Ethiopia: Will the World Bank accept the blocking of the funding of the Safety Net Program in Tigray?

The World Bank together with development partners has supported a Safety Net Development projects since the financial year of 2018 and it’s supposed to end by 31st December 2020. It is called by them Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP). This is supposed to support farmers and secure food security across the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE).

Clearly, the fallout between the Tigray and Addis Ababa. The result of the political stalemate between Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Prosperity Party (PP) has yet another financial implication. The PP have already blocked Federal Support of the Regional Government of Tigray. Also, collaboration between the House of Federation (HoF) and Regional Government of Tigray has ceased.

Today, the news that the Federal Government are now blocking the funds and support through the World Bank Program of PSNP. A program made for farmers, secure livelihood and give the farmers social accountability. Latest support from the World Bank was in September 2020. The Federal Government got $66m USD allocated to PSNP. The funds now blocked has to be from this.

This means the state is deliberately blocking one region from accessing funds given to the whole Republic. It wasn’t given to just Amhara or Oromia. No, it was given to the government representing the whole Republic. That means, the altering of the funding, which was intended to them all.

The funders of the PSNP should react to this. Especially, if they care for the livelihood of the farmers in Tigray. If the state had blocked farmers in Ogaden or in Oromia. There would be the same reason to cry havoc. This is wrong on all basis and only done because the PP is punishing the Tigray for not following the “orders” from Addis.

The Federal Government is punishing the farmers of Tigray. That is the reality of this. The foreign donors are blocked from giving needed aid to Tigray. Just because the PP and Federal Government isn’t friendly with Mekelle at the moment.

This is tragic that foreign aid can be used like this and be suspended, because of the Napoleon Complex of the Prime Minister. Peace.

Ethiopia: PM Abiy removes his Oromo backers

The rise of Prime Minister Abiy Ali Ahmed are continuing his consolidation of power, which he started with the creation of Prosperity Party (PP) out of the Party Coalition Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Defence Force (EPRDF). Now, his continuing it with taking out the people who supported him and backed him while he rose to power.

Now he gone after his side-kick and backer from the Oromo People’s Democratic Organization (OPDO) to Oromo Democratic Party (ODP) and all the way to PP. He has already politically arrested all main opposition in Oromia. They are all charged and in prison. While others who defy the PP and the Central Government will be forced to silence or detained. Just like the recent arrests of leaders from Wolayata Zone.

Today, there are reports that these are dismissed and removed from the PP:

Lemma Megersa, Minister of Defence

Tayiba Hassen, Deputy president of the Oromia regional state,

– Dr Milkesa Mideksa, Representative of Oromia regional state

This is all a clear sign of that there are only one man to listen too and the others has to keep their traps shut. Because, the man on the top, the Prime Minister will demote or get rid of the ones who are in his way. There is no other way to see it now. His making political prisoners out of the opposition, making fake-coups towards the ones who doesn’t support him and appoint leaders who are his allies. He get rid of the ones who are facing him and wants glory for all his work.

The Prime Minister is playing a dangerous game here. The consolidation of power can only take you so far. At one point, paranoia and despair will be on his mind. The PM will cause conflict and warn people. He will talk of danger, but when he is the one who orders the guns.

Now, he went for the ones who was behind his rise to become PM. The ones who was close and supported him. When he can do this to them. What can he do to a real opposition? People who are fighting for liberty, freedom and justice? They will suffer, these people lost their titles and been removed. However, this only shows what sort of fella the PM is.

We can wonder what he does next, but he does not run on reforms anymore. The PM runs on control and by any means. He doesn’t care of the costs, as long as his supreme. Peace.

Ethiopia: The Prosperity Party plans a selective recruitment process…

The Prosperity Party have launched their strategies ahead. It is an insightful prospect in the months ahead. As the ruling regime have a three month scope ahead, which was released the Finfinne Intercept.

The PP are intending to invite the ministers, state ministers, commissioners and directors. Who are yet to become members of the party. They are also planning recruitment of scholars and those who are primly qualified for senior management. The party plans to have people from all zones, districts (woreda) and wards (kebele).

They are not planning to get the visionaries, but only the people who will follow the future and realize the national prosperity. Where the party is avoiding getting the resilient ones who want to change the world order. That follows the party program and constitution, but not the ones whose willing to chance to change it.

The PP continues that they don’t want to recruit people from the primly ideologically biased from the 60 generations of the oppressed. Where there will be an independent training of the recruits and paper, which will be developed by the Office of Prosperity.

This shows that the PP plans to have the ones that are only working for their cause and not the voices of dissident. The PP doesn’t want the ones whose oppressed. The party doesn’t want the writers and scholars who stand for the oppressed.

The PP is afraid of the educated and the scholars, who becomes members and would expose their misdeeds. For the oppressed and the ones who will tell. The PP just want members who are blind followers and who follows protocol.

This is all clearly another method of the party to ensure they have no dissent. Another step showing the rebranding of PP and the whole government of Prime Minister Ahmed Ali Abiy.

We can take that as a sign of the leadership, as the PP has a significant plan for their recruitment. If this is how its going forward. It is a clear warning of how they will behave and as a one-party state. It is evident that dissidents will suffer and the party will shield the oppression.

That is the sort of behaviour, which is clearly a thing now. I’m just awaiting the time for the PP to denounce this report and say its isn’t what they meant. Because, this is really showing their true character and it’s not looking good. Peace.

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