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  • ዶ/ር መረራ ጉዲና፣ ዶ/ር ብርሃኑ ነጋ፣ ጃዋር መሐመድና ሌሎች ተከሰሱ

    ፌደራል ጠቅላይ ዓቃቤ ሕግ ሕገ መንግሥቱንና ሕገ መንግሥታዊ ሥርዓቱን በኃይል ለማስወገድ ሙከራ አድርገዋል በሚልና ከአስቸኳይ ጊዜ ዓዋጁ ርምጃዎች ጋራ የተያያዙ ግዴታዎችን በመተላለፍ ወንጀል በዶ/ር መረራ ጉዲና ላይ ክስ መሠረተ። ከእርሳቸው ጋርም በዶ/ር ብርሃኑ ነጋና በጀዋር መሐመድ ላይም ተመሣሣይ ክስ መሥርቷል።

    ኢሳት ወይንም ኢትዮጵያ ሳተላይት ቴሌቪዥንን እና የኦሮሞ ሚዲያ ኔትወርክ የተባሉ ድርጅቶችን ደግሞ በሽብር ወንጀል ከሷቸዋል፡፡

    ከዓቃቤ ሕግ የክስ ማመልከቻ ለማስተዋል እንደሚቻለው ዶ/ር መረራ ጉዲና፣ ዶ/ር ብርሃኑ ነጋ እና ጃዋር መሐመድ በ1996ዓ.ም የወጣውን የወንጀል ሕግ የተለያዩ ድንጋጌዎችን በመጣስ፣ የአድማ ስምምነት በማድረግ ሽብርና ሁከት በሀገር ውስጥ እንዲቀጥል፣ መንግሥታዊና መንግሥታዊ ባልሆኑ ተቋማት ንብረት እንዲወድም ሕገ መንግሥቱንና ሕገ መንግሥታዊ ሥርዓቱን በኃይል ለማስወገድ ሁከትና ብጥብጥ እንዲፈጠር በተፈጠረው ሁከትና ብጥብጥ አመራር በመስጠት የተሳተፉ በመሆኑ በዋና ወንጀል አድራጊነት በፈፀሙት በሕገ መንግሥቱና ሕገ መንግሥታዊ ሥርዓቱን በኃይል ለማስወገድ ሙከራ ወንጀል ተከሰዋል ይላል፡፡ voanews

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  • የኢትዮጵያ ወዳጅ ፕሮፈሰር ሪቻርድ ፓንክረስት በ90 ዓመታቸው አረፉ / Historian Professor Richard Pankhurst Passed Away at 90.

    የኢትዮጵያ ወዳጅ ፕሮፈሰር ሪቻርድ ፓንክረስት በ90 ዓመታቸው አረፉ / Historian Professor Richard Pankhurst Passed Away at 90.

     የታሪክ ምሁሩ ፕሮፌሰር ሪቻርድ ኬር ፔቲክ ፓንክረስት 

    • በኢትዮጵያ ጉዳይ ላይ ባደረጉት ጥልቅ ጥናትና ምርምር ከአፄ ኃይለሥላሴ ሽልማት ድርጅትና ከእንግሊዝ መንግሥት የወርቅ ሚዳሊያና ኒሻን ለመሸለምም በቅተዋል።

    • ለኢትዮጵያ በመወገን እንደ አርበኛዋ እናታቸው ፀረ- ፋሽስት ጽሑፎችን በጋዜጣ በማውጣት ትግል የጀመሩት ገና የዩኒቨርሲቲ ተማሪ እያሉ ነበር።

    • ከሃያ በላይ መጻሕፍት ጽፈዋል። የተወሰኑት መጽሐፍት ለአገራችን ዩኒቨርሲቲዎች የመማሪያና የምርምር ሰነዶች ለመሆን በቅተዋል።

    • ለአዲስ አበባ ዩኒቨርሲቲ ከሃምሳ ዓመት በላይ ሠርተዋል። ዩኒቨርሲቲው ዛሬ ለደረሰበት የዕድገት ምዕራፍ የታሪክ ባለድርሻ አድርጓቸዋል።

    • አገራችንን ለዓለም አቀፉ ኅብረተሰብ ያስተዋወቁ፣ የኢትዮጵያ ጥናትና ምርምር ኢንስቲትዩትን በመመስረት እንደእናታቸው የዘመን ተሻጋሪ ታሪክ ባለቤት ለመሆን ችለዋል።

    • የአክሱም ሐውልትን፣ የአፄ ቴዎድሮስ ክታብንና ሌሎችንም ቅርሶችን እንዲመለሱ በማድረግ ሕዝባችን ለዘመናት ከነበረበት ፀፀትና ቁጭት እንዲላቀቅ አድርገዋል።

    • የአገር ባለውለታ ምሁር የሃምሳ ዓመት ወርቃማ አገልግሎት ለመዘከር በተዘጋጀ ልዩ ሥነ ሥርዓት ላይ በብር የተሰራ የአክሱም ሐውልት ምስል ተሸላሚ ሆነዋል።

    • የተወለዱት እ.አ.አ በወርሃ ታህሣሥ 1927 በአገረ እንግሊዝ ለንደን ከተማ በሚገኘው ሐምስቴድ ሆስፒታል ነው።

    • የለንደን ዩኒቨርስቲ ተማሪና የዛሬው እውቅ የታሪክ ምሁር የሦስት ዓመት የዩኒቨርሲቲ ቆይታቸውን አጠናቀው በሃያ አንድ ዓመታቸው በምጣኔ ሀብት (Economics) የመጀመሪያ ዲግሪያቸውን በማዕረግ አግኝተዋል።

    • በሃያ ዘጠኝ ዓመታቸው በምጣኔ ሀብት ታሪክ (Economic History) የዶክተሬት (PHD) ዲግሪያቸውን እ.አ.አ በ1954 በከፍተኛ ውጤት ተመረቀዋል።

    • በአምስት ዓመቱ የጣሊያን ወረራ ወቅት ከኢትዮጵያ ጎን የነበሩት የሲልቪያ ፓንክረስት ወንድ ልጅ የሆኑት ፕሮፌሰር ፓንክረስት ወደ ኢትዮጵያ የመጡት እ.አ.አ በ1956 ነበር፡፡

