October 7, 2018 - In an interview with Walta Information Center, the chairman of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), Dawud Ibsa, said that the OLF does not have a spefific agreement with Ethiopian government requiring it to disarm, only that it will contribute to peace and stability in Ethiopia.
The latest statement appears to contradict earlier reports that the organization had agreed to disband its forces and pursue peaceful struggle like other organizations operating inside Ethiopia.
The OLF chairman further said it is not correct to request us to disarm, as if one armed side is disarming the other.
Dawud Ibsa, the OLF chairman, also denied any involvemnet in various areas where violence and attacks occured.
He denied any involvement in the grenade attack at Meskel Square aimed at killing the new Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Dr. Abiy Ahmed. He said the alleged ring leader name Genet is nether a memeber of the OLF or known supporter of the OLF.
Dawud Ibsa also denied any involvement of the OLF in Burayu massacre, on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, where several people died, triggering massive protest in the capital city condemning the violence.
Last week, a deadly violence broke out in Benshangul Gumuz region of Ethiopia in what seems to be in retaliation to the September 26 ambush killings of four senior security authorities of the region near Ghimbi, Wollega area, in Oromo regional state. Acoording to Benishangul-Gumuz regional authorities, at least 44 were killed and more than 70,000 displaced from Kamashi Zone.
Spokesman for the Benishangul-Gumuz regional goverment basically accused the OLF for being behind the violence and request the central government to take measures to disarm them.
The OLF chairman denied that its forces were involved in the attacks and welcome investigation into the matter.
You can watch the full video interview with OLF leader Dawud Ibsa here.