Oromos don’t need fire arms to secede but one to ensure real democracy takes root in our country By: Mulata Gudata

By: Mulata Gudata
07/12/13

OLA
“Oromo Liberation Army (OLA),
(Picture by wardheernews.com

By coincidence, Mandela’s death was announced on the BBC television news as I was typing this article and that brought up a number of questions to my mind. I was listening to the ideals Mandela lived for, the trials and tribulations he had to endure, the victory to which he led his people, the magnanimity he was capable of in forgiving his tormentors and reconciling the nation as it was narrated by all the reporters with amazing passion and admiration.
By listening to that I asked myself: Had Mandela uncompromisingly stuck to his tribal enclave and refused to do anything with the opposite camp, would he achieve what he did? Had he insisted on blacks only region or country, what would South Africa look like today or would the peace and prosperity they enjoy today be able to happen at all? Had Mandela lived for amassing wealth would he be adored, admired and feted like we are witnessing?  If at all he had any wealth, was any mention of it made in any way or if it were mentioned would it make any sense in helping his image? What is the special personal trait and quality such people possess that few of us can claim to have?
 
How do we compare self-less leaders like Mandela and self-centred leaders like Melesse Zenawi who was consumed with hatred all his life and lived with the supreme goal of enriching himself and a small clique around him before he left this world leaving behind the people he ruled for over two decades in more complicated problems than he ever attempted to solve? Will Melesse be remembered for his miserable failures or unlike Mandela for the staggering amount of wealth he managed to amass in such a short period of time?  What inspires Mandel’s great sense of patriotism and our current leaders’ will of compromising national interest? What motivates some of us to support our leaders of today when we can see in Mandela what leadership means which we do not see any of it in ours, and if any isn’t it quite the opposite?
 
What level of correlation exists between the socio-political issues Mandela helped to resolve in South Africa and the ones we are grappling with in our country for over four decades? Apartheid happened in South Africa and that was not in our case, people were hanged, mass murdered and all sorts of atrocities committed against blacks. Yet Mandela said if we set things right today let bygones be bygones and he forgave his enemies who are whites, the people unrelated to him by any means as even intermarriage was forbidden by law.
 
When this man as a black person on his native land was able to forgive whites who came from overseas as colonisers, how really difficult is it for us, people of the same colour who are intermarried and lived together side-by-side for generations to forgive each other for historic atrocities we collectively committed against each other a century ago, to be able to address our differences amicably and move on? What benefit is there for us in needlessly widening our differences and pushing our self to the ‘cliff edge’ when we can easily say the past is gone, let’s move on by generously addressing each other’s concerns as Mandela did?
 
Mandela has been great and will remain that way as long as this world lives only because he was resolute in his stand and precise in his goals as he lived for his ideals of leading the black South Africans to freedom which he achieved. He lived for free and equal South Africans, he lived for reconciliation and above all he lived for democratic South Africa, all of which he had achieved in his life time in spite of the pain and personal losses he had to live through which is worth it to be great.
 
He is great not for amassing wealth and acquiring material and worldly things but for his love of his people as he made it his life mission the goal of ensuring their freedom. He freed them, reconciled them with their adversaries and left them in peace, for that he is honoured, feted and celebrated. Mandela will remain in the heart of millions of people across the world as an icon of freedom and an extraordinary human being who lived ordinary life. He left a colossal legacy behind which will outlive time and generations to come.
The quirk of history by sheer coincidence is such that Mandela had to get his brief military training in our country during Emperor Hailessilase’s time and the man charged with the responsibility of overseeing his training happened to be the late General Tadesse Biru, the inspirational source of Oromos’s struggle for freedom.  With the knowledge of how Mandela brought to an end that struggle for which the late general trained him, I asked myself if the general were alive today would he recommend for Oromo struggle any different approach than the way Mandela led his people to freedom?
 
The answer is a resounding NO! Given how Oromos stand to benefit better than any other group in our country from a really democratic Ethiopia, the general would not recommend anything more or less than how Mandela handled and finished the struggle of his people in South Africa: addressing Oromo issues in a truly democratic Ethiopia.
 
Oromos don’t need fire arms to secede but one to ensure real democracy takes root in our country. For in a democracy we will have gone home to something that is ours by nature and culture even before the world had any idea of what democracy was – the Gada system. In a truly democratic Ethiopia everything is naturally set to play out in our favour making us to fear and worry about nothing what so ever. I have exhaustively discussed in my previous article on how in a true democracy the Oromos have all the chance on earth to rule Ethiopia indefinitely. We simply do favour to our country and justice to our self by pushing for democracy and make it happen in our land in abundance.
 
