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LETTER FROM LEENCO LATA TO HMD PM OF ETHIOPIA

H. E. Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Office of the Prime Minister
P. O. Box 1031
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
 
Dear Mr. Prime Minister,
Please allow me to extend my greetings at a time when my heart is, once again, grieving for all the Oromo that are being killed, jailed and brutally assaulted by your security forces merely for demanding their legitimate constitutional rights. During the last four months, reports reaching us from the center, east, south and west of Oromia indicate that hundreds have been killed, thousands have been wounded and tens of thousands are being held in prisons or detention centers. Rarely have in the history of contemporary Ethiopia members of a particular nationality suffered brutality on such a scale and magnitude. The Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) would like to call upon you to take practical steps to right these wrongs and avert more calamitous developments. Moreover, these upsurges of protests, despite the heavy-handed crackdown, demonstrate that the 25 year old policy of deploying the security forces to suppress popular yearning for justice, equality and basic freedoms has failed. Surely, reconsidering this policy is way overdue.
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Mr. Prime Minister,
Further crackdown is no answer to the widespread and sustained protests. Neither is brandishing the government’s achievements in the economic realm for what is at stake is people’s lives. Having already stated that the country is ailing from lack of good governance, it should not be lost on you that something more serious is amiss with the EPRDF’s approach to governance. If your government does not consider these incidents as the writing on the wall, what other signals would serve as the wakeup call? At this point, pointing fingers at your usual culprits is not only pointless but also a dereliction of duty. Mustering the political will to bravely deal with the root causes of the ongoing turmoil is astute leadership.
The Oromo protests have, on the whole, been peaceful. However, that these largely peaceful rallies were at times marred by violent incidents is regrettably undeniable. We should not be surprised. The brutalities visited upon them forces youthful members of brutalized communities to consider violence as an effective response to what is happening to them and members of their society. If the government employs brutality as an effective instrument to suppress demands that the government itself has declared to be legitimate, what hinders these individuals from following the example set by officials expected to be responsible?
Mr. Prime Minister,
You, as a person with engineering training, must be aware of the valuable role that relief valve play in averting disaster. Unless the cause of the over-pressure that set off the relieve valve is identified and dealt with, catastrophic explosion would be the inevitable outcome. Peaceful protests are social relief valves indicating that simmering societal discontent is approaching explosive levels. By simply repressing them instead of dealing with their root causes, one only makes an explosion inescapable at an unpredictable later moment and with equally unforeseeable consequences.
Throughout history officials of long governing parties have failed to realize and deal with simmering societal discontents because their powerful situation cloaks them from feeling the pain suffered by the average person. If one throws a frog into a boiling vessel, it will immediately jump out and save itself by reacting to the heat shock. If it is placed in a steadily heating container, however, its body naturally adjusts to the rising temperature oblivious to its inevitable demise. I am afraid that EPRDF officials, ensconced in a comfort zone behind a wall of an expansive military and security apparatus run the risk of being blind to the storm cloud of rising societal discontent that is thickening over Ethiopia. Hence, it is in your best interests to heed the warnings of those outside this comfort zone, disturbing though their messages may be.
Mr. Prime Minister,
I have always been disturbed by EPRDF’s sense of self-righteousness and blamelessness and the ease with which it attributes all ‘wrongdoings’ to this or that culprit. I imagine you are also troubled because, as a religious person, you must believe that only the Almighty Creator is completely infallible and blameless. Thus, humble humans must engage in soul-searching exercises in order to question if, through their commissions or omissions, they contributed to tragic developments. Aside from hollow talk about lack of good governance, it is high time for EPRDF to lift the blinders of hubris and ask itself if its policies or practices led to the tragedy currently unfolding in Oromia and other similar happenings elsewhere and take appropriate action.
Mr. Prime Minister, as the leader of the country at this most trying of times, it is incumbent upon you to exercise utmost wisdom. To this end, please allow me to pose a few questions, if you may. Can Ethiopia afford more chaos? What if the situation spins out of control, as it has in many countries nearby and far off, as to plunge the country into an all-out pervasive crisis? I am afraid, as millions are, that Ethiopia is nearing a point of no return. What would be the use of waking up and wailing after the Rubicon had already been crossed?
Mr. Prime Minister,
Let me conclude by mentioning one tragic political tradition in Ethiopia with ever rising disastrous consequences. And that is the tradition of leaders failing to institute reforms with the view to averting impending disasters. Emperor Haile Selassie failed to heed such a signal when his own Bodyguard attempted the coup dẻtat of December 1960, indicating that instituting reforms was overdue. His refusal to heed the warning culminated in the tumultuous 1974 revolution that claimed his life, exposed members of his family to years of suffering and forever sealed the fate of
the millennia-old institution of monarchy.
The Emperor’s successor, Mengistu Hailemariam, could also have likely averted the separation of Eritrea by simply restoring the abrogated federation. Instead of seeking a political solution to the Eritrean issue, however, he persisted to wage war even after the coup attempt of 1989 exposed the degree to which the high brass as well as the rank and file of the armed forces was frustrated. Hence, I plead with you to aspire going down in history as the first Ethiopian leader that instituted timely reforms by heeding the writing on the wall. Much more immediately, I appeal to you to show leadership by addressing the country and taking the following measures:
 Unequivocally declare that Addis Ababa (Finfinne) is an integral part of the Oromia National State, that also serves as the seat of the federal government;
 Establishing an independent commission to investigate the killings and assaults committed against peaceful Oromo demonstrators and to bring the culprits to justice;
 Releasing all political prisoners regardless of their political, religious and ethnic backgrounds and revoking the unconstitutional laws passed in recent years;
 Sacking the Chief of Defense Staff General Mohammed Yunus (Samora), and Chief of Intelligence and Security, Ato Getachew Aseffa, for their mishandling of the crisis, and replacing them with professional and impartial officers;
 Initiating an open, transparent, and inclusive dialogue on the situation in Oromia and the country’s future.
Wishing you all the wisdom and courage required of a leader at a time of deepening crisis and with the expression of my highest regards, I remain.
Yours truly,
Leenco Lata, President
Oromo Democratic Front (ODF)
 

