The “Great successor” ordered ethnic Wolytas to wear sackcloth and perform ancient mourning rituals for Zenawi…
By Getahune Bekele
The man who was told by the TPLF junta not to get closer to the prime ministers’ office during Zenawis’ long absence, now dubbed by the same warlords the great successor, Deputy PM and Foreign minister Hailemariam Desalegn, has ordered his people, the Wolytas, to perform long forgotten rituals for the late murderous despot, Meles Zenawi.
The colorful and resilient Wolytas of the Southern nations, last performed the complex, daylong procession more than a century ago. It was accorded to the last famous and prosperous king of the Welamos, emperor Tona.
Hailemariam Desalegn, also a southerner who once slapped across the face by Zenawis’ domineering wife, Azeb Mesfin, for breaching a miner protocol, seems hell-bent to impress his Tigre masters in order to secure the golden throne vacated by Zenawis’ sudden death.
After receiving the order from Hailemariam, regional governor of Wolyta, Mr.Tesfaye Yegezu Kelkil, issued a decree to all ethnic Wolytas to assemble in the rural town of Sodo, on Sunday September 2,2012.
The ritual involves the beating of drums, traditional war dances and the slaughtering of bulls.
The decree, intercepted by ever-alert Ethiopian Free press journalists and posted on the internet, which calls the late tyrant “king and shining light of Ethiopia” indicates the ‘show of shame’ will take place at Sodo stadium.
“This is a total abuse of the people and their tradition. First, Zenawi was an oppressive Tigre warlord not our king. Second, you cannot impose sorrow on the people who doesn’t even know Meles Zenawi. This is a crime committed by power hungry fellow Wolytas.” An angry ethnic southerner told the Horn Times.
“Believe me, only 20 or 30 people will go to the stadium.”