Ex-Ethiopia President Negasso Gidada joins opposition – BBC

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Ethiopia’s former President Negasso Gidada has joined an opposition party, as the country builds up to an election scheduled for next May. (more…)

Ethiopia’s former President Negasso Gidada has joined an opposition party, as the country builds up to an election scheduled for next May.

Mr Negasso, in power between 1995 and 2001, said he had joined the Unity for Democracy and Justice Party (UDJ) to try to unite Ethiopia.

Analysts say his defection and that of ex-Defence Minister Seye Abraha are likely to boost the UDJ’s popularity.

Its leader is in jail after protests following the last election in 2005.

Birtukan Medeksa was arrested after violence broke out when opposition parties organised protests, citing election fraud.

Some rights groups have accused Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of trying to ensure election victory by suppressing opposition – allegations he denies.


The BBC’s Uduak Amimo in Addis Ababa says the two defections are a significant symbol of opposition to the government.

But she says the UDJ and its allies are unlikely to overhaul the governing party in next year’s election.

Mr Negasso, whose role as president was largely symbolic, is said to be a popular politician.

He told Reuters news agency: “Our joining the UDJ sends a signal that we have to work hard for the unity of the country and the Ethiopian people.”

Some 200 people were killed after security forces opened fire during the protests which followed the 2005 elections.

More than 100 opposition leaders, activists and journalists were convicted and jailed but most have since been pardoned.

Ms Birtukan, 36, was freed but then re-arrested and sentenced to life in prison after criticising the terms of the amnesty.

Analysts say the detentions have seriously weakened the opposition.

The UDJ has been stitched together from several different formations.

  1. way too gooo
    | #1

    way too go udjjjj

  2. ዓዲሰ ዓለመ
    | #2

    ሰላም ጢና ይስጥልን

  3. Ayele
    | #3

    Go UDJ Thats a good start !

  4. Joseph
    | #4

    Dear Folks,

    Negaso’s and Seye’s joining of the UDJ is really a “significant” move and has a national reverberation to re-ignite the unity of the Ethiopian people. They finally, dusted off the “Woyane Killilstan Thinking” and started a new political path after learning from mistakes of the past.

    We’ve advised these folks long a while ago to exactly take this type of political course of action. I still personally call upon Dr Beyene Petros and Prof Merera Gudina and Obo Bulcha to follow suit i.e. forget their ethnic thinking/organisations and re-organise themselves under the common Ethiopian Flag and Umbrella. That will be a leaser treatment for the Woyane’s ethnicity based “Federal Primitivism”. This kind of bold move will have the impact of dismantling the Woyane Empire, and lay the grounds for genuine democracy. If these folks galvanise their energy in this way, they have won the hearts and minds of Ethiopians and they have also earned my vote and the votes of people like my-self.

    For now, let us support and guard Negaso and Seye from eventual Woyane attacks. The angry Woyane supporters have already started launching their swords attacking Seye that he has left ARENA etc.

    God Bless These Guys for Finally Waking Up!
    God Bless Birtukan Mideksa – The Symbol of Ethiopian Unity!!

    Death to the Dilmenderus, the Voracious Hodams, and the Murderers!

  5. Major Dagnachew
    | #5

    እግዚአብሄር ይመስገን!!!!!!

  6. ደምስ
    | #6

    Now is the time to support this group every thing we have. The kehadi engineer hailu and dictator melese should be sent to kaliti or Guantanomo prison. They belongs to there, not in Addis.

    | #7

    Seye Abrham’s joining of UDJ can serve him two purposes:

    FIRST, he wanted the position of being Minister of Defense which Samora has held for several years, SECOND, he wanted to mask his crime against Ethiopian not only he distroyed the the national defense of Mengistu’s time at the battle field but also the 300,000 national defense force of Ethiopia that he make them jobless and homeless and THIRD, he wanted to achiev other political part’s agenda, in this case TPLF’S because he “BELIVED ETHIOPIA WILL NOT SURVIVED WITHOUT CONTINUE RULE OF THE TPLF”. (See The Journalist’s Memoire, by Tesfaye Gebre-Ab, page 166),and FOURTH, he wanted to seen as a loyal national of Ethiopia after he collaborated with Meles and his dean of gangsters in allowing ERITREA to seceed from Ethiopia, and FIVTH, he wanted to mask his wealth from the public. PLEASE NOTE: If there is any man who has no property in his name, is Seye Abrha because all the property is in the name of his far distance relative. HOWEVER, Mr. Meles inadvertently said to Seye, “… You know that when we take power from DERG, we only had our individual guns. But You owe Heavy Trucks through your “other” relatives. Meles used the word “other” relatives, because he is also one of far distance relative to meles. Mr. Seye, overthing is on record.

  8. hora
    | #8

    Really UDJ is agood progress 1.making front with the other parties 2. accepting the two prominent politicians

  9. tatarew
    | #9

    do u guys belive tigre becareful.tigre is helper of tigre.do not trest them they all the same.

  10. Anonymous
    | #10

    seye and melese are the same.maybe he send him to join you .becareful donot trust him.they all been been working together for long time.he went envestigate same thing from u you guys .

  11. Leul
    | #11

    Unless Seye Abraha asks the Ethiopian people forgiveness, he is hypocrite.

    Viva Negasso You did the right thing and we forgive you!

  12. Biri
    | #12

    —– Forwarded Message —-
    From: Biri Yaya
    To: Ethiopians-Forum@yahoogroups.com
    Cc: eedn@home.ease.lsoft.com
    Sent: Fri, November 27, 2009 7:09:59 AM
    Subject: Re: [Ethiopians-Forum] BREAKING AND WELCOME NEWS-Negaso, Seye join Birtukan’s party!

    Dear Ato Tedla,
    Noted. I see what you state. Let us be clear that Seye in his own ways has been making the right move within limited scope for understandable reasons since he was allowed to leave the prison cells.
    Seye has dramatically, even if symbolic at this stage, has shifted the Ethiopian political landscape by joining a centrist party that carries ”democratic unity of Ethiopians” as its logo!
    With Dr Negasso Gidada from one spectrum and Seye from the other side, we have the rewriting of political paradigm and a significant shift toward Ethiopians working for the best of the country.
    Once we get to where the country is led by the rule of law, it is for the Ethiopian people at large to ask for accountability through legitimate institution of governance.
    At that stage, Seye and everyone else could be asked to account for their track records.

    For now though, let us openly welcome the symbolic meaning of Negaso’s and Seye’s courageous hands of fraternity. Let’s not miss the big moment of history by focusing on easy said, but meaningless gesture in politics of demanding apologies in a vacuum.
    I warmly welcome Ato Seye Abraha and Dr Negasso Gidada to the center of Ethiopian politics!!



    From: tedla asfaw
    To: Ethiopians-Forum@yahoogroups.com
    Cc: eedn@home.ease.lsoft.com
    Sent: Thu, November 26, 2009 11:02:01 PM
    Subject: Re: [Ethiopians-Forum] BREAKING AND WELCOME NEWS-Negaso, Seye join Birtukan’s party!

    Dr. Negasso Gidada apologized for Ethiopian people for supporting TPLF’s imposed constitution of Hidar 1987EC. In the last fifteen years Dr. Negasso learned from Ethiopian people desire to live together not deterred by wall of separation built by TPLF and he himself served as president of Ethiopia for one term.

    I salute him for his courage and wish him the best for his future political ambition. When it comes to Seye, there is nothing new I heard from him. Talking about democracy and taking full responsibility for what once did for the last eighteen years is totally different.

    Where is the word forgive me from Seye’s mouth. Seye at this moment is the Seye we have known, “Not only winning war but also making war”. Can Seye tell us about the business empire of TPLF, EFFORT and condemn this criminal empire ? We are waiting. Not only making war, making money also was one of Seye’s quality as member and founder of TPLF.

