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OLF Founder Leenco Lata Returns to Ethiopia – By William Davison

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March 20, 2015
by William Davison

Wikileaks on Lencho Leta (TOP Secret) – Must Listen(Bloomberg) A founder of a banned self-determination movement for Ethiopia’s most populous ethnic group, the Oromo, returned to the Horn of Africa nation to try and re-enter democratic politics, a spokesman for his splinter group said.OLF Founder Leenco Lata Returns to Ethiopia
Oromo Democratic Front President Leenco Lata arrived in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Thursday, Lencho Bati, a spokesman for the group, said in an e-mailed response to questions. The group held inconclusive talks with Ethiopian officials over the past two years, Beyan Asoba, the head of the U.S.-based ODF’s foreign relations department, said in a separate e-mailed statement. Leenco began the Oromo Liberation Front in 1973 before leaving to join the ODF in 2013.
“We accept the current constitution and want to participate in peaceful political struggle,” Lencho said. The former OLF leaders left the organization and created the ODF “because we currently do not believe in the secession of Oromia and armed struggle,” he said.
The Oromo comprise about 34 percent of Ethiopia’s 96.6 million population, according to the CIA World Factbook. The Oromo Liberation Front, classified as a terrorist organization by Ethiopia’s parliament in 2011, was one of the allied rebel groups that overthrew the military socialist Derg regime in 1991 and participated in the transition to a multi-ethnic federalism.
In 1992, the group fell out with the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front, a four-party coalition that has run the country for more than two decades. Members of the OLF were jailed in 2011 after being found guilty of attempting to bomb an African Union summit in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa.
‘Genuine Federalism’
The ODF is seeking instead to expand the struggle for Oromo autonomy into a broader battle for democratic rights and “genuine federalism” for all Ethiopians, according to the group’s website.
Leenco’s previous influence in the OLF and his “key role” in the transitional government that ruled from 1991 to 1995
makes the return significant, said Abel Abate from the Ethiopian International Institute for Peace and Development, which was started by the government.
“His return to his country after two decades definitely will impact the political structure in the country positively,” he said Thursday in an e-mailed response to questions.
Government spokesman Shimeles Kemal in a phone interview on Thursday denied the visit had occurred.
Ethiopia holds parliamentary elections on May 24. The ruling coalition and allied parties won all but two of 547 seats in 2010 polls.
March 20, 2015
by William Davison
(Bloomberg) A founder of a banned self-determination movement for Ethiopia’s most populous ethnic group, the Oromo, returned to the Horn of Africa nation to try and re-enter democratic politics, a spokesman for his splinter group said.OLF Founder Leenco Lata Returns to Ethiopia
Oromo Democratic Front President Leenco Lata arrived in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Thursday, Lencho Bati, a spokesman for the group, said in an e-mailed response to questions. The group held inconclusive talks with Ethiopian officials over the past two years, Beyan Asoba, the head of the U.S.-based ODF’s foreign relations department, said in a separate e-mailed statement. Leenco began the Oromo Liberation Front in 1973 before leaving to join the ODF in 2013.
“We accept the current constitution and want to participate in peaceful political struggle,” Lencho said. The former OLF leaders left the organization and created the ODF “because we currently do not believe in the secession of Oromia and armed struggle,” he said.
The Oromo comprise about 34 percent of Ethiopia’s 96.6 million population, according to the CIA World Factbook. The Oromo Liberation Front, classified as a terrorist organization by Ethiopia’s parliament in 2011, was one of the allied rebel groups that overthrew the military socialist Derg regime in 1991 and participated in the transition to a multi-ethnic federalism.
In 1992, the group fell out with the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front, a four-party coalition that has run the country for more than two decades. Members of the OLF were jailed in 2011 after being found guilty of attempting to bomb an African Union summit in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa.
‘Genuine Federalism’
The ODF is seeking instead to expand the struggle for Oromo autonomy into a broader battle for democratic rights and “genuine federalism” for all Ethiopians, according to the group’s website.
Leenco’s previous influence in the OLF and his “key role” in the transitional government that ruled from 1991 to 1995
makes the return significant, said Abel Abate from the Ethiopian International Institute for Peace and Development, which was started by the government.
“His return to his country after two decades definitely will impact the political structure in the country positively,” he said Thursday in an e-mailed response to questions.
Government spokesman Shimeles Kemal in a phone interview on Thursday denied the visit had occurred.
Ethiopia holds parliamentary elections on May 24. The ruling coalition and allied parties won all but two of 547 seats in 2010 polls.

3 Comments

  1. Ha ha haaaaaa. He wants to help the ruling party to massacere the remaining oromo peoples by changing his 2007 new strategies. He has the blood of thousands of the oromo people on his hand. WAKE UP OROMO AND OROMIA. Your killer is back. Hagere Ethiopia/Oromia yemotelish kerto yegedelesh bela.

  2. He will be there until the “Bedeno INKUFTO hole” is full of innocent Ethiopian bodies. We the children’s of Ethiopia did not forget what his pseudo fighters did after stimulating themselves by chewing Kat aedulis ( chat or jimma) in the 1983 / 84 EC. He is a genocider and racist.

  3. The Old dog has returned to his own vomit!! After all at the expense of so many who died, many who are displaced, and many still languishing in prisons around the nation (let us not forget that the majority of the prisoners in the nations notorious prisons are Oroms).
    The dear Mr. Lencho is going back home for a peaceful retirement!!
    I know you don’t make any difference if at all, except being a propoganda tool for the wicked Weyanes ( the curse of the nation).
    You could not even wait until the so called election comes to its surprise end, to crawl under the feet of your old bosses!!
    You say, you want to struggle from inside and bring democratic change eh? where were you all these years? What has changed (improved)about Weyanes way of dealing with those who stand for democracy and equality ? It is a shame after all the sacrifices payed by so many who payed with their lives to see you in the clutches of your old masters!! Weyane is a curse and you will also add to the curse !!!
    You will be a witness with your own eyes, that nation and those people will be free from the Clutches of weyaens, but you will have no part in the new and democratic Ethiopia.
    Man alive! I don’t believe in luck, but that is all I can say to you, “good luck!”
    Up until now the Weyaenes have managed to stay in power with all kinds of twists and turns, but it is not going for long; When God says it is enough! Let them know it is enough!! God shall wipe away the tears from that nation, and from every eye! the nation will see a day of light! All this misery will come to pass!!
    The struggle will continue knowing victory is sure and near!!!

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