    • ለአገራችን ከፍተኛ ትምህርት ተቋማት የመማሪያና እና ለዓለም አቀፍ ተመራማሪዎች ደግሞ ማጣቀሻ የሚሆኑ ከሃያ ሁለት በላይ መጽሐፍትን ለሕትመት አብቅተው ለትውልድ ሁሉ የሚተላለፉ ሕያው ቅርስ አበርክተዋል።

    • ከ400 በላይ የተለያዩ የምርምር ጽሑፎችን በመፃፍ ለዓለም አቀፉ ኅብረተሰብ ለንባብ አብቅተዋል።

    • እ.አ.አ ከ1956 ዓ.ም ጀምረው በመምህርነት፣ በጥናት ምርምር ውጤታቸውና ክህሎታቸው በፕሮፌሰርነት ማዕረግ ያበቃቸው የአዲስ አበባ ዩኒቨርሲቲ መጠነ ሰፊ ለሆነው ምሁራዊ አስተዋፅኦአቸው የክብር ዶክትሬት (PHD) ዲግሪ አበርክቶላቸዋል።

    • ለባለቤታቸው ሪታ ፓንክረስት፣ ለልጆቻቸው ለሄለን ፓንክረስት እና አሉላ ፓንክረስት እንዲሁም ለወዳጅ ዘመዶቻቸው መጽናናትን እንመኛለን።

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  • መንግሥት የወልቃይት ጠገዴ የማንነት ጥያቄ ሕዝባዊ መሠረት እንደሌለው አስታወቀ

     

     የጎንደር ሠልፍ ተገቢ ጥያቄዎችን እንደያዘ ክልሉ አሳወቀ

     
    በባህር ዳር ከተማ የተካሄደውን ሁለተኛውን አገር አቀፍ የዳያስፖራ ቀን ለማክበር በቦታው የተገኙት ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ኃይለ ማርያም ደሳለኝ፣ የወልቃይት ጠገዴ የማንነት ጥያቄ የሕዝብ ሳይሆን የጥቂት አመራሮች ችግር እንደሆነ ገለጹ፡፡ ከመላው ዓለም የተሰባሰቡ አንዳንድ ዳያስፖራ ተሳታፊዎች ግን ጉዳዩ ምላሽ ካላገኘ የጎንደርን ህልውና የሚወስን እንደሚሆን ሥጋታቸውን አመልክተዋል፡፡

    እሑድ ሐምሌ 24 ቀን 2008 ዓ.ም. በጎንደር ከተማ በተካሄደ ሰላማዊ ሠልፍ በበርካታ ሺዎች የሚቆጠሩ ተሳታፊዎች ከጠየቋቸው ጥያቄዎች መካከል ዋነኛው የወልቃይት ጠገዴ የማንነት ጥያቄን የሚመለከተው ነው፡፡

    የአማራ ብሔራዊ ክልላዊ መንግሥት ከትግራይ ብሔራዊ ክልላዊ መንግሥት ጋር ድንበር በሚጋራባቸው አካባቢ ከሠፈረው የጠገዴ ሕዝብ ጋር በተገናኘ ያሉትን ጥያቄዎች ለመመለስ ጥረት እያደረገ መሆኑን በቅርቡ መግለጹ ይታወሳል፡፡ ነገር ግን በትግራይ ክልል ውስጥ የሚገኙ እንደ ወልቃይት ባሉ ቦታዎች የሚኖሩ ሕዝቦች ጥያቄ ካላቸው ሊያቀርቡ የሚገባው፣ ለትግራይ ክልልና ለፌዴራል ተቋማት መሆን እንዳለበትም አስገንዝቧል፡፡

    ነገር ግን የወልቃይትና የጠገዴን ጨምሮ በተለያዩ አካባቢዎች የሚኖሩ ማኅበረሰቦች ከማንነት ጥያቄ ጋር በተያያዘ በአማራ ክልል የተለያዩ ግጭቶች መከሰታቸው ይታወቃል፡፡ በባህር ዳር ከተማ ከሐምሌ 25 እስከ ሐምሌ 26 ቀን 2008 ዓ.ም. በተካሄደው ሁለተኛው የአገር አቀፍ የዳያስፖራ ቀን ተሳታፊ የነበሩ ግለሰቦችም፣ ግጭቶቹና የተከሰተው የንብረት ውድመት በሕገ መንግሥቱ መሠረት ለማንነት ጥያቄዎቹ ምላሽ ቢሰጥ ኖሮ ሊወገዱ ይችሉ ነበር ብለዋል፡፡

    አቶ በላይ ታከለ የተባሉ ተሳታፊ የወልቃይትና ጠገዴ ጥያቄ ለዓመታት ሳይፈታ መቆየቱን አስታውሰው፣ አሁን በአስቸኳይ ምላሽ ካላገኘ ጎንደር እንደ ጎንደር መቀጠሏ ያሠጋኛል ብለዋል፡፡ ወ/ሮ ፀጋ ሥላሴ የተባሉ ሌላ ተሳታፊም ተመሳሳይ ሥጋታቸውን ገልጸዋል፡፡

    ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ኃይለ ማርያም ችግሩ በአመራሮች ልዩነት የመጣ በመሆኑ፣ መፍትሔው እሱን ማስተካከል ነው ብለዋል፡፡

    የፌዴራል መንግሥት በጎንደር የተካሄደው ሠልፍ ካነሳቸው በርካታ ጥያቄዎች መካከል የተወሰኑት ተገቢና ከመልካም አስተዳደር ጋር የተገናኙ እንደሆኑና በአጭርና በረጅም ጊዜ ምላሽ የሚሰጥባቸው ጉዳዮች እንዳሉ ገልጾ፣ ሠልፉ ያለምንም ግጭት መጠናቀቁን ማድነቁ ይታወሳል፡፡ የአማራ ክልል ግምገማም ተመሳሳይ መሆኑን የክልሉ የመንግሥት ኮሙዩኒኬሽን ጉዳዮች ጽሕፈት ቤት ኃላፊ አቶ ንጉሡ ጥላሁን ለሪፖርተር ገልጸዋል፡፡

