City Increases Areas Set for Demolition 135ha

Addis Abeba City Administration is clearing 23.78ha of more slum starting this fiscal year, on top of the 111ha that have already been slated for demolition by the Housing Development & Urban More »


BREAKING NEWS! 24 Ethiopian migrants drown off Yemeni coast

The Yemeni interior ministry said Monday that 24 Ethiopian migrants were found dead after their boat sank off the Yemeni coast. In a statement posted on its website, the ministry said the More »

[ፎቶ] በሰሜን ሸዋ በጎሮ መስቀል አደባባይ ሁለት ሽፍቶች ተገድለው በአደባባይ መሰቀላቸው መነጋገሪያ ሆኗል


ይህ ድርጊት በሰሜን ሸዋ በጎሮ መስቀል አደባባይ ከወር በፊት የተፈጸመ ድርጊት ሲሆን እነዚህ ግለሰቦች 4 አመት በሽፍትነት የፈለጉትን ሲዘርፉ፤ሲደፍሩ እና ሲገሉ የነበሩ ሲሆን ከዚህ በፊት የገደሉት ሰው ወንድም በአካባቢው ባህል መሰረት በቂም በቀል ሊገለን ይችላል በሚል ፍርሃት ወንድምየው የሚሰራበት መስሪያ ቤት ድረስ በመሄድ ሳይቀድማቸው ለመግደል ቢያስቡም በሚሊሻዎች እና በአካባቢው ነዋሪ በመከበባቸው እነሱ ሶስት ፓሊስ ገለው በመጨረሻ እነሱ ተገለዋል፤ ነገር ግን ሞታቸውን ተከትሎ እሬሳቸው በአደባባይ እንዲሰቀል እና እንዲታይ መደረጉ የብዙዎችን ቁጣ ቀስቅሶል

The incident took place last month in North Shewa Zone, Gundo Meskel town and my source identified the two men as Ketema and “a former soldier recruited by Ketema”.
Ketema and his partner are not known for any political agenda. In fact, the area is not known as a base of any insurgent group. Rather, banditry is a frequent problem due to the geography feature of the area.
The two men were notorious in the locality for violent robbery and for raping women, among others.
Recently, in November, Ketema killed a certain resident of the town in the process robbery. The deceased had a brother employed at the Revenue agency in the town.
Since blood-feud killings are common in the area (as well as the adjacent districts of Amhara region), it appears Ketema was concerned the deceased’s brother will attempt to take revenge.
Coupled with his sense of impunity, Ketema decided not only to kill the brother, but also to do it in broad daylight at the revenue agency office – my source narrated.
The incident was the last straw to the town residents.Infuriated and feeling cornered, they immediately started chasing Ketema and his partner.
They found them – one after another – in nearby rural areas and killed them on the spot. Later brought them to town and put them in the square.

Souce: Daniel Berhane

City Increases Areas Set for Demolition 135ha


Addis Abeba City Administration is clearing 23.78ha of more slum starting this fiscal year, on top of the 111ha that have already been slated for demolition by the Housing Development & Urban Renewal Agency (HDURA); 65pc of the total land, nearly 88ha, will be cleared this fiscal year .
The additional areas to be demolished for redevelopment are located in Addis Ketema and Lideta districts. Specifically, three areas included within these two are Autobus Tera (Dejazmach Mekonen Street to Abinet Square), Geja Sefer and Gola Michael – the first in Addis Ketema and the other two in Lideta.The decision was made after an official visit to the areas, which found that the initial plan would leave out small pockets of slums at the identified places, said Markos Alemayehu, Communication head of (HDURA). The additional space has increased the total to be demolished in the three localities from 39.5ha to 63.28ha.
“We received the announcement from the city administration this week,” said Hailu Tekliu, head of the Addis Ketma Land Development & Management Office.

Horrific car accident on Ethiopia’s new expressway left 11 dead


An early morning major car accident on Sunday January 18th on the newly opened Addis-Adama expressway has left eleven people dead on impact and nine people wounded. Five of the wounded have received life threatening wounds and are in critical conditions, an investigating officer told Addis Standard.

The accident happened early at around 6:00 am when a driver of a Sinotruk coming from Adama, the capital of Oromia regional state 100 kms South of Addis Abeba, lost its track and derailed into the separation fence of the six lane expressway. The Sinotruck then hit a minivan carrying 16 people and was speeding from Addis Abeba to Adama, reducing the minivan to a quarter of its original size and killing the eleven people on board on impact.

BREAKING NEWS! 24 Ethiopian migrants drown off Yemeni coast


The Yemeni interior ministry said Monday that 24 Ethiopian migrants were found dead after their boat sank off the Yemeni coast.

In a statement posted on its website, the ministry said the boat sank off the Red Sea coast of Yemen’s southwestern province of Taiz, Xinhua reported.

