by Kaleab Tessema
To begin with, I am deeply saddened and heartbroken for the loss of General Asaminew, Dr. Ambachew, and others. Certainly, this tragedy has devastated all Amharas. Nevertheless, the Amharas people deserve to know the truth from the government. Right now, the authority and the anti-Amharas are trying to infuriate and divide the Amharas by bruiting false and contradicting information. Why do the anti-Amharas gather with uproarious censure and clamorous applause? I can say this confidently to those who are anti-Amharas, whether they like it or not, Amharas are becoming more united than ever before and there are millions of Asaminew.
Coming to the OLF’s statement, I took a quick glimpse at the OLF outcry statement posted on Zehabesha website, which partially brought to my attention that saying the Oromos racially attacked in “North Oromia, Wollo and the political change brought into the country because of the OLF big sacrifices with its supporters of Qeeroo Bilisummaa Oromoo.” This would be funny; and the statement is a tactical political gambit to pursue its dream of seceding by claiming Wollo as the TPLF claimed Welkait, and Raya; where the people are still being savagely massacred on their own ancestors’ land by the TPLF-Woyanne.
As it is widely known about the OLF for the last 27 years, the OLF leaders were hiding in Eritrea with its remnant soldiers and the leader was engaged doing business in Asmara to Dubai. On the other side, its remnant soldiers were working for Eritrean government repairing roads, but for the last 27 years, dozens of Oromo youth had been thrown in the jail and killed by the TPLF-Woyanne and during these brutal times in history, the Oromos themselves did not see or hear any bullet in the region from OLF against TPLF. Funny enough, the OLF leaders are bragging with no shame and with falsehoods that change has occurred in Ethiopia because the OLF waged bitter warfare against the TPLF.
Of course, there is no denying that the Oromo Qeeroo(s) were protesting against TPLF brutal regime, and even though, no matter how hard the Qeeroo tried, they could not win against the TPLF alone without the Amhara youth participation; and the Fano, Qeeroo, and others showed their unity with high spirit to depose the TPLF. To remind the OLF leaders, I would like to quote from my previous piece which I wrote over two years ago how the Gondar’s protesting was effective: “The Amhara’s youth protesters in Gondar were effective in protesting and showed their solidarity with Oromo youth by saying that “Oromo’s blood is my blood, Bekele Gerba is our leader, stop killing our brothers.” These slogans made the Ethiopians come together against the fascist regime, which effectively exposed the TPLF’s ploy of ‘divide and rule’ for the last 25 years. It is true that the Woyanne regime was seen panicking when the Oromos and the Amharas marched together to give a voice to the voiceless.”
Beside the Qeeroo and Fano protesters inside the country, the Diaspora of the Amharas relentlessly played a key role in removing the TPLF from the office by lobbying the US Congress. They rallied to bring attention to take a stand against the TPLF “to vote on the resolutions of HR128 about human right situations in Ethiopia.” Even the TPLF chairman, Debretsion, finally conceded that the TPLF’s defeat came about by the diasporas of the Amhara elites. He said this in a private speech boasting and belittling the OPDO-OLF, which was posted on the Ethiopians outlets. These are the facts on the land where people know well who brought the so-called changes or reforms. Unfortunately, the change was not a radical political change, it was rather replaced one with another, in other words, TPLF replaced with ODP-OLF and releasing political prisoners only for international media cover-up.
Having said that, it seemed that the OLF’s statement is well orchestrated to claim Wollo is part of ‘North Oromia,’ and after the statement posted less than a month, General Asaminew and Dr. Ambachew were killed including other officials in Baher Dar that emphatically put the Amharas in disbelief. Of course, General Asaminew and Dr. Ambachew would not easily back down for the new ODP-OLF oligarchies. However, the OLF leaders should know better that Wollo is the heartland of the Amhara, and the Amharas will not implore the OLF to change its mind of the leftover dream of forming the republic of Oromia, but it will be a big political mistake to claim Wollo is part of ‘North
To say the least, the Prime Minister Abiy came to power through the efforts of Demeke Mekonnen and all Ethiopians went to rally to support the Prime Minister. During his inauguration the speech he delivered at the parliament was very patriotic, praising Ethiopia by mentioning it several times as the Bible does the first time in 27 years. At the same token, Ethiopians were expected that he would bring a real change in the country and amending the constitution, but instead the Prime Minister and his cabals starting maintaining the status quo that favored the TPLF’s reign, which his party, ODP proved that cannot compromise on the current constitution. Unfortunately, Abiy and his team duped the Amhara once again. As we all know, the Amharas for the last 27 years have been hunted and killed in every region in the country by the TPLF-Woyanne and its cronies. Now, the ODP-OLF is taking a turn to repeat what TPLF had done to the Amhara. Currently, we saw in Baher Dar innocent Amharas were arrested on a large scale, and brutally murdered by ODP armies without any evidence in the related recent death of the Amharas officials.
Sadly enough, as soon as Abiy held the Prime Minister position, the Oromo extremists started displacing and killing none Oromos in the Oromia region, and the Prime Minister did not take any action against these criminals that he seemed he acquiesced to it. But, when it comes to Amhara ethnicity, he showed his true color when he ordered the army to kill and arrest indiscriminately the Amharas in Baher Dar and in other regions without jurisdiction. Arresting and killing is not quelling the people of the Amhara, it rather aggravates the situations.
For that matter, the Oromo extremist, like Jawar and the TPLF are working together against Amhara at this point. The Oromo extremists and the TPLF have been recruiting some individuals from Qimant and Agew to rant on their TV condemning the Amhara, which is completely none of their business, just merely to de-stabilize the region that mainly to weaken the Amhara in order to advance their expansions agendas, but when the Amharas were cruelly killed in Benishangul, Welkait, and Raya, the OLF, and the TPLF cheered and applauded. It is true that the late General Asaminew Tsige spoke the truth that the ‘Amhara is surrounded’ by the TPLF and the OLF.
Undoubtedly, the OLF tries to renew its a long time doctrine that aims to expunge the name Ethiopia and replace it with Oromia. It is undeniable at this moment radical OLF members and the Oromo first extremists are given key government positions from top to bottom to control the security, military, and the finance which enables them to cling to power as the TPLF did. This recent statement tells as if Wollo is part of North Oromia, and this should be an alarm bell for the Amharas to stand united. Enough is enough!