    ‹‹ተገቢ የሆኑና ተመርምረው ምላሽ የሚሰጣቸው ጉዳዮች ተነስተዋል፡፡ የልማት ፍትሐዊነት፣ የሀብት ክፍፍል ፍትሐዊነት፣ የድንበር ማካለል ጥያቄዎች ከሕዝቡ ጋር በሚደረግ ውይይትና ምርመራ እውነት ሆነው ከተገኙ ምላሽ ይሰጥባቸዋል፡፡ ነገር ግን በዕለቱ ከኢፌዴሪ ሕገ መንግሥት ጋር የሚፃረሩ መልዕክቶች ተላልፈዋል፣ ድርጊቶችም ታይተዋል፡፡ ለምሳሌ ሰንደቅ ዓላማው ከሕገ መንግሥቱና ከሕግ የተፃረረ ነው፡፡ ለብዝኃነትና ለኅብረ ብሔራዊ አንድነት ዕውቅና የማይሰጡ መልዕክቶችም ተላልፈዋል፡፡ ሠልፉ ራሱ የተደረገው ሕጋዊ መሥፈርቶችን ሳያሟላ ነው፡፡ ማሳወቅ ግዴታ ነው፡፡ የሠልፉን ባለቤት፣ መቼና የት እንደሚደረግ ለመንግሥት ማሳወቅ ግዴታ ነው፤›› ብለዋል፡፡

    አቶ ንጉሡ በሠልፉ የተላለፉ አንዳንድ መልዕክቶች የጎንደር ሕዝብ ጥያቄ ስለመሆናቸው እንደሚጠራጠሩም አመልክተዋል፡፡ ‹‹በሠልፉ የጎንደር ሕዝብ የትግራይን ሕዝብ እንደሚያከብር፣ ሰላም እንደሚፈልግና ሕግን እንደሚያከብር መግለጹ ተገቢ ነገር ነው፡፡ ነገር ግን ሁሉም ጥያቄ ምላሽ የሚያገኘው ሕገ መንግሥቱ ሲከበር ነው፡፡ በትግራይና በአማራ ክልሎች መካከል ያለው ወሰን በግልጽ አለመከለሉ ለረጅም ጊዜ የነበረ ጥያቄ ነው፡፡ በፍጥነት አለመቋጨቱ የመልካም አስተዳደር ክፍተት ነው፡፡ ነገር ግን ከዚህ ጥያቄ በተጨማሪ ከሌሎች አካላት አጀንዳዎች ጋር የተደባለቁ ጥያቄዎችም ነበሩ፤›› በማለት አብራርተዋል፡፡

    ሐምሌ 24 ቀን 2008 ዓ.ም. በጎንደር ከተማ ከተካሄደው ሠልፍ ጥያቄዎች መካከል ‘ወልቃይት፣ ጠገዴ፣ ዳንሻና ሁመራ ወደ አማራ ክልል ይጠቃለሉ’፣ ‘ከኦሮሞ ወንድምና እህቶቻችን ጎን ነን’፣ ‘ለሱዳን ከመተማ ተቆርሶ የተሰጠው መሬት ይመለስ’፣ ‘ኮሎኔል ደመቀ የነፃነት ታጋይ ስለሆነ ይፈታ’፣ ‘ሕወሓት የሻዕቢያ ተላላኪ ነው’፣ ‘የብሔር ተኮር ፌዴራሊዝም ይፍረስ’፣ ‘ትግሬ እንጂ ትግራይ ተከዜን መሻገር አትችልም’ የሚሉት መፈክሮች ተጠቃሽ ናቸው፡፡

    የአማራ ክልል ኃላፊዎች ተገቢነት ካላቸው የጎንደር ሕዝብ ጥያቄዎች ጀርባ የፀረ ሰላም ኃይሎች እጅ እንዳለበት እየገለጹ ይገኛሉ፡፡ ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትሩም የወልቃይት ጉዳይ ምላሽ ካገኘ በርካታ ዓመታት እንዳለፉት በመግለጽ፣ ዛሬ ጥያቄው ለምን ተነሳ የሚል ጥያቄ አንስተው የሌሎች ኃይሎች እጅ እንዳለ አመልክተዋል፡፡  ወልቃይት አሁን ያለውን ማንነት በምርጫው የወሰነው ሕገ መንግሥታዊ ሥርዓቱ ሲመሠረት እንደነበርም አስረድተዋል፡፡

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  • Mayor nominates Sam Assefa to lead Office of Planning and Community Development

    Today, Mayor Ed Murray announced he is nominating Sam Assefa – the senior urban designer for the City of Boulder, Colorado – as the next director of Seattle’s Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD).

    Prior to Boulder, Assefa served as Director of Land Use and Planning Policy for the City of Chicago, and as a deputy chief of staff to former Mayor Richard Daley.

     

    “Sam Assefa brings leadership and a holistic approach to urban planning that integrates land use, transportation, design and sustainability,” Mayor Murray said. “Throughout his career, Sam has shown a passion for placemaking and a commitment to working with all communities to solve the challenges of growth. His experience will be invaluable to implementing our shared vision for building neighborhoods that are affordable, livable and equitable.”

    OPCD was created to better integrate strategic planning across departments, while coordinating public investments in transportation, parks, housing and other areas.

    “I have always admired the City of Seattle for its natural beauty, innovative spirit and strong commitment to social justice,” Assefa said. “I am thrilled at this opportunity to help implement Mayor Murray’s vision for building thriving and vibrant communities through an integrated and equitable approach to city planning and community development.”

    Since 2010, Assefa has worked for Boulder’s Department of Community Planning and Sustainability, where he was responsible for urban and building design policies and directed the City’s Sustainable Streets and Centers Program.

    Prior to Chicago, he served the City of San Francisco as director of Special Projects for the Department of Planning and Development. He was responsible for the implementation of various urban design policies and redevelopment plans, including the Hunters Point Shipyard, the Trans Bay Center, Rincon Hill, and the Better Neighborhoods Program.

