Ethiopia’s state media says the construction manager of the controversial dam being built on the Nile River was found dead Thursday morning in the center of the capital.
ETV reported that Engineer Semegnew Bekele was discovered dead inside his car at Meskel Square in Addis Ababa. It said the body was taken to a hospital to determine the cause of death.
An AP reporter saw a Toyota Landcruiser surrounded by police officers who were trying to disperse a crowd from the scene.
Semegnew is credited for managing the construction of hydroelectric dams in Ethiopia.
He had downplayed Egypt’s fear that the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will reduce Egypt’s share of Nile River water. Ethiopia maintains the dam is needed for development, pointing out that 60 million citizens don’t have access to electricity.
The Nile River dam is now more than 63 percent complete. Once finished, it will generate about 6,400 megawatts, more than doubling Ethiopia’s current production of 4,000 megawatts.
The second day of a social boycott called by youth in Ethiopia’s Oromia region has been fully complied with as businesses and transport services have been at a standstill. Photos shared on social media show that several towns across the region have deserted streets whiles in other places people have mounted road blocks further crippling vehicular movement. The three-day boycott was called by the youth (Qeerroo) in the region. They are demanding the unconditional release of all political prisonsers held by the government. displayAdvert("mpu_3") Today’s boycott has also seen a series of protests. People have been burning of tyres in the middle of roads in some towns whiles the region’s television channel, OBN, in its coverage of the strike confirmed that protesters were chanting demand for release of prisoners. Day two – Itaya #OromiaStrikes pic.twitter.com/LknAnEojbS— Addis Gazetta (@addisgazetta) February 13, 2018 Oromia, the largest regional state has since 2015 and through the better part of 2016 being the epicenter of anti-government protests. Local media channels are reporting of deaths in some places where protesters have faced off with security operatives. It is not the first time the region has been crippled by such an action. The main opposition