Tigray regional state opposes Federal gov.t crackdown measures on corruption

Tigray regional state president sees the measures in connection with crackdown on corrupt former authorities as politically motivated rather than a pursuit of rule of law

Tigray _ Debretsion
Debretsion Gebremichael
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borkena
November 19,2018

Tigray Regional State President and leader of Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF), Debretsion Gebremichael, expressed his opposition to measures being taken against former high-ranking officials detained in connection with high level of corruption and egregious human rights violation.

In a press statement he gave in Tigrigna language today to media outlets in the region regarding the situation in the country, he said the process of taking measures on suspects is political rather than legal one.

He went on to explain his point saying that “there has been repeated attempt to put pressure on the people of Tigray. It is happening now in a different way.” The purpose is, he continued, “to make Tigray kneel down.”

While he made it clear that Tigray Regional State does not accept the way that the federal government is going about fighting corruption and human rights abuse, it is not clear enough as to what part of the process is not acceptable.

Debretison also alleges that there is foreign intervention in the process, but he did not name names.

Activists from Tigray region and some politicians like Getachew Reda seem to have a view that Eritrea is involved in the process.

Debretsion’s opposition to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s reformist administration came barely a week after he was hailed by politicized Ethiopians for the statement he made last week: “Tigray will not be a safe heaven for suspects of corruption and rights abuse.” Critics say Debtesion is making a U-turn from the position he announced to people in Tigray last week.

There are speculations that Debretsion’s progressive steps to cooperate with the ongoing reform in the country along the line of ensuring the rule of law came under increasing pressure from radical-ethno nationalist elements within TPLF.

A rumor circulating on social media say former spy chief, Getachew Assefa who is reportedly most wanted person for rights abuse, warned Tigray Regional leaders that he will reveal crime secrets of all of them if they are to hand him over to the Federal government.

Last week, Tigray Regional State Security Forces reportedly captured Brigadier General Kinfe Dagnaw in the Ethio-Sudan border town of Humera, western Ethiopia, as he was attempting to flee the country and handed him over Federal security authorities who brought him to the capital Addis Ababa same day in a military helicopter where he appeared before a Federal court within 24 hours.



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8 Responses to "Tigray regional state opposes Federal gov.t crackdown measures on corruption"

  1. wedinakfa   November 19, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    TPLF is holding Tigray population a hostage to save their brutal conduct and for run sacking Ethiopia, no one is against the innocent population of Tigray by far TPLF is dangerous to Tigray and the Horn and it should be dismantled and liquidated but this another Chiwawa devil like Melles want to create confusion and make Tigray population succumb to their fear mongering in order to extend their dead political hooliganism!!

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  2. John Torres   November 20, 2018 at 2:20 am

    I agree with wedinakfa. Anyone, with commonsense, can understand this is a pre-planned attempt to create political violence. This cannot be tolerated at all. Tempting to create violence amongst people to enshroud corruption is a game of dirty politics.

    John

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  3. Abyot   November 20, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    TPLF is killing Amhara and Oromo Ethinic groups. Corrupt resource.
    Does only TIGREE immunity in Ethiopia?
    The bull sheet TPLF fear of imprison for commited human right violation.
    5 milion people Tigree nothings like grasshoper.

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  4. Agazian   November 21, 2018 at 8:49 am

    TPLF is the product of Tigray People. No matter what Amhara or Oromo says; TPLF members are the sons and duaghters of Tigray people. If you break the TPLF; Tigray people will break your face. History is repeating. TPLF and MELES sacriffied for their people and allow all other Ethiopian people to speak on their own language. No other goverment done like this in history. Amhara/Derg/Haileslassie always wanted to take land and sell people like oromo.
    Tigray will live for ever but Ethiopia will dismantle.

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  5. dula   November 22, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    TPLF and Debretsion want to keep the status quo that gave Tigreans a total monopoly on the economy, military and politics. They fail to appreciate that such massive corruption and nepotism was unhealthy and would have degenerated to destroy them and the country.

    Dr. Abiy saved the TPLF and Ethiopia from total la. I wish TPLF and Debretsion appreciate that.

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  6. dula   November 22, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    TPLF and Debretsion want to keep the status quo that gave Tigreans a total monopoly on the economy, military and politics. They fail to appreciate that such massive corruption and nepotism was unhealthy and would have degenerated to destroy them and the country.

    Dr. Abiy saved the TPLF and Ethiopia from total destruction and mayhem. I wish TPLF and Debretsion appreciate that.

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  7. kalayu   November 26, 2018 at 11:40 am

    You amhara and orromo are the source of corruption and evil . We will soon watch how you scramble the riches of ethiopia between your tribes and famillies . You are robbers even in the church in the name of safegarding the church and protecting mother land we will see it soon. look at what is happening in Ethiopian churchs based in USA and at home . We know many corrupted poloticians and kings of amhara

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  8. Mami   November 29, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Waaaaaait a seconnnddddd. Tplf officially said they welcome the crackdown but that it should be widespread from the simplest level all the way up. Thorough. Not half hearted or half done. Why don’t you do accuratebreporting.nwe Will then see who is guilty and not guilty. You think Abiy and Lemma are not guilty? You have to be either naive or blind to believe that they stayed in power all these years and don’t have a dirty hand. Gimme a break.

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