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 Illegal Activities of Sidama Extremists in Awassa and What Must be Done to Ensure a Lasting Peace and Security in the City  – Zehabesha – Latest Ethiopian News Provider

 Illegal Activities of Sidama Extremists in Awassa and What Must be Done to Ensure a Lasting Peace and Security in the City  - Zehabesha - Latest Ethiopian News Provider

By Damo Gotamo

Ejjeettos and their financiers are in huge hassle. They are operating for their lives. Many are behind bars, and people who escaped prisoner are being chased down by the brave women and men in uniform. A number of the criminals who have been caught, confessed, in-front of Judges, that they’re mentally deranged and didn’t know they have been concerned in felony actions. Others gave their lives to Jesus Christ and finding comfort in religion, behind prison partitions.

The hegemony of Sidama extremists in Awassa and their crimes towards its residents look like ending. With the institution of a Command Publish, individuals within the metropolis are enjoying newly found freedom and empowerment. Residents who’ve been abused, harassed, and displaced for decades by the hands of Sidama ethnic lords are filled with optimism concerning the future. It’s troublesome to record and describe every crime the Sidama ethnic entrepreneurs dedicated in Awassa through the years in such a quick piece.

Unlawful actions described under symbolize solely the information of the iceberg when it comes to the crimes the Sidama extremists dedicated in Awassa and the cities in Sidama zones.

Through the 2018 Fiche Chamebelala Holiday celebration, the Sidama extremists burned individuals alive and displaced hundreds from their houses in Awassa. Most of the perpetrators of last yr’s crimes weren’t delivered to justice. They have been left free to roam the streets of the town to commit more crimes. As an alternative of serving time behind bars, the criminals have been rewarded with employment and promotion alternatives within the city. Emboldened by the indifference of the PM, the Sidama extremists resorted into committing brazen crimes and lowered Awassa to a dangerous place to stay and do business.

On several events last yr, the extremists pressured government and private establishments to shut their doorways on any day they needed. The closures affected the government’s capacity to offer providers to individuals and curtailed its capacity to perform essential features reminiscent of accumulating revenues. Personal establishments like banks, inns, and different businesses closed their doorways incessantly causing them to lose hundreds of thousands of Birr. Factories within the Industrial Park had to cease their operations for months as a result of continued lawlessness in the metropolis. Faculties couldn’t train repeatedly, hindering the tutorial progress of their college students.

Final yr, the Ejjeettos simply entered a supposedly secured government building and interrupted the assembly of a central committee of the SEPDM (Southern Ethiopian Individuals’s Democratic Movement) and beat lots of its members. Within the incident, an official sustained critical damage, and he required hospitalization.

It was a long time because the extremists turned a football stadium in Awassa to a political area for selling their slender ethnic agenda. Every week, Sidama extremists would send the Ejjeettos to the stadium( Ejjeettos by no means paid entrance charge) to harass and assault the non-Sidamas who have been in attendance to observe football matches. The Ejjeettos incessantly assaulted fans in the stadium, while the members of the police seemed disinterested on the sidelines. In one occasion, they even attacked off obligation members of the army, who have been in attendance to observe a football match. Match days turned favourite occasions for Ejjeettos to taunt non-Sidamas and rob the properties of the people who labored and lived near the stadium.

Sidama ethnic entrepreneurs have been also engaged in extorting and abusing business house owners in Awassa. Several occasions final yr, the Ejjeettos demanded businesses within the metropolis to provide money for his or her trigger. They delivered stamped letters to the house owners, asking a number of hundred Birr from them. If an proprietor hesitated to pay, the Ejjeettos would threaten him with closing his business.

The criminals have been extorting up to thirty thousand Birr from a single businessman. This is on the top of the money they illegally take from individuals every year in the pretext of celebrating Fiche Chambelala vacation. A couple of months in the past, Million Mathewos, the president of SPNNR, gathered enterprise men within the city and urged them to contribute cash for “ Sidama trigger.”

