Concerted Efforts Needed To Save Ethiopia
Kenya’s response to the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia between the Federal government and the Tigray People’s liberation front TPLF is welcome.it is a welcome move because it is time to save the country which is now going downhill.
Last week Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta who is also holding various positions in the region and beyond appealed to the Ethiopian government and the TPLF to try and stop the fight which begun in November last year saying it was negatively affecting the Ethiopian people.
“The origins of the crisis, bitter and unacceptable as they might appear, can no longer be used as a justification for the continued suffering, killings and the extended open warfare that now engulfs the nation,”Uhuru said through a statement.
“It therefore concerns me deeply that after one year the crisis has not abated but has in fact deteriorated. The fighting has continued, the deaths have accumulated, the displacement persists and suffering and humanitarian emergency have taken root in the country,” he added.
The move came following a threat on the capital by the TPLF forces this is after they secured strategic cities of Kombolcha and Kemise which are on Ethiopian highway.
Following this Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in a social media post called on the citizens of Ethiopia to join the fight against the TPLF after the Tigray forces announced that they had seized towns on the Ethiopian highway.
“Our people should march with any weapon and resources they have to defend and bury the terrorist TPLF,” he said.
Abiy’s post was later removed by Facebook saying it violated the platforms policies against inciting and supporting violence.
The African Union which ironically has its headquarters in Addis Ababa Ethiopia needs to wake up from its slumber and arrest the current situation in Ethiopia before things go south, remember the spreading conflict is threatening to further destabilize Africa’s second most populous country. The conflict has killed thousands of people displaced millions and left thousands of people in the Tigray region facing starvation.
The implications of the Ethiopian crisis are far reaching on the African continent and especially the neighboring countries this is with regards to the question of refugees bearing in mind Kenya already hosts Refugees from Somalia and Sudan.
Following this fears Kenya the neighbor to the south last week took no chances, the government announced the immediate closure of the border with Ethiopia to ensure the tension does not spill over to the northern part of Kenya.
Kenya also added security checks and mounted additional security roadblocks to check against influx of refugees and illegal firearms.
The United Nations expects an estimated 5 million refugees to attempt to cross the border should the country fall to the rebels.
“As an immediate neighbor to some of the affected countries , Kenya maybe adversely impacted on the consequences of the events……the National police service has heightened security and vigilance along Kenya’s borders and in other critical areas,” the National Police service said in a statement.
Suspected cases of undocumented aliens and unprocessed immigrants in the country should be immediately taken to the nearest police station,” it added.
Apart from the influx of refugees in the country the Ethiopian crisis will also affect negatively the business interests of the two countries, you remember just recently Safaricom signed a deal to fully operate in Ethiopia this will definitely be impacted following the continued crisis.
On 3rd November 2021, the Ethiopian Human Rights commission And the United Nations High commissioner for Human Rights released a joint report into abuses in the first nine months of the conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region whereby they accused all sides fighting in the war of committing violations that may amount to war crimes.
The report accused all sides of carrying out gang rapes, killing civilians, torturing them and also making arrests on the basis of ethnicity.
“All parties to the Tigray conflict have committed violations of International Human Rights, Humanitarian and Refugee law. Some of these may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity,” Michelle Bachelet United Nations High commissioner for Human Rights said.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has called an East African bloc leaders meeting which is expected to take place on 16th of November in order to discuss the Ethiopian conflict this is after protesters marched to the capital Addis Ababa in support of government forces.
The meeting is being called amidst another crisis in Sudan after the country’s armed forces launched a military coup.
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BY WEMA TOYWA #WEMA’STAKE