Friday, October 25, 2013

Ethiopian president educated in Beijing


In 1976, Teshome came to China for the first time. As a government-funded student, he studied at Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) for one year and then moved on to Peking University, where he successively obtained his BA, MA, and PhD degrees. "He [Teshome) was more mature and diligent than his peers when studying at BLCU. He also showed great respect for all teachers." Zhao Yupin, an associate professor from BLCU, recalled  .Zhao taught Teshome essential Chinese language courses when the young man was there to learn Chinese in 1976. BLCU is a university specialized in teaching the Chinese language and culture to foreign students. Zhao, who was deeply, impressed by Teshome, added, "He was active and brave in expressing himself in class. He used to finish his homework on time and would ask me questions on whatever he didn't understand."Teshome made rapid progress in learning Mandarin Chinese and soon got acquainted with his new environment. The cheerful student made a lot of Chinese friends. In his spare time, he would often stroll around the streets, have a beer and a chat with his Chinese classmates.The student, who got familiar with Beijing's hutongs during this time, developed a strong interest in Chinese history and culture.In 1977, Teshome went on to study at Peking University, where he stayed for 14 years -- until 1991. He obtained his bachelor's degree in Philosophy of Political Economy in 1982. From 1985 to 1991, he received his master's and doctor's degrees in International Law under the supervision of Zhao Baoxu, a well-established Chinese political scientist.  Source (


Monday, October 21, 2013

ERCA to Seize Huawei's $13M worth of Equipment

The Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority (ERCA) is to confiscate 13 Million dollars worth of equipment imported in late 2012 by the Chinese telecom company, Huwawi Technologies. The Equipment was allegedly imported in the name of ethiotelecom without the latter's knowledge.  The measure came following successive investigation by the Ethiopian Shipping & Logistics Service Enterprise (ESLSE), Ethiopian Cargo (ET Cargo) and the House of People's Representatives (HPR). The investigation finally pointed out that the company had imported the equipment on behalf of ethiotelecom. The latter signed an 800M dollar telecom expansion deal three months ago with Huwawei.  Huwawi imported a total of 235 items, which included energy storage units and various types of battries through the ESLSE, on Nov 19 and 20, 2012. These were described on the commercial invoice as for 'ethiotelecom network expansion project. On the other hand, other equipment, including microwave telecommunication products, with a gross wight of 11,334kg, were brought into the country through ET Cargo by the company on behalf of ethiotelecom, on Dec 8, 2012.  The equipment has been stuck at ET Cargo and the Modjo Dry Port since late November 2012. This is about nine months before the company signed the deal with ethio telecom.  The disclosure came as the ESLSE lost patience with ethio telecom for leaving what it elieved was its property for over two months at the dry port, leading to congestion. 

The Enterprise filed an appeal with the Transport Standing Committee at the HPR, which then appealed at the Science, Communication & Technology Affairs Standing Committee. The latter contacted ethio telecom at the end of the last fiscal year to request an explanation.

When asked by the House, however, ethio telecom claimed that it has no property at the dry port. In a letter ethio telecom wrote to the ERCA last week, it stated that the properties do not belong to them, nor did they allow Huwawei to import the equipment.  The state-owned telecom service provider signed at 1.6 billion dollar telecom service expansion project with Huawei and its Chinese rival, ZTE, on July 25 and August 18, 2013, respectively. Their specific assignments, however, are yet to be determined.
Following ethiotelecom's letter, a second letter was dispatched, this time from the ERCA's head office, directed to the Customs Clearance Procedure Department of the branch office found inside ET Cargo. The Department, which is responsible for handling goods imported through the airline, was told to take the appropriate measure 'per the law'.
"Discussion was held among officials here and the goods will be confiscated," an official at the Customer Service Directorate at the ERCA told Fortune, on condition of anonymity.

A similar measure is to be taken at the dry port as well, Fortune has confirmed.

The law says goods left at the port for more than two months should be confiscated.

