The following are bilingual Facebook posts of Obboo Ibsaa Guutama, the veteran Oromo political leader and author of “Prison of Conscience,” a book that narrates the politician’s decade-long life as a Prisoner of Conscience behind the Ethiopian maximum-security prison known as Maikelawi in the 1980’s. The Facebook posts speak about the recently “leaked” draft law of Oromia’s Special Interest in Finfinne. Mr. Guutama cautions about commenting on a “leaked document” that can be fake, and he underlines that the response of the government to the ongoing Oromo revolution demands more than just a ‘draft.’
Wuxinee Finfinnee: Oromiyaan moo’ummaa see deebifachuuf erga qabamtee qabsoo hin dhaabne. Qabsichi Finfinnee qaama Oromiyaa alatt yeroon laale hin turre. Kanaaf bilisummaan Oromiyaa bilisummaa Finfinneeti jechuu dha. Haala amma jiruun Oromiyaan Finnaa Federala Itoophiyaa keessaa tokko. “Wuxineen dhimmise” jedhamu olii gad faca’aa jiru haala kana jalatt waan tahuuf deemu agarsiisa. Chartara Cehumsaa kaasee Oromummaan Finfinnee seera koloneeffataan fudhatamee jira. finnooti hundi mootummaa federaalaa jiraachisuuf abbaawummaa qabu. Erga kana tahe Finnaan Oromiyaa mootummaa Federaalaa waliin waldhaqisa tokko mallateessuun barbaachisaa dha. Federalli akka Muummicha Magaalaa saatt mirga fi dirqama keessaa qabaatu; Oromiyaan akka abbaatt mirga ofii qabaattuu fi mirga ofbulchaa magaalichaaf kennitu ifatt beekamuu qaba jechuu dha. Jiraattoti magaalichaa mirgaa fi abbaawummaa bulcha Imperiyaalaa jalatt argatan irraa gad hin qabaatani. Qabee wuxinichaatt yaada kennuu yeroo saa miti. Wuxinichi dhugaas sobas tahuu ni dandaha. Bu’aan Oromiyaa ni eegama erga jedhame waggaa digdami shan ol taheera. Waa’ee saa kaasun bara kana hunda kan fixe warraaqsa biraa eeguun fakkaata. Warraaqsichi amma dhooweeraa. Deebiif kana caalaa gaafta.
Finfinne Draft: Oromiyaa has never stopped the struggle to regain her sovereignty since its occupation. There has been no time that the struggle considered Finfinne as not being part of Oromiyaa. For this reason, the liberation of Oromiyaa means the liberation of Finfinne. Under the present condition, Oromiyaa is one among the federated states of Ethiopia. A draft referred to as a “leaked document,” and being thrown up and down, indicates what is going to happen under this condition. Starting from the Transitional charter, the Oromoness of Finfinne is recognized by the colonial law. If that is so, the Oromiyaa State needs to sign a treaty with the Federal government: the rights and duties the Federal government has as its Capital City, and as the owner – the right Oromiyaa will have and rights she gives to Finfinne for self-administration has to be officially declared. Residents of the city will not have less rights and responsibilities than it had been due to them under the imperial rule. Commenting on the content of a “leaked document” will be untimely. The draft could be fake or genuine. It has been over twenty-five years since it’s been said Oromiyaa’s special interests in Finfinne shall be protected. It seems it took so long to raise about it since it waited for another revolution. The revolution has now exploded. The response demands more than that [draft].