Update: The Higher Expert for the Oromia defects
(Oromedia) Mr. Dawit Geleta the higher expert of the Oromia Water Works Design and Supervision Enterprise defected in Western Australia on 12 September 2015.
The Oromia Water Works Design and Supervision Enterprise higher expert Dawit Geleta, has announced that he is defecting because the government had “brought untold miseries and sufferings” on the Oromo people.
Mr Dawit stats that his main cause to defect is the human right violations carried out against the Oromo people all over Oromia.
According to sources, Mr Dawit has decided to defects because the Oromo people were not being democratically represented.
“OPDO is being prevented from becoming an autonomous organisation representing the Oromo national interest in the government and is reduced to a rubber stamp for TPLF rule over Oromia,” he said.
“As a result thousands of Oromos have perished in detention centres from torture.”
He said that Oromo resources were being looted in order to develop the Tigray, the region where the dominant part, Tigray People Liberation Front is from.
Mr Dawit told to our sources that he found it impossible to work and he felt unsafe at this time.
“When you remain an Oromo nationalist they suspect you,” he said.The Oromo form the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia.
In April 2014, security forces in Oromia clashed for several days with Oromo students demanding the regime to halt the displacement of Oromo farmers from their ancestral land, and the inclusion of Oromo cities and surrounding localities under Finfinnee administration under the pretext of development aid for farmers. More than 200 students died in the unrest.
The defection is the continuous sign of ethnic tension within Ethiopia.
There is no immediate comment from Oromia.
Ethiopia holds more than 70,000 persons, including some 2,500 women and nearly 600 children incarcerated with their mothers, in severely overcrowded six federal and 120 regional prisons. There also were many unofficial detention centers throughout the country, including in Dedessa, Bir Sheleko, Tolay, Hormat, Blate, Tatek, Jijiga, Holeta and Senkele.