Ethiopia: Stern warning to OLF to lay down arms or else

Addis Ababa, October 12, 2018 (GMN) - Ethiopian State Minister at government Communication Affairs official, Mr.  Kassahun Gofe issued a stern warning against the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) ordering to disarm its soldiers voluntarily.

Government admonished the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) to disarm its forces, Government Communications Affairs Office announced.

At a press conference, he held with journalists yesterday, Office State Minister Kassahun Goffe said that ensuring rule of law; sustaining peace and stability are timely and central. In this regard, the government, to maintain the peace and security of its individual citizens as well as to make sure that the constitution is respected, urges the Front to disarm its forces. However, if the Front fails to do so, the government will be obliged to take bold moves and disarm the troops, he warned.

“In the current political scenario, double standard strategy peaceful and violent cannot be a means to win the hearts of the people. Thus, contending political parties should use the peaceful struggle as the only weapon.”

As to him, any political parties including EPRDF do not have any militaries except the country’s Defense forces that are in charge of ensuring a country’s peace and security. Underscoring that being militarized is prohibited to all parties; the State Minister said that OLF should also be governed by a country’s constitution.

As it is stated in the constitution, holding political power is possible only through a peaceful and democratic process (election). The government also encourages peaceful, democratic struggle in the country. Other options, however, are unacceptable and at the same time against the constitution, Kassahun stressed.

Mr. Kassahun Gofe said Ethiopia wouldn’t have two governments at the same time and Ethiopia couldn’t afford to go back to civil war. He added the OLF leadership should think twice about their decision and demobilize their fighters by themselves. Kassahun also mentioned about 1300 OLF fighters are under the government taking some training.(State Media)