NEWS: LEMMA MEGERSSA SUPPORTS OLF-SG, GOVERNMENT PEACE DEAL; PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY TO BRING REBELS, COMMITTEE SAYS

NEWS: LEMMA MEGERSSA SUPPORTS OLF-SG, GOVERNMENT PEACE DEAL; PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY TO BRING REBELS, COMMITTEE SAYS

Yared Tsegaye

Addis Abeba, January 29/2019 –  Freshly back from “a medical trip abroad”, Lemma Megerssa, president of Oromia regional state, expressed his support to the recent peace deal signed between the government and the rebel group OLF-SG, according to the committee formed to oversee the peace dea

Gov OLF SG peace committe presser

Speaking to local journalists late this afternoon, Jawar Mohammed, OMN executive director, and Bekele Gerba, Secretary General of the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), said committee members have met and held discussions with Lemma today and that he expressed his support and intent to work towards the realizations of the peace agreement.

Talks have also continued both with federal and Oromia regional state authorities as well as leaders of the OLF-SG on implementing the peace deal, signed on January 24 in Ambo city, within the given time frame of the 20 days. Some of the talks were successful, some were not, but the committee will continue pushing for the peace deal to hold, Bekele said.

According to Bekele, the committee has also finalized preparations of selecting eight locations where the members of the rebel group will be welcomed before they are sent to various camps for trainings and reintegration, as was stipulated in the peace agreement. “A date has also been decided when they will get into camps.”

Asked by journalists about complaints from OLF-SG about continued arrests of its members, Bekele said that although complaints are coming from both sides, the extent has lessened significantly and the committee, which comprises of members of the Abba Gada council, is working on solving the remaining problems including asking both parties to work to that end.

According to the agreement both parties have agreed for an immediate ceasefire as of the day the agreement was signed (January 24). It included that the ceasefire was to be followed by demobilization and encampment of OLF-SG’s armed members within 20 days following which OLA members will undergo reintegration training programs. AS


Why is the negativity of this guy on Oromo cause?? He is one of the Gobanas!! very sad.

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  1. Coercion or peace
    By Kibret Sigstam

    Ethiopia’s recent leaders Meles and now Abiy had already reneged all past peace accords they signed with Oromos and this one is not exception, specially when this one is signed when all OLF leaders
    except Abbo Dawud and his deputy are all incarcerated in Ethiopian dungeons and military facilities through out the country.

    Abbo Jawar and Abbo Bekele’s press conference would be a good political comedy like BBC’s “men from the ministry” if this one does not involve the lives of our Oromo youths. It’s mind boggling how these two individuals contemplate to enforce a decision of putting the Oromo youths into Ethiopia’s concentration camps before Ethiopia even releases OLF activists and suspected OLf supporters it imprisoned recently.

    Shouldn’t releasing those Oromo political prisoners the first thing the “so called democratic path Abiy’s ethiopia pursue” do? Just to reassure Ethiopia’s subjects that Abiy is different than Mengistu and Meles are. Otherwise, to Oromos and Somalis, he is another military dictator (or fascist) who is worse than both Mengistu and Meles are. It might also be that Abiy’s forgivness and reforms are meant to Ethiopian citizens Tigrees and Amaras, not to its Oromo and Somalis subjects.

    What rule of law are Jawar and Bekele are talking about? Are we suppose to respect colonial rule of law?

    Watching the jubilation of Ethiopian teachers when Abiy told them that he is on the verge of becoming a dictator, I wish these Ethiopians the most despotic leader they wished for in Gonder and Mekele. It by no means is to demean Abiy’s capabilities to be the worst fascist of them all. We Oromos have witnessed his air-force’s indiscriminate bombing of Welega. We better keep fighting fascist- Ethiopia to the death than surrender and die miserably in one of Ethiopia’s concentration camps. Abiy is just another untrust worthy Ethiopian leader who reneged the peace accord he signed with OLF leaders in Eritrea. Why would any Oromo trust what he says again?

    When the OLF leader suggested handing over his responsibilities regarding OLA to the elders the elders should have asked ODP and Abiy do the same – that is handing the responsibilities to all military and security operations in Oromia currently run by Ethiopia to them, the elders. And that any military operations in Oromia would be run by the elders until the next election. Abiy and Lema’s mandate has expired some times ago. They cannot pretend to be elected officials any longer.

    I nominate Ethiopians for the most prestigious award in hypocrisy. They accuse Italy for bombing them with teargas during the second world war. Now some eighty years latter they are dropping cluster-bombs on Oromos in Welega and Somalis in Ogaden. Italian colonialism brought some sort of modernization to Ethiopia. Italians build schools and impressive roads. By contrast Ethiopian colonialism brought poverty, illiteracy, underdevelopment and displacement to Oromos, Somalis and other subjects alike.

    For the betterment of Oromia, fight Abiy’s fascist Ethiopia and make Oromia ungovernable by fascists.

    Victory for Oromia!!!
    Boycott everything Ethiopian!

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