August 7, 2014

Quality of Chinese made roads in Ethiopia: Around 765 thousands birr damaged due to heavy flood

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As Fire and Emergency Prevention and Control Authority Communication Office head Ato Nigatu Mamo told to DireTube media; yesterday at 10 O’clock local time in Bole sub city woreda 13 in Sunrise building property of 700 thousands birr damaged as a result of flood.

In the same way the same day as a result of flood has entered in 7 residencies property of 65 thousands birr has been damaged in Kirkos sub-city woreda 15 around Kera behind the Mosque at 10:30 local time.

At 01:30 the same day around Olompia heavy flood brought passengers and vehicles to stay for a long time.


July 10, 2014


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By Guest writer:

Needless to say, the tyrants in Addis Ababa have opened a new chapter that may or may not change the course of history when it comes to Ethiopian politics and possibly that of the region. It also remains to be seen whether this is an act of timely calculated risk or blind act. However, one also may speculate, based on past experience, the current phenomenon is nothing but a continuation of irresponsible and treacherous act of violence against innocent citizens, be it that of journalist, persons of the Amhara, Afar, Ogaden Somalis ethnic groups; opposition members, Oromo students and remotely situated minority tribes, such as the Anwak and other Omo-valley tribesmen who possess fertile lands.

Kidnapping opposition members/leaders or anyone that was seen as a threat to the statuesque in Addis Ababa has been a common practice by the government of Ethiopia. In 2007 Tesfahun Chemeda and Mesfin Abebe, both of whom are member of the Oromo ethnic group and refugees in Kenya at the time of their abduction by Ethiopian and Kenyan security officers. They both were eventually snatched back to Ethiopia and thrown into the notorious ‘MAIKELAWI’ prison with allegation that they were members of OLF (Oromo Liberation Front). Tesfahun Chameda died in 2013 while still in prison allegedly due to torture and malnutrition. Another man who is serving life in Ethiopian prison since 2006 is Bashir Makhtal. He is of Ethiopia’s Ogaden somlai ethnic and a citizen of Canada. He was a business man by profession. He too was kidnapped in Kenya and was taken to Ethiopia. If you wonder what his crime was: just an allegation that he might be a member of ONLF (Ogaden National Liberation Front). There was also the case of Sulub Ahimed and Ali Hussein, members of the Ogaden National Liberation Front. They both were in Kenya upon accepting an invitation by Kenyan Government which claimed to mediate peace talk with their Ethiopian counterpart in January 26, 2014. They too were kidnapped by Kenyan security officers who were allegedly bribed hundreds of thousand dollars by Ethiopian government. Their whereabouts is unknown to this day. Followed was the abduction of Okello Akoy in Southern Sudan with the collaboration of Ethiopian masked security officers and Southern Sudan police force. Mr. Akoy, the former president of the Gambella region of Ethiopia, defected early and fled to Norway where he took citizenship, in opposition to a massacre of innocent members of the Anwak tribesmen by the locals orchestrated by Ethiopian security force.

The abduction, detention and possibly repatriation back to Ethiopia of G7 (Ginbot 7) general secretary Andargachew Tsige is just a continuation of such treacherous act by the government of Woyane in Ethiopia. What makes this recent act exception is the fact that it took place outside of the continent of Africa. Mr Tsige was in transit at Yemen’s Sanaa airport waiting for his next flight to Eritrea when he was abducted by Yemeni’s security officers. Mr Tsige is a renowned political figure both within Ethiopia and the Ethiopian diaspora.

What we should and must pay attention to is the fact that almost each country that was involved in these abductions broke either local or international or both laws. None of the abductees were given a chance of due process to determine whether there is legal ground for their detention and eventually repatriation to Ethiopia. They were not represented by any lawyer nor even given an opportunity to be heard.

We also have to pay attention to the fact that most of these abductees were citizen of other nations, not Ethiopia. Hence if there is legal ground to deport them, it should be to the country of their citizenship. Though they were born in Ethiopia, according to Ethiopia’s current law; one losses citizenship automatically once one becomes a citizen of other nation. Here we are also talking about jurisdiction. Kenya, South Sudan or Yemen for that matter could arrest a foreign citizen if he/she is found committing a crime in either one of these countries.