In Awassa, Ejjeettos have been above the regulation. They have been free to commit any crime without due regard for the regulation. Fore example, they might order anything in any restaurant and depart without paying. If they have been requested to pay their payments, they might say “We are Ejjeettos.”The incompetent police of the town would do nothing to stop the crimes of Ejjjeettos. As an alternative, it will encourage them to do anything (loots have been shared with the police) and summon Ejjeetto’s help when it needed to harass the non-Sidamas within the metropolis.

Ejjeettos might pressure academics to take exams for their college students. In this yr’s ESLC exam, many students from faculties in Sidama zone are expected to cross as a result of the Ejjeettos ordered academics to work on scholar exams. Similarly, because of the

orders of the thugs, in this yr’s COC (Middle of Competency) exam in Awassa, every scholar who was registered to take the exam acquired a passing grade.

After regularly putting every part within the city beneath grips, the Sidama extremists worked exhausting to make Awassa solely a Sidama only city. In the process, they openly and systematically dedicated many crimes towards the individuals of the town.

Utilizing their positions in Awassa, the Sidama ethnic entrepreneurs tried to alter the demographic of the town. They introduced many Sidamas from the country and settled them in Awassa. They issued IDs illegally to people who don’t stay within the metropolis and to those that didn’t have fastened addresses. Hundreds of ID’s have been issued utilizing cast stamps.

In Awassa, where ethnic Sidama account for less than 5 % of the town’s population, they occupy ninety-nine % of the paperwork. After the Command Submit was in place, virtually all the government workplaces within the metropolis remained empty (individuals undeservingly occupying the paperwork are afraid to to go work), proving beyond any doubt that one ethnic group has dominated the government paperwork within the multiethnic city of Awassa. Another example which exhibits the Sidama domination of the federal paperwork is when Sidama Coffee football workforce performed matches on weekdays in Awassa . On match days, workplaces remained empty, severely affecting the features of government.

Schooling is among the sectors in Awassa that’s riddled with rampant corruption and nepotism. In addition to having breathtaking landscapes and a river, Awassa can also be a place that harbors hundreds of quacks masquerading as educated individuals. The town hosts greater than four thousand suspected quacks with cast diplomas and degrees who hail from one ethnic group.

It is an open secret to individuals in Awassa that, to satisfy his yearning for helping individuals from his ethnic background, the President of Awassa College hires unqualified individuals with no credentials underneath their names.

Most of those people who maintain key government positions in Awassa don’t have anything to point out about their expertise and skills except cast certificates. These are the identical people who are behind each criminality in the city, including organizing and main behind the scenes, the unemployed youth, the legal Ejjeettos.

As a part of making Awassa a Sidama solely metropolis, the long time residents have been uprooted from all corners of the town. Their houses got to the individuals from a single ethnic group.

Those that occupied authorities homes illegally turned them into their own personal houses, no one questioning them for their actions. Individuals who worked within the metropolis’s municipal office cooperated with the criminals by putting stamps and their signatures on illegal paperwork.

Beneath the guise of funding, many acres of land in key places in Awassa was distributed to individuals of Sidama background. One of many ‘buyers’ is a person by the identify of Zelalem W/Michael. He is a recognized financier of the Ejjeetto and its legal actions in the city. Ten years in the past, Zelalem was a government worker with a monthly revenue of three thousand Birr. Because of his ethnic background, at present he is a billionaire and the richest man in Awassa. He acquired land illegally in a number of key places within the city. Among the properties given to Zelalem have been the previous location of the DMC near Monopol and an enormous area around the lake Awassa the place many non-ethnic Sidama communities used to stay.

Zelelem additionally acquired many government contracts and not using a bid forcing other enterprise men in the city to go some other place.

Other properties in the city have been also taken from the authorized house owners and handed to organizations that bear Sidama names. For instance, the Sidama Improvement Affiliation, one of the corrupt establishments run by Sidama ethnic entrepreneurs, took Amaroa Gedele and its fishing association from the previous house owners. It, then, renamed it as Gudemela and made it a favorite spot for hatching crimes towards individuals in Awassa.

Likewise, the Sidama Bahel Aderash (previously Film Guess), which was built by money contributed from Ethiopians and Eritreans is illegally taken and converted for the unique use of the Sidama ethnic group. It also turned another favorite meeting place for Sidama extremists to fan hatred towards individuals within the city.

