Dr. Abiy and Lemma has decided to continue TPLF’s genocide against the Oromo people to hold onto power

By Abbaa Ormaa, PhD, December 19, 2018

Like millions of Oromo I watched Ambassador Suleiman Dedefo’s account of the past 28 years of horror. The most shocking (may be not so shocking) part was where he says that Meles and TPLF were “willing to commit genocide” against the Oromo people to stay in power. The ambassador is an honorable man who cared about his people. His story is the story of millions of Oromo.  He witnessed EPRDF massacre thousands of Oromo and thousands of OLF fighters in their camp to force the OLF out of the transitional government when it became apparent that in the presence of the OLF, OPDO is not going to win a fair and free election in Oromia. A precursor to that was a snapshot election that confirmed their nightmare. Unfortunately, they carried out their threat and massacred anyone they thought as OLF. I personally witnessed when one of OLF office was attacked unprovoked.  I wonder now if the OLF should not have taken part in the mock election to disguise its support and wait for the real thing!

Fast forward, today the Oromo people completely rejected OPDO and they are demonstrating an overwhelming support for the Oromo Liberation Front led by Dawud Ibsa. Instead of trying to win the hearts and minds of the Oromo people, there are evidences that team Lemma decided to commit genocide against the Oromo people, because if a free and fair election is to be held, the OLF is going to win. Dr. Abiy and Lemma enlisted team Leencoo, and team Kamal Gelchu to accomplish that. History is repeating itself in front of our eyes. The SAD thing is a person I like, many Oromo regarded, Bekele Garba also selling the Oromo people for whatever reason.

Now the question is what Ambassador Suleiman and other responsible Oromo inside OPDO going to do when their own, afraid of election and the Oromo people, decided to commit genocide to force itself on the Oromo people. Genocide for power is wrong regardless of the party committing it.

The Oromo Liberation Front has to demand before engaging in any further talks with Dr. Abiy’s government that

  1. The military must be removed from the streets of Oromia and go back to their garrisons
  2. Those responsible for the massacres in Moyale, West Oromia, and other places must be brought to justices.
  3. Call for the restructuring of Oromia police and remove the failed leadership to protect the people and mismanaging the Oromia police and Liyu Police and causing them harm
  4. Abiy and Lemma retract their divisive statements and stop from engaging in this dirty tactics.

The Oromo people have no choice but to resist to save their country and children from a looming disaster that already started. The Oromo people are deliberately pushed inland from the boundaries for the last 28 years in the name of limiting the movement of the OLF and team Lemma continued that at a faster rate in the hope of restricting OLF fighters’ movement.

The amazing thing is Dr. Abiy and Lemma are allowing the same TPLF colonels and generals who hold deep grudge against the Oromo people and Qeerroo for bringing down their fascist regime to commit massacre of revenge. This unforgivable crime against the Oromo people.

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  1. December 22, 2018
    I have some points which could somehow support and simultaneously question OLF.
    1. Why the government targets OLF only when there are many other armed groups in the country? Does it disarmed Arbenyoch-Ginbot 7? ONLF? the mysterious group led by Getachew Assefa?

    2. What is guarantee for OLF to disarm its troops given the betrayal committed against it 27 years ago by TPLF and Shabia?

    3. The current ruling party though popular has not been elected by the people and it has no people’s representation to disarm other organizations?

    4. How can we be sure if TPLF or/and other parties (possibly Ginbot 7) is/are not after the ODP-OLF conflict? Still the current government’s military and security members are dominated by TPLF members . I suspect that they are giving wrong advises to the PM. At the sometime I suspect that they are supporting OLF so that the disagreement continues unabated.

    Therefore both ODF and OLF should be wise; they must think many times before they take any action and they should watch what Amhara and Tigre politicians are doing cautiously.


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