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Minister Blames Third Party for Ethnic Clashes at Ethiopian Universities

By Staff Reporter

Samuel-Kifle-MoSHENovember 13, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Ethiopian Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MoSHE) blamed a third party for the ongoing inter-ethnic clashes at various universities of the country.

In a briefing on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, state minister Dr. Samuel Kifle said the teaching and learning process has been disrupted in some universities found in Oromia regional state due to inter-ethnic clashes following the incident in Woldia University where two students were killed and several others injured.

According to the state minister, the teaching and learning process in Woldia, Jimma, Metu, Medawelabu, an

Federal Attorney General to File Lawsuit Against 68 Suspects of Coup Attempt

By Staff Reporter

Ethiopian-Attorney-GeneralNovember 13, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Federal Attorney General announced today that it is preparing to file charges this week against suspects of the June 22, 2019 coup attempt in allegedly orchestrated in Amhara regional state and Addis Ababa.

Preparations have been made to file charges against 68 suspects (55 from Bahir Dar and 13 from Addis Ababa), Federal Attorney General Berhanu Tsegaye said in a joint briefing on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

According to the attorney general, the four-month-long investigation of the police has confirmed that the late Ethiopian chief of Staff Seare Mekonno

One Student Dead, Dozens Wounded in Ethnic-Based Attacks at Dembi Dolo University

By Staff Reporter

Dembi-Dolo-UniversityNovember 12, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- At least one ethnic Amhara student was killed and a dozen others wounded in what seems like a revenge attack in Dembi Dolo university of Oromia regional state of western Ethiopia.

Ethnic Amhara students told Ezega.com that three students of the university were kidnapped and their whereabouts are unknown.

The attack by ethnic Oromo students followed inter-ethnic clashes last Saturday at Woldia University where two ethnic Oromo students were killed and many others wounded.

According to reports, the tension is not limited to one university. Ethnic Amhara students in

Ethiopia Unveils 2nd Essential Health Services Package

By Staff Reporter

Health-Package-EthiopiaNovember 12, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopia has unveiled the 2nd essential health services package tailored to achieve universal health coverage across the country.

The revised health service package aims to provide access to quality health services for all Ethiopians with full financial risk protection regardless of age, ability to pay, economic status, and geographic locations.

Launching the package, Minister of Health Dr, Amir Aman said all citizens of the country—no matter who they are, where they live, or how much money they have—would get access to quality healthcare services without suffering

Tensions Remain High at Woldia University Following Student Clashes

By Staff Reporter

Woldia-University-conflictNovember 11, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Tensions remain high in Woldia University of Amhara state after two students were killed amid enter-ethnic clashes.

Police said at least 13 students were arrested on suspicion of instigating the clashes, which resulted from personal disputes. Other suspects are still at large, said Colonel Hailemariam Ambaye, head of the North Wello Zone Peace and Security Bureau. 

The regional government has finalized preparations to take measures against forces attempting to instigate violence at ten universities of the region, Agegnehu Teshager, Head of Amhara

Hundreds of People Protest Sexual Abuse and Violence in Mekelle, Tigray

By Staff Reporter

Mekelle-TigrayNovember 11, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Hundreds of people on Monday rallied in Mekele city of northern Ethiopia to protest sexual abuse and violence against women in Tigray regional state.

The demonstrators called for ending sexual assault and harassment in the region and demanded that the regional government bring perpetrators of sexual violence to justice.

The demonstrators, the majority of whom were women, began and ended the rally at Romanat square in Mekelle. During the demonstration, poems were read and music blared to denounce sexual violence against women. This was followed by characters displaying suppression against

Interview with Eskinder Nega, Leader of Addis Ababa Baladera Council

By Staff Reporter

Eskinder-Nega-Baladera-CouncilNovember 11, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Eskinder Nega, born in 1968, is an Ethiopian journalist and a blogger based in Addis Ababa. He is known for founding the Addis Ababa Baladera Council, an organization meant to protect Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, from special claims and interests by regional parties.

