Top 20 Dumbest Politicians in Ethiopia


The 2011 Ethiopian Review Top 20 Dumbest Politicians in Ethiopia

1. Hailemariam Desalegn Hailemariam Desalegn, deputy prime minister of the Woyanne regime, comes from the Wolayita ethnic group in southern Ethiopia, allows himself to be used by his boss Meles Zenawi as a front man for selling his ancestors’ land to foreign investors at bargain-basement prices. While Hailemariam is the deputy prime minister, for the first time in Ethiopian history food shortage hit southern Ethiopia. For these reasons, Hailemariam is named: “The 2011 Dumbest Politician in Ethiopia.”

2. Debretsion Gebremichael, former member of the Woyanne death squad, half Tigrean and half Eritrean, currently minister of communication and information technology, doesn’t know how to use email.

3. Girma Woldegiorgis, the current “president” of Ethiopia whose brain is congested with fat, and has only one purpose in life — to stuff his face with food.

4. Girma Birru, current Woyanne ambassador to Washington DC and former trade minister, couldn’t account for $100 million worth of coffee that had disappeared from storage.

5. Tefera Deribew Yimam, minister of Agriculture who argues that leasing away millions of hectares of fertile land to Indian, Saudi and Chinese corporations is the best way to make Ethiopia food self-efficient.

6. Wondirad Mandefro, state minister of Agriculture, agrees with Tefera Deribew Yimam above.

7. Kuma Demeksa, ran against and defeated a dead individual to become mayor of Addis Ababa in 2008.

8. Miheret Debebe, head of the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation, talks about selling power to other African countries while Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa suffers constant power outages.

9. Teklewold Atnafu, governor of the National Bank of Ethiopia, bought $10 million worth of fake gold and gave away $27 million to Nigerian scam artists.

10. Hailu Shawel, who bowed down for Meles and Bereket, after thousands of Kinijit supporters were massacred by troops under the direct command of Meles Zenawi.

11. Shimelis Kemal, state minister of government communications affairs who serves as a parrot for propaganda chief Bereket Simon.

12. Dula Aba Gemeda, former Woyanne puppet president of Oromiya, currently speaker of the rubber stamp parliament and one of Azeb Mesfin’s male concubines.

13. Kemak Bedri, former chairman of the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia, certified that Woyanne fairly and squarely elections. Current chairman Merga Bekana is equally dumb for telling the world that Woyanne has won 99% of the votes in 2010.

14. Siraj Fegesa Sherefa, minister of defense whose only job is helping Woyanne show that not all top government positions are filled with one ethnic group. He has no real authority.

15. Demeke Mekonnen Hasen, minister of education, from the “Amhara Region” who authorizes text books that demonize Amhara.

16. Berhane Hailu Dagne, minister of justice, allows real criminals roam freely in the country while innocent citizens are jailed, tortured, and murdered by the regime’s security forces.

17. Sinknesh Ejigu Anki, Minister of Mines who doesn’t know how much gold Al Amoudi is taking out of the country.

18. Muktar Kedir Bulgu, Head of the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Affairs who is strip-searched and forced to take off his shoes before entering Meles Zenawi’s office.

19. Mekuria Haile Hailemariam, Minister of Urban Development, has no authority to find homes for any of the 1 million homeless people in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.

20. Junedin Sado, former minister of science and technology, currently minister of civil service, lost an election to a 25-year-old girl from Arsi but called for re-vote and announced victory after chasing the poor girl into exile.

We would like to hear your views about the Top 20 List. Your feedback is taken into consideration when preparing the Top 20s. Please leave your comment below. The next Top 20 list will be foreigners who have been best friends of the struggle for freedom in Ethiopia during the past 12 months.


82 thoughts on “Top 20 Dumbest Politicians in Ethiopia

  1. Aregawi on

    I am totally in agreement. Please come up with another list of ‘the 20 most deceitful men/women in power in Ethiopia”

  2. Somali on

    Hi elyas
    i would like to add Somali region president Abdi Mohamed omer on lists he is murder Innocent people in somali region even he does not have formal education he has been electricity technicalan in dhaghbur city he come to power with tigerna general leaving in harar give him guidance and order

  3. weyane on

    Respons to banjaw:
    You yourself is dum for calling meles dum or you don’t know the meaning of the word. You need to be the smartest person to orkestrate this kinds of scheme. Meles has stayed on power so long because he is smarte enough to pull off such a calculated poletical game.

  4. Elias, you should definitely include Lidetu Ayalew. I suggest you list those fox in sheep skin like Seye abireha

  5. ENIWAGA on

    Please, Elias, let us do something. I am tired to talk about woyane. PLeaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees! I am mad now…

  6. Hailu Haiengawe on

    Response to Dan
    Please Dan be honest are you trying to tell us there no nominal authority in Ethiopia today ?,or there is no one ethnic domination? if you say yes there is no selfish in this world other than you.
    If Your Debretsion was there to designe and implimente the voice of weyane where is his ability for the last twenty years. If you get a chance to rate Ethiopia ‘s place on internet and mobile phone per capita under this governem what will be your rank?

