Ethiopia: Eight Former Prison Officials Charged After Deadly Qilinto Prison Fire

[Addis Standard] The federal attorney general’s office has filed charges on eight former prison officials in connection with the September 2016 deadly fire at Qilinto federal maximum security prison located in the southern outskirt of the capital Addis Abeba.

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Ethiopia: The Sidama Quest for Self Rule Is Ripe, Smearing It Is Ineffective

[Addis Standard] With the coming of prime minister Abiy Ahmed and his reformist agenda, a political change has been sweeping Ethiopia like never before. PM Abiy has introduced significant transformation and his reform initiatives have been gathering pace

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Africa: Emperor Haile Selassie Statue Joins List of Troubled Memorials

[The Conversation Africa] The unveiling of a statue to the Emperor Haile Selassie outside the African Union has stirred up a storm among Ethiopians and Eritreans. Some, including the Rastafarian community who still worship the Emperor as a god, were delighted. Others were furious, recalling his role in the 1973-74 famine or his suppression of Eritrean freedom.

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Ethiopia: Abiy Ahmed Brings New Hope, but Faces Some Familiar, Old Problems

[The Conversation Africa] Many countries in Africa have suffered because of the gerontocratic nature of their politics, an issue I have often lamented. Some “elders”, such as Robert Mugabe, lost touch with modern statecraft and the changing conditions of life – and have been toppled.

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Nigeria: How Poor Management of Nigerian Forests Led to Exploitation By Criminals

[The Conversation Africa] Nigeria’s forests cover about 96,043 square km- that’s about 10% of the country’s landmass. But the presence of authorities in these sanctuaries is either non-existent or, at best, sporadic. This has led to forest areas being poorly managed, which in turn has led to them being exploited by criminals and posing a security threat.

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South Sudan’s neighbours help launder the loot from its civil war

“IAM NOT a rich man,” pleaded Paul Malong, the ex-chief of South Sudan’s army, in an interview on Kenyan television. Shaking his head, he denied having plundered state coffers or being responsible for war crimes committed by his troops. “I am just a family man,” he explained.

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