ADP Vows to Bring Coup Plotters to Justice

  • Govt Airs voice of alleged Coup leader Giving Order  
  • Some marching soldiers involved

ADDIS ABEBA – The Amhara Democratic Party (ADP), ruling party of Amhara regional state, has vowed to hunt down and punish all those involved in last week’s failed coup attempt in the region.

A state militia commanded by Brigadier General Asamnew Tsige attacked regional government buildings in Bahir Dar on June 22, and killed Chief administrator of the region, Dr. Ambachew Mekonnen. His advisor Eizez Wasie and the regional state’s Attorney General, Migbaru Kebebe, were also killed.

Government also said Chief of Staff of the National Defense Force, General Seare Mekonnen, along with Major General Geza’e Abera, was also killed in attack related to the coup attempt.

In a statement issued following its urgent session on Sunday, the ruling party of the region said the arrest and measures against all those involved in the coup attempt will continue in order to ensure rule of law in the region.

The Security and Justice Joint Task Force has so far arrested a total of 255 suspects both in Bahir Dar and Addis Ababa in connection with the coup, while the ringleader of the coup, Asaminew, was killed last Monday.

ADP also warned some groups to refrain from spreading erroneous information that may mislead the public about the attacks while calling on the public to stand united and condemn the deadly attacks.

– Asaminew’s Voice-

Late last week, the government also released a recording of the state militia commander Asaminew.

The prime minister’s press office said the recording released on Friday was of a phone conversation between Asamnew and the head of the state-run Amhara Mass Media Agency.

“Don’t be scared. Tell the people of the region especially Bahir Dar to stay in their homes and also tell the regional security and the militia to remain calm,” the voice identified as Asamnew’s said.

“We have taken measures against the leaders because the regional ruling party leaders have sabotaged the peoples’ demands,” he added.

– Surprised by the attack –

The ask-force that includes members of the federal police and national intelligence is investigating the plot and whether the attacks in Addis Abeba and Bahir Dar are linked.

But Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the killings of five top military and government officials in two cities were aimed at toppling the regional government.

“We had never thought we would face such dangers from those who benefited from amnesty offered by government,” Abiy said of the June 22 deadly attacks.

He also said some of the soldiers who marched to the prime minister’s office in October last year, were involved in the coup attempt.

“Any attempt to seize power through guns and not the ballot box will take Ethiopia a hundred years backwards,” he said. Africa’s second-most populous nation is due to hold elections next year.

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