Woyanne’s general recalled – Afor News
Ethiopian government has recalled commander of its forces in Somali after failing to bring peace in troubled horn of Africa state.
Ethiopia troops backed Somali Transitional government in 2006 to oust Islamic insurgents which have occupied larger part of country, threatening to overthrow government.
Ethiopian government has ordered General Gabre Heard as well as a colonel connected to Ethiopian secret intelligence agency to return to country for failing to execute their duties.
General Heard had been accused by former deputy prime minister of Somalia, Hussein Mohamed Farah Aideed, of allowing killing and displacing of thousands of Somali civilians during national troops’ confrontations with rebel groups.
The men have since been replaced by two new Ethiopian army commanders in what has been described as a discreet handing-over ceremony in capital Mogadishu.
The new deployment comes at the time when Somalia is marred by violence with Al-Shabab, a radical wing of islamists, threatening to wage attacks on government until Ethiopian troops have fully withdrawn from Somalia.
Gen Heard and the colonel were reportedly also called back because of their suspected involvement in financial scandals including blackmailing of Somali president, prime minister and various local businessmen.
Widespread violence in Somalia has hindered aid efforts; in the country, which is, facing humanitarian crisis caused by conflict, drought, and price rises in basic commodities. Some 2.6 million Somalis, representing 35 per cent of population are believed to be in dire need of humanitarian aid.
Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew Dictator Mohamed Siad Barre, before turning against each other. Thousands of civilians have been killed in Somalia since 2007, caught in vicious disputes over ancient clan loyalties, religion and government.
General Gabre Heard is the same woyanne general who slapped Somalia’s interim President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed twice on the face five months back.