Back to Square One. Former Derg Officials Back to their Advising Positions under PM Abiy
By Rundassa Eshete, January 10, 2019
Colonel Abiy Ahmed’s ideals are rooted in a political theory that everyone who lives in empire Ethiopia must follow a single ideology of “Ethiopianism.” But the way he talked about human freedom made him look and sound honest, truthful and benevolent and confused the Oromo people. In other words, by acting as good, loving and virtuous person, Abiy became praiseworthy for a while. The way he explained his mother’s prophecy that he would occupy Minilik’s throne when he grows up, his Churchish Medemer slogan, his fantasies and his ability to eloquently express his ideals produced a hyped up enthusiasm in a country that was suffocated by minority Tigre rule for 27 years. But the return of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) overshadowed his popularity and evoked in him sense of hatred and resentment against the OLF.
Consequently, the old-fashioned Amharic speaking refugees returned to Finfinnee carrying old advises full of violence and subsequent aggression. Goshu Walde, Kasa Kebede, Shimalis Mazengia, Lenco Lata, Dima Nogo, Dawit W. Giworgise and many former Derg officials soon stimulated Abiy with Mangistu H. Mariam’s violent behavior.
Returning home just in time, the Nafxanya’s who had long ago lost hope on the revival of the typical Ethiopia they’ve always envisioned, they helped Abiy to flash on the relevance of their empire and made him a warrior with Minilik soul. As a result, the story of Oromos arms and breasts that were cut off by Minilik became irrelevant and slitting the throat of the OLF army became very important task for him because he was advised to eliminate anyone who challenges his chance to remain in Minilik’s palace. The appointment of women to ministerial positions was part of this political calculous as well. Women are less corrupt and less challenging.
Of course, taking swift action against the Oromo Liberation Army is part of the process of eliminating challenges before the election takes place but OLA end up fighting back with unbounded heroism. Frustrated by inability to crash the OLF army as planned, a seemingly logical and compassionate Abiy started to resemble king Minilik. He also flew to Ambo and promised to develop the city, of course, people have to promise not to protest against the killing, jailing, raping and torturing of hundreds of Oromians in Borana, Gujii, central, southern and western Oromia.
What is most interesting here is that, at the start of Abiy and Lamma’s rise to power, they looked remarkably an Oromo. They often said that their Bosses are not Amharic speaking people, nor the TPLF who manufactured them, but only the Oromo people.
Seeing these men put out over-the-top acting and playing everyone while practicing coldblooded killing, one can only say that Abiy’s political drama has been lyrical as much it is brutal. No one ever thought that Abiy and Lamma would orchestrate coups d’état against the TPLF and then send thousands of soldiers to Borana/Gujii, Bale, west and central Oromia, order them to rain bullets on the Oromo people. No one ever suspected that they would quietly watch when the Shanqilla’s arrows run through the bodies of little children and Oromo women not to mention the millions of Oromians who were evicted out of Jijiga, Moyale, Elkarre and from parts of Bale.
Surely, it’s no coincidence that Abiy became the empire’s leader. The TPLF and the Nafxanyas knew that Abiy considers Oromians cry for Freedom a silly proposition.
Well, Abiy’s ambitious political gamble has payed off so far and even produced exhilarating new-fashioned epic in the hearts of the old fashioned Nafxanyas but his betrayal will result in a bloody violence some day soon.