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The Oromo Consensus: Unity Makes Strength

Posted: Amajjii/January 14, 2013 · Finfinne Tribune | Gadaa.com | Comments (22)

By Leenjiso Horo* | January, 2013



Let me begin with the oftentimes told old parable to illustrate the meaning of the Oromo consensus: unity makes strength. The parable runs like this. Once upon a time, there was an old man who was very ill and lay dying in his bed. He had four children who were always fighting among themselves. All were always hostile to each other, always in conflict with each other. The old man always worried about them. He wanted to teach them a lesson. One day, he asked all of them to come to him. When they came, the old man gave them a bundle of sticks and asked them, "can you break these sticks?" First, the first son tried to break it. He tried very hard and he couldn't. Finally he gave up. Then, it was the second son’s turn. He too tried, and tried very hard and failed to break. He too gave up. Then, the third son and the last son tried in turn one after the another. All tried, and all could not break the bundle of sticks. Then, he gave one stick at a time to each of them and asked them again "can you break it?" Each of them broke it.

The old man smiled at his sons and said, "My children, do you understand what happened? It is always easy to break one stick. But, when sticks are bundled together, none of you could break the bundle. In the same vein, you four brothers should always stick together. Then, no one can hurt you. But, should you separate, any one is able to hurt you." The four sons realized what their father was trying to teach them and reconciled, made peace among themselves, and forgo their hostility and learnt that unity is strength and that unity creates a potent force. From that day on, they never fought each other. They forged unity among themselves, lived together in peace, harmony and unity.

The Fall of Oromiyaa in the 19th-Century
Now turning to the Oromo, for centuries before colonization, the Oromo nation was a powerful, highly respected, and feared independent nation in the Horn of Africa. But, by the turn of 19th century, many kingdoms were formed in various parts of Oromiyaa. For instance, in the Gibe region of Oromiyaa alone, five states; in Western Oromiyaa, two states; and in Wallo, six states were formed. The rest of Oromiyaa remained under the Gadaa system. Basically, Oromo fell under different loyalties. These weakened the democratic Gadaa system, its leadership, its institutions, and hence, the Oromo nation. On the one hand, these kingdoms fought among themselves, and between them and Gadaa institutions, on the other. Hence, there was no unity among them. Because of these, they were unable to mobilize their human, spiritual, and material resources to stop external invasions. While the Oromo were in the process of trying to put their house in order, the Abyssinians interrupted the process with the help of Oromo quislings (gantuus) and conquered them one by one. Not a single kingdom nor the remaining Gadaa leadership was able to individually withstand and defeat the invading Abyssinian force. And, hence, Oromiyaa fell under the Abyssinian colonialism. The Oromo lack of unity became strength for the enemy. This must be our first lesson to learn.

However, the Oromo people never gave up the struggle to put their house in order. Since colonization, they struggled in various parts of Oromiyaa. Among the many to be recalled are: the establishment of Western Oromiyaa Federation and its application for recognition to the League of Nations through the British, the Raya-Azabo resistance, the Macca-Tuulama Self-Help Association, and the Baale resistance movement- these were among the many resistance movements. These resistances gave birth to the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), the pan-Oromo political organization, in 1973. This was the first rise of the Oromo people from their fall of the late 19th century. The Oromo people rallied around the OLF and made their clear determination to rid Oromiyaa of Ethiopian colonialism, and to build a proud, dignified, free, independent, and sovereign Oromo nation and state. This is the Oromo consensus. With this, the Oromo struggle marched forward.

The 1991 London Conference
Photo: Former Members of the Foreign Office of the OLF at the 1991 London Conference with U.S.A.’s Official Herman J. Cohen and TPLF’s Meles Zenawi

