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Respond to Professor Messay Kebede Article  – By Kaleab Tessema

Mesay Kebede on TPLFI barely remember a long time ago, Professor Messay had given a speech at Columbia University and I was there to listen his speech, and his speech was not inspiring to me at all. I can not even recollect the topic of his speech, just that he was speaking about the Amhara ruling class but he did not mention the name of Amhara. I could infer this from his speech.
Professor Messay Kebede has subsequently written articles on the current Oromos students uprising in which he urges that the Amharas should join the Oromos’ students protests against the Addis Ababa master plan. Of course, it is everybody’s desire that Oromo and Amhara should be united to end the cruel TPLF tyranny regime.  Indeed, Oromos can not win alone against the TPLF; Amhara’s participation is very crucial and effective to bring down the TPLF government. It is true that as J.K. Rowling stated, “we are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”
 However, I assiduously read his last rebuttal titled  “Then and Now: A Rejoinder to my Critics.”  Professor Messay seemed disenchanted with Amharas because they did not join the Oromos’ students uprising in Ethiopia.  He further said,  “?? ?? ??”
I just would like to remind Professor Messay that, since TPLF came to power, the Amharas have been isolated and targeted for the last 25 years, and certainly, Messay is very aware of what Woyanne did and is still doing to Amharas. I wish the Professor had written similar article criticizing the TPLF/OLF regards to the 1992  mass slaughters of pregnant women and children in Arbagugu and in Bedno where the worst crimes ever committed on the Amharas since Mussolini’s aggression in 1935. Not even long ago in Gura Ferda and in Benishangul, the Amharas were expelled by TPLF surrogates and the Professor did not write any article denouncing  these horrendous crimes. I am dumbfounded that the Professor jumps to accusing Amharas not being participated in the Oromos students protest against the master plan.
Let me briefly attempt to elucidate to Professor two main reasons why the Amharas lack of participating with Oromos’ students protesting against the Addis Ababa master plan. Firstly, Woyane and Shabia sagaciously and systematically designed the ethnic lines of federalism in order to control the country by perpetuating the punitive policies that emphasizing the anti-Amhara ethnic group. This restrain is  inimical to the Amharas. Such cunning strategies that enable TPLF to remain in power by creating an envy between ethnic groups, particularly, among Oromo and Amhara. Hypocritically, Woyane tells to Amhara that if Oromo comes to power, your life will be at risk. The same thing, Woyanne tells to Oromo that if Neftegna comes to power again all your properties would be confiscated. So, we are the one who freed you from chauvinist Amhara, and if you try to resist us, you will go back to the system that you had before. Basically, they just made Amhara and Oromo not trust each other.
The second reason is that Woyanne quietly annexed large chunks of land from part of Gondar and Wollo to create greater Tigray. After they confiscated the fertile land (especially from Gondar), the TPLF day one, disarmed the people of Gondar, and started eliminating the original inhabitants of Welkait Tsegede, Humera to replace the Tigraians peasants. Since then, the Tigraians peasants became armed to protect the land in the areas where it was ferociously taken from Welkait Tsegede farmers. The indigenous who resisted the TPLF’s demonic action, were cruelly executed by Woyanne cadres.
Beside this, the whole Amhara regions run by the so called the Amhara National Democratic Movement (as vanguard Amhara party), which purposely created to demonize the Amharas. Realistically speaking, in Oromia region, the people of Oromos are represented by Muktar Kedir and Almaz Mamo who are belonged to Oromo ethnicity, but when it comes to Amhara regions, imagine, the Amharas people are represented by Bereket Simon, Kassa Tekile Berhan, Tsehaye (Tadese Tinqishu), and Helawi Yoseph who are of Tigre ethnicity. These fake Amharas individuals play a big role for Woyanne by quashing the Amhara voices. So, since the Amharas are heavily under controlled and its voices muffled by the ethnic apartheid regime, I don’t see this as an optimal time for Amhara to join the Oromo’s protesting at this point. Professor Messay was supposed to look at the other side of the problem: what Amharas endured under the TPLF rule the last 25 years. These are the main reasons halting the Amhara to join the Oromos’ students protests against the master plan.
In spite of that, I want the viewers to know that I am not trying to instigate the matter for either to reprisal the Amhara on Oromo at this point, I am just trying to acquaint to Professor Messay’s views on why Amharas have not instantly joined the Oromo’s student protests  against the master plan.
Having said that, the Professor’s last article insinuates that if the Amhara does not the join the Oromo’s students uprising, there will not be unity in the country because unity is the Amhara’s strong faith and assumedly if the there is no unity, the Amhara’s existence in Ethiopia will be at risk.  In other words, as if the only beneficiary out of unity is Amhara.  As the matter of fact, he is not the only speaking about these issues. There are quite a few secessionists and anti-Amhara who rant on the same ideas. I’d like to reiterate that the article written by Messay is one sided, threatened, and divisive. The professor knows well that the Amharas have been victimized since the TPLF climbed to power. In his single articles, I have never seen any criticizing or condemnation for the Woyanne’s diabolical crimes against the Amhara ethnic group, and the articles are unbalanced when it comes to the Amharas issues. It is true that the unity of the two large ethnic groups is paramount at this crucial time to bring down the TPLF brutal regime.
To the end, the professor’s article does not entice the vast majority of Amharas at all. Actually, the article reflects, as if the Amhara ethnic group is uninterested on Oromo causes which aggravates the rift between the two ethnicities instead of bringing a reconciliation where these two ethnicities are able live in harmoniously. It will take time to repair the damage done by TPLF. TPLF’s “divide and rule” strategies worked out well for the last 25 years by abetting the extremist to do heinous crimes to innocent Amharas. At the end of the day, Woyanne whatever systems are used to stay in power, it is an inevitable that all ethnicities will ever become united again.