    Free Birtukan and bring back Pro. Mesfin to UDJP

    Tedla Asfaw
    — On Thu, 11/26/09, Biri Yaya wrote:

    From: Biri Yaya
    Subject: [Ethiopians- Forum] BREAKING AND WELCOME NEWS-Negaso, Seye join Birtukan’s party!
    To: Ethiopians-Forum@ yahoogroups. com
    Date: Thursday, November 26, 2009, 5:04 PM

    Negaso, Seye join Birtukan’s party
    Reuters A former Ethiopian president and a former defence minister have joined the same opposition party, strengthening
    it against a government accused of suppressing critics before national elections in May. Negaso Gidada, president from 1997 to 2001, and Seye Abraha a former rebel leader who became defence minister for four years from 1991, joined the Unity for Democracy and Justice party (UDJ) on Thursday. The UDJ is part of an eight-party coalition called Medrek, or the Forum, that most Ethiopians view as the most significant threat to the government at the ballot box. The UDJ’s leader Birtukan Mideksa, 36, has been in prison since last December. [More]

    BREAKING AND WELCOME NEWS-Negaso, Seye join Birtukan’s party!

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  13. Robele Ababya
    | #13

    This is the most exciting news I have been waiting for. What is so unique in this breakthrough is the public apology expressed by Dr. Negasso Gidada which is a rare case in Ethiopian politics. I admire him for that.

    The duo, Dr. Gidada and Ato Seye, will greately contribute to the progress of democracy in Ethiopia. The example that they have set will be glorified in the annals of Ethiopian history.

  14. abbyca
    | #14

    yes it’s of corse a good move to our country. both of them will help us to unite our people and siye will help us to weaken meles’s support. Let us think the end of divide and rule. Divided we fall, united we rise!!!!!

  15. አንበሴ
    | #15

    መልካም ዜና ቢሆንም ሁለቱም የቀድሞ ወያኔ አባሎች የኢትዮጵያን ሕዝብ ከልብ ይቅርታ የሚጠይቁበት አንደበት መሆን የሚገባው:- በመላው የኢትዮጵያ ሕዝብ ፊት የኢትዮጵያ አንድነት ፓርቲ በሚያምንበት ዓላማ መሰረት ” አንድ ሃገር አንድ ሕዝብ አንዲት ኢትዮጵያ እስከዘለአለም ብለው ቢናገሩና ለተግባር እንቅስቃሴው ከልባቸው የቀረች ዕድሜያቸውን ለወደፊቱ ትውልድ ቢያስረክቡ በውድ ኢትዮጵያውያን መዘክር ውስጥ እስከዘለአለም ይከበራሉ:: ከሃፍረት ታሪክ እራሳቸውን ስለሰወሩና ልውድ ሃገራቸው ቃልኪዳን ስለገቡ:- የኢትዮጵያውያን አምላክ እግዚአብሔር የተመሰገነ ይሁን: ልቡና ይስጥልን::

    ኢትዮጵያ እጆችዋን ወደ ፈጣሪዋ ትዘረጋለች:- መዝሙር 67-31 (መጽሃፈ ወሰማኒያ አሃዱ)

  16. mateos
    | #16

    Well..welll..welll, and well! It looks as it is a marriage of convenience and lets hope its fruit would make a stable Ethiopia vs. Meles’s and his boss Bereket divided one; lets hope it a marriage of a new breed of Ethiopians vs. Meles’s and his boss Ethiopia of child traffickers; lets hope it is a unity of one Ethiopia vs. Meles- the killers and Bereket the lier; lets hope it is a unity that would promote peace and prosperity vs. Meles and his boss more blood shed and more hatred in neigboring countries and people; lets hope it is a unity where Ethiopia can see eye to eye vs. Meles and his boss Bereket suspicion and mistrust against each other; lets hope it is the time Seye asks for forgivens from Ethiopian people for slaughtering innocent Ethiopians in unnecessary war in Eritrea, Ogaden, Gambella, and other parts; lets hope it the unity of one Ethiopia vs. the aiga jungle constitution or so called article #39 that fractures Ethiopia and the Ethiopian communities in general; and lets pray it is unity that would end Ethiopia’s misery in the hands of the two thugs and other weyane mafia families. AND LET IT BE THE UNITY THAT WOULD BRING THE KILLER MELES AND THE LIER BEREKET THAT WOULD BRING THEM TO THE COURT OF LAW AGAINST THEIR CRIMES OF THE ETHIOPIAN PEOPLE AND THE WHOLE REGION. I HOPE THEY WILL SERVE LIFE IN PRISON IN THE SAME CELL AND I PRAY THE NAIVE MOTHER AND POLICIAN BETUKAN TO SEE HER JOINING HER DAUGHTER AND PEOPLE SOON!

