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  • Donkey Abattoir Still in Business Despite Ban

    Despite a ban from the Bishoftu City Administration, Shandong Dong, the first donkey slaughterhouse in Ethiopia, is carrying on with the business until the stock of donkeys it has already purchased have been slaughtered. Their stock should be complete sometime in the next week.

    In a letter issued on April 16, 2017, the administration banned the Chinese company from carrying on with its operations, saying that it was offensive to the people who are living around the plant. The ban comes three weeks after public outrage exploded on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

    “We cannot compromise when the community is demanding its closure,” said Dereje Jira, head of Bishoftu City Administration Mayor’s Office. “One of the important points in our deep reform is avoiding negligence of the people’s demands.”

    The shutdown, however, is not stopping Shandong Dong or donkey wholesalers, whose businesses have also suffered.

    We cannot cease immediately,” said Lio Zhaohua, country director of Shandong. “We are supposed to complete at least what we have in stock.”
    “This is a joke,” said Lio. “Any investment should get notice before a shutdown.

    Shandong first come to Ethiopia five years ago secured a license from the Ethiopian Investment Commission. Its original plan was to buy donkey skins from Ethiopian market.

    The Commission, however, suggested the company open its slaughterhouse instead, saying that they would not find anyone suppliers for donkey skin. With an initial capital of 62.6 million Birr, Shandong started to build a donkey abattoir.

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  • Teddy Afro album release date rescheduled for mid-next week

     

    t might be disappointing for Teddy Afro fans, however his much anticipated fifth studio Album, “Ethiopia” release date has been rescheduled for mid-next week. The album has planned to be released this weekend.

    The procrastination in releasing the album is attributed to a delay in the duplication of the original CD’s, sources told Dire Tube.

    “Ethiopia” single, which is believed to be the title of the album debut released a week before is a much loved melody with having over 1.5 million viewers on You Tube at this moment.

    Unfortunately, it was also early this week that his “Branayie” single from his album has stolen and posted on social medias. “Branayie” was allegedly stolen during the video shooting in Gojjam.

    “Branayie” is about the popular love story of Bezabih and Seblewengel, characters of the late Hadis Alemayehu’s “Fikir Eskemekabir” literary “Love unto Death” novel.

    As an appetizer for fans, a surprise music video of Teddy Afro’s “Biranayie” will be released on this Sunday,

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