The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressed today that he hopes that the government would shorten the time of the state of emergency which has been in effect since February 16, 2018. Tillerson said this at his media briefing along with Workineh Gebeyehu (PhD), Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Siraj Fegessa, head of the Secretariat of the Command Post, which was established to oversee the implementation of the state of emergency, who is also Minister of Defense, announced today March 7 that artilleries of security forces have been snatched since the state of emergency was announced. He also said that 17 members of the security have sustained injuries from violent mobs around the country.
Defense Minister Siraj Fegessa announced in a media briefing in his office that the detailed implementation directive for the state of emergency will be announced soon.
Siraj also stated that the declaration of the state of emergency was needed as it became difficult to arrest the growing protests and loss of lives in the country through the regular law enforcement mechanisms.
The Minister of Defense and Secretariat of the National Security Council, Siraj Fegessa, accused officials of the Oromia and Somali Regional States of showing extreme reluctance to bring perpetrators, who were involved in the recent boarder clash between the two regions, into justice.
Ethnic Ethiopian Somalis displaced as a result of the border conflict between residents of Somali and Oromia regions said they are in a dire situation given the scarcity of food and water in the camp they have been transferred to.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs today announced that Ethiopians have become victims of the notorious slave trade in Libya. The Ministry also said that it has been able to identify the locations of the victims.
In a press conference held to discuss the tax collection performance of the Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority (ERCA), Moges Balcha, the director, announced that the amount of tax collected in the past four months is less than the planned revenue.
Regions to be accountable for unrest in their regions
The National Security Council of Ethiopia issued a stern warning to regional governments on Friday that they will be held accountable if they do not control the simmering protests in their respective jurisdictions for they are no longer tolerated by the state.
Egypt requested the Tripartite National Committee (TNC), which includes Ethiopia and Sudan, to use the 1959 colonial water sharing agreement signed between Egypt and Sudan, as a springboard when an impact assessment is conducted.