Mager Media Special Coverage Update – Thursday, August 11, 2022 (Nehase 5, 2014 EC)
“I have reached the stage of being unable to serve as a (party) member or leader due to government pressure”Eskinder Nega
Mager Media has learned that today, Balderas for True Democracy (Balderas) Party received a handwritten letter from Balderas Party President Mr. Eskinder Nega indicating his resignation from the party. The letter was dated July 23, 2022 (Hamle 16, 2014 EC) and addressed to Balderas’ Executive Committee stating his inability to serve in a capacity of party membership or leadership due to intense and ongoing pressure from the ruling party.
The full text of the letter is presented below:
July 23, 2022 (Hamle 16, 2014 EC)
To the Balderas For True Democracy Executive Committee
I have spent many years of my life fighting for fundamental democratic change to arrive in Ethiopia. At this time, the corrupt regime true to its dictatorial nature has made it impossible for me to serve in either a membership or leadership capacity both in Balderas and nationwide.
Therefore the party’s executive committee, members and leaders, party leaders at all levels and wider membership and supporters, governmental and non governmental organizations, I ask that you provide full support to and work with the party’s deputy president Mr. Amha Dagnew.
In conclusion, I wish for Balderas to hold a successful general assembly and by the party growing into a nationwide party I am hopeful for our hopes to be realized with God’s Grace.
Eskinder Nega, other Balderas Party officials, members and supporters have long faced abuse, harassment and protracted arbitrary arrests or false charges from the ruling OPDO led Prosperity regime.
Mager Media previously reported on the ongoing wrongful detainment of Balderas Party official Sintayehu Chekol who was one of those detained in the regime’s mass crackdown against dissenters which intensified in mid-May 2022. Eskinder, Sintayehu and other Balderas officials were released from prison earlier in 2022 after their arrest alongside Jawar Mohammed and officials of the Oromo Federalist Congress in the wake of the June 2020 massacres targeting Amhara civilians in the Oromo Region following the assassination of popular Oromo singer Haccalu Hundessa.