Before anything, all we need is work hard to ensure our concern is addressed to acceptable level by ensuring that our flag is redesigned to include our identity which we should count as part of our victory. When we manage to make our language one of the working languages (remember one of the working languages, not the only working language for we are not out to dominate others) in our country with Qubee alphabet, we will have won. When we ensure a percentage of the resources raised (say 60%, 70% or any agreed percentage, since this applies to all the communities I believe it will not be a big issue) from our land goes to the development of our regions starting at district levels, we will have achieved all that we need as people and that should enable us to joyfully accept to live with others with respect and dignity. Pushing for anything beyond this should count as inconsequential and mere nominal with no much substance apart from serving as a hurdle that obstructs and hampers any effort towards unity.
 
What is in a name? A name is just a name. What real substance is there for us in renaming our country as Oromia? Or United States of Ethiopia (USE), or simply remain with Ethiopia as a name? Personally I don’t see much gain or loss if it happens either way. In fact I see an advantage in remaining with the name Ethiopia as it is, since it is the name promoted and made renowned around the globe by our athletes most of whom are Oromos since that early time when Abebe Biqila hoisted our flag at Rome marathon in 1960. When all the points I raised above are conceded to the Oromo people by others, I also see justice in Oromos conceding about the name to others in a give and take civilised negotiations for we cannot insist on having everything our way.
 
I have also suggested in my first article about the possibility of going federal on provincial basis or on the basis of East, West, south, North and Central Oromia which I still stand to defend. When I say this I am not out to divide and weaken Oromos but I am up to make unity possible with others and at the same time strengthen Oromos by saving and preserving the love that exists in our midst before it is destroyed by the division that lingers among us. We do well by standing together and competing with others at national level by maintaining some space between us to avoid bad blood among ourselves that can easily develop into bitter rivalry that could end up having a serious impact on our role at national level.
 
To realise the merit of my advice all we need is look at our churches in Kenya and around the world, look at how our people break into open fights in refugee camps in Kenya where there is virtually nothing of real value to make us disagree over and fight each other to the extent of embarrassing our self in front of others. Also look at the division that exists in our political environment where we have little or nothing to share.
 
Simply imagine by projecting that to a situation where we have to share power and resource in a more complex social and political environment which is by far a lot larger than the situation of church and refugee camp or merely squabbling political parties in exile. We should be able to look facts in the eye and call it as it is with the view to handling and managing it to a favourable end instead of shying off and wishing it away only to regret when it explodes out of control.
 
This is by no means to suggest that Oromos cannot get along well, far from that. Simply it is human nature to disagree over different issues and ours is made worse by the sheer size of our diversity and different regional and social back grounds. It is the same with all other communities in our country; we see differences among them too but may be they handle it better than we do. So my recommendation is to help our self by handling ours wisely before it reaches a level where we can no longer do anything about it.
 
There are some of us who tend to advise that we (the Oromos) should leave Ethiopia alone as no business of ours even before we have really left it which is not at all wise.  We should stay the course and push for our space not pull away from it. The time is not so much for pulling out as it is for pooling in. I don’t ask the Oromo people to go to the unknown before I know where we should go. My first article is my shield and arrow as well as the road map along which we should march forward towards setting right historic injustices to shoulder the responsibility nature has bestowed on us as the majority in our land – to hold the nation together not irresponsibly wander off wanting to tear it apart with highly unpredictable consequence.
 
We are geographically located at the centre of our nation and that lays on our shoulder the natural obligation and the responsibility of playing a befitting central role in the political life of our country which we cannot easily avoid by pushing our self to the periphery highly diminishing our self in the process. The politics of our country has closely moved towards real democracy out of which we stand to immensely benefit more than any other group once we manage to remove the Woyanes’ regime or force them to give-in to the will of the people. So we should not miss the opportunity by failing to proactively participate to ensure that our interest and concerns are taken on board to acceptable level.
 
Before the finishing line, I challenge all Ethiopians to ask our self the obvious: why do we come or always dream to come to the US America or United Kingdom and other European countries? Is it because they have excelled in tribal segregation? In other words, is it for they are tribally cleansed? The answer to that is simple and straight foreword: tribal issues have no place in those countries. Because their forefathers had the wisdom and the presence of mind to put a rich system in place which in turn served to enrich them by helping them to create boundless opportunities which could be enough even for us foreigners.
 
We simply arrive and fit in without any question being asked of our origin, colour or creed because the system is designed to accept anyone and everyone on merit so long as one obeys the law of the land and be able to pay tax and more tax on any earned income. They are wealthy not because they are averse to diversity rather they counted on diversity as a blessing and wanted more of it including us who had to run away from the place of troubled diversity. They have fixed their system making law the supreme rule of the land with institutions to rally around instead of crafty strong men to be worshipped for managing to gun their way into power.
 
