Council calls for more public contribution to maintain rule of law, protect citizens' rights

Addis Ababa, January 10, 2018 (FBC) –Ethiopia’s Minister of Defense, Siraj Fegessa, has called on the public to strengthen their contribution in the efforts being made to maintain rule of law and protect citizens' constitutional rights.

In a press conference he issued today, Siraj said that conflicts were occurred in some parts of the country after the lifting of the state of emergency imposed in October 2016. Ethiopia lifted the state of emergency last April.

The National Security Council of Ethiopia, which was established to control the situation and restore peace, reviewed the activities it carried out during the past one and a half months, with a particular focus on performances of the joint federal and regional security forces.

The Council examined the conflicts that occurred at higher learning institutions and Oromia-Ethiopian Somali regional states border as well as demonstrations staged but organized by unknown bodies, the Minister said.

The joint forces were partially successful in controlling the conflicts seen in some parts of the country and they were able to deal with problems that hampered the free movement and well being of the people.

However, there are individuals who are still staging demonstrations in some pocket areas by holding a flag of some groups that were designated as terrorist organizations by the House of People’s Representatives (HPR). 

According to the Minister, the problems at higher learning institutions have been alleviated and the learning-teaching process has now returned to normalcy. Those responsible for the problem are under prosecution.

Regarding the conflict at Oromia-Ethiopian Somali regional states border, he said, as per the request of both regional states, national defense forces were deployed and they managed to control the situation.

He further said 270 Kalashnikov rifles, 200 pistols and a total of 66,000 bullets were seized while being smuggled illegally into the country to escalate the conflicts.

Translated and posted by Amare Asrat