17 Comments

  1. Ethiopia’s thoughtime.every mindful person can predict that Ethiopia on the way to the way distraction and division unless peacefully wisdom is applied to the current situation. As we can see or have seen before Ethiopian government have no any other method except use of power to crackdown peacefull demonstrators.what covered in the lencho lata`s latter to primeminiter.is the only wayout.but if the government is about to use its power we will see at what point it will end. If the government will ignore the demind of sixty million people of oromo.

  2. I am surprised to see Leenco Lata writing such a letter to PM Hailemariam Desalegn to take some three measures to defuse the protest.
    1. I thought Leenco knew well the Ethiopian politics and the current Woyane/EPRDF political architecture. Is Leenco really expecting Hailemariam Desalegn to fire Gen. Mohammod (Samora) Yenus and the chief of intelligence Getachew Asefa? Hailemariam himself is under total control of those two guys. A puppet Prime Minister who has been put in office by TPLF and of course to serve the interests of the TPLF, Hailemariam cannot do any thing including his own personal affairs without TPLF’s permission. was Leenco really serious when he wrote this letter to the PM? Or was he simply writing for PR or some political game?
    2. Just a couple days ago on 2/18/16 Leenco Lata’s organization, ODF, issued a statement on current situtations in Oromia and in Ethiopia in general. In that statement, ODF declared that the “The status quo of the last 25 years is shattered and no longer tenable.” However, this open letter of Obbo Leenco recognizes the status quo from which he demands some actions.

  3. Obbo Leenco Lata seems that he is ok with the regime and the system in general except General Mohammed Yenus and Getachew Asefa, two of whom he accused of mishandling the protest.
    I think Obbo Leenco does not miss that the entire system is criminal including the Prime Minister. How can a criminal investigate, prosecute and judge his/her own crime?

  4. ሌንጮ ለታ በደርግ ዘመን የሸዋ ክ/ሃገር የደህንነት ኃላፊ ሆኖ የፈጃቸው ሰወች ደማቸው ይጮሃል በተለይ የደብረብርሃን ልጆች
    በወያኔ ዘመን ከነነፍሳቸው ጉድጓድ ያስጨመራቸውና በየቦታው ያስጨረሳቸው አማራ እንዲሁም በጋብቻ ተቀላቅለው ኦሮሞ/አማራ/ሌላ የሆኑ ያስፈጀ ወንጀለኛ ለምግባር ጓደኞቹ ሌላ ወንጀለኛ መልክት ሲጽፍ እየታዘብን የሌንጮን እና የገዳዮችን የፍርድ ቀን እንጠብቃለን፤

    • your understanding and thought is still a century behind from reality of today. I know your view is fully based on your biased ideology of demonizing Oromo freedom fighters. If you truly need a solution for the problem of the country and want to be part of a solution team, get away from your fabricated story, which was ready made and handed down to you from your dabtera style scholars.
      the second point is your accusation of Obboo Lencoo. You don’t even know where he was during Derg time and his professional activities during the mentioned time. Let you simply jump on trying to write on something which you don’t have correct information.
      Adios,
      Hunde

  5. Very strange! How can a poltician of so much experience decide to write to a puppet prime minister who only obtains orders from his woyane masters! Samora Yunus and Getachew Assefa he mentioned would only laugh when they read this open letter. Woyane dictators don’t understand such kind words. They only know how to kill. They don’t listen to intelligence advice; they don’t listen to peaceful demonstrations; they don`t tolerate any criticism; they dismantle political parties; they steal the country’s properties and they steal elections. So the only way to get rid of the devil is a united force of all Ethiopians in all parts of the country. Our Oromo brothers,sisters, mothers and fathers are beeing killed everyday bei the brutal agazi soldiers. Ehiopians in other parts of the country should stand up and join these Oromo protests and quicken the downfall of our tormentors. God help us!

