Harena, Eritrea — AT has just learned that the Eritrean Government is considering to replace Dr. Berhanu Nega, the embattled veteran and chairman of the Diaspora-based Ethiopian opposition group, Ginbot7 by one of its own, Eritrea’s feisty Political Advisor to the President of Eritrea, Yemane Gebreab.
A senior Eritrean government official who wishes to remain anonymous, and is close to President Isiaias Afwerki, has also confirmed the news.
According to the source, President Isaias Afwerki, who was said to be deeply troubled and disappointed with the defection of Molla Asghedom; who previously headed Tigray People’s Democratic Movement to Eritrea’s archenemy Ethiopia, has been toying with the idea of installing Eritreans with Ethiopian origin to head the Ethiopian political opposition movements and has repeatedly instructed his inner circle that they should work to avoid such shaming abscondences.
” President Isaias wants a firm grip on those groups and wants to install a leadership that will be loyal to him, and Mr. Yemane Gebreab is being primed for the position.”
Ever since his arrival in Eritrea last year to head the military-wing of Ginbot7, Berhanu Nega haphazard performance and poor reception in the group has caused concern with Ethiopians and Eritreans worldwide. President Isaias Afwerki particularly, is said to have been critical of Berhanu’s leadership.
According to AT’s sources from the Gash-Barka region, Berhanu’s arrival has put a sharp dent in Eritrea’s cattle population so much that restaurants around Shambuko have hauled their old menus to serve only raw meat delicacies.
” According to the information we have, all [Berhanu Nega] is doing is eat Kitfo and Gored-Gored, and he’s unable to provide the movement with what it is missing and often burps in meetings.” Said Mrs. Mantegbosh Demelash, a U.S.-based Ginbot7 spokeswoman. ” The Amhara support President Isaias decision to install Yemane Gebreab, who was thoughtful enough to do the crossed-hands sign inside the United Nations.”
Gimbot7 are expected to announce the replacement of Berhanu Nega by Yemane Gebreab soon as they receive the green lights to do so from Eritrea’s president. But what the fate of Dr. Berhanu Nega, a tenored-professor of Economics will be is yet to be determined.