By Dawit Kebede
Awramba Times (Hetosa, Arsi) – The Aanolee memorial monument which was erected as a tribute to the Arsi Oromos who were victims of the Emperor Menelik’s imperial expansion, in the 19th century, colorfully inaugurated in the presence of high-level federal and regional officials last Sunday in Hetosa, Arsi, 150kms south east of Addis Ababa.
The monument, which was constructed with a cost of 20 million birr shows a severed hand stretched upward holding a women’s breast.
H.E ato Muktar Kedir, the newly appointed president of the Oromia regional state and chairman of OPDO on the occasion said that the erection of the memorial monument is to commemorate those Oromo heroes and heroines who were cruelly massacred for strongly resisting the then oppressive regime.
Ato Muktar added that the Aanolee historical monument is believed to be serving as Oromo cultural heritage hall that consists the Oromo Martyrs’ memorial monument, an ethnographic museum, a mural as well as research and study centers.
Mohammed Jilo, head of Oromia culture and tourism bureau, also said that the bureau is working with concerned stockholders to make the Aanolee monument a tourist attraction center. Hundreds of thousands from Arsi Zone and neighboring villages have attended the event.