The current leadership of the OPDO is now rocking the boat among the Revolutionary Democrats

The current leadership of the OPDO is now rocking the boat among the Revolutionary Democrats

Note: The TPLF regime tries to reduce the Oromo struggle to youth unemployment issue. Ridiculous! What about land grabbing? What about political and economical marginalization? What about human rights violations? What about mass killing and imprisonment? What about cultural infringement? What about total isolation and humiliation of the Oromo people ? etc. The TPLF is still fooling around!! Please read the following article. This is how international community is lured into a life support for the dying regime in Finfinnee. 

OPDO

(Addis Fortune – Pro government website) –The manner in which the current leadership of the Oromo Peoples’ Democratic Organization (OPDO), Messrs Lemma Megerssa, chairman, and Worqneh Gebeyehu (PhD), deputy, came to power was conventional neither to the party itself nor to the Front that is a coalition of the four regional parties. What was a meeting called to discuss the 15-year path of the OPDO ended up replacing the former leaders, Muktar Kedir and Aster Mamo, to the surprise and displeasure of leaders of the other parties in the Front.

Yet, the rank and file of the OPDO brought Lemma and Worqneh into political power with the expressed mandate of asserting the party’s autonomous place in the coalition while remaining true to the ideological convictions of the Revolutionary Democrats, claims gossip.

Lemma for one is known to be an educated, intelligent and unyielding among second-generation leaders the Revolutionary Democrats have produced over the past two decades, claims gossip. With a background in regional intelligence, he is known in the circle of the EPRDFites for his legendary challenge to the late Meles Zenawi in the late 2000s on the latter’s alleged interventions in the autonomous affairs of the OPDO, gossip claims.

Little surprises thus that the current leadership of the OPDO is now rocking the boat among the Revolutionary Democrats, repossessing large tracts of plots and quarries held by federal agencies and powerful interests to respond to the demands of the youth in the regional state, gossip observed.

Arguably many attribute the popular discontent in the Oromia Regional State over the past two years to a youth bulge, a demographic development where the ratio of the non-working age group in a society declines compared to the working-age group. If the vast group in the non-working age is young and fails to find employment or jobs with satisfactory pays, the bulge becomes a demographic time bomb as the cases in Oromia and Amhara regional states amply demonstrated recently, says gossip.

There is now a new found mantra among the federal government and regional states, and contagious to development partners such as the UNDP and USAID, focusing on youth employment and opportunities, gossip observed.

Nonetheless, the popular discontent in these regions was partly influenced by political motivations of exercising autonomy and equity in the political process, says gossip. Particularly in Oromia, the inability of the ruling party there to assert itself in relations to the senior parties in the coalition has been – for too long – a subject of intense debates within the political elite and misgivings of the public, claims gossip.

It could perhaps be such pressures that pushed Lemma to author a political document presented to the executive committee members of the OPDO recently, which has been endorsed unanimously, gossip disclosed. However, there are others at the gossip corridors who claim that some members of the executive committee have expressed their misgivings on the content of the document and what drove it, claims gossip.

The document agreed on by the OPDO leadership has calls for six issues to be addressed as soon as possible, gossip disclosed. Among them is the demand for Oromiffaa to be included as a working language of the federal government; for the Addis Abeba City Administration to allocate plots, free of charge, to build schools where Oromiffaa is a language of instructions and for the city to finance them; the regional state’s right to share taxes collected by the Addis Abeba City Administration; and the fees Addis Abeba ought to pay for using natural resources from the outskirt areas under the regional state and its use of these areas for disposals, gossip revealed.

Many of these are issues espoused by the constitution but left unaddressed since its enactment 20 years ago, gossip recalled. The EPRDFites have a day of reckoning approaching; the document is soon to be presented to their executive committee meeting, gossip disclosed. How wise, sober and full-fledged they will be in negotiating these demands to the satisfactions of all parties with vested interests will be the test of their time, claims gossip.

6 Responses to The current leadership of the OPDO is now rocking the boat among the Revolutionary Democrats

  1. Melkamu G. Kidan February 22, 2017 at 9:07 pm #

    There are many Amharic sayings which fit this Lemmaa Megersa hulabalu. They go like this,” Doron biyataliluat bemechagna taluat”. “Ajjaan weqtew bizeru aiwatam kezeru”. “Keman lai qomesh Igzerin tamiallesh?”
    The whole scenario is concocted by Wayyane, the God, which created OPDO. True Oromos should be warry about the whole theater.

