The Audit and Inspection Commission of Semayawi (Blue) Party, one of the notable opposition political parties in Ethiopia, has dissolved the Executive Committee of the party by stating that the latter has failed to hold an election to replace the missing members of the Committee forfeiting on the responsibilities assigned to them by the national council of the party.
Abera Gebru, chairman of the Audit and Inspection Commission of the party, told The Reporter that the Committee has failed to execute its major activities by not electing and replacing the missing member of the party’s supreme leadership body: the Executive Committee.
During the General Assembly meeting of the party, which was held recently, the issue of the Executive Committee was raised and discussed thoroughly, according to chairman of Audit Commission. During that discussion, it was decided that the Executive Committee should have held an election to replace the missing members of the Committee and hence the Executive Committee is not performing its task properly, he said. Therefore, the Commission has decided to dissolve the current Executive Committee and called for a General Assembly meeting, scheduled for September 24, 2016, to replace the dissolved Executive Committee.
Till the General Assembly meeting the current vice president will undertake the day-to-day activities of the party, Abera said.
“No doubt the party’s activities will be crippled during this period, however, the vice president and other organs of the party will try to undertake the activities of the party and that’s why the Commission called an urgent General Assembly meeting to elect new Executive Committee members that will resume the party’s activity in its full capacity, Abera explained further.
By the same token, Negese Teferedgn Vice President of the party confirmed to The Reporter that the Audit and Inspection Commission has dissolved the Executive Committee and he will undertake the activities of the party till the next General Assembly takes place.
According to the bylaws of the party, the Executive Committee should be made up of 11 members including the president of the party. However, from the beginning, the Executive Committee was consisted only of the eight members because the national council of the party did not endorse the three proposed candidates presented by the president earlier this year.
On top of that, three members of the Committee have resigned from the Committee citing different reasons while one is on a leave of absence; as a result the Committee members have been reduced to four. Therefore, this has affected the activities of the party and that’s why the commission has taken the decision to dissolve the current Committee and called a General Assembly meeting to replace the Executive Committee, Negese explained in detail.
President of the Party Yilekal Getnet (Eng.) is on an extended tour in North America, and, according to the bylaws of the party, the vice president will replace the president in its absence and hence the vice president will be in charge till the General Assembly takes place.