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Ethiopia: Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway Officially Completed

Ethiopia: Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway Officially Completed

The completion of the Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway, a new 752km track linking Ethiopia’s capital with the Port of Djibouti, was officially marked today at a ceremony at Nagad Railway Station in Djibouti. In the presence of Djibouti’s President, His Excellency Ismail Omar Guelleh, and Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, His Excellency Hailemariam Desalegn, and senior officials from […]

Ethiopia Frees Thousands Of Detainees

Ethiopia Frees Thousands Of Detainees

It’s good news that Ethiopia’s government has announced the release of 9,800 people detained for their participation in anti-government protests. But they represent fewer than half of the 24,000 people detained since a countrywide state of emergency began on October 9. And most never should have been arrested. The state of emergency has had catastrophic […]

Ethiopia: Blueprint To Help Ethiopian Youth Takes Shape

Ethiopia: Blueprint To Help Ethiopian Youth Takes Shape

A draft strategic document entitled “Ethiopian Youth Development Strategy” will be tabled for discussion by the Council of Ministers in the next two weeks. Part of the strategy is the 10 billion Br revolving youth fund that was announced by the President a few weeks ago as one of the package. This will be the […]

Ethiopia’s 1,870mw Gibe III Plant Begins Operations

Ethiopia’s 1,870mw Gibe III Plant Begins Operations

 Ethiopia on Saturday inaugurated the €1.5 billion ($1.57 billion) Gibe III hydro plant on River Omo. The plant has 10 turbines each with a capacity of 187MW, and will increase Ethiopia’s total electricity output to 4,238 megawatts. It is located 450km southwest of the capital Addis Ababa and is expected to supply both domestic and […]

Tanzania: 7 Bodies Fished Out of River ‘Were of Migrants’

Tanzania: 7 Bodies Fished Out of River ‘Were of Migrants’

The saga of seven human bodies found floating at the Ruvu River yesterday took a new turn after a Cabinet minister alleged that they were bodies of undocumented immigrants from Ethiopia. The Minister for Home Affairs Mwigulu Nchemba told a local TV station yesterday morning that preliminary investigations have shown that the bodies were of […]

Ethiopia: Ministers Chosen for Competence, Not Loyalty – PM

Ethiopia: Ministers Chosen for Competence, Not Loyalty – PM

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has announced a Cabinet reshuffle, following months of often-violent protests which led the government to declare a state of emergency. Ethiopia’s parliament has unanimously approved 21 new appointees, the prime minister said Tuesday. He said the new ministers were picked for competence and commitment rather than “party loyalty.” The appointees […]

Ethiopia: Ministry Pledges to End Child Marriage, FGM

Ethiopia: Ministry Pledges to End Child Marriage, FGM

The Ministry of Women and Children Affairs marked International Girl Child Day for the 3rd time in Ethiopia with a theme: ” Let’s keep our promise and commitment to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and control child early and forced marriage (CEFM) and other harmful traditional practices to ensure women participation and competency” here yesterday. […]

Dozens Shot Dead In Anti-Government Protests Across Ethiopia Says Opposition

Dozens Shot Dead In Anti-Government Protests Across Ethiopia Says Opposition

Dozens of people were shot dead by security forces in protests across Ethiopia’s Oromiya and Amhara regions at the weekend, residents and opposition officials have said. Unrest flared in Oromiya for several months until early this year over plans to allocate farmland surrounding the regional capital for development. Authorities scrapped the scheme in January, but […]

A Day In The Digital Life Of Africa

A Day In The Digital Life Of Africa

Africa is in the throes of a technological revolution, leapfrogging computers in favour of internet connections through mobile phones. A fifth of the continent now have access to a broadband connection, a figure predicted to triple in the next five years. But how are phones and the internet changing the lives of ordinary Africans? And […]

Human Rights Watch Says More Than 400 Killed in Ethiopia Protests

Human Rights Watch Says More Than 400 Killed in Ethiopia Protests

Ethiopian security forces killed more than 400 people in their bid to quell protests that wracked the Horn of Africa country’s vast Oromiya province since November, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. Plans to allocate farmland in Ethiopia’s largest region surrounding the capital for development sparked fierce demonstrations in November and spread for months, in […]