Sunday, April 30, 2006

There may not be a country called Ethiopia after Melese

By Magn Nyang
There was no country called Ethiopia before Minelik’s rule. In fact, the word “Ethiopia” came from Greek, meaning “burned faces.” “Ethio” means burned and “pia” means faces.
Passing through the North, the Arab part of Africa, Europeans saw people with burned faces, meaning dark face people, living below Sahara desert. There fore, they referred to every one that was living below Sahara desert as “Ethiopian.” Today’s Ethiopia inhabitants were among the “burned face” people they referred to. In this land, so called Ethiopia today, there were ethnic groups who lived independently from each other. While the Oromo people lived in the East, the central, and the West, the Anuak and the Amahara people lived in the West and the North respectively. However, when Minelik came to power, he invaded Oromo’s, Anuak’s, Gurage’s and every other non-Amhara land. After the invasion, Minelik combined what was called Abyssinia with the new territories and named them “Ethiopia.” The irony part was that a man, who had claimed to have been a descendent of king Solomon of Israel, would take upon him a name that was meant for all” dark faced people” living below Sahara desert. Any how, Minelik consolidated his power over those territories and ruled for years before passing the throne to his cousin Haile Selessie.
Emperor Haile Selessie followed his cousin’s foot steps by only collecting taxes from the new territories, not wanting to have anything to do with the inhabitants of those territories. Both Minelik and Haile Selessie were more interested in the new territories’ wealth than the people in those territories. Then, came their distant cousin by the name of Mangistu Haile Mariam. Mangistu was a nationalist, who loved his country so much that he lost focus on how to lead. He was more of a country lover than a leader or a politician.
Out of his love for his country; Mangistu even went out of his way to educate the forgotten tribes. He built roads, schools, and hospitals for those who where forgotten or ignored by his predecessors. Mangistu failed to recognize the fact that so called “Ethiopia” was artificially manufactured by Minelik and Haile Selessie (in the Eritrea case). He led with an iron fist, trying to hold together a country that was not meant to stay united. Mengistu learned his lesson the hard way in May 1991. He fled the country and a year later, Eritrea became an independent country.
Back in Addis, the new guys in town were led by a college dropout named Legasse/Meles Zenawi. Up on its arrival in Addis, the EPDRF, led by Meles announced that it came to liberate the oppressed. As the chairman of the EPDRF, Meles promised the oppressed two years of transition governance. However, Meles still is the president of Ethiopia fourteen years after the promise. In the last fourteen years, we came to see Meles’ true color. Meles used imprisonment and mass murder to intimidate his opponents and to stay in power.
Let me now discuss Meles’ regime differences from his predecessors.
While Minelik and Haile Selassie were feudalists, Mengistu was a socialist. The former two led a very centralized governments that benefited only their own families and their own tribesmen by large. There is not much to say about these two, for they did not leave any historical significance as far as I am concerned. On the other hand, Mengistu reached out to the ignored and the forgotten people. Being the nationalist that he was, Mengistu was determined to keep the country unified with one strong central government. He forced the majority and the minority, the privileged and the under privileged, and the rulers and the ruled to stay united. This mistake (forcing an artificial unification on different ethnic groups without first ensuring their equality) led to his demise. Having said all of these, Mengistu deserved some credits for expending hospitals (clinic) services and education opportunities to the forgotten people.
Unlike his predecessors, Meles is a very intelligent politician. He knows how to manipulate things to his advantage. His major difference from his three predecessors is his introduction of article 39. According to this article every nation, nationality and people in Ethiopia has an unconditional right to self-determination, including the right to secession. In doing so, Meles became the first leader in Ethiopia’s history to introduce such an article in the constitution and he deserves some credit to his name.
However, as we all witness in the last fourteen years, article 39 turnout to be just a symbol on the constitution papers. It was not put to practice. Meles does not only stop the regions from running their own affairs, he also hand picks the leaders. For example, in the last three elections, Gambellian voted and elected independent candidates. However, Meles rejected all three and handpicked his own stooges to become regional governors. According to him, only candidates that are connected to EPDRF are fit to lead.
