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VP of Oromia Region and other officials kicked out in connection with Oromo protests

March 3, 2016 3:02 am Published by


The Oromo Peoples’ Democratic Organization (OPDO) Politburo fired three of its higher officials in connection with the ongoing large-scale protests that have swept through Oromia region since November.
Office head of the OPDO and the vice president of the Oromia region, Daba Debele and head of the region’s administration and security bureau Solomon Kuchu were sacked last week. Both had been criticized for not doing enough to tackle the existing political crisis and the violent turn it has taken. OPDO named revenues and customs authority director Beker Shale as replacement office head and Bezu Wakbeka, a close Hailemariam ally, as the region’s administration and security bureau head. Beker, who had to relinquish the top job at revenues and customs authority, will have a formidable task ahead of him in resolving the standoff in the region without wasting any time. The extent to which he will be able to stand up to the massive pressures on him from political and military establishment at a particularly fraught moment could decide his future career, observers say. Bezu, who will have a tough responsibility, was named as social affairs advisor minister to the Prime Minister September on 5, 2015 and he served as head of OPDO’s urban politics and organization division before. Daba, who served as the head of the Oromia state bureau of education for almost five years, became the regions’ vice president since June 2015. Whether this is the final break-up for him with the party and the regime is yet to be seen.
Head of OPDO’s urban politics and organization division, Lesisa Hailu was another causality of the recent event and was told to leave office. He was replaced by a lesse r-known figure, the administrator of Arsi Zone Sada Nasha.
The high ranking OPDO members’ sacking have been seen as a part of a wider crackdown on “anti-party activities” who are rendered weak and ineffective in the face of the massive protests that rocked the region. Some more expulsions, reprimands and fines for several other party members are expected in the evaluation session going in Adama town.
Source (Ethiopia Observer)



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