Details on the Eritrean Defense forces operation for change (Operation Forto) – Part 2

In-depth details on the Eritrean Defense forces operation for change (Operation Forto) Feb. 17. 2013 Part 2 Ambiguity, betrayal and mercenary of Esayas Eseyas and his mercenary messengers’ General Sebhat and Brigder General Eyob (halibay) oath on the

In-depth details on the Eritrean Defense forces operation for change (Operation Forto)

Feb. 17. 2013

Part 2

Ambiguity, betrayal and mercenary of Esayas

Eseyas and his mercenary messengers’ General Sebhat and Brigder General Eyob (halibay) oath on the name of martyrs not to shoot towards the office of the president, by claiming that they too were also raising similar democratic demands. In one way they were doing their best to save Eseyas and on the other hand they were buying time in preparing a trap for the leaders of the operation. The moment they decided to leave the premises of the Ministry of Information, they were followed after and imprisoned with one forced to commit suicide than surrender.

Here it needs to be mentioned that there was an enduring enmity between the commander of mechanized staff Tsehaye Mokenen and colonel Wedi Ali. In 2000 Major-General Gherezgiher Ademariam (wuchu), under the influence of alcohol told to Wedi Ali that Tsehaye was planning to execute him by of accusing him as a member of Fiveth column, i.e Islamic movement that used to carry out military operation on the western lowlands of Eritrea. This was one of the reasons for Wedi Ali to decide to shoot him without hesitation, when Wedi Moke attempted to grab a gun from one of his body guards.

The meeting that was scheduled to be held on the premises of the Ministry of Information was suddenly changed to the office of the president. Not only the heads of the regional administrators, the president also called all his ministers for a meeting. This was intentionally done to use them as a cover for any eventuality in the showdown. Among the regional administrators Mr. Mustofa Nurhussien, administrator of southern region, failed to attend in the meeting excusing sickness.

Some individuals betrayed the organizers of the plot by leaking the information to the president beforehand and the situation was aggravated by the lack of communication between the different groups that were taking part in the operation. And this proved to be a decisive factor limiting the operation from achieving its intended objectives. The radio communication of the military leaders was under the control of the president’s office, and they had no other alternatives of communications at the time.

When it became clear that the president got information about the planned operation, some of the senior military leaders, who were supposed to play a role in the event, decided to remain neutral instead.

In spite of the betrayal by the generals and ministers, they have never sided on the side of the president either. It was General Sebhat Efrem, who turned out to work relentlessly to save the president from his ultimate demise. On that day, he was seen to get in and out the president’s office six, seven times. He went back and forth to Major-General Filipos Weldeyohannes office in Kehawuta five times. In addition, he went five, six times to the Kagnew station, were a special forces are stationed. He played an exceptional role to save the president from the imminent danger.

In spite of General Sebhat’s desperate efforts, Major-general Filipos Weldeyohannes never moved from his Kehawuta office during that day.

Starting from the last six months, Asmara residents were clandestinely hearing rumors that the generals will began challenging the president soon. The rumors were ‘under the direct leadership of General Sebhat, they were holding constant meetings’.

General Sebhat turned out, he was the one playing a leading role to defuse the situation in the president’s favor and it is now widely believed it was himself, who leaked about the secret operation to the president. Now all eyes of the public and the military leaders are aiming towards General Sebhat Efrem, possibly some would take revenge against him. This incident was his third betrayal in the decisive moments of the country’s history. Even though, he is practically frozen from his active duties as the commander of Eritrean Armed forces, his office Ministry of Defense is run via colonel Tesfaldet and Brigadier-general Tekle (Manjus). Hence, it is very puzzling to the public, why is he trying to defend the president at such a critical moment.

Eseyas, even though he knew that this movement was not carried out without the prior consent of the top military generals, fearing immediate reprisal, he is taking action against the law ranking officers and colonels for now. So far, up to sixty people are believed to have been imprisoned. Among the senior leaders only Mostofa Nurhusien, administrator of southern region and Abdela Jabir, head of organizational affairs of the ruling party PFDJ, who under under arrest at the moment.

(About the ongoing imprisonment, even though we have got some name lists, but we still lack some full names and other details, hence, we will post them as soon as we get more concrete information.)

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  • wedi_hama February 17, 2013

    I say we start getting ride of he smaller people first i.e Tekle manjus, general sibhat… an so fourth, essays will not stay long..

