- Ethiopia Hit by Power Shortages, Reintroduces Rationing
By Staff Reporter
May 18, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopia has begun electric power rationing on an hourly basis after its power generating dams could not fill sufficient water, according to the Ethiopian government.
The country has been going through severe power shortages for several months now, affecting factories, businesses, hotels, banks, and internet and communications users.
Briefing journalists on Friday,Minister of Water, Irrigation, Dr Engineer Seleshi Bekele said lack of sufficient water at the dams resulted in 460 MW power deficit which in turn forced the governmnt to introduce power rationing until July 7, 2019,
Accordingly, domestic customers have been divided into three catagories and each catagory will get electric power service in shifts for the duration of five hours.
- Preparations Underway to Hold Free, Fair Elections - NEBE
May 15, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) is making preparations for the upcoming 2020 Ethiopian national elections, according to the board spokesperson.
According to ENA news, Communication Advisor for NEBE, Solyana Shimelis, said the board has started its 2020 election preparations in advance to ensure the electoral process is free and fair.
Solyana stated that establishing impartial, democratic and fair electoral institution is at the core of the preparations of electoral board.
She said the board is working on three main areas: amending laws and proclamations, establishing dialogue with political parties, and helping civic societies on how to engage on the election process.
“Regarding amending the laws, we have already ratified proclamation on the reinstatement of the Board and
- Fossil Energy Sources Discovered in Tigray, Says Regional Chief
May 14, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopia’s Tigray Regional State has announced discovery a fossil fuel energy sources having special quality in the state’s mountainous areas.
Deputy Chief of the regional state Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael broke the news on Monday during the official inaugural ceremony of KPR Mill Ltd, an integrated textile manufacturing factory from India in Mekelle Industrial Park.
“A study has proved that a unique fossil fuel energy resource is abundantly available at Emba Alaje, Neblet and Adigrat mountainous areas,” Debretsion has said.
The Tigray region, located in the north most part of the country has, in particular, huge deposits of oil shale as the region is covered by the sedimentary rock, according to Debretsion.
“Just by crushing and melting the rocks on th
- Police Arrest Alleged Criminals Involved in a String of Robberies, Smuggling
By Staff Reporter
May 13, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Police arrested unspecified number of people in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa for alleged involvement of criminal acts including robbery.
The arrest came after dozens of individuals criticized Addis Ababa police over its reluctance to take measures as armed gang members continued robbing businesses mainly in metropolis’ biggest open market known as Merkato.
Deputy Commissioner of the Addis Ababa Police Zelalem Mengiste in a briefing said 260 vehicles which have been used for carrying out the crimes were also sized during a massive operation the police undertook on Saturday and Sunday.
According to the deputy commissioner, the campaigns were carried out in Lideta, Nifas Silk Lafto and Bole sub cities after thorough study and all the 260 vehicles wer
- 2.9 Million People Displaced in Ethiopia, Tops World
May 11, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopia is home to the highest number of conflict-related internally displace people (IDP) in the world, according to a new report by Internal Displacement Monitoring Center’s (IDMC) 2019 Global report.
According to the report, Ethiopia has 2.9 million internally displaced people due to conflicts and violence, higher than in Syria and Somalia.
"Unresolved conflicts and a rise in communal violence were responsible for most of the 10.8 million new displacements associated with conflict and violence in 2018," says the report. "Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Syria accounted for more than half of the global figure."
“Against a backdrop of important and many positive political changes, 2.9 million new displacements associated with conflict were recorded
- After Dangerous Journey, Ethiopians Dying in Yemeni Detention Camps
May 9, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- After dangerous journey through the sea, Ethiopians are dying in Yemen camps, according to the Middle East Eye. According to the report, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) warns of a crisis building as thousands of Ethiopians are kept in inhumane camps in Yemen.
Thousands of Ethiopians crossed the sea from Djibouti to Yemen in the hope of reaching Saudi Arabia. Now, many of them find stranded in Yemen, detained under inhumane conditions, and some dying from preventable diseases.
Zahrah Mohamed, who is in her 30s, arrived in Lahj province in the middle of April, along with more than 70 Ethiopian refugees, after a journey from her home country to Djibouti and then a four-day sea journey with smugglers to the Yemeni port city of Aden.
“We fled our home for the sake o
- Former Intelligence Chief of Ethiopia Formally Charged in Absentia
May 7, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Federal Attorney General of Ethiopia has formarlly charged the former intelligence chief of Ethiopia Getachew Assefa and dozens of other high level former officials of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS).
Getachew Assefa and three other former officials, Atsebha Gidey, Assefa Belay, and Shishay Leul, were charged in absentia at the Lideta Federal High Court, according to a press release issued by office of the Federal Attorney General.
The charged individuals are suspected of gross human rights violations, including torture, forced confessions, sodomy, rape, electrocution, and arbitrary detention of people including in secret facilities.
It has been a while since Getachew Assefa was wanted by the federal government and warrant issued for his arrest.
- Ethiopia: Dozens Killed in a Series of Ethnic Clashes This Week
May 5, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopia was rocked by a series of ethnic clashes in several part of the country this week, reports the Ethiopian Reporter.
Dozens of civilians were reportedly killed in regional states of Amhara, Afar and Beinshangul-Gumuz.
