EPRDF regime's self image of ethnically Balkanized Ethiopia, established by late Dictator Melese Zenawie. Freedom of Press is Dead in ethnocracy based irridentism. Fertile land is grabbed by foreign speculators, over 5 million are starving. 500'000 kids are on the streets. Millions are displaced by force. The regime is arming proxy warriors. Dams are built wantonly risking the existence of millions of indigenous people. Eritreans Moles are Ruling even after seceding in 1991.
Three new deputy Chief of Staffs appointed to Ethiopian National Defence Forces (ENDF) while sixty-one senior officers are promoted today.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam appointed today three new deputy Chief of Staffs.
The new deputy Chief of Staffs are:- 1. General Seare Mekonen Yimer 2. General Adem Mohamed Ahmed 3. General Berhanu Jula Gelelcha
There has not been a position of deputy of Chief of Staff to date. These newly created posted could be indicators of who will succeed the current Chief of Staff Samora Yenus.
Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome, on the other hand, granted senior military titles to 61 officers today.
According to the list released on the state media and translated by HornAffairs, 40 Colonels are promoted to Birgadier General rank; 14 Birgadier Generals are promoted to Major General rank; 3 Major Generals are promoted to Lieutenant General rank and 4 Lieutenant Generals are promoted to full General rank.
The following Lieutenant Generals are promoted to full General rank:- 1. Seare Mekonen Yimer (currently head of Education and Training main department) 2. Abraha Woldemariam Genzebu (currently head of Operation main department) 3. Adem Mohamed Ahmed (currently chief of Air force) 4. Berhanu Jula Gelelcha (currently head of Peacekeeping Mission center of ENDF)
The promotion to Full General rank is the first in a decade. It was in 2007 that General Samora Yenus was promoted to Full General rank. (See HornAffairs’ profile of Gen. Samora). It was not clear if there has been anyone with a Full General rank in the modern military history of Ethiopia.
The following Major Generals are promoted to Lieutenant General rank:- 1. Mehari Zewdie Gebremariam (currently head of Human Resources main department) 2. Mola Hailemariam Alemayehu (currently Sector head at South Sudan peacekeeping mission) 3. Hasan Ebrahim Musao (currently Force Commander of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei – UNISFA).
The promotion of 3 officer to Lieutenant Generals is generous compared to previous years. In the past six years, only two officers, namely Yohannes Gebremeskel and Gebrat Ayele, have been promoted to Lt. General rank.
The following Brigadier Generals are promoted to Major General rank:- 1. Atakleti Berhe Gebremariam 2. Yayne Seyoum Gebremariam 3. Asrat Denoyro Ahmed 4. Zewedu Belay Malefya 5. Mulu Girmay Gebrehiwot 6. Fiseha Kidanemariam Woldehiwot 7. Kumsa Shanqo Desta 8. Wagnew Amare Desalegn 9. Shuma Abdeta Heka 10. Belay Seuoum Akele 11. Mohamed Tesema Geremew 12. Abdurahman Ismael Alo 13. Mesele Meseret Tegegne 14. Kefyalew Amde Tesema
Clashes between two of Ethiopia’s largest ethnic groups have forced around one million people to leave their homes, according to a UN report seen by AFP.
Fighting between the Oromo and Somali peoples along the shared border between their two states occurred sporadically through 2017 but the situation intensified in September, leaving hundreds of people dead by a government estimate and displacing scores of others trying to flee the violence.
Statistics from the UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM) show that the conflict-related displacement is more widespread than previously known and one of the biggest seen by Ethiopia in recent years.
“Preliminary data from the latest round of the IOM Displacement Tracking Matrix conducted in November 2017 indicates that around 1 million persons have been displaced due to conflict along the Oromia-Somali regional border,” dating back to at least 2015, said a report by the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
In 2017 alone, 700,000 people were displaced with the IOM recording a “significant spike” in September of that year.
An official with IOM’s office in the capital Addis Ababa declined to comment further on the data, cited in the OCHA report dated January 23.
Ethiopia is divided into ethnically demarcated federal states intended to give the country’s many ethnic groups self-determination.
While Oromos and Somalis have lived side-by-side in each other’s region, quarrels between the two ethnic groups over access to land and resources have occurred for years along the borders of their two states, Oromia and Somali.
The reasons for the conflict’s sudden intensification last year remain unclear, but both sides accuse the other of carrying out atrocities and forcing people of the opposite ethnic group out of their respective states.
“Often having fled with nothing more than personal possessions at hand, most of the IDPs remain in precarious conditions, fully dependent on government and international humanitarian assistance,” the IOM said.