Author Archives: Engidu Wolde

ESAT team to travel to Ethiopia

  by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (February 13, 2019) A team of journalists from the Ethiopian Satellite Television and Radio (EAST) in Washington, DC, London and Amsterdam will travel to Ethiopia on Thursday to lead fundraising events, chart out future plans and define the station’s role in the changing landscape of media and politics in the country. Established 8 years ...

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    Ethiopia: Police seize Illegal weapons, gold

    ESAT News (February 12, 2019) Police said they have seized 43 kalashnikovs and 13,000 ammunitions as it was being transported from the Gambella region in western Ethiopia to the city of Gondar in the Amhara region. Loca media reports indicate that the driver of the truck carrying the illegal weapons have also been arrested. Police for the Amhara region also ...

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      Ethiopia: Arson gutted over dozen churches, mosques

      ESAT News (February 12, 2019) Fire gutted churches and mosques in Halaba southern Ethiopia and Gondar in the north in what locals say was a deliberate attack to incite religious unrest. A resident of Alaba Kulito, a town sitting 38 miles west of Shashemene, told ESAT that 12 evangelical churches were set ablaze by a group of youth claiming to ...

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        African Union elects El-Sisi chairman for 2019, Ramaphosa for 2020

        by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (February 11, 2019) The 32nd African Union summit in Addis Ababa elected Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi as its chairman for the year 2019, while also announcing South African President Cyril Ramaphosa for the for the year 2020. El-Sisi will replace Rwandan President Paul Kagame. The summit of the heads of state and government has ...

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          Bodies of four Ethiopians killed in helicopter crash in disputed Sudan – South Sudan region arrive home

          ESAT News (February 11, 2019) The bodies of four Ethiopians killed Saturday when a military helicopter crashed inside the compound of the UN peacekeeping mission in the disputed region between South Sudan and Sudan arrived home on Sunday. According to a statement by the United Nations, 23 passengers were on board when the helicopter crashed during a routine reconnaissance flight ...

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            ONLF transfers 1,740 combatants to the government

              by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (February 8, 2019) The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) has transferred 1740 soldiers to the government in a ceremony held in the capital of the Somali region Jigjiga to mark the end of armed struggle. The vice administrator of the region, Mustafa Mohammed welcomed the decision by the ONLF to move from armed struggle ...

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              Freedom House calls Ethiopia ‘not free’ but says country shows improvement in press freedom, political rights

              By Engidu Woldie ESAT News (February 8, 2019) The annual report on freedom in the world by Freedom House says Ethiopia has made some improvements in the areas of press freedom and eased restrictions on opposition political parties. The report however said the country still remains not free as it “remains beset by political factionalism and intercommunal violence, abuses by ...

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                Ethiopia: Several killed in renewed clashes between Qimant and Amhara

                ESAT News (February 7, 2019) Several people lost their lives and houses turned into ashes in renewed clashes between the Qimant and Amhara communities in Gondar, northern Ethiopia. Peace and security head for the Amhara region, General Asamnew Tsege told ESAT that the violence had also resulted in the displacement of thousands of people. He blamed the Tigray People’s Liberation ...

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                  Ethiopia: Somali region council lift immunities of 12 former officials

                  ESAT News (February 7, 2019) The council of the Somali regional government has lifted immunities of 12 former officials over human rights violations and high level corruption. The regional attorney general said in a press statement that the the former officials had a hand in the deadly ethnic violence last July in the regional capital Jigjiga where at least 59 ...

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                    Eritrea to send cultural troupes to Ethiopia

                    ESAT News (January 6, 2019) Eritrea announced on Tuesday that it will send a cultural troupe to Ethiopia to perform in major cities across the country, a sign of improved relations between the two former foes. The statement by the Eritrean Ministry of Information says the cultural troupe, which includes legendary and young musicians, will begin its performance in Bahir ...

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