Gun­men kill Dan­gote em­ploy­ees in Ethiopia

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HEALTH NEWS -

ETHIOPIA - Three em­ploy­ees of a ce­ment fac­tory owned by Nige­rian bil­lion­aire Aliko Dan­gote have been killed by gun­men in Ethiopia's Oro­mia re­gion.

In­dian na­tional Deep Ka­mara, who man­aged the plant, died along­side two Ethiopian em­ploy­ees.

They were re­turn­ing to the cap­i­tal, Ad­dis Ababa, from the fac­tory, a govern­ment state­ment said.

The mo­tive is un­clear. Mr Dan­gote is ex­pected in the coun­try to­day. He will be hold­ing an emer­gency meet­ing with the fac­tory’s man­age­ment, Ethiopian daily the Ad­dis Stan­dard re­ports.

Oro­mia has been plagued by vi­o­lence for the past two years over po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic griev­ances by Oromo youths de­spite be­ing the coun­try’s largest group.

The Dan­gote Ce­ment Fac­tory was com­mis­sioned in May 2015 and is the largest such plant in the coun­try.

The author­i­ties were recently forced to can­cel the re­newal of a li­cence for a gold mine owned by an Ethiopian-Saudi bil­lion­aire fol­low­ing protests by Oro­mia res­i­dents.

The coun­try re­mains in a state of emer­gency, which was im­posed in Fe­bru­ary a day af­ter then Prime Min­is­ter Haile­mariam De­salegn re­signed.

He was re­placed by Abiy Ahmed, the first prime min­is­ter from the Oromo eth­nic group, which is the largest in Ethiopia.

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