The late Hachalu Hundessa. Photograph credit score : EthioTubeBy Gemechu Aba BiyaJuly 6, 2020As we mourn the premature loss of life of the beloved Hachalu, we have to understand that his loss of life is the direct final result of ethnic politics in Ethiopia. His execution was a pre-meditated political assassination meant to destabilize Ethiopia, to take away Prime Minister Abiy from energy, to set off an inter-ethnic battle between the Amharas and the Oromos, to create political havoc in Ethiopia. The perpetrators hoped that the following chaos, instability, and bloodshed would allow them to return to political energy, however their plot sputtered as a result of the federal government took swift measures. Within the wake of the assassination, the often indecisive Abiy authorities took decisive actions for the primary time because it got here to energy. It arrested Jawar Mohammed and Bekele Gerba, two of probably the most outstanding agitators for instability, unrest, and ethnic battle in Ethiopia. They’ve been charged with hijacking the physique of the late singer on its option to its last resting place in Ambo. They’d conspired to make use of his physique for political rebel in Addis Ababa, towards the specific needs of his household. Past kidnapping the physique, Jawar Mohammed has been preaching hatred towards the Amharas for a very long time. He has used the political epithets, “Neftegnas”, “Settlers”, and “Habeshas”, to incite violence towards the Amharas. Equally, Bekele Gerba has admitted on nationwide TV that he suffers from “Amhara Phobia”, and has been spreading his anti-Amhara vitriol ever since he obtained out of jail. Anybody who suffers from any type of phobia have to be dedicated to a psychiatric establishment for therapy, away from the political scene. He’s a hazard to himself and to society. Jawar Mohammad and Bekele Gerba ought to be tried for crimes towards humanity as properly. Jawar also needs to be charged with instigating the political turmoil that resulted within the loss of life of 97 folks on October 23, 2019. That is an opportune motion for the federal government to place Jawar in jail for a very long time. It mustn’t squander this golden alternative. The OMN: The Megaphone of Hatred and InsurrectionThe authorities has additionally shut down the Addis Ababa department of the OMN, the megaphone for ethnic battle and political rebel. It has been spreading hatred towards the Amharas because it was established, in addition to fomenting, organizing, coordinating insurgence towards the federal government. Only a mere hour after the announcement of Hachalu’s assassination, as if on cue, it broadcast a name for revenge towards the “Nefetegnas, “Settlers”, and “Habeshas”.It inspired the Oromo youth to dam all of the roads resulting in Addis Ababa. It urged the Oromo youth to go to Addis Ababa in giant plenty. It referred to as on the Oromos within the military, the police, and the Particular Forces to insurgent towards the federal government and to take “retaliatory action against the enemy”. This was sedition. The hate TV station, partially funded by the exterior enemies of Ethiopia—till not too long ago the OMN was broadcasting from Cairo—have to be closed for good. The unsuccessful try at usurping energy resulted within the destruction of appreciable property, largely belonging to non-Oromos, and within the killing of greater than 80 folks up to now, largely non-Oromos residing in Oromia. Had the federal government not taken swift motion, the loss of life toll would have been a lot greater, and the destruction rather more intensive. The Position of the TPLF and Oromo Extremists Authorities officers, together with the Prime Minister, have accused the TPLF, the armed wing of the OLF, and Oromo extremists because the perpetrators of this heinous crime and the aborted rebel. Shemelis Adugna, the performing President of Oromia, in a tearful assertion, has asserted this declare. As a setup for the assassination, he alleges that Hachalu was invited to look on OMN on June 22, with a plan to ask him questions on Emperor Menelik, the interviewer figuring out full properly that the artist had crucial views of the Emperor, after which to make use of the interview as “proof” of how he was killed by the “Neftegnas” . Constant along with his allegation, the morally bankrupt, intellectually dishonest, and politically compromised Hizkiel Gebbisa asserted on Tigrai Media Home on July 2 that Hachalu was killed as a result of he criticized Menelik, with out offering a shred of proof. A couple of minutes later, he accused the federal government for the killing. Even when mendacity, consistency has by no means been the hallmark of Hizkiel. (The video clip has been eliminated YouTube). The general public deserves to know who the culprits are, however is understandably skeptical, given the federal government’s failure in offering