Ethiopian Soldiers Insisted on Entering PM Office Armed - Chief of Staff
By Staff Reporter
October 14, 2018 - Chief of staff of the Ethiopian Defense Forces General Seaare Mekonnen today announced that members of the Ethiopian Defence forces who made undisclosed march into the Prime Minister’s office last Wednesday were disarmed after long process of persuasions and tiring efforts.
In an interview with the state run Television, the chief of staff said the members who were well-armed including snipers had refused to disarm and rather insisted to getting into the premier’s office with their weapons.
“Their action was unconstitutional and violated military discipline. It was against the rule of law. We were so cautious to avoid conflict as they were well-armed, they carried all types of weapons including sniper and derail and they are commandos; it took us some tim
Traffic from Eritrea Causing Fuel Shortages in Tigray
October 13, 2018 - The re-opening of borders between Ethiopia and Eritrea has created fuel shortages in major towns of Tigray, according to the Reporter.
Traffic has increased significantly, according to Tigray Urban Development, Trade & Industry Bureau. On average some 1,000 vehicles are said to coming to Tigray daily, with the figure sometimes going up to 2,000, according to the report.
Due to price differences and availability issues, drivers coming from Eritrea would like to fill up their vehicles in Tigray, causing shortages, especially in towns that do not have many gas stations.
The vehicles mostly are automobiles, few freight vehicles as well as public buses.
Each vehicle is estimated to need and fill up 400 liters or more per day.
The shortage is especially acute in Mekelle, Adigrat, Axum,
Ethiopian Soldiers Apologize for Marching on PM Office
October 12, 2018 - Members of the Ethiopian Defence forces who marched into Prime Minister's office demanding better benefits have apologized to the people and government of Ethiopia, according to FBC report.
In a discussion held today with Motuma Mekassa, Minister of Ethiopian Defense Force, and General Seare Mekonnen, Chief of Staff of the Defense Force, the soldiers admitted that it was wrong to do it this way to express their grievances.
The army members went to the Prime Minister’s Office with guns but were disarmed at the gates.
Motuma said investigation will be held to identify the leaderships who failed to follow the situation closely and respond to grievances of the soldiers at the earliest.
The army members who went to the PM office are estimated to number around 250. They were
Ethiopia to Reduce Number of Cabinet Ministers from 28 to 20
October 10, 2018 - The Council of Ministers yesterday approved plan to downsize the number of cabinet ministers in Ethiopia from 28 to 20. It sent a draft law to the House of People’s Representatives on the restructuring of the executive organs.
Based on the draft law, the new Cabinet is reduced from 28 to 20, according to Fitsum Arega, Chief of Staff at the Prime Minister’s Office.
It also created new ones reflecting the government priority, Fitsum said on Twitter, including Ministry of Peace.
A few of the ministeries are to merge, according to the report.
Among the notable ones, the Ministry of Trade will merge with MInistry of Industry, and the Ministry of Science and Technology is to merge with Communications and Information Minister. Also Construction Mi
Members of Ethiopian Army March on PM Office Asking for Raises
October 10, 2018 - In one of first in a very long while, representatives of members of the National Defense Force have reportedly marched on to Prime Minister's office located around the national palace today, October 10, 2018, to discuss salary, benefit packages, army structure and operation, and other issues.
The unprecented step has sent shock waves through the capital, where roads leading to and passing by the Prime Minister's office remained closed the whole afternoon, until 5pm, according to the Ethiopian Reporter.
It is also reported that the government shut down the internet following the event to prevent what they called fake news from spreading through social media.
State TV did not show the event unfolding when it was happening, according to the reports.
Members of the army reportedly discussed with PM Abiy
TPDM Rebels Return to Ethiopia
October 10, 2018 - Rebel fighters from Tigray People’s Democratic Movement (TPDM), also known as Demhit, have returned to Ethiopia from Eritrea today, according to FBC report.
The former rebeles are said to number More than 2,000, according to the report, commanded by Chairman of the TPDM, Mr. Mekonen Tesfay.
The fighters were welcomed upon arrival by residents and local officials of the Zalambessa area.
The fighters will join the society after they are given training, it was noted.
TPDM reached an agreement with the government of Ethiopia to engage in a peaceful political activity following the meeting held on 28 August in Asmara, attended by an Ethiopian government delegation led by General Adem Mohammed, Director of the Ethiopian National Intelligence and Security Agency, and the Chairman of the TPDM,
Peace and Security of Nation at Risk Due to Government Slow Response - President Mulatu
By Staff Reporter
October 9, 2018 - Government’s slow response to the people’s political and economic demands coupled with growing injustice and undemocratic situations have put the nation’s peace and security at a cross road, Ethiopia’s President Dr. Mulatu said on Monday
Opening the joint session of the House of People’s and Representatives and House of Federation at the national parliament, President Mulatu said the government has been solely controlling the political space, prohibiting other key actors from national matters.
Dr. Mulatu said the government has also failed to establish independent democratic institutions and denied civic institutions to flourish and serve as eyes and ears of the public.
The president said that the government has been reluctant to take strategic measure to
We Made No Specific Agreement to Disarm - OLF Leader
October 7, 2018 - In an interview with Walta Information Center, the chairman of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), Dawud Ibsa, said that the OLF does not have a spefific agreement with Ethiopian government requiring it to disarm, only that it will contribute to peace and stability in Ethiopia.
The latest statement appears to contradict earlier reports that the organization had agreed to disband its forces and pursue peaceful struggle like other organizations operating inside Ethiopia.
