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New Developments Signal the Cascading Collapse of the Oromo-Led Government

Oromo-led government
Yonas Biru


 Yonas Biru, PhD

Three important political and economic developments in just as many days signal the rapid collapse of the Oromo-led government. The most important development is a legal one. The Ethiopian Lawyers’ Association filed a war crime complaint with the Ethiopian Federal Police Commission Crime Investigation. The accused are Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Defense Minister Abraham Belay Bereh, Field Marshal Berhanu Julla, General Abebaw Tadesse and Ato Temesgen Tiruneh. The complaint includes the use of drones and weapons of mass destruction against civilians in Amhara, Oromo, and Tigray tribal homelands.

This is the most significant development since the armed uprising of Fano. The Fano opened a crack in the proverbial floodgate. The Lawyer’s Association widened the crack, signaling the beginning of the end of the Boy King’s kingdom. What the Boy King is doing is no different from what got Putin indicted for war crime and crime against humanity. If there is a difference, it is a difference of degree not of kind as far as international law is concerned.

If there was a politically mature diaspora, it would have filed a similar complaint with the appropriate international court system and scale up its PR in Europe and America. Sadly, the Ethiopian diaspora consists of part tribalized and part zombified artifacts who are anti international intervention. Any proposal to leverage the international community encounters an avalanche of hoots of disdain from sleepwalking zombified hermits, led by a መተተኛ engineer in America and a ደብተራው professor in Sweden. አክስታችን ወንዝ እና አሜሪካ የማይጎትተው የለም ትል ነበር. That much I understand. What I do not understand is the Sweden phenomenon. 

Tribalized Oromo intellectuals and their brethren hermitized Amhara intellectuals are in a rapid and heightened process of self-destruction. We need to confront this issue head-on to save Oromo intellectuals from the stupidity of Oromummaa and Ethiopia from Oromo intellectuals. Obviously, I am using the term intellectual in the most generous and most elastic sense of the term.

I apologize for digressing, but until Ethiopia finds a way to rein in its hermitized and tribalized intellectuals, the nation’s political wisdom and practice will continue to diverge, and its populace will never absolve itself from the vagaries of ignorance and the ensuing abject poverty, war, and self-destruction.

The other two developments are economic. First Pepsi ended its operations because of severe shortage of foreign exchange. One of the reasons that the Boy King visited Sheik Al Amoudi in Saudi Arabia was to plead with him to keep his business (Pepsi) open. The Sheik whose properties were claimed by corrupt officials in the Oromo tribal land was not receptive. The business is closed, leaving 8000 employees out of work.

 In the meantime, the French telecom firm, Orange Telecom, withdrew its offer to purchase up to 45% stake of Ethio Telecom. The company stated: Current conditions in Ethiopia “do not allow for the rapid deployment of [its] strategy and the completion of a project that would create value for the company.”

The failure of the nation was magnified this week when a soccer MVP player was awarded a trophy. The award ceremony was orchestrated and covered in the news. The trophy was a gallon of cooking oil and half a bag of rice. If the narcissist and sociopathic Prime Minister lasts another year, the trophy will be a human skull. It is not without reason I have said in the past Political Oromummaa is a path to a primitive social order.

The nation is dissolving from inside out and the Oromo Boy King is talking shit about acquiring seaports and the diaspora is sleepwalking not knowing which century it is living in. My grandmother was only 50% right (at best) when she said: “God Protects the Blind and Ethiopia.” She may be right about the bind. If God had any intention to protect Ethiopia, he would not have hermitized and zombified its intellectuals.

Rumor is swirling that the Boy King wants to negotiate with Fano. I maintain Fano should not close the door for negotiation. But it must demand fool proof guarantee to make sure the Boy King will not continue to play God and his evangelical ጠንቇይfied fortune tellers and palm readers are kept out of the political landscape.

Above all, one demand that Fano must insist on is having an unfettered international investigation of war crime and crime against humanity. The investigation must be time bound and Fano and others must have a voice in the selection of international investigators. All those who were involved in war crimes and crimes against Humanity in Afar, Amhara, Tigray and Oromo Benishangul, Gambela, tribal lands must be held accountable.