data on political assassinations in the previous. The general public has but to know the criminals who organized the assassination try on the Prime Minster on June 23, 2018; who killed Engineer Simegnew Bekele on July 26, 2018; who assassinated Basic Saere Mekonnen on June 22, 2019. Whether or not it’s sheer incompetence or political calculation, the federal government has saved the general public at nighttime on earlier political assassinations underneath its watch. The time for circumlocution, euphemistic assertion is over. This time, the federal government should stage with the general public and inform the reality or else it’s going to lose its credibility, no matter is left of it, particularly among the many Oromo folks. The Oromo folks and the opposite Ethiopian folks demand that the perpetrators be recognized and be dropped at justice. In any other case, Abiy’s political life is over. The Abiy authorities’s incapacity to take decisive motion towards the TPLF, the renegade armed wing of the OLF, and the opposite extremists over the previous two years has emboldened its political enemies. It has earned the Prime Minister contempt, disrespect, and mockery from his political opponents and from a big proportion of the inhabitants. Jawar Mohammed contemptuously claims to guide an alternate authorities in Ethiopia, making Ethiopia the one nation on the planet and in historical past to have two governments concurrently. In a tv interview final month he disdainfully challenged the federal government to arrest him. Governing, Dr. Abiy Ahmed, consists of taking daring motion towards political criminals. It’s time to govern, Mr. Prime Minister. The Vilification of the Amharas The perpetrators of the aborted rebel meant to make use of the Amharas as their sacrificial lambs to usurp energy, as has been executed up to now. To that finish, the Amharas have been labelled as “Chauvinists”, “Neftegnas”, “Settlers”, and recently “Habeshas” by Jawar. Political labels embody political messages, targets, and directives. The message behind branding the Amharas is loud and clear: they’re the enemies. The political goal is clear: to take energy. The political directive of labelling is to incite violence towards the Amharas. Politicians, political teams and events that lack worthy political packages at all times resort to ethnic scapegoating, hatred, battle, even cleaning to return to energy. For the facility hungry TPLF or for Jawar and his ilk, the destruction of Ethiopia and the deaths of hundreds of individuals are immaterial. For them, nation and life have to be sacrificed on the altar of political energy. Once we mix the three elements of political labeling, within the context of the aborted rebel, we understand that the street to political energy would have been drenched with the blood of the Amharas.Some segments of the Oromo youth, those that obtain direct order from Jawar and his acolytes, have been programmed to assault Amharas and their properties in brief discover. A couple of minutes after the Hachalu’s loss of life and in some instances earlier than the announcement of his loss of life, properties belonging to Amharas had been looted, vandalized, and destroyed; harmless Amharas had been killed in some elements of Oromia.To make certain, the political labelling of the Amharas didn’t begin with Jawar, Bekele, or OMN. It has an extended historical past. It began with the Ethiopian pupil motion, when a number of the pupil leaders acknowledged the existence of nationwide oppression in Ethiopia and the presence of “Amhara chauvinism”. The popularity was meant to unite the Ethiopian folks within the battle for a simply society. The time period was rapidly usurped by ethnic nationalists to advance their segregationist or separatist agendas. What was meant as a peaceable name for sustaining nationwide unity was reworked right into a battle cry for destroying nationwide unity. Haile Fida can be turning over in his grave if he realized how the time period has been misused to annihilate the Amharas. Meles Zenawi: The Grand Daddy of Amhara HatredThe EPLF, the TPLF, and the OLF unfold the anti-Amhara epithets, however Meles Zenawi was the tremendous spreader, legitimizer, and normalizer of the time period “Amhara chauvinism”. In all his political speeches, even on his deathbed, he at all times referred to the Amharas as “chauvinists”. He persistently denigrated, demonized, and dehumanized the Amhara folks. Jawar Mohammed, the ideological inheritor of Meles Zenawi, has carried on the mantle of Amhara hatred. If Meles Zenawi normalized “chauvinism” as a political mantra to abuse the Amharas, Jawar Mohammed popularized “Neftegna” as a blunt weapon with which to assault the Amharas. In no different nation has an ethnic group been so vilified, so besmirched, and so slighted because the Amharas in Ethiopia during the last half a century. Think about