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An explanation of the House of Federation on issues related to Alamata, and Wolkayit

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Egypt and Eritrea launched their most ambitious plan against Ethiopia in the past few months. Their plan was to create a feeling of encirclement by creating and encouraging public unrest in some parts of the country. For example the demonstrations by Oromo students in southern Ethiopia is purely based on a story fabricated by Eritrean spin doctors. It is a fact there are some governance and corruption problems in Ethiopia, but the demonstrations have nothing to do with that. They also tried to start public unrest in the Qimant region of western Ethiopia which the people quickly became aware of their case have been hijacked by mercenaries working for Ethiopian enemies. The legitimate request by the Qimant people to self govern is peaceful and the federal government is addressing it. Recently Shabiya sleeper cells embedded as refugees in Ethiopia have organized a handful of bandits and Derg riffraff in western Tigrai State Wolkayit region. The idea is to start trouble in the heart of the TPLF base in Tigrai. These Shabiya agents and their foot soldiers disguised their evil agenda as a question of identity of the local people. The Eritrean Satellite Television, some VOA Amharic program journalists, and Ginbot-7 terror groups tried to bring non-existence issue of identity to the region. The identity of the people of Wolkayit has never been questioned by the people themselves throughout history. In the 1930s the Tigrai people revolted against Amhara domination and successfully controlled the capital city of Tigrai, Mekelle. Emperor Hailesilassie’s imperial army was defeated and humiliated in battles with the Tigrai rebels and nothing could stop the powerful Tigrai rebels. The rebels pushed on with their request for greater autonomy and they were clearing the imperial army out of Tigrai. The Emperor asked outside help and the British came to his aid. With the help of the British Royal Air Force stationed in Aden, Yemen, jet fighters were used to bomb the revolting army of the first Woyane. The Ethiopian monarch was saved, but his hate against the people of Tigrai was deepening by his defeat. As a punishment for their revolt Hailesilassie took extreme punitive measures against the people of Tigrai. Those punitive measures included huge tax hike, repeated military campaigns with devastating pillaging of villages and towns in Tigrai, and annexing of huge chunks of land from Tigrai. Raya Qobbo from south Tigrai was given to Wollo and Wolkayit Tsegede from western Tigrai was added to BegieMidir now Gonder. The people of both regions even main land Tigrai were forced not to use Tigringa in public settings, but despite the pressure the people never stopped using their language, traditions, and cultural norms. For example in Tsegede which is the furthest region of Tigrai the five zones are named after weredas in Tigrai like Zana, Edaga Selus, Adyet, and Endamariam. In Wolkayit the naming of villages, towns, mountains, rivers, and other places is in Tigringa too. The following names are a few examples, Adi-Remitse, Adi-Arkay, Mai-Geba, Mai-Tsebri, and so on. Now consider this; if the original inhabitants of this area were Amhara people, why on earth would they name their villages and other places in Tigringa? The reason is they are not Amhara they are Tigraians who speak Tigringa. We don’t see people in Gonder, Gojam, Shewa and other Amhara regions naming their villages and towns starting with the distinctive Tigringa word Adi which in Tigringa means the place of or land of. As any border region there are a few people who speak Amharic that live in wolkayit, but that does not mean they are the owners of the land.

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