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A Critique of Lt. General Tsadkan Gebre Tensay’s Article – By LJ Demissie

August 5, 2016


Dear Lt. General Tsadkan Gebre Tensay, I hope this article would find you safe and sound.
“When you write from your gut and let the stuff stay flawed and don’t let anybody tell you to make it better, it can end up looking like nothing else.” Louis C.K.
I read your alarming article titled የሃገራችን ፖለቲካዊ ሁኔታና የመፍትሔ ሃሳቦች which is about the problems Ethiopians are facing due to all branches of the government, the economy and the media being controlled by the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (the TPLF/the EPRDF) – an ethnic minority political party which is led by a few Tigrayan elites who champion their personal interest and agenda in the name of their ethnic group.
The solutions you provided are to segregate the government’s – the TPLF’s – power by checks and balances system and to develop a culture of peacefully transferring power in the next election which is about four years from today by a free, fair and transparent election that is monitored by a would be Ethiopian independent election commission, including credible international election monitors.
To vanguard the process of reorganizing the government’s functions (restraining the TPLF), to make the next election free, fair and transparent, to facilitate an orderly transfer of power from the TPLF (the dictator) to a democratically elected party, the TPLF (the hatemonger) would remain in charge of the government, including the military, the security, the economy and the media. At the end of the process, if the TPLF (the tyrant) faces an election defeat, it would peacefully surrender its power to the democratically elected party.
I liked your tone in your article because you were distressed, critical, naive and persuasive. I think you made your case pointblank by rehashing what other Ethiopians have been persistently explaining about the alarming danger of the TPLF’s ethnic political ideology to the world for more than twenty years. As I read your article, while being aware about the ongoing unrest across Ethiopia, I thought you put gasoline on the fire to hasten overthrowing the TPLF, the oppressor and the looter. For that cause, I think you contributed your fair share.
I believe you wrote your article from your gut. To explain, I loved your articulation about the Tigrayan people feeling concerning their national identity that “የትግራይ ህዝብ በታሪኩ ራሱን ኢትዮጵያ ለምትባለው ሃገር መመስረትና በታርኳ ውስጥ በተለያዩ ውድቀቶችም ይሁን ድሎች ዋና ተዋናይ አድርጎ ነው የሚያስበው። ከዚህ ውጭ በሌላ መንገድ አያስብም። አሁንም ችግሮችን ስናነሳና መፍትሔ ስንፈልግ በዚህ በታሪክ ሲወርድ ሲዋረድ የመጣው አስተሳስብ ውስጥ ሁነን ነው።” I absolutely agree with your opinion because I also think Tigrayan are a key part of Ethiopia’s history. Most importantly, history proves your verbalization is accurate.
I also think you articulated and substantiated your opinions well with some notable exceptions. For example:
1. You falsely claimed that the Ethiopian constitution was approved by the people; For example, you said that “በከፍተኛ የህዝቦች መስዋዕትነትና ተሳትፎ የፀደቀውን ህገ መግስታችንን”. (I noted your attempt to qualify your assertion about the constitution in other sections of your article.)

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2. You belittled Ethiopians by asserting that they weren’t ready to knowledgably elect their leaders although you proudly stated the TPLF was a democratic party when it was in the mountains waging guerrilla warfare against the murderous dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam’s regime.

3. You think your party, the TPLF, can be reformed while I think it can’t be reformed because its Ethnic political ideologies failed it to obtain support, and it’s too corrupt. To illustrate, the current unrest in various parts of Ethiopia about a year and half after the TPLF shamelessly claimed that it democratically won 100 percent of the parliamentary seats is a prime example.
After accepting your article at face value, you appeared to me that you are a decent Ethiopian soldier who had the sudden courage and urge to ring the alarm bell to get attention from anyone to share your grave concerns and to find solutions before our country reaches a point of no return resulting a civil war that would be caused by an ethnic conflict which the infamous TPLF activated.
You also sounded to me that you are biased in favor of the TPLF’s leadership (I guessed some of them are your dear friends) because I noted that you avoided discussing major political, economical and social predicaments the notorious TPLF’s hatemonger leadership unleashed on Ethiopians; for example:
1. You didn’t share your view about ethnic politics, the TPLF’s trademark, and by extension yours.

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2. You said that the TPLF has never been only a collection of just democrat, but you fall short of telling who are the antidemocrats and who are the democrats.

3. You were silent about why Meles retired you from your top military post while he let other top military leaders of your age with little or no education maintain their position. You also didn’t say a word about your current association with the TPLF.

4. You said that the TPLF’s worst personalities were uncovered when it made Meles its unbridled tyrant. And you supported your opinion by three historical facts namely: How the TPLF handled the departure of the OLF from a coalition; how the TPLF resolved its top leadership split, and how it dealt with Kinijit’s decision not to join the parliament after it won one third of the parliamentary seats in the 2005 election. However, you remained silent about your stand concerning the circumstances that molded the behavior of the brutal TPLF, and by extension the butcher Meles.

