Anti-TPLF popular protests & clashes escalate food prices – The Reporter

13 Aug

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Following protests that have erupted across the major towns in Ethiopia last weekend, which featured deadly clashes with security forces causing human fatalities, the food market around big cities such as Addis Ababa has experienced mild disruptions and price escalations, it was learnt.

According to claims made by some market actors, some of the major marketplaces in the capital, where food items are traded, faced price hikes due to blockades and obstruction of movements of goods from producing areas due to the conflict. Sources told The Reporter that price of vegetables, fruits and grains have seen considerable increases in price following the ongoing protests in the country.

Nearby towns that supply the majority of fresh food items that are sold in market in Addis Ababa have been unable to reach their traditional markets and vehicles have been seen stranded fearing potential attacks by protestors. Hence, price of onion, tomato and teff have been recorded to have seen unexpected hikes, sources claimed.

A kilo of tomato at the major fruits and vegetables market such as AtikiltTera increased from birr 10 to 18 and recently to 20, accordingly. Under normal circumstances, on average, 30 vehicles of tomato, is brought into markets located in the capital. However, that reduced to four following the protests, sources claimed further. Even though there have been gradual progresses, still the markets remain under supplied and over-priced, sources said.

Etisa Deme, market research directorate director at the Trade Practices and Consumers Protection Authority, told The Reporter that the authority is still dissecting market information and impact data in relation to the recent outcries.

One Response to “Anti-TPLF popular protests & clashes escalate food prices – The Reporter

  1. Takele August 13, 2016 at 15:13 #

    Comment: The question of Peace and stability in Ethiopia
    I would like to give special gratitude for the concerned Ethiopians and civic
    organizations who are trying their best to bring peace and justices by paving the way for
    reconciliation .
    The main goal of this article is to insight and make transitional justice happen for
    adoption by a few organizations who are working to secure the abused system of
    peace and justices of our country . These organizations will insist to takeover and teach
    the advocacy role to be played by civic organizations In promoting guiding principles on
    the rule of law in Ethiopia .Now a days the Ethiopian government acts as a government without responsibility, this is because the government is short of fairness , accountability and impractical . There is no tendency of promoting of tolerance , peace and justice which in hence the path for reconciliation .

    The government of Ethiopia must have to show the tendency to narrow the
    prevalence of pluralism or participation accountability , fairness and ensuring
    values of justice ,rule of law and reconciliation . Cultivating peace and justice and
    achieving peace in Ethiopia needs a greater sense of common purpose to shared
    goals at the country’s level . The government needs integrating thinking to address
    the integrating problems of the society or else pay the price sooner or later.
    Ethiopia is in a civil conflict and about to wage a civil war . In order to avert
    the danger, concerned community members must open discussion across the country
    about the vital nature of the problem that can hinder not to reach consensus
    building and collective problem solving . Organizations that are working on peace
    and justice have to start dealing with the government of Ethiopia , the opposition
    groups and find a conducive atmosphere for reconciliation .
    The current situation in Ethiopia and the complexity of the problem has to make
    our citizens find ways to solve the problem . The government of Ethiopia created
    mess followed by loss of life , plunder of resources , reprisal against defenseless
    Oromo , Amhara , Gambella Ogaden etc. people . The wide spread violation of
    human rights can lead the country to disintegrate or create multiple civil war
    monger players . Peace without justice is impossible in our era . Conflicts and
    instability leads to negativity and things never reach conclusion . Every individual
    should try his/her level best to avoid conflict . Let us wish a bright fantasy for the
    next generation to have lovely , prosperous and great Ethiopia .

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