The Blunders & Crimes of Isaias Afwerki (Part 1-5) Print E-mail
By Lieutenant Kidane - Oct 31, 2006   


My dear countrymen: lend me your ears and you eyes for a few minutes and try to learn from the unrecorded history of our revolution.

I have been following the blunders and crimes committed by Isaias Afwerki for the last thirty years. Like most Eritreans, I was considering him a revolutionary and a patriot and giving him credit he did not deserve. This is natural because in our culture a well done job is attributed to the leader or the helmsman. But it transpired at the end that our (reputed) helmsman finally turned to be the king without clothes.

The bad thing is there are still many of my compatriots that never understood the open secret that Isaias? political life did not depend on his merit but the collective skill and endeavors of his colleagues: the Martyred ones in the field and the G15 after Liberation.

Starting from the split of the EPLF in the seventies, Isaias never wanted to be the second man. Therefore, if you have a careful look, you can see the mysterious or suspicious disappearance or death of our brilliant comrades.

The death of Abraham Tewelde is a vivid example. After Isaias consolidated his power in the Selfi Netsanet, he saw that Mesfun Hagos was a contender since all the rank and file admired and loved him. He was, for your information, elected in both the Qedamay Wegen and Kal'ay Wegen. This was bitter pill to swallow for Isaias. Therefore, he knew that he should, by any means, lower that profile.

In between this, Mussie's group arrived to the field after hijacking an Ethiopian plane to Libya. Mussie Tesfamichael was a genius and a revolutionary of a classic type. He was the only person that opposed Isaias boldy, and some eyewitnesses tell you that Isaias shrinked and was shy in front of him. All prominent intellectuals who later became members of the central committee of the EPLF supported the movement and Isaias was helpless.

But by combining a Stalinist cruelty and Machiavellian political cunning, he discredited the glorious movement by putting a traitor's tag on the revolutionaries. Out of fear or opportunism all those that tried to lift Mussie's banner were beaten by the same fashion. The sad thing is that Isaias, in stark defiance, was able to do this technique repeatedly.

The liquidation of the Yemin [?rightwingers?] as compared to the Menka'es [?leftwingers?] is so blatant that even an explanation was not given. Shame on those that were able to stop it on time. As the saying goes, "A revolution eats its children" and they were to be hoisted by the same petard. Id shenahit tsenahit iyu eti neger.

Look at our history:

Isaias destroyed the Menka'e (left wing) with the help of the Yemin (right wing);

Isaias destroyed the Yemin with the help of the G15 (members of the Central committee).

Isaias destroyed the G15 with the help of the would-be-G20, or the Gang of Generals. And yet, no one really understands.

The systematic liquidation of any contender to power is a purely Stalinist method. Without going into the details, Stalin used Berya as his henchman and finally destroyed him.

To be continued?



Stalin used Lavrenta Berya Berya (A Ukrainian by birth if I am not mistaken) as his henchman and liquidated prominent leaders in the party and great generals in the Army. Finally Stalin destroyed Berya with the weapon he polished himself for long years.

Isaias has been using this system ever after he came to power in the Hizbawi Haylitat [People?s Force.] He uses the dynamic persons or key figures for a certain period of time. The moment they start to grumble about the situation, he removes them from power unceremoniously (midiskal or ?freezing?.)   If they seem to be dangerous and a threat to his power, he tarnishes them as traitors and imprisons them.

Currently he is grooming Tekle Manjus, Affan and others by discarding the G-20 (the corrupt generals) which he used to destroy the G-15 (the central committee members he had used to destroy Yemeen and Menkae.) Filipos, Samuel China, Tewil and even the bull Wuchu will soon be powerless. 

The problem with the poor fellows (forget the ministers) around the president is that they never understand history. Sebhat Efrem is an outright opportunist that betrayed the G15; Samuel China is Sebhat's follower, for he was the one that brought him to such a lofty position which in fact he never deserved.

Filipos trusted Mesfun Hagos but not enough to talk his mind; he wasn?t bold enough. Umer Tewil is a hedonist and is nowhere in the picture. Wuchu knows only implementing military orders. In general all these persons have become career people and never care about the livelihood of their soldiers or the plight of the masses. All the principles and slogans of the liberation movement have become forgotten in the dusty memory of the Generals. Gone are those days. 

