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Jawar is a big fat liar who would say just about anything change his stand and story a zillion times to create an Islamic state in Ethiopia

By Haile Tessema
Tigrai Online, August 14, 2018

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(Paraphrasing former Minnesota senator Al Franken’s bestselling book “Rush Limbaugh is a big fat liar”) 

It will take a psychic of the highest caliber to know where Jawar politically stands and what his real end goal is. It’s to be recalled that Jawar first appeared in the public arena as a young “brilliant analyst” of Ethiopian politics, and soon became the darling of Ethiopian opposition and the media in the diaspora.

Then, in the height of fame, came his infamous speech (caught on tape) that glamorized the slaughtering of non-Muslim minority Amhara Christians using ሜንጫ /machete/ which resulted in soured relations with the non-Oromo diaspora opposition. This incident paved the way for Jawar to become the political high priest / imam of Oromo uber alles.

However, with the death of PM Meles Zenawi; a sense of jubilation among the diaspora opposition and a smell of EPRDF’s eventual vulnerability, Jawar began to cozy up to Ethiopianist opposition groups, and started to loudly sing from the hymn book of democracy, equality and federalism. As a result, he was welcomed back to the fold.

Then, with the intention of catering to and attracting the support of the overall opposition diaspora, particularly Amhara, Jawar intensified his Nazi propogandist Joseph Gobbles’ type of misinformation not only against Woyane / TPLF, but also the people of Tigrai at large. Indeed, coming up with a Hagos vs. Tola political narrative, Jawar is one of the leading hatemongers to be credited with creating an image of Tigrai that is paved with gold and its people as manipulative economic oppressors.

All these, to a certain degree, could be taken as part and parcel of a propaganda battle in a time of political war. Yet, what makes Jawar’s behavior dubious is, even in the aftermath of victory, he is having difficulty leaving Woyane and Tigraians alone.

Fact is, as a student of political science, Jawar knows or ought to know that – similar to other African leaders – TPLFites had the option of holding onto power to the very end (with Mengistu’s notorious “አንድ ሰውና አንድ ጥይት እስኪቀር / until one man and one bullet remains kind of mindset).

After all, the security apparatus, soldiers, firearms, tanks and airpower command were at their fingertips. Instead, TPLF leaders caved in to the voice of the people, and ultimately relinquished power. In a healthy and progressive society, this would count for something and, if not high praise, a simple recognition of the fact would be in order.

Unfortunately, that is not the norm in the country’s backward culture of zero sum political game which Jawarism is proven to be part and parcel of. So, with a sense of victorious bravado and perhaps undying hate against Woyane and the people of Tigrai, Jawar preposterously claims to this very day that TPLF leaders were provided with a golden parachute for safe landing for which they should forever be indebted to the Jawar led movement called qeero.

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When he feels like it, Jawar brags how TPLF leaders are critically wounded, and confined to their elderly home or ICU in Mekelle. And then – when unfavorable incidents occur be it in Addis Ababa, Oromia or the Somali Region – he goes back to his old habit of accusing the same supposedly critically wounded TPLF leaders as authors and finishers of all chaos from the distance of their Mekelle home. Interestingly, no one holds him to account by asking him which is which.

Further, consistent in his tying all kinds of conspiracy theories to Tegaru – as recently as last week, for instance – he came up with the story that a lady monk with an alleged plan to assassinate PM Abiy was apparently apprehended inside Bole airport.

The problem with this picture is:

a) Shouldn’t it be law enforcement’s job to reveal this to the public in the first place?

b) How did the alleged monk make it through tight airport security (or is this another convenient strategy to plant doubt in the mind of the public so as to dismiss unwelcome airport security officers for their sheer ethnicity)?

c) Well, wanted to ask how come the identity of the assassination suspect is not revealed, and when she is going to appear in court. But this is a dangerous territory as a drama could be orchestrated for a woman – who has never even stepped foot at the airport, yet perfectly fits the ethnic bill – to be falsely accused, imprisoned and put through the court process.

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Meanwhile, Jawar is keen to creating a new image of himself as a moderate self-proclaimed “political scientist” with a mission to end the political crisis and the ethnic strife in the country. To that effect, he has made a 360-degree turn to now recognize that Tegaru in general haven’t been special beneficiaries of the system in the last 27 years. The question is, is this a case of finally seeing the light or just another typical ploy.

He also revealed his desire to serve as a mediator between the new kids on the federal political block and the TPLF leaders resigned to life in Tigrai. Yet – knowing his past, recent past and current flip-flopping – it’d be naïve bordering on political stupidity to take him at face value.

To sum up, it’s really hard to say if Jawar is:

a) An Islamic extremist hell-bent to play part in creating an Islamic state in Ethiopia;

b) A political mercenary paid by countries like Egypt to cause havoc in Ethiopia;

c) An Oromo separatist committed to building an independent Oromia;

d) An egomaniac puppet master who enjoys controlling political actors and manipulating the public;

e) A democrat who believes in the equality of people of all faiths and ethnic groups.

Indeed, no one knows for sure. But one thing that can be said without any shadow of doubt is: Jawar is a big fat liar who would say just about anything; change his stand and story a zillion times as he sees fit in order to have things his way for whatever objective and end goal only he knows what. And those who don’t know what he stands for yet provide him an arena to play his political game and cheer for him could be in for a big surprise or the shock of their lives.

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