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I will try to pose my views and questions in simple and plain english,and I shall be grateful for clear, simple and plain answer. Please no answers such as " It depends on what the meaning of is is".
Aboy Heruy, it is a good sign that you contemplated of doing some soul-searching.Self-reflection is necessary, because humans are all very much like onions,surrounded by coats of hypocrisy and deceit,masks and artifices. At the centre of these is the core of character. I hope your self-reflection will put the right values back on actions and deeds to enable you to discover the real self.
You were a leading figure in the radical wing of the ELF during the 1970's. In 1971,you were elected vice-chairman of the revolutionary-council and when the civil war decision endorsed at ELF's 1st national congress on the grounds that the the Eritrean field can not bare more than one organisation, you participated in the decision to annihilate the EPLF. (The "POWER" factor,The "EPLF MUST BE DESTROYED" factor). Between 1970 and 1975, you remained outside Eritrea most of the time, that it was hard to categorise you as a "Tegadaly", that is, in the real sense of the word. The consequence was that real authority devolved into the hands of Abdella Idriss and other extrimist elements of the ELF.
In the mid 1970's, you were demoted from the Revolutionary Council leadership position for a) criticiszing the ELF for preserving close relationship with Baath Iraq b) for lack of democracy and c) For spurning the marriage of convienence with the pan-arab-islamist Osman Saleh Sabbe and trying to broker "Smur-Gnbar" with the EPLF.
The result was that hundrets of the new young Christian recruits who rejected the ELF-Revolutionary Council- Sabbe power axis were mercilessly and callosuly executed by the ELF. While thousands of Christian fighters fled to Ala to join the EPLF, you broke away from the ELF , left with many others to Sudan,without reconciling your differences with the EPLF. (The "LOSS OF POWER" factor). In the Sudan you referred to yourselves as Eritrean democratic movement (EDM) and as their leader ,you accepted support from Baath Iraq, the very regime, that was your bone of contention while you served at the helm of the ELF leadership. ( The "MONEY" factor).
In the late 80's, your new movement joined forces with the anti -EPLF elements of Saghem with a view to sabotage and weaken the EPLF ( BAck to the " EPLF MUST BE DESTROYED" factor).  After 1990, the EPLF, the front whom you accused of being too sectarian and whose destruction you sought from the very beginning , stretched its hand and welcomed you back home as a member of the Eritrean parliament to take part in its nation-building. (The "POWER" factor)
In 1994, only a year after Eritrea emerged as a state, you were relieved of your position in the Eritrean parliament due to whatever reasons and you opted to leave the country (The "LOSS of POWER factor").
In 2001-2004, you re-appeared in the Eritrean political landscape as the head of the ENA ( The "POWER" factor ) and vowed to over-throw the GoE by any means necessary,including armed struggle ( Back to The "EPLF must be destroyed" Factor)
Finally, in my view, the bottom-line of your latest statement is Financial hardship. ( The "MONEY" factor)
1) Given this background and the aforementioned factors, give me a good reason of why should I place my trust  on you and take you seriously?
2) You left Eritrea in 1994, with all its post-war challenges and hardships. No amount of rational arguement would support the view that it is Eritrea you had in heart when the fact is that you left a new-born country in its infancy without rendering your expertise and services. In this case, what is your function ?
3) Your political career spans over 3+ decadesPlease list for us any record of visible success that you think contributed to the growth and well being of Eritrea and Eritreans.
4)  How do you think Eritrean history will remember you ? a) As a Traitor b) Semi-Traitor c)  Opportunist d ) Hero  e) None . Please give a reason for your choice.
5) How could you dine and wine with the fundamentalist from the Eritrean Islamic Jihad ? what was your reaction,when they sent a young boy to his ceratin death to plant bombs in Barentu,near the town of your birth? 
6) Since you are a public figure, do you mind telling us what you do for living? Any 9-5 jobs?  How do you secure your pension-plans?
Last but not least 
7) In your biography you said" Since 1994, I pursue a life style without alcohol and tobacco". Why do you mention this? b) Did such lifestyle overshadow and hamper your past  political carrier? If yes, don't you think you owe an apology to the Eritrean people and our fallen brothers and sisters for attempting to drink away the country that was brought about by paying the highest price?
Thank you
PS: It is actually the duty of the servant to reach out to those whom s/he wishes to serve than the other way round. Thank you Meskerem for your efforts

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Critical biography


I’ll start by answering your questions and tackle your perception of my biography. I thank you for your criticism

