According to report submitted to wlka this week, the detainees are:
Mr. Kassahun Adem, the party’s 2015 election candidate for national parliament and the party’s Representative for Gongua County. The regional government cadres claimed Kassahun was in a process of purchasing a machine gun and at the same time, facilitating others to acquire a gun. He was arrested last week. The report states if it was true, the gun purchase is legal in the region. One has to register his/her weapon with authority after acquiring it. The report adds it is a pretext to get him as the party member.
The second detainee is Mr. Amare Yilak, the party’s 2015 candidate for regional council on Dayana County Constituency. He has been in detention since May 2016. The ANDM cadres claimed Amare lost money when he was working as a cashier, but private audit report indicates Amare’s records clear, nothing was lost.
The worst thing in Amhara Region is it has no independent a judicial system, police, attorneys, and judges are the ruling party members and work for the ruling party, not for justice. Observers say the Agaw people are targets of injustice in the region as we learned from the Kemant’s case.
In related news, ANDM cadre led a riot in Gondar on July 15, 2016, targets the Tigrian people. Rioters looted the Tigrian property especially, in Gondar City and Debark. Some Kemant property was also taken. Unrest erupted after the federal police arrested individuals called Walkiet Liberation Committee members. The group has been in Gondar City since last year. According to an internal intelligence report, the group has been armed and funded by the regional government and some Gondaris from Diaspora. According to observers, the Ethiopian Government claim that Eritrea and Ginbot 7 were behind is believed to be hypocritical, to back away from the reality.
The only official criticised raid against Tigrians is Kassa Teklebirhan, the former House Speaker and Minister the current regime. Consequently, ANDM cadres and its supporters are demonizing him. They have started calling him Tigrian, the code name given to vocal Agaw individuals who assert for the Agaw people’s political and economic rights. Kassa is proud of on his Agaw identity he is from Wag. Nevertheless, the recently Kassa lost the trust of the Agaw people for his attempt to persuade Kemants to start on 42 Kebele and expand later, which is unacceptable. Some Agaws also criticized him for his clinging with the murder Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM), called Africa’s Neo Nazi Party.
ANDM cadres and supporters have been planning to hold a more demonstration in the support of Walkiet Committee on August 1. At this time, the outlawed oppositions in Diaspora are also voicing to seize the opportunity for their interests. In the meanwhile, Kemant activists have been voicing the Kemant people not take part in the demonstration. Some observers concerned about the security of Kemants and Tigrians. One observer said the federal government should arm Kemants and other Agaws to defend themselves from another genocide by the joint forces.
Gondar Demonstration Held
According to the latest news, Gondar City demonstration was held as scheduled on July 31, 2016. The number of participants is estimated to 25,000 to 30,000. The participants called the Walkiet and Tsegade detainees to be released immediately and restoration of a boundary. The participants demanded incorporation of Walkiet, Tsegede, Humare and Dashe into Amhara Regional State. These areas are currently the integral part of Tigray State. The crowd also chanted that Amaras and Kemants are one. More importantly, they demanded the abolishment of the ethnic based federal system. The demonstrators declared their sympathy with Oromos.
Prime Minister Hailemaryam Desalgn reportedly said the Walkiet issue resolved on the constitutional basis as they joined Tigray.
The demonstration was peaceful. The participant’s number is less than expected. Observers thought the size is small because people fear due to the uncertainty of the outcome. One of the reasons for the reduction of the size is Kemants boycott from the demonstration. Moreover, another factor that influenced the demonstration size is Amara farmers suspiciousness to pass Kemant territories on foot although Kemants didn’t harass anyone. Mistrust is related to December 2015 Kemant Genocide in the region. Gondar City is surrounded by Kemant population, Amara farmers coming from the west to Gondar City for demonstration had to use public transportation via highway. Since the public transportation is very limited many farmers outside of Gondar City unable to participate in the demonstration.