNCHR states this: “The corridor from Debark to Mai Tsebri where the Mai Aini and Adi Harush refugee camps are located is still not accessible due to insecurity, while fully loaded supply trucks cannot cross the bridge to Mai Tsebri from the Shire side until repair works are complete. Discussions on how to move food for distribution in the refugee camps are ongoing, as with the route through Amhara region closed, the food needs to be moved from WFP’s warehouse in Gondar, through Semera in Afar region into Mekelle and then to Shire and across the bridge to Mai Tsebri. Meanwhile, distribution of a partial monthly food ration began on 23 September with the limited food items remaining in warehouses on site” (UNCHR, 30.09.2021).

Here we see how the infrastructure destruction during the warfare is stopping the needed humanitarian assistance. The state is willingly blocking the entering and the possibility to get aid into the Tigray region. We know the region already lacks food, medicines and basic necessities. Also, the blockade of fuel, electricity and communications like phone and internet. So, keeping the region in the dark and also the areas of which the TDF has invaded as well.

The most striking passage of this report is this: “The humanitarian situation across the Tigray Region remains deeply concerning for refugees, the internally displaced and host communities. Civilians have endured ten months of conflict with extremely limited basic services and assistance available, leading to a significant escalation in humanitarian needs with ongoing new displacements. The security situation remains volatile, affecting civilians and constraining humanitarian actors on the ground. Communication, electricity, and banking services remain intermittent. The conflict is now also affecting civilian populations in neighboring Amhara and Afar regions” (UNCHR, 30.09.2021).

Here they are saying what the government doesn’t want out. It want this fact silent and the supports of the state calls this “fake” or “forged” to support the TPLF. Which is false, as these are citizens, civilians and people caught in-crossfire, because the PM wanted to consolidate power. A move that wasn’t approved and accepted by the Regional Government in Tigray and he made a choice to retaliate and use military means to get his will. Therefore, the general public have to suffer, because one man wants to rule supreme by any means possible. The PM and the PP is blocking the aide and humanitarian assistance from entering, which is only making the situation worse by the day.

Everyone living in the region is touched by this and the state is willing to let the people live in this agony without any prospects or hope of change. Since the state is weaponizing the man-made famine and starvation. That’s why it targets NGOs and UN Organizations. Especially, the ones that make the emperor look naked. He is supposed to be the grand statesman, but a statesman doesn’t let citizens/civilians die within in his own domain. When he can easily get them the needed humanitarian assistance and basic necessities. However, that is not priority of the Prosperity Party. Peace.

Opinion: Abiy’s message to the world is that he wants the starving to die in darkness

The latest move in-coordination with all of his other efforts since early November 2020 has all been connected to this. It is not like it is a surprise anymore. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali wanted this conflict done silently and without much publicity. He would have preferred if it was in the bulletins and not creating headlines, as a sort of “clean-up” operation nobody cared about.

However, that has backfired and the truth is out. The bloody, sinister truth of it all. The PM cannot run away and hide. That’s why he retaliates and uses the means at his disposal. He will falsely claim and without proof, maligned and attack the ones telling the truth. Nevertheless, never care to indulge or express deep reasons for his move. No, that is for his handlers and appointees to do.

We know why the United Nations and the UN organizations was hit today. It is a strike to silence, make it harder for humanitarian assistance and ensure the devastating blow to the civilians caught in the cross-fire in this conflict. They are the ones who will pay the price.

The PM and his allies has done what it could to stop reporting in the Tigray region. The state have blocked journalists and deported some too. This has been done to other humanitarian organizations too in the past year of conflict. So nothing of this is new. It is only that it is high ranking UN officials who are vital for the food security and humanitarian assistance who is targeted now.

This are the people that could stop the famine and weaponized starvation. It is not like that is concern the PM or his “yes-men”. They are so concerned with their status of sovereign that they are letting the Eritrean Defence Forces violate that on the daily. So, it is not like that is sincere reason either.

Let it be clear, the state has a blockade and planned effort to undermine all works in Tigray region. They are not letting humanitarian assistance in and neither basic necessities either. The utilities and communications blockade is continuing to this day. The state is willing keeping the region in a blackout and they doing that by decree.

The PM wants the civilians, the citizens and the people of Tigray to suffer in silence. He doesn’t care about their lives, their rights or their existence. They doesn’t matter to him. The PM just don’t want their witnesses, the ones suffering or the ones uttering out the truth to able to expose his acts. He just want them to die in darkness. Nobody is supposed to know that millions are lacking food, medicine, fuel and phone communication. No one is supposed to know that and the PM is the only one that is allowed to know this. Because, he ordered it and is giddy about it.

Certainly, if he cared he wouldn’t let trucks be stuck for months in Afar region. His armies wouldn’t destroy vital bridges and block roads into the region. Alas, that is what his doing and his proud of it too. The PM is willing to make it near impossible to give humanitarian assistance. When his men and “empty suits” are busy scheming devious theatrics.

This isn’t fun and games, but it is a lot of lives at stake. This is a whole region suffering. Also, the areas where the Tigray Defence Force (TDF) have occupied is suffering the same methods. There are so many who needs and cannot get it. Because, there is no will and is no way. They are blocked, silenced and vilified. This is why the leaders of the UN organizations are now “person non-grata”.

