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Ethiopia MPs lambast Debretsion over Ethio-Telecom’s “poor service”
(Ogadentoday Press)- Currently, the House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR) is busy listening to and discussing the performance of the various government institutions. Listening to performance reports before the completion of every fiscal year is one of the tasks of Parliament. However, the trend that is being observed in the House is an unprecedented one. The Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front-dominated Parliament dominated assembly of lawmakers has begun challenging and criticizing government reports and anything they deem inappropriate unlike previous times. This was witnessed on Thursday when the minister of Communication and Information Technology, Debretsion Gebremichael (Ph.D.) was presenting the 10-month work performance to which most of the reports focused on the success he said was achieved in the Telecom service. But the MPs were critical of the report.
(Ogadentoday Press)- Sida uu shaaciyay Wargays arrimaha Maamulka Kililka wax ka qora oo Lagu magacaabo Xogta Shacebka wuxuu sheegay in Siyaasiyiin ka soo Jeedaa Gobalka Jigjiga ay in muddo ah wadeen qorshe ay ku samaynayeen Jabhad qarsoon oo u dagaalanta Xuquuqda Deegaanka Faafan (Jigjiga).Waxaa la sheegay in Jabhaddan ay aaminsan tahay Mabaadiida ah in Jigjiga sii ahaato Caasimadda Maamulka Kililka una arka khatar ah in Deegaankii Beesha Jidwaaq uu khatar ku jiro. Jabhaddan ayaa la sheegay inay wadaan qorshayaal ay ku khaarajinayaan Saraakiisha Maamulka Kililka ee aaminsan in Jigjiga ay tahay lama taabtaan Caasimadda ah.
Kenya government walks a tightrope in Somalia as Kismayo gets new leader
Somalia’s clan elders have created a new mini-state and elected a Kenyan ally as its leader, a move likely to anger Mogadishu and sour ties between the two neighbouring countries. Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) has reportedly welcomed the development, strongly rejected by the Somalia government. “The Somali Federal Government regrets the way the people in Jubas and Kismayo are being misled,” read a statement from the office of the Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon. Nairobi and Mogadishu have been at loggerheads over how to manage regions liberated last year by KDF and Amisom. And Igad has been pushing for a local driven administration, which Mogadishu has strongly resisted arguing it has the prerogative to name governors.
Ethiopia detained 22 officers for Bahirdar killing spree
(Ogadentoday Press)-Federal Police detained fifteen of its officers include a Shaleqa level officer, it has been learnt. The list of detainee include another seven “security officers”. The detainees are presumed responsible for the security vacuum that enabled the killings in Bahirdar. It is to be recalled that a rogue Federal police officer killed twelve people in the city, around a vicinity called Abay Mado Kebele eleven, last Sunday evening around 9 pm. Residents and officials concur that the killing spree could have been halted in time as there were several officers guarding government offices in the vicinity. The killer, named Constable Fekadu Nasha and said to be from Oromiya region, escaped police pursuit and jumped into Blue Nile – Abay river shortly after the killings. His body was found on Tuesday morning after a high-profile search by the Federal police and local militia.
At AU summit, Kerry should speak out for a free press- CPJ
CPJ (New York) – The Committee to Protect Journalists writes to US Secretary of State John Kerry to ask him to include in his discussions at the AU Summit the issue of press freedom in Africa, particularly in Ethiopia where a systematic crackdown on independent journalists has continued unabated.With seven journalists behind bars, Ethiopia trails only Eritrea as Africa’s worst jailers of the press.
The Horn of Africa has been ravaged by war and famine for decades, and now one of Somalia's regions, hopes to become an independent state. Somaliland sits on the Gulf of Aden and is officially regarded as an autonomous region of Somalia. The two were, however, separate until 1960. During the civil war in the 1980s, 40,000 people from Somaliland were killed, and nearly half a million fled. The region then declared independence in 1991. Since then, it has held four peaceful elections. Ahmed Mahamoud Silany, the president, told Al Jazeera that Somaliland would like to retain its independence, despite Somalia's calls to be united with region.
Sabti, May 18, 2013 (HOL) — Madaxweynaha Somalia, Xasan Sheekh Maxamuud ayaa markii ugu horreysay ka hadlay arrimaha ka taagan Jubbooyinka, isagoo sheegay in waxyaabaha ka taagan ay qayb ka yihiin waxyaabihii ay muddada ka digaysay dowladda. Sidoo kale, Xasan Sheekh ayaa ka hadlay Somaliland, isagoo xusay in midnimada Soomaaliya ay tahay mid muqadas ah, loona baahan yahay in shacabka ku nool gobollada Waqooyiga Soomaaliya ay dib u liqaan hankooda. "Waxyaabaha ka dhacaya Jubbooyinka waa arrimihii ay dowladdu ka digayso muddooyinkii lasoo dhaafay, waxaana caddaatay in shirarkii Jubbooyinka ka socday iyo wixii kasoo baxayba aysan ahayn wax loo dhamaa," ayuu yiri Xasan Sheekh oo ka hadlayay xaflad lagu furayay xarun lagu xannaaneeyo agoonta oo laga furay degmada Wadajir ee gobolka Banaadir.
