Head of Amhara region peace and security General Asaminew Tsige reportedly killed

-It is unclear if government forces were unable to arrest General Asaminew Tsige rather than killing him.
-His death could possibly heighten skepticism regarding coup d’etat narrative and the motive of prime minister Abiy Ahmed’s government in Amhara region of Ethiopia.
-Migbaru Kebede reportedly passed away

Asaminew Tsige _ Amhara Region
The late Asaminew Tsige. Photo : Social Media

June 24, 2019

General Asaminew Tsige who is allegedly involved in what Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s administration call “coup d’etat” in Amhara regional state is reportedly killed.

DW Amharic cited Amhara region police commission to report that General Assaminew was killed after he was shot by security forces. What time he was exactly killed and under what circumstances seem to be blurry at this point in time.

He had been serving as head of peace and security of Amhara regional state until the government-linked him to the recent incident in Bahir Dar including for the killings of regional authorities, President Ambachew Mekonnen, his advisor Ezez Wasse and Migbaru Kebede who died of his wounds in hospital on Monday, according to reports from credible sources.

General Asaminew Tsige is reportedly killed in a place called Zenzelma which is located on the way between Bahir Dar and Gonder.

There is a tense situation in Bahir Dar, the seat of the Amhara regional state, and there are also reports of exchanges of gunfire also it is unclear as to who is involved in it. What is known is that Abiy Ahmed’s Administration has deployed defense force in Bahir Dar and its environs. It is also clear now that there is growing skepticism towards what Abiy Ahmed’s government and some members of Amhara Democratic Party officials call “coup d’etat” – the incident that unfolded on Saturday evening.

Asaminew Tsige was released from prison in 2018 after nine years behind the bar. He was thrown into prison on alleged grounds of organizing a coup d’etat against the government of the late Meles Zenawi’ administration.

On Saturday, January 22, 2019, Chief of staff of the Ethiopian Defense Force, Seare Mekonnen, was killed in his residence along with a close friend, General Gezai Abera. The Ethiopian government has linked the killing to the “coup d’etat” in Bahir Dar while a growing number of politicized Ethiopians tend to rather see it as a piece of evidence that the alleged coup d’etat in Bahir Dar was rather an orchestrated plot by Abiy’s government to disband special forces in Amhara region and systematically weaken Amhara Democratic Party leadership.

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