One of the techniques the extremists used to displace individuals from a specific place was setting the place on hearth. A couple of months ago, a market near the Revolution Square was destroyed, and a few days later it was given to individuals of Sidama background. The displaced shop house owners and their families have been left in the dead of night, struggling to outlive.

Ever since they utterly besieged Awassa, the Sidama ethnic lords have been busy altering the original names of the locations within the metropolis. Many former names have been deliberately replaced by new and Sidama sounding names, including the identify of the town, Awassa. Names like Amora Gedel, Arab Sefer, Wukro Sefer, and Harer Sefer have been replaced with Gudemele, Adare, Daka, and Telte.

The frequency of the crimes in Awassa increased since PM Abiy got here to energy. The extremists stepped up their crime utilizing the service of gullible Sidama youths. The Ejjeettos turned an ideal tools to promote the political agenda of the Sidama extremists and unleash a collection of felony activities in Awassa, making the town nearly unlivable. Unable to defend themselves towards organized thugs, many people left the town and people who selected to stay, lived in fixed worry. People who lived in some sections of the town stayed away from their houses for worry of being attacked by gangs who operated in those areas.

Fearful concerning the ongoing lawlessness in the city, I wrote a number of articles up to now yr concerning the state of affairs in Awassa. Within the piece I wrote on January 31st, 2019, titled “Is the Sidama Ejjeetto Peaceable?”, I said in detail the the reason why the group was created and its felony activities in Awassa. I warned that until Ejjeettos actions have been nipped within the bud, many people would find yourself dropping their lives. Citing the risks of the Sidama extremists to the peace and safety of the nation, I urged the federal government to take swift motion towards Ejjeetto and its financiers. Nevertheless, my pleas and those of the town’s residents did not get the attention of the government.

The utter silence of PM Abiy baffled the residents of Awassa and other residents in the country when Sidama ethnic entrepreneurs utterly besieged the town. Beneath Abiy’s watchful eyes, the seat of the SPNNR and a key vacationer and industrial hub in the country become a lawless metropolis. Many people questioned the PM’s resolve and his government’s means to revive regulation and order in the metropolis. Abiy turned the other means when organized ethnic thugs destroyed the financial system of the second largest city within the country; he seemed disinterested when the extremists harassed individuals and committed critical crimes including financial sabotage in a span of a yr.

PM Abiy was very late in punishing the Sidama extremists. No government on the earth would have tolerated the lawlessness in Awassa for a day, let alone for a yr. The Sidama ethnic entrepreneurs acted like a spoiled baby, largely because of the PM’s reluctance to take agency action soon after they started appearing erratically. Many individuals suspect that the ethnic lords mistook PM Abiy for Jawar Mohammed, their godfather.

The government was additionally late in establishing a Command Submit in Awassa and in the cities in Sidama zone. Our troops ought to have been positioned when the criminals began bragging brazenly about declaring their very own Kelil or no less than ten days earlier than the notorious 11-11-11. It might have saved the lives of many harmless individuals and destruction of properties. Why Abiy’s authorities is notoriously sluggish to behave in an impending danger stays an enigma to many individuals.

Sidama ethnic entrepreneurs who have been hibernating through the twenty-seven years of the TPLF rule took the government’s reluctance as an indication of weak spot. They freely challenged its authority and bragged about declaring their very own Kelil illegally. Members of Ejjeetto brazenly stated they might uproot individuals and applicable their properties. The extremists hyped many young individuals into believing that manna would rain when Sidama declares its statehood. When nothing occurred, the Ejjeetto criminals became what they do greatest, killing individuals and looting properties.

When Ejjeettos tried to set hearth on Awassa, the federal government acted decisively. The PM stayed true to his words, and in at some point, the criminals, who triggered a lot distress to individuals in Awassa, have been rounded up and thrown into jail.

To say the army and the federal police have saved Awassa and its residents from a catastrophe of epic proportion is an understatement. The forces intervened and dispersed the thugs once they have been gathering to march to the center of the town.

After assembly recurrently at Amora Gedel, the Sidama extremists, sponsored by SLM (Sidama Liberation Motion), hatched two sinister plans. On the end of their meeting, they determined to burn Awassa and kill the president of the SPNNR and different officials they thought conspired towards their curiosity.

