The Atlanta Leadership Convention: A blessing in disguise?

Information is slowly trickling out of the much hyped about Atlanta Leadership Convention, despite organizers’ plea not to record video and audio and the tight security to enforce the rule. We anticipate that they will release some kind of a resolution declaring the convention was very successful and that it laid a foundation for the formation of an Oromo Freedom Charter. We wanted to reflect upon pieces of information that we gathered thus far about the convention and present our own prediction of the next phase of the Oromo struggle.
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Our struggle for freedom failed to succeed for over a century not because of the strength of our external enemies but the damage caused by our internal enemies. What made the current phase of Oromo revolution unique is the fact that it was able to break the myth that Oromo cannot be united and to mobilize our people from all corners of Oromia. True there were still traitors who spied for the enemy camp and resulted in deaths of precious Oromo sons and daughters but they were defeated and their spy rings were destroyed. Despite such glorious achievement of unifying our people in Oromia, divisions and bickering remained among the diaspora. Some attribute the lack of unity among Oromo diaspora to regional and religious differences. We strongly disagree. All of us in diaspora understand that we were all Oromo and descended from the same root before we settled in different regions and before we adopted different religions. We also understand that we were subjected to the same atrocities irrespective of our region and religion.  In our opinion, the division among the diaspora is the result of self-righteousness among the elites and egocentric drive to put themselves in leadership positions by some individuals. We declared the Atlanta Leadership Convention as a blessing in disguise in the title of this document because it exposed the kind of people that we believe created the division for their personal gains.
Early last week, we posted a cautionary note about the planned Atlanta Leadership Convention and disclosed what our investigation revealed regarding the motives of the organizers (http://oromiapress.com/questioning-motives-atlanta-leadership-convention/). We concluded at that time that the convention is being organized by groups who wanted to hijack the raging Oromo revolution in Oromia and change its course. We believe we were vindicated because information reaching us from Atlanta shows that the document that was prepared by an individual and presented for discussion received a pushback from the participants because it does not address the needs of the Oromo people. In fact, the document was written to appease the Ethiopianist camps by declaring that we will form a democratic system that will benefit everyone. Rumor has it that it was tabled for further discussion with in Oromo communities and religious organizations and civic associations. We believe this is good because a charter about the future of the Oromo nation should have been written by the Oromo people to begin with, not by an individual or groups of individuals with personal agenda.
Although the original document about the convention stated the objective of the meeting was to create unity among the Oromo people, a video that leaked out of the conference hall indicates that the participants were literally insulting Oromo groups that were not participating in the convention. The attack dog who was picked for this task was groomed by none other than the OMN and, like many of the organizers of the convention, has ties to the OPDO first and KWO currently. He surely received the loudest cheers and laughs from the audience showing that most of the attendees were handpicked to rubberstamp the document as that of the TPLF’s parliamentarians. It was also easy to discern from the reaction of some of the innocent participants that such attacks were unexpected. Equally laughable, however, is the fact that the leaders, after clapping loudly for the poem, took the stage to appeal to the participants that attacks against other Oromo groups need to stop. It appears the leader forgot that it was already announced on stage that the poem has been heard somewhere else before and producers knew its content beforehand. So, how is it the Atlanta Convention is going to create unity among Oromo groups while insulting groups that were not present at the convention?
Another interesting observation was the format of the conference itself. Participants were placed in different discussion groups and trusted leaders were assigned to each group to lead the discussion in the direction the organizers wanted.  Basically, the format was meant only to discuss the contents of the document and make minor edits. Participants did not get a chance to ask why the document was needed and who wrote the document, among other things. It does appear that the leaders have learned a thing or two from the TPLF about manipulating audiences to get the outcome that they wanted.
In the name of mobilizing resources for the struggle, they also discussed how to coordinate the effort in the diaspora. On the surface, this appears to be a noble idea. The fact of the matter, however, is that the group who wants to put itself in charge of this activity has no clue as to who is leading the struggle on the ground. They might assume that receiving notices from the “Qeerroo” on social media entitles them to lead the revolution but they are dead wrong. Their greed and inflated ego has been noted by “Qeerroo” and the only group they can fool now is the few uninformed and hateful individuals in diaspora.
When we thought we have seen and heard all the political maneuvering and behind the screen manipulations, a document that was being distributed outside the meeting hall made its way to social media. We also heard that the leaders, using their usual childish tactics, asked the audience not to distribute any document outside or inside. This tactic is similar to the use of the attack dog and then denouncing his actions so that they appear true leaders and unifiers before the audience. We truly hope that the leaders were truthful in their denouncement of distributing documents and the document that we read on social media was not prepared and secretly distributed by them because it is the most divisive document that any Oromo group ever published, not to mention its lack of substance. If it is determined that the leaders of the Atlanta Convention drafted and distributed this document, however, it proves without the shadow of doubt that they are interested in power grabbing so that they can change the course of Oromo revolution as leaders. What is more interesting is the fact that they place Bekele Gerba, a person who is in TPLF prison, as the leader of what they call Oromo Council.  This is just an attempt by the group to use the good name of true Oromo revolutionary for their sinister motive of taking over the Oromo struggle.  This may also prove true the rumor that was going around about the alleged letter from Bekele Gerba, while he was in Kilinto prison, was in fact not written by him. Of course, only Bekele Gerba and his comrades can verify if this is indeed the case.
Finally, we would like to make it clear that we do not, for a moment, believe that every Oromo person who attended the Atlanta conference was there to hijack the Oromo revolution.  The fact that the audience pushed back on the so called Oromo Freedom Charter indicates that most of the attendees were there to find a true solution to the quagmire that we are in here in diaspora.  We are convinced, however, that most of the organizers of this convention were motivated by personal and selfish interests. We believe this is a big lesson for true Oromo nationalists and a blessing in disguise because we now know what we did not clearly know before. What remains now is to tighten our belts and focus on fighting the enemy by supporting our gallant people in whichever way we can. Lastly, are we coming to an era where we condemn the group that actually working on the ground but praise the group that has been killing Oromo’s for the last 25 years?
Oromia Shall Be Free!!!