  17. Major Dagnachew
    | #17

    @ አንበሴ
    እስቲ ለመሆኑ ዶ/ር ነጋሶ የሰሩትን ማን ሰርቱዋል? ማውራት ቀላል ነው::
    ሲጀመር እኝህ ሰው ቅን አሳቢ መሆናቸውን የሚያሳይ ብዙ ተግባር ፈጽመዋል:: ለምሳሌ:- የዛሬ 8 አመት ገደማ አቶ መለስንና ፓርቲያቸውን በ ኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ ፊት ኢ-ዲሞክራትና መሰሪ መሆናቸውን ነግረዋቸው: ከዛሬ ጀምሮ አብሬያችሁ አልሰራም ብለው
    በድሎት እና በተቀማጠለ ሁኔታ ከሚኖሩበት የሚኒሊክ ቤተ-መንግስት ጥለው ወጡ::
    2ኛ.ዛሬ ደግሞ “በ1987 በጸደቀው ህ/መንግስት ‘ሁሉንም ያሳተፈ ነበር ‘የሚል ንግግር አድርጌ ዋሽቻለሁ::በዚህ ጉዳይ በእውነቱ ስጸጸት ከርሜያለሁ:: አፍሬያለሁም ::ስለዚህ የኢትዮጵያን ህዝብ ይቅርታ እጠይቃለሁ” አሉ::
    እስቲ ለመሆኑ ማን ይሆን በዚህ ዘመን እንደዚህ አይነት ቅን ልቦና ያለው እና ለሆዱ ሳይሆን ለአእምሮው የሚኖር???
    እኔ በበኩሌ ዶ/ር ነጋሶ የኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ ኩራት የየዋሁ የኦሮሞ ህዝብ ትክክለኛ ተምሳሌት ናቸው ባይ ነኝ::
    ኢትዮጵያ ለዘላለም ትኑር!!!!!!!

  18. AFDist
    | #18

    Ex-Ethiopian president, Negaso Gidada’s political move: backward or forward?
    I read a news about Negaso Gidada, the ex-president of Ethiopia joining the oppostion party UDJ, with the feeling of ambivalence. Is his move constructive or destructive to the liberation movement of his own nation, Oromo? Is his current political development a backward move or a forward move? To answer these questions, we need to look at the conflict between the interest of the nation Oromo, to whom he belongs, and the interest of the region called Ethiopia composing many nations, in which the two Abyssinian nations aka Amhara and Tigaru were exchangeably dominant in the past about 150 years. In short we need to look at the complementarity and contradiction between Ethiopian “democratic movement” and Oromian liberation movement.

    As I was a university student some years back, I and one of my friends were sitting in a bus and looking throught the window a nice city we were touring and accidnetally we saw one of our teachers (lecturers) walking. This lecturer was a bit elderly, light skined, had bald hair with full beard. My funny friend just watched and asked me, whether the teacher is walking forward or backward. Because of his bald head and full beard on his chin, we couldn’t differentiate his face from the back of his head. That was very funny indeed, so both of us laughed. Since then, this episode remaind to be a joke among our circle of friends. As I read Negaso’s decision to join the “multi-national” UDJ instead of the national party OFC, I just remembered this joke and laughed at the measure taken by the ex-president. A question came to my mind was: is this backward or forward political move?

