Ogaden rebels remnants threaten Ethiopia’s historic peace

Ogaden rebels remnants threaten Ethiopia’s historic peace

By AGGREY MUTAMBO

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (in white shirt) during a tree-planting ceremony in Hawassa on June 5. He signed a peace deal with the Ogaden National Liberation Front two years ago. PHOTO | AFP

Summary

  • A group of activists told the Nation this week that violence is being targeted at members of particular clans in the region.
  • Dheere was an ally of Omer until the latter endorsed the formation of the Prosperity Party, fronted by Abiy, to replace the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front.

(nation)—When the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) agreed to stop violence in August 2018, it looked like a turning point in Ethiopia’s history.

Its remnants are now being accused of dismantling the very structures of the deal. A group of activists told the Nation this week that violence is being targeted at members of particular clans in the region.

“The administrations of the districts of Erer and Nogobalong are encouraging armed attacks on the Dini Haji,” said Mohamud Farah, a clan elders.

UNIFY CLANS

Dini Haji is a sub-clan of Shekhaal, one of the estimated 33 Somali clans and their subsets in the region.

“It is the remnants of ONLF that are fighting President Mustafa Muhumed Omer, who has tried to unify the clans,” Farah said, referring to an incident in May in which at least 12 people died.

2 Comments

  1. It is rubbish information. Where do you get this crab. Sheikhal has never owned to any land they were living with Ogaden clan all over the land. They have decided to own land and occupied ali wanag land. Other Ogaden clan said let them live where they are for the sake of the security. Unfortunately they wanted to expand their land and attacked neighbouring city salahlay.therefore we can say there is no war between onlf and the government. It is war between Sheikhal and salahlay resident. If they stop expansion dream and live peacefully no one will attack them because they are nieces and nephew of Ogaden clan. They have been intermarrying for a centuries. They have withdrawn themselves and gathered hargeisa yarey or raaso as they rename it.

  2. Kichuu online should be carefull in selecting its news items for publication.
    I am a constant reader of your publication and on this occasion I find you are far short of the expection. ONLF is well known for its clear policy & practice of not getting involved in clan politics instigated by the occupiers.

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