Reliving Gadaa Democracy
(Yaada hojii seeraa fi hoodaa masakuuf hayyootaan gabbifamuu dandahu)
By Ibsaa Guutama*
The Oromo had the Gadaa constitution for the protection of civil rights and liberties when other civilizations were still fighting for them. The Oromo Gadaa political history, culture and language started to wane after the occupation, and lost the hope of continuity when they started to send their offspring to alien schools. Children returned immersed in the alien concept in all aspects of life, but did not fully evolve into the alien culture because theirs was democratically on a higher level. Gadaa is resilient, and the people are characteristically tenacious that it did not completely burn out; its umbers lived glowing under the ashes to flare up when the time came. However, there are even today; those who became servants and abandoned their people’s, and swear and brag by their masters. The aim of this article is to expose this umber so that the youth gets fired to regain the lost Oromo personality or Oromummaa, and start to live accordingly. Though an ancient democratic system, Gadaa never gets out of date and was never a dogma. It has an inbuilt system of rejuvenating itself periodically. The society is divided into five political parties of peers with each party taking power in sequence. Father and son belong to the same Gadaa; the son has to wait from 32-40 years to assume power. The Dabballee (children up to 8 years of age) stage is that of sons of the current Gadaa. Each group of sons of previous Gadaa’s, stay at a grade for 8 years playing roles, which are part of leadership training necessary for their senior stages. Gadaa system gives much attention for protection of the child.
Since each Gadaa group is initiated into the next stage those in front have to move up. Therefore, there is no way that an incumbent can pass a day over the legal eight years term. Here we are not going to dwell on social aspects of age set system but leave it for more probes by anthropologists and sociologists. Generational hiriyaa that develop into political leadership is what interests us here. Hiriyaa means peer. So here, for convenience, let us say Gadaa is rule of hiriyaa. A hiriyaa group includes all members of a Gadaa born with in the eight years. A ruling Gadaa stays in power only for eight years without possibility of reelection. Incoming group can change or amend previously existing laws if it desired. The rule of law is accepted and no one can claim to be above it. This equally applies to Abbaa Gadaa and a common farmer.
The system has come down until foreign interference disrupted it. It is democratic because it has a constitution that allows a form of election in which every male Oromo equally participate. Oromo society was male dominated. Women’s participation in politics is insignificant. But culture and law demands women are respected and honored by the power of Siiqqee (Ceremonial staff) they hold from the day they were married. Gadaa has come down making amends to the constitution to change abusive practices in the past and there could have been possibility of recognizing equal rights for woman had it not been disrupted. Oromo had also a unique way of computing time. Each day of the month had a name different from the seven day cycle of most systems. That has a significant impact on Oromo world outlook. All aspect of society and the environs are governed by democratically proclaimed laws. The Oromo believe in one Supreme Being called Waaq. Thus Oromo religion is among the early monotheisms like Judaism after which Christianity and Islam came.
Religious life of Oromo society was guided by a Grand Qaalluu (High Priest) called Abbaa Muudaa, to whose shrine every able bodied Oromo used to make pilgrimages. There were several lesser qaalluu throughout Oromiyaa. Oromo religion is known as Waaqeffannaa and the believer is Waaqeffataa. In Oromo religion the soul does not travel to unknown place but remains on earth. Because Waaq is mercy there is no punishment after death. Religion had great role in social activities but does not interfere in governance except in blessing rituals and overseeing the election process of Gadaa officials. That made Oromo political system secular. The role played by Qaalluu is as important today as it was then. The Qaalluu may be allowed to continue its role or may be replaced by elected “Election Commission”. May be some sort of Religious Counsel could participate in it in memory of past wisdom. Oromo political life is led by elected national assembly known as Caffee or Gumii and Luba counsel.
Roots of Oromo social, political or religious systems are all indigenous not copy of other civilizations. Ancient Greek democracy which evolved into modern Western democracies was class based and not all Greeks including woman participated in it but only men in the top echelon. It was also direct democracy. Gadaa democracy is society based and was basically representative democracy though higher assemblies were open to all nationals that wish to attend. It was not as simplistic as those of the Greek but highly complicated. Direct democracy was mostly practiced on Ollaa (neighborhood) level. Presentation here is much simplified model to help modern generation understands it has a heritage to fallback to. They can start applying it to every form of association they might initiate.
The Oromo belonged to Kushitic language group to which ancient Nubian civilization which the Greek called “Ethiopia” also belonged. There are many symbols and cultural articles in Oromiyaa that have similarities with those of Egyptian Pharaohs; therefore some missing links within that civilization may be found in Oromo culture. Oromo civilization, with honest research could be pushed back to more than 4000 years. Its deep roots are ones that kept it alive in Oromo memory despite all the colonial campaigns to destroy it.
