Oromo Uprising: Danger and Opportunity By Messay Kebede

December 16th, 2015 Print Print Email Email

Regarding the present situation of unrest in Oromo towns and villages, many activists and observers repeatedly ask the question of knowing why other regions of Ethiopia where the discontent is no less general, especially the Amhara region, are not joining the ongoing protest. The consensus is that, unless the uprising extends to other regions, including Addis Ababa and other major towns, the TPLF will have no difficulty in crushing the Oromo protests. Generalized uprising is the sine qua non of success. The TPLF perfectly knows this.

That is why we see here and there attempts to divide ethnic groups, notably to incite clashes between the two major Amhara and Oromo ethnic groups. Confrontations between these two groups are a sure way for the TPLF to disable definitively the Oromo rebellion. Even though the game of setting the two ethnic groups against each other is a very dangerous one in that it can easily deteriorate into a mutually destructive and uncontrollable civil war from which Ethiopia will never recover, the TPLF is quite willing to take such a risk to protect its hegemonic power in Ethiopia. Its motto being death to Ethiopia if the TPLF does not rule it, it is ready to plunge the country into a terrible war that will benefit no one, including Tigreans whom it claims to represent.

What this means is that unity of all ethnic groups is by far the best alternative for everybody. Inter-ethnic divisions can only lead to two equally detestable alternatives. Either the TPLF will crush the Oromo uprising and remain in power indefinitely, given that another situation of uprising will be unlikely for a long time; or it will see no other way to defeat the Oromo uprising than to incite ethnic clashes, thereby precipitating the whole country into a dangerous and unpredictable path. Clearly, the situation offers unity and solidarity of all ethnic groups as the only and safest way to remove a common enemy.

Awareness of the looming danger and of the unique opportunity to put an end to a hideous dictatorial and divisive rule should give opposition leaders the courage to come out in favor of unity and solidarity. Oromo political leaders and activists, including those of the OLF, should openly state that the uprising is not only about Oromo land, Oromo peasants, and Oromia, but that it is also a democratic movement that includes and speaks for other ethnic groups as well. With few exceptions, the word “Ethiopia” is not mentioned even once in the numerous declarations made by Oromo leaders and activists. The Oromo leadership must understand that there is no point for other ethnic groups to rise and support the uprising if the whole concept of a common country is removed from the political horizon. Without unity, the removal presages chaos, which is enough to stifle the will to show solidarity with the Oromo revolt.

On the other hand, the Amhara and other ethnic groups must understand that their non-participation in the ongoing uprising can only give the Oromo the impression that they are abandoned to the repressive madness of the TPLF. Unless there is some demonstration of solidarity, the Oromo will increasingly feel alienated and betrayed to the great delight of the Woyanne. I hasten to add that the lack of solidarity will seal the fate of all other ethnic groups, since a victorious TPLF means the further tightening of its power and, hence, the worsening of repression and exploitation on other groups. The choice for them is either solidarity or a reinforced TPLF dictatorial rule.

Whichever way we look at the present situation, it presents the two faces of danger and opportunity. The danger lies in the exclusive ethnic interpretation of the Oromo uprising; opportunity appears when the uprising is directed toward a democratic and all-inclusive movement. Ethiopians have all the reason in the world to engage in the path of unity and solidarity: it avoids the danger because it is a win-win for everybody. It is high time for leaders to step up and work to bring about an inclusive movement, for all interests converge when they look toward Ethiopia.

The writer, Professor Messay Kebede, can be reached at mkebede1@udayton.edu

  1. Darsema
    | #1

    Gone are the days when the TPLF leaders misused the Oromos as their weapon against the poor and defensekess Amharas. The anti-Amhara feeling among the Tigrayan elite is very strong and that is why the TPLF attacks and kills the poor Amharas when ever it feels the heat from the Oromos. The most important power card the TPLF has is piting the Oromos against the Amharas. The TPLF has been considering the Oromos as simple tools to be used against the Amharas. The present anti-TPLF protests the Oromos carrying out are proving the TPLF wrong. Now the Oromos are waking up and rising against the TPLF who are looting their resources. The Oromos are standing against the TPLF and all other Ethiopians must join them to rid Ethiopia of the TPLF looters and racists.

  2. ዳኒ
    | #2

    Let me first express my gratitude to my former teacher and true citizen of Ethiopia whose outlook transcend narrow nationalist borders as opposed to many so called opportunistic and myopic vocal intellectuals .
    These elites have no agenda as to how to build a free and democratic nation but quench their lust for power by using whatever opportunistic means necessary .
    They are simply liability not only for our nation but also for people they claim to represent.
    I wish to put my comment here which I pasted in another article as it is relevant in this writing too .

