“The way to put an end to this is to deal with it like fish… you will not able to gather all the fish of the Atlantic and Pacific ocean, to completely get rid of them, you will need to dry the oceans” – Fikadu Tessema, Head of Oromia Prosperity Party in yesterdays Oromia State Council meeting
It has been 31 days of hunger strikes of the Oromo leaders detained indefinitely. As there are reports of 50,000 political prisoners in Oromia alone. This being the leaders of Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) and Oromo Liberation Front (OLF). The leaders have been lingering in jail for so long without any substantial trial for the Oromo leaders. They are just persisting keeping them in prison without any evidence and reasons for the charges.
We know that Tessema is an trusted ally of Abiy. As he took over the Oromo Democratic Party (ODP) and his now the leader of Prosperity Party in Oromia. He seems to follow the orders and ideals of the Prime Minister Abiy.
He said this in Kenya in December 2020:
“Because peace is a foundation for everything that we are aspiring to transform the life of our people if we could eliminate Al Shabab and OLF from this region you can see how this people can be transformed into one family, one country and one people” – Prime Minister Ahmed Ali Abiy in Kenya on the 9th December 2020.
Abiy and Tessema seems to plan this and working together to destroy and get rid the Oromo dissidents. They are clearly using the opportunity ahead of the elections to silence them all. This is not new. Since the Prosperity Party have gone after the Oromo leadership steadily. They only made peace for a hot minute to take them down later.
Tessema really wants to go after them and strike them down hard. He will nobody behind. There seems to be no redeeming factor here. The state is willing to take them all. This is the means of their game. If they speak of democracy and tolerance. It is all lies, as they are willing to “empty oceans” to get rid of the fish. That is the sort of play the state does now.
The Prosperity Party and its leadership will answer things with furious fury. We should worry and be worried. As this state is relentless and when it strikes. It doesn’t do it smoothly or soft, but with fierce force and fatalities.
If Tessema gets his way. There will be a bloodshed and the OLF/OFC will be in danger. They will be hit so hard and the state with ruthlessly search for anyone involved or active in these parties. Just to take them down and never let them go.
That is what we can expect and anticipate. We have seen how the state have acted in Tigray and before in Oromia. So, the signs on the horizon is a bloody red moon. It is dangerous times ahead and it will horrific. To think otherwise is naive. As this state and Prime Minister rather get rid of their enemies, than talking to them.
And when allies of him propose these sorts of methods. We should be not cautious, but be alarmed. Because, there is no ending of warfare, conflict and usage of arms towards civilians in the Republic. That will be targeting the parties of Oromia. Even if they have already done so for a long while.
Now will they will strike even harder and that should worry. There is no end to this tyranny. They are just using new means to get rid of the ones who dissent to PP and the PM. Peace.
“I had to come physically and ask for President Museveni’s wisdom in these matters. We want him to mediate in the issue of Somalia and Kenya, but we are also looking at the leadership of IGAD, which is chaired by Sudan. Both Somalia and Kenya are members of IGAD, but now they do not have diplomatic relations. But countries are connected in all ways and a concern for everyone, not just President Museveni, despite being a trusted leader. The other issue is, Ethiopia and Sudan, which are also connected, do not see eye to eye because of a border dispute. We did not expect the tensions to escalate to this level, but it is happening. It is dangerous for the region because if one country is not peaceful, the entire region is destabilised. When we engaged President Museveni, he was happy and took the matter seriously. We are confident that he will deal with the issues diligently” – Dr Workneh Gebeyehu, executive secretary of IGAD on Museveni (Nicholas Wassajja – ‘We want Museveni to mediate regional conflicts, says IGAD boss’ 27.02.2021, New Vision).
A man who always wants to fight and crush. A man who needs to constantly intimidate and warn the public. A man who will deal and destroy people. That is the sort of man the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) wants to appoint and lead mediations.
It is just like Gebeyehu doesn’t know Museveni at all. Like he just reads the gist’s and the friendly headlines, but not see the blunt truth of his actions. A man who is a warlord and general at heart. This man rather kill his enemies, than have a honest dialogue and negotiations with. He either tries to corrupt people or await for the right time to strike with vengeance.
Museveni isn’t a man of peace. He cannot even leave the opposition in peace. They are in a steady limbo and wrecked by either new excessive laws or rampant usage of security organization to strangle them. Therefore, that man who cannot even be at peace with his foes. How can he make peace elsewhere?
General Museveni will only ensure a “fake” peace. Where he helps the stronger party or the ones who he hopes can be an ally to himself. Museveni wants to certify his legacy and be the “kingmaker” of the region. The Pan-African leader of this Generation. Though, he couldn’t even remain friendly with Kagame. He had to create disputes with him too. Even after all their dealings and battles they have fought together. That says a lot about the man Museveni is.