Basic elements of Gadaa democracy are continuous search for peace and araaraa (conciliation) with Waaqaa and mother earth, justice, equality, participation in societal activities at all levels, protection of rights for all vulnerable persons, respect for human and environmental rights, government by peers, limited period of power, freedom of worship, decision by consensus, observation of safuu (ethical code), laguu and rule of law. The Oromo took respect for laws as the key to realization of all others. Therefore every action and every moving body had laws. Safuu is a universal ethical code of prohibited acts and behaviors, which no body has to transgress. Laguu is abstention from eating, drinking and practicing certain things.
Structure and Function
The active generation that takes responsibility to rule the country for the next eight years was referred to as Gadaa. Its major institutions were Caffee (Gumii), Luba and Bokkuu. Caffee is General Assembly of the people or Parliament. Luba are generational leaders. Bokkuu is the chief Luba that carry the symbol of authority (Scepter) known as Bokkuu. He is mostly referred to as Abbaa Bokkuu or Abbaa Gadaa. Out of the Luba nine Executive members or Salgee (in some areas 6) are selected as the Supreme ruling counsel. One among them is the President or Abbaa Gadaa. Two others are elected as deputies and together are called Sadan Gadaa. The three keep and implement what Salgee entrust to them.
Different functions like, treasury, war, justice are distributed among remaining Luba. All Luba are considered as equals except for difference in functions. All state functions are done by committees from top executive down to ganda level. Because members of the committee are considered as equals and their chairpersons are one among equals there is no chance for rise of dictatorial leaders. It is this democratic practice within institutions that distinguishes Oromoo system different from Habashaa aristocracy and autocracy. Qaalluu institution serves not only as religious head of society but also as supervisor of Gadaa elections. But now in a multi-faith society it requires reconsideration on how to modify its role assignment.
Caffee is the highest legislative body. Its members come from different segments of society through elections. Moieties and tribes were important constituencies to contribute to its membership. Oromo communities enjoyed autonomy starting from the smallest segment of the land, Ganda or Ollaa (hamlet or neighborhood). Each segment had its own assemblies to handle local or regional matters and national relations. Therefore Gadaa system was not a fully centralized system. When a new Gadaa comes after 8 years, it reviews existing laws, adopt as they are, amend or totally change and proclaim as national law. It regularly sits in midterm, every four years to review implementation of the laws; performance of the Luba Counsel and to legislate new laws if necessary. It can reprimand, uproot or punish the counsellors for wrong doings. The Caffee is chaired by current Abbaa Gadaa for all deliberations except when performance of his office is evaluated. Then a senior past Abbaa Gadaa presides to avoid conflict of interest.
The Salgee (Salgan Hayyootaa) is responsible for executive function. It appoints leaders of the different functions of state, like Abbaa Duulaa, Abbaa Sa’aa, Abbaa Seeraa, Abbaa Biyyaa, Abbaa Alangaa, etc (Warlord for each engagement, Finance, Justice, Interior, Attorney General). It can declare wars and make peace. It builds fighting force from among able bodied age groups, which are placed under Raabaa Doorii, the warrior generation that is going to assume power after the current Luba, for command and training. All decisions are passed in counsel. No individual makes decisions except in cases of clearly given prerogatives. Abbaa Gadaa is the head of the Salgee as well as that of the nation and Commander in Chief of the army.
Yuba are the outgoing Gadaa members. They are highly respected member of society with the role of counseling the Luba, reviewing laws and attend Caffee meetings. Such activities give them the power of checking over the Luba. In combination with Raabaa Doorii the Yuba could serve as check and balance of power. This writer had experienced two moieties, Hobo and Coora. He and his grandparents were Coora and considered allies, while his father was hobo. His father cannot hit him in presence of his grandparents. This is also applied to Yuba and Raabaa Doorii relations. Both as allies can check of Luba.
Lessons to Be Learned
Oromo civilization is Oromo’s own unique contribution to world civilizations not a copy. From linguistic relations it has with them, there is possibility of it being a part of ancient Egyptian and Nubian (Meroe and Napata) civilizations. Similarities of the Bokkuu, Caaccuu, Kallacha and the time reckoning system are indicators of relations with those civilizations. Therefore going back to our roots could help in development of that unique Oromo personality and great service to humanity for resurrecting its lost heritage.
All members of society participate in activities that their age allows not by intuition but by design. Members are grouped according to their ages or hiriyaa with eight years apart. Here we are interested in the development of political process rather than the social aspect. Therefore we are not going into the initiation ceremonies and social roles a child undergoes in life. For our purpose training and education for leadership for peer groups or hiriyaa starts in the first eight years of life. Each eight years until the child reached the Luba stage has duties and rights assigned to it. At all stages Gadaa democracy is practiced. All members of hiriyaa treat each other as equals. No member is considered as more equal than the others because of positions within the group.
One can be in power only once in life time. The term of office in one Gadaa tier is only 8 years. Peers elect and can depose leaders before their terms end if there is good cause. But they are duty bound to respect and cooperate with the leaders as long as they perform their duty properly. The leader is also obliged to respect his followers and treat them as his equals. That was the way Oromo viewed power before they fell under foreign influence. Their past is where they should look for their redemption for renaissance of Oromo personality and civilization. They have to get rid of autocratic leader worshiping culture. Oromo respect and love their leaders not fear and worship.
