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Saturday, September 22, 2012

A concerted propaganda campaign has been launched inside and outside Ethiopia to present the new PM in Addis Abeba, Haile Mariam Desalegn as a technocrat with no history of human rights violation. Sadly, some Ethiopians have also joined this campaign and are echoing falsehood.  
SOCEPP had in the past repeatedly called for the arrest and trial of Haile Mariam Desalegn as one of those responsible for the Loqqee (Hawassa) massacre of more than a hundred Sidamas on May 24/2002. Others held responsible for the massacre that no one has denied took place were and are Meles Maremo, Bereket Semon, Abadula Gemeda, Tadesse Kassa and Mulugeta Alemseged (the latter is ambassador to Italy and is accused of organizing the assassination of his own brother, Afewerk in the refugee camp, Thika,  just outside of Nairobi, Kenya).
The late Meles Zenawi was also accused of approving the killings at Loqqee. As one of the top officials of the regime in the Southern region, Haile Mariam Desalegn has been implicated in numerous human rights violations. It is to be remembered too that Meles Zenawi had promised to set up an inquiry commission into the mass killing of Sidamas but had refrained from doing so. 
Hence the attempt to whitewash the crimes of Haile Mariam Desalegn should be condemned with vigor.  The people have not forgotten, they still justice ! Haile Mariam must be made to answer for his criems along with his accomplices.

Editor, Sidama Nation Online, 'www.sidama.org', September 21, 2012

Million Mathewos stands out from the Sidama people for one unambiguous reason. He is the son of the national hero 'Mathewos Korsissa' who unwaveringly stood his grounds and said 'no' to the injustices imposed on the Sidama people and other subjugated nations by the then regime. Mathewos Korsissa staunchly believed that the Sidama nation must manage its own affairs, including its economy. During his era, as today; the central government authorities with their regional cadres expropriate the resources of the Sidama people, whilst they languish under abject poverty. Mr Korsissa paid the ultimate sacrifice for the said noble Sidama nation's cause: - (Link).

Breaching such unshakable trust and confidence the Sidama nation placed on him, his son Million Mathewos Korsissa (the current Sidama Zone President) is unfortunately failing to assert his father's historical significance, betraying the ultimate and precious sacrifice his father made for the noble cause of Sidama nation, by conspiring, ordering and implementing the polices of subjugation and enslavement, torturing, imprisoning and brutalizing Sidama civilians for claiming their constitutional rights. Presently, Million has lost insight into what is going on, moral direction and lacks the guts in such a position to speak that truth for which his late father paid the ultimate sacrifice. Unlike those other immoral cadres who entertain the diabolical and unconstitutional policies in Sidama land; Million Mathewos, as long as he continues on such a course, will be recorded as one of the biggest failures of Sidama history. Being the son of such a noble Sidama personality who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the Sidama nation, his failure, should he not change, shows his total lack of morality, integrity and dignity. In stark contrast, his father's sacrifice reverberates for the present and future Sidama generations to come.

Moreover, one is appalled at hearing his unbalanced and less than insightful remarks on VOA's Amharic service which was aired on 19th of September 2012 about the ongoing Sidama nation's demand for regional self administration and the nations' civilians' unlawful detention for claiming these rights; (Link). In his interview, he tries to cover up the glaring reality of the Sidama nation's constitutional demands for regional self administration; wrongly branding Sidama civilians (whom he and his regional mentor arrested) for peacefully and non-violently claiming these rights, as criminals. Invalidating his remarks, however, is the fact that when roughly half a million Sidama spectators gathered in their capital Hawassa to celebrate their New Year Fichche on the 15th of July 2012, not a single incident was reported to occur, demonstrating the Sidama nation's astonishing civility, peacefulness and nonviolence, that sets an example for every global nonviolent movement: (Link).