    “ትግላችንን ኣስተባብረን ‘ወያኔን ከጣልን ካወረድን በሁዋላ’ ስለሚቀጥለው በሁዋላ አናስብበታለን የሚለው ኣካሄድ ችግሮችን ለነገ ከማስቀመጥ ባሻገር ሁኔታውን ተጠቅሞ የተወሰነ የፓለቲካ ህይልን ለመጥቀም ይመስላል።
    ዛሬ በሀገራችን የጎጥኝነት አንቅስቃሴ ተንሰራፍቶ ኣንድ ትልቅ ኢትዮጵያዊ ማህበረሰብ የመገንባቱ ህላፊነት ሆን ተብሎ ተዝንግቶኣል።
    የኣዲስ ኣበባ ማስተር ፕላን ጉዳይ ‘ተቀዋሚ’የኦሮሞ ወኪል ነኝ ከሚል ፓርቲ ተውካይ ኣንድ የውጭ ሃገር ወራሪ ከሚያደርገው የድንበር መግፋት ባላነሰ መልኩ ሲያስረዱ ተስተውልዋል። ሌላው ቀርቶ የኦሮሞ ተማሪዎች አኢትዮጵያን ብሄራዊ መዝሙር ኣልዘምርም በማለታቸው ጥቃት ደረሰባቸው በማለት በቁጭት ሲናገሩ ተሰምቶኣል።
    የኦሮሚኛ ቁዋንቁዋ የፈዴራል ቁዋንቁዋ አንዲሆን ከፍተኛ ግፊት በመብት ስም አየደረገ ሲሆን በራሳቸው ክልል ግን ቀላል ቁጥር የማይባለውን ማይኖሪቲ ጥቅም ለመጠበቅ ሲባል የፈዴራሉ ዋንቁዋ ሁለተኛ የክልል ቁንቁዋ አንዲሆን ኣልተፈቀደም.
    በተጭማሪ የፈድራል ቁዋንቁዋን ኣውቆ ኦሮሚኛ ባለማውቅ ብቻ አንድ ቢሾፍቱ ባሉ ከተሞች ኦሮሚኛ ዋና የመግባቢያ ቁዋንቁዋ ባልሆነበት, ዜጋው መሰረታዊ የመመረጥ መብት, ልጁን በፌዴራል ቁዋንቁዋ ማስተማር መብት .. ወዘተ ተነፍጎታል።በማንኛውም በፌደራልም ሆነ በሌላ በተዋቀረ ህገር የክልል አና የፈደራሉ ቁዋንቁዋ በኩልነት ጎን ለጎን ነው የሚሄዱት። በሀገራችን ያለው ኣሰራር በማንኛውም ኣለም ተሰርቶ ታይቶ ኣይታወቅም።
    አነዚህና የመሳሰሉት ጉዳዮች አየጠሩ ካልሄድ የደፈና ትግል ድሉን ገና ላልተገራ ጎጠኛ ቡድን ማስረከብ ነው።
    ኣጉል ብልጣብልጥነት ዘላቂ መፍትሄ ኣያመጣም።”"
    Thank you
    God bless Ethiopia!

  3. lissan
    | #3

    the tplf fascist ethnicists are shitting on the people because people choose to deny their Ethiopian identity and instead want to be known by their ethnicity, waving tplf created ethnic flags. this is especially true of olf cadres and supporters who are infecting the people with same disease of ethnic hatred and division.

    as long as you continue to do this, you are playing in the hands of tplf.
    tplf are happy for you to forget your Ethiopian identity.

    as long as the oromo or amhara or gambella or afar do not show solidarity when one or the other ethnic group is brutally attacked by tplf dogs , then tplf will continue to isolate each group and eliminate them one by one.

    People are finding it hard to learn from their mistakes. unity under one Ethiopia is the answer to remove the ethnic apartheid of tplf.

    Ethiopia defeated fascist italy because all its citizens rallied together under one banner. Ethiopia made world history as a result. ethnocentric groups like olf make a mockery of Ethiopia and its history, but they have done nothing to save their ethnic group from tplf fascism. the only thing they are good at is rhetoric, denial of history, fabricating lies and run after their own selfish interests.

    these ethnocentric fascist have to choose where they stand. unite the people and join the peoples struggle to remove fascist tplf or stay away, and stop preaching hate and division. without unity there is no way ormo or amhara or afar etc can achieve any thing.

  4. ዘረ-ያዕቖብ ወ.ግ.ዓ.ም-ፅዮን The Eth. Korrektiv Therapeut
    | #4

    “from: Ali Roble [Visitor]
    Ali Roble
    With all do respect professor, I don’t see any opportunity here.. I don’t see an organized and politically organized, inclusive and united opposition and leadership who can challenge and replace the current TPLF authoritarian regime..At least they have monopoly on State violence and order. Spontaneous mob and disorder cannot be the answer. As a learned man, we were expecting more than that,”

    12/16/15 @ 22:49

    BRAVO ALI ROBLE…………….!!!???

  5. Dawi
    | #5

    I will say in the short run, today’s non-united uprising shall strengthen authoritarian rule.

    The state becomes even more stronger than what it is now. The more the authoritarian rule strengthens the more united the democratization movements becomes to survive and fight back however, the strengthened authoritarian rule could last for a long time, even longer than it would have lasted without using the unorganized violent means of today. While we are at it, a successful industrialization of the country shall further increase the demand for a united democratization reaching the senses of all opposition to finally agree on a united struggle of the kind Prof. Messay is calling for.