All Oromo Gadaa is formed by combination of segments of the society such as moieties, tribes and regions. Those had local ethos and practices that are recognized by the whole nation. It was those differences that were strength of the nation not stereotype unity learned from aliens. It is saddening to see people pointing to this differences, regionalism and tribalism as defects in formation of nationalism. Those are ingredient parts of Oromummaa, which cannot be washed away. Every Oromo has to recognize those and consider them as uniting factors rather than dividing them. For a true Oromo regionalism or “gosa” is not in contradiction with Oromummaa, it is part of it. When we attack each other with gosa (clan?) we are only reflecting our rulers’ concept of the word they borrowed from Oromo. We are becoming them when we hit back our person with our own revered tools. In afaan Oromoo “ethnic” or lammii is different from “gosa” which means tribe or clan. Habashaa have no word but use distortion of Oromo “gosa” since they came to Africa.
There is no time in Oromoo history that the Oromo accused each other for loving ones “gosa” or ones “biyyaa” (region). Colonialism has made Oromo prisoners of alien political socialization. Because of the negative impact it developed some individuals consider it demeaning to tell from which region or tribe they are when asked. They jump to say they are from Oromiyaa. That is obvious, but the person who asked wants to know ones place of birth or region one came from. That was what our people used to ask when they meet a child or stranger. We all should love our country Oromiyaa and hold her above all the sub divisions and separate from personal believes. All have their own place in Oromiyaa building blocks. It is for not understanding this truth that some attack others for being less nationalistic, hiding one’s own deep sited feelings. There is no uniformity in Oromo social development. In some clan cohesions are stronger than the others. That must be understood to take each other for what we are rather than engaging in unproductive bickering. Sovereignty of the nation starts from grass roots levels. They are the ones that retain a part for themselves and give up the rest for upper echelons. Gadaa democracy has to start being practiced from there, on Ganda (village) level.
In Oromiyaa most works are done and decisions are taken by committees rather than bureaucratic structures of other civilizations. Here, there is no one man show at all levels. Therefore each man is as important as all others and so must personally be present on activities. Decisions are taken by consensus and no concern is left untouched even if that takes days. The Oromo say, “Haa bultu dubbiin” (Let us sleep over it) instead of rushing for decisions.
To conclude, there are certain salient features of Gadaa political system that shaped political, social and psychological makeup of the nation. Among them are, rule of law; government by election; limited term of office; absence of one man show; participation of all citizens in the system; respect for human rights and the environment; freedom of speech and expression; right of worship and secular public administration. Oromo civilization is part of the great Kushitic civilization and developed in parallel with other civilizations, and so original. The two parts of government are Caffee/Gumii and Luba Counsel (Salgee). Caffee is the legislature and Supreme Judiciary. Qaalluu’s role in politics were overseeing election of Gadaa officials and blessing their coming to power. Nowadays there are qaalluu with different faith. With Qaalluu declining that is an important role needing much pondering on how to compose institution for running elections. Public administration of Gadaa is secular. Oromiyaa was a male dominated polity. Therefore there is much to be done about women’s rights in the modern setting. Releasing women power can increase societal ability by double. Oromo woman are equally capable as their men counterparts in every field of societal activities they participated in. Political and social organizations should be vanguard in making sure that women have equal participation in their ranks. Oromo are known better for their adherence to the rule of law. Every Oromo national is equal before the law and is expected to abide by it and also defend it. No one is above the law. Gadaa system is Africa’s contribution that the world has much to learn from. As important as it is for being human heritage efforts to achieve it should not be left to Oromo alone. However for the Oromo to relive Gadaa life, it is incumbent upon their struggle to speed up its shortcut journey so that it catches up with the time. To repeat its never ageing principles that are core to any genuine Oromiyaan institution and persons are, respect for rule of law; love for children; government by election; limited leadership term of office; respect for human, individual and environmental rights; equality of all hiriyaa officials; participation of all citizens in the system irrespective of gender and creed; absence of one man show; love for neighbors and humanity and observance of safuu. Modernized renaissance of Gadaa Democracy shall not be far off! Oromiyaa shall be free!
Honor and glory for the fallen heroines and heroes; liberty, equality and freedom for the living; and nagaa and araaraa for the Ayyaanaa of our forefathers!
