July 24, 2000
Oromo People's Democratic Organization (OPDO) announced
on Monday that it has suspended its Secretary-General
Kuma Demeksa and three others from membership of the
Organization's Central Committee for corruption, anti-democratic
practices and abuse of power.
OPDO said in a statement that the suspended central
committee members are prohibited from attending any
forum representing the organization.
noted that the Ethiopian central state of Oromo, administered
by the OPDO during the past ten years, has witnessed
high level corruption and mal-democratic practices.
people in the Oromo state could not enjoy the benefits
gained through the bitter struggle due to corruption,
nepotism and anti-democratic tendencies practiced by
high level officials, added the statement.
OPDO is one of the alliance organizations that form
the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic
Front, which also includes Amhara National Democratic
Movement, the Southern Ethiopian People's Democratic
Front and the Tigray People's Liberation Front.
in June, the OPDO Central Committee sacked Ethiopian
President Negaso Gidada from his membership of the committee
because he "opted for anti-democratic ways to distract
the activities of the organization."