Oromo traditional leader Abba Gadaa Kura Jarso has blamed the Ethiopian government for not solving recurring ethnic clashes in the southern border town of Moyale, 700km (434miles) from the capital, Addis Ababa.
‘‘It is the government that sold the land of Borena [Oromos]. Therefore, it has to solve it,’’ he told the BBC during his recent visit to Kenya.
He argues the land belongs to Oromo community and not those from the Somali ethnic group: ‘‘With the existence of two flags in Moyale town, peace will not come.”
Ethnic Somalis living in the area also claim the ownership of the land.
This week, fresh clashes in the town claimed dozens of lives while more than 100 were reportedly injured.
Mr Abba Gadaa is the custodian of Oromo traditions among the Borena Oromos who reside in southern Ethiopia and northern Kenya.
Ethnic clashes in Ethiopia have undermined the reforms being undertaken by the country’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who came to office in April.