Ethiopia:Is IGAD’s Reputation in Tatters?
By Ahmed Abdi
The Regional Organisation of IGAD is now an organisation that serves the
self-interest of Ethiopia-exploited minority tribe that inhabited in Ethiopia’s
highland of Tigray.
Established in 1996 in Djibouti, the Organisation’s principles and its purposes
behind its creation has been hijacked by Ethiopia-ruled minority tribe of Tigrayan
People’s Liberation Front or (TPLF).
“The role of certain Regional countries such as Somalia,Sudan,Djibouti in the body
is missing and it’s obvious that the Organization is hijacked by Ethiopia,” said Ali
Abdi, a Somali independent researcher
Ethiopia elites use IGAD as a tool to lobby International Community against Regional
states such as Somalia and Eritrea and its powerful oppositions.
Ethiopia has been very keen to use an old,aged-policy based on divide-and-rule among
ethnic groups within its Country and beyond its border and also establishing
renegade individuals and administrations in the region that can serve,advocate,and
speak out its interest within Somali inhabited territories for the last two
decades.One of renegade individuals is Eng. Mahboub Maalim,who as reported
“regurgitates Ethiopia government “Propaganda”.
“As for Eng.Mahboub, every word that Ethiopia whispers into his ears are enough to
tattoo on his body”,Said Mr. Abdi.
Uganda was competing against Ethiopia before,but it is likely to be that it was
defeated because Ethiopia enjoys the votes of four regional
nations-Djibouti,Somalia,South Sudan and her vote-that can’t go anywhere else,while
Kenya is neutral.
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is an eight-country trading
bloc based in Eastern Africa. Including governments from the Horn of Africa, Nile
Valley and African Great Lakes, its headquarters are located in Djibout