Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Hello? EPRDF? *This* is how you do it.

Apparently, Weichegud! ET Politics has a department that handles “doddering incoherence.”


Guess who’s taking time off from spewing nihilistic scuzz about the birth pangs of a pulsating democracy in Ethiopia (the kind that requires lowtz and lowtz of people in jail, dead, or, preferably, both) to aim its doddering incoherence at this blog?


Guess who thinks low-grade lecturing on NGO registering requirements is a clever riposte to an entry about a man who was jailed for not paying a capricious “filing fee”?

Oh, c’mon. Guess. And no, it’s not a four-year-old.

As if serving as a gedel mamitu to Ethiopia’s el primo mysterio’s every manic passive aggressiveness is not a full time job enough, someone at Aiga thought it was a brilliant idea to post a giddily banal response to “16 days”, and may we say… “there, there.”


Meskel Square has invited its readers to read an article from weichegud. Being a regular reader we have obliged. If anything election 2005 has netted us the Diaspora many bloggers weichegud being one of them!

After reading the article we realized the folks at weichegud are surprised to know that NGOs are required to register and follow strict regulation. What amazes us more is that weichegud with their big mouth and vocal pen are surprised the government is doing its homework on one of their contact person.

To expect the EPRDF government give blind eye on a questionable money coming from the vocal Diaspora in the name of NGO is really expecting too much. When will weichegud and its staff realize better days can only come once the law of the land is respected. We are sorry Ato G has to suffer even for a single day but does weichegud think it is helping him and his cause really? Is not weichegud "ayni yebley seni yebely" critic of the [sic] governemnt?

Can they get any cuter if they tried? Not even if the unnervingly perky version of Katie Couric hogtied them to a pink polka dotted VW Bug and wind chimes played the theme to “Endless Love” they couldn’t.

Wanna walk it off, boys?

Now, people at Aiga, we are usually the ones with the tinniest minds in the room, so hold on while we adjust….

… and we’re back.

Before Aiga sagely pointed out that jailing an elderly man without charge for 16 days was how the EPRDF does its… ahhh… “homework,” we, what with our penchant for rabid “ayni yebley”ism, thought it was a pretty douchey thing to do to an old man. Who knew it was an actual standard for the EPRDF?

And we’re in the last throes of “seni yebely”itness, and God knows we don’t want to assign any more ‘homework’ to a government on a warpath to democracy, but there is this little case of a missing Birr 5 billion from Ethiopian coffers. Will the government be imprisoning anyone for that, or is this kind of diligence only extended to old men in small villages?

When will weichegud and its staff realize better days can only come once the law of the land is respected.

Really? This again? Is the EPRDF still using this argument as a laxative? It’s like people who still use “paradigm shift” to describe…

Oh? Oh!

So, yeah, guess it was too much to ask the government to “give blind eye on a questionable money” being funneled in from big mouthed, vocal penned… no, excuse us, big mouthed, vocal penned ayni yebley seni yebely" critics of the government. We, like the EPRDF, keep forgetting that the law of the country has to be respected. It’s on our ‘to-do’ list now: “Respeck thayr authoritah!”

You know what we hate? Having to teach our critics on how to critique us. It leaves a distinctly “ayni seni” taste in our mouths. And that does not do anyone any good. So is it unfair to judge the EPRDF by its defenders?

Now, as Ari would say, let’s hug it out. We’ll invite ourselves to one of those reunions and fundraisers advertised on Aiga, if they can get a big mouth to pen their not-so big-ly highbrow comebacks.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


If I were you I would not touch this with a ten foot pole. I think Wonq ( to our delight) ripped you a big'un wher the sun don't shine. Me thinks you got more than you bargained for!

7:51 AM, September 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi wonq
"You know what we hate? Having to teach our critics on how to critique us."

It is exactly what they need to learn from us. How to critique unfairness.

Thanks a mil.

9:32 AM, September 12, 2006  
Anonymous not anonymous said...

Extra! Extra! Read . . . .

Ato N”G”O accuses Weichegud of denying him his just due!

In a brilliant piece of investigative reporting seldom seen this side of Watergate, Aigaforum, a week ago had uncovered a one-man-plot in the person of one Ato “G” in which the suspect was said to have conspired with an "ayni yebley seni yebely" critic of the governemnt based in the vocal diaspora, to operate a covert NGO in clear violation of civil defense regulations, thereby posing real and imminent threat to the National Security of the Ethiopian Nation.

When asked about the charges against him, Ato “G” (now enemy of the state) had this to say: “If I am going to be accused of being an NGO, I might as well ask for what I got coming to me! So, Ms. ETW, where the hell is my Land Cruiser? I want me a villa on Bole Road too!”

