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Abiy’s appointment of Workineh Gebeyehu as IGAD exec feared to foster ill will in the Horn of Africa

27 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Former Ethiopia Foreign Affairs Minister Workeneh Gebeyehu has been appointed as the new IGAD Executive Secretary.

In a letter seen by The Brief and signed by Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, who is also the Intergovernmental Authority on Development chairman, Gebeyehu’s appointment is effective November 1, 2019.

“In my capacity as the chairman of the Assembly of the IGAD Heads of State and Government, and pursuant to the decision of the latter during the October 10, 2019 consultations on the margins of the inauguration of Unity Park in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, I am pleased to confirm your appointment as the IGAD Executive Secretary,” the letter dated October 22, 2019 reads in part.

The position, which is currently held by Ambassador Mahboub Maalim, a Kenyan, was reportedly desperately wanted by Somalia.

Maalim took over from Dr Attalla Bashir of Sudan, who had served two four-year terms between 2000 and 2008.

However, VOA News reporter Harun Maruf reported controversy over the appointment, saying, “Multiple diplomats are now suggesting the appointment of Workeneh Gebeyehu as IGAD Executive Secretary was a “unilateral decision” by Ethiopia.”


Quoting a diplomatic source, Maruf said the signing of the letter appointing Workeneh was u-procedural as it should have been preceded by the Summit in which a communique as to which country becomes the new chair and as to who becomes the new IGAD Executive Secretary of is agreed on.

On March 8 this year, Gebeyehu was appointed as Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi to succeed Hanna Tetteh of Ghana who was appointed as Special Representative to the African Union and Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union.



Kenya media preoccupied with onset in earnest of TPLF regime crisis

15 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
Kenya Media started to speak about the crisis in #Ethiopia . More than 50,000 Ethiopians have crossed board and are seeking refuge in Kenya after indiscriminate killings carried out by the Ethiopian military forces in Moyale town.

/Kichuu Info


Former Sec of State Rex Tillerson presser in Addis Abeba:

“Ethiopia’s influence in supporting the security of Somalia and Djibouti are particularly important at this time to keep global commerce routes open. These routes through the Red Sea affect billions of people around the world in terms of their economic stability. And we discussed the United States is eager to help Ethiopia liberalize its economy. We think it’s going to bring great opportunity and attract many business interests as they continue the process of reform and liberalization, strengthen its judicial and commercial institutions, and assist in humanitarian emergencies here and throughout the region, including the almost one million refugees that currently reside in Ethiopia. And we need to reside – recognize Ethiopia’s generosity in hosting those refugees.”

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TPLF regime cancels planned Ethio-Djibouti oil pipeline project

3 Dec

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
By The Reporter
The Ethiopian government canceled the planned Ethio-Djibouti fuel pipeline project, which was proposed to be undertaken by Black Rhino Group.

In 2014 the South Africa-based infrastructure investment group, Black Rhino, proposed to the Ethiopian government to build a 550km long pipeline to transport diesel, gasoline and jet fuel from the Port of Djibouti to central Ethiopia. The project is estimated to cost 1.5 billion dollars. The Ethiopian government had reviewed and accepted the proposal in principle.
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Ethiopia on the brink. Everyone has failed Somalia— its politicos, Horn nations, AU, UN, the West bear huge responsibilities, TPLF most of all! PART I (1)

27 Oct

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

    The following introductory paragraphs are intended to serve as a curtain raiser for the articles that would follow it in the weeks to come.

    The main conclusion is its open and honest claim that Somalia could have been up and running long ago, if the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the forces it commands within Somalia — including all sorts of shady Somalia militias — have not been allowed to become authors and contributors of Somalia’s continuing tragedy.

    In that, the individual articles provide tissues forming the conclusion’s muscle.