the general public uproar if the Jews within the US, the Kikuyus in Kenya, or the Hausas in Nigeria had been subjected to the identical day by day barrages of ethnic slurs because the Amharas have been for the final 5 a long time. There has not been an enormous slaughter of the Amharas after greater than half a century of anti-Amhara hate propaganda is a testomony to the knowledge, tolerance, and understanding of the Ethiopian folks. To keep away from additional killings and property destruction, sure ethnic slurs ought to be outlawed, the anti-hatred legislation ought to be tightened, and the perpetrators of hate crimes ought to be punished severely. The ethnic invectives towards the Amharas have been accepted so extensively that Oromo commentators, agitators, and politicians, knowledgeable and uninformed, younger and outdated, literate and illiterate, routinely insult Amharas as an ethnic group through the use of the designated epithets. Each political dialogue on OMN needed to have its quota of ethnic slurs towards the Amharas. This previous winter at a rally held by the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) in Bale, a seven-year outdated boy learn a poem in regards to the crimes of the “Neftegnas”, to the applause of the viewers and Merera Gudina, the chairperson of the social gathering. At the same rally in Addis Ababa, a younger girl admonished Oromo males for courting or marrying “Neftegna” girls, once more to the applause of the viewers and Merera Gudina. This dehumanization, this otherization, this demonization was the prelude to the killings of Amharas and non-Oromos in Oromia right this moment. Additionally it is the precursor to future genocide in Oromia. Merera Gudina was fast to applaud the Anti-Amhara slurs with an enormous smile at these and different rallies, however has been conspicuously silent on the killings of Amharas and others in Oromia. Disgrace on him. The Poisoned Political Ambiance Hachalu’s assassination came about in an environment of heightened political rigidity, intense ethnic battle in Ethiopia. Though inside opposition to the TPLF is gaining momentum in Tigray, the TPLF is salivating for a army confrontation with the Federal Authorities underneath the pretext of “defending the Tigryans” . Small-minded politicians are prepared and keen to create a political disaster on the postponement of the election, as if Ethiopia is the one nation that has postponed elections through the pandemic. The nation is concerned in a diplomatic tug of battle with Egypt over the GERD, whose final result is unclear. If ever, this could have been a time for nationwide unity. Alternatively, Jawar’s recognition among the many Oromo folks has waned, however he can nonetheless create havoc. After the creation of the Prosperity Celebration, the Abiy authorities seems to be regaining a number of the assist it misplaced among the many Oromos and the remainder of the Ethiopian folks. It was underneath this unstable political scenario that the assassination came about. Ethnic battle, the sterling baby of ethnic politics, has engulfed Ethiopia ever because the TPLF got here to energy in 1991. Prior to now, it was simmering underneath the floor. Now, the extremists have dropped at the floor. Whereas Oromo extremists, with the monetary assist of the TPLF, have intentionally exacerbated ethnic battle in Ethiopia; some commentators, bloggers, and political teams inside the unity camp, have contributed intentionally or inadvertently to the ethnic rigidity that we discover in Ethiopia right this moment. To disregard this reality is to be disingenuous. Some have brazenly rejected the historic injustices that the Oromo folks skilled underneath previous governments in Ethiopia. Real nationwide unity and lasting peace require acknowledging these injustices, with out embellishment or deprecation. Nationwide reconciliation is the perquisite for peace and nationwide unity. Second, some within the unity camp, deliberately or unintentionally, frequently affront the Oromo folks. When discussing the heinous crimes dedicated towards the Amharas, they blame all Querros, calling them terrorists. That is basically incorrect. It’s a tiny fraction of the Querros, these underneath the direct command of Jawar, who’re committing the crimes. Labelling a large demographic group as terrorists is factually, ethically, and politically incorrect. This type of clean condemnation doesn’t bode properly for unity. It offers ammunition to Oromo extremists. It drives the Oromo youth to the extremist’s camp. Simply as we reject the labelling of the Amharas, we must always reject the labelling of the Oromo youth. Understanding ought to change labelling.In any society, each time there’s political turmoil the manipulated, misguided, misled, and confused youth typically resort to felony acts. In December 2019, the Amhara youth burned down mosques and