The second fall was at the London Peace Conference. Others may disagree with me. But, it is a plain fact. The London Peace Conference was a failure for the Oromo cause. It was not peace for the Oromo, but it was a sellout of their cause. The London Peace Conference sow a seed of difference that later, after a period of dormancy, slowly germinated and grew to a full conflict in 2001, and beyond. The reason is simple to understand. In 1991, a group of members of the Foreign Office of the OLF stationed in the Sudan – headed by the then Deputy Secretary-General of the OLF – secretly traveled to London for negotiation without the consultation and authorization by the general leadership of the OLF. This means, the OLF Central Committee and its Executive Committee did not designate this group as a delegate to the Conference with the consent and instruction as to what was to be negotiated and what was not to be negotiated. Hence, the group lacked legal authority and legitimacy to negotiate. This gave birth to a seed of split of 2001. The conference participants were TPLF, EPLF, and a faction of a leadership of the OLF. At the Conference, the Eritrean People's Liberation Front (EPLF) negotiated for independence; the TPLF negotiated to occupy the remaining part of the empire, including Oromiyaa and to make its army, the Tigrean People Liberation Army (TPLA), to be the army of the empire. Having secured this, TPLF controlled the key institutions, including the Army, police, and security. At the conference, the then members of the OLF and the now "Oromo Dialogue Forum/Waltajjii Marii Oromoo" abandoned the struggle for independence of Oromiyaa and settled to "make" Oromo "citizens" of the empire. With these, at the London Peace Conference, it agreed to the encampment of Oromo Liberation Army (OLA). It was on these conditions and this agreement, the foreign army, the TPLF, was allowed to enter Oromiyaa for the first time in Oromo history by the Oromo group and then allowed to control Finfinnee, the heart of Oromiyaa, our capital. With this, Oromiyaa and the Oromo people fell under the control of the TPLF's army, police, security, and spies. Using this opportunity, it created a rubber-stamp parliament, a body full of spies. Having secured these, TPLF demanded that it deserved all resources of the empire as a fruit of its "victory" to be channeled to Tigray for its development. In order to accomplish this immoral goal, it used its power, laws, and forces to kill, imprison, torture, and maim innocent people in the empire. And so, the Oromo and other colonized nations' resources are being channeled to Tigray for its development and the rest is history.

However, the Oromo people rejected the London Peace Conference and its outcome, and with it, the TPLF. The Oromo people rose in unity again and declared the struggle for independence of Oromiyaa. They embraced the OLF, supported the demarcation of boundaries of Oromiyaa and implemented the Qubee Alphabet without delay. This was the second rise of the Oromo people.

Furthermore, after the London conference, five Oromo political organizations entered Finfinnee. Most of them sought favor from TPLF, and each became anti-OLF. This was their major political failure. They failed to stand together against the TPLF, and failed to clearly state that the Oromo struggle was for the total independence of Oromiyaa. The TPLF saw this weakness within Oromo political organizations. Then, it turned against them all and crushed them, one by one. The remaining left their own capital leaving it to TPLF. This was the third fall. The OLF Congress of 1998 was its rise again. OLF regrouped its forces and commenced the struggle.

The Split of OLF in 2001
Three years after the National Congress of 1998, the OLF split in 2001. "A house divided against itself cannot stand," Abraham Lincoln famously said. That's what the OLF was in 2001, a house deeply divided against itself. That split was a fall. The Abyssinian political elites and their Oromo political cohorts believed that it was the end of the OLF and the Oromo struggle. Many danced to this in the belief that those who wanted to maintain the Ethiopian empire prevailed. Some said, the OLF was dead. With this, they believed that the Oromo struggle was also dead. As a result, pseudo-nationalist individuals in the Diaspora abandoned the OLF and joined Oromo People's Democratic Organization (OPDO) in the name of "investors". They praised the TPLF regime. They engaged in a propaganda war against the Oromo struggle and the OLF by giving interviews with the Abyssinian mass media – stating, " We came back home because we are changed; the world has changed; Ethiopia has changed; geo-politics has changed; the Oromo society has changed; the Oromo is liberated." In this way, they joined the enemy camp. Again, the Oromo nationalists’ weakness became the TPLF strength. There is no other way to tell it.

But, the Oromo nationalists are wise. They are nationalists of lofty ideals and vision. Within ten years of the split, a house, that was so deeply divided, had healed itself, and that the political center, that once seemed unable to hold in any shape, reasserted itself and the OLF unity and reconciliation formalized. This is a great success. Despite this, there are still Oromo nationals who want to talk about past failures only. They failed to understand the Oromo consensus: unity and reconciliation make strength. They failed to understand that we cannot keep on talking about yesterday. Yesterday is past; we cannot change it. What happened yesterday has happened. It is now history. We can only learn from what had happened yesterday so as not to repeat the mistakes of yesterday. Now, our job is to concentrate on today's work. Our focus is today. Today is our day. We can grab it; we can seize it; and we can use it. Hence, our job is only to explain the past, focus on the present, and chart the path into the future. The unity and reconciliation just made between the OLF Transitional Authority and the OLF Shanee Gumii is that change. I believe the other nationalists will follow. Tomorrow is a new day. We aspire to reach it. It is within our grasp, if we are united and struggled in unison. If we are united, the victory, i.e. the independence of Oromiyaa, is within our reach in a short time.

