By Damo GotamoAugust 8, 2020The hasty choice of the federal government of Ethiopia to make Sidama the one new area within the Southern Nations and Nationalities Individuals’s Area (SNNPR) has opened a Pandora’s field of claims from totally different teams looking for their very own areas. There is no such thing as a query that the choice to permit Sidama a statehood has energized ethnic entrepreneurs and those that name themselves activists within the area. They’ve seized the event to develop into extra vociferous of their demand for brand spanking new regional administration of their ethnic enclaves.Speeding to grant Sidama an administrative area, with out looking for an all-inclusive answer to many unresolved points within the SNNPR, has given a gap for ethnic fanatics to do no matter they need with impunity. The unfavourable influence of the ill-conceived choice is nowhere clearer than within the multiethnic metropolis of Awassa.No earlier than Sidama grew to become a brand new area, Sidama ethic extremists have began doing what they do greatest, partaking in unlawful actions. Their innate nature for disregarding the regulation, coupled with the wishy-washy stand of the federal authorities on many key points within the southern area, has allowed them to behave and behave irresponsibly. There is no such thing as a doubt that they’re on a mission to destroy the second largest metropolis in Ethiopia. The federal authorities should cease the charlatans in Awassa from destroying the multiethnic Awassa and proceed losing hundreds of thousands of the taxpayers’ cash in ineffective schemes. When Ethiopians are grappling with financial hardship as a result of coronavirus, the Sidama ethnic entrepreneurs have wasted hundreds of thousands of the taxpayers’ cash to brighten Awassa with symbols glorifying a single ethnic group. Sources are telling me that the yokels have spent near 80 million birr within the festivities that befell to create the brand new administrative area. The cash that has been wasted on trifles is mind-boggling. For instance, the Kleptomaniacs have paid 40 thousand birr for a small banner. It’s not troublesome to think about how a lot cash has been squandered on 1000’s of banners hanging on the buildings of town. In Awassa, the place ninety % of residents are struggling to make ends meet, the brand new area has ushered quite a lot of new millionaire thieves who hail from one ethnic group.Each massive event in Awassa is a chance for the so-called authorities officers to swindle the federal government. The picaroons with new V12 autos have been scrambling to take the brand new alternative to rip-off the federal government. They’ve concocted a scheme to pocket hundreds of thousands on the pretext of enterprise questionable schemes. One of many schemes is erecting a logo glorifying one ethnic group.The brand new leaders have brazenly declared {that a} Shafeta tower value 30 million birr will likely be erected within the heart of Awassa. A statue commemorating “the fallen heroes” will even be constructed within the metropolis. Nobody is aware of by which battle fields the so-called heroes fought and fallen.Not too long ago, the SMN (Sidama Media Community) aired a photograph of ‘fighters’ in Khaki uniforms. The individuals within the image seemed just like the TPLF fighters of the 1970s after they had been nonetheless in a Dedebit jungle. The community was additionally deafening individuals with a false and absurd declare that Sidama fought to be a Kelil for 130 years. The reality is that Sidama began asking for regional standing lengthy after Harare grew to become a regional state. So, the Sidama began asking to be a area 18 years in the past.Confusion and uncertainty are in all places within the southern area and Awassa. As an alternative of attempting to work on easing the stress within the area, the Sidama ethnic entrepreneurs have exacerbated it by making outrageous claims.The brand new leaders have brazenly claimed Awassa would be the everlasting seat of the brand new Sidama state. In his latest interview with Addis Zemen newspaper, the brand new president of the area went so far as to say that the Sidama state alone will dictate the way forward for town, and the income from town will likely be utilized by the Sidama area alone. The person went so far as to say, “our area will determine when to say goodbye to the SNNPR from Awassa. “The noise and commotion have continued. The audacity of the Sidama extremists has no restrict. To the shock of many individuals, they’ve instructed many residents of Awassa to not fear about their standing within the metropolis. They’ve reassured individuals they are going to be secure in Awassa and begged them to not go away town.From their tone and the way in which they carry themselves, the Sidama ethnic entrepreneurs are appearing as if they’ve simply