Untimely, unwise: Ethiopian activist jumps the gun on Afwerki’s visit

Untimely, unwise: Ethiopian activist jumps the gun on Afwerki’s visit

Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban

(africanews)–The visit to Ethiopia of Eritrean leader Isaias Afwerki was announced months back but it wasn’t until this week that it was confirmed that he returns with a visit to the Amhara region.

His itinerary according to Ethiopia state broadcaster, FBC, was to visit the cities of Gondar and Bahir Dar whiles in the country.

Most likely with this information, Ethiopia’s famed pro-democracy activist, Jawar Mohammed, shared his views of Afwerki’s revisit calling it untimely and unwise.

“Eritrea’s Prez Isaias Afrworki visiting Bahr Dar at this time is unwise & untimely. It will further exacerbates Bahar Dar – Mekele tension. It could also harm the ongoing Ethio-Eritrean reproachment,” his post on social media read.

Jawar’s headache was about internal tensions between Amhara and Tigray regions which in his view the visit to Amhara by Eritrean leader could exacerbate? he stretches it to imply that the July 8 peace deal between the two countries could be harmed.

Less than 24-hours later, Ethiopia Prime Minister flies to Amhara region where he has as at Thursday evening held two meetings on conflict resolution.

His office announces that Abiy will be meeting Afwerki and Somalia’s president Mohammed Abdullahi Mohammed Farmaajo as part of further talks under a trilateral agreement signed two months ago in Asmara, the Eritrean capital.

Jawar, then based in the United States used social media to rally youth in the Oromia region to protest against anti-democratic steps by the government. The deadly protests forced Abiys predecessor to resign.

Abiy, an Oromo like Jawar, has since coming into office, reset Ethiopia’s government structure at different levels. his peace offer to Eritrea has also coalesced into a regional security boost.

1 Comment

  1. Johar mohamed may be misunderstood the meeting of three east African countries leaders held at Bahirdar. Erteriya president  Esayas Afewerki was not visited Amhara region rather visited Ethiopia to attend the meeting of the three East African leaders held at Bahir Dar. Such  arrangement for the meeting of leaders at regional towns should be encouraged. This indicates the focus given to these regional towns second enable these towns to share revenues generated from such meeting which is the monopoly of Addis Ababa/Finfine.

    Johar judgement is baseless even if its considered as a visits. Because PIA is visited not Amahar region instead Ethiopia since PM Abbiy has the power to arrange meeting with his guests any where he want. This meeting arrangement  niether intended to offending nor to benefits other. Hence mr johar opinion doesn’t hold water and rabish.

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