The question is as to why all these failures. The reasons are myriad. Of these, one stands out. I will put it this way. Answering this question is not a new pursuit – nor has the pursuit been without debate and controversy. It is known to all. Here is it. Like all colonial empires before it, the Abyssinian colonial empire had campaigned to cut off Oromo children from their own history, language, culture values and beliefs. To accomplish this, the successive Abyssinian regimes imposed Abyssinian language, history, customs, tradition, culture and the way of thought on the colonized peoples. After years of colonial occupation, most of the children of the colonized Oromo adopted the colonial culture, values, and ideas. As a result, they lost their cultural identity even though they may speak Oromo language, sing Oromo song, and dance to Oromo music. Consequently, they have become Abyssinians in taste and attitudes, and they are Abyssinianized in political views, beliefs, opinions and values. In this way, the Abyssinian colonial rulers through their educational system manufactured and made Oromo elites to serve the empire. These elites have became colonial messengers, the prison guards, and the defenders and gatekeepers of the colonial empire. It is these elites who penetrated the Oromo struggle and weakened it. Hence, in the Oromo struggle, as the struggle became weak, these elites drawn into doubt and then from doubt to despair and finally turned common opportunists. They have become the hesitant elites who do not have the confidence to overcome difficulties and to advance their own people's struggle. It is these elites who have been initiating their own steps with the greatest caution and prefer either to standstill and watch their people's struggle from a distance as silent spectators or prefer to retreat back to political jargon of the Ethiopian empire "federalization" rather than to take risk in advancing the national struggle for the independence of Oromiyaa. It is these sections of elites that remain the worshipers of the Ethiopian empire. On the one hand, they are admirers of the Oromo past, and on the other, they are pessimists about the Oromo future and the future of Oromiyaa. Hence, their vision is directed backwards. Most of these elites are the Dergue-era generation, those who grew up singing the slogans "Ethiopia First" and "Ethiopia or Death," among many slogans. Ironically, today, it is these same Oromo elites who are calling the Oromo slogans of national struggle, such as "Victory to the Oromo people!," Oromia Shall Be Free!," and "Revolutionaries Die, Revolution Continues!," as "dhaadannoo hoffaa fi goggogaa" which literally means in English: meaningless, hollow, and empty and dogmatic slogans. This generation is a fading-away generation. Its wishful political line of defending the unity of the Ethiopian colonial empire in the name of "federalization" cannot compete with the passion of the rising Qubee generation and their struggle for the independence of Oromiyaa.

It is this group of Oromo nationals who have become instrumental in the campaign for the "federalization" of the Ethiopian empire, "democratization" of the Ethiopian empire and making the Oromo people "citizens" of the empire. Recently, this group has openly declared to replace the Oromo struggle for the independence of Oromiyaa by the struggle for the "citizenship" of the Oromo people in the Ethiopian empire. What this means is "Abyssinianization" or equivalently, "Ethiopianization" of the Oromo people. It is primarily this group that became instrumental in the splitting of the OLF in 2001. And, it is this same group which created "Jijjiiramaa" in 2008. Then, it was this same group that split Jijjiiramaa into sub-groups. Having achieved these, finally, it formed the "Oromo Dialogue Forum/Waltajjii Marii Oromoo." Its members are the formerly "purged members of the OLF and those members who lost hope in the struggle and left the organization in despair" (former Deputy Secretary of the OLF Obbo Leencoo Lata's interview with Ms. Adanech Fessehaye on VOA Amharic language, aired on July 28, 2012). Those who left the organization in despair are the common opportunists. Its goal is and has always been to preserve the status-quo, the colonial empire. Ironically, it is the "Oromo Dialogue Forum that wrote a letter of condolence to the family and friends of the late fascist PM Meles Zenawi, wishing him to rest in peace" (August 22, 2012). Such a statement can only be made for a person of like-minded or taste or opinion or inclination. It is an expression of friendly fellow feelings; a statement of grief. Wishing "to lay rest in peace," a man who slaughtered thousands of innocent Oromo nationals: men, women, and children, old, and young; a man, who incarcerated, tortured, and maimed hundreds of thousands of Oromo nationals in the concentration camps that he built throughout the empire, is beyond reason. Such action is morally, ethically, and politically wrong and unacceptable by any self-respecting human being.