For their part, Weichegud and Staff remarked: “When a blog has a big mouth, a pen is vocal and Ato “G” is an NGO, siminteNaw-shee can’t be far behind!”

10:20 AM, September 12, 2006  
Anonymous dube said...

ene 'milew..."ayni yebley seni yebely" ..que signifie-t-il ?

10:57 AM, September 12, 2006  
Anonymous kezira said...

Dear weichegud & your *BIG MOUTH* staff,

1st: Aaaawwwwch!
2nd: why (as in meles' "why? why? why?" are you picking on the disabled?

Ekuyachihun jib belabachiu enday?

10:58 AM, September 12, 2006  
Anonymous Gooch said...

Around election time, there was a lively and civil discussion on the forum on Aiga during which some non-TPLF'ers attempted to engage TPLF'ers in sensible dialogue. It was reasonably successful, but then parochialism trumped all, bunker mentality set in, and that was that. The forum isn't available any more, I think.

I think we've got to really struggle to understand where people come from. Empathy and all that, you know, the stuff we Ethiopians are really good at.

That's why I like this AFD thing. For me, it's a symbol of tolerance and empathetic understanding. It could turn out to be something else, but let's look on the bright side.

How many of us (pan-Ethiopians, Amharas, whatever people want to call us) have friends who support the OLF? Or TPLF? It's got to change.

11:03 AM, September 12, 2006  
Anonymous ayni-yebley-on-crack said...

>> Is it fair to judge the EPRDF by its supporters?<<

Difficult question.

Hadn't this page declare a day in June "Hug an EPRDF supporter" Day? Gooch, inevitably, intellectual discussions with TPLF supporters almost almost deteriorates because all they see if TPLF falls is the dreaded "Amhara" comeback. They are so provincial and myopic that they are unable to move beyond that. So, while you can be friends with them to shoot the breeze and eat kitfo with, it would be a Herculean undertaking to take them as your intellectual equal, stuck as they are to 16th century, ethnic based politicking.

But I would still hug them.

11:27 AM, September 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A brilliant retort. Usually I am a big fan of such acerbic wit, but these kinds of tit for tat insults aren't doing Ethiopia any good. Can't we do any better?

12:06 PM, September 12, 2006  
Anonymous dejene said...

is it me or does tplf use "vocal diaspora" like it's a bad thing?

new year, new spreading of democracy on pink polka dot VW bugs.

whoa! hug a what...?!

12:40 PM, September 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go Girl! You made my day.

12:49 PM, September 12, 2006  
Anonymous tazabbii said...

I was gonna say, "You must have bigger fish to fry" but then I found out that Aiga Forum *IS* the biggest fish in the EPRDF tank.

Where is all the money for PR efforts to bring up genocide charges against members of the "vocal Diaspora" going? Enday! My taxes pay for that, iko. I want my money back.

1:16 PM, September 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Wonq

I thought this blog is supposed to be Fara free.Which Aigaforum ain't

1:33 PM, September 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can someone plllleeeeeeassssse take me out of my misery and tell me wtf "ayni yebley seni yebely" means?! uuuffff.

5:16 PM, September 12, 2006  
Anonymous ye filwiha said...

I'm not sure if Aiga forum is worth wonki's time... I guess she has a very kind heart - still! One thing that caught my eyes from their ayne beley thingy was: "When will weichegud and its staff realize better days can only come once..."
thought "better days" have already been there since '91, no? oh, well, silly me!!

p.s. Gooch..I go on the record -- yes -- one of my best friends..now I am not saying that hasn't made it difficult to discuss ET politics as we used to prior to the election... but life goes on!

6:34 PM, September 12, 2006  
Anonymous dube said...

uff indeed. I had to do my own investigation and this is what a friend wrote back.

"Ayni = eyes
Yebely= I don't have
seni= teeth
Yebely= I don't have

Ayn yelelew tirs yelelew zim bilo extremely biased yehone opinion malet new."


They did one positive thing today; they taught me 3 tigregna words than I would have otherwise known.

today this, tomorrow what?

I might get to the point where I will want to hug one of 'em

Next time encourgage them to fight back not with insults but with some nice pickup lines we can use- let's make this efficient

6:42 PM, September 12, 2006  
Anonymous lilymimikiki said...


phewwww! God bless. you opened up my ayni. and i smile at you with my seni.

yours in yebelydity,

7:51 PM, September 12, 2006  
Anonymous nahusenay said...

I am not sure if you descerned the thinly veiled threat to Ato G whent they write:
"We are sorry Ato G has to suffer even for a single day but does weichegud think it is helping him and his cause really?"

These people are petty and ruthless. Remember what they did to Addis Ferengi. They will stop at nothing to get at the :vocal diaspora" that is beyond their reach.

11:10 PM, September 15, 2006  

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