TPLF Tightening the Full Control of the “Ethiopian Defense Forces”: 18 of the 21 Key Commanders are now Tigreans.
(OLF News, May 24,2009) According to our sources from inside of the Wayyaanee army, the population of Ethiopia. All of the remaining three, namely, dominated Wayyaanee regime is taking the full control of the so called “Ethiopian Defense Forces” more than any other time seen before. Accordingly, it is known that out of 21 of those Generals and Colonels who hold key positions in the army at this time, 18 are Tigreans. This in complete contrast to the fact that the Tigrai ethnic group is only about 7% of the
1. Lt/ G. Abebaw Taddese, commander of the Central Division,
2. Col. Misgana Alemu, commander of the , and
3. Col. Zewdu, commander of the 44th Division, 41st brigade,
are all from the Agawo ethnic group, another minority ethnic group of Ethiopia.
It is to be recalled that several Wayyaanee generals have been arrested at the beginning of May, 2009, for their alleged relation with the Ginbot 7 party and because they were accused of making a “coup plot” against the regime. It is reported that the regime used this so called “coup plot” as a pretext to clear all the individuals born from the two major ethno-national groups: Oromos and Amharas tightening its complete control of the “defense forces”. Accordingly, there is no army commander from Oromos and Amharas which together constitute about 65% of the population of Ethiopia, while about 86% of commanders are from the Tigrai ethnic group, which is only 7% of the population. Many analysts say that contrary to the regimes claim, it is now clear more than ever that is a minority Tigrai dominated narrow government which does not have any legitimacy from the Ethiopian population.