Why did the generals, colonels and ministers want to overthrow their master after all those years of serving him and benefiting from his rule? Why are they trying to distance themselves from him at this time? What changed that promoted reform?
The latest uprising against Isaias Afewerki boils down to money and greed, the high ranking military leaders can no longer bear to witness Isaias stash mega cash into his bank accounts while the generals and ministers left out from the big gold rush bonanza. (This is not to say there are no decent and patriotic Eritreans among them)
Isaias’s greed and self-interest is well known and documented despite his conscious effort to hoodwink the public otherwise with his illusionary tricks. In his tyrannical arsenal greed is his weakest link that will most probably bring him down as we are witnessing with the current situation unfolding in Eritrea in an effort by some of his ones trusted beneficiaries to overthrow him.
Yes it’s the economy of some of the generals, colonels and ministers who use to serve Isaias that caused this latest problem for Isaias. Economy of the generals and ministers, who served their master Isaias did not change while their master economy did. Let me explain.
Can you imagine the generals and ministers uprising against their master if their master wasn’t extremely greed and share the money he has being stashing and hiding with them? I don’t think so. (Again this is not to say there are no decent and patriotic Eritreans among them)
We are somewhat lucky Isaias Afewerki is one extremely greedy and selfish ruler, because if he had played the game smartly, like not being greedy he could have been in power for the rest of his life. Like Gambino one and only mafia godfather who lead his crime organisation for over 50 years until his natural death, he lead the New York mafia organisation without any assassination or overthrowing attempted by his employees or rivals, the reason being simply his unselfish leadership creed.
Isaias Afewerki is a billionaire and his wealth has being rising astronomically ever since the industrialized mining began in the last 3 years. Eritrea’s economy has being growing between 8% to 11% in the last 3 years according to IMF, World Bank and other economic indicators. Now where has the money gone? Economy growth above 5% is considered an economic boom in a normal country, but in Eritrea 11% economic growth become deep reception and hyperinflation, how and why? Cronyism and corruption prime answers.
We have to realize that the Eritrean problem is a collective problem, maybe not equally but we all are to be blamed for what Eritrea has become. Reform, justice and national reconciliation are badly needed without it there is no hope what so ever.
Eng. Filmon H Yohannes