Rundaasaa Asheetee Hundee
In my article titled “To Cheer or NOT to Cheer for the OPDO? ” I predicted that the Tigre boys will continue to fight to keep their superior position over their creation the OPDO and the ANDM and that trend is clearly visible today, December 12, 2017.
1. According to the news from home front, Samora Yonus have continued killing our people in Calanqoo and many other places in east and southern part of Oromia being defiant against the TPLF decision to remove him from his position. Of course, Samora was giving orders to general Gabre Dila, a man who closely worked with Mohamed Ilee, whom he now transferred to south Sudan, Abiyye state. Rumeros have it that Samora’s belief to destroy the Oromo liberation movement was rejected by the TPLF and he is applying his killing plan to prove that his method would work.
2. Yesterday, December 11, 2017, the Walayita prime minister called for general assembly but the OPDO and the ANDM boycotted it using their 59% voting power.
3. Today December 12, 2017, the TPLF called for the general conference of the EPRDF which the OPDO and ANDM boycotted once again.
4. On December 12, 2017, The Shambuu university youth killed 2 Tigreans and the TPLF is feeling the heat
5. Those who had been praising the OPDO as the Oromo liberation vanguard by appearing on OMN have turned against the OPDO now. Please listen to Jawar talking on face book today.
6. Lamma Magarasa declared that people are no longer required to carry an ID card by which their ethnic background was identified. This action tells us that the OPDO has caved into the Amharas pressure and old Ethiopia is back.
What is clear here is that the success of the Oromo liberation struggle is producing an anticipated result attributable in large part to the remarkable hard work of the TPLF intelligence and military actions against the Oromo people, of course, the heroic actions of the Oromo people is the nucleus of the change that is engulfing the dying empire. By anticipated result, I am meaning the influential power the Amharas gained inside Oromia today is due to the fact that the OPDO is desperately needed the Amharas help to fight the Tigre superiority in Oromia. In other words, the Amharas are harvesting great results from the conflict between the Tigre colonial rule and the defiant Oromo mass movement, even if the Oromo people are assembling great force charged with a great and arduous trust in oneself.
Now, after observing what is going on today, one may think that the TPLF is going to be crushed very soon but I beg to differ on that.
Even though the Oromians are able to assemble great force of defiance everywhere, the TPLF still has a military advantage over it’s creation, the OPDO and the ANDM. Hence, the inevitable chaos that is going to destroy the dying empire will come from the Tigreans arrogance that would force them continue to fight until the empire is dead. That means, our passions must focus on how to arm the OLF not how to find their errors. Only from strong OLF we can expect the results we have been anticipating for 27 years. Till then, lets remember those who sacrificed their precious lives and made us all proud by singing the following song. You make up your own lyrics.
Hail to our STRUGGLE ascending to heaven!
Let Traitors and tyrants fight each other in vain.
Drunken with ego, they’re killing our brethren;
Bot no matter the cost they can’t conquer us again.
Praise to our heroes who died as a martyr;
Honored and praised be them ever great name!
Long shall their blood, which was shed by assassins,
Plead unto Waaqaa while the earth lauds their fame.
Cheer or NOT to Cheer? that is the question!
Rundassa Asheetee Hunde
Whenever I hear the Amharic speaking people talk about the Ethiopian unity, my thoughts gets filled with everything that has happened to us, the Oromo. This is because our life challenges started with the birth of Ethiopia while the opposite is true for whom good life began after Ethiopia was created.
Today, we fight empire Ethiopia in order to overcome our challenges so that we can hold our chins high and walk without being belittled for not betraying our true selves. We also want to inspire those who suffer form identity crisis to become themselves again. As much we want to know who we are, we want others to know who they are and what is best for them. Our goal therefore is to watch out for all those who suffered like us. We want to be there for them, we want to support them so that they too can return to their true selves.
Despite these ideals we uphold however, we did not obtain what we wanted. Instead, we are persecuted, often violently. And, tragically, ever since Ethiopia was created just 140 years ago, most notably, the Shaggar Massacre in which the Gullallee, the Abicchuu and the Gimbichuu Oromo tribes were set fire upon, and a deplorable violence was extended against the east, south and north Oromians who were perceived as the enemy of the invading Habasha occupiers.
After empire Ethiopia was created via such deplorable manners, a constitution that served the Habasha leaders was copied from imperial Japan and enhanced their economic prosperity for about 100 years. To meet the demands of the changing political conditions, copying new constitutions from western Europe, America and Russia became the empire’s most important imports.
Even today, the Tigrai boys who rule empire Ethiopia imported communist countries population control mechanisms and western countries business traditions in order to confuse our sense of freedom with our desire to live better life. But understanding that our freedom comes before everything, we continued fighting the Tigre colonial rule and we are very close to safeguard our rights and adopt meaningful economic and political policy that can serve all fairly. But the major obstacle remained to be the OPDO who started echoing the voice of the mass as if it is going to embark on a quest which the Oromo Liberation Front planned to achieve. Mean time, that quest is riddled with challenges and obstacles ranging from trying to reframe the dying empire, liberate 50 million Oromians from the Tigreans colonial rule and also give 100 million habitats a new hope.
