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Thread on the situation in #Ethiopia and particularly #AddisAbaba, in light of the events in #Burayu.
1/ It’s been an extremely difficult couple of days for #Ethiopia and I do not say that because lives were lost and violence has rocked parts of the city. Addis is resilient and has seen a lot in the last 100 years.
2/ I say that because the violence was not perpetrated by the government (as has been the case in the past), but by a mob of young criminals who felt entitled to steal, rape and massacre by ethnically identifying their 23 victims. See @AaronMG 's article reuters.com/article/us-eth…
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1. #Ethiopia/n government have communication strategy problem. Look how messed up the communication of the Engineer’s death investigation. Given the lack of trust in state institutions, the work should have been supported by good communications.
2. State media in all its force aggressively worked for days to manufacture grief and shaped public opinion. The government knowing things are complicated and GRD project was not fine, should have refrained from anything that might influence public opinion.
3. they did not try to shape public opinion for a more than a month and let conspiracies prevail. Even with the press conference they did not prepare any form of detailed documentation. there preparation was unmatched with the certainty of the public.
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Opinion:The new era of transformation in #Ethiopia & the Elephant in the room addisstandard.com/opinion-the-ne… With PM #AbiyAhmed,the age of freedom has begun in earnest,but no decent analysis of Ethiopian politics is complete without the talk of the Elephant in the room-Identity politics
#Ethiopia: "Identity politics is, I submit, a secular variation to the religious notion of worshiping the wrong idols. It usually emerges from the place of arrogance, deceit and resentment and is fundamentally driven by a toxic sense of victimhood." Kebadu Mekonnen, (PhD)
#Ethiopia: "For a republic worthy of its name to emerge and a genuine civic solidarity to take root in Ethiopia, I believe that we need a constitutional amendment prohibiting the founding of political parties on the basis of ethnicity or religion," Kebadu Mekonnen, (PhD)
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#Ethiopia-#Eritrea:PM #AbiyAhmed makes unannounced visit to Port #Massawa & #Assab today, ETV & FanaBc said. It follows last night's announcement that an Ethiopian commercial ship was scheduled to dock in in port Massawa after 20 yrs. PM Abiy was welcomed by Pres. Isaias Afwerki.
Update: PM #AbiyAhmed visited port #Assab & the 71km long road which stretches from #Ethiopian border to the port. He is also expected to visit port of Massawa this afternoon

⏩Ethiopian commercial ship will dock today at #Massawa Port from #SaudiArabia fanabc.com/english/2018/0…
Update: PM #AbiyAhmed will have two days of official visit to #Eritrea during which he will also travel to the capital #Asmara and "will hold extensive discussions with President Isaias Afwerki to assess and expedite implementation of the agreement of 9 July," @hawelti said.
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#Ethiopia: Federal attorney general pressed charges against 100 people including former #Hawassa city Mayor Tewodros Gebiba & Administrator of #Sidama Zone Aklilu Adula, accusing them of instigating the recent inter-communal violence in Hawassa & environs fanabc.com/2018/08/%e1%8b…
Update: Both Twedros & Aklilu resigned from their position on July 05th in the wake of weeks of inter-communal violence in #Hawassa & environs which targeted ethnic #Wolayitas. The victims have directly implicated senior officials of the region 👇👇
Update: The Fed Atto. General filled the charges against the accused at the #Hawassa high court, exercising its jurisdiction to press charges on behalf of the Federal First Instance Court. Former Hawassa city prison police head & five employees of the prison are also charged.
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#Ethiopia: Desta Adu Worku, a reporter at the state daily Ethiopian Herald, says Ethiopian Press Agency (EPA) G. Manager Sebsebe kebede (1st pic) & his deputy, Mebrahtom Kiros, were "sacked". Both were long serving employees of EPA which is the largest state owned media company.
B/ground: EPA is the oldest state owned media company established in 1961. It publishes 4 state-owned newspapers & one magazine: the English daily The Ethiopian Herald, the Amharic daily Addis Zemen , the Afaan Oromo newspaper Bariissa & the Arabic Al Alem, and Zemen magazine.
Update: "Getenet Taddesse has been appointed as EPA Manager while Dr. Henok Seyoum & Wendemu Tekele have been picked as [Deputy] Managers,"Jurno Desta says. Getenet is documentary & Cinema Director & News Anchor at Walta. He has previously worked at the #Amhara Mass Media Agency.
