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Weizero Saba: Could You Whisper in Isaias’ Ears?

These is a source script for Negarit 81, my YouTube Channel


  1. Weizero Saba Haile’s 50,000 Nacka and what’s expected of her as the wife of the man who is chocking Eritreans.
  2. Though news and opinions may be interesting or even entertaining, its foremost value is to equip and embolden the citizen by providing tools for critical thinking that can be translated into action that benefits citizens in their communities and their societies.

Weizero Saba Haile

50,000 is a lot of money as a fine; Eritrean parents paid that much as a penalty because their children “illegally” escaped Eritrea. Is it a lot when the first lady pays that much as a donation to fight the Coronavirus pandemic? We are told you live a spartan life even by standards of Eritrea. However, I do not know, and do not want, to depend on rumors though I can guess. At any rate, remember you are lucky. Compare your shielded life to that of the wife of Jose Mourinho, the former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager.

When a friend asked me about Mourinho, and then told him details concerning the man. In surprise I remarked, the man is not neither your father in law nor you brother in law; how would you know such details. He chastised me with a sneer, “everybody knows that except you.” I felt challenged, maybe I should have known. Thanks to google, I learned the following useless tidbits:

  1. He is a 56-year-old Portuguese and so is his 54 old wife, Matilde Faria 54.
  2. He has two children, a daughter Matilda (23) and a son, Jose (19).
  3. He stated his wife and children are the bosses in the house and they have a big influence on him.
  4. Jose Mourinho has been spotted without his wedding ring!
  5. The Sun claims he was seen twice without his ring.
  6. On one October 10 he was pictured walking close to home in Chelsea, with no ring.
  7. Mourinho missed a family photo as his daughter’s 23rd birthday at Niagara Falls.
  8. Matilde celebrated her birthday with her mum and brother Jose Jr, 19,
  9. He was not pictured out with his wife since last seen at a London restaurant in February.
  10. Jose now works as a pundit for Sky Sports,
  11. He has a representative who answers all the trivial questions.
  12. One Sunday morning he forgot to put his ring and his black wristwatch, (apparently, he has many colors) when he left his house at 7am.

I killed a few brain cells learning the above.

It seems Jose Mourinho, but like many husbands who play lions outside, is a mouse in front of his wife. What about Isaias? Is he a roaring lion or a mouse? But regardless, I am sure has a leverage on him.

Dear Saba, knowing the scrutiny of Mourinho’s life, and being a wife of Brezidenti Isaias, you should understand why I am mentioning you. But not with a bad intention, but I thought of appealing to you to drill some sense into your husband’s skull. And I will never disrespect you or wish the death of your husband, the father of your children–I am not indecent.

However, you should know I am not crazy about Isaias, how could I be! All the destruction happened under his rule. But still I want a peaceful transition from his rule to the rule of law. If not, a fate of the post dictators of the Arab countries awaits us. That means a similar fate to that of Gaddafi, or Bin Ali, or Ali Abdalla Ali. Do you advise him to stop tormenting people? Do you address whatever conscience he has left? Do you talk to him about your jailed colleagues, about the of your friends who were orphaned by him? What do you think these children are thinking and feeling, how their relatives are feeling? How do you think the children of Petros Solomon and Aster Yohannes feel? How do the children of Aster Fissehatsion and Mahmoud Sherrifo feel? What would you say to the children of Judge Mohammed Mranet, who grandchildren were born while he is in jail for close to three decades? Look, I cannot list all the victims of your husband’s regime.

But you, a veteran of the struggle for INDEPENDENCE, all your life, still live in your country, and you donated 50, 000 Nackfa. But it is not money or a gesture of generosity that people want; they expect more from you. I wonder how you sleep at night! How do you feel when generations of Eritrean children grow away from their country because of what your husband and his regime does? How do you feel when Eritreans cannot even get the right to a burial spot in their country because of your husband? I am sure, you know why people wish ill for your husband, but I will tell you a personal story.

