One of such is the Gadaa system of the Oromo People. . Hallpike, C. R., “ Review: The Origins of the Borana Gada System,” Reviewed. Oromo elites, Abba Gadaa (father of Gadaa), historians most often say that it is The Gada system is largely practised by the Oromo people. Was it a system used through out Oromia or was it prevalent in one region of Oromia The Gada system spread with the migration and intermingle of the Oromo.

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Oditu, Karrayu, Qaalluu of Borena clan as well as great Qaalluu of Gujii clan were said to be originally descendants from heaven. The transition rituals by which the genealogical social group the sons passes from one grade to the next is performed every eight years during the life cycle.

Historically, the process of enacting laws by the general assembly across central Oromo was quite different, especially before the midth century. The councilors are elected and proclaimed as leaders of their group or class at the beginning of grade IV. Gadaa regarded as one of the ancient type of social organization by relating it to culture of other Cushitic people. Oromi this event all participants burst into joy ibid: In the Gadaa System both Kallachaa and Caaccuu are the ritual materials used for demonstration of the Oromo society at large.

The most remarkable account of Oromo military organization is to be found in the Chronicle of Emperor Sussenyos who in his youth grew up among the Oromo as war captive.?? The assembly discusses cases of high degree, making law legislationreviewing the existing laws, assesses if there is decline in law and careless violation of the law. Asmarom Legesse, First Full ed. Major Oromo clans have gads the centres of their Gada systemm several places based on their territorial settlement.

Unlike other, Western democratic systems, sysstem Gadaa system has five permanent political parties whose members assume leadership gdaa every eight years. The Zulu and the Fulani though they had military strength they had no horses and cavalry forces. The Gadaa system is an indigenous egalitarian democratic system practiced among ssytem Oromo nation of East Africa for the last six hundred years. Is there any part of the Gada system that is not compatible with existing international human rights instruments or with the requirement of mutual respect among communities, groups and individuals, or with sustainable development?

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There is some syste evidence that in the 16 th? Every eight years power is transferred from one Gadaa class to other without violence or conflicts due to the presences of Qaaluu.

Then on, peoples of Walaabuu obeyed the laws and the man became messenger of Waaqaa God. At forty years of the gada cycle i. Given the vastness of the Oromiasquare kilometres and its population 50 millionassemblies take place in several places and assemblies are named after the place of gatherings.

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Gadaa is a holistic system of governance encompassing: They then voice their opinion on the right course of action the Oromo should take on social, political, economic and environmental issues. Gada is a traditional system of governance used by the Oromo people in Orojo developed from knowledge gained by community experience over generations.

Thus, an understanding of the System by different communities helps for inter-cultural dialogue and encourage mutual respect.

The agda are taught by oral historians covering history, laws, rituals, time reckoning, cosmology, myths, rules of conduct, and the function of the Gada system. In most literature, the Qaaalluu institution was referred to as Abbaa Muuda which is derived from ritual muudaa of principal figure. It serves as a mechanism for enforcing moral conduct, building social cohesion, and expressing forms of community culture.

Geographical location and range of the Gada system. The Europeans provided the Abysinian chieftains with then modern fire arms and military advisors that put the Oromo at a great dis-advantage. His duties also include transferring knowledge and skills associated with the functions of the democratic Gada System to the members of succeeding grades. The only thing that gains automatic consensus are ideas that are close to the commonly accepted moral values. Hence, he seeks to balance the individual freedom of expression on the one hand, and the orderly environment of deliberation on the other.

Hadha Caaccuu mother of Systdm is the leader of Caaccuu. Consensus through dialogue – as discussed above, whoever asks for the chance to speak first is granted the ability and the deliberation does not come to a close until all ideas bada voices have been heard. Then, discussion on the proposed agenda takes place in a traditional and orderly manner which privileges those with seniority. The three age regiments in other oormo are age-sets belonging to grade IV, V and grade VI of the Gada stages of development.


At a household level, parents transmit orally knowledge about the ethics, practices and rituals of the system and socialize their children into Gada systme.

This is because the interpretation of Oromo terms, idiomatic expressions and proverbs related to the Gadaa have extra meaning other than their surface meanings. One is the system in which the members of each class are recruited strictly on the basis of chronological age which the anthropologists call Age Sets.

The place of Africa in the “standard history” of democracy is often orpmo.

The Gadaa System of the Oromo People

It is offered for human beings to maintain peace. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Meetings and ceremonies take place under a sycamore tree considered the Gada symbol while major clans have established Gada centres and gara spaces according to territory. In other words, until a “consensus” is reached orojo deliberation continues. The existing differentiation of functions and minimal ranking does not imply inequality or hierarchy.

Knowledge about the Gada system is transmitted to children in the home and at school. In the meetings that take place every eight years to re-examine the existing laws, the seniors reiterate them in public and legislate new laws, demonstrate and share knowledge about the operation of the Gada System. Still among various Oromo groups Qaalluu is believed to be the eldest son of Oromo and therefore given the title of father.

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Those elected young Gada councilors and other members of the class in their twenties and early thirties marry at this stage. Today the Gada institutions have been preserved among the Borana and Guji clans of the Oromo nation.

The Oromo recognized the Gada System as part of their cultural heritage and as a contemporary system of governance that functions in concert with the modern state system. Decisions over the use of common resources and the settlement of disputes are reached after thorough discussions and deliberation.