Tigrai Onlne - May 11, 2014
Eritrea wants to buy Ethiopian Electricity from Sudan and Washington freedom fighters ask freedom for Ethiopia from Obama. It is true "Enneaa gediffas Hatinneaa tinafiq" (Instead of her mother she misses her aunt".)
This week we probably witnessed the two hilarious jokes of the year 2014.
The first joke is related to Eritrea trying to buy electric power from the Sudan. The President-for-life of Eritrea, Isaias Afwerki is visiting Sudan. Most likely he is begging the President of Sudan who is in good terms with both Ethiopia and Eritrea to do another round of mediation attempt.
But the most funny, but true news is that the Eritrean regime is trying to buy electricity from Sudan. What is so funny about two countries doing business you might ask? There is absolutely nothing wrong about it. The only tiny problem is Sudan don’t produce enough electricity for itself. In fact, Ethiopia and Sudan finished building 321 kilometer transmission line connecting the two countries because Sudan will be buying 100 megawatts of electricity from Ethiopia.
Then how is Sudan selling electricity to Eritrea? That is the beauty and the irony of the matter because Eritrea is not buying Sudanese power it is indirectly buying Ethiopian electricity. What a joke!
After all it is not surprising the regime is buying Ethiopian electricity from a third party, since the war of Badme the Eritrean people have been buying Ethiopian goods like Berber, Taff, honey, sesame and many more consumer goods through Sudan and Yemen.
The second joke is even more bizarre because it involves those who profess to be Ethiopian freedom fighters. The Washington DC “Ethiopian Freedom Fighters” are so desperate for attention they will do anything and everything including shamelessly asking the President of United States of America for freedom for Ethiopia. What is it, now America is dishing out freedom to sovereign countries? What is the aim of interrupting and heckling the President to give Ethiopia “freedom”. As far as Ethiopians are concern we never begged any foreign power for our freedom. Even when we really need to be free we fought and got our own freedom ourselves.
President Barack Obama while delivering a speech at a Democratic National Committee event in California, was interrupted by a heckler yelling, "Freedom for Ethiopia! Freedom for Ethiopia!" and other gibberish. Even though the president tried to continue, the person continued forcing the president to address the heckler directly. In the video President Obama seemed disgusted by the disturbance but he responded "I agree with you, but why don't we talk about it later because I'm just about to finish!" Which made the audience laugh, but the Ethiopian so called freedom fighter said "I love you!" the president responded, "I love you back, You kinda screwed up my ending, but that's ok, and we have freedom of speech in this country..."
What was the point and purpose of this embarrassing event? Why dragging the Ethiopian name in mud in front of the whole world? Did the Ethiopian people benefit in anyway by this action? NO!
President Obama and the whole world know what is going on in Ethiopia. They have ambassadors, business people and other intelligence gathering people that would bring them accurate information about the country. Twenty five seconds yelling and screaming while people are making a speech does not really show any thing about Ethiopia. The only thing the second yelling did was produce a great deal of laugh in the audience. What a joke!