Saturday, December 9, 2017

Ethiopia travel alert after killing of German tourist in Afar region_ Africa news

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U.K. reviews Ethiopia travel alert after killing of German tourist in Afar region


The United Kingdom on Tuesday December 5, reviewed its travel advice to citizens in Ethiopia citing the killing of a German tourist last Sunday (December 3.) They disclosed that security presence had been increased in the area where the incident took place.
The Ethiopian government on Tuesday confirmed the death of a German tourists whiles his Ethiopian tour guide also sustained injuries. Addis Ababa said a probe was underway to ascertain the circumstances around the incident.
“The perpetrators of the attack are being sought by security forces,” Information Minister Negeri Lencho told Reuters. 
There is now an increased military and police presence in the area; travel may be disrupted and entry to some sites may be prohibited at short notice.
The U.K. travel alert was categorized in the area of ‘Safety and security’ and read as follows: “On 3 December 2017, a German tourist was shot and killed in an Ethiopian guide shot and wounded while sightseeing at Erta Ale, in the Danakil area of the Afar region of north-east Ethiopia.
“There is now an increased military and police presence in the area; travel may be disrupted and entry to some sites may be prohibited at short notice; if you’re in the area, exercise caution and follow the advice of the local authorities.
“You should only travel to this area with a recognised tour company – such tours are normally supported by an armed police or military escort,” it concluded.
The Afar province which borders Eritrea has long been prone to banditry and separatist rebels have operated there. Addis Ababa has said the rebels are backed by its northern neighbour, with whom it is at odds over an unresolved border dispute.
Five European tourists were killed and two others kidnapped alongside two Ethiopians in the same region in 2012, in an incident claimed by a group that has carried out sporadic attacks for over a decade.
The Afar Revolutionary Democratic Unity Front (ARDUF) has fought a low-key insurgency to carve out a homeland from Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti.
Five years earlier, another five Europeans were kidnapped in the province – a barren, searingly hot corner of the Horn of Africa country where rocky hills rise above vast deserts below sea level.

A German tourist was shot and killed in northeastern Ethiopia

A German tourist was shot and killed in northeastern Ethiopia while visiting the Erta Ale volcano, BBC News reported Dec. 5. It remains unclear who conducted the attack and the government is investigating the incident. In 2012, five tourists were killed and four others were abducted in the same area, with the Afar Revolutionary Democratic Unity Front claiming responsibility for the attack. Ethiopia has long been one of the most stable and influential countries in East Africa

Monday, November 6, 2017

Ethiopian-born billionaire detained in Saudi anti-corruption crackdown | Africanews

Ethiopian-born billionaire detained in Saudi anti-corruption crackdownAn Ethiopian – born business mogul has been named in an anti-corruption crackdown by the Saudi Arabia government over the weekend.
Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi, 71, was detained along with 11 princes, four current ministers and a number of former ministers. Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television said the probe is headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Al Amoudi is an Ethiopian – born business man who holds both Saudi and Ethiopian nationality. According to Forbes, as at 2016, his net worth was approximately $10.9 billion.
His investments are linked to oil and global commodities. He is also listed as Ethiopia’s richest man and the second richest Saudi Arabian citizen in the world. He is one of two businessmen detained, the other is one Saleh Kamel.

His two main businesses are Corral Petroleum Holdings and MIDROCMIDROC describes itself as “a global investment group, wholly owned by Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi.
“It has substantial interests in petroleum, agribusiness, property, industry and industrial services, engineering and construction, tourism and trade and investment, largely in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and North Africa.”
Al Amoudi is said to have migrated from Ethiopia to Saudi Arabia when he was 19 and became a full citizen of the Kingdom in 1965. He built up a private fortune in construction and property before diversifying into the downstream energy sector with major refining and retail investments in both Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.
MIDROC has an international focus with three main operating companies: MIDROC Middle East (based in Saudi Arabia), MIDROC Europe (based in Sweden) and MIDROC Africa where the company’s focus is heavily on Ethiopia. It also has separately managed and significant petroleum interests.'

