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Oromia: Former prisoner of conscience, Bekele Gerba, warmly welcomed at Washington Dulles International Airport. Obbo Baqqalaa Garbaa, keessummaa Kabajaa OSA ta’uun Washingiton Diisii seenan. August 6, 2015

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???????????OSA Annual conference 2015Oromia's former prisoner of conscience, Bekele Gerba, warmly welcomed at Washington Dulles International Airport1

Bekele Gerba, 54 and a father of four, went to elementary school in Boji Dirmaji and completed his high school in Gimbi senior secondary school. Bekele was graduated with BA degree in foreign language and literature from the Addis Abeba University (AAU) and taught in Dembi Dolo and Nejo high schools in western Ethiopia, among others. He finished his post graduate studies in 2001 in teaching English as a foreign language at the AAU and went to Adama Teachers’ College, 98kms south of Finfinne (Addis Ababa), where he taught English and Afaan Oromo. Suspected of allegedly supporting students’ riot that took place a year before, Bekele was dismissed in 2005 by the college. He then came to Addis Abeba where he taught in two private universities for two years until he was employed in 2007 as a full time lecturer by the AUU where he continued teaching English.

Bekele’s political career began in 2009 when he joined the opposition party, Oromo Federalist Democratic Movement (OFDM), as a member of the executive committee and head of the public relations department. Bekele participated and lost in the 2010 parliamentary elections in which the ruling EPRDF claimed more than 99% of the seats in parliament.

Bekele Gerba was first arrested on 27 August 2011 along with Olbana Lelisa, senior member of the Oromo People’s Congress party (OPC), who is still in jail. Both were arrested after having a meeting with representatives of Amnesty International (AI), who were expelled soon after.

Both Bekele and Olbana were then charged under the country’s infamous anti-terrorism law on a specific charge of being members of the banned Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), and inciting a secessionist rebellion. In Dec. 2012, Bekele and Olbana were sentenced to eight and thirteen years in prison respectively.

Upon appeal to the Supreme Court, his sentencing was reduced to three years and seven months with a right to parole. After the merger in 2012 of OFDM and Oromo Peoples’ Congress (OPC) that became known as the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) Bekele was appointed as First Deputy Chairman while he was still serving his sentence. Although he was paroled and was eligible to be free in 2014 Bekele was released in the first week of April 2015 only after he finished his sentencing.

Belele represented OFC in the so-called Ethiopian election in May 2015, but the government refused to count the ballots in fear of losing the election. Instead it declared itself, blatantly, a winner with 100% voting count and became laughable around the world.

By the invitation of Oromo Studies Association, Bekele Gerba arrived, this morning, in Washington DC to take part in OSA’s annual conference, which starts on August 1, 2015. He is a keynote speaker of this year’s OSA.

Many Oromos in Washington DC Metro region will have the opportunity to meet the man who went to jail for speaking the voice of millions of Ethiopians, in particular Oromo.

Bekele was welcomed by a large group of Oromo, this morning, at Washington Dulles International Airport.

Source: Ayyaantuu News

Obbo Baqqalaa Garbaa, keessummaa Kabajaa OSA ta’uun Washingiton Diisii seenan.

(OMN:Oduu Adol.30, 2015)  Waggoota arfan darbaniif manneetii hidhaa Itoophiyaa gara garaa keessatti hidhamnii hiraarfamaa kan turan, Itti’aanaan dura ta’aa paartii KFO Obbo Baqqalaa Garbaa,keessummaa kabajaa Waldaa Qorannoo Oromoo ta’uun Adoleessa 30,2015 Washingiton DC seenan.

Obbo Baqqalaan turtii isaanii batii tokko dhufu keessatti hawaasa Oromoo Ameerikaa Kaabaa keessa jiraatan waliin wal arganii dhimma Oromoo fi Oromiyaa irratti mari’achuuf fedhii akka qaban OMN tti himaniiru.

Pirezidantiin Waldaa Qorannoo Oromoo Obbo Jawaar Mohaammed ,gamasaaniin Obbo Baqqalaa Garbaa keessuumaa kabajaa Waldaa Qorannoo Oromoo bara kanaa ta’anii akka argamaniif tattaaffii ol’aanaa taasisaniin milkaa’uusanii beeksisaniiru.

Obbo Jawaar itti dabaluun akka jedhanitti,Obbo Baqqalaan akka hidhaa bahaniin Waldaan Qorannoo Oromoo/OSA’n/ akka gara dhufanii hawaasa oromoo waliin walarganiif gaafatee,visa waan dhorkatamaniif hin milkoofne ture.Haat’utii garuu isaan odoo abdii hin kutanne tattaaffii taasifameen amma milkoofnee keessuummaa kabajaa ta’anii argamuu danda’an jedhan.

