| Protests Escalate in Hawassa; Fatalities Reported
June 16, 2018 - Days of unrest in Hawassa in southern Ethiopia has left multiple fatalities and many injured after Sidama protesters’ demand for their own regional state was accompanied by violence, according to the Ethiopia Observer.
Ethiopian security forces are trying to control the situation after hotels and businesses were attacked, a resident said. “We have been hearing gun shots the entire afternoon,” they said in the evening of June 14. At least one person died in unknown circumstances on June 13. Adare Hospital is “crowded” and there are more than 50 seriously injured people at Hawassa Referral Hospit
| Ethiopia to Build Navy - PM Abiy Ahmed
June 3, 2018 - Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed disclosed that Ethiopia is planning to build a navy during a briefing of the heads of the country’s National Defense Forces.
“Following the efforts made to build capacity of our national defense, we built one of the stronger ground and air forces in Africa,” according to Fana Broadcasting Corp. and reported Abiy as saying on Friday. “We should build our naval force capacity in the future.”
Abiy’s government in May agreed to develop Port Sudan on the Red Sea and agreed with Djibouti to swap shares in state-owned ports, airlines, and telecommunications. It also agreed to ac
| Renewed Conflict Reported at Ethiopia's Oromia-Somali Border
May 28, 2018 - Renewed border conflict between Oromia and Somali Ethiopian regional states have been reported, according to media reports.
According to reports from Opride.com, at least four people were killed and five others wounded in incursions by Ethiopian Somali State Liyu Police in Oromia’s East Hararghe zone, according to the report. More than 250 houses were razed to the ground and hundreds of civilians are internally displaced, the report claims.
Oromia and the Somali state share a nearly 900 miles-long porous border. The latest incursions by the Somali paramilitary force into the Cinaksan district, which s
| Sheikh Mohammed Al-Amoudi will be Released Soon - PM Abiy Ahmed
May 21, 2018 - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said he is sure Ethiopian-born Saudi billionaire Mohammed Al Amoudi will be released and returned to Ethiopia soon following discussions with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
“One of the reasons we went to Saudi Arabia was to ask the Saudi government to release Sheikh Mohammed Al Amoudi,” the state-owned Ethiopian News Agency reported, citing Abiy.
Al Amoudi was detained in November in Saudi Arabia as part of a crackdown on alleged corruption.
The billionaire’s assets include Sweden’s largest oil refiner, Preem AB, real estate and nume
| Coordination Council Raises 102 Million Birr for Ethiopia's GERD
March 26, 2018 - The National Council for the Coordination of Public Participation declared that it has raised 102 million birr for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), according to FBC news.
The office launched GERD bond week last Monday to raise funds for the dam via the sale of bonds. It planned to sell bonds worth over 120 million birr in the bond week which will last until the March 26, 2018.
The bonds are being sold in more than 200 temporary sites established across the nation, including 92 sites in all sub-cities of Addis Ababa.
The minimum bond value is 50 birr and the maximum 1 million birr. There is no limit on the maxi
| Bus Fell Off Cliff in Northern Ethiopia, Killing 38
March 13, 2018 - A bus fell of cliff in northern Ethiopia, Wollo zone in Amhara region, killing 38 people, according to media reports. The accident happened in Legambo district in south Wollo zone, Amhara regional state.
The bus was traveling from Mekane Selam to Desie carrying 48 people.
According to government communication affairs office of Legambo woreda, among the dead are 28 men and 10 women. The remaining 10 people sustained various inuries, some serious ones. They are receiving medical treatement at Hidar 11 hospital in Akesta hospital.
Most of victims were students of higher learning inst
| Tourism Chief in Hot Water for "Double Salary”, Mismanagement
February 24, 2018 - Yohannes Tilahun, CEO of the Ethiopian Tourism Organization (ETO), is in hot water for his allegedly receiving “double salaries” both from the government and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), according to the Reporter. He has been the CEO of the organization for nine months.
