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Ethiopia: Farmer Protests Leave City Under Trash | Addis Fortune

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By Nardos Yoseph

(Addis Fortune Newspaper | Addis Ababa) Addis Abeba’s solid waste has now been piling-up across neighbourhoods in the city for the past 10 days, after the Sanitation Administration Agency failed to pick up the capital’s trash.

Farmers in Berke Wereda, Oromia Special Zone, where Sendafa Landfill, the new waste disposal and recycling centre of the city, is located, refuse to allow garbage to be dumped in the area.

Sendafa Landfill, which was built by VINCI Grands Projets, a French construction company, with over 337 million Br, rests on 137 ha of land. It is designed to provide waste management services for over 3.5 million residents of the capital and 195,255 residents of the Oromia special zones, particularly – Sululta, Lege Tafo, Burayu, Sebeta and Gelan.

On average, a person in Addis Abeba generates 2.1 cubic metres of trash a day. The city’s government plans to collect over 3.1 million cubic metres a year.

Back in 2014, when the municipality had just completed the feasibility study, the Solid Waste Recycling and Disposal project Office’s (RDPO) communications head, Tsegaye Hailu, told Fortune that the farmers were relocated from the area after being paid 25 million Br in compensation, taking into consideration the 10-year potential output of their farms.

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However, farmers who live nearby the landfill are blocking the disposal of any trash collected from the city, according to the Agency.

Sendafa was chosen as a replacement for the 50-year-old Rappi dumping ground – a 25ha landfill commonly known as Koshe. This former landfill was deemed by the Addis Abeba City Solid Waste Management system as no longer viable, eluding to the lack of fence, odour or vector control, weigh bridge and daily cover of soil. The site had up to 300 waste pickers a day, while having the high potential for nuisance and health hazard for people living nearby.

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The new landfill, which has a life expectancy of three decades, has a fence, 9.5km of asphalt road, a weigh bridge and four transformation sites: Reppi, Akaki, Filidero and Bole Arabsa. These areas are now being considered by the Agency as alternative sites for the city’s garbage.

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The Agency’s 610 small primary garbage collecting micro and small enterprises, with a total of 6,500 members, have not been providing their usual door-to-door services to over 500,000 households in the city. The other disposal method offered by the Agency, garbage dumpsters, had over a thousand completely full with more trash thrown all around them.
“It has been two weeks since any garbage collector enterprise reached our doors; we pay 400Br for two days for garbage collectors who we do not know,” said Kassahun Fekad, manager of the Abesha Bar & Restaurant located on Debrezeit Road – a place commonly known as Adey Abeba.

A janitor who works in a hotel on Gabon St also had concerns about the city’s garbage collection.

“The price of these unknown garbage collectors is overrated and God knows where they will be dumping all that trash they take from our gates,” he said. “That is of course if you are lucky enough to get one of them to turn up.”

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Though the Sandafa Landfill was reported to recycle 1,200 tonnes of solid waste every day, 70pc of the city’s garbage goes to the dump. The Agency’s report during the current fiscal year stated that 60pc of solid waste is biodegradable, while the rest cannot be recycled.

Another resident of the city, Worknesh Melkamu, a housewife in her early 50s, told Fortune that the situation is really disturbing.

“The hospitals and clinics all over the city are teaching people to stay sanitary to avoid Cholera, while the city is unable to collect its garbage,” She said firmly. “I am afraid to let my grandchildren go out and play, since there is no clean place.”

Households make up 82pc of the total 3,028 tonnes of solid waste generated in Addis Abeba.

6 Comments

  1. So Addis Ababeans must discipline the Oromos farmers. However, this is the product of ethnic Federalism. Yes, it is now harvesting time. Yeteregeme Twld

  2. So Addis Ababeans must discipline the Oromos farmers. However, this is the product of ethnic Federalism. Yes, it is now harvesting time. Yeteregeme Twld

  3. Why don’t you guys instead of criticizing build your own modern bathroom in your house. A lot of you don’t even know how to use a bathroom properly. You make it nasty and dirty after you use. I have noticed those of you who live in Europe and America, you mess up the toilet seat. You just urine without lifting the seat. A lot of you don’t even flash. You so disgusting. So instead of teasing the government, straight up yourself first. Don’t just run your big mouth since talking and doing the real job is totally diffrent. Everything start from your own house. It isn’t just sitting and smoking sisha.

  4. Why don’t you guys instead of criticizing build your own modern bathroom in your house. A lot of you don’t even know how to use a bathroom properly. You make it nasty and dirty after you use. I have noticed those of you who live in Europe and America, you mess up the toilet seat. You just urine without lifting the seat. A lot of you don’t even flash. You so disgusting. So instead of teasing the government, straight up yourself first. Don’t just run your big mouth since talking and doing the real job is totally diffrent. Everything start from your own house. It isn’t just sitting and smoking sisha.