In my view, you were in a position to be an eyewitness of the TPLF’s and Meles’ worst personalities that unfolded over a period of more than three decades. I think if you had shared a flash of insight in your article by including your opinion about who was right and who was wrong regarding the reveling moments of the TPLF’s hidden personalities, in turn, Meles’ you would have given your readers a chance to know your stances about those tragic historical events instead of deferring the judgment to history by saying “የትኛው ወገን ትክክለኛ፣ የትኛውስ ስህተት ነበር የሚለው አሁንም ለታሪክ እተወዋለሁ”
To summarize, I liked your article’s theme and tone. I think you made great points, but I believe some of your points are a lie, unrealistic or belittling. For example, your claim that “በከፍተኛ የህዝቦች መስዋዕትነትና ተሳትፎ የፀደቀውን ህገ መግስታችንን” is nothing but a lie and is malicious misinformation. Your expectation that the hatemonger and the blood trusty monster TPLF would respect the universal human rights as stated in its constitution; it would facilitate the means for a free, fair and transparent election while it is in power. And, if it faces an electoral defeat, it would surrender its power for the democratically elected party is extremely naive.
I found your remark that Ethiopians are now more ready to knowledgably elect their leaders democratically than they were before, is highly offensive because it is the TPLF’s coward leadership that never had the courage to face the people’s verdict in the ballot box because it knows it would be defeated; Ethiopians would vote overwhelmingly against it.
In passing, before reading your article, I was vaguely familiar with a face as being one of the TPLF’s top echelons. I don’t remember reading good or bad press about you. Maybe I didn’t take time to learn about you because: I thought perhaps you were inconsequential in the bloodthirsty monster Meles’ leadership. And/or I may never saw you as a loyal soldier of Ethiopia but as Meles’ hired gun.
Anyway, I wish I wrote my critique of your article in Amharic because it would make the communication efficient, and I might be able to articulate my points more easily. Moreover, it would definitely help my article to get more readers. I wrote it in English because I lost my Amharic typing skills. I am sorry about that.
Finally, for sharing your concerns about our beloved country, I salute you!

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The writer, LJDemissie, can be reached at LJDemissie@yahoo.com


  1. This career assassin in Woyanes’ payroll is even worthy of my contempt. It ought not to be the business of Ethiopians to stoop so low to even rebuff his deceitful gesture. No Ethiopian should in my humble opinion engage with the head of Woyanes gestapo which this man called Tsadkan is. He is a man who would be on the top of the list of genocide perpetrators under the Woyane occupation.

    Ethiopians will get Mr Tsadkan. Because he, like his men is greedy and undignified he would neither bid us farewell for good honourably, nor manage to escape his luxurious business built over the skull and bones of Ethiopians.

  2. Whenever I come across such back and forth exchange between well read individuals from that old country, it makes me very sad. Here we are witnessing that country going into a very dangerous situation and descending into a possible and irreversible civil strife but such very able intellectuals are seen busy splitting hair. I have been in touch with people I know very closely who are mainly small merchants and store keepers there to get the scoop from the source. They all do not like what is lately manifesting itself in Oromia. They also hear what has been going down with our Amhara brothers and sisters in their domicile region. They see the youth being in total trance when out demonstrating in the streets in many cases destroying properties such as transportation vehicles that belong to small business people who have nothing to do with the regime. One of them happens to be someone I myself helped acquire a medium size bus that serves a locality in Oromia. It was burnt down to ashes during one of the recent protests. I and everyone in our small circle of relatives chipped in to help him start a small business in transportation and when he thought things have started looking up for him and his family, now all he owns has gone in flames. Such destruction is not ethnic targeted. The youth was incited to rise up but no one is giving him/her the proper direction. Is that what is expected from all these intellectuals who are there in a jiffy inciting the youth to rebel and destroy everything in sight? I have now started mourning for that glorious and proud people without relenting on my daily prayers for the better. All of you lawyers and intellectuals!!! All of you pundits who publish about nothing but war and violence from your comfy homes here in the USA, Europe, Oceania, The Middle East and the stinking dump sites in Asmara, congratulations you are getting your wishes. The youth of that society, the product of the same harmonious people that also produced us is about to go at each other’s throat with impunity. Congratulations!!! You got your wishes!!! But I am not relenting on my prayers, not at all!! You see. Our Almighty The Creator works in mysterious ways and I pray to Him to show his miracles upon those harmonious people, those people who have been raising his name in glory since the antiquities. He will never forget the people who have submitted to Him in either two major creeds.

  3. This insincere commentary received too much attention.

    I think we should not trust a TPLF unless she/he confesses that TPLF’s very program was basically wrong and it has committed immeasurable pains and outrages against Ethiopians and Ethiopia.

    Anyone who has not sincerely regretted and refraining from these crimes rather evil actions/thoughts should not be treated as a genuine Ethiopian.

    Please stop entertaining these bogus oratories. To me he is airing the next TPLF’S mutation tact.

    No, ignore this monster entirely. They are genocidal. No talk to them before justice is served.

  4. Tsadqan has the audacity to stick his neck is typical of the tribe he hails from, completely bereft of a shame culture.

    When an Ethiopian government beckons, this man would face serious charges with incontrovertible evidence,that one wonders if he will not breathe his last on the gallows.

    He fled the former Ethiopian army to join the secessionist TPLF where he was training the so-called Agazis who are unleashing terror on unarmed Ethiopians.
    He has presided over every of Woyanes war of conquest on Ethiopians they treated worse than colonial subjects. Whether you will be court-marshaled or tried for treason, your fate is sealed. I do not know what I will not do if I chance to meet you in one obscure corner!!!

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