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  • Sports Review Ethiopia, Yohannes Sahle appointed Walia coach

    Sports Review


    Yohannes Sahle appointed Walia coach

     

    After the sacking of Portuguese coach Mariano Barreto, the Ethiopian Football Federation appointed Yohannes Sahle as the new national team coach for the Walias.

    Yohannes is an Ethiopia-born US citizen who had a successful playing career in the mid 1980s with the top Ethiopian teams before leaving for America.

     

    Since appointment, the coach’s prime target has been preparing his team for the Afcon 2017 qualifier and under his guidance, the Walias are placed second in Group J having gathered four points from two group stage matches against Lesetho and Seychelles. His team has qualified to the next round of CHAN 2016 qualifier having beaten neighbors Kenya.

    Haile Gebreselassie announced retirement

    Distance running legend Haile Gebreselassie announced his retirement from competitive running after finishing 16th at the Great Manchester Run, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on May 10, 2015.

    His announcement brought an end to a phenomenally successful career which stretched back more than two decades in which he claimed two Olympic gold medals over 10,000m, in 1996 and 2000, nine IAAF world titles, including four consecutive IAAF World Championships 10,000m wins, and he set 15 official world records outdoors as well as five world indoor records.

    Haile Gebrselassie remains the world record holder at 20,000m in less than one hour.

     

     

     

    St. George clinched 12th EPL title

    Saint George clinched the Ethiopian Premier League (EPL) title for a record 12th time. The horsemen secured the title with two games to spare amassing 51 points from 24 matches - winning 15, drawing six and losing three matches. St. George’s management decision to sack Brazilian coach Naider Dos Santos in March proved decisive to their title charge.

    Caretaker manager Fasil Tekalegn guided the horsemen to the championship maintaining an undefeated run in nine league matches drawing just two.

    Woldiya City and Muger Cement were relegated having as Dire Dawa City and Halaba City were promoted to the topflight league.

     

     

    Historic gold for Ethiopian cyclist Tsgabu

    It was a historic year for the Ethiopian cycling team as Tsgabu Grmay became the first rider from Ethiopia to win an elite gold medal at the 2015 African Cycling Championship.

    Although the hosts South African team was favored to win the men’s Individual Time Trial, it was Ethiopian rider Tsgabu who was the fastest over the two laps to claim the continental crown.

    Ethiopia’s cycling success this year was not confined to the men. Hadnet Asmelash finished third in the women’s road race coming behind two South African cyclists. The pair will be representing Ethiopia at the Rio Olympics after 24 years.

    Genzebe’s record smashing year

    Genzebe Dibaba achieved what many had believed to be unachievable, breaking the 1500m world record with a time of 3:50.07. Set at the 1993 National Games, the 1500m record was considered to be one of the toughest records on the books.

    In what was a record-breaking season, Genzebe’s also shattered the 5000m world indoor record which was held by Meseret Defar by almost six seconds in Stockholm in February. The new indoor record was also a mere eight seconds off her sister Tirunesh’s outdoor world record set in 2008. In 2014, Genzebe broke records in the 1500m, 3000m, and two-mile (9:00.48), all in a span of 15 days.

    African junior athletics championship hosted

     

    The 12th edition of the African Junior Athletics Championship 2015, a biennial continental athletics tournament for African athletes aged 19 years or younger, was hosted in Ethiopia. The Addis Ababa Stadium was the venue for the athletics competitions following on the 2008 African Championships in Athletics, which was hosted at the same venue.

    Ethiopia finished the tournament occupying the third spot in the medal standings with seven gold, 12 silver and ten bronze medals. The Nigerian team finished top with 12 gold, eight silver and seven bronze medals followed by South Africa who scooped nine gold, seven silver and seven bronze medals.

     

     

     

     

    Football showdown in Bahir Dar Stadium

     

    Bahir Dar Stadium became Ethiopia’s major sporting venue following a recognition by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for the stadium to host international matches.

    The 50 thousand seat capacity stadium hosted its first international match between Dedebit FC and Cote d’or of Seychelles in the return leg of CAF Confederation Cup which Dedebit won 2-0.

    Since then, the stadium hosted four international matches including Walia’s Afcon 2017 and CHAN 2016 qualifiers in front of capacity crowd.

    CAF also extended a similar recognition to Dire Dawa Stadium which hosted the U-23 All-Africa Games qualifier between Ethiopia and Sudan which the visitors won 2-1.

     

     

    First Woman Coach in the league

    Meseret Manni made history by becoming the first woman coach to lead her team, Dire-Dawa City, to play in the Ethiopian Premier League. Under Meseret’s guidance; Dire-Dawa City won seven of the nine trophies in this year’s National League Championship. Dire-Dawa City now returns to the topflight Ethiopian Premier League after 13 years of absence.  

     

    Open taekwondo tournament held

    Ethiopian Taekwondo Association (ETA) hosted the first open taekwondo tournament in both sexes in which participants from five countries took part including the Ethiopian team. 

    The tournament was used as an opportunity to select a taekwondo team which will represent Ethiopia in the 2016 Summer Olympics which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    Over 450 participants from Ethiopia, US, India, Kenya and England took part in the tournament which took place for two days at the Ethiopian Youth Academy at Arat Kilo Sports Center.

     

    Golden girls at Beijing 2015

    Ethiopia finished fifth in the medal standing at the end of the 2015 IAAF World Championship in Beijing thanks mainly to a golden performance from its women athletes. It was Genzebe Dibaba who delivered the first gold for her country in the Women’s 1500meter.

    On the final day, Ethiopia won two more gold medals as Mare Dibaba and Almaz Ayana finished first in the Women’s marathon and 5000 meters, respectively, to appease Ethiopian athletics fans dismayed by the performance of the men particularly in 5000 and 10000 meters.

    However, it was Almaz who stole the headlines with her stunning 5000 meters victory and voted Performance of the Championships.

     

     

    Africa’s U-20 handball tournament hosted

    Ethiopia hosted Africa’s U-20 handball tournament in both sexes from August 4-8, 2015. In the tournament eleven handball teams from African countries have participated with the team that went on to win the competition representing Africa on the world stage.

    Ethiopia, Mozambique, Madagascar in both sexes; Cape Verde, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda participated in the male’s category. Senegal, Burkina Faso, Chad and Kenya were countries that took part only in women’s category.

     

    Ethiopia was eliminated in the early round in the men’s competition while the women’s team finished fourth. Cape Verde and Senegal won the men’s and women’s category, respectively.


