by Wondimu Mekonnen: London 09 April 2013
The London Debre Tsion, Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (EOTC) remains completely shut leaving the flocks of Christ in the cold. And yet, God is great! He did not abandon his sheep without a shepherd. He provided them with a shepherd mysteriously using the hands of those very people who locked out the sheep in the open.
Ethiopians say, a name is given by an angel (ስምን መልአክ ያወጣዋል). The meaning of Tariku Abera, loosely translated is, “His life history shines”. Indeed, he is the shining star of Ethiopian Orthodox church. Tariku’s teachings seem to electrify the audience as he delivers. Tariku preaches Christ with passion and convictions. His words are trustworthy because he speaks them out with faith in the Lord. The words just flow like the current of a river by themselves, constructing convincing statements. He doesn’t claim to speak from his own faculty of thinking whatsoever The Holly Spirit simply puts the words in his mouth. For any Bible preacher, such as Tariku, faith is the crucial element. He has that vital ingredient in abundance. He is also brave. He would never shy away from speaking up the truth. You like him or hate him, but he wouldn’t hesitate to tell you what is right and what is wrong. If he has to say something, he would speak it out without any fear of its repercussion on him. Guess what! Tariku was brought to London by those who left us out in the cold. You know why towards the end of this article.
The story I am going to write today is heart rendering story of this amazing unsuspecting young Bible preacher. It is a very sad story that brought tears on everyone’s eyes when he told un us one Sunday, as a result of mischief perpetrated by some religious leaders of London Debere Tsion, the reincarnation of those responsible for Jesus’ death (Matthew 26:3-4) or those who attempted on the life of Emperor Thewdros by poisoning him through “The Holy Communion” – the Caiaphas and the scribes of our time. However, it is probably God’s plan this to happen.
CURRENT SITUATION IN ETHIOPIA
The TPLF lead regime in Ethiopia commits one crime after another for ulterior motives. It commits bigger crime overshadow or eclipse the former. The chain continues. Our people at home are undergoing unheard tribulation in their history. Hence they are running away into exile in millions.
The Christians were the first victims. They were killed in cold blood. Their monasteries and churches were ransacked. Their lands were appropriated by the TPLF disguised as EPRDF, for sugar plantation or for sale to outsiders. It is now the Muslims turn to cry. Exactly what had happened to Christians is now happening to the Muslims. We have heard news of farmers being evicted by the TPLF led regime of Ethiopia from their land in Gambella and elsewhere to sell their property to foreign agro-conglomerate. Land, according to the regime’s constitution, is not a private property, therefore, is never to be bought or sold by the citizens. However, that seems not to apply to the authors of the law. Although they have not been seen buying, they have been busy evicting farmers, grabbing their lands and selling to foreigners as they wish. This had never happened before in our history and our people did not know how to tackle such a criminal act committed by the TPLF regime. Before overcoming the shock of such atrocious act of gross violation of human rights yet again we are hit by even more shocking news of forceful eviction of the “Amhara ethnic group” from places like Gura Farda, Gumuz, Beni Shangul and elsewhere. Compare this to our fate in a foreign land. Uprooted from Ethiopia, many of us are living in democratic countries, such as the UK. In our host countries, we have never been threatened to be evicted from our homes, simply because we are not pure natives. On the other hand, Ethiopians in Ethiopia are evicted from their homes without destination! Not only the Amaras, are the Afars facing the same indignation. Hundreds of thousands of homeless in Addis Ababa are going to be counted in millions very soon. Catalogue of crime committed by the TPLF is climbing up. We don’t know how much more crime it may commit tomorrow that would dwarf the current one. We are registering. Nothing will be forgotten.
That is Ethiopia for you! As long as this monstrous regime stays in power, anything can happen to our people in that unfortunate land. But that is there. However, who would believe us if we tell you that the TPLF pursued us into exile to evict us from our churches in the Diaspora? Believe it or not, it had happened in London.
