Why can’t OPDO stop the humiliation of its leaders after twenty one years?
It is a little over two decades since OPDO was assembled together by TPLF political engineers in Tigray and officially unveiled in Darraa District of Oromia’s North Shoa Zone. Since then OPDO’s rank and file members were squeezed between a rock and hard wall. On the one hand, Oromo nationalists charge them as Gobanists for colluding with the enemy and facilitating TPLF’s grip on power. I have no qualms with such characterization because most, if not all, OPDO members were/are the messenger boys of the Tigrayan ruling elites. On the other hand, core TPLF politicos have always been skeptical of the loyalty of OPDO members and keep an eye on them as an internal enemy. For instance, during the power struggle between MZ and Seeye et al in 2001, TPLF focused on dismantling OPDO and humiliating its leaders as compared to ANDM. Kuma and his senior crew were dismissed from leadership positions in Oromia while the mid-level and low-ranking cadres of the organization underwent similar fate under the veil of renewal. President Negaso Gidada was denigrated by the cadres of the regime loyal to MZ when he courageously stood against Zenawi’s growing dictatorship in the EPRDF. Dr. Negaso was later denied of all the privileges of an outgoing leader of the nation only because he had political differences with MZ.