Addis Ababa April 07/2018 African Union Commission Chair person Moussa Faki Mahamat said Rwanda is the symbol of resilience and its achievement give us a hook for whatever deep the challenge we face; we will be overcome through our will and our common humanity.
The 24th commemoration of Rwandan genocide was marked at the African Union Commission today.
Speaking on the occasion, African Union Commission Chairperson Mahamat said Rwanda has succeed more than expected after the 1994 horrible genocide event that lost the lives of one million people in three months.
He added that Africans should affirm a collective rejection of hate rude and stigmatization of the other, which are the very basis of all the genocidal actions.
Permanent representative of Ethiopia to the AU and ECA, Ambassador Woynshet Tadesse said on her part we have to remember and show solidarity for the survivors and equally renew our commitment to ensure it will never happen again in Africa or elsewhere.
She also noted that the dark moment that all Rwanda brothers and sisters came together teaches us lesson that hope can exist through collective seeking for truth and reconciliation, adding that Rwanda has made a remarkable achievements to be a middle income country.
According to her, Ethiopia has played a major role in helping the people and government of Rwanda to create sustainable peace and security including contribution of peacekeepers and establishing of panel of eminent personality together with AUC and UN in the middle of 1990s.
Rwanda’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Hope Tumukunde Gasatura said on her part that Africans should stand together against genocide to make it impossible from happening elsewhere.
Addis Ababa April 07/2018 The Ethiopian government rejected today claims that it is negotiating with the Victoria and Albert Museum of the UK to bring the Meqdela treasures, looted 150 years ago, on long-term loan to the country.
On the contrary we have intensified our efforts for the restitution of all our treasures taken after the battle of Maqdala, Culture and Tourism Minister Hirut Woldemariam said.
Ethiopia lodged a formal restitution claim in 2007 for hundreds of important and beautiful manuscripts and artefacts being held by various British institutions, all plundered after the 1868 capture of Maqdala, the mountain capital of Emperor Tewodros II in what was then Abyssinia.
However, that request has been refused, according to the Guardian newspaper, which reported that the director of Victoria and Albert Museum Tristram Hunt said a compromise has been offered: “The speediest way, if Ethiopia wanted to have these items on display, is a long-term loan … that would be the easiest way to manage it.”
Responding to the “compromise”, the minister stated that neither the government nor the ministry requested bringing the Meqdela treasures on long-term loan basis from the museums.
She rejected the claim by Hunt that the loan proposal has been welcomed by the Ethiopian state and campaigners. Hirut said, the government is instead using every mechanism to bring the treasures permanently.
Hundreds of artifacts were plundered by British troops from Maqdala and the emperor’s treasury cleared with 15 elephants and 200 mules needed to transport them. Campaigners have identified about a dozen UK institutions that own them, from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London to the Royal Library at Windsor Castle to a regimental museum in Halifax.
The minister insisted that Ethiopia will further strengthen its demands for the return of treasures from museums and libraries and individuals. There were no discussions about the treasure coming through loan as Ethiopia is the rightful owner of the treasures.
In related news, the ministry announced that the 200th birthday of Emperor Tewodros II will be commemorated from April 10 to 16 in Gondar, Debretabor and Addis Ababa.
According to the Minister, Emperor Tewodros has played significant role in trying to unite the country and modernizing the country as well as establishing and organizing libraries.
The commemoration program, which includes panel discussions and exhibitions, is prepared in collaboration with Amhara Culture and Tourism Bureau.
Addis Ababa April 07/2018 Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has arrived at Jigjiga today to start his first working visit in Somali Regional State.
Upon arrival at Jiggiga Airport, the Prime Minister was welcomed by a huge crowd that wished him success as he leads the nation on a new round of premiership.
Warmly welcoming the delegation, the crowd accompanied them on their way to the city.
The delegation led by PM Abiy comprises Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen, EPRDF Office Head Shiferaw Shigute as well as senior government officials.
The Prime Minister will visit development programs and projects as well as ongoing infrastructural facilities. He will also hold public discussion to respond to issues to be raised by the public.
Addis Ababa April 06/2018 Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO) called upon comprehensive and active participation of the people in supporting the new leadership to bear its role.
GCAO weekly statement issued today said the House of Peoples' Representatives recently endorsed the appointment of new Prime Minister, which ensured peaceful and democratic transition of power in the history of the country.
"In one hand the smooth and peaceful power transition signifies the level of development that the country achieved; on the other it further points out the role it can contributes for potential peace and development of the nation," it revealed.
The statement further stated that the power transfer is exemplary for democratic forces, and competitive parties on the top of constructive nation image building both in Africa and the world, it added.
Democracy and development cannot only be attained by the efforts of the government, thus the office called upon the people to take on concerted responsibility and active participation to shore up the new leadership to realize its goal.