In a letter, Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian and board chairman of ETO, demanded the Ministry of Culture and Tourism on Friday terminate Yohannes and consider legal actions for his misconduct. According to letter, Yohannes has been found receiving illicit monthly income of USD 8,000 from UNDP.
| Ethiopia Loses $840M Due to Post Harvest Losses - Jimma University
February 10, 2018 - A research conducted by Jimma University revealed that Ethiopia loses over 840 million US dollar from the post harvest loss of four crops. The study shows that there is a high loss of products /yields/ in Ethiopia in quantity and in quality so that it will affect the country’s economy.
Post harvest professor at Jimma University and leader of the study team Ali Mehamed said that the study focusing on reasons of post harvest loss and the solutions was conducted on wheat, maize, Sorghum and Haricot beans.
The study has covered 14 woredas of Tigray, Amhara, Oromia and Southern regional states and engaged farmers, harveste
| Ethiopia Drafts Regulation for Drone Use
February 2, 2018 - Ethiopia is drafting a drone regulation that enables it to license drones and control its operation. “There are has been an increased drone activity in the country. Drones are posing threats to aviation safety and security in the world. Drones can easily be operated anywhere and can be used for various purposes. In other parts of the world there have been reports of drone collisions with commercial aircraft,” said Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA) director, Wossenyeleh Hunegnaw (Col.)
Ethiopia like many other countries has not yet introduced a drone regulation. However, individuals and businesses are importi
| Whereabouts of 2,273 Adopted Ethiopian Children Unknown – Government
February 2, 2018 - The Ethiopian government announced that the whereabouts of 2,273 children, adopted before 2014/15, is unknown. The government is digging deep to improve data on the thousands of Ethiopian children adopted by westerners over the years, according to Ethiopian Ministry of Women and Children Affairs.
Five years ago, the adoption debate kicked into high gear when a couple was jailed in the United States after an Ethiopian girl, 13, they adopted died under unclear circumstances.
Top US celebrities are known to have adopted Ethiopian children, amongst others: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. But, even celebrities like J
| Ethiopia Cancels 400,000T Wheat Purchase Contract
January 28, 2018 - The Ethiopian government has canceled a 2.6 billion-birr wheat purchase contract. The contract was awarded to Pakistan-based Shakeel & Company for the supply of 400,000 metric tons of wheat.
The Ethiopian government cancellation came following the company’s failure to provide a performance guarantee and proceed to supply the wheat. According to the initial agreement, Shakeel is supposed to start supplying the bulk by December 2017 and finish by January 2018.
Following contract cancellation, the company will be barred from taking part in any future bidding activity in Ethiopia and i
| 7 Killed at Ethiopian Temket Festival
January 23, 2018 - Seven people were killed in northern Ethiopia, Woldiya town, when security forces clashed with youths during Temket festival. Among the dead were six worshippers and one security officer.
Angry Ethiopian protesters burned down several hotels, restaurants and shops in response to the clashes. One Ethiopian witness said that exchanges of gunfire could be heard in Woldiya until midday Sunday.
Ethiopia's Amhara region has been engulfed with widespread, violent anti-government protests for several months due to residents feeling excluded from political and economic power.
| Bekele Gerba Gets Six Months Prison Time for Court Contempt
January 11, 2018 - Bekele Gerba, one of Ethiopia’s most prominent opposition politicians, has been sentenced to six months in prison for contempt of court along with three others after they sang a protest song during proceedings.The former deputy head of the Oromo Federalist Congress party, protested after the court withdrew a previous ruling requiring Ethiopia’s prime minister to appear as a defense witness.
Bekele had been arrested in December 2015 after anti-government protests erupted in parts of Ethiopia. He was charged with terrorism offenses that later were changed to criminal charges.He was among the opposition figures expected t
| Ethiopia Bans Foreign Adoptions
January 10, 2018 - After repeated repots of child abuse and neglect, the Ethiopian government announced that it has banned the adoption of children by foreigners.
