ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) --
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Wednesday
urged residents affected by recent ethnic violence to live
together in harmony.
Ahmed, who brought
together some 1,300 residents of one of the violence-hit areas
in Ethiopia’s southern region on Wednesday to make peace, has
vowed to bring perpetrators of the ethnic violence to justice,
state news agency ENA reported.
“emphasized government officials will have to take full
responsibilities for allowing tragic incidents to happen,”
Fitsum Arega, Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian Prime Minister
Office, said in his twitter account on Wednesday.
“He (Ahmed) called
on Sidama, Wolaita, Gurage, Kebena top leaders to resign
immediately,” Arega added.
The premier, who has
visited the violence-affected areas since Tuesday, also urged
residents to respect movement of people in the country.
communications bureau last week disclosed that several days of
violence in the regional capital of Hawassa alone had left 10
people dead, 89 others injured, and more than 2,500 people
The ethnic violence
in Welkite town involved ethnic Kebenas with Gurages; while the
Sidamas, who are the original inhabitants of the Hawassa city,
went into ethnic clashes with the neighboring Wolaita ethnic
Ethnic Sidamas and
ethnic Wolaitas are among the numerous ethnic groups in the
Southern regional state and have a history of tension spilling
occasionally into deadly communal violence, reportedly over land
rights and economic resources.
Hawassa, one of
Ethiopia’s fastest growing cities, is home to Ethiopia’s
flagship Hawassa Industrial Park.
The chains of ethnic
violence in the reported areas occurred amid a relatively better
security situations that are witnessed in Ethiopia, which has
seen recurrent violent demonstrations since the second half of
briefing the Ethiopian House of People’s Representatives (HoPR)
on Monday, said the reconciliation efforts accompanied by
discussions with different groups have brought better security
situations over the past two months.
According to Ahmed,
Ethiopia was at a cross road as the worsening peace and security
challenges exacerbated earlier this year, eventually leading
Africa’s second populous nation “into a brink of
Ahmed, who became
Ethiopia’s prime minister in April, had vowed to ensure unity
and equality among Ethiopians in socioeconomic and political