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Oromo Liberation Front chairman released from House arrest

Ethiopian government security authorities reportedly said the House arrest of Oromo Liberation Front leader was for security reasons involving his safety

Oromo Liberation Front _ Ethiopia

July 31, 2020

Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) chairman Dawud Ibsa said that he is allowed to leave his residence and carry out his routine as of Friday.

“People in Federal Police uniforms whose name I do not know, …, came to me [on Thursday] and told me that I could start working as of tomorrow [Friday] while exercising caution for my safety…,” he told a VOA reporter in Ethiopia.

He was in his Gullele office on Friday where there was a meeting by some members of the leadership while he was on house arrest earlier this week. 

The Chairman said, earlier this week, that he does not have any knowledge about who called it or for what purpose it was called. There have been rumors that some members of the leadership intended to replace him.

He said that the legal and audit committee of the Oromo Liberation organization (OLF) has announced that it is looking into the issue.

Critics within his organization link him to a killing squad, Aba Torbe, which is said to be responsible for the killings of some authorities in the region including Burayu police chief, Solomon Tadesse who was gunned down as he was having lunch with his friends in February of this year.

Dawud Ibsa’s critics within the organization also accuse him of intransigence to not employ peaceful and armed struggle at the same time.

Preliminary investigation by Federal government law enforcement authorities established that OLF-Shane is behind the killing of popular singer Hachalu Hundessa, who was known for his political songs in Oromo language. Two suspects who are said to have shot and killed him confessed that OLF gave them the mission.

At least 240 people have been killed and hundreds more wounded in the Oromo region of Ethiopia following the assassination of the singer. The politically motivated killing in some places of the region targeted ethnic non-Oromos (mostly ethnic Amharas) and in some places targeted the followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. 

Also, well over 40 hotels (including three-star hotels) were burned in several cities in the region including Shashemene, Batu, and Arsi Negelle, among others. Over 1000 residential houses (listed on the basis of ethnicity and religion) were burned. Hundreds of thousands of people were internally displaced and reduced to homelessness.

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  1. At least PM Abiy did not feed him potassium cyanide as Mengistu fed him in 1980’s. He would beat it anyway. What is this talk about he was allowed to leave his residence? Nobody can do that to him. Even the forces of all super powers combined can not do that to him. I had told you how he escaped from Mengistu’s prison. He just cast a spell on the prison guards and just walked out of prison at high noon. Even Mengistu himself can tell you about it. You just ask him. PM Abiy better throw himself on the ground and plead for forgiveness from this Field Marshal.

  2. Ittu Aba Farada A.K.A. Mitmita

    Dawud got arrested again accused of him and his associates boarding the light rail train transportation without paying the fare.

    Many said Dawud and his associates were seen running from the spies that were following them at the time they tried to enter the light rail train. He was let go from the house to find out where he goes who his contacts are. Since the spies knew Dawud knew he was being followed more police waited for Dawud & associates at the next light rail train station arrested them , taken to a house arrest again.

    It has been said more than half of the passengers of the Addis Ababa light rail train don’t pay the fares , the spies and the police only arrested Dawud and his associates, not everyone that did not pay the light rail train fares making this arrest a politically motivated action rather than a simple penality for fare evasion of the light rail train in Addis Ababa.

    አቶ ዳውድ ኢብሳ በድጋሚ በጸጥታ ኃይሎች ወደ ቤታቸው መወሰዳቸውን ግንባሩ አስታወቀ

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  3. On the related court case against the terrorist Mohammed……I read the argument Mohammed and his NINE attorneys presented to the court the other day from which I could see their strategy. Mohammed and his attorneys seemed to advance political arguments to their cause rather than legal or criminal. They wanted to drown the judges and police with extraneous propaganda arguments to divert attention from the central criminal charges. Most of the talking was done by Mohammed himself rather than his lawyers, using the propaganda tactics he perfected as an ISIS wannabee. I was afraid the police might not be as sophisticated as Mohammed’s gang. Clearly Mohammed and his lawyers were targeting to sway public opinion by diverting the focus from his criminal acts. I hope the prosecuting police have the backing of criminal lawyers and political experts to counter Mohammed’s massive propaganda machine.

    I want to repeat my previous recommendation that those harmed by Mohammed, Geleba, and their gangs should plan to revenge against the leaders, should the court fails to give judgement deserving of the widespread damage they inflicted. In particular, Mohammed and Geleba should face the public wrath as per the recommendation of the highest leader of the Ethiopian Muslims: an eye for an eye. In an interview given to ESAT TV, the leader repeated what the Muslim faith said about dealing with killers like Mohammed and Geleba by saying the Muslim faith recommended killers to be killed as remedy. I would like to see that happen to Mohammed, Geleba, and their followers.

    The experiences and tactics of Italian and Irish Mafia in the United States provide good lessons for Ethiopians in dealing with the likes of Mohammed and Geleba.


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