- The Failed Promises of College Education in Ethiopia
By Seble Teweldebirhan
July 19, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Growing up in Ethiopia is not easy. Let’s talk about the majority, the sons and daughters of the farmers who have never been to schools, the teachers, the agricultural extension workers, and the small business owners.
The current generation has a fundamental problem. Everything that was told as truth turned out to be anything but truth. Just to name a few, one would assume getting a college education improves life for the better. That has remained a myth, as millions of college educated youth not only are unemployed, but also being criticized for incompetency in their fields. Despite the fact that we have hundreds of thousands of engineers and computer science graduates, many companies and industries still outsource their jobs overseas. “They are simply
- PM Abiy Ahmed on State Visit to Eritrea Amid Stalled Relations
By Staff Reporter
July 18, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed arrived in Asmara on Thursday for a two-day state visit amid stalled relations and the closure of all border linking between the two neighboring horn African states.
Hundreds of Eritreans who came to Ethiopia after the opening the four border cross points did not go back to their country after the last border crossing namely Bure-Assab road was closed for undisclosed reasons on April 22nd this year.
The Bure-Assab road was closed four days after closure of Omhajer-Humera border, which is found in the north-western part of Ethiopia and south-west of Eritrea. The roads were closedwas by the Eritrean government from the Eritrean side.
The Bure-Assab road had officially been opened with the presence of Eritrean president Isaias Afeworki and Eth
- The Controversial Coup Attempt in Ethiopia
By Blen Girma
July 17, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- In a recent address to the national parliament, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said he had escaped several coup attempts and assassinations since he came to power on April 2, 2018, including a grenade attack a year ago at Meskel Square in Addis Ababa, at a rally held to support him as Prime Minister. The government is yet to come up with a conclusive evidence or report to show the public the origins and intent of that attack.
The latest tragedy was apparently instigated by a renegade general who tried to seize control of the northern state of Amhara in attempted regional coup in which the state president, Dr. Ambachew Mekonnen — who was believed to have been an ally of the Prime Minister — and two other senior officials of the state were gunned down.
The government in
- TPLF Issues an Extraordinary Statement, Blames ADP for Current Situation
July 11, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Central Committee of the TPLF (Tigrayan People's Liberation Front) has issued an extraordinary and highly unusual statement condeming the current situation in Ethiopia and called on Tigrayans and the Ethiopian people to start a new struggle urgently to protect what it said the unity and stability of the country.
In an urgent, one-day meeting held in Mekelle city in Tigray, on July 9, 2019, the TPLF all but declared the current central government in Ethiopia unfit to lead the country and is responsible for all the grave situation the country finds itself currently.
In particular, the TPLF statement singled out the Amhara Democratic Party (ADP) as the root cause of the problem and responsible for current situation. It demanded that the ADP come clean and apologize to the Ethiopian people and correct
- Ethiopia Plans to Send 50,000 Workers to UAE - PM
July 9, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is planning to send some 50,000 Ethiopians to United Arab Emirates (UAE). According to him, the plan is geared to alleviate unemployment in the country.
According to Arabian Business website, Prime Minister Abiy said "Ethiopia is planning short-term measures to reduce unemployment in Ethiopia and to cope with the increasing job demands of our people." "One of these short-term programmes is sending our skilled labour to foreign countries," he added.
A total of 50,000 workers would be sent to UAE in the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The workers would be trained in things like driving and nursing, so they can earn higher wages, Abiy said.
The plan also includes sending more people in the next three years, up to 200,000, according to the Ethiopian government.
- Ethiopia to Open Telecom Sector to Multinationals, Sell Minority Share in Ethio Telecom
July 6, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopia announced it will soon sell 49 percent stake in Ethio Telecom to private companies. It will also open the telecom sector to two other competing multinational companies, in addition to Ethio Telecom.
Ethio Telecom, which is 100 percent owned by the Ethiopian government, has so far been the sole owner of the telecom space in Ethiopia.
In a statement to the media, State Minister of Finance Eyob Tekalign said the government will also offer a minority stake in Ethio Telecom, and foreign firms will be invited to bid.
There will be 'two plus one' operatores, said Eyob Tekalign, meaning two new competitors plus Ethio Telecom with a minority private owner.
He said the Ministry of Finance will invite global companies to take part by issuing request
- Killer of General Seare Was Asking for a Transfer Weeks Ago
July 2, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Reporting on the last moments of General Seare Mekonnen, Capital Ethiopia reported that General Seare's killer had requested that he be transferred to another durty weeks ago. General Seare's wife was also growing uncomfortable with the killer and was advising her husband to change him.
According to a close family of General Seare Mekonnen interviewed by Capital Ethiopia, on 22 June Saturday around 7pm, Chief of Staff Seare was rushing home from his office to meet one of his friends waiting for him at his villa located at the back of Desalgne Hotel around Bole Atlas. General Seare arrived around 8pm and hugged his friend who was coming to congratulate him about his son Ma’asho Seare, who graduated from the university a week prior. Then the two friends sat down outside in the the balcony of the house for a chat.<
- Adem Mohammed Appointed Army Chief, Demelash Gebremichael Security Chief
June 28, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appointed General Adem Mohammed as Chief of Staff of the National Defense Forces, replacing the General Seare Mekonnen, who was gunned down in his home by his bodyguard earlier this week.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed also appointed Demelash Gebremichael as Director-General of National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), replacing General Adem Mohammed who served in that role for about a year. Demelash Gebremikael was deputy chief of NISS, appointed a year ago and held that position until now.
