July 6, 2014
The letter, dated July 02, 2014, posted on Ambo University’s staff notice board states that Zelalem Kibert Beza, lecturer at the University and a member of the blogging collective, Zone 9, has been officially fired from his post as he “had not responded to two previous calls witten within the past couple of months to report about his absence from the University.”
Zelalem was detained on the April 25, 2014 along with eight other bloggers and journalists in Addis Abeba accused of various anti-government plots. He has not been yet charged. Police has been holding Zelalem for the past three months without officially charging him but bringing him to court and seeking further time to conduct investigation.
Signed by Dr. Lakew Wondimu Abachri, the Academic and Research Deputy President of Ambo University, the letter (attached below) also orders Zelalem to return all materials and works he has been handling back to the University. The letter has been copied to various administrative offices and departments of the University.