August 29, 2007
Closing the quadripartite interview with Sidama National Liberation Organization Chairman, we discuss issues related to current political, African and international issues.
In the previous parts of his interview, (entitled ‘Ethiopian Sidamas Reject Neo-Nazi Amhara / Tigray Abyssinian Tyranny’ -http://www.buzzle.com/articles/ethiopian-sidamas-reject-neo-nazi-amhara-tigray-abyssinian-tyranny.html; ‘Sidama Leader Kambata Xoola lambastes the Cruel Amhara / Tigray Tyrants’ - http://www.buzzle.com/articles/sidama-leader-kambata-xoola-lambastes-the-cruel-amhara-tigray-tyrants.html; and
‘SNLO Leader Kambata Xoola demands Freedom for Abyssinia’s Tyrannized Sidamas’ - http://www.buzzle.com/articles/snlo-leader-kambata-xoola-demands-freedom-for-abyssinia-tyrannized-sidamas.html) the Sidama Leader presented an all-encompassing portrait of the Amhara tyrannies (either monarchical or communist) and the Tigray dictatorship (current, pseudo-federal and bogus-republican system).
In this last part of his interview, Chairman Kambata Xola castigates the hypocrisy of Kinijit, a resolutely anti-democratic party that exclusively represents Amhara interests for comeback and sheer deterioration of the current situation.
It would be a dramatic mistake to take texts published by pro-Kinijit at face value; written by a PR company that ignores the Horn of Africa realities, these texts do not express the hidden agenda of the Amhara guys of Kinijit, who added to themselves the blasphemous decoration of some renegades of Abyssinia’s oppressed peoples, and the inane representatives of some minimal ethnic groups (representing each less than 0.5% of Abyssinia’s total population) that the Amhara monstrous hyenas of despotism try to manipulate against the great Kushitic Ethiopian nations of Abyssinia that they plan to further tyrannize, dispossess of their properties and lands, and ultimately eradicate.
Stop Kinijit at all costs, this is the Sidama Proposal for an Auspicious Future in the Horn of Africa region.
Interview with Sidama National Liberation Organization Chairman Kambata Xola – Part IV (last)
- Several people suggest that fighting in the opposition against dictator Meles Zenawi necessitate large alliances and propose to several Sidamas, Oromos and others to cooperate with Kinijit Amhara political party. What is your position in this regard?
- Firstly, the mentality of Kinijit leaders as well as their sympathizers is fully or partly based on their predecessors’ motto. Their ancestors’ motto is also based on brutalizing and dehumanizing non-Abyssinian nations of the Empire. Therefore, even if they pretend to be democrats and have paper oriented policies, their goal remains ‘one Ethiopia’, regardless of their disregard for the basic rights of non-Abyssinian Ethiopians. Once they are invested in power, there is no guarantee that they will be democrats or that they will democratically share power with other Ethiopian nations and nationalities.
There is also credible cynicism from non-Abyssinian nations all over the empire about Kinijit’s goals. Many believe that they are simply struggling to reclaim Amharanised brutal rule under the name of ‘one Ethiopia’ from their Tigrean counterparts. To prove that they are real democrats, they need to demonstrate that they are dedicated to and make basic rights of individuals and nations of the country their principal objectives. This is not the case with them.
For instance, it is not a priority for them to express concern about the killings of Sidamas, Kefichos, Shekechos, Gambellas, Oromos, Ogadeni Somalis people who have been continuously slaughtered, facing extra-judicially arrests on constant bases. Their slogan remains focused on what happened in the aftermath of May 15, 2005 election, namely the massacres in Addis Ababa and the imprisonment of their supporters all over the empire. But others, who are languishing in prison for the last 15 years, are not in their agendas.
Unless SNLO and in general the Sidama nation develop confidence and trust after critically exploring their great potentialities, it will be very unlikely to have any form of alliance with Kinijit, although SNLO strongly believes that consorted effort is crucially important to get rid of brutal TPLF’s regime.
Moreover, creating an alliance with any political party that doesn’t sincerely believe and respect basic rights of nationalities of Ethiopia, irrespective of their religion, origin and region, is out of SNLO’s and in general the Sidama nation’s principal values. Therefore, unless SNLO has theses issues in place in black and white, there will not be any form of alliance with Kinijit whatsoever!
- Would you give us your evaluation of the benefits ensuing from an eventual secession and independence declaration for the Sidama people?
- Unless the Sidama nation is allowed to exercise its basic rights and decide on its issues, the resistance remains an inevitable and only option. If the ruling regime doesn’t accept and/or believe in the fundamental rights of all the nations of the country up to independence ‘as theoretically stated in TPLF’s constitution’, the endless row continues unabated. Therefore, we continue to inform, mobilize and prepare our nation in order to reach that level so that we can decide on our own affairs.
The over all purpose and objective of SNLO’s existence is to emancipate the nation from the colonial yoke, and eventually let our people decide about their destination without any one’s interference. Therefore, declaring independence or remaining with the rest of nations of Ethiopia fraternally remain entirely the rights of Sidama nation after de-colonization.
- Would you give us your view on the current developments throughout the Horn of Africa region?
- Like those animals that fight with their horns to protect themselves and their young and to affirm their position in the herd, the peoples of that region continue to fight with one another. Therefore, its futurity remains blink. In particular, as long as the region remains under the spotlights of the super powers for their agenda’s implementation that directly contradicts the needs of the region’s peoples, the degree of my pessimism grows deeper.
However, equally, the region has huge potential for peace and prosperity, if it is left without playing mouse-cat games under the pretext of democracy and good governance. This can be done by the Africans themselves, not by non-African’s democracy decorated foreign policies that turned out to be an eternal human tragedy for the continent. The Horn of Africa countries are also prone to the brutal treatments by their despotic regimes, like that of TPLF’s minority in Abyssinia; support by the western economic powers helps exacerbating the situation. The region’s geo-political significance is also playing a crucial role in either ways.
Moreover, my grave concern is that the worst case scenario that is unfolding in Somalia is entirely initiated by the Ethiopian regime’s hidden agendas under the name of War on Terrorism; it is making the region utterly volatile. The power given to the Ethiopian dictatorial regime by the Western superpowers to help Meles Zenawi fight their proxy war in Somalia is another cat-mouse game the west plays with Africa. Their recent allegations made to Eritrean government render the Horn of Africa issues more serious and much more complicated.
Kambata Xoola, MSc
Chair Person for Sidama National Liberation Organization, SNLO