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Mayor’s remark on “migration to Addis Ababa” triggers a reaction 

The “Migration to Addis Ababa” remark dangerous and divisive that violates international conventions on human rights to which Ethiopia is a signatory and one that could cause genocide, NaMA said in reaction to Adanech

 

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Adanech Abiebie speaking at the City Council, March 14,2023 (Photo : Public Domain)

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There were times when remarks from government officials, including Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, outraged Ethiopians over the past five years. 

Adanech Abiebie, Mayor of Addis Ababa, seems to have taken it to the next level. Opposition political parties see her remark not only incorrect but also dangerous with the potential to incite genocide in the country the likes of which was seen in Rwanda. 

In a meeting with the City Councilors during which Mayor presented the six months performance report and plans for the upcoming ones, she said  “The large migration [to Addis Ababa] from some regions is intended to overthrow the government by forces and take power,” based on local reports. 

She made the remark in connection with her report on security matters in the city. 

Her remark already became a talking point on social media and beyond. Not just that, so far one opposition group issued a statement expressing concern that her remark could cause genocide. 

National Movement of Amhara (NaMA), an ethnic Amhara opposition party with a few representatives in the Ethiopian Parliament, issued a statement on Tuesday in reaction to the Mayor’s remark. 

NaMA called her remark “…such a dangerous and divisive one that incites genocide, and endangers the state. ” It further said that it is unacceptable in any way and is a call for a crime.

The statement reminded the Mayor that citizens have a right to live and work anywhere in the country and that it is a recognized right in international human rights conventions to which Ethiopia is a signatory. 

NaMA seems to think, based on the statement, that the Mayor based her characterization of internal migration to Addis Ababa on reportage from Oromia Media Network, a radical ethnic Oromia Nationalist media outlet whose founder is Jawar Mohammed, which was once listed as a media for terrorists. 

It also said that her remark is intended to give a cover for the crimes against humanity and also a cover for a genocide that is being declared.

There have been recurring reports published on local media that citizens traveling to Addis Ababa from Gojam and Wollo, both from the Amhara region of Ethiopia, have been stopped and harassed by Oromia regional state security forces posted at checkpoints along the main road to Addis Ababa. 

NaMA called on “patriotic Ethiopians” and the international community to give due attention to what it called an inciting genocide and to make the necessary precaution.  A failure to do so amounts to repeating a “historical mistake” committed in Rwanda. 

A few days ago, the Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice Party said that the country is being pushed to the edge due to a coordinated and non-stop agenda-setting from ethnic radical groups in the government structure and outside of it. 

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government and Addis Ababa City Administration itself have been making claims that the security apparatus is reformed including in the type of armaments made available for use. 

There are fears that Adanech’s remark could worsen it and create an even more dangerous situation. Ethnic-based massacre, one that targeted ethnic Amhara, has been prevalent in the Oromo region of Ethiopia over the past five years. 

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  1. Was Adanech Abebe even born and raised in Addis Ababa??????? Was she a tax paying resident of Addis Ababa?????? What right does she have to determine who can travel to and from Addis Ababa???

    Ethiopians have a constitutionally enshrined right to recall and remove a so called public official from office.
    Under article 12, sub section 3 of the Ethiopian constitution, Ethiopians have the right to recall i.e remove an office holder from his or her position in the case of loss of public trust and confidence in said person.

    ይሄ ምን ማለት ነው? በአንቀፅ 12 ንዑስ አንቀፅ 3 እንደተደነገገው: “ህዝብ በመረጠው ተወካይ ላይ እምነት ባጣ ግዜ ከቦታው ማለትም: ከስልጣኑ ማንሳት ይችላል:: ሴትየዋ ለተሰጣት ቦታም ሆነ ስልጣን ዕውቀቱም ሆነ ችሎታው የሌላት በሙስና የምትጠረጠር : የዘረኝነት ርኩስ መንፈስ በላዩዋ የተጠናወት ተራ ካድሬና የብልፅግና የከሰረ ፓርቲ ደላላና ቁማርተኛ ከመሆኗም በላይ የሰላምና ዕድገትም እንቅፋት ነች:: የከተማው ነዋሪ የተቋውሞ አቤትቷ ነድፎ ፊርማ በማሰባሰብ ከህዝብ የሰጣትን ስልጣን በህዝብ ለማስመለስ ወይንም recall ለማስደረገ በህገ መንግስቱ የተደነገገ ሙሉ የህዝብ መብት አለው::

    ስልጣን ሰጪ ህዝብ ነው!!!!!!!!
    የስልጣን መግፈፍ እና ማሰናበት ባለሙሉ መብትም ህዝብ ነው!!!!!!!

