Telecom Services Restored in Western Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – Chief Administrator of Oromia regional state, Shimelis Abdisa, has announced today the restoration of telecom services in western zones of the region in eastern Ethiopia.

The authorities have disconnected mobile phone networks, landlines, and internet services in three zones in western Oromia since January 3, 2020.

The shutdown has been imposed in areas under federal military control and comes amid reports of government military operations against the armed wing of Oromo Liberation Front (OLF).

The restoration of the services came following completion of the joint works of the federal and regional governments, Shimelis said in a press conference issued on Tuesday.

A decision has been made to restore the telecom services which were shut down in some zones due to security concern, the Chief Administrator stated.

Peace and stability has been restored in Kellem Wellega, west and east Wellega as well as Horo Guduru Wellega zones, he said.

The Chief Administrator extended his gratitude to the people for the role they had played in restoring peace and stability in the region.

He said the regional state has now moved to finalizing projects that were delayed due to lack of instability in the zones.

The Chief Administrator of Oromia visited western Oromia over the weekend and had a though conversation with residents of the Kellem Wollege.