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  • Holiday Interview 'What would you do if it was you?'

    Holiday Interview

    'What would you do if it was you?'

    Dereje Ayalew (Fana 98.1)

    For the past thirteen years, Dereje Ayalew has been one of the popular radio personalities in Ethiopia.

    He has hosted several radio shows for years but he is well recognized for a popular Saturday morning show known as Erso Bihonu Min Yadergalu (What Would You Do If It Was You?). Now, he hosts another morning radio show at the same station called Love Time. Dereje is also an author and playwright. A while back, he published his first book—“Chichinia”—a bestseller which depicts the night life in one of Addis’s red-light districts informally referred to as Chichinia.

    What is your favorite pastime?

    I usually spend my free time catching up on my reading unless I don’t have to spend time with my little daughter. Sometimes, I enjoy the company of my childhood friends.

    What is your favorite dish?

    I always love to eat whatever I can find with the exception of pumpkin; I don’t like it. But, I could not ever turn away from my shiro (a stew made of powdered beans). 

    What is your favorite book?

    I have many favorite books, but Bealu Girma’s Kadmas Bashager is one book I could not put down. Sebhat Gebregziabher’s novels and Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment are also among my favorite book collection.

    Who is the one Ethiopian personality that you admire?

    I really admire the late Prime Minster Meles Zenawi. Regardless of his political views or leadership style, he was a man of his own principles. I admire him because he kept life direction and principles from womb to tomb.

    Do you have a memorable on-air incident?

    It was many years ago that I used to host the Erso Bihonu Min Yadergalu show. The program features a direct telephone conversation with the audience. Someday, while discussing hypothetical marriage infidelity, a woman called me and said to me that she would kill her husband if he betrayed her. I couldn’t stop her because she got so emotional so fast and the whole moment became too intense since domestic violence was a debatable issue among the society. Finally, I took a moment to calm down arguing that what she is suggesting to do will leave her three children without a mother.

    What was your feeling during your debut radio show?

    Oh, it was uncontrollable. Having left the studio, the first thing I did was to call my family, friends and the people around me to tune into my first on-air radio show.

    What is your favorite radio show besides your own?

    Meaza Birru’s Saturday afternoon show “Yechewata Engeda” on Sheger FM 102.1 and the Addis 1879 show on FM 96.3.

    What kind of car do you like?

    I only have a motor game on my cell phone; and I like the red car parked right there (laughs!).

    What is the first thing you do when you get out of bed and the last thing when you go to bed?

    I pour cold water on my curly hair to wake up properly in morning; and reading is the definitely the last thing I do before I fall asleep.

    What do you want to achieve as a radio personality?

    I just want to leave up to my name as a radio host that is to be remembered as someone who did something worthy of mention as a radio personality.

     

    'Hello ladies'

    Frehiwot Tadesse a.k.a. DJ Li

    Perhaps because women rappers and radio DJs are rare in Ethiopia, Frehiwot Tadesse has become a phenomenal figure on account of her popular radio show called “Hello Ladies” on FM 97.1. Having faced a number of challenges in her way to her current status, she has now become one of the few best-loved DJs in the town thanks to her five years radio career.

    What is your favorite pastime?

    I rarely have a free time because I would like to keep myself busy by sticking myself on activities related to my job. If I have to say, may be browsing the internet in search of inputs to help me with my music-mixes is something I do in my spare time. But, sometimes, I would also like to hang out with friends and go on outings.

    What is your favorite dish?

    Farmer steak, kurt (raw meat) and kitfo (minced beef).

    What is your favorite book?

    Sydney Sheldon is my favorite author so I like many of his books.

    Who is the one Ethiopian personality that you admire?

    I admire the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. I think he is one of the best orators I have ever seen in my life. Maybe its because of his zodiac sign–Gemini. They are known to be orators most of the time. I still enjoy his speeches and interviews he did before.

    Do you have a memorable on-air incident? 

    Once, a young boy called on my show and slashed me for my feminism tones. He was so irritating but I couldn’t say anything although I was emotional. I had to calm down. Finally, I got something very nice to tell him in a very modest way then hung up the phone immediately.

    What was your feeling during your debut radio show?

    It was amazing for me to sit in the studio and pretends to be over confident as a woman DJ. I felt a bit anxious and excited at the same time because I was sitting in the booth where some of my favorite DJs like DJ Kin had once sat down.

    What is your favorite radio show besides your own?

    I like to listen to Seifu Fantahun’s Tadias Addis.

    What kind of car do you like?

    Ferrari but I like to drive a Jeep.

    What is the first thing you do when you get out of bed and the last thing when you go to bed?

    I drink water and I sit down in front of my laptop to surf the web before going to bed.

    What do you want to achieve as a radio personality?

    I would like to leave my own imprint on live mixing. I would like to pioneer Ethiopian electronic DJ mixing in a style that electronic music is done in the developed world.

     

    'Ethiopica link'

    Birhane Nigussie (Zami FM 90.7)

    The name Birhane Nigussie may be a familiar name in connection with a highly acclaimed radio show dubbed Ethiopica Link along with co-hosts Yonas Hagos and Gizachew Eshetu among others. Especially, the shows weekly segment called Wustawaki (The Insider) has gained large traction among the radio audience in recent years mainly for its inside scoop and celebrity gossip which is kind of new to Ethiopia. However, Birhane was also one of the few radio hosts to step inside a studio when the first FM station was opened in the country some 15 years ago. Birhane and his friends, Seifu Fantahun, Surafel Wondimu and the late Zelalem Befekadu a.k.a. DJ “Z” introduced an entertainment radio show named Addis Zema on FM97.1. Birhane is also an director and film producer.

    What is your favorite pastime?

    Walking, watching movies and meeting up with people for discussions. I also take some me time where I spend a day indoors, privately, re-energizing myself.

    What is your favorite dish?

    Doro wot (chicken stew garnished with eggs).

    What is your favorite book?

    I have to say 'Tower in the Sky' by Hiwot Tefera and the autobiography of Bejerond Teklehawariat Teklemariam.

    Who is the one Ethiopian personality that you admire?

    The late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. He was devoted in struggling for others.

    Do you have a memorable on-air incident?