    Assefa has a master’s degree in city planning from MIT, and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He brings perspective as an immigrant to the United States, having fled Ethiopia as a teenager when his father was killed in a coup. In San Francisco, Assefa served on the city’s Immigrant Rights Commission.

    Assefa, if confirmed by Seattle City Council, will replace Diane Sugimura, who has served as interim OPCD director since the new integrated planning agency launched January 1. Assefa is expected to start June 1, with an annual salary of $167,000.

    “This is a very exciting time for Seattle — to have someone of Sam’s caliber, experience and talent coming to Seattle to lead the Mayor’s new Office of Planning and Community Development,” Sugimura said. “I look forward to seeing great things happening as we grow toward becoming a more equitable city for all.”

    “I am thrilled to join the Mayor in endorsing the nomination of Sam Assefa as the new Director of the Office and Planning and Community Development,” said Councilmember Rob Johnson, chair of the Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee. “Mr. Assefa’s list of accomplishments achieved during his tenures in Chicago, San Francisco, and Boulder reflects his passion for urban design and transit oriented development, and but I am mostly impressed by the manner in which he so thoughtfully engages the citizens of the communities he serves. I look forward to the prospect of working side by side with such a creative, big-picture thinker with the knowledge and experience to tackle Seattle’s complex housing, gentrification, and affordability challenges.”

    As Seattle grows, OPCD will play a role in implementing Mayor Murray’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA). HALA provides a comprehensive strategy to creating 50,000 housing units over the next 10 years, ensuring that Seattle can remain an affordable, walkable, and equitable community for people of all incomes and backgrounds.

    Seattle is currently one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation, adding 70,000 residents and 63,000 jobs in the past five years. The city is expected to be home to another 120,000 residents and 115,000 jobs by 2035.

    BY OSCAR PERRY ABELLO

    “I loved to draw,” says Sam Assefa. Architecture influenced him a lot, especially as a child, growing up in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. He used to draw a lot of the old Ethiopian monasteries. “Very monolithic, platonic forms, cubes and models formed out of living rock. I was always fascinated by that,” he explains.
    By seventh or eighth grade, he knew he wanted to study architecture. He once got punished for a drawing he did very meticulously, with correct three-dimensional proportions for a very tall building. His art teacher didn’t believe he drew it.

    Fortunately, for many under-engaged communities in San Francisco, Chicago and Boulder, Colorado, Assefa did not take the punishment to heart. He still loves architecture, and still makes a life of exceeding expectations. In a few months, he’ll take all of his experience with him to Seattle, where he was recently named the next director of Seattle’s Office of Planning and Community Development.

    “I have always admired the city of Seattle for its natural beauty, innovative spirit and strong commitment to social justice,” Assefa said in a statement on the announcement.

    Ethiopia has famously never been colonized, despite repeated invasions and partial occupations by foreign powers throughout its history. But amid political strife in the 1970s, Assefa’s father was executed. Assefa fled the country by foot and became a refugee in Kenya. He spent the rest of his high-school years in Nairobi, where he picked up two key influences: an international group of best friends with whom he remains in touch (one each from Austria, Sweden, the U.S. and Chile, and two others from Ethiopia), and a love for Chicago, probably due to its architecture.

    “I used to read about Chicago specifically for some reason, while I was in high school,” Assefa says. He would eventually move there (after a short stint in Rome), and study architecture at the University of Illinois. While there, he met his wife, Jill Kongabel, a native Chicagoan.

    In his first job in architecture, he noticed a pattern that didn’t fit with his personal ethos. “The first few years of design work I was doing was for very wealthy people. It was a wonderful place, a small design firm,” Assefa says. “But I started thinking about is that what I wanted to do.”

    The answer was no. He and his wife left Chicago for Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Assefa went to graduate school for city planning at MIT. He took classes at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government too. He focused his studies on issues of equity, particularly around public housing. Meanwhile, outside the classroom, he was involved in the divestment movement seeking to end apartheid in South Africa by urging university endowments, foundation endowments and other supposedly socially minded pools of capital to dump South African companies.

    After graduate school — after another false start with a private San Francisco architecture firm — Assefa landed at one of the early leaders in socially and environmentally conscious design firms, SMWM (since merged with Perkins+Will), where he joined forces with Karen Alschuler to start the planning practice at the firm. Their first big project: planning around the long-shuttered Hunters Point Shipyard in the largely black neighborhood, which was still reeling from the site’s closure around two decades earlier. The shipyard became one of the first Superfund cleanup sites.

    “San Francisco was where I cut my teeth in equity and planning policy,” Assefa says. He would later work in the city of San Francisco’s planning department. He moved to become director of policy for Chicago’s department of planning and development in 2000. In Mayor Richard Daley, Assefa says, he found a willing ally for bringing more equity and diverse voices into the planning process (Assefa served as the city’s liaison for the neighborhood-centric New Communities Program), while simultaneously integrating departments and disciplines whose silos were clearly holding the city back from its potential.

    Assefa’s department led Chicago’s first rewriting of its zoning code in 40 years, addressing issues where growth was happening where some communities didn’t want it and not happening where other communities did. He recalls loosening parking requirements for buildings within close proximity to public transportation, and putting in incentives for LEED-certified construction of affordable housing so that residents’ bills could be reduced. While attempting to incentivize and make room for more affordable housing where it was desired, Assefa also recalls protecting manufacturing zones from redevelopment as residential or other use (while others were creating the training infrastructure to make sure new high-skilled manufacturing jobs in Chicago would be accessible to all).

    After a stint in Boulder, Colorado, Assefa will now take his silo-busting, social justice-informed approach to the Pacific Northwest.

    “In Seattle, as in a lot of cities, a lot of the underrepresented communities or immigrant communities may not be at the table when major planning decisions are being made. Or they are economically affected as a result of the economic shift that is taking place in some of the major cities as well as global shifts,” he notes.

    Seattle will be the eighth city where he has lived, spanning four countries on three continents.

    “There are differences in context, but fundamentally from a planning perspective, all people are looking for the same general things,” he says. “They want to be safe, they want to love the place where they live, and they want to reap the benefits of what it has to offer.”

    Assefa is expected to take his new office on June 1.