    To look at the political career of the ex-president, first he was OLF activist who used to believe in liberating Oromia from Abyssinian colonialism; then he joined OPDO believing in ethnic federalism; after he left OPDO I heard him demanding Oromo’s right to self-determination per referendum; now he joined a party which rejects the right of Oromo nation to self-determination and even wants to dismantle Oromia with a pre-text of preferring xeqilaygizat-federalism in contrast to the kilil-federalism, which is supported by Oromo people. Is this move a backward or a forward move for one Oromo intellectual, who wrote his desseration on Oromo history and who used to struggle for the right of Oromo in the past 40 years?

    No question the Oromo liberation movement is getting momentum, slowly but surely, so that many stakeholders in the region are in a big worry (firstly Habesha elites, secondly the Western allies of Habeshas who used to support them in suppressing Oromo and thirdly few elites of the small nationalities in the empire, who are mistakenly in fear of Oromo’s “future domination”). These anti-Bilisummaa (anti-freedom) forces are now doing every thing under the sky to inhibit and hinder the Oromo liberation movement. One of the “modern and 21st century” move to hinder Oromo from achieving Bilisummaa (freedom of) Oromo and Walabummaa (sovereignity of) Oromia is playing the game of the fake democratization of Ethiopia.

    The opponents of Oromo liberation movement know very well that genuine democratization of Ethiopia is the best MEANS to achieve the END of the Oromo liberation movement, that is why they only give lip service, but never allow it happen. Conservative and old-mode (faaraa) Amhara elites with the mind of the 20th century Nefxenya (rule using nefx or gun) already showed their alliance with the 21st Nefxenya Tigarus now in power with the Zenawi-Shawel-handshake. The smart and modern (araadaa) Nefxenyas of both Habesha nations are re-organizing themselves in UDJ and G-7. That is why I am not surprised by the raised handshake of Siye Abraha and Gizachew Shiferraw, but the raised handshake of Negaso Gidada and Gizachew Shiferraw made me to be sad and at the same time to laugh, that is the ambivalence of emotion I had. Fact on the ground is that araadaa way or faaraa way, all the handshakes are about saving the empire! The faaraa Nefxenyas try to keep the empire with old method like talking about the “history” that Debteraa Bahirey and Aleqaa Taye wrote about Ethiopia and demanding directly to dismantle Oromia. The araadas use totally other methods, for example to reduce the danger of dismantling the empire domination system, which is coming from Oromo, they use the following theories as postmodern approachs now applied to fight against Oromo’s right to self-determination in order to save the empire from disintegration:

    - “All Ethiopians including Tigrayans are Oromo, so Oromo liberation in a form of Oromian autonomy or Oromian independence is not necessary”, this is the theory constantly preached by Habesha elites in forums and paltalks.

    - “Oromos as a majority can rule Ethiopia, so let’s fight for democracy together, no need of Oromo liberation movement”, this is an approach of the modern Habesha movement which tries to instrumentalize Oromo individuals like Birtukan Midhagsa, now joined by Negaso Gidada.

    - “Every body in Ethiopia is blended with Oromo, so Ethiopia is Oromia and Ethiopian empire is in reality Oromo empire”, Siye Abraha’s approach belongs here based on the speech he made as he toured North America.

    - “Let’s focus on development of Oromia, our Oromo people need more food rather than freedom”, TPLF’s and its puppets in OPDO approach this way to divert attention of Oromo from struggle for liberation and to pacify Oromo.

    - “Oromo need unconditional national independence without regional union, but OLF is the first enemy who abandoned this goal; so first let’s focus on bashing, cursing, demonizing, discrediting and villifying OLF, specially its hitherto leaders”, Weyane cadres acting as the radical pro-Oromian-independence tried this method to devide and destroy the vanguard liberation front.