  2. Fuliyyee February 22, 2017 at 10:33 pm #

    You said it all Mr. G .KIDAN,

    SLAVES ARE ALWAYS FOR THE MASTERS not for their own rights.

  3. sirreessaa February 23, 2017 at 3:33 am #

    One of the most important victories of the Oromo struggle in its history is the creation of Oromia as a region and formation of its own administration. This is an important land mark. We have today regional government with oromiffa as official language. Most of the offices are ran by Oromo personnel. Thus for the first time we have been able to develop our own modern bureaucracy and public administrators especially at lower levels. The organization leading this work is the OPDO. That means even if at the start it was created by oromo nationals under the controll of TPLF it has now become an indespensible oromo organization. This is becoming more and more clear when we see the fact that conflicts between TPLF and the Oromo tend to be won by the Oromos when members of the OPDO support the cause of their people. I mean now the issue for us is that we have to fight for more autonomy for the OPDO, argue that it is not part of the TPLF but our own children and show their members that they are welcome in their oromo family. By doing this we manage to push out the TPLF, and strengthen the Oromo cause. If we only continue to assert that OPDO belongs to the TPLF we only strengthen the enemy camp by giving away our own children to the service of the enemy. Of course, the OPDO is a government in Oromia so it cannot escape to be responsible for the wrongdoings committed on our people under their adminstrative responsibility. Those criminal individuals in the OPDO cannot be supported. But we cannot reject the whole organization just because we have a few criminals amongst them. We pick out those but we have to strengthen the OPDO as an Oromo organization.Thank you – god bless OROMIA.

    • cutpy February 24, 2017 at 3:31 am #

      sirreessaa

      Even though we have oromia in name no single Oromo is running oromia in their right it is tplf who is running the country. The criminal is only tplf tigre no one else even all those tplf agent need to be freed they are uder slavery they they are mentally sick by tplf abusive system tplf taken away their right form them by using military power. Therefore the criminal are onley tplf banda no one else.
      do not say oromiffa say it Affan oromo whether they like it or not along as we live in unity Affan Oromo will be came soon national language. Oromo people and others Ethiopian people will be free of tplf fascist banda. There is no one is free in Ethiopia except tigre and tplf Banda. They will pay heave price for their ignorance for the crime they have committed. They will not escape from facing justice. This will come soon whatever Samora Yonise and his tigre criminal generals committing genocide in Oromo people and all Ethiopian people .They will pay heavy price

  4. Waaqaee February 23, 2017 at 1:01 pm #

    “Namni amantee yoo yeroo tokko si gowwoomse, namni sun yartuudha. Nama yeroo tokko si gowwoomse yoo deebitee amantee ammas si gowwoomse situ yartuudha.” jedhu. Hayyoota Oromootu yartuudha malee “intarnational organisation” jettu maal balleessan, isaan karaa TPLF -n qabeenya uummata Oromoo fi Afrikaa saammatuu?

  5. Reza Hashemi February 23, 2017 at 2:32 pm #

    Mr. Sirreessaa, “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.”

    OPDO is not an indespensible oromo organization. The OPDO is not a government in Oromia. The government in Oromia was and sill is the TPLF. The OPDO can not be responsible for the wrongdoings committed on our people under the adminstrative responsibility of TPLF. There is no difference between OPDO und TPLF. All the members of OPDO and TPLF are criminals against humanity. Every member in OPDO can not be supported.

    We MUST reject the whole organization just because all members of OPDO are criminals. It is not possible to strengthen the OPDO as an Oromo organization.

    Here I quote your statement as follows:

    “One of the most important victories of the Oromo struggle in its history is the creation of Oromia as a region and formation of its own administration. This is an important land mark. We have today regional government with oromiffa as official language. Most of the offices are ran by Oromo personnel. Thus for the first time we have been able to develop our own modern bureaucracy and public administrators especially at lower levels.”

    For the above quoted statement OLF will be honoured. For the creation of Oromia as a region and the establishment of Afaan Oromoo as official language in Oromiyaa we have to thank the OLF. OPDO ist not our regional government. All the public administrators who are running the office for the OPDO are really quislings. There is no modern bureaucracy and public administration in Oromiyaa. Oromiyaa is a war field of TPLF.

    Let God bless Oromiyaa and the Oromo people.

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