Vision Ethiopia conference this past weekend was a huge success in terms of bringing together Ethiopians from different language groups to share their vision of post-conflict Ethiopia (Post-EPRDF)
Most importantly, the conference featured young and bright Ethiopians from variety of professional backgrounds. Among them was Zewudie Gudeta – who is introduced as an Oromo from Ambo town – one of Ethiopian towns where the current Tigray People Liberation Front faced stiff resistance on its way to power back in 1991. Ambo has been a headache to the regime in power virtually through out its 25 years of repressive rule. Political leaders like Merera Gudina are also from Ambo. In history, Ambo is home to valorous Ethiopian patriots who fought against fascist Italians.
Perhaps it is the Ambo effect that we see in the person of Zewdie Gudeta. At a time when radical Oromo groups are taking about disintegrating Ethiopia, Oromo Democratic Front emerged as a viable voice for the Oromo and is apparently working with other Ethiopian opposition parties to bring about positive change in Ethiopia : democratic Ethiopia where all of its citizens cherish equality,freedom and the prestige of being Ethiopian.
The message presented by Zewdie Gudeta is rather an embodiment of Oromo Wisdom and is truly Ethiopian. His message is taken in a positive note among Ethiopians and brought about optimism among Ethiopians that young leaders like him would stand to the test of time to usher in victory.
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