They dared to the speak the truth and not allow innocent civilians to die in darkness. However, that is what His Excellency wants and his words is a command. So, he is getting his will. At this point, nobody can trust this man. His ego and his manners is all in the open. He wants people to die and not let the world see. While he claims his opponents are “terrorists”. If his government is so legit, why are you trying to hide or silence everyone, aye?

That is the tragic reality here. Civilians and citizens are pawns. While kings are dwelling on their plight and needs, which they have no plans fulfil. What is striking is that PM is willing to do this and he shows his heart. A lack of thereof, but still what preoccupies his mind. Since its of very importance to deport the people who secures food security in the Republic. Instead of helping them and giving them ways to succeed in doing so.

He wants people to die and with no spotlights. That is evident and it’s horrific to know. Peace.

Ethiopia: 7 UN Officials have become ‘Persona Non Grata’ to further hinder humanitarian assistance

From the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Twitter handle (30.09.2021)

Addis Ababa, September 30, 2021 (FBC) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has listed individuals working for various UN Agencies who have been declared by the government as ‘persona non grata’ and urged to leave the territory of Ethiopia within 72 hours for meddling in internal affairs of the nation. Accordingly, Mr. Grant Leaity Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Ms. Adele Khodr, UNICEF Representative in Ethiopia, Ms. Ghada Eltahir Mudawi, Acting Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Ethiopia, Mr. Kwesi Sansculotte, Peace and Development Advisor of the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Ethiopia and Mr. Saeed Mohamoud Hersi, Deputy Head of Office, UNOCHA have been urged to leave the territory of Ethiopia within 72 hours” (Fana Broadcasting Corporation – ‘Ethiopia Orders Some ‘Persona Non Grata’ From UN Agencies To Leave Its Territory Within 72 Hours’ 30.09.2021).

This isn’t shocking anymore. The Prosperity Party and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali is willing to do anything for their causes. Right now the United Nations and its high ranking officials have been stressing the need for humanitarian assistance and getting it into the Tigray Region. Alas, stopping the weaponized starvation of the region, which seems to be the intention of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia at this current time.

Since the start of the November 2020 conflict. There has been little to no efforts to help, secure or even transport humanitarian assistance into the region. The state have had systematic blockades and stifled their movements. The state has put up road-blocks, securing check-points and whatever it takes to make the journey troublesome. On top of that stopping fuel-trucks and other vital basic necessities to enter as well.

That has been going on, as the besieged region have had their utilities blocked, banking shut-down, internet and phone blocked. So, all state efforts have been into play to make the region suffer. There has been no humanitarian helping points and even the “fake” ceasefire didn’t stop this. They didn’t open the gates or even turn on the electricity. No, the state continued the blockade and was never sincere.

This is why today’s move is happening after the UN has asked for the state to provide proper assistance and shield the humanitarian operation in Northern Ethiopia. Clearly that is to much to ask. Since the weaponized man-made famine is a dire pet-project of Addis Ababa. The PP with it’s Ministry of Peace is issuing direct assault on civilians and tarnishing their lives. People are dying for lack of food, water and heat. This has all been done, because the powerful people of Addis has ordered it.

Instead of meeting, greeting and ensuring the safeguard of humanitarian assistance to the Tigray region. The state is instead retaliating. They are making 7 UN officials “non grata” in a way to block it even further. So, that the organizations has to yet again appoint someone and get them accepted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. That will take time and that is something the Tigray region doesn’t have.

The PP and PM will bash itself in glory and dance with huge parties to the stars. While millions and thousands across the Republic is starving. The leaders of PP are willing to sacrifice innocent civilians. Just so they can consolidate power and one man can crown himself king. They are willing to let grandparents see their grand-kids die. They are willing to see mothers die in-front of their sons and daughters die in-front of their fathers. That is what the state is willing to do. Just to prove a point.

That’s what is madness here. The state could facilitate and organize this. The PP could with it massive power and influence secure the roads. The state could ensure the UN Organizations get their people on the ground running. Alas, they were never interested in it in the first place. These men in-charge are willing to destroy, deplete and annihilate a region for their own benefit. That is their mission and how they are operating. The rest is just posing and acting civil in-front of the cameras. Which the state just did a mere week ago when it made a deal with one UN organization to secure humanitarian assistance. That was just another lie to buy time for continued suffering.

The PP and allies can easily call in meetings. Hold plenty of minutes. Let the UN Officials meet the leaders and greet the public officials. However, that is just to make headlines and make seem like they are doing something. When in all reality. It is just buying time to continue the suffering and agony. There is no real will. If it was a real will. It would have been as flamboyant as every time the PM is planting trees and speaking of the fruits of his supposed labour. Alas, that is not the case here.

He the PM and his men wants Tigray to suffer. They don’t care how many lives are lost or destroyed by this. It is personal and it’s because the TPLF didn’t follow the commando and joined the Prosperity Party. They deserve the slaughter for not participating and becoming part of the machine. That is why they are inflicting pain until they bow their knees and praises their king. Until, that is happening. Everyone in the region is fair game. That is how it seems and there is no end in sight.

Just more blood, more pain and more suffering. It is persistent and never ending. The state is maybe not killing them with guns and ammo. However, it is still killing them. It is doing it slowly until the last breath. Peace.

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