That is what we need to emulate in order to fix our socio-political issues by generously recognising each other’s concerns to make our lad the land of opportunity not the land we die to escape at any given opportunity. For this to happen we have enough educated man power to help us reach there so long as we manage to come up with the key factor that has remained elusive for so long – the will to go down that road.
 
Finally, we all mourn Mandela as do people all over the world with world leaders saying their condolences one after the other by invoking the deeds that made the African hero a great man. We are moved by his humanity by his love for his people and the sacrifice he made but not because we are paid any bribe to mourn him as it happened in our country when Melesse died. So to Nelson Mandela, we say go well great man, the model and pride of Africans, RIP!!!
 

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  1. Mandella after he was librated from prison didnot pull any string to gather his ethnic Group or any african who have been oppressed by the Apartheid Regime rather he gathered People based on ideals and principles that could bring the whole People together and not a Group of People because of certain criterias. I have never heard him mentioning about his ethnic Group. He said once that he was happy for spending Long years in prison because the cause for his being in prison for such Long time is still valid for human beings. He didnot talk about the writes and wrongs of what People do here and there rather he focused on reconcillation to bring peace and prosperity by working together for the common cause.
    There is nothing in your article that Shows the real legacy of Mandella that could have been exercised by any one to create reconcillation among People in our country. You simply mention how good Oromo People are and that Oromo place in the centre of the Country, some People who have been involved here and there, etc. The big mistake starts here. You donot understand the real Problem in the Country, which is reflected in your article that the whole issue revolves around Oromo People and not about a human being. We donot have People whose thoughts reached These stage to demonstrate the leadership role by promoting humanity beyond ethnicity. The policies and programmes of developed nations Focus on human beings and not on ethinicity, that is why we donot see much Problem regarding their Democracy. If you see your articles all are talking about Oromo People and does not touch the core issue of humanity, which answers the Basic question of peoples rights before anything else. People cannot come together and defend humanity if they put a curtain that hides their potential to explore opportunities available at Hand.
    Mandella demonstrated his Courage in the 20th century but in the 21st century we have educated People who are still propagating about ethinicity. It Shows how people´s Level of conceptualising the world issues differs. mandella even proposed that Ethiopia should stay united after the derg Regime failed but due to the crooked ideologies propagated by most intellectuals may be including yourself were against this stand since there is no any Vision put in place to change things for the better instead of going backwards.
    The soultion is to look things in a positive way and to find that Situation better, which Needs our longterm committment to materialise it. People who have no Vision will fail anyway since they couldnot forsee the obstacles that may come through time. I suggest that you read more about what mandella did and how his approaches to solve the crisis helped to avoid unncecessary risks in the continent. He managed to be recognised by world leaders who had leblled him as a Terrorist.I want to read an article that has broader perspective than focusing on specific ethinic Group.

  2. Mulata it is interesting to see your article moves in the right direction in advocating and struggling to the establishment of a democratic ethiopia in which the rule of law applies in the overall political, social and economic life of the Ethiopian people. However, some of your arguments seem to contradict one another in the main issues of your point. Firstly, your fascination of the European and US democracy is based on as you outlined ‘They are wealthy not because they are averse to diversity rather they counted on diversity as a blessing’. I totally agree with this assertion. However, they established this democratic system not by advocating for the rule of an indefinite rule of one ethnic group over the other. Your, taught or assertion of the indefinite rule of ethiopia by the oromos if there is a true democratic system seems fanciful. This is because first of all to assume all the oromos from various regions act together against other ethnic groups instead of arguing for regional interests seem unlikely. After all the oromo people all over the country live among other ethiopians which make it difficult the domination of one ethnic group over the other. Finally, we don’t want a country and a democratic system which is run by ethnically baseed parties. Such kind of government only exist in a dictatorial and undemocratic system like we have today in Ethiopia. However, as I said before I welcome your contribution regarding about the future of Ethiopia and how to create a democratic country which treat its people equally without a domination of one ethnic group over the other.

    • Girma.
      Thank you for noticing the merits of my article. But why do you fear if Oromos rule indefinitely provided that it happens thru a fair and free democratic process. Please be ready to accept such effects and outcomes of democracy even before you think of having one. Cheers