Concerned Oromo Group.

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  1. let the the secessionist make what ever gathering they want. It need to be clear that they are the worst enemy as the TPLF for Ethiopians. We fight with them in all level and front. We Ethiopians do not see hand folded when the Bandas in the name of OROMO destroy our existence. The crocked Mission of Banda Jawar Mohamed will fail , and Ethiopia will survive for ever.

    • It could have been credible if you have stated the son and daughters of bandas are the ruling TPLFites.
      Any thing short of that is misguided and it amounts to be OROMOPHOBIA.
      Shifting the attention from the real enemy of the people TPLF/Agazi is the work of Bandas.
      Fear No Ideas, but fight the Evil TPLF

  2. let the the secessionist make what ever gathering they want. It need to be clear that they are the worst enemy as the TPLF for Ethiopians. We fight with them in all level and front. We Ethiopians do not see hand folded when the Bandas in the name of OROMO destroy our existence. The crocked Mission of Banda Jawar Mohamed will fail , and Ethiopia will survive for ever.

    • It could have been credible if you have stated the son and daughters of bandas are the ruling TPLFites.
      Any thing short of that is misguided and it amounts to be OROMOPHOBIA.
      Shifting the attention from the real enemy of the people TPLF/Agazi is the work of Bandas.
      Fear No Ideas, but fight the Evil TPLF

  3. Ethiopia got so many Universities. For some reason Addis Ababa University was known to be a politically more active community throughout history way more than other universities in the country.That’s why most graduates were and still are given more respect to bring solutuion to the societal , political and economical problems Ethiopia faces. Hoping to get a solution from those so called Educated elites of Addis Ababa university that graduated within the last twenty years or so is a mistake because of all Universities Addis Ababa University was given large dose of Woyane disease meaning it was contaminated way more than other Universities with the Woyane disease. Right now it seems things are changing because the current Addis Ababa University students searched amomg the alumini’s but found almost noone worthy of being a role model among the alumini’s that graduated in the last twenty years . The majority of Addis Ababa University alumini’s who graduated in the last 20 years or so are entangled with TPLF’s corrupt system.Sadly the rest of the country still looks upto these corrupt institutions alumini’s to bring solution not knowing these people are the problem. Whether they work for the government or even donot have a set job Addis Ababa Alumini’s that graduated in the last twenty years are all directly or indirectly responsible for the problem the country is in now. I know all these because I went to the Addis Ababa University and I know it from inside. It took rigorous examination and study to reach at this conclusion.I still keep close ties with most of the people and to be frank it is quiet disgraceful what we knowingly or unknowingly became part of so I advise all young and upcoming Ethiopians not to follow our example because it is inevitable you will get infected with the Woyane disease if you do.I think the day rthat all of us face justice is not far and I am willing to expose all details with evidence even if it means implicating myself in the process.

  4. Ethiopia got so many Universities. For some reason Addis Ababa University was known to be a politically more active community throughout history way more than other universities in the country.That’s why most graduates were and still are given more respect to bring solutuion to the societal , political and economical problems Ethiopia faces. Hoping to get a solution from those so called Educated elites of Addis Ababa university that graduated within the last twenty years or so is a mistake because of all Universities Addis Ababa University was given large dose of Woyane disease meaning it was contaminated way more than other Universities with the Woyane disease. Right now it seems things are changing because the current Addis Ababa University students searched amomg the alumini’s but found almost noone worthy of being a role model among the alumini’s that graduated in the last twenty years . The majority of Addis Ababa University alumini’s who graduated in the last 20 years or so are entangled with TPLF’s corrupt system.Sadly the rest of the country still looks upto these corrupt institutions alumini’s to bring solution not knowing these people are the problem. Whether they work for the government or even donot have a set job Addis Ababa Alumini’s that graduated in the last twenty years are all directly or indirectly responsible for the problem the country is in now. I know all these because I went to the Addis Ababa University and I know it from inside. It took rigorous examination and study to reach at this conclusion.I still keep close ties with most of the people and to be frank it is quiet disgraceful what we knowingly or unknowingly became part of so I advise all young and upcoming Ethiopians not to follow our example because it is inevitable you will get infected with the Woyane disease if you do.I think the day rthat all of us face justice is not far and I am willing to expose all details with evidence even if it means implicating myself in the process.