    Be it they are faaraa or araadaa, till now there is no any Amhara party, which came to the middle ground to accept and respect kilil-(“ethnic”)-federalism as a compromise solution for the conflict between the pro-unitarity Amhara elites and pro-independence Oromo elites. By the way, I personally don’t believe that there is any “multi-national (hibre-biher)” party in Ethiopian empire. One of the fake and fiction stories we are hearing from Ethiopia now is that people try to devide political parties in that empire as “ethnic based” and “hibre-biher”. All Amhara parties like AEUP, CUDP, EDP, EDUM, EPPF, EPRP, G7M, UDJ and UEDF-diaspora try to sell them selves as all inclusive political parties. And they try to villify others like OFC, SEPDC, OLF, ONLF, SLF, etc as narrow minded “national (ye biher)” organizations. For their justification they try to show us that for instance UDJ is lead by people from all nationalities.

    Here, I think there is no necessity to fool each other. People from other nationalities, who are active in Amhara parties are only hard-wares (biologically from other nations), but with Amhara soft-ware (Amhara mind persuing to keep Amhara interset). Just look at those in UDJ and G-7: Birtukan Midhegsa is Amhara soft-ware in Oromo hard-ware (she is Amhara in mind and Oromo in blood); Hailu Araya is Amhara in mind and Tigaru in blood; Berihanu Nega is Amhara in mind and Gurage in blood; Muluneh Iyuel is Amhara in mind and Hadiya in blood, etc. Just look at their attempt of stressing to use only Amharinya by all parties, they never dare to use Afaan Oromo, eventhough they try to get the support of Oromo. We can forget the other conservative “hibre-biher” parties like AEUP and EPRP, who talk only about one “Ethiopian people (ye Itiyophiya hizb)”, they never dare to say “Ethiopian peoples (ye Itiyophiya hizbooch)”! But let us all be aware of Amhara soft-wares in Other’s hard-ware. Here I just want to add my observation regarding the form of expression used by Merera Gudina and Negaso Gidada in the last few weeks. They hitherto used to talk about “ye Itiyophiya hizboch” till a journalist from Addis-dimts confronted Merera few weeks back in one of his last interviews. Since then both of them talk only about “ye Itiyophiya hizb”, which is loved by Habesha elites just to confirm their mantra of “only one people” in Ethiopia. To my understanding both expressions are not wrong, it only depends on the context. When they are talking in the context of Ethiopian govenment Vs Ethiopian people, it is right to use “ye Itiyophia hizb” i.e in relation to only one federal government, but when the discussion is about the right of nations in the empire, using the expression “ye Itiyophiya hizboch” is appropriate. So I just encourage Oromo politicians to use both expressions depending on the context.

    Regarding the move of Oromo nationalists nowadays, I think there is a consensus on the route of the journey to our END. We have to keep the status-quo (a limited cultural autonomy) from any setback; we have to move together towards true Oromian autonomy, the goal set by OFC; then we have to finish the journey to self-determination per referendum leading to one of the two outcomes (independent Oromia with a union of nations in the region or independent Oromia without such a union). Otherwise, according to my hitherto observation, Abyssinian elites and Oromian elites preach democracy for the sake of two different and opposite ENDs:

    - for Abyssinian elites, democratization of Ethiopia is a meanse for decimation of Oromia in to ten pieces. That is why they propagate geography-based or xeqilaygizat-federation on the contrary to the language-based or kilil-federation aka “ethnic” federalism. It is a move towards unitary Ethiopia, melting all nations in to Amharic speakers. Is Negaso now prefering this move?

    - for Oromians, democratization of Ethiopia is a meanse for liberation of Oromia from the empire domination system. That is why we want to convert the fake kilil-federation of Weyane to a genuine kilil-federation, which can be the best precondition to move to self-determination of Oromo.

    Abyssinian elites theoretically preach democracy, but practically they walk against it. Oromo elites do have no fear from genuine democracy for it can lead us to liberated Oromia. At the same time we do have no fear from union of nations in the empire or region if it is based on our free will for it is the best way to Oromo’s leadership in the region as it is a biggest and strongest nation of the area. Based on the difference we do have among Oromo people in respect to the two possible outcomes of self-determination per referendum, I think “pro independence without union” Oromo, who do cry foul against “pro independence within a union” Oromo’s dedication to democratize Ethiopia, should stop their lamenting. Democratization of Ethiopia is not the END per se, but the meanse to the END i.e to liberation of Oromia. If we percieve it like this, then it is clear why Abyssinian elites get panic when ever genuine democratization is getting root in the empire!