Now, we should also extend responsibility to the nations where these individuals are citizen of and to that of the international community. These nations did not interfere in the abduction of their citizens, nor did they attempt to halt their repatriation to Ethiopia. The only case that I remember of where these foreign nationals did help their citizen is when they interfered in the arrest of two Swedish citizens (both of whom are white) who were abducted by Ethiopian government in the Ogaden region and thrown to Ethiopian prison. I wonder if there is racial diamension to this.

The international community too failed to do anything about these abductees and other form of arrest and killings of innocent Ethiopians who number in thousands ever since the Woyane came to power. Every single day, there is a killing of Ethiopian citizens by its (Ethiopian government) brute security, police and military forces. The regions of Oromo, Amhara, Afar, Benshangul Gumuz and others have witnessed such ethnic cleansing act by its squads. We also witnessed mass arrest and killing of Ethiopian Muslims whose crimes was nothing other than holding peaceful demonstrations in Addis Ababa, Jima, Desie and other cities in the country. Today, there are thousands of political prisoners throughout the country; among them journalists, legal opposition members and leaders, peaceful demonstrators and etc.

It seems to me that if one is black and/or Muslim, one is irrelevant to the international community and it’s so called democracy and rule of law. Hence, at the end of the day, the solution has to come from within us, blacks and/or Muslims. We have to come together for our own sake; for the continuation of our survival and that of our country, Ethiopia!!! The question is: what is to be done?

We have tried peaceful process to voice for the voiceless. We stood in lines in rain and sun asking for our rights. We rallied in thousands peacefully, yet the response we got was either prison or bullets. We lost so many and continue to lose so many more of our brothers, sisters, fathers sons and daughters. It is our birth right to live on this earth in peace with respect and dignity. Nobody can take them away nor give them to us. They belong to all of us humans. If we cannot live with our birth rights, there is no meaning to continue living. We should hold hands and rise up!! Let’s once more sing, “Ye Oromo Amaraw Yetigrew bemulu; le democracy membet satinetatelu, bereat angibachehu bandinet tagelu”

Yes, I am advocating for armed struggle. You don’t have to belong to any organization; it is something you can do on your own, just like Boko Haram! I hate what Boko Haram does, but I must admit I admire the methodology it uses: no organization, no leader, and each strike on his own. If you catch one, that is where the story ends, you have no lead. You cannot infiltrate it because it is not an organization. You can act like Boko Haram against Ethiopian killing machines and its collaborators such as state media persons, bankers, businessmen, diplomats, cadres, beneficiaries and etc., in Ethiopia or in the diaspora. Yes, you can make any place hell for them. Your strike should also include officials and diplomats of those nations who collaborated with the junta in Addis Ababa by abducting our fellow countrymen.

We must be careful of innocent bystanders, children, and women. We also have to be careful of starting ethnic conflict. This is not to be something against the Tigrean ethnic group; it is against those who are using the name of the group to advance their own power monger interest. Remember, the ordinary Tigreans are as victims as all of us!! If we don’t do this, we are nothing but an average terrorist.

Yes, those of you who believe that you could be more effective if you operate under organization, it is your prerogative. Join, OLF, G7, ONLF and etc. Those of you who believe there is still room for peaceful dialogue; it is also your prerogative. But you need to work harder. You need to be creative because it seems that the international community is not getting it; or I should say, they don’t care because you are black and/or Muslim. Remember, it is the USA, Israel and British who have been funding and training Ethiopia’s brutal security and police force. Remember, it is USA’s weapons and machinery that were used to massacre the over 200 young men and women (most of whom were under 18) in the streets of Addis Ababa during the 2005 election. It is these nations and other so called western democracies that have been arming it (Ethiopian Government) toe to hair. It is also the Chines who have been involved in assisting Ethiopia’s brute security force in using the internet to surveillance citizens and block free press that happened to differ from the ruling junta when it comes to their political view point. Whatever it is you chose to do, I wish us the best.


