Eritrea: Three Ministers “offer their resignation” as thousands of young professionals leave the country

Asmara 02/10/2018) members of the Freedom Friday network (Arbi Harnet) in Asmara report that the situation in Eritrea is deteriorating and people are bracing themselves for every eventuality. These activists say they are hearing rumours of

Asmara 02/10/2018) members of the Freedom Friday network (Arbi Harnet) in Asmara report that the situation in Eritrea is deteriorating and people are bracing themselves for every eventuality.

These activists say they are hearing rumours of a growing discontent among cabinet members as well as senior party and army officials.

The Cabinet Meeting that was convened last week, only lasted a few hours. Usually it is held over a couple of days. It is reported that President Issaias Afwerki’s briefings regarding the current national and regional developments were met with ‘tough questions’ from several ministers. This created a tense atmosphere and he is said to have walked out of the meeting. The Arbi Harnet activists have heard that at least three ministers have asked permission to resign from their respective posts.

The three ministers who have requested to be relieved of their ministerial responsibilities are believed to be Mr Arefaine Berhe, minister of agriculture, Mr Semere Russom, Minister of education (who was  appointed ambassador to Ethiopia in July) and the Minister of public works, Mr Abraha Asfaha. It should not be forgotten that last month the regime arrested the former minister of finance, following his publication of a two-volume book criticising the regime.

Meanwhile, Eritreans continue to leave the country, taking advantage of the opening of the border with Ethiopia. The health and education sectors are said to be suffering badly, since large numbers of professionals, including young teachers and medical professionals, have left the country in large numbers.

The arrest of ordinary citizens has also continued. As per earlier reports many members of evangelical faith groups who came to Asmara airport to welcome an Ethiopia Televangelist, who took the first flight from Ethiopia, are still in prison.

Similarly, owners of water tankers, who were unable to pay the hefty fines levied during the summer, amounting to millions of Nakfa, remain in jail.

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38 COMMENTS
  • Zaid October 4, 2018

    It is seems that the time is approaching fast for the end of the dictator who betraye the Eritrean people. The ideology of unison, is going to be buried for good with the dictator. And the rule of law will be prevailed. We are going to see jubilation on the street of Asmara like in our independent day soon.. Justices, peace and prosperity for the people of Eritrea. Long live Eritrea. Amen

    • Asmara Eritres October 5, 2018

      In my humble view, these so called ministers are gutless and should never receive credence for their coweredly behaviour. These are people who firsthand witnessed their country been destroyed and the very fabric of Eritrean society obliterated by Isaias. They did nothing,

      I just hope he locks them up in much the same way he did to Berhane. These people could have taken out Isaias many years ago and they miserably failed. As a result of their failure, Isaias’ brutality on our people continues unabated.

      High time Eritrea is ruled by an Eritrean and Isaias deported to his country of origin. Better still Isaias is hanged in Idaga Hamus (Thursday Market) in much the same way criminals were hanged in the 60s.

      Eritrea forever, death to dictatorship,

    • Genet-Original October 8, 2018

      Amen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      But this time around, will must be smarter and wiser.

  • Asmerom October 4, 2018

    Iseyas Afewerki, and only Iseyas Afewerki, can use them (his so-called ministers ~ more like his objects) for his sole purpose. Iseyas demands that they (his objects) put their own independence and be subservient to himself.
    That they can be replaced at will, that they shouldn’t assume they have any privacy and something that is just theirs.
    That he can make a deal with, say, Qatar, and just assign whomever to go to, say, to Qatar (or Ethiopia or Siberia)
    for 2 years. That their feelings and emotions are completely irrelevant.
    The fact that these objects, in the service of the Subject (DIA) act like subjects themselves, i.e. they are mere objects.
    One can speak of them as enablers~but only to the extent that a gun enables a person. It is still an object.

  • bahlibi hiruy October 4, 2018

    So now the socalled ministers started to freeze themselves ? I think they shoud freeze dry themselves !

  • Tbelew October 5, 2018

    Yebelewo silase, it’s time to respect ur people or respect ur ass!!!

