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  • Ethiopia’s Prime Minister to Announce Cabinet Shuffle

    The Ethiopian Prime Minister will shuffle its cabinet on November 1, 2016, as a response to the current turmoil across the country that has led to the declaration of sis months state of emergency, according to local newspaper, Fortune.

    The administration of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn hopes the new cabinet will aid in restoring confidence in the government. Tomorrow, Nov. 1, the Prime Minister is expected to appear before Parliament, to present the newly structured administration and nominate ministers.

    It is too early to obtain the full picture of the cabinet shuffle, since last minute negotiations are taking place among leaders of the parties in the governing coalition, the EPRDF. According to sources from prominent Ethiopian pro-government blogger, Daniel Berhane’s HornAffairs blog, the following reshuffle is expected.

    1/ Workneh Gebeyehu (PhD) (OPDO/EPRDF) – Minister of Foreign Affairs.
    2 / Abreham Tekesete (PhD) (TPLF/EPRDF) – Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation.
    3/ Shiferaw Tekelemariam (PhD) (SPDM/EPRDF) – Minister of Education.
    4/ Eyasu Abraha (PhD) (TPLF/EPRDF) – Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resource Development.
    5/ Ahmed Shide (ESPDP) – Minister of Transport.
    6/ Negeri Lencho (PhD) (OPDO/EPRDF) – head of Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO) with the rank of Minister.
    7/ Dr. Keseteberhan Admasu (SEPDM/EPRDF) – Minister of Youth and Sports.
    8/ Sheferaw Shegute (SEPDM/EPRDF) – head of the EPRDF secretariat.

    According to Fortune, Five ministries are for instance expected to be taken over by individuals who are not either party members or not in the top echelon of the party’s machinery, according to sources. Ministries of Health, Agriculture, Public Service, Science & Technology, as well as Water & Irrigation are all expected to have new ministers, these sources disclosed. These ministers will be of no party affiliation or without highest portfolio in the party structure, said people familiar with the issue. Abraha Tekeste (PhD), the state minister for Planning Commission, is reportedly to be appointed as Minister of Finance & Economic Cooperation, where he had long served as a state minister under Sufian Ahmed. The biggest prize, however, is reportedly going to Worqneh Gebeyehu (PhD), who is currently serving as Minister of Transport. He will be replaced there by Ahmed Shidie, known as a polished and sophisticated politician, now serving as a state minister for Finance & Economic Cooperation. Recently elected as deputy chairman of the OPDO, Worqneh is likely to replace Tedros Adhanom (PhD)from the TPLF as a Foreign Minister. It is a highly valued office in the federal government mostly held for 25 years by politicians from the TPLF, but recently seen a battleground for leaders from the OPDO and ANDM. Tedros is currently campaigning to serve as director of the World Health Organization (WHO), and would be the first African to hold such office if he gets elected in April 2017.

     

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  • Ethiopia’s Prime Minister to Announce Cabinet Shuffle

    The Ethiopian Prime Minister will shuffle its cabinet on November 1, 2016, as a response to the current turmoil across the country that has led to the declaration of sis months state of emergency, according to local newspaper, Fortune.

    The administration of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn hopes the new cabinet will aid in restoring confidence in the government. Tomorrow, Nov. 1, the Prime Minister is expected to appear before Parliament, to present the newly structured administration and nominate ministers.

    It is too early to obtain the full picture of the cabinet shuffle, since last minute negotiations are taking place among leaders of the parties in the governing coalition, the EPRDF. According to sources from prominent Ethiopian pro-government blogger, Daniel Berhane’s HornAffairs blog, the following reshuffle is expected.

    1/ Workneh Gebeyehu (PhD) (OPDO/EPRDF) – Minister of Foreign Affairs.
    2 / Abreham Tekesete (PhD) (TPLF/EPRDF) – Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation.
    3/ Shiferaw Tekelemariam (PhD) (SPDM/EPRDF) – Minister of Education.
    4/ Eyasu Abraha (PhD) (TPLF/EPRDF) – Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resource Development.
    5/ Ahmed Shide (ESPDP) – Minister of Transport.
    6/ Negeri Lencho (PhD) (OPDO/EPRDF) – head of Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO) with the rank of Minister.
    7/ Dr. Keseteberhan Admasu (SEPDM/EPRDF) – Minister of Youth and Sports.
    8/ Sheferaw Shegute (SEPDM/EPRDF) – head of the EPRDF secretariat.

