Illegal administrative structures”, “disband armed groups” and return IDPs in Western Tigray by the end of June. Vice president of Tigray Gen,Tadesse

Mekelle:  2 May 2024 (Tigray Herald)

Illegal administrative structures”, “disband armed groups” and return IDPs in Western Tigray by the end of June. Gen Tadesse

The Vice-President of the Tigray interim administration, Gen Tadesse Worede, revealed Wednesday that an agreement had been reached with the Federal Government to dismantle “illegal administrative structures”, “disband armed groups” and return IDPs in Western Tigray by the end of June. Gen Tadesse said the same process would be executed in Southern Tigray (Raya area) and Tselemti by the end of May. The implementation of the agreement will involve the AU monitoring mechanism, he added. He also accused armed groups in the “occupied” areas of engaging in skirmishes with the Federal security forces to “obstruct the implementation” of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement. Gen Tadesse denounced “divisive narratives” by factions within Tigray that oppose the Agreement.

2) Ethiopia has asked the Council of the European Union (EU) to reconsider its visa restrictions on its nationals. In a statement by the Ethiopian embassy in Brussels on Tuesday, Addis Ababa expressed “dismay” at the decision to suspend some elements of the EU policy on the issuance of visas to Ethiopians, saying that it was passed when the two sides were “working closely for the return of Ethiopians” not allowed to stay in EU countries in a “dignified, orderly and safe manner”. The embassy also said the decision did not consider the “strong cooperation between Ethiopia and EU in returning Ethiopian nationals and the “painstaking process… to establish the identities of nationalities”. It also “obstructs the ongoing practical steps” in implementing a previous agreement, the statement stressed.

3) Unidentified gunmen killed two local officials in Lasta woreda, North Wollo zone, Amhara region, on Tuesday, BBC Amharic reported. The woreda administrator, Getachew Melsie, and the health office head, Million Afework, were killed close to the smaller town of Kulmesk while returning by a vehicle from a meeting in the zonal capital Woldiya, the report said. According to the report, another unnamed person was also killed while at least two other people were injured in the attack. At the time of filing the report, the woreda administration office had not commented on the alleged incident. Other sources blamed members of the Fano militia, the report said.

4) The government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has selected five state enterprises to sell their stakes to the public via the nascent Ethiopian Securities Exchange (ESX), the Reporter newspaper reported on Wednesday, quoting officials of the Ethiopian Investment Holdings, a conglomerate of state enterprises. According to the report, the selected enterprises that are under the Ethiopian Investment Holdings are: Birhan ena Selam Printing Enterprise, the Ethiopian Insurance Corporation, the Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Enterprise, the Ethiopian Educational Materials Production and Distribution Agency, and the Ethiopian Tourist Trading Enterprise. According to the report, the officials said the government had not yet decided the amount of stake to be sold by each. Earlier, the government announced that ESX would start its operations before the end of the year, by selling 10 percent stake of the Ethio Telecom, the country’s largest telecommunication company.

5) The Confederation of Ethiopian Trade Unions (CoTU) said workers were demanding a meeting with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. At a May Day indoor event in Addis Ababa organised by CoTU, the workers said the authorities had not facilitated the platforms to hear their grievances. CoTU said the workers had expressed concern that Abiy had not met them, pointing out that he had held discussions with various sections of the society in the past few months. May Day was celebrated in Ethiopia amidst CoTU’s demands for the establishment of a board to determine minimum wages and the reduction of the taxes on workers’ salaries.

Source፡Wazema Radio

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