by Muluken Gebeyew
On the 23rd May 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) elected Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (the former politburo member of Tigray People’s Liberation Front ) as its Director- General, despite an alarming oppositions from Ethiopians who have been suppressed by the regime he served as one of chief architect of TPLF/ EPRDF led dictatorial regime in Ethiopia. Several individuals and Ethiopian organizations wrote open letter (see references) and organised demonstrations outside UN office in Geneva including a voice from an Ethiopian diasporas activist in the meeting hall to alarm his unsuitability to lead the noble organization. WHO members ignored the worrying opposition and dismissed it as losers and detractors.
It hasn’t taken 2 years for the truth to be revealed what was happening in Tedros’s Ethiopia. Please read and watch the news coming these days from Ethiopia. The TPLF led regime where Tedros served as one of the top nine people (politburo member) who decide on the fate of 100 millions people ruled the country for 27 years under bitter iron fist is back tracking and losing the central power. The peaceful opposition of Ethiopians specifically the youth (who have been killed, tortured and imprisoned) resulted in uprooting the oppressors from state power though few are hiding in International Organisation. Ethiopia is now becoming a country of hope and there is smell of freedom as the regime itself decided to listen to the public demand and reform. The newly elected progressive leaders led by Dr. Abiy Ahmed have made a bold promise and action facilitating peaceful political transition towards democratic governance.
In the last 8 months, more than 80 000 people, who were imprisoned for having different political opinion are released from prisons and gulags run by a regime Tedros served as top diplomat as its foreign minster. Dr.Adhanom used to declare publicly there was no single political prisoner in Ethiopia.
The sad news we hear recently from released political prisoners in Ethiopia at the official State media are so saddening and terrifying. Ethiopian political prisoners were subjected to unimaginable form of torture, rape, sodomy, water boarding, genital mutilation, immersing a prisoner in manure hole, clipping genitalia with metal pincher, chaining with wild animal, throwing a prisoner naked at night in deep forest and all form of severe human abuse. This was principally orchestrated by people by ethnic members from TPLF party where Dr. Tedros Adhanom hails from. Hundred thousands of Ethiopians subjected to be homeless, displaced, dispossessed, killed, tortured, deprived of economic opportunity and forced to leave their country.
Members of TPLF party where Tedros served as top man have looted billions worth of Ethiopian state and public projects. On the 12th November 2018, the Current Attorney General of Ethiopia gave press conference stating these corruption and inhuman abuse by the regime. They exercised nepotism, mismanagement and ethnic favouritism in every economic and social field they control.
On 18th June 2018, the current prime minster of Ethiopia Dr.Abiy Ahmed admitted the Tedros served government was a terrorist state. The Prime Minster apologised at parliamentary session to Ethiopian people on the behalf of the corrupt regime where Dr.Tedros served as its top diplomat as Minster of Foreign Affair and Health minster. Ethiopians tried to inform WHO the role Dr.Tedros Adhanom played with in the regime against Ethiopians during his election campaign to be the Director General though it falls on deaf ear. The individual accounts of Dr. Adhanom against the Ethiopians people or humanity will be revealed in due time.
It is time the WHO to clean its office as soon as possible. It is time to purge Dr. Tedros Adhanom out before WHO face detailed horrendous account that will tarnish its good name and noble objective. Dr. Tedros Adhanom has to do honourable duty by resigning as soon as possible before the full shame comes out and tarnish WHO.