created a brand new impartial nation. I might not be stunned in the event that they demand individuals to use for political asylum to dwell in Awassa.Because the new authorities got here to energy, the individuals of Awassa haven’t seen any change. The outdated methods of doing issues have continued and in lots of situations the conditions in Awassa have worsened.Arbitrary arrests of residents and corruption are rampant in Awassa. The police and judges hail from a single ethnic group. They assault anybody for no obvious purpose and squeeze as a lot cash as they’ll from the victims. For instance, not too long ago a resident with 5 relations was arrested for a criminal offense he didn’t commit. Apparently, an individual who rented the household house was accused of committing a criminal offense within the metropolis. Unknown to many, the husband, spouse, and three youngsters had been arrested. The household nonetheless stays in jail. The thugs who’re in control of the police and courts are demanding the household to pay a hefty bribe in the event that they need to go free. The one approach to get something performed in Awassa is to pay kickbacks.No metropolis rivals in Awassa by way of corruption. Non-Sidamas get nothing performed for them with out paying bribes. They need to pay bribes to 3rd and fourth-grade ethnic ‘employees’, who occupy all key positions within the metropolis and barely learn and write.The Sidama ethnic entrepreneurs have two sources of earnings: common authorities wage and bribe. Residents within the metropolis are sources of uninterrupted earnings to ethnic ticks that survive by sucking their blood. Along with paying taxes, residents should pay bribes to get issues performed. The ethnic bosses don’t have any disgrace asking for cash the very individuals they harass usually.Due to the 2 years of unrest and coronavirus, the financial actions in Awassa have considerably declined. Getting kickbacks isn’t as straightforward because it was. To sort out the issue, ethnic lords have concocted a brand new trick to get bribes: to go to businessmen of town at their work and ask them to pay them ‘little money for gas’ and get something performed.I reiterated what I mentioned earlier. Each transfer the so-called authorities official makes in Awassa is meant to generate profits illegally. They at all times search for new methods to rip-off cash out of town residents.Proper after Sidama grew to become a area, the Sidama ethnic entrepreneurs began altering the ID playing cards of Awassa residents illegally. They’ve been issuing ID playing cards that bear the brand of the Sidama area. The unlawful act has generated some huge cash for people who find themselves issuing the playing cards. Awassa has develop into a worthwhile enterprise for individuals who don’t have any work ethic. Sadly sufficient, the federal authorities is watching on the sidelines when an vital metropolis for Ethiopians is being ruined by individuals who can not run a village not to mention a giant metropolis like Awassa.Hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians within the SNNPR area contemplate Awassa their capital metropolis. It’s multiethnic and too vital to depart it for just a few Ethnonationalists to plunder it and bankrupt the nation.Watching on a sideline when just a few ethnic ticks are destroying one of the beneficial property to Ethiopians is tantamount to committing unforgivable historic blunders. Awassa belongs to all Ethiopians.The fingerprints of Ethiopians are in all places in Awassa. Greater than fifty years in the past, Ethiopians from throughout the nation established town that when was a secure haven for wildlife. Since then, many Ethiopians have closely invested their hard-earned cash to make town what it’s as we speak. After town grew to become the seat of the (SNNPR) Southern Nations and Nationalities Individuals’s Area, many Ethiopians flocked to Awassa so as to add extra funding additional making Awassa one of many largest cities within the nation.Evaluate different cities within the southern area with Awassa, and you’ll witness a stark distinction. Awassa is massive and exquisite due to the contributions of all Ethiopians. In accordance with my sources, ninety-six % of the taxpayers in Awassa are non-Sidamas. Along with the residents of the nation, the federal authorities has an enormous stake in Awassa.The federal government of Ethiopia has made a number of massive investments in Awassa. One of many largest industrial parks in Africa has been inbuilt Awassa. When totally operational, the park will make use of sixty thousand individuals and is predicted to generate one billion {dollars} a yr in exports. It’s a satisfaction of hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians. Since coming to energy, PM Abiy has dropped at the park overseas leaders and dignitaries to the park