Sunday, December 15, 2013

Effort to Unify QC-OLF and Shanee-OLF Dead, Say Insiders


By Gurraacho Silgaa

Since the OLF split into Transitional Authority (QC) and Shanee Gumii (SG) in 2001, the concept of reconciliation has emerged as a central theme of political discourse within the Oromo community in the diaspora. Reconciliation has been promoted as a way of re-directing Oromo resources and energy that is being wasted on in-fighting and toward challenging and eventually defeating Ethiopian colonialism.  The hope was, and remains to be, that the splintered organization – the OLF that is – will again become one, united in its purpose, in its structure, in its function and in its processes, made stronger and thereby play the midwifery role expected from it in the re-birth of an independent and democratic Oromo state.
An encouraging sign in that direction emerged last year after over a decade of demand by the wider Oromo populace, during which the OLF performed more self-replication and internal bickering than it did anything else. I am talking about a “Memorandum of Understanding and Agreements” between the OLF Transitional Authority (QC) and the OLF Shanee Gumii (SG) issued on November 20, 2012. At the time many commentators questioned whether that    “understanding” was destined to join on the Internet the various previous “understandings” reached among the different Oromo organizations but came to naught or it would be a “real deal” worth the limited accolade it received from the Oromo Diaspora.

I hoped, and prayed, that it would be the later for the sake of our people and for this much loved organization for which the Oromo people’s respect has been eroding for the last twenty years.

Months after a global tour by the two factions to introduce their agreement and garner public support for it, and despite the eagerness of the Oromo public to learn the fate of their agreement, no news or progress report has been forthcoming. Thirteen (13) months after the hastily put together and announced “memorandum of Understanding,” time has proved that this one is no different from the “memorandums of understandings” among Oromo political oganizations that preceded it. Just like many before it, the QC-Shanee “understanding” remained on the Internet without amounting to anything on the ground.

The lofty assertions and promises made in their “memorandum of understanding” such as “we have resolved our differences”, “we are determined to revitalize the national struggle for liberation”, and their “agreement” to reunite their forces and combine their resources remained just that: a series of lofty pronouncements devoid of any substance.

Reliable sources inform this writter that the QC-Shanee “memorandum of understanding” is now dead and buried over who should become the Chairman (Hayyuu Duree) of the newly merged OLF. The details are sketchy at this time but both sides claimed chairmanship of the organization and refused to compromise. They are currently engaged in recriminations blaming the other side of causing the unification effort to flounder and eventually fail.

Those close to the unification effort say they are not surprised at all by such turn of events. They say such an outcome was a foregone conclusion right from the very beginning for two reasons.

The first is the fact that both sides excluded their very members from discussions and decisions on such an important matter which had the potential of merging the long separated factions. All during the talks, members on both sides knew what was going on just as much as the general public - which is to say almost nothing. As a result, members had no opportunity to push their leaders to compromise when necessary or to help device new strategies to bring the talks to a successful conclusion or at least question their leaders’ decisions. As one member of the QC group put it in afaan Oromoo, the attitude of the leaders on both sides is “Kan wal lolus hooggana, kan araaramus hooggana, miseensi maal keessaa qabaa? Yoo loli jedhan loluu malee! Yoo dhiisi jedhan dhiisuu malee!”

The second reason, according to those on the inside, is the insatiable appetite by both sets of leaders for power and the want to hold on to power for as long as possible. Based on the constitution of the OLF, say those on the inside, both sets of leaders have over stayed their mandate by over five (5) years.  In an organization which takes democracy seriously, these leaders would be considered illegitimate leaders. The national congress of both factions, required by the constitution to be convened and elect new leaders every four years is overdue by five years. Some say it is no surprise that such leaders with no deeply held conviction and upholding of democracy (free, fair and periodic elections) and democratic norms resist giving up power for the higher good of the Oromo struggle thereby causing the unification effort to fail. These are the same leaders who despite remaining in power for many years failed to advance the struggle in the last two decades and noting more should be expected from them.
 

In the humble opinion of this writer, unification and strengthening of the OLF is of a paramount importance to the Oromo struggle for liberation. However, the unification of these factions would be meaningless unless the underlying purpose is the advancement of the Oromo struggle and achievement of the Oromo people’s aspiration. Having the survival and staying in power of the current leaders as the overriding primary point of negotiations will not serve the interest of the Oromo people nor of their struggle but the narrow interests of those leaders.

