Solidarity message in support of the ongoing Qeerroo-Qarree lead National Liberation Movement
|Global Gumii Oromia
6909 Laurel Ave
Tacoma Park, MD 20913
Secretariat: (202) 509-1187
Date: March 12, 2019
The Global Gumii Oromia (GGO) is a civic organization created by Oromo professionals residing in North America and around the globe to mobilize resources to assist Oromo victims of human rights abuses, injustices, displacements and dislocations by political and natural disasters; to create favorable environment to build awareness for sustainable development and empowerment; and to maintain, preserve and promote Oromo culture and language.
The Oromo people have been struggling for liberty, freedom, and self-determination since the occupation of their land and subjugation of their rights by the Abyssinian expansionists about 150 years ago. The Qeerroo-Qarree uprising in 2014 against the so-called Addis Ababa Master Plan is the continuation of the freedom struggle staged by our forefathers since the occupation.
The Addis Ababa Master Plan was an evil plan concocted by TPLF-EPRDF government to evict the surrounding farmers, grab their land and create a wedge to separate East and West Oromia. However, the Oromo people lead by Qeeroo-Qarree movement waged a bloody struggle to abort the plan and brought about the change of government in 2018, where the new Reform Government was installed. The Qeerroo-Qarree paused their struggle trusting the new Reform Government would address the Oromo questions, for which they shed their bloods;
The major Oromo questions for which the Qeerroo-Qarree shed their bloods are:
- Restoration of Finfinnee into Oromia that was grabbed by Minilik invasion, exterminating the Oromo from their ancestral land during the occupation of Oromia
- Stop land grab in the name of investment
- Make Afaan Oromoo the federal national language, as the Oromo nation constitutes about 50% of the Ethiopian population
- Respect and implement the self-determination right of all nations, nationalities and peoples
Even though the new government publically promised, on many occasions, to resolve these questions, nothing has been done practically during the last 11 months the government has been in power. The inaction of the government actually emboldened the Finfinnee occupier settlers to argue that the Oromo has no right on Finfinnee. They even attempted to bar the Oromo youth from entering the city during the preparatory activity to receive the OLF leadership returning from their foreign struggle base. The attempt of preventing the Oromo youth from entering their ancestral city by the settlers children lead to bloodshed and loss of lives, regrettably.
Moreover, the Addis Ababa City Administration is erecting condominiums into the Oromia State by evicting farmers from their homes and farm lands. It is illegal to build structures in the jurisdiction of other entities without agreement or permission. This violation of law is committed on the watch of the government of the State of Oromia. This act is not acceptable by the Oromo people, since it is an implementation of the defeated Addis Ababa Master Plan, surreptitiously. The Oromo are victims of the so called housing development program. Beneficiaries of the condominiums are not the Oromo people but the settlers. Structures built in Oromia without the permission of the Oromia State government should be confiscated and distributed to the evicted farmers.
The Oromia government should cover the cost if required by law. What is illegally taken away from the Oromo people must be restored and put under the possession of Oromia.
Occupying some ones land and denying the right of the natural owners is an act of arrogance. The British colonizers of Kenya did not claim that Nairobi belonged to them and Kenyans were entitled to the rural areas and their cities after Kenyan liberation. No colonizer made partial claim of ownership on the liberated land/country. By the same vein the Oromo people are entitled to total liberation of Oromia in its entirety including the city of Addis Ababa (Finfinnee). Partial liberation is not liberation but bantustanization like the past racist South Africa. The Oromo should re-take the whole of Oromia not a fraction dictated by the settler occupiers. No part of Oromia should be left unliberated, nor be left for negotiation. At the same time, it should be noted that when the Oromo claim ownership over the whole Oromia, they also understand that it is possible to live with the settlers as long as they respect the Oromo ownership over their land (Oromia) and respect the laws of Oromia. Embracing others is enshrined in the Oromo Gadaa culture.
Because the government dragged its feet not to address the Oromo questions, the Qeerroo-Qarree have re-ignited their peaceful struggle to liberate and ensure the integrity of Oromia. The Global Gumii Oromia supports the Qeerroo-Qarree lead national liberation movement until all the outstanding Oromo questions are answered and Oromia is fully liberated. Freedom should be wholesome not partial.
In this spirit, we call up on the government of Oromia and the federal government of Ethiopia to immediately stop playing delay tactics; instead act resolutely and restore Finfinnee under its natural jurisdiction (Oromia) without any delay, not to call for (cause) worst crisis.
We also call on our people to stand in unity and continue demanding the full restoration of their natural rights over Finfinnee, other cities and parts of Oromia such as Raayyaa and others.
March 12, 2019,
Global Gumii Oromia