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  • PM HAILEMARIAM: ANNOUNCED THE CANCELLATION OF A PLAN TO CONSTRUCT THE RAILWAY IN THE NORTHWEST ETHIOPIA

    Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced the cancellation of a plan to construct the railway in the northwest Ethiopia.

    The Premier made the controversial statement in a town hall meeting in Adwa town last Monday.

    PM Hailemariam said: “A railway is expensive. It costs about 4 million dollars per kilometer in a plain ground. In the mountainous northern Ethiopia, it costs about 7-8 million dollars per kilometer”. It wasn’t clear how those figures were calculated.

    Therefore, Hailemariam said he is uncertain when a railway route might reach the area. Yet, he advised the audience to focus on development, “as your city grows, the train gets closer”. At one point, he suggested it might not happen ”in our lifetime”.

    Hailemariam’s statement, however, contradicts the official line of the government.

    The 10-years plan unveiled by the government unveiled in 2010 aimed to build 4,780 km National Railway Network.

    According to that plan, the first phase consisted the construction of about 1,800 km railway line in four routes: Addis Ababa to Djibouti, Addis Ababa to the southwestern Bedele, Awash (near Addis Ababa) to Hara Gebeya(Woldya) to the northern city Mekelle, and Hara Gebeya to Assayta to Djibouti.

    The second phase was to connect Jimma to Dima (South Sudan border), Ijaji to Nekemet to Assosa to Kimuruk, Mekele to Shire, Fenote selam to Bahir dar to Wereta to Woldia, Wereta to Azazo to Metema and Adama to Indeto to Gassera to Ginir.

    However, by 2015, when the first phase was supposed to be completed, the Ethiopian Railway Corporation could only report the near-completion status of the Addis Ababa – Djibouti route, while construction contracts for the Awash – Hara Gebeya(Woldya) – Mekelle and the Hara Gebeya – Assayta railway lines were awarded.

    The causes of the under-performance were said to be low institutional capacity and lack of financial sources.

    The government quietly downsized its ambitions to 1545 kilometers in the plan for 2016-2020 period. The plan document stated the target for the current period would be “the completion and operationalization of the networks began in the previous plan period and making preparations to launch construction of new railway projects”.

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  • Donkey slaughter house opens in Bishoftu

    Ethiopia is to export donkey's meat, following the start of operations at a slaughterhouse in Bishoftu (Debrezeit) town, 48Km east of Addis Abeba. Shandong Dong, a donkey slaughterhouse, has just opened after 80 million Birr, according to media reports.

    The company will export the meat to Vietnam and the skins of the donkeys to China, which will be used to manufacture medicines.
    The factory was torched down by protesters in Bishoftu/Debre Zeit town a few months ago.

    Another donkey abattoir is being constructed by Chinese investors in Assela, Arsi, Oromo region of Ethiopia, the newspaper added.
    China has turned its face to Africa for its donkey demand, which is attributed to the increased demand of donkey’s in China, especially for its skin, according to media reports.

    In Niger, some 80,000 donkeys have been exported to China in 2016, compared with 27,000 in 2015. In Burkina Faso, donkey traders sold 18,000 animals to international buyers in the first quarter of 2016, up from just 1,000 for the same period last year.

    In Kenya, a donkey abattoir opened in April last year in Naivasha to cater for the burgeoning Chinese market.

    But this thriving export market is not without considerable drawbacks for local people. In Niger, the price of donkeys has risen from 34 to 147 USD, a huge rise for farmers and merchants who need to buy donkeys to maintain their livelihoods. Officials are also worried that the demand for exports will decimate local donkey populations. In response, the government has banned donkey exports.

    Burkina Faso implemented similar regulations last year. In Ouagadougou, the situation was reportedly discussed twice in cabinet meetings before ban on donkey’s meat was announced.

    In South Africa, meanwhile, the surge in demand has led to a rise in cruelty towards, and theft of, donkeys. In a statement released this month the National Council of Societies for the Protection of Animals (NSPCA) said it was “horrified to confirm that donkeys are the latest victims of the trade in animal parts ‘for medicinal purposes’ to the far east. Donkeys are being rounded up, stolen, then transported and brutally slaughtered for their skins.”

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  • Latest Salaries Of Top African Politicians Revealed, Including Ethiopia

    The salary of top African politicians is quite overwhelming, making it one of the best places in the world to be a politician. Our Prime Minister is currently paid ETB 966.184,00 Annually.

    Hailemariam Desalegn

    Prime Minister Ethiopia
    Born: 1965 Ethiopia
    Married
    Children: 3
    Annual: ETB 966.184,00
    Monthly: ETB 80.515,00
    Weekly: ETB 18.580,00
    Daily: ETB 2.647,00

    Uhuru Kenyatta


    President Kenya
    Born: 1961 Kenya
    Married
    Children: 3
    Annual: ETB 3.482.574,00
    Monthly: ETB 290.215,00
    Weekly: ETB 66.973,00
    Daily: ETB 9.541,00

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