In the Sidama people's cultural context, there is no place in society for such a character; possessing no value in Sidama culture, an outcast who, unless he change, will remain ostracized for several decades to come. The Sidama nation makes crystal clear, however, that Mathewos Korsissa's ultimate sacrifice isn't in vain. There are millions of the next generation of Sidamas who heroically hold high the banner of such a noble Sidama personality. And yet, if Million Mathewos Korsissa were to resign and step aside from his course and join the movement of the Sidama nation for their constitutional rights, a better opinion would immediately be formed. As long as he stays on his course, his father's spirit haunts him throughout his life; as long as he stays on his course, the Sidama nation will not forget his part in depersonalizing and dehumanizing the Sidama nation for as many generations as they will remember his father! And yet, whatever difficulties are put in front of the Sidama nation, will, in due time, be overturned, and success achieved.

Editor, Sidama Nation Online, September 21, 2012

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Queen Fura, a Sidama queen, is mentioned in history as a crazy and too powerful woman who, after her husband (who was a great king of the Sidama’s) died, almost turned the country upside down with her crazy commands which was directed against men...

By Nebyou W.

I heard a story from my friend which, even though not funny, is bound to make one smile. This friend of mine was walking during the evening (late hours) when the streets were deserted. There he saw a traffic police on a motor bicycle, who was waiting for the traffic light to come green. Then suddenly, out of the blue (or rather the black) a mini bus taxi came and hit the motorcycle from the back and then drove away without stopping. The traffic police, who was not hurt, but who was on shock, immediately started drawing lines on the asphalt with a stone. Yet it turned out later that he didn’t draw a thing on the asphalt.

I found it ironic that when the whole point of a traffic light is to manage traffic what was the use of having these lights when there was not traffic? When there is no traffic it is to be assumed that the lights are not needed (not denying that they may come in handy). I guess that it was because someone forgot to switch it off. But was the traffic police right in respecting the law or was he just too ‘conservative’? I am sure there are good arguments that can go both ways.

But let me point out a better example which is again related to traffic, traffic lights and traffic polices.

When I travel to the office in the morning I have to pass down the Churchill road. Two or three years back there was a frequent power cut which resulted in, during the worst scenario, partial blackouts once every other day. During that time I couldn’t help but notice that the time it took to pass the Churchill road was three or four fold faster when there was no traffic light. Why? Most of the traffic comes from the piazza direction and this line moves like a tortoise while the other 3 intersections which don’t have too much traffic and moved quickly. The traffic police, being a human being with a brain that can analyze this, was able to provide a much better service than the automated traffic light by allowing more time for the long queue. Here it is obvious that that the ‘law’ of the traffic lights was not solving such congestions but was actually becoming a problem.

I am forced to digress a bit and comment that it was during this time that I imagined that inventing a way to automatically gauge the cars that are in line and adjusting traffic light to this tempo may be a good idea. When I researched this issue I read on Wikipedia that there is a Dynamic Traffic Light Sequence system which uses a technology with appropriate algorithm and database applied to a multi vehicle, multi lane and multi road junction area to provide an efficient time management scheme. A dynamic time schedule was worked out for the passage of each column and the real time operation of the system was able to emulate the judgment of a traffic police officer on duty, by considering the number of vehicles in each column and the routing proprieties. I am sure that there are able engineers, computer programmers and traffic light installers that can make this happen in our country and I hope this is done soon.

Here I want to add stronger cases or examples that show how abiding by the law blindly can be disastrous.

My uncle is one of the committee members in an idir. One day, during an idir session, he was called by a lady who has been sick for some time. She was not able to get in as she was not able to walk up the stairs. I think she knew that he was a good person and as a woman (whose extra sensibility often offsets their extra sensitivity), she must have realized that, he was the right person to talk to. So when he comes down he is shocked by her condition and immediately scolds her for coming in such a state. But she almost begged him to forgive her and she gave her contribution money, (including the back pay), and her Idir card so that he will pay it for her. So in he goes and the Idir cashier immediately says that this will not be possible as she violated the law. Angry, my uncle tells the Idir rep that even if he wanted to follow the rules he should have done so from the outset (4 months back) when he should have started fining her. Anyway the row ended after a letter or application was dictated by the cashier, written by my uncle, signed by the lady and submitted to the cashier who didn’t allow the receipt of money and renewal there and then but postponed it to the next month by which time he proposed to ‘consult’ the other officials of the Idir.