Democrasii Gadaan Deebi’anii Jiraachuu
(Yaada hojii seeraa fi hoodaa masakuuf hayyootaan gabbifamuu dandahu)
Ibsaa Guutama irraa*
Oromoon bilisummaa fi mirga noolaa eegsisuuf yero qaroommi biraa qabsaawaafii turan heera Gadaa qaba ture. Seenaan Oromoo malbulcha Gadaa, aadaa fi afaanii, itt fufuun abdii kutachiisutt kan ka’e, qabamuu duuba yeroo daa’imman ofii wabarii halagatt erguu eegale. Ijoolleen gara jireenyaa hundaan rimsama halagaa keessa cuubamtee deebite; garuu kan see demokratummaan caalaa misaa waan tureef aadaan isaan taatee kan baate yartuu dha. Gadaan rorroo halagaa jalaa dandamachuu fi ummatichis waan ofitt cichuun miraa saa wan taheef gutummaatt gubatee hin badne; giimiin saa yeroo eeggatee boba’uuf daara jala of ruuqee jiraate. Hatahu malee kanneen ashkarumaa galanii karaa ummata ofii dhiisuun, maqaa gooftolii saniin kakataa fi dhaadtaa hafuu filatan hardhallee jiru. Akeeki barruu kanaa dargaggoon nameenyaa Oromoo bade, Oromummaa, deebistee gonfachuuf ibidda qabsiiftu gargaaruuf giimii kana dibaa jalaa baasuu dha. Sirna demokraasii durdurii haa tahu malee, Gadaan kan yeroon itt darbes, yaadchichaas miti. Sirna tibba tibbaan of haaromsuu dandahu keessaan jaaramaa qabaa. Hawaasii gogeessota malbulchaa shan darabeen baallii wal harka fudhanitt hirama. Ilmi Gadaa abbaa saatt ramadama; Gadaa abbaa keessa dhalate yoo tahe baallii fuudhuuf ganna 32-40 itt fudhata. Sadarkaan Dabballee (ijoollee hanga ganna sadeetii jiran) kan ilmaan Luba aangoo irra jiraniitii. Ilmaan Gadaa darbanii murna murnaan waggaa sadeet saddeetitt leenjii fi barumsa sadarkaa olhaanutt isaan gargaaru fudhataa turu.
Kanneen sadarkaa gad haanu irra jiran ol darbuu waan qabaniif kan olhananis jalaa siquu qabu. Kanaaf sadarkaa tokko irra waggaa saddeet caalaa guyyaa tokko dabarsuun hin dandahamu. As irratt waa’ee hiriyaa gara hawaasomaa jiru utuu hin kaasin ogeeyyii sun ilaaluun akka qorqoramu dhiifnee, dhaloota hiriyaa gara hoggansa malbulchaatt guddatu duukaa buuna. Salphaatt fudhachuuf Gadaan bulcha hiriyaati haa jennu. Murni hiriyaa tokko sadarkaa Lubaatt deebi’ee filamuun utuu hin jiraatin waggaa saddeetii qofa angoo irra tura. Kan aangoo irra ture waggoota saddeettan seeraan murteeffaman irra guyyaa tokko dabarsuuf carraa hin qabu. Murni haaraan aangoott dhufu seerota turan barbaachisaa taanaan geeddaruu ni dandaha. Seeraan bulmaati kan hundi fudhate waan taheef eenyuu seeraa olitt of ilaaluu hin dandahu. Seerri Abbaa Gadaa haa tahu nama homaa hin qabne irratt walqixxee jiga.
Sirnich hanga dhiibbaan alaa diigutt hojjetaa ture. Heera, mirga hundaa kabachiisuu fi kennataa fi seeran bulmaata irratt hundaawe waan taheef demokraatawaa ture. Hawaasi Oromoo olhantummaa dhiiraan gaggeeffama. Akka aadaa fi seeraatt dubaroon erga eerumanii kaasee Siiqee qabataniif ulfinan ilaalamanu, murti Gadaa irratt qooda hin fudhatani. Gadaan seera fokkuu tahan wayyeessaa waan dhufeef utuu hin gufanne walqixxummaa dubartiis yaa’a keessa beekuun hin oolu ture. Oromoon akka yeroo itt dhahu sirna addaa qaba ture. Tokko tokkoon ayyaanaa maqaa ji’a keessa jiraniif qabaachuun kanneen marsaa guyyaa torba qaban irraa garagara turani. Sun ilaalcha addunyaa Oromoo hunda irraa adda tolcha. Haalli hawaasaa fi naannaa uumaa hundi seerota demokratummaan tumamaniin gaggeeffamu turani. Oromoon waaqtokkee Angoo Olhaanaa tahe, Waaq jedhamutt buluu turani. Dhugeeffannoon Oromoo Waaqtokkoollee akka Yuudummaa kanneen Kiristinnaa fi Islaammi duuba dhufan keessaa tokko. Hundaaf angafa jechuu dha.