In 1986, in the halefatat seminars, [a special purging campaign against what Isaias then called the Three Privileges of corruption] Isaias told EPLF combatants in the trenches, "You should be aware of your leaders as of now.  Because, unless you struggle for your rights now, after the liberation of Eritrea, these same people will spit upon you from palaces in Asmara. Therefore you should be bold enough to speak out and criticize them now." Of course the combatants were afraid and retorted by saying, "If we speak out now, we will suffer the consequences immediately after you leave this place," and Isaias replied, "Ajokatkum xnxya aynekum zenfirelkum yelen" [Fear not! Nobody will dare touch you.]

What happened next some think it is Isaias prophesy being fulfilled, but in actual fact,it was the combatants prophesy fulfilled.  Because the masses became confident and talked and talked disclosing the corruption that was rampant in the trenches and the Offices of the Battalion, Brigade, and Division. A typical example was Filipos?s Division. When every one criticized him, Isaias insulted and scolded him as a Seraqi [thief] and Metefafi'e [a chieat.] On the third day, those combatants that talked their mind began to be demoted and downgraded. Of course some were successful in reaching Anberbeb Wetehaderawi biet xhfet [military office], whose chief then was Asmerom Gherezghiher and transferred to other Units.

Now Isaias will never hold such meetings because he is afraid he will be punished by severe criticism of the combatants and he knows that he will lose the loyalty of the corrupted generals.

The main concern of these generals now is their land cruisers; that the diesel shortage does not affect them because their children will be late for school and, finally, the gardens in their villas. The villas for which they don't have ownership title "libreto" and for which they never paid rent.  Some time ago, some generals were sitting at the house of a veteran who had passed a way, paying their condolences.  All of a sudden General Wuchu said,"Ente vila tewahibna alena nay dahray gn endi'e" [Villas we have been granted; what happens next, who knows?] and laughed uproariously.  

As for Asmerom Gherezghiher, now Brigadier General, and the Chief Financial Officer of the Eritrean Defense Forces, he has been on deterioration path since the 1st organizational congress of the EPLF, when he attended as one of the leaders of Shewate Hade.  He was a selfless person of peasant origin and always sided with the masses but now, like everybody else, he is totally compromised.

My compatriots! What does one await from such people? They are afraid not to be imprisoned while they are under prison; they are afraid to die while they are already dead. They are in prison because they don?t ever get out of Eritrea and are in a fence without barbed wire. They are dead because they can never talk their mind but only gossip and say, "Ezi Seb'ai texelilu iyu ymesleni! Entay iyu zegebir zelo?" [The man has lost his mind! What is he doing?] If someone can't talk his mind or if his conscience is blaming him and he is afraid to take a principled action, then he is dead.

On the opposite, those that are in prison are free for they talked their mind and are still free to talk.  But on the other hand, the families of the imprisoned are the ones who actually pay the price because they can?t ask the whereabouts of their brothers or children or fathers.

To be continued.


Isaias vs Isaias: the Puritan vs the Lustful

Starting from the field, Isaias always kept a low profile. This was a deliberate and a well-planned means to mystify him and increase his popularity and he capitalized on it to the maximum. He portrayed an image of a puritan and an exemplary and selfless Marxist. It worked marvelously: "Don't you know that Isaias carries sacks of wedi Aker [lentils] with his staff? He is so selfless and workaholic that he eats only once a day but drinks a lot of coffee so that he could work for a minimum of 18-20 hours. Unlike Mugabe and Museveni, he even washes his clothes himself, and carries water from the well and does his chores in the migibina?? The wudasie mariam [excessive praise] of his cronies are endless. 

But secrets get out slowly. The fitewrari that were with him were not all of them foolish after all. There were some who were watching all his movements suspiciously and were smart enough not to be tantalized by his affection or their position with the helmsman in Anberbeb. They finally knew that the man was not as they guessed, the Che Guevara of Eritrea, but a second rate revolutionary. 

Let us look at the events closely.

While the other members of the Central committee and Politburo were marrying and remarrying, drinking and having fun with their comrades, Isaias did not marry and did not join in late night drinks of dimu dimu [moonshine.] The poor Tegadelti including myself were saying that Isaias will not marry, because "Abey kerkibelu ilkayo miskinay! Bsrah Libu tefi'uwo zelo!" [when will he ever find the time to marry; he is so overworked!]

But around 1984-85 there were leaks about his marriage. People were saying that Tewil has finally married, but unlike the others he married Saba a member of his staff in an almost invisible ceremony. "Aye seb'ai, Beqa neza mesri'e xewi'e abilu, 'Belu lomi ms bxeyti Saba qal kidan ne'aser alena,' iluwom. Hoy hoy yele dewsha yele abalatu tray xewi'u ba'elatom sewa xemiqom be xebhi ades ahlifuwo mera'u" Tebahilu." But secrets can not be kept long and people are not as dull as they seem. The facts as told by eyewitnesses are as follows.

