Tension Between Federal Government, Tigray Region Worsening

By Staff Reporter

Debretsion-GebremichaelOctober 20, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Tensions between Ethiopia’s federal government and northern Tigray region continue to worsen with the region’s president Debretsion Gebremichael accused Abiy’s administration of obstructing control of desert locust invasion in the region.

The allegation comes after the federal government reportedly confiscated ‘fighting drones’ belonging to the Tigray regional state at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.

The desert locust has damaged crop production on thousands of hectares of land in Ethiopia’s Amhara, Oromia, Afar, Tigray and Somalia regions and poses a great concern for food and economic security in north eastern part of the country.

The Tigray regional government said the drone was to prevent the spread of locust, a claim the federal government has dismissed.

Speaking at the graduation of the region’s special air force, the president said the federal government is subjecting the people of Tigray to hunger by obstructing the region’s efforts of preventing locust invasion.

He ordered the graduates to discharge dual responsibilities of safeguarding the people of Tigray from internal and external threats. “You should defend forces which are striving to surrender the people of Tigray” he added.

“Internal and external enemies have joined forces to demean the people of Tigray. These forces have been conspiring to overpower the people of Tigray,” said Deberetsion who called on the graduates to safeguard the constitution and rights of the people of Tigray.

He said the federal government has distributed face-masks in all schools across the country but the Tigray region in a bid to making the pupils of the region vulnerable to coronavirus infection.

He said the people of Tigray had conducted elections amid pressures from the federal government and that left region to continued retribution.

Plant Consecrations Directorate with the ministry of agriculture said the federal government is battling locust invasions in Tigray region too and chemical spraying air crafts will be deployed in the region shortly.

Meanwhile Ethiopian National Defence Force on Tuesday announced decision to establish two additional regiments in a bid to deter looming internal and external threats.

The Force’s decision comes amid allegations that the nation’s security forces have failed to maintain law and order as religious and ethnic based attacks continue to claim several lives in different parts of the country.

Defense Force Chief of Staff General Adem Mohammed said the new regiments will be stationed in the capital Addis Ababa and the nation’s northern city - Bahir Dar to independently protect the security of the country and bring sustainable peace.

The new regiments are formed after peace and security threats were analyzed, the Chief of Staff said. The new regiments will increase the total regiments the nation has to six.

The chief of staff said rigorous security reform has been underway over the past two years in order to establish strong peacekeeping force equipped with modern technology to defend the country from any threat.

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