የሲዳማ መብት ተከራካሪ ካላ ዱካሌ ላሚሶ
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Posted By: Nomonanoto Sidama | At: 10/11/2012 09:19:00 AM
ከሲዳማ የፊቼ በኣልን ተከትሎ በክልሉ መንግስት መሪነት ከታሰሩት በርካታ የሲዳማ ተወላጆች መካከል የሆኑት እና ከቅርብ ቀናት በፊት የእስር ቤት የተፈቱት ካላ ዱካሌ ሰሞኑን ወደ ፍርድቤት እንድቀርቡ የቀጠሮ ወረቀት ተሰጥቷቸዋል።
ስማቸው እንድገለጽ ያልፈለጉ የውስጥ ኣዋቂ ምንጮች ለወራንቻ ኢንፎርሜሽን ኔትዎርክ እንደተናሩት ካለ ዱካሌ ላሚሶ የዩኒቨሪሲቲ ተማሪዎችን በመንግስት ላይ በማነሳሳት፤ ጸረ ኢህኣዴግ/ ደኢህዴን ጽሁፎችን በመጻፍ እና በመሳሰሉት ክስ እንደተመረሰረተባቸዋል።
እንደእነዚሁ የውስጥ ኣዋቂ ምንጮች ገለጻ ከሆነ፤ የደቡብ ክልል ፕሬዚዴንት ካላ ሽፈራው ሽጉጤ የሲዳማን የክልል ጥያቄ ለመጨፍለቅ በምያደርጉት ጥረት በርካታ የሲዳማ ምሁራንን በማሰር ብሎም በማስፈራራት እያሸማቀቁ የቆዩ ሲሆን፤ ሰሞኑን ከፌደራል እስከ ወረዳ ያሉት የሲዳማ ኣመራሮችን በማሰባሰብ ደኢህዴን ለኣመታት ያልም የነበረውን የሃዋሳን ከተማ ኣስተዳደር ከሲዳማ ተወላጆች እጅ የመንጠቅ ህልማቸውን ኣሳክቷል።
የሲዳማ ኣመራሮች ያሳለፉትን ውሳኔ ተከትሎ ሰሞኑን በሃዋሳ ከተማ ኣስተዳደር ውስጥ ኣስራ ሁለት የሹመት መደቦች ሲዳማ ባልሆኑ ግለሰቦች እንዲያዙ ተደርገዋል።
የሲዳማን የክልል ጥያቄ የምደግፉት ሆነ የሃዋሳን ከተማ ከሲዳማ እጅ መውጣቱን የምቃወሙትን የሲዳማ ተወላጆች ላይ የሚደርሰው የቃላት ዛቻ ተባብሶ የቀጠለ ሲሆን፤ ካላ ዱካሌ ፍርድቤት እንድቀርቡ ልደረጉ ያሉት ውስጥ ውስጡን በመቀጣጠል ላይ ያለውን ህዝባዊ ተቃውሞ ለመቀልበስ ታስቦ መሆኑን እነዚሁ ውስጥ ኣዋቂ ምንጮች ኣብራርተዋል።
Posted By: Nomonanoto Sidama | At: 10/11/2012 08:41:00 AM
የሀዋሣ ከተማ ማዘጋጃ ቤት የማስፈፀም አቅሙን ከፍ በማድረግ የአገልግሎት አሰጣጡ ይበልጥ ተደራሽ እንዲሆን እየሰራ መሆኑን አስታወቀ፡፡
በ2ዐዐ4 በጀት አመት በከተማ አስተዳደሩ የተሻለ አፈፃፀም ካስመዘገቡ ሴክተር መስሪያ ቤቶች ውስጥ አንዱ የሆነው የሀዋሣ ከተማ ማዘጋጃ ቤት የአገልግሎት አሰጣጡን ተደራሽ ለማድረግና የተሻሻሉ አሰራሮች ተግባራዊ እንዲሆኑ እስከታችኛው የመስሪያ ቤቱ መዋቅር ድረስ ሂስና ግለሂስ አድርጓል፡፡
በግምገማው ወቅት እንደተጠቆመው ማዘጋጃ ቤት በባህሪው አገልግሎት ሰጪ ተቋም አንደመሆኑ መጠን በሰራተኛው የአመለካከት ችግርና የክህሎት ክፍተት ምክንያት ሙሉ የሆነ አገልግሎት ለመስጠት አልተቻለም፡፡
እንደ አቶ ዮናስ ዮሴፍ የሀዋሣ ከተማ ከንቲባ ገለፃ ከከተማ ልማት ስራዎቻችን መካከል ተጠቃሹ የከተማ ነዋሪውን የአገልግሎት ፍላጎቶች ተደራሽ ማድረግ ሲሆን ለዚህም የሲቪል ሰርቫንቱን የአፈፃፀም አቅምና አመለካከቱ ትልቅ ግምት የሚሰጠው ነው ብለዋል፡፡
