At least 21 people have been killed in two days of intense fighting between ethnic groups in southern Ethiopia amid escalating violence that has sent hundreds fleeing across the border to neighbouring Kenya. The violence broke out on Thursday and Friday near the town of Moyale, on the border with Kenya, in a region claimed by both the Oromo, the largest ethnic group in the country, and the Somali ethnic group. The fighting also wounded 61 others, the state-affiliated Fana radio reported, citing the Oromia regional state communication office. Patrick Mumali, Moyale sub-county deputy commissioner, confirmed late on Friday that hundreds of Ethiopians crossed the border to Kenya. In the Oromiya region, the largest in the country, there are at least four separate conflicts along ethnic lines in addition to a border dispute that risks erupting into new violence, aid groups say.
December 15, 2018 15:11 UTC
Former Ethiopian president Girma Woldegiorgis died on Saturday, two weeks short of his 95th birthday, state media reported. Girma was president of Ethiopia for twelve years between 2001 to 2013, a largely ceremonial role. His death was reported by the Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) and other state media. Girma was fluent speaker in Ethiopia's working language Amharic, his native language Afan Oromo as well as English and French. * Sign up to News24's top Africa news in your inbox: SUBSCRIBE TO THE HELLO AFRICA NEWSLETTERFOLLOW News24 Africa on Twitter and Facebook.
December 15, 2018 14:03 UTC
21 people killed, 61 injured in Southern Ethiopia ethnic violenceHeavy fighting between ethnic groups in southern Ethiopia has killed at least 21 people and wounded 61, its state news agency said on Saturday, amid escalating violence that has sent hundreds fleeing across the border to neighbouring Kenya.Outbreaks of violence in the south between the Oromo and other groups have escalated since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed - the first leader from the Oromo ethnic group in Ethiopia's modern history - came to office in March. Fighting broke out between Somalis and Oromos in Moyale, a town bordering Kenya, on Thursday and Friday, the Ethiopia News Agency said, citing Suraw Mohammed, deputy spokesman of Somalia Regional State. He said some of the displaced had fled to Kenya, while those who had stayed in Ethiopia were receiving humanitarian aid. SEE ALSO :Government declares 12-hour curfew in NarokThe two groups have been engaged in prolonged conflict which has however intensified in recent months. Patrick Mumali, Moyale sub-county deputy commissioner, confirmed late on Friday that hundreds of Ethiopians have crossed the border to Kenya.
December 15, 2018 10:30 UTC
FILE PHOTO: An Ethiopian girl carries water at the Somare refugee camp on the Ethiopian-Kenyan border near the town of Moyale, Kenya March 27, 2018. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File Photo ReutersADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Heavy fighting between ethnic groups in southern Ethiopia has killed at least 21 people and wounded 61, its state news agency said on Saturday, amid escalating violence that has sent hundreds fleeing across the border to neighboring Kenya. Outbreaks of violence in the south between the Oromo and other groups have escalated since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed - the first leader from the Oromo ethnic group in Ethiopia's modern history - came to office in March. He said some of the displaced had fled to Kenya, while those who had stayed in Ethiopia were receiving humanitarian aid. Patrick Mumali, Moyale sub-county deputy commissioner, confirmed late on Friday that hundreds of Ethiopians have crossed the border to Kenya.
December 15, 2018 10:07 UTC
NAIROBI (Reuters) - African Union peacekeepers did not help in the arrest of a former al Shabaab leader that led to clashes in which 11 people were killed, the AU force said, following a report that Ethiopian members of the force had been involved. Robow's spokesman had said he was beaten by Ethiopian troops, who are part of the AU peacekeeping force in Somalia, in the course of his arrest. Local elders and residents had also said Ethiopian troops had helped with the arrest. "AMISOM had no part in the arrest of Mr. Robow and his subsequent transfer to Mogadishu," the force said. Robow, a former prominent al Shabaab insurgent and group spokesman, publicly renounced violence and recognized federal authority in August 2017.
December 15, 2018 09:33 UTC
Girma Wolde-Giorgis, whose long and successful life has been marked by an active development in civic venture and government service, including serving as president of Ethiopia from 2001 to2013, has died at age 94. Starting his career as head of civil aviation in Eritrea in 1955, he was appointed as director-general of Ethiopian civil aviation in 1958. As a rule, Ethiopian presidents exercise little of the power at their disposal, and Ato Girma was no exception. Girma would spend long time, keenly watching the flights taking off and landing.” anearly harbinger of his alter life as an airman. When Tefera Degfe left the post of Director General of Civil Aviation, Girma took over and hefound himself faced with a case that required a decision of what to do with theairport project to be financed by the World Bank.
December 15, 2018 08:37 UTC
December 15, 2018 07:52 UTC
Meta Abo Brewery, a subsidiary of Diageo,a British multinational known for alcoholic beverages,has appointed a new Managing Director for its Ethiopian operation. Opened in 1967, Meta was sold to DIAGEO at a cost of 225 million USD after winning a heated bid from the likes of Heineken. The company is operational in almost 180 countries and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. In related news, Bralirwa PLC, makers of Heineken, another multinational brewery competing in Ethiopian market, have appointed MeridDemissie, an Ethiopian nativeas managing director of Heineken subsidiary in Rwanda, effective January, 2019. The LyceeGebremariamalumnus was previously with Heineken Ethiopia andCoca Cola.