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Ethiopia Prime Minister hit by resignation of another top official | Africanews

Another top advisor to Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, has resigned from his post.
Bereket Simon according to BBC Amharic submitted his resignation as the PM’s advisor in charge of Policy Studies and Research, leaving a post he has held for the past four years.
Local media reports indicate that Simon, a veteran politician has thus resigned from two top positions in just a week. Last week, he gave up his position as board chairman of the government-owned Commercial Bank of Ethiopia.
A member of the ruling Ethiopia Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), he has served the government in different capacities including as Minister of Communication.
The move comes weeks after two major political shifts around the Prime Minister. The Protocol Chief of the PM, Baye Tadesse Teferi, sought asylum in the United States for fear of political persecution.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Abadulla Gemeda, also resigned his post following ‘disrespect’ to members of his ethnic group and his party in the ruling coalition.
October 2017 asylum move of Baye Tadesse and the fear of political persecution
Baye Tadesse Teferi, was part of the Ethiopia’s official delegation to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York weeks ago.
The Ethiopian delegation returned to Addis Ababa but he remained in the U.S. He confirmed to the Voice of America’s Amharic service that for political reasons he had opted to seek asylum in the United States.
The Protocol Chief of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn thus quit a role he had served in for over two years. Ethiopia’s economic successes have long been eclipsed by what political and rights watchers call a systemic and institutionalized crackdown on media and political dissent.
The East African nation has been severally called upon to open their political space and to tolerate dissenting political views.

Oromo: Speaker of Ethiopian Parliament Resigns to Protest Mistreatment of his Ethnic Group

After Abadula Gemeda, speaker of the Ethiopian lower house of Parliament, the House of People’s Representatives, resigned from office last week, he now explains his decision with the disrespect of his ethnic group, the Oromo, and the Oromo People’s Democratic Organisation (OPDO) by the government. Protests against the government and the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), ruling the country since 1991, had risen again in past weeks and have resulted in the death of eight protestors, with many more being injured. In light of the continuous violence, Mr Gemeda proclaimed he would step down from his position but continue his fight for the rights of the Oromo population.

The article below was published by Daily Mail:
The speaker of Ethiopia's lower house of parliament, who resigned last week [9-15 October 2017], said Saturday that he quit because of "disrespect" of his ethnic group.
Abadula Gemeda, a member of the Oromos, the country's largest ethnic group, announced last Sunday that he was stepping down after seven years as speaker of the House of People's Representatives.
He is one of the highest-ranking government officials to resign since the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) coalition took power in 1991.
A former army chief of staff, Abadula is also a founder of the Oromo People's Democratic Organisation (OPDO) C, which represents the Oromos within the EPRDF.
Oromos led a wave of anti-government protests that began in late 2015 and were only quelled after more than 940 deaths and the imposition of a 10-month state of emergency, and distrust of the EPRDF still runs deep.
In comments carried by the state-affiliated Oromia Broadcasting Network, Abadula said he was dissatisfied with the EPRDF's treatment of his people.
"I resigned because my peoples and party were disrespected," he said. "However, I will struggle to bring the necessary respect and do the best I can for Oromo people to gain their rights."
His resignation came at the start of a turbulent week in Ethiopia, which saw protesters return to the streets in several towns in Oromia, the largest of the country's ethnically based regional states.
On Wednesday, three people were killed and more than 30 injured at a protest in the city of Shashamene, while another protest in the town of Boke left another three dead and three more injured, spokesman for the Oromia regional state Addisu Arega said in a post on Facebook.
His accounts could not be independently verified, and the cause of the deaths remained unclear.
An official in the southern Borena zone told AFP the four people were killed and 20 injured on Thursday after they tried to stop a convoy carrying what they believed to be weapons destined for communities in neighbouring Somali region.
A separate conflict started last month along the border between the Oromia and Somali regions, leading to hundreds of deaths and the displacement of at least 67,800 people from the two regions.