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  • Kenyan business looks north as Ethiopia opens up

    As the Ethiopian Airlines flight descends into Addis Ababa, it is clear that the city is a construction zone, the most visible sign of the country’s economic transformation.

    Seen from hundreds of metres in the sky, yellow earth movers burrow into the ground and shape a new landscape that speaks of an on-going revolution.

    It is not just Addis Ababa that is under construction; the whole country is at the mercy of masons and architects. 

    On the shores of the copper-hued Lake Tana in northern Ethiopia, concrete buildings jut out of the fields of grain, dwarfing the mud-and-straw structures that characterise the countryside.

    “We are growing, so we have to build. The whole country is a construction site,” said Ethiopia’s ambassador to Kenya, Mr Shemsudin Ahmed Roble.

    In 2012/2013, the country reported 9.7 per cent economic growth, somewhat a disappointment given the 11 per cent growth projections.

    With a population of about 91 million and a gross domestic product of Sh3.6 trillion ($43.13 billion), Ethiopia is the largest economy in the Eastern Africa region, one that is ripe for regional and global investors.

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  • 4,000 Ethiopians ready for deportation

    A total of 4,000 illegal Ethiopians are ready for deportation, sources told Arab News on Friday.

    This comes in the wake of Saudi Arabia deporting 82 workers on Wednesday and 22 on Thursday.

    Muhammed Hassan Kabiera, Ethiopia’s ambassador, said the embassy was informed by Saudi officials that some 23,000 Ethiopians had so far handed themselves in. The authorities are now processing their paperwork.

    Under an agreement between the Ethiopian Embassy and the security agencies, the surrendered workers are being kept at various holding centers until they get exit visas.

    The embassy has opened a new center in Murabba to register Ethiopian citizens, and provide exit permits to those who failed to legalize their status during the grace period.

    Ethiopian workers have been involved in two clashes with the police and residents in Riyadh's Manfouha area over the past week, resulting in the death of three people and injury to several others.

    There was also a brief standoff with residents and the police in Jeddah on Thursday, when several Ethiopians gathered illegally at the deportation center demanding their repatriation. The Ethiopian Embassy has condemned the violence but also urged the authorities to speed up the processing of exit visas and residence permits of workers.

    Over the last two days, about 2,000 Ethiopians who handed themselves in were moved to the old Princess Noura University building where they were given blankets, food, water and medical services.

    A new holding center has also been opened up close to King Khaled International Airport where exit visas are issued, said Col. Fawaz bin Jamil Al- Maiman, deputy spokesman at the Riyadh police. He said it was easier to deport the workers from the center.

    Zenebe K. Korcho, consul general of Ethiopia, told Arab News that the diplomatic mission had also asked the Saudi authorities to arrest male and female members of families because it would be difficult for the females to live alone.

    Korcho appealed to the media not to portray the entire community as violent criminals.

    “Ethiopians have been living in the Kingdom for more than 50 years as law-abiding citizens without any problem until recently.” He said it was not possible for them to have become criminals in a few weeks.

    “The Ethiopian government has respect for Saudi law and the country's law enforcement agencies.”

    Source: arabnews

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  • Sewnet Bishaw '100% confident' of comeback

    Ethiopia coach Sewnet Bishaw has vowed his men will give whatever it takes to overturn a first-leg defeat when they take on Nigeria in their World Cup play-off on Saturday.

    Ethiopia hope to continue their surprising World Cup journey when they face Nigeria in the return leg, despite a 2-1 loss at home in mid-October.

    Sewnet told BBC Sport: "This is the biggest match of my life. I want to win it. I'll fight to the maximum.

    "There's no problem in my squad. All of my players are fit and the mood in the camp is very high. Everybody is waiting for the kick-off whistle."

    Nigeria won the first leg in Addis Ababa courtesy of a brace from Emanuel Emenike and the Super Eagles are clear favorites to book a place at next year's tournament in Brazil, which would be their fifth appearance at finals.

    However, Sewnet is confident his side can come back.

    "I'm 100% confident of overturning the result. I'll only play for a win. Football involves a defeat and a win. We're defeated in the first leg doesn't mean we'll be defeated in the second leg," he said.

    "I've not finished the match. I've 90 minutes left to play. I'll fight for a 2-0 win or for a 2-1 to take it in to extra-time. So, I want to remind them that it's not over yet."

    Sewnet revealed he will leave it until the last moment possible to select his side in the quest to take the east Africans to their first finals.

    The big boost for Sewnet is the return of his joint top scorer, Getaneh Kebede. The striker missed the first leg of the play-offs because of an ankle injury.

    "The return of Getaneh is really great news. I've seen him in training. He's fit and will definitely have a role in the battle" Sewnet said.

    Source: BBC

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  • Kenyans chase down and catch goat-killing cheetahs


    Four villagers in north-east Kenya have chased down and captured two cheetahs which were killing their goats.

    The owner of the goats told the BBC that the cheetahs had been picking off his animals one by one, day by day.

    The men waited until the hottest part of the day before launching the chase over a distance of four miles (6.4km).

    The cheetahs got so tired they could not run any more. The villagers captured them alive and handed them over to the Kenya Wildlife Service.

    "I need compensation from them because the cheetahs killed most of my goats," Nur Osman Hassan told the BBC's Somali Service.

    Correspondents say livestock is the backbone of the economy for the Kenyan-Somali community living in the arid north-east of Kenya.

    Cheetahs are the fastest-running animals on the planet and can reach speeds of at least 104km/h (64mph).


    The cheetahs were chased at a time they usually like to rest

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  • First group of Ethiopians from Saudi arrive in Addis


    The first group of Ethiopian repatriates from Saudi Arabia arrived at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport safely Wednesday afternoon.

    Some of the returnees told ERTA that life as a migrant had been appalling especially for those without legal status.

    They commended the effort of the Ethiopian government towards the safe return of citizens.

    They vowed to forget the past, work hard and prosper in their own country and called on fellow Ethiopians to follow suit.

    Spokesperson of MoFA, Ambassador Dina Mufti said the Saudi government is taking measures to stop violence against Ethiopian workers in that country.

    He said the ongoing effort of the Ethiopian government to rescue citizens in Saudi Arabia would be continued in a strengthened manner.

    The International Organization for Migration (IOM) would support the returnees to integrate with their families and communities, it was indicated.     

    The Ethiopian Ambassador in Riyadh had announced on Tuesday that a number of Ethiopian workers without documentation had handed themselves over to the Riyadh police.

    The Saudi authorities are now arranging for their repatriation.

    The Ambassador, Muhammed Hassan said that as many illegal workers were unsure about how to proceed when the amnesty ended, the Ethiopian Embassy held discussions with the Saudi authorities and made arrangements to enable such citizens to hand themselves in.

    Under the agreement, the workers would be kept at various holding centers until they could get exit visas.

    The Embassy has assisted 38,199 workers to correct their employment status during the amnesty period which ended on November 4.

    The Ambassador said embassy officials and volunteers, together with various Saudi government agencies, were working to get travel documents for the workers.

    He said Ethiopia had been one of the first countries to request an extension of the initial amnesty so that citizens would benefit and correct their status, but where this was not possible the embassy began preparations for them to return home.

    The Ambassador, who sent his condolences to the relatives of those who lost their lives on Saturday, said the weekend clashes had occurred because illegal workers had been frustrated because they had no way to surrender to the police.

    They had taken to the streets to voice their concern and this had led to clashes with some youths in the neighborhood.

    Such confrontations and clashes were “unacceptable,” he said, adding that “the safety and human rights of all people should be respected.”



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