The Milestone to Peace, Stability & Multiparty Democracy

(OLF – November 15, 2019)

Dear Oromo people,
Dear Nations, Nationalities and all peoples of Ethiopia,
Dear friends of the Oromo people’s struggle and all peace-loving members of the international community,
And above all, the revered members and supporters of the Oromo Liberation Front,
Congratulations!
Rejoicing the milestone at this juncture, we, hereby, announce that the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) is certified as a legal political Party in the country by the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) on this 15th day of November 2019.
The OLF, founded 46 years ago to date, has remained the forefront organization in leading the Oromo people’s struggle for freedom and justice that exhibited major victories in the course of its tenure. The organization also played key roles in fostering fundamental changes in Ethiopia’s political discourse as a transformational political actor during those years. As a testament to this assertion, OLF has immensely contributed to the 1991/92 transitional charter that laid the foundations of Ethiopia’s multi-national federalism, a political arrangement that suits a multi-ethnic polity like that of Ethiopia which is also in place today.
None the less, OLF’s aspiration to move forward in transforming the country as enshrined in the transitional charter was marred by the inherently greedy, suppressive and hegemonic political establishment that was an anti-thesis to the values and the demands of the Oromo people. It was in light of such hostile political atmosphere that the Oromo Liberation Front was not only forced out of the political process but also, unjustly, labeled and declared as anti-peace and the enemy of the state. In essence, the sources of the political, economic and social nightmares that Ethiopia had to endure for so long emanated from the unjust act of alienating the OLF and others from the peaceful political process taken by the ruling party at the time. The subsequent years of instability and uncertainty had to do with the failed policies pursued by the totalitarian regime.
The unfortunate state of affairs described above had been reversed though not full-fledged or to a complete satisfaction, after decades of bitter struggle and sacrifices that did cost peoples of Ethiopia dearly. Yet, the gains reaped from the sacrifices of our peoples, however big or small they might be, sparked a new optimism for eyeing on a light at the end of the tunnel. It is with this glimpse of hope that the OLF reaffirms its commitment to relentlessly contribute to the national effort in resolving the country’s outstanding socio-political, economic and cultural issues that hitherto remained sources of bloody conflicts.
We would also like to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt gratitude to the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) and commend its promising effort & integrity in transforming this country.
In conclusion, the OLF calls up on all stakeholders and progressive forces to work with in solidarity for the fulfillment of our peoples’ aspiration for freedom, democracy & equality. Additionally, it is OLF’s unwavering promise to work with all concerned entities to bring about a sustainable economic development for all, lasting peace to the country in particular and to the entire region in general. Concurrent to our call for solidarity and cooperation, we would like to reiterate that the flag and emblem shown below are the official flag and emblem of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) that our members and supporters are legally allowed to use for the official duties of the organization within the bounds of the law of the land. Any entity, individual or group, who uses the OLF flag or emblem or both for the purposes of defaming the OLF, the Oromo people or attempts to incite violence among the peoples must be held accountable and should be reported to the State authorities whenever and wherever noticed.

Victory to the Mass !
Oromo Liberation Front
November 15, 2019

OSGA: Discussion Forum

OLF – The indivisible and the only OLF has reached a political milestone.

By Raggasaa Oljirra

The once banned, deemed terrorist and persecuted OLF for the last 28 years has emerged victorious when the National Election Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) certified it as a legal National Party in Ethiopia today. It is historic in a way because the Ethiopian political landscape that has incessantly been portraying the Oromo People’s struggle spearheaded by the OLF as a monster finally succumbed to the Country’s realty for the first time in its history. This is the right way forward: Any smear campaign, defamation, acts of marginalization/exclusion and hate propaganda against anyone did not work, never works and is not going to work.

What works best in the interest of the country and its people is reckoning with the realty and searching for a common ground. OLF is not a monster, nor it had been anything of the image its enemies had been characterizing it since its inception.

OLF was born out of the Ethiopian reality, a popular force that has clearly identified its just cause that no one was able to deny and bent on a goal that no one was able to argue against. All futile attempts to annihilate it for the last 45 years were in vain, as any similar attempt in the future is going to be as futile as the past ones. OLF is an Oromo political spirit that needs to be reckoned with. The unprecedented persistence and resilience of the man at the helm of the organization deserves a monumental recognition of the highest order, not only in the Oromo society but also in the Country’s history.

There were major organizations that were contemporaries of the OLF with even stronger and aggressive stature at the time. The EPRP, MEISON, and even the DERG that managed to be the only totalitarian ruling party for 17 years and that once presided over a mighty army by African standard, all vanished into the dust bins of history. DERG’s successor, the EPRDF is also almost dead after 28 years of a bumpy course full of treachery.

What kept OLF alive for the last 45 or so years is its just cause and the persistence of its leaders coupled with the unwavering popular support from the Oromo people at large. Compatriots who paid the ultimate price deserve the utmost respect. I feel sorry for those who abandoned the organization, declared it dead and lured the gullible into submission. They have to absorb today’s humiliating defeat once and for all as they have no time nor the moral value to remedy their dirty deeds. Certification is a mile stone indicative of a brighter future.

We will have more celebratory moments when OLF undoubtedly becomes a ruling party in Oromia and a partner in whatever national Coalition government Ethiopia is going to assemble together. I have to congratulate NEBE for signs of a new beginning in Ethiopia, i.e, signs of integrity free of political influence that had hitherto been the norm in the country.

Again, congratulations to all those who feel stake holders in this matter!!