On Sunday, a meek and flustered Asafa appeared on a friendly radio to claim speaking about TPLF and OPDO instead of Oromo Leadership Convention (OLC). There was a problem. Dr. Asafa Jalata, Abduljelil, and Finfinnee radio all agree that he responded when asked to compare Global Gumi Oromo (GGO) with OLC. So, did he somehow hear TPLF when asked about OLC? Like most of you, we are not fond of deception. We will, therefore, outline his assertions in an unambiguous language.
Leadership. According to Dr. Asafa, OLC is attempting to form Oromo leaders selected from Diaspora. The allegation is not new. OLF made an official statement with this particular allegation. Proponents of Shane branch of OLF continue to level the same accusation on multiple radio programs.
Scholarship. The alleged scholarship recipient from TPLF is none other than Jawar Mohammed. Dr. Asafa Jalata explicitly stated, “TPLF has sent individuals on scholarship in order to divide Oromo...” Again, this particular allegation has been made multiple times. Browse the facebook pages of Shane supporters. The rumor circulated so much that an Ethiopian media has caught on and asked Jawar Mohammed directly.
Nyaaphaa (enemy). The alleged prominent enemy who was preemptively uninvited is none other than Juneydi Sado. Please browse Shane supporters’ facebook page! Here, keep in mind that it was Dr. Asafa Jalata who had Dr. Negasso Gidada speak as guest of honor (not as attendant) at OSA a few years ago. Dr. Negasso Gidada is the former Ethiopian president and one of the main architects of OPDO.
Ethiopianism. According to Dr. Asafa, OLC is Ethiopianist but ODF is not. He makes an argument that ODF shouldn’t be considered Ethiopianist. In a rather puzzling arithmetic ODF, and by extension its partner Ginbot7 are not Ethiopianist. Amusing, ain’t it?
This is nothing new. In 2008 when a group called OLF-Jijjirama separated from OLF-Shane, Dr. Asafa Jalata famously decried “explosion of opportunists and mercenary of Oromos.” According to him, [Arsi] Oromos brought “ignorance, passivism and fatalism” [Arsi] Oromo Elites had “low level of nationalist consciousness” and use “cheap politics of clan and religion.” It was very clear comment at the time.
Will you attend this parochial event? We recommend against it. But, have your say.