By Abbaa Ormaa

ODF President speaks at the wedding ceremony between ODF and Ginbot 7 on October 30, 2016.
ODF President, Ato Lecho Leta, speaks at the marriage ceremony between ODF and Ginbot 7 on October 30, 2016 in Washington, DC.

ODF’s proposal titled, “Our Common Future: A Proposal.  Seeking the Next Breakthrough in Democracy and Multinational Federation in Ethiopia”, is nothing more than a document written to solicit fund from the donor class in the west than to address the plight of the Oromo people.

This proposal has received mum reaction from the Oromo people because the vast majority of Oromo do not believe that ODF represents their interest. On the other hand it has received some praises from the donor class and the people who cannot see eye-to-eye with independent Oromo organizations that stand on their own feet. If the objective is to appease the later groups, it has succeeded to some degree. For the Oromo people, the environment is the last thing on their mind when they are losing hundreds of schoolchildren, women, and elderly to agazi brutality and thousands are incarcerated by the minority Tigray-led government every day. The fake development that enriched the few Tigray-elites and uprooted thousands of Oromo farmers from their ancestral land is not a development that included them rather development of others as they perish. This is not a war of choice for the Oromo people. It is a war of necessity. One of survival!

The Oromo people rejected the Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) from its very inception. Since ODF failed to attract the Oromo people, it has been trying hard to be relevant by aligning itself first with TPLF and when that also failed now with groups that refuses to even recognize the Oromo as a people. ODF is formed by a group of disgruntled former Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) members who are dismissed or left the organization voluntarily at different times either for their incompetent and/or because of their poor judgment and failing to follow proper chain of command. The founders fathered many mini-projects that failed before launching ODF as their last stand to stay relevant.

ODF leader’s biggest project up-to-date was to go back to Ethiopia as a peaceful opposition party to the ruling TPLF. That is well and good if there is the courage to see it through. Their vision was predicated on the assumption that TPLF will roll out red carpet and welcoming their peaceful opposition. They even signaled to appease TPLF that in return of the red carpet they would not seek to participate in the 2015 general election before leaving Europe and North America. By doing so, ODF already conceded to TPLF, representing only about 6% of Ethiopian population, as the superior party and theirs representing about 40% of the population, the Oromo people, as a junior partner.  A peaceful resistance does not cut and run when the going gets tough. We all know how their fantasy ended. Embarrassingly, they run out of town with their tails between their legs.

ODF leader’s conversion from ardent supporter of “self-determination up to secession” to self-identification, the new slogan, is not one of conviction but it is one of convenience to extend their political life. You self-identify when you appear in front of a judge or for a police officer or thing of that nature. You do not self-identify in your house. The Oromo people and the dynamic Oromo youth in charger of the Oromo revolution are speaking with one voice clear and loud that Oromia cannot be auctioned to the highest bidder and their OROMUMMAA is not up for negotiation with anyone or any group. More than 700 people’s lives at Ireechaa, more than 1000 lives on the streets of Oromia, hundreds of Oromo prisoners murdered in shackles in prisons are not the price the Oromo people paid as an opening bid for ODF to negotiate to be able to self-identify as Oromo.

It is saddening to see different groups coming out of their hibernation to trade on Oromo blood. When ODF leaders run back with their tails between their legs, Oromo youth stood up against injustice in the face of fire and many paid the ultimate price so that their peasant parents stay on their land; their brothers and sisters can go to school without fear of death and incarceration. I wish people calling for peaceful struggle go home and pursue their peaceful resistance in person than preaching from the comfort of Norway or Minneapolis. Have the courage to hop on Ethiopian airlines to Finfinne, cross your hands over your head, and walk from Bole to the palace and show your solidarity first. Be an example! The Oromo people are not going to roll out red carpet socked in their schoolchildren’s blood for ODF. You have to earn it!

The leader of ODF is not new to controversies of his own making or otherwise. The puzzling thing about the marriage of convenience between Ginbot 7 and ODF is that ODF leader’s denounced armed struggle to change the regime in Ethiopia. Ginbot 7 on the other hand claims to have engaged in armed struggle to overthrow the minority Tigray-led TPLF government in Finefinne, many people hard pressed to believe that Dr. Berhanu Nega has seen a day on the battle field. It must be a friendly battle field that you can fly out for graduations and birthdays. So, one wonders, when ODF denounces armed struggle it is only barring the Oromo people from defending themselves or ODF knows that Dr. Berhanu’s armed resistance is indeed a hoax?  ODF’s was the leading architect of purring the gallant Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) unilateral in the faces of aggression from TPLF. This yet another chapter in his of disarming Oromo people in the faces of the gathering storm. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me!  Stop playing the modern day Gobena.

