Life and Legacy፡ Emeritus Prof Bereket Habte Selassie Pt 3 SBS Amharic
ፕሮፌሰር በረከት ሃ/ሥላሴ ከከብት እረኝነት ተነሰቶ ከፍታ ሥፍራ ላይ የደረሰ እውን ኤርትራዊ – ኢትዮጵያዊ ነው። ለረጅም ጊዜ የተዘነጉኝን የቦታዎች ስምና አልፎ አልፎም ቃላት በቃለ መጠየቁ ውስጥ ስሰማ እኔንም የልጅነት ሥፍራዬንና እድገቴ ትዝ አሰኘኝ። የቀን እብድ ይመስል ለብቻየም ደጋግሞ ፈግግ አሰኘኝ። ኬኒሻ የሚለውን ቃል ከሰማሁት ዘመናት ተቆጥሮአልና! የአሁኖቹ አለቆቻችን በአሥመራና በአዲስ አበባ እንደሚለፉት የቅጥፈት ወሬ ሳይሆን ያለፈ ታሪካችን የተሳሰረ፤ ዘርና ጎሳን ወይም ሃይማኖትን ያልተገነ እንደነበር የሰጡት ቃለ መጠየቅ ያመላክታል። መማር በችሎታ፤መሾም በችሎታ እንደነበረ በአመዛኙ ማስተዋል ይቻላል።
30 ዓመት የወንድምና እህቱን ደም ሲያፈስ የነበረው ሻብያ ዛሬ በአስመራ መንግሥት ነኝ ካለ ወዲህ የህዝባችን ሰቆቃ እጅጉን እንደከፋ የእለት ዘገባዎች ያስረዳሉ። በቅርቡ የሃጂ ሙሳ መሃመድ በእስር ቤት ማረፍ ምን ያህል የኤርትራ ህዝብ መብቱን እንደተነፈገ ያመላክታል። እድሜ የጠገቡ አንድ እግራቸው ሞት በራፍ ላይ የቆመ አዛውንትን ሻቢያ ወህኒ እያሰቃየ ለምን እንደ ሚገላቸው ለማመን ይከብዳል። ይባስ ተብሎ ለቀብር የወጡ ሰዎችን የሚደበድብ ለእስር የሚዳርግ ይህ መንግሥት እንደ መንግሥት ሊይታይ አይባም። ታዲያ እንደ ፕሮፌሰር በረከት ያሉ ወገኖች ይህን ገመና ለመላ ዓለም ጎልቶ እንዲታይ መታገል ይኖርባቸዋል ባይ ነኝ።
በሻብያ ሞግዚትነት አንገቷ የተቆረጠችውን ኢትዮጵያን የሚያተራምሷት ወያኔና ተለጣፊዎቹ በየቀኑ ህዝባችንን በመግደል፤ በማሰር/በመግረፍ የወገኖች መከራ እንዲበራከት እያደረጉ ነው። አሁን በቅርቡ በሞያሌ የሆነውን ለመሸፈን ያደረጉት ውሽትና መርዝ ለበስ ምክንያት ከአንድ መንግሥት ነኝ ከሚል የሚጠበቅ አይደለም። አንድ ሻለቃ ጦር ተሳስታ ጠላት መስሎአት ነው ተኩስ የከፈተቸው በማለት ህዝብን ለማወናበድ መሞከሩ የቱን ያህል ወያኔ በውሽትና በማታለል ሥራ እንደተካነ ያሳያል። ግድያው ሆን ተብሎ የተፈጸመ ነው። ኤትራዊነት ወይም ኢትዮጵያዊነት የሌሎች አሳርና ሰቆቃ ዘርን/ሃይማኖትን ሳይለይ የማይሰማው ዓይነት ከሆነ ባፍንጫየ ይውጣ። የህዝባችን ገመና ለማርገብ፤ አይዞህ ባይ አጥተው ዛሬም ዓይናቸው እንባ ለሚያፈሱ ወገኖቻችን አፍ/እጅና እግር መሆን ይኖርብናል። ሌላው ሁሉ የሃገሬ ሰው እንደሚለው “በየወገንህ ቢባል የመቶ ዓመት ቆዳ ከብት ተራ ቆመ እንዲሉ ብቻ ነው”. ፕሮፌሰር በረከትም ያካበቱትን እድሜ ጠገብ እይታ በመጠቀም ህዝባችን አክራሪ ሃሳብን ትቶ ሰላምና ጤና ለሰፈነባት ምድር ረሃብና ድህነት ለተቀረፈባት ሃገር እንዲሰሩ በተቻላቸው መንገድ ሁሉ አስተዋጾ በያደርጉ መልካም ነው እላለሁ።
Back in the nineties, a prominent Ethiopian of Eritrean origin said to me Professor B. Habteselassie was the most opportunistic person he had ever known. To my regret, I robustly disagreed with that noble person. It has been quite sometime since I was convinced of the truthfulness of that descent man’s assertion! To bad that I can’t apologize to him and say you were right sir, forgive my transgressions. May he rip he passed away a couple of years ago.