    When we started Yefikir Clinic (Love Clinic) segment in our night show some years back, a listener called us from Dessie and told us that she was terribly worried about her boyfriend who repeatedly asked her for sex but when she had no experience of sexual relations before. That was very difficult for us to comment on and we were about to jump her question just beating around the bush when she suddenly stopped us and asked us “Just tell me what to do, yes or no?” It was very difficult. Then we told her to stay firm on what she believed is the right thing.

    What was your feeling during your debut radio show?

    Oh, it was a long time ago. I remember I was to talk about Lauren Hill, who was a phenomenal musician of that time, and I was a bit timid and felt anxious when the studio light shaded over my desk.

    What is your favorite radio show besides your own show?

    Mimi Sibhatu’s Sunday morning show known as 'Journalists’ Roundtable' is my favorite because it raises the hardcore issues.

    What kind of car do you like?

    I don’t have much knowledge about cars. What I know is I need a car to travel and make life easier. I drive any car.

    What is the first thing you do when you get out of bed and last thing when you go to bed?

    I guess I do what people do before they go to work every day; and I watch movies before going to bed.

    What do you want to achieve as a radio personality?

    I wish I can have a radio show that is exemplary in its dynamism and proxy to the people since I see nothing new or any greatness in most of the radio shows.

     

    'Wez wez wez!'

     Kingston Hailu a.k.a. DJ Kingston (Bisrat FM 101.1)

     One of the few unusual, yet popular radio DJs in town is DJ Kingston. His morning show that is aired on Bisrat FM 101.1 looks to be gaining  popularity. For many people who listened to him on the way to work either in a taxi or in some other form of transportation, Kingston is  stereotypically taken to be a bit out of the ordinary. It is all about his catch phrase—now evolving into his brand—Wez Wez Wez, meaning to  get a move on or dance. His early morning show during weekdays, where he plays upbeat music and calls on his audiences to dance, is  entering the country's radio culture in recent times.

     What is your favorite pastime?

     I have very little time without work. But I would like to travel to other cities such as Adama, Dire Dawa or just out of Addis if do have some spare time.

     What is your favorite dish?

    Shiro

    What is your favorite book?

    'The Overcoat' by Nicolai Gogol.

    Who is the one Ethiopian personality that you admire?

    I admire the musical group The Lafontains. This duet has done much to bring up a number of artists and musicians including the phenomenal Teddy Afro.

    Do you have a memorable on-air incident?

    I remember at one time a young man frequently sending me hate messages via SMS. Most of them were insult regarding what I was doing. He finally told me that he did it because he was feeling annoyed with my show especially when he was a bit mistreated by life. I finally forgave him and we became friends.

    What was your feeling during your debut radio show?

    Just ridiculousness. I was doing it the way I do it right. No fear at all. I was shouting hello everybody this is Enkutatash (Ethiopian New Year) so enjoy and cheer up please hurry up! And everybody in studio was surprised and they were discussing about my mental health conditions.

    What is your favorite radio show besides your own?

    Tadias Addis on FM 102.1, Gojo Muisc on FM 96.3 and DJ Baby’s show on FM 98.1

    What is your favorite type of car?

    I like any big car such as D4D because I like everything that appeals to a gentleman's type. 

    What is the first thing you do when you get out of your bed and last thing when you go to bed?

    I usually pray in the morning. Since I’m a DJ working late in the night, I just go to bed after work.

    What do you want to achieve as a radio personality?

    I want to leave behind my own style and identity as a radio DJ. I don’t copy others and I have always been devoted to my own interest.

     

    'Qophii Ijollee'

    Zinash Olani (former radio host on Fana FM 98.1)

    For millions of Oromiffa language listeners and even for some who don’t speak the language, Zinash is familiar voice on the radio. She hosted a very popular radio show in Oromiffa on the National Radio and later on Fana radio stations. She says back in the day, she and some of her colleagues in the national radio station, the Amharic service, wrote their own scripts; and did it with no pay too. Zinash is also recognized for hosting a very popular radio show for children named “Qophii Ijollee” meaning children's program. She also served on the Ethiopian Television Oromifia services as an anchorwoman and was also host of another popular TV show in Oromifa dubbed Dhangaa (entertainment).

    What is your favorite pastime?

    I have a very tight schedule every week, and I can’t say I do something regularly on my spare time. Sometimes, I would like to spend time with my family here and in the countryside.

    What is your favorite dish?

    Injera. I eat nothing without it, not even pasta.

    What is your favorite book?

    I don’t like fiction. I read motivational books.

    Who is the one Ethiopian personality that you admire?

    Abebech Gobena. She is a great philanthropist who pioneered in organized orphanages in Ethiopia.

    Do you have a memorable on-air incident?

    During my stay with Fana, I didn’t recognize my long years of service there until I found out that some of the young radio journalists refer to me as Abaye (a nickname given to mothers in Oromiffa). They widely used that term for me due to the experience and age gap we had. Once, one of these young journalists went out for field reporting and he had to report live via telephone for a news program. Then, he started his telephone report calling me Abaye. 

    What was your feeling during your debut radio show?

    It was unbelievable for me to record my voice on a radio. I couldn’t believe it was me. I called my parents and friends to tell them that I have spoken on the radio.

    What is your favorable radio show besides your own?

    I rarely listen to radio shows because I’m busy running my own advertisement company these days. Moreover, there are a few which really catches my ears. But, I sometimes listen to radio shows on Oromiffa FM 93.1 because it attempts to raise awareness on the importance of rule of law among people in the countryside.

    What is your favorite type of car?

    I like big cars; I like cars that stand out among other small automobiles at the traffic stop. But, I’m currently driving a small Toyota automobile. I wish to change it with a Toyota RAV4 soon. 

    What is the first thing you do when you get out of bed and the last thing you do when you go to bed?

    I don’t do anything different. I wake up and wash, brush and rush.

    What do you want to achieve as a radio personality?

    I’m almost leaving it to focus on my own business with the exception that I turn on my TV once in a while. But, I would like set an example for the youth who want to pursue a career in radio.

     

    'Yetiras Shukshukta'

    Bethelhem Legesse (radio host at Bisrat 101.1 and Zami FM 90.7)

    With her soft and seductive voice, Bethlhem Legesse, 33, is one of the popular late night radio show hosts in Ethiopia. Especially, her late night show called “Yetiras Shukshukta” has stirred controversy as well as admiration from listeners. Developed by the founder of Zami Radio, Mimi Sebhatu, “Yetiras Shushukta” dissected issues which are considered to be taboo in Ethiopia: sexual life.  On the late night show, she engages people (especially married couples) to tune in and reveal their most intimate and secret stories. By doing so, she pushed the boundaries of society every time and she tried to normalize the talk of sex through her show for three years. Now, she moved to a different station, Bisrat FM, to host a radio show called Filsefena (philosophy) and it seems the controversy is following her. Subjects which are not raised among the society such as “Is God a woman?” are raised at her show.

