Tedla Asfaw, New York
Dear BBC Focus on Africa,
I heard the passing of the “Head” of Ethiopian Orthodox Church Paulose on your radio today Thursday August 16. Bishop Paulose was eulogized by pro government cadre called Mulugeta Asratkasa from London as the “carbon copy of Christ”. Mulugeta Asratkasa without any shame telling the world that Bishop Paulose was forgiving his enemies including the Mengistu time rulers which led for the release of most of them by his direct intervention after 20 years of incarceration. He injected ethnicity on his eulogy and insult the Ethiopian Orthodox non Tigrayan followers for not supporting Abune Paulose.
I know Bishop Paulose before he joined the TPLF government in 1991. He disappeared from our church Medhanealem in New York City without saying a word. The first time he came back as a leader of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church he was met with huge protest and police had to protect him. The protest was against his political affiliation for TPLF led by Meles Zenawi who sacked the previous Bishop to give power to him.
Mulugeta Asratkasa knows Paulose when he captured power and bought people like him. I know Paulose when he was an ordinary man and pray with him for many years. This is a man who is close to politicians than Christ. I can say Bishop Paulose is a carbon copy of Meles Zenawi not Christ. The dessication of the ancient Waldeba Monastery in Gonder for TPLF sugar factory is one of the worst legacy of him among many. God is answering the prayer of our holy monks, Waldeba Zemeksefte.
Many of us who buried our loved ones in our church cemeteries in Addis Ababa were told to rebury family members to clear the land for so called investors. Bishop Paulose has angered the living as well as the dead and God will judge him accordingly. Those who benefited being associated with him can cry today but not the forty million followers of Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
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