What an opportunist!!
I have all the respect for ones age (respect your elders) and contribution to society regardless how big or small. And Dr. Bereket is an elder and has contributed to society- I know a little bit on his contribution to Ethiopia as well as Eritrea.
However, I have no patience nor respect for wafflers, middle of the road (kwiyeka bmanka, ktemeka bedka, as our wise fathers/mothers would say). No bad intent meant, and I have no bad feelings if you come up declare your Ethiopiawnet, and even support the government. You are older, more educated and wiser than me- I am not competing with you in that department. But, I will respect you a little bit more if you can consider reducing self aggrandizement, and being middle of the road.
This talk from the professor makes my head spin.
A protestant upbringing, with an opportunist tendency. This is how the Swedish missionaries taught us all who lived in their cap.He had all the best jobs in Ethiopia and telling us that he was threatened by His majesty Hailesselassie I.
I would like to forgive him for his age, but his idea of Federalism and apologist talk when he is among Ethiopians.
When he is among Eritreans he talks as a patriotic who fought for the Freedom of Eritrea.
Like me he should sit at home and read books and not make such unnecessary talk at his last trip of his life. I am sorry to say that but this gentleman and an intellectual should avoid such unnecessary cheap talks.senior citizens should avoid mistakes in public media.
I am really sorry but I am not sure why you are giving an opportunity to someone like this guy who betrayed Ethiopia. He has committed a high treason by betraying the Emoerror & our beloved country. This is a man who has given a very dangerous advise to the Derg to kill the Emleror. His motive was obviously to create instability & dismember Ethiopia.
·ዶክተር· በረከት የውሸት የኤርትራ ታሪክ ጽፈው የኢትዮጵያን ታሪክ ሲያጣምሙ የነበሩ ሰው ናቸው። ነገር ግን እድሜያቸው በገፋ ጊዜ ይቅርታ የመጠየቅ አዝማሚያ ማሳየታቸው ጥሩ ነው። ቢሆንም ኢትዮጵያን ያክል ታላቅና ጥንታዊ ሃገር 1000 ኪሜ የባህር በር ያሳጡ ሰው ናቸው
It amazes me how our Ethiopian brothers and sisters like so casually to lay claim to “their sea outlet”! When King Menelik and his men, with tremendous insider help from Eritrean askaris, I might add,beat the Italian army at Adwa, Eritean resistance forces were hoping that the victorious Ethiopian army would come their way to help them wipe out the foreign invaders once & for all. To their excruciating disappointment however, Eritrea with its entire coastal line was presented as a sacrificial lamb to the colonialists. Needless to say that Ethiopia, in the 50 plus years of brutal occupation of Eritrea by Fascist Italy, never claimed it as its territory much less help the resistance forces of Eritrea. To the contrary, Ethiopia was handing resistance forces back to the Italian forces who were pursuing them whenever they crossed into its territory seeking refuge. The history of the infamous “Nakhura Prison” is a testament to that dark history. Again, Emperor Haileselassie abrogated the federal agreement and threw Eritrea & its people into the abyss for 30 plus years! Now, Ethiopians have to come up with a new formula that works for the benefit of our two sisterly countries and their brotherly peoples. The old way has been tried time and again and failed miserably! The only way forward is a relationship that is based on respect of Eritrea’s sovereignty & its territorial integrity. Otherwise, the more belligerent you become, the farther you will push us into the spheres of influence of your traditional antagonists..,which in the long term, will be detrimental to both of us.
