EPRDF holds evaluation meeting

After its five day meeting the executive committee of the ruling party the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) stated it will take another round of corrective measures inside the party.

The party leaders who held a meeting from August 16 to 21 issued a communiqué that evaluated the fifteen year performance, since the split of the party, and next plan in the party.

The communiqué stated that the executive committee identified abuse of office for private gain as one of the challenges the developmental democratic system has been facing.

This has been the source of bitterness among the public, it added.

Therefore, the abuse of power for personal gain in whatever proportion and level is wrong and should be curtailed, the executive committee stressed, adding that additional measures would be taken in this regard.

According to the communiqué, the executive committee has decided that all necessary measures be taken to investigate all areas where such tendencies are observed and take corrective measures to sustain the strength and cleanliness of the organization.

The party that has from the very outset decided to build a democratic and developmental government knows the existence of incessant temptation among some people in a transition economy to abuse of power for personal gains, it added.

Having realized that all the peoples of Ethiopia are against people that abuse the government’s power for their personal prosperity as they endanger their hopes and dreams, EPRDF has without blaming any other third party, began activities to take corrective measures within the government and party framework.

The activities will be consolidated and implemented with reform programs that are expected early in the Ethiopian budget year.

It stated that reforms will take place in all levels from the executive committee itself.

The EPRDF Council is hierarchically the second most powerful body after the General Assembly.

Recently unrest was observed in Oromia and Amhara regional state. Different rallies have occurred since the end of last year in Oromia regional state related to the proposed new master plan between the capital and its surrounding Oromia region.

The master plan has been proposed to undertake joint economic developments between the two bodies.

The latest unrest that occurred in Amhara region since early July is the other case observed in the country.

The ruling party stated that the unrest is related to lack of good governance and rent seeking.

On Thursday Gedu Andargachew, Amhara region president, told the public media that his government will answer the request for the public and advice the public to back on to their usual life.

He remembered that the unrest started from early July in the region that is affecting the social and economic activity in the region mainly the town of Gonder.

This week in Bahir Dar, the capital of Amhara, and Gonder there was a stay at home protest. The regional president said that the situation has seriously affected the economic life of public mainly in Gonder, which is one of the major tourist destinations in the country.

Residents in Gonder said that some of major business likes the service sector and factories have  encountered a slowdown for an unspecified number of days.