Under these leaders, the OLF has been jumping from crisis to crisis for the last two decades and nothing to show in the way of achievements. In fact, I would argue it went backward over the same time period. It is a miracle that it has survived this long with nothing more to show than its accomplishments from over twenty years ago. Today, it is not an exaggeration to say that the OLF is surviving only in name and in the hearts of the masses.

If the OLF is to survive and thrive, it needs to be a well-functioning organization - what it definitely is not at the present time. To become such an organization, it needs to look for dynamic leadership in the younger generation of Oromos not encumbered by any personal issues among the current leaders. Such new and younger leadership has a better chance of unifying the OLF factions, of re-making the organization and of building capabilities and processes consistent with the OLF mission: the advancement of the struggle and eventual achievement of Oromo people’s aspiration for an independent Oromia and a free Oromo people.

Oromia shall be free!

Have your say!

47 comments:

Anonymous said...

You must be stupid to have believed it was a possibility in the first place. But a good piece.

Anonymous said...

The problem is the so called leaders. Peroid.
The SG always comfortible with thier
(Soddaas) Amhara and eretireans- tea/coffee bodies. if anyone think they are caring for Oromo cause as regular Oromos do, we are kidding ourselves. They are only for themselves. what have they done for the Oromo people lately. don't count on them my people. they are no Nelson Mandela. they are qixxaa fallowers, sorry to say.

Anonymous said...

by the way there were true oromo leadres in the past such as Taddasa Birru, Waqoo Guutu but and than those sitt in thier villas in foriegn country and have nothing to show for the last 20+years. they are concer to Oromo strugle we need to find cure for it. go a way we can't depend on you or trust you. you love your life so much not willing to do what Mandela or Gandi and Dr. King did for thier people. look at yourselves and reexamine what you have been doing to Oromo people not for them. 20 years since you settled in Asmera and you have nothing to show for it, but division and backward and (gufuu)to Oromo cause.

Anonymous said...

Get rid of these people and star over with young generation. They willl shake the whole world. Its time for qubee generation to take over.

Gdbe said...

No matter how, Oromo will be united. These post many different names that true Oromos never know, please stop it. That has be chronic pain to many of us, and now the time is different; We, new generation of Oromo people, will keep straightening what has been bent by many of our misleaders. There will never be good news for our enemies anymore. Please, let’s work internally; stop exposing all that you see, hear, or even suspect about Oromo. Try not to blame any Oromo organization. You might have a lot to see about your feelings; try not to be judged accordingly.

Thank you all for standing for our Unity!

Oromia Will Be Free!!

Anonymous said...

I know the write. He he was Shanee turned ODF who has a fear of OLF re-unification. His fear is out of the fact that the unity and the strength of OLF will render ODF useless and throw them in the dust bin of history. Otherwise, the unification is on the right truck and soon, this writer will be embarrassed.

Anonymous said...

This guy is disgruntled,chauvinist, arrogant, divisive, regionalist,"I know it all." and working for the enemy now. He has been liking OLF secrete to Ethiopian embassy in Washington.

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous above: Do you work for Ethiopian Embassy? how do you know? Who is telling you this? Ethiopian Embassy? Akka Oroomon jedhu, yeroo quba tokko namatti qabanii, quba afurtu namatti galagala. Stop fabricating cheap rumors. Support your accusations with evidence if you want us to belive.

Anonymous said...

Namni December 16, 2013 at 5:15:00AM EST barreesite.
If you had a valuable evidence to help your argument on your hand you would have posted it by now. The fact that you are naming names, accuse and spread rumors tells me you have nothing valuable on your hand. Fakkaruu dhiisi waan qabdu as baasi.

tiruneh bonni said...


I have been waiting for the reunification of OLF groups for months, years and years. And still and again I am hearing that they did not work their assignment yet.It is frustrating and very sad, The reunification pross never ever take this long. I am very sorry about the process and this sad news.

BAL'INAA said...

I hope they will agree with your proposal:f the OLF is to survive and thrive, it needs to be a well-functioning organization - what it definitely is not at the present time. To become such an organization, it needs to look for dynamic leadership in the younger generation of Oromos not encumbered by any personal issues among the current leaders. Such new and younger leadership has a better chance of unifying the OLF factions, of re-making the organization and of building capabilities and processes consistent with the OLF mission: the advancement of the struggle and eventual achievement of Oromo people’s aspiration for an independent Oromia and a free "Oromo people.
even , if they have to disagee with your verdict "....Dead."