Ethiopia is one of the biggest source countries for international adoptions by US citizens, accounting for about 20% of the total.Celebrities Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are among those who have adopted children from Ethiopia.
However, in 2013, a US couple were convicted of killing an adopted Ethiopian girl.That case triggered a debate about foreign adoption, the BBC's Emmanuel Igunza in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa says.
Two years ago, Denmark also co
| Court Adjourns Witness Hearing on ESLSE Former Officials
January 2, 2018 - The Federal High Court 15th criminal bench has adjourned the hearing of witnesses over the case of nine Ethiopian Shipping & Logistics Services Enterprise (ESLSE) officials, reports Addis Fortune. The court also received the charges of the two former deputy CEOs, Mesfin Tefera and Sisay Abaferda.
The Court has set sessions for February 14, 15, 27, 28 and the first of March, to hear the prosecutor's witnesses.
During the hearing conducted earlier this week, over the preliminary objections submitted by the accused, the Court overruled every objection as they did not substantiate the dismissal of a trial. The
| Ethiopia Allows Passengers to Import Personal Use Items Duty Free
January 2, 2018 - Ethiopia issued a directive that allows passengers to import items that are for their personal use duty free. Bochu Sintayehu, Legal Service Director at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation, said the directive, which came into effect, permits passengers to import 351 types of items that are to be used for personal use only.
Airline passengers and those who use road transportation to enter into Ethiopia, including Ethiopian returnees and foreigners, could benefit from the new directives. They can import/ export up to 20 kilograms of food, two mobile cell phones and external hard discs, a tel
| Ethiopian Police Arrest Five Individuals over Communal Clash
December 31, 2017 - Ethiopia's Police in central Oromia regional state announced that it has arrested five individuals over communal clash. Yishak Ayana, administrator of Yayu district of Oromia regional state, said the clash left six people injured and yet unspecified material damage.
He further said police has been able to prevent the clash from escalating with the help of local community.
Yayu and neighboring districts were scenes of communal violence in October 2017 which left more than a dozen dead.
The violence involving members of the Oromo ethnic group, longtime residents of the area, and ethnic Amharas and Tigrayans,
| EU Extends €38 Million for Refugees in Ethiopia
December 13, 2017 - The European Union announced aid worth 174.4 million euros under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa to support refugees and host communities in the Horn of Africa region. Three new projects which will focus on creating employment opportunities and providing energy access to refugees and local populations will be implemented in Ethiopia with a total of 38.05 million euros, reports FBC
Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica said, “with today's (yesterday) new actions worth €174.4 million, we are stepping up our support – to protect vulnerable migrants, to create economic opportuniti
| German Tourist Killed in Afar Identified as Medical Doctor
December 10, 2017 - A German tourist, who was confirmed dead in an attack in Northeastern Ethiopia, has been identified as Walter Roepert (MD) from Aalen, Germany. The German citizen who was an ear, nose and throat specialist died on the scene while his translator survived and is said to be treated at a nearby hospital.
The incident was said to have happened near a volcanic lake at Erta Ale inside the Danakil Depression near the Eritrean border. The 63-year-old medical doctor was said to be attacked along with his tourist guide, taking pictures while he came face-to-face with armed men that shot both of them close-up. The Ethiopian gov
| Afar Regional State Gets First International Airport
December 7, 2017 - An international airport built at a cost of 450 million birr ($16.6 million) in Ethiopia’s North Eastern state, Afar regional state, inaugurated today. The airport has been named after Sultan Alimirah Anfre, former tribal leader of Afar people.
Ethiopian Minister of Transport, Ahmed Shide, Chief Administrator of Afar Regional State, Haji Seyoum Awel as well as Deputy Speaker of the House of Federation (HoF) attended the inauguration ceremony.
The airport would have a significant contribution to attract investment and link the region with the neighboring country Djibouti as well as to facilitate import-export trade, A