አቶ ብሩ ወልዴ የሀዋሣ ከተማ ማዘጋጃ ቤት አገልግሎቶች ዋና ሥራ አስኪያጅ በበኩላቸው ምንም እንኳን ባለፈው በጀት አመት ማዘጋጃ ቤቱ በተለያዩ የሀገርና ክልል አቀፍ መድረኮች ተሸላሚ ያደረጉትን ስራዎች እንደሰራ ቢታወቅም ይህ ማለት ግን የአገልግሎት አሰጣጡ ሙሉ ነው ማለት አይደለም፡፡
ስለሆነም ያለብንን የአሰራር ክፍተቶች እስከታችኛው መዋቅር ድረስ በመገምገም የተሸለ አፈፃፀም እንዲኖረን ይጠበቅብናል ብለዋል፡፡
ማዘጋጃ ቤቱ ከዚህ ጐን ለጎን በ2ዐዐ4 በጀት አመት በአገልግሎት አሰጣጣቸው፣ በመረጃ አያያዛቸውና ከዋናው ማዘጋጃ ቤት ጋር ባላቸው የአሰራር ግልፀኝነት በከተማዋ ከሚገኙ 8 ክፍለ ከተሞች የአዲስ ከተማ ክፍለ ከተማን አንደኛ የመናኸሪያ ክፍለ ከተማን ሁለተኛ እንዲሁም የታቦር ክፍለ ከተማን ሶስተኛ አድርጐ ሸልሟል፡፡የከተማው የመንግስት ኮሚኒኬሽን ዘግቧል፡፡
Posted By: Nomonanoto Sidama | At: 10/11/2012 08:37:00 AM
ኤጀንሲው ድጋፉን ያደረገው ከሴቶች ህፃናትና ወጣቶች ጉዳይ ሚኒስትርና ከተለያዩ ድርጅቶች ጋር በመተባበር መሆኑም ታውቋል፡፡
በኤጀንሲው የሴቶች ጉዳይ ዳይሬክቶሬት ዳይሬክተር ወይዘሮ ራሄል ዘውዴ እንዳሉት የመንግስት ሠራተኞች ማህበራዊ ዋስትና ኤጀንሲ ህፃናት የነገ ሀገር ተረካቢ መሆናቸውን በውል በመረዳት ከልዩ ልዩ አካላት ስፖርንሰር በማፈላለግ ልዩ ልዩ ድጋፎችን በማድረግ ላይ ይገኛል፡፡
ድጋፍ የተደረገላቸው 169 በሞግዚት የሚተዳደሩ ህፃናት መሆናቸውንም ጠቁመዋል፡፡
ለህፃናቱ የዚህን አይነት ድጋፍ ማድረግ ትምህርታቸውን በሚገባ እንዲከታተሉ አስተዋፅኦው የጐላ መሆኑም ተናግረዋል ሲል የዘገባው በኃይሉ ጌታቸው ነው፡፡
Posted By: Nomonanoto Sidama | At: 10/11/2012 08:36:00 AM
ጽህፈት ቤቱ አሥር ዋና ዋና አለም አቀፍ የሰብአዊ መብት ስምምነት ያካተተ 4ዐዐጥራዝ ለክለሉ ጠቅላይ ፍርድ ቤት አስረክቧል፡፡
ኢትዮጵያ ፊርማ ያፀደቀቻቸውን ዓለም አቀፍ የሰብአዊ መብት ስምምነት በሀገራዊ ቋንቋዎች መተርጐም ለኢትዮጵያ ሰብአዊ መብት ኮሚሽን በማቋቋሚያ አዋጅ ከተሰጡት ስልጠንና ተግባራት መካከል አንዱ ነው፡፡
ሰነዶቹ ለትምህርት ቤቶችና ለፍርድ ቤቶች እንዲሁም ለህግ ባለሙያዎች እንዲያገለግሉ ለማድረግ ኮሚሽኑ በአገራዊ ቋንቋዎች የመተርጐምና የማሰራጨት ሥራውን በቀዳሚነት እየሠራ ይገኛል፡፡
በኢትዮጵያ ሰብአዊ መብት ኮሚሽን ሀዋሣ ቅርንጫፍ ጽህፈት ቤት የመምርመራ፣ ጥበቃና ክትትል ዳይሬክቶሬት ዳይሬክተር አቶ ብርሃኑ አታሮ እንደገለፁት የአለም አቀፍ ሰብአዊ መብት ሰነዶች በአገራዊ ቋንቋ አለመተርጐምና በስፋት አለመሰራጨት ለሰነዶቹ አለመፈፀም ትልቅ ተግዳሮት ሆኖ ቆይቷል፡፡
ኮሚሽኑ ችግሩን ለመቅረፍ በሰጠው ልዩ ትኩረት ሁሉን አቀፍ የሰብአዊ መብት መግለጫ፣ የህፃናት እና የአካል ጉዳተኞችን መብቶችና ደህነንት ስምምነት ጨምሮ የተተረጐሙ አሥር ዋና ዋና አለም አቀፍ የሰብአዊ መብቶች ስምምነት ሰነዶችን በክልሉ በሚገኙ ሁሉም ፍርድ ቤቶች አገልግሎት እንዲሰጡ 4ዐዐ ጥራዞችን ለክልሉ ጠቅላይ ፍርድ ቤት አስረክበቧለ፡፡
