An investigative report by a top diaspora media revealed that Egypt is paying $10 million US dollars annual to finance various anti-government groups in Ethiopia. The special report comes as Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn is scheduled to meet Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi later this month to discuss on the Nile river usage.
The report by the DC based opposition media “Ethiopian Review” revealed that Egypt transfers the money to Ethiopian rebels via the Eritrean government. Some of the anti-gov Ethiopian rebels currently stationed inside Eritrea include ONLF (ogaden), OLF(Oromo), TPDM (Tigray) and Ginbot 7 (amhara/gurage).
The report stated however that Ginbot 7 has lost protection from Asmara, which led to the recent abduction of Ginbot 7 leader Andargachew Tsige.
The “Ethiopian Review” media also reported that Qatar is directly financing and arming the ONLF rebels. Addis Ababa has previously cut ties with Qatar and censored Qatar government media al Jazeera. Analysts say Qatar’s controversial media is known for one-sided and high coverage of problems inside Ethiopia, with a focus on muslim majority ethnic groups Oromo and ogaden.
This week New York Times published extensive background on Qatar’s role in “terrorist fund-raising” and its use of al Jazeera media to empower radical islamic militantism worldwide.