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Major Dawit W. Giorgis And Amhara – By Kaleab Tessema

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I happened to listen to the speech of Major Dawit at Ethiopian National Unity Convention in Seattle, with great interest and attention. I found myself somehow sharing some of his ideas, in particular, the Amharas being reclusive and targeted by the TPLF and its cronies for the last 26 years.

Major Dawit is absolutely right when he says that the Amhara needs to be organized to defend itself. However, some people start to squeal like pigs unfairly against the Amhara, but when the Amharas are massively killed for no reason by the TPLF, they stay silent. No ethnic group has been haunted and killed by the TPLF regime like the Amharas have been cruelly terrorized and slaughtered.

It is true, as Major Dawit has stated correctly that the Amharas are targeted by the TPLF, it is not because the Amharas are from Gondar, Gojam, Wello, and Shewa; it is merely because they are Amharas.

As it is known, the Woyanne-Tigre seized Addis Ababa, and immediately started aiding and abetting the OLF to slaughter pregnant women and children in Arbagugu and Bedeno, where the worst crimes in Ethiopian history were seen.

For that matter, Shabia did the same thing to the Amhara troops before this horrendous crime took place in Arbagugu and Bedeno. While Shabia was advancing to control Asmara, the Ethiopian armies already surrendered peacefully to the EPLF guerrillas.

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The exact number of soldiers who surrendered was not known. The information disseminated from those who managed to escape the executions, and surprisingly, the Shabia selected only the higher ranking Amhara officers. This included many wounded soldiers to be brutally murdered, which is an unforgivable, unforgettable, and horrendous crime.

I am unsure if Major Dawit would agree with Shabia’s brutal murder of the Amhara soldiers in Asmara in the early 90s. If I recall correctly, Major Dawit and Isayas collaborated on an ad hoc basis to topple the Colonel Mengistu Hailemariam government. I also read an article written by Major Dawit, which stated that Isayas was in favor of a federation with Ethiopia. I heard the same rhetoric from different Ethiopians and I could not believe it.

Of course, Isayas could say anything to any Ethiopians who can fight for him with the TPLF in order to achieve his goals. Even his recent interview with the OLF folks was a gimmick and was perplexing, when he said that the ordinary Amharas are not responsible for what their leader did in the past. Funny enough, he continued by saying Ethiopia being a country for 3,000 years is a “myth.” This is not a new decry, what Isayas was trying to say, but Isayas’ interview seemed to have a lack of candor.

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If Isayas had any empathy for the Amhara, he would not have such a kind heart shooting the peacefully surrendered troops. It was crystal clear, both Shabia and Woyanne had the same stance against Amhara when they were close alliances, but now it is a different story. Anyway at this point, Isayas is not as nearly as dangerous to the Amharas as TPLF and its surrogates.

I know for sure that some folks will not be happy when I try to divulge what should be revealed about the Amhara’s soldiers ordeal in Eritrea. However, it is a reality.

Leaving this aside, I was enthralled with Major Dawit’s encouraging speech about the unfairness of some people when the Amharas come together to defend itself from the extremists. However, I was perturbed by the allegation made by Major Dawit about Moresh Wegene saying that “the Oromos are not Ethiopians, they emigrated to Ethiopia from Madagascar.”

I thoroughly spent countless hours on the internet to find out the veracity of what Major has said, and I found no documents that support Major Dawit’s speech about Moresh Wegenie.

Beside my efforts, I read a rejoinder from Moresh Wegene to Major Dawit’s inaccurate speech which inquired to produce evidence. If it was an unintentional speech, it needs an apology.

I was a little bemused when Major Dawit spoke publicly about Moresh which is not on the surface, unless to pleased the TPLF and the OLF. I have been following the chairman of the Moresh Wegenie speeches, which strongly condemns the TPLF and the OLF deliberately killing the Amharas. The chairman always speaks about the Amhara’s contribution to the Ethiopian history.

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To that extent, Moresh Wegene has tirelessly been vocal for the Amharas indiscriminately killing by the TPLF regime for no apparent reasons, and there is no doubt that the TPLF’s and the OLF’s diabolical action to the Amharas was not covert for Major Dawit. It is very strange why Major Dawit chooses to accuse Moresh Wegene of being against Oromos; if Major Dawit wants the Amharas and the Oromos to come together, he would have done his speech in a circumspect manner.

I also read some articles of Major Dawit, which were insightful with measured approach, but compared to his recent speech about Moresh seemed a vindictive and personalized speech that degrades his credibility.

As I mentioned above, I agree with Major Dawit’s partial speech that he touched the indispensable issue about the Amhara’s participation in any political party or organization is vital and effective. The same thing is true that, not only the Amhara, its land is geographically and politically strategic. Otherwise, it would be a daunting task for any political party who excludes the Amhara.


  1. I 100 percent agree with the author that Major Dawit did a little mistake which he should not be said the sensitive issues on the public. I do not agree with Mr. Tekele Yeshaw regarding ESAT which he has a negative attitude. EAST is an excellent source which brings the latest news that exposes the TPLF’s savage attack the innocent Ethiopians. Otherwise, I have no any objection with Mr. Tekele Yeshaw being an activist for the Amhara people.

