Somali Prime Minister Roble apologizes to ONLF commander and arms him the nationwide flag

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble has formally apologized to the distant commander of the Ogaden National Liberation Front [ONLF]a military-political faction that operates in jap Ethiopia within the Somali area.

In what gave the impression to be an “honest” reconciliation assembly, Roble, who’s now credited with efficiently organizing elections in Somalia, welcomed Abdikarim Qalbi-Dhagah into his workplace for the historic assembly.

Abdikarim Qalbi-Dhagah was illegally transferred to Ethiopia in 2017, sparking protests from his supporters throughout the Horn of Africa. In his speech, Roble strongly apologized to Abdikarim Qalbi-Dhagah by presenting him with the nationwide flag of Somalia.

“Honored to welcome Abdikarin to my workplace [Qalbi-Dhagax], Somali hero and former military officer. On behalf of our nation, I once more apologize to him for being treacherously handed over to a overseas nation, to atone for the misdeeds of the earlier administration,” Roble stated.

“It’s the same room where the decision to return it [Qalbi Dhagah] to a foreign country was made,” added Roble, who additionally acknowledged Abdikarim Qalbi-Dhagah’s contributions to the Somali National Army. [SNA].

At Aden Adde International Airport earlier, senior authorities officers led by Ministers and different dignitaries inaugurated the ONLF Commander, who was flown overseas by way of the identical airport as he had blindfolded by authorities in Mogadishu greater than 5 years in the past.

In January this yr, the Somali cupboard formally apologized to Qalbi Dhagah, revoked a September 2017 resolution by the earlier cupboard led by Hassan Ali Khaire to label the ONLF a “terrorist” group; and declared the restitution unlawful. Khaire, who has since fallen out with Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, is working for president.

The ONLF, a formation that has been at loggerheads with Addis Ababa, remains to be described as a terrorist group by the federal government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. However, the group remained steadfast and even continued to advocate carefully for the rights of Somalis within the Ogaden.

Farmajo’s administration, which might collapse on Sunday when lawmakers elect a brand new president, has usually been linked to excessive human rights abuses within the nation. Most of his critics have been subjected to torture, arbitrary detention, demise and even execution.

For instance, Mukhtar Roble, a former deputy chief of Al-Shabaab, who had left the group and provided to run for president of the South West, was arrested in 2018 and since then has remained a visitor on the facilities authorities custody. To date, he has by no means been charged.

Upon his arrest, the Somali authorities with the help of the Ethiopian National Defense Forces [ENDF], opened hearth in Baidoa, killing eleven individuals. Farmajo’s authorities, whose time period ended final yr, has by no means reported the deaths.

On Sunday, Farmajo will attempt to defend his seat in an apparently opposition-controlled parliament based mostly on the outcomes of the election of House management groups. Former presidents Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and Hassan Sheikh Mohamud are additionally within the working.


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