ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua)
-- Ethiopia has prepared a
draft proclamation that will ensure farmers who lost
their plots for development be compensated 10 times of
their highest income for three consecutive years, an
Ethiopian official said on Tuesday.
proclamation, dating back to 2004, states that farmers
who lost their plot for development shall be compensated
the equivalent of an average income for five consecutive
Gebremedhin, of the Ethiopia Federal Integrated
Infrastructure Development Coordination Agency, told
local media that the draft bill also facilitates the
establishment of a sustainable rehabilitation fund to
service the needs of those whose lands has been
confiscated for development purposes.
proclamation will be referred soon to the Ethiopian
Parliament for approval after public consultations are
held, Gebremedhin said.
compensation for those whose lands were expropriated for
development was a core issue among protestors who
started deadly demonstrations in November 2015 in
Ethiopia’s largest regional state Oromiya.
overturns, killing 21 in northern Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia(Xinhua) --
Twenty-one people were killed and seven
others injured when an overloaded minibus overturned in
northern Ethipia, a local official said on Tuesday.
are still investigating what led to the tragedy, which
occurred in Atsbi Wonberta, a region in the Northern
Tigray regional state, but overloading is considered one
of the possible causes.
Nrea, the district’s traffic police department
coordinator, said the minibus, which is supposed to only
accommodate 27 people, was transporting 34 passengers
when it overturned.
having one of the lowest per capita car ownerships in
the world, deadly traffic accidents are fairly common in
Ethiopia, with bad roads, a flawed driving license
issuance system, and lax enforcement blamed for high
growing economy and a rising middle class, the east
African nation has for the past several years recorded
an average 11 percent growth in vehicle numbers.