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After his marriage he went to Somalia twice and committed a scandal on both occasions. The woman in Mogadishu was the concubine of a well-to-do Somali, but our helmsman nevertheless wanted to have her. There was disturbance and scuffle until hajji Saleh settled the matter. This action was repeated by our reputed leader in his second leg. This happened circa 1986-87. Therefore, while in Sahel, the difference between Isaias and his colleagues was that they were doing these things openly; he did it secretly at least for the time being.  I should add here that there were some who had a clean record.  

After the liberation of Eritrea, people began to talk about the social behavior of Eritrean ministers. While the man was, as usual keeping, a low profile and abstaining from public liquor houses, the others were normally mingling with the populace. Of course some of them were going astray and needed some castigation. Anyhow, this was working for the benefit of Isaias because he wants something that he can exploit. These and other questions were asked at the then fashionable Bahti Meskerem, "Rikib Hizbin presidenten."[annual town hall meetings with the president.]

The man answered that it is high time for the government to introduce a code of conduct for senior government officials, ministers etc. But he never did anything of that sort. Because by not doing so, he kills two birds with one stone. First, he will always have the chance to exploit the mistakes of his colleagues (their excesses, if any); secondly, if he introduces a law concerning the code of conduct, it will be difficult for him to be the Gringo of the Expo at a later date. In short he will be accountable to the law.

True to his character, Isaias started to dine and wine after the incarceration of the G15. After 18/09/01, there was no one of significant caliber who could challenge him. Therefore, the all night dances and brawls became common. Isaias practically became the squad leader of the Asmara youth in the nightclubs. Ab leytawi tlhit zerekbuwo Deqi asmera ?merah mesri'ena? ybluwo neyrom. [In the nightclubs, the kids used to call him ?our squad leader.?] Now lets look at some of the samples. 

  • About four years years ago, while Isaias was high and dancing with a certain lady at the Shamrock nightclub, he lost his special (global) mobile phone. The moment he was aware it is not with him, he started roaring like a lion and the security began harassing the clients of Shamrock in a gestapo fashion. Everybody was locked and the searching started. Of course, the people in the hall were afraid that they might either be killed or dragged to the police station. Finally, to the delight of everyone, the set was found in a corner inside the hall. The man was simply drunk and never knew were he put it.

  • Around the same time he was dancing as a clock at his house, the Shamrock. In the midst of this he saw a gorgeous lady dancing with a man. He wanted to have the lady, which he considered glamorous and probably husband-less. He gave a tip to his security and the dogs began to snarl at the man who was with the lady and overpowered him in no time. The poor lady never knew what happened until she found herself with our great hero Isaias in a room with a bed. She was shocked at his approach and told him, "How can you do such thing to me?  Don't you really know that I am the wife of [so and so]!!" He replied that he did not know and let her go her way. The woman was really the wife of an acquaintance of him, though Isaias never cared about friends or comrades in arms.       

  • While he was visiting Europe on organizational or governmental affair, there were the always obedient sycophants and boot-lickers who provided him with choice ladies.  This happens on every visit. The hafash widibat deqi anistiyo in Europe were afraid for the life of their (beloved) president and tried to do something to protect him. Since they don't have access to him or his office, one of them was chosen to ring the bell by any means. When this certain lady came to Eritrea, she contacted a general who was her relative and told him the following information. "This is a strictly confidential message of high importance and you should promise that you will transfer it to the concerned authority. Our leader, as any man, can have an affair with any lady he chooses, but he is making love to ladies who are street girls and yet without a condom. We are afraid he could contact the virus. Please try to give him your council, otherwise we will lose him." The woman was speaking earnestly and out of concern for the life of an indispensable and charismatic leader, a Kim IL Sung or a Castro. But unless he was in a hurry to lose his job, the General could never tell him so. But the story was circulated in high circles during late night hours.

  • There is general information in Asmara that when the man meets ladies he never uses condoms. Another Jacob Zuma. But no one has the power to bring him to justice. Jacob's crime was on sexual matters,... Isaias's crime is something that deserves more than mere capital punishment.    

These are some of the examples on the conduct and behavior of our great president which some people glorify and consider like a smaller saint. The message is: He is a drunkard, an impostor and a sexaholic.   