The recently announced memorandum of unity and reconciliation of the OLF Transitional Authority and OLF Shanee Gumii is a new rise. This unity is what the Oromo people and nationals have been calling for. It is wisdom of the leadership and the members to listen to the demand of their people. Here, a lesson to be learned is this. Our values are enshrined in the Gadaa democratic socio-political system. These democratic institutions powerfully formed the Oromo values and character. So, we have our shared values. We may roll this way. We may roll that way. We may drift this away. We may drift that way. But, our values hold us together. Our values unite us. Our values pull us together. Our values are who we are, who we want to be and what we want for Oromo generations to come. Indeed, Orommummaa (Oromoness), safuu (ethics), Kaayyoo, love for freedom, liberty, independence, magnanimity, hospitality, fairness, and tolerance are our values. It is for these we rise again. We must remember, we may fall, but we do not remain there. We rise again and keep on going towards our goal. This epitomizes Oromo greatness, their wisdom, their glory, and their strength lie, not in never falling, but in their rising every time they fall. This is the Oromo character. These are the Oromo values. The OLF leadership took a great stride in going the Oromo traditional way and their way of political conflict resolution without allowing a third party or outsider between them. The dispute within the OLF is a family affair, and it was a political internal conflict; it is not a social conflict. Therefore, the method of resolution of political conflict has its own arts and its own genius from that of social conflict. They are different. As a political family the OLF does not need or does not allow the third party to involve in its internal political affairs. Hence, it does not see the involvement of the outsider (the third-party intervention) as the answer to its internal problem. This is in the Oromo tradition and culture. It is not weakness, but consciousness of superior strength on part of both leadership to resolve internal conflict in this manner. This is the Oromo wisdom, and so it prevailed. As a family, they alone sat down together and hammered out their differences and resolved the long-standing issues, and came out in unity and reconciliation. This is quintessentially the Oromo way. Hence, the Oromo Consensus: unity makes strength should be understood to mean reconciliation, unity, peace, strength, and independence.

Despite this unity and reconciliation, there are opponents and cynics, who are scratching their heads to oppose this reconciliation and unity. These are selfish individuals who see the struggle from their own personal interest rather than from the interest of the Oromo people and their cause. These are individuals who like to see "federalization" of Ethiopian empire rather than independence of Oromiyaa, though there was no federalized empire in history. To this effect, they prefer to use euphemisms like "marii Oromoo," "Oromo dialogue," "federalization," "democratization," and "citizenship" as code words for weakening the unity of the Oromo nationalists and dismantling the struggle for the independence of Oromiyaa. They see the Oromo struggle through the lenses of these code words of empire maintenance rather than through the lenses of independence of Oromiyaa. For this, their propagandistic rhetoric of "Oromo dialogue/marii Oromoo," or "democratization" of the Ethiopian empire will not die down and their shouting for "federalization" of the empire will not suddenly go mute. These shouting heads will not stop shouting to "make" the Oromo people "citizens" of the empire. These shouting heads failed to understand or grasp that the root cause of the Oromo struggle is colonialism. The Oromo are the colonized people; Oromiyaa is a colonized country. The Oromo struggle is for the independence of Oromiyaa and its people from the empire, not for the "citizenship" or "democratization" or "federalization" of the empire. It is only the unity of nationalists and their struggle in unison, raising high the slogans of the fallen heroes and heroines in this struggle, that can make this rhetoric to die down, stop their shouting, and indeed render their shouting impotent so as to go mute.

In the end, as it is shown in the above pages, the Oromo consensus: unity makes strength is more powerful than divisive ideas. It is more powerful than betrayal. Unity and strength make independence of Oromiyaa feasible. The Oromo consensus is independence. For this, it must be understood by all, and must be accepted by all that, at this historic junction of the Oromo consensus: unity makes strength, it is practically impossible to reverse the aspiration and determination of the Oromo people and their nationalists to fight for and die for the independence of Oromiyaa.

Oromiyaa Shall Be Free!

