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UN chief tells African leaders not to 'cling to power'

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told African leaders on Saturday they should not use legal loopholes or undemocratic constitutional changes to “cling to power”, and that they should respect term limits.

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ADDIS ABABA: U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told African leaders on Saturday they should not use legal loopholes or undemocratic constitutional changes to “cling to power”, and that they should respect term limits.
Ban was addressing a two-day summit the African Union, a group of 54 states where several leaders have been in power for decades, some have changed constitutions so they can stay on and others are accused of seeking to remove limits.
The debate about term limits has gained momentum after triggering unrest in places such as Burundi and Congo Republic.
“Leaders should never use undemocratic constitutional changes and legal loopholes to cling to power. We have all seen the tragic consequences when they do,” Ban told the gathered presidents, including Zimbabwe’s veteran leader Robert Mugabe.
It echoed remarks made by U.S. President Barack Obama in the same AU hall on a trip to Ethiopia in July.
Mugabe, who turns 91 in February and the only leader Zimbabweans have known since 1980, made one of his regular swipes at Western powers who he accuses of still harbouring colonial ambitions and of monopolising power at the United Nations.
“Do we allow that group to continue … to harass us even in our independent countries,” Mugabe asked after Ban had spoken.
One of the top items on this summit’s agenda is the crisis in Burundi, where violence erupted after President Pierre Nkurunziza announced his bid for a third term that opponents said was illegal. He won a disputed election in July.
Supporters cite a court ruling that said he could run.
In neighbouring Rwanda, a constitutional change approved in a referendum means President Paul Kagame, who has been in office since 2000 and effectively in power far longer, can now run again in 2017 and could stay on until 2034 if he wishes.
Western powers criticised Kagame for not stepping aside, saying he should set an example.
Uganda’s Western allies have said President Yoweri Museveni, bidding for another term in a February vote after three decades in office, should consider quitting although the Ugandan constitution does not set any term limits.
“Leaders must protect their people, not themselves,” Ban said. “I commend those leaders who committed to stepping aside and respect constitutional term limits.”
Tanzania’s Jakaya Kikwete left office after a maximum two terms last year. However, the candidate of Kikwete’s CCM party that been in power for more than half a century won the vote.
(Writing by Edmund Blair; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)
– Reuters

Read Aloud:   Zehabesha Daily Ethiopian News August 21, 2018

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  1. Everything that is wrong in Ethiopia is Abay Tsehaye’s fault . Abay Tsehaye is the cancer that hid behind Meles and now Abay Tshehaye is hiding behind Hailemariam and other district KILIL presidents . Abay Tsehaye had been ordering TTPLF allover the world to not invest in GERD. He repeatedly told Tigrayans “GERD is not ours, so don’t invest in it..Tigrayans should invest their money and energy in other TPLF/ EFFORT companies specially Metals and Engineering Corporation www. meted .gov .et/ .The GERD project’s projected electricity capacity of 6,000MW is exaggerated. “.
    Norway, which had been designing two Nile dams for the Ethiopian government, was blindsided by the GERD project, which nullifies the work already done on the other two dam projects. . Norway wasted or in other words TPLF stole about US$2-3 million on the now-obsolete projects. THE TPLF found out they can steal more if the project was bigger so they started GERD dam .
    Damming a shared river in a secretive and unilateral fashion goes against best practices for managing shared rivers.
    After construction began, Ethiopia agreed to the formation of an international Panel of Experts who are costing Ethiopians , with members from Egypt and Sudan, to review the GERD’s social and environmental impacts on downstream nations.The panel found numerous important gaps in the project documentation, and noted many say it is intentionally done to cover the money drain and corrupt practices bythe Ethiopian government: “The (hydrological study) is very basic, and not yet at a level of detail, sophistication and reliability that would befit a development of this magnitude, importance and with such regional impact as GERD.”
    Currently only 3% of the GERD project employees are Tigrayans. These 3% work in corrupt money draining departments as book keepers , heavy duty machinery purchasers , Machinery renters , ethics department and management levels who are driving the cost to be higher than it is , it is estimated if the current ethics department o0f GERD doesnot root out corruption GERD will likely not be finished in the time it was planned . It actually will likely take 20 years more since the final half of he project is anticipated to require more sensitive work that opens doors to outside foreign contractors to be bribeing and competing to do the job.
    Currenly the 3% T-TPLF do not work constantly as lower level laborers unless they see some machinery they want to steal . They become a laborer for a week and then take the machinery they like. Where they are taking it no one can ask orelse they end up having “accidental work related fall” with no insurance . then a month later the T-TPLF return to GERD with the same machinery as if they own it to rent it to GERD project, to the same people theystole the machinery from. . The once putting their heart and soul into these dam for little pay are other ethnicitys such as Amara , Gurage , Oromo , Benishangul , Wolayta and so on.
    GERD dam (ABAY DAMNED DAM PROJECT) is 90% financed by Djiboutians , Egyptians and the so called ” diasporas “. Ethiopians in Ethiopia are being forced to invest in the DAM by the government but they only invested 10% of the total invested amount so far. With El-nino famine threatening to last for the next five years it is highly unlikely the Ethiopians investment will go up from whereit is right now.
    Diasporas consist of those Europeans and Americans that changed their citizenship legally from Ethiopian or Eritrean to American or European arenot able to help to help for famine since all their money is tied up in GERD dam. .
    http: //www .internationalrivers .org/resources/ethiopia%E2%80%99s-biggest-dam-oversized-experts-say-8082
    http: //origins .osu .edu/article/who-owns-nile-egypt-sudan-and-ethiopia-s-history-changing-dam