  • bahlibi hiruy October 5, 2018

    ኣቱም ሰባት ፍረነብሲ ብዕራይ ተዓዚብኩሞ እንተኾንኩም ብቐጣን ፈትለ-ገመድ ዝተንጠልጠለ እዩ ዝመስል. ወኻርያ ካብ ሕጂ ሕጂ ወደቐ እናበለት ክሳዕ ደኺማ ትወድቕ ሰዓበቶ ይብሃል . ህዝበይ ድማ ከምኡ ትመስል ግን ኣይኮነን. እቲ ናይ ሰክዩሪቲ ሲስተም ናይ መንግስቲ ኤርትራ ብቐሊሉ ዝብተኽ ኣይኮነን. ፕረሲደንት ኤርትራ ኣካል ኣቢሲንያዊት ቀርኒ ኣፍሪቃ ንኽገብራ ካብ ሜዳ ዝወጸሉ ጊዜ ጀሚሩ ኣጀንድኡ ዝነበረ እዩ. መራሒ ዝብሃል ህዝቢ ክጸድፍ ከሎ ብሜላ መገዲ ዘቐይር ማለትዩ. ንሕና ብጽልእን ኤውሮጳዊ ኮሎኒ ኣጀንዳን ሓበሻነትና ጸሊእና ዝተማህዘ ዓረባዊ ታሪኽ ኣስኪሩና ሂወትና ኣብ ዝኣመንናሉ ገሌና ድማ ኣብ ዝተገደድናሉ ቃልሲ ዝሃለቕና ኢና. ፕረሲደንትና ግና ምስ እስራኤል ጽኑዕ ቃልኪዳን ጌሩ ሕጂ ምስተን ምስ ጸገመን ሽበራዊ እስላማውነት ዘይክተላ ሃገራት ኣዕራብ ተሻሪኹ ሓበሻዊ ሂወትና ዓቂቡ ናብ ምቕሉል መራሒና ኣቢይን ዝቕጽል ፕረሲደንትና ክቡር ኣብርሃም ኢሳያስ ኣፈወርቂ የብቅዓና ኣሎ. President Isaias has protected us from ourselves , he shed lots of blood to materialise it ,while we regret the loss of lives there was no other way. Thankyou mr. President !

    • k.tewolde October 6, 2018

      Wow,bah zeblyu zerebaka,does it have to take millions of lives on both sides and billions of material loss and over half a century of social and cultural degradation to accomplish that? at what expense? whose blood?I don’t see an Arab or Israeli dying in our land. ‘..he shed lots of blood to materialise it..’ he must be a bloody machine,that is why he till alive,Bah yibelka.hasab libka semirulka.

    • Asmara Eritrea October 6, 2018

      Bahlibe

      You must be one of Isaias’ countless mistresses and probably have a baby from him. To me you must be someone unable to see beyond his/her nose. You deserve to be tortured by him and probably he has already done so. In Eritrea we have a saying ‘a donkey loves beating’ -Adege ze harma to feitu.

    • Genet -Original October 7, 2018

      Bah what??
      Smells like agazian’s rat!!!!!

  • Genet -Original October 7, 2018

    Those old people probably don’t know where they are or what is going on around them. It is laughable. They asked permission to resign. What is this? Why do they have to ask to resign? how about resign in protest. Have this people have any idea what is going on? Do they know, DIA is replacing EDF with Ethiopians? The other day I visited the DIA websites and that Filipose Woldeyohannes was lecturing teenage boys and girls at Sawa. on September 24, 2018. I was astonished, when I saw him in a military uniform talking to teenagers. Instead of taking care of business and guard our country and arrest DIA for TREASON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. If he does’t do that ASAP, he will be Ethiopian general’s water boy. Does he know this? How do we get this to him. is he aware of what is going on to Eritrea and its people?

