Government indicted in halting Ethio-Telecom fundraising drive for displaced Oromo speaking Ethiopians

Did TPLF government halted Ethio-Telecom fund raising campaign to help displaced Oromo speaking Ethiopians?

Debretsion Gebremichael - Oromo fund raising halted
One of TPLF’s key men in the Federal government – Debretsion Gebremichael

Ethiopian News
borkena
November 22,2017

Opride, a website that advocates for “Oromo cause,” indicted the government in Ethiopia for halting fundraising campaign to help people displaced from Ethio-Somali regions following an ethnic conflict.

The source attached evidence which, says the news source, is leaked from government officials.

The “text-to-give” fundraising campaign was apparently launched by Oromo regional state in collaboration with Ethio-Telecom but it lived only for five hours, claimed Opride citing e-mail communication between government officials leaked to the news source.

“Emails between senior Ethiopian government officials, obtained exclusively by OPride, shed new lights on the state-run Ethio Telecom’s abrupt decision to halt the text-to-give campaign launched by Oromia State in September. The disclosures also pinpoint the key government officials behind the action.”

The report indicates that Addisu Arega, Communication head of Oromo regional state, was promoting the campaign in a Facebook update posted on September 28, 2017.

An estimated half a million Oromo speaking Ethiopians were displaced from Ethio-Somali region conflict – a conflict in which the opposition sees coordination between leaders in the Somali regional government and Tigray People’s Liberation Front leaders.

Opride report is available here



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