HARD HITTING INTERVIEW WITH FORMER ETHIOPIAN PRIME MINSTER.
Hailemariam Desalegn says he was an ” outsider, from a minority who was coerced by what he termed ”the deep system” to follow dictators script and party political lines. He said the current Prime Minister was also complicit in the torture, killings and gross human rights violations that his government has presided over. Desalegn said he had no powers to stop the tortures his government was committing against the population. Angry and cornered Desalegn keeps contradicting himself, at one time saying ” given the opportunity he will apologize to the victims” and then denying that atrocities have been committed by his and previous regimes. Cowed, Desalegne denied reports by human rights organizations from infamous detention centers such as Jail Ogaden.
Hailemariam Desalegn said he gave way to reforms and inititiated the reforms announced by his succesor Abiy Ahmed who he also claims to be part and parcel of his regimes crimes against humanity. Questioned why he met and talked good of former dictator Mengistu Hailemariam who fled to Zimbabwe after his regime presided over the 1994 genocide, he said he met him at the Zimbabwe president’s (former) office but did not intend to meet him. Pressed on his statement and photo opportunity with the dictator which he quickly pulled down after an uproar, he said it was not his personal opinion but that of officials working in his office.
The freedom of dictators like Mengistu Hailemariam is a scar on the assumed conscience of courts such as the International Court of Justices. Current Ethiopia Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed pardoned Mengistu and offered to welcome him back to the government while pursuing small time criminals who were acting under his government (Mengistu and Meles) orders.
The Peace Prize committee had no qualms giving him the award for peace, an indictment of their warped thinking and the world’s powers-that-be who jail freedom of information champions such as Julian Assange but allow those who presided over genocide and committed crimes against humanity to roam free.