  1. One way would be to read my answer to your contribution, and to check the facts from other sources.
  2. I left in January, 2000, after almost a decade in my newly born country for whose independence I fought a life time. The S.G. of the EPLF, in his address to the 3rd Congress of the EPLF, gave a place of honor to the Eritrean people, the EPLF, Saghem, and the EDM. I am one of the launchers of the new democratic movement; my function is, in the good company of democrats such as your self, to put the first building blocks of democratic institutions.
  3. At a time when everything was going well for me such as the advantages of class, university education, a promising job at the Ministry of Tourism (as a director of research) and an opportunity to pursue a shimmering academic career; I chose to be a revolutionary. Many of friends chose the comforts of the good life; some joined us when their careers were threatened by the emergence of the Derg in Ethiopian politics. In 1967, when I was the president of the Ethiopian Students Union, I authored a study that became the theoretical launching pad to the Ethiopian students movement. I am proud to have presented the political, organizational, and military programs that were ratified by the first national congress. The ELF reached its apex during my leadership. I commanded the ELA during the Asmara battles; the list is long.
  4. Who is asking? The question of history is best left to my peers, who were there in the making, and the books I intend to publish – God willing!
  5. I don’t dine and wine with anybody; neither do other’s dine and wine me; you are asking the wrong bloke. Ask the insiders of the Kidan?
  6. I have an apartment and a pension in Sweden. 

Permit me to correct your assumptions. 

The national congress was attended by more than 1000 persons, about 500 of whom were representatives of all the Eritrean people, in all their particularities. The congress passed a resolution to eliminate the Obelites and the followers of the martyr Sabbe. At that time the PLF was not organized. A delegation was sent to the group led by Issaias in order to explore ways of cooperation, leading to unity; at a later period, this group took up the name of Selfi Nazanet Eritra and joined the newly formed EPLF.


In 1972, I proposed to the Political Bureau of the Jebha Qoumia to bring together the Peoples Party and the Labor Party in order to negotiate a solution to the military confrontation between the PLF and the ELF. The negotiation started with Baduri and W/Michael of the PLF office, was continued by Ramadan M/Nur, and Issaias on the part of the EPP; and on our part I and Saleh Iyay led the LP side. The aim of the negotiations was to organize a congress, where the progressive forces would replace the old guard. The signing ceremony (that was held in 1974) was attended by the Yemeni Prime Minister, and the S.G. of the ruling party.


Upon my return to the field I decided to put end to the military conflict - that was rejected by democratic fighters (among whom were Jacob Indreas and G/Zere) and the inhabitants of Asmara. At Mensa’a, after a month long debate with the ELA, we moved to Hazega and declared peace  at the end of 1974. Issaias and I formalized the peace agreement formally at Amezi.


During the period 1970-71, I and my comrades of the preparatory committee, organized the national congress in the field. In 1974-75, I led the ELA in the Battle of Asmara. After the 2nd congress, I was in the field in 77 – that was the time I directed our comrades to zone number 10, until we called for an emergency congress.  The military forces that were condemned as ‘Falul’ were attacked; the forces that were instructed to leave to n. 10 were pinned between the forces of the ELF and the EPLF, were forced to join the latter.


In the same year, a team was dispatched to assassinate me; I survived because my comrade Jacob Indreas warned of the conspiracy: the next morning I escaped to Khartoum. The survivors met in Khartoum and organized the EDM in 1977. In 1980, a preliminary agreement was reached between Osman Agip and myself; but before the EDM could secure the support of Iraq, Osman was killed. The sector of the EDM never joined Saghem; on the contrary, we had a continuous dialogue with the EPLF. It was not the EPLF that stretched a hand; it was the EDM that declared its solidarity at a huge meeting held in Stockholm, in 1988. In 1999 we joined the EPLF. I did not present myself as a candidate at the congress of the EPLF, held in 1994 – I did not have a post from which to be relieved. I left Asmara in January 2000 and immediately initiated the democratic movement, that was institutionalized by the Stockholm Conference, and its sister conferences in London, and Amsterdam.



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Mr Hirui,


The question was:


5) How could you dine and wine with the fundamentalist from the Eritrean Islamic Jihad ? what was your reaction,when they sent a young boy to his ceratin death to plant bombs in Barentu,near the town of your birth? 
And your reply was:
I don’t dine and wine with anybody; neither do other’s dine and wine me; you are asking the wrong bloke. Ask the insiders of the Kidan?
Now, you attempted to answer the first part but totaly ignored the second one: what was your reaction,when they sent a young boy to his ceratin death to plant bombs in Barentu,near the town of your birth?
Was it to pain full to deal with?
So, I would appreciate it if you give it a second attempt
Note: I have underlned the word "attempt" because, so far, you have attempted to answer the questions, but, in reality, you have not answered a single question, fully. 
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