This week Prime Minister Ahmed Ali Abiy announced the start of military escalation on the 3rd November. Since, then the state has gone into full gear, moving soldiers and using air-strikes in Mekelle, the capital of the Tigray state. This is all deliberate act by the Federal Government to show muscle and use force against Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) who have defied the Federal Government and even held an election in September.
The Prime Minister is now using more strength and power towards the TPLF. Even trying to muster international community to understand his reasoning for going to war. The man is using the army to silence the Tigrayan people and its leadership. The Prosperity Party is already arresting, sacking and going after the ethnic Tigrayan in civil service, army and in state owned enterprises. The PP is going on total warfare against them.
That is why the Prime Minister needs to ensure he has loyal allies who he can trust. As his battling wars on several of fronts. The PM is now ensuring he has persons he can trust in his cabinet. In the new changes,
Demeke Mekonnen will both be his deputy and the Foreign Minister.
General Birhanu Jula is appointed to the Chief of Staff of the Army.
Lieutenant General Abebaw Tadesse appointed as the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army.
Gedu Andargachew appointed as the Advisor to National Security.
Temesgen Tiruneh appointed as the Head of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS)
Demelash Gebremichael appointed as the Commissioner of the Federal Police.
These are all loyalists from either OPDO or ANDM who became the PP. He has done these changes to have a better control and consolidate power even more. To people who he trusts and knows will fight his cause.
They have created this war-cabinet and done this changes. To ensure the warfare goes as planned in Tigray. Also, most likely also have the efforts to stop possible demonstrations, protests and issues appearing in Oromia. As the state is already heavily armed, use of force and stifled dissidents in the region there as well. Even if they didn’t issue war like they have in Tigray.
Abiy is issuing war and military operations. This is why he has changed his cabinet to fit the program of war. To have his closest allies. So, that they will have his back in the middle of this. Because, the toxic behaviour will have costs and implications for the PM too. They are throwing blame and trying to forge a narrative, which isn’t true. They faked a war and now they have to live with the bloodshed. They got to live with the fleeing refugees to Sudan. There will be more effects as this prolongs. Not only losing a jet fighter, but loose life as well. There is reports of casualties on the border between Amhara and Tigray. Therefore, this is just the beginning and the first week of it.
The PM is feeling the pressure. The need to address it and the need to state his “truth” which is totally fabricated. The PP and the PM knows this, but they need to sell their story. TPLF has been wrong and been tyrants in the past. However, the tyranny right now is coming from the PP and the PM. Who is ordering air-strikes on civilians and creating a war to prove his arrogance.
The PM hope to get help to solve this and have the support system to continue this by appointing these people. So, that he has allies he can trust in the middle of warfare in Tigray. Because, that is what his doing currently. It is tragic, it is pointless and it is only done for him to prove a point. Not because its legitimate or sincere. None of this is. Only hubris and lack of integrity. Peace.