Members of the Ethiopian Defense Force demobilized in 1991 to qualify for a pension if they met the requirement
The Ethiopian government media, Addis Zemen, reported this week, and it was quoted by Fana Broadcasting Corporation that eligible members of the Ethiopian Defense Force who were demobilized after 1991 could receive a pension right that was refused for various reasons.
The Ethiopian defense force under settler Mengistu Hailemariam was quickly demobilized after the rebel groups of the Tigray People & Liberation Front (TPLF) took over power in Addis Ababa in 1991.
General Berhanu Jula, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian Defense Forces, says that the Ministry of Defense has collected the documents of those members who have been demobilized without a pension right because of various pretenses, will verify their information and that their pension rights will be respected.
Accordingly, those eligible for a pension on the basis of the required maximum number of years of service are entitled to a pension benefit.
However, the deputy chief of staff said that the ministry is currently working on cases of those who were employed under the current government (in the past 27 years) and were dismissed on various alleged grounds.
The ministry has already restored military ranks of several generals and respected their pension rights according to the decision of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. General Asamenew Tsige and General Tefera Mamo, who were both arrested and tortured on the grounds of alleged coup attempts in 2009, were released recently and their military ranks were restored.
Ethiopians have long criticized the TPLF government for demobilizing, among many other reasons, members of the Ethiopian defense force, treating them as an enemy force and condemning their impoverished and humiliating lives.
If the government of Prime Minister Abiy manages to implement policies to grant pension rights to former members of the Ethiopian army, Ethiopians will have another reason to support his government.
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