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Fetsum: The downfall of Professor Asmerom Legesse to Mekelom Hassere

This article is in response to “Professor Asmerom Legesse denouncing the methodology of COIE Report in Geneva with thousands of Eritreans in Geneva”, Published on June 5, 2016 A person acquires a beautiful name from one’s

This article is in response to “Professor Asmerom Legesse denouncing the methodology of COIE Report in Geneva with thousands of Eritreans in Geneva”, Published on June 5, 2016

A person acquires a beautiful name from one’s parents but falls short of practically living it like president Afwerki mis-lived his name for Aftseiki through his insensitive and overly arrogant mouth. How about Asmerom legesse, the man blessed with a beautiful name and surname but in serious contradiction with their implication at the tail end of his life?

God willing, we shall see but insanity is an outcome of desperation; people do something unimaginable when they are insecure and afraid. In this bizarre coincidence of events, the desperate Eritrean regime’s decision to ally with the worst Enemies of the people (Dr. Birhanu Negga et al) and the strange Professor Asmerom Legesse’s flirtation with an Ethiopian called Dr. Mohammed Hassan in denouncing the report by UNHRC (UN Human Rights Commission) synchronize towards a concrete reality. The two Ethiopian Doctors are of course too irrelevant to Eritrean internal affairs for me to give them more significance than they deserve. They don’t materialize in the reality totally none of their business. I, thus have nothing to challenge Mohammed on something that he should not involve except briefly as I have been doing with slick Birhanu’s adventure for money; rather using the episode for something related to our society and move on.

To me, the coincidence proves what has already been proven through the Yemane Monkey-Birhanu connection that took place in Geneva after the clique seriously failed in the militaristic field to hit the contemplated mark against the Ethiopian government. The regime simply has run out of social steam to depend on the good for nothing Ethiopians for support.

And now doing politics with the same differential connotation, an external intellectual out of the society, an abnormal activity that reflects the depletion of Eritrean intellectuals in support of the regime for the very few left in the pool to fall under the mercy of attention starved Ethiopians for survival. What was proven through the Monkey-Berahanu alliance in view of our people’s rejection of the dictatorship has been sealed by the recent Asmerom-Mohammed honeymoon in view of our intellectuals’ similar reaction. This is what they call a free falling regime in despondent state of mind; make sure you don’t get surprised if they swim together in Diga Allo, the dictator’s latest hideout from the exhausted Asmarinos.

As you know, intellectualism can be destructive or constructive depending on the commonsense and mindset of the intellectual. But the responsibility of genuine intellectualism in society is to positively influence it confronting oppressors without fear and individualism. It is about being an advocate of the people’s basic right for peaceful survival in their communities unlike murdering the concept by betraying them in favor of dictatorship in the case of the opportunist Professor. The once prominent advocate of the Oromia people’s struggle for self determination contradicts his image by slaving for the obstacle that shuttered the dream while approaching death with detrimental effect on the Eritrean people’s question of freedom and justice.

The Professor shamelessly appeared in the media with intense determination to reverse the dictator’s universally proven criminology, and here I am taking the opportunity to radiate my view without bias and personification.

He started his show expressing disappointment on the author of “never kneel down”, a prominent supporter of the Eritrean struggle for choosing rational position on the visionless dictatorship, but the same feel resonates on all other external supporters of our struggle that have been dismayed by the sickening turn of events in the country.

Asmerom with his Ethiopian partner Mohammed Whatever denounced the methodology of COIE Report in Geneva telling his audience that two things mattered in the event vis-à-vis the Eritrean situation: International convention oncivil and political issues and cultural and economic life.

As per the civil and political issues, the evidence was right on his face through the absolute dictatorship, the worst record of journalism in the world and the massive demonstrations of Eritreans for freedom and justice. But he stated that the individuals interviewed by the commission were “Eritreans seeking asylum in Europe that necessarily should reflect negative opinion on the regime for approval”. He condemned the procedure and vows to reverse it by interviewing Eritreans that have already completed their issues of asylum with European authorities because “they have no reason to distort reality for survival”.

Well, I advice the expired Legesse to stay away from his target Eritreans for they can ridicule him in public or slap him on the face. But the statement stays in conflict with what the Monkey said in his Geneva press conference that the interviewed individuals were unknown people fine tuned by the Ethiopian government in Ethiopia” and that of the alcoholic Eritrean Ambassador in Kenya that flatly saidthey were Ethiopians in Eritrean mask”. In light of the experience, Legesse’s remark at least corrects the Eritrean regime’s denial through the Monkey and that useless dude in Kenya about the identity of the individuals in question. It clearly shows the regime’s compulsively contradictory nature.

The commission according to the Professor’s testimony should then stand valid because the collective grievance came from Eritrean citizens affected by the regime whether they were asylum seekers or not. His statement should be another evidence to the commission’s correct approach of the issue for what mattered then was whether the words came from victimized Eritreans irrespective of their immigration status around the world.

As per the cultural aspect of the convention, the aging Professor appeared like losing his mind and moral values totally missing the point out of context. A society cannot have decent cultural values without solid family structure, the most fundamental aspect of the concept that has been terribly disparaged by the on going slavery and massive exodus of the youth. Few of the most significant damages inflicted by the regime being the labor camp slavery and raping of the young girls at Sawa, the growing number of children with unknown fathers, the horrifying magnitude of prostitution in the country, the deterioration of traditional values of compassion, sacrifice and respect to the elders in favor of deception, cruelty and of course the new culture of denial, rigidity and greed of the youth born into the era of independence.

