Zenawi gives Djibouti’s Guelleh farmland – Reuters Africa

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Land-locked Ethiopia has given Djiboutian President Omar Ismail Guelleh large tracts of land for wheat farming and a lakeside holiday home, officials said on Tuesday.

The Red Sea state has been Ethiopia’s major outlet to the sea since Addis Ababa lost the ports of Assab and Massawa when Eritrea won independence in 1991.

Ethiopia gave Guelleh 7,000 hectares of land some 400 km (250 miles) south of Addis Ababa, where government officials say he will grow wheat. (more…)

Land-locked Ethiopia has given Djiboutian President Omar Ismail Guelleh large tracts of land for wheat farming and a lakeside holiday home, officials said on Tuesday.

The Red Sea state has been Ethiopia’s major outlet to the sea since Addis Ababa lost the ports of Assab and Massawa when Eritrea won independence in 1991.

Ethiopia gave Guelleh 7,000 hectares of land some 400 km (250 miles) south of Addis Ababa, where government officials say he will grow wheat.
“A team of experts has already started preliminary work to set up a modern and mechanized farm,” said the officials, who spoke on the condition on anonymity.

Guelleh, who was in Ethiopia last week with his wife and a ministerial delegation, was also given 10,000 square metres of lakeside land some 45 km (30 miles) east of the capital on which to build a holiday home, the officials said.

Guelleh already owns a $5 million presidential residence in Ethiopia’s eastern town of Dire Dawa, they said.

Djibouti’s port earns about $300 million a year from handling some 4.6 million tonnes of Ethiopian goods, and recently said it would raise its tariffs on port services, prompting Ethiopia to send its trade minister to Djibouti.

Last month Djibouti accused Eritrea, which is also at loggerheads with Ethiopia, of starting clashes on their border in which 12 Djiboutian soldiers were killed and 55 wounded.

Eritrea denied its troops had crossed the border and rejected Western criticism that it had started the fighting. (For Reuters Africa coverage and to have your say on the top issue, visit http://africa.reuters.com/) (Reporting by Tsegaye Tadesse, editing by Jack Kimball and Tim Pearce)

  1. mammo
    | #1

    The story has a blurry line. Did Weyane gave land to Djiboutit or to a private citizen of Djibuti?

    We have to dig deeper to know what exactly happened.

  2. | #2

    Addis Ababa did not lost the ports of Assab, But Zenawi gave it to Isias. Do not worry too much, When the time comes, the people of Ethiopia, Sumalia, Djibbouti and Eretria would be one. The land is all ours. What we have to do is that, work hard and work together and struggle together,to wage political, economic, social and sychological war against these ruthless leaders, who are serviving on deviding our people on all fronts. I believe the people of Ethiopia, Sumalia, Eretria, and Djibouti are one, and are understanding what is going on, except some fickle and silly lakyes who gets some profane crups. God forgive them for they do not know what they are doing against the people of God. Thanks.

  3. Adama girl
    | #3

    I am from Oromiaa this Malaas Zaanaawi Wayane knows best.

    Baale is not touched by anyone even Amaaraa Tigree army of Wayaane can not touch Green land Oromia

    Oromo community in Minnesota has just said this news is lie but we still want our freedom and Wayaane out of Oromia Ogaadeiaa and Somaliaa

    Oromia for Oromo
    Ogaadeniaa for Somalia

  4. GiGi
    | #4

    Adama Girl,

    Are you thinking through your brain or ass?
    You seem to be real retarded. You “Ergo Ras”!. An “Ergo Ras” is one whose brain has so frozen that one’s brain has stopped thinking. There is no oromo land, only Ethiopian. Ethiopians are intermixed with one another.

    No oromo land nor Somali land, only Ethiopian Land.

    If you don’t shut up then I will smack you upside down.

    GiGi.

  5. HAGOSS
    | #5

    WELL DONE GIGI I AM WITH YOU.

  6. Workitu
    | #6

    Adama girl

    you are a weyane cadre spreading your usual discredited ethnic hatred pretending to be oromo.

    Shut your dirty mouth. Oromos, somalis, ogadenis have well understood your strategy of divide and rule.

    All ethiopians will live happily together once
    your master and his cadres are kicked out of power.

    Ethiopian lands that are being sold to
    ala-mudin, al-bashir, and guled by your dingay ras masters will be reclaimed by the rightful owners, ethiopians.

  7. bula
    | #7

    workitu you are not bettar enough to blame some
    one. when your slfe are so racist narow amara.
    ethiopia is for all ethiopian. no mater our deferents.

  8. | #8

    I agree with Gigi, there is no different lands for ethinicity division, only ethiopian land. I do not appreciate oromo community in Minisota because they have to be Ethiopian community. Divide and rule is woyanne’s strategy of strengthining his power, so why is the people doing the same sheet like woyanne?

  9. | #9

    Iam agree with Gigi comante what he sade the are no oromo lanede u pepel gero up we oll ethiopian pease

  10. Mussa Ghedi
    | #10

    Do you people know that Guellet was bred and brought up in Dire Dawa? If you could look at the positive aspect of of the whole affair; i.e: if this story is true, his investment ventures is a welcome and should not be viewed any different way than the many foreign investers from Europe, Asia and else where that are involved in different sectors of the economy. Woyane or billa woyane capital inflow is a nescessity if we wish to develop our economy. Second and for most in my view is a Djibuty president wanting to come back to the highlands signifies the shallowness of all the political, ethnic rethoric most people try to shove down our throet, deep in our souls we know we are not that far different as people.
    I strongly believe who ever takes the government from the woyane should encourage such moves.
    allah bless

  11. Adama girl
    | #11

    all you waayaane preach about stupid one ethiopia why

    Oromo never mix with qomaxaa amaaraa or agaame tigree

    your habaashaa king Maanaalik sent his army of tigree amaaraa people to come and rape Oromo community and you tell us we mix

    it is shame if any Oromo mix with habaashaa

    No Oromo or Ogaaden mix with you
    Get out of our land now

    Wayaane out
    Manalik out
    Haaile Saalaiase out
    Maangisstu out

    Asaboot koran malee
    Suufii naannawan malee
    Odaa jigaa hin arganii
    Yoo lola bu’an malee
    Dhiiraan walqaban malee
    Garaa jagnaa hin arganii

  12. Adama girl
    | #12

    Ethiopia rape Oromo land and Ogaden land for many years

    We do not speak Amaaraa language or Tigree languagee
    your language must remain north of gojjaam

    You dont belong finfinee adaamaa haarar or dire dhawaa

    you belong gondaar akssum makaalee bahaar daar and those area

    habashaa land is nothing. you cant grow even brain in your land

  13. HAGOSS
    | #13

    adama girl
    pls do not push the lion into your nasty ass.
    long live tigry & amara the real ethiopians.
    if you dont like to be united with all ethiopians. get out of our land ethiopia. to kenia or somalia. dedeb hulu ayasfeligewum eshiruru. ethiopia ni kidmit

  14. WEGESHAW
    | #14

    “Adama girl” if you are supporting the ruling tyrannical and atrocious group, whose army is raping women and children not only in Ethiopia but even in Somalia, then you have to make a pen name change into “AGAZI GIRLE”! It is a matter of time that one day all children of motherEthiopia:Oromos,Amharas,Tigrayans,Gurages,Sidamas,
    Anuaks,Welaitas and all the rest come together and form the once glorious country and nation we have been in history! Long live united Ethiopia and let her internal and external enemies perish!

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