An Idir is supposed to be a humane institution which will provide money and companionship during one of the most difficult time in life; when losing one’s close relatives. But this institution has even evolved to caring for the sick and even contributing in time of festivities. But what is the humanity in this?

In the Bible when Jesus cured a certain lady on Sabbath, the Pharisee’s, who had immense authority at the time in both religious and day to day lives of the people, turned against him by accusing him of defiling the Sabbath (i.e. law of Moses decreed that no one shall work on the Sabbath in order to worship God without any diversions). Isn’t it amazing how they found it easy to back the law rather than rejoice in the miraculous healing of this lady?

With the new law that assigns taxi’s to a certain route it is mandatory that those taxi’s start and end their route at the exact places for which they are assigned. But sometimes this will not be practical as in the case of the rush hours. Then it is wise to use ones head (which is created for thinking) and assign taxi’s to carry passengers from mid points. I have seen some officials who did exactly this and they should be commended for this. They saw beyond the rigid laws to solve the problems of the mass of people who were forced to run after any taxi that comes along as if they were bees attacking an enemy at the door of a beehive.

One of the most common inflexible mode of bureaucracy could be found in the finance section of any company. Sometimes it is so because as there is a need to tightly control the flow of cash so that it will not be too convenient for people who like other people’s property too much to get their hands on it. When I was in the university a certain person that I knew was thrown in jail. When I asked his friend why he answered ‘he picked up something which was not his property’. The Amharic phrase ‘Yerasu Yalehone Eqa Anseto’ is quite funny. Anyway the bureaucracy that goes along with the finance is usually suffocating. I know a finance head who created a wave that rattled almost half the staff in the organization (including the head of the organization, the finance officer, the cashier, 2 other department heads, a technical professional and a freelance professional) just to settle 850 birr.

Queen Fura, a Sidama queen, is mentioned in history as a crazy and too powerful woman who, after her husband (who was a great king of the Sidama’s) died, almost turned the country upside down with her crazy commands which was directed against men. Once she ordered the men to build her a house on the sky. An elderly man came up with an answer that they would obey her order on condition that she would lay the foundation first, as the Sidama tradition requires it. Defeated, she gave another crazy order for the men of the country to tame a buffalo so that she can ride on it. Well the same guy ordered the men to hunt and bring a buffalo. They, with his instructions, tamed the buffalo to a certain degree so that it will not run away when someone sits on it. How? They did it in a marshy swamp that was fenced. Then they called and told Fura that she can ride the buffalo but her hands and feet have to be tied so that she will not fall off. The queen’s agreed and after she was tied they opened the door of the swamp and the animal went out of the marshy swamp and sped through the countryside and forests, where parts of her body were ripped off, until she was completely disintegrated.
Laws are not there to impede progress. Laws are there to help people and entities achieve their goals. But without careful steps and some smart heads the laws can be prisons in which many languish. There are many laws that are useful when applied correctly but that sound like Fura’s laws in the hands of intentionally wicked or unintentionally slow people. Therefore, we can surmise that, even though one solution may be assigning the correct people who can adopt the law to the circumstances, the other solution may be coming up with clever schemes to beat these Fura laws.
Some names are being thrown around as being responsible for this crime. Hope someone can give us more info about this and educate us! 

