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Professor Asefa Jaleta's Interview on Mo'aa TV related to victory and future Oromo struggle.
The Oromo were a glorious, powerful, and independent people prior to the colonization of their country, Oromia, in the last decades of the 19th century by Abyssinian/Ethiopian colonialists allied with European imperialists. They were organized culturally, politically, and militarily through the gadaa system (Oromo democracy) and they maintained their civilization, wellbeing, security and sovereignty for centuries. The Oromo were known for their complex democratic laws, an elaborate legislative tradition, well-developed methods of dispute settlement, and a system of checks and balances that was at least as complex as the systems used in Western democracies. Their version of constitutional government, gadaa, existed before the emergence of contemporary democracy in the West. "What is astonishing about this cultural tradition is how far the Oromo have gone to ensure that power does not fall in the hand of war chiefs and despots. They achieve this goal by creating a system of checks and balances that is at least as complex as the systems we find in Western democracies."[i] The gadaa system had the principles of checks and balances (through periodic succession of every eight years), division of power (among the executive, legislative, and judicial branches), balanced opposition (among five parties), and power sharing between higher and lower administrative organs to prevent power from falling into the hands of despots. Other principles of the system included balanced representation of all clans, lineages, regions and confederacies, accountability of leaders and followers, the settlement of disputes through reconciliation and respect for basic rights and liberties.