Kanamalees jedhu Pirezdantiin Waldaa Qorannoo Oromoo Obbo Jawaar Mohammed, waldaan Qoranoo Oromoo hawaasa Oromoo waliin ta’ee Obbo Baqqalaa hiiksisuuf tattaaffii gochaa turuu isaa eeranii amma immoo isaaniin asiin gahuudhaaf irratti hojjatamee milkii argameetti WQO gammachuu guddaatu itti dhagahama.Hawaasnis waraqaa qorannoo isaan dhiyeessaan bahee akka dhaggeeffatu garanumaan yaamicha godhaniiru.

Hawaasa Oromoo Washingiton Diisii jiraatan simannaa ho’aa Obbo Baqqalaaf buufata xiyyaaraa Verjiniyaatti kan taasisaniif oggaa ta’u namoonni argaman marti yaada kennaniin Obbo Baqqalaan hiikamanii dhufanii ijaan arguu isaaniitti akka gammadan OMN tti himaniiru.

Miseensi boordii Waldaa hawaasa Oromoo Washingiton Diisii Adde Biraanee Beekaa Galatoo,simannaa kana booda yaada nuuf keniiteen waaggoota afran dabran guutuu akka Obbo Baqqalaan hiikamaniif hiriira mormii baanee iyyaataa turre.Har’a garuu mana hidhaa Itoophiyaa san keessaa hiikamanii qaamaan asitti walitti dhufnee ijaan walarguu kiyyaaf gammachuu koo guddaadha.Obbo Baqqalaan, anaaf goota yeroo keenya kana keessaatti ijaan arge waan ta’eef inni goota Oromoo lubbuun jirudha jetteetti.

Miseensii Paartii KFO damee alaa Obbo Karrasaa Kiisii fi lammii Ameerikaa akkasumas bakka buutuu Waldaa Qorannoo Oromoo Adde Qabbannee Waaqayyoo/Boonii/ waldura duubaan OMN tti akka himanitti Baqqalaa garbaa sagalee uummata oromoo ti.gotummaa inni nuugarsisetti hedduu gammanneerra jedhan.

Obbo Baqqalaa Garbaa keessuummaan kabajaa Waldaa Qorannoo Oromo bara kanaa,waraqaa qorannoo isaanii dhimma Oromoo fi Oromiyaa irratti kan dhiyeessan ta’uun beekameera.

Abdii Fiixeetu gabaase.

https://www.oromiamedia.org/2015/07/obbo-baqqalaa-garbaakeessummaa-kabajaa-osa-tauun-washingiton-diisii-seenan/

OSA 2015 Annual Conference:-

http://gadaa.net/FinfinneTribune/2015/08/keynote-speech-by-ob-bekele-gerba-at-the-oromo-studies-associations-2015-annual-conference/

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https://www.oromiamedia.org/2015/08/gaaffii-fi-deebii-obbo-baqqalaa-garbaa-waliin-taasifame-kutaa-xumuraa/

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Oromo Studies Association 2015 Annual Conference:Keynote Speech by Prof. John Markakis and Felix Horne’s presentation of the impact on the Oromo of Conditions in Ethiopia Revealed in Recent Human Rights Watch Reports and more interesting research works August 2, 2015

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“It is absurd to talk about democracy and say that Ethiopia is a democracy” Markakis ‪#‎OromoStudies2015‬ Oromo Studies Assoc. @OromoStudies

Felix Horne (Human Rights Watch): The impact on the Oromo of Conditions in Ethiopia Revealed in Recent Human Rights Watch Reports

Once an Oromo has been in prison, it is likely they will return again and again – Felix Horne  

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS215n_Th3w-e6BFyjbl0Yw/videos

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Walga’iin Idilee Waldaa Qrannoo Oromoo Washingoton DC tti jalqabame.

(OMN:Oduu Hag.01, 2015 ) Waldaan qorannoo Oromoo walga’iisaa idlee kan waggaa Waashington DC, yunivarsitii Haward galma Black Burn keessatti guyyaa har’aa jalqabee jira.
Walgahii kanarratti keessummoonni kabajaa biyyoota adda addaarraa affeeraman waraqaa qorannoosaanii kan irratti dhiheessan ta’uun beekameera.

Pirezdantiin  waldaa Qorannoo Oromoo Obbo Jawaar Mohaammadii fi Daayrektarri Boordii waldichaa Dr Mohaammad Hasani walduraa duubaan haasaa anaa dhufuu taasisuun walga’icha battalumatti jalqabsisaniiru.

Walga’iin kun guyyoota lamaaf kan taa’amu oggaa ta’u dhimmoota qorannoo Oromoo irratti warqaalee qorannoo gara garaa hayyoota Oromoo fi kanneen biroon dhiyaatan dhaggeeffachuun marii kan gaggeessan ta’uun beekameera.

Namoota waraqaa qorannoo jalqaba irratti dhiyeessan keessaa Addee Toltuu Tufaa ishii tokko oggaa taatu daa’imman Oromoo afaan lammiisaanii barsisuuf duula karaa afaan publicaton jedhamu gochaa turte bal’inaan dhiyeessiteetti.