The extremists chosen key businesses in Awassa to set hearth on them. Their targets included Pinna, Central, and Ker-Awud motels. By blazing these properties, the terrorists hoped to strike worry into the hearts of the residents. Their plan was to expel as many individuals as they might out of the town and divide the spoils of their work afterward.

Ethnic entrepreneurs promised Ejjeettos who lived in Atote, a enterprise district in the city, a thousand Birr for every house they might burn. Somewhat chook advised me that Tariku Lemma, the chief of the terrorist group, personally promised the Ejjeettos to pay the money.

A yr ago, on the instruction of a Sidama businessman, the Ejjeettos razed to the ground an enormous market in Awassa, which served the non-Sidama residents of the town. Using their expertise in arson, they concocted a much bigger crime in Awassa, but this time, their plan failed miserably.

The plan to kill selected authorities officers at Gedemela additionally failed. The prime targets have been the president of SNNPR and chairman of the Sidama zone. New leaders have been elected and able to substitute them. But, their schemes have been aborted when the army interfered and disbursed the thugs. I acquired reliable info from my supply that the officials who have been targeted for assassination acquired word that they might be attacked and decided to not attend the assembly.

Individuals in Sidama zone cities weren’t as fortunate as these in Awassa. Ejjeettos killed non-Sidamas and destroyed properties in Wondo Genet, Aleta Wondo, Yirgalem, and Hagre Selam. Innocent individuals who lived in these areas for generations have been crushed to dying by thugs who don’t worth human life.

One of many crimes in Aleta Wondo profoundly touched many people in Awassa.The Ejjeettos killed two brothers within the metropolis and burned their enterprise. After receiving the information of his brothers homicide, one other brother who lived in Dilla committed suicide.

So far, multiple thousand suspected criminals and the ringleaders have been rounded up and thrown into jail. The arduous core criminals have been immediately shipped to Showa Robit Jail to face the music for their yr long crimes in Awassa. They will be free to declare their Kelil inside the prison walls. The only excellent news for them is Jawar Mohammed is a number of kilometers away from the prison. He gained’t have any issues arriving on time to attend the ceremony and bless them if he doesn’t have a prior association to spew his venom.

Many criminals are stored in the identical place where final yr’s victims of genocide in Awassa have been sheltered. Again then, the Ejjeetto criminals didn’t understand that in the future, they might swap locations with their victims.

Final yr, each resident within the metropolis rushed to help the victims of Ejjeetto’s crimes. Nevertheless, when it was the Ejjeettos flip to get locked up in the identical place, no one cared to pay them a go to. Even those government officers, who have been aiding and abetting them to commit crimes, utterly prevented the criminals.

Individuals who stay close to the varsity compound where the Ejjeettos are jailed informed me an fascinating story. The criminals who have been disturbing the peace of Awassa for a yr, rise early every morning to sing gospel songs. After staying only for every week in the jail, the killers and looters have been transformed to Christianity. Hallelujah!

The a lot ado about nothing 11-11-11 in Awassa passed with none major incident. Those that bluffed for months to create a brand new Kelil illegally have been both in jail or hiding in the country. The extremists are recognized for operating to the nation once they really feel threatened, abandoning the youngsters they encourage into lawlessness.

A resident of Awassa who went to the center of the town at 9 o’clock within the morning couldn’t see anything unusual on the date the extremists bragged about declaring a brand new Kelil. He waited until 11 o’clock to see if something might occur. When he noticed nothing, he left for his residence. Because the extremists love the quantity 11, he thought they might declare a new Kelil at 11 o’clock. Nothing happened on 11-11-11 at 11 o’clock, making the empty bravado of the Sidama extremists a thing of the past.

Individuals in Awassa are very pleased concerning the decisive action the government has taken towards the criminals even when it came late. They need the Command Submit to stay as long as potential. The PM remained true to his phrase and delivered the message house. What remains is making Awassa nice again and make it a city hospitable for all Ethiopians.