December 15, 2018 07:41 UTC
Over one hundred employees of the recently defunct Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO) have been transferred to three state-owned media organizations as of Monday, December 10, 2018, The Reporter has learnt. According to sources, all employees of the former communication office were transferred to the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC), the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) and the Ethiopian Press Agency (EPA). The Reporter confirmed from sources that EBC received around 56 employees, while EPA and ENA welcomed 57 and 61 employees, respectively. During her first presser held in early November, Billene announced the end of the Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO), and explained the beginning of “a new structure” as Press Secretariat immediately taking over all the responsibilities of the GCAO. In addition to the traditional media channels, the Press Secretariat undertakes all government communications also channeled through various social media outlets as well.
December 15, 2018 07:18 UTC
2 leader of the al-Shabab extremist group, who has been a leading candidate for a regional presidency. The African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia in a statement released overnight called for "utmost restraint" after the gunfire-fueled uproar around Muhktar Robow's arrest on Thursday in Baidoa, and it denied playing any role. His arrest is seen as a high-profile test of Somalia's treatment of defectors from the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab, Africa's most active extremist group. Robow's arrest could re-ignite old tensions between Somalia and neighboring Ethiopia despite recent diplomatic breakthroughs in the Horn of Africa sparked by Ethiopia's reformist new prime minister. Somalia's security ministry confirmed Robow's arrest, citing the federal government's earlier ban on his candidacy, which said he had not completed the defection process.
December 15, 2018 06:05 UTC
Ambassadors from thirty European countries reportedly pledged continued partnership with EthiopiaborkenaDecember 14,2018Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met with more than 30 European Ambassadors based in Addis Ababa today, according to a social update from his office. The purpose of the meeting was to “brief” the diplomatic community about the ongoing “change” in Ethiopia. The ambassadors reportedly labeled the reform measures taken since Abiy Ahmed came to power as “progressive.”“The Ambassadors of more than 30 European countries that met with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on December 14, 2018, welcomed the progressive steps taken over the past months in Ethiopia under the Prime Minister’s premiership,” says the update from the Prime Minister’s office. In a related development, Abiy Ahmed met today with Philippe Le Houérou, CEO of the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Apart from ending state of war with Eritrea and making the region relatively peaceful than it was, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s administration has achieved some notable diplomatic successes.
December 14, 2018 23:26 UTC
Ethiopia will begin moving its troops away from the border with Eritrea, senior military officials said on Friday, months after the erstwhile enemies reopened it for the first time in 20 years. “Relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea are very good, there is no longer the threat of conflict,” Ethiopia’s Major General Asrat Denero, Commander of the Western Command, said. “There is no need to maintain our troops there (on the border). Abiy announced the plan for Ethiopian and Eritrean forces along the border to be moved back to camps in September. Mola also said that was part of restructuring the Ethiopian army, which has an estimated 200,000 troops, cut the number of commands to four from six.
December 14, 2018 23:26 UTC
Ethiopia Actively Working to Reinstate Naval ForceDecember 14, 2018 - Ethiopia is actively working to reinstate naval force which the country disbanded 25 years ago, Ethiopia's Ministry of Defence disclosed. Ethiopia under then late Prime Minister of Ethiopia Meles Zenawi disbanded its navy after Eritrea seceded in 1991, making Ethiopia landlocked. The Ethiopian Navy, formerly known as the Imperial Ethiopian Navy until 1974, was a branch of the Ethiopian National Defense Force after it was founded in 1955 by Emperor Hailesilassie. It is unclear where the naval force will be stationed and with which of the neighboring countries Ethiopia will partner. The new Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed made the re-establishment of the naval force as part of his reform platform, along with a drive to transform the national defense force into a modern defense force in Africa.
December 14, 2018 22:07 UTC
On top of the fatalities, 61 people were injured in the fighting, Fana reported, citing the Oromia regional state communication office. Many more were displaced by the fighting in the region which has regularly been the scene of intercommunal violence. Last year fighting between members of the two ethnic groups left more than a million people displaced. While Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has received international praise for his reformist agenda, since coming to power in April, a wave of intercommunal violence in several parts of the country -- mostly over land issues -- has marred the first few months of his rule. Three Ethiopian students were also killed and 34 others injured after a fight on a campus escalated into deadly ethnic clashes in the west of the Horn of Africa country, the government said on Wednesday.
December 14, 2018 21:33 UTC
Al Ahly began their Caf Champions League campaign with a 2-0 win over Ethiopian visitors Jimma Kenema in the first leg of the Caf Champions League first round at home. Having finished as Champions League runners-up for the past two seasons, Al Ahly’s start might be a statement of intent for this season. Last season’s group stage contestants Horoya are now facing elimination and have to be at their best in the second leg at home to overturn the deficit. In the Caf Confederation Cup, Edson Antonio Felix Va scored the all-important goal as Angolan giants Petro Atletico won 1-0 at DR Congolese side Nyuki. Va struck 29 minutes into the match to separate the two sides as Petro Atletico took the lead heading into the second leg at home in Luanda.
December 14, 2018 18:56 UTC