- This Tragedy Will Not Define Us - CEO Tewolde Gebremariam
March 25,2019 (Ezega.com) - Ethiopian Airlines released a statement today saying that the tragic crash that happened more than two weeks ago won't define us. "This tragedy won’t define us," the statement says. "We pledge to work with Boeing and our colleagues in all the airlines to make air travel even safer."
The airline disclosed that the investigation into what exactly happened is still in progress. "The investigation of the accident is well underway, and we will learn the truth. At this time, I do not want to speculate as to the cause. Many questions on the B-737 MAX airplane remain without answers, and I pledge full and transparent cooperation to discover what went wrong," said Ethiopian CEO Tewolde GebreMariam.
As far as training of Ethiopian Airlines pilots, the CEO reiterated that
- Commercial Bank of Ethiopia Donates 100 Million Birr to Displaced Ethiopians
March 23, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) donated 100 million birr to Ethiopians displaced by communal violence in various parts of the country, according to Fana news report.
Ethiopia saw unpreceneted number of displacement of people from various regions due to ethnic conflicts in various parts of the country.
In 2018 Ethiopia became home to one of the highest number of internally displaced people in the world. The situation did not improve in 2019 as hundreds of thousands were forced to leave their natural habitat to places of safety. The displacement of the Gedeos in the southern Ethiopia is a recent example.
The bank allocated certain amount for each of the ethnic groups or localities displaced: 35.6 million birr for Somalis, 33.1 million birr for Oromia, 18 million birr for southern
- Ethiopia Walking a Thin Line
March 20, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopia’s problem lie in its governance structure and the ethnic-federal system, which divided the nation into linguistic and ethnic factions in which exclusion has been normalized. Consequently, as things stand right now, it will be impossible to realize a democratic Ethiopia devoid of ethnic identity and ethnic-federalism. Once again, it appears to be a failed experiment in democracy.
The ethnic polarization concocted and perfected by the EPRDF (Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front) in the past decades ignored the divine, cultural, social and economic fabric that glued Ethiopians together for centuries. Today, vigilante groups and ethnic zealots are continuing to exacerbate the already polarized political space.
There’s been an escalation in ethnic-motivated violence, land and p
- Ethiopian National Census Postponed Amid Security Concerns
March 18, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Fourth National Housing and Population Census of Ethiopia has once again been postponed due to security issues, among other things, according to the reporter.
The census was scheduled to start the first week of April 2019.
Following a heated debate between members of Census Commission, the commission decided to postpone the planned national population census until the concerns are addressed.
The commission was being chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen when talks broke down.
The Commission had an urgent meeting on Saturday, March 16, 2019, to decide the fate of the upcoming national census.
The meeting was called to discuss issues of security and delivery time for census materials. It was argued by some that t
- Nearly 11 Million Face Food Shortage in Horn of Africa
March18, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Close to 11 million people in Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia face acute food shortage. The horn of Africa has experienced prolonged drought, leaving many people who are already living in poverty with nothing to eat.
The prolonged drought is coinciding with America’s proposal to reduce funding for lifesaving food aid. At the beginning of March, the U.S. Congress submitted the 2020 fiscal year to the White House, and they recommended a 24% slash in foreign aid.
A recent report from the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSN) indicates a worsening situation, with crop failures expected to hit 30% in the coming months.
The conditions are deteriorating as families who rely on land remain the worst affected. The current US administration’s decision to slash aid financing could abandon man
- Ethiopian Minister Visits the Displaced Amid Mounting Criticism of Neglect
March 15, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopian Minister of Peace Muferiat Kamil visited internally displaced people in Gedeb district, Gedeo zone, in Southern Ethiopian region, amid mounting criticism of not doing enough to tackle the problem.
The minister told the displace people who are sheltered at the Gedeb stadium that the government will increase its efforts to find lasting solution for the problem.
Ethiopian News Agency estimates that there are more than 96,000 displaced people currently sheltered at the stadium.
The current Ethiopian government is being criticized for not giving the attention the grave situation demands - the ethnic-motivated attacks and the displacements that followed in multiple areas, but especially the southern Ethiopia region. For example, according to some reports, the Prime
- Ethiopian Air Crash: US Grounds Boeing as France Agrees to Examine Black Box
March 14,2019 (Ezega.com) -- Following repeated calls from different parties, the U.S. has finally agreed to ground the B-737 Max 8 as the black boxes recovered from the fatal aircraft are set to be analyzed in France.
Late on Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) said in a statement there were no systemic performance issues and there was no basis for grounding the aircraft. But critics, including US
Senators Roger Wicker, Elizabeth Warren, Mitt Romney, and Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam urged Boeing to consider grounding the B-737 fleet until its safety could be guaranteed.
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency and countries like China, Germany, Britain, Singapore, and Australia had already suspended flying the B-737 Max 8 model.
Initially, the FAA said the foreign civil aviati
- B-737 Crash: The Tough Questions We Must Ask
March 12, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Two days after the Ethiopian Airline jet plowed into the ground shortly after takeoff, a team of experts working in collaboration is still searching for answers.
The B-737 Max 8 aircraft crashed shortly after taking off for Nairobi. Its experienced pilot who’d clocked over 8,000 flight hours issued a distress call requesting to return to Addis Ababa, saying he was experiencing difficulties with the plane---but it was too late.
