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Ethiopia: Capital launches mixed-use, integrated residential project

by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (November 19, 2018) An integrated residential project was launched today at the historic La Gare (Train Station) in the capital Addis Ababa. The mixed-use project, which lands on 360,000-sq-m area, is expected to have 4000 residences and cost 50B birr, (approximately $1.9B at current exchange rates). A key component of the project was building residences ...

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    Ethiopia: Police charge ex-deputy intel chief with corruption, torture

    by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (November 16, 2018) A former deputy head of the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) was brought to a court in Addis Ababa today accused of corruption as well as torture and a range of human rights abuses against innocent citizens and suspects. Police told the court that Yared Zerihun, on orders of his former ...

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      Ethiopia: Former METEC boss arrested for squandering $57M

      by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (November 16, 2018) A former head for the power and engineering department at the Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC), an industrial complex at the center of Ethiopia’s corruption scandal, has been arrested at his office in Addis Ababa, accused of wasting over $55.6M. According to charges read at a court in Addis Ababa today, Colonel ...

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        Ethiopia: Premier vows to continue crackdown on suspects of corruption, human rights abuses

        by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (November 15, 2018) “Ethiopia should not be a country where some steal in millions of dollars while others scavenge for food in dumpsters,” Ethiopia’s Prime Minister said in his written statement today. Dr. Abiy Ahmed has vowed that his government would continue crackdown on officials suspected of corruption and human rights abuses. Scores of army ...

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          Ethiopia: Col. Gebregziabher Alemseged “Gen. Gebre” arrested as search continues on corruption suspects

          by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (November 15, 2018) [Edited to correct errors in nick names] Ethiopia’s regiment commander in Somalia, Colonel Gebregziabher Alemseged “Gen. Gebre”, who was also a former political advisor for the Secretary General of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has been arrested, according to ESAT sources. He was reportedly sacked from his IGAD position last June. ...

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            Ethiopia: Twelve killed in ethnic clashes in Moyale

            by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (November 14, 2018) Twelve people were killed in the past three days of renewed ethnic conflict in Moyale, Southern Ethiopia, as seventeen others were wounded. Legal and human rights advisor to the President of the Somali region, Jamal Diriye said the new round of clashes between the Somali and armed Oromo groups is feared to ...

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              UN technical team in Ethiopia to discuss elections with all parties

              by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (November 14, 2018) A United Nations technical team is in Ethiopia discussing election laws and technicalities with leaders of political parties and community representatives, according to ESAT sources. The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has been funding Ethiopia’s past elections against international uproar that the elections were rigged by the TPLF regime. In the 2015 ...

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                UN lifts sanctions on Eritrea, which called it ‘belated’

                  by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (November 14, 2018) The United Nations Security Council has today lifted a nine year old sanction on Eritrea in a unanimous vote. The arms embargo and other targeted sanction on Eritrea was imposed in 2009, accusing the East African country of aiding a Somali jihadist group, al-Shabaab. The sanction involves an arms embargo, travel ...

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                  Ethiopia: Dramatic arrest of lead corruption suspect as he tries to flee country

                  by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (November 13, 2018) A retired army Major General who led the country’s military engineering and industrial complex for eight years has been arrested in Ethiopia’s border town of Humera as he tried to flee the country. Maj. Gen. Kinfe Dagnew has been arrested, picked up by a helicopter and flown into Addis Ababa soon after ...

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                    Ethiopia: Warrants issued for Abay Tsehaye, Maj. Gen. Kinfe Dagnew as arrest on army and intelligence officials continues

                      by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (November 12, 2018) Court warrants have been issued for the arrest of former CEO of the Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC), Maj. General Kinfe Dagnew and a former director general of the state owned sugar corporation, Abay Tsehaye, according to ESAT sources, who also revealed that the Tigray regional government has refused to handover ...

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