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Interview With Lencho Letta


Lencho Letta is an Ethiopian legislator and Oromo lobbyist who was an establishing individual from Oromo Liberation Front (OLF). He was the Deputy Secretary-General of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) from 1974 to 1995. In the Late 1990s, Lencho left OLF authority because of ideological contrasts. He is at present the pioneer of Oromo Democratic Front, which was shaped in 2013

Lencho was conceived in Dembidolo, Oromia locale, Western Ethiopia. He contemplated his basic and center school at a nearby school in Dembidolo. Afterward, he went to Adama and finished his secondary school training. In 1966, he selected at University of Rochester to contemplate Chemical Engineering and graduated in 1970. After graduation, he came back to Ethiopia and filled in as Engineer in Metehara Sugar processing plant for one year. In 1971, he moved to Addis Ababa and help to set up Ethiopian Standards Agency where he worked until 1974.

From 1970 to 1974, Lencho, with some radical Oromo patriot, was working surreptitiously to shape OLF. In 1974, the Marxist Derg organized an overthrow against Emperor Haile Selassie. Late in 1974, Lencho, with some radical Oromo patriot, went underground and formally propelled the OLF for guerrilla armed force battle against the Marxist Derg system of Mengistu Haile Mariam.

Beginning from the late 1970s until 1995, Lencho filled in as Deputy General Secretary of the OLF. He was the main delegate OLF’s exchange group with TPLF pioneer Meles Zenawi and EPLF pioneer Isaias Afwerki during the 1980s and mid 1990s. He was additionally driving moderator for the OLF during Ethiopian Transitional Government from 1991 to 1995. Late 1992, the transitional understanding among OLF and TPLF self-destructed, and the OLF quit the progress government to wage armed force battle against EPRDF.

In late 1993, Lencho was ousted from OLF because of initiative aftermath and an ideological contrast with OLF administration, especially with the inquiry Oromo self-assurance. Since the 1970s, the OLF push for building up an autonomous territory of Oromia. Nonetheless, since the presentation of ethnic federalism in Ethiopia in 1995, a few Oromo activists including the Oromo People’s Congress chief Merera Gudina has been contending for democratizing the Ethiopian State.

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