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Ethiopian Embassy in #SouthAfrica issued statement asking Ethiopians to be cautious as violence targeting foreigners in #Soweto province & environs enters 2nd day. The emb. said shops & businesses owned by Ethiopians were targeted. Embassy emergency NOs: 0123462110 & 0123462947
#SouthAfrica violence targets Soweto's foreign-owned shops bbc.com/news/world-afr… "Three people have been killed in South Africa during violence on Wednesday targeting foreign-owned businesses in Soweto, police say."
Update: #Ethiopia's MoFA said one Ethiopian was killed in #Soweto & one was injured & is recovering in hospital. It said the embassy was working with the gov of #SouthAfrica to protect Ethiopians from the violence, & cautioned Ethiopians to take extra care to protect themselves
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#Ethiopia: Federal Prosecutors have this afternoon pressed charges against Biniyam Tewolde (pic) former Information Network Security Agency (INSA) Deputy Director, his wife & two other individuals in six offenses including alleged corruption crimes, @Capitaleth reported.
Update: Biniyam Tewolde is charged with multiple counts of corruption involving himself & his wife Tsige Teklu. Co-defendants include Selamyhun Adefirs, educational training director, & Yirgalem Abraha, director of national cyber security force of INSA. fanabc.com/2018/08/%e1%8b…
The main charge accuses Biniam of conducting a 72 m birr worth contract with Avorniga Technologies Limited, an #Israeli company, & withdrawing 32.4 m birr by conspiring with the company for training services that didn't happen. He is also accused of illegal wealth accumulation.
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#Ethiopia: "#AddisAbeba Trade Bureau along with the city's Police Commission have begun closing shops behind Ethiopia Hotel, on Yohanes Street, suspected of engaging in an illegal business. The area is famous for the black market trade that takes place." addisfortune.net/news-alert/pol…
Update: The police say they have seized some 5,466,632 birr; 56,000 dollar; 4,016 Pound; €2,070 Euro; 6,505 Emirati dirham, as well as cash in other foreign currencies following today's raid on shops involved in parallel currency market in various places in #AddisAbeba. FanaBC
Update: Police crackdown on parallel currency market (black market)shops landed 40 suspects in jail, #AddisAbeba police financial crimes investigation bureau deputy director Debebe Digafu said, more will follow soon. Suspects have already appeared in court fanabc.com/2018/08/%e1%89…
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#Ethiopia: "Former Chief Administrator of #Ethiopia-n Somali Regional State, Abdi Mohamed Omer, has been arrested." government affiliated @fanatelevision reported.
Update: The federal attorney general's office said Abdi Iley is arrested on suspicion of gross human rights violations as well as instigating ethnic & religious violence, the state broadcaster ETV says. The police is also arresting other individuals suspected of links with him
Update: The police have said they have found five Kalashnikov and four pistols at the house where former #Somali state president Abdi Iley was arrested earlier. The fire arms were placed under police jurisdiction.
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#Ethiopia -#Eritrea: Community leaders, elders, women and the youth from #Ethiopia's #Zalambessa city & its environs have crossed to #Senafe, a market city in the southern #Eritrea, as part of people-to-people diplomacy following recent rapprochement between the two countries.
Update: Watch a joyous reunion as the communities from #Zalamessa and #Senafe met. The 1998 - 2000 border war between #Eritrea & #Ethiopia resulted in border closure and heavy militarization on both sides. Both countries are now normalizing their relations. Vid. Senait Mebrahtu
በትግራይ ምስራቃዊ ዞን የጎሎመኻዳ ወረዳ የልዑካን ቡድን ኤርትራ ገባ fanabc.com/2018/08/%e1%89…
ገብተዋል። ቡድኑ ወደ ሰርሓ ሲገባም የኤርትራ ወታደሮች አቀባበል እንዳደረጉላቸው የትግራይ ክልል ምስራቃዊ ዞን አስተዳደር ጽህፈት ቤት አስታውቋል።
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THREAD: Time for a discussion on the state of news reporting in the #Somali region. A look at the key sources of information permitted to work on the ground. The situation is dire to say the least. #Ethiopia
As is well known, since 2008 the #Somali region had been under a total blockade enforced by former President Abdi Illey. Meaning beyond state outlets like EBC, media outlets and rights groups were barred access to the region.