      • Dear Mulata nice to read your response again. Mulata as an Ethiopian who doesn’t want to be known by a particular identity or count my own ethnic background I don’t have any problem or fear of those of whom who identify themselves with a particular ethnic group. I strongly believe keeping and maintaining ones ethnic identity would help positively to preserve peoples culture, language and way of life. That is the reason which make Ethiopia one of the most culturally diverse and beautiful nation on the planet. But, for me Ethiopia is everything. Ethiopia is my identity, my way of life and above all it is one of the oldest and even mentioned many times in both holy books the bible and the koran. Regarding, for your question whether I fear to be ruled by the Oromos ‘ indefinitely provided that it happens thru … free democratic process’. Ideally I would be happy if I say yes. Because, I believe in a free democratic process and people determination regarding who lead them. But, again my fear is the process in which weather we can able to establish a true and free democratic system by forming parties through ethnic lines. As you know some people use ethnicity, religion and race for unintended purposes. Kenya recently and particularly Rwanda previously are a good example of these unintended outcomes. Even, look at own backyard in Ethiopia where one particular ethnic group control the military, the service sector, the construction sector and the overall bureaucratic apparatus in the country. Otherwise, as I said before instead of to fear my fellow Ethiopians the oromo people I always admire and appreciate their contribution to their beloved country Ethiopia. Like other hero Ethiopians the oromo’s have played significant role in leadership and other activities to our country. Particularly I would like to mention our oromo’s hero generals such as Leftenal General Jagama Kello and general Demise Bulto.

  3. Not a bad article but consecutively you have been writing articles that do manifest your obsession of olOromos ruling Ethiopia. Have you ever heard of the tyrany of majority rule? I hope I didn’t misunderstand you but you are trying to say our number will give us the vote numbers to to take over. You may be genuinely trying to entice and convince Extreemist elements to drop the idea of secessionist slogan but in the demo racy that you talked about, people will be free to vote for whom e er they want and that will guarantee a positive outcome but not a guaranteed ethnic domination one Oromo leader or another from a different tribe. Wbat we need is respect for the rule of law and democratic governance. I have no interest to see a leader from my tribe. I want to see a leader and a system that leads with all tbe values of a democratic nation where me, my children and their children could never worry about tyranical governance.

  4. REWANDASIZEATION OF ETHIOPIA BY FACELESS ENEMY.
    This article is filled with too much hidden agenda and poisons to divided Ethiopians it to tribal line, i wonder if the writer is Ethiopian or foreign paid agent who’s mission is to agitate and set Ethiopia into civil war.
    Since the Ethiopian government decided to build the mega hydro dam project on Nile, suddenly Ethiopias enemies multiplied, anti Ethiopian sentiment artivles rampant in every opposition web sites.
    Who is financing it ? ?

    • I have never read such very thoughtful article. It is very interesting and genuine.
      I do not say people should not argue but I would say that most arguements are very shallow and have misunderstood the clear point Mr Gudata is making. Tjis is realy the high time for us all to come up together and continue to dialogue with humblness and respect. We all have grieves one another, and some are still very arrogant and mindless to to hear, and they continue to behave in insanity. We have reaped the consequences- including abjection , embarassment for being unable to feed ourselves, to maintain a social order, to worsen the resource degradation etc. Let us be realistic to define Ethiopia in a more tangible and genuine way addressing issues of social, political and cultural complexities we have. We can not go the way we did before or we continue to become failure. Let us appreciate peoples’ efforts when opening a dialogue for discussion. let us not rush for critisism but show our differences in a constructive and building way.

    • Hailu.
      The article is clear and easy to understand. It says we need to stop fighting each other to build a democratically established system. I came from a family who have been leaving and built Finfine before King Menelik II. However, I am a proud Ethiopian so do my family regardless of our family ethnicity, that is what I said in OSA meeting in 2009 when they had there meeting in Washington DC ( Howard University). I don’t know what message you want to send but I think everyone we learned a lesson with this natural incident except those people who will understand after the change, and may be you are one of them.

    • @Hilu Yegzaw
      Whehe do you see anything that incites civil war, unless may be it exists in your head. I went back and read this article for the second time after I saw your trash here to see if there is anthing to suggest what you are calling for your self. You must be a woyane, there is no doubt about that.
      What I saw in this article is a call for Mandela’s model in our country. But if destroying woyanes with united effeort means what you say, as a woyane you are rightly worried and that does not worry Ethiopians at all.

  5. Garbage. Any one one who thinks across tribal line in 2013 must have a problem with his/her grey matter. As the world is becoming small, tribal thinking will be something to obsolete. Today, the so called Oromo place can be claimed by any person of tribal origin because of globalization. Therefor, talking tribal is not only savage but also a delusion.