June 6, 2014

Ethiopia: Has the Government suspended Mayor of Addis Ababa?

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Khartoum (HAN) June 6, 2014. Ethiopian News Opinion By, MINILIK SALSAWI, Breaking News. Abadula Kuma Mayor of Addis Ababa has suspended from any type of activities, Stripped-off their passport and fall under 24 hours surveillance. the ruling party took such radical measure and start to swallow even his own loyalists following the dispute of Adis Ababa master plane expansions. No one knows where to end perhaps it may go further down to the grassroots level. Eradicate all the Network planted by Abadulla and his compatriots for the past two decades is not going to be an easy task with out that “evil genius” who used to manipulate the balance power.

“Those who make peaceful evolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable” ~John F. Kennedy


The Tigray ruling party tplf  of 6% that controls over 98% of the military leadership of some of the 90 million Ethiopians from the time it arrived to addis as well as using divide and rule tactics of survival of the minority over the majority will now engage in mobilizing Amhara patriots from corner to corner against Oromos.

That is for the purpose of weakening the Oromo people’s rights, in general as well as in the coming 2015 make believe one party election acrobat, while currently Amara patriots are gleeful and too much over glad, just similar to the bygone time in 2005 election period when the tplf banished Oromia administration office form Addis Ababa to Adama to clear the ground for CUD’s land slide victory that almost swallowed the tplf and its leader from existence on spot, but again now Amara patriots saying “what goes round, comes round” to oromos while they themselves are now living the flowery days in their ususal opinion while waiting for the right occasion and for their turn to be an object of  TPLF’s devious attack that is sure to happen just when the current dust concerning the Addis plan settles down and the Amara jubilation slowly but surely cools down to realities.
Oromo people are asking themselves, Why Oromo region is under military rule?



General Samora Muhammad Yunis said the military ae in Oromo regional state specific area because “of the violence in Bangkok and many parts of the country that resulted in loss of innocent lives and property, [which] was likely to escalate”.

General added: “We ask the Ethiopian public not to panic and to carry on their lives normally.”

A curfew has just been declared some parts of Oromia, so the Ethiopian military is obviously making efforts to make sure there is no immediate response to its announcement.

April 28, 2014

The Addis Ababa City Administration ordered residents to relocate their residential quarters within 20 days

The Addis Ababa City Administration urged city residents in some of the oldest neighborhoods in city, such as Kazanchis, American Gibi and Teklehaimanot, to relocate their residential quarters within 20 days from a total of 1,200 hectares of land, hitherto earmarked for the Local Redevelopment Program (LRDP).

Residents who received the urgent notice include residents in Kazanchis, Teklehaimanot areas and Lideta areas. In addition, the city administration identified a list of places such as American Gibi, Addis Ketema Sub city, places around the African Union, neighborhoods in Kirkos Sub city and the famous Dejach Wube Sefer located in Arada Sub city, once well-known for being a red light district and disco street.

The administration also disclosed that it is preparing to evict thousands of resident from places like Teklehaimanot and stretched up to Wabi Shebelle hotel.

According to information obtained from the administration, its plan was to clear over 1,200 hectares of land for the redevelopment program in 2013/14.

It was also learnt that out of the stated area, some 40 hectares will be up for leasing and investors immediately.

Before the end of the budget year, 26 hectares of land around Kazanchis that covers the areas from Intercontinental to Yordanos Hotels extending to Bambis Supermarket to Saint Urael Church until taxi stops to Arat Kilo are selected for the redevelopment. Residents of this locality are among the people who have received their relocation orders this week.

Similarly, another 33 hectares is also under the same project that extends from Teklehaimanot to Hotel D’Afrique, while 15 hectares is on the other list that covers the neighborhood behind the AU where AU is undertaking its expansion projects.

However, Deputy head of the Addis Ababa City Administration Land Development and Urban Renewal Agency, Girma Birhanu, told The Reporter that furnishing relocated residents with condominium houses is the main existing challenges to implement the redevelopment process.

It was also noted that the city administration is building some 16,000 condominium houses around Bole Bulbula area to be handed over to residents.


