Respond to Professor Messay Kebede’s Article By Kaleab Tessema

I barely remember a long time ago, Professor Messay had given a speech at Columbia University and I was there to listen his speech, and his speech was not inspiring to me at all. I can not even recollect the topic of his speech, just that he was speaking about the Amhara ruling class but he did not mention the name of Amhara. I could infer this from his speech.

Professor Messay Kebede has subsequently written articles on the current Oromos students uprising in which he urges that the Amharas should join the Oromos’ students protests against the Addis Ababa master plan. Of course, it is everybody’s desire that Oromo and Amhara should be united to end the cruel TPLF tyranny regime. Indeed, Oromos can not win alone against the TPLF; Amhara’s participation is very crucial and effective to bring down the TPLF government. It is true that as J.K. Rowling stated, “we are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”

However, I assiduously read his last rebuttal titled “Then and Now: A Rejoinder to my Critics.” Professor Messay seemed disenchanted with Amharas because they did not join the Oromos’ students uprising in Ethiopia. He further said, “ነገ በኔ ነው”

I just would like to remind Professor Messay that, since TPLF came to power, the Amharas have been isolated and targeted for the last 25 years, and certainly, Messay is very aware of what Woyanne did and is still doing to Amharas. I wish the Professor had written similar article criticizing the TPLF/OLF regards to the 1992 mass slaughters of pregnant women and children in Arbagugu and in Bedno where the worst crimes ever committed on the Amharas since Mussolini’s aggression in 1935. Not even long ago in Gura Ferda and in Benishangul, the Amharas were expelled by TPLF surrogates and the Professor did not write any article denouncing these horrendous crimes. I am dumbfounded that the Professor jumps to accusing Amharas not being participated in the Oromos students protest against the master plan.

Let me briefly attempt to elucidate to Professor two main reasons why the Amharas lack of participating with Oromos’ students protesting against the Addis Ababa master plan. Firstly, Woyane and Shabia sagaciously and systematically designed the ethnic lines of federalism in order to control the country by perpetuating the punitive policies that emphasizing the anti-Amhara ethnic group. This restrain is inimical to the Amharas. Such cunning strategies that enable TPLF to remain in power by creating an envy between ethnic groups, particularly, among Oromo and Amhara. Hypocritically, Woyane tells to Amhara that if Oromo comes to power, your life will be at risk. The same thing, Woyanne tells to Oromo that if Neftegna comes to power again all your properties would be confiscated. So, we are the one who freed you from chauvinist Amhara, and if you try to resist us, you will go back to the system that you had before. Basically, they just made Amhara and Oromo not trust each other.

The second reason is that Woyanne quietly annexed large chunks of land from part of Gondar and Wollo to create greater Tigray. After they confiscated the fertile land (especially from Gondar), the TPLF day one, disarmed the people of Gondar, and started eliminating the original inhabitants of Welkait Tsegede, Humera to replace the Tigraians peasants. Since then, the Tigraians peasants became armed to protect the land in the areas where it was ferociously taken from Welkait Tsegede farmers. The indigenous who resisted the TPLF’s demonic action, were cruelly executed by Woyanne cadres.

Beside this, the whole Amhara regions run by the so called the Amhara National Democratic Movement (as vanguard Amhara party), which purposely created to demonize the Amharas. Realistically speaking, in Oromia region, the people of Oromos are represented by Muktar Kedir and Almaz Mamo who are belonged to Oromo ethnicity, but when it comes to Amhara regions, imagine, the Amharas people are represented by Bereket Simon, Kassa Tekile Berhan, Tsehaye (Tadese Tinqishu), and Helawi Yoseph who are of Tigre ethnicity. These fake Amharas individuals play a big role for Woyanne by quashing the Amhara voices. So, since the Amharas are heavily under controlled and its voices muffled by the ethnic apartheid regime, I don’t see this as an optimal time for Amhara to join the Oromo’s protesting at this point. Professor Messay was supposed to look at the other side of the problem: what Amharas endured under the TPLF rule the last 25 years. These are the main reasons halting the Amhara to join the Oromos’ students protests against the master plan.

In spite of that, I want the viewers to know that I am not trying to instigate the matter for either to reprisal the Amhara on Oromo at this point, I am just trying to acquaint to Professor Messay’s views on why Amharas have not instantly joined the Oromo’s student protests against the master plan.

Having said that, the Professor’s last article insinuates that if the Amhara does not the join the Oromo’s students uprising, there will not be unity in the country because unity is the Amhara’s strong faith and assumedly if the there is no unity, the Amhara’s existence in Ethiopia will be at risk. In other words, as if the only beneficiary out of unity is Amhara. As the matter of fact, he is not the only speaking about these issues. There are quite a few secessionists and anti-Amhara who rant on the same ideas. I’d like to reiterate that the article written by Messay is one sided, threatened, and divisive. The professor knows well that the Amharas have been victimized since the TPLF climbed to power. In his single articles, I have never seen any criticizing or condemnation for the Woyanne’s diabolical crimes against the Amhara ethnic group, and the articles are unbalanced when it comes to the Amharas issues. It is true that the unity of the two large ethnic groups is paramount at this crucial time to bring down the TPLF brutal regime.

