December 18, 2017 - Ethiopia's National Security Council will investigate the cause of the chelenko conflict and take the necessary measures against those responsible for the conflict and loss of lives, said Dr Negeri Lencho, Minister of Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO) .The government deeply regrets the loss of lives and will discharge it constitutional responsibilities to ensure the safety of its citizens, he underscored.
The conflict which recently occurred in Chelenko, east Hararge zone, claimed the lives of 16 people,. In an interview he had yesterday, Dr Negeri noted that security officials need to take the necessary precaution to avoid loss of lives during conflicts by taking proportionate measures.
Commenting on the recent instability occurred in some universities, the Minister said, the problem was associated with sport event.Following the incident, ethnic-based attacks were carried out and students killed in some universities, he said.
After expressing his condolences to the families of the victims, the Minister said the government, in partnership with regional states and local community, is working to create an environment where students feel safe and resume the teaching-learning process in the universities affected by the instability.
In general, the Executive Committee of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) met this week to address the root causes of the problems facing the country, he said.According to him, the Committee is expected to come up with decisions which will help to bring about radical change at individual and institutional levels.