OUR LIVES IN BRITAIN
I have said this before (http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/Get-involved/Collaborative-projects/Belonging/PStories/World/Impermanence/WondimuMekonnen.htm) and I will not hesitate to say it again. Thanks to the British Government, many of us in Britain are granted asylum from persecution in our native land. This gave us the leash of life, not scared of being shot at on the street or arrested for no apparent reason. We are even allowed to practice our unique faith of Ethiopian Tewhido Orthodox Christianity, which is different from The Anglican, freely. And yet we ask, does the UK government know the regime in power in Ethiopia continues to abuse the aid money donated out of generosity of kind hearted members of the world? In 1984-85, they used the money to buy weapons. The UK turned blind eyes on that although they knew it well. The UK probably allowed the TPLF to do that in order for the TPLF to oust the communist regime with the weapon purchased with the aid money. The TPLF thinks the West is fool. As result, this time, it is using the such money to oust the people themselves from land. Mugabe was condemned for taking away the land from foreign settlers and giving it natives, but the Woyyane regime takes away land from the natives to foreign agro-conglomerates. Nobody says anything. Thanks to the aid money and of course unlimited right to collect taxes from its citizens, the Woyyane have the resources enough to suppress our people at home and now can export suppression abroad. It has brought over trained spies from Ethiopia and has been busy buying the loyalty of traitors among the refugees abroad. Of course there are many ready to sell their souls for money. Using these traitors the Woyyane has been bent on a mission of destabilising the Diaspora community. They are out here to hunt us down, weaken us and finally silence us. This is the continuation of a long drawn plan. They have been well trained on how to infiltrate the communities, churches, cooperatives and other refugee establishments, such as football clubs, cultural shows etc.. London Debre Tsion St Mary’s church had been the target for a long time, now its turn has come to be the next casualty.
There is one serious problem that must be tackled in The Ethiopian Tewahedo Orthodox Church everywhere. The acceptance of anyone in a clergy’s attire is putting the church at risk. When the greedy power monger fake monk allowed into our church, has anyone checked his identity or proof of his rank in the church hierarchy? It was such tradition of trust at face value that allowed Rasputin, disguised as a monk, to destroy the Romanov family – the Russian Tsar. Our liaises-faire attitude in our own churches, St Mary of Debre Tsion, allowed the fake monk – Rasputin II (ዳግማዊ ራስፑቲን) to overtake our church and to hang us dry. No questions asked. That is why we are victims of regime’s spies, who pass as clergies.
Berhe (2008, p 302) writes about the issue in question as follows:
To weaken church authority, an intelligence group was formed under Sibhat Nega to infiltrate the well-established monasteries in Tigrai, such as Debre Damo, by planting TPLF members camouflaged as monks and influencing church activities in the interests of the TPLF
You can see they are not men of God! Berhe’s account is first-hand information. He was one of the architects and co-founders of the TPLF. He knows how the organisation works. He was disgusted with it and left the criminal organisation ran by criminal thugs such as Meles Zenawi and Sebhat Nega in time. We are grateful to him for telling us the truth. What distinguishes Aregawi Berhe and Gebremedhin Araya from the rest of TPLF’s fallen angels is the fact that the formers do not hesitate to disclose the truth they know. Others later victims of Meles Zenawi’s tricks still have a soft heart for the corrupt organisation and wouldn’t utter a word about the TPLF as an organisation itself but personalities. We see that the regime is holding to the grip of the church at any cost. It knows well controlling the church means controlling the majority of the population. That is why it is determined to control London Debre Tsion.
In light of all of these, who is then the mini dictator (ግልገሉ አመባ ግነነ), the fake monk in The London Debre Tsion EOTC? No one in our church seems to know about his background or have checked his credentials. Other than the time he sneaked into Jerusalem to cleverly obtain the title of “Qomus” (Archimandrite) from Abune Mathias, the current appointed Patriarch, I am not convinced if had ever gone through the proper ordination of priesthood. Otherwise, how on earth had he had to learn the rituals of liturgy here in London? Could he be one of those camouflaged monks dressed in clergy’s attire? God knows. However, we at least know that he is far from being a believer. He hasn’t got any faith in Christ. At least he has broken 9/10 of the commandments. The one that is not yet broken, I think, is “Don’t Kill!” True monks don’t shut down churches on the flocks of the Lord! No! Never! They rather lay their heads for their flocks. They don’t fight for money or power. They would love their brothers as themselves. They respect the people. They wouldn’t encourage unsuspecting and adoring innocent women and youngster to fight and die for them. Somebody informed me that the fake monk is building his mansion in Addis Ababa. When you have a “Major” ranking brother in the TPLF army, everything is possible. Surprise, surprise!
The Mergigeta whose picture you see below right had hurt us so many times in the past. He preaches that whoever crosses the clergies is destined to hell. He sounds as if he had the key to heaven and earth. He collaborated with Mulugeta Asrate Kassa in April 1998 to lock us out of our church. He is an adviser to the same fake monk yet again to shut our church down in 2013. Wherever there is a mischief against the believers, his hands are always dipped deep in it. After 1998, he did leave us, but who the hell brought him back, any way to do us more harm? We never learn
አምና ሰው አምኜ፣ ስባክን ከርሜ
ዘንድሮም ሰው አመንኩ፣ እርም የለኝም እኔ
When he and clergies of his kind think of doing some mischief on the people, they blurt two tiny words any time anywhere: “Qalie Awadi! Qale Awadi” (ቃለ አዋዲ!). They keep on lamenting “Qale Awadi doesn’t allow this or that”! Watch them on ESAT or listen to them on VAO! They cry and accuse the people breaching Qale Awadi: “Qale Awadi has been breached by those attempting to draft new bylaw”, they mourn. Lamentation about the breach of “Qale Awadi” has become such a joke that in London even children have started exchanging chuckles asking each other whether “Qale Awadi” allows to play this or that game. I swear to you, that is the truth.