There are few positive things worth mentioning about Meles’ regime when it comes to minorities. Even though, Meles handpicks regional governors (in Gambella case), his picks are all from local ethnic groups. His predecessors did not bother to pick from local ethnic groups. They considered non-Northern to be inferiors and therefore, incapable of leading themselves. They always sent one of their own from the North to lead non-Northern.
Meles also allowed regional schools to teach local languages to their children. Today, unlike me, all my younger brothers and sisters can read and write in Anuak. For somebody like me, who grew up during Mengistu’s regime, reading and writing in Anuak was just a day dream. In pre-Meles Ethiopia, Amharic language and culture was imposed on all Ethiopians. In fact, to be considered pure Ethiopian, one must not only speak Amharic, but also has to change his/her name to an Amhara name (some of my Oromo friends will testify to this). I remember riding a taxi or a bus in Addis Ababa during Mengistu and not even a day have I heard Oromenya been spoken in taxis or buses. How ever, as soon as Meles’ forces took over Addis Ababa, Oromenya resurfaced and I started hearing Oromenya in taxis or buses. That was due to what I would like to call “freedom of languages” implemented by Meles’ regime early on.
Regardless of the things I said above, I am not anti-one national language. After all, every successful country has one national language. I only said what I said to just emphasized how pre-Meles regimes repressed other languages in favor of Amharic. Other countries such as Kenya did not repress other languages in favor of the national language. Every tribe was allowed to speak its own language freely and yet Kenyans have one national language.
My recommendations for the survival of Ethiopia.
As we all read in the compression part of this article, both Mengistu and Meles have done few good things for Ethiopians as a whole, not for just the privileged. There fore, it is only natural for the next leader to do better than these two. Bellow, are my recommendations:
In the next Ethiopia, ultimate governing authority must be divided between the national government and regional governments. In other word, article 39 must be put to practice.
The regions must be protected constitutionally from unwarranted interference in their local affairs. The national government needs to only take responsibility for establishing a strong defense and promote a sound economy, while the regions retain all other governing functions, including oversight of public morals (social services), and safety.
Tyranny of the majority (the potential of a majority to monopolize power for its own gain and to the detriment of minority rights and interests) must cease and last, but not the least,
The next Ethiopian government must make peace with Eritrea. Any future leader of Ethiopia must come to realization that the wellbeing of Ethiopia depends on peace with its neighbors, including Eritrea. There are political parties, including the CUD, that are already beating the drums of war with Eritrea to reclaim Aseb’s port by force. My advice to any political party that wants to go to war with Eritrea over a port is that, you pick a fight; you fight it alone. We the Gambellians, and I am also sure, the Oromo people, will no longer be deceived to take part in any fighting with Eritrea. Any attempt to regain the use of Aseb’s port by next Ethiopian government must be carried out only by brotherly negotiations with our Eritrean brothers. Let us not forget that before 1998 war between the two countries, Ethiopia had full access to Aseb’s port with the blessing of Eritrean government. There fore, I don’t see any reason that will prevent the two countries from going back to pre-1998 relationship once we get rid of Meles’ regime.
In conclusion, I would like to say that any thing less than the above recommendations will be a recipe for a disaster. If the next Ethiopian regime is going to be like the previous ones, with a centralized power in Addis Ababa, groups (GPLM/A, OLF) that are waging armed struggle now to get rid of Meles’ regime are not going to be part of it. These groups are fighting against centralization and for self-determination. There fore, for the sake of keeping Ethiopia intact (keeping it from being split into pieces), the next regime should have a decentralized government. Otherwise, this country called Ethiopia, will be split into small countries and some one, I don’t know who yet, will take the blame.
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Saturday, April 29, 2006

The Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims urge vigorous action against Ethiopia.

According to sudan Tribune April 28, 2006 (NAIROBI) — Kenyan Muslims urged the Kenyan government to protest vigorously against the incursion of the Ethiopian troops inside the Kenyan territory, and to write a protest letter to the United Nations.
The Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM) is demanding that the government writes a protest letter to the United Nations over Ethiopia’s alleged violation of Kenyan borders.
The secretary-general of SUPKEM, Adan Wachu, said the government should recall the Kenyan ambassador to Ethiopia until the border conflict between the two governments is solved.
In a statement to the Kenyan NTV Wachu said “We ask the government of Kenya to take a firm stand against the naked aggression of the Ethiopian government’’.
“The government response is always slow and hence help comes after people have been killed, villages have been burnt, livestock destroyed and innocent people kidnapped” he further said.
However, he added “we wish to commend our government for swift action this time round. The Kenya government moved so fast so that the situation was almost under control. But having said so the presence of Ethiopian mercenaries, the presence of Ethiopian soldiers, is still flowing into the country at an alarming rate”.
On Wednesday 26 April, about 60 Ethiopian soldiers crossed the border and invaded Odda village, about five kilometres from Moyale. They are said to have abducted two people.

source sudan Tribune
Oluma.a 07 05 1969

Thursday, April 27, 2006

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, statmente in Ethiopia

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, has asked for the speedy conclusion of an investigation into the killing of at least 60 people in Ethiopia during violence related to national elections in 2005.
"I have raised this issue with the government officials. I pressed to have the report as soon as possible. It is particularly important in light of the opening of the trials [of those] charged with very serious crimes following the May [2005] national election in Ethiopia," said Arbour, who was on a three-day visit to the Horn of Africa country, during which she met, among others, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, senior government officials and members of the opposition.
Arbour also expressed concern over the arrest of several of the country's opposition leaders. She particularly pointed to issues regarding the nature of the charges against them, questions of bail and the expected trial of more than 100 officials of the main opposition party and journalists.
"At the same time, we will all be looking with great interest at the findings of the commission of inquiry, in particular regarding the use of excessive force against people in the country," she said.
A commission of inquiry was established in January 2006 to investigate the killing and property damage that resulted from violence in June and November in and outside Addis Ababa following elections in May 2005. The commission is comprised of members from various civic organisations and associations, and is expected to release its report by the end of May.
"I am concerned that the persons in detention, including some of the individuals whom I met at the prison, under the current legislation in Ethiopia, do not have access to bail," she added. "They don't even have an opportunity to individually put their case before the court, which is one of the criteria upon which bail has to be granted."
The Ethiopian constitution guarantees the right to bail, but provides that court may deny bail in exceptional circumstances, which Arbour said was "a concern" to her office. She was able to meet with six detainees from the opposition at a prison some 10 km east of Addis Ababa.
Arbour also expressed concern about the charge of genocide: "I have had personal experience as a chief prosecutor for the international tribunals in Yugoslavia and Rwanda. I assure you that these are extremely complex and difficult charges to articulate in law, extremely difficult to document on the basis of evidence and they require lengthy and complex trials to be brought to conclusion."
Following her meeting with Meles, Arbour said she was confident that some collective measures would be taken by the government in the legal framework to address some of these issues.
"The prime minister was very attentive. I think he certainly fully understood my concerns, which does not mean that he shared my perspective on all these issues," she said. "I did not expect any immediate response, but I am persuaded that it will get the attention that it deserves."

source: IRIN

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Ethiopia: Political culture of deceit and manipulation

Article by Adda Blisummaa Oromo:-Friday 21 April 2006

Media manipulation and misinformation has become the trade mark of the Ethiopian regime. This is particularly manifested in recent years, by repeated and brazen fabrications of events by Ethiopian diplomats to Kenya in matters related to recurrent violation of the country’s Northern border and terrorizing the pastoral communities inhabiting the area.
In its well known habit of creating confusion and malicious cover-up, it is not uncommon for the Ethiopian regime to blame the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) for the conflicts and cross-border raids from Ethiopia into Kenya when in fact it is a shameless act of its own militia. We condemn any attempt to draw wage between the OLF and the Kenyan Government and people.
For Kenyans who live around the Ethio-Kenya border, it is a common knowledge that over the last fifteen years Ethiopian security forces and militia have constantly violated the Kenyan sovereignty and disrupted the life of its citizens. Mr. Ajebe L. Wolde, the Ethiopian diplomat to Kenya, in his interview with the East African Standard on April 19th, 2006, in the usual attempt to mislead the Kenyan public and cover-up the dirty acts of his government has tried to lay the blame on the OLF for recent cross-border raids on border villages of Dukanaa and El Haadhi in Northern Kenya.
Mr. Wolde, in a blatant lie and misinformation, accused the OLF of entering Kenya donning Ethiopian uniform and riding in military trucks to commit crime against Kenyans. In his muddled up imagination and in total underestimation of the capacity of the Kenyan State and public to see things through, Mr. Wolde attempts to mislead Kenyans by distorting the reality of the violation of the territorial integrity of Kenya by the Ethiopian security forces. It is a baseless allegation, as the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) doesn’t possess military trucks and will not don its enemy’s uniform.
The recent act of entering the Kenyan territory, by Ethiopian security forces, pillaging and robbing thousands of livestock and killing innocent civilians is a clear indication that through unwarranted aggressions on almost all of its neighbors the Ethiopian regime is committed to destabilize the region. We fail to understand why anybody should perpetrate such act of cruelty against a population trying to cope with the devastating effect of drought and famine which hit the region and while the Kenyans are still also mourning the loss of several Kenyan leaders, in plane crash, who were on their way to a Peace Conference at Marsabet.
The Ethiopian regime rocked by public upheaval has resorted to desperate actions both inside and outside the country in a bid to stay in power through a sheer force of arms and has intensified the killings, imprisonments and abductions of its citizens including school children. For sure, Ethiopia under a tyrant is bound to continue to violate the rights of its citizens and those of its neighboring states and peoples. It should also be understood that Ethiopia that is not at peace with itself will continue to be a cause for suffering and terror in the region.
This is a tyrannical regime that neither understands nor respects international norms. The present cross-border raid on the villages in Kenya is not an isolated incident. The constant incursions into Kenya should be a warning to the states of the region that the current minority Tigrean dominated Ethiopian regime will continue to violate their sovereignty in order to divert the attention of the international community from its serious internal troubles.
The OLF in the struggle for the Right of Self-Determination of the Oromo people in Ethiopia does not condone any operation targeting civilian population and there could be no motive or expediency whatsoever, for the baseless allegation made by Mr.Wolde.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Brutality is a sign of disappointment and failure

