By Robele Ababya, 23 October 2009 — I normally say thank you in response even to insulting comments on my articles. But this time, in the interest of throwing light on the evil design of the repressive Ethiopian ruling regime to close the political space and declare its victory in an already won election in 2010, I thought it would be wise bringing the following two revealing messages sent to me by one Hammer Robinson regarding my article entitled “Issues at this critical moment of last phase of showdown with TPLF” posted on democratic websites. Readers will note that my name is also spelt Rubella in the messages. Rubella means a contagious childhood disease. It pleased Hammer to misspell my name deliberately. I dismissed similar insults in the past by simply saying “Thank you for your medal of honor” in my responses to Hammer.
I have notified Hammer that I will display the messages in my ensuing article, but got no response.
It appears that Hammer is a member of the inner circle of tyrant Meles as readers will judge from the two messages quoted below:
Quote On Fri, 10/16/09, Harmmer Robinson wrote:
From: Harmmer Robinson
Subject: What about this?
Date: Friday, October 16, 2009, 11:11 AM
You came with another ridiculous, stale article. 1)The woman you talk about is a legal prisoner. She is just serving her life sentence caused by her denyal that she did ask for a pardon. 2) Meles is a highly philosophical thinker who surpasses you and your likes in any worldly spheres. He is much intelligent than you old donkey who claim to have degrees and PhDs.Look! No Afrcan leader has been picked to represent the second largest continent on Earth- Africa. He will be in Copenhagen to give you another head ache. If you go there to shout with your kids, you will meet him there. 3) UDJ? This organ is dead before it is born. You do not see what wrangle they are graped with, a national organ messing with sessesionist folks.4) Medrek? you will see what will happen to you Medrek soon. They a bunch of oldies who met at a cross read on their way to hell. You will see on the fate of Kinijit. 5) Your Gibot7? This is a terroris group that is being hanted on daily basis by the Ethiopian security forces. You must be an old Jilajil to think Gimbot7 is weighty. How can you trust a terror bunch that sells a patriotism paper for 500 buck but eventually fails bitterly?
6) With my colleagues we will knock at embassy doors? Have you not been doing this for almost two decades? What do you think will come out of an old, desperate man’s knock at every country’s embassy door?
The rap up is you losers are completely comical figures. Mind you sooner or later the last call of nature will come upon each one of you. Is it not a curse for one to day without doing an iota of good thing to this poor county and its peple? You shoud be ashamed of every deed of yours, you old jackals.
Bye and hope this will do for today. Unquote
My reaction to Message I
The woman Hammer referred to is none other than the charismatic leader Bertukan Midekssa. Readers will recall that tyrant Meles angrily called Birtukan “that woman” when he was confronted with questions by international journalists in a news conference about her imprisonment at a press conference. It seems that in the Animal Farm of thugs run by tyrant Meles, “That woman” is a code word for the Leader of Andinet that he cruelly jailed. One wonders how close Hammer to Meles is.
Mengistu Hailemariam in his heyday publicly equated one Derg member equal to ten (10) PhD holders. Only God can fathom how he derived his ridiculous equation, but what the heck. Gun-reliant dictators can say or do anything in public with impunity. All dictators are alike in the metrics of their stupidity and fear of intellectuals. Therefore they leave no stone unturned in demoralizing and humiliating the educated class and encourage the exodus of this class. Meles and Mengistu are guilty of this heinous crime of depriving the country of her qualified manpower.
Hammer went further than Mengistu by stating that “Meles is a highly philosophical thinker who surpasses you and your likes in any worldly spheres. He is much intelligent than you old donkey who claim to have degrees and PhDs. Look! No Afrcan leader has been picked to represent the second largest continent on Earth- Africa”. Emphasis added.
Oh! Hammer is merely recycling the mantra all too familiar in the Animal Farm of George Orwell. What else can one say about this person echoing Azeb who had reportedly said that her husband can be employed anywhere in the world at lucrative remunerations! Is it possible that Hammer is a penname for Azeb?
