“The Shene group that has escaped from the stick that the security forces use is causing danger to the citizens of West Wollega. In Oromia region, people found in Qelem Wollega zone have been killed. We are saddened by the suffering that happened to our citizens, we will follow this terrorist group to the end and remove it from our people. Shane Dulla group who escaped from security forces are fleeing from Wollega Dhiya people. The last thing has been done on the citizens of Oromia region, Qellem Wollega. We will remove this terrorist group with our people till the end” (Abiy Ahmed Ali, 04.07.2022).
It is tragic and sad, but at the same time very interesting how things are moving. The Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF) and Oromia Regional Special Forces are currently operating in the final offensive against the Oromo Liberation Army/Front (OLA/OLF) which they nickname “Shane”. However, this militia had officially lost the territories of which the state claims or alleged behind the massacre there. That’s weird and seems inaccurate. Unless, the state lied about having control 3 days before…
The ENDF and allies was boosting and used the Ethiopian Government Communications Services to spread the statement of the takeover of the territories in the Oromia region. The OLF/OLA could easily have retreated and given it up. As they tend to stretch their operations and later return to combat elsewhere. Therefore, it it likely that the OLF/OLA could cease the control and give way to a far superior organization. Which is now using all their manpower and brigades to combat them. We know the state wants to end the OLF/OLA in Oromia. That’s why the Federal Government promised a “Final Offensive”.
In that regard, the BBC report on the area seems plausible:
“The government announced that the districts in western Oromia are under the control of the security forces. The woredas in Kelem Welega, West Welega, & Horo Gudru Welega Zones have come under the full control of the security forces, the government said “This was stated in a statement issued by the Minister of Government Communication Services, Legesse Tulu, on June 23, 2014 regarding the current peace and security of the country. He said the area was controlled by the Oromo Liberation Army (WBO), a joint operation by the Defense Forces, the Federal Police, the Oromia Special Forces and the militia. He also said that several members of the terrorist group, which claimed responsibility for the massacre in Tole Kebele, Gimbi Woreda, West Welega, were also killed during the operation” (BBC, 30.06.2022).
Death, massacres and mass-murders follows where-ever the National Army shows up. Isn’t that convenient to then blame the enemies of the state after the fact? Especially, when you and your government claimed victory and takeover of the territories. So, suddenly after you had full control a massacre killing civilian happened an-mass. It is tragic that these sorts of acts get pinned on others.
Its not shocking that the Federal Government, the leaders of Addis Ababa would do this or any sort of thing. They are currently busy blaming the victims elsewhere too. As everyone is terrorists and enemies of the state. That’s why the state is doing whatever it can to vilify the Tigrayan people and the region. As it is facing starvation, famine and genocide, which has been state sponsored too. So, when a government can do that. It can easily sponsor a massacre elsewhere too.
I am very doubtful of the honest and truth in the words of Abiy. Who comes with claims of the OLA/OLF days after the government security forces took control of the area. The massacre wasn’t found with mass-graves from when the Oromo militia had held control. No, the massacre happened while the state had taken over control. Which makes it possible that the state is behind it and with their security forces. Because, why shouldn’t they? They did takeover the area and the territories?
That’s why there is a lie here and I believe Abiy is lying. Because, his a liar and a man who tends to speak plenty of untruths. His not the sort of fella that is trustworthy or genuine. No, he lies for his own benefit and comes with harsh warning against his enemies. His a proper warlord that way and his proud of it too. That’s why he wears fatigues and is proud of being a man of the army.
This is why I have a gut feeling. Sensing the armed forces of the state has sanctioned and sponsored the massacre. They have the option and the will to do so. Because, there wasn’t a massacre and a bloodshed before the state’s own armed forces took over. Peace.