in the name and voice of the Kunama people, at home and abroad, we, the undersigned Kunama people’s representatives, do state that, the claims, Mr. Kornelios Adolay Osman Aggar, is advancing that, “all Kunama people are behind him as their leader, and supporting his authority and leadership” is totally false for the following reasons:
up to the day and the hour, Mr. Kornelios Adolay Osman, undertook the unwise initiative to “defame Hamid Idris Awate”, he had been dividing, defining and discriminating us Kunama as:
a).- “the Eritrean Kunama,
b).- the Ethiopian Kunama,
c).- the Sudanese Kunama,
d).- the American Kunama,
e).- the European, e.g., the German Kunama” and so on.
Even among those he had defined as the “Eritrean Kunama“, he has been dividing and discriminating them, in terms of their districts, villages, faiths, denominations and other grounds, including the compulsory adherence, recognition and support of his leadership and authority.
Based on such very discriminatory , and never heard of a system, in the long history of the Kunama people, Mr. Kornelios Adolay Osman, and his leadership members, carried out indiscriminate detentions, imprisonments, tortures and killings of many Kunama individuals, in their underground prisons and prison-cells, in the following localities, within the Ethiopian territorial sovereignty:
I).- “Dembe-Gedamu, (February-March 2001);
II).- Mai-Kuhli, (July-December, 2001);
III).- Lese, (December 2001);
IV).- Dembe-Monggul, (December 2003)”, up to now.
During all those years, the following Kunama individuals, fell victims of Mr. Kornelios Adolay Osman, of his deputy, Mr. Tewelde Minase and of their other leadership members:
1).- “the late Hussein Yusuf, (February 2, 2002, killed per hanging);
2).- the late Adaggo Auka Gagasi, (August 19, 2002)
3).- the late Yakob Ashora, (September 3, 2002);
4).- the late Nuri Tukka, (date unknown, shot at the back and killed)”.
The number of other Kunama individuals, known to have been detained, jailed, tortured, killed or just made to disappear, are retained to range between “sixteen, (16)” and “twenty, (20)” people.
Concerning Mr. Kornelios Adolay Osman’s “provocative defamation of Hamid Idris Awate”, we Kunama do retain and state that it was really a “provocative” call for disruption within the Eritrean opposition movement, which was out of time, out of place and out of circumstances, for, such an extremely sensitive an issue, for the time-being, is of no one’s competence, but only of the Eritrean future democratic nation and of its democratically elected government, which will have the very difficult task of studying and deciding, based on local historical grounds, and on the national political history.
Following the right decision, taken by the leadership and leaders of the “Eritrean Democratic Alliance”, (EDA), to suspend and expel from it, Mr. Kornelios Adolay Osman and his leadership members, and consequently also of the Kunama organisation, which however, should not have been penalised, due to its leadership’s fault, we do appeal and are appealing, also to the leadership and members of the “Eritrean National Council for Democratic Change”, (ENCDC-Bayto), to follow suit, and did immediately, not only expel, but also forbid Mr. Kornelios Adolay Osman, his deputy, Mr. Tewelde Minase and their other leadership-members, who are predominantly, Mr. Kornelios Adolay Osman’s close and extended family members, from undertaking any responsibility, on behalf of the Kunama people, at home and abroad.
With many thanks and kind regards,
the undersigned Kunama people’s representatives, from: