By Dilwenberu Nega
Tigrai Online, July 24, 2013
In a desperate attempt at damage limitation – following Awramba Times’ exposure of a telephone conversation between Birhanu Nega and his London agent, during which Birhanu revealed that ESAT is to get 50% from the USD 500.000 G7 is believed to have received from E&E Partnership (Egypt and Eritrea Partnership) - Birhanu used his speech at ESAT’s 3rd Anniversary on 4th July at the Double Tree by Hilton Silver Spring to calm growing public nerves amidst allegations of insensitivity and treason.
However, by the looks of it, the ferocity of public anger doesn’t seem to have subsided. As one ESAT devotee put it: “the Ethiopian Diaspora has now reached the end of the thither with Birhanu’s ticks and stratagems.”
The public’s anger is fully justified. True, we are not at war with either of the Es, despite overwhelming facts that the two Es are hell bent on destabilising Ethiopia. We, nonetheless, are in the midst of a life and death struggle with poverty. The least that is, therefore, expected from flag-waving ‘super-patriots’ would be for them to forgo their political differences and unite for the sake of the common good. The GERD is an eternal symbol of that common good. That is why all home-based opposition parties see eye-to-eye over the indispensability of the GERD not only with the ruling EPRDF, but with all Ethiopians who have today vowed “GERD or Nothing!” It is only G7 and ESAT which to this day have shown their antipathies and distastes, antagonism and opposition to the GERD.
To the best of my knowledge, Ginbot 7’s alibis for accepting cash for destabilising Ethiopia are two: the first, which came in the form of an editorial in Ginboat 7’s own website, after lambasting EPRDFites for “washing their eyes with salt” when accusing G7 for receiving grants from Ethiopia’s adversaries” and concludes on a poignant note: “we have not forgotten the fact that present-day leaders of Ethiopia were using Somalian Passports while Ethiopia was at war with Somalia.”
However, nothing can be more of a patent example of a pathetic alibi than this one. It’s neither here nor there. In the first instance, acquiring a Somalian Passport in order to facilitate the peoples’ struggle against a brutal military dictatorship is not the same as fighting a proxy war for Somalia. I am reminded here of a patriotic stand taken by TPLF’s leadership during the Ethiopia-Somalia war of 1978: out of its own volition, it declared a cease-fire for the duration of the war. Had the TPLF been greedy for power as G7 now is, it would have gone ahead and attack the Derg from the back, and by so doing would have translated into deeds Somalia’s irredentist ambition.
The second alibi flowed from Dr. Birhanu Nega, whose mouth has of late become an abode of lies and fabrications. At his ESAT’s 3rd Anniversary impromptu speech, he tried hard to convince us that there exists no direct link between funder and editorial board and editorial policy. I don’t know about you, but to me, I have never come across a university lecturer who churns out such irrational, unreasonable and nonsensical line of argument as Birhanu. He has, indeed, proved that he is a televisionary- as opposed to a visionary –leader of G7-ESAT.