Opposition Party Offices Closed in Fake Ethiopia Elections, MP Dr. Jigi Demekssa Reveals
Dr. Muhammad Shamsaddin Megalommatis
May 17, 2010 American Chronicle
I am honored to publish today the first part of an interview I had with the leading Oromo parliamentarian, Dr. Getachew Jigi Demekssa, who was forced to leave his country and fight from abroad for freedom, liberation, national independence and secession of Oromia.
Dr. Demekssa´s revelations should become a matter of utmost concern for international bodies, governments, statesmen and politicians, diplomats and intellectuals, journalists and Human Rights activists worldwide.
The forthcoming electoral fraud in Abyssinia (Fake Ethiopia) is a Shame for the Mankind in its entirety. Reaction must be taken in order to hold responsible and accountable the perpetrators of the electoral fraud, who are also charged with the most odious Crime against the Mankind: the diffusion of the racist theory of Ethiopianism, the falsehood of an Ethiopian nation within which they intentionally attempt to exterminate once forever more than 15 different African nations with great past and noble traditions.
Dr. Demekssa´s interview will be published in several parts.
Interview with Dr. Getachew Jigi Demekssa
OFDM Executive Committee Member
Head of the Political and Organizational Dept.
MP for Ethiopian Federal Parliament
Chairman of Oromo Parliamentarians Council
1. Dr. Demekssa, would you acquaint our readers with your family background, in Occupied Oromia?
I was born in Western Oromia, in Manasibu, Kilitu Kara district. I am married and have four children, 2 girls and 2 boys. The Oromos constitute the second largest nation in Africa.
2. Would you offer us an outline of your secondary, graduate and postgraduate studies?
I attended the primary and the preparatory school at my birth place Kilitu kara, Manasibu, and completed the secondary education in the high school in Finfinne 1986. I then enrolled in 1989 at the Friendship University, Moscow, in Russia, and successively obtained a BA, and a MA in Management. I continued my postgraduate studies in the Moscow State University (MSU) in the period 1996 – 2000, and obtained a PhD in Political Science and International Relations.
I presented several papers in different international conferences with focus on conflict resolution in Africa and worldwide; I expanded much on the problems created because of the existence Africa dictatorial governments, the negative effects produced due to the existence of unlawful and artificial colonial boundaries (such as in the cases of Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, etc.), the relationship between the artificial boundaries and the present corruption, the total absence of elementarily good governance, as well as on the ongoing war and famine that the global community has been attesting in Africa for decades..
3. Would you give us the major landmarks of your political career?
I became involved in Oromo political activism when I was in the high school, when I was rejected from the class because I used my mother tongue, Afan Oromo. After I enrolled in the university, I used to take part in almost every political activity against the permanently prevailing in Abyssinia injustice and oppression. I opposed the tyrannical practices of all the racist, dictatorial regimes that succeeded to one another (monarchical, third world communist, and pseudo-republican).
My nation has faced unprecedented trouble, cultural and physical genocide, and a hidden form of apartheid because the Abyssinian diplomats misrepresented the country, eliminating every reference to Oromo Kushitic culture, socio-behavioural values, language, religion and historical identity although we constitute the country´s largest group. My conscience led me to the footsteps of the leaders of the Oromo national liberation straggle, and to those of other African leaders, namely Nelsen Mandela of South Africa, Julius Nyerere of Tanzania and Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana.
When I was a student in Russia, the Derg (third world communist) regime deliberately denied to renew my passport in order to prevent me from returning to my country. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Derg regime vanished, but the then much promising and newly risen TPLF regime continued the policy and attitude of those they supposedly rejected and effectively overthrew. I had to continue and complete my PhD with UN support.
In 2001, I returned to Finfinne (the old Oromo capital, which after the Abyssinian invasion was peremptorily and offensively renamed as Addis Ababa – a name that equals cultural genocide), and I decided to work in private universities and avoid the state institutions that all means of oppression of my nation, as well as of other subjugated nations.
I worked along with other activists, and we established the OFDM (Oromo Federalist Democratic Movement); I participated actively in the elaboration of the movement´s political program. We definitely identified our commitment as an effort for the liberation of Oromia.
In 2005, OFDM got officially registered as political party. I was founding member and was appointed in the OFDM Executive Committee. I was in charge of the Political and Organizational Dept. I believe that I contributed to our relative success because with only two months campaign, and despite we were a new political formation, OFDM obtained a reasonably good share of seats in the regional and the national Parliaments, and I was elected deputy. It was not an easy affair because there was extensive fraud and deliberate rigging of the process.
4. What were your subjects of focus as Member of the Parliament?
Our objectives were primarily to oppose the socio-economic, and political exploitation of the Oromo Nation. More specifically, we engaged in the struggle for a presidential system of governance and for a dual official language system, in which Afaan Oromo would obtain status of national language in Abyssinia – this would be the first time since the demolition of the Oromo kingdoms in the late 19th and the early 20th century for our language to have the status of an official language.
