| Ethiopian Crash: Pilot Wasn’t Trained on Flight Simulator
March 21, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Following the Ethiopian Airline plane crash that killed all 157 people on board, more details continue to emerge with the latest reports indicating the captain of the ill-fated jet was untrained on the model’s simulator.
Ethiopian Airlines, the leading airline in the continent surpassed its peers when it became the first carrier to purchase a B-737 MAX 8 simulator to prepare its pilots to fly the B-737 airplane, but the captain of flight 302 was never trained on it, according to Reuters.
As reported by Reuters, a colleague of Captain Yared Getachew, the 29-year-old pilot who was operating the jet
| Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Finally Visits Displaced People
March 18, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed finally travelled to Gedeb Woreda yesterday to visit the displaced and assess the state of the Gedeo people who are currently in temporary shelters in the thousands.
The Prime Minister faced thousand of people before him, peoplewho have bee victimized by communial attacks, mostly from Oromo ethnic groups, and forced to flee their homes.
The displaced people expressed their grievances to Prime Minister Abiy, according to the Office of the Prime Minister.
Local administration officilas have requested federal government assistance for the displaced people. The federal gover
| Former OLF Rebels Begin Hunger Strike in Rehabilitation Camp
March 14, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Former Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) rebels being rehabilitated at the Tolay camp In Ethiopia begun a hunger strike to protest poor living conditions, according to africanews.com.
One of the ex-rebels in the rehab center told the BBC Afaan Oromo Service they were being subjected to inhumane treatment and no one cares about them. “Most of our comrades are now ill due to lack of hygiene and absence of food,” he said.
More than 1,000 members of the OLF gave up arms last year and agreed to undergo rehabilitation. The group comprising of around 1,000 fighters is being rehabilitated at the Tol
| Thousands Protest in Oromia Region over Allotment of Condo Units
March 7, 2019 (Ezega.com) - Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in major towns and cities across Oromia regional state today. The protests were triggered by the decision of the Addis Ababa City Administration Savings and Houses Development Enterprise (AASHDE) to allocate condominium houses, which protestors say was done in an illegal manner. The houses issued are those in the city and Oromia regional state’s special zones, according to the Addis Standard.
According to reports from the security apparatus, the protest was witnessed in the following cities: Adama, Oromia regional state, Shashemene, in Western Arsi, Assela and Bale
| Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Celebrates Adwa Victory from Afar
March2, 2019 (Ezega.com) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed called the current generation to repeat the Adwa victory by solving today's probems.
The 123rd anniversary of Adwa victory was celebrated today in the town of Adwa in Tigray regional state of Ethiopia.
In attendance were the President of Ethiopia Sahle-Work Zewde, Deputy Chief Administrator of Tigray, Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael, Speaker of the House of Federation, Keria Ibrahim, Minister of Culture, Dr Hirut Kassaw, and other federal and regional officials.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed did not go to Adwa to mark the occasion. Instead
| NAMA Condemns What it Called 'Apartheid Way' in Addis Ababa
February 25, 2019 (Ezega.com) - The National Movement of Amhara National (NAMA) has released a statement today condemning what it called 'apartheid' way of doing business in Addis Ababa.
The strongly worded statement was released after dispute involving the use of Millenium conference hall in Bole, Addis Ababa.
NAMA said it requested to use the Millenium Hall some six month ago. After a long wait, it was allowed to use it and was invited to Addis Ababa city hall to pay fees and do the paperwork, which it said took more than a week to complete.
NAMA further said that, when the time finally came to sign,
| 12,000 Houses Slotted for Demolition in Legetafo Area
February 23, 2019 (Ezega.com) - The Legetafo-Legedadi city administration of the Oromia Regional State has demolished 930 houses this week, according to the Reporter.
The administration said the houses were constructed on a piece of land reserved for a green area under city’s masterplan, displacing thousands of residents from the area.
