Update: OPDO Central Committee has been sequestered

The OPDO central committee that is holding emergency meeting for third time since Meles’ demise has been sequestered,   to a dormitory outside the city in order to prevent information leakage.  They have been staying there, day and night, since Saturday. They were also  made to leave their telephones behind. Some of the members who addressed the crowd at Irreechaa  on Sunday were ushered back to the meeting place.

This is meant to make sure they have no communication with the outside world. The plan is that they will be kept in such isolation until they break the gridlock over electing a new chairman and regional president.

Perhaps to avoid further backlash, unlike the previous meetings where they attempted to aggressively impose a handpicked choice,  TPLF minders are said to be absent from the current gathering. It seems the TPLF has resigned to following the discussions through wiretapping the venue.

30 comments for “Update: OPDO Central Committee has been sequestered

  1. Finfine
    October 2, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    OPDO maqaa goodhuu feeta baaayee, hindhabiin obbo Jawar. Reefka du’ee hiiribaa kaasuu hin dandayan. Wanii atii hasooytuu kun odoo jiiraatee biiytii jiijirama fiidee bar. Caliisii Ph.D tee dalagii. You are the only brilliant Politician we have as an Oromo. Don’t tarnish your fame by bringing some unavailable issue. Maintain your credibility

  2. Soressa
    October 3, 2012 at 1:28 am

    It is interesting that finally OPDO decided to say no to TPLF for a change but in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t mean much if its demand is limited to electing its leader without TPLF’s interference. The whole EPRDF leadership structure has to be abolished in order to have a meaningful reform. The party has to be structured in such away that guarantees proportional representation. As it stands today 6 million Tigreans have the same number of members in the executive committee as over 30 million Oromos. That kind of formulation favors the minority at the expense of the majority and it should be the focus of OPDO if its chooses to represent the Oromo people honorably.
    I am sure there are those who say OPDO is nothing but an instrument to further the interest of TPLF. They are right insofar as its history is concerned but they are wrong if they assume change is not possible. The younger breed of OPDO is different from the older generation, for one, it is more in tune with the interest of the people it claims to represent than the likes of Aba Dula and Junedin Sado who lately discovered that they weren’t indispensable after all. It is also more politically astute and technologically savvy than the old breed, in other words better educated, however, education alone is not a substitute for courage and determination. If OPDO wants to represent the proud and courageous people of Oromia it has to exhibit the characteristic of the people. In that regard OPDO has yet to prove itself worthy of the people it claims to represent.

  3. Barii
    October 3, 2012 at 2:44 am

    Obbo Jawar,

    Thanks a million for articulating the current predicament of the OPDO.

    I think the ongoing debates within OPDO is more symbolic than a sustainable act. But it proves the upcoming wind of change in the OPDO. OPDO will not be the same hereafter whether TPLF gangsters bank on appeasement or the usual harassment to fix the ensuing problem within the OPDO.

    If the OPDO leaders manage to be independent from the TPLF control and manipulation, be that partly at the beginning, by unifying under the independence motto from the grassroots levels to the top leaders, OPDO will garner support from the Oromo mass. And that will make OPDO stronger than it is right now, and with the strength sustainable independence will take root. Thus we need to thank Jawar and others, who share us information on what ensues. It’s very important information.

  4. Mahdi
    October 3, 2012 at 3:11 am

    OPDO knows where to end up…i,e in the custody of their Wolf-master. They always try to make News so that we talk about them though we don’t need to talk abt them. any how, I have said earlier that these OPDO men have never tried to keep their security for themselves. And we don’t have to forget that they are intentionally created insecure cliques of TPLF.

    What is more important to know about the current OPDO is that they can shout in their confinement but not out side.

  5. beekaa
    October 3, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Dear Jawar,

    I couldn’t explain as to why you often try to make mountains out of small hills when it concerns OPDO? Do you really think that the OPDO could at all aspire independence from the EPRDF or the Woyanes? If you answer is affirmative, I should say that you must be either naive, which I don’t think, or else an opdo by yourself who want amass the Oromo camp in favour of the enemy as you once did in having declared the death of the OLF and immediately you won an extreme popularity among the Abysinians. No matter your positive contributions to the Oromo cause, I shall never forget that event of your take-off within the abysinian politics.

