Actually who is Andargachew Tsege?
Andagachew Tsege was born in 1955 in Addis Ababa. After successfully completing his elementary and junior education at the former Asfawosen School, he joined Teferi Mekonnen high school in 1968. By 1972 Andargachew enrolled in to the then Haile Selasse University and studied there until 1975. As any other youth of his era he stood against the oppressive Dergue regime and joined the EPRP. When his life was at risk, he fled Ethiopia into exile first into the Sudan and then to the United Kingdom.
When the EPRDF came to power in 1991, Andargachew was the first mayor of Addis Ababa for a brief period of time. He resigned over policy disagreements with the TPLF leaders, the main party in the EPRDF coalition. He was a member of Tamrat Layne's Ethiopian People's Democratic Movement (EPDM) that initially spited from EPRP taking some 120 members away, which later changed its name to Amhara People Democratic Movement (APDM), to go along with Meles Zenawi's ethnic apartheid agenda. Andargachew was one of the few Ethiopians who had the benefit of observing the dangerous nature of the current regime by joining their ranks for the first three years of the EPRDF power. While with EPRDF Andargachew was clearly following the political environment in which by early hay days of 1991, when Essayas and Meles were enjoying their honeymoon of sitting on power, they had sinisterly jointly stubbed Ethiopia's nationhood by forcibly imposing their wish on parliament to pass Article 39 - on self-determination. This action was taken not only considering the immediate separation of Eritrea by 1993, but also preparing the ground for other nationalities to move in the same direction and eventually delete Ethiopia as a national state. Actually speaking Article 39 does open a space for claiming legal Secession through the UN to approve. But it is not that easy to simply forward such a national issue to the UN and get immediate approval. Pre-conditions need to be fulfilled first.
In 1994, once again, he was forced to become an exile. During this period he wrote lots of articles and books on Ethiopian politics. Especially his recent work entitled "Nesanten Yemayouk Nesaouch" was the most acclaimed.
Andargachew Tsege left London for Ethiopia in April 2005 to take part in the electoral process. Whilst there he volunteered to help the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) in their campaign activities for the third general election. Subsequently, on the 8th of June 2005 he was detained from his family home along with several thousand members and supporters of the opposition parties.
It seems the book "Nesanten Yemayouk Nesaouch" and his help for CUD (which won large number of seat in both in urban and rural constituencies) earned him the enmity of the ruling party.
According to a report disclosed in Reporter website in March 2006, Andargachew Tsege and Kassa Kebede went and stayed in Asmara where they had lengthy meetings with EPLF senior government officials. One can read the actual report at www.ethiopianreporter....e&sid=3681
Thus, given the fact that:
1. AndargachewÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s recent-past intimate relation with Meles and Essayas Afeworki;
2. AndargachewÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s track record of flowing with the wind every decade or so; 70s = EPRP, 80s = DERG, 90s = EPDRF and Now = 00s = Kinijit
3. AndargachewÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s constant vacillation on major political issues;
4. AndargachewÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s inconsistent, unprincipled political stance of the past.
How much trust followers of Kinijit (CUD) should bestow upon Andargachew and his leadership? Such questions have been asked a lot of times. However, Andargachew refuses to give clean straightforward answers to such questions and valid explanation to issues in concern.
An article written by Commander Asefa Seifu just a month ago and posted at: the website www.ethiogermany.de/news.htm
does give you certain concrete clue on AFD and its mission. Please go to this website and look under the Heading: 'AFD and the current Disaster in Ethiopia.' When you click on that title, it takes you to the article titled: By Commander Assefa Seifu - Sept.20, 2006 - THE SO CALLED ALLIANCE FOR FREEDOM & DEMOCRACY THE CURRENT DISASTER OF ETHIOPIA. Another article written by Ambassador Imiru Zelleke also hinted at the same thing in his famous article on AFD. This article was posted by Ethiopian Review (ER) sometime in July or August 2006.
According to what has been charted at www.oefre.unibe.ch/law...000_.html
, the major steps to follow are indicated below: Before requesting U.N. recognition for the right to self-determination, including secession, of every Nation, Nationality and People shall come into effect when:
1. A demand for secession has been approved by a two-thirds majority of the members of the Legislative Council of the Nation, Nationality or People concerned.
2. The Federal Government has organized a referendum which must take place within three years from the time it received the concerned council's decision for secession.
3. The demand for secession is supported by majority vote in the referendum.
4. When the Federal Government will have transferred its powers to the council of the Nation, Nationality or People who has voted to secede.
5. The division of assets is effected in a manner prescribed by law.
Obviously Andargachew had knowledge of the divisive cards at his disposal since long when he was together with Essayas and Meles in the hay days of the 1980s. At the moment it is sad that we still have so many blind supporters of AFD among us. These persons simply support AFD out of sheer sentiment. Certainly majority AFD-supporters are floaters who have no or some ideological background on the whole lot and yet blow their horn, applaud with amusement blow still with the wind and maintaining their noise all around. If sympathy and support comes from the OLF-ONLF-EPPF camps to AFD, I can understand. But when it comes from CUD's own supporters, I am bewildered and tormented to say the least. It must be either shortage of information or proper understanding of the whole political game that put us in a check position. At the end of the day, sentimental reaction will not save Ethiopia from the age old divisive mission of Essayas Afeworki orchestrated currently by AFD. The attempt to eventually create 3 mini republics in place of Ethiopia is a serious political ploy that deserves immediate attention of Ethiopians and those concerned for Ethiopia. . We have seen Yugoslavia being split into six parts, a country that has structurally similar socio-political artifacts. I would not be surprised if it happens to Ethiopia. We have to understand what is going to be given on our plates pretty soon is not a nice sounding party. The countryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s current crisis really needs urgent efforts to put things in order and move in the pathway that leads to building a democratic Ethiopia indivisible under the God-of-us-all. Time goes and we have to catch up as fast as possible. Life goes and life goes by. So we must use the time effectively and efficiently than to lament in trauma later after things have already happened. We must also be aware of that things are being cooked behind closed doors; so we must stop smelling what others cook; rather start to cook our own menu in order to prepare ourselves for the inevitable competition or combat.