The Loqqe Massacre of the Sidama Civilians

On May 24, 2002, Sidama people of all walks of life staged a peaceful, nonviolent and unarmed demonstration claiming their unconditional rights for regional autonomy that was accorded to the nations whose population is significantly smaller than that of theirs. The current estimated population of Sidama is over 5.5m. Despite their peaceful demand for regional autonomy, the demonstrators were met with live ammunitions from the army and the police forces that were assigned to monitor the protest. The regime�s political leadership from Sidama Zone, Southern Ethiopia Nations and Nationalities and People�s Regional State up to the central government carefully planned and managed the massacre.

Up to 100 Sidama demonstrators from whom 69 were confirmed were slaughtered in a broad day light for which neither the killers nor those who ordered the massacre were held accountable for their hideous crimes against humanity. To this date, the Sidama families whose fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, relatives, sons and daughters died continually mourn their loss, and continue to do so until justice prevails.
አዲስ አበባ መስከረም 12/2005/ዋኢማ/-የግብርና ምርምር የጥራት ላቦራቶሪ ኢትዮጵያ በግብርና ምርቷ በዓለም አቀፍ ገበያ ተወዳዳሪ እንደሚያደርጋት የግብርና ሚኒስትር አቶ ተፈራ ደርበው አስታወቁ።  � 

ሚኒስትሩ በግብርና ምርምር ኢንስቲትዩት ዋና መሥሪያ ቤት ቅጽር ግቢ በዘመናዊ መሣሪያ የተደራጀውን ላቦራቶሪ ትናንት መርቀው ሲከፍቱ እንደተናገሩት፤ ላቦራቶሪው ግብርናውን ወደ ከፍተኛ ደረጃ የሚያሸጋግርና የሀገራችንን ግብርና በዓለም አቀፍ ደረጃ የጥራት መስፈርት እውቅና ለማግኘት የሚደረገውን ጉዞ የሚያፋጥን ነው። ላቦራቶሪው አርሶ አደሩንም ሆነ አርብቶ አደሩን እንዲሁም መላ ሀገሪቱን ተጠቃሚ ያደርጋል። ይህም የግብርና ዕድገት ያፋጥናል።  � 

እንደ አቶ ተፈራ ገለጻ፤ ኢንስቲትዩቱ የሀገሪቱ የግብርና ምርት እንዲያደግ አዳዲስ ዝርያዎችንና ቴክኖሎጂዎችን በመጠቀም ውጤታማ እንዲሆን ትልቅ ሚና እየተጫወተ ይገኛል። ላቦራቶሪውም ለቀጣይ እድገቱ አስተዋጽኦ በእጅጉ የጐላ ነው።

ለግብርናው ዘርፍ እድገት የሚመለከታቸው አካላት ሁሉ በዘርፉ የተቀመጠው ግብ ስኬታማ ይሆን ዘንድ በቁርጠኝነት እንዲሠሩ ጥሪ አቅርበዋል።

የኢንስቲትዩቱ ዳይሬክተር ጀኔራል ዶክተር ሰለሞን አሰፋ በበኩላቸው እንደተናገሩት፤ ላቦራቶሪው በግብርናው ዘርፍ ለሚደረገው ጉዞ ትልቅ አስተዋጽኦ አለው። የሀገሪቱንም እድገት ቀጣይነት ለማረጋገጥ የምርቶችን የጥራት መስፈርት ማሟላት አጠያያቂ አይደለም። ለምርት ጥራት መረጋገጥ ደግሞ ላቦራቶሪው ዓይነተኛ ሚና አለው።

ላቦራቶሪው በስድስት ወራት ውስጥም ዓለም አቀፍ እውቅና እንደሚያገኝ ጠቁመው፤ ዓለም አቀፍ እውቅና የሚያገኛው የኢትዮጵያ ግብርና ምርምር ኢንስቲትዩትም ጭምር መሆኑን አስረድተዋል።   � 

እንደዶክተር ሰለሞን ገለፃ፤ የአርሶ አደሩን የተመራማሪዎችን ብሎም የሀገሪቱንም አቅም ያጎለብታል። ሀገሪቱም በግብርና ምርቷ በዓለም አቀፍ ደረጃ ተፅዕኖ ፈጣሪ መሆን ያስችላታል።  � 