  6. Tola Gamachis
    October 3, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Dear Finfine and Beekaa,
    The information Jawar has put here may not have implication for Oromo struggle for you gays. However for me, any struggle that doesn’t oppose the struggle of other Oromo who contribute in their ideology is beneficial. I believe OPDO is currently representing Oromo whether we like it or not, whether they are important for Oromo or not. These are to be answered by history and Oromo people at large. It is not what we talk that matters but what we do in action! If we attack Oromo who are contributing in their direction like Jawar, I don’t really understand how we organize and lead Oromo struggle to end? Oromo struggle should be holistic, including all individuals, parties and concerned bodies about Oromo whether the direction being followed is right in your eye or not. As OPDO also included here, we have to work directly or indirectly with them to be successful. Let us put blaming each other aside and focus on the target, free Oromo and Oromia. We must not attack each other rather work hand in hand if you gays are really Oromo. I know there are Habeshs who have Oromo names in public websites to divide or group Oromo and work against Oromo. You may be belongs to this group. If you are really concerned about Oromo, please do not tag Oromo by giving adjectives like the only intellectual, good or bad oromo, OPDO or OLF. We must move forwards by having a system which can accommodate all Oromo or parties. Such adjectives or attack is the old fashion that we young generations no more resist it.

  7. Gonfa
    October 3, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Hi Jawaro good jobb.

    I was reading few comments which are past on ethiopianreview.com how they where opposing just a few minutes ago.Now I am reading guelepost, still there are some people opposing. Then it came something across my mind, all guys those who oppose these article either they are Abyssinian’s or Oromian’s who thinks their way is the only solution for Oromo’s freedom. I would like to inform both
    1. For Abyssinan’s,
    I know the truth is bitter for you guys but you like or not your kingdom era was done long time ago. so, weather you like it or not Oromian’s claim their freedom,by any means.
    2. For Oromos who is thinking one way only,
    please , try to find out the truth before opposing everything. there are several ways out there which put the pressure beyond the strain limit on TPLF bond. I will advice you to join with those ways out there because the combination of these strain will beak the bond and blast the tank of TPLF. Please, Oromo lets use every possible way and combine our struggle by making our center on Oromuma and defeat our enemy ( Neftegna, TPLF, Abyssinian’s) for good.

    Oromia shall be free!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks Jawar Mohammed for sharing as information

  8. October 3, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    galatoomi jawaar , and we need more powerfull intelegence inside opdo in order to know whats going on behind the curtains and tell the truth to oromo people what opdo are doing, oromia tv says last time opdo start its meeting in adama town and it never shows anything about meeting , and oromo got the right to know what opdo’s are doing.tplf and bereket simmon team will try all in their power to infuluence meeting and put their puppet that represent their intrest , but opdo must defend their right to elect their leader independentely, opdo is just a coalition of ruling party but not memeber of tplf as i understand, so is not their bussines who gona lead oromo.galatoomaa

  9. Tamene Tujuba
    October 3, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Time will tell if they could finally walk head -up

  10. Oliqaa
    October 3, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Thank you Obbo Jawar. Good job. DO NOT Listen to what the Abasha or Weak Oromos are telling against you. Namini hojeetu diina hindhabuu yeero hundayyu.


  11. Guyyaasaa
    October 3, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    The goal of the Oromo people is to regain our freedom in the shortest possible time. The Oromo people care less about how they regain their freedom or who midwives it. If OPDO can do it faster than the others, it is all welcome as the OLF does it. If the OPDO is doing the right thing it sure can count on the full support of the Oromo people. The 64 million dollar question is: is OPDO doing the right thing in facilitating the freedom of the Oromo people? Is it helping or hurting the cause? The Oromo people support the OPDO when they have enough reason to feel that they are helping the cause of freedom and they withdraw their support when they are not. The Oromo people do not have permanent leaders of their struggle for freedom but they have permanent interest in their freedom and diginity. If OPDO stands up for itself against the TPLF, it is a step in the right direction and they have my support. If not, they do not have my support. So we have to be tactful and know how the political game is played. We have to be reasy to seize any opportunity that enhances our cause be it from the OPDO or otherwise.

