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Ex OLF Commander "Kidnapped" In Kenya Featured

A former Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) commander identified as Lemmo Wariyo was on Thursday  kidnapped near Sololo in Kenya  by a armed men from a rival OLF faction.

According to a Moyale Sub County official who seek anonymity Wariyo an Ethiopian national had visited his Kenyan wife at Dambala Fachala for a naming ceremony of their newly born baby when he was accosted by armed men and taken to an unknown location.

Sources told Horn24News that Wariyo had belonged to the Brig.Gen. Kemal Gelchu faction of OLF.

Ethiopia in 2018 removed OLF, ONLF and Ginbot 7 among other rebel groups from terror list with hundreds of political prisoners released and ex rebels returning from exile.



Kemal Gelchu is now the leader of Oromo National Party (ONP) a political outfit that will be competing in the upcoming  Ethiopia general elections while Dawud Ibssa heads OLF Party after officially ending an armed struggle. Together with Prof Merera Gudina led Oromo Federalist Congress the three parties in January signed a pact to form a regional coalition called "Coalition For Democratic Federalism".

However several bands of fighters are yet to down their weapons and remain in the bush including on the Kenya-Ethiopia border and have been involved in alleged kidnappings and assassination of rival factions members.

Wariyo who hails from Bale has been living as a political exile in Nairobi Kenya under UNHCR since 2008.

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