  6. Obbo “””””Mulata”””””, we all are trying to make our modest contributions here in the hope that we are all open-minded to learn from each other and understand each others’ views with a goal of creating a common understanding that helps us all forge a better future for all of us and the generations to come. Understanding each other is a key here if we really mean ending the crashing poverty and human tragedy unfolding right before our own eyes in that part of the world known today as Ethiopia. This is not the politics of luxury. It is the politics of the fundamentals – the minimum fundamentals human beings need to survive as human beings in freedom and dignity. If we are not ready to learn from each other and everybody sticks to his/her gun, no matter what, there is no need to waste time here.
    It is good that you mentioned about the greatest human being we all lived to witness and whose departure the whole world is mourning while celebrating his life and legacy as we speak. Tears are being shed allover the world transcending race, ethnic, religious, color and creed divides. Nelson Mandela unified the whole world both in his life and in his death. Even those that are living in the far outer space, far beyond the earth’s gravity, sent their condolences at the death of this great man.
    Make no mistake. Mandela, first and foremost, was a freedom fighter who fought for the freedom, equality, dignity, justice and democracy of the black people in South Africa. That was the fundamental cause and goal for which Mandela gave his life. He had had no illusion, none whatsoever, about what the struggle he waged was about. There is no need to lose focus on the fundamental thing here: MANDELA FIRST AND FOREMOST WAS A FREEDOM FIGHTER. MANDELA DID NOT COMPROMISE ON THE FUNDAMENTAL GOAL OF THE STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM AND EQUALITY FOR HIS PEOPLE. MANDELA DID NOT FLINCH ON THE FULL RIGHTS OF HIS PEOPLE. HE MADE CLEAR OVER AND OVER AGAIN THAT HE WAS PREPARED TO DIE FOR IT IF NEED BE. In doing so, however, he didn’t begrudge his enemies and captors. His struggle was not founded on hate for the others including his enemies and tormentors. He was a happy warrior who was true to the spirit of what he fought for and led others to fight for, namely, genuine freedom, equality, dignity, justice and democracy for all including his enemies.
    It is with this spirit that we have to come together and work together to bring hope back to the lives of our compatriots. We have to throw away the modes operandi that ‘I can succeed only if the other side loses. My success is predicated on the failure of the others and therefore I have to work hard for others to fail before I work for my own success’ kind of mentality. In hindsight that wisdom has not served any of us well. It only brought to all of us failure after failure not to mention the untold miseries the successive generations of our compatriots had to and have to go through. This is what we learn by looking back to the wasted time and opportunities over the last 120 years.
    It is therefore a high time to challenge the old wisdom. If the modes operandi is ‘thrash and crush the others in order to thrust forward and succeed’, how can anybody succeed? This is the policy that have been practiced by fascist milinik and his successor regimes without any exceptions. I am glad you mentioned one of the freedom fighters and heroes of the struggle of the Oromo people for freedom, equality, dignity, justice and democracy – General Taaddasaa Birruu who was jailed and exiled by the Haile Selassie regime and finally brutally murdered by its successor – the Derg regime.
    General Taaddasaa was a loyal and a professional soldier before he fell out with the regime of the HSI. I hope most of you know the reason for the fallout but let me reiterate it in short. Growing up, General Taaddasaa had a special fascination for the military profession and early on in his life he decided to go to this profession. He decided to do everything in his power to get in the army. It was just a call of life for him. When he came of age, he went to sign up for the then popular Guard of Honor (Kibur Zebenya). Filling out the forms during the signing up, there was one question in the form that inquires about race (zer). Mind you this was during Haile Sellassie’s regime. General Taaddasaa didn’t want to get anything in his way that can remotely hinder him from realizing his dream of going into the army. He was bright enough to understand that putting in ‘Galla’ (as some fondly like to say even today in the spirit of taking delight from degrading, dehumanizing and humiliating the Oromo people) wouldn’t help him and in fact could be the reason for shattering the dream of his life. Therefore he reluctantly decided to put in ‘Amhara’ as his race (zer). He was convinced that he could pass for an Amhara because he was very familiar with the Amhara culture as he grew up in Northern Shawa bordering the Amhara region. He spoke Amharic fluently. So passing for an Amara and gaming the system was not an issue for him. Passing for an Amhara he did. He got into the army.
    Making a long story short, as professional and as hardworking as General Tadassa was, he went up through the ranks and got up to become the commander of the Special Forces. It was at this time that he had the privilege of meeting and training Nelson Mandela. What a spectacular turn of events in life? He had to hide his true identity to realize his own dream of becoming a soldier and here he happens to meet and train a person who would later become the most famous son of the earth we all – past, present and future generations – live on.
    However, not long after Mandela headed south to lead the liberation struggle of his people, the trajectory of life for General Taaddasaa also started to head south. In addition to wearing a hat of a Commanding General, General Taaddasaa had concurrently worn another hat as the chair of the National Literacy Army (Biheraawii Fidal Seraawwit). He was put in charge of promoting the so called ‘literacy campaign’. Taking his responsibility to heart and as a hardworking and serious professional soldier he was busy crisscrossing the whole of the then geographic Ethiopia campaigning and encouraging everyone to go to school and send their children to school. As a dedicated soldier he worked day and night without rest to fulfill his mission.
    While he was in the middle of this noble mission, he got an invite over for lunch from none other than Haile Selassie’s second in command, prime minister Aklilu Habte Wold. He went over for lunch. After having lunch, a new bottle of whisky was opened and glasses were filled up. However, before tossing their glasses, Aklilu brought up the issue about the literacy campaign. This was what Aklilu had to say: “General, it is good that you are working hard to promote the literacy campaign. However, you have to mind to whom you say ‘go to school or send your kids to school. We are ruling over the Gallas by denying them education and holding them back for a hundred years. Do not say ‘go to school or send your kids to school to the Gallas. You can encourage everybody to go to school except the Gallas. The reason I invited you over for lunch today is to let you know about this. It is very important that you implement this with immediate effect.” General Taaddasaa couldn’t believe what he heard. He wanted to believe that it was a nightmare. He was in complete disbelief and denial of the moment. He wished that what he had just heard was a nightmare but it was never to be. It was real. He asked Aklilu to say it again and for explanation to make sure that what he heard was what Aklilu said and what he really meant. Unfortunately it was real and he heard Aklilu right.
    General Taadasaa left the house right away without even having a sip from the whisky glass. His world turned upside down. He lost his innocence at that very moment. The world became a different place for him from what he had known before that moment. He joined the Macaa & Tulamaa Self Help Association the same day. He turned from a loyal soldier to a freedom fighter from that moment on. The rest is history.
    The fact of the matter is General Taaddasaa joined the ranks of Nelson Mandela to fight for the freedom of his people. While Mandela was fighting a clearly marked and visible, black and white apartheid system, a color based, color apartheid system in South Africa, General Taaddasaa was fighting a blurred, less visible and colorless apartheid system in the Northeastern Africa in a geographic area known as Ethiopia. Both discriminations (apartheid systems) are the same in nature, intent and goal. The difference is/was one was colorful and more visible whereas the other is/was colorless and less visible to outside world. But for the people who suffer under discrimination, indignity, displacement, dispossession, degradation, dehumanization and humiliation, the suffering is the same whether on not it is more visible or less visible to the outside world. An apartheid system is equally inhuman, equally painful and morally equally abhorrent regardless of the color of the perpetuators and/or the victims. Therefore Nelson Mandela and General Taaddasaa Birruu have a lot in common. They both suffered under apartheid systems – though one was more visible and the other less visible. They were both freedom fighters for their respective peoples – though one was more visible and the other less visible. They are both historic figures – though one is more visible and the other less visible.