  12. Barii
    October 3, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    I think few individuals are missing the point. What OPDO does affect us one way or the other-be that bad or good. Yes, it is true OPDO has never served Oromos’ national interests. Yes, OPDO members have not been even able to defend OPDO and its leaders/members from the TPLF gangsters, let alone the Oromo people at large. But OPDO has been very effective in furthering Tigrean hegemony over Ethiopia and in keeping TPLF on power.

    All the same, any form of assertiveness by the OPDO should be encouraged. OPDO may not earn its independence from the TPLF soon but a weaker OPDO or a stronger OPDO could be beneficial. A weaker OPDO won’t serve its TPLF master as much as it has been doing for the last 21 years. A stronger and somewhat independence OPDO will build a nationalist zeal and may reduce the harassment and abuses of Oromos. In short, Oromos will benefit from what ensues. There is a wind of change blowing around. It will end up either weakening or strengthening OPDO.

    Thus Obbo Jawar’s analysis of what ensues within the OPDO and OPDO vs TPLP need to commended and encouraged.

  13. Bultum
    October 3, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Thank you Jawar for your fresh and fire information that burns to ash those who hate the unity of Oromoo but cleans those who loves from dirt that help to shine like gold. Such information removes the dirt which keeps Oromo apart. Appreciate very small thing OPDO doing in Oromia and be encouraged to help them to work large. Criticism now has no place. But those who hate the unity of Oromo as usual can parrot!

  14. TRG Ajeesie duei
    October 3, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Unless OPDO start joining the Oromia Qeero,as early as they can, the Oromo people would’nt trust them at all and no more acceptance among the whole Ethiopian in general and Oromos in particular.and so.the OPDO must DO what’s so ever indicated as my true name above.

  15. Mamo
    October 3, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    There are some people who are bent to see Oromo politics through one lens only. Mature and seasoned politicians will see the struggle through several lenses and attempt to use all options that advance the Oromo cause. We have seen opportunities come and go in the last 20 years and most of those missed opportunites are as the result of leaders who are fixated only on one goal-my way or the high way. That attitude has not helped themselves as well as the Oromo people. Wise people will learn from their mistakes and fools keep repeating the same mistake over and over. This is not the time to bad mouth any group that has an Oromo attached to it as long as it does not come out against the Oromo people. That would be the red line. Yes, much is expected from the OPDO. My first appeal to the OPDO is to empty their prison camps of Oromo political prisoners for they do not deserve to be in there. This is the minimum thing that they need to do to gain trust from the Oromo people. We can assure you that millions of Oromos are going to stand by you as soon as you turn face towards the Oromo people. Throw out the TPLF garbage.

  16. Garii
    October 3, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Any action against Woyanne junta is good. Anyhow, OPDOs can`t stand by their feet since non-oromo group has taken the root.

  17. Cabsa Ahmed
    October 3, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Who ever contributes to the Oromo case is welcomed. It doesn’t matter if it is OPDO or OLF or some other thing else. If they move in the name of Oromo and reflecting our name, we are with them. They are in any way a press to TPLF which doesn’t like to see any kind of organized Oromo.

  18. mekonnen regassa
    October 3, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Appriciable, in Oromo history leadership emerg’s from qualities like military skills and from wiseness of the candidates, especiality from the quality of speaking new and remarkable proverbs. It is due to this fact that oromo language is rich in articulative proverbs. wise men like jawar would have the opportunity to represent his people if the oromo are realy free. For that we are not lucky, and the fate of one of the biggest nation in africa is left for racist TPLF gangs who fought hard at least for seventeen years having no clear objectives in the course of all their strugles. Here the oromo under young intelectual influences like jawar, we make the TPLF dream ineffective at least by making the OPDO as usually we did a sign and a trade mark of TPLf. we expect honey from bee, a truely honey maker and not from flies which spreads disease. The OPDO will never represent the Oromo, shame with them. Thanks Jawar