To be continued


Killing Out Of Fear 

While in the field Isaias liquidated countless innocent and brilliant comrades. One may ask Why? Because Isaias never wants the brilliant and the dynamic near him for long: he uses them for a certain period of time and discards them either by liquidation or midiskal [freezing.] This was the case with ?Menka?e?, who included Mussie, John, Tewelde Eyob, Tesfaselassie, Bxay Goitom, etc and ?Yemeen,? [so called right-wingers] like Haile Jebha, Mehari Ghirmatxion, Wedi Semere, Wedi Arbae?ete. The list is endless, the list is long, they were liquidated for no reason unceremoniously. Nobody (including the G15 of course) helped them. People can be incarcerated if they commit a crime and can even given capital punishment. But these people never happened to kill or try to kill others, even the dictator himself. Their only aim was to be elected in the organizational congress and introduce democracy in the autocratic clique. Isaias was not confident that he could win a majority and found it easier to liquidate them as Menka'e and Yemeen (right wingers).

Isaias is the cruelest of all because he kills out of fear and is accountable for the death of countless intellectuals and revolutionaries. This did not stop after liberation.

A "Family Affair"

After liberation, thinking we have a free Eritrea, some of the novices (recruits of 1988-1990) demanded that they get paid and temporarily occupied the airport, the bank etc. Seeing that the situation was out of his hand, the man was nervous and he capitulated when ordered to go to the stadium. In the stadium, he was asked so many questions which he couldn't answer and when someone told him that he is living comfortably while the tegadelti [combatants] are living in the cold, he became very nervous. Isaias is always nervous whenever he hears the truth. Haqi kesemi'e kelo xehay kem zeharemo lekay cha'e cha'e iyu zibil. Finally, he reluctantly agreed for the payment of salary to the fighters. 

A week later, when asked about the uprising on TV, he belittled it by saying Na'ebi zeykone nay sidra biet guday iyu eti neger [this is not an uprising but a family affair] and that he would have even reacted the way they did if he had been in their place.

Exactly two months later, he gave an order that the ones who instigated the uprising (the novices) were to be demobilized and any veteran who was remotely connected with the issue (and even those with no connection but were not well liked) should be given long prison sentences as a lesson to would-be-mutineers.

It is a very sad story. Most of those that were imprisoned were only trying to protect government property and were monitoring the uprising from a distance. Of course, like any Tegadalay, they may have been fed up with the system and the man, but they never joined hands with the new recruits.

These veteran fighters were picked one by one, some on personal grudges and some on old vendettas and were taken to Dongolo. From Dongolo they were taken to Adiquala and were imprisoned with drug traffickers, robbers, outlaws, Isepas [members of the defeated Ethiopian Derg party], and murderers.

After a few months these innocent fighters asked for due process of law. This happened to be the Achilles heel of our man Isaias. He never wanted due process of law. He is the law. The information was presented to him and he boasted that he would teach them what ?due process of law? meant to him. Naizghi Kiflu, who was then deputy minister of security,  Afewerki Yemane, who was then and still is with the fluy bet firdi [special court], and a third man from the military were sent to Adiquala. 

The ?due process? was simple and short. A circle was drawn in the floor and the ?Na?ebegna? [?mutineer?] was told to stand in the middle of the circle.  He then was read his sentence, by one of the three ?judges.? "The accused so and so, your sentence should have been the death penalty, but taking into consideration your service in the field, we are showing you leniency and you will be imprisoned for 15 years, 14, years, 13, 12, 10,  8,  5, years etc.? Some of the victims collapsed; some queried, ?Do you mean 15 months??  

And so it ended in such a horrifying and cruel way. According to the sentences, some are still in prison. Mind you, a noble fighter spends his youth in the field bleeding and dying for the liberation of a nation and for a trivial action, if any at all, he spends his precious life in prison. Nothing is more tragic than such a fascist action. The problem is, there are people who still never know that there are fighters in prison because they demanded their pay. Look, my fellow countrymen, these are the leaders our revolution produced. These are the people who imprison their citizens for ?family affairs.? These are the leaders that sentence people for long prison terms for the simple reason that they differed in their opinion. More is to come; just wait.   

Killing Unarmed and Disabled Fighters

In 1994, the disabled fighters were all taken to Mai Habar hostel. The place was in very bad condition--without toilets, unhygienic conditions, inadequate houses, (tents only) etc. The fighters asked to be moved to a better place but nobody cared to respond to their plea. They were discarded as banana peels. Finally, they decided to go to Asmara on foot and present their case to the UN and the US embassy. 

