Mr. Lencho Bati, the spokesperson of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) Change faction, has confirmed the desertion of some of its members and military leaders in an interview he gave to the Voice of America (VOA) Horn of African Service.
He added that the number of those claimed to have “surrendered” to Ethiopian authorities was much less than the “70? reported by the Kenya’s Daily Nation. The spokesperson further explained that those few who deserted from the struggle had long been bribed by the TPLF-led Ethiopian government and had been doing TPLF-assigned “homework” inside the organization for a long time. In the interview, Mr. Bati reiterated that “the Oromo Liberation Army is the Oromo people, and the Oromo people have not and will not surrender.” He downplayed the effect of the development on the OLF and the Oromo people’s struggle, and the development would not uplift the face of the TPLF-led Ethiopian government that has turned the whole country into a prison with an iron fist. Mr. Bati said that, while millions were being starved and others being evicted to make way for land grabbers, the news of a few men deserting from OLF would not change the political reality of the country. — Full Story (Gadaa.com)