In the whole area of Oromia the ongoing killings, arrests, detentions and harassments of innocent civilian Oromos in mass is indicating and more exposing the brutal barbaric act of the Ethiopian regime. Harassments of Oromo university and high school students have been taking place in all parts of Oromia. TPLF is doing similar brutal acts to peasants businessmen and governmental and NGO employers too. The Oromo peasants couldn’t peacefully work on their land; and produce to feed their families and provide their products to the city people. This has contributed to certain extent to the prevailing famine and food insecurity in the country.

The harassment continues to the NGOs and government employees of Oromo Ethnic origin. Oromos who have got a differing political stand and outlook are automatically categorised as antagonistic to the ruling party and subsequently harassed. Any Oromos who do not support the bogus organisation ’’OPDO’’ could be attacked by the TPLF. The real Oromo couldn’t lead a free and secure life in their own homeland.

This serious inhuman and barbaric brutal acts of the regime led by the Tigrian led minority is now at a maximum point. This terrorist acts of the Tigrean ruling regime shows the approach of an end of their brutal regime.

TPLF revoked the licence of the oldest Oromo welfare organisation: the Mecha and Tulama Development Organisation, which is officially registered and working according to the constitution of the land. They also hunted down and detained the entire leadership of the organisation. They looted their office and closed it. Such shameful and disappointing act of the regime will only hasten its downfall.

The peace full demonstration against the brutal regime that started in the whole Oromia is now being more and more intensified and strengthened. Their demand is for the immediate release of the people in prison. They are demanding to be lead by people chosen by the free will of Oromos themselves and the right to self determination. They are expressing their refusal to be governed by TPLF which is essentially a representative of the Tigreans, by no means of Oromos. And they are condemning the brutal act of the Ethiopian regime.

By ignoring the peoples’ peaceful demands, TPLF is violating its own constitutional law and international human rights law. It is continuing to harass, imprison and kill those people who question their rule including farmers, religious leaders and high school students.

It is not new that the Tigrean led minority government has been waging war on the Oromo people. The current brutal acts taking place against peace-fully demonstrating Oromo students and peace full innocent civilians is part of war the Tigreans waged on Oromo people. As reports from several human right organisations like Amnesty International, The US State Department, Human Right Watch, Oromia Supporting Grope and Others constantly reporting the extra judicial killings, Disappearances, and harassments under the current regime since it came to the power in 1991. Any Oromo who demand for his/her basic rights is immediately branded as a sympathiser of Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and persecuted. More than 400 Addis Ababa University students were detained and harassed in 2004. More than 350 of them were expelled from school. All this happened because they opposed the order given by their satellite organisation by the name of OPDO to move the capital city of Oromia from Finfinne/ Addis Ababa to Adama. Two of those detained university students namely; Alemayehu Gerba a handicapped person and student Gaddisa Hirpata 4th year civil engineering student in 2004 were killed by the regime in prison in the first quarter of 2006. Hundreds of those students were forced to leave their country and joined tenth of thousands of Oromo refugees suffering in refugee camps in Kenya. TPLF is still hunting them down in Kenyan refugee camps where they have been seeking asylum sending its mercenaries to those camps. The mercenaries are doing such terror act on innocent Oromo refugees forced to flee their home land. This is terrorism. It is the sign of disappointment and sign of their failure.