* Leenjiso Horo can be reached at tguyyoo@yahoo.com


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  1. Aduu

    Jan 14, 13 at 8:34 am

    Dhugaan hin ture tii malee hin baduu. Galatoomi Obbo. Leenjiso barreeffama kee tii fii

  2. Mortar

    Jan 14, 13 at 8:37 am

    Mr author, thank U very much for your thorough analysis on the need for unity (among Oromoo liberation forces). However, we have to know that diversity and unity are inseparable. They are two sides of the same coin. We should not expect absolute unity. It can never be achieved. We should not be over ambitious. The best thing is to identify common values on which all Oromoo liberation forces agree and work together on them while respecting our diversity/differences/ at the same time. For example, fighting Abyssinian colonial powers must be our common agenda. Promoting our language ,culture, history, etc is our common value. We must put our differences[eg. ideological disputes] a side until the Oromoo people gives its final verdict on them.

  3. J.J.

    Jan 14, 13 at 2:53 pm

    ‘Only through the knowledge of the past can the present be understood ” Thank you Leenjiso for your detailed analysis of the history of our struggle . What we need is Unity “Tokkummaa ‘ to eradicate all the oppressers and dictators by any means to achive our goal for independence.

  4. mootummaa

    Jan 14, 13 at 5:39 pm

    All u trying to sale us is clear. ” Shanee OLF ” is never wrong, they are Mr. Mrs. right to be engaged to!.
    This is where the problem starts with Dispora oromo politics. Lack of Rational thinking, emotional reactions to events, blind and bluffed support to a group/faction by blackmailing the other oromo political group.

    What the Oromos need to realize is that we need to carefully analyse what is going on in The Oromo politics. The so called “tokkummaa Qabsa’oota” The OLF factions are talking about today has to be critically analysed as to what is driving the factions to bring about “tokkummaa” of ABO QC abd ABO shanee?!. why did they used to reject a call for reconcillationb by several attempts by many concerened Oromos and organizations?! and now all of a sudden they are talking about “tokkummaa qabsaa’otaa” every day and night?!. what is our gurantee that these people are going to bring about tokkummaa and stay together as a viable Organiztion?!

  5. galgalo geenda

    Jan 14, 13 at 7:57 pm

    Obbo Mootummaa where have you been? OLF-QC and OLF Shanee Gumii could reconcile because Shanee is now clean from Ethiopianist members: the cleaning started with the exit of G. Kamal’s Jijjiirama faction and later was followed by the group that calls itself Waltajii Marii Oromo. The two went out with the majority of the ex.Shanee leaders. Thus the opportunity which the OLF-QC was waiting for arrived in 2012, and they caught it without delay. Now those for freedom have come together. Don’t worry they will not disappoint you if you are for Oromo independence.

  6. The Oromian bateleur

    Jan 14, 13 at 10:25 pm

    TOKKUMMAA, TOKKUMMAA etc. Oromos were one, are one and shall remain ONE. The intricated problems are not in TOKKUMMAA, but they are among the leaders of libration front. The Oromos are one and they are in need of determined leaders who will lead them to become the owner of their land Oromia. I have never seen or heared that there were wranglings among ordinary Oromos over Oromos politics. Holding grudge againsting one another, sulking and retreating from the Oromo cause, fliring one another on minor issues and being capricious, fricle, are a few problems which are undermining the struggle like a chronical cancer. We must come out of these interweaved heinous nest.

  7. Qanquree

    Jan 14, 13 at 11:21 pm


    The answer for you question is simple. The reconcilation of Shane and QC was achieved because the hand of suboutagers are cleaned off. In name of reconicilation, disintegeration was going on. Please listen to one of the person called Jarsa araara said in Oslo forum. ” Nuti waan kana yeroo araara fixaan baasuuf yaala ture”. What this tell you? their objective was not recoincilation but doing thier job to accomplish their objective of Democratinzing empire. In other interview with “sinbirtuu Radio” the person told the truth why start the so called ODF. Telling the truth is not blacmailing, rather running from truth is. Their is no gurantee about future since it is uncetain. The only gurantee should be done is to backoff the Habasha collaborators from the leadership position of OLF. In that way they can not create their division and infighting among liberation forces.

  8. Bortola

    Jan 15, 13 at 12:26 am

    Dear writer,
    When you said Lencoo Lata single-handedily decided on the role of the OLF in the transitional govt, the encampment of the OLA, etc mind you, you counted out, humiliated, and degraded the then Secratory General, Galassa Dilbo. Do not you think the OLF is run by a group of people that includes executive committee, CC members etc. Do you really believe that Galassa was so neglected like nothing and did not have any say in the organization when he was the commander in chief of the OLF? BTW who do u think played a major role in exiting the transition gvt and made the OLF leadership flee to Nairobi abandoning the OLA in camp, cadres in office and supporter in the streets? How do u think is this a responsible way of discharging ones duty. You either have no clue about what u are talking about or a pathological liar.

