A TRIBUTE TO THE LATE MR. MISHSHO GERMANO NATI
(Died March 17, 2008);
in the prison-cell of the PFDJ's regime of Ato Isaias Afwerki. A
SUMMARY OF THE LATE MR. MISHSHO GERMANO NATI'S
The VKP/KAM: ( August 6, 2009).
The late Mr. Mishsho
initiated his pre-and-elementary schooling in the Catholic Mission
school of Ebarò in 1957/58. He then attended the middle secondary
school, from 1963 to 1966, St.
Francis of Assisi School in Massawa.
From 1966 to 1971, he
studied Accounting at the Vittorio
Bottego Institute in Asmara .
From 1971 to 1976, he
worked for Barattolo Cotton Company
at SIA (Societá Imprese Africane) in Ali Gidir.
he was arrested, accused of supporting the
and sent to the Sembel prison in
Asmara , together with another Kunama by the name of
In the same year, 1976, the ELF
(Eritrean Liberation Front) stormed the
Sembel prison and freed all
There were four
Fait Tingga Longgi, Germano Nati,
Giacom Anja and Osman Dalab.
The ELF gave the freed prisoners the choice either to follow it in the
struggle for the Eritrean independence or to decide to return to their
own native regions.
Fait Tingga Longgi, Giacomo Anja, and Osman Dalab
went back home whereas the
late Mr. Mishsho
Germano Nati chose to follow
Movement and joined the
After about 4 years,Mr. Mishsho
Germano Nati, the late Mr.
Osea Dumam Shabbi and Ms Dahab Fait
Tingga were sent to Kassala (The Sudan) to mobilise the
Kunama residents there and those frequenting the market places of
After the expulsion of the ELF by the EPLF forces in the 1980s, Mishsho
Germano Nati was sent to Dokinbia (
), to mobilise the Kunama people to get to know the EPLF, which politics
and political message they had never heard of.
The western lowland of Eritrea had only known and supported
Not so long after, Dahab Fait Tingga
and the late Mr. Osea
Dumam Shabbi too were transferred to Dokinbia to support
Mishsho Germano Nati. These three were involved in the
instruction of the Kunama people in the Shabia political doctrines.
Already at that time, the conflict between some members of the Eritrean-Tigrian
and the late Mr. Mishsho Germano Nati,
who could not see and stand the injustices being carried out by Shabia's
regime on the Kunama people, became evident. In order to render the life
still more difficult, the Shabia's regime had formed a group of bandits,
from within its own forces, who would raid the Kunama live-stock, take
it to The Sudan and sell it in the market places of Kassala.
Mr. Mishsho Germano got aware
of the tricks of the Shabia's regime and tried to protect the Kunama as
they reported to him that the
(Eritrean Tigrians) kept raiding their live-stock”.
To verify their claims, the Kunama travelled to Kassala and found a lot
of their cattle being traded in the market.
Beginning already in those days, the Shabia had used all kinds of
strategies to oppress, make the Kunama people suffer and abandon their
In order to have a free hand, the Shabia had to eliminate either the
late Mr. Mishsho
or the late Mr.
It happened that, one day, the bandits, as usual, had raided the Kunama
cattle from the southern parts of Dokinbia and, expecting the
intervention of the Kunama, among them either the late Mr.
Germano Nati or the late Mr.
Osea Dumam, they had occupied strategic positions to challenge them. The
late Mr. Osea Dumam
happened to be among the Kunama and the first bullet shot by the bandits
hit him deadly. The bandits then fled. Many eye-witnesses confirmed that
the late Mr. Osea Dumam’s death had
been deliberately planned and carried out by the Shabia themselves.
Germano Nati was left alone,
but through his courage and tenacity he managed to protect the Kunama
till independence. The Shabia however had always tried to eliminate Mr.
Mishsho Germano Nati too.
After independence, the late Mr. Mishsho
was appointed the governor of the Kunama Land with seat in Barentu
(Biara). At his side were
also Ibrahim Mr. Ibrahim
Totil and Mr.
Salvatore Nati Ibrahim.
The Shabia's strategy had soon begun to create intrigues and conflicts
among the Kunama people themselves. Mr. Ibrahim Totil and Mr.
Ibrahim rose against the late Mr. Mishsho Germano Nati. After 4 years of
continuous struggle to defend and protect the rights of the Kunama
people, a clique of ill-intentioned individuals from the Shabia
leadership led by the worst enemy of the Kunama people,
Al Said Mustafa Nur-Hussein,
had managed to isolate, denigrate and depose the late Mr.
Mishsho Germano Nati from the
post of the governorship of the Kunama Land. Mr.
