Friday, September 08, 2006

Breaking News: Defections, defections, defections

Inquiry commission decides that the government used excessive force against demonstrators
Two commission members leave to Germany with the report
Woldemichael Meshesha, the Vice president of the Federal First Instance Court was one of the most loyal servants of the TPLF regime. In May last year, he made a decision in favor of Meles Zenawi in case of Kinijit v. Meles Zenawi where CUD represented by Birtukan Midekisa and Yeneneh Mulat contended that the PM's ban of demonstrations was contrary to the constitution. A month latter, he sentenced a pro-CUD lawyer to jail for criticizing that decision. But even for a loyal judge like Woldemichael, what Meles did in June and November when he ordered the killing of scores of demonstrators was an assault to conscience.
At the end of November last year the Parliament established the commission of inquiry which was entrusted with the investigation of the June 8 and November 1 killings. It was thought that the investigation would be a white wash. The commission was carefully constituted with members who were supposed to be loyal to the Meles Zenawi government. Woldemichael was was one of the ten members of the commission. Three months into the the investigation, five members resigned from the commission citing conditions of their health. They were immediately replaced and the commission went on with its work. In May, it finalized the investigation. The result was shocking to the government. Eight of the commission members including Woldemichael decided that the government had used excessive force to quell the June and November demonstrations. Meles Zenawi personally asked the commission to reconsider its decision. The members refused. One member of the commission said he better die than play with the blood of innocent victims.Wolde's passport was confiscated. He was also watched very closely by the government.
In Mid August Wolde left Ethiopia to a neighbor country and then to Germany with the help of active Kinijit International Members, carrying the report of the commission in his hands, where he joined another of the commission members, Firehiwot Samuel, the president of the Supreme Court of SNNP. Firhewot's story is as epic as Wolde's. Although ever willing to work in the system, Firhewot was known for his compassion and morality as a judge. Midway into the investigation, he got three scholarships from three different universities in Europe. After the decision of the commission where Firehiwot sided with the majority, the government disrupted his plan for study. Newly married to a beautiful fresh graduate from Awassa University, Firehiwot's stable life was turning upside down. The government assigned him a driver who he thought was spying on him. His movements were carefully scrutinized. He decided he had to leave the country quickly. With utmost secrecy, Firehiwot arranged his travel and left to Germany in July. He was soon to be followed by his wife.
The result of the investigation was supposed to be presented to the Parliament and published before its summer recession but the PM prohibited the commission from publishing it. It was feared that it would never see daylight unless Meles Zenawi lost power. Yet the defections of two of the commission's most important members have given hope that the world will see the truth through the report.
Coming soon....
-The full report of the commission
-Crisis in the Justice system, resignation of Judges


zegabi said...

This is type of in your face patriotic response that Ethiopians needed. Kudos to the comittee members that honestly served.

I am so grateful to you EZ, extremely grateful! Take care of your self.

Anonymous said...

Selam the Zagol the Great! You sure know how to make an entrance my brother! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!

Kudos to All! Wolde, Firehiwot and Andaragchew. Der siyaber anbasa yasir!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ere Bey Woyane!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

can you pls host the names of the members of this commission?

Anonymous said...

i know firehiwot personally and i knew that he would not wash his hands with the blood of innocent people. May his soul rise upto heaven for God knows he will do to bring to light what ethiopians have been suffering all along.kudos

Anonymous said...


Good to hear from you. Excellent reporting. May the coming year be safe and prosperous to you and your loved one.

Be safe.

Anonymous said...

Thank you EZ for the braking news. Now, the Meles and TPLF have no wayout. That is the end of it. His supporters will be forced to make a hard choice: either to continue to support him and TPLF as colonial masters of Ethiopia in the 21 centurey or to abonden him.
I know Frehiwot, he tried his best to reform the Justice system in SNNPR. He deserves to be honered!!!

Ethiopia Atetefam!! Woyane Yetefal!!!

Anonymous said...

Seminawork aka Ethio-Zagol,
Happy New year!!!
You are doing great job. You and Addis Ferenji are showing us the power of bloginng and bloggers in helping our struggle. Keep up your great job!
BTW, why are you using two names, Seminawork and Ethio-zagol for your blog? I just want to know the reason behind, otherwise both names are fantastic.
I hope you will update us on the present condition of Ato Bereket.

Anonymous said...

I wonder why all your breaking news is so colorful, and important to but, yet not picked up by any other news network. I wonder if your are a victim of misinformation or a source of it.

Anonymous said...

I wonder why all your breaking news ares so colorful, and important but, yet not picked up by any other news network. I wonder if you are a victim of misinformation or a source of it.

Anonymous said...

Dearest Zagol:

I wish all the best in the new year! I am so grateful for your reports. Take care. Woyanes are mad dogs.

With many thanks,

Anonymous said...

Seasons greatings to yo to EZ.
I like your style.I have spent the past 1/2 year with you.
Good are the most trusted,respected and reserved news source.I trust you completely.
May we all see the collapse of the God Damn regime.
The oppressed people will be victorious.

Anonymous said...

ethiozagol-we are not able to afford the telephone bills.our telephone comes with charges despite it is locked and we didnot use.please tell us about it if you know about ETC we cant afford living here in addis.The poor is being cheated.
I donot want to tell the grievances to the liars media.

Anonymous said...


First of all, I wish you, Your Family and all Ethiopian People to have a Happy New Ethiopian Year.

Thank you once again for sharing with us this Excellent News

Down with Woyane and the tyrants

Prosperity for the Oppressed Ethiopian People

Take care your self from the thugs

Anonymous said...


What incredible news!


I wish you

- health, happiness, joy, and blessings.
- Success in each facet of your life
- the best of everything that you so well deserve.

Anonymous said...

oh man u r amazing. u really know how to get it and report it. kudos...

happy ethiopian
new year!!!

Anonymous said...


Once again, you have managed to update us with an incredible news. You are, by far, the best news source from Addis these days. You are helping the struggle in big, big ways. Keep up the great work.

God Bless you

Anonymous said...

Zagol Groupies,

Melkam Enqutatash!

While ye'all are killing him with praises don't forget to click on the blue banners. The Benjamins are just as important as all the kudos!

Click on daily!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

What a new year message. God Bless and stay safe.

Anonymous said...

This Certainly makes my NEW YEAR the best yet! I am so happy with the knowledge that TPLF WOYANE is going to be burried this year. They too should celebrate it as the best way they can, after all they will never celebrate any more New Year in Ethiopian land. That is NOT a euphemism, rather it is a promise!

H A P P Y - N E W Y E A R !!!

ZAGWE said...

Dear readers,

Do not be fooled by this story. Actually nothing really happened. We all know Meles and his goons’ did it. We also know why they did it. Meles and his party created this loyal committee of selected few to make a cover story.

The so called committee could not have bring us any thing new we can use for any thing. They were just waiting for perfect condition to escape for personal comfort to the west thinking this is their certificate of acceptance. However, going back and looking at their records shows that we should condemn them for what they did to our leaders in jail. They have damaged our political struggle than their report.

Long Live Ethiopia!

yonas said...

Keep it up and wish you a prosperous new year

Anonymous said...

No mentoin of the 'neighbouring country' or the oromo peoples struggle. You sefish ****** !!!!

Anonymous said...

Doesn't mean anything unless he leaves . . . !!!

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