Five Dead as Gang Tries to Disarm Police in Addis Ababa
September 17, 2018 - Five people have died today due to clashes with the police, according to the Reporter. Addis Ababa was rocked byaa massive demonstration where residents of the city took to the streets to protest what they said is an ethnically charged attack on civilians over the weekend.
According to a statement by the Federal Police Commissioner General Zeinu Jemal, some organized groups in the demonstration tried to snatch firearms from the Police, resulting in the death of five protesters.
“One of the gangs even snatched a firearm from a police officer,” Zeinu told journalists, adding that other officers in the area were compelled to take measures resulting in the killing of five protesters, he added.
In addition, some elements who infiltrated the demonstration were apprehended with bombs. According
Angry Protesters in Addis Ababa Condemn Mob Violence, Demand Justice
By Staff Reporter
September 17, 2018 - Thousands of angry protesters voiced alarm with increasing insecurity on the outskirt of Addis Ababa after some of their relatives were killed and wounded perpetrated by what they referred to as “ethnic Oromo youth” or “Qerro”.
Ethnic based attacks continue to spread in towns of Oromia states surrounding the capital, Addis Ababa, including in Menagesha and Burayu, Kara and Sebeta towns where thousands of residents fled in different directions.
The attack also occurred in Ashewa Meda, Chereta and Berchiko, Anfo Meda and other vicinities of the capital, Addis Ababa.
The perpetrators have been committing the attack mainly against members of ethnic Dorze, Hadiya and Siltie who live in the peripheral areas of Addis Ababa for which the perpetrators c
Deadly Ethnic-Based Attacks Continue on Outskirts of Addis Ababa
By Staff Reporter
September 16, 2018 - Ethnic-based attacks continue to occur in parts of Ethiopia, this time in and around the town of Burayu in Oromia regional state located on the outskirts of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
The attacks by ethnic Oromo youth were also going on in the periphery areas of the capital against non-Oromo people living in Ashewa Meda, Chereta and Berchiko vicinities.
The attack included deadly assault by sticks and knives against the residents, as well as the destruction of properties including blowing of cars’ and condo windows which has led people to flee the area.
In addition, sources added that women have been raped and many have been displaced, seeking refuge in churches, schools and Red Cross erected tents in Addis Ababa.
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Thousands Welcome OLF Leaders Jubilant Return to Addis Ababa
September 15, 2018 - Leaders of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), including its leader Dawud Ibsa, who arrved in the Ethiopian capital on Saturdy were received by thousands of supporters.
The OLF leaders are the latest group who were previously banned from the country and are returning home following political reforms going on in the country.
The OLF delegation was welcomed at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport by government officials and invited guests.
Speaking to journalists at the airport, Dawud Ibsa said, “Ethiopian youth, Qero and Ethiopia people in general, including OLF, are parts of this reform and that is why we came here.”
"I am happy to be here after 26 years of struggle from outside of Ethiopia," Ibsa said. "We will be a part
Ethiopian Police Arrests Rioters in Addis Ababa
By Staff Reporter
September 14, 2018 - Ethiopian Police on Friday arrested unspecified members of Ethinc Oromo and Addis Ababa city dwellers who were allegedly involved in inciting violence in some parts of the capital, Addis Ababa.
The majority of the people were apprehended by the federal police at Arada sub city where they clashed with the city dwellers who claimed the Oromo nationals were heading to demolish Minilik II monument.
On Friday, anti-riot police have tightened security around Saint George Church where they used tear gas to disperse the rioters while the members of national defence forces patrol the capital with snipers fixed on their cars.
The clash comes ahead of OLF’s leaders arrival next Saturday from the US and Europe, including the chairman of the front, Dawud Ibsa.
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Addis Ababa Rocked by Violence Over Flag Issue
By Staff Reporter
September 13, 2018 - Members of Ethnic Oromo have faced strong resistance from residents of Addis Ababa, largely the youth, while the former attempted to replace the Ethiopian flag with Oromo Libration Front’s (OLF) flag in some parts of the capital.
The move by member of Ethnic Oromo comes ahead of OLF’s leaders arrival next Saturday from the US and Europe, including the chairman of the front, Dawud Ibsa.
Staff reporter of Ezega.com has learned that the two groups entered into conflict after members of Ethnic Oromo youth were replacing the federal flag with OLF’s red, green and red flag all the way from Sululta town in the north to Addis Gebeya area of the metropolis.
The Oromo Youth, some of whom were carrying sticks and knives, either torn down or threw the now
Ethiopia Has the Highest Number of Internally Displaced People in 2018
September 12, 2018 - Ethiopia has the highest number of internally displaced people in the first half of 2018, according to the IDMC and as reported by Reliefweb.
Ethiopia wintnessed many regional conflicts over the last few years, driven by heightened ethnic and religious differences. There has been several border conlicts between Oromia and Somale regional states, between Oromia and Southern Ethiopia regional states, as well as within Sothern Ethiopia, Benshangul and Amhara regions.
Internal divisions within and the weakening of the ruling party, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), contributed greatly to these conflicts. Local militias and youth vigilantes unaccountable to central power are believed to be sources for many of these conflicts.