Anonymous said...

those who say, give power to young generation, I have question. Those who you claim to young generation are in diaspora or in Oromia? Leadership of liberation is from the field of straggle not in foreign universities. you have to be guerrilla fighter not cheap talkers on internet or TV. It takes courage to go to field not soliciting scholarship or designing cartoons. Leaders emerge from bottom as simple members up their way not imposed how much they talk or pretend to be fighters. It needs guts to show determination not simple intention.

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot for this big info.which most Oromo needs to know n looking for ward to hear stronger n United olf

Anonymous said...

The idea of getting rid of this useless leaders is the first step of unifying n creating stronger olf. They should also banned from any Oromo politics.

Anonymous said...

To me if we want to go for ward as oromo people, we need more than discussing only about OLF. Let we do what we can, whrere we can, be it organized as a community. Then we can put pressure them to do politics for oromo people, than sticking on the power.
Thank you

Anonymous said...

The comment written on December 16. 2.08 pm is a reality and acceptable, so those who wants bilisumma, don't wait, go and join WBO, dhiirumman kana, kana ta' uu baa nan, calisiitii bitami,nagaan

Anonymous said...

To the Anonymous who commented on December 16, 2013 at 3:35:00 PM EST,

You say "Leadership of liberation is from the field of straggle not in foreign universities. you have to be guerrilla fighter not cheap talkers on internet or TV." Wehre do you think do the current QC and Shanee leaders live? DOn't you think Nairobi, London and Stockholm (QC) and Asmara, Washington and Melbourne, Australia(Shanee) are foreign lands? What do you think they do there? You think they are fighting a guerilla war? No! They are watching TV too. You try to point one of your fingers to others not knowing that four of them are pointing at your leaders.

Asalam Aleikum

Anonymous said...

That's y the should go n replaced by new generation.then when the visionary leaders are elected,Oromo people home n abroad are ready more than anytime.

Anonymous said...

What about women. By saying "dhiirmman", you are neglecting women. So, please say namuumaa and encourage our men and women as we fall signifucanly short with women.

Anonymous said...

I undersand you concerns. But, you need to know that intellectual commcommunicatio, planning sstrategies, and most importantly, saving on resources require effective research, communication and diplomatic relation with other world communities.
Well, reaching out and contributing in guerilla on the ground is also important. So, please do your home work and spread constructive comments

Anonymous said...

I am flabbergasted by the fact that OLF members allow their leaders to over stay their mandate for over five years. This is a group of Oromos which is supposed to be the most politically conscious and with above average understanding that power intosticates and therefore insistent on democracy (free, fair and periodic elections). If they allow this in their organization, it is very likely that they will tolerate and even support dictatorship if and when they become a government. That worries me a lot because it can plunge us into a civil war. Is oppression by one of your kind better than oppression by a foreigner - a colonizer in the case of the habasha? I personally don't think so. OLF members need to wake up and change this situation - insist on democracy within their organization before we can trust them with Oromiyaa government.

Solan

Anonymous said...

All of them are the same, as long as Lencho is represented by his brother and Isayas the soul decision maker for the Shane group nothing wil happen guys don't wast your time. The only way Oromos will be librated is by the Qube generation if at all they are able to close the chapter of expecting Shane and QC to lead our people to libration. The so called leader from both comps are good for nothing, they are done long time ago even before the joined transitional gov. with Wayyanee. OLF was finished when true militants were murdered by reactionaries from with inn.

Anonymous said...

It could be my wish full thinking but there still is a chance that OLF can revive. The members can save their Organization if they become vigilant and creative. They might have to start talking to each other and to members of other Oromo Organizations like ULFO. Who knows what will come out of discussions. Regardless of what these so called leaders say or do, members should put pressure on them and get things done. Some times the public has to take the leading role.

Anonymous said...

Even though the writer did not provide any credible evidence on what he is writing, but he raised a genuine suspicion. The unification of OLF should not take this long. As far as we know they agreed on kayyoo walbummaa fi bilisummaa oromiya. that is it. According to some that was the main disagreement. They why not agree.

Luck of agreement and taking to much time when there is no disagareement shows that they are not putting their people's interest ahead of theirs.

Please put your interest behind. Be reasonable and genuine in what you say and do,

Unite now or Waraabo will come back eat the remnant of you.

Anonymous said...

