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PM Abiy tells his cabinet the regime investigating foreign bank accounts held by senior officials

15 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Addis Abeba, May 15/2015 – In a meeting with senior government officials including members of his cabinet, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the government was investigating foreign bank accounts held by senior government officials, a source who attended the meeting told Addis Standard.

During the meeting held in his office today, the Prime Minister also criticized what our source said was “the spoon feeding culture” among members of his cabinet and senior government officials, who the PM blamed were “not forthcoming with sound policy ideas” and are “lacking the culture of creativity.”

The meeting, reported by state affiliated and state owned media houses who were allowed inside as a “half day discussion with high level government officials including Ministers on how to deliver the results and respond public demands,” was held inside the PM’s office.

According to our source, who wants to remain anonymous, the prime minister told attendees that foreign countries where bank accounts held by senior government officials are cooperating with his government in its investigations.  The Prime Minister also decided to move the weekly cabinet meetings from Friday to Saturday in order not waste working days by meetings.

Earlier today, the PM’s office released a statement containing names of five party veterans who have been discharged from their duties on retirement.  The list include TPLF stalwart Sebehat Nega, who was the head of Foreign Relations Strategic Research Institute. Others include, Belete Taffere, head of the Integrated Land Management, Planning and Policy Project bureau, Kassu Ilala (PhD) and Mekonnen Manyazewal, both from Policy Research Institute, and Tadesse Haile of the Trade and Industry Policy Planning and Execution bureau, who was best known as the longest serving state minister at the ministry of trade and industry.

Yesterday, another letter signed by the Prime Minister announced the replacement of Zeray Asgedom, Director General of the Ethiopian Broadcasting Authority, by Solomon Tesfaye, who has served the authority under the capacity of a deputy, among others.



Blair government’s rendition policy led to rift between UK spy agencies, even ignoring the human rights dimension

1 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Nick Hopkins and Richard Norton-Taylor

British involvement in controversial and clandestine rendition operations provoked an unprecedented row between the UK’s domestic and foreign intelligence services, MI5 and MI6, at the height of the “war on terror”, the Guardian can reveal.
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The Last Time We Heard It Was TPLF Tea Time At VOA & Now Investigation?

30 Aug

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom and VOA journalist Henok Semaegzer (Credit: ECADF)

Meron Admasu wrote on August 19, 2014 about a VOA journalist Henok Semaegzer’s recent effort to subvert the truth regarding the cancellation of the honor to be bestowed by Azusa Pacific University (APU) on TPLF assigned prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn. She accused the journalist of crafting “outstanding lies to protect of the current TPLF regime in Ethiopia and at the same time show how much he is undermining the intelligence of millions of Ethiopians and put dust on our eyes.”

For a while, the VOA hid itself behind the claim that it is always committed to the truth, without showing any interest in taking action.
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Attack on public transport in Benishangul-Gumuz claims 9 lives injuring 7, says Ethiopia

15 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

Addis Ababa April 15/2014 (ENA): Early morning today, unidentified armed men opened fire on a track carrying 28 people and killing nine in board at Benishangul-Gumuz region, according to Government Communication Affairs Office.
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GlaxoSmithKline faces bribery allegations in Poland – repeat situation, vital lessons to learn

14 Apr

Editor’s Note:

    The Guardian’s reporting on this is one of the many evidences of the power and virtues of a free press. It is a public arm in the fight against corruption and the abuses of power, such as the shooting in at people defending their homes from being demolished, or the many Bodis slain in the Omo valley by TPLF army, etc.

    The story hereunder shows that free media is working in the public interest, with British and European laws behind it. In a country rife with corruption, such as Ethiopia, this is what the TPLF has denied our country – good governance and the rule of law. The level of corruption in Ethiopia and the enormous capital flight has reached shocking proportions for miserably poor country, over 80 percent of its population uncertain, where the second mill comes from, if at all.


Posted by The Ethiopian Observatory

By The Guardian

GlaxoSmithKline has been accused of bribing doctors to prescribe its medicines in Europe.

The UK-based drug company, which has faced claims of corruption in China and Iraq, has been accused over its alleged behaviour in Poland.
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UPDATE 5: Hijacked plane story on Ahram, Blue Party leader says: “[Hijacker] is trying to make statement about the political situation in Ethiopia”

17 Feb

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory
By Ahram Online

Locking the pilot out of the cockpit [Italian pilot – listen to the interview by Redwan Hussein], an Ethiopian Airlines co-pilot hijacked a plane bound for Italy on Monday and diverted it to Geneva, where he asked for asylum, officials said.
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የአዲስ አበባ ጂቡቲ የባቡር መስመር ድልድይ የጭነት ተሽከርካሪዎችን ማሳለፍ ተስኖታል

3 Feb

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory
By The Reporter

ከአዲስ አበባ እስከ ጂቡቲ በመገንባት ላይ የሚገኘው አዲሱ የባቡር መስመር የሚያልፍበት የአዳማ አካባቢ ድልድይ ከፍተኛ ጭነት የያዙ ተሽከርካሪዎችን ማሳለፍ አልቻለም፡፡
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Controversy surrounds Arusha grass incident by unmarked Ethiopian flight; firm’s initial response badly defensive

20 Dec

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

Wolfgang H. Thome’s Blog has come out with a response by Ethiopian, which very defensively is accusing the editor of “unfounded speculation.” This has induced robust response by the blog under the title Ethiopian attempts to whitewash the Arusha incident.
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