As much as I would like to avoid local media especially government media, I couldn’t get away from the recent, as Ethio-Zagol said it, “Lidetu’s third nonsense”. I hear Lidetu and his “deqe-mezmur” Mushe were given a large amount of airtime in the worthless government media with their recent “attention please, I am still alive” click, “the third alternative” which I am sure you already laughed about.
It’s not really funny but it tells me how far a human can just turn up side down with such so little period of time. I am glad I couldn’t witness the so predictable stupidity of these guys but neither could I just ignore what I hear/read about it. From an insane mind of one, I guess the only explanation for this “new”, yet another stupidity move is that he (Lidetu) just runs out of money he collected from the Ethiopian people in the good old times. I can’t say he’s not getting any fund otherwise but just not as much as he hoped to may be. This was just an official request to the ruling party to including him in its payroll. He said “we are facing severe financial problems, as you know parties depend on the contributions of their members, but now we will start to negotiate party financing with the government”. My God, why can’t he just ask for party membership under the EPRDF umbrella as ANDM, OPDO… ? I mean he’s not asking to represent opposition as he claims to anymore. He just said it loud that he wants to be one of those he claimed for sometime as murderers. In his interview sometime in July 2005 to The Reporter, Lidetu said “We are not fighting to get more seats but to make sure that the process is free, fair and democratic” and now he is telling us “members of the opposition refused to take seats in Parliament and to take over the Addis Ababa City Administration. Not only did we curb the passion for change that had grown in the public, but also took the democratization process back significantly”. Leaving aside the fact of the two statements, did that come out from a same person? Indeed some of us have short memory. I still remember how many cried when he wrote this letter at the eve of the June massacre and trying to get him out “safe” from his office and wonder what would he must be feeling comparing the then and now of himself (atleast the Lidetu he showed then and now to the public).
The very question I ask myself which I never got answer to is “was he really this same person he is now and was acting all along or did he change somewhere along the way?”
If yes to the earlier, I have no word but applaud him for such incapable capability as a human being. Again if yes to the later, is it really possible? Either ways, this should be a lesson to us. A lesson to our struggle. What’s happening back home let me saw what’s going on in diaspora. I never wanted to raise this issue but I’m just drugged in subconsciously after I saw this statement by KNA at the same moment I heard about Lidetu’s recent move. Do the already ousted, not elected, so called KNA really know what they are doing? Are they really doing what they are supposed to do or are blinded with ego and power? Frankly, I have stopped visiting the rubbish kinijit.org of their website long just like I did with local government media in Ethiopia.
I got this email which I kept without posting, hoping there was still room for a resolution and not to interfere. I am posting it now not only to show what the writer has to say but also to tell him he is wrong. He is wrong because of the naivety we all had there’s still a room for reconciliation. The Shaleqa (Yoseph) gang is showing us sign there’s no way it’s up to the struggle for Ethiopians’ freedom. It wouldn’t be long till we will have a chance to see “the third alternative” scene of this group. A little analogy of Lidetu and the Shaleqa gang;
Many praised Lidetu for his “long struggle” as an opposition and really saw what he was doing giving him a big respect. Some in the Shaleqa group are big human right activists for Ethiopia for long and many looked at them as their heroes and had big respect for them.
Lidetu gave an interview with Ethiopian Review claiming the “National Unity Government” proposal was not kinijit’s idea but Dr. Birhanu’s. The Shaleqa gang posted so many press releases claiming the proposal having a new international leadership did not come from qaliti but Andargache’s and Berhane’s idea.
When kinijit was in its way of unity and couldn’t get the power he craved for, Lidetu started dividing the party especially those in the UEDP-Medhin. When the Shaleqa gang know the public found out the idea of formation of KIL was really from qaliti and some couldn’t get the power they craved for, they started dividing the diaspora.
When Lidetu runs out of everything and got bankrupt, he refused to give the official stamp which was needed for the unified kinijit application to the election board as if it is his personal property. When the Shaleqa gang runs out of everything, they registered kinijit’s emblem, logo, name and all that at the Department as if it is their personal property.
Lidetu was busy dividing the party and doing all kind of things while our leaders were trying hard to see democracy comes to the Ethiopian people and avoiding all kinds of conflicts. The Shaleqa gang is busy writing/campaigning against those who are working hard to get our leaders out of prison and join the struggle in Ethiopia that they almost forgot why they are there in the first place and do not have a single thing to mention what they are doing to the struggle and freedom our leaders in prison.
Well, if you have a good look at the sequence things happened/are happening back home and in disapora by these two traitors respectively, like I said, it wouldn’t be long till we have our “third alternative” diaspora version.
Let’s wake up (if we are still sleeping) and go forward. I wish I never had to say anything about this issue which I am really really tired of and so must be you. It was not really something to talk about. It is something we all see and make our judgment. But the recent “trademark” issue was something I wanted to ignore and go on just like “the third alternative” stupidity which I couldn’t.
Update on the court:
The court seem to get tired of its ridiculous reasons for postponding every trial as it is getting more ridiculous and as funny as the treason and genocide charges.
Yesterday it was adjourned for a month long. By then it would be only a month to go to its summer break which they are craving for to come, which means we shouldn't be expecting anything new till the millenium (if at all there is going to be one).
The only "important" decision the court made was it allowed the leaders to meet together for half a day and discuss. It also ordered to get them the written charges, video "evidences" and other materials presented during the trial. The question is will the prison authorities, which usually do things their way, will facilitate this. If they feel like not doing it, the leaders will not have a chance to tell (atleast the world) that it didn't happen for about a month (next court schedule is June 1).