Nikozragore Ato Gebremedhin showed Meles and Sebhat Nega as masterminds of intrigues luring their cohorts to commit the worst atrocities. Such is the damage that this anti-democratic group inflicts on the people of Tigray. End of interview The Amharic Transcript is given below. Torture was regarded as a means to an end. Alemseged from Enderta a fierce warrior was tortured by Bisrat Amare with hot rod umbrella wires which was inserted under his clothes to burn his skin with maximum pain and later died in Adiabo battling EDU. Such a harsh sentence was the order of the day but it only applied to others.
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Alemayehu G. Mariam If democracy is a government of the people, kleptocracy is a government of thieves. Aregawi Berhe, detailed the scam used to swindle, hustle and con millions of dollars from international famine relief organizations in the mids. The two former top leaders accused the TPLF leadership, including Zenawi, for taking tens of millions of dollars earmarked for famine relief in the Tigrai region to buy weapons and enrich themselves.
Gebremedhin said he personally handed cash payments and checks in the hundreds of thousands of dollars to Zenawi and Sebhat Nega, the top two TPLF leaders who controlled the cash flow of the organization.
Although Gebremedhin was the treasurer, he said he was not privileged to know what happened to the money after he delivered it to Zenawi or Nega. The incriminatory evidence, including a candid photograph of TPLF cadres counting and recording wads of cash handed over to them by a foreign aid worker from a large satchel on the floor , is shocking as it is damning and irrefutable. According to the available evidence, normal delivery of emergency humanitarian aid to the Tigrai region in was virtually impossible because of rebel activity in the outlying areas and bombardment by the military junta.
The road normally used to deliver aid supplies to the Tigrai region from the capital had become unusable because of rebel military activity. The various international famine relief non-governmental organizations NGOs had to find alternate routes to quickly deliver relief aid to victims in rebel-controlled areas.
Many of these NGOs eventually set up shop in eastern Sudan close to the Tigrai border in an attempt to deliver aid quickly. The large concentration of NGOs and the publicity surrounding the enormous fundraising efforts by various international celebrities for Ethiopian famine victims caught the attention of the TPLF leaders who saw a lucrative business opportunity for themselves delivering relief aid to victims in areas their controlled. The evidence further indicates that to magnify the severity and extremity of the famine situation for the NGOs, the TPLF leaders ordered the exodus of large numbers of victims into the Sudan creating a mushroom of refugee settlements in the Sudanese border areas overnight.
The deception games, or more accurately the famine aid-sharking scheme, played on the Western NGOs were varied. At the onset of the scam, they used a three-staged process. At the time, the TPLF had acquired and stashed in secret warehouses grains from various sources, including NGOs, for use by its fighters.
These secretly stashed grain stockpiles were in fact being offered for sale to the NGOs. He described the scam with mind-numbing simplicity: I was given clothes to make me look like a Muslim merchant. It was a trick assigned created by the top leaders for the NGOs. The money, much of it, the leaders put it in their accounts in Western Europe. Some of it was used to buy weapons. The people did not get half a kilogram of maize.
But the warehouses were tricked out. These offers did not involve any new or fresh supplies of grain. Instead, stockpiles of grain already in secret storage facilities in various locations throughout Tigrai were trucked around to new locations, giving the appearance to the NGOs that fresh supplies of grain were being bought in and delivered.
Since the aid workers have no means of independently verifying the grain that is being shuttled from one location to another from completely fresh shipments, they would perform cursory inspections and make payments. The prima facie evidence of massive relief aid diversion by the TPLF is compelling and damning. Until such inquiry takes place, the evidence of aid-sharking and theft stands unchallenged and unrefuted.
We know because we now have the blueprint for the perfect kleptocracy! One must grudgingly admire these con men for their sheer audacity, genius and creativity in ripping off so much money from the charities in the mids and for the last two decades from the Ethiopian people.
Even Ali Baba and his 40 thieves could not have pulled off such a brilliant scheme to sell and re-sell the NGOs the same sand as grain over and over again. Even Hermes, the Greek god of thieves, would not have been able to come up with such an exquisitely perfect plan to hoodwink and bamboozle gullible NGOs of millions of dollars.
The facts are plain to see. We know now that these thieves did not stand for the people of Tigrai at the critical hour in They sure as hell do not stand for the people of Ethiopia today. They stand for themselves and no one else.
They will try to cling to power by creating enmity and polarization between the people of Tigrai and their brothers and sister in the rest of Ethiopia. That is the ONLY way they can stay in power. As an old Ethiopian saying teaches, disorder and chaos creates ideal conditions for thieves Gir gir le leba yimechal. The Ethiopian opposition today is in a state of gir-gir disarray, discord and mess. When the core of opposition political activity revolves around ethnic bashing, finger pointing and finger wagging, the ideal conditions for thievery are created and maintained.
But there is a way to deal with Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves: Close ranks regardless of ethnicity or regionality; reaffirm our basic humanity in our Ethiopianity; renounce our old enmity; openly declare our steadfast unity and trumpet our Ethiopian nationality at every opportunity.
When we have done these things, we will have freed ourselves from domination and rule by a kleptocracy — a government of thieves, by thieves, for thieves! He writes a regular blog on The Huffington Post, and his commentaries appear regularly on pambazuka.
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Alemayehu G. Mariam If democracy is a government of the people, kleptocracy is a government of thieves. Aregawi Berhe, detailed the scam used to swindle, hustle and con millions of dollars from international famine relief organizations in the mids. The two former top leaders accused the TPLF leadership, including Zenawi, for taking tens of millions of dollars earmarked for famine relief in the Tigrai region to buy weapons and enrich themselves. Gebremedhin said he personally handed cash payments and checks in the hundreds of thousands of dollars to Zenawi and Sebhat Nega, the top two TPLF leaders who controlled the cash flow of the organization.
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Nelabar Kibrom Gebremedhin Araya All these districts are interconnected with each other. According to this government, the sovereignty of a Country and independence are meaningless in the age of globalization. Wodi Efraim Sebhat Efraim and Petros Solomon After the agreement, which stated that the above listed districts of Tigray arsya belong to Eritrea was signed, they [the signatories] said: The latter two are in Adwa Awraja. Torture is the most universally condemned and repudiated practice.
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