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Political Earth Tremor in Ethiopia

IT was a big relief to all democratic forces in Africa when the Ethiopian military putsch of Saturday, June 22, was crushed by the government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. It all began ominously enough with the assassination of Amhara regional president, Ambachew Mekonnen, whilst at a security meeting with key officials in the city of Bahir Dar. Almost simultaneously, in Addis Ababa, the Chief of the General Staff, Se’are Mekonnen, was gunned down by his own orderly. The alleged mastermind, Brigadier-General Asamnew Tsige, had apparently intended to instigate simultaneous attacks on prominent political and military leaders across the country so as to bring down the government. 

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Resisting political intimidation and bullying

IN August, shortly after defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC, former governor and current senator, Godswill Akpabio, was reported as declaring that the takeover of Akwa Ibom State by his new party would be like Hitler’s 1940 invasion of Poland. “Warsaw saw war and war saw Warsaw”, Akpabio said, at the funeral service of his grand mother-in-law at Aguebu-Owa, in Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State. “We can’t talk politics in the church; but in 2019, Warsaw shall see war and war shall see Warsaw. The return will be victory. May God grant us victory”.

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