By Sam Mbah, I. E. Igariwey
The 1st publication at the subject. Covers anarchistic components in conventional African societies, African communalism, “African socialism,” and the after-effects of colonialism.
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The two retainers of my uncle who had tended the riding mules and assisted him had left him after he surrendered his rifle, so he was now alone and I was the only one to help him in tending to the mules and harnessing and loading. So one day, very early in the morning we left Sodo. His wife mounted the riding mule while the tent, the provisions, some clothing in a bag, and some cooking utensils were properly packed and loaded on the baggage mule. We completed our journey to Shewa in ten days, but I arrived with a raging fever.
There was no oath of loyalty since it would have had no meaning within the traditional system. Only if there were a plot against a ruler would plotters swear an oath of loyalty to each other in their cause. It was Haile Selassie who introduced an oath of loyalty to the emperor by incorporating it into the role of his officials when he became emperor. However such an oath had little meaning in the event of his unprecedented and disgraced downfall, it did him little good. If a leader was defeated in a fight against a rival in an Ethiopian power struggle, his followers would submit themselves to the winning leader.
For some, like Fitawrari Wolde-Tsadiq because of his role in bringing about the short-lived reign of Melake Tsehay Eyasu, this lasted their lifetime. When Emperor Haile Selassie ran away from the country, not one of the patriots thought he would ever have the gall to return since it was his obligation to defeat the invaders or die honorably trying. Traditionally, Ethiopia could not remain without an emperor and the concept of an emperor in exile was inconceivable. It was for this reason that the patriots chose Menilek's grandson, Melake Tsehay Eyasu, as a leader to replace Emperor Haile Selassie.