    At least as I see it the above is more or less the experience of S. Korea.

    There is still hope beyond the tunnel.

  6. dodo
    | #6

    as usual, Messy is a fence sitter and a supreme oppoertunist. As #4 above I see no opportunity. What is a Master Plan? Every metropolitan city is supposed to have one. London has expanded over 38 villages surrounding it. So did Paris an Rome and practically all Metropolitan Cities. Addid Ababa where over 75% of its inhabitants used to be Amaras for over a century was designated “oromoland” by TPLF in order to disposess amaras, but cynically to replace them with Tigreans. The Oromos were considerd to be extremly foolish – only bravado. Now the Tigreans have outwitted themselves and the Oromos are claiming the land- less of amaras, tigre, gurages or any other non- oromo. Messay is canddidly supporting his oromo tribe by being ambivalent and a fence sitter. I say to him- have the courage of your convictions and speak it out clearly instead of pretending to be a maveric.

  7. tobia
    | #7

    unfortunately ,the programmes and manifestoes of ethnic liberation fronts tplf ,olf,oplf,dff etc are exclusively for their own ethnic group. tplf set out its programme to liberate the tigre and create a tigre republic. similarly olf say they want to free oromo from what they call abysinia. they hate Ethiopia.

    they preach hate and want to see the destruction of the country. they serve arabs and the other Ethiopia’s enemies.

    olf manifesto is irrelevant to anybody who is not olf. they do not represepent anybody except themselves. it is the same with tplf.

    tplf and all the other ethnic groups do not represent all of us and are irrelevant to many people. if they deny being Ethiopian how can they represent Ethiopia. tplf has shown us that it never stands for ethiopian interest. tplf has been working against Ethiopi, selling the land to arabs, making it landlocked, evicting and displacing the people from their land and all the murder, jailing and torturing that is daily going on ,only shows that tplf came toaddis abaeba determined to cause misery to Ethiopia and ts people.

  8. Tesfa
    | #8

    [Dr. Messay kebede]

    Thank you for this concise but well thought out piece regarding the current political event. There is no doubt had there been an agreed upon platform that will bring the majority of the political parties before challenging the irresponsible shgifta in Addis this event indeed is a sure means for freedom. At this moment the struggle still has the appearance of sectarianism. The people of North west Gondar have said enough. But they need help from other regions sch as Debretabor ,Gaient Libo, as well as Wello, Gojam, Shewa.

    Above all though we need all political organizations to understand that the consensus of the majority of Ethiopians is to live our differences a side for the moment and to unite how to save the country. And move on the next task of nati0on building by making room to all oppressed Ethiopians.

  9. Response for Tobia
    | #9

    Dear tobia. I could see your frustration but this is the ultimate way forward which one cannot deny.
    Let me explain when Amharas are killed and oromos and others are silent and when oromos are killed and vice versa the only keen solution at hand is to extinguish the fire burning your home first.
    But it is still not late to help each other and stop killer government who are unable or incapable to solve this ideological problem and try to solve with killing.
    We can’t deny also the fact that Ethiopia has been changed for good. First ethnicity then Ethiopianism. I hope you cannot force me now because when I was born this is what I have been told, studied with my own language knew my culture even studied the constitution (Federal based).
    It is not bad knowing the difference and living together with respect to one another.
    The problem arise when some one try to glue identity of Ethiopianism to me while killing my people for raising the same question I have, question of Identity with out affecting others.
    Let us solve this illusion and accept the difference but struggle how beautifully live together with that difference.

  10. Dechassa
    | #10

    “አባይ ፀሃዬ ስልጣኑን ከመለስ ዜናዊ ከተረከበ ወዲህ የመጀመሪያው ከባድ ፈተና ገጥሞታል። ከሰላሳ ቀናት በፊት ጀልዱ በተባለች ትንሽ መንደር ላይ የተለኮሰው ቁጣ እና አመፅ መላ ኦሮሚያን አጥለቅልቆታል። ይህን ፅሁፍ ከማተሜ በፊትም አመፁ ከኦሮሚያ አልፎ ወደ ምእራብ ጎንደር የተስፋፋ ሲሆን፤ የወያኔ ቡድን የገጠመውን ፈተና በምን አይነት ዘዴ ማፈን እንደሚችል ሲመክር መሰንበቱም እውነት ነው። ይቻላቸው ይሆን? የሚቻልበትም ሆነ የማይቻልበት እድል አለ።”

  11. ali
    | #11

    GRAGN [Visitor]

