July 30, 2013
A British Labour MP, Dave Anderson, found himself embroiled in what has become known amongst Ethiopians in London as “Wondemugate” – how a former Derg cadre, now masquerading as a democracy activist, managed to pull wool over the eyes of others by abusing his privilege as one of the speakers at the House of Commons’ Grand Committee Room.
Wondemu Mekonen even had the brazen audacity to wave an ersatz copy of a cheque for USD 5 Billion Semehal Meles Zenawi – eldest daughter of the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi – is purported to have lodged into an anonymous bank in America. Enraged fans of the late Prime Minister of Ethiopia have started inundating the Office of Dave Anderson MP with phone calls, letters and emails of protests accusing the MP of “being an accomplice to a smear campaign that besmirches the legacy of Meles Zenawi.” Some were even blunt and questioned the MP’s wisdom by allowing a known schizophrenic to make a fool of himself at the Mother of all Parliaments.
It is said that fools and the insane share a common denominator: both repeat the same error and expect a different result each time. Wondemu Mekonen is a constant purveyor of jabberwocky to Ethiopian opposition websites, not to mention his daily chore of jet-hosing the Ethiopian public with lies and fabrications. Every time he ushers in a new round of lies, the result remains the same: more and more people turn a deaf ear and blind eye to his claims. The 16th President of the United States of America, Abraham Lincoln, once said: you can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.” By the same token, Wondemu can fool some of gullible former Ethiopian kakitocrats, but he can’t fool you and me who, come hell or high water, will never say “Amen” to his sermons. Unlike him, we have brains honed to ask the 4 Ws: where, what, when and why.
Incidentally, one man who knows Wondemu Mekonen like the back of his hand is London’s Abba Girma Kebede, who while commenting on Wondimu’s repertoire, once quipped: “If Wondimu Mekonen is a doctor, then I am Albert Einstein.” The cheque that Wondemu waved at the meeting inside the British Parliament is as ersatz as his PhD. To prove my point kindly click: (www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/93917.article) and find out for yourself what his alma mater had to say.
Now let’s vivisect further Wondemu Mekonen’s sensational claim of Semehal lodging USD 5Billion and prove without reasonable doubt that such an incredible story would not have a leg to stand on in the court of public opinion, never mind in a law court.
Please click here to watch video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wxHdqf-Es8
First, as anyone with rudimentary knowledge of banking in today’s world can tell you, one doesn’t require a cheque to transfer money from one bank account into another bank account for a transfer of such a huge amount is completed electronically. Secondly, how come the copy of the cheque doesn’t bear the name of the bank which issued the cheque on it, and why did Wondimu hide the identity of the bank in his revelation? He refrained from naming the bank, did he not, for fear of prosecution by the bank?
What it all boils down to is Wondemu Mekonen abusing the House of Commons to disseminate utterly preposterous claim to besmirch and denigrate the memory and legacy of the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi at a time when Ethio-British relations are at an all time high, and in the midst of ongoing preparations to commemorate the 1st Anniversary of Meles’s death with activities celebrating his deeds.
It’s high time to take issue with both Wondimu Mekonen as well as with Dave Anderson MP. While we continue to further expose amongst Ethiopians Wondemu’s mendacious stories, it is imperative that fans of Meles give vent to their disgust and anger by writing to the very person who had allowed Wondemu to mislead others and to besmirch the good name of Meles.
If you believe as many do that memory of Meles Zenawi doesn’t deserve to be treated ignominiously within the precinct of the House of Commons, then out of your own volition join the growing league of Ethiopians by calling and by sending your letters and emails of protest to: Dave Anderson MP, House of Commons, London SW1A OAA. Telephone: 0207 2194272. Email: andersonda@parliamen