  5. Thanks Zehabesha for this contribution.
    If you have the draft charter, please publish it so that we can see it and make comments on it. Since every piece of information is vital, do not hesitate to publish it. Even the above report on the confecence seems to lack détails and precision on many points.
    Again, thanks for the good work.

  6. Thanks Zehabesha for this contribution.
    If you have the draft charter, please publish it so that we can see it and make comments on it. Since every piece of information is vital, do not hesitate to publish it. Even the above report on the confecence seems to lack détails and precision on many points.
    Again, thanks for the good work.

  7. I am concerned too.Long time ago as one American President said Oromos have nothing to fear but fear itself.One man one vote is Oromos redeemer only.With all other ethnics in Ethiopia Oroms are at peace though the system at hand led by TPLF/OPDO is the worst and very unique in the whole World.
    at this stage the revolution has been on for one year and counting with other ethnics joined it.We and the whole World know that Wayane/OPDO’s is numberd.To sabotage this Oromo led revolution against this tyrant is tantamount to criminal act on the people specially on the Oromos who spark the fire on Wayane.It is very important to expose individuals who trying to commit against the people’s revolution to pocket some money to get drunk.The roll of the diaspora can’t go go beyond diplomatic work and matterial help to assist the struggle inside the Country.There is no as such lead a revolution by remot control.As it has been obseved in Atlanta as well in London there some individuals who seams to claim just that.This is very dangerous and huge suppotage to the freedom movement.
    Friends who is financing this huge conventions back to back?Even at government level,it is not easy.Make a note of it.Our issue is how to get ris of these damagogs and it does come by wickening the on going revolution as it is already mentioned for self fame.The fame and heroism belongs to the people who are in action not to some one who changes their stand every corner and unstable.
    Now it is time to call sped a sped.Is really OMN serving Oromos or for self gradianazation?of an individual.We have to think about it.If the OMN media net work doesn’t contribute to the revolution as mass media should be,steps must be forwarded to expose it and call on those reporters who work there to resign so that the Manager himself runs it.We know those of you reporters are real and concerned,if so don’t pretend.The Oroms are moving on with the other Ethiopians for the librations of the people from tyrant Wayane .The Oromos will be victorious along with the other Ethiopians.Keep the Revolution on.

  8. I am concerned too.Long time ago as one American President said Oromos have nothing to fear but fear itself.One man one vote is Oromos redeemer only.With all other ethnics in Ethiopia Oroms are at peace though the system at hand led by TPLF/OPDO is the worst and very unique in the whole World.
    at this stage the revolution has been on for one year and counting with other ethnics joined it.We and the whole World know that Wayane/OPDO’s is numberd.To sabotage this Oromo led revolution against this tyrant is tantamount to criminal act on the people specially on the Oromos who spark the fire on Wayane.It is very important to expose individuals who trying to commit against the people’s revolution to pocket some money to get drunk.The roll of the diaspora can’t go go beyond diplomatic work and matterial help to assist the struggle inside the Country.There is no as such lead a revolution by remot control.As it has been obseved in Atlanta as well in London there some individuals who seams to claim just that.This is very dangerous and huge suppotage to the freedom movement.
    Friends who is financing this huge conventions back to back?Even at government level,it is not easy.Make a note of it.Our issue is how to get ris of these damagogs and it does come by wickening the on going revolution as it is already mentioned for self fame.The fame and heroism belongs to the people who are in action not to some one who changes their stand every corner and unstable.
    Now it is time to call sped a sped.Is really OMN serving Oromos or for self gradianazation?of an individual.We have to think about it.If the OMN media net work doesn’t contribute to the revolution as mass media should be,steps must be forwarded to expose it and call on those reporters who work there to resign so that the Manager himself runs it.We know those of you reporters are real and concerned,if so don’t pretend.The Oroms are moving on with the other Ethiopians for the librations of the people from tyrant Wayane .The Oromos will be victorious along with the other Ethiopians.Keep the Revolution on.

  9. Ha ha ha. The backward ethiopian empire colonised oromia. If the ethiopian empire colinised oromia then oromia should be the most primitive nation during that time. This must be an insult against oromo people by the so called oromo Autor. The truth is it doesn’t exist any colonization.

  10. Ha ha ha. The backward ethiopian empire colonised oromia. If the ethiopian empire colinised oromia then oromia should be the most primitive nation during that time. This must be an insult against oromo people by the so called oromo Autor. The truth is it doesn’t exist any colonization.

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