    What is your favorite pastime?

    I meditate. I like to lock myself in and spend hours with myself. 

    What is your favorite dish?

    Kurt (raw meat)

    What is your favorite book?

    I read any book with a philosophical theme and also books by Sigmund Freud are my favorite.

    Who is the one Ethiopian personality that you admire?

    Laureate Tsegaye Gebremedhin and Maitre Artiste World Laureate Afework Tekle.

    Do you have a memorable on-air incident?

    In my show, there are moments where people talk about vulgar subjects and most of the time these issues are not easily discussed on the radio. Since it is live, it is unfiltered and these situations cannot be controlled. Once, they said you cannot turn back. There are also incidences where I assume the mic is off and I said personal stuff.

    What was your feeling on your debut radio show?

    It was very scary. I was controlling what I was saying and my biggest worry was not to offend people.

    What is your favorite radio show besides your own?

    “Yekidame Chewata” program on Sheger radio. I love Meaza Birru’s work. 

    What kind of car do you like?

    I used to drive a Volkswagen. I love Lamborghini and Toyota Executive.

    What is the first thing you do when you get out of bed and the last thing you do when you go to bed?

    I praise the Holy Spirit when I wake up and I do the same before bed.

    What do you want to achieve as a radio personality?

    I like to be a known for introducing new things on the radio.

     

    'Auto Car Talk'

    Sileshi Dejene (Sheger 102.1)

    Sileshi Dejene, 49, says his love and knowledge about cars started at an early age. Passing through hardships at a young age, he says he strived hard to get by. Sileshi went to high school in Harrar and later enrolled into Addis Tegbare-id TVET College, which paved the way to go deeper on the technical aspect of cars. Sileshi’s life as a radio personality started by hearing a program called Automotive Journal on Sheger FM, which he says tickled his senses. The auto-mechanic that was hosting that program was not pleasing for him and he kept calling the station to forward his criticism. His criticism was welcomed by the Sheger people and later led to his hiring. From that time on, he is the main host of the “Auto Car Talk” show for the past eight years.

    What is your favorite pastime?

    I spend it with cars and only cars. Fixing challenging technical problems excite me.

    What is your favorite dish?

    With the health problem I have, I can’t eat whatever I like. In the old times, I loved potato with sega wot (meat sauce). I grew up with that. I love shiro wot as well if it is well done.

    What is your favorite book?

    I like any technical, automotive book. But there is no specific book that I can refer to.

    Who is the one Ethiopian personality that you admire?

    Former Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

    Do you have a memorable on-air incident?

    There are a few moments. One time, a woman called me and told me that her car is not moving; and asked what to do. I told her to check the battery. She put me on speaker phone and told me there is no battery. In the meantime, a pedestrian came and showed her where the battery is located. She laughed and said thank you. There are times where we struggle about car models and the year it was made. Sometimes, what the document says and the year the actual car was made might not be the same. So, there is always conversation back and forth regarding these.

    What was your feeling on your debut radio show?

    I was well prepared for the show by reading a lot. Listening to my own voice, the lights, being behind the mirror were all new to me. 

    What is your favorite radio show besides your own?

    Yes there are a couple of shows on Sheger such as Yekidame Chewata and Sinksar. I like Andualem and Meaza Birru.

    What kind of car do you like?

    My job requires me to drive. I own four wheel drive Nissan Patrol and a 4WD Toyota Corolla. I like cars with high horsepower and speed such as 1600-4,000 cc: Toyota, RAV4 and muscle cars are my favorite (Chevrolet and Ford). 

    What is the first thing you do when you get out of bed and the last thing you do when you go to bed?

    I don’t have a morning ritual; I just go to work very early in the morning. The last thing I do before I go to bed is surf the internet and read about cars. 

    What do you want to achieve as a radio personality?

    I want to see the automotive industry thrive and radio to help strengthen it. It might be too ambitious but I want to establish an automotive technical radio. This might be far from reality but it I just my wishes.

     

    'Bisrat Sport'

     Mensur Abdulkeni (Bisrat 101.1) 

     Among the football crazed Ethiopians, names like Mensur Abdulkeni is a household name. Mensur, 40, started  his sports journalism as Managing Editor at a newspaper called “Ethio Sport”. Later on, because the  newspaper business was discouraging, he wished to make the football talk more versatile. So Mensur moved  to radio. He started his radio career simultaneously with his newspaper as he started to host a Sunday morning sports bulletin entitled “Talk Football” with his co-host, Abiy Teklemariam on FM 97.1.

     Back in the day, he appeared as a guest on Kuas Meda on Sheger and co-hosted a sports show called “Egir  Quasin Be Radio Temelketu” (Watch Football Through Radio) with Mesele Mengistu, currently owner of Bisrat  FM 101.1, on Fana FM 98.1. Currently, Mensur co-hosts “Bisrat Sport” on Bisrat FM 101.1 the whole week.

     What is your favorite pastime?

    I read military books. I surf online and sometimes I go to the cinema.

    What is your favorite dish?

    I like doro wot.

    What is your favorite book?

    I am into military books these days. Documentaries also peak my interest.

    Who is the one Ethiopian personality that you admire?

    Haile Gebreselassie. 

    Do you have a memorable on-air incident?

    I don’t remember the details but we were transmitting a live European cup match on Sheger. It was a match between Italy and a team I can’t recall now. Sometimes, you lose focus. There was an international bet on one of the Italian players, if he gets a penalty and scores. We were so caught up on the bet. In the middle of the game, the opposite team got a penalty but from the three of the hosts the two of us were erroneously saying that Italy got a penalty. One of our co-hosts was confused. We understood what we did and could not control our laugh then. Many people texted and called us on what we are doing. Another one is when there was a Manchester derby match. I was fine before the game; but after the game has started I begun to feel a severe stomachache. It was a live match analysis and could not continue; so I gave a sign to Mesele and left. After a while, I came back and some time has passed in the game. It was difficult to capture the essence of the game but I caught up eventually.

    What was your feeling on your debut radio show?