It is not long ago that the head of ODF is accused by the Amhara elites for genocide and chased out of North America into Europe.  Did ODF leader get quid pro qua amnesty to for ago the genocide accusation or it is a card waiting to be used once ODF’s service is over? This marriage of continence is doomed to fail for the simple reason that Ginbot 7 supporters and the Amhara elites cannot stomach seeing Oromo flag and Odaa, Oromo people’s source of peace and unity symbol, standing side by side with Habesha flag. A birth of a new faction of ODF that rejects this marriage is to emerge soon. Stay tuned!

Oromo people are a proud people with history, language, and culture. ODF and all Oromo interest groups should make it a priority to come together and look for solution from within first. We must come together as one people and articulate our visions for Oromia, Ethiopia, and the horn of Africa that to ensure our right place in it as a people and live in peace with others. Ours is not to dominate, it is to ensure our deserving place. We have the Gadaa institution that we can build on to bring us together and chart the next 100 years differently than the last 100 years has been. Oromo people are proud and generous people who love their neighbors and country as much as anyone.

Any party that is genuinely interested to bring a lasting peace to Ethiopia and the horn of Africa should not be afraid to talk to groups with diametrically opposite views with a broad base support and speak the truth for their people. Forming alliance after alliance with people and groups you agree with is not going to change the facts on the ground. The Oromo people are determined to own their future.  We should be grateful to the thousands of Oromo schoolchildren, women, and elderly that paid the ultimate sacrifice so that ODF and others are able to even contemplate about the future.  The Oromo revolution is what started it all and is here to stay until the end!

Abbaa Ormaa

25 thoughts on “ODF’s proposal is a document prepared to please the donor class than to address the massacres and plight of the Oromo people

  1. Lenchoo Lata and his party are trying to cover their blood trail. They will do everything possible to stop true Oromos from fighting for independence. Lenchoo single handedly was responsible for the mascara of 20,000 OLF fighters in Wollega region in 1992. He order OLF fighters from protecting themselves from TPLF, and ordered them to drop their weapon. As a result 20,000 young Oromos were killed. He has blood on his hand. If OLF and Qeerroo gain control of Oromia, Lencho and his supporters will end up in jail. Therefore, he is undermining Oromo and Qeerroo for his own good. Criminals always try to hide their crime that is what ODF is doing right now. Let us not forget what happened at Irrechaa and the deaths of our young children in the hands of TPLF.

  2. Abbaa Ormaa,

    Good notice of the past evidence and current status of ODF leaders. It is pity for the still births we have had. Anyways, it seems not lasting movement. It is a movement created as business of idleness. You may see part two of the deliberation when Dr. Dima gave his chairmanship speech in Afaan Oromo. The ESAT TV (also on you tube) switched the image of audience to hide the their inconvenience by the speech made in Afaan Oromo. Do you think this people (I mean even the immediate people who elected him) wanted Dr. Dima to work with them? Never! .

  3. Those so called ODf leaders were Emiye Ethiopia agents in OLf. Professor Getachew Begashaw speaks on marriage ceremony has proved this beyond any doubt. It is no surprise that ODF and G7 has agreed because both struggle for the survival of Ethiopian Empire,

  4. Thank you Abbaa Ormaa for your articulated article when it comes to our worst Gantuu in our History-ODF. As Leencoo and his opportunistic minority group trying their best for self interest over Oromo bloodshed, is a timely demand for Oromos to fire back as much as our historical enemies. The so-called proposal written to show Leencoo’s royalty to Ahmara-Gurage group who dreams to replace the TPLF. Many Oromos including our artists already warned the Oromo nation that time to vigilance the ODF move as the worst Galtuu and isolate them everywhere they move in fact today ODF can move only in Ahmara community let alone govern Oromiyaa.
    The ODF proposal and its attempt to sell Oromo Spring to our historical enemy will not stop Oromo demand for freedom, rather it fires up for more aggressive response including against the ODF as the last of our internal enemy.

  5. ODF is not a true political party. It is a collection of “old guards” with staled political view that doesn’t match modern thinking of the Oromo youth and that of the prevailing political environment. They have been trying their best running around like a little puppy to get some traction and credibility in the eyes of the Oromos and opposing political parties. Thus far, they have failed miserably. They are nothing but the OPDOs’ of Ginbot 7. Just think about how they oppose armed struggle by the Oromos and then joined other armed resistance of the opposition outside their domain – the Oromo people. They are hypocrites. Lencho is the same guy who told the Oromos that “we were not ready to assume power” and by doing so he bears the prime responsibility for the misery that followed the departure of OLF from the transition government. He is the same guy who negoiated and shackled the OLF Army and placed them inside the TPLF massacre camp. And now this same guy wants to be the solation for the Oromos? Give me a break – he should be court marshaled once Oromos are free in a federal system!!