    የሰጠ: ቢነሳ:
    የለበት ወቀሳ::

    Bottom line, incompetent leaders at all branches of governments must be recalled by the public, their criminal activities and dereliction of duties must be publicized, broadcast to the audience at large. As an exercise of constitutional duty, the public must then proceed to recall and remove an unfit public official at any levels of government from office immediately, decisively and for good

  2. When it comes to Addis Ababa Amhara is the vast Majority and Oromo is the tiny minority

    According to ethnicist thug Adanech Abebae definition of Kenga (every thing for Orommuma us) they made Wellega is the slaughter of Amhara ethnic group, because Amhara are the minority groups.

    But Addis Ababa a whole new ball game. It is the birth place of Bet-Amhara, built and founded by Amhara. But in Amhara culture and tradition greed and being ethnicist is a disesteemed upon concept that never existed. Amhara culture is civilized and inclusive and everything for all of us!!

    The Orommuma thugs that live in legalized lawlessness must use their own definition and leave out of Addis Ababa where their number is minority and Amhara is the vast majority.

    ALL the PP Orommuma THUGS who fled to Addis Ababa with deep rooted ignorance, Amhara phobia, hate and greed, the Abiy Ahmed, Adanech Abebe, Lencho Leta, and those who are staffed in every government offices came from Kaffa, Aris, Wellega, Bali and Oromia region that never saw or knew Addis Ababa before.

    The hate and greed stems from the irrational and unknown fear of Amhara phobia where they blame Amahras for their stubbornly uncivilized savagery culture and believes that they still hold firmly today.

    So when are the Orommumas are going to be like normal human beings since civilization is a mystery that will never happen ?

  3. this fat irresponsible menopause idiot who cam to Addis from God knows which tribal enclave is going too far. It is incumbent on all of us to stop her. She is not the mayor of Addis but of some hidden oromo intrigue.

  4. Internal migration especially by royal population to urban areas is natural and very common that can not be avoided. It has been going on since humanity adapted a settled way of life style. The projection is more than half of the world population will live in urban mega cities soon. The old country will not be an exception. That small village where I spent my formative years had a population of less than May be 250 residents then. When I look at it on Google the other day it has more than 25,000 people. As it continues to develop and modernize it will not be too long before the population there exceeds more than 100,000. It will be a test to any sitting government to see if it is capable of handling such movement of citizens. Addis/Finfine will not be spared from internal migration. Demonizing the migrants is not the solution. Such populist views and talks by those in position of power or influence have already been found to be harmful and deadly to innocent people. It has been invalidated and condemned. Politicians should watch their mouths because they should always keep in mind that there are plenty of those in any society who don’t possess the sophistication to look through what they hear or read and such group of people are the most dangerous in any society. The solution to unplanned and suddenly overwhelming migration is not just demonizing it but it lies solely on how and what the government is doing developing the rural areas. Demonizing migrants can turn deadly on innocent opportunity seeking citizens and should be avoided at all times.

    • Pastor Ittu Aba Farda, shout out for you. As always, your thoughtful comments are hassle-free in contrast to some of the scathing remarks above.

      Avoid agitators like yadesa and always be fair and devoid of tribalistic ideas, unlike Obbo Yadesa and the like haunting this wesbite and dessiminating hatred and poisonous ethnic based supremacy.

      Do these patients, like Yadessa, have a late departure from the mental institution today? They are stumbling to change their sour mood, but they are still drunk.
      ———————–The End——————–

      • Pastor Ittu Aba Farda, shout out for you. As always, your thoughtful comments are hassle-free in contrast to some of the scathing remarks above.

        Avoid agitators like yadesa and always be fair and devoid of tribalistic ideas, unlike Obbo Yadesa and the like haunting this wesbite and dessiminating hatred and poisonous ethnic based supremacy.

