•   
  •   
  •   

World Ethiopia arrests suspects in the killing of popular singer

19:44  10 july  2020
19:44  10 july  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Ethiopia PM says unrest will not derail filling of Nile dam

  Ethiopia PM says unrest will not derail filling of Nile dam Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said Tuesday that recent domestic unrest would not derail his plan to start filling a mega-dam on the Blue Nile River this month, despite objections from downstream neighbours Egypt and Sudan. Ethiopia sees the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam as essential to its electrification and development, while Egypt and Sudan worry it will restrict access to vital Nile waters. Addis Ababa has long intended to begin filling the dam's reservoir this month -- in the middle of its rainy season -- while Cairo and Khartoum are pushing for the three countries to first reach an agreement on how it will be operated.

By Dawit Endeshaw

a group of people wearing costumes: FILE PHOTO: Ethiopian Oromo musician, Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, rides a horse in traditional costume in Addis Ababa © Reuters/TIKSA NEGERI FILE PHOTO: Ethiopian Oromo musician, Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, rides a horse in traditional costume in Addis Ababa

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopian authorities said on Friday they had arrested two suspects over the killing of a popular political singer, whose death last week sparked protests in which 166 people were killed.

The shooting of Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, a musician widely revered among his Oromo ethnic group, ignited protests in Addis Ababa and the surrounding Oromiya region. Prime Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed described his killing as "an evil act".

Trump’s Entry Into African Diplomacy Stumbles Over Nile Dispute

  Trump’s Entry Into African Diplomacy Stumbles Over Nile Dispute Donald Trump’s biggest foray into African affairs has not turned out well. © Photographer: Eduardo Soteras/AFP via Getty Images Ethiopia Says It Seeks Dam Pact With Egypt in Next Two Weeks The U.S. president’s bid to resolve a long-running dispute over a Nile dam has failed to make a breakthrough, joining his unsuccessful efforts in crises from North Korea to Kosovo. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

In a televised statement, Attorney General Adanech Abebe said that the shooter was acting on the orders of an anti-government group, the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF-Shene).

The two men who were arrested included the suspected shooter and an accomplice. A third suspect was still at large, Adenech said.

"We have arrested those who killed him, and those who collaborated in the killing," Adanech said in the statement. "We will continue to ensure the rule of law."

The suspects have not yet been charged.

Haacaaluu sang in Oromo, the language of Ethiopia's biggest ethnic group. His killing tapped into grievances fuelled by decades of government repression and what the Oromo describe as their long exclusion from political power.

Abiy, himself an Oromo, came to power in 2018 as the first modern Ethiopian leader from that ethnic group, after months of violent demonstrations led to his predecessor's resignation.

The unrest last week was the deadliest since Abiy took office. The prime minister has initiated a broad package of political and economic reforms in what has long been one of the most tightly controlled countries in Africa, and won last year's Nobel Peace Prize for making peace with neighbouring Eritrea.

But the increased freedoms under his leadership have also been accompanied by a rise in ethnic violence, and some Oromo figures say he has not done enough to address their longstanding grievances.

(Reporting by Dawit Endeshaw; Writing by Omar Mohammed; Editing by Peter Graff)

Ethiopia violence death toll rises to 239 .
The death toll from demonstrations and ethnic violence that erupted in Ethiopia last week following the murder of a popular singer from the Oromo ethnic group has risen to 239, according to a tally of police figures. Pop star Hachalu Hundessa, a hero to many Oromo who saw him as the voice of their marginalisation, was shot dead by unknown attackers on Monday of last week, fuelling ethnic tensions threatening the country's democratic transition.Pop star Hachalu Hundessa, a hero to many Oromo who saw him as the voice of their marginalisation, was shot dead by unknown attackers on Monday of last week, fuelling ethnic tensions threatening the country's democratic transition.

usr: 1
This is interesting!