Ethiopia: Horrific rumours from the frontline

There are rumours and several of reports of horrific news from the frontline of the conflict. As the Tigray Defence Force is continuing to gain territory in Amhara region. Today’s rumours and unverified reports are really tragic, if true.

As the TDF is advancing closer to Woldiya/Weldyia. There has been internal conflict within the government forces, which is really worrying.

The first report, which has been reported by several of sources is that the Commander of the 32nd Brigade who happens to be Oromo was assassinated either by the Amhara Regional Special Forces or “Fano”. While other of the same ethnicity who has conscripted to the warfare has also been executed by the same Amhara regiment. That was done because the Amhara controlled forces believed the Oromo was directly conspiring and acted in treachery with the TDF.

That is what the rumours are right now. That the Amhara is killing own allies of another ethnicity to prove a point. They are not only targeting Tigrayan and the TDF. They are also going after the Oromo who happens to participate on the same side on the front.

The second rumour, which is connected to the above mentioned massacre of own soldiers on the frontline. Is that the Amhara regiment behind the slaughter did this to confiscate the armaments from the Oromo allies.

This is really tragic and possibly new atrocities… shows what the Amhara Regional Special Forces and “Fano” can do. The other ENDF troops and others participating in the warfare should question, if they even should join the Amhara in it. When they are willing to kill and easily get rid others this quickly. People who has forced to conscript and become part of the ENDF war-effort.

I hope to God that these rumours aren’t true, but if they are… then the Amhara shows their vicious acts and spares no-one in this conflict. Nobody has value or means anything. Except for their own kind, which says a lot… when the same government in Addis Ababa always speaks of “unity” and “togetherness” but their main ally can easily “annihilate” others. Peace.

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Opinion: Another Kaveera ban….

We have been here before and its a déjà vu. The polythene bag or kaveera ban have been a thing in the past. The National Resistance Movement (NRM) and the Government of Uganda have proposed this before. They have enacted and said the ban was happening. It is nothing new …. and the 11th Parliament aren’t doing anything different than others.

The 9th Parliament did it too. It is most likely that the 10th Parliament did something too. The cabinet who did this recently is following up where the previous people left-off. The NRM and the Cabinet isn’t revolutionizing things. They are just re-issuing old policies, which the state and the authorities haven’t been able to implement.

That is the tragic here and not the final of these. During the next few months. Don’t be shocked if the Cabinet or the NRM is re-issuing other old pet-pees as well. We can soon see something we have heard before, because the government haven’t had the ability or the priority to the implement it.

It would be a possible step, but the government, the traders, importers and everyone needs a another alternative. There is a need for something else… and that’s not happening. The NRM and the ones who says it’s happening will not do anything about it.

It’s so easy to print a statement and come in bold letters. Have a cool title and be vibrant. The fresh words and be within the dogma of the climate change era. However, all of that has no value, when the logistics, the traders and everyone in the food-chain isn’t changing patterns. Nothing will ever happen and the consumer will need to pick up another kaveera at their local shop.

This is why this new edition of kaveera ban is without substance, unless they plan another alternative, which doesn’t seem plausible. Peace.

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Ethiopia: Eritrean soldiers re-enter the Tigray region

The pointers are where the Eritrean forces are reported to be currently.

There is now reports that the Eritrean Defence Force (EDF) is moving inside Western Tigray Region. They are now moving with 50 vehicles filled with soldiers. The EDF removed most of their soldiers and battalions after the “unilateral” ceasefire. They still kept some annexed land from the Tigray region. Therefore, today’s news isn’t shocking.

The EDF have been a partner in the Tripartite Alliance and the Eritrean seems to have made a war-pact with the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ali and not a “peace-agreement”. Where they are both allied to destroy and get rid of the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF). That is for the Asmara government finalizing old grudges and getting rid of an old arch-enemy of the People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ).

So, the Eritrean just went home for resting across the border in the end of June and is returning a month later. This is happening as the Tigray Defence Force (TDF) has had victories upon victories in Afar, Amhara and in other parts of Tigray. The TDF will have more than just the Amhara Para-Military Group “Fano” to combat in the Western Tigray. That seems to be welcoming redeployment for the PM from Eritrea.