The OLF chairman further said it is not correct to request us to disarm, as if one armed side is disarming the other.
Dawud Ibsa, the OLF chairman, also denied any involvemnet in various areas where violence and attacks occured.
He denied any involvement in the grenade attack at Meskel Square aimed at killing the new Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Dr. Ab
EPRDF to Include Affiliate Organizations in Executive Committee, Council Meetings
October 6, 2018 - The just concluded congress of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) has decided to include affiliate organizations into the Executive Committee and Council of the EPRDF meetings as non-voting participants.
They will participate as non-voting members, said Fekadu Tessema, Spokesperson of the 11th Congress of EPRDF.
The affliate organizations in question are Afar, Benishangul-Gumuz, Gambela, Harar & Somali parties.
These parties will be non-voting members of Executive Committee until a ‘study’ is concluded, according to the report from the EPRDF.
The Congress decided to include Chairpersons of affiliate organizations in the Executive Committee of EPRDF and five Executive Committee members of each organization into the EPRDF Council, he
EPRDF Congress Re-elects Abiy Ahmed as Chair, Demeke Mekonnen as Deputy Chair
By Staff reporter
October 5, 2018 - Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed is re-elected as Chairman of the ruling Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), winning 176 votes out of the total 177 secret ballots casted at the 11th congress of the front.
Accordingly, Dr. Abiy Ahmed will lead the ruling party and the nation as Prime Minister until the next congress of the front.
The ruling party has been holding it congress this week in Southern city of Hawassa. Some 2000 people are believed to have attended, 1000 of them voting members.
The 11th congress of the EPRDF also re-elected Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen as Deputy Chairperson of the front.
Demeke won 149 votes for the post while the Deberetsion Gebremichael won 15 votes for the same post out of 177 tota
Government Failing to Enforce Rule of Law - Ethiopian Human Rights Commission
October 4, 2018 - The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has accused the government and security officials of failing to enforce the rule of law, thereby exacerbating the human rights crisis in the country in recent months,according to Ethiopian Reporter.
The EHRC Commissioner Addisu Gebreigzabhier (PhD) disclosed this on the sidelines of EPRDF’s 11th Convention being held this week in Hawassa.
Briefing the media on the violence in Kemashe Zone of Benshangul Gumuz Regional State and Kaffa and Sheka Zones of the Southern Regional State, the commissioner indicated that the deteriorating security situation in these areas has gone as far as hindering the Commission to properly investigate human rights abuses.
“The Commission believes that the government should work diligently to stop this cris
EPRDF Congress Deliberates Amid Violence and Clashes in the Country
October 4, 2018 - The 11th Congress of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) started yesterday in Hawassa, amid a series ethnic-based violence and attacks in the various parts of the country.
The congress is led by chairpersons of the four sister parties of the Front, namely Dr Abiy Ahmed from ODP, Demeke Mekonnen from ADP, Muferiat Kamil from SEPDM and Dr Debretsion Gebremichael from TPLF.
A total of 2000 participants, including 1,000 voting members drawn from the four member parties of EPRDF, are taking part in the Congress. Oppositions members and other notables and foreign representatives are also attending the meeting.
The congress unanimously approved the report presented by organizing committee of the Congress this afternoon. Although much has changed on the surface, much remains t
Benishangul Gumuz Requests More Federal Troops as Death Toll Reaches 44
By Staff Reporter
October 2, 2018 - Armed gangsters have continued to attack innocent people in different parts of Benishangul Gumuz regional state of Ethiopia, so far killing at least 44 people and displacing tens of thousands, a senior Ethiopian official said on Tuesday.
Government Communication Affairs Bureau Head of the regional state Zelalem Jaleta in a presser said the attacks and violence have become beyond the control of members of the national defence forces deployed by the federal government on September 26, 2018.
The regional government calls on the federal government to deploy additional troops including members from the federal police before the attacks and violence that are happening here and there and in remote areas become out of control, he said.
According to the local gov
TPLF Concludes 13th Congress with No Substantive Changes
October 1, 2018 - The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) concluded its 13th organizational congress today, held in Mekelle city.
The congress has expanded its central committe and elected 55 members of the Central Committee, instead of the usual 45. The organization has also expanded its Executive Committe (Polit Bureau) to 11, up from 9.
Those elected to the Executive Committe are Debretsion Gebremichael (Chair), Fetlewerk Gebregziabiher (Deputy Chair), Asmelash Woldesilassie (Abay Nebso), Alem Gebrewahid, Getachew Reda, Keriya Ebrahim, Abreham Tekeste, Getachew Asefa, Adisalem Belema, Aklilu Hailemichael, Beyene Mikru. Of these, all but the last two are old executive members.
And the last two of the 11 members of the Executive Council, Aklilu Hailemichael and Beyene Mikru, will n
At Least 20 People Dead in Ethnic Violence in Benshangul Gumuz Regional State
By Staff Reporter
October 1, 2018 - At least 20 people have been killed and hundreds injured due in the unfolding ethnic-based attacks in different places of Benishangul Gumuz regional state of western Ethiopia, senior officials disclosed on Monday.
Oromia Communication Affairs Burea Head Dr. Negere Lencho said the attack has been perpetrating against ethnic Oromo and Amhara nationals mainly living in Kemashi zone of the regional state where at least 70,000 affected people have left to different places mainly to neighboring Oromia regional state.
“In the attacks carried out in Kamashi zone bordering east and west Wellega of Oromia regional state, more than 20 people were killed. The death toll could be higher as we have not obtained sufficient information on the number of people killed in rural areas of Ke