Opinion: Abiy will work on overtime to save his image ahead of the election

The Ethiopian Prime Minister Ahmed Ali Abiy and his Prosperity Party (PP) will work ahead to clean its image. No matter what sort of reports, reporting or stories that comes out from the Federal Republic. His supposed to look good ahead of elections. That is something he needs to be crowned king later in the year.

That is why all authorities, state agencies and such is putting in so much efforts to “debunk” and “dismiss” any negative story about the warfare in the Tigray Region. A war brings atrocities and deaths. That is just a matter of fact. When you operate a war and conflict. There will be blood spilled and no mercy on innocent civilians who get caught in the cross-fire. Even if the Prime Minister promise to not hurt any civilian. His army has most likely killed civilians either by bullets or by default for closing roads, shattering access and hunting for the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

The TPLF will do their bidding against their enemies. They have to stand responsible for its actions. However, they are not in the same pickle as Abiy. Abiy have to look good and astute as a statesman. While his acting as a warlord. The PP and Abiy have already named the TPLF a Terrorist Organization and Outlawed them. So, no matter what they do. They will “win” in the end. As the state have stand accountable for the conflict and the rebuilding of the region. That is not something you can pin on the former ally and coalition partner TPLF.

That is why Abiy have hired lobbyists to look better and get better coverage. Why his government has allowed 7 media houses to cover the region and now opening up unfettered access to humanitarian organizations too. That after claiming to do so much humanitarian work itself as a government. Who is there with Eritrean army, Amhara Para-Military Group “FANO” and own national army fighting on enemy, which it has now been doing since early November 2020. A conflict that was supposed have ended in late November close to December of 2020. We are now in end of February and soon March 2021. This sad tragic conflict seems to have no end and no positive outcome in close proximity.

Even if the Prime Minister needs to grow trees, opening up industrial parks and prove agricultural output. The PM needs to show the quality of the coffee and the basis of financial growth. While asking IMF and World Bank to cover his deficits. As the state is struggling financially and needs to still look vibrant ahead. All for the sake perception, as he cannot tank everything.

Especially, when his “reforms” only have let the world see more pain and suffering. The reforms have only arrested development and detained the opposition. If has detained it… he has silenced it and outlawed it. If it is in Ogaden, Oromia or in Tigray. There is all a bloodshed, people detained and paying the price for the wrong association. That is the reaction his leadership has brought, while he consolidated one coalition into one party. The others he brought peace with after getting power is behind bars. That is the tragic enterprise of this man.

Abiy is only in it for total power. He doesn’t care how many who dies or get in chains. As long as his crowned king. The warlord, the emperor and the sovereign who gives no fucks about the consequences of his actions. As long as he gets all the glory and festivities. He needs the salutes and the praise.

That is why Abiy is reacting now. Giving some ways and speaking of investigations. Even though they will end up nowhere. Just like the Court Orders helping Oromo leaders behind bars. They are shunned and doesn’t matter, as the “Superior Order” have more value then the rule of law. That because the pride of Abiy is mattering to much. He can do this, because he has the state power and doesn’t intend to loose it.

He has to calculate ahead. As the devastations and atrocities will come out. The reports and stories, which entails horrific acts and violations against humanity. Where there been blunt destruction, death and assault on a region. All to prove a point. Burning villages and killing anyone in sight. That is the stories of war and Tigray will be no different. The media blackout, social media blackout , telephone jamming and such have helped to lesser the leaks. Only later witness stories have been let out by refugees fleeing to Sudan. Where the state also claims war-criminals have fled to safety from the state and they want them returned. So, they are planning to persist their attacks on the region for a long time.

Just as the peacekeepers from Tigray was assaulted in Juba,as their time in South Sudan was over and the commando took charge and beat them into submission there. That says it all about the state of affairs. When even the ones serving and the ones who await punishment coming home. They want to avoid that, but is punished before even entering a plane “home”. This is a story, which is reflecting how the state operates and is leaked, because it happened in Juba and not in Addis Ababa.

Abiy doesn’t want that and wants that dismissed. Its inaccurate and always wrong. Just like any other story. However, he can lie and deflect. He can say things that is easily to see is wrong. Like the time he claimed only “youth” was refugees. That was easily debunked, but proves his character and his will to peddle own propaganda for his cause. Therefore, they will go after the ones who dare to question and will most like silence the ones that dares to talk. Especially, ahead of the elections.