Awassa is a multiethnic city and home to all Ethiopians. Since its inception within the early 1960s, individuals of numerous ethnic backgrounds have lived in concord. The town has been a melting level to the nation’s eighty plus ethnic teams. After Awassa turned the capital of the SPNNR, many people flocked to the town. The Fifty-five ethnic teams in the southern area and other Ethiopians have heavily invested in Awassa, making it top-of-the-line cities within the nation.

One of the largest authorities investments in Ethiopia is situated in Awassa.

The most important Industrial Park in Africa generates close to at least one billion Dollars in export yearly . The work to construct a state-of-the artwork airport within the metropolis is near completion. When the undertaking is finished, it can join Awassa with massive cities on the earth. A development can also be underway to finish the Modgo-Awassa categorical freeway that connects Addis Ababa to Awassa.

The mortgage for setting up huge infrastructures in Awassa was secured from abroad lenders and the taxpayers in the nation. The debt have to be repaid with its curiosity.

Leaving such essential investments of the country to some irresponsible ethnic extremists was a mistake. They didn’t care a bit about it once they run the town amok. They virtually bankrupted the country because of their reckless acts within the city. Sidama extremists have proved that they will’t manage a small village, let alone one of the largest cities within the country.

One shouldn’t underestimate the Sidama extremists. They’re on par with the TPLF and the OLF when it comes to cruelty. Their crimes of the past one yr have proved beyond any doubt that they gained’t hesitate from committing genocide and displace individuals in hundreds. The current killings and property destruction in cities of the Sidama zones are enough proofs that Sidama extremists couldn’t be left alone, even if they are allowed to have their Kelil.

Prior to now years, the Sidama extremists demonstrated their loyalty to the OLF by displaying its flag within the streets of Awassa. Glorifying and sympathizing with murders and financial institution robbers is a proof that Sidama extremists are not any totally different from the OLF.

I don’t need to sound an alarmist, but if the federal government makes one other mistake of leaving Awassa solely in the arms of the Sidama ethnic entrepreneurs, they may commit a Rwandan like genocide in the city. They were not shy about their intentions and promised to ‘proper the fallacious’, whatever that is perhaps.

The only purpose the Sidama extremists stay and die is to regulate Awassa utterly and own every thing within the city. It appears funny, however individuals noticed the Ejjeettos preventing in-front of the large motels in Awassa over who will personal the lodge once they declare their Kelli.

On the gathering of Ejjeettos final yr, a Sidama extremist who returned from the west stated, “Our youngsters sleep on the road whereas the non-Sidamas sleep of their houses.’

I doubt if there’s some other group on the earth besides the Sidama extremists who love to personal issues that aren’t theirs. Each time the Ejjeettos go out to disturb the peace  of Awassa, they search for things to loot. They assume every thing in Awassa belongs to them.

To Ensure an enduring peace and order in Awassa and restore the town’s former self, the federal government should take the next actions:

  1. Outlaw the Ejjeetto utterly. The group has confirmed itself to the whole nation    that it’s nothing, but a gathering of killers and looters. It is an illegal entity and have to be formally Banned.

II.   Examine the individuals who occupy key authorities positions and Sidama

businessmen in the city and learn how they have been funding the Ejjeettos legal

activities. Look at their bank data and sources of money.


A dependable supply advised me that the members of Ejjeettos have been consuming three meals

a day at one of the largest lodges in Awassa. The matter came to the sunshine

after the army began rounding up the criminals in the city.

What was the supply of the money used to feed the criminals? It is highly possible

the federal government cash was wasted to feed the thugs, who have been engaged in illegal

actions in Awassa.

III.   Investigate how the current and former government officials amassed wealth.

Where did they get the money to construct two or more properties value a number of

Million Birr? The place did they get the money to purchase automobiles that value three Million or

more Birr?


Investigate individuals like Zelalem W/Michel who’ve acquired land and large

government contracts with no bid. Individuals like Zelalem are behind every crime

Ejjeettos had dedicated within the metropolis.


IV.   Disband the Sidama solely police pressure in Awassa and create a new multiethnic

drive. A lot of the members of this metropolis’s drive, including these in the Southern

Liyue police are the sympathizers of Ejjeetto. They work with the criminals to

harass and rob individuals. The police are one of the foremost causes for the shortage of

peace and order in the city.