MEMHIR TARIKU ABERA’S ORDEAL!
Allow me to quote some verses from the bible:
And he (Balak) sent messengers to Balaam, . . . saying, “Look, a nation has come out of Egypt. They cover the face of the earth, and they are settling next to me. So now, please come and curse this nation for me, for they are too powerful for me. Perhaps I will prevail so that we may conquer them, and drive them out of the land. For I know that whomever you bless is blessed, and whomever you curse is cursed.”
(Number 22 verse 5-6)
The notorious fake monk of London and his few followers must have watched Memhr Tariku Abera, shaming anti-Orthodox Christian belief bashers on YouTube. They decided to import Memhir Tariku Abera, as if he was merchandise, and use him as their silencing weapon to ditch the draft bylaw supporters. Therefore, in July 2012, they organised a Conference in London and invited as a star guest speaker. Memhir Tariku Abera was great. He breathed spiritual life into the dying church.
The monk and his followers had a different plan for the new young preacher. Therefore, they wanted to remain in London for a while to use as loose cannon. However, Memhir Tariku Abera was not dam and daft as they expected or easily corruptible like them. He kept on preaching the bible earnestly. They carefully approached him, and falsely informed him that there were ungodly politicians in the church that should be ex-communicated for attempting to change the dogma and doctrine of EOTC. They asked him to quote from the bible and “warn them” so that the new draft by law is ditched. He needed time to see clearly. The idiots brought their own death upon themselves.
Tariku being an excellent preacher, the congregation begged him to stay longer and feed the flock of the Lord from the sweet water of life. His visa had to be extended provided that those who run the church supplied evidence of employment. So, the request for visa extension was filed but church leaders withheld the employment documents until he would start bashing the people they wanted him to bash. They encouraged him to start attacking the “politicians who were poised to change the dogma and doctrine of the religion”. He could he to wait to catch them handed. Nothing happened.
Why are the fake monk and few clergies against the draft bylaw in the first place? The answer is simple. The fake monk and some other clerics are both employees and at the same time members of the management committee (ሰበካ ጉባዔ) – actually trustee holders. As if that was not enough, the fake monk was also the Chairman of the Management Committee, violating the requirements of the UK Charity Commission, where the Church was registered as a charitable trust. Failure of segregations of duties led the fake monk and his messenger boys to fleece the church of its money as they wished. For example, have a look at the filed accounts to the Charity Commission at “http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/Accounts/Ends94/0001060394_ac_20101231_e_c.pdf “ page 11, item 11 “Lost Church Funds”, page 14, item 24 “Related Party Transactions”, where it says: “During the year the charity paid £5,500 in salary to Komos Aba G K, loan of £5,000 to Komos Aba G Kedebe of which £3,000 was outstanding at the year end.” You see! The bylaw would deter them from doing that.
Allow me to get back to the bible and quote some more to reveal the similarity between Balaam and Balack story.
Then Balaam spoke his message:
“Balak brought me from Aram, the king of Moab from the eastern mountains.
‘Come,’ he said, ‘curse Jacob for me; come, denounce Israel.’ How can I curse those whom God has not cursed? How can I denounce those whom the Lord has not denounced? From the rocky peaks I see them, from the heights I view them.
I see a people who live apart and do not consider themselves one of the nations.
10 Who can count the dust of Jacob or number even a fourth of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, and may my final end be like theirs!”
Balak said to Balaam, “What have you done to me? I brought you to curse my enemies, but you have done nothing but bless them!”
He answered, “Must I not speak what the Lord puts in my mouth?”