        Set aside from prosperity party , and all other hoodlums who plant hatred and division at the expense of maintaining power and inflated sense of economic hills. Cleanse your self from all your past offensive deeds that you commited against ethnic groups while favoring the other-resulted in a devasted social fabric.
        Do these patients, like Yadessa, have a late departure from the mental institution today? They are stumbling to change their sour mood, but they are still drunk.
        ———————–The End——————–

  5. Isn’t a “Terrorist” a “Terrorist” whether it is ኦሮሞ ሸኔ፣ ትግሬ ሸኔ፣ አማራ ሸኔ፣ ወዘተ? As some in Team Abiy work with ኦሮሞ ሸኔ, some in NaMA work with አማራ ሸኔ! So, if we take precautions against ኦሮሞ ሸኔ፣ ትግሬ ሸኔ፣ ወዘተ, why not against አማራ ሸኔ?

    የአማራ ሸኔ ማለት – የአማራን ካባ ለብሶ – የአማራ ፋኖንን ቆብ አድርጎ – አብይን በመቃወም አሳብቦ – ኢትዮጵያን የሚወጋ – የጠላት ጉዳይ አስፈፃሚ – የአማራ ባንዳ – ማለት ነው!

    የአማራ ሸኔ ምሳሌ:- ጃል ‘ጄነራል’ አሳምነው ጽጌ እና የእሱ ‘Amara Special Forces’፣ ጃል ሻለቃ መሳፍንት ተስፋ፣ ጃል ዘመነ ካሴ፣ ጃል ነጋድራስ እስክንድር ነጋ፣ አንዳንድ የአ.ብ.ን. አባላት፣ ወዘተ.

    Note that it is only for NaMA’s launching ceremony that 10 US Embassy officials flew to Bahir-Dar. So, should a US-backing give any Ethnic Supremacist Thug Carte Blanche to endanger Ethiopians? Cf.: Savage TPLF is also a US-backed Ethnic Supremacist Thug.

    ጃል Eskinder teamed up with ጃል Mesafint & ጃል Zemene before going to the US. In the US, he raised ≥$460K for Balderas. On his return, he ‘vanished’ to join አማራ ሸኔ! Also, ጃል Zemene [MerAwi village ‘farmer’] was arrested with ≥500K Birr & thousands in €/$.

  6. Nice Cherry-Picking: NaMA always says, “Ethiopians have the right to live anywhere in Ethiopia.” Shouldn’t it rather read “Amaras have the right to live anywhere in Ethiopia”?

    Practice What You Preach: Does any Oromo live in Gojjam & Gonder [G& G]? Where? Worse, Ethiopians are unwelcome in G&G, but Whites & Arabs get the Royal Treatment.

    Amara Fact Sheet: More Amaras live outside the Amara Zone: ≥15 million in ‘Oromia’; ≥3 million in Addis; ≥2 million in others. Most are also Economic Refugees from G&G.

    NaMA’s Disinformation Campaign: It portrays Amaras as ኦነግ ሸኔ’s only victims. That is a malicious lie. ኦነግ ሸኔ has killed thousands of Oromos & displaced ≥2 million of them.

    Amaras & Wollega: Wollega is ≤20% of Oromia & only ≤2% of the ≥15 million Amaras [in Oromia] live in Wollega. So, the ≥98% [≥14.7 million Amaras] live comfortably!

    Oromization & Orommuma [OO]: Amaras cry “OO” when TPLF-displaced AA suburb Oromos get lodging in AA. Why don’t they cry ‘Amarization’ when G&G flock to AA from ≥500 km away and make 90% the population & 60% of AA’s government workers?

  7. Land thief Orommuma from Arsi Adanech Ababei is illegally Demolishing many decades old homes in Addis Ababans to steal their land!

    The Orommuma rotten tradition in Terrorism, theft, crime, Cannibalizing Amhara people, corruption and legalized lawlessness starts from Abiy Ahmed the Terrible , Shimeles Abdissa, Adanech, Lencho Leta to all the way to small kebelles.

    Adanech from Arsi is illegally hand picked of Abiy Ahmed from Jimma by violating the law of Addis Ababa administrations law that states Addis Ababa mayor must come from Addis Ababan, born and raised in Addis Ababa.

    Both never been to Addis Ababa until they join EPRDF now are running the Orommuma agenda that has nothing in common with Addis Ababans interest but only to steal and annex Addis Ababa to Oromia where Amharas are the majority of the population by using excessive force, demolishing peoples homes in the middle of the night, arresting massive number of people and etc.