It said the rescue operation has been launched to search for survivors off the port city of Al-Makha. The statement did not tell when the boat sank.

It was the second accident in the Yemeni waters in less than a month. On Dec 7, about 70 Ethiopean migrants drowned after their boat sank in the Red Sea due to bad weather.

According to media reports, hundreds of Africans drown every year while trying to reach Yemen in crowded boats.

Over 62,000 asylum seekers, refugees and migrants arrived in Yemen from the Horn of Africa in 2013, according to the United Nations’ refugee agency.

Source: business-standard.com

Ethiopian government signs $865 mln railway financing


(Adds details of ECA financing, banker’s quote)

By Sandrine Bradley

Oct 27 (Reuters) – The Ethiopian government has closed a $865 million financing package that funds the development of some of the country’s railway infrastructure.

The proceeds of the financing will be used to build the Awash-Weldia/Hara Gebeya Railway Project, one of the key railway corridors that will form part of the National Railway Network of Ethiopia.

The financing is split between a $450 million seven-year commercial loan, which includes a syndicate of lenders from Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the US, and pays 375 basis points over Libor.

A $415 million 13-year loan backed by the Swedish Export Credit Guarantee Board (EKN), Eksport Kredit Fonden (EKF) and Swiss Export Risk Insurance (SERV) export credit agencies is also included.

Credit Suisse acted as co-ordinating commercial facility arranger and export credit agency facility lead arranger. Some of the loans have already been disbursed.

Ethiopia’s GDP Reaches 1.5trillion Birr

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The Ministry of Finance and Economic Development has announced that Ethiopia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has reached 1.5 trillion birr, and registered an estimated 10.3 percent economic growth last Ethiopian fiscal year (EFY).

The State Minister, Dr. Abraham Tekeste, said Ethiopia has shown rapid and stable macroeconomic growth and had managed to increase per capita income to 632 US dollars from 558 US dollars the previous fiscal year. Inflation remained in single figures.

Dr. Abraham said domestic saving reached 22.5% of GDP, and the rate of investment and export of goods and services accounted for 40.3% and 11.7% percent respectively. The State Minister said the industry sector grew faster than agriculture and service sectors, registering 21.2% annual growth, compared to agriculture (5.4%) and service (11.9%) during the past fiscal year.

The overall share of agriculture in the national economy decreased from 42% in 2005 EFY to 40% in 2006; industry grew to 14%, up from 13%. The service sector reached 46%, up from 45%. Ethiopia Fiscal Year 2006 was the 11th consecutive year in which Ethiopia’s economy grew on average by 10.9 percent.

The State Minister said agriculture, industry and service registered 9, 13.8 and 12.2 annual growth respectively. He added that the low performance of exports in the economy, especially in the manufacturing sector, was, however, a challenge to the country during the period.

Amnesty Says Ethiopia Detains 5,000 Oromos Illegally Since 2011


Ethiopia’s government illegally detained at least 5,000 members of the country’s most populous ethnic group, the Oromo, over the past four years as it seeks to crush political dissent, Amnesty International said.

Victims include politicians, students, singers and civil servants, sometimes only for wearing Oromo traditional dress, or for holding influential positions within the community, the London-based advocacy group said in a report today. Most people were detained without charge, some for years, with many tortured and dozens killed, it said.

“The Ethiopian government’s relentless crackdown on real or imagined dissent among the Oromo is sweeping in its scale and often shocking in its brutality,” Claire Beston, the group’s Ethiopia researcher, said in a statement. “This is apparently intended to warn, control or silence all signs of ‘political disobedience’ in the region.”

The Oromo make up 34 percent of Ethiopia’s 96.6 million population, according to the CIA World Factbook. Most of the ethnic group lives in the central Oromia Regional State, which surrounds Addis Ababa, the capital. Thousands of Oromo have been arrested at protests, including demonstrations this year against what was seen as a plan to annex Oromo land by expanding Addis Ababa’s city limits

No Ebola detected in Ethiopia: spokesman


By Abebech Tamene, Wednesday, August 13, 2014

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has denied reports of the spread of Ebola in the country, saying steps were being taken to raise awareness about the deadly virus.


“So far no Ebola case was reported in Ethiopia,” Abel Yeshaneh, spokesperson for the Ethiopian Public Health Institute, told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday.


Yeshaneh said the Ethiopian authorities had adopted measures aimed at enhancing their ability to detect Ebola infections, adding that health workers were being trained to combat a possible outbreak.


“So far 300 health workers drawn from different health institutions in Addis Ababa have already received training and they will in turn give training to others,” Yeshaneh said.


According to the spokesperson, the training focuses on the causes and symptoms of Ebola, along with methods of prevention.


“Health professionals working in different health facilities in regional states will arrive here next week to undergo similar training,” he said.