  2. To be fair, Ato Dawit came from the generation of Enat hager weyim mot! considering his military background, his generation educated during the king some of whom were sent abroad for scholarship upon completion of their courses returned home to serve their country, very patriotic generation. Not long ago during recent Gondar protest he made comment I think on ESAT said that Gobez Alekas should be dismantled sooner before they grow teeth, I was very disappointed with him, but now he quickly adjusted his views on Amhara people struggle for survival to which I am grateful.

    Look, without exaggeration, Amhara people are the most marginalized people in Ethiopia. 1) All ethnics are against Amhara people because of distorted history propagated against poor Amhara people by internal and external enemies. 2) throughout history Amhara people supported any regime that stood for unity regardless of the regime ethnic background whether Oromo rulers, Tigre rulers, Agew rulers, Adal rulers, Muslim rulers, etc. even if Woyane was genuinely pro-unity by dropping (Liberation Front) promoting national interest rather than tribal interest the first people who support the woyane would have been Amhara people. Mengistu Hailemariam claimed to be Oromo but most of his supporters are Amhara people, still there are less informed Amhara people who think Mengistu is their hero, I was shocked and angry reading some comments on youtube praising that evil butcher. Amhara people paid high price to keep unity, during red terror most of the grassroots who were slaughtered were Amharas.

    The so called Amhara region has been neglected crumbling, all the developments since Menelik up to Derg had been in Addis, Oromo region and in the south, the current regime is also focused on Tigray and Addis. Amhara people are the poorest but why everyone declared war on poor Amhara people? Amharic language is different from Amhara people, Amharic language belongs to all Ethiopian people, it has been common language for centuries, Atse Yohannes was using Amharic language when ruling Ethiopia, gragn Ahmed was using Amharic language, yeju Oromos were using Amharic when ruling north Ethiopia. Amhara people never forced anybody to convert to christanity, Ras Ali of wello was forced to convert to christianity by aste Yohannes, Negus Adal of Gojjam was forced to convert to christanity by atse Yohannes, why everyone picks on Amhara people?

    Amhara people struggle is for survival not for separate state, fake propaganda history written against them, discrimination, deportation, mass killing, hate campaign against Amhara people for 26 years. Where was prof Mesfin when Amhara people mass deported from Guraferda? he never wrote a piece of article about the injustice against Amhara people whether the Bedeno case, Arbagugu or mass grave in Assosa, prof Mesfin said there is no such thing ‘Amhara’ but where was he when people are discriminated by the name of Amhara? on national Id cards does not say Gondere or Gojamme, it says Amhara. Woyane and Shabia never said they were oppressed by Gojammes or Menzes, they said were oppressed by Amharas, Oromos claimed that colonized by Amhara, the poor Amhara people are paying the price on the ground, prof Mesfin and his kinds sit in Addis and say no such thing Amhara, it really pains me, the area I was born during ethio-Somalia war Amhara people were separated from other people and executed, Ayaa professor sit in Addis writes philosophy. Now the people of Welkaiet have been systematically kicked out of their homes, prof Mesfin never writes about Welkaiet, he never writes negative about atse Yohannes but he writes negative about Hailesilasie, atse Tedrose etc. he only comes to America to collect some $$ to pay his bills back in Addis.

    If Amhara people struggle is reactionary as Abebe Gellaw said “Eshokin Beshock Ayawatam”, all struggle started as reactionaries, Oromo people struggle was reactionary, reaction against action, if you abuse someone then expect reaction. Amhara people believe in Ethiopiawinet but first they need to defend themselves from constant abuse and discrimination. Amhara people are not against (the unity camp), I can understand the worry of those Ethiopians specially those who from mixed ethnic background, we respect their chose, I personally support the advocacy of creating Shewa region to accommodate mix ethnic people.

  3. Shimbra,

    Thank you for excellent information and analysis about Amharas are not against unity. It is true that the TPLF forced the Amhara not to believe in Ethiopiawient in order to destroy the country. Wayne knows well that Ethiopiawient is always the winner, and the Amhara is not compromised with Ethiopiawient, and its unity. Look right now the Gondare is dying by the TPLF bullets day to day, and whereas the diasporas try to tell the Amhara not to be organized. It is absurd. Anyway, I can not add more, and you depicted correctly the TPLF’s systematic genocide of the Welkait people.

  4. Thank you so much Kaleb
    I do agree with all your fact based Observations of Shaleqa Dawits well recorded stand and comments. I would not add or subtract a word on your eloquantly writings hopefully shaleqa Dawit will clarify his comments regarding Moresh and his stands towards shabias strongman Ato Aforqi
    Thank you

  5. When the ethnic politics was thrust down the throat of the Ethiopian, it was originally designed with the express purpose of making us remain saying exactly what everybody here is saying.

    With this in mind I am not here to say this is wright or wrong, but to advise for focusing on moving out of it all together. Thank you all.

  6. Mulugeta Andargie,

    “Ahahahahaha!!!!Ahahahaha!!!!” Kindly, what is the point here, and can you be specified. Just for curiosity!!

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