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  • Eritrea men to marry at least 2 wives or face imprisonment

     Eritrean men have been allegedly ordered to marry more than one wife

    — Any man who does not do so, goes to jail according to reports

     

    The government of Eritrea has reportedly ordered men in the country to marry at least two wives. This is said to be coming in order to ‘help’ the situation of shortage of men caused by enormous casualties suffered during the civil war with Ethiopia.

     

     

    In the statement written in Arabic the government gave the assurance that it will give financial support to the polygamous marriages. Read the translated version in part as posted by sde.co.ke below:

    “Based on the law of God in polygamy, and given the circumstances in which the country is experiencing in terms of men shortage, the Eritrean department of religious affairs has decided on the following :

    ”First that every man shall marry at least two women and the man who refuses to do so shall be subjected to life imprisonment with hard labour.

    “The woman who tries to prevent her husband from marrying another wife shall be punished to life imprisonment,” alleged the activists in their translation.

    May 1998 to June 2000 Eritrean-Ethiopian war saw 150,000 soldiers killed from either sides but having a bigger impact on male population in the tiny Eritrea nation who were then just million people in total.

    Source: http://buzzkenya.com/polygamy-eritrea-men-marry-least-two-wives-face-jail/

     

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  • International Tribunal Court Rules in Favour of Ethiopia in Exploration Suit

    A top Ethiopian government official has claimed the International Court of Arbitration Chamber of Commerce has dismissed a claim by PetroTrans that the Horn of Africa nation had unlawfully revoked its contracts.

     

    Ethiopian authorities revoked the company’s exploration and development contracts, signed in 2011, saying PetroTrans had failed to carry out its contractual obligations.

    The ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas said the company had failed to commence work within the initial contractual timeframe. Minister Tolosa Shagi said after revising the date of commencement, the company still failed to start developing the gas project in time.

    The Geneva Tribunal decided in favour of the Ethiopian ministry, rejecting PetroTrans’ request either to be reinstated or paid a compensation of $1.4 billion.
    Tolosa said the court passed its ruling on December 2015, but notified the litigants about the decision only last week. The case, which also resulted in the termination of other four agreements between the ministry and the Hong Kong-based firm, took three years to finalise.
    Tolosa said the verdict would set a precedent in the future in dealing with companies that flout contract regulations.
    The agreement, signed in July 2011 between the Ministry and PetroTrans gave the latter the right to explore and develop petroleum and natural gas in five blocks in the eastern part of the country.
    After revoking the agreement following the company’s failure to carry out its contractual obligations, the Ethiopian government awarded the project to a Chinese company, Poly-GCL in November 2013.
    Source: theafricareport

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  • Ethiopian migrants held in Tanzania

    Tanzanian police have arrested more than 80 Ethiopian migrants believed to be heading to South Africa.

    The 83 migrants were found crammed into the back of a lorry that was headed towards the Tanzania-Malawi border.

    Most were dehydrated and could have died if they had not been found, said local police chief Peter Kakamba.

     

    Tanzania has become a key staging post for people fleeing drought and conflict in Ethiopia and Somalia, and trying to reach South Africa.

    "We had to have a team of nurses to put them on drips, they were starving, very weak, they were lying on top of each other in that lorry," said Mr Kakamba.

    "They were in such a bad condition, if we had delayed in finding them, they would have suffocated and lost their lives."

    He said that patrols are being stepped up to intercept migrants, as well as the Tanzanians assisting them.

    The migrants were found travelling towards the southern town of Mbeya.

    Late last year, more than 100 Ethiopian migrants were rounded up on their way to South Africa.

    In June 2012 ,40 migrants from Ethiopia were found dead after they suffocated inside a truck transporting them in central Tanzania.

    Source : http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35347771

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  • ከአክሰስ ሪል እስቴት ጋር በተያያዘ የተፈጠረውን ችግር መንግስት እርምጃ መውሰድ ጀመረ

    ከአክሰስ ሪል እስቴት ጋር በተያያዘ የተፈጠረውን ችግር መንግስት እርምጃ መውሰድ ጀመረ

    ጥር 03 ፣2008

    ከ5 አመታት በላይ ከአክሰስ ሪል እስቴት አክሲዮን ማህበር ጋር በተያያዘ የተፈጠረውን ችግር ለመፍታት ከፌደራል መንግስት ከፍተኛ የስራ ሀላፊዎች የተካተቱበት ኮሚቴ ተዋቅሮ እንቅስቃሴዎችን በማድረግ ላይ መሆኑንን አስታወቀ፡፡

    በሀገሪቱ በተለያዩ መስኮች በርካታ ሪል ስቴቶች መኖራቸውን የገለፁት የኮሚቴው ሰብሳቢና የከተማ ልማትና ቤቶች ሚንስትሩ አቶ መኩሪያ ሀይሌ ከአክስዮኖች ጋር በተያያዘ የሚፈጠሩ ችግሮችን ለመፍታት በአክሰስ ሪልስቴት ከተፈጠረው ችግር ትምህርት መቀሰሙን ነው የገለፁት፡፡

     

     

    አክሰስ ሪል እስቴት በ2002 ዓ.ም ቤቶችን ሰርቶ ለማስረከብ 2500 ከሚሆኑ በውጭ ሀገርና በኢትዮጵያ ከሚኖሩ ቤት ፈላጊዎች 1.4 ቢሊዮን ብር ሰብስቦ ነበር ወደ  ስራ  የገባው፡፡

    ይሁንና ሪል ስቴት አልሚው አክሲዮን ማህበር  በገባው ቃል መሰረት ቤቶቹን ገንብቶ ለባለቤቶቹ ሳያስተላልፍ በጊዜው የአክሰስ ሪል ስቴት አክሲዮን ማህበር ዋና ስራ አስኪያጅና የማህበሩ ሊቀመንበር የነበሩት አቶ ኤልያስ ጠቅል አመልጋ ከሀገር በመውጣታቸው ነበር ችግሩ  የተፈጠረው፡፡

    ለችግሩ እልባት ለመስጠትም ከተለያዩ የመንግስት ሚንስቴር መስሪያ ቤቶችና ተቋማት የተውጣጣ ኮሚቴን በማዋቀር አቶ ኤርሚያስ አመልጋ ወደ ሀገር ውስጥ እንዲመጡ የማድረግና ሌሎች የተለያዩ የመፍትሄ ሃሳቦችን ሲያከናውን ቆይቷል፡፡

