Uganda labels as “invention” the information about an alleged support for the TPLF to destabilize Ethiopia

Uganda labels as "invention" the information about an alleged support for the TPLF to destabilize Ethiopia

July 4. (EUROPA PRESS) –

The Ugandan Army has branded as “invention” the reports that point to the delivery of training to the rebels of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Tigray (TPLF) with the aim of destabilizing the Government of Ethiopia, in the framework of the unleashed war in November 2020 in the Tigray region (north).

“The report on the alleged attempts to destabilize Ethiopia is an absolute fabrication that demonstrates the author’s ignorance of simple and basic facts,” Ugandan Army spokesman Felix Kulayigye said in a series of messages on his social network account. Twitter.

“The first thing is that Uganda does not have a border with Ethiopia, as the author says. James Kabarebe has never been Uganda’s defense minister,” he said in relation to the report, published last week by a New Zealand media outlet and which contemplates the alleged funding to the TPLF by Kampala.

Kulayigye has also stated that “the Ugandan ambassador to South Sudan has never met with (South Sudanese General) Akol Koor.” “They have never met and do not know each other,” the spokesman for the Ugandan Army has settled.

The report, published by the Scoop media outlet, details a list of senior Ugandan military officials who would be behind the training operation in the Masaka district, in which more than 4,000 members of the TPLF would have received information and which would be supported by the United States. and Egypt.

Among the names on the list is Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the son of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and commander of the Army, who in 2021 tweeted his support for the Tigrayan rebels, whom he described as “brothers.”

Last week, the Ethiopian government appointed a negotiating team to start peace talks with the TPLF with the aim of putting an end to the conflict, which has worsened the humanitarian crisis in the African country.

The conflict erupted after an attack by the TPLF against the Army’s main base, located in the Tigray capital, Mekelle, after which Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered an offensive against the group after months of political and administrative tensions. A “humanitarian truce” is currently in force, although both sides have accused each other of preventing the delivery of aid.

The TPLF has accused Abiy of stirring up tensions since he came to power in April 2018, when he became the first Oromo to take office. Until then, the TPLF had been the dominant force within the ethnically based coalition that had governed Ethiopia since 1991, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). The group opposed Abiy’s reforms, seeing them as an attempt to undermine his influence.

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