  5. http://www.geeskaafrika.com/21531/ethiopia-dr-tedros-confers-bill-gates/

    Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Tedros Adhanom conferred with Bill Gates, Co-Founder of Microsoft and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, later on Thursday (July 21, 2016) at Hilton Addis, here in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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    http://olzena.com/?q=content/bill-gates-declines-criticize-ethiopia-social-media-cut
    Tigrayan People Liberation Front (TPLF) used the cash, meant to pay for food for the starving, …. last week that up to 50 per cent of food aid in neighbouring Somalia is being stolen.

    http://ethioforum.org/breaking-news-band-aid-director-confirms-aid-abuse/

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1255160/Ethiopian-Band-Aid-money-used-rebels-fight-government-buying-food.html

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    Microsoft founder Bill Gates has launched a campaign to help extremely poor families in sub-Saharan Africa by giving them chickens. He has already started work in Ethiopia, investing $7 million to create a massive operation that provides the chickens to get farmers started.
    The billionaire and philanthropist says raising and selling the chickens can be efficient to tackle extreme poverty and the current starvation in Ethiopia.
    He has promised to donate 100,000 chickens, and the project’s page has already been shared thousands of times.
    The UN estimates that 41% of people in sub-Saharan Africa live in extreme poverty and more than 10 million areon the verge of death due to starvation in Ethiopia right now. How Bill Gates Is Helping KFC Take Over Africa.
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    http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/01/kfc-africa-chicken-usaid-gates-foundation
    Mr Gates said a farmer breeding five hens could earn more than $1,000 (£690) a year. The poverty line is about $700 (£484).
    He added that the goal was to help 30% of the rural families in sub-Saharan Africa raise improved breeds of vaccinated chickens, up from the current 5%.
    In partnership with the Government of Ethiopia, the United States has responded to save the famine victims. Social media is the last of their worries right now for all the aid agencies operating within Ethiopia. Supports innovative poultry farm
    Bill Gates, billionaire philanthropist, co-founder of Microsoft and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, on Thursday announced his intention to expand Gates Foundation’s investment portfolio in Ethiopia to financial services, more specifically mobile banking services to the rural farming community
    http://ethiopia.usembassy.gov/u.s.-response-to-the-ethiopian-drought.html
    The Humanitarian Response of the United States Government
    to the Current Ethiopian Drought
    As of July 26, 2016
    Total assistance required in 2016: $1.4 billion ($1.2 billion in food assistance)

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  6. http://www.geeskaafrika.com/21531/ethiopia-dr-tedros-confers-bill-gates/

    Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Tedros Adhanom conferred with Bill Gates, Co-Founder of Microsoft and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, later on Thursday (July 21, 2016) at Hilton Addis, here in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    THE BEGGING EXPERTS TPLF GROUP CURRENTLY KNOWN AS CALLED THE ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT HAVE FOUND A NEW METHOD TO SQUEEZE KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN KFC AND MELINDA /BILL GATERS FOUNDATION TO DONATE FREE CHICKENS FOOD TO ETHIOPIANS WHICH MANY SAY TPLF SUPPORTERS WILL STEAL THE CHICKENS BEFORE THE FAMINE VICTIMS GET TO BREED THE CHICKENS.. THE BEGGING SCEINTISTS IN ETHIOPIA CLAIMED CHICKEN IS THE SOLUTION FOR THE MALARIA DISEASE AND REQUEST CHICKEN TO BE DONATED TO THE POOR IN ETHIOPIA BY GATES FOUNDATION.
    http://olzena.com/?q=content/bill-gates-declines-criticize-ethiopia-social-media-cut
    Tigrayan People Liberation Front (TPLF) used the cash, meant to pay for food for the starving, …. last week that up to 50 per cent of food aid in neighbouring Somalia is being stolen.

    http://ethioforum.org/breaking-news-band-aid-director-confirms-aid-abuse/

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1255160/Ethiopian-Band-Aid-money-used-rebels-fight-government-buying-food.html

    http://www.addisadmassnews.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=18541:ዶሮ-የወባ-በሽታ-መከላከያ-ሆናለች&Itemid=101

    Microsoft founder Bill Gates has launched a campaign to help extremely poor families in sub-Saharan Africa by giving them chickens. He has already started work in Ethiopia, investing $7 million to create a massive operation that provides the chickens to get farmers started.
    The billionaire and philanthropist says raising and selling the chickens can be efficient to tackle extreme poverty and the current starvation in Ethiopia.
    He has promised to donate 100,000 chickens, and the project’s page has already been shared thousands of times.
    The UN estimates that 41% of people in sub-Saharan Africa live in extreme poverty and more than 10 million areon the verge of death due to starvation in Ethiopia right now. How Bill Gates Is Helping KFC Take Over Africa.
    http://www.ilri.org/taxonomy/term/366

    http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/01/kfc-africa-chicken-usaid-gates-foundation
    Mr Gates said a farmer breeding five hens could earn more than $1,000 (£690) a year. The poverty line is about $700 (£484).
    He added that the goal was to help 30% of the rural families in sub-Saharan Africa raise improved breeds of vaccinated chickens, up from the current 5%.
    In partnership with the Government of Ethiopia, the United States has responded to save the famine victims. Social media is the last of their worries right now for all the aid agencies operating within Ethiopia. Supports innovative poultry farm
    Bill Gates, billionaire philanthropist, co-founder of Microsoft and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, on Thursday announced his intention to expand Gates Foundation’s investment portfolio in Ethiopia to financial services, more specifically mobile banking services to the rural farming community
    http://ethiopia.usembassy.gov/u.s.-response-to-the-ethiopian-drought.html
    The Humanitarian Response of the United States Government
    to the Current Ethiopian Drought
    As of July 26, 2016
    Total assistance required in 2016: $1.4 billion ($1.2 billion in food assistance)

    http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/OpEd/comment/West-must-act-to-stop-the-Liyu-police-terror-in-Ogaden–/-/434750/3277858/-/ga3rs9/-/index.html

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