A Response to ESAT Television Report Concerning the Recent incident in Borana Zone.
On January 23, 2014 ESAT television reported that Borana community in Boran Zone, Oromia region displaced Burjis from their land. The Borana Community categorically rejects the allegation and denounces the report. The information provided is not only baseless but also divisive. This is unacceptable conduct by any medium which claims to be fair and impartial. What was reported by Ms GAlila Mokenen on January 23, 2014 is careless act that promotes a conflict in the region. The report is one sided and indicates that ESAT is a propaganda machine than a respected and credible medium. Furthermore, we advise ESAT television editors to carefully asses their material before making it available to public. Here are some groundless points in the information provided,
The report indicated that Borana community displaced Burji. The fact is Borana community has done nothing to displace Burji people. While the killing of a Borana man is a fact, there is no report showing that Borans have taken any violent action due to this incident. However, it was confirmed that Borana elders have engaged Buriji elders to discuss the matter.
The report accuses Mr Liban Arero for mishandling the situation. As indicated Mr Arero is a deputy of the Borana Zone administrator, Mr Abera. Thus, if there is any flaw in handling this situation it is the bosses that will take blame not the assistant.
While we have received a report that some Burji individuals are returning to their home land (Gaara Burjii) voluntarily, there is no indication that they have been forced to do so. In addition there is no evidence that Borana community has robed any of Burji individuals heading home.
While presenting, the reporter was not concerned about the man who lost his life. Rather she was focused on convincing the audience that Burjis are in trouble. Is Ms Galila going to follow-up and present what happened to the innocent man, which by the way she admitted was killed?
It is important to understand some facts, while considering the above matter. It is well known that thousands of Burji people have migrated to Borana land from Soyama Mountain in the past few decades. Since their arrival the group has enjoyed a freedom of sharing resources with Borana community without any limitation. Not only Buriji, Boran community has accommodated several such groups that were attracted by their generosity. Using this opportunity we would like to assure everyone that such isolated incidents do not change our value. Boran community will continue to be a generous and peaceful community as usual. The report presented by ESAT television is a total misrepresentation of Borana community. Therefore, we urge ESAT television to correct its mistake and apologize to Borana community.
“Injustice somewhere is injustice everywhere.” Martin Luther King J.