To the end, the professor’s article does not entice the vast majority of Amharas at all. Actually, the article reflects, as if the Amhara ethnic group is uninterested on Oromo causes which aggravates the rift between the two ethnicities instead of bringing a reconciliation where these two ethnicities are able live in harmoniously. It will take time to repair the damage done by TPLF. TPLF’s “divide and rule” strategies worked out well for the last 25 years by abetting the extremist to do heinous crimes to innocent Amharas. At the end of the day, Woyanne whatever systems are used to stay in power, it is an inevitable that all ethnicities will ever become united again.

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2 Responses to Respond to Professor Messay Kebede’s Article By Kaleab Tessema

  1. Cosmos Reply

    February 17, 2016 at 7:09 PM

    Kaleab Tessema :

    If you find yourself unable to fathom scholarly people like Professor Messay Kebede, the best you can do is read and learn a thing or two and be grateful for this priviledge. Your writingis evident that you need to go back or stay in school. Professor Messay unravelled the bastardization of Amara nationalism with Tigre dictatorship causing people to lose their faculty of discernment – their capacity to disentangle the dictatorship from a nation and its people. One tell-tale sign one is suffering from such a disorder is the predictability of the reaction by the likes of Kaleab to enlightening articles such as that of Professor Messay.

  2. Urgessa Reply

    February 18, 2016 at 4:24 PM

    The Oromo quest for freedom from suppression, repression and exploitation is not a question of blood relations! You need not be a pure Oromo to oppose blatant violation of human rights. You need not be Oromo to oppose the governmnet when it targets a certain group (be it ethnic, religious or political affiliation) it sees as an enemy and a potential danger to its total control on the political, economic and miltary spheres, and unleashes wanton killings, mass imprisonment and torture.
    For the Oromo, the brutalization of the TPLF is not the first crimes perpetrated against them in the name of one Ethiopia. The current Oromo youth are the 4th generation of Oromos being harrassed and killed just for being oromo. They were not free from physical or psychological harrassment unless they deny their identity or hide it behind the veil of ethiopiawinett as you do now. The question is, Why is it impossible to keep one’s identity as Oromo (or somali, sidama, …) and be an Ethiopian by citizenship? To be a citizen of say Britain or Germany, you are not required to be british or german by blood. You have to pay allegiance to the democratic constitution of the respective country. You have to abide by the laws and regulations and respect the culture and norms of the country.
    Well, in Ethiopia, not only that democracy is absent (except in the names of the country and almost all political parties), but also a plural thinking and tolerance to the right to have a different opinion than the prevailing one. Intolerance to differing opinion comes not only from the ruling elite. It is pervasive even on the ethiopian social media.
    As an Oromo (100%), I do not believe in DNA. The Oromo do not believe on purity of blood. Had it not been so, they would have not developed and perfected the culture of “Guddifachaa”, “Moggaasaa”, and “Luba-baasa”. “Guddifachaa” is adopting a child with full right and duty of being a child to his parents;
    “Moggaasaa” is the integration of a non-Oromo family, clan or group and grafting onto the Oromo clan system following a thorough and solemn ritual and oath of allegiance to equality, fraternity and brotherhood; the integration is freely initiated by the non-oromo group. “Luba-baasa” is the integration of the adopted group into the Gada class system. That is how the Oromo became such a great homogeneous nation. The Oromo culture is based on freedom, equality and brotherhood long before the proponents of the french revolution marched under this motto.
    The quest of the Oromo for freedom is not a blind desire for secesion but a quest for respect for their unabridged right to be free from any political and cultural oppression, and the right to determine their own fate. If that right – a true cultural, economic and political autonomy in the form of true federation – can not be respected within the bounds of Ethiopian, they uphold the right to build an independent Oromia. As far as I know, that is the principle the OLF is promoting – enable the Oromo and Oromians (including non-oromos living the true spirit of ijoollee Oromia) to freely voice what type of government and association with other nations and peoples in Ethiopia they want to have, in a referendum free of any form of pressure from any group. That is the true spirit of democracy.
    In such Oromia, you won’t be harrassed for expressing your opinion, whether you are 100% or 0% Oromo. The principles of freedom, equality and fraternity will be the spirit of governance, a politics of grass-root democracy based on Gadaa culture. It may seem too ideal, but that is my dream for all those who would live in future Oromia, and if possible in the whole of Ethiopia.
    Until then I would say:
    “Give us the fortitude to endure the things that can not be changed, and the courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to know one from the other.” Oliver J. Hart

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