I shook hands with Isaias only once in 1991, in Asmara, at a meeting, I happened to be with someone who knew him. Then I saw him twice in Kuwait, where he boasted he his government has favored the opposition over his party’s members by giving them priority in housing, jobs, etc. That was a blatant lie. My children feel sad because they couldn’t visit their ancestral country—I did my part; I positively took them home in 1993 and I wished we will settle there. But no. Your husband and his government had a different plan: to keep away anyone who doesn’t submit to his rule, like myself, or in jail like the thousands whose names you know better than me.

It’s understandable why many Eritrean curse him every day, can you do to push some sense into his cruel mind? Please do something and help save Eritrea from the fate of other countries. Help save Eritrea from unnecessary conflicts. I say that because I am sure you do not enjoy the rumors about your husband though it reflects what many wronged Eritreans feel. I don’t like it because in the Eritrea of my dream (and that of my generation), we had a picture of Eritrean citizens and rulers to be ruled by law and order. We hope the leaders will look after the interest of the citizens and in return they will get love and cooperation. Your husband failed us.

Rumors and Fake News

Rumors are paralyzing and destructive. Remember the “weapons of Mass Destruction” tugged on Iraq just before 2003, only to be disproved and disowned after Iraq was destroyed? Remember how in 2004 rumors spread discrediting John Kerry’s Vietnam war record and denying he was part of the Swift boat group and that he has an illegitimate black child? How in 2008 the Birthers spread a rumor that Obama was not American born therefore not eligible to become president? These happened in the most open country with the most developed media and freedom of expression laws? Imagine what rumors does to totalitarian countries like Eritrea. Now, sadly, we have many Eritreans who willingly became tools of rumors crafted by amateurs and manipulating intelligence outfits. Many of them claimed Isais had a stroke and had returned from Saudi Arabia after being hospitalized for a few days! What happened to the process of due diligence, can’t they do a little research and learn what a stroke means? No one can be cured from a stroke in four or five days; a mild stroke victim requires about four months of recovery period, if one is lucky. Otherwise, it could leave a permanent damage to the nerves, and parts of the body could be semi or totally paralyzed.

Did you see this image? It was a testimony that Weldemichael Haile was getting a blessing from the UAE in replacing Isaias. If one did a little research, the picture is from 2014 and was published by a PFDJ affiliate website here.

Only one who is a disinformation campaign will fish this picture and present it as an evidence that Weldemichael Abraha was now the president of Eritrea ad Isaias is dead.

Remember the rumor that Britain is taking its citizens out of Eritrea due to security situation in Eritrea? It is mischievously presented news cutting an alert about Corona and making it look as if the PFDJ has collapsed and Isaias is dead, and violence awaits Eritrea. And we have people who do not know they are doing damage by spreading ill-intentioned rumors. And we in the justice camp have a lot of truth on our side, we do not need to invent lies. And if some people do not believe in that, I suggest they disassociate themselves from the struggle, and leave. Just leave.

And if one is not a coward, it’s fine for people to apologize if they foolishly run their mouths, not stubbornly doubling down.

About Saleh "Gadi" Johar

Born and raised in Keren, Eritrea, now a US citizen residing in California, Mr. Saleh “Gadi” Johar is founder and publisher of Author of Miriam was Here, Of Kings and Bandits, and Simply Echoes. Saleh is acclaimed for his wealth of experience and knowledge in the history and politics of the Horn of Africa. A prominent public speaker and a researcher specializing on the Horn of Africa, he has given many distinguished lectures and participated in numerous seminars and conferences around the world. Activism was founded by Saleh “Gadi” Johar and is administered by the Awate Team and a group of volunteers who serve as the website’s advisory committee. The mission of is to provide Eritreans and friends of Eritrea with information that is hidden by the Eritrean regime and its surrogates; to provide a platform for information dissemination and opinion sharing; to inspire Eritreans, to embolden them into taking action, and finally, to lay the groundwork for reconciliation whose pillars are the truth. Miriam Was Here This book that was launched on August 16, 2013, is based on true stories; in writing it, Saleh has interviewed dozens of victims and eye-witnesses of Human trafficking, Eritrea, human rights, forced labor.and researched hundreds of pages of materials. The novel describes the ordeal of a nation, its youth, women and parents. It focuses on violation of human rights of the citizens and a country whose youth have become victims of slave labor, human trafficking, hostage taking, and human organ harvesting--all a result of bad governance. The main character of the story is Miriam, a young Eritrean woman; her father Zerom Bahta Hadgembes, a veteran of the struggle who resides in America and her childhood friend Senay who wanted to marry her but ended up being conscripted. Kings and Bandits Saleh “Gadi” Johar tells a powerful story that is never told: that many "child warriors" to whom we are asked to offer sympathies befitting helpless victims and hostages are actually premature adults who have made a conscious decision to stand up against brutality and oppression, and actually deserve our admiration. And that many of those whom we instinctively feel sympathetic towards, like the Ethiopian king Emperor Haile Sellassie, were actually world-class tyrants whose transgressions would normally be cases in the World Court. Simply Echoes A collection of romantic, political observations and travel poems; a reflection of the euphoric years that followed Eritrean Independence in 1991.

