Both Isaias Afewerki and Leencoo Lataa gave interview to OMN in April , within a week or so span of time. I listened to both interviews respectively. What I found very interesting is why tell us details now and why did both wait for 25 years for some details. Let's forget about the details, and just concentrate on the main theme. For one, both gentlemen are losers to TPLF: Isaias was so ambitious that he thought he will lead the Horn of Africa, if not all of Africa after Eritrean independence. He liberated Eritrea, but failed to lead the Horn, let Alone Africa. In fact, he couldn't even lead Eritrea in a civilized manner; he became a tyrant dictator, and one of the worst human rights abusers of Africa. Notwithstanding, he is also a leader, he was a leader of great guerrilla fighters and a liberator of Eritrea. After independence, he was decisively defeated by TPLF and lost both economic and diplomatic advantage over TPLF.
How about Leenco Lataa? He lost everything: lost leadership in his beloved Ethiopia; lost leadership within OLF; and he surrendered Oromia proper to his once trusted mythological heroes--the TPLF. As he told us proudly on OMN, he has been a refugee for the past 25 years.
In other words, both Isaias Afewerki and Leencoo Lataa are licking their wounds. They are both blaming each other for their current misfortune for both could have changed the situation had they both wisely managed the transition in 1992. Isaias's ego was so inflated that he thought he could control TPLF and OLF and the Horn in such a way that Eritrrea would be the SOLE beneficiary. He was wrong as time has proved. Leencoo trusted Isaias and Meles more than he trusted the people he purport fighting to liberate. He was the only knew-it-all, and didn't have to talk to any person, particularly an educated Oromo, let alone take advise. As would be expected, his dream and superficial power vanished and evaporated like morning dew before he woke up from his delusion.
The whole blame game now was unnecessary to say the least. The past should be left to the past, for those who really care about what happened already know just about everything and do not want to learn from these two men. The verdict by scholars about those painful years will indict both Isaias and Leencoo as two leaders who failed their respective peoples.
What Isaias and Leencoo should and can do now is to wise-up and use their experience of the past misdeeds and design a strategy and tactic to defeat TPLF and free the peoples of Eritrea economically and Oromia politically in particular. As Oromo qeerroo demonstrated 2015/16, TPLF is now hanging by a tread. These two men can cooperate to finish up the TPLF rule if they only wise up. Oromia and Eritrea can be the stabilizing force in the Horn and Eritrea can live in prosperity with free and prosper Oromia. Eritrea may even be able to import "milk and Honey from Oromia free of duty charge. Thinking forwards is the solution, thinking backwards and blaming each other is defeatism and contributes nothing to the future of both nations. It should also be evident for the gentlemen that , with or without these two men, Oromia shall be free, and Eritreans will chose to have a democrat leader in the future.