As far as the average man on the streets is concerned, things remain as they were before and there are no new developments after the Lampedusa incident. Even though the people are feeling bad about this tragic event, they still remain paralyzed in their fear. However even the silence has been disquieting to the regime. The fear of the regime too is palpable:
The current state of Eritrean Airlines
Following the defection of Mr. Kibrom Dafla, the then general manager of Eritrean Airlines, in 2009, the airlines was run by Pakistani management group directed by a Packistani named Mr. Shaki ,from 2010 to 2012. This guy had previously worked in United Arab Emirates, in Dubai, as a simple travel agent. Mr. Shaki and his management group worked as a management team running the Eritrean airlines; and throughout his stay in Eritrea, Mr. Shaki was in direct contact with Isaias Afwerki. The flights to Lahore, Pakistan, where neither trade nor transpiration of nationals exist, created suspicious of about what Isaias is up to. It is feared that the airline was mainly used for smuggling purposes. Speculation of what the cargo could be ranges from gold to armaments.
a) Major-general Philipos Weldeyohaness is now in charge of all prisons around Asmara. The prisons in Adiabeto, Maisrwa, Ala, Basit , Adinfas and Eraero are under his control, where so many people are tortured and killed.
f) Brigadier-general Abraha Kassa, as usual, is putting innocent Eritreans in prison in Asmara in Wenjel-Mirmera.
k) Major-general Teclai Habteslasse, is now spending most of his days in Massawa. After the defection of the personal pilots to Saudi Arabia, two foreign (white) pilots have been assigned to that task. Occasionally, it is believed that these pilots take the president to Saudi Arabia or Gulf States for medical attention, potentially for his chronic liver ailment. And insiders believe that if the situation in Eritrea gets real bad, this would be the route Isaias may take to escape from the country,
a) General Sibhat Efrem has been having a serious migraine problem, and he has been absent from his job on many occasions .
b) Major-general Samuel China has been having serious eye problem and is now using heavy eyeglasses.
c) Major-general Gerezgiher Wuchu is almost out of job because alcoholism.
d) Higdef’s secretary Alamin is also critically ill. He is irrelevant in the PFDJ circles