  19. Tuuta'a
    October 4, 2012 at 10:26 am

    ጓድ ጆሓር ብልህና አርቆ አሳቢ ብቻ ሣይሆን የአንቀፅ 39 ትውልድ ጩቁን ሕዝቦችን የልብ ትርታ አዳምጦ መረዳት የምችል የትግል ጓዳችን ነው።
    የተቀሩትም የሱን ፈለግ ቢከተሉና ለጭቁን ሕዝቦች የነፃነት ትግል የየበኩላቸውን አስተዋፅዖ ቢያበርክቱ፣ ኢትዮጵያ በአጭር ግዜ ውስጥ ከአበሲኒያ ቅኝ ግዛት ነፃ እንደምትወጣ ምንም ጥርጥር የለውም።
    ሥር- ነቀል ለውጥ የአንድነት ትግል ውጤት እንጂ፣ እንዲሁ በምኞት ወይንም በአንድና ጥቂት ግለሰቦች የሚመጣ ሂደት አይደለም።

    ሁማ ሒንሱዳቲን ዚናራ ጉታዹ፣
    ገዲ ጀቴ ሒንቡሊን ዋቅጂራ ጃባዹ።

  20. Simaa
    October 4, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Kudos to OPDO if this is indeed true. Whatever action they take to assert their will and gain independence from TPLF, I say, is a step in the right direction. I think it is time for OPDO’s to think as Oromos not as TPLF messengers, I hope hey have finally learned to stand on their own feet.

  21. Finfine
    October 4, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Toolaa Gamachiis,
    waan gaarii duubatee, goorsa gaarii laatee gara boodaa baleesiite. You have childish brain. Habesha is not my enemy as you might think. A people like you want to portray Oromo as wild animal. Know this we Oromo are people of Saffu, Guudiissaa Moggaasaa. Goorsa kee jaaladheen turee, gara maal goodhan gaa………

  22. Mamo
    October 4, 2012 at 6:24 pm


    The issue here is not about Habesha. There are many Oromos who feel like they have been betrayed repeatedly thorugh successive changes of the Erthiopian government. Here the TPLF is repeating what it accused of Amharas doing to the Tigreans during Haile Seallasie and Derg government. This time the Tigreans are throwing under the bus an Oromo organziation (OPDO) that they used to silence the legitimate quest of the Oromo people at a time when they needed due respect and recognition. Many Oromos feel that there is a red line in our existence under the Ethiopia empire. You may be very mild as how to look at
    the emerging power ladders in Ethiopia, but the anger of the Oromo people is far reaching than our wushi washy relationship with an Habesha.

  23. Tola Gamachis
    October 4, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Dear Finfine,
    We measure somebody up to the lever of what we could understand! What I talked is completely different from what you responded. I never said you are friend or enemy of Habesha but indicated that there are some Habesha individuals who have Oromo but work against them. Anyway, mee garaa haabalannu wal irratti!

  24. Qalbeessaa Ofgayii
    October 5, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Isin hundumttuu nagaa keessanii? Galata rabbii haa ta”uu karaa meeshaa kanaa wal-qunnamuun keenyaayyuu faranjiif haa tolu kan kana oomishe. Kan faranjiin oomishe keessaa Qawwee qofa jibbine natti fakkaata. dhiifama! garuu nan sobee? miti anoo hin sobnne!

    Harka OPDOtiin ibidda hin qabatiinaati, mee itti seenaa ilaalaa ofiikeessan. Jawaar yaadni isaa gaariidha, garuu akka fedhasaa waan ta”uuf natti hin fakkaatu. maaliif yoo jettanii abjuun bara beelaa buddeen nama jala keessi, jedha oromoon. Innumtuu kana beeka garuu yoo bira ga”anii nama guba. EEnytu oromoof dubbata OPDO keessaa? namni dubbate tokkoollee hin jiru, garuu haaloo kanaan dura waliirra qaban kana keessa bayuuf walitti qabsaayaa jiraniitii callisaa.
    Yoo waan baayyee baruu barbaaddan: yaaddoomalee123@gmail.com jedhaa barreessaa.

