logo Tigrai Online

Team Lemma’s Plan B and Precautions for Monday’s EPRDF Meeting

By Yene Gasha
Tigrai Online, April 13, 2019

The answer from Tigrai must be an emphatic NO
The answer from Tigrai must be an emphatic NO to .

In the latest ploy to maintain grip on power, the Ethiopian government has arrested 60 top officials from various agencies.  We must all ask why these token arrests are being made now – months after selective arrests, firings and persecutions of Tigreans?

Here’s the thing.  Clearly, Team Lemma and their foreign masters’ original plan of targeting TPLF leaders and the Tigray’s political class to consolidate power and remake Ethiopia according to the instructions of foreign puppeteers has not worked.  TPLF refused to hand over leaders like Getachew Assefa and others arguing that the campaign was nothing more than a selective and politically motivated witch hunt specifically designed to eventually subdue and subjugate the people of Tigray as a whole.

Since the plan of eliminating TPLF and the Tigrean elite has not worked, they are now scheming to entrap Tigray and its leaders once more.  Months after the arrests of General Kinfe (Head of METEC) and other prominent Tigreans like Essayas Dagnew (former COO of Ethio Telecom) and Biniam Tewolde (former INSA Deputy Director), Team Lemma appears to have just adopted a new strategy hoping to politically corner TPLF and the government of Tigray, to force them to hand over former top EPRDF officials currently residing in Tigray. Presumably, if the Tigray government refuses, they could face political consequences.This is necessary because it’s perceived that these old guards have made it impossible to sell the country to the highest foreign bidders and that the Team Lemma is seen by everyone as simply weak. They therefore want to flex their muscles to prove to their masters that they still have the upper hand.

The answer from Tigray must be an emphatic NO. Nobody should buy these disingenuous maneuvers ahead of Monday’s EPRDF emergency meeting as genuine effort to target corruption.  They are not.

Advertisement

At this point, the government will have to issue arrest warrants against current government officials involved in crimes against humanity that has been visited against Tigreans nationals over the last 12 months before Tigray is obligated to even responds to such demand.  Government officials are directly responsible for the massacre and displacements of thousands of Tigreans across Ethiopia today.   Using similar inciting language as the Rwandan genocide – e.g. daytime hyenas, tsegure lewot as well as authorizing documentaries targeting ‘Tigrean speakers’ – they have directly caused the targeted killings, lootings and displacements of Tigreans.

Of course, there have been horrific killings and displacements orchestrated against non-Tigreans across the country.  The deaths and displacements of the Gedo people, the displacements of Amhara and Tigreans from various sections of Ethiopia accused of being ‘new settlers’, the displacement of Oromos from the Somali and Somalis from the Oromo regions and the debacle in Legetafu and Sululta against innocent citizens are but a few examples of what non-Tigreans have faced across the country. 

However, what makes the plight of Tigreans across Ethiopia very different is the fact that the massacres and displacements were actually incited by those in Federal government.  No other ethnic group has been singled out by the government in this manner. 

Advertisement

Under plan B, the ruling clique within the federal government and EPRDF could very well demand the immediate extradition of former top EPRDF officials residing in Tigray.  But, the answer from Tigray must be a resounding no.  The attorney general must first issue warrants for the arrest of those within the current federal government that have incited the public and directly caused the massacre, looting and displacement of Tigreans.  This must be one among many preconditions to any discussions about extraditions. 

In addition, TPLF officials in Tigray must increase Tigray’s security alert level to HIGH as some of their leaders head into Monday’s EFPRDF meeting.   This is a game of chess.  Team Lemma and its foreign masters are attempting to roll out their Plan B.  Tigray must be able to see several steps ahead to inform our decisions today.

Advertisement

The Sudanese military takes over power amidst political crisis

Can Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed heal the Ailing Ethiopian Economy?

The ongoing change and reforms in Ethiopia have nothing to do with Tigrai and TPLF

Humanitarian Crises of the Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Ethiopia

In Defense of King Abiy Ahmed Ali the fake King

Abiy Ahmed Ali and his masters are changing tactics towards Tigrai

Pakistani delegation led by Ambassador Asghar Ali is visiting Tigrai state in northern Ethiopia

Tigrai state should stay away from toxic Ethiopian politics

The mole working for foreign countries is destroying Ethiopia

Calamitous odyssey of Dr Abiy Ahmed approaching its climax

Tigrai state responds to Amhara regional state accusations

Fasting: Beyond the consumption of animal products

Incapacitated Caretaker Ethiopian Government

Wag the dog coming to the Amhara Region of Ethiopia

A German delegation led by Ambassador Brita Wagner is visiting Tigrai state

Mekelle city unjust and unsustainable urban expansion has to be tackled before it is too late

Public protests erupt in Hawassa by the Sidama people in southern Ethiopia

Eternal Woyane with NO Apology! In Memory of Lekatit 11

Who is more racist, whites or Ethiopians?

Advertisements

Norwegian Minister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein is visiting Tigrai state

Statue of Menlik in Addis Ababa gets ints cousin this time it is statue of Haileselassie in the capital of Ethiopia

Ethiopia is deteriorating and the Ethiopian government is losing control

Arena Party should quickly get its acts together or another opposition party should emerge and step-in in Tigrai

Oromo federalists: time to challenge chauvinists and their surrogate OPDO

Ethiopian Airlines Inaugurates Airport Terminal Expansion and New Hotel

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his humiliating volte-face in Davos, Switzerland

ANDM leaders, Bereket Simon and Tadese Kassa arrested in Addis Ababa

Historian Memhir Gebrekidan Desta says source of all the problems in Ethiopia is greed

Mining sector challenges in developing countries, Tigray, Ethiopia

Transforming Ethiopia’s Developmental State Model for the Future

Tigrai and Amhara state presidents made joint statement

Advertisements