The remaining people believed to be missing following conflicting reports of the killing of 14 members of Karrayyu Gadaa’s leadership were found in a detention center in Mojo, it is said. The Secretary of the Abba Gadaa and Abba Gadaa of the Tulama Union, Gobana Hola, confirmed to Addis Standard that the remaining members of the Karrayyu Gadaa leadership are detained in Mojo and one of them has died. Residents of Fentale Woreda spoke of high tension as crackdown on the community escalated in the days following the murders and kidnapping of the Gadaa leadership.
In Addis Standard ‘ Karra , where a prayer ceremony, < em> Waaq Kadhaa , took place on Wednesday, December 1st, 2021. The Oromia regional government denied the allegations, blaming Shanee (a term used by government officials to refer to the Oromo Liberation Army, OLA). For its part, the OLA issued a statement attributing the attacks to government forces.
Gada Hawas Boru, brother of the late Karrayyu Abaa Gadaa Kedir Hawas Boru, expressed dismay at the attack the leaders out. He alleged that the Karrayyu community, including Abba Gadaas, had been harassed by government agencies, whom he did not name, for allegedly supporting armed rebels and failing to mobilize support for the government. Gada speculates that the attack was a reprisal by government forces in response to an earlier incident in Haro Kersa Kebele, in which a police-community stalemate resulted in injuries to members of the government security forces. “Pointing your finger after killing so many people is a failure in politics and can be punished before God,” he said.
Abba Gadaa Gobana, who opposed Addis Standard said the union was closely monitoring the killing of Karrayyu Abba Gadaas, announcing that the remaining leaders are under the care of government forces. “We strongly condemn the murder of Karrayyu Abba Gadaas. The leaders were attacked in a holy place of worship. Abba Gaddas delivers God’s message, “he continued.” We reject the government’s report on the murders. We demand a clear investigation. ”
He also recalled a meeting of the Abba Gadaa union in Adama with officials from the Oromia Regional Government, including the Deputy President of the Oromia Regional State, Awelu Abdo, and officials from the Oromia Wo Tourist Office the union condemned the killing of Karrayyu Abba Gadaas. “Conflicting reports are emerging that are preventing the union from identifying the perpetrators while various parties are blaming the party,” he said.
Roba, who wanted to use his first name for fear of reprisals , put the number of detainees at 23, including one who was beaten to death on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. Jilo Borayu Hawas’ body was found two days later by a group of elders who went to Mojo after receiving advice that the missing leaders were being held there, Roba said. While explaining the condition of the detained leaders, he said, “They were badly beaten and seriously injured while being interrogated to discover the whereabouts of OLA members.”
He also spoke Roba on the dire situation the Karrayyu community is in. He said that since the Abba Gadaa’s assassination on December 1, freedom of movement had been restricted, market activities had ceased, and the pastoral community had been prevented from traveling in search of water and forage. “People have been harassed and detained indiscriminately. Anyone sighted in urban areas looking for medical care or buying goods will be beaten and sent to prison. “Describing the detention conditions with 200 people, including women and the elderly, Roba said,” It is impossible to get the inmates visit or bring them food. Many people don’t know if their loved ones are dead or alive. “
When asked if the OLA is active in these areas, Roba said,” The government claims that the OLA operates in these areas even though we haven’t seen the evidence. ”Gada shares similar views and insists that claims of operations by armed groups in the harsh arid region are implausible. “The Karrayyu community is not on the side of the government or the OLA,” said Gada, adding, “The murder of Abba Gadaas is similar to that of Hachalu Hundessa.”
Roba explained that the group of elders was promised by elements of the Oromia regional government that the detained leaders would be released on Thursday, December 16 at the zone level. Roba confirmed the statement of the Abba Gadaa union chairman: “Regional officials, including Oromia Deputy President Awelu Abdo, intervened and communicated with the elderly to facilitate reconciliation between the community and themselves.”
Roba concluded his testimony with the need to withdraw government troops deployed in woreda in search of OLA combatants. “An entire community cannot be called ‘Shanee’. Stepping up crackdown on innocent civilians will only widen the gap between the government and the community, “he said.
Oromia Region Deputy President Awelu Abdo denied any Talks with the elders of Karrayyu and referred the matter to the Oromia Police Commission. The Oromia Police Commissioner, Commissioner Ararsa Merdasa, declined to comment unless contacted personally.
Contrary to his previous statements to Addis Standard , the administrator of Ababu Waqo, east Showa Zone, said he had no information about the detained leaders. In an earlier interview, Ababu pointed out that government forces were helping the community find its abducted members. When asked about the detainees in Mojo, he replied: “There were no missing persons at all, I have no information about them.”
Addis Standard has contacted another Residents of Fentale Woreda turned to confirm the promised release of the leaders on Thursday. The resident, who chose to remain anonymous for security reasons, said, “The elders are still waiting for the detained leaders to be released.” The resident put 23 detainees, including Jilo Borayu Hawas, who died in prison. He said they are being held in an informal detention center at the Oromia Special Forces training camp. He added that the group of elders witnessed the serious injuries suffered by the inmates from physical assault.
Imad Tune of the Ethiopian Commission on Human Rights (EHRC) told Addis Standard that the commission was remotely collecting information about the incident, including the detention of people. Imad said the commission was preparing to send a team to gather facts on the ground. He admitted that the conflicting reports made it difficult for the commission to publish a report.
Addis Standard s repeated attempts to speak to the head of Oromia Regional communications office, Hailu Adunga, the administrator of Fentale Woreda in the East Showa Zone, Kelil Geda and the commander of the Oromia Special Forces, Commissioner Dechasa Bitima, were unsuccessful.