  2. Everything that is wrong in Ethiopia is Abay Tsehaye’s fault . Abay Tsehaye is the cancer that hid behind Meles and now Abay Tshehaye is hiding behind Hailemariam and other district KILIL presidents . Abay Tsehaye had been ordering TTPLF allover the world to not invest in GERD. He repeatedly told Tigrayans “GERD is not ours, so don’t invest in it..Tigrayans should invest their money and energy in other TPLF/ EFFORT companies specially Metals and Engineering Corporation www. meted .gov .et/ .The GERD project’s projected electricity capacity of 6,000MW is exaggerated. “.
    Norway, which had been designing two Nile dams for the Ethiopian government, was blindsided by the GERD project, which nullifies the work already done on the other two dam projects. . Norway wasted or in other words TPLF stole about US$2-3 million on the now-obsolete projects. THE TPLF found out they can steal more if the project was bigger so they started GERD dam .
    Damming a shared river in a secretive and unilateral fashion goes against best practices for managing shared rivers.
    After construction began, Ethiopia agreed to the formation of an international Panel of Experts who are costing Ethiopians , with members from Egypt and Sudan, to review the GERD’s social and environmental impacts on downstream nations.The panel found numerous important gaps in the project documentation, and noted many say it is intentionally done to cover the money drain and corrupt practices bythe Ethiopian government: “The (hydrological study) is very basic, and not yet at a level of detail, sophistication and reliability that would befit a development of this magnitude, importance and with such regional impact as GERD.”
    Currently only 3% of the GERD project employees are Tigrayans. These 3% work in corrupt money draining departments as book keepers , heavy duty machinery purchasers , Machinery renters , ethics department and management levels who are driving the cost to be higher than it is , it is estimated if the current ethics department o0f GERD doesnot root out corruption GERD will likely not be finished in the time it was planned . It actually will likely take 20 years more since the final half of he project is anticipated to require more sensitive work that opens doors to outside foreign contractors to be bribeing and competing to do the job.
    Currenly the 3% T-TPLF do not work constantly as lower level laborers unless they see some machinery they want to steal . They become a laborer for a week and then take the machinery they like. Where they are taking it no one can ask orelse they end up having “accidental work related fall” with no insurance . then a month later the T-TPLF return to GERD with the same machinery as if they own it to rent it to GERD project, to the same people theystole the machinery from. . The once putting their heart and soul into these dam for little pay are other ethnicitys such as Amara , Gurage , Oromo , Benishangul , Wolayta and so on.
    GERD dam (ABAY DAMNED DAM PROJECT) is 90% financed by Djiboutians , Egyptians and the so called ” diasporas “. Ethiopians in Ethiopia are being forced to invest in the DAM by the government but they only invested 10% of the total invested amount so far. With El-nino famine threatening to last for the next five years it is highly unlikely the Ethiopians investment will go up from whereit is right now.
    Diasporas consist of those Europeans and Americans that changed their citizenship legally from Ethiopian or Eritrean to American or European arenot able to help to help for famine since all their money is tied up in GERD dam. .
    http: //www .internationalrivers .org/resources/ethiopia%E2%80%99s-biggest-dam-oversized-experts-say-8082
    http: //origins .osu .edu/article/who-owns-nile-egypt-sudan-and-ethiopia-s-history-changing-dam

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