Tsadkan Gebretensae says that the TPLF elites who lost power and privilege due to the recent political change in Ethiopia are abusing the fears of people in Tigray.
19,2018 August 1918
Tsadkan Gebretensae is a veteran TPLF fighter and has also served as Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian Defense Force until he resigned after division within the TPLF sometime in 2000
He is currently a businessman and says he has no ambition for a political office. However, he is no stranger to Ethiopian politics, in all its forms, and he often shares his views with different media.
In an interview with Addis Admas, a local news article in Amharic, published today, he shared his views on the political situation in the country, the reactions in Tigray to the constant change in the country, hope that fear became.
Initially, there was hope in Tigray that the change would bring something good to Tigray too. Now, he says, Tigreans have a lot of worries and fears about this.
Based on the remarks made by Tsadkan Gebretensae in the interview, one of the concerns of people in Tigray is the new relationship with Eritrea. "The care is real," he told Addis Admas.
He continued to work it out, apparently in the words of people he spoke to in Tigray: "We do not know anything about the relationship [with Eritrea]we do not know what is going on behind the scenes, and lacked transparency." Tsadkan believes that the government should know what this care is and how it should be tackled. For the rest of Ethiopians, the fear of the new relationship with Eritrea is simply irrational, especially when we look at "we have fought alongside Eritreans, we have kinship and we are direct neighbors" claims. The rapprochement with Eritrea is a decision of the ruling coalition, in which TPLF is a party and it is perhaps the only EPRDF decision in history that fully supported and celebrated Ethiopians.
There is also anger in Tigray, Tsadkhan continued in the interview. It stems from the conviction that "the sacrifice of Tigray people is trivialized, Tigray is considered a beneficiary [apparently in the last 27 years] while maladministration and lack of democracy were serious, and that is what Tigreans has revealed for hate propaganda." That is why, says Tsadkan, politicians must from the center of the country that understand and do something that is "relevant" for peace and unity of the country in the future. "
Asked to note that there is no distinction between TPLF and the people of Tigray, Tsadkan replied" to say that TPLF and the people of Tigray are one to reduce the people of Tigray. "However, he acknowledged that the power elites of TPLF claim that TPLF and the people of Tigray are one.
TPLF tries to harness the anxiety and fear of people in Tigray regarding the constant change, fears that people, according to Tsadkan, the question seems to be whether the change in the country will make no distinction between those who "err," in his words, and the rest of the people of Tigray, it affects everyone, but he has not provided evidence to show that the fear in Tigray is reasonable The only evidence he cited is the death of three people from the Tigray region in the Tana Beles area, in the Amhara region of Ethiopia Why the point about anti-Tigray hate propaganda could not confirm is that there have been murders in various parts of Ethiopia and that Ethiopians of other ethnic origin have also been victims, the dominant opinion is that killing has much to do with me t lawlessness, anarchy and ethnically based hatred. And when it comes to hatred and intolerance on the basis of ethnic background, TPLF is criticized for setting up its hub, ethnic politics. TPLF is even a precursor to ethnic hate propaganda.
Tsadkan, however, made some good points in his interview regarding the challenges faced by Abiy Ahmed's administration, which represents change. As many Ethiopians have said over the past few months, he stressed the need for the government to draw a line between peaceful political protest and a criminal activity of armed groups. That situation puts the country at risk, he noted.
The difference within the TPLF is also emphasized in the interview. A minority group is trying to reform TPLF and support the ongoing change, according to Tsadkan. The youth and elites in the region are also interested in the reform of TPLF and are part of the change in Ethiopia.
In the meantime, TPLF commemorated the sixth anniversary of the death of Meles Zenawi. A panel discussion was held today in Mekelle under the slogan "The Legacy of Meles Zenawi and the Renaissance of Ethiopia." Key and unpopular power elites from the TPLF such as Sebhat Nega, Abay Tsehaye and Debretsion Gebremichael were participants.
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