Ethiopian Airlines busted distorted report by Sudanese media about arms (hunting rifles) delivery that was meant to be for an authorized dealer
Sudanse Media, this week, indulged in distorted media narrative regarding arms delivery by Ethiopian Airlines. State owned SUNA and Sudan Tribune,a private one, made the story appear as if Ethiopia was smuggling arms to Sudan.
There was a clear attempt to make the title sensational. Government owned SUNA used the title “Weapons Shipment Coming from Ethiopia Detained at Khartoum Airport” while The Sudan Tribune made it sound as if Sudan seized illegal arms supply from Ethiopia. “Sudan seizes weapons shipped from Ethiopia,” is the title it used.
The shipment was simply, as Ethiopian Airlines clarified it later as the story was hyped, to an individual, apparently Sudanese, who is authorized to deal with arms trade.
The rifles are meant to be for hunting purposes. Ethiopian Airlines on Monday shared a brief statement on Monday explaining the matter. It also attached a picture of a legal document (clearance) for the shipmen. The statement is as follows :
“We would like to respond to the wrong article which appeared in SUNA, Sudan News Agency.
Ethiopian Airlines shipment of weapons to Sudan is a legal and commercial transportation of hunting guns with all proper documents of the shipper and the consignee. The hunting guns were held by security authorities in Addis Ababa for a long time for verification and the consignee sued Ethiopian in Sudanese court to either deliver the hunting guns or pay close to USD250,000 as compensation.
As we have got a clearance from Ethiopian security authorities after completing the due verification process, we shipped them to the consignee in Sudan.
We have all the documentations that prove the legality of the shipment including a letter from Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
We have attached the Air waybill or consignment note.”
On Sunday, the BBC Amharic service reported that Sudanese internal Affairs Ministry has confirmed that the weapons delivered via Ethiopian Airlines are legal.
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It shows how dysfunctional is Hamdok’s government is becoming. First they said a stash of arms Ethiopia sent to destabilize Sudan has been seized. Then they walked back on their own words and said ‘Ummmmm!!!! It was legal!!! Poor Hamdok! He is watching Abdul-Fattah with his one eye and el-Sisi on the other. He even sleeps with one eye still wide open. Poor boy!!! His left hand does not know what his right hand is doing. He is trying to make Turkey, Putin, China and the Entire Western world happy. Somebody, I said somebody, please give Hamdok a break! He needs to take a break, dude! He needs a well deserved vacation but no guarantee if his seat will still be there for him when he comes back! Poor soul!!!
Subject: “Sudanese distorted report about arms delivery from Ethiopian Airlines busted” borkena.com September 6, 2021
Humble Commentary, 7 September 2021
The Sudanese people are my most favorite for seemingly time immemorial.
The Sudanese PEOPLE are the most humble, considerate, kind, creatures on Earth.
The Sudanese People are as Sweet as their everlasting Music & that I used to sacrifice my night sleeps listening to Sudanese Music.
And so, when I see high ranking Sudanese individuals with strange characteristic in their relationship with Ethiopia, I become numb.
What happened to the unique characteristic of Sudan?
What happened to the FAIRNESS of the Sudanese People?
I can’t help musing whether I am totally changed — NOT the beautiful Sudanese People.
No, No, No — I shake my head and instead believe that strange personalities are governing the everlasting sweet people of Sudan.
I am sad … and leave it at THAT. THE END