As it tries to satisfy these multiple challenges that comes from multiple corns, the OPDO became like a hole in the golf course awaiting to host multiple balls at the same time. Not only that, the OPDO also is seen as a hero in the eyes of thousands which in fact makes the game an octagon play.
Firstly, the Oromo people want to end a century and half Habasha occupation of Oromia by going against the wishes of the habasha parties who are hoping to get off the ground by using the political vacuum created by the Oromo movement; the TPLF is trying to re-invente itself by using the Ogadenian Somali militia it trained to kill the Oromo people; the ODF wants to mingle with whoever gives it any position in the new government; the old TPLF messengers AKA OPDO have grown tired of playing the Tigre tribe’s political game, the Arabs don’t want the Abbayyaa dam to be built and the OLF is becoming a strong force.
Most importantly, this time when the Oromoo Qeerroo continues to protest vowing away foreign investors, it is too disconcerting to make any political decision, hence all the talks that the OPDO leaders give will remain a fantasy.
What the OPDO desperately need is a catalyst for real change, i.e a real strong army that can fight the Tigre colonial army at every corner of Oromia and liberate the OPDO from it’s servitude position. The Oromo people know that taking back their lands designated as Malasa Zenawi’s park is not enough.
They know that the Tigre still work with American lobbying firms and receive military, intelligence and financial help in the name of fighting Islamic terrorists. They have also established league of friendship with communist china, Korea, Japan and with entire western governments.
When it comes to the so called coalition party known as the EPRDF, the Tigreans fully control it’s executive, judicial and legislative bodies and they have full power to tax and to regulate the country’s commerce, amend rules or make new ones as they wish.
Although the role of these puppet organizations is limited giving impression as though they represent their ethnic groups, the three of them are used by the TPLF to undermine OPDO’s demands. For that reason, the OPDO has no option but act as if it has full sovereignty and the federal government could do nothing in Oromia without its approval. But in reality the OPDO can’t even demand that afaan Oromo to become the working language of the empire. When they did, the minority tribes led by the Tigre boys unanimously approved that Finfinnee was created by Minilik’s slaves, hence it belongs to all people. They even went to as far as saying that Oromians demand to make afaan Oromo the working language of the empire will destroy the federation.
One way or the other, the Tigre boys argument that a strong central government with sufficient authority is needed continue to make the OPDO insignificant group that speaks for the Tigreans power by representing certain geographic area of empire Ethiopia. So, regardless of the OPDO hiding her vulnerability, the Tigreans will remain to be supreme leaders of the empire they named a “perfectly united country.”
So, here is what’s next!
1. The Oromo people don’t believe that they are represented in the Tigre ruled false federation
2. The delegates who occupy chairs in the Tigre parliament are not elected by people
3. Empire Ethiopia is weak economically and politically
4. The Tigreans are rich but everyone is poor
5. The national treasury is empty of hard currency
6. Inflation is rampant and Birr is nearly worthless
7. The trade deficit is staggering
At the face of all these challenges, the Tigre boys still act strong and victorious. Instead of reacting timidly because of all the problems stated above and many more, they will continue to ignore until the Oromo forces crash their Somali mercenaries, overcome the ongoing ethnic cleansing and genocide against thousands of Oromians who were killed, evicted and jailed in Jijigaa, Qallaffoo, Dagahabur and many parts of Ogadenia, in southern and eastern Oromia.
Although the Tigre boys understand that they are facing a staggering obstacles in Oromia and the Amhara region, they will continue to stick around as long as they have strong military and factional puppet organization that claim to represent the Amhara, southern people and Ogadenia. The dilemma that the Tigre boys can’t overcome is their inability to reconcile the irresolvable differences on how to allocate the ingredients of national power between large and small states.
The TPLF have already copied the chines parliamentary system and made herself the monarchy of her puppet parties known as the EPRDF. Along that, the fact that fifty million Oromians still feel that they are living under slavery is essential to make the dying empire’s politics repulsive.
Deeming they remain in power essential to the Tigre tribe economic success, the Tigre boys will remain faithful to their agenda of creating greater Tigrai, so, no TPLF member would oppose to the genocide they are committing in Oromia. They were fearful that if let power slip out of their hands before Tigrai is entirely developed, the opposition would unite and kill their efforts. Mean time, this type of proceeding obviously impossible inside the OPDO. There is irony in the fact that the group which was created to protect the interest of the Oromo people and their right can’t do much even in underground setting. In an open, they will continue to act as though they would not tolerate the TPLF aggression even if they can’t do anything when the TPLF shoots and kills the Oromo people everywhere.If the minority tribes occupying several hundred chairs inside the Tigre parliament continue to vote in favor of the Tigre interest at this pivotal time when the Oromians are being killed, the fragile base of the rotten empire will continue to diminish by the forceful Oromo movement.
Mean time, a chance that the OPDO and the TPLF have to put aside their sectional differences and build new loyalties to agree on a strong central government is slim. Timely events are persuasive of such need but since the OPDO will not be able to recover from the humiliation it faced at national level. As such, the OPDO may assist the Oromo rebellion against the TPLF to increase it’s frightening prospect and draw it back into the orbit of the limited power they had shared in the past.