ስምምነቱን በማሳወቅና በሥራ ላይ እንዲውሉ በማድረግ በኩል የፍትህ አካላት የላቀ ሚና መጫወት እንደሚጠበቅባቸው አቶ ብርሃኑ አስገዝንበዋል፡፡
ሰነዶቹን የተረከቡት የክልሉ ጠቅላይ ፍርድ ቤት ኘሬዝዳንት ተወካይ አቶ ሲሳይ ገመቹ በበኩላቸው የአለም አቀፍ ሰብአዊ መብት ስምምነቶችና ድንጋጌዎች ተተርጐመው መሠራጨታቸው ዜጐች መብቶቻቸውን በአግባቡ የሚያውቁበትን ምቹ ሁኔታ እንደሚፈጥር ገለፀዋል፡፡
የሰነደቹ ሥርጭት መስፋፋት በተይም በፍርድ ቤቶች ውሳኔ አሰጣጥ ላይ ከፍተኛ ግንዘቤ አንደሚፈጥር አስረድተዋል፡፡
አብዛኛዎቹ የፍርድ ቤት ውሳኔዎች ትኩረት የሚያደርጉት በዋና ህጐች ላይ መሆኑን የገለፁት አቶ ሲሳይ የሰብአዊ መብቶች ሰነድ መዘጋጀቱ የውሳኔ አሰጣጥ ሂደቱን የተሻለ እንደሚያደርገውም ጨምረው ተናግረዋል፡፡
ሰነዶቹን እስከታችኞቹ ፍርድ ቤቶች ድረስ ተደራሽ የማድረጉ ሥራ ተጠናክሮ እንደሚቀጥልም ነው ተወካዩ የጠቆሙት፡፡
Posted By: Nomonanoto Sidama | At: 10/11/2012 08:35:00 AM
በሁሉም ማዘጋጃ ቤቶች አማካይነት 9ዐ ኪሎ ሜትር አዲስ የመንግድ ከፈታና ጠረጋ እንዲሁም 92 ኪሎ ሜትር የመንገድ መብራት 74 ኪሎ ሜትር የሚጠጋ የውሃ መስመር ዝርጋታ ከሚከናወኑ ተግባራት ተጠቃሽ መሆናቸውም ተገልጿል፡፡
መምሪያው በዞኑ ከሚገኙ 42 ማዘጋጃ ቤቶች ሥራ አስኪያጆችና የስራ ሂደት አስተባባሪዎች ጋር በ2ዐዐ4 በጀት አፈፃፀምና በ2ዐዐ5 እቅድ ዙሪያ በተወያየበት ወቅት የመምሪያው ኃላፊ አቶ ለገሠ ማሬሮ እንዳሉት በተያዘው የበጀት ዓመት ከተሞችን ለነዋሪዎች ምቹ የሚያደርጉ፣ ለወጣቱ ደግሞ የሥራ እድል የሚያስገኙ ሥራዎች በተጠናከረ መልኩ ይከናወናሉ፡፡
በዚህም መሠረት 9ዐ ወጪ ቆጣቢ እና ተጀምረው ያልተጠናቀቁ 33ዐ የጋራ መኖሪያ ቤቶች ግንባታ እንዲሁም በ482 ነባር የመንግስት ቤቶች ላይ የጥገና ሥራ እንደሚከናወን ጠቁመዋል፡፡
ውይይቱን በንግግር የከፈቱት በዞኑ ዴህኢህዴን ቅርንጫፍ ጽህፈት ቤት የከተማ ዘርፍ ኃላፊ አቶ በየነ በራስ በበኩላቸው ማዘጋጃ ቤቶች ለኢንድስትሪ መስፋፋት መሠረት በመሆናቸው ለከተሞች እድገት ዋንኛ እንቅፋት የሆነውን የኪራይ ሰብሳቢነት ሰንሰለትን መበጣጠስ አለብን ብለዋል፡፡ የዞኑ የመንግስት ኮሚኒኬሽን መምሪያ ዘግቧል፡፡
Posted By: Nomonanoto Sidama | At: 10/11/2012 08:24:00 AM
The United Nations said on Thursday that forcing farmers facing serious food shortages to pay back money borrowed to improve their land was "immoral". The UN’s Emergency Unit For Ethiopia (EUE) said the government should ease the credit burden on already overstretched farmers facing severe food shortages.
