Ethiopian pilot defects, joins Ethiopian Patriots Front


(ESAT) An Ethiopian pilot defects on Monday from the Ethiopian air force, and joins the increasingly popular Ethiopian patriots’ Front, officials of the Front told ESAT on Tuesday.


“I can confirm you that the pilot, Major Daniel Yeshiwase, abandoned the Ethiopian regime on Monday and joined our Front. He told us that the rampant tribal based discrimination within the Air Force system was the main reason behind his defection,” said Nur jeba, spokesperson of the front.

He indicated that the pilot, for L-39 squadron fighter jet, has been detained for being suspected of  supporting opposition parties.

“The pilot has been under a follow up by the Ethiopian security agents. Finally, he succeeded to escape and join our Front. He is in a good condition and decided to join our struggle for a better Ethiopia,” added Nur Jeba.

He indicated that the pilot will soon disclose to the public his experience and challenges while serving in the Air Force.

It was to be recalled that a few months ago, four Ethiopian pilots have been defected and joined Ginbot 7 Popular Force.

Both the Ethiopian patriots Front and Ginbot 7 popular Force are militarily active in the Northern part of Ethiopia.

“The rising number of pilots defection shows how bad is the political situation in Ethiopia under the ruling party,” added Nur Jeba.

The Ethiopian government didn’t react to the latest defection of the pilot.(ESAT)

Posted By Alemayehu Tibebu

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