News in Brief

By De Birhan Band 
August 18, 2012 

The Oromo Peoples’ Democratic Organization (OPDO) an ethnic-based political party that forms the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) has been leaderless like Ethiopia is now for almost one year. The regional President Alemayehu Atomsa has reportedly been “poisoned” one year ago and has been unable to lead full-fledged.  OPDO’s Central Committee has thus been meeting in Adama town to replace Alemayehu who filed his resignation already. According to sources the Organisation has so far been unable to  elect his successor. On one hand the nations mover and shaker, TPLF wants to install its own picking, Aster Mamo while the CC members want Abadula Gemeda to preside.  

Samora Younis leaves Ethiopia for emergency hospitalization. Major General Samora Muhammad Yunis, the Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian National Defence Forces has been flown to an undisclosed country in the Middle East after he accidentally fall ill.   He is allegedly in a “critical condition.” The Ethiopian Media Forum (EMF) reported last night that the leadership of the military is now under two Generals who act on his behalf: Lieutenant General Se’aree Mekonen and  Lieutenant General Tadesse Werede. 

Samora acted as the Commander-in-Chief in the absence of the Prime Minister Meles Zenawi who is reporttedly “critically ill” or “dead” as to some  reports. Samora’s absence puts the role of C-I-C in the hands of two de facto Generals putting the Nation’s Defense at its most weakest in 21 years.  De Birhan’s sources have confirmed that General Samora has been receiving treatment at the Armed Forces General Hospital (Tor Hayloch).

*  And some very good news. 
Tigray to license over 9.7 bln. Birr worth projects in 2005E.C and plans to  register 20 per cent investment growth annually. Preparations are finalized to license 470 investment projects worth over 9.7 billion Birr in Tigray State in the current Ethiopian budget year, the regional urban development, trade and industry bureau said. Investment promotion work process owner with the bureau, Goytom Gebrekidan told ENA on Friday that there is plan to register 20 per cent investment growth annually based on the the five-year Growth and Transformation Plan.Industry sites are readied in nine towns, he said, adding, the investment projects will be mainly in the areas of manufacturing and agro-processing.  Goytom said a system is put in place to license investment projects are a woreda level.  Over six billion birr worth investment projects were licensed last year.