For a government like the one in the State of Eritrea, this action cannot be tolerated. It was tantamount to defection and being a fifth columnist. The man sent his commando and the brutal army fired at the unarmed and disabled fighters just before they reached Seidici and killed and injured a dozen of them. No body ever talked and asked about the tragic incident. News trickled after days but people could only say "What a cruel a government! This is like the hyena eating its body, this is horrendous." Etc.

Isaias prefers to talk only about his successes and never wants undesirable questions like, ?Who gave the order to shoot??  But on one occasion, when he held a meeting for the disabled, as if he had not said "Hluwat swuatna" on a different occasion, he told them, to their face, "Sinkulan xegibkum alekum, mengisti entay zeygeberelkum delikum?" [?You disabled have been spoiled.  What more do you want the government to do for you??]The man is notorious for his acrobatic skill. Today something; tomorrow a completely different thing. The disabled fighters are known for their boldness but at this particular meeting they were as meek as  sheep. 

To this day, there are several unanswered questions. Who gave the shoot to kill order? Was it necessary to shoot? Wasn?t stopping or blocking them enough? Who is accountable for the dead and injured? Can anyone not demonstrate for his rights? Is this what the Eritrean people fought for?

Claiming to be a benevolent leader in the mass media is cheating the people. Remember the Martyrs and the disabled whenever you hear Isaias speak as a noble leader. How long does one wait for such a megalomaniac leader!? He is living at the expense of the Eritrean masses. His sole aim is his power and his survival. The atrocities Isaias committed are so many but let me end here for now.

To be continued?


A Liar & A Thug

Isaias's lies are countless. Starting from Sahel, he has been telling a lot of lies and, as a byproduct, endless conspiracies against his "comrade in arms."  The problem is that he never wants to be criticized for his blunders or crimes. He always wants a scapegoat. He lies and tries to provide a different image. In the Sahel days, the Tegadelti and hizbi could never consider a "charismatic leader" like Isaias to make a mistake. Therefore, they either bypassed it or danced to his tune. It was sheer hypocrisy, just pretending the man is right.   But now everybody knows: everybody knows the blunders and the crimes Isaias has committed and is committing but it is like the gathering of the mice when they wanted to tie a bell to the cat.  None is bold enough to speak openly.

The End Of Presidential Town Hall Meetings:

It used to be fashionable to have rikib president ms hzbi [presidential town hall meetings.]  But those have now been abandoned after it became clear to Isaias that he is no longer the relatively "respected president". He fears that if he held such an open meeting with the people, he will face more challenging questions.   

But when the meetings were held, Isaias had a style of answering them slowly, then getting himself angry and using vulgar and inappropriate language.

I remember that in one of the earlier ones, elderly people asked the man about the fluy biet frdi [special court.] A certain man asked the following question: "It was said that the fluy biet frdi's verdicts will be announced and everything will be transparent.."  The thug started answering in a lukewarm way at the beginning but step by step he became angry and ended it  in the following manner:

?Fluy biet Frdi was established to facilitate the process of the cases and the delay in the civilian courts, and it is doing its job properly. Is there any problem if it has not announced its verdicts or are there suspicious signals? It is only because accountability is the order of the day that the Fluy bet frdi is functioning. The tegadelti [combatants] that have been sentenced are people with great contribution. You simply want publicity because you want to say, ?enhelka yehalif eti seraqi? [there goes the thief], or you wanted to know how someone stole how much money using what technique etc."  

A head of state doesn't hold a meeting of Abeyti Adi [town elders] and scold them in such a manner. This is the behavior of thugs and bullies.

In this same occasion, another man asked him, ?We heard the closure of the Asab refinery through the foreign media.  Would it not have been better if our Ministry of Information disseminated the information?" The man was angry as usual and retorted by saying, "Nhna nay were amel yebilnan, nhizbi zedliyon zeyedlyon nefelt ina, slezi ab trgum zeyblu zena entetezarebna waga yeblun."  [We are not in the habit of passing on chitchat; we know what the people need; it is pointless to talk about subjects that are not relevant.] All of a sudden he changed his tone and said, "Bun enaweQetkum ketewriyu entedelikum eti were ba'elu kemexekum iyu aytisekefu." [if all you need is something to talk about while grinding your coffee, the news will find itself to you.]

There was a hush in the hall. People never expected such vulgar words from a "president" and the fashionable rikib hizbi ms president became final.

