I read Mr. Tamiru Ayele’s brief article “A Misunderstanding on Tecola’s book price,” posted in your Website on 19 February 2015. The brief article is full of demeaning and accusatory statements. Before accusing Prof Mekonnen for missing “the small print and some details,” Tamiru Ayele himself should have checked his odious misrepresentation about me writing the said book while I was an official of the “TPLF-led regime,” despite the fact Prof Mekonnen stated that the book is based on a seminar-lecture I conducted at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in 1997.
Tamiru Ayele wrote, “If Dr. Mekonnen had done more research, he would also have found one important fact that rare books, which the author wrote when he was an official of the TPLF-led regime, pricing is arbitrary. In fact, the book in question can illustrate this reality.” [emphasis mine]
The fact of the matter is that I resigned from the Ethiopian Government in 1993 having worked as a senior advisor for a little over a year and a half, and I left Ethiopia in 1993. I was a fellow at Harvard University Law School for two academic years 1993 to 1995. Starting from 1998 to date, for the last seventeen years, I have been teaching Philosophy and Composition Courses at a local college in Maryland. As an aside, let Tamiru Ayele and all others know that you are not heaping some special honor on me if you address me as “Prof Tecola W. Hagos,” which is how even the President of the college addresses me, which I see some of you choking over.
Abraha, although I appreciate your role as Editor, you should not have wasted space and time for such sophomoric writing that adds nothing to the mystery of the pricing of books of any kind. The price is still high, almost the same price only less by fifty dollars or so. I demand a public apology for misrepresentation and the innuendo from Tamiru Ayele and a solemn promise that he will not write about me or in reference to me ever again without first checking his facts.
Tecola W. Hagos