.Bereket thinks ANDM is a danger to Ethiopia
.“My freedom of movement is restricted”
. Eritrean president is behind the decision in ANDM
This week, Central Committee of Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM) passed a decision to suspend Bereket Simon and Tadesse Kassa (a.k.a Tinkishu) from their membership from the central committee until the upcoming party congress in September which is expected to permanently purge the aforementioned senior party executives.
Berekt Simon is reacting to the news and taking his fight on the media. “ANDM leaders have no reason to suspend us,” says Bereket Simon. He went on to claim that his suspension has something to do with Eritrean leader President Isayas Afeworki’s advice.
“I have heard that Hailemariam Desalegne told Eritrean President Isayas Afeworki that TPLF leaders have become obstacles [seemingly for the change] and president Isayas has told him to sweep them away. ANDM leaders were also in Asmara and they are told the same thing,” says Bereket Simon.
He further claims that his mobility is restricted across the country, and he seems to implicate ANDM in that.
“My wish was to spend the last years of my life either in Bahir Dar or Gondar…my freedom of movement is restricted,” he added. Last month a story was in the news regarding Bereket. Youth Group in Debre Markos reportedly received information that he was in one of the hotels in the city and they attacked it.
In regards to the party which he led for well over two decades, Bereket claims that the existing ANDM leadership is a threat to Ethiopia and he called on Ethiopians to struggle against them.
ANDM has a different story on the purger. Migbaru Kebede is a central committee member and head of central committee office.
He says Bereket Simon and Tadesse Kassa were suspended on grounds of squandering of public resources in TIRET, parastatal, during their leadership, he told Ethiopian Satellite Television.
In connection with the allegation that ANDM existing leadership is a threat to Ethiopia, Migbaru says that the party is striving to extricate Ethiopia and the people of Amhara from a dangerous situation, and it is achieving results in that direction.
Bereket Simon was a right hand man of the late Meles Zenawi and is considered by many Ethiopians as one of the responsible person for the killings of hundreds and thousands of Ethiopians over the past two decades. He has served as Federal Government Communications Affairs minister and as an adviser to Meles Zenawi, among other roles.
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