It said many farmers in Sidama Zone in southern Ethiopia were already relying heavily on humanitarian help from charities and could not repay their loans. In some parts of the country, farmers who have been unable to meet the repayments on money borrowed for improved seeds and fertilisers have been jailed. Interest on loans taken out by farmers can be as high as 12.5 percent – higher than bank rates – for "agricultural extension packages" of improved seeds and fertiliser. The EUE report said: "It is just immoral and impossible to expect full repayment for the supplied agricultural extension packages from farm households that are already experiencing a food shortage.
If part of their debts cannot be written off, they will experience even bigger problems, and it will become very difficult for them to overcome this unfortunate livelihood situation without government support und humanitarian assistance." The report, entitled "Uncertain food security situation for farmers in Sidama Zone due to lack of access to farm inputs", said the government should subsidise seeds and fertiliser, and offer better credit terms. "The current extension package being disseminated and implemented throughout Ethiopia should be a supplement to indigenous cereal production rather than total substitution that threatens food security and subsistence agriculture." Sidama Zone, about 275 km south of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, is one of the zones in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples' Regional State. It is one of the densely populated areas in Ethiopia, with about 2.5 million inhabitants in 721,00 ha of land. The farmers in the area mainly grow enset (a type of banana), coffee, maize, wheat, tef (Eragrostis abyssinica - a type of grain), barley, haricot bean and qat (Catha edulis – a shrub whose leaves have mildly narcotic properties).
The area was particularly hard hit during the 1999 drought, and the situation has been exacerbated by massive soil erosion and failure to tackle the drought problem. The report said that the drought had rendered many farmers unable to pay back their agricultural loans. Moreover, many of them had resorted to cheap second-generation hybrid seeds, leading to reductions in yields by as much as 30 percent. "Generally, the poor productivity of crops in the last two years in Sidama Zone can be attributed on one hand to the application of no or inadequate fertiliser quantities and [on the other hand] to the use of inappropriate, poor and degenerated seeds of maize," the report said. Although the price of maize has risen - to 65 Ethiopian birr per 100 kg - but this is not yet high enough for farmers to break even.
They estimate 100 kg should sell for 70 Ethiopian birr (US$8.20) to break even. As a result, they say, about 90,215 people and 15,000 children desperately need food aid. The report also said many under-five children were affected by acute and chronic malnutrition, resulting in kwashiorkor and marasmus. The outlook remains bleak, according to the report. "This year, the use of improved seeds and fertilisers has significantly dropped in Sidama Zone. The drop in usage is startling, with some 2,740,000 kg of fertiliser being used in 2000 dropping to 311,900 kg in 2002. The seed usage has also dropped dramatically, from 519,000 kg in 2000 to 13,600 in 2002," the report stated.
Posted By: Nomonanoto Sidama | At: 10/11/2012 08:19:00 AM
Objective: To examine household food insecurity and hunger in Sidama Zone,
one of the most populous zones in southern Ethiopia.
Design: Cross-sectional survey administered individually by trained interviewers.
Food insecurity was calculated with both the Household Food Insecurity Access
Scale (HFIAS) and the Household Hunger Scale (HHS), developed by the Food
and Nutrition Technical Assistance Project.
Setting: Rural households from ten kebeles (the smallest administrative district)
selected from two agro-climatic zones in Sidama, southern Ethiopia, from December
2010 to January 2011.
