If self rule is the issue here, what Kemants need to do is consolidate the ties with the other Agaw peoples. Enough consciousness has to build within the entire Agaw community in Wello, Gojjam and Gondar. The history of the community has to be studied. University students who study history and those who can do research about history can also assist. University students who belong to any of the Agaw constituents should take it as their task to do research and write the history of each locality. Names of people and places as well as rivers and the entire geographical border of the Agaw communities should be studied solidly. The languages should also be studied. It is important to tap the knowledge of the elderly Kemants and other Agaw elders by way of interviews. Ato Nega has written a good book already, but that is not enough to achieve the ultimate goal. Elderly Kemants and other Agaw elders should cooperate with the young students in their effort to record the history and language of the broader Agaw peoples. These studies need to be distributed to each member in form of books and studied. This forms the ground for enough consciousness to emerge from among the new generation to effect a separate self rule in the near future. In actual fact, the coming generation may determine their own fate they way they see fit.
Mr. Bereket and those who came to address the inquiry have done their share in letting us know where we stand in terms of our final question. If genuine, the recognition of Kemants as an entity is a step forward and not backward. It is a victory to be celebrated. No government member will allow self rule to a people at the first request. What they are saying is that the ties between the various components of the Agaw peoples is not yet consolidated. Just because the name Agaw is recognized by its members does not mean they are ready to be one in unison to form a self rule. This is not to be expected before enough consciousness is achieved. Then it will not be the question of just the Kemants but of all the Agaws especially from the three major localities. While the history of the Kemants as part of the larger Agaw population is studied, it is possible to include in a book the idea of self rule and its history. Please do not expect this to happen right now. Do not make a mistake of simplifying the complicated nature of governance. Those in responsible places in government do seem to understand the issue, but would not allow the question of self rule to go into effect right away for it sets a precedence to other regions and complicate their political balance.
I see the response of some of the respondents regarding this last conference with Mr. Bereket. Many of the opinions seem to be harsh and negative. What do we get out of early confrontation with the government without amassing enough knowledge. It will be suicidal not to appreciate what is already recognized and proceed with diligence and care to the next step. The next step is to educate ourselves about ourselves and about the broader Agaw peoples. Create enough consciousness about our common heritage and about the necessity of self rule. In the meantime work with the other members of the Agaw peoples to consolidate solidarity. We have to be prudent in our going and coming. We need to apply the wisdom of our elders and proceed with caution. There is no need to rush to judgement and involve our people in a situation where they will lose everything.
With respect and love…