Belayneh Abate and the African Rulers!!


Drs. Tsegezab Gebregergis

Today, September 28 2019, I read an article on titled “Addressing the African Rulers”, written by an Ethiopian, Abate Belayneh, in which he mercilessly exposes  the corrupt nature of the present African rulers.

Belayneh shows how they are hugely embezzling the wealth of their countries and depositing this money in foreign banks while their own people suffer from malnutrition and other preventable diseases.

Interestingly, as if pointing his finger at Eritrea he astutely observes: “The peoples of Africa suffer from many forms of physical and mental pains because they are held in chains and their wealth is robbed by their rulers”.  

Although, by stating the plain truth, he depicts the prevailing situation in Eritrea under the rule of its despotic ruler, nevertheless he disappointingly never mentions by name Eritrea or its tyrant ruler, Issayas Afeworki.  

Yet Eritrea, under the rule of Issayas Afeworki, is a typical example of those countries in Africa today whose people suffer from many forms of physical and mental anguish because they are held in chains and their wealth is robbed by gangster rulers.

Indeed, the Eritrean people are today being held as hostages and buried alive under the rule of this tyrant to the point where they have become an endangered species.

According to Martin Plaut, an astute observer on Eritrean affairs: “Eritrea is no ordinary state; rather it resembles a criminal organisation designed to keep its citizens in perpetual servitude. It  behaves like a mafia organisation: with covert finances but without a constitution, legislature or elections, run by the country’s president and his closest associates.”

Therefore, as far as I am concerned, the article would have made more sense and been more attractive to its readers if it had appeared under the title “Eritrea Under The Brutal Tyrannical Rule of Issayas Afeworki and his Corrupt Disciples”.

It is therefore of utmost importance that those with keen interest on Eritrean affairs to understand that the ongoing untold suffering of the Eritrean people under the rule of the PFDJ gangs and their head, Issayas Afeworki, has no parallel in Africa.

After all is said and done, however, this article makes very interesting reading.

God bless and protect Eritrea and its people!