Amhara Prosperity Party is seeing an internal power struggle. The party has been hit by a recent financial scandal that has accelerated the tug of war between two top leaders.
Amhara Prosperity Party is based in the Amhara region of Ethiopia. It mostly consists of leaders of the former Amhara Democratic Party (ADP). In 2019, ADP merged in Prosperity Party led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The PP is in power at the federal level and in most regional states of Ethiopia too.
APP has stalwarts like Agegnehu Teshager speaker of the Ethiopian House of Federation, Demeke Mekonen Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Yilkal Kifale Amhara Regional President, Gedu Andargachew former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, and others.
More than a month ago, a party member Tsega Arage wrote a letter to the party. Tsega Arage has worked as head of the Ethiopian anti-corruption agency. The six-page letter by Tsega Arage exposed irregularities of the bylaws within the ruling Prosperity Party, including violations of its financial and asset mismanagement procedures such as the party’s loan mechanisms to party members, and violations of the national electoral laws by failing to convene the general assembly, among others.
Yesterday the Prosperity Party took action and announced to suspend the members involved in financial irregularities. According to a statement issued by the APP, some party members secured loans bypassing laws. The members in question have been given 15 days to return the loans with interest. Otherwise, they will be kicked out.
What has led to rumors and speculations is that the party has not shared any names and detail of loans. Some sources say that Amhara Prosperity Party has split in two factions. One group is allegedly led by Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonen and the other headed by Gedu Andargachew former Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Whistleblower Tsega Arage is said to be backing Gedu Andargachew camp. Tsega Arage has not released any statement after PP’s decision to suspend some of its members.
APP says it has taken action against officials because they secured loans illegally. But some news sources claim to be in possession of some documents that indicate that top APP leaders are involved in corruption and embezzlement.
According to one source, 60 million Ethiopian Birrs were withdrawn from a micro finance bank when Tigray forces were in Amhara region last year threatening to reach the capital. The money was allegedly embezzled.
Can Amhara Prosperity Party’s action to suspend some members pacify disgruntled members? “Cleaners and cashiers are being made sacrificial lambs to protect main APP leadership”, claims one source familiar with ongoing developments.
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Hello Sajid ,
Thanks again for what you do on behalf of the Oromo people.
One thing you forgot to report to the entire world is that there are now three superpowers.
3. Th Great State of Eritrea.
My question to you is why do you think the world is not holding Isayas Afeworki accountable for his crimes both in Eritrea, Tigray and Ethiopia? By the way, I lived in Eritrea/Asmara for five years. I can tell you tat the Eritrean people are very civilized. Civilization does not mean material wealth but the culture and the psychology, understanding, rationality, the respect they have for the rule of law and humanity and for each other, etc. They are civilzed in poverty. Isayas has destroyed the foundations of that civilization and the people’s psychological makeup. Even if he is gone, I doubt if that will come back again. I am sorry for them but this bully should meet the fate of Guaddafi. He has to understand that there is a penalty for a criminal like him.
I love you, Sajid.
Dabalo Yambo, the Oromoticha
Hello Dabalo Yambo, I think we expect too much from world powers. Super powers mostly take action to protect their interests