"They [Huawei] have been using our weakness and tolerance inappropriately," said Desalegn.

Gelia Huang, Huwawei's public relations officer, declined to comment on the issue.   Source ( Fortune ) 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Ethiopia deny bus-attack claim

The Ethiopian Football Federation have denied allegations relating to the alleged attack on the Nigerian team bus that reportedly left Emmanuel Igiebor injured. The incident was in the Nigeran Football Federation's report to FIFA, after the two sides' World Cup qualifying play-off encounter at Addis Abbey Stadium. Nigeria won the match but their victory was not without its fair share of controversies, after Ethiopia felt that they had a legitimate goal disallowed, while their goal was contested by the Super Eagles. It ended 2-1 in favour of the visitors after they scored a late penalty, giving them a two away goals going into the return leg. EFF president Juinedin Basha admitted that their fans were upset after the defeat. "Of course the stadium was full of angry fans, who were disappointed by the referee's decision," Basha told BBC Sport. "Especially after he ruled out the first goal."

However, he added that their investigation found that there was no incident to report on. "There was no attack. There was no one injured - either players or individuals from the Nigerian team on Sunday. This is what we found out from our investigation," the EFF president said. "We have checked everything. We've got nothing that shows that a player or any other individual was injured by fans. "The Ethiopian people are known to be respectful to any African from every corner. This is our culture, this is our history and the Nigerians are our African brothers."   Source ( (

HRW report blasts Ethiopia's treatment of detainees

Ethiopian authorities have subjected political detainees to torture and other mistreatment at the main detention center in Addis Ababa, Human Rights Watch said. In a report released Friday, Human Rights Watch urged the Ethiopian government to take steps immediately to curb illegal practices in the Federal Police Crime Investigation Sector, known as Maekelawi, investigate allegations of abuse and hold those responsible to account. "Ethiopian authorities right in the heart of the capital regularly use abuse to gather information," Leslie Lefkow, HRW's deputy Africa director, said in a release. "Beatings, torture, and coerced confessions are no way to deal with journalists or the political opposition." The report, "'They Want a Confession': Torture and Ill-Treatment in Ethiopia's Maekelawi Police Station," documents human rights abuses, unlawful interrogation tactics and poor conditions since 2010. Those detained in Maekelawi include scores of opposition politicians, journalists, protest organizers, and alleged supporters of ethnic insurgencies. Human Rights Watch said it interviewed more than 35 former Maekelawi detainees and relatives who described how officials denied inmates basic needs, as well as tortured and mistreated them to obtain information and confessions, and denied them access to legal counsel and their relatives. The Ethiopian government has a three-year human rights action plan that recognizes the need to improve the treatment of detainees, HRW said. However, the plan doesn't address physical abuse and torture but focuses instead on increased capacity. "More funds and capacity building alone will not end the widespread mistreatment in Maekelawi and other Ethiopian detention centers," Lefkow said. "Real change demands action from the highest levels of government against all those responsible to root out the underlying culture of impunity."   Source ( UPI) 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Ethiopia someday will send astronomer into space, predicts Space observatory director

Photographs from the ESSS show scientists with testing equipment looking for the best site to put the next telescope on the green and remote peaks, as local villagers wrapped in traditional white blankets watch on curiously, sitting outside their thatch hut homes. Solomon hopes to boost "astronomy tourism" among space fans interested in coming to one of the least likely countries in the world to boast a space programme, an added economic benefit. The country will also launch its first satellite in the next three years, ESSS said, to study meteorology and boost telecommunications. Ethiopia is not the first African nation to look to the skies;  Read more.... 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Some foreign countries have interest to set up military base inside Eretria, says Aboy Sebhat

On  his latest interview with   Geza  Tegaru Pal talk forum ,  TPLF former  executive member  and currently  serving as a  Head  of  Peace and Reconciliation  Development , Aboy  Sebhat Nega has indicated that   some countries have  deep   interest   to set up army headquarters inside Eritrea.  Aboy  Sebhat  didn’t exactly mention who these countries are,   but has   given  a signal that either USA  or Israel   or Saudi  Arabia would like to  go to  Eritrea to   set up their own central command in  the  capital .  It is remembered   that  USA back then  had its command in Asmera  called QANEW SHALEKA .When the  military regime took over  power from the  then  king , the Americans must have  withdrawn   over their sour  relationship with the latter. Click the link below, to listen the Aboy interview with GezaTegru discussion forum admin.  



