August 29, 2018 - Former Communications Minister of Ethiopia and Senior Advisor to Prime Minister, Bereket Simon, accused higher ranking Ethiopian officials of collaborating with Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki.
In interviews he gave with several radio and online media promoting his new book, Bereket specifically said that the former Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn, had talks with Isaias Afewerki about former officials such as himself and what to do about them. Bereket Simon felt that the senior Ethiopian officials, including leaders from his own regional party, the Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM), may have taken advice from the Eritrea President to sideline them.
Bereket Simon dismissed allegations of corruption, saying that he doesn't have any property or house under his name, and that he still lives in government subsidized housing.
The former minister Bereket Simon also disclosed that he heard about his suspension from the central committe membership within the ANDM through the media just like everybody else and he is not very happy about it. He said he could not attend the meeting that decided his fate because party leaders would not guarantee his safety.
Regarding his relations with the current Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, he disclosed that he still works with him and takes assigments from time to time. Further, he said he was offered assignment as Ambassador to EU but declined due to the fact that he does not want to live abroad.
Bereket Simon said he is alarmed by the current security situation inside the country, where many regions are partly controlled by what he said are vigilantes.
Interviews with the former Ethiopian minister Bereket Simon can be found here and here and here.