Jireenyi dhugeeffannoo Oromoo, Qaalluu guddicha Abbaa Muudaa jedhamuun masakama ture. Oromoo jajjaboon yeroo yeroon itt godanu turanii. Qaalluu xixinnoonis turani. Dhugeeffannoon Oromoo Waaqeffannaa yoo jedhamu, kan itt bulan Waaqeffataa jedhama. Dhugeeffannoo Oromoott lubbuun du’a duuba bakka hin beekamne hin dhaqxu lafumatti haftii. Waaq baraar waan taheef du’a duubas adabi hin jiru jedhu. Wanti Qaalluun hojjetaa ture hardhas akkuma durii barbaachisaa dha. Qaalluun akka qooda saa itt fufu yk “Komishina Kennataa” muudamuun akka bakka bu’uu gochuun ni dandahama. Jireenyi malbulchaa Oromoo Kora kennatame Caffee yk Gumii jedhamuu fi Salgee Lubaan hogganama. Qaalluun gochoota hawaasomaa keessaa qooda guddaa qabatuu, malbulcha keessa kennata qondaalota Gadaa too’achuu fi yoo baallii fuudhan eebsuuf malee hin seenu. Sun sirna malbulchaa Oromoo amantalaa tolcha.
Hundeen hawaasoma, malbulchaa haa tahu dhugeeffannoo Oromoo, biyya keessaa kan biqile malee akkaasa qarooma biraa miti. Demokraasiin Girikii durii, kan demokraasii Lixaa ammayyaatt guddate, gita hawaasomaa irratt hundaawe. Grikoota biroo fi dubartoota kan kan hin dabalanne turre, kan gooftolii qofa ture. Magaala tokkoo keessatt demokraasii suduudaa shaakalamu ture. Demokraasiin Gadaa biyya guutuu irratt waan hundaaweef, kanneen irratt argamuu fedhan hundaaf banaa haa tahu malee, demokraasii bakka bu’ootaa ture. Akka kan Grikootaa utuu hin tahin hedduu walxaxaa dha. Oromiyaatt demokraasiin suduudaa caalatt Ollaatt shaakalama. As irratt dhalooti ammaa waan itt dheessu qabaachuu saa akka barutt salphifamee dhihaatee. Kanaaf hariiroo uummatan hundaaf dhimma baasuufii dandaha.
Oromoon murna afaanii Kushitik jedhamuu, kan qaroomii Nubiyaa durii keessatt argamu, Grikooti “Itophiyaa” jedhadhiin keessa jiru. Oromiyaa keessa mallatoolee fi meeshaan aadaa kan kanneen Faraa’oo Masir duriin walfakkaatan jiru; kanaaf qarooma sana keessaa walitt fufoon dhiban, aadaa Oromoo keessaa argamu dandahu. Qormaati dhugaa yoo gaggeeffame, qaroommi Oromoo waggoota kuma afur ol tahu dandaha. Hundeen gad fageenya qabachuu saatu hanga yoonaa qaabannoo Oromoo keessaa akka hin badne fi duula kolonii diigaa irraa isa oolche.
Eegaleen bu’uura demokraasii Gadaa, sakataa walirraa hin citne nagaa fi araara Waqaa fi Laafa waliin gocha, qajeeltuu fi walqixxummaa olitt laalcha, hawaasaa keessatt sadarkaa hundatt qooda fudhannaa, mirga namoota dadhaboo eeguu, mirga ilmaan namaa fi naannaa uumaa ulfeessuu, hiriyaan biyya bulchuu, yeroo aangoo irra turamu murtaawaa tahu, bilisummaa amantee, waan halle irratt walii galanii murtessuu, safuu, laguu fi seeraan bulmaata tiksuu dha. Gochootii fi wanti lubbuu qabaate socho’u hundi seera qaba. Safuun, gochootaa fi miira dhorkamoo, cabuu hin qabne maqii hoodaa bakkahalletii. Laguun nyaata, dhugaatii fi shakala tokko tokko irraa of qusachuu dha.
Caasaa fi Jiruu
Dhalooti gocheen biyya bulchuuf waggaa saddeetiif abbaawummaa fudhatu Gadaa jedhama. Dhaabota saa guguddoon Caffee, Lubaa fi Abbaa Bokkuutii. Caffeen yaa’a waliigalaa ummataati. Lubi hogganoota dhalootichaati. Abbaan Bokkuu Luba angafa mallattoo aangoo Bukkuu jehamu qabatu. Abbaa Bokkuu yk Abbaa Gadaa jedhamuun beekama. Luba keessaa hojii raawwachiistuu sagal yk Salgee (bakka tokko tokkoo 6) akka kora bulchaa olhaanaatt foo’amu. Isaan keessaa tokko Hayyuu Fiixee yk Abbaa Gadaati. Lama biraan akka ittaanotaatt filaman isa waliin Sadan Gadaa jedhamu. Sadan saanii galfata olhaanaa Salgee kan jabeessanii fi hojiirra olchani.