(Numbers Chapter 22, verses 7 to 12)
This story repeated itself again in London. Memhir Tariku Abera was supposed to destroy “ungodly men leading the church into an alien method of worshipping”, but he could not see any of that. Instead, what he saw was true believers trying to do their best to safeguard she church’s property and streamline the management of their church in line with modern method of administration. The gifted Gospel Preacher from Ethiopia did not really waste time to understand what was going on. The fake monk was a contract employee to head the church for three years, but 6 years have come and gone, but he wanted to remain there for ever. It was very even to children that has always been the reason put up such a fight tooth and nail. He had too much power now, but the draft bylaw was going to chip off that power. The fake monk decided to overrule everything everybody and stay in power unchallenged until his death. Tariku realised the accused were actually innocent. Finally the fake monk summarily banned 15 permanent members of the congregation and attempted prevent them from entering the premises with hired security guards. That action was met by furious resistance of the members of the church, who pushed aside his security men and entered their own church, which they bought with their own money. Bully fake monk was denied to get his way, therefore he closed the church on the first day of the Great Lent and sat at home
Memhir Tariku hanks to God Almighty, he remained clean. Vindictive fake monk and his supporting clergy members were so furious at Memhir Tariku, refusing to back them and condemn the innocent Christians. Tariku chose to stick to the words of the Lord and continued teaching properly as he should; ignoring the power mongering fake monk and his three accomplices. Seeing that Memhir Tariku was not going out of his way to twist the words of the Lord to the anti-Christ, anti-democracy, anti-rule of law, the so called self-appointed leaders of our church dared to breach his human rights to confidentiality under data Protection Act of 1998 by opening his private and confidential Home Office letter, which was sent to the church as a custodian, withholding the majority of documents. It is normal such things could happen in Ethiopia, but here? Again, the four clergies violated Memhir Tariku’s human rights by withholding his passport, his only true identity that should not fall under anybody’s hand other than those granted by law. When Memhir demanded his passport, one of the clergies told him that they would be giving him at the airport when he would the day he would fly out. This act of the four clergies of Reese Adbarat London Debre Tsion Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church violates Human Trafficking Law of United Kingdom.
I would like to invite everyone to watch and listen to the harrowing and heart-breaking video recording of Memhir Tariku’s account of why he was brought to this country in the first place, leaving behind his permanent job in Ethiopia, his loved ones behind and how his rights were violated by these thugs.
We might have been outraged by the tragedy hitting our sisters in some Arab countries. What will we say now when such criminal act is carried out against our brother, by nobody else but by those people whom we trusted to be God’s servants, right here under our noses, in this democratic country, where human rights are respected at the highest standard? What is the difference between this and some clergies of the Catholic Church who have recently been accused of abusing children under their custody?
Regardless this most horrifying act of violation of his rights, Memhir Tariku Abera did not abandon us, the flocks of Jesus Christ scattered without the shepherd. He gathered the abandoned sheep of the Lord and his carried out his pastoral obligations, freely. Listen to these teachings, after we have been locked out of our church.
During this Great Lent of Orthodox Christians, your brothers and sisters in London ask you wherever you may be to support Memhir Tariku Abera and the scattered sheep.
There is this priest who stood for the people every time the people difficult situation. He was the victim of the same fake monk in the past. This brave priest, followed by his daughter, again stood up for the truth. While he was blessing the people on “Debre Zait” (Mount of Olives) – the shameless fake monk and the advisor came straight to the church and stood with 10 or so of his followers, defiantly. Many people were elsewhere in rented hall at the time listening to the teachings of Memhir Tariku. Few of our members, and yet a great number compared to the fake monk’s servants. Qesis Berhanu, the Lord’s priest and the brave shepherd courageously confronted the wold and his false teachers (2 Peter 2; 1-3). This servant of the Lord went mad to see this imposter creeping into church yard showing up his devilish face and stood outside, while keeping still the church keys in his pocket. Look how Qesis Berhanu confronted the devil himself.
The fake monk dared to show up his face, after approaching solicitors and legally attempting to ban 21 people yet again, violating the teaching of St Paul which says:.
When one of you has a dispute with another believer, how dare you file a lawsuit and ask a secular court to decide the matter instead of taking it to other believers! Don’t you realize that someday we believers will judge the world? And since you are going to judge the world, can’t you decide even these little things among yourselves? Don’t you realize that we will judge angels? So you should surely be able to resolve ordinary disputes in this life. If you have legal disputes about such matters, why go to outside judges who are not respected by the church? I am saying this to shame you. Isn’t there anyone in all the church who is wise enough to decide these issues? But instead, one believer sues another—right in front of unbelievers!
1 Corinthians 6:1-7
No, it is not the ordinary believers that went first to the unbelievers, but the priests who trade in the name of Jesus Christ. There are wise enough people among us, but the faithless clergies of Debre Tsion are calling the Police Force every week, complaining to the Charity Commission and now heading to the Court of unbelievers. The flock of the Lord are left with no option but to fight back. We know with the help of our God Almighty, El Shaddai, we will prevail! Evil will be destroyed!
May the Blessings of the Lord be upon all of us!
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 Berhe, Aregawi (2008) A Political History of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (1975-1991): Revolt, Ideology and Mobilisation in Ethiopia, Amsterdam, PhD Thesis.
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