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Amhara, Oromo parties reach agreement to work together

Ethiopian state and affiliated media reported that ethnic Amhara and ethnic Oromo parties have reached agreement to work together as security crisis escalate in Oromo region of Ethiopia.

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Ethnic Amhara and ethnic Oromo party leaders during their press conference on Firday. Photo credit : FBC

November 15, 2019

A day ethnic based parties operating in Amhara and Oromo regions of Ethiopia sat for a meeting with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed over what seems to be managing security crisis related to ethnic based attack in two regions, state and affiliated media outlets are reporting that seven parties operating in the above mentioned regions have agreed to work together.

Amhara Democratic Party (ADP), Oromo Democratic Party (ODP), Amhara National Movement (NaMA), Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC),Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), Oromo National Party (ONP) and Amhara Social Vision parties have disclosed their readiness on Friday “to work together,”  as reported by Fana Broadcasting Corporation (FBC). The first two ethnic parties are in the ruling coalition (Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) which means that they run state-machinery in their respective ethnic-based regional states.

What exactly are the areas where they are working together?

According to FBC report, ending violence and ethnic-based attacks in the two regions and universities are areas for cooperation. Despite proactive regulatory measure introduced weeks before university students’ return to their respective campuses for registration in the beginning of this academic year, the Federal government proved unable to control ethnic-based attacks which actually created an impression among many Ethiopians that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government is very weak.

The ethnic-based parties have also agreed to work together on the “unity of Amhara and Oromo people.” In that regard, they have agreed to refrain from “provocative issues” that could strain the relation between the two people and leads to violence.

Although described as “Tenkuash gudayoch” in Amharic, it is unclear as to what the scope of “provocative issues.”  Ethnic Oromo parties including Oromo Democratic Party claimed in the past an exclusive ownership right over Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. That triggered a reaction from ethnic Amhara parties.  As well, the latter were demanding the federal government to enforce the rule of law in a way to protect the security and safety of citizens and the right to work and live in any part of Ethiopia as stipulated in the Federal constitution.

From the statement that the seven parties issued on Friday, an agreement is reached that people living in Amhara and Oromo regions of Ethiopia do not have conflicting interests, and the parties have agreed to reverse dangers hovering in both regions.  

The agreement between the parties is about making peace a priority and to play their part in the effort to bring situations to normalcy- especially in university campuses in the regions.

News of ethnic nationalist parties in Ethiopia’s two largest regions to work together came as a surprise and welcome news although some pundits seem to be cautious about early celebration.

The security situation in several universities in Oromo region of Ethiopia caused threats so much so that hundreds of students decided to take refugee, temporarily, in places of worship. At least three students were killed in Dembi Dollo University. The latest security situation in the region came after two students were killed at Woldia University last Saturday.

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  1. I would call it self interest has prevailed. They must have reasoned that if this continues not only will hurt and displace innocent people but would also blowout their political existence as well. But hyenas can not be domesticated and they will come back at it again and probably quickly. Unless this arbitrary Constitution iamd ethnic boundaries are put out or reviewed by referendum by the all Ethiopian people any exercise is futile and just will only buy time for the actors.

  2. Subject: “Amhara, Oromo parties reach agreement to work together፣ borkena
    November 15, 2019”

    GOOD, SANE IDEA for Ethiopia and surrounding area. After all, No HOUSE is SAFE with a FIRE next door. In any case, as the Amharic saying goes >>>ሳይቸግር ጥል።

  3. SLW you are absolutely right: until ethnic-based “states” and parties stand you have institutionalized tribalism, and that produces only violence and nonsense.
    Either ethiopians find a way to coexist peacefully or they better secede for good.

  4. I am very happy to hear that such ethnic based groups are starting to recognize one indisputable fact. There is nothing, nothing that makes an Oromo peasant’s needs from that of an Amhara. This applies to any other peasant/pastoral nomad in the country. In my book there is nothing that justifies once freedom from improprieties over the demise of the other. All of them are in want of good governance the lack of which has left them wretched for decades now. They all want to live in a stable, peaceful and fair society where no one is above the law. They all know very well that unstable society is bound to live in a vicious cycle feeding itself with unabated violence. They all know that violence will disrupt work intended for the good of the people turning off investors. In violence existing businesses will fail or fall victim and new ones will never come to replace them. That Oromo family man dreams of peace and harmonious living with his neighbors so he does not have to worry if he is gonna make it safe to his wife and children. He dreams about sending his children to any school anywhere in the country without worrying about them falling victims to deadly violence by bigots. The same goes to that Amhara counterpart and any other citizen in that country. Moaning and mumbling about an atrocity that took place more than a century ago will never bring the dough home for that farmer who is having problem feeding and clothing his feeding his family every day. Just as an insult to injury, he may have now been chased out of his raggedy thatched home by ruffians who want to see him dead just because he is not one of their own or worse yet, he might have been fallen victim and dead already. That is not living at all. It has been totally nightmarish for him/her since 2018. That is because it has been the ambitious punk rocking bigots not the regime running the country. For that farmer and small town resident there has not seen the government since 2018, not in sight when he/she needed it most. The punk rocking bigots have successfully yanked away his teenage children and sees them being used by these wicked individuals as cannon fodder. He/she has been totally disrespected by own children as never seen in the society. They have stopped tending to the assigned chores at home and the farms. The children are now deemed cult followers availing themselves to commit gory crimes against other humans just because the victims are Amharas, Oromos, Tigrayans and others. This is not living, folks. It ain’t easy for that Oromo, Amhara, Tigre or any other small town and rural dweller. Who said wretchedness is a bigot!!! Who would dare to accuse poverty is discriminatory!!! Who would even think about charging an entire ethnic group and every individual in it is supremacist!!! If I tell you every Afar brother and sister is a bigot, it is I who the real bigot because I told you that!!! Such an environment has become the predicament that Amhara, Oromo, Tigre or every other citizen has to live with everyday.

    But these ambitious grunge rocking bigots will not tell you that. They would rather go back in archived history and deafen you with what bad had happened more than a century ago. That has been very lucrative for them. They had earned masters and PHD’s writing about them. That has secured much sought after college professorship at renowned institutions for them!!! That has gained them citizenships in the industrialized nations. That have been where they were giving their poisonous sermons for decades now. Now we should be united in calling upon these western nations and ask them to restrain their citizens. You all know who I am alluding to. This so-called professor has been demonizing an entire ethnic group for quite some time now. I believe he must be restrained by his country’s government. His comments and writing have been very incendiary and provocative. He acts as if he has a bug in his pants. He’s gone rabid. It seems he is working in tandem with the incarnated Sheik Sayeed Abiyo in his demonizing effort. I am quite sure who Dear Professor Merera is referring to when he said “Activists should take it upon themselves not to over step the red line”.

    Such good news is always music to my ears. I hope all other parties follow suit and strengthen such sacred effort. Now I am starting to calm down. My prayers have been bestowed Our Creator’s audience!!! I have never lost faith in His Power to Make Miracles!!! For the old country? Why not? That is because it was its children Negash(Nejashi), Bilal and Mary Magdalene who saved the two major religions of peace, compassion and harmony for Humanity. All Glory To Him!!!

  5. Re: Reaction to Ittu Aba Farda’s commentary

    Let me hallucinate!!! If I had the chance and honour to advise the Prime Minister, Mr Abiy Ahmed, I would have advised him to take the heart-felt dissertation of Ittu Aba Farda as an introductory paper for all his joint meetings of Ethiopians on the subject of the maintenance of UNITY among all sectors of Ethiopian society.


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