Ethiopian soldiers to keep peace after deadly clashes

Some Sidama activists wanted to declare their own federal state last week

Soldiers and federal police are due to take over security in parts of the south of Ethiopia after unrest that left several people dead.

New measures
The new security measures come following a request from the authorities in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR).

“The aim is to ensure the rule of law and to protect the public,” Authorities say.

Lost of lives
At least 25 people died in clashes between security forces and activists in southern Ethiopia last week.

The hospital officials said;security forces fired bullets during protests across the Sidama region.”

The tension is over a delay in holding a referendum on whether there should be a separate state of Sidama.

The Sidama are Ethiopia’s fifth biggest ethnic group, making up 4% of the population and are mainly based in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s (SNNP) regional state.

Other four bigger communities all have their own regions within Ethiopia’s ethnically based federal system.


Christopher Ojilere