  6. Lencho Lata and his ODF are a waste force. Only a fool expects someone who ran away from a national army would do better with empty Samsonite if given a chance to rule. But, I would not interfere with their love affair with anyone who likes a waste and attention seeker.

    However, I do not favor a complete independence of Oromia, IF Oromia has 100% autonomy (zero interference from central government on the management of her resources and internal politics), oromos are fully represented in all key government institutions proportional to their population, and lead every single step in major decision making processes by the federal government. This can only be done if oromos defeat the the current fascism by all necessary means, including VIOLENCE!

    I believe remaining in the union has a long-term advantage to oromos, although independence will certainly bring immediate relief from Tigrean state terrorism.

    Above all, the future of Oromia should not be determined by any individual or group based elsewhere, but solely by Oromians in Oromia.

  7. You and your dears are good for nothing, but supporting adversaries. Instead of protesting and calling names come up with your vision and alternatives.

  8. From now on, there should be a campaign to exclude any Oromo man or woman who goes to support or found to be a member of ODF, Lencho-Dima’s almshouse club. They can no more a friend of Diaspora Oromo communities other than spying on them and selling them to Arbenyoch Ginbar and Ginbot7, Minilkik’s grandchildren. Do they have any moral argument or any any convincing words to claim being Oromos?.

  9. Lenco and Dima were guddifacha lijoch of lata to work on coffee they are not Oromo by blood,,Wadajo the son of Lata was killed in Harar by Dergue may be Lencho was behiend his killings.

    1. Daniel
      If you give your DNA sample who knows where your end be. the issue of oromummaa is not the issue of blood.take OPDO like Juneeydii as an example

  10. @Daniel,Lencho was behind the killings of Wadaajoo Lataa, and Baaroo Tumsaa in Maya qal;o
    The truths not only Baaroo was shot ,the body gurds of Baaro and the person Lenco claimed,Demeksa,the man who first begun to publish Sagalee Bosona in history and most respected politicians and brilliant militaryily who onlways used to say Democratic Republic of oromia is certain by the blood of oromo people .

  11. @Lencho lata gave information about where Wadaajo Lata was and he was caught by dergue and killed same night Bareento Challa 2nd in comands of jajjabii and 9 civilians taken to watar and killed by Demise Bultuu and Nuguse Fanta who sentenced them to death.Wadajo

  12. the truths how Lencho escaped whereby he he was with dr.Baaroo.
    Anyway thats myths buty the death of Wadaajoo Lata is clear Lencho lata was behiend it because Wadaajo lataa knows that Lencho is guddifacha lij for Lata and untrusted to be in high level at this time we are fighting habasha ,his biological fathers side.

  13. Abaa Ormaa
    You enjoy spreading false and irrelevant information. I could easily say that you have a beneficiary relation from the tplf. Why donars get pleased with ODF they have already you and the tplf.

  14. waee keenya kun na dhiibaa jiirraa. jarrana in this 21st century we can do nothing by ourselves to get rid of woyyaanee jalataniis jiibiitanis we need alliance with Amharas on the basis of mutual interest the win win situations siiribi duulomnii kuun essatuu nu gahuu waanjjoo gabrumaa uffituu jabaasuun ala. pls do not be prisoners of the past.


  16. maaf wa’ee maraatoota hasawa oltan lencon bar maraataadha,bayaan asoba fa nama jatani dubatani kan oso amerka jiru abbaan bideena xaafi tokko dhabee du’e oromoof yaade osoo hin tahin marateeti feedhii lubbuu isaatin.oromo abbaan waan isii murteessu hin yoo ifii isii taste malee.

  17. we have information that ODF and Gimbot 7 have reached a deal with TPLF and gmbot 7 military wing leaders the Arabagnoch gimbar already signed peace agreement and ready to return to Ethiopia.
    Therefore we donot trust the naftegnas of emiye Miniliks and its opd.because they nothing to offer people struggling for freedom except the continuation of naftegna genocide system gave birth to to Tigray tplf facsm

  18. One important information regarding the establishment of ENM is that, its only the alliance of ODF and GINBOT 7, the two so called organisation do not exist in reality, they are fablicated just for propoganda.

  19. Waaree
    what is a problem the fact is that we need alliance with whom ever against WOYYANNEE guys are either woyyanne or insane

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