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News Analysis: Ethiopia  -  Eritrea -  Djibouti  -  Somalia

 

The federal army has been dispatched to Debre Markos city, east Gojam zone of the Amhara regional state, 305 km north of Addis Abeba, to disperse city residents who have besieged a hotel thought to have accommodated veteran ANDM founder and member Bereket Simon. The army was dispatched nearly four hours after the residents, demanding Bereket be handed to law enforcement, have begun burning a vehicle thought to have belonged to Berket.

According to Nigussu Tilahun, communication bureau head of the Amhara regional state, the chaos started unfolding after false information began circulating in the town alleging that Berket Simon and Migbaru Kebede, another senior member of the ANDM, were secretly holding discussions with the town’s people. “Surprisingly, Migbaru Kebede is attending the Amhara regional state council meeting in Bahir Dar with the rest of us,” Nigussu said on his Facebook page posting a picture showing Migbaru while attending the meeting.

The hotel where Bereket is said to have been accommodated has been damaged, Nigussu said. Nigussu referred to recent incidents where names of senior officials are being evoked in order to confuse the public and incite violence. He cautioned the public to stay vigilant.

Abere Kinfu, a resident in the city, told Addis Standard that the demands of the public is to have members of “the old guard brought to justice and contain them from derailing the current reform being undertaken by the regional administration and at the federal level.”

“The people are upset because they hear there are plots being plotted by members of the old guard and staunch loyalists of the TPLF,” Abere said, adding “Bereket has shown his loyalty to the TPLF over the well-being of the Amhara people. All that the public want is to see these people face justice.”

 

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed travelled on Saturday to a region where clashes have displaced nearly a million people, his first trip since being sworn in as premier five days ago. Violence along the border of the Horn of Africa country’s Somali and Oromia provinces first erupted in September last year, with both regions blaming the other for the unrest. The area has been plagued by sporadic clashes for decades. A referendum held in 2004 to determine the status of disputed settlements failed to ease tensions. displayAdvert("mpu_3") This has been a tragedy that should never have taken place. Since September, officials in Oromia have repeatedly blamed raids by a paramilitary force from the Somali region as causes of the violence. The Somali region denies those claims and says its residents have been unjustly targeted in attacks. #Ethiopia PM #AbiyAhmed in capital of Somali regional state to promote #peace Photo credit: dendeshaw https://t.co/CeUznrjU7S pic.twitter.com/cd0VXvky37— Africa Sahara (africa_sahara) April 7, 2018 On Saturday, Abiy arrived in Jijiga – the capital of the Somali region – in a bid to tackle the problems. “This has been a tragedy that should never have taken place,” the state-run Ethiopian" />
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News Analysis: Ethiopia  -  Eritrea -  Djibouti  -  Somalia

 

The federal army has been dispatched to Debre Markos city, east Gojam zone of the Amhara regional state, 305 km north of Addis Abeba, to disperse city residents who have besieged a hotel thought to have accommodated veteran ANDM founder and member Bereket Simon. The army was dispatched nearly four hours after the residents, demanding Bereket be handed to law enforcement, have begun burning a vehicle thought to have belonged to Berket.

According to Nigussu Tilahun, communication bureau head of the Amhara regional state, the chaos started unfolding after false information began circulating in the town alleging that Berket Simon and Migbaru Kebede, another senior member of the ANDM, were secretly holding discussions with the town’s people. “Surprisingly, Migbaru Kebede is attending the Amhara regional state council meeting in Bahir Dar with the rest of us,” Nigussu said on his Facebook page posting a picture showing Migbaru while attending the meeting.

The hotel where Bereket is said to have been accommodated has been damaged, Nigussu said. Nigussu referred to recent incidents where names of senior officials are being evoked in order to confuse the public and incite violence. He cautioned the public to stay vigilant.

Abere Kinfu, a resident in the city, told Addis Standard that the demands of the public is to have members of “the old guard brought to justice and contain them from derailing the current reform being undertaken by the regional administration and at the federal level.”

“The people are upset because they hear there are plots being plotted by members of the old guard and staunch loyalists of the TPLF,” Abere said, adding “Bereket has shown his loyalty to the TPLF over the well-being of the Amhara people. All that the public want is to see these people face justice.”

 

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed travelled on Saturday to a region where clashes have displaced nearly a million people, his first trip since being sworn in as premier five days ago. Violence along the border of the Horn of Africa country’s Somali and Oromia provinces first erupted in September last year, with both regions blaming the other for the unrest. The area has been plagued by sporadic clashes for decades. A referendum held in 2004 to determine the status of disputed settlements failed to ease tensions. displayAdvert("mpu_3") This has been a tragedy that should never have taken place. Since September, officials in Oromia have repeatedly blamed raids by a paramilitary force from the Somali region as causes of the violence. The Somali region denies those claims and says its residents have been unjustly targeted in attacks. #Ethiopia PM #AbiyAhmed in capital of Somali regional state to promote #peace Photo credit: dendeshaw https://t.co/CeUznrjU7S pic.twitter.com/cd0VXvky37— Africa Sahara (africa_sahara) April 7, 2018 On Saturday, Abiy arrived in Jijiga – the capital of the Somali region – in a bid to tackle the problems. “This has been a tragedy that should never have taken place,” the state-run Ethiopian
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