Tag Archives: Oromia Regional State

The Fraught Relationship Between Ethiopia’s Capital City and Largest State

7 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Endalk, Global Voice
 

At the end of June, the Ethiopian Council of Ministers revealed a bill that seeks to address questions of social services, language, education and culture involving the country’s capital, Addis Ababa, and Oromia, Ethiopia’s largest region within which Addis Ababa is located.

The government and its supporters say the law is needed to redress the historical injustices that the people of Oromia suffered since the establishment of Addis Ababa. Critics see the law as a tactic to disenfranchise the residents of Addis Ababa. Some go further in their allegation that the law is intended to worsen the already sensitive ethnic relations in Ethiopia.
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In Ethiopia, anger over corruption and farmland development runs deep – The Guardian

18 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by William Davison

    Despite the government ending plans to build on Oromo land around the capital, clashes continue, as lack of transparency and maladministration fuel dissent

 

Protesters block the road in Wolenkomi, in the Oromia region of Ethiopia. All photographs by William Davison via The Guardian

Protesters block the road in Wolenkomi, in the Oromia region of Ethiopia. All photographs by William Davison via The Guardian

Two years ago, on the edge of Chitu in Ethiopia’s unsettled Oromia region, local officials told Chamara Mamoye his farmland might be developed when the small town expanded. He hasn’t heard anything since.
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China’s SINOHydro, CGCC & TPLF’s Sur awarded contract to build Ethiopia’s hydro dam on Geba River

9 Sep

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

News from Addis Abeba is that the Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP), the state arm responsible for investment, expansion and operations of generation as well as transmission of electric power in Ethiopia, has awarded dam construction contract on Geba River to two Chinese owned companies – SINOHydro and CGCC – and also the ruling party TPLF-owned Sur Construction, according to Fana, the news agency owned by the ruling party.
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