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Institutionalized destruction versus desire towards democratization and rule of law


Institutionalized destruction versus desire towards democratization and rule of law

By Dr.Baro Heno Deressa, January 20, 2019

“In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” (MLK). 

After evaluation of our history and humiliation of the Oromo people as an individual and as a nation together with our bloody struggle with millions of sacrifices against these evil acts, I try to re-evaluate the process of our struggle. In the past I fought the colonial rule in different parts of Oromia, I wrote articles against them and I defend my nation interest on the international stage. Now I start to question myself why this big nation comes to this end? What is the process of nature and who are the key players of this empire and how?

To encounter this disarrayed secrecy of our enemy as an Oromo people, we have to redefine our commitment by saying: even if I died in the service of my nation Oromo, I would be proud of it. Every drop of my blood and my brothers and sisters’ blood will contribute to the growth of our nation and make it strong and dynamic. Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice and never is the result of selfishness.

The vision of Oromo liberation Front (OLF) is to fully exercise the rights of self – determination of the Oromo people, other peoples and individual rights in Ethiopia and to see New Federal Republic of Ethiopia where the Oromo people contiguously live with freedom, peace, prosperity; respect for democratic rights of nations and nationalities, and peoples in Ethiopia.

To achieve this core goal, new social contract with other nations and nationalities in the struggle against a brutal and oppressive regime to bring about democracy, rule of law, and respect for human rights, is undeniably beneficial for Oromo people interest and the interests of other nations, nationalities and peoples in Ethiopia. This new social contract will bring a lasting solution and an end to the iron grip of oppression and subjugation on peoples who have been suffering for centuries.

In order to realize this vision, the Oromo liberation Front recently made unconditional peace agreement with the government of Ethiopia. With the strong political support, it enjoys in parts of entire Oromia, OLF is in a good position to challenge ODP at the ballot box.

Now in order to assess the Institutionalized destruction of Ethiopian empire let us look some critical points:

If we truly mean that Ethiopia is for everybody, why the known Ethiopia leaders like Menilik, Haileselase, Mengistu and Meles were killing, torturing, imprisoning and destroying everything that smelt Oromummaa. There had to be some rules in Menilik Palace which give institutionalized order to eradicate Oromo as a people. Again, the proud sons of Oromo people Dr. Abiy and Dr. Lemma left the criminals and thieves in Mekele, Tigray, in peace, small METEC in their armpits in comfortable situation, but start bombing their brave and honest brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers. This episode also confirms the institutionalized order in the Menilik Palace needs Oromo as an individual, but not as organized Oromummaa. 

Did Oromo people wage war against other nations? Did Oromo people claim one Amahara city in Gojam or Gondar or Tigrai? Did Oromo people in organized manner steal, rape or kill 8 years old child of other nations, pregnant women of other nations, Did Oromo people evict other nations from their ancestral land. The answer is big NO, NO, NO, NO NO…… Then:

The answer is the brutal and unfair system of the Ethiopian empire’s long-term strategical policy which is keeping and changing Oromummaa with sabonummaa→to→ gandummaa, abbagarummaa, gadhummaa, haarummaa and gabrummaa.

How did they do that, Oromo people is a great nation??


Service for few: evil elites are aware of the weakness of the majority and the opportunistic view of certain individual in these majority. Again, those elites are critically aware of the fast moving nature of transient consumption and opportunity. Those synergy effect will force the majority to neglect GOD given right in order to fulfill the daily nature myriad demands (house, cloth, food, medication, etc …)

Service for all: majority of the people are unaware of the fox with sheep cloth inside them and expect to fulfill their demands and hope. But the majority trust the government and believe in the government capacity to protect them from harm. Additionally, the majority expect magic remedy to create the bright future. While the step as to be contrary (the people have to take responsibility, share their idea with government and create synergy method to fulfill their demand through mutual understanding).

So, the Ethiopian empire was built on elite from certain groups. Those groups work tirelessly, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 360 days a year to preserve the untouched and holy Ethiopia. According to their definition, holy means killing and destroying all concurrent idea’s, critic or comment out of the certain groups’ elite vision. The vision of those certain elites are year by year, term by term destruction, war, oppression, imprisonment, torture, eviction and death. Mainly they are against the Oromo people.

We as Oromo, our task is not only eradicating our enemy, but our ultimate task is to build a fair system which can serve all by creating oriented nations (to give oriented service). Our task is also to be a role model for our region, Africa and global world because of our quality as a nation with collective parameters (inventor of peace and love model, visionary and optimistic nation, unmatched heroism with immeasurable bravery during peace and war, full of talents with eagerness and the kindest nation on earth). Unfortunately, this great nation with collective parameters is imprisoned in an empire by unfair system. We, the Oromo people as an individual and as a nation, have to confront this enemy with all our ability and forces.

There is no stability without solidarity and no solidarity without stability. So, I am calling upon all Ethiopian people to stand with Oromo people during this difficult time (bombshell from sky on Wellega Oromo, harassment from ground on Wellega and Guji Oromo from their own government. The war on people created internal displacement on Wellega, Harar, Bale, Borana of Oromia regions, including the suffocation of Wello Oromo and totally hopelessness around Oromia). Again, Ethiopian people must reject the institutionalized destruction of certain elites with shrewd policy. We need to voice together for inclusiveness and fair vision.

The Oromo people have two choices to defeat the institutionalized destruction to build a democratic nation:

So, when I come to the Oromo people and Ethiopian people in general, I think we need a new social contract among each other (horizontally) and with our government (vertically).

That is building our Social capital. If we realize this, we can bring justice for all, we can build solidarity among all peoples in Ethiopia and we can bring lasting peace for all. Also, we can create a fair system which can serve everybody fairly where people get job according to their knowledge instead of whom they know and we can listen to each other to understand our pain instead of listening to reply.

Social capital broadly refers to those factors of effectively functioning social groups that include such things as interpersonal relationships, a shared sense of identity, a shared understanding, shared norms, shared values, trust, cooperation, and reciprocity. However, the many views of this complex subject make a single definition difficult.

Social capital is about the value of social networks, bonding similar people and bridging between diverse people, with norms of reciprocity. It is generally seen as a form of capital that produces public goods for a common good.

Social capital is multidimensional and must be conceptualized as such to have any explanatory value (Eastis 1998)[9]. Some authors see social capital as an economic term and do not adequately take account of its multi – dimensional and multi – disciplinary nature, for example Day (2002)[10].


Victory to the Oromo people!

Dr. B. K. DERESSA, Medical degree in internal medicine, specialized in Gastro-Hepatology diseases. University Hospital of Brussels-Belgium


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