Eskinder Nega has a long history of activism protesting the Ethiopian government as far back as 1993 when he founded his first newspaper called Ethiopis. Since then, Eskinder has been in the crosshairs of the Ethiopian government, and he has been in and out of prison numerous times.

Since 2005, Eskind

At Least Five Greater Kudus Died in Undisclosed Disease Outbreak in Ethiopian National Park

By Staff Reporter

Greater-Kudu-EthiopiaNovember 10, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- At least five Greater Kudu have died due to undisclosed outbreak of disease in Kafta Sheraro National Park in eastern part of Tigray regional state of Ethiopia.

Solomon Worku, Public Relations expert with the Ethiopian Wild Life Conservation Authority told Ezega.com that the authority has deployed a team of experts who have confirmed the outbreak of the disease. The team also has taken samples from three infected Greater Kudus to identify the type of disease.

According to the public relations expert, the unidentified disease is affecting the wild animal’s soft part bo

Law to Prevent Hate Speech, Fake News Sent to Ethiopian Parliament

By Staff Reporter

Council-of-MinistersNovember 9, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Council of Ministers of Ethiopia in its meeting on Saturday, November 9, 2019, referred a new bill, called Computer Crime Proclamation that aims to prevent hate speech and dissemination of fake news, to the House of Peoples Representatives for approval.

“It is deemed necessary to enact the law because the nation cannot address problems arising from hate speeches and fake news with existing laws,” a statement issued from the council of ministers said. However, no detailed reasons were given why the current laws are inadequate to handle such news.

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More Than 70 People Arrested for Stealing Over 60 Million Birr

By Staff Reporter

Addis-Ababa-Police-CommissionNovember 8, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Addis Ababa Police have arrested more than 70 individuals on suspicion of stealing over 60 million birr using stolen and fake bank cheques as well as forged documents.

The commission in a statement said the suspects were apprehended by the joint operation of the federal and Addis Ababa police members following tips received from the National Information and Intelligence Service.

Yared Alemayehu, the head of Severe Robbery and Theft Investigation Department with the Addis Ababa Police Commission said the suspects are accused of stealing cheques from different private compan

Baladera Council Holds Meeting to Remember Prisoners of Consience in Ethiopia

By Staff Reporter

Baladera-council-Ethiopia-2November 8, 2019 (Ezega.com) – The Baladera Council, a group advocating for the rights of Addis Ababa residents, held a meeting to remember what it called 'prisoners of conscience' held by the Ethiopian government across the country.

The meeting was held at the headquarters of the Baladera Council today in Addis Ababa, in the presence of the press, and representatives of human rights institutions and the diplomatic community. 

Remarking on those who have been arrested without credible evidence, journalist Eskinder Nega, who is the head of the Baladera council, reflected on hi

Desert Locust Becoming Uncontrollable in Ethiopia

By Staff Reporter

Desert-Locust-EthiopiaNovember 8, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Large swarms of desert locusts are increasingly spreading in northern and eastern parts of Ethiopia, becoming uncontrollable despite ground and aerial operations.

The desert locusts, which migrated from Somalia and Yemen, have occurred across different parts of Ethiopia, mainly in parts of Afar, Amhara, Somali, Tigray, Oromia, and Dire Dawa.

The counter operations are underway by individual regional governments and, so far, Tigray regional state managed to deal with the locust invasion in a traditional way after the locust caused insignificant damages.

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Intellectuals and the People

By Abel Merawi

Intellectuals-and-PeopleNovember 6, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- George Orwell remarked how some ideas are so foolish that only intellectuals could believe them, for no ordinary person could be such a fool. The historical records of the twentieth century, including the two world wars, are enough to show how dictators were supported by intellectuals even when they are under no pressure. The intellectuals that supported eugenics shared the dream of Hitler in improving genetics, resulting in the holocaust that took the lives of millions of Jews. Before discussing the work of intellectuals any further, it is better to define the term with its categories of in

Ethiopian Women Rights Advocate Passes Away

By Staff Reporter

Bogalech-GebreNovember 6, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- An Ethiopian women rights Advocate, scientist, and founder of KMG Ethiopia (Kembatti Menotti Gezzima-Tope) Bogaletch Gebre has passed away.