  6. Very strange! How can a poltician of so much experience decide to write to a puppet prime minister who only obtains orders from his woyane masters! Samora Yunus and Getachew Assefa he mentioned would only laugh when they read this open letter. Woyane dictators don’t understand such kind words. They only know how to kill. They don’t listen to intelligence advice; they don’t listen to peaceful demonstrations; they don`t tolerate any criticism; they dismantle political parties; they steal the country’s properties and they steal elections. So the only way to get rid of the devil is a united force of all Ethiopians in all parts of the country. Our Oromo brothers,sisters, mothers and fathers are beeing killed everyday by the brutal agazi soldiers. Ehiopians in other parts of the country should stand up and join these Oromo protests and quicken the downfall of our tormentors. God help us!

  7. Dear Obo Lencho,
    This letter shows your intellectual capacity and leadership judgement. However, I have a question for you.
    In your second demand you stated: “Establishing an independent commission to investigate the killings and assaults committed against peaceful Oromo demonstrators and to bring the culprits to justice”.
    However you seem to pass judgment already in your demand number 4 stating “sacking the Chief of Defense Staff General Mohammed Yunus (Samora), and Chief of Intelligence and Security, Ato Getachew Aseffa, for their mishandling of the crisis, and replacing them with professional and impartial officers”
    How do you reconcile demanding independent inquiry at the same time passing judgment before the inquiry is even launched?
    Respectfully.

    • 1. You lencho ain`t a court.
      2. I too pass judgement and mine is, Getachew shall be arrested in ” sidist killo anbessa gibi” in a cage with the animals where he belongs.
      Now i don`t think Hailemariam has the power to do anything since he is a bird that cant fly ( we call it chicken). But me, if I had the power, i would do what just say i would.

  8. MR. LATA, I THOUGHT YOU ARE going TO TELL him the FACT ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE DYING AND SUFFERING but your letter is very disappointing and full of lies. Calling christian and making him feel powerful is not what I And those dying people want to her

  9. I think the content of the letter is, as I read it 80% is against TPLF 10% a little bit the question of sacking the right hand of Two Personals (Wayne)categorically issue of number 4 might be was not our problem. But all reflects the current issues of Oromia, its people, and political situations of Ethiopia, non-violence struggle towards the future glory -freedom, justice and unity.

  10. Mr. Lenchon give him credit to write a letter to the PM . That is wise way to do .the problem now is there extremist in both sides . He never address the extremist on his side , instead of asking General yunis to resign , it was better to ask with in certain time the military to look more Ethiopian and more ethnic group to join the rank and file in the army . Nobody has monopoly when it comes to the truth .we have to look what is going arround us. Violence didn’t help to any one . It will be distaruction for all of us, both sides have to go the thin line.

  11. Lencho Lata ask H/mariam Dessalegn to fire samora yunus and TPLf head inteligency hahhahahahahahahaa this is just Radiculus,
    Either Lencho dont the position of H/maryam or he belived Meles zenaw re- surrected and change his name to H/mariam. simple tigre militia can order the pupet H/mariam dessaleng.

  12. Very very very interesting …. A man who claim the throne before empire is built, is sounding like he cares for Oromo people more then He care for throne. If you care for Oromo people as you claim to be, how come your party and the rest of divided party like broken piece old glass come together and show your solidarity with #OromoProtester ? Which is first Mr selfish (Lata), at this very critical moment in Oromo history, when Oromo is being hunted, killed and TPLF is sucking Oromo blood with strew in open field, you write meaningless letter to meaningless leader like yourself. It is truly a shame, not a shame for you obviously but for those people who flows you like blind dog. Stop sounding like you make sense, stop thinking and wishing Throne, for once kill your desire and bring those old broken glasses together and make stand with #OromoProtesters, and show those ‘Lucifers’ (TPLF) that no matter what they do, they are GOING DOWN.

  13. Oromia is a nation under siege. AT this crucial time in the nation’s struggle for survival and when its youth are paying the ultimate price for the nation’s honor, the Oromo expect personalities that speak as leaders of a nation under siege, poised to defend them and retaliate on their behalf.
    ODF leader’s (Leencoo Lataa’s) open letter to Haile Mariam Desalegn is an embarrassment to the Oromo nation to say the least.
    Given the prevailing situation on the ground in Oromia, it is difficult to imagine a less softly worded letter even from a mediator or a concerned religious leader. This cannot be a letter from an aspiring leader of a nation under siege but an appeaser wishing to be considered for a post in Haile Mariam Desalegn’s cabinet or possibly a new PDO competing for OPDO’s position taking advantage of the currently ongoing killing and maiming of Oromo people.
    Have you no shame, Ato Leencoo?

  14. Your name (Lencho) is louder than the contents of your letter. I have been informed about you since my childhood. You are still there at the level where you had been before 25 years. To my understanding EPRDF has cheated you three times so far. I don’t like to mention those moments in which you lost points in the game. And now you are availing yourself in another trap. What a shameful leader are you to write this letter that would automatically lead you fall in the 4th trap? I think the regime has become smarter than what you are thinking of it.

  15. We should communicate with diplomatic language as an educated person. This is an open letter. I am sure, Mr. Lencho knows this politics better than the negative mind commentators. Unless we are with unbiased and unbalanced way of thinking, we should appreciate and respect the leaders of the Oromos like Mr. Lencho. They have done a lot, and they are our treasure. We always need them. Thanks.

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