Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) has sacked Sebsibe Kebede, the head of the Ethiopian Press Agency (EPA), after 11 years of service on Thursday.
The Reporter understands that Getnet Tadesse, from Walta Information Center, replaced Sebsibe as Director General of the Agency. He has worked for the Amhara Mass Media Bureau before joining Walta.
Getnet confirmed to The Reporter that he received his appointment on Wednesday.
Sebsibe became the latest top official either relieved or fired from office in the PM Abiy’s continued reform activities at the Federal and regional level.
However, it was not clear whether the longtime serving EPA head was given another responsibility or not.
Furthermore, the PM has assigned two new deputies: Wonim Tekle and Henok Seyoum (PhD).
It is to be recalled that, the House of People’s Representatives approved PM Abiy’s nominees for EPA Board management members in an extraordinary session on July 17, 2018.
Hence, among the seven members of the new board, Kassahun Gonfe, Sate Minister of Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO), was elected as chairman.
After nearly two months since assuming the chairmanship, Kassahun has also fired Sebsibe’s deputy, Mebratu Kiros, believed to have been at odds with employees over the past two years.