    While engaging Al-Shabaab as everyone’s enemy, probably as a convenient cover for the top military leadership’s goal(s), these bad apples within the TPLF and their allies’ preoccupation has been their own superior position inside Somalia and Ethiopia. This perception assumes TPLF’s continuity in power in Ethiopia, which takes among others pacifying Somalia and keeping it weaker.
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The Long Arm of Ethiopia Reaches for Those Who Fled: Ethiopia’s Refugees Unsafe in Kenya and Elsewhere

22 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Felix Horne, Human Rights Watch
“Wako” fled Ethiopia for Kenya in 2012, after his release from prison. He had been locked up for two years after campaigning for the Oromo People’s Congress, an opposition party that has often been targeted by the government.

In Kenya, he hoped to be safe. But six months later Ethiopian officials kidnapped him in Nairobi and brought him to Ethiopia’s notorious Ziway prison, where he was mistreated and tortured, before being released. He fled to Kenya a second time.
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ተራ የኢትዮጵያ ሕዝብ ብቻ ሳይሆን በየሥፍራው የሚገደለው፣ በሃገረ ሶማሊያ የሚሞቱት የኢትዮጵያ ወታደሮችም ክብርና ቀባሪ አጥተው ሬሣቸው በረሃ ላይ እየረገፈ ነው፤ አሁን ደግሞ ገዳዮቹ ላይ አልሞ ገዳዮቹን በተከታታይ መልቀም ተጀምሯል! ማን ይሆን እያነጣጠረ የሕወሃትን ሰላዮች የሚለቅማቸው?

17 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

እነማን ይሆኑ? ማን ይሆን? የሃገር ደህንነት ሳይሆኑ፥ የሕወሃት ሰላዮች ላይ እያነጣጠረ ላለፉት አራት ወራት ሲለቅማቸው የከረመው/ሙት? እኛም ለጥይቄው መልሱን አናውቅም። ምን ውጤት እንደሚያስከትል አናውቅም – ለውጥ መምጣቱን ባንጠራጠርም!

አንድ አበክረን የምናውቀው ሃቅ ግን፥ በሕወሃት አስተዳደር ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ በዜጎች እኩልነት ላይ ያልተመሠረተ አመራር ባለበት ሁኔታ፡ ሃገሪቷ ልማቷም አርኪ ሰላምና ደህንነቷ የተረጋገጠ ይሆናል ብሎ ማሰብ ቀድሞውንም ተላላነት ነው። የኢትዮጵያ ሕዝብ ለማን ደህንነት ነው ይህቺን የጋራ ሃገራችንን መንከባከብ የሚገባው? ለዘረኛው ሕወሃትና አቃጣሪዎቹ?

ከታሪክ እንደምናስታውስው፥ ባሪያ ለፈንጋዩ የራሱን ደህነንትና ነጻነት ወደጎን ገፍቶ፡ ቀንና ሌሊት ለፈንጋዩ ምቾትና ደህነንት ብቻ ሲኳትን ዘላለም ይኖራል ብሎ እንደማሰብ የሚቆጠር ነው! አይታሰብም!

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Keeping Ethiopians in darkness, TPLF 2015 electricity export earn it $123 million

15 Apr

Editor’s Note:

    Electricity coverage in Ethiopia is 24 percent, as we write this now. Of this, 85 percent is in urban areas and 10 percent rural, according to a 2015 data by the International Energy Agency (IEA)

    The irony is that the urban-rural divide travesty the TPLF has been condemning past regimes have now become its own crimes. In Ethiopia, today there is some electricity, i.e., 24 percent coverage rate – which works if and only when it works!
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The Ethiopian and Djibouti protests; people don’t live on bread and wine alone, they need sweet lies too

31 Dec

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Charles Onyango-obo

Silly for Djibouti to stop a sheikh using 100 square metres of tree shade, then allow Americans a base of 360,000 square metres a stone’s throw away

Oromo students from the Addis Ababa Science and Technology University stage a silent protest in the dining room recently. (Photo/SMNE).

Oromo students from the Addis Ababa Science and Technology University stage a silent protest in the dining room recently. (Photo/SMNE).

In recent years, it seemed everything the Horn of Africa nations of Ethiopia and Djibouti touched turned into gold of some sort.
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