Dr.Abiy Ahmed please your “medemer” rhetoric is being abused by anti-diversity & reactionary Abyssinians longing, for so long, for the dead old Ethiopia. We do not want to go back!!
If PM Abiy isn’t really a populist politician obsessed with appeasing everybody by talking confused & contradictory lingo everywhere, he should come out & tell that his “medemer” rhetoric is being abused by anti-diversity & reactionary Abyssinians longing, for so long, for the dead old Ethiopia @awolallo
Today’s Bahar Dar rally, held to support new PM Abiy Ahmed’s reform, is more a rejection of pluralism & diversity than anything else. If this is really people’s idea of ‘Medemer’, we have a big problem. There is no glorious past to return to. We have to imagine a new future. pic.twitter.com/xLO7ZOirlA
— Awol Allo (@awolallo) July 1, 2018
Down Down Abdi Iley!
Abbaa Gadaa Bayyanaa Sanbatoo was in the town. We all had a nice time at the community yesterday.
The Abbaa Gadaa worked hard in establishing the Office of the Oromo Abbaa Gadaas Council in Oromia. He gave us a good lecture on some details about the council. The council has about 250 seats, as per his report.
My understanding from the lecture is that Oromo Abbaa Gadaa Council Office is just an NGO being supported by concerned citizens from Oromia but not an institution of the Oromia state. This is absolutely an acceptable!! The Office of the Oromo Abbaa Gadaa Council should constitutionally be part of the Oromia state institution, with its own objectives and state-allocated budget. We had a good discussion with the leading Oromoa rights activist and author Seenaa Jimjimo about this idea. Seenaa, as passionate she is about reforming the Oromo Gadaa to standards of the 21st century, I’m sure she will take up this point as well in her advocacy work.
As some of us have been digesting this idea for so long here, Oromia state should itself have a bicameral parliament — like the upper and the lower house or much like the house of lords and the house of commons (UK parliament) in the British system. This ought to be the case weather Oromia stays in the Ethiopian federation or out of it.
In Oromia, the current office of the Abbaa Gadaa Council (with all its 250 seats) can be the upper house.
Photo courtesy: Shukri Kasim