The current uprising of Oromo people all over Oromia is the result of the brutality of the regime highlighted above. It is a response to the TPLF and self defence action.

It is rarely in the history of human kind that people surrender and give up their fight against repression irrespective of the severest consequences. People can not bear slavery for ever and live with it. Harassment, murder and imprisonment of subjugated people will never allow the coloniser to live in peace. Instead, it strengthens the resolve of the people to fight against repression and hastens the down fall of the oppressors.

Oluma.A 1969 05 07.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Oromo uprising against tyranny in Ethiopia: Oromo Liberation Front Press Release

Oromo uprising against tyranny in Ethiopia:
Oromo Liberation Front Press Release Sunday 16 April 2006.

On April 14, 2006(Oromia) — An 18 year old and 9 th grade student, Mohaammad Suufii, who lived in district of Hara Maya, was alleged with burning of OPDO flag. On February 23, 2006, administrative official of Araddaa Dammootaa, Mr Abdallaa Hussen, shot him to death source said.
On April 10, 2006, there was renewed and intensified physical fighting between Oromo and Tigray students from 11:30-2:00pm local time in Hara Maya University. According to the eyewitnesses, TPLF forces in support of Tigray students joined the physical fight. As a result, many students have suffered physical injury and many of them have also refereed to seek medical attention.
As the result of these physical confrontations made between Oromo and Tigray students, many Oromo students have been arrested by federal police forces. Until this report was obtained, names of students that was arrested and detained are as follows: 1. Detained students: Amaanu’eel Tesfayee, Hayluu kiflee and Anwaar Johar. 2. Students that are now referred to medical attention are: Lataa Qindeysaa, Dalee Abdiisaa, Baayyisaa Galataa, Girmaa Tasfayee, and Dirribaa Fiqree. Similarly, the following are among the Oromo people arrested in Hirna: Mustefa , Aammee Shankoor, Abrahim Yusuf, and Aammaduu.
The uprising of Oromo people has continued in Amboo, West Shewa zone, Oromia. On April 05, 2006, the ruthless Government security forces have thrown hand grenade at Carii elementary school and injured two school kids. Hence, the security forces have step up the arrest of students in alleging them with their in human act that they have committed.
According to the latest information that have reached us, there was skirmishing between the already camped federal police forces and new arrival to Ambo. The later, alleged the camped federal polices sympathizing them with OLF.
Uprising of Oromo people have continued in Amboo, West Shewa zone, Oromia. On April 05, 2006, the ruthless Government security forces have thrown hand grenade at Carii elementary school and injured two school kids. Hence, the security forces have step up the arrest of students in alleging them with their in human act that they have committed. According to the latest information that have reached us, there was skirmishing between the already camped federal police forces and new arrival to Ambo. The later, alleged the camped federal polices sympathizing them with OLF.
In Asoosa, Wallaga Zone, Western Oromia, there was uprising by students of Asoosa agricultural college. Hence, TPLF security forces have arrested many students. The Oromo students in different colleges have planed to go on hunger strike and carry out a candle light vigil during on April 15, 2006. On this occasion the students plan to remember their fallen heroes and heroine and as well as renew their promise to continue in the line.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Hin duune isin jirtu

Hin duune isin jirtu
Qaqqaalii gootowwan ilmaan Oromootaa,
Wayyaaneen sin qaltus lubbuun sin jannataa!

Ijoollee daa’imman kan isheen isin qalte,
Dardaran Oromoo kann gar dabarsitee,
Maanguuddoota keenyaa ka man hidhaatti guurte,
Harmee ulfa guutuu gara jabinaan miite.
Barataa harka duwwaa boombii baattu jette,
Qalamaaf dabtara harka irra isin buufte,
Oduu dharaatiin kann isin yakkitee,
Yakka hin dalaginitti kan isin dararte,
Mana hidhaa keessatti lubbuun keessa baate
Nuuf jirtu har’a ille isin hin duutani!
Sabni tasa hin du’uu kana haa beekani!!!!

Kaayyoon isin keessan haqni isin gaafattan,
Nu dhaloota as jirrutti kennattaa laadhattan ,
Hin baduu hin shakinaa!
Jirraa isin faana.
Kan nutti kennattan kaayyoon bilisummaa,
Seenaan barreessitan waayee Oromummaa,
Irraa calaqqisa bifti keessan hogguu,
Maatiif lammiin keessan hundinuu isin argu.