  9. Hundumaa Olqabaa

    Jan 15, 13 at 1:12 am

    This talking and talking about the same thing over and over again just to rationalize about the existance of the past diiferences and divisions that led to serial failures even though Oromos now need to find a way out of the divisions and build common grounds as well empowerment of the individuals and communities.

    “The time has come to harness the blessed power within us and to use it to transcend from our current existence into a more empowered reality.” ~Steve Maraboli

    In talking about the weakness of the London conference that outmanouvered the Oromo participants and granted the tplf monopoly power I am just wondering as to why Not the OLF Central Committee and its Executive Committee did not excercise flexibilities under such an extraordinary circumstance and throw its support behind the delegate to the Conference even though they were NOT formally mandated and through that exercise its influence on the process of the negotiation. Under the bygone circumstance what can the delgates negotiate when in fact the organization is divided and bent on fighting each other rather than directly and indirectly being flexible and supporting each other.

    What is the BIG DEAL in talking about independence or no independence for the olf delgates at that particular point in time since even the virulently agressive tplf tyrants abundaned their long standing independence agenda and were settling down for the empire control agenda that is till going strong. And that is not even tplf agenda as such but the agenda of its foreign supporters and backers who in fact wanted to see the empire intact like always.

    Can the then olf with all of its then nominal capacities in the areas of organization, unities, military, local and international networkings, economic capacities, diplomatic capacities, propaganda capacities, cultural capacities, etc. fight out and become victorious as to establish a viable all round sustainable democratic independent state? May be yes may be no. But you be the judge!

    If we are saying also that oromos have lost their linguist and cultural identities as a result of the long standing Amara cultural imposition and brainwashing, then what naturally follows is not really only one single military solution but an ongoing direct and indirect cultural and linguistic revolution in order to take back stolen identities and own cultural values. To say that even if oromos can now speak their own Afaan oromoo they still think like the colonized with the colonized mind is NOT telling the truth as the claim might be fake. There might be individuals who still think like the colonizers but in general Oromos are conscious about their identities and cultural values as well as respect them. What causes problems and obstructs strong and speedy cultural and identity development and progresses is the endless divided oromo bickerings, accusations and counter accusations, rantings and counter rantings as well as shameless fingerpointings instead of learning from the past, getting united, educating and helping the population and leading them by example as role models and transformational leadership.

    If groups and nations can not forgive and forget the past traumas and deep rooted bitternesses inorder to build a stronger new future as to empower itself and the entire population in a new way, then it will only live in its past traumas and get its past unpleasant giftes over and over again.

    “If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.” ~Mary Pickford :)

  10. mootummaa

    Jan 15, 13 at 4:56 pm

    Qanquree & galgalo geenda

    You guys talk about the reconcillation between OLF QC and OLF Shanee. you need to realize that, that didint come due by the will of the so called “leaders”. It is just a spontanous reaction to ODF’s current wave of movment within the Oromo cammp. The ODF’s movment woke the “leaders’ of those factions from their hibernation.

    Those of you who really buy in to and emotionally react to the so called reconcillation are really lost!!
    by now any politically concus Oromo should realize who the so called l”eaders” of OLF are. It might lift our sprit momentarly when they talk about “tokkuma” but it is never to last! coz, it is didnt take careful delibrations as to how move forward and forge real unity among diffrent factions not just the two OLF factions only..

  11. Bulloo

    Jan 16, 13 at 5:53 am

    Obboo Leenjisoo! You write good English! The rest is just Hansaraa or galabaa! What do you know about the Oromoo struggle? You don’t know any thing than ergamtuu of writing character assassination.

  12. Bobaa Qirqidaa

    Jan 16, 13 at 4:01 pm


    “…It might lift our sprit momentarly when they talk about “tokkuma” but it is never to last! coz, it is didnt take careful delibrations as to how move forward and forge real unity among diffrent factions not just the two OLF factions only..” you wrote.

    Even though your wish for “real unity” is positive but please stop your underlying unhealthy burning jealousy about the starting unity for whatever reasons it started because anystarting may need anykind of starter yeast whether that yeast might be ODF, OPC, OPDO, HMD, etc. Whythe chest beating and crying about the underlying reasons for unity formation rather than celebrating about the unity itself?

