Ethiopia: But For “Sheer Lack of Better Alternatives?!”

Alemayehu G. Mariam

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In May 2015, I wrote a commentary entitled, “Why Is the T-TPLF Afraid of Its Own Shadow?

In that commentary,  I expressed puzzlement over the fact that  supporters  of  the Thugtatorship of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (T-TPLF) were telling me that T-TPLF leaders were scared _ _ _ _less in the run up to the “2015 Elektion”. I openly wondered:

Why they would tell me intimate details about fear and loathing in the T-TPLF camp is a mystery to me. Perhaps disinformation, I remind myself. But “they” know I am too damn jaded to be a sucker for disinformation. Why then would they “confide” in me? Frankly, I don’t know and don’t care to know.

It seems there is now a glint of the real sturm und drang  (turmoil and anxiety) in the T-TPLF camp.

Addis Fortune, touted to be the “largest English-language weekly” in Ethiopia, posted a curious piece in its September 7 “Column”.

I have followed Addis Fortune (AF) on line from time to time. I have found its analysis and op ed pieces uncannily well-informed despite attributions to enigmatic sources deep in the belly of the T-TPLF.  AF analyses are often cogently presented and their tone ranges from the from the openly censorious to the caviling. When it comes to the intrigues and monkey business of the T-TPLF, AF seems to be on the money most of the time.

I was prompted (more accurately impelled) to write this commentary by the last sentence in AF’s  September 7 “Column”:

There is nothing less than action from the EPRDFites under the chairmanship of Hailemariam Desalegn which can redeem the party’s old glory in the eyes of its core supporters – who appear to be drifting away from the Revolutionary Democrats but who have lost their way for sheer lack of better alternatives – and restore their faith, claims gossip. (Emphasis added.)

The essence of the AF “column”, based on an anonymous informant called “Gossip” (not clear if it is Mr. or Ms. Gossip), is that the EPRDF is in deep doodoo (poopoo).

(The EPDRF is the stage name/ nom de politique  of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), a brand the TPLF uses  to project a bogus image of a political coalition.  Imagine a coalition of hyenas with lambs.)

According to Mr./Ms. Gossip:

To read the rest of the commentary, CLICK HERE.


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