    First, ethnic politics can not be undone whatsoever. For those who oppose it need to read the history of its origin in our country during markxist era. The idea of Oromo not loving Ethiopia just because they do not use it or call it that way is preposterous. After all the majority Oromo who detest to use it speaks volumes about the level of repression they endured despite their numerous number. However much TPLF claims it is Ethiopian, it has never been truly Ethiopian as it failed to treat others with respect.
    As majority Oromo have responsibility to court Amara as we are also region of oromo minorities, Those who hate Juhar are evil orthodox fanatics. Juhar has shown maturity and those fanatics must be indeed choppped if they cause chaos.
    Other than that Messay has shown to be a pragmatic leader. I being an Amara myself see no threat from Oromo as I talk with them and friend them even have come into marriage with them. No need to miss this opportunity. One added effect is Oromos are generous people and would bring prosperity to our country than greedy northerners. I urge Amara to reach out to Oromos since Oromos are or have been the victims under the empire of Amara for centuries not vice versa. It is about time Amara do not miss this opportunity. The idea that there will be civil war if Oromos dont reach out to Amara is far fetched. Even TPLF prefers an oromo movement over Amara so it will side with OLF come a civil war. That is why Amara rebel movement is not seen as national threat by TPLF as it can easily weaken it by rallying for support from the rest of the ethnic entities.
    To reduce Oromo movement as just weak and helpless is a mistake. In fact, TPLF exists because of OLF or its surrogate ONLF. Once ONLF leaves TPLF there will be no TPLF.
    Go OLF and unite our country.

  12. BEKELE
    | #12

    Prof. Messay it is not wrong for Oromos to stand up for their right to defend their survival. I think you also understand this. It is reasonable that Oromos are primarily affected by this sinister plan of TPLF. Master plan of Addis Ababa is indirectly the Master plan of TPLF. TPLF’s sinister master plan is to gradually evict all other ethnic identities especially Amharas and Oromos from Addis and its surrounding and gradually replace with Tigrians and Eritreans. As we know TPLF has a long time plan of establishing the independent Great Tigray as a sovereign State where Tigrians only live as their own unique national identity. Additionally TPLF has another hidden plan of establishing a secondary subordinate region in central Ethiopia dominated by Tigrians. This secondary region is another Tigray-State in the center of Ethiopia (Addis Ababa) to destabilize, control and loot the rest of Ethiopia for the coming centuries. The reason why the population of Tigrians dramatically increasing in Addis while others are dramatically displaced and decreasing in percentage. Remember that Addis Ababa is not only the capital of Ethiopia it is also the seat of Africa Union. The late evil Meles once declared that the land policy of Ethiopia would be changed only over the grave of TPLF. Therefore the final solution is to bring about the grave of TPLF .If we keep quite watching things happen and the situation continues like this who will finally own Addis Ababa and its surrounding? It is clear that it will be the Tigrans and Eritreans. Period! TPLF and Tigreans secretly print their own cheap paper money and manipulate the market to control the entire economy including land. The land policy, the cause of high land price and rampant inflation is the expanded ambition of TPLF to control land and the entire economy by Tigrans and Eritreans. The land policy of TPLF is secretly linked to its sinister ethnic cleansing and expansion. TPLF also has a hidden plan to invite foreigners to control land and real estate in Addis and its surrounding to weaken and wipeout other Ethiopians especially Amharas and Oromos from central Ethiopia. All Ethiopians beware that is such a very serious issue of life and death.It is a survival issue. In short TPLF is undertaking neo-colonial ambition. Oromo educated elites please wakeup from your slumber. At least temporarily postpone your delusional mentality of Oromia independent State and unite your force with other Ethiopians to remove TPLF from power. At least stop your unwarranted hatred against Amharas.
    Oromos never suffered such unimaginable looting and oppression under the previous regimes like TPLF is doing to them today. All Ethiopians wakeup from your slumber that we together perish or we together survive. If we continue to play the ethinc game card of TPLF we perish together and TPLF and its foreign bidders win. If we stop ethnicity and unite as Ethiopian we together survive and TPLF and its foreign bidders lose. Never ever trust TPLF. It is an evil force gradually destroying Ethiopia. TPLF is a pathological liar. TPLF is very aware that if the two giant ethnic groups Oromos and Amharas unite under the same banner of Ethiopianity its time is over. Since the majority of Tigreans are the main beneficiary of the system they have already kept quite or sided with TPLF. The so called Addis Ababa master plan is indirectly TPLF master plan where Tigreans become the lion share beneficiary from its land grab and expansion. TPLF is a devilish power that has to be removed at any cost. Ethiopians never ever live in love, harmony, peace and prosperity as long as the devilish and cancerous TPLF is in power. Because TPLF is the agent of its foreign bidders. TPLF hates and destroys everything Ethiopian. Because it is a neo-colonial agent. It is critical time we wakeup from our slumber and understand that the struggle is not a matter of democracy but a matter of common survival. TPLF is hell bent on two choices. Either to stay in power in order to gradually loot and destroy Ethiopia or else immediately destabilizing and destroying Ethiopia upon leaving power.Both options are bad for Ethiopians. Therefore, it is high time that the Oromo educated elites and all other educated Ethiopians who mistakenly play the ethnic game card of TPLF to come to their common sense and figure out what is really going on. Dear educated Oromos take a lesson that we can not afford to play the same ethnic game and we are paying a big price for it. However we have to accept the reason why the majority of protestors are Oromos. Because they are the immediate ones to suffer more than benefit as a result of the master plan of TPLF. So let the Oromos organize as an Oromo and tactically fight TPLF. No Problem. Let the Amharas tactically organize as Amharas and fight TPLF. No Problem. And let all other ethnic groups tactically organize like that and fight TPLF. No problem as long as they have the common vision of liberating Ethiopia from the common enemy of TPLF. The problem only comes when ethnicity misses this final objective of liberating Ethiopia as a whole. The problem only comes when there exists ethnic hatred one against the other. TPLF mainly exploits our ethnic affinity mainly for its own good against our common survival. Like wise why not we use the same ethnic affinity against TPLF for the common good of Ethiopia? We can exploit ethnicity and Ethiopiawinet in a mutually constructive rather than destructive manner. As long as ethnic groups have the final vision of united common Ethiopianity there is no problem if they temporarily and tactically organize ethnically and fight TPLF. Therefore, Oromos do not necessarily need the consent of Amharas or others to fight TPLF.The same is true for others. We have to be clever to outsmart TPLF on this issue.It is very important to expose the sinister aim of TPLF land policy. It is indirectly to tell Ethiopians that they are no more owners and citizens of their country.Land is totally for government means indirectly land is for TPLF and Tigreans only. TPLF is such a shameless and monstrous mafia that it has forgotten one bitter truth .So many Oromos and Amharas have paid a great deal of their invaluable life in fighting against colonialism to protect the land of Ethiopia which TPLF is selling off to Arabs and foreign investors. Therefore it is not only politically wrong it is also historically and morally wrong for shameless TPLF to dispossess land right for Ethiopians.
    Ethiopians unite and fight TPLF. Love, harmony, peace and unity shall immediately restore upon the removal of devilish TPLF. Because whenever evil exists what exists is chaos. When evil is removed chaos shall stop immediately.