Also appointed was Lieutenat General Molla Hailemariam as Chief of Ground Forces in the Ethiopian Army. Lieutenant General Molla Hailemariam has served as chief of Ethiopian Air Force.
General Adem Mohammed is an ethnic Amhara. He was a member of the ANDM (Amhara National Democrat
- Generals Seare Mekonnen and Gezae Aberra Dead
June 23, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopian Army Chief of Staff General Seare Mekonnen was gunned down by one of his body guards in his home yesterday, according to media reports.
The identity of the gunmen and their motives are not yet known.
Also killed along with General Seare Mekonnen was former Army Logistics chief Major General Gezae Aberra.
Major General Gezae Aberra was likely killed while visiting his friend General Seare Mekonnen. General Gezae retired a few years after the conclusion of the Ethio-Eritrea war. He served with international forces stationed in Sudan afterwards.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed had disclosed yesterday that General Seare was attacked by what he called "hired" gunmen. However, the Prime Minister did not go as far as declaring General Seare Mekonnen dead.
Today, the le
- General Seare Attacked, Coup Attempted in Amhara Region - PM Abiy
June 22, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- A coup attempt was made on the regional government of Amhara, according to the office of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia. In appearance on Ethiopian Television (ETV), the PM press office head, Nigusu Tilahun, said certain organized groups conducted a coup attempt to overthrow the Amhara regional government. However, the group has failed in its attempt, said Nigusu Tilahun.
Nigusu Tilahun further said federal forces are in Bahir Dar city to stabilize the situation. According to witnesses, there is still some gunfire in the city, and Internet and telephone networks are not operational.
The Prime Minister press office did not disclose who were behind this attempted coup, or whether anyone is under control for the
- Ethiopia to Allow Ethiopian Diaspora to Invest in Banks
June 16, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Ethiopian parliament is discussing a new bill meant to allow foreign nationals of Ethiopian origin to engage in the banking and financial services sector, according to the Ethiopian Reporter.
The new bill will amend the existing, restrictive banking and financial services proclamation, according to the report.
The bill has been tabled before the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) for approval.
The existing law bars Ethiopian-born Diasporas with foreign passports from opening banks, subsidiaries, or acquire shares in Ethiopian banks.
Last year, foreign nationals of Ethiopian origin were forced to sell their shares in Ethiopian financial insitutions at rates many considered unfair.
Many Ethiopians from the diaspora had purchased bank shares not knowing the restrictions
- Ethiopia Shuts Down the Internet to Prevent Exam Leaks
June 13, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopia has shut down the internet once again, this time to prevent exam papers from leaking out.
Internet has been largely inaccessible all over Ethiopia for the last three days now.
Access to the web was “totally cut off” on Tuesday morning, and there’s been only an intermittent restoration of services since then, according to NetBlocks, an advocacy group that monitors cybersecurity, and as reported by Bloomberg.
Internet is considered an extremely vital part of life and business in much of the world these days. However, in Ethiopia and in some parts of Africa, internet is something that can be dispensed for a variety of reasons, including to quell unrest and for exams as in this case.
Ethiopia has used internet shutdown as a means to fight exam leaks for several yea
- Tigrayan People Losing Confidence in Ethiopian Federal System - Debretsion
June 13, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Tigrayan people have been under constant attack since Abiy Ahmed was elected Prime Minister more than a year ago, says Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael, the Deputy Chief Administrator of Tigray.
In an interview he gave to the Ethiopian Reporter, Debrestion said “the people of Tigray have developed secessionist sentiment due to deliberate ethnic attack targeting Tigray.”
The interview follows Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's visit to Axum in Tigray earlier this week, one of only two times the Prime Minister ventured to Tigray in more than a year in office.
In the interview, Dr. Debretsion all but condemned effort by central authorities to undermine Tigray. He said an attempt was made to intimidate his state by federal police. He also said the central authorities and the Amhara regional government tur
- PM Abiy Ahmed Consults Opposition on NEBE Board Nominees
June 9, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed held discussions with opposition leaders to select nominees for board membership of the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE).
The NEBE is selecting a board of 5 to prepare for and oversee the upcoming 2020 elections, including the head of NEBE.
Based on recommendations from various parties, the NEBE has announced a shortlist of 8 candidates.
The eight shortlisted nominees are Megabi Zerihun Degu Mengiste, Melaku Sibhat Bedane, Wubshet Ayele Gete, Berhane Moges Fikr, Demoze Mame, Mrs. Bizuwork Ketete, Dr Getahun Kassa and Abera Degefu Negawo. Per NEBE guidelines, a nominee must be an Ethiopian national, independent, competent, ethical, and loyal, among others.
Of these candidates, four will be selected to serve in the new board of NEBE.
According to Off
- Ethiopia in the Spotlight Over Planned Tour by US Gay Group
June 5, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopia is in international spotlight once again over a planned tour by a gay group to see some historical and religious sites in Ethiopia.
The tour in question was organized by a Chicago-based firm named Toto Tours. The company describes itself on its website as "the only gay tour company in existence" that has been operating with the same ownership and management for almost three decades.
According to reports from AFP, the company says it has received death threats since announcing the 16-day trip to Ethiopia.
Ethiopia, like many African countries, is one of the most conservative societies in the world when it comes to issues such as homosexuality. The country has strict anti-gay laws, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
The planned tour has been opposed by numerous groups, includi