Faajjiin isni qabattan halaabaan dhaabbattan,
Bifa keessan ibsu yoomuu bira hin dhibdan.
Gurra keenya keessa sagaleen keessanis,
Nutti dhihoo jirtu fagoo fakkaattanis.
Yogguu hunda isin kaasna sin waliin haasofna,
Guyyaas ta’e halkan yoom isin daganna.

Qalama qabannus Qubeen keenya isini,
Yoo dubbisuuf jennus seenaan kan keessani.
Dalagni keenya hundaa sin waliin qabatee,
Bakka nuti deemnutti hamilee nuuf laatee,
Dhiiga keessantu jira laphee keenya keessa,
Hidda keenya seenee lafee keenya cimsa.

Hayyoota Gootowwan Wayyaaneen isin qaltee,
Tasa hin dandeessu!!! diinni isin owwaaltee.
Hoguu hunda isin jirtu nu biraa hin kufne,
Dalagdanii jirtu akka isin hinduune.

Waa itti fakkaatee ka isin dhabamsiifte,
Isin dararuudhaan qaama keessan miite,
Yakka hiriyaa hin qabne sin irratti raawwatte,
Isheetti fakkaatee nan ajjeese jette.

Beekaa dhaaf wallaalaa,
Mara saba bal’aa,
Osoo addaan hin baasne har’a illee wareegdi,
Seenaa keessan irraa waa barachuu diddi.
Maanguddoof Aayyolii man hidhaatti guurti.
Qaamaan dararuu ishii ajjesuu dha seeti.

Warra garaaf bulan waliin sassaabbatte,
Meeshaawwan hammayyaa biyya hambaa guurratte,
Duula nutti baate addunyaa kadhatte,
Maqaa nuti hinqabneen yakka nu yakkite,
Kan nu dhibamsiiftu waa itti fakkaateeti ,
Baratoota Oromoo gara jabinaan qalti.

Garuu tasa hin ta’u!dhugaan cufa hindu’u!!!
Hedduu taanee jirraa kan bakka isin bu’u!
Dhiignni keessan cophe akka qoosa hin badu!
Dhugaa ta’ee ka’a akka ifa aduu.
Ni ifa bakka cophetti diinni irra hin ejjetu!!!
Bidda dha ishee guba boqonnaa ishee hin laatu.

Har’a dhiigni keessan ibidda itti taa’ee,
Akka isheen facaaste isheetti faca’ee,
Dirree Oromiyaa bakka hundaa ga’ee,
Diina gubaa jira oliif gadi dha’e.

Balleesse, ajjeese ka isheen jechaa turte,
Sabni akka hin duune hubachuu wallalte,
Kunoo har’a maal jetti yennaa marsee sardu?
Dhiigniif lafeen keessan yenna ishee hiddu.

Silaa isin hin raftan ni agartuu hundaayyuu
Kan nuuf dararmtan gootowwan martinuu
Kunoo kaa ilaalaa akka diinni taatu
Surraa keessan sodaa waa qabdu wallaaltu

Guci isin qabsiistan bakka maraa ifee
Bakka seentu dhabde diina hamileen kufee.
Marti sabni keessan kaa’ee wal kakasee
Gumaa keessan baasuuf diina sammuu cabsee.

Sobini ishees saxlamee addunyaan hubatee
Qullaa dhaabbateetti yakkii ishee qabatee.
Dhiigni ishee dhangalaaste bakka hundaa ka’ee
Dhugaa jechun iyyee diina waliin dha’ee.

Haqni maal akka ta’e isaan agarsiifna
Jirreny keessan addunyaatti labsina
Harmee isin deesse daran gammachiisinna
Oromiyaa guddoo blisa nibaasna
Sab-boontota keenyna sin hin duutani tasa!
Bara baraaf jiraattu Oromticha keessa.
Hogguu sin ilaalla hogguu argina
Gootowwan Oromoo sin waliin jiraanna!

Kaayyoo isin nuuf keessan nuti bakkan geenya!
Jannata nuu taa’aa sabboontota keenya.
Gumaa keessan baasna !
Waadaa isinii seenna!
Guca qabsiistaniin ittin diina gubna
Du’a isa hin kaane diina keenya ajjeesna!
Bilisa ni baana nu waliin lalistu
Jannata teessanii hoguu nu eebbistu.
Jannata teessanii hoguu nu eebbistu.

Oluma.A 05 07 1969