Capital Ethiopia Newspaper

Justice Ministry, Communication Office remove state ministers

Ahmed Abajissa, one of the two state ministers of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), was removed from his position after serving almost two years.  Alemayehu Ijigu, State Minister at the Government Communication Office was also removed from his position.
The Justice State Minister, responsible for litigation affairs, received the official removal letter early last week, according to sources at the ministry office for causes related to his work. 
Ahmed was appointed at his position with MoJ following the 2010 national election. He was working in Oromia regional state, as a Justice and security bureau head in Jima Zone, 346 km west of Addis Ababa before he came to the State Minister’s position.
Sources said the State Minister was removed from his position after being evaluated by his party, the Oromo Peoples’ Democratic Organization (OPDO), one of the four political parties that compose the ruling party Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). Though unconfirmed by official sources, some say that Ahmed could possibly get a high office appointment in the Oromia region. 
Currently Birhane Hailu, former Information Minister is the Justice Minister while Birhanu Tsegaye serves as one of the two state ministers responsible for legal and administration affairs.
As expected OPDO’s week long evaluation brought major reshuffling in the structure. According to sources, former Minister of Youth and Sports and currently government whip at the House of People’s Representative – Aster Mamo is appointed as OPDO Secretariat Head replacing Eshetu Dessie who was sacked from that post. Eshetu was the former Mayor of Bishoftu town, 50 km from Addis Ababa to the east. Head of the Oromia Agriculture Bureau Zelalem Jemaneh was also removed. Jemaneh had served as OPDO’s Secretariat Head for a long time.
It is recalled that earlier this year the Ministry of Trade had faced major reshuffling too.  The former Minister of Trade Abdurahman Sheik Mohammed, who served the ministry office for a little over one year was replaced by Kebede Chane, former Head of Administrative and Security Affairs bureau of the Amhara region.  Ahmed Tussa, former State Minister of Trade also was replaced by Ali Siraje, former head Director of Ethiopian Charities and Societies Agency, established under the Ministry of Justice two years ago, to supervise non-governmental charity organizations.
Abdurahman has gone to Somalia regional state, his former place before he was appointed as minister following the 2010 election. Before his appointment to head the Ministry of Trade, Abdurahman served as head of the Educational Bureau in Somali Regional State.
And his deputy Ahmed has been appointed as the first director of the newly formed Ethiopian Shipping and Maritime Service Enterprise.