The people of Tigray and the ones still remaining should be worried. As the Eritrean soldiers have ravished and destroyed the region in the recent months. They have raped, depleted and been vile inside Tigray. This is why the news of a possible return should worry anyone. That is not only making it harder for the TDF to return the territory, but the civilians in Western Tigray will be even more endangered. As this region is already hit with levels of starvation, lack of ability to get humanitarian aid and the continues siege of the region as well.

We know the conflict is far from over. The same with all of the youths who are deployed to fight the TDF across the Republic as well. This will prolong the agony and the suffering of the Republic. The EDF is clearly coming to “save the day” for Addis Ababa. What that shows is the weakness of Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF) when they need the EDF to be the “saving grace”. This shows that the “sovereignty” is worth. When you allow an alien invasion happen and does it deliberately. Peace.

Sudan: UN-African Union Mission in Darfur in final shutdown phase (28.07.2021)

The mission has so far handed over some $41 million in facilities and equipment to local authorities.

NEW YORK, United States of America, July 28, 2021 – Practically all peacekeepers and staff have now left the hybrid UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), in line with its drawdown plan, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Tuesday.

Atul Khare, Under-Secretary-General for Operational Support, updated ambassadors on progress towards the mission’s closure and final liquidation, following the end of its mandate last December after 13 years protecting civilians uprooted by conflict.

Nearly 6,000 troops and police were repatriated from the Sudanese province ahead of the drawdown deadline of 30 June, and nearly 1,200 civilian staff were separated from the mission.

Expedited timelines achieved

The UN General Assembly recently approved nearly $80 million to support final closure no later than 30 June 2022.

Mr. Khare was in Sudan earlier this month, where he met with senior officials as part of efforts to ensure progress remains on track.

“All leaders shared their satisfaction at the successful achievement of the expedited timelines and discussed ways to resolve outstanding issues related to the liquidation and wider transition implications,” he reported.

Only a 360-strong Guard Unit remains at UNAMID to protect staff working on the exit, and the remaining UN assets, though primary responsibility for security rests with the Sudanese Government.

Remaining UN assets in Darfur are being disposed of in two phases, the first of which is already underway.

‘Enormous’ inventory list

The mission has so far handed over some $41 million in facilities and equipment to local authorities, but 10 of the 14 sites reportedly have suffered “varying degrees of destruction and theft”, which Mr. Khare called a major loss for local communities.

“I note that although authorities have made commitments to investigate these incidents, various Sudanese interlocutors have nevertheless suggested that these events resulted from underlying tensions among groups locally, along with concerns, whether real or perceived, surrounding equitable access to the facilities and equipment that was handed over,” he said.

Mr. Khare pointed to the potential of properties such as the UNAMID logistics base in El Fasher. Its numerous assets include more than 1,000 self-contained housing units, a hospital facility, a power generation and distribution network, a fuel storage depot, and water storage and purification equipment.

Hundreds of vehicles and other moveable property are also being stored there.

Pure water for a million

UNAMID also currently holds enough sodium hypochlorite salt to purify roughly seven billion litres of water, sufficient to meet the drinking and cooking needs for one million people for a year.

“It is critical that the Government of Sudan makes every effort to ensure that this enormous reserve of facilities and equipment is sustainably applied to national imperatives for civilian use,” he said.

Although some $8 million in equipment has been transferred to other UN field operations, or to a peacekeeping reserve in Italy, Mr. Khare stressed that the bulk will be donated to the Sudanese authorities for civilian use.

“To this end, during my recent visit to Sudan, I implored all government interlocutors to emphasize the immediate development of a single, holistic donation plan, with input and agreement from Government interlocutors at the national and local levels,” he said.

Handover challenges

The UN intends to gradually handover the El Fasher site to the authorities, starting in November, a process that would lead to the phased reduction of the Guard Unit.

“For all this to occur in an orderly and speedy fashion, I must raise the issue of the armed movements that have stationed forces around the El Fasher compound since the beginning of June,” Mr. Khare told the Council.

“After an initial period of confusion among these groups which led to the disruption of UNAMID movements, and, in some cases, harassment of United Nations personnel and vendors, movements have for the most part proceeded as needed in the recent weeks.”

However, he said coordination and leadership among these groups is critical if the liquidation process is to proceed smoothly “for the long-term sustainable benefit of Sudan and its people.”