  25. Tuuta'a
    October 5, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    ኦቦ ቀልቤሳ

    በኢህአዴግ ውስጥ የህወሃት ፍፁም በላይነት ይብቃ ብሎ የተነሳው ኦህዴድ ብቻ ነው። ይህ ትግል ለኦሮሞ ሕዝብ ብቻ ሣይሆን ለመላው የኢትዮጵያ ጭቁን ሕዝቦች ስልሆነ ብትኮራባቸው ምንም አይጎዳህም።

    ጥያቄዎቻቸው በአግባሩ ካልተመለሱ ግን ትግሉ ወደምን አቅጣጫ እንደሚያመራ መገምቱ ከባድ አይደልም።

    ኦህዴድ ፓርላማውን ብቻ ለቆ ወደ ዞኑ ቢመለስ ፓርላማው ፈርሶ ውድቅ ስለሚሆን፤ የግድ አዲስ ምርጫ መደርግ አለበት።

    ሁማ ሒንሱዳቲን ዚናራ ጉታዹ፣
    ገዲ ጀቴ ሒንቡሊን ዋቅጂራ ጃባዹ።

  26. Qalbeessaa
    October 6, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Hi Gashe Tuuta”a!

    You smell worshiper of naftanyaa, because you have still never graduated from elementary school as you are using backward alphabets. Please stop praying for not civilized or dormant alphabet which put ethiopia beyond the real development or made your ethiopians beggar. sorry for speaking truth. your lords do not like it.

    Go back to your real identity. Be free from identity crisis or accept what you are if you are from minority it is part of life.

  27. Guyyo
    October 7, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Dear brother Jawar,
    I thank you for your enthusiastic persistence and professionalism the highest caliber !

    You are picking on the untold story of the forgotten yet giant sleeping elephant named OPDO. For some weird reasons I don ‘t understand, getting first hand information , good or evil, about this group haven pretty tough. Or was not shiny enough worth of taking your time and report .

    Please , keep on updating us with their daily routine !

    Horii Bul!
    Guyyo Sora

  28. bultii
    October 10, 2012 at 2:57 am

    Junedi Sado’s wife has been falsely accused of carrying 500 Holy Quran books allegedly donated by the Saudi embassy in her car. Even if she did, since when is carrying Holy Quran books a crime in Ethiopia? Is there any law that limits the number of Holy books that one can carry in Ethiopia? What makes it a crime – is it the number, the donation or the donor even if it happened at all? Since it is not a crime to carry as many Holy books as you want or since somebody can donate as many as they want officially, that is not the problem. Why would the Saudi Embassy do it in secret if they could donate it officially without any problems? It is ridiculous. This TPLF drama is just a pretext for a premeditated attack and plot against Jundeni Sado and the Muslim protesters.

  29. Gadaa Gilindee
    October 10, 2012 at 3:02 am

    Junedi Sado has become a sacrificial lamb in the drama being orchestrated by the TPLF as a part of its strategy drawn up to crack down on the activists of the Muslim community movement in the country. The TPLF is trying to portray the just rights movement of the Muslim protesters as a grand scheme behind which there are external forces such as Saudi Arabia. The authors and producers of the drama, namely, the TPLF security apparatus, have somehow decided to include a high ranking government official character in the drama to lend it some credence. This whole saga of portraying the plain and just rights movement of the Ethiopian Muslim community as a grand scheme with the alleged backing of external forces (“historic enemies”) has been intended to win over some domestic and international sympathy and support.

    Junedin Sado has been chosen to play this high ranking official character knowingly or unknowingly – consensually or unconsensually. In addition to boosting the credence to the drama, the drafting of Junedi into the drama was welcomed as a two-thronged approach as it also helps them accomplish their long held desire of getting rid of him. Junedi has been viewed by many as a misfit in the TPLF regime all along. The fact that he has been rotated through three ministerial portfolios in a short span of five years attests to this glaring fact. Of the three portifolios two were newly constituted ministries with Junedi as the maiden minister. As an educated Oromo with best academic credentials in the OPDO, and as an accomplished technocrat and astute politician, the TPLF officials have always viewed him with unnerving suspicions and scathing uneasiness and they kept him at arm’s length right from day one. The more they know him, the more suspicious they have become.

    As the result, they have been waiting for the right moment to get rid of him. They now think that the current movement of the Ethiopian Muslim community has presented them the opportunity to show Junedi the door and probably put him behind bars for a long term. In order to implement it, they plotted in the drama the detention of his wife with a false pretext of serving as a conduit for alleged financial support of the Saudi Embassy in Ethiopia for the protest movement of the Muslim community. With that, Junedi along with his family is being used as a sacrificial lamb for the TPLF’s eminent plot to crackdown on our Muslim brethrens.

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