    • Guyyaasaa
      What benefit is that for us now to dowell on that when the right thing is to work hard for us to bring to an end the group that has taken that to a different level. Our people are better of under Derg than they are today how can we justify keeping on lamenting about the things gone long ago when we can see the worst happening today which we should stand with others and bring to end today not tomorrow.
      |I like this writer because he wants us to focus on the present and the future for we have enough knowledge of the past already. At the same time I suggest if you can make your comment shorter because after reading the article people come here too tired to go through yous which is another article in its own right.
      Why about writing an article instead of doing all this long history here, please consider also that.
      Saba birraan wolliin dhaabanee wayannee dhabamissiisun barbachisaadha, hubadhu.

  7. Mulata:
    It looks like you are working day and night to convince the Oromos and divert their attention from divorcing from this EVIL EMPIRE-“Ethiopia”. As some of us tried to tell you in different occasions, you seem adamant. We don’t have to baby sit your Neftegnas. No matter how long it takes, we will keep fighting in every possible way until we get rid of these colonizers.
    A luta continua!

    • Mulata
      DO YOU REMEBER ye chelenko massaker? OLF did that. you don’t think that’s EVIL??? think about what will happen if OLF on power.

  8. You gave yourself the name “Mulata”?
    it is a nice try but not smart because this method has been repeatedly tried over and over again. It didnt work!

  9. Well said. Very good lesson to be learned from the giant figure of love and peace, father of Africa. What Mandela did for South Africa is nothing to be compared to what Ethiopia is being challenged under TPLF/EPRDF repressive minority rule. There is huge difference between the powerful white apartheid of S.Africa and the worthless black TPLF aparthied in Ethiopia.
    Ethiopia’s enemies are the homegrown TPLF groups filled with hate and greed who did nothing but destruction in Ethiopia and Africa . Many thanks to our forefathers like of Mandela who sacrificed their lives for unity, pride and entegrity of Ethiopia. That is the belt around us that kept us thight together and directed us not to dirnk TPLF’s poisonous prescription.