The action has triggered massive public outcry and outrage at home and abroad.
The demolition started in the afternoon of February 19, 2018, where a demolition task force, accompanied by armed security officers, went to Kebele 03 aka Yekadalle of the Legetafo city and launch
| Former OLF Fighters in Training Camps
February 14, 2019 (Ezega.com) - Afrer months of standoff between the federal government and the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), more than 1,000 armed members of the OLF have entered rehabilitation camps.
As reported before on this site, the OLF had refused to disarm its forces until recently, saying that there was no agreement that required it to disarm.
Since the OLF forces entered Ethiopia from Eritrea, they have been accused of cross-border raids into neighboring regions, blockage of roads and supply lines, and, recently, of armed bank roberries inside Oromia regional state.
According to the report, the soldiers are curren
| Reconciliation Commission, Boundary & Identity Commission Held First Sessions
February 12, 2019 (Ezega.com) - Ethiopian Reconciliation Commission held its first meeting in Addis Ababa yesterday.
The groipd showed up for a photo session along with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen.
The commission elected Cardinal Berhaneyesus chairman of the commission and Yetnebersh Niguse deputy chairman.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed urged members of the National Reconciliation Commission to work for national cohesion.
“You are now tasked with nurturing and sustaining national cohesion,” he said during the orientation session.
| Highway to the Sea Re-Opened After Protesters End Blockade
January 18, 2019 (Ezega.com) - Protesters in the northeastern Afar region of Ethiopia ended a blockade to the nation’s primary route to the sea, which started on Sunday. The protestors were demonstrating against the increasing ethnic strife, said organizers and the police on Tuesday.
The protestors commenced a five-day blockade of the country’s main highway to its neighbor Djibouti on Sunday according to Mahi Bule, a member of the organizing committee.
Ethiopia has experienced ethnic motivated conflict since last year, which led to deaths and the displacement of more 3 million people.
| Ethiopia Detains 835 Armed OLF Militants
January 16, 2019 (Ezega.com) - Ethiopia detained 835 armed militants of OLF who were conducting various illegal activities and disrupting peace in Oromia, accodring to the statement released by the Ethiopian national defense forces.
Operations were conducted by the Command Post established to prevent conflict at Benishangul Gumuz and western Oromia regional states, according to a report by FBC.
According to the statement, most public, private and business activities have resumed, including services stopped due to security concerns.
The command post praised the public for providing assistance, leads and tips in detaining sus
| President Sahle-Work Zewde Commends Ireland
January 10, 2019 (Ezega.com) - While meeting Irish Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar, Ethiopia’s first female president, Sahle-Work Zewde has paid tribute to Ireland for setting a good example in appointing women to high offices.
She commended Ireland during a meeting with Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar on the first day of his visit to Ethiopia. Despite the two nations having diplomatic ties for more than 25 years, this is the first official visit by a Taoiseach to the country.
Addressing the Irish media after the meeting, the president congratulated Ireland for leading the world on female presidents.
| Ethiopia Establishes Reconciliation Commission
December 25, 2018 (Ezega.com) - The Ethiopian House of People’s Representatives (HPR) today approved bill to establish a Reconciliation Commission, according to Ehiopian News Agency.
After thorough discussions, the bill was endorsed all members but one vote against and another abstention, it was learnt.
According to government briefings, the Commission is tasked to work to maintain peace, justice, democracy, national unity, consensus and reconciliation among the Ethiopian peoples.
It is expected to investigate and identify disputes betwee groups, as well ashuman rights violations by taking into co
| Ethiopian Security Forces Arrest 15 Individuals Suspected of Assassinations in Oromia
December 24, 2018 (Ezega.com) - Ethiopian Security forces have arrested 15 individuals suspected of assassinations in Oromia regional state, according to FBC report.
According to the report, the suspects have been assassinating civilians, government officials and members of the security forces.
