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  • Kenyan police arrest 40 Ethiopia’s Oromos for illegal assembly

    NAIROBI, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) — Kenyan police have arrested 40 members of the Oromo, Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, for holding an illegal meeting in the capital Nairobi.

    Nairobi County Police Commander Japheth Koome said the Oromos were arrested on Sunday evening as they were planning to protest against the Ethiopian government.

    “The 40 Oromos had assembled at the City Park in Nairobi without notifying the police. We are interrogating them,” Koome said Monday, adding that they would be charged in court for illegal assembly.

    The police said some of those arrested were in the country illegally and could be deported by court after the scrutiny of their documents.

    The arrest came hours after a celebration in Ethiopia turned into a stampede that reportedly left at least 50 people dead as police dispersed a crowd at an annual cultural festival of the Oromo people.

    It took place in one of Ethiopia’s most sensitive regions, Oromia, which has seen several months of protests by Oromos demanding wider freedoms. The protests were initially sparked by a land row and have been turning more broadly against the government.

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  • Several dead, many injured after crackdown on Oromia protest in Ethiopia

    Several people have died and many injured during a stampede after Ethiopia’s special forces fired teargas and warning shots on Sunday to disperse protesters at the annual Irreecha thanksgiving festival of the Oromia people in Bishoftu.

    The Ethiopian government confirmed the deaths in a statement but did not state figures while opposition groups estimate at least 50 people dead, Reuters reports.

    “As a result of the chaos, lives were lost and several of the injured were taken to hospital … Those responsible will face justice,” the government communications office stated.

    The chairperson of the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress, Merera Gudina, told Reuters that at least 50 people were killed during the stampede while Jawar Mohammed who is the Executive Director of the Oromia Media Network based in the United States reported about 300 dead.

    The Irreecha festival is an annual thanksgiving event celebrated at the sacred grounds of Lake Harsadi in Bishoftu in the Oromia region.

    Among the thousands of festival participants, a number of them marched chanting anti-government slogans and their arms crossed above their heads while Ethiopian Air Force helicopters hovered above the crowd.

     

    Local media report that the shooting and subsequent stampede occured immediately after ruling party officials were booed off when they wanted to address the crowds at the festival.

    Witnesses told Africanews that the helicopter dropped teargas on the people while the police on the ground fired the shots.

    Graphic images posted on social media show people lying on the ground dead while others were being helped by the security forces.

     

    The Oromia region lies south of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and is the center of the Oromia protests last year which Human Rights Watch reported that over 400 protesters were killed.

    The government disputed the figures yet hundreds remained in custody without charges after thousands of students, social media activists, and opposition party leaders and supporters were arrested.

    The anti-government protests which continued in other regions including the neighbouring Amhara were held to demand fair distribution of wealth to Oromia and Amhara, which are the poorest in the country.

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  • Eritrea’s President Isaias Afewerki disappeared from public view for weeks

    Eritrean strong man and president Isaias Afewerki has not appeared in public since September 2. According to AllEastAfrica, Isaias travelled to Uganda for medical treatment, prompting debate about his successor.

    Isaias, 70 who has been elected as president soon after the East African nation gained its independence from the neighbouring Ethiopia in 1993, was seen looking weak before his mysterious disappearance according AllEastAfrica news.

    The uncertainty surrounding Isaias Afewerki’s health condition has fuelled speculations that his health may be further deteriorating where the fate of the president and the country is unknown.

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  • Gambia bans child marriage

    Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh has banned child marriages, the AFP news agency reports.

    It reports that he announced the ban on Wednesday saying:

    Anyone who marries a girl under 18 years will spend 20 years in jail. The girls' parents would spend 21 years in jail and anyone who knows about it and fails to report the matter to the authorities would spend 10 years in jail."

     

    He also threatened a jail term for the imam involved in the wedding ceremony.

    The president called for legislation to confirm the ban later this month.

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