የኢንስቲትዩቱ የእንስሳት ምርምር ዳይሬክተር ዶክተር ጌትነት አሰፋ በበኩላቸው፤ «ላቦራቶሪው በሀገር አቀፍ ደረጃ የተቀመጠውን እቅድ ስኬታማ ለማድረግ ቁልፍ መሣሪያ ነው» ብለዋል።  � 

የግብርና ምርታማነትንም ከእጥፍ በላይ እንደ ሚያሳድግ ጠቁመው፤ ከምርታማነትም ባሻገር ጥራቱ የተጠበቀ እንዲሆን ለማድረግ እንደሚያስችል ተናግረዋል።
ዓለም አቀፉ ገበያ የሚፈልገው ጥራት ያለው ምርት መሆኑን ጠቅሰው፤ ገበያው በሚፈልገው ደረጃ የሀገሪቱን ምርት ለማቅረብ የላቦራቶሪው አስተዋፅኦ ከፍተኛ መሆኑን ገልጸዋል።  � 

በኢንስቲትዩቱ የተደራጀው ሙዚየም በውስጡም የምግብ፣ የጥራጥሬ፣ የቅባት፣ የእንስሳት መኖ፣ የአትክልት ዝርያ፣ የደን ምርምር፣ የቡናና ቅመማቅመም፣ የመዓዛማ መድኃኒት ሰብሎች እንዲሁም የዓሳና የውሃ ውስጥ ህይወት ቴክኖሎጂንም ያካተተ ነው።

ለጐብኚዎቹ ገለጻ በተደረገበት ወቅት በሀገሪቱ 33 የጤፍ፣ 37 የቡና እንዲሁም 110 የስንዴ ዝርያዎች እንደሚገኙ ለማወቅ ተችሏል።

መንግሥት በፖለቲካ ፓርቲዎች፣ በጋዜጠኞችና በሰብአዊ መብት ተከራካሪዎች ላይ የሚያደርሰውን አፈና እንዲያቆም የኢትዮጵያ ራዕይ ፓርቲ ጠየቀ፡፡በአገሪቱ የሚታየውን ሙስና ለማጥፋት ተቃዋሚ ፓርቲዎችና ህብረተሰቡ ከመንግስት ጐን መሰለፍ አለባቸው ብሏል - ፓርቲው፡፡የፓርቲው ሊቀመንበር አቶ ተሻለ ሰብሮ ሰሞኑን በሰጡት ጋዜጣዊ መግለጫ፤ ብሔራዊ መግባባትን ለመፍጠር ቁርሾ፤ ቂምና በቀል በማስወገድ ፍትሃዊና ዲሞክራሲያዊ  የመፍትሄ አማራጮችን ማፍለቅ ያስፈልጋል ብለዋል፡፡ በፖለቲካ ፓርቲ አባላት፣ በጋዜጠኞችና በሰብዓዊ መብት ተከራካሪዎች ላይ የሚደርሰው አፈና እንዲቆም ሊ/መንበሩ ጠይቀዋል፡፡ ገዢው ፓርቲና ተቃዋሚዎች፤ እንዲሁም ተቃዋሚዎች እርስ በእርስ በአገሪቱ የመድብለ ፓርቲ ሥርዓት ላይ የሚነሱ ችግሮችን በመመርመር በጋራ መፍትሄ ሊሰጡ ይገባል ብለዋል - አቶ ተሻለ ሰብሮ፡፡ በሚዲያ ነፃነትና በኑሮ ውድነት ዙሪያ ፓርቲዎች በጋራ ተወያይተው መፍትሄ እንዲሰጡም የፓርቲው ሊ/መንበር ጥሪ አቅርበዋል - በፓርቲው ፅ/ቤት በሰጡት መግለጫ፡፡