The individuals in question operated under a group named ‘Abaa Torbee’, and are linked to outlaw, armed forces operating in the western part of Oromia, according to the Oromia state communications bureau.
The group was arrested by the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) security officers in Addis Ababa, where they cam
| State Funeral Held for Former Ethiopian President Girma Woldegiorgis
December 19, 2018 - Former Ethiopian President Girma Woldegirorgis was laid to rest today at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa.
President Girma Woldegioargis served as ceremonial head of state of Ethiopia from 2001 to 2013.
He died last Friday night at the age of 94. He was born in the capital Addis Ababa on December 28, 1924.
The state funeral in the capital was attended by hundreds of dignitaries, including Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, President Sahle-work Zewde, and other officials.
A 21-gun salute was fired in his honor during the state funeral.
Ethiopia declared December 19
| Mekelle City Holds Massive Rally Protesting Ethnic-Based Campaign
December 9, 2018 - Residents of Mekelle city, the capital of Tigray region in nothern Ethiopia, held huge rally, protesting what they called ethnic profiling that targets mainly Tigrayansin the ongoing crackdown on corruption and abuse of power.
Two weeks ago, on November 25, huge rallies were held in various towns in Tigray, including in Adwa, Axum, Korem, Abiy Adi, Setit Humera, Alamata, Addisu and Moheni towns.
The demonstrators demanded justice for all. The were carrying flags of Ethiopia, Tigray and the TPLF (Tigrayan Poeple's Liberation Front), as well as pictures of former leader Meles Zenawi.
| ODP, OLF Issue Strong Warning Against Attacks from Benishangul-Gumuz
December 1, 2018 - The leaders of the Oromo Democratic Party (ODP) and the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) issued strong warnings to what they called anti-reform elements in Benishangul-Gumuz region of western Ethiopia.
The central committee of the ODO, in a meeting held on November 29, 2018, issued a strong statement regarding the recent clashes and conflicts across Oromia.
The ODP statement said: “Forces whose interests were compromised because of the current changes and reforms are tirelessly working to destabilize Oromia Region.” “Their wishes of making Oromia a battle ground will soon be buried,&r
| Three Students Dead in Renewed Violence at Assosa University
November 23, 2018 - Three students are reportedly dead in Assosa University in Benishangul-Gumuz region in Western Ethiopia in what appears to be ethnic motivated clashes.
Hirut Woldemariam, the Minister of Science and Higher Education, told local journalists that a clash between two students turned into a bigger, deadly clash in which three students died.
The violence was controlled initially but was later renewed, according to Dr. Hirut Woldemariam.
Thirty-four others were wounded, according the Minister, as reported by Fana Broadcasting Corporation.
Dr. Hirut said her Ministry of Education will work t
| Ethiopian Police Seizes 50 Kalashnikov Rifles in Debre Berhan
November 20, 2018 - Ethiopian Police seized 50 Kalashnikov rifles, a grenade launcher and several ammunitions in Debre Birhan town, reports FBC.
Debre Birhan town is about 100 km north of the capital Addis Ababa.
The smuggled weapons entered Ethiopia via the Gambella regional state, according to the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS).
The weapons were found hidden inside a heavy truck, according to the report.
It is to be recalled that, earlier this month, Ethiopian police intercepted smuggled weapons that came from the Sudan.
At the time, police disclosed they seized thousands of
| Kinfe Dagnew Denied Public Defender; Deputy Intel Chief Arrested
November 15, 2018 - Major General Kinfe Dagnew, former head of Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC), was in federal high court 10th criminal bench today. He is said to have requested for court appointed attorney to represent him. The court, however, rejected his request to get a public defense lawyer.
Major General Kinfe Dagnew told the court yesterday that he can’t afford to pay for a defense lawyer. He said his income is 4,000 birr per month and can't afford a lawyer.
However, police told the court today that they have evidence showing General Kinfe Dagnew deposited and withdrew 100,000 Birr from his ba