Over the years, Abdi Illey organized a consortium of like minded ideologically similar outlets and bloggers to gain access and monopolize the reporting from the region. A considerable amount of investment locked down the region's journalism into the single celled realm it became.
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Gerd Müller, #German Minister for Economic Cooperation & Dev't will be meeting Amira Elfadil, Acting Chairperson of the #AUC & Commissioner of Social Affairs on issues, among others, German support to #Agenda2063 with a focus on regional integration, employment,& peace & security
Update: Gerd Müller is also expected to meet with Abraham Tekeste, Minister of Finance & Economic Cooperation, tomorrow afternoon & discuss on issues, among others, business environment, fostering econ development & job creation for Ethiopia's burgeoning youth #Germany #Ethiopia
#German minister pushes for free trade deal ahead of #Africa trip
p.dw.com/p/33Ul9?maca=e…
Germany’s development minister Gerd Müller is promoting a "customs-free trade deal in Africa" ahead of his seven-nation Africa visit. Experts say the real issues are being ignored.
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#Ethiopia: As per @fanatelevision, Takele Uma, Mayor of #AddisAbaba city, "today visited condo dwellers at #KoyeFeche site", in the southern outskirt of Addis, off #Addis-#Adama expressway. "The residents have complained about lack of infrastructure, such as water & electricity."
#ContextMatters: As early as 2012, AS asked if condominiums in #AddisAbeba were becoming "Slums in the making" addisstandard.com/condominiums-i… "existing problem of infrastructure in some sites such as Jemo, the biggest condominium site hosting 10, 000 houses, is not an end in itself"
"So far, the issue of lack, or in some cases absence, of a functioning infrastructure has been widely discussed as a national agenda. In the past the gov has admitted, more than once,that a few essential things have gone terribly wrong while planning for the massive construction"
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#Ethiopia: The ongoing meeting in #AddisAbeba by executive & council members of #ESPDP, as well as leaders of various clans have unanimously decided to assign Mustafa Muhumed Omer to be the incoming acting president of the #Somali regional state until elections are held in 2020.
Update: It is expected that the meeting's unanimous decision to assign Mustafa will be a final decision that will see him assume the position as acting presidnet, which is currently held by Ahmed Abdi Mohammed (pic) after the resignation of the embattled ex president Abdi Illey
Update: Mustafa is born in 1973 in #Degahbour, #Somali regional state. He is a well known critic of Abdi Illey's iron fist in the region & the rampant abuse of human rights by the Liyu police. An economist by training, he has a Masters of Science degree in Agricultural Economics
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Breaking: In a statement it sent to local media, #Ethiopia's state monopoly Ethiotelecom announced a major discount on its multiple services. As per the new discount: the monopoly reduced 54% on broadband internet; 43% on mobile data & SMS services; & 40% on telephone voice calls
Update: The decision was taken by the newly appointed CEO, Frehiwot Tamiru.
Update: Ethiotelecom, which is often blamed for poor quality but expensive prices for all its services, is one of the key state owned enterprises that the June 2018 EPRDF executive committee meeting decided to sale majority shares. See background story addisstandard.com/news-update-et…
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#Ethiopia: #ANDM said it will no longer carry on with those in leadership position who are not able to lead its reform agenda.
ብአዴን ለውጡን መምራት የማይችሉ አመራሮችን ይዞ እንደማይቀጥል ገለፀ!!
facebook.com/ANDMoffice/pos…
A subtle indication of an impending purge?
Breaking: ANDM suspended veteran politician Bereket Simon (*1st pic) & Taddese Kassa (Tinkishu), who was the former TIRET Corporate CEO, from the party's CC membership. ANDM said both will be investigated for inappropriate conduct in running ANDM's conglomerate TIRET, state TV
#CotextMatters: It is to be remembered that Dashen Brewery Share Company Ltd has removed both from its board membership in the last week of July. The Brewery is 49% owned by TIRET, ANDM's endowment, which was established in 1995 as a Charitable Endowment Corporate Organization.
