Ethiopia: Ministry Detains Those Who Persuade Soldiers To Go To PM Office


Addis Ababa, October 13, 2018  –The Ministry of National Defense has begun detaining those who are responsible in encouraging some soldiers to go to the Prime Minister’s Office last Wednesday.

Around 250 members of the Defence Force, who stationed in and around Addis Ababa, went to the Prime Minister’s Office with guns last Wednesday.

They went to the office to express their grievances related to pay rise and other benefits as well as problems of good governance.

“The procedure which they followed has violated the Constitution and is against military ethics,” said General Seare Mekonnen, Chief of Staff of the National Defense Force of Ethiopia.

Members of the Defense Force who took part in Wednesday’s illegal activities apologized yesterday for the wrong procedures they followed, he said.

General Seare said his office is currently detaining those who are responsible in masterminding this illegal activity.

Among the detainees include senior military officers and individuals, he said, adding administrative measures will be taken against them in the future.

He said the Ministry of National Defense Force will respond to grievances of the soldiers.




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