We also opposed the monopoly exercised by the TPLF-based government on the army and the police, proposed a wide restructuring of the country, and introduced demands for a whole bunch of reforms in many fields. Furthermore, we demanded the release of 40,000 political prisoners and we struggle to put an end to the overall sufferings of the Oromos in their own land. In addition, we campaigned for Finfinne and Dire Dawa in order to include these two administratively separate cities in the wider Oromia province, which is a matter of utmost importance for our subjugated nation.
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5. Why did you decide to move abroad, and under what circumstances you relocated?
I used to speak out against the injustices made throughout the country and denounce the Human Rights abuses carried out throughout subjugated Oromia. This attitude of mine spearheaded several developments and led the totalitarian government of Abyssinia to action taking against me and my party. It soon degenerated to systematic persecution of our party and its members. When it became clear to me that my life was not secured and that my activities would not be further accepted by the Ethiopianist dictator Zenawi, I left my beloved fatherland in order to continue my struggle from abroad. I am currently living in Belgium as a political refugee.
6. Through your own experience, to what extent do Europeans have an accurate and comprehensive understanding / perception of East Africa´s realities and problems?
I think they do have all the information. However, their democratic principles and their commitment to democratic change in Africa are marred by specific, short-term political interests. Today, Oromia is still occupied by the Amhara and Tigray Abyssinian invaders thanks to European support; European governments still support the aggressor and the oppressor.
They are still comfortable watching the Oromos struggle to liberate their country from the Abyssinian occupiers who invented the trickery of Ethiopianism in order to prolong their illegal presence in and occupation of Oromia and other subjugated nations. It is totally unacceptable for European diplomats, politicians, statesmen and intellectuals, who strive for freedom, democracy, Human Rights and Civil Rights, not to accept the evidence of more than 40 millions of Oromos struggling for freedom, liberation and national independence.
If the entire political class of the Oromos unites, we will certainly obtain power and impose our rights, making ourselves respectable for fiends and redoubtable for enemies. The Oromo Question evolves around one fundamental issue, namely the freedom and the independence of Oromia, and all the other subjugated nations in the Horn of Africa. The European countries want still to prolong the 19th century Scramble for Africa, and at the time of Derg´s collapse, in 1991, it´s the US and the Europeans who gave power to the then rising Tigray tribe. The Americans and the Europeans consolidated the Tigray-led administration and allowed them to take full control of the country.
Today, not a single Oromo party could accept a compromise with the present administration; and since the Europeans and the Americans fail to express concern and fairness for the Oromo Cause – in proven deeds, not useless and needless words – any discussion with them is mere waste of time.
7. Whom do you hold responsible for this Western misperception and bias?
All stake holders, especially the African dictatorial leaders, are responsible for the lies they diffuse worldwide, hiding the reality of their own countries and the extreme degree they are loathed by their countries´ populations. Equally responsible are the various donors who pump money to bestial gangsters who later use it to further discriminate and oppress their subjugated nations. By blindly offering financial resources to gangsters, the donors merely perpetuate and exacerbate the existing problems throughout Africa, and more particularly in Abyssinia.
Americans and Europeans assist the Amhara – Tigray Abyssinian administration of the racist butcher Males Zenawi, and train his thugs how to suitably and successfully exterminate thousands of Oromos nd other oppressed nations. The western slogan about Ethiopian Unity is an Anathema in view of the grave, ceaseless, deliberate and vicious violations of Human Rights in the Hell of Ethiopia.
The theory that the Americans and the Europeans truly worry about the unity of a country is a fake; if they did, they would not accept the split of the former Yugoslavia. The fact that they consciously contributed to the dissolution of the former Yugoslavia obliges them to also support Oromia´s secession, and the passionate desire of the Oromos for freedom and national liberation.
If the Americans and the Europeans intend to make fool of us, we also have some means of reaction; we can just ignore them and the Western political allegations as mere waste of time.
8. Two East African countries, Sudan and Abyssinia ("Ethiopia") are currently organizing elections. To what extent do you believe this is a real and genuine democratic process?
It is either a big dream or big lie. The ground-to-earth reality is such that people are not allowed you to live as individual, let alone to hold a free and fair election. You can never expect any kind of democratic attitude, civil behaviour and civilised politics from those dictators. Especially in the case of Ethiopia, it is absolutely beyond imagination.
This is the reason for which the TPLF administration´s long time supporter, promoter and enthusiast, The Carter Center, has secretly turned down the invitation to observe the election process. Furthermore, the existing precedents of TPLF-sponsored elections bear witness to the truth of my words. The elections were marred by rigging and manipulation; thousands of people were imprisoned, torched and killed. The whole Oromo nation is currently terrorised because of the forthcoming elections.
To add one more point out of many, I would say that currently more than half of the proposed opposition candidates are imprisoned on prefabricated grounds. Almost all opposition party offices are closed, and their personal properties is confiscated. You can never get a job without the ruling party membership card. Finally, Meles Zenawi, incumbent prime minister since 1991, has clearly said that no one can unseat him! He has fully and repeatedly proved his despotic and dictatorial identity. He is currently conducting the election-game just to legitimise his governance and to manipulate the funds available in his hidden institutions. So you can easily predict what the result of this election will be.