Jiruun adda addaa akka abbaa s’aa, Abbaa Duulaa, Abbaa Seeraa faa Luboota hafaniin hogganamu. Lubi hundi gahee jiruun adda haa tahan malee walqixxee tahuutt fudhatamu. Hojiin finnaa hundi hojii raawwachiisa ol haanaa hanga gandaatt koraan hojjetama. Miseensoti koraa walqixxee waan tahanii fi dura taahan saanii walqixoota keessaa tokko waan taheefis carraan abbootiin hirree keessaa biqiluu hin jiraatu. Shakala demokraasii keessaa kana, kan sirna Oromo of angeessaa fi sirna mootii Habashaa irraa adda tolchu. Dhaabi Qaalluu akka mataa dhugeeffannoo qofatt utuu hin tahin akka to’ataa kennata Gadaattis dhimma baasaa ture.Haa tahu malee si’ana hawaasaa amantee hedduu keessatt qooda saa kana akki itt guutuun dandahamu ilaalamu fedha.
Caffeen qaama tumaa ol haanaa dha. Miseensoti saa kutaa hawaasaa keessaa bakka bakkaa kennatamuun bahu. Lamooyee fi gosooti waliinjiroo barbaachisoo miseensummaa saatt gumaachani. Hawaasoti Oromoo kutaa xixinnoo biyyichaa, Gandaa yk Ollaa kaasanii ofiin buluun basha’aa jiraatanii. Tokko tokkoon kutoota sanaa, kanneen dhimmoota ollaa fi godinaa akkasumas hariiroo sabaa ilaalan, kora ofii qabu turan. Kanaaf sirni gadaa guutummaatt kan waaltahe hin turre. Waggaa saddeet duuba Gadaa haaraan ballii erga fuudhe seerota turan ilaalee akka jiranitt oolfachuu, wayyeessuu yk dimshaashumatt jijjiiree akka seera sabaatt labsuu dandaha. Lubi dhaabbataatt walakkaa Gadaa yk waggaa afuraffaatt Kora taahee hojii irra oolmaa seerotaa, hojii Kora Lubaa gamaaggamuu fi barbaachisaa taanaan seera haaraa tumuuf walgaha. Akeekkachiisuu, buqqisuu, yk luboota balleessan adabuu dandaha., yeroo qabatteen wajjira saa madaalu ka’u malee, dhimma hundaaf abbaa barcumaa tahee kan Cafficha gaggeessu Abbaa Gadaa aangoo irra jiru.Kan wajjira saa ilaaluuf garuu walitt bu’i fedhaa akka hin jiraanneef Abbootii Gadaa darban keessaa tokko bakka bu’a.
Salgeen hojii raawwachiisuuf abbaawaadha. Qondaalota hojii finnaa adda addaaf akka Abbaa Duulaa, Abbaa Sa’aa, Abbaa Seeraa, Abbaa Biyyaa, Abbaa Alangaa, kkf muuda. Lola labsuu fi nagaa buusuu dandaha. Namoota waggaan dhaloota lolaaf gahe irraa loltoota foo’ee ajajaa fi leenjiif dhaloota waraanaa isatt hansee aangoo qabatu, Raabaa fi Doorii jalatt ramada. Murti hundi koraan darba. Kanneen beekamee angoon kennamee irratt malee abba tokkeen kamu kophaa hin murteessuu. Abbaan Gadaa hayyuu duraa Salgee fi sabaa, akkasumas Mootii Waraanaa Olhaanaa dha.
Yubi, Luba baallii dabarsanii aangoo irraa bu’an. Miseensota hawaasa kabajamoo, qooda Luba gorsuu, seera ilaaluu fi Caffee tahuu qaban. Gochooti akkasii angoo hojii lubaa qeequu kennaaf. Raabaa dorii waliin qodaa qeeqaa fi madaala aangoo qabaachuu dandahu. Barreessaan kun waa’ee lamooyyee lamaa, Hobo fi Coora muxannoo qaba. Innii fi akaakoon saa Coora waan tahaniif akka gareett wal ilaaluu. Abbaa fi haadha saa Hobo. Abbaa fi haadhi bakka akaakoon jiranitt itt bu’uu hin dandahan. Akaakoo waliin waan wal salfatanis hin qabanii. Kun hariiroo Yubaa fi Raabaa Doorii keessattis tahuu ni dandaha. Isaan akaakoo walii tahu. Lubi akka hin gamsiifne, gareen danquu dandahu.
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Qaroommi Oromoo akkaasaa utuu hin tahin qarooma of dandahe addaa, Oromoon addunyaaf gumaache. Walfakina isaan waliin qabuun qaama qarooma Masrii fi Nubiyaa (Marowee fi Naphaata) tahuun ni mala. Walfakeenyi Bokkuu, Caaccuu, Kalacha fi dhahi yeroo, firummaa qaroomman sana waliin qabu agarsiisa. Kanaaf hundee offiitt deebi’uun nameenyaa Oromoo adda tahe misoomfachuu fi dhaalmaa ofii du’aa kaasee namummaaf maa’ii baasuu gargaaruu dandaha. Utuu ofii qabanii qarooma nameenyaa ofiin wal hin gitnett cichuun joonja’aa hafuu fida.