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Scores of ppl suspected of engaging in d/t forms of anarchy: robbery, killing, attempts of posing as Qeerroo (youth) organized cells to commit crimes in various cities in #Oromia, are arrested & being investigated. Includes 7 suspects in last week's gruesome killing in #Shashmene
Detail update on the arrest in #Oromia. Number of suspects is 80
በኦሮሚያ ክልል የተለያዩ ከተሞች የህግ የበላይነትን ለማስከበር በተወሰደ እርምጃ እስካሁን 80 ተጠርጣሪዎች በቁጥጥር ስር ውለዋል fanabc.com/2018/08/%e1%89…
Update: The number of people detained in #Oromia has reached 170. This include 32 suspects engaged in land appropriations in east Oromia, including 2 former employees of the #Adama municipality office who were fired for lack of discipline. #Ethiopia fanabc.com/2018/08/%e1%89…
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1/10 The spore-based idea spreader in me is all stirred up after last couple weeks in London, Cambridge, multiple stops in Brazil, so here's a little (peaceful) mushroom cloud of ideas as I resettle in NYC and recover from extreme #saudades after exposure to such great people.
2/10 Heard sense of urgency + diverse commitment to action at @volansjohn's 10 yr anniversary eve - appreciated call to positive imagination by @paulbunje paired w @kavpm + @cloverhogan's signal to hear voices of our youth (thinking: maybe also heed those of our own inner kids?)
3/10 Also in London, convo's about need to embrace best tools (e.g. @FutureFitBiz) + close the loop WITH nature, include soils, forests, ag in all climate + industry strategy, per @JustinCMAdams @nature_org @ProjectDrawdown ++ #NaturalClimateSolutions naturalclimatesolutions.org
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Thread: Updates and discussion on you know what region. #Ethiopia ...
With the downfall of former President Abdi Illey, numerous exiled members of the #Somali activism community are returning home to participate in the transition period debates and discussion. Crucial times these are.
Most have heard of Jawar's homecoming, but this man, Mustafa Omer, a renowned outspoken Somali democracy activist has returned to #Ethiopia after 11 years. He paid a steep price, the Abdi regime murdered his brother amd badly tortured his father in 2016 to silence him.
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Who has been arrested for the murders of 6 Djiboutians in Dire Dawa? Or 3 Tegarus in Tana Beles? Or dozens of Sidama/Wolayta in Sodo/Awassa? Or 100s of Oromos/Somalis in Chinaksen/Moyale? Or dozens of Amharas in Benishangul?
Answer: nobody & noone.
#Ethiopia #nojusticenopeace
Add to the list the murdered in Jijiga and murdered Gedeo. In nearly all of these incidents, there are a plethora of eye witnesses, trails that lead directly to suspects, in some cases photographic and video evidence. It doesn't require much searching to lock up perpetrators.
There are those who are trying to use what happened in Shashemene to slam the federal kilil system, or the Qeerroo. Lots of politically motivated mudslinging.
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#Ethiopia:#AddisAbaba City Council to hold extraordinary session tomrw to approve city's cabinet.The current cabinet has finished its mandate in April, but elections were postponed. An extraordinary meeting by the council picked Takele Uma (pic) as new Mayor with a rank of deputy
Background News: #AddisAbeba city council appoints a new mayor - addisstandard.com/news-addis-abe… Takele will have the official title of a deputy mayor because he is not a member of the city’s council. However he will have the full responsibilities of a mayor.
Update: The ongoing extraordinary meeting of #AddisAbeba city council approved 18 new cabinet members forwarded by the current deputy mayor Takele Uma. It also sworn in Abebech Negash (*pic), a new speaker for the city council. She previously worked at the city's education bureau
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#Ethiopia: @addisu_arega says suggestions to change the name Oromo People's Democratic Organization (#OPDO) to Oromo Democratic Party (ODP), with a new logo (pic) are floating. He asked for public opinion. It conforms that OPDO, led by PM #AbiyAhed, is preparing to rebrand itself
#ContextMatters!
Why would OPDO rebrand itself? Here's one critical look at what AS characterized as the party's 'birth defect"
#OPDO: Lost, confused and at a crossroads addisstandard.com/opdo-lost-conf… OPDO is a party that suffers from ‘disparaging lack of narrative’. A must read!
#Ethiopia: #OPDO's alternative designs to rebrand its logo may face copyright issues. @addisu_arega
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