Ethiopia stats agency incident: Two policemen killed, shooter arrested
An altercation between Ethiopian federal police officers has led to a shooting incident at the premises of the Central Statistics Agency.
Aaron Maasho, a Reuters journalist covering Ethiopia and the African Union said the officers were guarding tablets expected to be deployed for census.
A journalist with the Ethiopian Reporter said the federal police had confirmed that two officers were killed in the incident. “The shooter is now under arrest,” Dawit Endeshaw said in a tweet.
Ethiopia’s parliament in June this year postponed a national census for a second time, citing security concerns.
Analysts, however, stressed that the move potentially undermined logistics for 2020 polls – the first election under Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
Ethiopia is due to hold a national vote some time next year, and the census – already postponed once from 2017 – is a crucial step towards demarcating constituencies.
But parliamentarians in both houses voted overwhelmingly to delay the census again by a year, due to an upsurge in ethnic conflicts.
Local level elections for the capital Addis Ababa and another chartered city Dire Dawa were postponed last week.