As it is clearly known to everyone, Al-shabaab is a common enemy and a big threat to both Ethiopia and Kenya.† The two countries are jointly fighting this common enemy.† But some individuals are trying to undermine the joint efforts of the two sisterly countries in the fight against terrorism.† After the Garissa Al-shabaab terrorist attack a journalist called Mike Hanna from Aljazeera inside story televised on 06 April, 2015 presented three guests to speak about the terror attack.† One of the guests was Farah Maalim, former deputy speaker of the Kenyan National Assembly.
The former deputy speaker of the Republic of Kenya alleged that Ethiopia is working to destabilize Somalia and blamed that Ethiopia and Al-shabaab are working together. This is a baseless and shame full allegation deliberately made to undermine the role of Ethiopia in the fight against Al-shabaab.† This man has tried to tell the world that Ethiopia has not been attacked by the Somalia based Al-shabaab.† He continued to justify the reason why Ethiopia is not affected by Al-shabaab by saying that the Ethiopian forces and Al-shabaab never seem to get in to conflict. This is a white lie.† The reality on the ground is different.† Ethiopia has been attacked by the terrorists repeatedly. Terrorist attacks that have taken place along the Ethio-Kenya border are perpetrated by Al-Shabab, OLF and ONLF.
Currently the two countries are working very closely to fight terrorism.† The responsible agencies of the two countries have continued to cooperate in supporting efforts to restore peace in Somalia.† Terrorism is a common challenge to both Ethiopia and Kenya. Therefore, there is no reason for Ethiopia to support and work together with Al-shabaab. The man has a hidden agenda of damaging the Images of Ethiopia. His allegation is simply motivated by blind hatred to Ethiopia. On the contrary, he himself has connections with the Islamist militant groups though he tries to divert attention by pointing his ginger to Ethiopia.
Ethiopia viewed instability in Somalia as a critical national security threat.† Ethiopian military forces continued counter terrorism operations in Somalia in partnership with the Government of Somalia and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and was instrumental in combating al-shabaab in southern and central Somalia. To show its commitment in the fight against terrorism the Ethiopian Government passed the Anti-terrorism Proclamation and Legislation designating Al-Qaida, Al-shebaab, OLF, ONLF and Ginbot 7 as terrorist groups.
Furthermore, as a Chair of IGAD and member of partnership for Regional East Africa counter-terrorism, Ethiopia is participating in regional and multilateral forums for counter-terrorism. Because terrorism is a global problem and requires global struggle to fight it out completely.