Miseensoti hawaasaa hundi coraan utuu hin tahin, itt yaadanii gochootaa bara dhaloota saaniif ta’an keessatt qooda fudhata turan. Miseensoti ganna dhalootaa yk murna hiriyaa waggoota saddeet saddeetiin walirraa siiqutt ramadaman. As irratt kan nut barbaannu misa yaa’aa malbulchaa malee kan hawaasomaa mitii. Kanaaf hooda buusaa dhaloota tokkoo kan biraatt cehuu fi qooda hawaasomaa daa’immi tokko jala dabartu ilaaluuf hin deemnu. Dhimma keenyaaf, barumsii fi leenjiin hoggansaa hiriyaaf tolfamu dhuma waggootii saddeetan jireenyyaa jalqaba irra ka’a. Tokko tokkoon waggoota saddeettanii hanga daa’immi sadarkaa Lubaa geessutt mirgaa fi dirqammi itt kennamu jira. Demokraasiin Gadaa sadarkaa hundatt shaakalama. Miseensoti murna hiriyaa hundi walqixxee dha. Sadarkaa hojii murna keessaaf jedhame miseensi tokko kaan caalaa walqixxee akka tahett hin laalamu.
Nammi tokko jireenya saa keessatt altokko duwwaa angoo sadarkaa tokkoo irra jiraataa. Sadarkaa Gadaa tokkoof kan keessa turamu waggootii saddeet qofa. Hiriyaan hoggana muuduu; kaasaa gahan jiraannaan utuu yeroon saa hin gahin buusuus ni dandahu. Hanga hogganooti hojii saanii sirriitt raawatanitt hiriyooti kabajan laaluu fi gamtaa agarsiisuuf dirqama qabu. Hogganootis kan isaan hordofan ulfinaa fi walqixxummaan ilaaluun dirqama saaniiti. Utuu dhiibbaa alaa jala hin seenin akka Oromon aangoo itt ilaalu sana ture. Bakki isaan, deebi’ee dhalachuu nameenyaa fi qarooma Oromoof fala soquu qaban seenaa dubbee saanii keessatii. Aadaa hoggana ofangeessaa waaqeffatuu diduu qabu. Oromoon hogganoota saanii ni jaallatu ni kabajus malee hin sodaatan, hin waaqeffatanis.
Gadaan Oromo hundi walitt qaba kutaa hawaasaa, akka lamooyyee, gosa fi godinaati. Jarri sun hoodaa fi shakala ofii dhimma itt bahan akka qaban sabi guutummaan beekaa. Jabinni sabichaa rimsama tokkummaa halagaa irraa fudhatame utuu hin tahin, mala ofiin itt of ijaaree. Namooti garagarummaa, gandummaa fi gosummaa akka sabummaa irratt mudaa uumaniitt qubaa yoo itt qaban, ilaaluun nama gaddisiisa. Garagarummi jedhaman qaama Oromummaa kan ofirraa dhiqanii baasuun hin dandahamne. Oromoo hundi, saneen akka isaan tokkummaa saanii jabeessan malee akka waan addaan isaan baasaniitt ilaaluu hin qabanii. Oromoo dhugaaf gandummaa yk gosti Oromummaan wal hin fallessan; qaama waliiti. Garuu want hale yoo keessa bahu hifachiisuun beekamuu qaba. Yeroo gosaan walitt gamnu halagoomu calaqisuu keenya hubachuu dha. Namummaa keenya, meeshaa ulfoo keenyaan deebifnee haleeluun isaanuma tahuu keenya of irratt baruun dansa. Kan faranjii “ethnic” jedhu “lammii” kan jennuun wal gita taha. Gosti isa “tribe/clan” jedhani. Habashaan erga Afriikaa dhufanii qooqa “gosaa”n walgitu hin qabanii, keenyuma akka hin taanett qayyabatanii.
Seenaa Oromoo keessatt yeroo ummatichi gosaan yk biyyaan (Godinaan) wal haddheesse himamee hin beeku. Kolonummaan Oromoo hidhamtoota hawaasomsa malbulchaa halagaa godhee jira. Hamaatt ilaalamuutt kahuu saaf, namooti tokko tokko godinaa yk gosa kami baate yoo jedhaman kan xiqeessuun itt fakkaata. Utaalanii Oromiyaa dha jedhu. Sun ifaa dha; garuu kan gaafatame bakkaa fi gosa keessatt dhalatanii. Ummati keenya ijoollee yk nama hin beekne yoo argan sana gaafatu turanii. Hundi keenya biyya keenya Oromiyaa jaallachuun hiroo gadii hundaa olitt ol kaasnee, amantee ofii qabnun addatt ilaaluu qabna. Dhaabaan saanii hordamu kan qabu ijaarsa Oromummaa keessatti. Dhugaa kana qayyabachuu dhabuun, sabaawummaa dhabdan jedhamnan kan garaa keessaa itt dhagahamu dhossanii namaa biraatt bu’aa kan oolan jiru. Guddinni hawaasomaa Oromoo walfakii miti. Tokko tokko keessatt walitt dhiheenyi gosaa fi warraa kan biraa irra o’aa dha. Qoccolloo homishaawaa hin taaneen wal hiraarsuu irra, waan taaneen wal fudhachuuf sun qayyabatamuu qaba. Moo’ummaan sabichaa shakalamuu hundee ka’a; hamma isaan gahu hambifatanii kaan bu’aa waloof sadarkaa ol haanuuf dabarsanii. Demookraasiin Gadaa, achii, ganda eegalaa.
