LETS ALL PREACH, SPREAD AND SELL THE TOKUMMA AND BORANTITY AGENDA
By HASSAN ABDUB SALESA, MOYALE KENYA
I am writing this from a village in Moyale Ethiopia called Arballe where my family and I fled to and currently living as a refugee. It all happened on 28th August 2013 where all our properties (home, household equipments, and all that we ever owned including inheritance from our father was burnt down to ashes by Burji kinsmen).
I am not the only Borana person affected. The whole population of Borana community (100%) residing in a village in Moyale Kenya called Manyatta Burji were at a loss. They were all grieving and wondering on where their next meal will come from. Majority of them do not have shelters and are spending out in cold waiting for a savior to come to their aid. Equally affected were the Borana population from other villages like Heillu, Butiye, Odda and Eladu locations.
In Manyatta Burji a total of more than 375 Borana households were burnt down to ashes. Four Borana houses located in Heillu Location were also burnt. All these was done under the very watchful eyes of the Marsabit County Governor, Amb Ukur Yattani and the County Commissioner ( Both of them were in Moyale when our properties were destroyed). No police assistance/ security was accorded to the affected population.
All said, the attention of Borana community from across the globe is need more than any other time. Moyale Kenya Borans need your help both in terms of prayer,psychological support and financial assistance. Borans need your guidance, they need you to be their spokesmen, People want you to counter all negative inflictions,criticisms,ill intended press briefs to label them as bad community there by damaging the Borana tribe character.
As educated sons and daughters of your society, you need to give back to your community. Most of you have the power, resources and capabilities to help.Your positions in the society, Government and non governmental institutions are what many of our “enemies” admire.
The BPA body (Borana Professionals Association) was formed for a purpose. To advise and guide on ways of uplifting our economy amongst others.
In the modern nations, communities rely on their educated folks for lots of purpose. Leadership entails all this. Borana community have their educated men and women thus like any other communities,they look unto you for directions thus why BPA body is there. Mail correspondences between about 133 people subscribed to this group mail does little benefit if any to the ordinary Borana people. Actions and performances are what people need.
I feel sad and its actually very unfortunate that the Moyale Borana community got very little support from our so called elites. I feel the chair, core committee members and all members of BPA have shelved the basis of the organ’s formations.
BPA has continued worsening the already fragile situations of our community. They are the backbone of our problems today.( Relate to the internal political divisions and confusions you contributed), Individual greed’s, thirst of power, hatred and clan affiliations are all what you contributed towards 4th March 2013 election.
The above stated factors and others led to the loss of Marsabit County to the Regabuga and Isiolo North to the Turkana.
Our disunity,clan based politics, hatred, greed, personal difference and thirst of power are the direct effect of what we are experiencing right now in Moyale. The whole blame lies squarely on our heads collectively. Imagine if in less than 5 months in power, Regabu movement made us to cry this much, then what would you expect them to do in the next 4 1/2 years.
There is birth of new body in specifically Moyale Sub County called “GABU”. This is collection of the Gabra and Burji together. The basis of its formation is not only related to political strength,they have other open agendas which includes to displace the Moyale Borana Community from their ancestral land. They have built standing militias (exported from Ethiopia). They want to further destabilize the socioeconomic development of our people.This latter group believe in the support rendered to them by the current Marsabit County Government Leadership and in addition the immense wealth (monetary support) provided by the Burji Community.
WHAT WE MUST DO.
This is the time we should critically do our SWOT analysis and basing on that move fast to plan for our eventualities. Its time to change, time to accept our challenges and look for way to forge ahead.
This is the time WE MUST STOP dividing Borans in respect to clans politics. Time to a shame devils and say NO to leaders who divide us for his/her greed.
Lets do away with the WARJIDA, KARAYU, DIGALU MAXXARI, DAMBE NON politics and move ahead and build BORAN politics, Time to say that this man/woman is a great Borana leader and go for such individuals.
The REGABUGATUKOSAWA/CORNER TRIBE, is a scheme drawn by people who were educated like you. They in fact come from very different back grown. They speak different languages, from different cultures and from different geographical location. If such totally different people can come together and form one strong reckoning power that which speak in one language and today forced us out of power,What makes us not to replicate the same. What should we say if Borana brothers and sisters come together and build a strong socioeconomic and political body for the interest and love of our people. It will be FIERCE one.
Lastly I beg to ask the current BPA national office bearers to come down to grass root and recruit members. The County, District or even ; Local BPA branches can play very vital role in uplifting our standards. Majority of our learned people are actually based in our rural homes. Take the huge number of civil servants, teachers, NGO employees who work at their rural home. What if they are asked to contribute only 500 shilings to BPA body every month.
The situation which the current Manyatta/Heillu and Odda refugees are in right now would have been different. Such money would have been used to help improve their lives.
THANKS AND GOD BLESS YOU
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