    I am an independent person not attached or affiliated with any one of these “regrouping” organizations but very much pleased with their effort to come together and do something for the people rather than sitting on different tree braches and keep throwing pea nuts at each other like unintelligent mountain monkeys until the enemy comes and cuts their trees with electric motor saw.

    But I agree with you 100% that the unities/alliances need to be slowly but surely broadened to all concerned relevant organizations if the pupose of existance is to bring about the over due change all oromos have been waiting for desperately.

  13. Hubataa Dubbii

    Jan 16, 13 at 4:11 pm


    Instead of focusing on the messenger please all of you focus on the message so that we(Oromos) may learn something from each of you. Or else it is just like sitting on different tree branches and throwing nuts at each other endelessely and wasting precious time which is a very scarce resource.

  14. Gugsaa

    Jan 16, 13 at 5:03 pm

    I could not found out how this guy related the 2001 split with the London peace confrence? If every failer is attributed to obbo Leencoo Lataa wht was the secretary General Galaasaa doing? If those standing tall behind Obboo Leenjiso rejected the London peace confrence why they were on different positions in the charter era? Did obbo Lencoo keep them with some kind of gun or magic? Anyways mr. Galaasaa /the secretary general/ was not able to be Napolion of the Animal Farm after he sucked Snobol /Obboo Leencoo./ That was not for he has not tried to be. He was unable! That is it! But he has had good squilers who are telling the animals that the lost key of the farm was stolen by Snobol. Can I say Obboo Lenjiso is one among them? Out of bet! But squilear in the Animal Farm was better than those in the human beings OURS, not because Squilear in the Animal Farm was outstadning pig in its thinking. But we are not those animals who couldn’t analyse who stole the key. What is the plain truth is Galaasaa lost the key. But Lenco has not stolen. Napolion has to look for the key where he lost. He can find it under some items in the house than blaming Snobol.

  15. Fayyaalleessaa

    Jan 17, 13 at 1:04 am

    More than any thing thank you Obboo Leenjiso for this article. It is full of facts. It carries the truth. The truth of what had happened is really exposed. Not only this generation but also it will become a learning history for the next generations. The London Conference was a debacle, a sellout, a betrayal of the Oromo people. London Conference betrayed the OLF political Program and the OLF itself. ODF is organization of goobanoota individuals. As Obbo Leenjiso said it is the individuals Abyssinians “manufactured
    and made to serve the empire.” This a fact.

    It is said “the pen is mightier than the sword” and so this article “The Oromo Consensus: Unity makes strength.” It hit at the heart of those who want to “federalize” the empire, the group that called itsef ODF, the anti Oromia independence group. It hit hard obbo Motummaa, Ganamo, Bulloo and their likes in their heart and bones. They felt hurt. That is why they are crying and shading their tears. Why they are against the unity and reconciliation of the two factions, because that will bring independence of Oromia that they hate. ODF is a viruses group. It is poisoning the Oromo unity in the name of “marii”.
    Keep on writing. That is the only way to teach Oromo about this new viruses, the Abyssinian agents.
    Again, thank you for this educational article.

  16. Olyad

    Jan 17, 13 at 8:40 am

    Obbo Leenjiso u r the worst writer if u r not good articullator ,if obbo Galasa did not deligate obbo leencoo and Dima ,how these two guys took all of them to Finfinne? can u answer me?

    so what i wanna say is that if this two guys really have done all these,they can do what ever they want
    really these guys are performer not talktives like u.

    How two guys bring all the olf military junta zero?
    I give the A but for obbo Leenjiso F
    if u know what olf has done during transitional government u will not critizis obbo leencoo,know about qubee afaan oromoo,calture,the so called oromia,Ethinicty based federalisim

    ODF be strong and the tokkomma know shane and QC r thaking is nonsense, and it is no where unity.

  17. mootummaa

    Jan 17, 13 at 9:31 pm

    Bobaa Qirqidaa

    I think you didn’t get my point.
    You said: “Whythe chest beating and crying about the underlying reasons for unity formation rather than celebrating about the unity itself?” This is a part ofcharacter assassination syndrom epidemic whidspread in Shanee’s camp.
    This are the kind of reactions we Oromos should avoid if we were to forge real unity among ourselves! what I am saying is, spontanous reactions donot sreve the purpose. what is our guragntee that these people are going to stay together?. what is changed now which brought the so called “tokkumma” now?!
    A messey unplanned actions have ruined our Qabsoo, took several thouthands of lives and treasure!.