    ይሁንና ችግሩ በሚፈለገው ፍጥነት አለመፈታቱን ከአክሰስ ሪልስቴት ቤት ለመግዛት የተዋዋሉ ግለሰቦች ገልፀዋል፡፡

    መንግስት ችግሩን ለመቅረፍ በርካታ የመፍትሄ ስራዎችን ማከናወኑንና ጉዳዩ ውስብስብ በመሆኑ ጊዜ መውሰዱን ነው የፍትህ ሚንስትሩ አቶ ጌታቸው አምባዬና የፌደራል ፖሊስ ኮሚሽን ኮሚሽነር ጀነራል አሰፋ አብዩ የተናገሩት፡፡

    ይሁንእንጂ ችግሩን በዘላቂነት ለመቅረፍ የሚያስችሉ ዋና ዋና የመፍትሄ አቅጣጫዎች መቀመጣቸውን የከተማ ልማትና ቤቶች ሚንስትሩ አቶ መኩሪያ ሀይሌ ገልፀዋል፡፡

    የአክሰስ ሪልስቴት መስራችና የቀድሞ የቦርድ ሊቀመንበር የነበሩት አቶ ኤርሚያስ አመልጋ በቁጥጥር ስር ውለው ምርመራ እየተካሄደባቸው መሆኑን ከፌደራል ፖሊስ የተገኘው መረጃ ያስረዳል፡፡

    ሪፖርተር፡- ሀብታሙ ድረስ

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  • Leaked memo says Jawar Mohammed and wife siphoned off over $280,000 raised for OMN

    (Solomon Ungashe)

    February 9, 2015

    According to a damning confidential memo by Dr. Solomon Ungashe, one of the founders of the Oromo Media Network, circulating on Oromo online forums, Jawar Mohammed raised over $300,000 during the Oromo First campaign which was supposed to go to the coffers of OMN. Dr. Solomon Ungashe alleges that because Jawar and his wife Arfase Gamade were not willing to transfer the money only $20,000 was transferred to OMN from Jawar’s account. Apparently, one of the problems causing division in OMN is the issue of this money that melted away in Jawar and Arfase’s pockets. Jawar insisted that all the money raised during the Oromo First campaign was not raised for OMN but for himself. The memo reveals that OMN’s main problems are tied with the corrupt, dictatorial and manipulative tendencies of Jawar Mohammed.

     

     

     

    “Once money was generated from Oromo communities, Arfase and I were assigned to see to it that the money was transferred to OMN account. This proved very difficult and OMN problem started at this point. Unbeknownst to us, Jawar Mohammed had created a parallel committee called Principal Coordinating Committee, PCC for short. Jawar and his wife Arfase were members of this committee. Mohammed Ademo asked Jawar what the role of the PCC was. He assured us its role is simply to collect the fund and transfer it to OMN. That proved to be false. Week after week and month after month Arfasse and Jawar who were supposed to talk to PCC members and transfer the money to OMN kept giving one reason after another for failing to do so. Out of more than $300,000 collected by Oromo community only $20,000 was transferred to OMN account. We were very frustrated,” Solomon wrote. Read full text of memo below.

    CONFIDENTIAL

    1. In mid 2012, I convinced myself it was time to start a sustainable Oromo media. I reached at that conclusion because I observed that a handful of Internet radio programs and a few TV broadcasts had started in the Diaspora. This hinted to me there was sufficient manpower and expertise to establish a strong media. I discussed the proposal with some people including Abraham Mosisa, Israe’l Soboqaa, and Abdi Fixee; they all encouraged me to push the idea forward.

    2. I next contacted Jawar Mohammed and Mohammed Ademo separately. Jawar was unhappy that I shared the idea with Mohammed Ademo but I did not understand the reason at the time.

    3. Soon after that OMN core committee of nine members was established.

    The members were: 1) Jawar Mohammed, 2) Arfase Gamada, 3)Girma Tadesse, 4) Micah Cirri, 5) Abdi Fiixee, 6) Ayyaantuu Tibeesso, 7) Mohammed Ademo, 8) Tigist Geme, and 9) Solomon Ungashe. Of these 9 members Ayyantuu Tibeesso was unable to take and we did not fill her place. We conducted once or twice weekly teleconferences to move the project forward.

    4. In late 2012, I went to Oromia and one of my responsibilities was to establish OMN on the ground there. I was tasked to recruit journalists who will work for us as reporters either on a permanent basis or as part time freelancers. I was working very closely with Mohammed Ademo on this matter.

    5. In Mid-2013 Mohammed Ademo told us at our weekly teleconference that there was an opportunity to get Oromo issue aired on Aljazeera. We discussed about it and delegated Mohammed Ademo and Jawar Mohammed to take part in it. That led to Jawar declaring, “I am Oromo First” on TV and that as we know became controversial

    6. Shortly after that incident, Jawar suggested we should use Oromo First campaign to raise fund for OMN.

    We all agreed and decided that other committee members must take part in the campaign too. The idea of me coming back to the US to take part in it was raised by Jawar himself but we decided against it because there were other things I was doing there and I also personal matters to attend to. So everybody else took part in the Oromo First campaign and we decided to end it in September 2013.

    7. Once money was generated from Oromo communities, Arfase and I were assigned to see to it that the money was transferred to OMN account. This proved very difficult and OMN problem started at this point. Unbeknownst to us, Jawar Mohammed had created a parallel committee called Principal Coordinating Committee, PCC for short. Jawar and his wife Arfasse were members of this committee. Mohammed Ademo asked Jawar what the role of the PCC was. He assured us its role is simply to collect the fund and transfer it to OMN. That proved to be false. Week after week and month after month Arfasse and Jawar who were supposed to talk to PCC members and transfer the money to OMN kept giving one reason after another for failing to do so. Out of more than $300,000 collected by Oromo community only $20,000 was transferred to OMN account.We were very frustrated. 