It seem all commentators agree that old leaders in Asmara and cities of the world are not really leaders but misleaders. therefore its time for qubee generation to take the throne. They, the self serving so called leaders or those who jump from Shane,jijjiiram to ODF need to retire and let Oromo people chose-find thier true leaders who is willing to go to jail or even die for the cause of Oromo people. Mandela, Dr. King and Gandi. Non of these so called leaders can claim that.

Abdiisaa Guutuu said...

With the presence of Dr Taaddasaa Eebbaa who is diehard supporter and messenger of Leencoo Lataa and his brother Abbaa Caalaa in Shanee Gumii, how have we first of all expected the project of reuniting OLF to succeed?

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous who is claiming "the current OLF leaders have many members and supporters who are ready to die executing their orders". Do you truly believe people will die executing orders of leaders who 1) are giving orders from their bed rooms in Kenya or Europe. How can you be sure about this when you haven't given such orders (to kill an enemy) in years. When was the last time you passed such orders? When was the last time you shot at enemy? By enemy I mean the real enemy of the Oromo people, the wayyanee government, not the poor Oromo refugees in Nairobi. 2) The leadership has already lost its legitimacy. According to the OLF by law your time is up and you are no longer a leader. The moment you ask for a bigger sacrifice than few bucks a month all kind of questions will come up including your legitimacy, unproductiveness, luck of leadership skills, luck of strong work ethics, dictatorship,...
Real leaders do lead by example, if you go back to the forest of Oromiya to fight a woyyane government I will be the first one to support you, otherwise you are just another refugee just like myself. The difference is I work hard and supports myself and family and the Oromo cause as much as I can, I don’t claim to be a leader or a hero. I know my limitations. What about you? What have you accomplished in the last 10 years? You have to earn the kind of leader you are hopping to be where your members a and supporters are willing to die executing your orders. You can’t have it both ways.

Anonymous said...

To a fool who is asking, do you have someone to die for you? No one will die for you, not even your son/daughter. People including Oromos might be willing to die for their country or their cause but not for some one else. Definetly not for lazy and corupt leader like yourself.

Anonymous said...

They r failed n failed Oromo people .that's y they should be replaced by new face with new vision.and also they should apologize to Oromo people for not admiting their failure.I just get back from oromia n people still craving for olf sadly.we must do something for the sake of dying Oromo people who keep on losing their land n dignity.

Anonymous said...

All of you who talks about Oromo division, QC, shanee ODF... are all trash. Garaa keechaniif biyya alaatti baqattanii garaa irratti wal-loltu! Saroota qofa. Mee namni anatu caala jedhu gadi bahee yaa dubbatu!

Anonymous said...

Obbo Guraachoo Silgaa;

Allow me to disagree with you that one man staying in leadership position causes organizational weakness. Should the OLF was left in the hands of General Jarraa abbaa Gadaa, Badhoo Dachasaa and the like, it would have scored stronger result than the EPLF and the TPLF. This is to say that what weakened the OLF was obboo Lenco Lata's take over the OLF and systematically weaken it from within.

Regarding having one man or a group of individuals controlling the OLF and the weakness that followed, I would say that reality shows the opposite. Where in the world the liberation organization elected new leaders or passed power down to new generation?

We can go back to the era of the nomadic rebels leaders who brought down the Roman empire to the times of socialist movements, to eras of Hochimini, Fidel Castro, Mandela, Mugabe, Keniyata, and many others and all of these men started the movement and came to power and they are still at it. Take Mogabe for example. Further, the southern Sudanese liberation organization leader Garang, Eritrea's leader Isayas and TPLF's entire leadership never stepped down from their position to win the battle against the Darg army and the OLF can't be any different from these organizations.

Further more, the jihadist organization leaders remain the same as Yasir Arafat who fought the Israeli organization most of his life and all of them were successful. Most amazing are the Taliban leaders who dress in their own style, fight their own way and the entire world army, NATO and the Pentagon the force that couldn't crash them the same way little Tigre army was able to crash the giant Oromo people. Not only the Taliban, but the abbaa Hareedaas successfully triggered America’s ill-conceived global war on terror and sabotaged America and led it to deplete it's resources across the glob. That's why they occupy Hurso, Djibouti and other army bases they have across the world.

This is to say that liberation organization rather get tougher the more they gain experience. Hence, the OLF weakness is not attributed to one man or group holding to power but because of lack of focus and lack of insufficient organizational skills. We remember the political game which the OLF tried to play since it was kicked out of the country and the wrong perception it's leaders held regarding nation building and stripped legitimacy away from themselves.