    According to Fortune, Five ministries are for instance expected to be taken over by individuals who are not either party members or not in the top echelon of the party’s machinery, according to sources. Ministries of Health, Agriculture, Public Service, Science & Technology, as well as Water & Irrigation are all expected to have new ministers, these sources disclosed. These ministers will be of no party affiliation or without highest portfolio in the party structure, said people familiar with the issue. Abraha Tekeste (PhD), the state minister for Planning Commission, is reportedly to be appointed as Minister of Finance & Economic Cooperation, where he had long served as a state minister under Sufian Ahmed. The biggest prize, however, is reportedly going to Worqneh Gebeyehu (PhD), who is currently serving as Minister of Transport. He will be replaced there by Ahmed Shidie, known as a polished and sophisticated politician, now serving as a state minister for Finance & Economic Cooperation. Recently elected as deputy chairman of the OPDO, Worqneh is likely to replace Tedros Adhanom (PhD)from the TPLF as a Foreign Minister. It is a highly valued office in the federal government mostly held for 25 years by politicians from the TPLF, but recently seen a battleground for leaders from the OPDO and ANDM. Tedros is currently campaigning to serve as director of the World Health Organization (WHO), and would be the first African to hold such office if he gets elected in April 2017.

     

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  • Gondar and its surrounding areas have restarted a stay at home protest

    Various reports that are coming out of Gondar and its surrounding areas are indicating that residents have restarted their stay at home protests and there is a growing tension as a result and this has left the areas deserted and without a transportation service.

    The ruling party, Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front’s (EPRDF), official Facebook page has today posted a statement that was previously issued by the Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM, the ruling party’s representative in the region.

    Gedu Andargachew, the Amhara Regional State’s President, has said that both EPRDF and ANDM will address the public’s questions as per an agreement reached between the officials. Social media reporters have indicated that there was a sporadic gunfire in Gondar last night. Our sources have indicated that the shootings were heard around the central prison station in Gondar and it might be related to the renegade Colonel Demeke.

    The same sources have speculated that there might have been disagreements between members of the armed forces in one hand and the prison’s guards and the Amhara region’s Special Forces. There are reports that members of the armed forces have claimed they came to the prison facility to pay salaries to prisoners.

    As a result, family members of some of the prisoners there have indicated that there is a tension inside the facility. Gedu Andargachew, however, has said that all the above claims are not true but admitted that there is a tension in Gondar following the rumors that the Colonel was about to be handed over to the army.

    “We would have taken the person to another location if we wanted to earlier on,” said Gedu adding that the Colonel was not transferred to another location in respect to the public’s demands.

    Some residents of Gondar who didn’t want to be named, however, said that there might be some members of the security apparatus who doesn’t want the tension to be calmed down. They added that these security forces are responsible for the deterioration of the security situation despite the works done to restore law and order.

    They stressed that the presence of heavily armed soldiers in the city has also contributed to the deteriorating situation. EPRDF has recently stated that it reviewing its 15 years journey and also the recent unrests in various parts of the country. The decisions of the EPRDF meeting is expected to be presented to the EPRDF council’s meeting.

     

     

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  • President Mugabe Orders For The Arrest Of Zimbabwean Olympic Team For Not Winning Any Medal at Rio 2016

     

     

    Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe has instructed the Commissioner General of Zimbabwe Police Republic, Augustine Chihuri to arrest and detain the whole Zimbabwean Olympic Team members immediately the arrive at the Harare International Airport on Tuesday, August 23.

    Zimbabwe which is one of the countries in the Olympics without a medal presented a team of 31 athletes. The closest any of the athletes came to win a contest was at the 8th position.

    Mr. Mugabe who is incensed with the team’s performance told the Police Chief to arrest all the team members and detain them.

     

    “We have wasted the country’s money on these rats we call athletes. If you are not ready to sacrifice and win even copper or brass medals (referring the 4th and 5th positions) as our neighbors Botswana did, then why do you go to waste our money” he said.

     

    If we needed people to just go to Brazil to sing our national anthem and hoist our flag, we would have sent some of the beautiful girls and handsome guys from University of Zimbabwe to represent us.

    He added that, the money invested in the team to represent the country could have been used to provide amenities and build schools.

    “This situation is like an impotent man who is married to 5 women, what is the essence? I will make sure we share the cost across board for all of them to pay back to government chest even if it take 10 years recoup, now it turns out to be a soft loan we have given them to go and visit Brazil as tourist, they are useless ‘he concluded.

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