for official visits, signaling the significance of Awassa and its industrial park to the nation. The Specific Freeway which is able to join Addis Ababa to Awassa is one other very important funding the federal government has made in Awassa. When the work is accomplished, it can take lower than three hours to journey between the 2 cities. The highway will assist the commercial park ease its provide chain course of, growing its competitiveness on the earth markets. It should additionally assist different companies transport their merchandise from one metropolis to the opposite in a brief time frame. Vacationers will arrive at respective cities early, perform their companies, and return on the identical day the place they started their journeys.The federal authorities has additionally spent a big sum of money constructing a global airport in Awassa. When totally operational, it can immediately join sister cities like Washington D.C. with Awassa. The airport will play an vital function in easing congestion of Bole airport and assist vacationers fly on to Awassa to go to the Southern areas of Ethiopia, which have many enticing vacationer locations.The aforementioned infrastructures will generate laborious currencies, create employment alternatives, and alleviate the individuals of the nation from poverty. Due to this fact, Awassa is important to the general progress and growth of Ethiopia.Awassa is the second-largest metropolis within the nation and the satisfaction of all Ethiopians. It’s a very beneficial metropolis for the expansion of your entire nation. The town connects Addis Ababa to Kenya, making Awassa technique vital to Ethiopia. Leaving a vital metropolis for the developments of the nation to clueless individuals is just like permitting untrained individuals to fly a $200 million Boeing 787. The implications are devastating.The Industrial Park in Awassa is as vital because the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (each are the most important infrastructures in Africa) to Ethiopia. It should generate vital overseas forex for the nation. In the previous couple of years, we have now seen what would occur if Awassa is left to the clueless yokels, financial devastation, and political unrest.Persons are unsettled by what has transpired in Awassa. Because the PM got here to energy, the reckless Sidama extremists have prompted large harm in Awassa and different Sidama zones. They’ve burned individuals alive and destroyed properties. Buyers have held again their cash and turned off by the reckless acts of the individuals, who’ve been left to do no matter they needed within the metropolis. Many individuals have left Awassa. Those that have stayed are not sure of the long run, ready for the federal government to make drastic adjustments within the metropolis.In Awassa, the place ethnic Sidama account for less than 5 % of town’s inhabitants, they occupy ninety-eight % of the forms. The principle criterion for employment within the federal authorities within the metropolis up to now is to be a Sidama. Securing employment in federal workplaces is like profitable a lottery as a result of it’s the best approach to simply get cash. What makes Awassa residents extra upset is the ignorance of the staff. They have no idea learn and write! Individuals who search providers obtain paperwork laden with errors. One should make greater than 5 journeys to get issues performed! Paying a bribe is a should. Authorities initiatives in Awassa are awarded to individuals with the Sidama background and to those that have connections with the authorities. People who find themselves employed to work on the initiatives additionally hail from one ethnic group. The system in Awassa is just like the apartheid system. It serves a single group on the expense of the bulk within the metropolis.Within the title of constructing roads or different initiatives, hundreds of thousands of birr is wasted yearly. For instance, many secondary and tertiary roads in Awassa don’t have cobblestones. The crooks cease yearly to measure the roads, promise individuals to construct them, and on the finish of the yr nothing will get performed. Many consider they pocket the cash by presenting bogus experiences to their bosses, who’re additionally companions within the thefts.What is actually irritating many residents in Awassa is why they’re at all times handled as second residents and play second fiddle to Sidamas in issues that concern them. Educated and well-informed residents of town at all times clap their fingers at any time when illiterates, who don’t dwell in Awassa, are nominated as chairmen girls of their constituents. No effort has been made to change the scenario. Besides paying lip-services, officers within the federal authorities have performed nothing to revive regulation and order in Awassa and make town livable for each Ethiopian.The