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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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  • SCHOLARSHIP: Hubert Humphrey Fellowships in USA for International Students

    Deadline: before 1 Oct (annual)

    Study in: USA
    Program starts Apr-Sept 2017

    USA Government

    Brief description:

    The Humphrey Fellowship Program is for experienced professionals interested in strengthening their leadership skills through a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of common concern in the U.S. and Fellows’ home countries.

    Host Institution(s):

    Fellows are placed at one of the participating USA universities. Fellows are not able to choose which university they will attend. Rather, they are assigned in diverse groups of 7-15 to the most appropriate host institution based on their area of interest and professional field.

    Level/Field of study:

    As a non-degree program, the Fellowship offers valuable opportunities for professional development through selected university courses, attending conferences, networking, and practical work experiences. The eligible program fields are:

    • Agricultural and Rural Development
    • Communications/Journalism
    • Economic Development
    • Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
    • Finance and Banking
    • Higher Education Administration
    • HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
    • Human Resource Management
    • Law and Human Rights
    • Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change
    • Public Health Policy and Management
    • Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
    • Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention
    • Teaching of English as a Foreign Language
    • Technology Policy and Management
    • Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention
    • Urban and Regional Planning

    Number of Awards:

    Approximately 200 Fellowships are awarded annually.

    Target group:

    Citizens of eligible countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa, East Asia and Pacific, South and Central Asia, and Western Hemisphere.

    Scholarship value/inclusions:

    The Fellowship provides for:

    • Payment of tuition and fees at the assigned host university;
    • Pre-academic English language training, if required;
    • A maintenance (living) allowance, including a one-time settling-in allowance;
    • Accident and sickness coverage;
    • A book allowance;
    • A one-time computer subsidy;
    • Air travel (international travel to and from the U.S. for the program and domestic travel to required program events);
    • A Professional Development allowance for professional activities, such as field trips, professional visits and conferences.


    The applicant must have:

    • An undergraduate (first university) degree,
    • A minimum of five years of full-time, professional experience
    • Limited or no prior experience in the United States,
    • Demonstrated leadership qualities,
    • A record of public service in the community, and
    • English language ability

    Please contact the U.S. Embassy, Public Affairs Section or Fulbright Commission in your country of residence to learn about possible specific program requirements (link found below).

    Application instructions:

    Application deadlines vary by country but falls around May to September each year. The nominating U.S. Embassy or Binational Fulbright Commission will advise you of its internal deadline for receiving applications. Embassies and Commissions must submit their nominations to the Institute of International Education office in Washington, DC by 1 October.

    Please contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy or Bi-national Fulbright Commission in your country for more information about application procedures.

    It is important to read the FAQs and visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.


    Official Scholarship Website: http://humphreyfellowship.org/


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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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  • A Nigerian man arrested for naming dog after President Buhari - BBC Africa

    Joe Fortemose Chinakwe walked Buhari in an area where support for the president was high, police said.

    Officers said they were worried the moved could antagonise people, though he insisted it was meant as a compliment.

    He has been granted bail but remains in jail as funds are sought, reports said.

    Mr Chinakwe, 30, said that he named the dog Buhari because he had admired Mr Buhari for many years.

    "I named my beloved pet dog Buhari, who is my hero," Mr Chinakwe said. "My admiration for Buhari started far back when he was a military head of state."

    Death threats

    He was inspired to give his dog the name after reading about Mr Buhari's fight against corruption, he added.

    He later told local media he had received death threats over the perceived slight.

    Twitters users reacted to the arrest with a mixture of amusement and concern.

    "If we keep quiet when they arrest the man who named his dog Buhari who will talk for us when they arrest us for criticizing the real Buhari?" said Reno Omokri.

    Mr Chinakwe's case was adjourned until 19 September.


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