He even breached the Nairobi Accord of 1985. That is the sort of man he is. He just participate to buy time and find a better way out for himself. So, this sort of cunning leader isn’t a peacemaker, but a man of war. His the general you get to ruthlessly ensure someone’s demise and weaken your enemies. Just like he suddenly entered South Sudan as a favour of President Kiir. Therefore, he knows when his useful and can get the upper-hand.
Gebeyehu seems like he doesn’t know or doesn’t want to know. Whatever it is… asking a man of war to make peace seems foolish. This man rather kill and destroy than actually create peace. That is why its strange IGAD thinks of Museveni. Calls him a “trusted leader”.
He can be trusted to back-stab and trick you. Museveni can be the leader who serves a long-con and is able to get away from lightening up a burning hut. While blaming the burning hut on the neighbour. Ensuring the demise of the neighbour and get praise of destroying him. Even if it was Museveni’s fault for burning the hut in the first place. That is the game he play. The man who kills and later says he will compensate, which never happens.
So, you can really wonder. What game does Gebeyehu play? Is this being loyal to a member-state and showing some love. Since, IGAD will not challenge its members. No, they will just be a supporting mechanism and vocal side-piece. The IGAD will not go after or keep them accountable. No, that is not in their best interests. As that hurt their mandate and apparent mission. To be a gatekeeper between the Heads of State and their population. Peace.
It is has been plenty of times when the National Resistance Movement and its government has called itself a “revolutionary” movement. However, the acts of it isn’t so. The actions made of late. Only proves that its emulating and using the same means of the past. It only has appointed the authorities, security organizations and made new facilities for keeping civilians incommunicado.
The civilians are only taken, abducted, kidnapped, detained, tortured and even killed, because they are associated, members and active as a part of the National Unity Platform (NUP. If not they are part of other opposition parties like the Forum for Democratic Change(FDC). These folks can be gone missing for over 600 days at most and not seen again. People are retuning as bodies in fields and even suddenly left on streets. There are so many souls taken out early. Just because they are affiliated with other parties.
The state is playing a cat-and-mouse game with revelations of the ice-berg. As they have a few numbers of people kept in their dungeons and chambers. The public cannot know the extent of these “Panda Gari’s” or drones, which happens on a rampant basis. There is new stories and people who doesn’t know what has happened to them.
We don’t know how many the army have captured. We don’t know how many the Chieftain of Military Intelligence (CMI) has, neither does we know how many who is detained without charges at SIU Kireka. Neither how many who has been taken to ungazetted “safe-houses” across the Republic. We cannot know how many plain-clothed agents that is involved in this and who is directly ordering this.
For what we know, the Special Force Command (SFC), Crime Preventers, Internal Security Organizations (ISO) or any other state security organization who does this. We cannot know, because this is hidden and the orders are not leaked. The memos or documents showing their activity is hidden. Neither is conversation made between the commanders and higher command out either. Which we know will accept and let it happen, as they are doing the bidding of the “high above”.
The numbers of people taken by the state has been fluid, but we know the small numbers from the state isn’t close to the truth. We know its much worse. They are always downplaying and making the numbers jaded. That is what they have done with murders-in-the-city and with other horrific acts made by the authorities to its own. Therefore, I take the withhold lists of people from CMI and other agencies with a grain of salt. It seems like they acting naive, when they know perfectly well what they do.
This is a deliberate attack on the opposition. Scaring the up-coming generation. That is what this so-called revolutionary government does. A government who has a “freedom-fighter” and “liberator” as Commander-in-Chief, General and President. That government shouldn’t use the tactics of the ones it said it would erase. A “freedom fighter” who promised to never let citizens die in the hands of the government. A president who promised a fundamental change, but is delivering the same sinister acts 30 years later. His vile acts in Northern Uganda will never be forgotten. Neither, how he killed his opposition to consolidate power in the early years in power.
Still, what he does now. Just shows how little he cares about democracy and free speech. When everyone who associate and stands by the opposition is fair game. They are all targets and has a circle on their forehead to be hit. Because, the state is allowing this and doing it systematically.
So, if people call the NRM revolutionary. I’m sorry its not. It is just the same brutality it promised to dismantle. They promised to be different than Amin and Obote, but is doing the same thing. The extent is maybe even much worse, as the Museveni era has lasted much longer than their reign. When the sun suddenly will shine on the atrocities, crimes against humanity and extra judicial-killings. Maybe we will know the damage that the state has done. We will know what rumours have said about what happened in the “safe-houses” over the years. We get to know the pain and suffering that has happened in the dark.
Those acts isn’t revolutionary, its actually tyranny and what he promised to leave behind. The mighty general promised to make a difference, but this is more of the same. Only difference is his PR Team and western backing for peacekeeping missions and deal with their war on terror. While he could terrorize his home at the same time. That is how this story goes.
To many souls and lives been taken so one man can be in power. To many have been detained, tortured and scared for life. Just so one man can rule supreme for life. Peace.