    I guess nothing. The only people you face are the technicians and the microphone so I was not scared. But, I am also aware of the millions of listeners out there so I am careful.

    What is your favorite radio show besides your own?

    I listen sport shows on the different FMs to evaluate my show. What I like is Dagu Addis, which focuses on reproductive health issues and I thinks it is a courageous show.

    What kind of car do you like?

    I don’t drive. I am not into cars that much but I like RAV4.

    What is the first thing you do when you get out of bed the last thing you do when you go to bed?

    I don’t think I have a usual pattern but I always get up early in the morning and browse the different websites to know what is going on in the football world. But, I don’t do this only in the morning but in different occasions. It’s a job. During the evenings, I follow text commentaries for matches that are not aired; but if there is a game I don’t miss it. I think my night ritual is reading books. 

    What do you want to achieve as a radio personality?

    I want to have a lot of listeners. And also I want to bring change to the Ethiopian football policy.

     

     'Tizita Ze Arada'

     Teferi Alemu (Sheger 102.1) 

     Teferi Alemu, 50, is one of the legendary theater personalities in Ethiopian theater history. Many do not forget  his character on ETV’s drama him playing a confused professor entitled “Kiftet”. He also got critical acclaim  for a play called “Yetelekech Jember”. He also contributed to the art world through writing: “Yekafiya Mitch”.  Teferi is known for his narrative skills presenting works such as Adam Reta’s “Ebdu Shibeshi” and reading the  prolific works of poet Gebrekirstos Desta. Many are accustomed to his unique voice and also his show “Jiwa Jiwe”. Currently, Teferi is known for his show “Tizita Ze Arada” on Sheger where he is also a co-owner.

     What is your favorite pastime?

    I read books, watch movies and I spend my time especially my Sundays with my children.

    What is your favorite dish?

    Shiro. 

    What is your favorite book?

    There are many books that made unforgettable impressions on me. I have high regards for books such as “Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck, “The Tale of two cities” by Charles Dickens and “The Brothers Karamazov” by Fyodor Dostoevsky. 

    Who is the one Ethiopian personality that you admire?

    There are a lot of people on various fields. For instance, on medicine Dr. Abirham (a general surgeon), Dr. Geda (neurologist), Dr. Belay Abegaz (a cardiovascular specialist) are few that I admire.

    Do you have a memorable on-air incident?

    There are a couple of them actually. With short story narratives, it is usually pre-recorded since sound effects and music are added to give it flavor; but other programs are done live. One time, I recorded my show and when it was time to present the short story the recorded tape could not be found. Fortunately, the book was in my hand so I had to read and narrate it live. It is usually a difficult job to do.

    What was your feeling on your debut radio show?

    It was very scary. I felt suffocated. I did not like my voice at all and I could not understand why they liked my voice.

    What is your favorite radio show beside your own?

    I listen to shows but I don’t really have a specific show and host that I like.

    What kind of cars do you like?

    I don’t drive. I own a Toyota Yaris and I have a driver but I see cars as only a means of transportation. 

    What is the first thing you do when you get out of bed and the last thing you do when you go to bed?

    I just do a little prayer to make my day good and also I will do the same thing before I fall asleep to make my nights safe and sound.

    What do you want to achieve as a radio personality?

    We got here. We established this radio station and I don’t consider myself as a radio personality I am a theater professional.

     

    'Africawuyan'

    Ketselawork Seifu (Sheger 102.1)

    “Africawuyan” radio show is a music program that takes one to the various vibrant cultures of the different African countries. Describing what the radio show entails, the radio host Ketselawork Seifu, 46, says it is presenting positive and balanced imagery of Africa tapping into African experiences and stories. The show focuses on creating a sense of belongingness to the bigger picture of what Africa is and what blackness entails through music. Ketselawork, who lived in the US for two decades and who is a photographer by profession, is also deeply immersed into fashion as a stylist. Coming back to her country, after eight years, she run a family restaurant for a year and also worked in a film as a stylist which is not released yet. The reason she started the radio is because of one of the renowned musicians, Jorga Mesfin, who actually started the “Africawuyan” radio show. When he left for three months, Ketselawork’s husband who is also a musician took over and when her husband left she took over the show.

    What is your favorite pastime?

    I like listening to music and do not go out that much. Apart from spending it with the family, I also listen to music at home. 

    What is your favorite dish?

    Doro wot.

    What is your favorite book?

    I love spiritual books. 

    Who is the one Ethiopian personality that you admire?

    My great grandmother who I was named after: Ketselawork Tulu and also my mother.

    Do you have a memorable on-air incident?

    There was a moment that I don’t forget. At one time, my former co-host heard a certain rumor that says the former Ethiopian president Mengistu Hailemariam has passed away; and he broke the news on the show. Actually, Mengistu’s in-laws heard the news and informed us that he was alive and kicking.

    What was your feeling on your debut radio show?

    I had all the feelings: excitement, scared, nervous and all my senses were alert.

    What is your favorite show besides your own?

    “Asham” on Bisrat FM 101.1 and I also like Meaza Birru. 

    What kind of car do you like?

    I drive a Nissan but like a Land Rover. 

    What is the first thing you do when you get out of bed and the last thing you do when you go to bed?

    I do yoga and meditate in the morning and listen to my music. During the night, I listen to music, watch movies and read bedtime stories to my children.

    What do you want to achieve as a radio personality?

    I want to see Ethiopians embrace their African identity. We are part of the bigger picture and respecting that and working together would be an achievement.


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  • ‘I like to see Ethiopia compete in African cup competitions’

    Yohannes Sahile, Ethiopian National Team Coach 

    The Reporter:Tell us briefly about your career as a footballer

    Yohannes Sahile: Well, I started playing football at a club level, with a youth club known as Anbessa Club. That is where I started and then I transferred to another club called Ras Hotel. It was from there, that I was selected to play for the national team. And then from there, I joined St. George FC. I played there for two years. I was also a part of the national team in 1986.

    You left for the US afterwards. What happened then?

    After I left for the US in 1986 I went to study at the University of Connecticut in New Haven. I received my bachelor’s degree in communication after four years study. When I played there I was twice voted MVP (Most Valuable Player) and in my conference I was player of the year. Then, I stayed there to do my masters. I did my masters in Sports Leadership. And in 1994, I got my first job as head coach in first division college at Alabama A & M University. I coached there for about four years. At the time, there were around nine players who were recruited from Ethiopia playing for that collage. Almost all of them, before they went to play in the US, were Ethiopian national team players. They were in my team in 1994-95. Then I went on to become a technical director. Which means I started coaching not just teams but also coaches. 

