Most cities in Oromia returning to normalcy

Addis Ababa, February 14, 2018 (FBC) –The Oromia regional state communication affairs bureau said most areas affected by the blocking of roads and ceasing of commercial activities staged for the past two days have been returning to normal.

Umi Abajemal, deputy head of the bureau said shops, commercial centers, and roads were reopened in Adama, Metu, Shashemene, Ambo, Bishoftu and other big cities.

However, Nekemte, Woliso, Burayu, Legetafo and Holeta are among the cities that didn’t fully resume normal activities, she noted.

She said the blocking of roads and ceasing of commercial activities were turned into violent act in some areas and resulted in losses of life and properties.

Accordingly, nine people (2 in east Shoa, 1 in Holeta, 1 in Batu, 3 in Jimma and 2 in Haremay) have died due to the conflict, she noted.

About 13 people, including security officers were also injured, she added.

The regional state extended its condolences to the families of the victims and pledged to bring to justice those responsible for the loss of life.  

The regional state will work to respond to equations raised by the public, she said, adding as per its pledge, it will continue releasing detainees.

The deputy head finally called on the society and the youth to contribute their share in development activities by rallying alongside the government.

Translated and posted by Amare Asrat