My argument for forging a viable political community within the framework of political liberalism should not be mistaken for an attempt to impose some Western political ideas on a fundamentally non western African community. Far from it. As Amartya Sen said there is “nothing exclusively “Western” about valuing liberty or defending public reasoning…there is, in fact, a long tradition of participatory governance in Africa as well” This certainly is not a debatable point for the Oromo community as the Gaada is the perfect example of this tradition in our own region. That is why I am optimistic that children who came from this tradition will not find it difficult to forge such a unity for this lofty purpose. By Berhanu Nega, Bucknell University. Read full in PDF ….