Ethiopia: At least 19 innocent civilians killed in Wollega in the last two days

Some parts of the Oromo region of Ethiopia continue to be a place where radical Oromo Nationalist Group massacre innocent citizens

 

borkena
December 16, 2020

The Oromo regional state confirmed on Wednesday that at least 19  innocent civilians were killed in the Wollega zone of Oromo regional state of Ethiopia.  Most of the victims, as has always been the case in the past two years, are ethnic Amhara.

DW Amharic Service quoted the region’s communication office head, Getachew Balcha, to report that 13 of the victims are ethnic Amhara.  He made a claim there were killings of six other civilians and the victims are ethnic Oromos in west Wollega, Nedjo district. 

The massacre happened on Tuesday night this week  in the umugu district of Horo Guduru zone.  Military wing of Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) is said to be behind the massacre, according to the regional government. 

Furthermore, Mr. Getachew claimed that the regional government took actions against 782 OLF guerrilla fighters.  As was with other previous assertions, the region’s government says that OLF forces who perpetrated the attack were trained by Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) 

According to a report by DW Amharic, 808 individuals who work in the region’s government structure including in the security sector are removed from position and brought to justice. Several similar actions are said to have been taken against government officials who are providing support to the militant Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) but the government structure does not seem to be devoid of OLF collaborators. 

The Federal government of Ethiopia has not yet remarked about the latest incident in Oromo region.

When radical ethnic Oromo nationalists forces organized an extensive and open massacre and destruction of property in several cities in the region including Shashemene, Batu and Ziway — among others — with the pretext of protesting the death of Hachalu Hundessa in July 2020, senior government officials including mayors and top security officials provided direct or indirect support the attack. 

The regional  government made claims that it has arrested all those government officials who were involved, and vowed to clean government structure. 

Early last month, there was another savage massacre of at least 60 ethnic Amharas in Guliso district of Oromo regional state. OLF forces called ethnic Amhara residents in the village for a meeting in a school ground, surrounded and massacred them in unsuspecting circumstances. Again, there were government officials who were believed to have facilitated the massacre directly or indirectly. The regional government disclosed in a statement – which has become more like Oromo regional State government ritual in the aftermath of a massacre – saying that it will clean the structure, and “ensure peace and security in the region.” 

Today, it was announced that it had made hundreds of arrests. However, that does not seem to be a guarantee that another massacre will not happen. Over 4000 suspects were arrested after the July 2020 incident that claimed hundreds of lives (mostly ethnic Amhara) and property damages worth billions of  birr. It’s still happening. 

Yet, the Oromo regional state,  like always, makes claims of capability to ensure peace and security in the region, and protect citizens.



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One Response to "Ethiopia: At least 19 innocent civilians killed in Wollega in the last two days"

  1. SADLY 'Qayelism/Cainism' is RULUNG ETHIOPIA   December 17, 2020 at 3:19 am

    Ethiopia’s Federal government’s Budget cut against Tigray State = State of Tigray betrayed by the Federal government of Ethiopia.

    Can not farm on a stone covered land!!

    Tigray is highly depending in the budget the federal sends to Tigray for survival unlike the other states in Ethiopia who got ample fertile arable lands to survive on even if the federal cuts the budget . Many states can survive without the budget being sent from the federal government of Ethiopia but Tigray can not survive without this budget. It is impossible to develop farm on a stone covered land.

    When the Federal Government of Ethiopia cut the budget of the Tigray regional state it was clear for most that war was about to start, Prosperity Party’s politicians knew very well war was about to start right when they cut Tigray’s regional budget because in any country if a Federal government cuts the budget of a State or Region within that country it is clear that the State or the Region will very likely declare war against the Federal government. Abiy Ahmed provoked TPLFront when he cut Tigray’s budget , he also let his Northern Command military stay behind enemy lines .

    In any country if a Federal government suddenly cut a budget of a state or a region it is “an act of war”. In times of locust invasions , pandemic , election disputes , constitutional legitimacy disputes , border disputes and so on it is clear the Tigray State needs it’s budget dearly , so cutting a desperately needed budget of the fragile state of Tigray in these times of desperation left no choice but for the TPLFront to wage a war, Abiy Ahmed failed to implement a contingency plan to.protect both civilians and his military which were in Tigray when he cut Tigray’s budget.

    In Ethiopia’s unique case the Federal government of Ethiopia gets 50 to 60 percent of it’s budget from foreign aid so imagine how TPLF felt when the aid that was sent to Tigray got stolen by Prosperity Party. TPLF saw this recent budget cut Tigray suffered by the decision of the Federal government as if the Federal government was stealing foreign aid sent to Tigray from foreign donor nations, because fifty to sixty of Ethiopia’s government’s budget comes from foreign aid.

    Abiy Ahmed’s administration might not have expected the degree of the gruesomeness of the attacks but Abiy Ahmed very well expected attacks same as the foreign aid giving nations knew it was a matter of time before Ethiopians start a war against each other fighting over the aid or the budget the foreign aid donors send to Ethiopia’s which gets distributed unevenly . Continuing to send aid for decades while knowing only one segment gets the aid is instigating conflicts amongst Ethiopians. Conflicts and wars amongst Ethiopians is what enemies of Ethiopia wanted that was why they continued sending aid knowing the “intended” aid recipients will not get the aid because the aid will end up getting stolen by Ethiopia’s Federal government affiliated people year after year constantly for decades until now. That is why diasporas remittance and GERD bond type of investments or EDTF Diasporas trust fund need to be careful to ensure the money sent is distributed safely otherwise we should know nepotism and favoritism leads to conflicts and wars. If the Ethiopian federal government does not quickly reinstate Tigray with it’s budget fully then for sure Tigray will go in flames because a major civil war will erupt , but if the federal gives the budget to Tigray the people of Tigray will exercise restraint.

    SADLY ‘Qayelism/Cainism’ is RULUNG ETHIOPIA!!

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