"It beggars belief that 1.4 milli
Ethiopia, Eritrea Open Borders for New Year, Hundreds Celebrate
September 11, 2018 - Ethiopia and Eritrea opened their common borders for the first time in twenty years. Hundreds of people from the two countries crossed the border near Zalambesa and Burre and hugged each other and some wept as their leaders led celebrations to mark the reopening.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki visited the Debay Sima-Burre border crossing with members of their countries’ armed forces to observe the Ethiopian new year, as New York times reported. They then did the same at the Serha-Zalambesa crossing, the Eritrean information minister, Yemane Meskel, said.
In a ceremony broadcast live on Ethiopian television, long-separated families held tearful reunions. People from both sides ran toward one another as the border crossings opened, hugging, kissing
Ginbot 7 Leader Calls for Presidential System in Massive Welcome Rally
By Staff Reporter
September 9, 2018 - Tens of thousands people on Sunday welcomed leaders of Patriot Ginbot 7 for Unity and Democracy Movement at Addis Ababa national stadium where the movement’s leaders vowed to work with “reformists” within the ruling party EPRDF which was referred by the movement’s leader to as “dictator and undemocratic.”
The supporters welcomed about 250 officials of the previously outlawed opposition political party all the way from Addis Ababa Bole international airport to the national stadium which was packed with people carrying the now common green, yellow and red former Ethiopian flag.
Welcoming the opposition leaders, Takele Uma, Deputy Mayor of the capital won the supporters’ admiration as he called them the Qerro and Fano, the anti-governmen
Ethiopian Defense Forces Celebrate New Year in Mekelle
September 8, 2018 - The Ethiopian National Defense Force North Division celebrated the Ethiopian New Year in Mekelle yesterday.
In attendance were President of Ethiopia Mulatu Teshome, Tigray Deputy Administrator Dr Debretsion Gebremichael, and Chief or Staff of National Defense Force Saare Mekonnen.
President Mulatu called on the National Defense Force to scale-up efforts to defending peace, the constitution, and sovereignty of the country.
Dr Debretsion Gebremichael said the Defense Force of Ethiopia is fulfilling its responsibilities given to it by the people and government of Ethiopia.
The people of Tigray stand united with other nations, nationalities, and people of Ethiopia to safeguard the sovereignty of the nation, he added.
General Seare Mekonnen, who replaced fo
Engineer Simegnew Bekele Committed Suicide - Police Report
By Staff Reporter
September 6, 2018 - Engineer Simegnew Bekele, the late Project Manager of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) committed suicide on the morning of July 26, 2018 in his Toyota Land Cruiser V8 car in Addis Ababa’s Meskel Square, Police disclosed
“The conclusion of all investigations has indicated that Engineer Simegnew Bekele was not attacked by somebody else; rather he committed suicide.” Zeyinu Jemal Federal Police Commissioner said in a joint pressconference on Friday.
The police’s report revealed that Simegnew owns the colt pistol with which he allegedly committed suicide while his car’s four doors were locked and the engine was still running.
“In hospital examination and as approved by forensic professionals, Engineers Simegnew died in con
METEC Accused of Embezzling Billions from GERD Project
By Staff Reporter
September 6, 2018 - Over eight billion birr has been embezzled from the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project by Ethiopian Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC), a senior Ethiopian official has confirmed.
Speaking to the Media, CEO of the Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) Dr. Abrham Belay said METEC has received over 16 billion birr payment, as opposed to eight billion birr it was supposed to have received for less than 30 percent job it has done on the GERD project.
Since the launch of the project in 2011, METEC has been undertaking the electro-mechanical work of the GERD, including manufacture and installation of turbines, hydro steel structures, switch yard and transformer and monitoring units, as well as commissioning to assure that all systems of the plant are designed, installed, tested,
Ethiopian Embassy in Asmara Officially Opens Tomorrow
September 5, 2018 - The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Dr. Abiy Ahmed, who is in a suprise visit to Asmara, Eritrea, officially re-opened The Ethiopian Embassy in Asmara.
The Ethiopian embassy in Asmara will start servicing beginning tomorrow.
Ethiopia has appointed Redwan Hussein as its ambassador to Eritrea.
Eritrea re-opened its Embassy in Addis Ababa last July.
Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed and Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki held brief ceremony during the opening of the embassy.
Ethiopian Ship Docks in Eritrean Port, First in Two Decades
By Staff Reporter
September 5, 2018 - An Ethiopian commercial ship on Wednesday docked at the Eritrean port of Massawa for the first time in two decades.
The Ethiopian vessel named “Mekelle” with 166 meters length and 27 height, will be heading to China carrying 11,000 tonnes of Zinc from Eritrea.
The docking followed the visit of Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed to the port cities of Assab and Massawa of Eritrea.
The Prime Minister also visited the 71km-road that stretches from Ethiopian border to Asab port.
The commencement of today’s cargo operation proves that the peace process launched between the two countries is paying off, Abiy said after the visit.
Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a peace deal last July, ending nearly two decades of hostility a
Ethiopia Opens Logistics Industry to Foreign Companies
September 4, 2018 - Ethiopian Investment Board has lifted restrictions on the logistics industry. The logistic industry which was exclusively reserved for Ethiopians such as packaging, forwarding and shipping agency services, is now open to joint ventures.
The decision by the Board also opened the provision of bonded warehouse, consolidation and deconsolidation services and allowed joint venture participation of international logistics service providers holding up to 49% or less stakes.
The decision is said to help local firms acquire world class knowledge, expertise, management, and systems by working jointly with globally reputed logistics service providers, according to the Ethiopian Investment Commission in a statement sent to FBC.
Improving Ethiopia’s logistics sector was one of the key areas identified i