    Death to TPLF rule and long live Ethiopia

  13. Taddesse
    | #13

    የኦሮሞ ልሂቃን ቆም ብለው እያሰቡ እንደሆነ አስባለሁኝ፡፡
    ከህውሃት ውጪ ያሉ የሌላውም ብሄር ልሂቃን እንደዚሁ፡፡
    ምናልባትም ህውሃትም ውስጥ ያሉ በመጨረሻው ሰአት ከእንቅልፋቸው ከባነኑ፡፡
    በዘር በቋንቋ በሃይማኖት ክፍፍል ላይ የተመሰረተ ሀገር መጨረሻው ውድመት ነው፡፡
    በሶርያ በሊቢያ በኢራቅ በዩጎዝላቭያ በሶማሊያ የታየው ህያው ምስክር ነው፡፡
    ይህ አይነቱ አካሄድ ከሁሉም በላይ ተጠቃሚ የሚያደርገው የተወሰኑትን ነው፡፡ማለትም ጥቂት ሀገር በቀል ልሂቃኑንና እነሱን የሚደግፉትን የውጭ ሃይሎችን ብቻ ነው፡፡
    ሀገር በቀል ልሂቃኑም ቢሆኑ ስራቸው ጥሩ ስላልሆነ መጨረሻቸው አያምርም፡፡የገዛ ሀገሩን የሚከዳ ባንዳና ሆዳም መጨረሻው አያምርም፡፡ስለዚህ በስተመጨረሻ ዋና አትራፊዎቹ የውጪ ሃይሎች ናቸው፡፡ይህ ላለፉት 50 ዓመታት ያህል በታዳጊው ሀገራት የታየ ሃቅ ነው፡፡በዘር በቋንቋ በሃይማኖት ላይ ተመርኩዘው ፖለቲካ የሚያራምዱ ሀገር በቀል ሃይሎች ሁልጊዜም ቢሆን ጀርባቸው አይፀዳም፡፡ከጀርባቸው የውጪ ሃይሎች አሉ፡፡ይህ ተብሎ ተብሎ የሰለቸን ሃቅ ነው፡፡ብዙዎቹ አሜሪካ አውሮፓ የተማሩ ልሂቃን ውስጣቸው አይፀዳም፡፡ከኑሮውና ከትምህርቱ ጋር አብሮ ምን አይነት አፍዝ አደንግዝ አደንዛዥ እፅ እንደሚሰጣቸው አይገባኝም፡፡በወሬ ደረጃ ለህዝባችን ቆመናል ይላሉ በሌላ በኩል ደግሞ በተግባር ሲታዩ የሀገራቸውን ብሄራዊ ጥቅም አሳልፈው ይሸጣሉ፡፡በሀገራችን ላለፉት 25 ዓመታት የሚታየው የዘር ፖለቲካ ሀገር በቀል ሳይሆን ከውጪ ተጠንቶ የተጫነብን ነው፡፡ለየብሄራችን ጥብቅና ቆመናል የሚሉት ብዙዎቹ ኢትዮጵያውያን በውጪ ሃይሎች በገንዘብና በጥቅም የተገዙ ናቸው፡፡ለምሳሌ እኔ አስከማውቀው እራሱን የቻለ የራሱ ባንዲራ ያለው ኦሮሚያ የሚባል ሀገርም ሆነ መንግስት በኢትዮጵያ ታሪክ ኖሮ አያውቅም፡፡አማራ የሚባለውም ትግሬ የሚባለውም እንደዚሁ፡፡ይህ የዘር ፖለቲካ ፈጽሞ ልንወጣው ወደማንችለው ቀውስ ውስጥ እንደሚከተን ማንም ጤነኛ አእምሮ ያለው ሰው የሚረዳው ነው፡፡
