By Gemechu Aba Biya
Every time Hizkiel Gebissa is requested about secession, he equivocates, but he is a dedicated separatist. He just doesn’t have the decency, integrity, or honesty to say it brazenly. He tries to cleverly camouflage his separatist intention, whereas actively working with like-minded people, teams, and political organizations to dismantle Ethiopia regularly, steadily, however systematically.
In 2016, he, along with Tsegaye Ararssa, and others co-authored the so-called Oromo Nationwide Constitution. The constitution was meant to be a precursor of the structure of an unbiased Oromia, a lot because the 1991 OLF-TPLF charter was a prelude to the 1995 EPRDF structure, but because of bickering among the numerous political events and opposition from teachers, outstanding people, and atypical Oromos, the constitution couldn’t be permitted as planned. This story was reported by Tamrat Negera, an Oromo journalist.
To bolster the proposed Oromo Charter, Hizkeil Gebissa and Jawar Mohammed steered the institution of an Oromo Transitional Authorities and an Oromo army. (See the letter addressed to them by the concerned Oromos). That too fell apart when the varied teams couldn’t agree on the people who should lead the implementation of the plan. Some people, together with Hizkiel, recommended to appoint the Little Ayatollah because the Supreme Leader of the Supreme Council, a lot to the chagrin of the supporters of Dowd Ibssa. (No, I didn’t make up the word Supreme Council. Examine the link). He has not yet repudiated his separatist proposals.
As we speak, Hizkiel pretends to help a united and democratic Ethiopia, while making speeches, giving interviews, issuing statements, and plotting with others to advance Oromia’s separation. He has never taken an unequivocal stand on nationwide unity. Each time he’s requested about secession, he tries to be too intelligent by half by saying that he supports “self-rule” for the individuals of Oromo, which may imply an autonomous region inside a united Ethiopia or an unbiased Oromia.
Equivocation on secession
In 2016, when somebody requested him about secession, he feigns to be incensed by the query:
“To make certain, nobody Ethiopian group has the moral authority to manage the litmus check of loyalty to Ethiopia. It’s unfathomable that Oromos need to reply such questions particularly in the wake of the sacrifices the younger era of Oromo have been paying to liberate Ethiopia from tyrannical rule.”
The false indignation is intended to divert attention from the query. Yes, in case Hizkiel has not observed, some Oromos, including his boss Jawar, are so disloyal to Ethiopia that they have publicly vowed to destroy it to create an unbiased Oromia. He pretends to have never met a separatist Oromo.
Second, the query of secession was addressed to him personally, to not all Oromos. We all know that the vast majority of the Oromo individuals oppose separation from Ethiopia because they understand that separation might be disastrous for the Oromo individuals and since they’re patriotic Ethiopians as properly. As typical, Hizkiel, like his fellow separatists, relies on hyperbole, mendacity, and stealth statements to advance Oromo separation. (As an example, Asafa Jalata the OLF author falsely claims that Emperor Menelik killed five million Oromos).
If pretend outrage, hyperbole, and emotional manipulation aren’t enough, he tries obfuscation. Hizkiel obfuscates by saying , “The difficulty of secession, for example, was principally settled when federalism was chosen as a solution and secession was enshrined in the Ethiopian Structure for granted in principle.”
That is the sort of non-answer you anticipate from a slimy, duplicitous politician, not from an trustworthy, truth-seeking educational. Someone who can’t give a simple “sure” or “no” reply to a simple query clearly hides something.
Though he lacks the integrity to say that he helps secession outright, there’s sufficient indirect evidence from his statements and actions to conclude that he is still a separatist. When he was just lately asked about article 39 of the constitution at Mekele College on July 11 , he responded that he helps it. It’s very unlikely that a person who supports nationwide unity can in clear conscience additionally help article 39, until he’s a separatist. Simply as you don’t buy a automotive, until you plan to drive it, you don’t endorse article 39, until you hope to invoke it in the future.
To make certain, I recognize Hizkiel’s proper to help separation, however what I detest is his dishonesty, sleaziness, lying, and hate mongering towards the Amhara individuals to advance the separation of Oromia.
Additional, he endorses the confederation of ethnic states that has just lately been proposed by supporters of the TPLF to exchange a sovereign Ethiopia, revealing his secessionist aspirations. Showing on Tigray TV on July 13, Hizkeil gleefully asserts that the Killils are able to separate and the method of Ethiopia’s dissolution is underway.
He points out that the Killils have their very own structure, their very own police drive, their own military (particular forces), their very own flags, and their very own presidents. He might have also added that Oromia and Tigray have their very own ethnic nationwide anthems as properly! What is lacking, he contends, is international recognition only. And that can come simply once a referendum, requiring a easy majority vote for separation, is held. He can’t wait to see that day.
Defending the constitution
Hizkiel defends the constitution vigorously. One wonders why he bloviates a lot when defending the constitution, both its content material and the method by which it was drafted and accredited. The reason is easy: the constitution, written by the two separatist political organizations the OLF and TPLF, was conceived to destroy Ethiopia. He must share the identical goal.