It looks like Hammer is as close to Meles as Squealer was to Napoleon in Animal Farm of George Orwell’s Novella.
According to Hammer: 1) UDJ is an organ“ dead before it is born”; it is a “national organ messing with secessionist folks”; 2) we will what will happen to Medrek soon – the bunch “of oldies who met at a cross read [road] on their way to hell”; 3) Gibot7 “ is a terrorist group that is being hunted on daily basis by the Ethiopian security forces. You must be an old Jilajil to think Gimbot7 is weighty. How can you trust a terror bunch that sells a patriotism paper for 500 buck but eventually fails bitterly?”
In short the father of all terrorism who had sold all vital national interests and sunk the region into deep abyss of instability is accusing other patriots. As the old Ethiopian adage goes: “Ye leba ayne derek meleso lib yadrek” – roughly translates to “a shameless thief is a stubborn irritant”. In Oromiffa it roughly means “Hatun inkanoftu debiftate gara nama gubdi”
I leave the rest to entities named in the Message I.
My reaction to Message II
Hammer confirms knowing Gebremedhin Araya for they “were together in the field for quite a long time” and derisively characterizes him as one who was and still is “the only jilajil, blockhead person born in the land of Tigray”. Emphasis added. This is racism of the highest order. Ordinary members of TPLF as good Ethiopians should dissociate themselves from dehumanizing characterization of this magnitude.
The remark that Ato Gebremedhin was fetching eight jerrycans of water every day is an insult to the sanctity of work ordained by God and celebrated by atheists including Karl Marx.
I knew and greatly admired Ato Gebremedin for his patriotism, integrity and intense love for Ethiopia. I also knew his wife named Ethiopia. Both were hunted down and made to suffer in a foreign land by TPLF henchmen.
I very highly commend Ato Gebremedhin for his courageous revelation of cruelly exorbitant life style of the upper echelon in the MLLT structure right from its evil formation. They committed the most inhuman and despicable crime of stealing donor funds meant for the famine-victims of Tigray and enriching themselves.
The rest is like I said before “Ye leba ayne derek meleso lib yadrek”. The Almighty God knows that it is TPLF that is responsible for gross violation of human rights including genocide, war crimes, and heinous crimes against humanity committed in full view of the international community.
The disclosure by Ato Guebremedhin of the inner ugly world of his former party serves as irrefutable evidence that the TPLF regime was, is now, and will remain an entity under the control of professional thugs. Donors of the Western democracies should therefore repent the colossal and immoral mistakes of the past and stop direct financial assistance to the repressive regime of Meles. They should not waste taxpayers’ money of their respective countries to nourish a bunch of gangs destabilizing Ethiopia and the entire region of the Horn of Africa.
There is no doubt that Hammer is someone very close to Meles as readers may conclude from contents of Message I and Message II. Predators of democracy are at work determined to destroy opposition parties by all means including labeling them ‘terrorists’ in order to continue milking the cash cows of Western donors as well as secure all round support.
Opposition entities named in the first Message should be alert to the vicious design of Meles and cohorts to divide them along ethnic lines in order to weaken and hunt them for elimination. Every wicked deed is doable by the thugs in Arat Kilo.
Medrek has come a long way in bridging the gap separating its eight constituent groups. It should move fast to dispel the perception that its groups are strange bedfellows. I know it is difficult to shed the ethnic label immediately, but no mistake Meles will use it as a deadly weapon in his favor.
As the saying in Amharic goes: “Le beleh aynegrum, le anbessa ayemetrum”- which roughly translates to “offering advice to the wise is as needless as cutting meat for the lion”. In Oromiffa it translates: “Beka ingorsani, ambassafi fon inmurani”.
I thank readers for their patience.
Release Birtukan and all political prisoners in Ethiopia!
LONG LIVE ETHIOPIA!!!
Robele Ababya can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org