federal government has issued a number of deceptive statements concerning the SNNPR and Awassa, however none of them have been applied. Officers instructed Ethiopians that Awassa would function a capital of each Sidama and SNNPR areas for ten years. Moreover, individuals had been instructed all questions associated to regional points can be answered based mostly on scientific examine and inclusive of all teams within the area. Nevertheless, what the Sidama expertise has proven us is the other.The federal government springs into motion to temporally quell issues at any time when they come up, which permits the ethnic entrepreneurs to proceed with their lawlessness. Give the Sidama extremists an inch and they’ll take a mile!Persons are nonetheless baffled why just a few ethnic extremists are allowed to say and do no matter they need on the expense of all Ethiopians who’re residing within the metropolis. Why are the authorities who declare to be representing the SNNPR don’t talk about Hawassa as aggressively as those that are deafening our ears nearly day by day is an enigma to many individuals?It’s embarrassing to see the secondary role-played by the leaders of the SNNPR when the Sidama extremists have been doing no matter they need and say something they need. The voice of the opposite fifty-two ethnic teams has been suppressed. The so-called leaders of the southern area haven’t been heard talking on behalf of the individuals of the area they declare to be representing. Their roles have been relegated to ‘yes’ males and carrying scissors throughout ribbon-cutting ceremonies. It’s embarrassing for a lot of to look at the mayor of town sitting tight lipped in each occasion orchestrated by the Sidama ethnic entrepreneurs.There are two opposing views about Awassa. On the one hand, the residents of Awassa and nearly all of the individuals of the southern area need to have a say in their very own metropolis. They consider town they’ve established and developed shouldn’t be left for the newcomers who don’t have anything to do with it. They need to participate in their very own affairs and authorities officers to serve them.However, the Johnny-come-lately ethnic entrepreneurs need to run town like their personal property, serving the curiosity of a single ethnic group and plundering the sources of town the place they haven’t spent a penny. Their quantity may be very few, they usually have managed the whole lot, due to ethnic politics, which has destroyed the nation.In conclusion, the Sidama ethnic entrepreneurs have engaged in lawlessness actions in Awassa. They’ve been attempting to alter the demography of town and spend hundreds of thousands to erect symbols glorifying a single ethnic group.Awassa is simply too beneficial for Ethiopia. It’s the second largest metropolis in Ethiopia. Hundreds of thousands of individuals and the federal authorities have invested in billions within the metropolis. The most important industrial park is situated in Awassa. For a lot of residents, the significance of town is just like that of the Grand Ethiopian Dam. It’s the supply of billions of {dollars}. It’s too beneficial for the nation to depart it for individuals who can not run a small village.The federal government of PM Abiy should cease the reckless acts of Sidama Ethnonationalists and save residents in Awassa from Abuse, discrimination, theft of their hard-earned cash. Leaving Awassa to slim ethnic entrepreneurs, who’ve a confirmed document of lawlessness and destruction is a recipe for catastrophe and tantamount to sending the nation into darkness. If the federal government left Awassa for individuals who don’t have any clue about working a metropolis and confirmed racists, let the individuals of Ethiopia know.Sidama ethnic entrepreneurs are just like the TPLF and OLF-Shenne, and not using a gun. Left alone, they might be very damaging. They had been sending the gullible Sidama youth with the OLF flag to disturb the peace of Awassa. They shouldn’t be trusted with something, not to mention be in control of Awassa.I like to recommend the federal government to take the next actions to make Awassa a livable metropolis for all Ethiopians and an financial and political hub of the nation:· Take away symbols and billboards from multiethnic Awassa that glorify a single ethnic group· Fill the federal workplaces in Awassa with competent individuals·  Change town’s police, which is made up of 1 ethnic group and riddled with corruption and incompetence·    Permit the residents of Awassa to elect their very own leaders·   Make Awassa a federal metropolis. Awassa is simply too beneficial to Ethiopians to be left to individuals who don’t have any clue about working a giant metropolis Be part of the dialog. Like borkena on Fb and get Ethiopian Information updates usually. 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