    8. Meanwhile, Mohammed Ademo drafted bylaws and code of conduct for OMN. They were all excellent. I suggested a minor change that was accepted. Only Jawar Mohammed disagreed on a clause pertaining to politics and media and promised he will write an alternative clause instead. We agreed. We waited for more than 6 six weeks but he never produced the alternative clause he had promised.

    9. Then it was time to nominate people to be on Board of Trustees. Jawar Mohammed suggested that members of the PCC should take part in the nomination and we all agreed. A joint OMN-PCC teleconference was called. The PCC had 11 members including Jawar and Arfase.

    The number of effective OMN members was hence 6. The discussion became the discussion of 6 against 11. The first topic to be discussed was criteria for selection of board members. A proposal was made by OMN founding member that those elected to be on board of trustees must not have a high level active participation in a political organization. All PCC members disagreed very strongly. There was no listening at all. The PCC did not come to discuss, they came to dictate and they had the vote to do whatever they wanted. They therefore handpicked Board members without participation from us.

    10. Early on we had discussed we will hire a media professional for short term to help us lay the foundation in Minneapolis. We wanted that person to be someone who has TV background and practical experience and we were looking for such a person.

    11. Immediately after the first PCC-OMN joint meeting, Jawar convened PCC meeting and they decided that he will quit his studies at Columbia and move to Minneapolis to lead the founding effort. That meant they have overturned our earlier decision to hire an expert in media affairs. Mohammed Ademo and I said we should instead hire an experienced person. We also argued because Jawar is a prominent person in Ethiopian politics, the idea of him running OMN, a supposedly independent media, does not sound right. The PCC members all agreed with what Jawar said and Mohammed Ademo and I resigned the next morning. Tigist Geme followed us shortly after that.

    12. It is important to grasp this chain of events. Jawar Mohammed established a separate committee called PCC that his wife chaired. This committee controlled the fund raised from Oromo communities. Because of good will we never objected to PCC joining OMN committee in the selection of board of directors. That turned out to be a fatal mistake on our part. With that action, Jawar put himself in a position to single handedly pick OMN board and executive committee members.

    13. Dr. Birhanu Dirbaba is supposedly the editor-in-chief for OMN. But in reality Jawar has been acting as the editor-in-chief as well. Dr. Birhanu had resigned once over disagreement with what Jawar has been doing. He was rehired again after a prolonged intense plea by OMN board members. There is no guarantee that he will not leave again.

    14. Micah Cirrii, one of the founding members resigned from OMN less than two months ago protesting Jawar Mohammed’s dictatorial actions.

    15. Girma Tadese, Arafase and Jawar have agreed to make Jawar the editor-in-chief of OMN. The few people remaining with OMN rejected this idea and that is why it has not been announced yet.

    16. Contrary to what OMN has announced, Ahmed Yasin and Kadiro Elemo quit protesting Jawar Mohammed’s dictatorial behavior. It surprises me why people do not call them and ask what the truth is.

    17. The exodus from OMN will continue unless solution is found immediately. The following actions are desperately needed. a. OMN board must appoint independent investigators. The investigators must speak to all parties concerned. b. Jawar’s role in the organization, and the pay he deserves must be decided and made public. c. A new executive director must be appointed in a transparent manner. Appointing someone hand picked by Jawar again is not going to solve the problem. d. The members of the Board of directors of a company are elected by people who invested in it. Oromo communities around the world are the investors in OMN. They should be the ones who can nominate and elect board of directors. This has to be codified in the OMN bylaws and implemented immediately.

    (Bilisummaa)

    Source: http://www.addistar.com/2015/02/15/leaked-memo-says-jawar-mohammed-and-wife-siphoned-off-over-280000-raised-for-omn/

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  • ኦሮሚያ ኢንተርናሽናል ባንክ 40 ፎቅ ከፍታ ያለው ሕንፃ መገንቢያ መሬት ተከለከልኩ አለ

    ከቅብር ጊዜ ወዲህ በአገሪቱ በሚገኙ የፋይናንስ ተቋማት ተመራጭ እየሆነ በመጣው ሠንጋ ተራ አካባቢ ዋና መሥሪያ ቤቱን ለመገንባት፣ የመሬት ጥያቄ ለአዲስ አበባ ከተማ አስተዳደር ያቀረበው የኦሮሚያ ኢንተርናሸናል ባንክ ተቀባይነት ማጣቱ ቅር እንዳሰኘው ገለጸ፡፡

    ኦሮሚያ ኢንተርናሽናል ባንክ በሠንጋ ተራ የፋይናንስ ተቋማት ኮሪደር ውስጥ አምስት ሺሕ ካሬ ሜትር ቦታ እንዲሰጠውና በቦታው ላይ 40 ፎቅ ከፍታ ያለው ግዙፍ ሕንፃ ለመገንባት፣ ለአዲስ አበባ ከተማ አስተዳደር ከንቲባ ጽሕፈት ቤት ጥያቄ ማቅረቡን አስታውቋል፡፡

    ነገር ግን የአዲስ አበባ ከተማ አስተዳደር የከተማ ቦታ በሊዝ ስለመያዝ በሚደነግገው አዋጅ መሠረት ቦታ በድርድር መስጠት እንደማይችልና ለተመሳሳይ ፕሮጀክቶች ቦታ የሚቀርበው በሊዝ ጨረታ እንደሆነ ለባንኩ ምላሽ ሰጥቷል፡፡ የፋይናንስ ኮሪደሩ በዋነኛነት የሚገኝበት የልደታ ክፍለ ከተማ ዋና ሥራ አስፈጻሚ አቶ አዱኛ ወንድሙ ለሪፖርተር እንደገለጹት፣ አካባቢው ለፋይናንስ ኮሪደር ተብሎ የተከለለ አይደለም፡፡

