Prof. Fikre Tolossa on Geda system


Hana Belay

Gada is a traditional governance system used by the Oromo people in Ethiopia, developed from knowledge gained by community experience over generations. The system regulates the political, economic, social and religious activities of the community dealing with issues such as conflict resolution, reparation and protecting women’s rights. It serves as a mechanism for enforcing moral conduct, building social cohesion, and expressing forms of community culture. Gada is organized into five classes with one of this functioning as the ruling class consisting of a chairperson, officials and an assembly.

On this news, the famous Ethiopian author Professor Fikre Tolossa is asked if the Geda system was practiced by the Gurage people in the Gurage zone of SNNPR (one of the regional states in Ethiopia).