This guy Dr. Bereket was one of the strongest generation of Ethiopians who served their people to the best of their abilities. He is a well known figure and one of the very few who are still alive to tell their stories. He is only a humane and might regret some of the things he did and he got to cover up like most humans do and he got himself involved in party politics of the worst kind at his prime which makes his story only ‘one of those’ kind of things. Dr. Bereket is one of a kind and he can be categorized as a brilliant person who didn’t plan his life out but had to live with destiny and circumstances beyond his control.
By the way I believe Bereket nor Mesfin told Derg to kill the 60 minsters and generals including the head of state general Aman. Who in his right mind believes Mengistu over anybody anyway?
As for changing his story when he speaks to Eritreans and Ethiopians, that is the politician in him talking which he started later in life and evidently not by choice. I’ve heard many well respected Ethiopians discussing him over the years. I remember him arguing back and forth with Ethiopian professors who ware telling him that he was educated by poor Ethiopian farmer’s tax money on a monthly or bi monthly magazines back in the early 1990s. I remember him writing ‘Eritrean poor farmers too paid taxes’. But what I remember most was that he really wanted to continue arguing as if he met his old childhood friends for first time in a long time. Of course at that time he was following EPLF’s party line but I was able to read between the lines. The way he wrote was much different than others did. Without being asked he recognized Ethiopia’s right to statehood and had no ‘you are my enemies’ kind of argument. Even back then he seemed proud of serving Ethiopia the best he could.
My understanding is he didn’t want the federation to collapse like many of his generation including Aklilu Habtewold and Yilma Deressa. Unlike many other Eritreans in EPLF he didn’t seem convinced in the Ethiopia-colonized-Eritrea narrative. And now I can’t help but notice his shock when others compare Ethio-Eritrea relationship with Ethio-Kenya good neighborhood. Part of him is Ethiopian and I’m sure hundreds of thousands of Eritreans feel the same way too, especially those born before 1974. All that long brutal war is not going to make that feeling go away. But given a chance to choose between being Ethiopian and Eritrean again, even if the referendum was not ‘slavery and freedom’, most would still choose to be Eritreans independent from Ethiopia.
Menilik could’ve or couldn’t have been able to chase Italians away in 1896 but the feeling of betrayal remained. Politics aside, that was the moment the greatest black king that ever lived could’ve become according to Eritreans. Erireans are aware of their blood line and what they are. Official propaganda of no political party has any influence on that one. And in reality not even one EPLF member believes Ethiopia colonized him. Abandoned yes but colonized? Never. Besides even the unionists had this big and rich Ethiopia in their dreams coming to save them one day for generations and were shocked when the Ethiopian irregulars arrived in shorts for uniforms in Asmara.
Just like any other Habeshas tell lies about places where they been to this day, the Eritreans who lived in Ethiopia were telling lies about Ethiopia too. So Asmarinos were disappointed when they found out that Ethiopia was poor. But all that could’ve been gone for the craving for mother Ethiopia was very strong in majority of Eritreans at that time. And then the federation was gone, and then those who opposed unity were given positions while unionists were ignored. But still, only a few were angry enough to raise arms. According to the first EPRP fighters who were helped by ELF to come through Eritrea back in early 1970s only a few dozen were armed and fighting H/Selassie’s gov’t. But things would change very dramatically and the Derg would be the last straw which broke the camel’s back. The red terror in Eritrea predates the red terror in Addis and went on for much longer. Even though the fighters in Eritrea were by then of ideology than religious and much less pan-Arabic which was bogus to begin with, DERG would continue to screw up and would kill it’s own greatest generals in great numbers than ever seen in the entire world history of war. The thing is, the Ethiopian generals were not uneducated mass killers but well trained and disciplined soldiers bossed around by thuggish and sadistic low life cadres in uniform. Some were sent from Harar Acadamy or Airforce school right after their graduation and have stayed there fighting for their entire lives. Most got married there and started families, and the cruelty of Derg was now on them and their in-laws. the generals failed to topple Derg in 1989 and were killed again.
Unlike many places on earth, Ethiopians and Eritreans never saw each other as enemies. This is no surprise for Ethiopians and Eritreans at all. But I won’t blame any foreigner for not believing that actually is true. But whoever grabs power in either countries has absolute power or it won’t be in power no more. And the well educated serve the evil out of their desire to excel in school. Their egos can take them to hell but they are still in 8th grade getting candies and gold watches from whoever it is ruling. And when opportunity comes, they would be in seventh heaven to stomp on the previous ruler’s head to please the new ruler. This is the way it has been for a long time in Ethiopia/Eritrea and continues to be the case in Eritrea. You would think Eritreans would be different because Italians were there for five decades and then british military, nope.
With such a head start in Africa and their own writing alphabet and the fact that the Eritreans taking over Addis with the required skills not to be dominated by Indians or Arabs, and the Gurage and Harari learning from them so quickly to not let anybody else come in unnecessary low tech, worshipping in same churches and mosques not even one group asking or even thinking of a separate place of worship or neighborhood, marrying each other’s sons and daughters as if the gov’t was giving money to inter-ethnic weddings, and all kind of Ethiopians taking leadership positions both in civil and military and aviation so early, you would think Ethiopia would be a great country by now.
Boy, this is a very long and winding road to reach at a simple destination, “the Derg screwed up everything”. The damage, when it comes to Eritrea, was done way before the Derg appeared on the horizon. As to the number of ELF fighters on the field in the seventies, your recollection seems different from what actually was the reality on the ground. A few fighters couldn’t have captured very heavily fortified garrisons like Keren, Barentu, Karora and Nakfa. The generals will killed in the mid eighties and by then, pretty much everything was lost.
I don’t know much about Dr. Bereket Habteselassie. However, reading at his biography he appears to be a very talented person. He served in Ethiopia in supreme court, as attorney general and mayor of city in the 1950-1960’s and later as professor in some well known American universities. I was also impressed and happy that he was pan Africanist. As usual, Africa is very famous at killing and chasing out its brain power to world’s rich countries such as USA making them more richer b/c of African brain power.
One very very important information about the good Doc is he was the primary author of Eritrean constitution in the 1990’s that never came to fruition due to TPLF’s all out declaration of war on Eritrea in 1998. This constitution was supposedly a very good one and is based on one of the best constitution that was ever written, USA constitution. The constitution was about to be adapted in Eritrea setting the stage for democracy, market economy and peaceful transfer of power while the war between ETHIOPIA AND ERITREA started. After the war, Eritrean government was forced to remain in state of emergency, militarize the country/control the economy fearing a spontaneous invasion by Ethiopia. Consequently, Eritrean constitution did not see the light of day.
My advise for my Ethiopian brothers and sister including myself is to read the Eritrean constitution and see if we can adapt some of it to our new Ethiopian constitution. Time is of the essence and there may not be a need to reinvent the wheel. We Ethiopians need a new constitution very badly and very very soon as the current one is hoax, terrible, fake, trash, shit and illegal.
ስእል ማንበብ ለሚችል፣ የሰውየውን ስእል ማየት ብቻ ይበቃዋል! look at him, he is simply a ዝፍቅ-የተዘፈቀ opportunist Chameleon! የፃፈው ህገ መንግስት ደግሞ የለም! በርግጥም በረከት እነ መንግስቱን የሰው ህይወት ይጠፋ ዘንዳ በብዛት ካማከረ ብኋላ ወደ ኢሳያስም ብቅ ብሎ ነበር፣ ኢሳያስም ህገ መንግስት እንዲፅፍ አዞት ነበር፣ ግን ገና የመጀመርያ አረፍተ ነገሩን ሲያስቀምጥ ኢሳያስ አየና፣ የመጀመርያዋን አረፍተ ነገር ያሰፈረባትን ብጣሽ ወረቀትን ከበረከት እጅ መንጥሎና ቀዶ ባስኬት ውስጥ ወርውሮ ሲያበቃ፣ እርሱንም ደግሞ ከ’እንግዲህ ወዲህ አይንህን እንዳላይህ ብሎ ነው ያባረረው! ከዚያን ጊዬ ጀምሮ ይሄው ኢትዮጵያ ነክ አካባቢ ደግሞ ያንጃብባል ያለው፣ ለደግነቱ እድለኛ ነው፣ በቅርቡ ጊዜው ራሱ ይተባበረዋል!
either you are misinformed or you are deliberately misleading the truth. Dr. Bereket was not the sole author of the so called Eritrean shelved constitution. There were many PhD. Level legal minds and scholars working with him. If you heard it from him he was simply exaggerating his role as always. He was however the chairman of the comeete that drafted the constitution.
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