The truth is, plenty of literatures give advice on how to beat the occupying force such as the TPLF but of course something different need to be done in order to crash the enemy. For example, the struggle against Napoleon in the Iberian peninsula; Greece’s war for independence against the Ottomans; the wars of unification in Italy and various uprisings against colonial powers, such as the slave revolt against the French that led to the foundation of the Republic of Haiti In the 20th century has been successful because it was led by determined leaders and it was successful.

Therefore, what is important to recognize here is that every liberation struggle has different formula and the OLF failure might be directly linked to their effort to copy other's formula.

To be continued...........

Rundassa Asheetee Hunde

Anonymous said...

To me it doesn't matter if the failure of olf is directly linked to copying others formula of liberation,enough is enough n let's not just bit them up n find the way to liberate the natination we all belong to.

Anonymous said...

Obbo Rundaasa, I don't see the point you raised and you disagree with in the article. The main point of the article is about unity and strengthening the Organization and the luck of it. I cut and pasted the point from the article bellow. As a reader I argue that the leaders you listed such as Castro,Isayas achieved their goal and defeated their enemy because of their leadership skills and strong Organization they had not because they cling to power. Clinging to power perhaps came later. Bupha moo lukkutu dursa?
BTW, To be a good leader you don’t have to be a dictator but this is point for another discussion.

"In the humble opinion of this writer, unification and strengthening of the OLF is of a paramount importance to the Oromo struggle for liberation. However, the unification of these factions would be meaningless unless the underlying purpose is the advancement of the Oromo struggle and achievement of the Oromo people’s aspiration. Having the survival and staying in power of the current leaders as the overriding primary point of negotiations will not serve the interest of the Oromo people nor of their struggle but the narrow interests of those leaders.


Under these leaders, the OLF has been jumping from crisis to crisis for the last two decades and nothing to show in the way of achievements. In fact, I would argue it went backward over the same time period. It is a miracle that it has survived this long with nothing more to show than its accomplishments from over twenty years ago. Today, it is not an exaggeration to say that the OLF is surviving only in name and in the hearts of the masses.

If the OLF is to survive and thrive, it needs to be a well-functioning organization - what it definitely is not at the present time. To become such an organization, it needs to look for dynamic leadership in the younger generation of Oromos not encumbered by any personal issues among the current leaders. Such new and younger leadership has a better chance of unifying the OLF factions, of re-making the organization and of building capabilities and processes consistent with the OLF mission: the advancement of the struggle and eventual achievement of Oromo people’s aspiration for an independent Oromia and a free Oromo people."

Anonymous said...

why reconciliation 100 times????
Unification is not working.
We believe in action. If one out five does something good, that is the one we need. Oromo people must aware of those nonsense politicians who because of them many people dead.

Anonymous said...

Kanneen biyya alaa teenyee Shanee fi QA ABO balaaleffannu kanneen seexaa Oromummaa fi qaanyii hin qabne, akkasumas kabajaa namaaf hin qabnee dha. Warra jiruu fi jireenya isaanii qabsoo kanaaf wareege caalaa, computera jala ta'uun qabsoo kanaaf kan dhimminu yeroo fakkaannu kan nu amanu akka hin jirre beekuu qabna. Dhugaa dubbachuu malle malee of-goyyoomsuu hin malle.

Anonymous said...

Yaa Anonymous keenyaa,"Kanneen biyya alaa teenyee Shanee fi QA ABO balaaleffannu" Yeroo jettu, Isaan (QC fii Shaneen) eessa jiru jetta? Isaanis biyyuma ala jiru bari. Hooganni QC fii shane biyya Auroppaa, Ameeriikaa, yoo fagaate biyya Kenyaa fii Eritrea jiru. Daggala Oromiyaa keessa jiratan ta'e waanni ati jettu kun amma tokko iddo qabachu danda'a ta'a. Badiin hoogganni Oromo tokko dalagu ykn itti gaafatama inni guutu dhiisu jiruu fii jirenyaa ummata miliona 40 affect gaaga'a bari. Hoogganumman itti gafatama gudda dha. Kan itti gaafatama sana bakkan ga'u dadhabee, delivery gochu dadhabee, QBO taakku tokko achi butuu dadhabee hooganni beeka fii cimaan kana hubatee hogana duran of jalatti gudisee yoo qabatee bakka buusa. QC fii shaneen garuu hooganna of jalatti guddisaa deeman qabu natti infkaatu. Kanaf, utuu bakka ireversible ta'e ingaiin, ABO fii Dhaabooleen Oromo kaan bilisumma Oromotti amanan walitti dhufanii crisis kana manage gochuu yaaluun waan filmata inqabne. Utu galanni badii dhufaa jiru yoo ija fii gurra irra cufatan, galanni badii dhufa inoolu haxa'ee dhuma deemu saati. Bidiruu badii kana jalaa ittin bahan jaaru dhaaf ABO hundii fiii dhaabooleen Oromo bilisumma/birmadumma Oromiyaatti amamnan walitti dhufanii itti boba'u qabuu.

