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Ethiopia’s Abiy Dispatches Special Team to Meet Museveni

Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Mr Ahmed Abiy has sent a special delegation to meet with President Museveni.

State House didn’t provide specifics of what transpired at the meeting at State House Nakasero on Saturday.

However, the meeting came against the backdrop of widespread unrest and a failed coup attempt in Ethiopia.

Ethiopia’s National Defence Force Chief of Staff, Gen Seare Mekonnen was shot dead last week as a rogue general tried to usurp power in a federal state.

Hundreds have been arrested in what’s perceived as a purge against militants.

State House today said the Ethiopian Prime Minister’s Special Advisor, Mr. Girma Birru Geda, who is also the Ethiopian Ambassador to the United States of America, delivered the message to President Museveni on Saturday at State House, Nakasero.

“The President and the Ethiopian Envoy discussed matters of mutual interest between Uganda and Ethiopia,” said the presidency in a statement sent to ChimpReports on Sunday.

The meeting could have been aimed at securing President Museveni’s advice on resolving the tensions in Ethiopia.

In Addis Ababa, Museveni is considered a statesman and great supporter of Ethiopia’s democracy.

Museveni has a special residence inside State House where he stays whenever he visits Ethiopia.

He is said to be the only African leader  to enjoy such a privilege by the Ethiopian State.

Reforms

Since Abiy took power last year, Ethiopia has been turning towards openness and increasingly democratic processes under Abiy, it is becoming clear that there are limits to what can be achieved.

For many, Abiy’s performance has marked a significant departure from past abusive practices.

His government has released tens of thousands of political prisoners, rewritten repressive laws, and made peace with previously banned opposition groups. He has increased the representation of women in his cabinet, acknowledged previous administrations’ widespread use of torture, and took steps to improve the independence of key institutions.

At least ten ethnic groups in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR) have petitioned to form their own states, leading to the possible breakup of SNNPR and increasing tensions in some areas there.

Other parts of the country have initiated similar processes. In areas along the Amhara and Tigray regional borders, a proliferation of firearms and entrenched positions from regional government officials over contested borders have exacerbated rising tensions. 

Long-standing debates over who gets to govern and manage the rapid growth of the capital, Addis Ababa, have not been resolved, fueling growing frustrations in the capital region.

The Ethiopian Ambassador to Uganda, Ms. Alemtsehay, among others, attended the meeting.

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