    • Wedi Hagher October 7, 2018

      Dear sister Genet

      Filippos W. is a criminal.
      Not even an ordinary one. He is in Sawa most probably for his own safety. He and many like him are struggling to keep the stinking regime firmly in place.
      As more and more people leave the country and with them also security personnel who protect them, they feel unsafe. That is their only problem.
      Even if tomorrow Iseyas disappears, they will never hand over power to people. They will fight to the bitter end.
      Don’t think Iseyas is the only problem. His entire system has to be completely eradicated.
      Anything less than that will leave Iseyas’ crime syndicate in place in tact.

      • Genet-Original October 8, 2018

        DearWedi Hagher my brother.
        I completely understand and agree about your statement changing the entire DIA’s system. Yes, very important. DIA built a system that works for him and yet that destroys the Eritrean society from the inside out. He worked on it for over 50 years. thought out the years, he kept the weak minded and killed the strong Eritreans. The weak minded, ignorant, greedy and village idiots have been going along with what ever DIA desires.. I, as an Eritrean woman, I will never forgive them. But as a country, we need them to get it right, give them a second chance to redeem themselves. make it right. Arrest DIA now!!!!. There is nothing left for DIA to make it worst. Nothing at all.

  • Geladios October 8, 2018

    ኢሳያስን ደቂ መዛምርቱ ብፍላ ኣብቲ ላዕለዋይ ጸፍሒ መሪሕነት ዝጽንሑ ኣብ ደገ ይሃለዉ ኣብ ውሽጢ ቀስ ወስ ከምዝይብሉ ሰርይዎም እዩ። እታ ሓንቲ ተስፋ ካብቶም ታሕተዎት መሰረታትን ሓዊ ሓዊ ዝሽትቱ ቦሎኽ ኢሎም ከውጹ ምጽባይ እዩ እቲ ፍታሕ። ኢሳያስ ናይ ኢትዮጵያ ሰላይ እዩ ካብ ዝባሃል ኣይዋሓደን፡ ቕዋም ሃገር ካብ ዝቃወም ኣብ ዘየድሊ ኩናት ስለ ዕድመ ስልጣኑ ንምንዋሕ ክብል ዝአወጆ ዝተረኽበ ጥፋኣት መን ብሓላፍነት ዝሕተት ይመስለኩም ፍትሒ ምስ ዝህሉ። ንመእሰይ ሃገር ብስም ሃገራዊ ምክልኻል ካብ ዝቆርኖ ኣፍራዪ ወለዶኸ ዘየትሓታት ድዩ። ኣብ ክንዲ 5 + 6 ምኽፋት ነታ እንኮ ዩኒቨርስቲ ምዕጻውከ ንዕብየትን ልምዓትን ሃገር ክሳብ ክንደይ ንድሕሪት ዝጎተተዶ ኣይምስለኩምን። መንእሰያት ሃገር ተጋጊሖም ናብ ስደትከውጹን ኣብ ፈቅድኡ ክወድቕን ክዋረደን እንዳራኣየ ትም ዝመረጸ፡ ናይ ኣካለ ሰንኩላን ኣብ ክንዲ እዝኒ ምሃብ ሓንቂቖም እዮም በልዎም ምባልከና ጥዕናዶ ይኸውን። ሕሳብ ንግበር ንዝበሉ መቓልስቱ ነበር ሰብ ሞያን ሰበ ስልጣንን ኣብ ፈቖዶ ቤት ማእሰርቲ ብዘይ ገለ ክስን ፍረድን ምድጋን ምቕታልንከ ምስ ምንታይ ይቖጸር።፡ ንጸዋዒት ሰላምን ፍትሕን ወዲ ዓሊ ዘይስሙ ሂብካ ምቕንጻልን ዛኣመሰሉን ኢሰባዊ ስጉምትታት ንምሳድ ድሕር ዘይብል ከዳዕ ጠላም ዘይናትና ልኡኽ ሃጸያውያን ካብ ምኻኑ ሓሊፉ ካልእ ስም ዝዋሃቡ ዘይናቱ ዘቃላውጥን፡ ሃደገኛ ምርኡይን ዕቡይን ትዕቢተኛ ንዝኽበርዎ ዘሕሰር እኩይ ደብተራ ካብ ምኻንን፡ ስዉር ተልእኾ ሃጽያውያንን ጎይተቱ መሳፍቲ እንተሓብኤት ሓበላ ዓይኒ ነይትሓብእ እዩ ነገሩ። በዓል ባህልቢ ግበሩ ልቢ፡ ልኡኽ ዓባይ ኢትዮጵያን ሃጽያውያንን ካብ ምኻኑ ዝኽውሉ ነገር የልቦን ኣብደን። ሕያዋይ ሓታቲ ስልምንታይ ደኣ እዚ ኩሉ ዓመታት ተጋዲሉ ዝብሉ ኣይክሳኑን እዮም። ብመጀመርያ ግዳጅ እዩ ንዝተመደበሉ ዕላማ ዋል ክሳቐ ንቡር ምኻኑ ምግንዛብ ይድሊ። ብተውሳኺ ስለያዊ ስራሓት እንታይን ከመይን እዮም ክንርድእ ክንክእል ተሞክሮታት ናይቶም ፍሉጣትን ውሩያትን ሰልይቲ ታሪኽ ኣንቢብኩም ተመለሱኒ ክብል እደፍር። ኣደስ
    ነዚ ዘይዕዘብን ዘርእን ዓንን ልብን ኪትብሎ ኣዝዩ ኣጸጋሚ እዩ ። ካልእ ገዲፍና ኩሉ ተግባራቱ ካብታ ናብ ሰውራ ኤርትራ ዝተጽንበረላ መዓልቲ ዘካየዶ እኩይ ስራሕት ብስም ተጋዳላይ እኹል ሰነድ እዩ ንባዕሉ። እቶም ጋዜጠኛታት ኤርትራውያን ውሩያትን ውርዙያትን ወረቓቕቶምን ብርዖምን ምስ ኣዋደዱ ጉዱ ከይውጽእይ ኣብ ቤት ማእሰርቲ ኣሺግዎም ይርከብ። እምባርከስ ጉዕዞ መዝገባቱ ምፍታሽ ጥራይ ገበነኛ ኮይኑ ናብ ቤት ርዲ ከቐርብ ምተገብአ። ነዚውን ነጻ ኣበየናይ ቤት ፍርዲ ዝብል ሕቶውን ብመደብ ዝተሸንከረ እዩ። ስለዚ ምስ ደግዝማቲ መን ተማጋቲ ኮይኑ ሃገር ኣሽሓት ህይውት ዝተኸፍላ ብሓደ ሕሱም ሰላዪ እያ ኪትጋዓዝ ናብ ውድቀታ ጸኒሓ። ትንቢተ ኢስያይስ ኣብ ሃዋሳ ተፈጺማ። ንውልቀ መላኽን ጉዳመኛ ሰላዪ ኢሳያስን ጎይተቱን እንካዕ ሓጎሰኩም ንብሎም፡ ንህዝብን ሃገረ ኤርትራን ከኣ እንታይ ዝመሰለ ተረኸበ! ከሎ ጌና ክምብል በለሞ ኣይተኻዕውን ከምዝባሃል። ሕጂውን ንታከብ ምኽሪክርከብ ከምዝባሃል ተጋይና ሃገር ንድሕን ጽባሕ ከይንጣዓስ። ብስም ምሕበር ፍቕሪ ሃገር ተዝንጊዕና ሕጂ ከኣ ብስም ሰላም ከይንድገም ሓደራ ገገዛና ሒዝና፡ ፍቕርስ ሰናይ እዩ ሓንቲካ ነይብለና፡ከም ኤርትራውያን ንሕናሞ ንደመር ፍትሒ ንግበር ባይቶ ንግበር፡ ብውልቀ መላኺ ዝግበር ውዕል ከይኸውን መዝንጊዒ፡ ንሕሰበሉ ደኣ ጉርብትናና ይኹን ምስ ፍትሕን ፍቕርን ክእወጅ ብውግዒ ወግዒ!!!

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