Remember: To Err is Human to Forgive is Divine.

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  1. The good doctor strikes again! Bravo!!. Unusual, but the characterization of Ethio intellectuals, mostly Amhara and borchamoch, is on point. I, for one, felt the sting, and ended up reflecting on my deep seated nationalistic views- mostly built on the fairy tales of Menelik, Haile-zero, and the source of all- the myth of Kibra-negest (?Manifest Destiny of the Amhara Monarchists, sympathizers, and beneficiaries; Whiich does not represent the other 90% of ethnic groups in todays Ethio). Growing up in a country, such as Ethio, built on fabricated history and fairy tales leads one to a false and delusional national pride- which lacks a Real intrinsic Potency or propeller! Hence zombification! The concocted pride, lacking genuine potency, later morphs to the lack of genuine national fervor in the form of intellectual sloth and fatigue. Hence zombies! Our current state of disarray, lack of cohesiveness and zest to support the FANO mov’t-other than remotely clapping, and that other ethnicities are not joining- emanates from the ill-efffects of a One sided history of ethiopianism- which is mostly fabricated at best- and irrepresentative of others! Hence hermetism! To ameliorate this slumber: Let’s all be BRUTALLY HONEST with ourselves, GENUINELY listen to the views of other ethnic groups, face the historical and currently developing FACTS-not wishfull ethio 360 sensations, undo the wrongs of history and make peace with the REALITY of DIVERSITY/EQUALITY. Stop the obvious pretention and join hands with FANO and help their mov’t to get off the ” ye Abatochachn mantra” and shape it to be all-representative and the pride of all ethnicities in Ethio-as it stands today! Otherwise, the cycle of wars will go on as we have willingly failed to admit that the fabricated history and the casualties it claimed in its manifestation is the PRIMAL cause of the chain of wars of the past centuries and the current one. Otherwise, we will continue- Disillusioned and consumed in the malignant and self-destructive false identity and pride, while millions are losing their lives, and the ship is sinking disgracefullly. Sadly, a lot of us are quietly-though delusional- hoping for some fairy deity to come and save Ethio from itself. Hence the fairy tale issue goes on! That same deity was around when Yugolavia or USSR went down in flames! Remember, they had much better footing as an entity compared to ours! Get Real! Wake up from hallucinating in your long debunked made-up history of 3000 years- a history invented by the Amhara monarchs of villages and towns in order to get Pedigree! Again, forget it! Who would know that such a wicked and selfish invention would accelerate internal colianilsm, create a big country on the blood and bones of minorities, stay in endless wars and shamefull poverty. That invention matured to being the undercurrent and is threatening the existence of that fictional state! The original sin is destroying Ethio. Amhara intellectuals, get off your caves and delusions! You may still have a chance to write history the correct way! Oh, by the way, I am one of you! shalom to you from the line of Judah.

    • Hi,
      From your constructive comments, I assume that you belong to the progressive Oromo intellectuals even though you use the Amhara pen name. The long history the Amhara elite refer to as an Ethiopian is in fact a stolen Tigrayan one. It is not a fairy tale as you mean. It is a stolen history. Tigray is known to be among the oldest nations with its own ancient civilization which is taught and spread in Ethiopia though theft. It is positive that the Oromos disown and reject this stolen history. As predominantly pastoral communities which moved into the southern and central parts of the present day Ethiopia and settled there,they also interact with some of these stolen ancient Tigray cultures, history and civilization. Despite all this, Tigray as a regional power and liberator of Oromos, remains committed to defending Oromia.

      • Digital Tigraway, your hate towards Amhara is the same as TPLF which brought misery to the people of Tigray. From my reading of History what we claim the long Ethiopian History is the History of current Northern people which includes, Tigray, Amhara, Agew, Kimant and others. The word Aksum itself came from Agew word not Tigray. So, please try to reconcile with yourself then you will be at peace with your neighbours.


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