months after winning the Nobel Peace Prize, Ethiopia’s reformist
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is accused of is interfering with internal
affairs of neighbouring countries.
November, two United Nations reports accuse Abiy of being lukewarm in
South Sudan peace process and fuelling fires of instability in
Somalia; two of the countries he has been closely involved in as the
chairman of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development.
South Sudan, where Igad midwife a revitalised peace agreement in
September last year, Abiy’s government, Uganda and Kenya were
accused of being inconsistent in ensuring the deal is implemented.
the past year, the Igad and member states neighbouring South Sudan –
specifically Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda – have not
demonstrated full and consistent engagement in the peace process,”
a UN report said.
government of Salva Kiir, in particular, has benefited from the
inconsistent approach of the region.”
which chaired Igad until last Friday, and Kenya have only given
piecemeal support, with occasional visits or bilateral meetings, the
report by the UN Panel of Experts says.
countries refute the charge, separately saying that they have in fact
borne the brunt of violence in South Sudan by hosting hundreds of
thousands of refugees and losing business.
reached out for Comment from Ethiopia Ambassador to
Comment, Meles Alem but there was no Response from his Office at
the time of publishing this.
reaffirm the allegations on November 20th
arrested Local officials in Somalia Gedo region, as if that is not
enough they bocked
Mohamud Sayyid Adan from visiting Belet-Hawo.
we write this the Ethiopian forces are deployed at Dhuusamareb Region
and they continue to harass federal state officials, these forces are
outside AMISOM frame-work in a
indication to hijack the Galmudug election. The
last year in the South West elections, where the election was rigged,
and civilians were arrested and imprisoned,” Wadajir Party said in
statement this Friday.
a letter that Diplomasia news was able to see and verify Somalia
Forum for National Party wrote a letter to Ethiopia Prime Minister
complaining of violent
internal affairs. The letter also castigate Ethiopia of helping
National government win Elections in state.
Ethiopian National Defence Forces have been repeatedly involved in
illegal activities whose outcome could at best undermine the fragile
state-building and nascent democratic processes in Somalia,” they
wrote on Friday as part of the letter content.
on the other hand, accused the UN team of passing the buck, arguing
that Kenya suffers whenever South Sudan is at war as its businesses
close and it hosts refugees.
whose president is Ahmed Madobe, said Ethiopian soldiers forced
administrators in Buala Hawa, Dolow and Luuq towns in Gedo region to
renounce their allegiance to Jubbaland.
another incident, Jubbaland Vice President Mohamud Sayyid reportedly
sought refuge in Mandera, Kenya after escaping a kidnapping attempt
by Ethiopian forces.
have played a constructive role under the auspices of Igad to bring
peace and stability in the two countries. In fact, Ethiopia hosts a
million refugees and we treat them as our citizens,” the diplomat
against Ethiopia began in Somalia last year.
UN Panel of Experts on Somalia in its 2019 report said Ethiopia had
interfered with the vote in South West where Mukhtar Rubow – a
former al-Shabaab deputy head – was barred from running.
South West residents protested, forces loyal to Rubow fought
Ethiopian soldiers, resulting in several deaths, the UN experts said.
role of the Ethiopian forces in the arrest of Rubow has the potential
to inflame anti-Ethiopian sentiment among communities in the region,
who were previously known to share information on al-Shabaab
movements with them,” the panel said.
though, Ethiopian Response to the report is it a” fabrication”.
As Somalia’s Galmudug state gears for its elections, politicians
accuse Addis Ababa of playing a role again