As of today, the administration of the city of Debre Birhan has banned the movement of people without a residence permit in the city. In a statement released last night, the largest city in the North Shewa Zone announced its decision to restrict movement within the city without carrying a resident ID card.
According to the statement, the city council met the decision to rid the city of intruders who have invaded the city and collect and transmit information. Without revealing any further details, the statement said that the move is aimed at identifying intruders.
As of today, the city authorities prohibit the movement of people without a resident ID card in any area of the city during the day. The internally displaced people who sought refuge in the city were also asked to go to their designated accommodation.
The city of Debre Birhan, about 120 kilometers from the capital Addis Ababa, recently imposed one October curfew restricting the movement of all vehicles except ambulances and patrols between 5:00 am and 8:30 pm and pedestrians between 5:00 am and 10:00 pm. At the time, the city administration cited threats such as intruders, the recent incident in the city of Majete, the huge influx of internally displaced people from Oromia and several other regions, and “terrorist groups watching the city”.