    If anyone has to migrate or leave out of Addis Ababa it is the ethnicist/narrow minded/lawless Thug PM Abiy Ahmed, Adanch Abebei and the Orommuma hostile village invaders and thieves.

    The Ormmuma land thieves Derg and Woyane have gone after spilling so much of innocent people blood but you have not learnt from their mistakes. You may Murderer as many people you can, demolish Addis Ababans homes, steal and keep their properties but you will never escape from justice even after you fled out of Ethiopia. Ethiopians are now all over the world and you will face them soon or until you die!!

  8. I prefer to address everyone as Ethiopian, and the issues as an Ethiopian issue, but at this difficult time, all social-issues “Agendas” are pushed-out with ethnicity-flavored-poison-drops  by our modern-day “Politicians” since the 1990’s who have managed to gain power by ‘fracturing” the fabrics of the neatly-tied Ethiopian society which we all came out from.
    So, it is rather difficult to voice one’s opinion in this fracturing-times by addressing each issue as an “Ethiopians” issue, as it should be.

    For the most part all (the majority) of the issues to date are of ‘political” in nature. and my observation is that, most of the political-parties are organized along the ethnic-lines, as dictated by the former/current leading party (TPLF+), though TPLF no longer present, its former-cadre’s are still in-line following the rules it left behind (unable to create their own, but perhaps they do not know how, or they like to milk it to maintain their own “Interest”, instead of  the nation’s interest as a whole.)  Perhaps, the power coming next will resolve it to the nation’s interest, once the current hungry-bunches  fill their bags & move back to irrelevancy, as usual.

    I never seen them but I head the names of the university students that started it all in the late 60’s/70s Telahun Gezaw & Walelegn Mekonnen  at the then Haile Selassie University (I must have been in junior high, or so) I remember school-boycotts and joining student demonstrations and being chased by police with teargas to nearby villages and in to peoples homes…  

    Both I assume were Amhara kids spearheading this movement, I heard from university students in my neighborhood that these two were highly engaged intellectuals one of the Gezaw was family-related (by marriage) to the leadership of the time.  
    Anyways, both understood the power  ” in Number” and worked to mobilize not only the university students at all the 3 campuses (6, 5,4 kilo) but also all students in Addis including mine, we were in and out of schools for an extended period of time…as a result.

    In comparison what I come to realize is that the new generation of Amhara politicians’ seems to be truly mystified in this new political  arena they find themselves in.
    Their minds are so scattered all over the place & are NOT able to grasp or form a coherent and binding agenda ( as those two did in the 60s/70s ) that will bring all (near & far, in & out) concerned to come back to the same-cause and ideals.
    As a result they have become leaf-in-the-wind (that require a wind blower and some bags)  and the people they took representations (votes) from are left to fend for themselves on every agenda-the-governing powers throw at them time and again, such as the one in this article.

    I have no idea how many Parties these people created (appears out of desperation) I read 2 of them that were scheduled to have their party-annual-meeting  last week were prevented from having one by the “authorities” (the rulers) and the Election-Board said, that is an illegal action to interfere in such activities of registered parties.  The local authorities seem to have responded as they have no knowledge of such interference by their office, even though it was all over the news last week and the so-called authorities are not aware of it?  Even on “Borkena”  the news was out  to the overseas readers.

    All these is happening to the parties (~500 + of them) and the millions of peoples these “politicians” APPEAR to represent are being taken as if they do not exist or count to the powers to be at this very moment (5 years now) is simply because THESE wannabes- POLITICIANS:  (#1) have WEAKENED themselves by weaving-themselves-THIN 500 + village PARTIES  (becoming easily breakable/push able, forgettable…. ).  (#2) By doing so, each one of them squandered the Populations VOTE (their  Constitutional-Right afforded them) to have a STRONG representation that stand to defend their RIGHT, have been WEAKENED and it is evident in their collective sufferings by the hands of the people they count as THEIR-OWN, be it those that live next to them thought are their brothers, or those whom they voted for  to represent & speak for them, or those whom they pay salary to protect /serve their legal rights /save them when they needed saving from fire/flood and such, but having none of these things that are enjoyed by others that are represented by those whom are determined to serve-effectively and forcefully.  

