BY GETAHUN TSEGAYE @GETAHUNTSEGAY12 on Addis Standard

Temesgen Tiruneh issued the statement along with his picture in military uniform.

Addis Abeba, August 25/2021 – Temesgen Tiruneh, the Director General of the National intelligence and Security Service (NISS), has this morning, vowed to eliminate the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (T.P.L.F.), its ideologies and its followers. The intelligence chief has also ramped up a searing criticism of foreign countries which he blamed were rescuing the T.P.L.F.

In a statement he issued on his Facebook page, Temesgen, who was the former president of Amhara state, accused the T.P.L.F. as a party which committed a cascade of “unlawful acts” starting from walking out of the incumbent’s Prosperity Party (PP), to relying on coalescing federalist forces to challenge the federal government, and overstepping its mandates by conducting regional elections without the consent of the federal government. Temesgen said that the last unlawful act of the T.P.L.F. was when it “attacked the Northern Command” of the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF).  

“Even after the unilateral ceasefire was announced” by the federal government, the T.P.L.F. crossed the line with its invasion of the Amhara and Afar regions and is “committing atrocities against innocents.”

Temesgen promised to take all the necessary measures to protect the security of the country. “It is proven that conspiring to destroy a generation unless the T.P.L.F. is in power is not going to work,” he said, and added that it is “also proven that such junta mentality is not limited only to a few thugs, swindlers, liars, murderers vagabonds, and terrorist pensioners.”

In his criticism of foreign countries, Temesgen said that “ironically those claiming to be the world’s police, the so-called educators of democracy, the ones who claim to have stood up against unjust world order” failed to condemn T.P.L.F. and its deeds “from conspiring to dismantle our country to its blatant acts of atrocities against innocents, looting, and invasions it is committing. “Let alone condemning, these countries are helping the T.P.L.F. including feeding it, providing medicine, communication equipment and providing arms,” he said, and added, “as if that was not enough, it’s heart aching to see them engaged in criticizing, agitating and threatening the government.”

“BUT THE ONE THING WE SAY TO THEM IS THAT WHEREVER THEY ARE, THE JUNTA AND ITS ALLIES WILL GET WHAT THEY DESERVE. EVERYONE MUST REMEMBER THAT ETHIOPIANS WOULD RATHER DIE THAN NEGOTIATE WITH THEIR FREEDOM.”

TEMESGEN TIRUNEH

“Even salt gets bitter if it’s too much. If these [actors] think they can continue to sustain sucking our blood like bugs, they are mistaken. We also know every conspiracy they are plotting with our defective bandas. They are acting like the plaintiff, the judge, the investigator, and the mediator. Justice …is buried. But the one thing we say to them is that wherever they are, the junta and its allies will get what they deserve. Everyone must remember that Ethiopians would rather die than negotiate with their freedom.”

Temesgen concluded his statement by alluding to an Amharic proverb about water, Temesgen said: “it won’t get clean if it is not agitated, [and] it won’t be consumed if it’s not clean.”

His comments come amid widening rift between the Ethiopian government, which is accusing western countries of meddling in its internal affairs and supporting the Tigrayn forces in the ongoing civil war. AS