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Dessie residents told PM : “Constitution opened the door for the disintegration of Ethiopia, need to be amended”

Dessie residents want the prime minister to think about amending the constitution if there is a need to save Ethiopia from disintegration

Dessie _ Ayteyef
Late 19th century banquet hall (Gibir adarash as it is called in Amharic) of Niguse Michale of Wollo, Ayteyef ,Dessie .

June 15,2015

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed held discussion with residents of Dessie on Saturday. The meeting happened in the historic big banquet hall of Nigus Michael, father of Lij Iyasu, Ayteyef with its spectacular view of the town. He was joined by Deputy Prime Minister, Demeke Mekonen, and the president of Amhra regional State of Ethiopia, Ambachew Mekonen.

Whether all residents of the city were invited to the meeting is unclear.

Based on a report from Amhara Mass Media Agency (AMMA), residents who got the opportunity to attend the meeting with the prime minister have raised political and economic questions.

Ethnic and religious-based violence in different parts of Ethiopia is raised as a major concern and residents emphasized the need to enforce the rule of law and protect the security and safety of citizens.

Dessie town , Arabgenda area. Photo : www.

For Abiy, Stoping ethnic and religious-based violence need the involvement of religious leaders and the people.

The residents also expressed their belief that the existing constitution of Ethiopia has opened the door for the potential disintegration of the country and demanded that the government need to amend the constitution.

Abiy Ahmed’s response to the demand was “if there is a need to amend the constitution, an effort will be made to hold a discussion and amend it,” as cited by AMMA.

In terms of economic demands, residents raised an increasing number of unemployed youth in the city and infrastructural problems, including road, that Dessie is facing.

Abiy’s response was seemingly generic: To decrease the number of unemployed people, development projects need to be completed. In a situation where freedom of movement and freedom to work in any part of Ethiopia, and in a situation where there are no considerable projects capable of significantly reducing the number of unemployed youth in the region, it remains a question if Abiy Ahmed’s response makes any sense.

Power shortage and the issue of Wollo tertiary hospital were also raised. Abiy’s response was “We have signed $US1.8 billion contract with a Chinese company to improve the problem of electric power distribution, and an effort will be made to fix the problem.”

As to the question of a referral hospital construction, he pushed it aside to regional authorities pointing out the Federal government has allocated budget for development.

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  1. QUOTE: “Dessie residents want the prime minister to think about amending the constitution if there is a need to save Ethiopia from disintegration” UNQUOTE

    Nostalgia, 15 June 2019
    Good Old Dessie
    MY Darling City for the beginning [foundation] of my FIRST SCHOOLING. YES, YES the very first of my education ሀ ሁ ሂ ……….
    Looking at the above photo makes me numb — without words of expression.
    ———————————————WOW ———————————–
    By the way, I agree with the inherent meaning of the above quotation. At this moment, Ethiopians are playing with DANGEROUS WEAPON. without being conscious of the inherent consequences. It is the responsibility of EVERY Ethiopian to save the ancient country. Let Ethiopia be an example of greatness in proportion to its historical longevity; but NEVER for wanton destruction.

    • “Dessie residents want the prime minister to think about amending the constitution if there is a need to save Ethiopia from disintegration”.

      It has little to do with the constitution, and that is not new. Until and unless we as a people of a nation, choose to work and live together (Medemer), the desire to split and breakup will prevail. Especially in an environment of democracy, every community wishes to have it all to its self. Look at our churches in the USA. Many split without a cause or for something minor, and ended up in police and security agents intervention, and the court.

  2. According to the yearly ongoing survey being conducted by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) , African Union ( AU )and Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) jointly, with the result being held confidentialy not being officially released to the public for safety and political reasons ,more than 10 ‘s of millions of Ethiopian households had been illegally robbed or striped of their only means of survival just within the last decade with no substitute compensation means of survival offered to them , the underlying reason cause why this “striping of the households only means of survival in Ethiopia” is still continuing to happen more and more each year , remain to be unknown by those that are conducting this study .

    If the current trend continues the study expects more than 90 percent of the Ethiopian households to loose their only means of survivals by the year 2023 with no substitute means of survival on their hands, with the summer of the year 2023 being when the irreversible civil war is expected to cost millions of lives within weeks times, too quickly before the international peace keepers take over the country.

  3. honestly, im glad this constitution is like this. would you enter a marriage if you could never divorce? no. Ethiopia made up of 80 nations is not a Catholic marriage.


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