According to the report, the latest violence began a week ago, following fight between a driver and a passenger of public transport in Metekel Zone, Beinshangul region. This escalated into a series of fights by others, leading to Federal Police being deployed to the area.
The minor clash then spread into more areas in the regions, including neighboring Amhara region, Awi Zone, Jawi Woreda, resulting in dozens of civilian deaths from both sides.
Later, members of a soccer team from Tigray called Walta Police were attacked by armed men in Afar region, on th
- Massive Protests Held in Amhara Cities
May 2, 2019 (Ezega.com) - Massive rallies were held in several Amhara towns yesterday protesting the Amhara Democratic Party (ADP) rule and leadership as well as the federal government. These demstrations were one of the largest seen against the regional government to date.
Protest rallies were held in Bahir Dar, Gonder, Debre Markos, Debre Tabor, Finote Selam, Dembecha, Mierawi, and other places.
The demonstrations were not permitted by the Amhara regional government, but went ahead anyway, said the organizers.
Demonstrators chanted various slogans, including 'the ADP does not represent Amhara,' 'the ADP has changed name but not substance,' 'the ADP is more dangerous than an expired chemical' 'the constitution does not benefit Amhara people but others and is unacceptable to us,' 'attacks against A
- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Wins UNESCO Peace Prize
May 2, 2019 -- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed wins United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) peace prize award, according to UNESCO press release. The Ethiopian Prime Minister was named laureate of the 2019 edition of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize. In giving the award, the agency noted it "recognizes the laureate's worthiness for the reforms undertaken to consolidate democracy and social cohesion." Below is the full text of the press release.
Abiy Ahmed Ali, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, is named as laureate of the 2019 edition of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize for his actions in the region and, in particular, for having been the instigator of a peace agreement between the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Eritrea.
- State Funeral Being Prepared for Former President Negasso Gidada
April 30, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Ethiopian government disclosed today that a state funeral arrangement is being prepared for the late President Negasso Gidada.
Dr. Negasso Gidada passed away on Saturday this week at the age of 75 years.
He was President of Ethiopia for six years (1995-2001) until his fall-out with the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, following the split within the Tigrayan People's Lberation Front (TPLF) and then the EPRDF immdiately after the war with Eritrea.
He was chairman of Oromo People’s Democratic Organization (OPDO), now renamed Oromo Democratic Party, one of four member parties of the ruling coalition, Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).
According to the press release, a National Committee has been set up to oversee the funeral arrangements, co
- PM Abiy Ahmed Visits Alibaba HQ, Meets Chairman Jack Ma
April 25, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed visited e-commerce giant Alibaba Group in Hangzhou, China, according to the Office of the Prime Minister reported.
He was received by the Chairnman of Alibaba Group, Jack Ma.
According to the Prime Minister's office, PM Abiy Ahmed met with Jack Ma, Chair of the Alibaba Group and discussed the future of disruptive technologies on markets & society. Jack Ma agreed to consider potential investment in Ethiopia that will impact daily lives of the people in the region.
Chairman Jack Ma said the visit is a reflection of the ongoing friendship with China supporting Ethiopia’s development.
The chairman also said that Ethiopia is now a key strategic partner and that he will visit Ethiopia this year.
Jack Ma has been inspired by the ongoing refo
- Changes in Sudan will not Affect GERD - Ethiopian Ministry
April 23, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Ethiopian Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy said today that it is not concerned with the change taking place in Sudan, according to Ethiopian News Agency report.
The government change in Sudan will not affect the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), said the ministry in a press conference.
The GERD was designed not to harm downstream countries, according to the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy.
The State Minister for Water, Irrigation and Energy, Frehiwot Woldesenbet, said “We are constructing the dam based on win-win situation, without taking the advantage of any country. So we believe that the transition in Sudan will not affect the construction of GERD.”
The state minister also disclosed tha
- PM Shores Up Cabinet: Gedu Andargachew, Foreign Minister; Lemma Megersa, Defense Minister
April 18, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed reshuffled his cabinet today, appointing Gedu Andargachew as Foreign Affairs Minister and Lemma Megersa as Defense Minister, perhaps signaling the tough road ahead.
Ethiopia is currently experiencing grave security situation, including a breakdown of law and order in many parts of the country, which the Prime Minister has so far failed to bring under control. On the political front, according to some, cracks have appeared in the alliance that propelled Abiy Ahmed to power, the Oromo-Amhara alliance. The current appointments are probably meant to address both.
Lemma Megersa served as Chief Administrator of the Oromia regional state from October 2016 until appointment now. He is a close ally of the Prime Minister and a key driver of the change that has swept Ethiopia in the last couple of
- AU Calls on Sudan Military to Hand Over Power in 15 Days
April 16, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) has called on the Sudanese military to hand over power to a transitional civilian authority within fifteen days, according to FBC report.
The African Union's Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) made the call yesterday following a meeting in Addis Ababa to discuss the ongoing situation in Sudan.
The Council “demands that the Sudanese military step aside and hand over power to a transitional civilian-led political authority, in accordance with the will of the people and constitutional order, within a maximum period of fifteen days.”
If this is not met, Sudan will be suspended in all AU’s activities until the restoration of constitutional order, the statement added.
After 30 years rule, former Sudanese President al-Bashir