The B-737 max 8 made its debut in 2017. The U.S has 74 of these jets, whereas 387 fly worldwide. 4,661 orders have been made for this model, which is considered the best selling version ever. But that doesn’t mean people won’t ask tough questions, especially after two newly delivered models crashed in a span of six months killing all onboard.
- 157 Dead Aboard Crashed Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737
March 10, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopian Airlines has disclosed that all 157 people onboard Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 enroute to Nairobi, Kenya, yesterday are dead.
The Boeing 737 crashed near Bishofu town about 50 Km from the capital, Addis Ababa. The cause of the accident is not yet known.
There were of 35 different nationalities inside the crashed aircraft. Among the dead are 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, 9 Ethiopians, 8 Americans, 8 Italians, 8 Chinese nationals, 7 French and 7 UK nationals, according to Ethiopian Airlines.
Also among the dead are several UN staff, according to officials. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement that he "conveys his heartfelt sympathies and solidarity to the victims' families and loved ones, including those of United Nations staff members, as well as sin
- Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Carrying 157 People Crashes Near Bishoftu
March 10, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 flight enroute to Nairobi Kenya crashed near Bishoftu town today,according to Ethipian Airlines press release.
The aircraft had 149 passengers and 8 crew onboard. The Boeing 737 crashed six minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa, on its way to Kenya's capital, according to the report.
The crash occurred around Bishoftu town near Debre Zeit, about 50 kilometers south of the capital, shortly after taking off at 8:38 a.m. local time.
The condition of the people onboard is unknown at this time, but the airline said "search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible casualties."
The Ethiopian prime minister's office released a statement offering its "deepest condolenc
- Ethiopian Airlines Dominating the Skies with Zero State Funding
March 9, 2019 (Ezega.com) - On the 15th of February, one of Ethiopian Airlines’ 111 modern aircrafts touched down at Bole International Airport (BIA) in Addis Ababa, from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kenya.
The average flight duration was about 1 hour 55 minutes, covering 1164 kilometers, at an average speed of 606 kilometers per hour.
Upon touch town at Bole, around 204 passengers alighted the aircraft and were driven to the baggage collection point to collect their luggage, and then proceed to the customs area for clearance. This is the routine procedure at the airport.
Presently, more than 31,000 passengers traveling to and from almost 120 destinations across the globe go through the same routine procedure at BIA. This amounts to about 930,000 monthly travel
- Gedu Andargachew Resigns; Ambachew Mekonnen Elected Chief Administrator of Amhara Region
March 8, 2019 (Ezega.com) - The Amhara regional council accepted the resignation letter submitted by Gedu Andargachew early this morning, according to FBC news.
In his place, the Amhara regional council elected Dr. Ambachew Mekonnen as Chief Administrator of the Amhara Regional State.
Prior to his newappointment, the new Chief Administrator Dr. Ambachew Mekonnen had served as Infrastructure and Urban Development Advisor to the Prime Minister.
The news emerged in the last day of Amhara Regional Council’s congress on Friday.
No reason was given for Gedu Andargachew's resignation or whether this is related to the current discontent within the Amhara region regarding the region's role in Ethiopian politics. But sources tell it has been a couple of weeks since he submitted resignation letter on
- Amhara Region Council Urges the People of Tigray and Amhara to Reject Agitators
March 7, 2019 (Ezega.com) - The Amhara Regional Council gave a sobering assessment of the security situation in Ethiopia, and in and around the Amhara region, in particular.
The 12th regular council conference was held yesterday in Bahir Dar city, the capital of Amhara region.
The council saw the developing situation in Ethiopia as grave and urged all Ethiopians to work towards peace and dialogue.
Speaking during the conference, regional parliament speaker Worksemu Mamo said regional leaders of Ethiopia need to observe tolerance.
Peace is absent in many areas, millions of our people are being dislocated, and properties are being destroyed, she said.
This is happening because of the agitation of a few people, not the majority of peace-loving Ethiopians, she added.
- US to Assist Ethiopian Reform, Including Embedding US Experts in Government
March 5, 2019 (Ezega.com) - The United States of America will continue to provide the necessary support to Ethiopia's ongoing reform, says US Congresswoman.
The Chair of the House of Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee for Africa and Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Karen Bass, said this during a press conference on Monday after concluding her 3-day visit to Ethiopia and Eritrea.
“I am excited at the changes taking place here and it was great to be back; and I am leaving with a long to do list of things that I need to do when I get back to Washington to help in anyway I can to further the reforms here in Ethiopia,” she pointed out, according to the Ethiopian News Agency
She stated that her country will provide technical support in several areas, especially in regards to democracy and elections.
- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Celebrates Adwa Victory from Afar
March2, 2019 (Ezega.com) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed called the current generation to repeat the Adwa victory by solving today's probems.
The 123rd anniversary of Adwa victory was celebrated today in the town of Adwa in Tigray regional state of Ethiopia.
In attendance were the President of Ethiopia Sahle-Work Zewde, Deputy Chief Administrator of Tigray, Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael, Speaker of the House of Federation, Keria Ibrahim, Minister of Culture, Dr Hirut Kassaw, and other federal and regional officials.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed did not go to Adwa to mark the occasion. Instead he gave remarks in Addis Ababa, and in ANNP regional state where he was visting along with the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta.
“Our sovereignty and made possible our flag to raise