Somalia: Jubaland leaders host IGAD committee in Kismayo meeting
KISMAYO, Somalia May 18, 2013 (Garowe Online) - A delegation from the Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) arrived Saturday in the Somali southern port city of Kismayo and was warmly received by Jubaland President Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed Islam (Madobe) in Kismayo, Garowe Online reports. The delegation, led by IGAD General Secretary Mahboub Maalim, plans to hold meetings with Jubaland leaders and community elders in Kismayo. In April 2013, IGAD issued a communiqué on Somalia and called for an IGAD-led “confidence-building mission” to Kismayo. Sources in Kismayo tell Garowe Online that the IGAD delegation has held a three-way meeting with Jubaland leaders including President Madobe, Vice President Abdullahi Sheikh Abdullahi Fartaag, community elders, and a Federal Government delegation currently visiting Kismayo.
Abdu Ibrahim Mohammed was 15 years old when he began trekking with caravans of camels to collect salt in a sun-blasted desert basin of north Ethiopia that is one of the hottest places on earth. Now 51 and retired, he has passed his camels to his son to pursue this centuries-old trade in “white gold” from the Danakil Depression, where rain almost never falls and the average temperature is 94 degrees Fahrenheit (34.4 Celsius). But the tradition of hacking salt slabs from the earth’s crust and transporting them by camel is changing as a paved road is built across the northern Afar region.
Kenyan President seeks Nigeria’s intervention in solving Somalia’s problem
The President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, has requested Nigeria’s help in finding an African solution to the Somali crisis, which he said, had spilled into Kenya. William Ruto, the Deputy Prime Minister of Kenya and Special Envoy of Mr. Kenyatta to Mr. Jonathan, delivered the message at the State House, Abuja on Friday. He said, “Nigeria plays a leadership role in Africa and Kenya needs you to join other leaders for a framework to help resolve the Somali problem.’’Mr. Kenyatta said that Mr. Jonathan’s personal intervention in the Somali problem would help greatly. He also spoke on improving relations through extending Kenya Airways flight to Abuja as well as Kenya’s commitment to enhancing intra-African trade.
Seminar: Qatar`s peace-making role in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa,
UMB, NUPI and FAFO invite to a seminar at Litteraturhuset, Oslo, with guest speakers from Yemen, Somalia and Palestine (Gaza). The speakers will analyse Qatar’s efforts, the consequences and the strategies used by the country when engaging in peace-making efforts.Qatari peace-making diplomacy has increasingly been felt around the world; Qatar has over the last years been involved in mediation in Sudan, Palestine, Lebanon, Yemen, Eritrea-Djibouti and Somalia with a mix of failures and successes. The Qatari involvement often puzzles the international society which asks why the Qataris put so much emphasis on peace-making and if they promote values, especially when it comes to gender – their approach being somewhat incompatible with more traditional Western efforts of conflict mediation. This seminar focuses on Qatari peace-making efforts, the modus operandi, and whether Qatari-Norwegian cooperation could enhance peace efforts in the respective countries.
TV Itoobiya oo sheegay in la soo Xidho Ganacsato Gobalka Ogaden ka soo Jeeda.
Addis Ababa (Ogadentoday Press)- Telefishinka Xukumadda Dowladda Itoobiya ayaa caawo shaaciyay in 11 ka mid ah Ganacsado Dalka Itoobiya xabiska loo taxaabo. 3 ka mid ah Ganacsataan ayaa la sheegay inay ka soo Jeedaan Gobalka Ogaden. Ganacsaddan ayaa la sheegay in lala xidhiidhinayo arrimo musuq maasuq ah oo Dowladda Itoobiya ay u xidhay Wasiirka Dakhliga Itoobiya isbuucii la soo dhaafay.Tan iyo Intii la xidhay Wasiirkan isla markaasna la sheegay in Ganacsato Baddan lala xidhay ayaa waxaa wadnaha farta ku haya Dhamaan Ganacsata ku xidhnayd Dowladda Iyo Maamulada Kililadda oo qandaraasyo ka qaadan Jirtay Xukumadda.Dadka arrimahan ku xeel dheer ayaa sheegaya in Ganacsaddu tahay meelaha Masuuliyintu ku qarsadaan Lacagta ay ka dhacaan Dowladda looguna talagalay adeega Shacabka (Public Service)