    • ahmed saleh February 18, 2013

      Right on wedi HAMMA , start operation of FIDDAEEN like sewra time to get rid of his
      cooperatives first before the call of his demise .

    • A.A Yassin February 18, 2013

      Those who support Issaias and follow his example are too many. You can not get rid of all of them. Ideals and politcal convictions are more than one person.

  • Dr. Tedros February 17, 2013

    Dear friends,
    I just dont agree with the genessis of the coup attemt of 21st of january. We are trying to get a full picture of the even by slowly but progressivley collecting inside information from those who are close to the inner circle. One thing is however proven beyond any doubt. The days of isayas and his system are numbered. The crack in his system is beyond repair. Next time, isayas will not have the chance to give interview to TVERE. By the way the recent military taining of ethiopian forces around badme was related to the event of 21 jan.

    • Halafi Mengedi February 17, 2013

      So, in that case Ethiopia had prior knowledge about the incident. In other words, Ethiopia had played some role in the operation Fort. I find it hard to believe. The training along the border by Ethiopian army may have just been a coincident. Additionally, Ethiopia has in the past conducted similar trainings along the border. Using such kind of military exercise is used as a deterrence or show of force.

      • ahmed saleh February 18, 2013

        Doctore
        Do not underestimate our people . Eventhough , Ethiopian support is vital but it is not component
        on this movement . Ethiopian forces have nothing to do and they do not have right to mendle except
        to give suuport at needed request .

    • belay nega February 17, 2013

      IS THAT A GOOD NEWS TO YOU ?

    • A.A Yassin February 18, 2013

      ” By the way the recent military taining of ethiopian forces around badme was related to the event of 21 jan.”

      Dr Tedros,

      Why do you think so? Would you care to elaborate?

  • A.A Yassin February 17, 2013

    ” The radio communication of the military leaders was under the control of the president’s office, and they had no other alternatives of communications at the time. ”

    What about mobile phones and internet connections? They might be weak but they are at their disposal.

    • berhe February 17, 2013

      No, the radio communication is under ministry of defence BUT is run by the individuals who are members of the security under wedi kasa. Even Daniel Andetsion who is radio operator for Sbhat efrem is a security agent who works for both wedi kasa and sbhat efrem-as a double agent. Sbhat is a coward and trusts no one, not even his corrupt secretary colonel Brhane wedi wunesh-who is a double agent, too. Therefore, I do not blame sbhat as he is coward powerless general.

      • belay nega February 17, 2013

        YOU CANNOT CALL HIM COWARD BECAUSE HE DOES NOT TOUCH THE HOT IRON WITHOUT AN INSULATOR

        TIMELY COWARDS ARE THOSE WHO CAN PREDICT TOMORROW

        UNTIMELY COURAGEOUS ARE THOSE WHO LIVE ON A DAILY BASIS

        • YaAsina February 18, 2013

          SbHat is a criminal. Forto 2013 was his silver bullet and shamefully lost it. Hunt him down and send a message to issayas that he will face justice soon.

      • A.A Yassin February 18, 2013

        “Sbhat is a coward and trusts no one,”!!

        “Sbhat is courageous and he trusts everyone.” !!!

  • A.A Yassin February 17, 2013

    “The moment they decided to leave the premises of the Ministry of Information, they were followed after and imprisoned with one FORCED TO COMMIT SUICIDE than surrender.”

    The definition of suicide: the act or an instance of taking one’s own life voluntarily and intentionally especially by a person of years of discretion and of sound mind.

    Why didn’t Ali try to escape to the Sudan or to Ethiopia after the failure of the plot ?

    • Murad Ali February 17, 2013

      It is not that easy to get to Sudan or Ethiopia all the way from Asmara through all the checkpoints and at the same time being chased by armed soldiers. Mind you he tried and got as far as Shabaq. But our poor hero Wedi Ali we let him down. He did it for all of us and he left his dear family behind and was chased as if he was a bank robber. I feel ashamed sad and helpless.

  • A.A Yassin February 17, 2013

    Here it needs to be mentioned that there was an enduring enmity between the commander of mechanized staff Tsehaye Mokenen and colonel Wedi Ali. In 2000 “Major-General Gherezgiher Ademariam (wuchu), under the influence of alcohol told to Wedi Ali that Tsehaye was planning to execute him by of accusing him as a member of Fiveth column, i.e Islamic movement that used to carry out military operation on the western lowlands of Eritrea. This was one of the reasons for Wedi Ali to decide to shoot him without hesitation, when Wedi Moke attempted to grab a gun from one of his body guards. ”

    How do we know what was running in the minds of Wedi Ali when he fired four bullets at Wedi Moke ? Wedi Ali now is with his creator. Only the Almighty knows his secrets.