    After I left Alabama around 1998-99 I was selected to coach Olympic development team for European tour (which they call it Bavarian Cup) and that was in Germany. Eventually, I joined a sports academy opened in Ohio by Brad Friedel, the Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper, as a senior coach. In the academy we bring players from all over the world. We bring young active players who are 16 and 17. We train them and then we sell them [in players transfer market]. I was the only African guy working as a senior coach.

    How about your qualifications in terms of training in coaching? 

    It was I think in 1995 that I received a “C” coaching license from the US Soccer Federation and then I got my “B” license in 2001, again from the US. I have also received coaching license from Brazil and a diploma from the Netherlands in 2002. I have also obtained an elite instructor’s license from CAF (Confederation of African Football) in 2010. 

    You are now the new coach of Ethiopian national team – the Walias. What do you think of the current status of Ethiopian football?

    I mean it’s hard to say this and that. There are so many things we have to improve. So many things we have to work and focus at the youth level. The coaches at the youth level have to get proper trainings. We have many players playing football. But they should get proper training as they start football. The bottom line is football is like an education. You can start education early to be well educated once you are 17 and 18 or 19 years old. You have to start when you are young. Then you can have a good base. To be a good footballer at young age they have to have a good base at the age of 14 or 15. After that the only thing you can is improve your physical fitness. When you come to the premier level, the focus is working more on technique, tactic and psychology. Education is the backbone for sport to create better footballers or even in other fields of sport. Now we are struggling, because we don’t give attention to those kind of things when the players are young. That is why we get those players who never been coached properly. Because of that we struggle. 

    As the new coach of the Walias what is your ambition?  

    I have a passion for football. Football is the only thing I know. My education is in sports. I played football all my life. And I have been coaching. I like to see Ethiopia compete in the African cup competitions again and again to improve our football. That is what I want to achieve.

    Source:The Reporter Ethiopia

    May 9,2015

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  • Ethiopiyawi: the new African hand-me-down sound

    In Ethiopia, a forward-thinking network of artists are uniting traditional folk and chopped-up beats with whatever equipment they can get their hands on, writes Huw Oliver.

    In downtown Addis Ababa, most nightclubs have a disappointingly generic, western playlist. But on the outskirts of the Ethiopian capital, you’ll discover a throng of exciting local producers throwing their own impromptu parties and packing out muggy backstreet bars. Meshing street musician samples and traditional folk sounds with UKG and Burial-inspired beats, they call the movement Ethiopiyawi electronic.

    Music equipment is notoriously costly and difficult to get hold of in this part of the world but, recently, modern software like Ableton, along with MIDI controllers and hand-me-down drum machines have become more readily accessible. As a result, scene linchpins Endeguena Mulu (AKA Ethiopian Records) and Mikael Seifu (AKA Mic Tek) are offering their studios and equipment for use to local kids. They encourage them to absorb what they hear around them, while at the same time drawing upon the electronic patrimony of the UK and US. And rather than elevating the EDM sound, they prefer the twitching rhythms of Kode9 and Flying Lotus.

    Often consisting of little more than a lyre or lute sample, underpinned by a chopped-up house or garage beat and overlaid with the looped chants of azmaris (folk singer-musicians), the Ethiopiyawi electronic style takes its cues from Ethio-jazz legend Mulatu Astatke and South African futurist collective Fantasma in the way that it smoothly blends traditional and modern styles. In a country with more than 80 ethnic groups and 40 native instruments spanning horns, percussion and strings, Ethiopian folk music is inherently diverse.

    As such, the Ethiopiyawi Electronic producers recognize that these sounds can be rehoused in such a way that both promotes tradition and creates something new and refreshing. Endeguena, for instance, is surrounded by a network of like-minded revivalists, such as acoustic act the Akebulans, reggae outfit Zion Rebels and various woodwind players, who contribute samples to his tracks. “This is my country, my culture, this is what has been passed down to me,” he explains. “Some of these instruments are as old as the history of our country itself, and the essence of the songs and instruments are a guiding force in what I do. These are sounds that are entrenched in who I am as a musician.”

    At the same time, he is driven by the urge to create new musical hybrids. “We’re simply trying to make sounds that we ourselves haven’t heard or heard of before, with the tools and knowledge at our disposal. Ethiopiyawi electronic is a music that’s using technology, as well as the limitless, diverse sounds of Ethiopia, to make sounds that explore beyond the realms of our current understanding of music.”

    Like many others, Endeguena started out with basic sampling software at the end of the 90s, but hadn’t been able to get his material out until now. Washington DC based label 1432 R has become something of an ambassador for the Ethiopiyawi electronic sound, recently putting out EPs from both Mikael and Endeguena. The pair also have a joint release in the works under the name Gold & Wax. “What I’m most excited about now is actually playing my music live with traditional instrumentalists,” Endeguena says. “There are so many things I want to put out, but live performance feels like the natural next step.”

    Ed.'s Note:  This article first appeared in The Guardian.

    Source:The Reporter Ethiopia

    Feb 07 2015

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  • A formidable opposition?

    Yilikal Getnet (Eng.) is the President of Semayawi (Blue) Party.

    He assumed the position since the party’s establishment in 2012 after a group broke- off from the Unity for Democracy and Justice Party (UDJ) due to differences in the party following the latter’s decision to work with The Ethiopian Federal Democratic Unity Forum (Medrek). The party is registered by the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) to contest in the May general election, which will be its first since establishment. Following the recent high-profile decision of the Board regarding the leadership wrangle in the UDJ and the All Ethiopian Union Party (AEUP), disgruntled members of UDJ are flocking to the Blue Party, which is accepting them with open arms. Neamin Ashenafi of The Reporter sat down with the president of Blue to discuss recent political developments in the country and many other issues surrounding the upcoming general election. Yilekal was asked to talk about alternatives that his party is offering to the electorate, the new manifesto of the party, the cooperation of nine parties where Blue is a leader and other pertinent issues. Excerpts: 

    The Reporter: Let us start with Semayawi (Blue) Party’s overall preparation for the upcoming election?

