The rebel group, the Ethiopian People’s Patriotic Front (EPPF) reported yesterday (October 29, 2013) that members of the 24th Brigade 4th Regiment of the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) have disappeared with their full military equipment and uniforms.
The Radio said the members of the regiment deserted on October 21, 2013. The Brigade had been placed in the North Western Front of Ethiopia between Metema and Quara borders.
According to EPPF Radio, the members of ENDF have been complaining and falling out with the senior leadership and administration of the Force regarding corruption, nepotism, mal-governance and salaries within the system.
Similarly, the Radio reported that the Special Force of the government and its militia have clashed around Armacheho, North Western Ethiopia on the 25th of October 2013. At least 15 died due to the clash. The fight started after the government’s Special Forces wrongly assumed the militia were EPPF’s soldiers and opened fire on them.
Another opposition Radio, Finote Democracy, has reported on Sunday that the Ethiopian Defense and government officials are planning to put the administration of all domestic flights of the Ethiopian Airlines under the administration of the Metal and Engineering Corporation (MetEC). METEC is a parastatal fully managed and headed by officials of the Ethiopian Defense Forces.