Subjects: Men and women respondents from 1094 rural households were selected
using multistage sampling techniques.
Results: Using the HFIAS, 17?7 % of households were food secure. The percentage of
households that were mildly, moderately and severely food insecure was 6?8 %,
27?7 % and 47?8 %, respectively. Using the HHS, 29?0 % and 5?6 % of households
fell into the moderate and severe household hunger categories. Using multivariate
statistical techniques, ﬁve variables were signiﬁcant predictors of both food insecurity
and hunger. These variables were migration of a household member, agro-climatic
zone, and younger age, less education and lower radio access for the woman. Being
eligible for safety-net credit programmes also was a predictor of hunger, while limited
animal ownership and household wealth as well as alcohol use by the household
head added to the prediction of food insecurity.
Conclusions: The study documented that food insecurity is a major concern of
smallholder farming households in the study area. A substantial majority of the
households were facing mild to severe food insecurity and hunger for an extendedperiod of time.
Posted By: Nomonanoto Sidama | At: 10/11/2012 08:13:00 AM
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Posted By: Nomonanoto Sidama | At: 10/11/2012 08:07:00 AM
posted by Luke
Tiny changes are sometimes the most significant.
The Ethiopian Commodity Exchange recently renamed one of that country’s most iconic products: Sidamo Coffee, long one of the best-recognized coffee brands in the world, will now be officially traded as Sidama Coffee. The switcharoo has passed with little fanfare, and many American roasters continue to offer their customers Sidamo—though this trend does seem to be changing.
What’s the story here?
Ethiopia’s Sidama zone (also formerly Sidamo) occupies the southwestern corner of that country, spreading out across a landscape of green hills from the great Rift Valley lakes of Abaya and Awasa. Coffee originated not far from here—the details are debated, but the northern Rift Valley and the Horn of Africa are generally recognized as the ancestral, wild homeland of arabica coffee.
The Sidama people have lived here for longer than any tradition can recall, part of the Kushitic cultural patchwork that extends from Sudan south to Tanzania and Uganda. While the Greeks may have referred to this area as Ethiopia (“Land of Burned People”) for millennia, the Sidama region was not a part of the Ethiopian state until 1893, when Ethiopia’s Abyssinian king Menelik II occupied the loosely-governed Kushitic chiefdoms around the Rift Valley. In keeping with the traditions of empires large and small, this conquest led to a long period of social upheaval and a concerted effort by the Ethiopian government to dismantle “local” identities in favor of a broader sense of “Ethiopian-ness.” Enter the name-game: to signify a break with the past and the end of a distinctive Sidama identity, the government named their newly-acquired province Sidamo—a subtle, but direct, negation of the people, their language, and their sense of place.
When Ethiopia finally made its entrance onto the world coffee stage as a distinctive “terroir” in the mid-Twentieth Century, Western coffee importers had little information to go off of, except for what they learned from centralized (often state-owned) coffee exporters and other middle-men. Thus, the name Sidamo entered the Western coffee lexicon. And because the coffee from this region is exceptional—both as a blend component and as a single-origin—Western roasters and consumers came to know and love the name very quickly.
The first rumblings of change began in 2007. In October of that year, Side Goodo, a self-described Sidama intellectual, published an open polemic letter titled “There are no people called ‘Sidamo:’ stop the use of ‘Sidamo’ misnomer.” In that letter, he outlined the general history of the Sidama people and detailed their incorporation into the Ethiopian state, emphasizing the disenfranchisement and offense many Sidama people had come to associate with the “Sidamo” name.
Goodo had not specifically targeted the coffee business in his letter—in fact he didn’t even mention it—but industry ears-to-the-ground quickly took note, and the letter (plus a fewothers like it) began circulating in the coffee blogosphere. A few roasters—mainly those, such as ourselves, dealing directly with farming communities—re-named their offerings to little fanfare (and only modest customer confusion). The only real blip in the transition wasegg on the faces of some roasters and cafe owners who had fought to get lazy-tongued employees to pronounce the name “properly” for years, only to discover that the employees were (inadvertantly) right.
While many offering sheets still say “Sidamo,” this story is steadily progressing towards a happy ending. The Ethiopian Coffee Exchange’s move to re-designate coffee from the Sidama region is an important, if quiet, acknowledgment of past wrongs, and it means that Western importers will now be greeted with the proper name on every contract. So with bags of coffee now leaving the country clearly marked “Sidama,” it’s up to those of us on the final end of the coffee business to break with tradition as well. The Sidama people deserve to have their name back.