Anonymous said...

Kan na dura dubatte dubbi fixeti jira.Namni jara ala jiru habaaru kun ofii immo eessa jira? Moo akuma koo gurra duuchadha ijas jaamsadha, sammu keessanis adoocha. Badii dhufa jiru in laalina, ibsaa dhaamsa , dukkana keessa jiracha jecha jira.
Yaa obboleesso galatoomi. Gurachoo Silgas galata qabda. Waanuma sammu Oromoo keessa jiru xiinxaltee,bareechite barreesite malee dhoksaa ati gadi baafte injiru. Isaa ittin maqa sii xuressu yaalanif gurra cufadhu. Ibsaa ati ibsitu warraa dhaamsuu yaalutu jira hubadhu, ibsaan sii harka inkufiin, umuriin kee haa dheeratu.

Anonymous said...

Yaa Anonymous December 19, 2013 at 4:52:00 AM EST barreessite -

"Kanneen biyya alaa teenyee Shanee fi QA ABO balaaleffannu..." kan jette, ormoonni ana dura barreessan deebii gahaa siif kennanii jiru. Ha ta'u malee, gaaffii tokkoon siif qaba. Hoogganootin ati jattu kun osoo jiruu fi jireenya saanii kennanii jiraatanii magaalota biyya ambaa keessaa maal hojjetuu? Hoogganoota keessan kan balleesse isin bar! Isa isaan hojjetaniif galateeffachaa bakka isaan balleessanitti qeequu dhiifttanii akka waqaatti isaan ilaalttu. Offi qeequu dhiisaati yoo namnni qeeqellee namicha qeeqe irratti duulttu. "Ummata Oromoo dammaqisina" jettanii yeroo yaaddan fi haasofttan qaana'uu qabddu. Kan dammaqinsi barbaachisu isin miseensota saanii ti. Ofii boodatti hafttanii, ummata Oromoos afaan qabddanii boodatti hanbisuu yaalttu. Habadan, hin dandeessan!

Aslam Aleikum!

Anonymous said...

This comment is directly to a person commented on Dec 19 @ 4 52am. If u don't criticize ,u must be one of them. If u can't comment,don't bother .this people are nothing but wast of time n wast of resources.we need a change so that they must go. U can go to hell with them since u r them anyways.

Oromo said...

"The second reason, ............., is the insatiable appetite by both sets of leaders for power and the want to hold on to power for as long as possible.

My argument is not against the entire definition of the cause and effect of the Oromo liberation Front that the writer had pointed out. What I was pointing out is the conventional meaning of democracy, free and fair election stuff because demanding such thing in case of the OLF alone is arbitrary for many reasons. In my opinion, there are thousands of reasons for the inadequacies of the OLF and trying to demonstrate the futility of lack of free and fair election inside the OLF will not pass a litmus test. For instance, if I ask the writer what conducive social and political environment did he try to produce in order to transform our Shawaa and Wallga localist consciousness into Oromo nationalism, I don't think he can give me a good answer for it. Similarly, if I ask what effort he has made to cool off the overheating opportunist religious temperature that is engulfing Oromia today so that those Oromians who adhere to our original world view are not insulted as Galla.. Pagan and Kufar, he would probably ignore my question.

When that happens, for the same reason the ethino-centrist Hbashas should not be allowed to talk about unity, democracy and equality, most of us have no morale ground to criticize the OLF for not being able to adopt democratic culture inside it because the OLF leaders and members are the product of our society themselves. The truth is, we all are fake nationalists as much the Habashas are full-fledged racists.

