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Detention and Torture of ex-Air Force Pilot Ignites Djibouti Protest

Ex-air force pilot, Fouad Youssouf Ali, escaped to Ethiopia on March 27 after exposing the rampant marginalization and discrimination within the army. However, he was arrested in April after Ethiopia rejected his asylum and handed back to the Djibouti government.

BY GAROWE ONLINE

An ex-Djibouti military man has been accused of committing treason, a move which saw him arrested and detained, sparking demonstrations on Friday, in an incident which has seen neighbouring Eritrea also sucked into the controversy. Continue reading Detention and Torture of ex-Air Force Pilot Ignites Djibouti Protest

Kenya Fears Eritrea, Djibouti Threat to Lamu Port, Lapsset Corridor

Banked on political and economic wars between Eritrea/Ethiopia and Sudan/South-South, Kenya launched the Lamu port mega project in 2012 with pomp and fanfare. Eight years later, the political crisis in those countries ends, yet the project is behind schedule and still suffering from both monetary and political constraints.

BY MARTIN MWITA | THE STAR

Lamu Port could fail to attract Ethiopia and South Sudan markets who might opt for the Djibouti and Eritrea ports, according to the Shippers Council of East Africa (SCEA).

The Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor project pegs its sustainability on the two countries.

According to the shippers council, the end of political and economic wars between Ethiopia and Eritrea following the July 2018 peace has created a conducive environment for trade. Continue reading Kenya Fears Eritrea, Djibouti Threat to Lamu Port, Lapsset Corridor

Ethiopia’s Navy to be Based in Djibouti

Sources from Ethiopia confirmed that Ethiopia’s under formation navy will be hosted in Djibouti. (Photo: April, 2019, courtesy of @USNavyEurope. First staff-to-staff talks between Adm. Foggo, commander of Naval Forces Africa met with Brig. Gen. Kindu Gezu, Ethiopian Head of Navy about the exciting task of building the Ethiopian Navy)

BY CAPITAL ETHIOPIA

Ethiopia’s new Navy will be based in Djibouti and the naval command head office will be in Bahir Dar. When Abiy Ahmed became Prime Minister, he announced that the country would rebuild its navy, redeeming its dissolution which occurred during the regime change in 1991 when the nation lost its water outlets. Continue reading Ethiopia’s Navy to be Based in Djibouti

Kenya-Djibouti Row Delays Choice of New IGAD Leader

With the usual swap between Kenya and Ethiopia for the chairmanship role is no longer acceptable, differences, however, between Kenya and Djibouti have prevented the bloc from deciding the next country to chair IGAD.

BY AGGREY MUTAMBO | DAILY NATION

Kenya and Djibouti could both miss out on the chairmanship of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) as the regional bloc seeks to resolve simmering differences between Horn of Africa countries. Continue reading Kenya-Djibouti Row Delays Choice of New IGAD Leader

IGAD Battles Internal Wrangles

Founding IGAD members Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti have been sidelined by Ethiopia and Kenya since the duo start manipulating it as if it is an extension of their foreign ministry. Business as usual no more as other member states start vying leadership position this time.

BY AGGREY MUTAMBO | DAILY NATION

Services at the Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) could be crippled following a stalemate on who becomes chief executive officer and chairman of the bloc.

Normally a calm organisation focusing on Horn of Africa’s political scene, members seeking to lead IGAD for the first time since its formation in 1996 are agitated. Continue reading IGAD Battles Internal Wrangles

Court Ordered Djibouti to Compensate DP World With $385m

Djibouti was dealt a heavy legal blow when a London Court of International Arbitration ordered it to pay $385 million in compensation to UAE global ports operator DP World over a breach of contract.

BY TESFANEWS 

A London Court of International Arbitration has ordered Djibouti government to pay $385 million plus interest in compensation to UAE global ports operator DP World for unilaterally breaching a 50-year concession contract over the Doraleh Container Terminal. Continue reading Court Ordered Djibouti to Compensate DP World With $385m

Ethiopia, Djibouti Sign $4b Gas Pipeline Construction Project Deal

Based on the production sharing agreement, the Ethiopian government has a 15 percent stake while China’s Poly-GCL owns a majority 85 percent.

The 767km long Calub and Hilala gas development project in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia is estimated to cost four billion dollars.

BY FANA BC

Ethiopia and Djibouti have signed an agreement to construct a 767km natural gas pipeline project linking the two countries.

Ethiopia’s Minister of Mines and Petroleum, Dr Samuel Hurcato, and Minister of Energy in Charge of Natural Resources of Djibouti, Mr Yonis Guedi, signed the agreement in Addis Ababa today. Continue reading Ethiopia, Djibouti Sign $4b Gas Pipeline Construction Project Deal

The Dawn of a New Era in the Horn of Africa

Since the signing of peace and friendship between Eritrea and Ethiopia last June, tremendous progress has been achieved in the Horn of Africa region. Hope has flourished. The driving force was the peoples’ yearning for peaceful coexistence and fraternal cooperation.

BY TARIKU DEBRETSION

Within a few months of signing a peace and cooperation agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea in Asmara on July 7, 2018, things are changing at a staggering speed.

Telecommunications between the two countries have quickly resumed. Ethiopians and Eritreans at the border jumped at the opportunity to visit and trade with each other without even waiting for formal structures to be put in place. Continue reading The Dawn of a New Era in the Horn of Africa