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Ethiopia plans higher compensation for farmers’ land loss   

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.

The current 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 years.

Solomon 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.

The draft proclamation will be referred soon to the Ethiopian Parliament for approval after public consultations are held, Gebremedhin said.

Inadequate 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.


Overloaded minibus 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.

Authorities 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.

Gebremedhin 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.

Despite 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 fatalities.

With a 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.



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