Karl Marx wrote... "for the followers of different religions, only their respective religion is ordained by God, whereas all other religions are nothing but superstitions". Similarly, each of us argue that our views are correct and feel that we are entitled to retort our own definition of Oromo nationalism, not knowing how harmful our support to modern spying networks known as Pentecostalism is. Further more, our Shawaa, Harar, Arsi, Wallgaa, Shawa labels that we uphold as our true identities have shaped our colorful life, the color we subconsciously preferred to be identified with not noticing the fact that these colors make us a part of those cruel breast cutters and arm mutilators. Our current standard identities by which the Tigre rulers call us are Semen Shawa, Mi'rab Shawa, Misiraq Shawa, Mi'rab Wallaga etc. We the so called nationalists never resist this but willingly identify ourselves with it and equally polarized and antagonized Oromummaa.

My point here is, let's get rid off these fake identities and become an Oromo first before we talk about power transfer and democracy. Otherwise, we will not be able to tolerate one another incase we are able to establish an indented state of Oromia.

What we lack is a worthwhile level of intellectual discussion without descent into finger pointing squabbles. If are not willing to combat localism and our borrowed religious adherents, we will never be able to raise our consciousness and grow to a new standard. By using populist stances and simplistic methods of struggle, we spent 22 years singing the chorus of atavistic nationalism allowing the Tigreans to build large spying net work, business empire and large military by which they defend their wealth for the coming 100 years.

Oromo said...

"The second reason, ............., is the insatiable appetite by both sets of leaders for power and the want to hold on to power for as long as possible.

My argument is not against the entire definition of the cause and effect of the Oromo liberation Front that the writer had pointed out. What I was pointing out is the conventional meaning of democracy, free and fair election stuff because demanding such thing in case of the OLF alone is arbitrary for many reasons. In my opinion, there are thousands of reasons for the inadequacies of the OLF and trying to demonstrate the futility of lack of free and fair election inside the OLF will not pass a litmus test. For instance, if I ask the writer what conducive social and political environment did he try to produce in order to transform our Shawaa and Wallga localist consciousness into Oromo nationalism, I don't think he can give me a good answer for it. Similarly, if I ask what effort he has made to cool off the overheating opportunist religious temperature that is engulfing Oromia today so that those Oromians who adhere to our original world view are not insulted as Galla.. Pagan and Kufar, he would probably ignore my question.

When that happens, for the same reason the ethino-centrist Hbashas should not be allowed to talk about unity, democracy and equality, most of us have no morale ground to criticize the OLF for not being able to adopt democratic culture inside it because the OLF leaders and members are the product of our society themselves. The truth is, we all are fake nationalists as much the Habashas are full-fledged racists.

Karl Marx wrote... "for the followers of different religions, only their respective religion is ordained by God, whereas all other religions are nothing but superstitions". Similarly, each of us argue that our views are correct and feel that we are entitled to retort our own definition of Oromo nationalism, not knowing how harmful our support to modern spying networks known as Pentecostalism is. Further more, our Shawaa, Harar, Arsi, Wallgaa, Shawa labels that we uphold as our true identities have shaped our colorful life, the color we subconsciously preferred to be identified with not noticing the fact that these colors make us a part of those cruel breast cutters and arm mutilators. Our current standard identities by which the Tigre rulers call us are Semen Shawa, Mi'rab Shawa, Misiraq Shawa, Mi'rab Wallaga etc. We the so called nationalists never resist this but willingly identify ourselves with it and equally polarized and antagonized Oromummaa.

My point here is, let's get rid off these fake identities and become an Oromo first before we talk about power transfer and democracy. Otherwise, we will not be able to tolerate one another incase we are able to establish an indented state of Oromia.

What we lack is a worthwhile level of intellectual discussion without descent into finger pointing squabbles. If are not willing to combat localism and our borrowed religious adherents, we will never be able to raise our consciousness and grow to a new standard. By using populist stances and simplistic methods of struggle, we spent 22 years singing the chorus of atavistic nationalism allowing the Tigreans to build large spying net work, business empire and large military by which they defend their wealth for the coming 100 years.

Anonymous said...

