Background: At the opening session of 2009-2010’s tenure of Ethiopia’s Parliament, which is accused by many critics as a rubber-stamp Parliament for the ruling party (TPLF), President Girma Woldegiorgis had outlined the areas the Meles Zenawi government would focus on for the upcoming year. At the following session, the Parliament was asked to forward motions to amend the government’s plans; none of the motions was approved by the Prime Minister. One of those motions was to include what actions the government would undertake to help the 13 million people starving in the country (or 6.2 million people if one takes the government’s figure; 13-million is the figure from most international aid organizations in Ethiopia). This motion was rejected by Prime Minister Zenawi, who seemed irritated over the concern the Parliament had shown to the millions of starving people. Zenawi admitted that the current famine was no different from the last 18 years and that the Parliament should not worry about it.
Instead of outlining his government’s response to the famine, he blasted aid organizations and the supply chain, which he labeled as the “food aid industry.” He blasted the “food aid industry” for exaggerating the number of famine victims so it could profit from it. However, even taking his government’s figure of 6.2-million people affected by the famine, why should not his government have an outlined response plan as suggested by the Member of Parliament shown in the video? It’s just “6.2 million people, don’t worry about it; besides, it’s been like this for the last 18-years” was the message from this video.
Speaking of the “Food Aid Industry”
Speaking of the “food aid industry,” former members of Zenawi party, had disclosed that, during the 1984-1985 famine in northern Ethiopia, Zenawi and colleagues had stashed away millions of dollars in aid money that was supposed to be distributed to starving people in the then TPLF-liberated parts of northern Ethiopia. Who’s accusing who of profiting from the “food aid industry”?
Wasn’t the TPLF-owned REST (Relief Society of Tigray) a partner of the “food aid industry” during the 1980’s? REST has now been Corleonized (to use the movie Godfather’s main character specializing in money laundering scheme) into EFFORT, the now “for profit” conglomerate that has monopolized each and every sector of the Ethiopian economy. How could the “food aid industry” and EFFORT be different? The seed money for EFFORT had been acquired from the “food aid industry”; from there on, EFFORT has gone to dominate every sector in Ethiopia’s economy using TPLF’s political and military powers. For the record, EFFORT’s Deputy CEO is none other than the wife of Mr. Meles Zenawi.
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Meles Zenawi on Adding Benefits to Veterans
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Meles Zenawi on Unemployment
He rejects the motion to forecast the number of jobs his government plans to create over the year.