  7. Mebratu on

    Damo #43

    You have stuffed my stomach with butter (Anjetee Kibe tetta). You said it well. These people in the list-of-the cursed are nothing but frefari seekers representing a tribe called my-stomach. Hailemariam sold first his religion, next he sold his soul and became woyane slave , then he started selling Ethiopian land to foreigners, then he moved on to slave ride business of exporting Ethiopians to Saudi Arabia. What next? He might start selling the Axum and lalibela obelisk, or sell the churches. “Meshet Yelemede hulunim neger yishetal”.

  8. This reminds me of my old memory. I ones went to the PM office for job interview, about 10 years ago. While I was feeling so uncomfortable with the invasiveness of the search process and almost about to decide to leave, I saw one famous minister undergoing the same scrutiny as mine. I was shocked. They had to park their vehicles in outside of the compound and walk the same distance an ordinary citizen walks to get interrogated and searched. I never had any respect for the puppets ever since. You know, all the searchers and the officers once you are insider are from Tigray. I became a politician for the first time in my life on that day. It is sooooooo unfair.

  9. Kumlachew M on

    You arer 100% correct and perfect I appriciate your concern. Especially, including the 300% dumbest Eng. Hailu Shewal make you and your analusis more perfect.
    Let my God bless you.

  10. dokule on

    although what you have done is bulshit and nonsense, the most hilarious is that u put Debretsion Gebremichael in the second place. this dude is the backbone of TPLF.

  11. tazebew on

    Dear Editor,
    You forgot one of the good puppet of Bereket Simon, Ayalew Gobeze (pseudo president of Amhara region)who was trying to delude the people of his region as the census of 2008 was free of any kind of political mischief.He was also reluctant when woyane ANNEXED some part of tach armachiho(around maserodemb)and tegede(gichew and its surrounding)to Tigray region. Please replace Demeke by ayalew since he is by far better than ayalew in his political stand.

  12. Sulamat'is on

    I don’t know too much about some of them mentioned on the “top 20”. I will agree that if any one serves in dictatorship government to suppress people’s democratic rights and cooperate or give a deaf ear for killings and harassment, he /she deserves to be called “dumbest”. …

  13. disappointed on

    I never expected these kinds of dirty & cheap words from educated people like Elieas kifle & Co. Mr.Kifle by using these kinds of disgusting words you will lose your credibilty & respect from your visitors.

  14. Dumbest? This a very bad choice of word. They could be called opportunists, self-centered politicians, beneficiaries of tibal politics, in shortage of plitical substance, but high in drama, we-know-it-all, and many other adjectives I could furnish, but not dumb. The adjective dumb, to me, seems close to being very ignorant. I do not think they are. The 20 people mentioned are among those who keep 80 million people practically sequestered in a prison called Ethiopia. How could they be dumb?

  15. 3. Girma Woldegiorgis, the current “president” of Ethiopia whose brain is congested with fat, and has only one purpose in life — to stuff his face with food.

    Damot
    Girma was Hodam and spying on EPRP by using his son in law.

  16. United We Stand on

    Dear Ato Elias,
    In my opinion, thses gentlemen are not dummy but plain opportunists. One of the late legend Abrham Afewerki’s song goes “mbar malet bzuh’u trgumu/the purpose of living is multi-faced”; meaning there are who live enduring hardships for the common good while others prefer living in luxioury enabling dictators for thier enduvidualistic enterests. I think even a kindergardener can fill out the blank space where the top20 above fit in. Simply put, like their Menelik Palace bosses they are totally blacked out beyond rehablitation by the atraction of short cut to easy fortune and power to barrow Spike Lee’s film title to ‘Do The Right Thing’. Sizable blame should direct as well toward the true Sahel sons and doughters for letting out the Dedebit dogs to rain hell on the peaceloving and law abidding people of the region. They should have checked them out closely from behind the scene putting trusted ‘Eritrean spies’ to oversee the maturity of their 17 yrs investment to do the right thing as the greedy woyanes seem doing to their affirmative-action assigned only for self-profit puppets of the ‘SEE NO EVIL HEAR NO EVIL OTHER THAN THROW AT ME THE GODAMN GREEN BUCKS!

  17. Bekalu on

    I think Elias should be on top of the list for living long enough in US but does know the abc of US politics. He does not understand US foreign policy is governed by national interest.Ironically, he wants to be leader in Ethiopia.

  18. elias,I do not have words to expree my gratitude for your fantastic work.we will make you ethiopian communication minster when Ginbot7 takes power after chasing woyanes.

  19. What is laughable is ,when ever the stone head Elias comes up with some thing new to get attention there are always foolish followers holding his tail.Shame with all of you who agrees with this crazy hate monger despoted human being in the 21st century.

  20. Curious on

    You don’t have to mention them for me whether an Ethiopian or a forigner who is working with this evil goverment not only he is dump but also he is a devil.That means they are more than 20 as long as I am concern.

  21. aberra on

    Elias, you crossed a line in your description of President Girma. Not Ethiopian like to say those things about a man that could be your grand father-with all due respect.

  22. WOSSEN on

    Hailu Shawel did what any sane person in his position would do.
    He learnt from his past mistakes and became a better person , that should be called correcting himself not bowing down. All human beings are socialy influenced by their peers to act in a manner they regret later at one time or the other. That is what happened to Hailu Shawel he got sucked into a terrible conspiracy that costed thousands their lives. He paid for his mistakes and is currently trying to pay back the society in the best way he knows how by building the country’s infrastructures using his engineering knowledge . He is a genius engineer, noone can deny that so please remove his name from these dumb list ORELSE…. .!

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