ADDIS ABABA -- The Ethiopian council of ministers has ordered all former political office holders in the country to immediately return government vehicles and houses in their custody.
In its recent meeting, the council of ministers recalled that several former political office holders are still in possession of official vehicles attached to government offices while living in state-owned houses.
On June 25, 2018, the Council of Ministers chaired by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed passed decision allowing all former political appointees to enjoy special benefits including using state vehicles along with fuel consumption, houses, and free medical services.
The council of ministers in its recent meeting, however, revoked the special benefits saying it was made incongruous to the proclamation on the matter hence the former officials must ensure the return of the state’s houses and vehicles.
Accordingly, the Ministry of Finance is ordered to ensure the return of the state-owned houses and vehicles which are still in the hands of former appointees to the government.
The Ethiopian proclamation number 653/2001 states that political appointees, MPs, judges are entitled to enjoy various benefits after they leave offices as pensioners.
The Prime Minister office in a statement said the decision to revoke the special benefits was found to be appropriate to have uniform benefits for all political appointees who will be leaving offices as pensioners.
The CoM did not mention the period when the former appointees shall return the special benefits.
In another political news, the Ethiopian Federalist Forces Coalition has announced the revocation of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) from membership.
The coalition made the statement during its 4th regular session general assembly held in Addis Ababa.
Dereje Bekele, Chairperson of the Coalition said TPLF’s membership has been canceled because it violated rules and regulations that govern member parties.
The Ethiopian Federalist Forces have also extended support for the decision made by the government to postpone the national election amid the coronavirus pandemic. It has also sought possible solutions to maintain peace and security in the country.