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General Kemal Gelchu removed as Oromo region security chief

Kemal Gelchu _ Oromo region _Ethiopia
Former General Kemal Gelchu
Photo source : EBC

April 3,2019

Oromo Regional State removed former General Kemal Gelchu as Oromia regional state administrative security office head, reported state broadcaster Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation on Wednesday citing Oromia regional state.

However, the reason why he is removed is unexplained.

He is a chairman of Oromia Unity and Freedom Front chairman and has been living in Eritrea from well over 10 years after he defected with a contingent of army that he was leading.

The have been reports that his appointment as security chief in Oromo regional state was vehemently opposed by the militant faction of Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) which is said to have much influence and power over government structure in the region.

However, there is no confirmation if his removal has something to do with appeasement policy towards the militant OLF.

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  1. Funny how people actually talk about ‘Oromia’ like it’s a legitimate state.

    The early Oromo migrants took lands that belonged to Axumite kingdom and now they act like they have lived there since the time of history.

    You can talk about liberation, kicking other ethnicities out, and such matters only if you are the legitimate land holder.

  2. YM,

    You need to get some of your claims straight. First, do you have evidence for other ethnicities being kicked out? If other ethnicities were kicked out, who was responsible for it (OLF, ODP, TPLF, Ordinary citizens in Oromia)? Second, what’s your evidence for the current day Oromia belonging to the Axumite Kingdom? Do you have any credible, written historical account. Even then how unbiased were the historians that wrote about Ethiopia hosted in the Palace of rulers that were clearly treating Oromos and other other Southern Ethiopian ethnicities like second class citizens? And finally, your statement “You can talk about liberation, kicking other ethnicities out, and such matters only if you are the legitimate land holder.” is fundamentally flawed. It is unethical to kick people out based on ethinicities regardless of who does it. Ethiopia will continue to exist and elevate to a stable, prosperous nation when it recognizes the cultures and values of all ethnicities with no one culture dominating another. Unfounded but more importantly divisive comments like yours does help to transform Ethiopia’s dire current state to one that is home to everyone.


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