    ይልቁንስ ነፃነት ፍትህ እኩልነት ፍቅር ሰላም የሰፈነባት ኢትዮጵያ የምትባለውን የጋራ ሀገራችንን ለሁላችንም እንደትሆን አድርገን እንዴት እንስራት የሚለው ላይ መስራት ይበጃል፡፡በዘር በቋንቋ በሃይማኖት ክፍፍል ላይ የተመሰረተ አገዛዝ የውጪ ተስፋፊ ኮሎኒያሊስቶች የፈጠሩት ስልት ነው፡፡የታዳጊውን አለም የተፈጥሮ ሀብት ለመመዝበር ስለሚረዳቸው እኛን በዚህ ስልት እርስ በርስ እያባሉን ነው፡፡የየብሄሩ ወኪል ነን እያሉ የዘር ፖለቲካ የሚያራግቡትም ሀገር በቀል ሃይሎችም አብዛኞቹ በገንዘብ በስልጣን የተገዙ ናቸው፡፡ኤርትራ የተገነጠለችው እንግሊዞች አጥምደውት በሄዱት ፈንጅ ነው፡፡በኦጋዴን ያለውም ችግር ተመሳሳይ ነው፡፡በአሁኑ ወቅት ሀቀኛ ኢትዮጵያውያን ከምንጊዜውም በላይ እየተረዱት ያለ ሃቅ አለ፡፡ይኸውም የሀገራችን ችግር የዘር ፖለቲካውንም ጨምሮ በአብዛኛው ተምረናል የሚሉት ሃይሎች ችግር ነው፡፡ህዝቡ የሚፈልገው በአንድ ኢትዮጵያዊነት መንፈስ አብሮ በሰላም በፍቅር አብሮ መኖር ነው፡፡ብዙውን ጊዜ ችግሩን የሚፈጥሩት በገንዘብና በስልጣን ለሆዳቸው ያጎበደዱ ጥራዝ ነጠቅ ምሁራኖች ናቸው፡፡ኢትዮጵያ ለሀገርና ለህዝብ ቀናኢ ምሁር አይውጣብሽ ተብላ የተረገመች ይመስላል፡፡የውጪ ሃይሎችም ስውር ጥቃታቸው ሀ-ብሎ የሚጀምረው በእነዚሁ ከሃዲ ምሁራኖች በኩል ነው፡፡ችግሩ ያለው እዚህ ላይ ነው፡፡የተማረው ሃይል አንድ እንዳይሆን ከፍተኛ ሀገር በቀልና የውጪ ሴራ ሲጠነሰስ ነው የኖረው፡፡እመኑኝ ምሁሩ አንድ ከሆነ ችግሩ በጣም ይቃለል ነበር፡፡ምሁሩ ከነፍሱ ጩኸት በበለጠ የሆዱን ጩኸት ስለሚያዳምጥ ነው ይህ ሁሉ ችግር የተፈጠረው፡፡የተማረው ሃይል ለዚህ ብልህ ምላሽ ካልሰጠ የተራው ህዝብ አመፅ ግብታዊ አመፅ ብቻውን ሀገሪቱን ወደ ባሰ ቀውስ ውስጥ ሊከታት ይችላል፡፡ስለዚህ በሀገርም ውስጥና በውጪ ያለው የተማረው ሃይል ከሆዱ ጩኸት በበለጠ ለነፍሱ ጩኸት ምላሽ ይስጥ፡፡ይህ ሲሆን ለሀገራችን ችግር የተወሰነ መፍትሄ ይገኛል፡፡ወያኔ እንደሆነ እያንዳንዱን ኢትዮጵያዊ እርስ በርስ እያናከሰ ስልጣኑን ለማራዘም እንደሚፈልግ የታወቀ ነገር ነው፡፡ስለወያኔ ሰይጣናዊ ማንነት ለብዙ አመታት እስኪሰለቸን ሰምተናል አውቀናል፡፡ስርዓቱም ምን ደረጃ ላይ እንደደረሰ የአደባባይ ምስጢር ነው፡፡ከዚህ በኋላ እርምጃው ከእኛ ነው የሚጠበቀው፡፡በአንድ የኢትዮጵያዊነት መንፈስ ከመቆም የተለየ አማራጭ የለንም፡፡የዘር ፖለቲካ ህፃን ልጅ በእሳት እንደሚጫወት መሆኑን ለሚረዳ ይህ እውነት አይጠፋውም፡፡የዘር ፖለቲካ ያዋጣናል ለሚሉ መንገዱን ጭርቅ ያርግላቸው እንላለን፡፡
    የኢትዮጵያ አምላክ ይርዳን፡፡