V.   Take away the leaders of Ejjeetto from their government posts, who have been behind

the lawlessness within the city. These are individuals who hold key authorities positions

in the metropolis and are recognized for agitating and supporting the Ejjeettos. In many Kefle

Ketamas, they are still in their positions doing business as regular.

Make the paperwork in Awassa multiethnic. It’s illegal and immoral for a couple of

illiterates to abuse nearly all of individuals in a rustic the place a authorities exists .

The present paperwork within the metropolis is riddled with rampant corruption and nepotism

where the non-Sidamas need to pay their hard earned cash to thugs if they want

things carried out. The community of the robbers have to be dismantled.

It ought to be recalled that Million Mathews has been defending the Ejjeetto

publicly and attending their meetings commonly. The lawlessness up to now yr

befell underneath his watch. He ought to be accountable for a lot of the crimes within the

metropolis. No one ought to be absolved for failing to carry out his duties.

VI.   Undertake a radical investigation towards incompetent individuals with cast

diplomas and levels who have suffocated the government institutions. Begin with

Greater Instructional Institutions in Awassa, which aren’t only harboring quack

instructors, but in addition producing incompetent graduates in a large quantity.

VII.  Ban hate disseminating SMN (Sidama Media Community) completely. The place did the

cash to accumulate the network came from?

Investigate the bank accounts of the people who find themselves operating the community.


The TV station, which was acquired just lately by way of Jawar Mohammed is a mouth

piece of Sidama extremists. As the identify SMN( Jawar is the owner of OMN)

indicates, the blueprints of Jawar are far and wide. Based on the sources

accustomed to the matter, Jawar acquired a ton of cash for brokering the deal

between the Sidama extremists and a South African Satellite Firm.

Contemplating his assistance to Sidama extremists in spreading their hate using his

OMN, Jawar deserved the large pay.

In conclusion, it is unimaginable to state and describe every crime the Sidama extremists committed in Awassa. What I attempted to spotlight on this temporary piece is the only a few that I assumed will assist individuals understand the felony careers of the Sidama ethnic entrepreneurs.

The crimes they committed through the years makes Sidama extremists probably the most dangerous group in the nation. Burning individuals alive, killing a whole household, beating authorities officials, burning properties, and extortion of businessmen are among the many few of the crimes the Sidadam extremists committed in Awassa and cities in Awassa zones.

The Sidama extremists ought to never once more be allowed to overrun the second largest city within the country. The federal government ought to never negotiate the standing of Awassa with ethnic thugs that have brazenly declared struggle on the town’s population and bragged about displacing individuals in hundreds.

If peace is to prevail in Awassa, the Ejjeettos have to be outlawed. It’s a software the Sidama extremists use to advertise their political agenda. Altering the Sidama only police pressure with multiethnic pressure will restore peace and security in the metropolis. Untangling the town’s population from the corruption community of a single ethnic group and making the paperwork multiethnic ethnic will assist restore order in the city.

Abiy Ahmed’s government should do the whole lot to assist Awassa revive economically. The town’s financial system is in shambles due to the continued lawlessness in the metropolis. After final yr’s Wolita massacres in Awassa, the town’s real property value declined significantly and other people prevented the town just like the plague. Inns and eating places couldn’t make enough cash to pay their staff and repay their debts. Repaying the country’s debt for the infrastructures that have been inbuilt Awassa is dependent upon reviving the financial system of the town.

Awassa was built by the toil of all Ethiopians within the nation. Every Ethiopian has a stake on the town.

It also needs to be famous that the federal authorities is an enormous stakeholder within the metropolis.

Making Awassa a federal city and a metropolis for all Ethiopians as it was ought to the number one priority of the government.

Leaving Awassa to Sidama extremists again after the Command Submit finishes its mission is a blunder of an epic promotion and sending all the nation into darkness. Handing again the town’s affairs to the extremists who prompted the dying of many innocent individuals and destruction of properties will probably be a historic mistake. Our soldiers are paying the last word sacrifice to restore peace and safety in Awassa and cities in Sidama zones. The federal government of Abiy has the obligation to ensure that the scarifies of the troopers won’t have been in vain.

The government should finish what it started. Cleaning Awassa from Sidama extremists and making it a federal metropolis will make his mission full