    Yilikal Getnet: As it is an election year, the general assembly and the council of the party have held several deliberations to approve, in September, a special plan for the year. Our main target is to win the election with a two-third absolute majority. We are working towards that by fielding candidates in all regions of the country except for some remote areas.  Some 400 candidates are registered and we aim to win in 380 constituencies. We have finalized in having our candidates registered but with the extended timetable we would make some adjustments. We have detailed action plan and organizational capability to achieve our target. We are preparing manifesto and policy briefs. In addition, we have formed cooperation with eight other political parties under the motto ‘freedom for fair election’ to ensure a level playing field which has been restricted since 2005. With these two strategies we hope to mobilize the public, build our organizational capacity, regain our constitutional rights the ruling party deprived us and come out victorious.

    How many candidates do you plan to field?

    With the remaining time we may have as much as 500 candidates registered. Many leaders and members of Andinet [Unity for Democracy and Justice] and AEUP [All Ethiopian Unity Party] are joining our party because of what happened to both parties. So, the number of candidates we are going to field might reach up to 500. 

    Beyond a general liberal democracy ideology your party ascribes to, do you offer clear alternatives in terms of policy and so on?

    First and foremost, we would work massively to ensure quality education that would enable our citizens to be more competitive. The other is narrowing income inequality. While few are getting richer, some 34 million are still living under the poverty line. So, we intend to focus on massive poverty reduction schemes, creating more job opportunities targeting the poor and ensuring their political, social and economic guarantees.

    We will work with Ethiopian farmers to own their land, not for them to sell it for quick gains, but so that they can get more benefits out of it. Owning their land means they can better develop it or mortgage it to get bank loans. It is also a political guarantee for the farmer - that no one can forcefully evict him from his land. 

    We would also focus on factors that unite us than divides us by embracing our diversity. To take pride in our history and in who we are; to learn from our past mistakes and move forward rather than dwell on wrongs of the past to quarrel with one another. These are the major ones to put it simply.

    Have you included these in the manifestos you are preparing for people to examine them?

    Sure. Not only that, we also point out the flaws in the ideologies and policies the ruling party ascribes to and the alternatives we are offering. It is prepared in a way our voters can easily understand.

    When will you reveal the manifesto?

    I would assume it will be out by the time campaigning begins. Probably, during the last week of February; but surely it will happen within a month. The major work is done; it is about expediting the work that remains.

    How many members does your party have?

    We do not know the exact number at this moment. Like I have said, almost all members of UDJ have joined our party. This has brought an abrupt change to the number of our members. It was something we did not expect. We had around 50 thousand members, according to data from two months ago.

    What would you say is Blue Party’s fundamental difference from the ruling party?

    In plain language, the basic difference is our willingness to take the people on board and promote the wisdom that exists within the people as opposed to the EPRDF’s all-knowing and restrictive approach. We want to create an environment where all Ethiopians can contribute according to their calling. A government should only play the role of a facilitator and coordinator. But EPRDF follows a restrictive top-down approach where planning is done by few and carried out by others. In addition, their approach is divisive but we focus on unity in diversity. They follow linguistic-based federalism but we include other factors such as culture, settlement, administrative ease, geography and resources. The land policy now in place gives the government and the party the right to control land but we want urban dwellers and farmers to own their land and we will privatize land, except for the communal ones. These are the major ones. 

    The large number of opposition political parties competing against one other have made it more advantageous for the ruling EPRDF by dividing votes. If you want to form a coalition with other opposition parties, what commonalities or differences does Blue Party has with AEUP or UDJ?

    A political party worthy of the name is the one highly regarded by the public, can influence the international community, is better placed in terms of support, has membership or financial capacity and is with a real chance to assume power. But, there are parties with one or two members but what sort of alternative or hope do these parties offer for the public? So, in my view the major ones are EPRDF, Medrek and, recently, Blue Party and Andinet. I would not put AEUP in the same category as it is facing a split. There are those with similar policies with the EPRDF but who oppose the manner they are being implemented. There are others like Medrek who aspire for true federalism and respect for the right of nations and nationalities. And differently, there are parties like Semayawi and others who strive for strong unity that accommodate our diversity. So, there are three major groups of political parties. We have distinct difference with Medrek in areas like the federal system and land policy we wish to implement. They are more like centrist or social democrats whereas we are center right or liberal democrats that favor a small government.

    Following the National Electoral Board’s decision regarding UDJ, large number of members and those in the leadership have joined Semayawi Party. Had it not been for the Board’s decision, this might not have happened. What is the core difference between the two parties that prevented a merger in the past?

    Putting detailed policy differences aside, the level and commitment of the leadership and their understanding of the political landscape are factors that need to be considered. For example, we call peaceful political rallies by notifying authorities and without seeking permission. And we pay the necessary sacrifice for it. Some view these as emotionally driven, unwise or acts of defiance. 

    In your last press conference, you said the electoral board’s decision proved a blessing in disguise as it enabled somewhat of a merger of the two parties. Is this coming from your past as former member of Andinet which claims to be the rightful heir to the popular Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) of 2005 or the trials and tribulations of past failed attempts to form mergers? 

    Both can be taken as factors. What the Board and the EPRDF did on UDJ and AEUP was also attempted on Semayawi. In my view, it was a campaign to discredit the institutional wellbeing of these political parties. That is why you see these campaigns against these parties, including Medrek, all at one time. But we took a firm stand to resist it. It was a futile propaganda campaign aimed at portraying the opposition political parties as weak and divided so that the public elects EPRDF even if they do not like it. So, our coming together quashes all those efforts. It shows that opposition political parties can resist the pressure from the regime and join forces. Secondly, we have been unable to form a merger due to minor differences. UDJ and Medrek were once one party. But they are now working separately. So, there is no longer major difference between UDJ and Semayawi. Had the merger took the normal course, details like what should be the name of the party, the leadership composition and so on would have taken some time. But now, that fence is quickly demolished by the Board’s decision. 

    You have also said that formalities in place for individuals who wish to be a member of Blue Party will be bypassed for newly joining former members of UDJ. Can you tell us what these formalities are?

    There are basic formalities such as one needs to be above the age of 18, should not be legally or mentally interdicted, and is not a member of another political party. As long as these are observed, any Ethiopian who supports Semayawi’s programs can be a member of the party. But he/she remains as member-elect for a six weeks induction period where we also do background checks. Upon completion, the party’s two members of the leadership will attest by signing the full membership of the individual. But the other is, the party’s executive committee may grant full membership without the need for the individual to undergo the induction period if it is of the view that doing so would be advantageous for the party. Both methods are stipulated on our party’s bylaws. And as you are aware, members of UDJ are committed and have been in political struggle for long. They do not need an induction. So, with the executive committee’s decision and in accordance with the party’s bylaw, they get full membership. 

