EMF – Isaias Afeworki’s regime refused a request from Mr. Dawud Ibsaa to arrest Brig. General Kemal Gelchi, reliable sources told EMF. According to the source, Obbo Dawud Ibsaa has demanded all OLF reformists to be under house arrest and/or detention in Asmara, including Brig. General Kemal Gelchi, the Ethiopian general who defected in 2006 along with hundreds of Ethiopian soldiers, opposing the Zenawi regime.
Dawud Ibsaa got no cooperation from Asmara. “It was a major setback.” The source said, “The Asmara authorities were rather annoyed by Dawud Ibsaa imprudent move.” It added.
Earlier, it has been reported that Hassen Hussien’s reformist group, including former army general Kemal Gelchi, has made a radical change with in the OLF, and decided to work with all Ethiopian democratic forces.
Despite vote-of-no-confidence on him, and despite the formation of provisional executive committee by the OLF council last week, Mr Dawud Ibsa claims he is still the Chairman of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF).
The change with in OLF is a great opportunity to the newly formed OLF leadership to score diplomatic and political victory.