  1. It is good that you outlined two reason why the Amharas would not able to join the Oromos’ protest but your analysis lacks depth and intuitive understanding. You are advocating that if one is under divisive coercive power, they would not able to get united for common good. I think the best way would have been you critically analysing the situation and how people of diverse ethnic and religious background come to terms to the subjugation they faced and how they could overcome and challenge the Woyane-led gangsters. the Professor’s article, at least, in part, acknowledges the challenges and potentially build on the current political protests in the country. It is not a time to continue countering one’s view; rather, better if you could come up with some ideas which would help us to share common sense to capitalise on current political situation in Ethiopia. In essence, the upper echelons of TPLF are not ‘pure’ Tigreans, they are still serving the ideals of EPLF.

  2. My dear, the issue is not who said what the issue must be how to remove the current government from power. According to your argument, the barriers are TPLF and EPLF, that means their strategies and tactics should be dismantled. Then there will be ways to communicate. First remove the apartheid system and then reconcile. The struggle waged by the Oromoos could be a determining factor. The South African blacks won the war against Apartheid which was armed with Nuclear Bombs, the current power in Ethiopia is nothing compared to what Botha had under his command. We Oromoo hope we will liberate our people and also liberate the Amharas and Tigres forever from the superiority complex and cultural and psychological hung ups to status quos. Both the Amharas out power and Tigrayans on power are digging their own graves. DR. Messay is trying to stop a double suicidal actions by Amhara and Tigrayan intellectuals. The emotional Amharas and Tigrayans had not control over their anger. Eventully that will do them in. As Mandela saved the South Africans from committing suicide so will do Oromo mass not far from future.

  3. The Ethiopian current situation needs critical analysis- we need to revisit our history and learn some good lessons and unlearn others. I am not sure whether single-handed protest and resistance would lead to a desired result of removing a heinous, divide and rule regime. We need to unpack the -de-coupling character of the current regime – what they say they and what they do in practice; ruling with corrupted ethnic elites who are subject to blackmail; sawing mistrust and division among people, capturing the state and its resources for political hegemony, etc. Ethiopia has become a laboratory of ethnic, divisive politics for the ultimate benefit of those who preach and advance this ideology. Given these features of the current regime, the better struggle strategies should include evolution of charismatic leadership, developing trust among diverse groups, at least tactically, and continued peaceful resistance across the board, not only in one region. For this, I think the moderate Amharas have to play an instrumental role in briding the gap in perspectives between the Amharas and peoples in other regions as well as Oromos to continue with their peaceful struggle forging alliance with others. I sense a terror in the woyane camp right now, as it is evidenced by massive crackdown of the peaceful protest, killing unarmed protestors and detentions. We need to know fear is the biggest enemy of the people in power and this should be confronted with brave, strategic, response. Woyanes learn only from weapons not from disciplined conversion – they are sowing their destruction, sooner or later.

  4. Apart from from your reasons for failure of ahmar. I have notice that you are reminding the people ahmara people were natanya.and oromo people were nathing there property were confiscated.and tigray they supposed to do so.it seems that you are romantizing ahmara are the masters of oromo. On the other hand you are against ethnic based federalism but rest of Ethiopian people like the system why only Ahmara against. So the oromo people are not looking For unity against any giving nationality.the oromo people are only against misrule of any group on power. we oromo people we are good enough to do so,but who ever feel that we are right on our move can join oromo and we will never consider any nationality our targate we our mission is to save the nation .one should not believe we have been defeated or give up our demind of equality and justice for the country. It is just matter of time it can take place at any given point if you see that oromo people kept silant that means the demind of oromo people have been taking into consideration.

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