Gunmen kill director of Dangote Cement plant in Ethiopia

Country manager of Dangote Ethiopia Deep Kamara Photo: Reporter

Source: Addis Standard

Addis Abeba May 16/2018 – Sources with the knowledge told Addis Standard that Deep Kamara, the country manager of Dangote Cement Ethiopia, and two more Ethiopians, a driver and a secretary, were shot dead by unidentified men today. Beakal, the secretary is a mother of three, the youngest of whom is only one years old.

According to a local who spoke to Addis Standard by phone, the three individuals were killed while driving in a local place called Inchini. Dangote Cement is located in West Shewa Zone of the Oromia regional state, in Ada Berga District, Mugher Town, 85 km west of Addis Abeba.

“Our community is devastated; Oboo Gallatta was like a father to many of us,” our source who wants to remain anonymous said. “Gallatta” is the Oromo name the locals have given Mr. Kamara in September 2017 at a ceremony organized by local authorities and Dangote Cement to settle differences with the local community.

During the 2016 -2017 Oromo protests, protesters have torched trucks and machinaries belonging to Dangote Cement on various occasions. Since September 2017,  however, reconciliation was held at a ceremony the plant hosted and was attended by more than 1, 500 locals, including elders from the area.

A cabinet member of the Oromia regional state who spoke to Addis Standard on conditions of anonymity said he was in the factory last week as part of continued discussions between the locals and the factory management on issues related to the working relationship between the locals and the factory. According to him, these discussions were ongoing with a “sense of understanding and mutual respect on both sides” and representatives of the regional government were taking part. Investigations have been launched by the regional and federal police, according to him.

The bodies of the three victims were transferred to Minilik Hospital  this afternoon for a postmortem examination. According to a source from the factory’s management team, the families of all the three were notified of the tragic incident. AS 


ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Unidentified gunmen killed the manager of a plant owned by Nigeria’s Dangote Industries Limited in Ethiopia on Wednesday after he was attacked in the restive Oromiya region while returning to the capital from the factory, officials said.

Oromiya, which surrounds the capital Addis Ababa, was plagued by violence for over two years, largely fueled by a sense of political and economic marginalisation among its young population.

Hundreds died in the violence that was triggered in 2015 by demonstrations over land rights, before they broadened into rallies over freedoms that spread to other regions.

“The company’s director died following an attack by unknown gunmen that took place while he was returning to Addis Ababa from the factory alongside two company employees,” a government statement said.

“Security forces are currently pursuing the assailants,” it added. The statement called on residents in the area to help gather details.

Representatives of the company in Nigeria were not immediately available for comment.

It was not immediately clear whether it was the company’s country representative or the plant manager who died in the attack.

During the unrest, some vehicles belonging to the firm were torched by protesters.

Company heads have been in discussions with the region’s authorities to boost employment opportunities.

The plant – Ethiopia’s largest cement producer – was inaugurated in May 2015.

The country remains under a state of emergency imposed in February, a day after prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigned. Former army officer Abiy Ahmed has since replaced him.

Since taking over amid the unrest that threatened the ruling coalition’s tight grip, Abiy has vowed “a new political beginning” including more democratic rights.

Thousands have been released since January, including journalists and dissidents who have been jailed for a variety of charges including terrorism.

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