PM Abiy Urges Universities to Take Action, Warns Closure if Violence Persists

By Staff Reporter

PM-Abiy-warns-universitiesNovember 15, 2019 ( -- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has urged universities to take action on violent students and warned the government will shut down universities if they continue to be grounds for ethnic-based clashes.

The premier made the remark on Friday, November 15, 2019, while holding discussion with board chairmen and presidents of universities and heads of regional and federal security offices on possible solutions to halt ongoing ethnic-based clashes occurring in some universities of the country.

Abiy urged the leadership of the universities to take administrative measures against those students involved in creating chaos on university grounds.

“You don’t need to negotiate. You have to take administrative measures on those students who are there to incite violence in the universities after legal procedures are followed, Abiy told university presidents.

He blamed a third party for violence happening on university grounds. “The violence on university grounds are sponsored by some group of people having hidden political agenda,” he said

According to the premier, there are forces which are organizing, financing and deploying the youth to create unrest in different campus.

 “Some students do not understand that there are people who do not want to die but push others to die. These forces organize and deploy young people to get their mission of dis-stabilizing the public done without involving themselves physically, Abiy added

The premier advised the universities to fix CCTV camera in their respective university compounds so that they can locate places where the violence happen and those students who incite the violence.

The premier warned that universities will be shut down if leadership at all levels and the community fail to bring stability to the institutions.

Abiy also cautions that legal measures will be taken against students who are responsible for the instability of the universities.

The premier also stressed the need for the university administrations to apply electronic fingerprint to identify their students and as part of an effort to avert violent situations.

The premier called on the town administration, security forces and residents to join hands to address the clashes occurring in the universities.

The Ethiopian Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MoSHE) recently blamed a third party for ongoing inter-ethnic clashes in various universities of the country.

Meanwhile, the executive committee of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) is set to hold a discussion on Saturday, November 16, 2019. The extraordinary meeting is expected to pass the final decision on the formation of a united national party.   

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