We are here to announce the rebellion against Ethiopia’s prosperity party led government. As we are all aware that there’re only two options when it comes to political struggle, either through peaceful means or by way of armed struggle. After exhausting the means through a peaceful struggle, we were left with no option but to take the latter.
The country’s just concluded 6th general elections proved beyond reasonable doubt abiye Ahmed’s illusion of transparency. We took the initiative to participate in the regions political spectrum as a result of the promises made by the current regime to have a genuine free and fair elections. The elections turned out as anticipated, marred by irregularities and malpractices from the get-go. After deliberation and evaluation of the past and current situation of the country as a whole and gambela in particular, we’ve come to a conclusion that only an armed struggle will free our people and constitution from this bondage. And save our constitution undermined.
We therefore ask you our fellow Gambella’s people particularly youths and intellectuals to rise to the challenge of fighting for our rights and freedom that the leadership of the region has taken for granted. The hubris nature of Gambela’s current political establishment has exacerbated the suffering of the state’s population in terms of service delivery and high youth unemployment. Instead of working for what’s best for the region, the current leadership led by Omod and Thankuey are on a destructive path that will take years for Gambela to recover from. We rank last in terms of development and first in corruption in the country. The regions insecurity is way out of hand and the ruling party seem oblivious and detached from reality. Rather than priorities the security of the region from threats such as the constant Murle attacks along the South Sudan border, the leadership has resorted to pleasing their masters at the central government by sending the regions ill equipped special forces to fight our brothers and sisters in Tigray region.
We therefore appeal to you, Gambella people from all walks of life to stand in solidarity with us in fighting for our rights and freedom. It’s about time we bring about genuine change that will usher in true democracy and development that the people of Gambela have been yearning for.
Gambela liberation front has elected the following members as the interim leadership until further notice.
Gatluak Buom Pal – Chairman
Gatluak Pal Tharjiath D/ Chairman
Peter M Okello – Secretary General