Information coming from the region indicates some sort of conference to be held on the Kemant issue, probably to open way for self-determination, including self-governance. In principle, it sounds good and has to be welcomed. In spite of that, the desired conference genuineness is questionable. There are reasons for speculation. There is no clue that Kemant community leadership has been contacted for the same purpose. If it is designed to respond to the outstanding popular demands, the process must be owned by the Kemant people and its leadership, which has led for the past seven years the journey to freedom. They should be the one who will determine the question of who shall participants in the conference from nine of woredas and its concerned kebels. The role of federal/regional government must be facilitating the same by providing resources and meeting other necessary conditions to inaugurate self-rule.
Yet, the intension of the planned conference seemingly pseudo-conference in attempt to water down; there is a reason to say this: Firstly, actors who have involved in the case directly or indirectly are individuals with wrong motives; figures, like Merha-Tsadk L., who denied the existence of Kemants in Gondar for years, yet currently talking about he himself was Kemant, but he cannot rehabilitate himself and difficult for other people too. There is no evidence even he is native Gondaris, this position is simply trick, deception and chauvinist conspiracy. Furthermore, the same individual thinks it is dangerous to stop the Kemant movement without guaranteeing some sort of self-rule, at the same time he presumably conspires not to allow Kemants rule all of their areas although it adjacently lays. Just he likely wants to limit to three to four woredas, the intention is to minimize the Kamants’ influence in the regional power balance. In that prospect, the expected conference should be considered as pseudo-conference and hypocritical, because it down looks arrogantly sovereignty of the Kemant people and lacks genuineness, thus it will not resolve the outstanding problem and foster peaceful co-existence in the area, which is prerequisite for democracy and development.
So far, many Tigreans shown sympathy to the Agaw people, especially from Diaspora since 2008 and the recent voice of solidarity from Oromo people publications, as stated in Fayyis article is highly appreciated. Yes, it is solidarity with justice over injustice and welcome. This editorial calls on also other Ethiopians to be aware of the Kemants’ legitimate demand and play positive roles. It calls on also the neighbors, like Welkaite and Tsegadie work in cooperation with the Kemant people for common good on basis of equality. Let us live in equality and freedom!