As her biography shows, Bogaletch Gebre was a victim of female genital mutilation at the age of 12 and was forbidden from joining formal education, which forced her to sneak out of her home to attend a missionary school that paved the way for her to be what she became.

Following her elementary years at the Missionary school, Bogalech Gebre attended various local schools as well as some prestigious Higher Education Institutions abroad.

In an interv

Mesafint Tigabu, Alleged Killer of Late Ethiopian Army Chief, Appears Before Court

By Staff Reporter

Mesafint-killer-SeareNovember 6, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Corporal Mesafint Tigabu, who is accused of killing the late Ethiopian army Chief Seare Mekonnen has recovered from his injuries of gun bullet and appeared before court.

Mesafint who was the bodyguard of the late Ethiopian Army Chief of Staff has so far been in the intensive care unit at the Black Lion Hospital after he was shot and injured during a coup attempt which left General Seare Mekonnen and another retired General Gezai Abera dead on June 22 this year in Addis Ababa.

Government authorities, including Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, publicly accused Corporal Mesafint Tiga

Voter Registration for Sidama Zone Referendum Delayed

By Staff Reporter

Sidama-ReferendumNovember 6, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) has delayed voter registration for the referendum to determine the transformation of the Sidama zone into a state inside the Ethiopian Federal system.

The registration was supposed to start on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, but postponed to Thursday, November 7, 2019, after registration materials did not arrive in some rural and far localities of the Sidama zone.

The registration would take place in Hawassa city and 598 surrounding localities of Sidama zone for the planned referendum to take place after two weeks.

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Tension Running High in Oromia State After Fighting Broke Out in Western Ethiopia

By Staff Reporter

OLF-Fighting-EthiopiaNovember 5, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Tension is running high after fighting broke out in Begi and Qondala districts in Wellega zone of Oromia state in western Ethiopia between the rebel Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and members of the Ethiopian Defense Forces, residents said on Tuesday.

The fighting has continued even a day after an agreement was reached by Oromo political parties, including OLF, in Addis Ababa to collaborate for peaceful political activities in the region.

Eyewitnesses told Ezega.com that the fighting has been going on since last Saturday after OLF soldiers dismantled a blockade by members of t

Is the Ethiopian News Media Partly to Blame for the Ongoing Unrest?

By Saff Reporter

Ethiopia-Net-Freedom-2018November 5, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The media has a powerful role to play in disseminating truth and exposing misdeeds such as oppression and violence against humanity. It is even considered as the Fourth Estate for its explicit capacity for advocacy and implicit ability to frame political issues.

Even though the media is not formally recognized as a part of a political system, it has a very significant influence in shaping the national conversation and shifting policies in a given country.

In democratic systems, the role of media is considered as part of the voice of the masses and hence accorded consi

Oromo Political Parties Once Again Agree to Work for Common Goal

By Staff Reporter

Oromia-Parties-dialogueNovember 4, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The political parties currently operating in the Oromia Regional State of Ethiopia have once again agreed to resolve their political differences peacefully and avoid violence that have so far plagued the region and creating instability beyond.

This is not the first time such dialogue between the various Oromia parties has been held. The parties involved have had several unity meetings in the last year or so, but with little fruit to show for it.

The agreement was reached on Sunday, November 3, 2019, after a joint leadership of the political parties also known as Gadissa

86 People Killed in Recent Unrest in Ethiopia - PM Abiy Ahmed

By Staff Reporter

Abiy-Ahmed-on-ViolenceNovember 3, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed disclosed that 86 people were killed during the recent unrest in different parts of the Oromia regional state of Ethiopia.

Briefing journalists on Sunday, November 3, 2019, PM Abiy Ahmed said 76 of the victims were killed amid inter-ethnic clashes or religious-based attacks, while ten of the victims were shot dead by security forces. “The dead includes 82 male and 4 female.”

According to the premier, 50 of the dead were ethnic Oromo, 20 Amhara, 8 Gamo, 2 Siltie, 1 Gurage, 2 Hadiya, and 1 Argoba and 1 ethnicity not yet known.

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