Itti aansuudhaan Dr.Steeven Toomaas waraqaa qorannoo haala rakkina guddina Filmii Afaan oromoo irratti kan dhiyeessan oggaa ta’u,wahilasaanii kan ta’e gazexessaa Dhaabaa Wayyeessaa rakkina kana furuuf hojiwwan biyya keessatti rakkina filmii Afaan Oromoo furuuf tattaafataa turan bal’inaan ibsaniiru.

Professor Ali Mazuri: Pre-eminent African Scholar, OSA Member and 2008 OSA Conference’s Keynote Speaker October 30, 2014

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The following is a statement from the Oromo Studies Association (OSA) on the passing away of Prof. Ali Mazuri.

 

With great sadness, members of Oromo Studies Association, along with all who are interested in African studies, heard about the passing on October 12, 2014 of Ali Mazrui. At the end of his life, he held the position of Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities and Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at Binghamton University, New York. He was a towering intellectual, a giant, a versatile and erudite scholar whose work played a major role not only in shaping Africans’ perception of themselves, but also the view of Africans in the eyes of the world. Ali Mazrui was unmatched in his influence on African scholarship from the 1960s to the time of his death. He travelled the globe as a teacher, filmmaker, speaker and author. He was the first African scholar to publish three books in a single year (1967); he stood out as a very creative political scientist, able to express his ideas with eloquence and charm, and he was also a courageous scholar who, among other challenges, publicly criticized Idi Amin, the brutal dictator of Uganda in 1972, while others remained silent. Professor Mazrui was teaching at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda in those years. Bonnie Holcomb, one of the founders of OSA, was at Makerere at that time and an eyewitness to his brave public speeches in opposition to Amin.

Professor Ali Mazrui was the most prolific scholar. His expertise was broad – including African politics, international political culture, political Islam, globalization and Africa’s relations with other continents, especially with Europe and Asia. He was also a highly-successful film maker. His 1986, nine-part television series, entitled The Africans: A Triple Heritage, was extremely popular and influential. In this series and in its accompanying book, Professor Mazrui demonstrated that Africans have been among the most dehumanized and exploited people in human history due to a combination of the slave trade, the ravages of colonialism, and the global racial discrimination to which Africans had been subjected as the legacy of the colonial era.

While Professor Mazrui did not reflect upon the Oromo condition in Ethiopia in his television series – only mentioning them briefly in the book that accompanied the series – he publicly expressed regret for this lapse in 2008 when he addressed the members of the Oromo Studies Association as a Keynote speaker. As a newcomer to the field of Oromo studies, Professor Mazrui was eager to learn about Oromo society. It was an OSA member, Professor Seifudein Adem, who introduced Professor Ali Mazrui to Oromo studies, after which Mazrui delved into Oromo issues.

It was in a spirit of seeking to understand Oromo issues and correcting his previous scholarship of the region, that he warmly accepted the Oromo Studies Association invitation to be Keynote speaker at its 2008 annual conference.. He delivered an impressive address at OSA in Minneapolis, MN on July 26, 2008. It was at that time that he became a member of OSA, demonstrating his genuine commitment to learning about the Oromo society. The 2009 Journal of Oromo Studies (Volume 16, Number 1, distributed by The Red Sea Press) featured his remarks at the OSA conference and focused on aspects of his scholarship which impacted Oromo Studies.

Ali Mazrui authored more than 30 books and hundreds of articles writing extensively on African politics, political economy, modernity, state building and nation building, violence, political instability, and Africa’s vulnerability to foreign domination and exploitation. He always wrote in lucid and entertaining prose, using spicy turns of phrase to reduce complex ideas and numerous facts into accessible food for thought. His fascinating interpretation of historical events, his thought-provoking generalization about the African condition and his optimism about the capacity of Africans, including the Oromo, to shape their own future, left behind an unparalleled legacy of impressive scholarship. He was a stellar African scholar who was well-known and well-connected around the globe. He wrote in English for the purpose of presenting Africa to Africans and to the world.

Ali Mazrui, this most famous global African scholar, was buried in Mombasa, Kenya, the place where he had been born on February 24 in 1933, 81 years ago and where his umbilical cord lies buried. He was laid to rest at his family’s graveyard on October 20, 2014. His death is a great loss to his vast extended family and to all who cherish the flourishing of African studies. The OSA Board of Directors and Executive Committee, on behalf of OSA members, express their deepest condolences to his family members and all those who have been nourished by his extensive scholarship as well as his infectious love for debate. He respected the opinions of all people, even those who challenged him, even those who unkindly and unfairly attacked him. May his soul rest in peace. May our Waaqa comfort his family members and all those who knew the great scholar and shared his strong optimism about the capacity of Africans, including the Oromo, to improve their condition.

Despite his passing away, his writings, his elegant prose, poetic language and his powerful ideas, will continue inspiring and informing current and future generations.

May his soul rest in peace!

The Oromo Studies Association

 

Related Articles:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/20/ali-mazrui

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dr-Ali-Mazrui/28889396430

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali_Mazrui