“Internal representation within Oromo: All Oromo political groups, Oromo affiliated social organisations and individual Oromos from all walks of life need to take internal representation seriously
It is important to put emphasis on the unity of Oromos here. The very reason of our people organising as Oromo is to reclaim freedom as a community; freedom from tyranny. Tyranny that disowned their lands; humiliated their identity; oppressed their culture; and finally side-lined them from core state power and economic dynamics. There is no other viable alternative to reclaim Oromo freedom without Oromo unity. Divided Oromos, whether along geography or religion, cannot realise their aspiration of full freedom. Had it not been for oppression of Oromos as a group, organising as Oromo might have been less important.
Equally important is fair representation within Oromo constituents. Networks of OPDOs have blocked such representation under TPLF administration. Appointments at Oromia Regional State and Sub-State level administration are made based on networks and client-patronage relationships. Geographical and religious representations were overlooked deliberately. For example, several members of the Federal and Oromia Regional Parliaments represented from East and West Hararge are not people from these Zones. More disappointingly, the OPDO officials and administrators in these two zones are dominated by persons from other zones with strong link to higher OPDO officials. Further, OPDO representatives to Harari Regional State are often assigned from non-Hararge Oromos, showing no difference from the earlier Abyssinian regimes where administrators were sent to Oromo regions from the centre. The funniest thing is that those who were assigned to Hararge from OPDO were the most incompetent by all standards – just bread winners to fill their belly with no political objectives. It does not make sense to fight for inclusiveness of Oromos at federal level while deliberately undermining it at the level of state administration.
All Oromo political groups, Oromo affiliated social organisations and individual Oromos from all walks of life need to take internal representation seriously. This is not a matter of choice. This is a critical concern for Oromo unity. Internal segregation and exclusion, whether along geographical location or religious affiliation, cannot be tolerated any longer. All communities want to see represented by their own children, which need to be accommodated within the Oromo unity. We are already seeing this concern and resentment from West and East Hararge people who were forced to live under the incompetent OPDO officials sent from other Zones.”
Via: Girma Gutema
Godiina Harargee Dhiyaa Keessatti Angawaan Oromiyaa Marii Gaggeessaa Jiru