    My questions are:
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    Why so many parties, instead of one strong party?  

    (Is it maybe, many of you want to be a “Leader”, which is only possible in smaller hand picked members that flow your whim…?)    

    “There is strength in number”
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     Why then disperse-thin  the collective power /strength that comes from “number” ?

    Who benefits, at the expense of the many, who are deemed  to lose in these equations ( & are suffering (killed, displaced, home demolished, barred to enter)  ?  

     (putting aside the nation’s interest,   just for now)  

    What are the “individual” ( personal )  obstacles (putting ambition aside) for creating ONE Party that would serve the INTEREST OF  millions of our people???

    Hope the day will come the Ethiopian PEOPLE at large WIN, not individuals whom they elected to SERVE them.

    Be well.

    • I like such articles very much because it includes personal accounts by those who were present when things began to go in the wrong directions beginning the late 1960’s in the old country. My personal account was from what was going on around the student movements/associations outside the country. I was well informed about the vices of communism that was menacing the world at that time before I came across some of those groups. You could see it coming. You could see a dark ominous cloud hovering on that gem of the colored then. The brightest were captivated by the fantasies and lies they were being fed by the commies in Moscow and Beijing. Those gullible but fanatic leftist individuals were in tight control of all student associations. They are not rightly informed about the more than 25 million peasants who were made to starve to death by Stalin. They had no idea that Mao had led more than 50 million Chinese citizens to their agonizing death during his ‘the great leap forward’, ‘let a thousand flowers bloom’ and the genocidal ‘cultural revolution’. Instead they were fed with lies about ‘The Long March’ and ‘Heavy Industry Revolution’. Then it did not take them too long to split along some stupid ideology differences. They told us the other group were this or that kind which I have not able to understand to this day. After one demonizing the others with scathing name calling they all went back to the old country. We all know what happened then. They came up with this or that brand of communism. They were able to rally almost entire youth around their respective parties. The leaders of those commie parties told their youth ‘in your death thousands will pick up the baton and take it to the finish line’. Now the youth being so intoxicated with irresponsible and reckless battle cry it rushed into the streets to fight the well armed Mengistu’s killing machine literally bare handed. After the bloodletting stopped in the capital and other major towns along with villages the country lost its entire future leaders. The country was left leaderless. Those who survived the carnage came out confused and inflicted with lifetime emotional scar. That left the country wide open for bigots. Remember many of these bigoted ethnic group leaders are the products of veterans of that misguided student movement.

  9. I like such articles very much because it includes personal accounts by those who were present when things began to go in the wrong directions beginning the late 1960’s in the old country. My personal account was from what was going on around the student movements/associations outside the country. I was well informed about the vices of communism that was menacing the world at that time before I came across some of those groups. You could see it coming. You could see a dark ominous cloud hovering on that gem of the colored then. The brightest were captivated by the fantasies and lies they were being fed by the commies in Moscow and Beijing. Those gullible but fanatic leftist individuals were in tight control of all student associations. They are not rightly informed about the more than 25 million peasants who were made to starve to death by Stalin. They had no idea that Mao had led more than 50 million Chinese citizens to their agonizing death during his ‘the great leap forward’, ‘let a thousand flowers bloom’ and the genocidal ‘cultural revolution’. Instead they were fed with lies about ‘The Long March’ and ‘Heavy Industry Revolution’. Then it did not take them too long to split along some stupid ideology differences. They told us the other group were this or that kind which I have not able to understand to this day. After one demonizing the others with scathing name calling they all went back to the old country. We all know what happened then. They came up with this or that brand of communism. They were able to rally almost entire youth around their respective parties. The leaders of those commie parties told their youth ‘in your death thousands will pick up the baton and take it to the finish line’. Now the youth being so intoxicated with irresponsible and reckless battle cry it rushed into the streets to fight the well armed Mengistu’s killing machine literally bare handed. After the bloodletting stopped in the capital and other major towns along with villages the country lost its entire future leaders. The country was left leaderless. Those who survived the carnage came out confused and inflicted with lifetime emotional scar. That left the country wide open for bigots. Remember many of these bigoted ethnic group leaders are the products of veterans of that misguided student movement.

  10. Dear our daughter/sister Adanech! You misspoke on this one big time. Show grace by taking it back. No explanations or justifications. Just take it back.

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