  10. Jootee,
    Thank you for your comments. You want us to forget everything that happened to the Oromo people. Are you really serious? How can we even if we want to unless we stop being human beings. I would only say what you guys like to say: Yeweggaa biresaa yeteweggaa ayresaam. You also said more than enough has already been said about the past, about the genocide and crimes against humanity committed against the Oromo people by the Amhara ruling elite starting from fascist and sadist mononster named butcher milinik. Really? Are you serious again? What you have seen so far is only a tiny tip of the iceberg. Those who do not learn history and take the necessary lesson from history are doomed to repeat it. How can we forget it even if we want to unless we stop being human beings? I do not want to question anybody’s motive but are you really serious?
    Having said that, I would like to beg you not to force me choose between two evils. I do not like to be put on the spot to choose one evil over the other. If you want me to really choose, please give me a choice between evil and angel and I can easily tell you what I choose. But if you insist that I MUST choose between two evil, sure I would go for the less evil one. In that case I am not choosing what I like more but I choose what I dislike less.
    Let me be as clear as I possibly can. If the choice is between the two evils you mentioned above, the less evil one for the Oromo people is very clear to everyone including to the evils and I suspect to you too. I hate this but IF I MUST choose, the less evil one is obviously the EPRDF. You do not have to take my words for it if you mean serious. The evidence is out there for everyone to see. I can list the many major victories and rights the Oromo people have won over the last couple of decades. These victories have been recognized by the EPRDF government and are being implemented as we speak.
    If you want me to enlist them, just give me some examples of what rights the Oromo people had had under the Amara ruling elite – namely, the Derg dictatorship or its predecessor dictatorial regimes – that they have lost under the EPRDF. Give me a few examples why you think the Oromo people had fared better under the Amhara ruling elite than under the EPRDF and then we can talk. I do not think you are serious but I would like to say ‘I would rather err on the side of being very generous on giving the benefit of the doubt’.

    • A person like you shall die. Only death can cure from your hate…you have no religion…you have no passion or else you might lose your beings. So please hang your self and go forever. you lunatic crazy dog!!!

    • Guyyaasaa
      I am relly sorry that you can not see how Oromos are demoted today in their country to a second class or even a third, next to Amharas when it comes to regional development, the postion they hold at national level and the armed foce.
      No wonder woyanes are clever to give us the nominal post as a president and the empty name in Oromiya when everything is taken away from us, I know you may cite the fact of learning in or using our language all of which have no substance when we are religated to non-xitentence in terms of access to political and economic power.
      I am really terribly sorry when somebody like you who appear to be educated falls for Woyanes show business, I am really sorry. Our people have less hope in the so called educated once like you if they all think as you do. We are killed under woyane and eliminated from the picture, my friend,
      We are a laughing stock, in our country, doing menial jobs as recieving guests and attending funerals, that is all in the position of president, what else do we relly have with real sense of it?
      I guess you must be one of those who are getting secret pay from the woyanes to keep the people confused so that the woyanes get away with their plot against our country and people.
      I am sure you have seen the list of Oromos in jail that was posted in this website just few days ago. Do you think all those people you have seen are on holiday? Or seeting somewhere in safety like you thinking and plotting all that is possible to prolong their miserable life every moment imaginable?
      Why do not you feel the pain our people are going thru every day of their life when you cite such nonesense about Derg is worse trhan woyanes. Yes Derg was too bad but atleast people feel like they were equal citizens which is not the case today at all what so ever !!!
      Yes it is true a government must be better than the one beforfe it but that is not what we see in real terms apart from things enough to decieve a childish mentality like yours, I am realy sorry about you. I wish you do not write anything in the name of Oromo people, YOU ARE A SYMBOL OF SHAME TO THE PROUD OROMO PEOPLE!!
      I only say shame on you to keep lamaenting all these nonesense in this very page where the writer is asking us to settle our differences using Mandela’s example. I donot ecpect any good thing positive from somebody like you, please do not reply.
      Biya baddee mancaafam jirru,

