There are many lobbyists who do honest day’s work for their clients.
Then there are those with destructive agenda. The latter, like Anna
Gomes, destroyed people’s lives in many nations; and they are proud of
The Government of Ethiopia, for all practical purposes did the right
thing in offering pardon to the convicted felons of CUD, including
their leader Eng. Hailu Shawel. Barely four hours after his release
from Kaliti Prison, Eng. Hailu claimed that he signed the letter asking
for pardon under duress. In my opinion, Eng. Hailu signed the letter
because he is a coward, just like his ex-boss Col. Mengistu Haile
Mariam. As they say, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
Eng. Hailu has broken the agreement under which he was released
from prison; therefore, he can’t have his cake and eat it too. He has
also squandered all of the hard work that Prof. Ephrem and the other
Ethiopian elders, who had invested their precious time in obtaining the
release of the CUD convicts. The Pardon Commission was also
hoodwinked into believing the signatories of the letter of apology to
the Ethiopian people. Anna Gomes, the CUD lobbyist, has her work cut
out. She won’t be able to save Eng. Hailu Showel from serving his
deserved life sentence.
The EPRDF government must renew its effort to extradite Col.
Mengistu Haile Mariam from Zimbabwe; so that he too may start
serving his life sentence in his homeland. Thus, Col. Mengistu and Eng.
Hailu can keep each other company at Kaliti Prison for the remaining
part of their miserable lives.