  14. aha!
    | #14

    For I respond to your concluding remark by corroborating with Danny’s remark a@#2, in lieu of the confrontations in Ethiopia is between Ethiopian Nationalism: Ethiopia as a one nation state of diverse ethnic groups with the goals for unity, territorial integrity sovereignty of Ethiopia and Ethiopians, where the last item refers to individual rights to super cede ethnic and secessionist rights for a true democracy, democracy as a rule by the people and for the people to take a foot hold, rather than ethnic rule super imposed with democracy and the other ideology is ethnic federalism, which divides Ethiopian land mass by languages and major ethnic groups directly supported by the teletafi parties and loyalist opposition parties, which formed OPDO/EFDF/Medrek/fdre, which denies the silent majority free market capitalism at least in terms of private property ownership of land anywhere in Ethiopia, individual freedom, and serving as a prelude to ethnic secessionism, future boundary conflicts, ethnic cleansing, outmigration, etc. as the basic causes associated with the TPLF/eprdf regime as preceding master plan to the current master plan of expanding Addis Abeba into the surrounding towns of the “Oromia State”, better known as the Shewa Province with multi ethnic groups.

    In lieu of the two contrasting ideologies which of the two ideologies is your proposal for unity and solidarity refers to. What does “all inclusive”, when the choice between one ideology over the other in a consortium by all political leaders with reflective thinking on Ethiopiawinet before ones ethnicity, Ethiopian National interest before ones self interest, loyalty to Ethiopian tax payers than to one ethnic party, to advance individual rights before ethnic and secessionist rights and resort to the original provinces of assorted ethnic groups to nullify ethnic nationalism to create a government of independent branches of government, rather than authoritarian minority ethnic rule now and majority ethnic rule in the future and develop the country along ecological regions: the OMO Valley, the Rift Valley, the Altitude Temperate Highlands, and the sub-humid tropical highlands for which projects are available for the Rift Valley and the highlands for implementation with people rather than ethnic-oriented government.

  15. Garo
    | #15

    I think we need to call the plan for what it is. It is everything but development plan. To take away a land from Oromos and giving it to the Tigrians and financing it with aid some loaned money so that the Tigrian will have the full control of the economy can not be development. I don’t think the Amharas will fair any different if this plan continues. It is just a matter of time. Don’t we all know what is happening in Gonder? They took away a good size of land only to annex it to their greater Tigrai. Tigrai today is three times of what it used to be. Their current plan is to move as many Tigrians as possible to Addis there by creating a mini Tigrai in the heart of the country and this can not be good for all other ethnic group because this will become the staging area for other expansions and other eviction. The young Oromos who after graduating from college can not find a job and even worse he or she can not go back live as farmer BECAUSE THERE IS NO HOME TO GO TO. Anybody who endorses this plan because they think it is a development can look at those homeless families on the streets of addis and see whose development this really is.

  16. aha!
    | #16

    Garo @#15, ratifying the constitution, and resorting to the previous provincial autonomous states/provinces will nullify ethnic nationalism and redrawing boundaries of Gonder and Wollo with the Tigrai Province by a government with national agenda rather than ethnic agenda and party alignments along the national agenda rather than ethnic agenda in terms of what each proposes to advance the country forward in a liberal and/or social democracy in direct contrast to the current political and economic model, the attribute of which is described above.

  17. Dawi
    | #17

    Bekele said:

    [[.. Oromos never suffered such unimaginable looting and oppression under the previous regimes like TPLF is doing to them today...]]

    Are you kidding us? You must be out of your mind!

    If anything we “looted ourselves”, taking the word of Zhang of the “land looting” in China. Before the industrial revolution farmers in countries like England were “looted” as well. It is the nature of capitalism.

    Fact # 1 is the fundamental reasons for the eruption of the 1974 revolution was the unjust land holding system in the country. Hence, the bold and unforgettable rallying-motto of the revolution, carried by university students and others, was read as “Land to the Tiller.” Derg that came to power under that slogan ended up itself as the sole owner. The present government TPLF/EPRDF inherited that.

    Before the eruption of the Ethiopian Revolution in 1974, rural land was significantly under the control of the state and the upper elites. In the northern part of the country, the system permitted the peasant population to claim part of the rural land for subsistence. Most of the land in the southern part of Ethiopia was controlled by the state, the church and the elite. The elite included the nobility and the military.

    “After the re-annexation of the southern territories into the present Ethiopia, in the latter half of nineteenth century, the native peasants were completely evicted from their land. Because of the resistance they showed to the entry of imperial forces, their land was taken as punishment and they were left as gabbars, landless laborers. This injustice was perpetrated for the next hundred years until the removal of the imperial power from the throne by the revolution.”

    So if you want to blame someone for today’s situation, blame the Marxist/Leninist oriented Ethiopian Student Movement who brought about the land nationalization because TPLF/EPRDF are only the products of that.

    The following was how Marxism/Leninism oriented CPC of China “looted themselves” if you’re interested to know.

    EPRDF can learn from that and device a better “compensation” scheme when land is expropriated for development.