When Abiy again needs to be the golden child and be the poster-boy of modernity. Abiy needs to be figure and posture of flair. He cannot look like or talk like a warlord, even if his actions speak of those. As the dead are mounting up and the unknown costs of the Law Enforcement Operation is in the air. Since, the state keeps that hidden and don’t want that out.

What we do know… is that Abiy needs to look good, even when he does bad. Abiy needs to look like a saint, but that is impossible. When his men is killing civilians on a daily basis. Peace.

Ethiopia: Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Press Statement on the Amnesty International Report on Alleged Incidents in the City of Axum (26.02.2021)

Ethiopia: Office of the Prime Minister – Unfettered humanitarian access and joint investigations in the Tigray Region (26.02.2021)

Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia – Brussels: Letter to the editor of DEVEX (25.02.2021)

Ethiopian Human Rights Commission – Tigray: Killing of Civilians in Axum (25.02.2021)

Ethiopia: Broadcasting Authority Warns International Media before they get into Tigray

On the 24th February 2021 the state gave 7 International Media Houses accreditation to report from the Tigray Region. Where there been warfare since early November 2020. Now after keeping the world in the dark and claiming all reporting as “fake news”. They only want their stories out and not reporting the atrocities happening in Tigray.

That being the stories of the refugees in Sudan, the reporting of foreign forces raping woman and shelling Mekelle. There been so many stories that the Federal Government wants to “debunk” but only wants the positive stories out. Therefore, the Ethiopian Broadcasting Authority have come out with a warning.

Here is what was said today:

In an exclusive interview with ENA today, EBA Deputy Director-General Wondwosen Andualem said the international media outlets had not been able to cover the situation in Tigray due to land and sea transport disruption” (…) “However, the deputy director-general warned that “the media outlets allowed to travel to Tigray in the first round must work professionally and respect the country’s Broadcasting Proclamation, the constitution and other humanitarian provisions.” Otherwise, the authority will be forced to take corrective measures, he underlined” (FANA Broadcasting Company – ‘Broadcasting Authority Urges Int’l Journalists In Tigray To Respect Law’ 25.02.2021).

The International Media is now warned … and that is after 7 Media Houses was just allowed to enter. Now they are told to follow and that is code: “Report what we say and what we want you tell”. They don’t want them to tell stories, which is hurting the image or ideals of Addis Ababa.

We know that the Federal Government wants a certain stories out. They are already writing letters to any publication writing stories they don’t like. The Embassies and everyone else is involved in back-peddling and “debunking” stories.

That is why they will soon take away accreditation or say its “fake news”. Just like they have not accepted anything the Humanitarian Agencies has said either. When they have written about the lack of humanitarian aid, corridor or even convoys. That is a fact and they wouldn’t say so if it wasn’t truth. UN Agencies and others have no reasons to lie about that.

Still, they want to do whatever they can to sell their stories. That is why we can expect soon as they start to report and tell stories that doesn’t favour the Law Enforcement Operation. Sooner or later, they report or tell a story they don’t want out. Expect them to pull the card of not following Broadcasting Proclamation and be ousted. That will happen… because this government wanted it under wrap and not told. Therefore, if nobody else calls it.

I do. Since we all knows it happens eventually. Peace.

Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia – Brussels: Letter to the editor of EU Observer (25.02.2021)

Ethiopia: Joint Oromo CSOs letter to Secretary of State Anthony Blinken – Re: Dire Situation of Prisoners of Conscience on Hunger Strike in Ethiopia (24.02.2021)

Ethiopia: Oromo Political Prisoners Defence Team – Kaliti Prison Administration Prohibited Mr. Bekele Gerba’s Eye Treatment For The Second Time (24.02.2021)

Mr. Bekele Gerba has been prevented from receiving his scheduled eye treatment again today. It’s well known that he has been treated by an eye specialist for the last several months on regular bases. He used to be treated at WAGGA private eye clinic since his arrest.
Accordingly, he was scheduled to receive laser treatment last Wednesday. However, the prison administration refused to take him, as a result it was rescheduled for today.
After the prison administration told him they will take him to his appointment this morning, it was later learned that they could not take him due to a superior order from above. Doctors have warned him missing his regular treatment will result in permanent loss of his left eyesight.
The prison admnistration is well aware of this, but continues to prevent Mr. Bekele from getting his eye treatment. Refusing medical treatment has become common after Oromo political prisoners started the hunger strike.