companies owned by Muslims in Motta, Gojjam. Would it not be applicable to label the Fanno, the Amhara youth, as terrorists? To name the Fannos or the Querros terrorists is to commit the fallacy of composition. What’s true of sure parts just isn’t true of the entire. After which there are the purists, for instance the commentators at Ethio 360, who relentlessly assault the Prime Minister for all the things he does, even when he’s planting bushes, as a result of he isn’t Ethiopian sufficient or as a result of he’s an excessive amount of of an Oromo nationalist. Sure, he’s imperfect. Sure, he has made errors up to now. Sure, he’s an Oromo, however that’s the biggest asset an Ethiopian chief ought to have at this historic juncture. These purists ought to understand that Ethiopia won’t ever be dominated once more by unilingual Amhara or Tigre. That point is gone perpetually. Recover from it. Whether or not they understand it or not, he’s the one chief that we now have right this moment who has the intelligence, the charisma, and the imaginative and prescient to guide Ethiopia, certainly to avoid wasting Ethiopia. Who’re the choice leaders? Jawar, Bekele, Merera, Lidetu, Debretsion? For goodness sake? The constant assault on Abiy contributes to the achievement of the objectives of the Oromo extremists. If the purists proceed their unyielding assault on Abiy, the Mom Ethiopia they cherish a lot will flip right into a childless Ethiopia, a vilomah. Lastly, there are the Amhara extremists who intentionally poke their sticks on the outdated wounds of the Oromos and the opposite ethnic teams. One Amhara extremist says, “Ethiopia should worship its creators: the Amharas”. It is a most offensive assertion to all Ethiopians, notably to non-Amharas. Additionally it is a superb ammunition for Oromo extremists to assault Amharas and nationwide unity. The Amhara extremists, similar to their Oromo counterparts, peddle conspiracy theories. They understand all the things the Abiy authorities does, each transfer the Mayor of Addis Ababa makes, as a large step in the direction of the extermination of the Amharas. This type of political paranoia generates an equally paranoid rhetoric and motion that performs into the fingers of the Oromo extremists. The Police Commissioner studies that Eskinder Nega has been arrested for distributing pamphlets and for organizing the youth towards the “impending onslaught of the Amharas” in Addis Ababa. If that is true, he was unwittingly collaborating within the aborted rebel. We’d like mature management, not adolescent hyperbole. Hachalu: The Proud Oromo, the Nice EthiopianHachalu Hundessa was not only a standard singer, he was a freedom fighter. He was imprisoned for 5 years when he was simply 17 years outdated by the earlier TPLF-controlled authorities for supporting the wrestle for democracy. He galvanized the Oromo folks and the remainder of the Ethiopian folks, women and men, younger and outdated, to battle towards oppression, along with his freedom songs. His defiant musical efficiency, infused with a name to resistance, within the Millennium Corridor on December 9, 2017, on the danger of his life, resonates properly even right this moment amongst all Ethiopians. His songs have change into the soundtrack of resistance, justice, unity, and freedom. Hachalu Hundessa was a proud Oromo and an incredible Ethiopian. Requested about what being an Ethiopian meant to him in 2018, he responded, “Ethiopia is a beautiful mosaic of 80 flowers. I reflect and embrace this beauty”. He championed magnificence in variety. He was a voice of tolerance, acceptance, and real Ethiopian. In an interview with OMN on June 22, when goaded by the interviewer to denounce Abiy as a “Neftegna puppet”, to make his reply per the OMN’s anti-Amhara narrative, he refused to take action, however as a substitute denounced Bekele Gerba and Hezkiel Gebisa as TPLF collaborators. He vowed that he would by no means go to Mekele, till the TPLF repents for its crimes towards the Oromo folks and apologizes to the Oromo folks. We salute our befallen freedom fighter. He was assassinated as a result of he was a well-known Oromo Ethiopian, whose loss of life the criminals thought would set off an ethnic civil battle. It has not. He was devoured by the politically hungry cabals, who erroneously thought his loss of life would divide us. We’re united. We’re united in appreciating his music, songs, and lyrics perpetually. We’re united in admiring the braveness of his conviction. We’re united to not fall into the entice they laid for us. He has been taken away from us at a younger age by brutal political criminals, however he’ll at all times dwell in our hearts. Could his reminiscence encourage us to unite in our frequent wrestle for justice, equality, and freedom for all Ethiopians. Be a part of the dialog. 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