    Coming back to the raised handshake of Negaso with Gizachew and Siye, let’s look at the possible impact on our liberation movemnt. Just as Weyane cadres and their web-sites rejoiced and jumped because of the advantage they did get from the handshake between Meles Zenawi & Hailu Shawel, the handshake of NegasoGidada & Gizachew Shiferraw also made pro-unitarity Amhara elites to sing and jump with joy. Why? Because they percieved it as a triumph of their movement of unitarity over Oromo movemnt for liberty. To their pleasure, surprisingly Negaso made an analogy of a chicken in an egg-shell for “national movements” such as Oromo liberation movement. He just failed to percieve the smart Amhara national movement covered with “Ethiopian multi-national movemnt” in its true nature. Thus, in reality he just moved from his own egg-shell (Oromo liberation movment) in to the other one’s egg-shell (Amhara domination movment). Why did he do this? He already gave the answer: because of the “love and popularity” he got from Habesha elites! Interestingly this is the smart method Habesha elites used till now to weaken Oromo nationalists, i.e make them “friends”, give them “love and recognition” as far as they are in line with Habesha elites’ domination move and the same Habesha elites do the opposite (hate, denounce, despise, denigerate, etc) when ever such Oromo elites start to emphasize the importance of Oromo liberation from Habesha elites’ domination.

    Anyways I hope that Oromo individuals in UDJ one day wake up and smell the coffee. Unless Habesha elites in parties like UDJ and G-7 are ready to accept and respect the God-given and Man-made right of Oromo people to self-determination, unless they at least decide to recognize Oromian autonomy in Ethiopian context, no araadaa manipulation of Habesha elites will stop Oromo people from pushing in the liberation struggle for our desired Kaayyoo (goal). But for the sake of fighting against fascist Weyane at the moment, I dare to support the move of both Negaso and Siye to strengthen the currently viable opposition aka Medrek. If UDJ in Medrek is for the true kilil-federation, I think Negaso’s current political move is a forward move, if UDJ is to prefer xeqilaygizat-federation, a pre-text for dismantling Oromia, Negaso just moved backward. The only thing that all stakeholders in the empire/region have to have in mind is that they can not fool Oromo people, who have no other wish and intention except securing our rigth to self-determination.


  19. አንበሴ
    | #19

    ሻለቃ ዳኛቸው: ዶ/ር ነጋሶ ያደረጉትን የቀድሞ የይቅርታ ንግግር በይፋ ከአንደበታቸው ሳይሆን በነጻው ፕሬስ በተለያዩ መልኮች ማንበቤን አስታውሳለሁ እንጂ በይፋ የጸጸት ንግግራቸውን ስላልሰማሁ ነው:: መቸኮልም ስለሌለብኝ ነው:: ያስቀመጥኩት ሃሳብም ታላቅ ጥቅም ያለው ስለሆነና የሚያበረታታ ወደኋላ የማይባልበት ጽኑ የቀድሞዎቹና የአሁኖቹ ኢትዮጵያውን ከብረት የጠንከረ መሰረታችን ነውና ሃሳቤን ከልብ የሚቀበሉት መሆኑን ባለሙሉ ተስፋ ነኝ:: ትችት ሳይሆን ያቀረብኩት “መሰረታችንን” ለማስታወስ ነው! ሻለቃዬ የአሁኑን ንግግራቸውን ዛሬ ስላነበብሁት: ተግባራቸውን በተባረከ መልኩ እንድናይ የፈጣሪያችን ፍቃድ ይሁንልን::

    አንድ ሕዝብ! አንድ ሃገር! አንዲት ኢትዮጵያ እስከዘለአለም!!!