What a stupidity for hear criticism from those who have never thrown a stone to the enemy leave alone bullet. These leaders have many honorable things to show to the world. Does Gurraacha Silgaa have any thing to show to the world when it comes to Oromo liberation struggle. "Yaa afaanii jette, funnaan afaaniin gadi ilaaltee." Osoo haga geenyu beekne haalaan dansa. Kanneen wareegama hedduu itti kafale , waa'ee qabsoo kanaa kan yaadnu fakkaachuun gogaa boowuu dha malee dhugaa miti. Of-tuulummaa keenya kana dhiifnee, obsaan, seeraan fi sirnaan hoogganoota ABO fi ABO haa jabeessinu. Kanneen of irratti, lammii isaanii irratti, jaarmaa isaanii fi hoogganoota isaanii irratti amantii hin qabnetu alagaatti gala;alagaa irraahis furmaata eeggata. Eennu akka taanee fi hagam akka geenyu osoo beeknee fi safuu qabaanne, computera jala teenye jagnoota Oromoo wareegama hagana hin jedhamne nuuf jedhanii kaffalan hin arabsinu. Kun addaggummaa fi guddisi badummaa dha malee qabsichaaf yaadamee miti. Kan qabsichaaf yaadu, ummata Oromoo kabaju, seenaa qabsoo Oromoo kan haga ammaatti boonu fi fuuldureen qabsichaaf dhimmu, obsaan, seeraan fi sirnaan hojjetee dadhabiinsa jiru sirreessa malee, wanneen haga ammaatti dhiigaan gadi dhaabbatan haadhee buqqisuuf, irriba hin dhabu. Kan qaanyii, sirna dhablummaa, addaggummaa, of-tuulummaa, safuu dhablummaa, hinaaffaa fi diinummaa dha.

Anonymous said...

Kan December 20, 2013 at 4:22:00 AM EST fii December 19, 2013 at 4:52:00 AM EST barreesiite.
Maal akkas araba baduun? "Addagee, guddisi badii" jette yeroo nama arbasitu inqaanoftu. Society guddate keessatti arabanii akkassi bakka inqabu. Yoo yaada kanan mormu qabaatte in a civilzed way fiditi argue godhi akka obboleyyan biroo. Gurachoon arbsaatti ofii kee off qaanessa fii xiqqeesa jirta. Eenyuuma kee illee bakka baasa jirta. Namnii kana laale eenyyu akka taate baru danda'a qaanoftee nu inqaanessin. Dhaabichas inqaneessin.

Anonymous said...

"What a stupidity for hear criticism from those who have never thrown a stone to the enemy leave alone bullet."
Are you saying throwing a stone or firing a bullet to enemy should give you immunity to criticism? Leaders just like ordinary people should be accountable for their deed regardless of their position and past contributions.
Why are you afraid of and resist criticism anyways? As a revolutionary organization which you claim to be, OLF should embrace criticism and make use of it. It is for your own benefit,for your own survival as Oroganization.

Anonymous said...

Gurraacha Silgaa is a very effective writer and an analyst who was defending the ideology of independent state of Oromia during those dark days when you were singing the Ethiopian unification song with others. Now that the Oromia independence ideology became popular again (at least on the paper), He welcomes the change of heart and advocates for unification of independent Oromo forces and strengthening the OLF. This is what I see in his current article and Yes, Guraachoo has many things to show when it comes to Oromo liberation struggle. This is for an Anonymous who throws an attack to the writer almost every morning around 4-5 AM EST.

Anonymous said...

If QBO fail it is not the leaders of shanee and QC who are at fault.

It is the idiots who dream that their unity would liberate oromia. History has no example of a country being liberated while her leaders are enjoying hamburgers in foreign countries.

I am personally strongly AGAINST agreement of any contentious issue by oromo "leaders"(if any) by the two groups because such an issue likely needs decision by popular referendum after liberation in a free country.

So, if there is any issue that can't be agreed upon immediately they MUST leave it to oromo people and move on to the rest from within oromia, if they have genuine liberation of oromia in their hearts, which I do not think they do.

True liberators don't have even one minute time, let alone 20 years in foreign countries.

I advise oromos to focus on those in the field and the youth if they want freedom, or rather work with WAYANE than trusting leaders of shanee, QC, and ODF. They are not less criminals than wayanes, by no means.

Anonymous said...

warri ala ala jettan kun wal beekina. Me asmara fi nairobii jettan sana dhaqaa ta`aa. Aluma kana illee ta`uu dhadhabdanii galtanii woyyanee gabaraa hin jirtanii? Mee hoggani meeqa akkka warreegame ni beektu? Hoogani hunduu du`uu qabaa? Ijjibbaata isaan godhaniin as geessee Afaan banta! Mee qanii keenya wal-hinbeeknu jetanii xibaartuu. Arramuu biyya alaaf jette obboleeti futu hunda. Sarree.

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