Oromiyaa keessatt hojii garri caaluu kan hojjetamanii fi murtiileen kan tolfaman akka qarooma biraa caasaa waajjirbulchiin itt heddumaateen utuu hin tahin shanootaani. Sadarkaa hundattuu bakka nammi tokko qofti itt of agarsiisuu hin jiru. Kanaaf nam tokkeen akka kanneen hundaa barbaachisaa waan taheef gochoota hunda irratt argamuu qaba. Murtiin waliigaltee guutuun fudhatama; hamma fedhe haa fudhatuu, qurrammi deebii utuu hin argatin murtiin darbu hin jiraatu. Oromoon muruu fi sardamuu irra “Haa bultu dubbiin” jechuun beekama. Sun adda isaan tolcha.
Xumuruuf, roga sirna malbulcha Gadaa keessatt bahanii mullachuun aadaa malbulcha, hawaasoma fi sammuquwii saatt danaa kan tolchan, seeraan bulmaata; mootummaa kennataan dhaabbatu; qooda fudhannaa nambiyyootaa hundaa; kabaja mirga ilmoo namaa; bilisummaa haasaa fi of ifsuu; mirga waaqeffachuu fi bulcha ambaa amantalaatu argama. Qaroommi Oromoo qaama qarooma Kuush guddichaa waan tahee fi qaroomota biraan walqixa kan biqile, addunyaa naannichaaf kan eegalaati. Qaammi mootummaa lamaan Caffee/Gumii fi Salgee Lubaati. Caffeen seera tumaa fi Abbaa Seeraa Guddichaa. Qaalluun hawaasoma keessatt qooda guddaa yoo qabaatu, malbulcha keessatt qoodi inni qabu kennata qondaalota Gadaa too’achuu fi aangoott dhufa saanii eebbisuu dha. Si’ana Qaallota amantee adda addaa qabantu jira. Bara kana qoodi Qaalluu durii “Komishina Kennataa” ummati kennatuf ramaduu yk foyyeffami tokko tokko itt tolfamee Qaalluumatt dhiisamuu dandaha. Bulchi ambaa Gadaa amantalaa dha. Oromiyaan biyya dhiirri olhantummaa qabu. Kanaaf bara ammayyaa kana waa’ee mirga dubartii kan tolfamuu qabu hedduu dha. Angoo dubartii gaddhiisuun dandeettii hawaasaa dachaan ol kaasuu taha. Dirree itt hiriiran hundatt dubartiin dandeetii dhiiraa gad hin taanee qabaachuu hojiin ragaasisanii jiru. Kanaaf mirga walqixxummaa saanii beekuun gaaffii jala galuu hin qabuu. Oromoon seeran bulmaata leellisuun beekamu. Nambiyyaan Oromoo hundi seera duratt walqixxee dha; kanaaf yeroo kamiyuu seera kabajuu fi hamaa irraa faccisuuf dirqama qaba. Nammi seeraa ol tahe hin jiru. Sirna Gada gumaacha Afriikaa addunyaan waan hedduu irraa baratu. Barbaaachisaa akka tahuu saa tattaaffiin sanaaf tolfamu Oromoo qofatt kan dhiisamu mitii. Gara Oromoon garuu, deebi’anii imala Gadaa hanga yoonaa karaatt hafe shaffisiisuun haaroma feesisu tolchaniifii ittiin jiraachuun kootama qabsoo saanii tahuu qaba. Akeeka Gadaa hin dullomne, dhaabotaa fi namummaa Oromoo dhugaaf miciree tahan irra deebi’uuf; seeraan bulmaata kabajuu; daa’imman jaallachuu; hoggansa kennataan tolfamu; yero taahittaa murteeffamaa; kabaja mirgoota ilmaan namaa, abba abbaa fi naannaa; qajeeltuu fi walqixxummaa hundaa olitt ilaaluu; bilisummaa amantee; eegumsa mirga namoota dadhaboo; sirnicha keessatt garagarummaa saalaa fi amantee malee qooda fudhannaa nabiyyootaa; haala of agarsiisi nam tokkee keessa hin jirre; ollaa fi namooma jaallachuu fi safuu eeguu fi walii galan murteeffama waan halle. Ammayyoome deebi’ee dhalachuun Demokraasii Gadaa fagoo hin tahu! Oromiyaan ni bilisoomti!
Ulfinaa fi surraan gootota kufaniif; walabummaa, walqixxummaa fi bilisummaan kan lubbuun jiraniif; nagaa fi araarri Ayyaana abbooliif haa tahu!
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