Farah Maalim Mocks ONLF-Ethiopia Peace Talks
Kenya´s former Deputy Speaker Farah Maalim has warned of an alleged conspiracy by Ethiopia to divide Somalis.
Maalim has been critical of the Farmaajo administration and its recent handing over of ONLF leader Abdikarin Muse Qalbi Dhagah to Ethiopia
“I asked one of the ONLF leaders, what forced you not be mindful and learn lessons on why the Ethiopian is playing on you? He said you have not seen how Somalia is treating us by handing us over every day? Maalim said
“Previously Hargeysa people used to hand us over. Now everyone is competing to hand us over. Those in Galmudug and the central government are each competing to use Qalbi Dhagah to get a face from the Ethiopian” Maalim related.
“So that man said there is no Somali. That has planned for it. I am showing you that when Qalbi Dhagah was taken from the place after being thoroughly beaten and broken in the country he struggled and severally injured for, when he was taken there he was told that he came into his country. He was settled in a good place. He was given a doctor, medicine and all he wanted. They are showing him that they are closer to him than the other Somali.” Maalim said of his talk with the ONLF leader.
“Unless Somalis are divided and divided into clans, they can’t be defeated. The British have done that. Italy has done that. France has done that. And the Ethiopians are now doing it. Haile Selassie also did the same before,” he added.
The Kenyan politician has been vocal in criticizing the Ethiopian and Somalia government.
His comments come a day after talks between Ethiopian separatist rebel group ONLF and Ethiopia government kicked off in the Kenya capital Nairobi.