Lemma Megeressa (left) and PM Abiy Ahmed pictured collectively throughout the September 2018 ninth organizational convention of then OPDO in Jimma metropolis. It was at this convention that OPDO formally modified its title to ODP solely to in a while merge to make up Abiy’s new Prosperity Get together (PP) inflicting the primary rift between the 2.
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August 13/2020 – Ethiopia’s Protection Minister and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s one time shut ally Lemma Megerssa is positioned below home arrest, a number of sources confirmed to Addis Normal. The rumors have been circulating on social media for many a part of yesterday.
Ethiopia Insider, an internet primarily based native information media, additionally confirmed the information a couple of minutes in the past.
In keeping with three sources who spoke to Addis Normal, he was instructed on Tuesday evening by Normal Adem Mohammed, the Chief of Employees of the Ethiopian Nationwide Protection Forces, that he ought to “stay put” at his residence off Bole avenue “until further notice was issued.”
Yesterday, a few of his employees members on the Ministry of Protection, together with his secretary, have been barred from accessing his workplace, which was in a while searched by members of federal police forces, two sources from the Ministry confirmed.
Lemma was appointed as Protection Minister on April 18 2019. He made historical past as the primary President of Oromia regional state to have ever been unanimously elected by the regional Council (Caaffee) within the intense midst of the Oromo protests in October 2016. He doubled the Chairman of then Oromo Folks’s Democratic Group (OPDO). However on February 22 2018 he gave his seat up for PM Abiy, then his deputy, a transfer that paved methods for Abiy to imagine EPRDF’s chairmanship, a de facto place to develop into the following prime minister within the wake of the resignation of former PM Hailemariam Desalegn per week earlier.
Breaking – The 81 member of the #OPDO Central Committee has simply permitted Dr. Abiy Ahmed as chairman of the celebration & Lemma Megerssa as deputy chairman. Lemma, who was each chairman of OPDO & President of Oromia area, will now be deputy chairman of the OPDO & Pres. of #Oromia pic.twitter.com/4XgoMit1Ki— Addis Normal (@addisstandard) February 22, 2018
However Lemma’s relationship with PM Abiy soured after he overtly criticized the PM’s transfer to dismantle EPRDF in favor of the present Prosperity Get together (PP), guided by Abiy’s philosophy of “Medemer” (Synergy). In November 2019, Lemma stated he doesn’t subscribe to each “Medemer” as a philosophy and the merger of EPRDF to kind Prosperity Get together, a transfer seen by many as a serious blow to PM Abiy.
Though Lemma proclaimed to “narrow his differences and work together,” the relations between the 2 former allies by no means recovered since then. Nevertheless, rigidity rose excessive between PM Abiy and Lemma following the assassination of Distinguished Oromo artist Haccaaluu Hundessa and the breakneck crackdown that noticed main Oromo opposition figures, journalists, activists and academicians jailed. A number of sources affirm to Addis Normal that Abiy accuses Lemma of getting relations with Jawar Mohammed, PM Abiy’s one time ally-turned-fierce critique, who’s now in jail. AS
Editor’s Word: Addis Normal could have an upcoming clarifying scoop on the broadly circulated information of the suspension of Lemma Megerssa and two others from the Central Committee membership of ODP and the Home of Federation.
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