Disavowed TPLF member vows to join other parties
Following his unprecedented resignation from the Tigray People Liberation Front(TPLF), Zadig Abraha, currently pursuing his Master’s degree in the UK, is planning to come back to Ethiopia to a future of political participation, The Reporter has learnt.
In a telephonic interview with The Reporter from the UK, Zadig spoke of his is plans to come back after completing his study to pursue his political career in Ethiopia.
The former spokesperson of the Office of the Prime Minister and deputy head of the Government Communications Affairs Office with state ministerial portfolio was among the young faces of TPLF since he joined the party back in 2008/09. Since then, he has served in different posts at the federal level including the now defunct Government of Communication Affairs Office and the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Secretariat.
“TPLF was my first party as far as my political life is concerned,” he said to The Reporter, denying the speculation that he was first member of the then Amhara National Democratic Movement Party, now ADP.
Zadig announced his resignation on February 5, 2019 and attributed his departure to his views no more aligning to his party TPLF.
“It is been so long since I started to depart from the views and ides reflected by those within the party,” he said, adding;“What is different now is that I made it official.”
He also admitted that during the latest TPLF meeting he was condemned by members for different reasons.
Even if it was not true, “I was criticized for being a champion of color revolution, and establishing informal networks with people like the former Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn, Deputy PM Demeke Mekonne and other unnamed foreigners.”
“I was also criticized for conspiring to bring about a regime change,” he said. In general, I was sidelined by the party for allegations of working against the interest of TPLF.”
It was since the last meeting,held back in October, 2018,that Zadig reportedly begun to detach himself from the party.
Since then, he is also accused of working closely with other parties within the incumbent EPRDF, particularly the Amhara Democratic Party.
Zadig, however, unequivocally denies these claims saying that it is completely unfounded and that it is something that the party is using to harass him.
In his resignation letter,one of issues Zadig raised is his difference with the party regarding the handling of the Raya issue. “The way the Raya issue is being handled is not a democratic way,” he said on the letter.
“The issue in Raya must be handled properly and the people in Raya have to be given the right to hold referendum,” said Zadig.
Moreover, he indicated that he will soon join a political party which he thinks will fit his views and aspirations.
He, however, said; “It is not the time now to disclose which party I am planning to join.”
“I will definitely return to Ethiopia and continue the fight for democracy,”Zadig reiterated.
In a response to his resignation,Getachew Reda, an executive committee member of TPLF, told Awramba Times that the issue is not a matter of individuals rather it is a matter of values and ideas.
“TPLF is above Getachew, it is above Meles Zenawi, it is above Sebaht Nega. TPLF is above personalities,” said Getachew.