    How many of these new members are representing the Blue Party in the upcoming general election?

    Actually I don’t have the data at this time but through our different structures across regional states we have many members registering to stand for election. In the capital city, there are 23 city council seats for which we are planning to run. However, now we are holding it off to see if we can find better qualified candidates from the newly joining former UDJ members. Now that we have become one party, we don’t see it as UDJ or Blue party candidates; we would be represented by a better candidate regardless of which party he/she came from.

    Recently, you were involved in some sort of a dispute with a local radio station, Fana Broadcasting Corporate. I have learnt that it has to do with some interview you conducted with the radio station. What happened there?

    In our view, the ruling party has launched a major campaign against the opposition parties in the country in a desperate ploy to convince the public that the opposition is weak and divided and cannot be a viable contestant. This is fairly visible in what happened to the two political parties that we have discussed above. We have seen that radio station in question is a major instrument in this all-out campaign against opposition parties. So, what happened with the interview I had with Fana was an extension to what the ruling party and the Board have been doing to discredit the opposition camp among the public. So, they approached me to do an interview and I agreed to record it in the station’s studio. When, I arrived to do the interview at the studio, what I have encountered was not what we have discussed. They had video cameras ready to record not only my voice but also to film the interview. But, I refused and we settled by sticking on the radio interview. All in all, it was a two-hour interview, and as caution against doctoring the tape of the interview I also kept my own copy of the interview on my cell phone. One day before the airing of the interview, the host of the program called me to inform me that the recording of our interview was in fact damaged and cannot be aired as scheduled. Surprised, how such a radio station with state-of-the-art equipments can succumb to damages to recordings, I offered to share my version of the recordings. However, he refused saying it is not broadcast quality. Now, in another unrelated incident, another crew from the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation came to our office to conduct an interview with the head of public relations of the Blue Party, Yonathan Tesfaye. Similarly, this hour and a half interview was also scraped. I have come to realize that the sorts of questions which were presented to both me and Yonathan were the same focusing on party’s intentions to incite public violence around election time. However, I suspect both of the interviews did not achieve their target of staining the good name of the party.

    But the host of the show said on air that you are welcome to attend the discussion once more and that what happened last time was an unfortunate technical failure on the part of the station. Would you dare go again on the show once more?

    Of course that is why I went there in the first place. In fact, it was the host who made up excuses not to air my interview in the first place. If we see, our previous experiences with UDJ, it was Fana who made the recordings, both audio and video, and gave it to EBC to air it. So, I had a hard time buying the excuse that is the recording has encountered some sort of malfunction and have been lost. Nevertheless, if invited, I would still be open to go on the show and have the discussion again. 

    Let us talk about the nine-party cooperation that the Blue party is spearheading. The controversies surrounding the Board regarding the cooperation’s legal status still hangs in the air. What is this entity doing at this time?

    I think we are going to have a formal press briefing very soon to inform the public of our next course of action. The cooperation is working with a leading slogan of “freedom for fair election” in which we will ask the ruling party to stop the repression so that public can go out and elect its leaders freely. However, what we are seeing now is proof of the repressive tactics that is employed by the ruling party. Our next move would be to stage a nationwide peaceful demonstration under the same slogan. In this regard, we are planning to stage a demo across 15 cities in the country in February, all at the same time. With new members joining the our party from UDJ, we now have more force and resources to hold a demonstration like this across the nation. Anyway we are planning to give a press briefing soon to notify the public of what we will be doing. Nevertheless, things have been a bit slow on the nine-party cooperation front for a few months now. This was because all the parties in the cooperation were preoccupied by the issue of candidate registration for the upcoming general election. Ethiopia is a very big county, and the logistical requirement to run for election across the nation is quite immense. Most of the parties including mine were busy registering candidates for the election across the nation. If you ask me for instance, we had most of our members engaged in the candidates' registration task across the country. But now, we have more or less completed this task and are ready to come back to the agenda pursued by the nine-party cooperation.

    One of the parties in the nine-party cooperation is AEUP. Based on the decision of the Board that is announced last week, the AEUP party is split into two with the group led by Abebaw Mehari formally recognized by the Board as the legal leadership. Which AEUP is in the cooperation? 

     One thing that has to be clear is that our relationship is with the party not individuals. So, our relationship was with parties who were holding the legal seal and certificate. At the time, the leadership of Abebaw Mehari was legally recognized by the Board as head of AEUP. Although the leadership of Abebaw also had some issues with the Board, the cooperation inherently was an alliance on some strategic issues, not a structural relationship. After the disputed leadership case was arbitrated by the Board, the party has not made any formal communication with cooperation. We are waiting for them to clear their internal party issues and get united and come forth to work with cooperation. So, the leadership issues are in fact not that significant of a challenge to the cooperation. But, we can not conclude that the leadership issues in AEUP had no impact on the activities of the nine-party cooperation. For one, it has created a greater confusion among AEUP’s support base both locally and abroad which in turn is having a bearing on the capability of the party and the cooperation to mobilize resources. For instance, if we see the number of people who were imprisoned during the recent demonstration of the cooperation it is hundreds of Blue Party members against five or six AEUP members. This shows you how this party is not devoting all its capacity for this work due to the leadership problem which it has not solved at the time. 

    As you know the ruling party has unique advantage to campaigning on the grounds of the already implemented infrastructural projects which the public is witnessing first hand and are already giving service. What concrete deliverables did the Blue Party have to sway votes away from the ruling party which is campaigning on basis of already implemented projects?

    We do have a lot of things that we are going to offer to our voters. But, I am not sure if it is the right time to discuss them now, tactically. You see, we believe most of the ideas that ruling party took up to implement after the 2005 election is that of the CUD’s. So, why do we need to reveal our strategic points now; the ruling party might swiftly take them and say that they are its own. If I have to give you highlights, no doubt that we will be offering an alternative where the youth would find employment, wealth will be distributed fairly, power will be devolving to public and accountability will strengthen. We will also offer a system where this process will be freely scrutinized by a free and independent media. This being the case, all these changes would take time. The process of institution building requires time. However, as Ethiopians we believe that we could and we would improve on a lot of things just by setting up the democratic system.

    Source:The Reporter Ethiopia

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