  20. abbyca
    | #20

    Mr. Biri first you should know what you are talking about. I mean we can’t say Ethiopian peoples it’s not apropriate the word people or “hizb” by itself is plural and we can’t add s to make it plural. Don’t take every word or every thing wrong try to learn from western country eg. usa all people is came from many country but the region or province is not divided by ethnic. Because if all region was divided by ethnic based you are not gonna be here today, you can’t even get a job, totaly the country doesn’t grow. Think about it.

  21. Biri
    | #21

    Readers’ comments:

    —– Forwarded Message —-
    From: Biri Yaya
    To: Ethiopians-Forum@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Sat, November 28, 2009 9:55:58 PM
    Subject: Re: [Ethiopians-Forum] Re: BREAKING AND WELCOME NEWS-Negaso, Seye join Birtuk…

    Selam Yared,
    What we are saying is obvious. But, I understand that not everyone could be happy with the dramatic shift evolving in Ethiopian political realignments in the wake of Seye and Negaso joining UDJP. Politics without a broader vision is not easy to grapple with in a society so much used to dogmas from party lines.
    But, all major changes from the civil rights, decolonization of Africa, Obamma’s election as the US president … were the undoing of the old habits when situations no longer tolerated the discredited and decaying ways of going about business.

    Likewise, my take on Seye and Negaso joining Birtukan’s centrist party is that it is the beginning of the end of the politics of antagonism and of mutual exclusion.
    With Medrek at the centre, we are moving toward a balanced views between individual and collective identities and of rights.
    As Seye himself has stated, the ruling clique could no longer use the force of fear to divide Ethiopians:

    Dr. Negasso and Ato. Siye join UDJP
    Dr. Negasso’s Speech Ato. Siye’s Speech Eng. Gizachew’s Speech

    In summary, we are entering a new chapter where what we have together would matter more than the accident of being born in a particular locality. We are entering a phase where we cannot talk of identity either as individual or collective, but rather in its totality of the unity between the two sides of the same coin.

    Out of these dynamic and comprehensive understandings of ourselves and the system that is most suited to our needs, we shall build a future that would be based on the interdependence among all Ethiopians.

    That is what I mean by a paradigm shift that Seye’s and Negasso’s decision represents and projects!

    I call it the Birtukan’s Era of revival and redemption!!

    Long live the democratic unity of all Ethiopians!

    Birtukan will be free!

    I shall not provide any further commentary on this matter.



    From: “yarhm@aol.com”
    To: Ethiopians-Forum@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Fri, November 27, 2009 9:14:19 PM
    Subject: Re: [Ethiopians-Forum] Re: BREAKING AND WELCOME NEWS-Negaso, Seye join Birtuk…

    Ato Girma and Biri,

    Can you please elaborate a bit more in what ways it is a paradigm shift?



  22. AFDist
    | #22

    Thanks to CUD and OLF, the formation of AFD was the first nightmare Weyane ever experienced. Now the formation of the same alliance at home aka Medrek by OFC and UDJ is the second nightmare! But if and only if UDJ accepts and respects Kilil-federation, then the move of Negasso Gidada to join UDJ instead of OFC is not disappointing for Oromos. If UDJ remains to be a unitarist party, Gidada is a failure, not only a disappointment. Other wise Medrek is a better hope, but not the best hope, AFD definetly will be the best hope for the nations in the empire! Having Regional (Ethiopian) Union of Nations (RUN) as envisioned by both Medrek and AFD is really good, but Medrek did it based only on the consensus of the involved parties, whereas AFD will have the same result based on referendum by the concerned public. AFD’s action will lead to the lasting result and the end-goal (RUN per referendum), whereas that of Medrek is only temporary and a mid-goal of nations in the region called Ethiopia (RUN per consensus). The hope is because of the fact that both Medrek and AFD are on the same middle line (in the political spectrum of the empire) trying to establish RUN, on the contrary to the left side fronts needing to achieve Unconditional National Independence (UNI) with out a possible union and on the contrary to the right side parties striving for Unconditional Regional Integration (URI) in a form of assimilating all nations in to Amharinya speakers! Good to know this UNI—-RUN—-URI spectrum!

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