    አስተዳደሩ ቦታውን የሚያውቀው ለቅይጥ አገልግሎት እንደሚውል ነው፡፡ ነገር ግን በርካታ ባንኮች በቦታው ላይ ዋና መሥሪያ ቤታቸውን መገንባታቸውን አቶ አዱኛ ገልጸው፣ በአሁኑ ወቅት ግን ምንም ዓይነት ክፍት ቦታ በአካባቢው የለም ብለዋል፡፡ በአገሪቱ የሚገኙ ግዙፍ የፋይናንስ ተቋማት ለአብነት የኢትዮጵያ ንግድ ባንክ፣ ዘመን ባንክ፣ አዋሽ ባንክ፣ ዳሸን ባንክና ኦሮሚያ ኅብረት ሥራ ባንክን ጨምሮ በርካታ ባንኮችና የኢንሹራንስ ተቋማት በዚህ ቀጣና ውስጥ ግንባታቸውን አካሂደዋል፡፡

    እነዚህ የፋይናንስ ተቋማት ቦታውን ያገኙት በድርድርና ከባለይዞታዎች በመግዛት ነው፡፡ ነገር ግን የኦሮሚያ ኢንተርናሽናል ባንክ እንደ ሌሎች የፋይናንስ ተቋማት ዋና መሥሪያ ቤቱን በዚህ የፋይናንስ ኮሪደር መገንባት እንዳለበት አቋም ይዟል፡፡

    ባንኩ ለአስተዳደሩ በጻፈው ደብዳቤ ይህ ቀጣና የፋይናንስ ኮሪደር እንደመሆኑ መጠን፣ በአካባቢው የተጠናው የአካባቢ ልማት ዕቅድ ከ35 ፎቅ በላይ እንዲገነባ የሚያዝ በመሆኑ አቅሙ ታይቶ ሊፈቀድለት እንደሚገባ ጥያቄ አቅርቧል፡፡

    የኦሮሚያ ኢንተርናሽናል ባንክ ዳይሬክተሮች ቦርድ ሰብሳቢ አቶ አበራ ቶላ ለሪፖርተር እንደገለጹት፣ ጎማ ቁጠባ አካባቢ ባንኩ 1,900 ካሬ ሜትር ቦታ ነበረው፡፡ ነገር ግን ባንኩ ላቀደው ግዙፍ ግንባታ ቦታው በቂ ባለመሆኑ ግንባታውን ለማካሄድ የግድ የአዲስ አበባ ከተማ አስተዳደር ቦታ ሊሰጠው ይገባል፡፡

    የኦሮሚያ ኢንተርናሽናል ባንክ ዋና መሥሪያ ቤት ፕሮጀክት ሥራ አስኪያጅ ኢንጂነር መልካሙ ትርፌ በበኩላቸው፣ 1,900 ካሬ ሜትሩ መስቀለኛ ቦታ ላይ የሚገኝ በመሆኑና እንደ ፓርኪንግ ላሉ አገልግሎቶች በቂ ባለመሆኑ ፕሮጀክቱን ማካሄድ አልተቻለም፡፡

    የባንኩ የቦታ ጥያቄ አገራዊ ፋይዳ እንዳላቸው ግዙፍ ፕሮጀክቶች ታይቶና እንዲሁም አካባቢው የፋይናንስ ተቋማት ቀጣና መሆኑ ከግምት ገብቶ ሊስተናገድ እንደሚገባ፣ የአዲስ አበባ ከተማ መሬት ልማትና ማኔጅመንት ቢሮ ባለሙያዎች ዕምነታቸውን ለሪፖርተር ገልጸዋል፡፡

    ነገር ግን የፋይናንስ ኮሪደሩ ከአዲስ አበባ አስተዳደር ዕውቅና ውጪ የለማ በመሆኑና በሊዝ አዋጅ፣ ደንብና መመርያው ላይ የባንኮችና የኢንሹራንስ ተቋማት በልዩ ሁኔታ እንዲያስተናግዱ የተቀመጠ ነገር ባለመኖሩ አስተዳደሩ የባንኩን ጥያቄ ለመቀበል መቸገሩን ስማቸውን መግለጽ ያልፈለጉ የከተማው ከፍተኛ ባለሥልጣን ለሪፖርተር ገልጸዋል፡፡

    በአሁኑ ወቅት የአዲስ አበባ አስተዳደር የሊዝ ደንብና መመርያን ለማሻሻል የወሰነ በመሆኑ፣ በቀጣይነት የባንኩ ጥያቄ ሊታይ እንደሚችል እኚሁ ባለሥልጣን ያላቸውን እምነት ገልጸዋል፡፡ ኢንጂነር መልካሙ አስተዳደሩ ቦታውን እንደሚሰጥ ምልክት በማሳየቱ ተስፋ አድርገው ብዙ መቆየታቸውን ገልጸው፣ አስተዳደሩ አሁንም ለጉዳዩ ትኩረት እንዲሰጥ ጠይቀዋል፡፡

    የአዲስ አበባ ከተማ አስተዳደር ምክትል ከንቲባና የመሬት ልማትና ኮንስትራክሽን ክላስተር አስተባባሪ አቶ አባተ ሥጦታው ለሪፖርተር እንደገለጹት፣ የመሬት ጥያቄ የሚስተናገደው በሊዝ አዋጅ መሠረት ነው፡፡ የሠንጋ ተራ አካባቢ በፋይናንስ ተቋማት ተመራጭ እየሆነ መምጣቱን የአዲስ አበባ አስተዳደር ዕውቅና መስጠቱን አቶ አባተ ገልጸው፣ አስተዳደሩ ለተመረጡ ፕሮጀክቶች ልዩ ጨረታ እንደሚያወጣ አስረድተዋል፡፡

    ‹‹በሠንጋ ተራ አካባቢ ከዚህ በኋላ የሚወጣው ልዩ ጨረታ ለፋይናንስ ተቋማት ብቻ ነው፤›› በማለት የገለጹት አቶ አባተ፣ የኦሮሚያ ኢንተርናሽናል ባንክ በዚሁ ልዩ ጨረታ ተሳትፎ ቦታ ማግኘት እንደሚችል አስረድተዋል፡፡

    የአዲስ አበባ ከተማ አስተዳደር እስካሁን ድረስ ሁለት ጊዜ ልዩ ጨረታ አውጥቷል፡፡ ልዩ ጨረታው ለሆቴል፣ ለሪል ስቴትና ለትምህርት ተቋማት ለሚውሉ ግንባታዎች ብቻ ነው፡፡

    source; Sodere

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