TPLF’s rage against the Oromia duo

Hindessa Abdul
The nation seems to have held its breath in anticipation of the next PrimeMinister. The choice, as it stands now, doesn’t seem to be a merereplacement of the outgoing Hailemariam Desalegn. As the unprecedentedstruggle within Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front in its thirdweek, the change of guard is a vote for semblance of change or maintainingthe dying status quo.A change within – if at all – is inevitable then Dr Abiy Ahmed seems to be theembodiment. The take over by the rest of the uninspiring pack might spellthe continuation of the current crisis.Simply by following the barrage of character assassinations and smearcampaigns from the ordinary party operatives and paid trolls all the way tothe top dogs like Bereket Simon, the chairman of Oromo Peoples’ DemocraticOrganization Dr Abiy and head of the Oromia region Lemma Megersa arebearing the brunt of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front’s blasphemy.Smear campaignWhether Dr Abiy is going to be the next Ethiopian PM or not there are groupsthat have a vested interest in thwarting his ascension to the post. TPLFowned media outlets are busy churning out materials bashing the two OPDOleaders who the public in general is considering change agents. For therecord let’s have a feel of these mean, audacious and vulgar postsspearheaded by Aigaforum and their cohorts.One recent article entitled “Taking over through violence” dubs Dr Abiy“engineer of destruction.” One has to understand that Abiy didn’t just turnup out of the blue, he is a creation of TPLF. It’s anybody’s guess why hesuddenly became the monster he’s depicted to be.Another article which has an air of former spin doctors of GovernmentCommunication A3airs O4ce is titled “Who should replace PM Hailemariam?”Expecting the good old political analysis?

Not a chance. Instead it begins bybelittling Lemma Megersa on academic grounds and how he was helped to
complete his studies at the Civil Service College. But what they forgot wasthe public has long been calling that college “brick factory.” The vastmajority of regional and federal government o4cials and particularly thejudiciary is a product of this college now christened university. As long as thepeople are in tune with the TPLF, graduating from there is not a problem. Butdissenting, that’s almost a capital o3ense. Even then they don’t seem to getthe complete picture of Lemma’s academic credentials. The article furtheraccuses Lemma of not publicly condemning ethnically motivated attacks thatallegedly took place in Oromia. It also insinuates Lemma being an agent ofOromo Liberation Front, which is outlawed by the parliament. But that cardhas already been played along with chauvinist, narrow minded, rentseeker,neo-liberal and several other epithets party operatives hurl at citizens whohumbly beg to di3er with the government’s way of running the a3airs of thecountry.“A country can not be governed by lies and deceits” is a four page post thatgoes too low accusing Abiy of his long standing “hate of Tigreans.” How canone work for decades with such attitude in organizations like InformationNetwork Security Agency and the defense forces whose core leadership is awell known secret. It is just ba7ing. Even his rank in the military is used aspart of the campaign. That is an echo of the politics of the country ever sinceTPLF took power. Whoever opposes the government is almost entirelyprojected in ethnophobic terms. While the public doesn’t even care a hootwhether he served in the army, everything that can discredit him is a fairgame by the disinformation army.In light of last week’s parliament session where the state of emergency wasapproved in a controversial count, the absence of Dr Abiy created anopportunity to turn up the heat one more time. Any passive look at the TVduring the parliament session shows a line of empty seats and a bunch oftired, sleepy and yawning MPs whose attendance has never been an issue ina 100% EPRDF turf. Why is Abiy’s absence triggering consternation? As achairman of a party of the most populous region of the country, it is hisattendance that should have raised eyebrows not his absence. The coming weeks will eventually give the answer to as who would move tothe palace at Arat Kilo. But the crisis has shown the true color of TPLF evenfor those who were blinded by the bene=ts that came in exchange for loyalty.
The duo should take partial responsibility for such state of a3airs as theywere part of the system. But they have a promising media outlet that theycan shape to serve the people far from the con=nes of Oromia. And if anylesson is drawn from the ongoing smear, it is how not to run the media insuch a way even in rough days.



  2. I am Oromo and know the OPDO, OLF and many others. It is very sad to seem them spoiling the minds of young oromo generations (what I know for very sure.
    Dear Fellow Ethiopians-you can not trust them. They are indeed responsible along with TPLF and others for the destabilization of our lovely Ethiopians. They cause us to suffer great. If you come to Ethiopia and see the discrimination by OPDO cadres holding public offices, you really hate that country. We are true Oromos have genuine love and value to all Ethiopians. We conclude the only way to root them out is to unite taking Ethiopia and her people first and unnegotiable. Let us all now unite regardless of our languages and culture and where we grew and dismantle these deceivers. They are of the same generation and deceived our young people to think to narrow don to their piece of village. Fighting for respect of low and human right; resist oppression and proclaim equality and freedom is what must bind us together to end the regime and the remnants such as OLF, and all other hate spreading politics. We do not end up dismantling them, we must work hard to bring them to international criminal courts. Ethiopia and her people first!
    LEt us unite!Together better!

  3. For quite some time I have been reading so many off limits rants targeting an entire group of people instead of being specific on individuals and their front. Instead of aiming their complaints at those wicked leaders what I have seen are the entire people of Tigray taken as the criminals. I and my fellow citizens have a lot to protest about many issues with the TPLF and its leaders just because that they are the ones who refused to return our territory that was declared as ours by the UN Court at the Hague more than 16 years ago. TPLF and its leaders are the ones who deported tens of thousands of our citizens with only clothes on their backs. Those deportees were born in Ethiopia and lived there until they were forcibly kicked out of the country by woyane leaders. Many of them were taxpaying legitimate business owners with assets in hundreds of millions of US Dollars. My rough estimate is that close to 2 billion US Dollars of business property and personal assets were robbed away by the TPLF leaders. I am confident that one way or the other we will manage to get all these assets back sooner or later and with interest. That is a fact. But this doesn’t mean that we will stand by when people who are very close to us historically in culture and values being mugged and many times killed. That we can’t do. There is a very old saying from my community that says ‘when a toe is wounded and swollen the arm pit on the same side is wounded and swollen also. Many of you are threatening to wipe out the entire of people of Tigray. I can tell this about that. We will not just sit back and watch. The threat against the people of Tigray is a threat to my people too. Your king Haile Selassie used to kill every Tigre speaking people by calling them ‘Agamidos’. That will not happen again. You have to be careful of what you are saying and writing. Those days of ‘zeraf, zeraf, jegnaw teferi’ are from days gone bye forever. Many of you are seen crossing the red line already. Please take this as a friendly advice.

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