Take them Seriously; Let them take Accountability Seriously!!!
The rally in Mekelle shouldn’t be used as a way of blocking accountability of TPLF officials implicated in crime, corruption, torture, and all sorts of atrocities that violate fundamental human rights of citizens.
However, all other concerns, fears, and anxieties of the wider Tigrayan public should be properly addressed with the necessary sensitivity to their fears and concerns, real and imagined.
Also, while we believe that, as a people, they have full right to self-determination (as per the provisions of the constitution) and while we also reckon that it is not beneficial for Tigray and its citizens to secede, we as a people should not mock their interest to take that option.
If anything, that a section of our society is contemplating the option of leaving us should strike us as heartbreaking as alarming. It should be causing us to listen to them and dialog with them in good faith.
On their part, they should do well not be using the right to self-determination as a strategic ploy to get away with the crimes of TPLF officials. On the other hand, the government on its part, ought to hasten to engage the peoples of Tigray sensitively, sensibly, and with a sense of responsibility.
After all, we need to remember that, above all else, the right to self-determination is the right to be taken seriously.
Whether we like it or not, as a government, we must take people seriously We need to take ALL PEOPLES seriously, including and especially the ones we don’t always agree with.
Anything less is a neglect of governmental and constitutional responsibility.
“Aadde Biraanee Barihee fi Asaffaa namoonni jedhaman Zoonii/magaalaa Kamashiirraa miliqanii deema akka jiran gaafa 06/12/2018 gabaafamee ture. Haata’u malee, sa’a ammaa magaalaa Asoosaa naannoo maazoriyaatti mullatanii jiru.
Kanaaf qaamni nageenyaa naannoo sanatti argamuu shakkamtoota yakka kana to’annoo jala akka nuu oolchu jechuun iyyatanii jiru.
Akkuma beekamuu jarreen kun buqqaatiifi dhumaatii BG keessaatti uummata Oromoofi Amaaraa irratti raawwatamee keessaa harka qabu jechuun midhamtooti himataa jiru. Qaamni nageenyaafi humni ittisa biyyaa tumsa gootanii to’annoo jala ni oolchitu kan jedhu abdii qabna.”
Stop Land Grabbing in Oromia!!
— Kichuu (@kichuu24) December 8, 2018