Ethiopia: Tigray is not all accessible for humanitarian organizations

The Office of the Prime Minster Ahmed Ali Abiy published today a statement, which it did refute the idea that humanitarian agencies lack of access in the Tigray Region. A region where there been 4 months of conflict since 4th November 2020. All of this time, there been hot-minutes of entries, but not a fully operational of humanitarian operations there.

The Law Enforcement Operation have made things volatile and a huge humanitarian crisis of such proportions that we cannot have idea about. This because several of parties have been involved in the warfare there. This being the Ethiopian Army, Eritrean Army and Amhara Para-Military troops (FANO). These three allies are going after the outlawed and now deemed “terrorist” organization Tigray People’s Libeartion Front (TPLF). The TPLF have their own milita and its known as Samri. Therefore, the additional damage done and made by the warfare is still unknown.

There been little report. The media has had an blackout. The internet blockade was lasting super-long. The telephone lines was jammed. The journalists and aid agencies was not allowed to enter. The stories we got was from the 60,000 refugees seeking asylum in Sudan. Where camps was set-up and aid agencies got help them inside Sudan. Therefore, the Ethiopian government know very well what they have done to its citizens and civilians in Tigray.

Yes, OCHA have now dropped a map that is revealing, as the state wants to brush over the fact of lack of control and also places the aid agencies can go. Even if they now allows them full access. That is now impossible…

The snap-shot map of Tigray says it all. No matter what the PM says in his statement. The United Nations doesn’t have a reason to lie about this, but Abiy does… as he needs a better image of himself and his actions in office. His soon having a fake-election where most of his opposition is either behind bars, detained, killed or blocked from participating. That is the natural beauty of this postponed enterprise.

In this manner… Abiy and the Prosperity Party needs some flair to light up this fiasco. As the warfare in Tigray have backfired. His looking like a warlord. The PM is killing his own citizens. Using soldiers to participate in atrocities and war-crimes in the region. The Federal Government will blame and lie its TPLF fault. But how long can they be able to sell that story? As they are doing what they can to peddle the lies and try to deceive the international community.

The PP and Addis Ababa government wants the world to believe and smell roses. They wants it all to fine and dandy. While people are suffering. The army and allies are destroying a region, because they defied and didn’t follow the command of Abiy. That is why we are here and the constitutional dispute has become a giant worm that is destroying itself.

That is why Abiy needs the lies. Abiy needs the goodwill and look like a gentlemen. He don’t want to look like a warlord, even if his acts states so. That is why he needs … International Community to back his efforts and his government. Therefore, the picturesque catastrophe he has created in Tigray will haunt him. All the lives, massacres, rapes and other human rights violations will follow him. Just as aid agents and journalists have been killed there. But remember… these deaths will always be blamed on either the victim or TPLF. That is the game the state plays and how it will end.

Prime Minister Abiy and his office can promise and say they want all Tigray to get humanitarian access. However, the truth is far from it. The state doesn’t even have access or safe areas for it. That is because the warfare and the enemy they have created by going to war in early November. A war they had prepared in Amhara region and flown in troops to Eritrea to attack the region from two sides. While blaming TPLF for attacking the Northern Command, which was just the latest straw, but we are supposed to forget the troops movement, mechanical brigade and airlifting troops from Ethiopia to Eritrea in advance. Because that happens in no time. It takes time to move massive amounts of troops. Therefore, the Ethiopian-Eritrean war in Tigray was planned in advance and wasn’t an last attempt. Even if the state will claim so.. it doesn’t add up.

A warlord wants to be saved and get glory. A warlord wants to be legendary. His battles and the heads of his enemies as his trophies. He clearly aim at them all to be supreme in the election. That is all that’s into it. If he had nothing to hide. He wouldn’t have it like this and acted with such acts. However, he has and now he got to save face. Even though that will not work. When the truth differs from his reality. He wants the PR shots and Pressers. The PM wants the showers of praise and glory, but he will not take responsibility for all the lives his taken and going to take, just to prove a point in Tigray. Peace.