Sunday, October 13, 2013

Two Somali nationals die making bomb in Ethiopia

A bomb blast in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa killed two people on Sunday, state radio said.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing, but Ethiopia says it has thwarted plots of attacks in the past two years and blames rebel groups based in the south and southeast, as well as Somalia's al Shabaab insurgents."A bomb blast occurred at a residential house in the Bole district and killed two unidentified individuals," a report on national radio said, quoting the National Security and Intelligence Service. The explosion occurred in the city's upscale Bole district, about 5 km (3 miles) from a soccer stadium where thousands of fans were queuing for tickets to a World Cup qualifier against Nigeria and gathering at squares in the capital to watch the match on giant screens . The radio did not mention any suspected link to the match. It quoted the security service as saying it was investigating the incident and gave no more details. Ethiopian troops have been fighting al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants in Somalia since 2011, alongside African forces from Uganda and Burundi and Kenya. However, the Horn of Africa nation has so far been spared the sorts of attacks the militants have carried out in nearby countries - such as the siege at the Nairobi mall last month and the attack on soccer fans in Uganda in 2010 - although it has been hit by sporadic explosions in recent years.Thirteen people were wounded when an explosive device ripped through a bus near the border with Eritrea in 2010, while a bomb explosion near a court in the capital wounded two in 2011.(Reporting by Aaron Maasho; Editing by Alison Williams) Source (Baltimore Sun) 

Dear  Netters:
The  news above is  updated . According to various credible  sources the identity of  two people  who were killed at the spot is  known . Read  the  following updated  news. 

Two Somali nationals died when a bomb they were making detonated in their home in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, as thousands gathered to watch a football match, officials said on Monday.
“The ones who died were of Somali origin,” Ethiopia’s Minister of Information Redwan Hussein told AFP.
The two deceased were in Ethiopia illegally and had rented a house in a Somali neighbourhood near the airport where the bomb exploded.
It is unclear whether the men were plotting to target the crowds in Addis Ababa watching a World Cup qualifier match, Redwan said.
“Who sent them is not yet known, no one has claimed responsibility for that and which incident, which event they were looking to explode is not yet known,” he said, adding that investigations are under way. 
On the other hand the Somalia-based militant Islamist group, Al-Shabaab took responsibility on its  Twitter  account saying: “10 kufir (non-believers) died in the blast; there are more bombs planted at piazza and Churchill Avenue that can explode any minute!! Prepare.”

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

US decided to freeze its military assistance over the support of the ouster president Morsi Mohammed

The United States announced on Wednesday that it was “recalibrating” its aid to Egypt, withholding Apache helicopters, F-16 fighters, tank parts, Harpoon missiles and about $260 million in economic aid in a move to push the country's military and interim government down the path to democracy. The decision came three months after Egypt’s military removed democratically elected President Mohammed Morsi from power — an ouster that Washington has refused to brand a “coup,” drawing international ridicule. That determination would have required a halt of U.S. aid. “We have decided to maintain our relationship with the Egyptian government, while recalibrating our assistance to Egypt to best advance our interests,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a written statement. Washington will still provide economic aid that goes “directly” to the Egyptian people in areas like health, education and private-sector development, she said. And the aid freeze will spare military training and education, spare parts for Egypt’s military, as well as counterterrorism assistance and cash and materiel that goes to enforcing Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel.“We will, however, continue to hold the delivery of certain large-scale military systems and cash assistance to the government pending credible progress toward an inclusive, democratically elected civilian government through free and fair elections,” Psaki said.  Source (Yahoo News ) 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Yafet Askale Convicted Of Stealing From Car After SmartWater Turned His Face Green