March 5, 2014

Fire Broke Out in the Addis Ketema Sub City

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Fire Broke Out in the Addis Ketema Sub City

The fire that broke out today at 5:10 A.M in the Addis Abab’s Addis Ketema sub city, Woreda 8 at a place called Tawela tera is controlled after 2 hrs of continuous effort by the City’s Fire Brigade.

As the Addis Ababa Fire and Emergency Prevention and Rescue Agency’s communication officer Ato Nigatu Mamo told DireTube, eight fire brigade’s vehicles, 106 firemen and 153,000 litres of water was used to control the blaze.

Three firemen and five individuals who were helping the firemen have slightly injured. The place is known to be one of the most vulnerable for fire accidents and since the location is extremely congested, controlling the fire has become a grave problem.

The fire that broke out two weeks ago in a nearby neighborhood named Satin Tera had caused a 500,000Br worth of damage. The cause of the blaze and the amount of damage is being investigated.

Girum Tebeje of DireTube from Biniyam Gebrekiristos’ Reporting
Pic credit to Fana

March 4, 2014

Road accident claimed the lives of 16 people on Addis Ababa – Mekele road

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Sixteen people died after a bus traveling from Mekele to Addis Ababa slammed into a car today.
Ethiopia road accident

November 11, 2013

Addis Ababa’s Historic Mexico Square to be Rebuilt after Railway Construction

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Mexico Square

Mexico’s ambassador to Ethiopia, Mr. Alfredo Miranda, has announced that the historic Mexico Square in Addis Ababa will be reconstructed after the completion of the light railway project.

Due to the construction of the light railway route, various historic sites, roads, and buildings – including the statue of martyr Abune Petros – have been displaced from their original positions.

The demolition of Mexico Square, which has been one of the city’s major sites for years, has been a talking point for many of the city’s residents.

Although undertaking a city-wide construction project comes with certain sacrifices, some reports say that certain artifacts and historical sites have not been properly handled. It’s been reported that looters have been taking advantage of the demolition of these sites to take possession of some of the building materials.

The history of Mexico Square comes from events that happened in 1935-1936, when Ethiopia presented its case against the Italian occupation to the League of Nations. Mexico was one of the few countries that showed camaraderie and support to Ethiopia at that time. Following this event, the Mexico Square was built in Addis Ababa and has been a historical site ever since, symbolizing the friendship between the two countries.

Ambassador Alfredo Miranda responded to the questions about proper handling and storing of the historical articles. He stated that the historical helmet on Mexico Square which symbolizes Mexican warriors has been carefully taken to the national museum. He added that no other artifacts are at risk of getting damaged or destroyed.

The Ambassador said he has personally spoken to the concerned parties at the Addis Ababa Cultural and Tourism Office, including the city mayor about this issue. He expressed his gratitude to those who cooperated in transferring the helmet to the National Museum and reassured the public that the Square will be reconstructed in a modern fashion on its original position after the completion of the railway project.

Remarking on the demolitions, the Ambassador said since the railway construction will bring a solution to the heavy traffic problem in the city, the temporary demolition of the Square is one of the necessary sacrifices that needs to be paid for the sake of the city’s development.

Source: Ethio-Channel

March 30, 2011

Ethiopian Police Arrest, Beat Demonstrators outside Israeli Embassy

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Ethiopian police used clubs to break up a group of demonstrators near the Israeli Embassy on Wednesday, injuring at least 15 and arresting at least 21.

About 2,000 Ethiopians who practice a form of Judaism gathered in Addis Ababa on Wednesday to demand the right to Israeli citizenship.

Witnesses say police arrived on the scene and began attacking the demonstrators with clubs, forcing the crowd to disperse.

Police say they halted the protest because the group did not have a permit to demonstrate.

Officials with the Israeli Embassy said the ambassador, Oded Ben-Haim, later met for an hour with representatives of the local Jewish community to hear their grievances.

Israel accepted tens of thousands of Ethiopians in the 1980s and 1990s after the chief rabbinate ruled they were historically Jews who were forced to convert to Christianity. Thousands more have been pushing for Israeli citizenship, but Israel has not let them in.

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