We Kemant people’s representatives from nine woredas (counties) of Gondar numbered more than one thousand delegates and supporters held a half day conference in Gondar City, Cinima Hall. We discussed in depth on an unresolved issue, demand for Kemant nationality recognition and self-governance under a framework of the FDRE’s constitution. After appraising the ongoing process, we have learned that one-million Kemant people’s constitutional rights have not been realized and consequently no choice, but to stand firmly for our legitimate rights. Inline with the above terms, at the end of the conference, we have issued the following twelve-point communiqué to validate our commitment to our constitutional rights:
1. We reaffirm constitutionality of our demand for recognition and self-governance.
2. We confirm that quest for recognition is not just individuals’ interest, but the Kemant people’s unfolding demand.
3. The Kemant people’s demand is not different from the other nations-nationalities’ demands and needs our government’s urgent response.
4. The Kemant nationality’s identity recognition has been resolved in principle subsequent to the fall of Derg, impediment and slow in materialization is not the sake of the government policy, but individuals’ sabotage and, consequently we call upon them to refrain from such undemocratic activities.
5. Our demand is constitutional, but not notion of charity, which depends upon goodwill of individuals, thus extra delay involved in the process is unacceptable and adverse influence.
6. We reaffirm that the Kemant people’s demand is intended only for peace, development, equality and democracy.
7. Kemant Nationality Interim Coordinating Committees at every level shall continue to work with Kemant people, supporters and government to materialize the Kemant people’s aspiration.
8. The Kemant people’s demand is consistent with objectives, thousands of the Ethiopians sacrificed their lives and we need to stand for practicality of the same.
9. We think any incompatible position on this issue should be considered as departure from the EPDRF’s political line and should be treated as an individual view.
10. Our quest for recognition and self-governance is not intended for supremacy, but for equality, as result, we demand the Kemant people to be counted as the distinct entity in the future national census, as was prior to 2007.
11. We demand restriction to be lifted on the Kemant people’s participation on Hidar 29 Annual Nations-Nationalities Cultural Festival. It can be recalled that the Kemant representatives used to take part in this festival, but has been suspended since recognition request has been arisen.
12. We demand Amhara Regional State to response for our demands constitutionally without delay.
Let us live in dignity, freedom and equality with all Ethiopian nations and nationalities.
Kemant People’s Conference for Recognition and Self-Governance Gondar, Ethiopia,
October 17, 2010