  18. Qanquree Atomsa

    Jan 18, 13 at 7:22 am

    My friend You just touched a tip of an iceberg. When all were done settled and said this guy will go down in the history of the Ormomo nation as the highest ranking Gobana of the century or of all times. Surprisingly he and his group are not finished yet. They are still kicking and very vocal and potent indeed.

  19. galgalo geenda

    Jan 18, 13 at 10:42 am

    Motummmaa, you wrote “what is changed now which brought the so called “tokkumma” now?! A messey unplanned actions have ruined our Qabsoo, took several thouthands of lives and treasure!”

    Yes, in the wishes and wild dreams of an Ethiopianist the agreement between ABO QC and ABO ShG is “messy”. Why are you so impatient? Why don’t you wait until the declared tokkummaa is a failure and your dream becomes a reality? Your crocodile tears show that you are a pathetic being who should not have anything to do with a people’s genuine struggle for justice. Get lost!

  20. Zakkariyas

    Jan 18, 13 at 6:36 pm

    A person by false name Leniso Horro is anti Oromo LIberation struggle and its leaders. THe theme of his article is an adiviice to OLF Shanee Gumii and OLF QC to unite against other Oromo nationalists..
    Namittiin bu’aa ABO argamsiise hunda busaanitti naquu yaalte. Namittiin stupid ta’uu ishee kan saaxilu Konfransii London sagalee Oromoo awwaalamee ture baasee addunyaa biraan gahe abaaruu ishee ti. Farra ta’uu isheef ragaan kana caalu hin jiru.

  21. Qanquree Atomsa

    Jan 19, 13 at 7:05 am

    Let us look at the London incident closely and tell what really happened.Oromo representatives actually presented themselves from a very weak position, because they represented a sleeping giant or Gorilla of 800 pounder whch was in disarray and disorganized for which they were partly responsible. The other two competitors were well organized having a very strong fighting force behind them.
    In accordance of natural law of survivor of the fittest the west quickly sow the strong position of the two groups and agreed to help them to run the country. Ofcourse had we been strong with a superior fighting force the west had no obtion but agree with us to run the country or do whatever we want. For the last twenty years we still did not learn from that lesson and other lessons that we need a superior Oromo fighting force. Begging ,whinning and dialogue do not all work unless force backs you up. That is how the world operates, else you have got to live in the status quo with shame.

  22. Fayyaaleessa

    Jan 19, 13 at 11:15 pm

    Obbo Gugsaa,

    Oromos who were and are participants in the Oromo struggle knew what went wrong. You are simply a consummer of information who do not know facts when presented you do not want to accept. You are a blind person. You are blinded with Abyssinianism or Ethiopianism. You are Oromo Abyssiniainist. May be you are an Abyssinian, a fellow of Zakkariyas. Obbo Leenjiso put the truth of the time in front of you to understand the root cause of the crissis in the OLF. Obbo Leenjiso squarely laid out exactly what had happened. We must be appritiative of him. We must understand so as not to repeat the same thing over and over again. Think how a population of 4 million of Tigreans completly dominated and completley controlled over 40 million Oromo population and their vast land and took control of our resources. Make your mind to work. Think over it. It was because of the work of Leencoo Lataa and Dima Nogo and their followers. Obbo Gugsaa, shame with you. You must be ashamed of yourself for not understanding how the London Conference became the basis of crissis and split. For most of us, it is now clear.

    I was in Oromia at that time. I, myself, saw how Leencoo Lataa was creating havoc, filling keys positions with his Ethiopianist friends. He never spoke about independence. Always about “araraa” or peace. Throughout the time, when the Oromo people say, the time is now to fight, the time is now to declare independence, Leencoo Lataa kept on saying no need to fight. He was fighting with the Oromo people rather than with Wayyaanee. It was the nationalists who put in place every change in place not Leencoo Lataa and Diima Nogoo. These groups were the alliance of Wayyaanee then and still today.

    You Abyssinians know the Oromo names. You use Oromo name to comment. We know who you are despite you use the Oromo names. The Oromo struggle is against settler-colonialism, the nefxanyas and its alliance the goobanas in the like of Leencoo Lataa and his associates. You are know scared because of the unity of the two major faction of the OLF.

    Down with nefxanyaas!
    Down with new goobanas!
    Down with Ethiopian empire!
    Down with setteler-colonialism!

    Long live Oromiya!
    Long live the Oromo people!
    Long live the Oromo nationalists’ unity!
    Struggle continues until independence of Oromia!