As per the economic life portion of the convention, the pathetic Professor criticized the commission for overlooking the new DIGAs in the country ignoring the massive destruction of homes, the shortages of water and electricity that paralyzed the society more than any other time in history, the total freeze of construction for the last 6-7 years, the economic paralysis in the dead Eritrean ports, seas and islands, and the heavily damaged tourism industry as a result, the scary rate of unemployment that rendered the society dependent on remittances from the Diaspora, lack of national Airliner industry, hotels and businesses, the untouched fishery potential and accumulation of wealth in Swiss Bank personal accounts, to say the least. Nothing so far to show in terms of business economy and infrastructures after the Asmara Palace Hotel and the limited Korean residential buildings in 25 years of sheer bullism with high emphasis of boozing and fornification.

He talked about Medical headway bypassing the shrinking pharmacies because of intolerable red-tape and licensing problems, the deterioration in this regard compared to the society’s capacity during the struggle where medicine was produced in the liberated areas by the terribly abused Eritrean Doctors that left the country after independence. He uttered his words without mentioning the acute lack of power in the hospitals that is forcing patients to check in with their generators for medical treatment; the filth and pollution induced health hazards due to sanitation factors associated with water and electricity shortages, relapse of the sewage system in Asmara and increasing carbon emission from the mechanical oriented power generators in the cities.

The Professor also said that the commission forgot paying attention to the remarkable education system in the country reduced to be the only one without accredited university on planet earth. He defended the system that only delivers grade 12 education in Sawa military camp and issues certificates only till grade 11 high school status contrary to the standard grade 12 oriented approach around the world.  He shamelessly raised this issue in a country that has the lowest Internet access in the continent with no educational materials in the so called academic institutions (papers, printers, computers, handouts, books, etc.) run by unlicensed teachers from Far-East Asia. He had the gut talking about academic development in the country that once fired “33 native professors from Asmara University” in the process of erecting the feck colleges for symbolic gestures and that demoralized the remaining native professors “paying them $100 a month in contrast to the unqualified foreigners that earn about $2500 plus $100 housing allowances per month.”

The Professor finally said that the Eritrean governmenttried to implement human rights” which was simply an insult to the intelligence of the international communities but it was a clear admission about no substance was registered in this regard. He was not confident there as his unconscious mind took the charge to radiate his inner feeling about the issue through his sub-conscious mind outside his control. He contradicted his position in favor of the COI outlook of justice telling“the government tried to respect human rights” instead of assertively saying it respects human rights. Why would a regime earned by extreme human sacrifice try to respect human rights instead of defending and giving them to begin with? How can he defend a system known for unjustly caging its citizens in over 300 prison cites, yet for the only remaining few million Eritreans in the country depleted by staggering exodus of the people?

What the poor man is doing is living his established concepts of existence and freedom to the fullest. He could not give what he does not have in his disgusting inner soul, love and compassion; because he has no internal serenity and benevolence, needless to say he cannot survive without a master that nullifies freedom with extreme humiliation. Human rights to this confused intellectual is about unconditionally accepting authority and living it without liberty.

In conclusion, he had the tenacity to invite all Eritrean intellectuals to fight hard against the COI deliberation without paying attention that we have abandoned the regime for the fundamental cause of the people. He could not even realize that he teamed up with that Ethiopian Mohammed because of this reality, the suggestion being a reflection of his blurred intelligence and wrong self-perception of being our role model of dignity. What a mess!!!

Legesse can do what he has to do but better find riffraffs like him south of the border for he is all alone in this situation to the disgrace of himself and his family. The question is what people should do with his unpleasant individuality vis-à-vis his spiritually impacting name: Asmerom or the Unifier and Legesse, a compassionate heart of a person that cares about the condition of society. Unfortunately, he sacrificed his first name for supporting a dividing regime and his last, for cruelty obvious saying that Hisur maere nebsu yehsireka by the curse of inviting educated Eritreans to betray the people for the dictatorship. As such,Asmerom legesse reduces himself to Mekelom Hassere at the final stage of his life, Folks and enjoy the show!!

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  • Gezae July 24, 2016

    Dear, Professor Araya Debesay
    Unquestionably, we all had and still have unlimited respect for Professor Asmerom Legesse’s intellectual caliber, his gentle manners, pleasant personality, and the true son of Eritrea. You worked with Professor when he chaired the Board of Eritrean Relief Committee (ERC) in New York. Well done, we wish work today and tomorrow to-gather too. I read criticizing the respected professor for opposing the biased COIS Concorde by Ethiopia, Somalia, and Djibouti not even supported by the USA ; I do not need to argue here that every political idea has the characteristics of a viewer, even making up stories to whip up and strengthen emotional reactions.
    Even though we are not all intellectuals like you are or my dear brother Fetsum, we are grown up with the Eritrean politics; thus we pretty much understand that the demonization of the enemy’s leader comparing the leader with Hitler is a good start to criticized individuals because of the instant images that Hitler’s name provokes. We have a good knowledge that Professor Asmerom knows the Eritrean people’s problems, the restiveness and aberrant behavior of the government very well than any one of us. So that it is not a genuine to draw a value judgment from difference outlined.
    I know the role of intellectuals in society is a complicated subject. However, one cannot dispute what a meaningful and crucial impact intellectual can make. Anyhow intellectuals like everyone else they have their blind spots. Therefore, together with the responsibility to awaken society, they also need to be constantly aware of their own shortcomings, which may limit their understanding and cause harm to individuals and society.
    Great respect