Ever since the 2018 trilateral agreement of Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Somalia, a novice lobbyist Ambassador Alexander Rondos has been conspiring to extend the life span of conflict entrepreneurs of the Horn of Africa, a critical analysis indicated.
Rondos was the European Union’s Special Representative in the Horn of Africa until 31 August 2020, while now it seems that he is working as a lobbyist in Brussels, according to the recent analysis entitled:
“Horn of Africa: Europe in the hands of lobbyists? The strange parable of Amb. Rondos.”
From the historic headquarters of the European Commission, the Charlemagne building, the persons who would like their name kept anonymous said that Rondos has worked for TPLF, the ethnic minority who had dominated and governed Ethiopia for over 20 years.
“Even now after losing the chance to pursue power, the person is plotting a lot of conspiracy against Prime Minister,”
Tewodros Adhanom (Ph.D.), the former Ethiopian Foreign Minister, who is in charge of the World Health Organization, also belongs to the conspired secrecy, the report stated.
“Being a lobbyist is not a sin, but it cannot be done when one holds an institutional position and uses his role to negatively influence the fate of the entire population of a sovereign nation to quench private thirst. In this specific case, Rondos does not seem unassailable.”
According to various diplomatic sources, the ambassador has always had close relations with the TPLF cliques.
Relations that led him first to convince the European Union to block funding to support Somalia and Ethiopia, then, thanks to his good relations with Koen Doens, the new Director-General of the Department of Cooperation and Development (Devco), to mount strong ostracism to the application of the trilateral agreement between Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia signed in August 2018. Well-informed sources explain that the relationship between Rondos and the TPLF as well as WHO Director Tewodros was a major exponent, who has ancient roots and is based on sound economic reasons.
It was also reported that Rondos has strong interests in the oil sector, especially in Kenya and Somalia. In particular, it is explained to us that Rondos would be in fact partner of the former Prime Minister of Somalia, Hassan Khaire, who is now running towards the upcoming elections for the presidency of Somalia, but has a past in the oil sector, as he was a director of the British oil company.
From the long-standing relations with the TPLF, which is no longer represented by any government but are not in disarray because of the fortunes they have accumulated over the years, and from the relations with Khaire and the oil companies that gravitate between Kenya and Somalia, general conflicts emerge that cast many shadows on the positions that Rondos has helped the European Community to adopt in recent years in the Horn of Africa. The anonymous sources have also queried like
“Was it really right to oppose and obstruct the peace and development process signed by Ethiopia, Somalia, and Eritrea? Or was this in the interests of those who were better able to do business in a poor and divided territory?”
Here, the most kernel idea is the European Community has to sieve the seed from the chaff to do better to reflect on the question and to verify who is doing what and in whose interest.
The critics’ piece is written by Elen Belder and posted on Associated Medias Press Agency/.