November 19, 2018 – Deputy Chief Administrator of the Tigray state in Ethiopia and Chair of the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF) said people from Tigray and his government supported the ongoing campaign against corruption and abuse of power.
Deputy Chief Administrator, Dr Debretsion Gebremichael, as quoted by ENA "is the desire of people from Tigray and the government that the detention of corrupt people and human rights violators continues." "Detention must, however, have to respect the rule of law," he added.
In the press conference he gave today, Dr. Debretsion said people from Tigray had paid great sacrifices to ensure the rule of law.
"The Tigray community and local government stand firm to protect the supremacy of the rule of law. The establishment of Tigray residents and the government is firm," he said.
In previous comments on the latest developments and campaigns against corruption and abuse of power, Dr. Debretsion has indicated that the government and its party, the TPLF, will not protect those found guilty of any crime.
Recently, the government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took unprecedented steps to gather several high-ranking officials and arrest them, some in full view of the camera. The campaign mainly focuses on corruption in the Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC), and human rights violations at National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS).
Although the actions were cheered by most Ethiopians, there were many Ethiopians who believed that the current campaign was largely political and targeted the Tigrayan and TPLF people. According to these people, when it comes to corruption and abuse of power, there are more people, including some who are still in the government, who have to answer various crimes and harassment, and not only those in METEC or NISS.
"These steps should not be limited to some people, but must include many organizations and federal territories. All must be held accountable." Debresion shows.
"Trying suspects in the media by describing them as criminals makes an effort by the court and the police to find truth in vain," he added.
According to some online media reports, the TPLF Chair is currently under tremendous pressure from his own ranks within the TPLF and Tigrayan everywhere to ensure that the drive for individual corruption includes all people and regions who have roles in any mistakes, including current government position.