ESAT English News

Ethiopia: Merera Gudina’s case continues to drag on, court adjourns till October

ESAT News (August 2, 2017) Merera Gudina, a prominent opposition to the TPLF regime, will stay in prison as the court handling his case will recess till October. His request for the court to be given the list of names of witnesses presented by prosecutors has sparked a constitutional interpretation argument between him and the court, which sent the issue ...

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Ethiopia: Regime continues to charge opponents with terror

ESAT News (August 1, 2017) Regime prosecutors charged a prominent opposition politician with terror while another was arrested last week in Bahir Dar. Prosecutors brought charges of terrorism against Mamushet Amare, a former leader of the All Ethiopian Unity Organization, for trespassing the anti-terror proclamation that the regime uses to silence dissent and crackdown on opposition politicians. Amare was accused ...

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Ethiopia: Parliament recalled from recess

ESAT News (August 1, 2017) The rubber stamp parliament in Ethiopia has been recalled from recess and is expected to discuss the state of emergency that has been in place since October 2016. The parliament, with 100 percent of the seats taken by the EPRDF in the sham election in 2015, is expected to extend or end the state of ...

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Ethiopia: Over 500 prisoners died due to lack of medical care

ESAT News (July 31, 2017) The Federal Prisons Administration says 529 prisoners have died this Ethiopian year due to lack of access to medical care. About 14,000 prisoners demanded medical care due to various ailments but the Administration was not responsive to their queries leading the death of the 529 inmates. The Administration also said 6319 prisoners have filed their ...

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Ethiopia: Old ships at harbor in Djibouti costing country millions of dollars

ESAT News (July 31, 2017) Two old ships sold by the Ethiopian Shipping and Logistic Services Enterprise (formerly the Ethiopian Shipping Lines) two years ago to Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC) are costing the country millions of dollars to cover costs to keep them at the harbor at the port of Djibouti. The Enterprise is also at risk of being ...

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Kenyan election IT head found dead

ESAT News (July 31, 2017) The head of ICT for Kenya’s election commission was found dead after reported missing for three days. There were signs of torture on his neck and head, according to reports by Kenyan media. Some reports say one of his arms was severed. News of the death of Chris Msando is feared to worsen tensions between ...

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Ethiopia: Protests flare up in Ambo, vehicles set ablaze

ESAT News (July 28, 2017) Reports reaching ESAT say two vehicles were set ablaze in Ambo town, west of the capital Addis Ababa, in protests sparked by the new tax assessment. Ambo has been the scene of deadly protests against the Ethiopian regime, especially during the anti-government protests in 2016. A vehicle with a government tag and a bus belonging ...

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Ethiopia hit with shortage of fuel

ESAT News (July 28, 2017) Several towns in Ethiopia have reportedly been hit with shortages of fuel hampering transportation and provisions of staple supplies to the people. As a result of the fuel shortages prices of food, crops and merchandise have skyrocketed. Sources say long queues have been seen at gas stations in Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Dessie, Debre Tabor, ...

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Ethiopia to issue IDs to Ras Tafarians, Bete Israelis

ESAT News (July 28, 2017) The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the country will issue ID cards to Ras Tafarians who have been living in the country for decades without any status or residence permit and to Ethiopian Jews who have been taken to Israel in a number of operations by the Israeli government since Operation Moses in 1984. ...

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Ethiopia: No big fish in arrest of corruption suspects

ESAT News (July 27, 2017) Ethiopian authorities brought to court over thirty individuals charged with high level corruption and accused of squandering millions of dollars. Authorities also released the names of 36 people whom they say have misused millions of dollars in procurement, contract awards and sale of lands among others. The suspects include former and current executives of the ...

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