  • Helen February 17, 2013

    I think without the support of Subahat Efrem and Teklay Manjus PIA is helpless, powerless. Thus before any thing is done these two messengers of the president must be executed by any means. Once this has been done successfully i am sure the whole PFDJ system will crumple at once.

    • YaAsina February 18, 2013

      Lets not fool outselves. Issayas is still alive because of the secret party established after independence. Wedi kasa is the closest ally not sbhat efrem. Sbhat is a criminal for his deeds starting in 70s, 2001 and 2013. He is helping isayas because with out his master he is going to face justice for his crimes. Saving issayas is buying time for himself.

  • wediere February 17, 2013

    Sebhat Efrem is a liar, coward, and would sell his mother for another day of glory. He was very close to Petros Solomon from the start -he did not lift a finger to defend him or even advocate for Petros and his colleagues (G-15) to get their day in court of law. Have you seen Sebhat in person: he looks like a mice ready to still cheese from the mouse of a cat.. basically slick and untrustworthy. Many people talk of general Sebhat as if he is a real general –like Isaias can any one corraborate if Sebhat was ever engaged in war theater against Ethiopian army during the armed struggle? Just like he did it in the Forto 1-21 affair running from one location to another location as a mice would do running from room to room looking for leftover cheese..but the mighty cat will catch it if not one of these days he will be caught by the trap of the house’s owners which is the Eritrean people.

  • Tesfaldet February 17, 2013

    Wedi-Ali has done his part for the good of the entire Eritrean people, not once but several times. He is our respected hero and he will be in our memories for ever. He has a huge spot in our hearts. May God rest his soul in peace.
    Going back to General Sebhat Efrem, he is such a desperate person who traded his commen sense and engaged in a countless betrayals of the Eritrean people and his long standing comrades. There is nothing to do about it except to get ride of him along with his crack-headed totalitarian leader. We need to encourage the rest of the military commanders to take him as potential enemy of the Eritrean people and target him like his leader. Isaias has been kicking him to any corner at his concinient times knowing he can re-use him any time, and that is what he is doing exactly. But this kind of mistreatment left the General ( Sebhat) in between no where. While Sebhat suffers from his psychological consequences, still Isaias is taking advantage of him. All I see here is that we all get surprised about General Sebhat’s political prostitution. He is that kind of person by nature. He won’t be changed for ever. We shouldn’t forget his wrongdoing betrayals in the past. He is responsible for the loses of thousands of innocent citizens who where acused and killed as leftists and rightists, just because of his go-between behaviors, and then taking Iaaias’s side.

  • MOBAE February 18, 2013

    SEBHHAT IS A COWARD LIAR FROM THE BEGINNING. SORRY TO SAY THAT HE IS FROM A GOOD FAMILY.

    • A.A Yassin February 18, 2013

      You are forgetting the role that he played during the armed struggle for the liberation of Eritrea.

      • belay nega February 18, 2013

        A.A YASSIN

        UNFORTUNATLY WE DO NOT HAVE THE TALENT WHICH REMEMBER YESTARDAY

  • MOBAE February 18, 2013

    THERE IS THE GREAT CREATOR OF THE WORLD WHO WILL PUNISH THE TRICKSTER, CHEAP, FRAUD AND CHEAP PERSON SEBHAT EFREM. WE WILL SOON SEE HIM PUNISHED HERE WHEN HE IS WITH US.

    WONDER WONDER WHY WHY HE IS ALWAYS A COWARD BETRAYING MUSSIE JOHN (MENKAE) PETROS, BERHANE GHEREZGHIER (HIS FRIEND). WHY WHEN HE HAS THE GREAT TALENT OF SPEAKING AND LEADING. SHAME ON HIM SHAME ON HIM. WEDI ALI’S DEATH SHALL BE REVENGED. SEBHAT WILL JOIN ISAIAS. IT IS GOOD FILIIPOS IS FOLLOWING HIS FATHER WOLDEYOHANNES WHO WAS GREAT ENEMY OF ISAIAAS AND HIS FATHER.

    • A.A Yassin February 18, 2013

      “WHY WHEN HE HAS THE GREAT TALENT OF SPEAKING AND LEADING.”

      You see, Sibhat is not a coward.

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