Ethiopia: Oromo officials killed as OLF & Jawar threaten Abiy supporters

Solomon Tadesse _ Oromo region
The late Solomon Tadesse, Burayu Town Police Commissioner. Photo : Social Media

Teshome Borago
borkena
February 22, 2020

Another Oromo official has been gunned down in Oromia region of Ethiopia, as the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) continues to hunt down supporters of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Burayu town security chief Solomon Tadesse was assassinated today by what officials described as agents of the OLF’s Oromo Liberation Army (OLA).

Oromia Police blamed the OLA according to BBC and it said a “killing squad” targeted several regional officials as well as an Oromo musician and other civilians. Social media sources claimed the unidentified Oromo artist victim was Dereje Jalata, but there was no independent confirmation.

These killings follow a tense week of anti-government propaganda by supporters of Jawar Mohammed, including his Oromia Media Network (OMN) that falsely claimed Burayu local police and the Prime Minister are responsible for a recent assault on an Oromo singer Hawi Keneni. However, the Burayu administration contradicted these allegations, instead claiming that the brawl started due to a dispute on a selection of Oromo music during an event. Other sources confirmed that Hawi and her group wanted nationalist music in support of armed insurgency in Walaga.

Since Jawar Mohammed and Abiy Ahmed split on policy in 2019, there has been a rise on Oromo vs Oromo violence. In October 2019, dozens of Oromos and other Ethiopians were massacred by supporters of Jawar Mohammed. The riots were inspired by fake news on social media that claimed the Abiy government wanted Jawar assassinated. Particularly, various Oromo supporters of Abiy in Adama town were targeted and some killed when they refused to join the Qeerroo protests in October supporting Jawar, according to AFP.

DEADLY PATTERN

Since late 2018, killings of Oromo mayors and local officials has been carried out by OLA and another clandestine group known as Aba Torbe. While assassination of Oromo officials in Western Oromia was frequent in recent years, such killings close to the capital Addis Ababa has been rare, until now. Despite OLF political leadership pledging to engage peacefully in the 2020 election, its military leadership continues to wage war on the government and peaceful citizens in Walaga.

The pattern of deadly attacks, robbery and damages on property has forced Abiy Ahmed’s government to begin crackdown in at least four Zones of western and southern Oromia.

Meanwhile, since Jawar Mohammed took over the opposition party Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), there is growing internal division and polarization in Oromo society. In many rural areas, Oromo supporters of Abiy are coerced to support Jawar’s party to avoid vilification and castigation. There is also widespread reports of pressure and intimidation on nonpolitical segments of Oromo society by Jawar’s camp. In some cases, openly displaying support for the Prime Minister or a party other than Jawar’s is risking physical harassment up to death by clandestine assassins like Aba Torbe.

Editor’s note : This news analysis is provided by Teshome Borago. If you would like to submit stories or share information, please send e-mail to : editor@borkena.com or info@borkena.com




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6 Responses to "Ethiopia: Oromo officials killed as OLF & Jawar threaten Abiy supporters"

  1. Bacchha G.   February 22, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    The Commercial Bank Of Ethiopia has approved a loan of eight hundred million birrs ( $8,000,000 birrs ) for the new Coffee exporter corporation which was established less than half a year previous by businesspeople named Dinku Deyas , Alemayehu Ketema , Gemshu and few others the names are not listed openly because they are high level Oromia and Federal government officials , now when the audit got initiated by the Addis Ababa Liyu Police Commander Tesfaye Dinku, about what is being done with the eight hundred million birrs they borrowed , they quickly tried to shut him up, but luckily the brave Commissioner Solomon Tesfaye threw himself around the Commander saving Commander Tesfaye Dinku’s life so the audit outcome continues to come to light, that’s why Commander Tesfaye Dinku need especial protection around the clock, same as Bank officials need round the class ck protection since our lives are in huge danger..

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  2. GM   February 23, 2020 at 1:12 am

    They kill because they know Abiy is more popular and they can’t defeat his Oromara agenda

    May god bless his leadership and keep him safe

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  3. Sara   February 23, 2020 at 10:27 am

    Borkena is obviously an amhara Nationalist lol ur story is so fake and full of propaganda…Oromos have never been more united then They are now! Keep dreaming

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  4. Geme   February 23, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    You dissiminated a false information. You side for Abiy Ahmed. Noone was killed by Jawar supporters. Rather, Jawar supporters were killed by Abiy supporters and government security forces in Adama other oromia towns. You said “fake news” while ther2 is enough evidence of the trial to assassinate Jawar. It’s not fake! Why don’t you write the correct idea? Please stop writing fake news, try to be impartial as a writer. Don’t dissiminate false information about Jawar and his supporters. Don’t blackname him.

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  5. Abeshaw   February 23, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    No verified news source in this article.
    Nevertheless, it is sad to see this dirty politics promoted by our latest personalities like Jawar.

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  6. Anwar   February 24, 2020 at 11:46 pm

    Funded by Woyanes, ethnofanatics are sawing seeds of conflict among Ethiopians of all segments. All these negative forces will loose because democracy and justice will prevail. Intimidation and promoting division will not work. Jawar and his naive supporters should know that and cease and desist.

    So far they have taken many innocent lives to advance their hateful agenda and when the Ethiopian people rise, they will pay for it one way or another.

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