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5000 Oromo militia added to the region’s security force

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borkena
November 25,2017

Oromo militia - Ethiopia
The militia at the graduation ceremony
Credit : Fana

5000 Oromo militia recruited and trained by Oromo regional state graduated today. They graduated in the presence of Lemma Megerssa, president of the region. The militias were trained at the Senkele police training center for two months. According to government report, the militia took capacity building and military training before they graduated today.

The Oromo regional state says training the militias was important so as to “protect the constitution,rule of law and security of people in the region.”

There is a claim by the oromo regional state that there was public participation in the selection of the militia.

The region has its own police and special police force. For the last two years, the region has been unstable due to ceaseless demonstrations against government and hundreds of civilians have lost their lives – mostly in the hands of government security forces.

Sporadic ethnic violence become a hallmark of the region and citizens from other parts of Ethiopia have been attacked in different occasions. In the last two months alone, at least three ethnic violence were recorded in the region.

The level of ethnic sentiment and sense of entitlement has become so bad to the extent that a fight between two individuals from different language speaking could turn to a full scale ethnic based violence. Two days ago, a conflict between two individuals which led to homicide in Arsi Negele was turned into a full scale ethnic violence.

What many citizen question though is if militia and security forces could make a difference in a situation where radically politicized ethnicity and ethnic based hate has taken root.



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1 COMMENT

  1. It’s sad to see that Fana is declaring vicious propaganda war on oromo people. We all know that oromo is the most peace loving segment of Ethiopian population.The truth is that oromo is high affinity for all Ethiopian ethnicities to bind in coexistence. Oromos have never initiated attacks on any Ethiopian ethnicities. However, they have been attacked by trained military apparatus orchestrated by Ethiopian government. Hundreds of oromo were killed and thousands of them were robbed, beaten and displaced,but Fana chooses silence from reporting these atrocities, yet so quick betraying oromo as if they were stirring up conflicts in the regions and minimizing the violence on Oromo people to a fight between two individuals from different language speaking, shame on this one sided fake news.

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