AG indicts former Hawassa mayor over conflict
100 officials, individuals included in charge sheet
The Federal Attorney General has instituted charges against top officials of the Southern Regional State including the former Mayor of the regional capital Hawassa, Tewodros Gebaba.
Along with the mayor, some 100 prison officials and individuals were bought before the court in connection with the recent deadly violence in Hawassa and the surrounding areas.
On Friday, police brought the suspects before the Federal circuit court temporarily established in Hawassa.
Among the suspects, six of them are senior officials at the Hawassa Correctional Facility.
It was also learnt that prosecutors has filed two separate charges in connection to instigating violence between the Sidama and Wolayta people, which led to the killings and the displacements of several civilians in the area.
It is to be recalled that Tewodros along with Aklilu Adula [who was the Administrator of Sidama Zone] were advised to resign from their posts in connection to the recent conflict in the town of Hawassa and its surroundings.
The conflict had resulted in the death of ten people and the injury of more than 80, while close to 3,500 people have been reported to be displaced from their homes.
On the other hand, five senior officials from the Wolayta Zonal administration had also resigned from their position in relation to the conflict that took place in Wolayta Sodo town last June which began as a rally to denounce the attack on ethnic Wolaytas in Hawassa and its surrounding towns.
The resignation of the officials in Wolayta came immediately after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) called on Wolayta, Sidama, Kebena and Gurage zonal and woreda administrators to resign and take responsibility for the conflicts that happened in the area. The PM toured the conflict stricken areas days after the clash.