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    Selamat Salih,
    Although Saba may not listen or read to your message, but there are many others who may take heed to your advice. As usual, you delivered direct and yet humble message.

  • Abi

    Hello Ato Saleh
    Two things
    1 I’m kind of confused to find José Mourinho aka The Special One, compared with ኢሱ ጭሱ አመለ ቢሱ.
    José Mourinho is a serial winner. He has won everything when it comes to the Beautiful Game except the World Cup.
    2 How do you expect ክብርት እመቤት ሣባ to drill common sense into Isu’s thick scull? I heard he spent his time somewhere else (አዲ ሃሎ?). I heard he comes home from time to time. There is no enough time for pillow talks.
    ከመቼ ጀምሮ ነው የትግሬ ባል ሚስቱን የሚሰማው?

    • Saleh Johar

      Ras Abi,
      It was not a comparison between what-is-his name and what-is-his-name. It was my way to explain to wweiszero Saba why she should not be surprised when her name is raise. That’s because the stature of a Brezidenti is much higher than that of a football coach or team manager.

      ከመቼ ጀምሮ ነው የትግሬ ባል ሚስቱን የሚሰማው?

      I don’t know about you but I knoaw many wives who can boldly talk to their husbands. I don’t know their relation, it was just a wish she can talk sense to him. But as you know, the targeted listener is not Saba, but others who care much about the gang leader that his wife…. and I do not like to talk to them directly. I am not even sure if Saba will ever listen to what I say. But believe me, many who act as his wives or others men who admire him are listening. The comment section is very telling.

      Now I am expecting you to write a full article in Tigrinya. But if your queen is from Keren, she might be teaching you a Kerenite Tigrinya. In that case, you need a few years to write the article. I know because I still speak Tigrinya with Keren accent. A little better than most, but still, it’s like cockney 🙂

      • Abi

        ከመይ ኡዝታዝ ሳለህ
        On number one, I was comparing the serial winner with the serial loser although they are in a totally different professions.
        Just like you, እባቡ አቢ has his own way of saying things.
        On number two, I totally missed it. You are right Isu has numerous wives ready to say ጌትዬ or is it ጎይታና?

        The queen is from Addis. she speaks Tigrinya with Addis accent. She use more Amharic than Tigrinya when she speaks.

        Please say Hello to Ato Amanuel and Saay.
        Thank you.

        • Kokhob Selam

          Dear Abi,

          “Please say Hello to Ato Amanuel and Saay. ” Thank you..Abi,

          Dear Saleh, What is up?


    • David Samson

      Selam Abi,

      You failed to mention to SJG that Jose is now in Tottenham Hotspurs. He also failed to mention the special one was sacked by your beloved team. I can forgive SJG for slowness, but not to an avid footie of yours truly.

      • Abi

        Hello David
        I didn’t know where to start and finish . You need a whole book to discuss The Special One. I missed him as a pundit. When The Special One speaks everybody listens. Sacking him is a cardinal sin. Now that he is at Spurs, he will be tormenting your team. Nothing more exciting than the London Darby.
        I missed soccer.

      • Saleh Johar

        Be fair! I already lost a few brain n cells learning about the “Koberit” manager. It was boring. And you wanted me to go into details of who fired him? That was not my topic and I hate two things the most: the saxophone in music and any sport that involves the inflated rubber thingy 🙂

        NB: in Keren we call the ball koberit, the ክዕሶ