“Riqicha-Gaaffii fi Deebii Addaa HD ABO, Ob Daawud Ibsaa -Kutaa 1ffaa”
WhoIswho-Dawud Ibsa Ayana is Chairman of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF). Dawud was born in Abuna village, Horro Guduru District in west-north Oromia in year 1952.
Dawud who was born in year 1952 was brought up in a place called Abunaa of Shaambu, Guduruu. Like millions of Oromo family, Dawud’s parents counted their linage following their ancestor’s genealogical tracing mechanism linking their roots to the Ganjii clan whose major tribal linage is known as “Abeebee”.
Like the warra Ilu and Hoborraa Oromo tribes, the Abeebees occupy a significant part of western Oromia and else where in Oromia being divided along their Abeebee Qeeranssaa and Abeebee Koluu main clan lines.
Dawud and his elder brother, with other siblings grew up in Abunaa of Guduruu and attended elementary school in Shambuu. It is at his birth place where Dawud learned a great deal about Oromo culture and the laws of the Oromo society from his parents. One of Dawud’s earliest childhood memories were the trips he made from his village to elementary school to Shaambuu.
When he was a teen ager, Dawud arrived in Finfinnee to attend high school at General Winget, located in western part of Finfinnee city at a place called Gullallee. After graduating from there, he was accepted to the Finfinnee university and continued his education in business management field. Ayana attended the Haile Selassie I University in 1970-1971, and participated in the student movement against Haile Selassie. He joined the Association of Oromo University Students. He returned to Addis Ababa University during the 1979-1980 academic year. Dawud fled to Sudan in 1980 and joined an OLF unit operating from that country, before finishing his studies( statistics). He received basic military training in Eritrea a few months later. In April 1981, Dawud commanded the OLF unit that started the armed struggle in Welega Province.
The Derg had poisoned Ayana in December 1981, and tortured him for several months. He was jailed without charge at Kerchele prison during the period of August 1982 to December 1986. Dawud escaped from jail and rejoined the OLF. In the year 1988 he was re-elected to the OLF’s Central Committee and Executive Committee, and headed the OLF’s military department till 1991. In the year 1998, he was re-elected to the OLF’s Executive committee and became the OLF’s chairman in year 1999. Dawud told Les nouvelles d’Addis on 29 March 2006 that he was confident that the OLF will form the next government in Ethiopia, a speech which motivated many nationalist Oromo diasporas.
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WhoIsWho-Lencho Letta Wakayo who was born Dembidolo, Western Oromia is a prominent Oromo politician and Oromo activist who was founding member of Oromo Liberation Front (OLF). He was the Deputy Secretary General of the Oromo Liberation Front(OLF) from 1974 to 1995. In Late 1990s, Lencho left OLF leadership due to ideological differences. He is currently the leader of Oromo Democratic front, which was formed in 2013.
Lencho was born in Dembidolo, Oromia region, Western Oromia. He studied his elementary and middle school at a local school in Dembidolo. Later, he went to Adama and completed his high school education. In 1966, he enrolled at University of Rochester to study Chemical Engineering and graduated in 1970. After graduation, he returned to Ethiopia and worked as Engineer in Metehara Sugar factory for one year. In 1971, he moved to Addis Ababa and help to establish Ethiopian Standards Agency where he worked until 1974.
From 1970 to 1974, Lencho, with some radical Oromo nationalist, was working clandestinely to form OLF. In 1974, the Marxist Derg staged a coup d’état against Emperor Haile Selassie. Late in 1974, Lencho, with some radical Oromo nationalist, went underground and officially launched the OLF for guerrilla army struggle against the Marxist Derg regime of Mengistu Haile Mariam.
Starting from the late 1970s until 1995, Lencho served as Deputy General Secretary of the OLF. He was the leading representative OLF’s negotiation team with TPLF leader Meles Zenawi and EPLF leader Isaias Afwerki during the 1980s and early 1990s. He was also leading negotiator for the OLF during Ethiopian Transitional Government from 1991 to 1995. Late 1992, the transitional agreement between OLF and TPLF fell apart, and the OLF quit the transition government to wage army struggle against EPRDF.
In late 1993, Lencho was expelled from OLF due to leadership fallout and an ideological difference with OLF leadership, particularly with the question Oromo self-determination. Since the 1970s, the OLF push for establishing an independent state of Oromia. However, since the introduction of ethnic federalism in Ethiopia in 1995, several Oromo activists including the Oromo People’s Congress leader Merera Gudina has been arguing for democratizing the Ethiopian State.
Starting from late 1990s, Lencho became an advocate of preserving Oromo people’s right by Democratizing Ethiopian state. He wrote two books – “Ethiopian State at the Crossroads” (Red Sea Press, 1999) and “The Horn of Africa as Common Homeland” (Wilfrid University Press, 2004) – in which he argues in favor of Democratizing Ethiopia.
Later in 2013, Lencho with several former OLF activities launches Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) an opposition organization which is advocating for Oromo right in exile.
On March 19, 2015, Lencho returned to Ethiopia after more than two decades of exile to fight for Oromo rights within the existing political structure in Ethiopia. However, the government of Ethiopia expelled Lencho and other ODF delegation team from Ethiopia within 24 hours.
He currently resides in Oslo, Norway. He is associated with the Norwegian Research Institution, Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies (Fafo AIS). He works as a freelance analyst of political developments in the Horn of Africa.
Over the last decade, Lata’s person, service, and motives were subjects of relentless, malicious, and unwarranted attacks. A true original, Lata’s intellect, eloquence, resilience, and sense of humor are unequaled. Listening to him, one comes home after taking a glimpse, even if a fading one, into the greatness that was OLF, a greatness that is being corroded under the weight of incivility, false posturing, mediocrity, ineptitude, and senselessness.
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OromoPrisonerofConscience: OlbanaLelisa is among many amazing Oromos who have challenged the TPLF government. He has played critical role in organizing our people back home including creating the current structure of OFC.
Olbana was jailed and kept behind the bar for so long, for nothing, but his stand on the rights of the Oromo people. He has been suffering from lack of medical treatment.
Olbana Lelisawas born in West Shewa, Goro Sole, where he attended High School. Olbana, who worked as an agricultural specialist for the local government, was pushed out of his job after running on the opposition Oromo People’s Congress (OPC) ticket in the disputed 2005 election. Olbana was elected to Caffee Oromia, the regional parliament where he served as MP until 2010.
A passionate advocate of justice, he was known for his frequent trip to central prisons to speak with prisoners. He often granted interviews to international media such as the Voice of America. After the ruling party won the 2010 election, Olbana worked at OPC’s Finfinne-branch as political strategist and community organizer.
Olbana, along with Bekele Gerba was arrested on August 27, 2011, a day after meeting with representatives of Amnesty International. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison on December 11, 2012. But as the saying goes there are no heroes…in life that the monsters can win. He will soon overcome!