Mishsho Germano Nati refused
to work under Mustafa Nur-Hussein, because, specifically, Al Said
Mustafa Nurhussein was one who was, not only brutally oppressing the
Kunama people, but also searching in the worst
and possible manners, to get rid of the late Mr.
Mishsho Germano Nati declined
all other posts offered him by the Shabia and chose to live in Barentu
as an ordinary citizen. His presence in Barentu however was of a great
disturbance to the Shabia in general and and to Al Said Mustafa
Nurhussein in particular.
many years, Ato Isaias Afwerki called up the late Mr.
Mishsho Germano Nati,
appointed him as governor and sent him to the Afar Land , though he
neither spoke nor understood the Afari language. Not yet happy with the
late Mr. Mishsho Germano Nati's
presence in Eritrea, the Shabia's regime sent him to England, with the
excuse of offering him a chance to learn the English language, but deep
down hoping that he would not return to Eritrea. During his absence, As
Said Mustafa Nur-Hussein could do whatever he liked to ill-treat the
Kunama people. As soon as the late Mr.
Mishsho Germano Nati returned
from England , he went down to Barentu to visit his family-members and
the Kunama immediately reported to him that Al Said Mustafa Nurhussein
was committing too many injustices against them. Returning back to
on his way to Assab, he presented himself to Ato Isaias Afwerki and told
him of the difficulties the Kunama people were facing under the
administration of Al Said Mustafa Nur-Hussein. Ato Isaias Afwerki was
reported to have retorted that, only he (Germano)
was often complaining on behalf of the Kunama, but not the Kunama people
themselves. With that response, Ato Isaias Afwerki had clearly
demonstrated his categorical refusal to consider the late Mr.
Miashsho Germano Nati’s
appeal on behalf of his Kunama ethnic group.
Ato Isaias Afwerki and his PFDJ regime's comrades had always kept some
distance from the late Mr. Mishsho
Germano Nati because of his sincere concerns for the welfare
and well-being of his Kunama people.
In September 2001, the late Mr. Mishsho Germano Nati was detained,
together with the members of the G-11 and thrown into jail for
supporting to promote democracy and the legitimate democratic rights of
the Eritrean people.
As reported and confirmed by
on August 3, 2009,
“NAME OF DETAINEE:
DATE OF DEATH:
REASON OF DEATH: CHRONIC ILLNESS:
HE HAD URETHRA PROBLEMS. EVEN THOUGH HE DID NOT MENTIONED IT BEFORE HIS
DEATH, THE RESULT OF THE AUTOPSY CONCLUSIVELY SHOWS THAT HE WAS
SUFFERING FROM BLADDER AND KIDNEY INFECTIONS AS A RESULT OF WHICH HE
NAME OF OFFICER IN CHARGE:
L. COLONEL ISSACK ARAYA
After elevating its prayers to the Almighty God that give eternal and
peaceful rest to the soul of our fellow-Kunama ethnic-group's member,
the late Mr. Mishsho Germano Nati,
the team of the Voice of
in the name of its Kunama people and in its own name, very officially
accuses the PFDJ's regime of Ato Isaias Afwerki to assume the full
responsibility of having very cruelly and cynically subjected the late
Mr. Mishsho Germano Nati, to inhumane suffering and methodically
We Kunama retain Al-Said Mustafa-Nur-Hussein to have been the prime
architect of the ethnic-cleansing activities against the Kunama people,
which have today reached their highest level and are being committed in
very open and numerous manner.
We accuse Al-Said Mustafa Nur-Hussein
of having been the implacable enemy of the late
Mr. Mishsho Germano Nati and
grudged him his being a Kunama ethnic-group's member, hated, persecuted
and eventually masterminded his expulsion from his own native and
ancestral Kunama Land and, in the end, led him into facing the most
cruel kinds of deaths.
to Al-Said. Mustafa Nur-Hussein:
let us tell you bluntly, Sir, that, the Kunama people and the Kunama
land have today reached their present lowest social, cultural, human and
economic levels of catastrophe, because of your initial poisonously
ill-intentioned plans to wage an all-out war to destroy the entire
You have the biggest share in the injustices and criminalities the
Shabia's regime has been committing against the Kunama people, both as
individuals, as communities and as an ethnic group.
Do remember, Sir, that the Kunama people have a great respect for human
life which is the reason keeping them from harming you and others now,
but be warned that extreme reactions are not to be totally discarded for
all times and from all human-beings. You assume a dual responsibility of
the Kunama people's plights, both as an individual force as well as a
member of the PFDJ's regime.
The VKP/KAM: ( August 6, 2009).