    *The noted economist Wu Jinglian, citing rural affairs experts, estimates that farmers whose land has been seized have lost between 20 trillion and 35 trillion renminbi, or between $3.1 trillion and $5.4 trillion, in land value since the beginning of economic reforms in 1978. He posted his findings in an article in the Web site of the Rural Development Research Institute of Hunan Province. [Source: New York Times, Didi Kirsten Tatlow , June 22, 2011]

    *In the last three decades, China’s farmers have “contributed” 200,000 square kilometers, or about 77,000 square miles, of land to development, with little compensation, he said. Through these and other measures, state-owned enterprises in China now own about $15 trillion in capital, Mr. Zhang estimated.

    The noted economist Wu Jinglian, citing rural affairs experts, estimates that farmers whose land has been seized have lost between 20 trillion and 35 trillion renminbi, or between $3.1 trillion and $5.4 trillion, in land value since the beginning of economic reforms in 1978. He posted his findings in an article on the Web site of the Rural Development Research Institute of Hunan Province. [Source: New York Times, Didi Kirsten Tatlow , June 22, 2011]

    *If anything the The pace is quickening, according to a report in January by the China Construction Management and Property Law Research Center in Beijing. In 2009, local government income from land use sales was $219 billion, an increase of 43.2 percent over 2008, the center reported, using official data. In 2010, that soared to $417 billion, an increase of 70.4 percent over 2009, the report said.

    China today is rich, says Zhang Musheng, a well known intellectual who has specialized in rural development. His ideas eschew pigeonholing and are, unusually, supported by members of both the political left and right, as well as some in the top leadership and military. Once, imperial nations looted other nations to amass wealth, he said.

    *“We looted ourselves,” Mr. Zhang said in a video interview with NetEase Books, following the publication in April by the Military Science Publishing House of his book “Changing Our View of Culture and History.” “When you loot yourself, you can take quite a bit as well, especially in a country like ours with such a large population,” Mr. Zhang said.

    *In the last three decades, China’s farmers have “contributed” 200,000 square kilometers, or about 77,000 square miles, of land to development, with little compensation, he said. Through these and other measures, state-owned enterprises in China now own about 100 trillion renminbi in capital, Mr. Zhang estimated.

    *A form of crony capitalism has emerged, he said, with special interests using government connections to create vast wealth. The result is a divided, often antagonistic society. “We’ve created a mess, and this mess needs to be cleared up,” he said.

  18. Megersa
    | #18

    The Oromo uprising against the TPLF ethnic discrimination and marginalization has a just cause. The TPLF is purposely displacing the Oromo poor and illegally taking over their fertile and rich land.The land taken from the Oromo is distributed to the Tigrayans and foreigners who have strong connections to the TPLF leaders. The so called false and deceptive TPLF development excuse/propaganda to dispossess the Oromos and benefit the Tigrayans and some foreigners at the expense of the Oromos must end. It is not only the Oromo land and resources that the TPLF is looting. The other ethnic groups are experiencing the same looting and displacements. The minority TPLF rule has been pursuing a ruthless policy of dispossessing and impoverishing the Oromos and other oppessed Ethnic groups in Ethiopia. The Oromo land is the bread basket and can produce enough food to the whole of Ethiopia. But the Oromos are also facing famine because of the harmful politics of the TPLF. The Oromos have had quite enough of these lootings, discplacements, discriminations and marginalizations. They have risen up for their inalienable rights and justice. The Oromos have lit the torch for justice, equality and democracy and the other Ethiopians are also expected to join the struggle and rid themselves of the looting and racist rule of the TPLF. The Oromos have confidence that their struggle will succeed and bring freedom, justice, stablity and peace in Ethiopia and the horn region.

  19. Sam
    | #19

    What Messay preaches is not something that is going to happen, except that some politicians throwing opportunist slogans that meet the demand of the time. As the writer wishes OLF does not takes up a unity issue overnight. And other ethnic groups do not come out to support the Oromos’ exclusive demand as if they share their particular demand. The current Ethiopian politicians ruled the country for a quarter of a century with hearsay being their rallying slogan. They have brainwashed the new generation that Ethiopia’s political, cultural and economic backwardness have been directly related with the Amhara’s domination. well, let us agree the Amhara’s “domination” is no longer there. Why the Oromos are fighting for “their rights”now? After twenty-five years of holding demonstrations yearly to highlight the nation, nationalities and peoples historical achievement, why do the Oromos still feel they are second class citizens? Holding up ethnic politics as the cure for all is Ethiopian opportunist politicians have worked hard for. For everything that happened under the earth blame the other ethnic group has been their motto. You see how easy it is. Fill the people with raw emotion, throw up some slogans to spice up the emotion, well, you are driving the politics of the country. Some of the EPDRF politicians, although they do not come out in public and say it, now believe ethnic politics is the very danger the country will not get rid off easily. They hope if the country prospered, ethnic sensitivity will wither away. I am not that optimistic. In fact, on the contrary I am very pessimistic. With the short-sighted ethnic politics as a the driver of everything politics in Ethiopia, prosperity remains to be a pipe dream. The current Oromo’s unrest attest to that fact.

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