The constitution created the Killils, ethnic enclaves, with large imbalances within the distribution of assets, economic power, and political affect, an unworkable federal association in the long run. It enshrined secession. It undermines Ethiopia’s nationwide id. It created indigenes and non-indigenes within every Killil who’re subject to unequal rights. It consists of provisions that incite continuous conflicts in every Killil. (Kebeles demanding to be woredas, woredas demanding to be zones, and zones demanding to be Killils, and Killils ultimately demanding to be nations).
Because of these and different options, the structure fosters perpetual political crises and the eventual collapse of Ethiopia. No one might have designed a better structure than the OLF-TPLF constitution for a rustic to self-annihilate. And that is the structure that Hizkiel defends as being good for Ethiopia. Certainly, it is a good structure for the destruction of Ethiopia.
That’s why separatists like Hizkiel threaten violence, bloodshed, civil struggle everytime you recommend to vary the structure. This is mental bullying, the hallmark of somebody who has no legitimate arguments to defend a tenuous position.
If the structure supplies the authorized framework for the separation of Oromia in the future, then the bottom political work must begin now. The separatists are working to regularly dismantle Ethiopia, with the apparent connivance of the Abiy authorities.
Hizkiel, Jawar, and Bekele at the moment are collaborating intently with the TPLF separatists. They have shaped an unholy alliance with the former oppressors, torturers, and killers of the Oromo individuals. Hizkiel used to condemn the Woyane regime incessantly for its crimes towards the Oromo individuals, but on August 7 he denies ever using the word “Woyane”! Come again? A cursory take a look at his video clips during the last 20 years exhibits he has profusely used the phrase “Woyane”. The person a pathological liar.
Two years in the past, Hizkiel was telling us the alliance between the Amhara and Oromo individuals, deeply rooted in history, was essential for a united, democratic, and affluent Ethiopia. Now, he tells us that the alliance was merely tactical and that there can by no means be a strategic alliance between the 2 individuals.
The strategic alliance, he argues, ought to be among the Cushitic individuals of Ethiopia, underneath the hegemony of the Oromos. That has been his long-held position. This means, when he was preaching the alliance of the 2 individuals, he was mendacity all along. Now he needs to con the Cushitic individuals of Ethiopia, but they know him properly sufficient not to be duped.
The person tells persistently contradictory stories, relying on whether or not he’s speaking in Bale or Mekele, in Amharic or Afan Oromo, on Amhara TV or OMN TV, on Tigray TV or on Walta TV. In Harar, he was advancing Oromo hegemony; in Mekele, he denounces it. On Tigray TV, the thieves are the EPRDF leaders; on Walta TV, no it’s the TPLF leaders. And so forth. Which is the true story?
For Hizkiel, fact is some type of play dough to be organized into totally different types, patterns, and shapes; to be packaged, labelled, and bought to a specific audience. The man has a significant issue of credibility, to place it politely.
The good expanded Oromia?
The current configuration of Oromia shouldn’t be economically conducive for an unbiased Oromia. To be viable, it should incorporate the SNNPR. To that end, Hizkiel and Jawar have been agitating for the fragmentation of the South not because they help the constitutional proper of the individuals within the South, however because a divided, fragmented, and weakened South might be straightforward to dominate, to Oromize, and to ultimately incorporate into Oromia.
When Hizkiel and Jawar assert that Oromia is composed of various “nations, nationalities, and peoples”, they don’t seem to be referring to the Amharas, Gurages, Tigrayans, and other ethnic groups dwelling in Oromia at the moment. They’re referring to the individuals of the South. Hizkiel needs to fragment the South but plans to increase Oromia by incorporating Addis Ababa, Dire Dawa, Shewa, the South, Wollo, and substantial areas of the other areas. Until you’re a separatist who goals to determine a Nice Oromia at some point, why would you need to increase Oromia?
Further, he relentlessly assaults Ethiopia’s nationwide id, spews ethnic hatred towards the Amharas, strategizes to weaken the Amhara region, advocates the Oromization of non-Oromos, and instigates political crises by raising wedge points (think of Finfinen Kegna and now Wollon Kenga). None of these advance nationwide unity. The truth is, they’re designed to kill Ethiopia by a thousand cuts.
I doubt if the strategy of progressively weakening Ethiopia to destroy it, whereas strengthening Oromia economically, politically, and militarily to make it an unbiased nation will work because the Oromo individuals are starting to understand the treachery of people like Hizkeil and Jawar and that separation is a mutually damaging choice for all Ethiopians.
There isn’t any assure that an unbiased Oromia would stay intact, given the cultural, political, regional, and non secular differences of the Killil. Nonetheless, we have now to be vigilant about intellectually dishonest individuals like Hizkeil who fake to help nationwide unity whereas actively making an attempt to destroy Ethiopia. It’s our obligation to show such political hacks, charlatans, and carnival