A 28-year-old man who denied stealing from a car was caught out by an invisible paint trap which caused him to glow green in ultra violet (UV) light. Yafet Askale was suspected of targeting a “trap car” set up with SmartWater traceable liquid in Harlesden in June. When he was located, he was found to be in possession of stolen property, including a laptop, and arrested. Yafet Askale was sprayed with SmartWater traceable liquid which showed up only under UV light What he didn’t know was that he had activated a spray system when he stole the items from a car, leaving him covered with the invisible substance. UV light showed Askale's ghastly green glow, thus proving he had broken into the car. He was charged and pleaded not guilty to theft from motor vehicle at Hendon Magistrates' Court on the 22 July. Askale was sentenced to a community order of 49 hours and ordered to pay £400 costs He was convicted at Brent Magistrates’ Court on 27 September and was sentenced to a community order for 49 hours and ordered to pay £400 costs. Every bottle of SmartWater contains a unique forensic code and can only be seen under UV light. Detective Inspector Madeline Ryder of Brent Police said: "The trap car forms part of an overall crime reduction strategy designed by SmartWater, which is an effective weapon in the armoury of tools that we routinely use in Brent. We will continue to target those who are insistent on committing these types of offence." "Brent Police say very clearly to any would be thieves - Don't come to Brent - our trap cars and trap houses are waiting for you."   Source ( )

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

More Arrests in High Profile Corruption Case

Gebreselassie Hailemariam, a.k.a Aleqa Gebreselassie – owner of the COMET Building in the Hayahulet Mazoria area in Bole District, and father of Yemane Gebreselassie, who owns the new Capital Hotel & Spa on Haile Gebreselassie Avenue- was arrested three weeks ago, in connection with the current high profile corruption crackdown on the tax sector by the Federal Ethics & Anti Corruption Commission (FEACC). He has already been indicted and has joined other high profile officials in prison, Fortune confirmed from investigators.

He joins the ranks of other high profile businessmen arrested over the last four months. It started with Nega Gebregziabehere, shareholder in Netsa Trading Plc; Simachew Kebede, part-owner of the Intercontinental Hotel, and Ketema Kebede, shareholder in K.K Plc, all of whom were arrested in May.
These businessmen were also joined by high ranking government officials from the Ethiopian Revenues & Customs Authority (ERCA), including – Melaku Fenta, former director general; Gebrewahed W. Giorgis, Melaku’s  deputy of the intelligence unit;  Markneh Alemayehu, deputy head of the prosecution directorate, and Tewoldebisrat G. Medhin, investigator. These other detainees were under police custody for three and a half months before charges were filed in the last week of August. At this point, they were then transferred to prison. Gebreselassie, however, was immediately indicted and placed in prison. Specific details about his alleged crime were unavailable in court, as charge files were sealed until the next court appointment on October 14 and 18, 2013, when the other cases will also be heard. However, Fortune was able to confirm from investigators overseeing the case that he was arrested in connection to Gebrewahed et al’s file. This is one of the seven investigation files the Commission submitted to court after making the initial arrests. Allegations in this file include – the import of cement using the prohibited Franco Valuta method, passing goods through customs uninspected without paying the appropriate duties, money laundering and bribing ERCA officials.
People in this file include – Gebrewahed, his wife Haimanot Tesfaye (Col), Nega and Meheretab Abreha, brother of former TPLF top-level executive Seye. The Commission has arrested over 60 officials and businessmen in its current corruption crackdown, which began in May 2013. It sought several continuances in order to conduct its investigations on each file. After almost four months, the Commission finally filed charges on close to 44 suspects. These are grouped into eight separate documents. During the lengthy investigation period, suspects remained in custody without bail, except for those the Commission released itself during the investigation period. Most of the detainees have been kept at the Akaki (including Melaku and Gebrewahed) and Kilinto prison facilities.  Source (Addis fortune )