Security in SNNP Regional State Placed under Federal Army Command Post

Security in SNNP Regional State Placed under Federal Army Command Post

A screen garb from a news broadcast on Sunday July 21 by the South Radio and Television Agency shows Federal Army members patrolling Aleta Wendo town, one of the most affected towns in Sidama zone.

Addis Abeba, July 23/2019 (Addis Standard)  In an evening bulletin broadcast yesterday, the South Radio and Television Agency, the regional broadcaster of the Southern nations, Nationalities and People’s Regional State (SNNPRS) said the work of security in the entire regional state has been placed under a federal command post.

The broadcaster said a decision by the National Security Council to place the region under temporary command post of the federal army came after the regional state requested the federal government for intervention. Accordingly, all zones, woredas and kebeles in SNNP regional state were placed under the federal army’s command post as of yesterday July 22, the broadcaster said.

The statement hasn’t been released by the federal government as yet, but the broadcaster said in its breaking news last night that the command post will temporarily take over the security from the regional administration to “ensure peace and security, make ways for a stable regional leadership, help answer the people’s demands peacefully and according to the law, and endure the rule of law in all areas of the regional state.”

The statement blamed “forces” who were “imposing their own wills” and sabotaged people’s legitimate demand, emotionally misled the people and caused “deaths, destruction, looting and displacement,” which in tern led to paralysis within the regular security apparatus of the regional state.

The decision came in the wake of a crisis that claimed the lives of dozens, displaced nearly 500 civilians and caused a substantial property damage following the July 18 deadline of a unilateral declaration of the Sidama statehood by members of the Sidama community and activists.

Official figures of causalities are not available yet, but leaders of the Sidama Freedom Movement (SFM), an opposition party, claim up to 60 people are killed so far.

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  1. Until the investigation of lawlessness would be finalized, I suspect the federal response to the regional request will be postponed.

  2. its not Ethiopian army,its just the Amahara regional state liyu Haikle,uppon arrival they killed Sidama ethnic groupo with out any apparent reason,.Thn the ABN amahara hard liners begun destroying properties belonged to Siadama ethnic group and burning down houses and killing non Amaharas including oromo ,wa;ayita and kafa people,ABN is armed to the teeth,goes aroud side by side with so called army and asking where about Sidama ethnic group,even 6-8 yrears of girls are raped and killed.
    its the retyurn of ahara Minilik genocide system persued by iranu Nega and E_zema opdo adp rulling coalition..
    The struggle by Siadama and Oromo brought down tplf hegemony but replaced by genocide system only Amaharas live and others must be wiped out. as the Abiyu’s security adivissor Nuguse said we know only Amahara we know as Ethiopian .Which means others about 100 millions are not.

  3. Ethiopia is a country of a leader said we Amhara created Ethiopia and we must be given special status above all.
    Als a security advissor to Abiyu Mr Nuguse said Amahara means Ethiopia,we know only Amharas as Ethiopians,This was on occasions the Amahara liyu Haili Crossed in to Banishangukl Gumuz and killed more than 350 including babies and non of those killers were arrested because they are Amaharas and the Banishangul -Gumuz not and not even considered as human beings or as Ethiopians.
    Abiyu of opdo is just a puppet,has no power and everything from tplf hands went into Amahara hegemony nothing else..Chaes and killing will continue,as we have seen one of Amhara general Asaminew Tsege killed his fellow Amharas and top military generals to declare himself King Minilk the 3rd,its sad we live in the era of the return of Amhara geniocide system as in the pasts.

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