  11. First of all, I am peaking to with a clear understanding that you are an abyssinian imposter.
    What we the opressed people waited for too long and could not get is an abyssinian de Klerk. Where is the de Klerk?? You can’t talk about Mandela without de Klerk who had the courage to pull the plug.
    Oromo has had and still has millions of Mandelas if what we are talking about is about the ideals of Mandela.
    Just remember the recent history when OLF left everything behind and joined the TGE. Obbo Lencoo signed an agreement with woyane to pull all the fighters off. He still stands that ground for peaceful struggle.
    What did we get in exchange? The Ethiopian problem is lack of de Klerk among our Abysinian rulers. They always betrayed the oromo.
    Who is the abysinnian de Klerk?
    Abyssinians try to cheat us by letting somebody by an oromo name serve in their government structure. I always remember the ex-vice chair of CUD’s (eng. Gizachew’s ) explanation for propelling the rookie politician, Birtukan Midekssa, into the higher level of leadership. For him, providing representation for an oromo is a simple as this, find somebody with an oromo last name but has no any attachment to the oromo cause. Look at how woyane christened some people who know afaan oromo with names such as aba dula, kuma etc to make them look that they represent the aspirations of the oromo. Abysinnians have always cheated the oromo and they are doing it again.
    The truth about the the Ethiopian problem is lack of a de Klerk because it is an abyssinian apartheid.
    Frankly speaking, Meles was a little closer to that at the beginning for having the courage to admit and entertain parts of our aspirations. But turned out to be the most brutal leader of apartheid like regime that serves the interests of abyssinians speaking tigire langauge. He did have the chance be hailed as our de Klerk but the power struggle waged by other abysinian group, the amhara, for continuance of their hitherto apartheid system to continue meant that he had to be extremely brutal.
    As the two dominant forces of the abyssinia – tigre and amhara – struggle to maintain its oun apartheid style government in Ethiopia, Mandelas of ethiopia keep of suffering. Until an amhara or Tigre de Klerk pulls the plug, we are bound to suffer and mandelas will languish in jails and go in to exile.
    You keep on bombarding the oppressed people – we know what we want. By the way, you repeatedly used the term tribe in this article .. spooking further down to your roots, you abysinians always try to degrade our quest for freedom and justice as “yegosa politica” Let me see if you some balls to challenge your abyssinian politicians to pull the de Klerk. We have see politicians after politicians but even admitting the problem has been up heal battle your leaders.

    • the barking of big dog. Try dismantling our country, without any one against you, you will fail because you do not have the power or the moral of being human. And I think you are in a comfort zone by now. but the bad news for you is….the freedom is coming for all Ethiopians even for you Mr. pig…

  12. HATE AND WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER
    It is true We oromos were oppressed and systematicaly mass genocided by the previous three Amhara Dominated governments since Menilike era to Mengestu era, but that is not enough reason to hate every Amara or to wage war in the name of nationalism or what have you, specially when our country showing showing inkling of hope in economics and in social issue.

  13. Sam and Guyyaasaa
    Are the coward leaders of OLF who handed over our people and country to woyanes before they took their bag and fled to Europe through Bole. All they need is save their own skin and lament in the name of Oromo people from their confort zones only to prolong the suffering of our people.
    Dhiigaa umatakeeynaan nagaaduun hojjiikessan taate jirti, hubaneejiraa, Ofirraa teefadha, nuutu worra nagaan rakkoo hiiku barbana, It is possible today to work with others to solve our issues peacefully.
    Dont incite hatred by beating your war drums, the world is very much against that today. If we can solve our issues peacefully, we dont need all that warmongering at the cost of the life of our poor people.

  14. Jemal,
    What a self conflicted comment? At first, I thought you are against the OLF people who wanted to resolve issues peacefully — the Mandela way – as you seem to be calling them cowards for negotiating not knowing that they would be betrayed. Then, you started repeating the sentiments reflected in the article – a peaceful way. You are either having problems understanding whatever was written or you are deliberately confusing – the weyane way. I repeat, where is he de Klerk of the abyssinians who built apartheid in Ethiopia for so many years? By the way, I was not of a mature age to play the role you implied I had played. Forget that, it does not matter, but what happened to people like Obbo Bulcha whose ideals are 100% similar to that of Mandela? You might blame Woyane brutality but wasn’t it always similar in Ethiopia? Ask yourself to people such as Dr Haile Fida and col Tadesse birru? They were going only peacefully – never acted violently or condoned such act. Whether it is led by Amhara or Tigre, it all the same abyssinian apartheid style. The real change will come only when a de Klerk rises from their offspring if things would have to be resolved peacefully. If you don’t understand this, then you better not comment – actually, let abyssinians comment on this issue because this is a question to them. Mirqaante hinhassa’in!

  15. Jootee,
    Why is the explosion so early? It wasn’t unexpected but it was so early into our discussion. I was expecting that you were going to explode at some point down the line but I didn’t expect it to be so early. I knew I was cornering you and you were running out of ideas. People who run out of ideas and options end up exploding and that is exactly what you did. But that was uncalled for.
    This is a market place of ideas and it is a forum for exchanging views. You express your opinion, I express my idea and others do the same. We do not have to convince each other, just exchange views. People may buy it or not. You cannot force people to buy into your ideas. They may or they may not. Unless you are so stupid to think that you and people like you are the only ones who have the monopoly of the truth, there is no call for getting mad at others for expressing their views. I thought you were smarter than that. Stay cool man. Do not get emotional. Emotions do not solve problems. Cool heads and reasons do. Be aware that this world is very complicated and that people are much smarter than you may want to give credit for.
    I could have said more but I do not want to waste my time responding to substandard comments such as yours. One of the basic tenets of democracy is agreeing to disagree. Stay cool and stay tuned. There is no call for explosion.

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