The Media & The Issue Of Corruption

Prior to the Woyane offensive (sorry for the lack of precise date), Asmerom Habtemariam was asking his Excellency the president a question. He started by saying, "Qdmi hji kemzi ilka nierka , slezi mszi nay lomi.." [In the past, you had said this, but considering what you are saying now?] Instantly the man became angry and said, "abbey? meas?.."  [where? When?] The issue was forgotten as if there was no a question. After all someone has to save his skin.

Now if Isaias wants something to be drummed in the news, he makes an interview with our "reputed" TV.  And the interview is broadcast for weeks in different languages.  It is as if a panacea has arrived from heaven. In no time, people, and specifically the sycophants, start reiterating his invented words and phrases, Anxar blshiwina kunatn jemirna alena etc [we are waging war against corruption.] 

In the period just before the referendum and the uprising by soldiers, Isaias held a meeting of EPLF cadres. The agenda was "no payment for fighters and blshwina ab tegadelti [corruption among combatants]. In fact, the second topic was not an agenda item but it happened that Isaias needed it anyhow because he wanted to justify requiring combatants to work without payment. Anyhow, he started by claiming that certain tegadelti have become involved in embezzlement and corruption. He talked a great deal on the meaning of corruption and its different facets. He even said that if someone brings you an item as goodwill, it is categorized as corruption; a gift is a type of corruption.

The strange thing was the tegadelti who were in detention on charges of corruption still did not face the court. It is wrong to talk about a case before the case is finalized in a court. He was biasing the courts to penalize the fighters to the maximum. It was a massive moral punishment for the fighters in detention. The thug decided their case at Cinema Capitol before a court could see the case and give its verdict. It was a painful experience to the concerned fighters and their kinsmen. As a conclusion, or meragodi as he says, he told the audience, "gele tegadelti qenat adi'om fetihom seldi zeserqu zneberu mkwanom knfelit alena." [We should know that some of the combatants had a history of snatching money from the purses of their mothers.]

It is a shame for a president to tarnish the glorious fighters in such a manner. Those people who took some coins from their mothers could number one in a thousand.  Moreover, during childhood so many things are done. There are many anecdotes concerning his childhood behavior, such as, Ezi'a dukay iya tesi'uley enabelka behwatka mshgarn mhramn [fighting with your siblings because they are sitting on a chair you claim as yours.] 

But the point is this: the ?corruption? charges and penalties are not uniformly applied.

During the good old days, someone wrote an article in Txigenay or Setit [private newspapers that have since been closed], I am not sure which one, which included the following story. Since the story is very long I will concentrate on the relevant issue only.

When the 09 members [09 is code name for Red Sea Trading Corporation, a party-owned company] were asked if they were giving gifts to government dignitaries, they answered yes. And this information was passed to the man on how to handle the case. He answered, "Everyone should pay the cost of the gifts from his salary." But when the investigators found out that the 09 had also given Isaias a 32 inch TV, Xa'eda taf [premium flour] and Tesmi [butter] etc, the issue was hushed as if it never happened. Prior to this, he received two cars as gifts: one from the Emir of Qatar and another from another Middle East sheik. Is this not corruption according to Isaias's dictionary? As the saying goes, ba'elika zeseberkaya xahli, haxibka kem zeqemetkaya." iyu eti neger [if you break your own plate, then (as far as accountability is concerned) the act of breaking it is no different than the act of cleaning and placing it on the cupboard.]

As I mentioned in an earlier edition, Isaias is the super acrobatist or Eti hiluf misluy in Tigrigna. The only problem is we have not found a child that could disclose his nudity. I mean like the child who said, "The emperor has no clothes."

We Eritreans are now almost free to gossip and talk our mind with each other in a confidential manner. We are openly talking about the shortages of fuel (kerosene), bread, cooking gas etc. When we are fed with the daily broadcasts of Darfur, East Sudan peace deal, Somalia, Oromia etc, we openly say that these issues are none of our concern etc. We are fed up with the year-in year-out presidential speech of Tilul kramat [a showery rainy season] and "Bzuh serihnakwa entekonna, kemti zidle kem zeykone yridana iyu..." [We understand although we have achieved much, it is not adequate.]

The problem is that we are not bold enough to talk when we have a meeting of the mimihidarat [administration.] In such a situation, Isaias lies as he pleases and his cohorts monitor the people for any "illegal" action or talk. 

We need change.

Last Updated ( Nov 12, 2006 )
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