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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Ethiopian Democratic Party (EDP) has requested relevant stakeholders in the Ethiopian political space to use the 2015 elections to eliminate the culture of hate politics entrenched deep in the society.
For the upcoming New Year, the party told The Reporter it wishes to take the opportunity in this election to instill: a strong multi-party political system, eliminate the culture of hate politics, strengthen the politics of tolerance and respect, replace blind opposition with alternative politics, promote a civilized and broad-based public participation and broaden the political space. 
EDP’s president Chane Kebede (PhD) told The Reporter that creating a culture of tolerance and respect, and establishing a national consensus are the core principles of the party. Chane is of the opinion that rational politics that gives due consideration to the needs and interests of the public is a better instrument of development and democracy, than the prevailing culture of extreme positions reflected in the programs and actions of the political forces. 
While indicating that EDP is preparing for the 2015 elections, Chane notes that rather than winning and losing the election, ensuring the independence, fairness and openness of the election will have a more meaningful impact. He also believes that if consensus is achieved  the process of the election, both the incumbent and the opposition parties will accept the results of the election.
Chane also announced that EDP is preparing to host a national symposium devoted to the national consensus. He explains that the symposium will discuss the role of the political parties, government, scholars, media, justice organizations, democratic institutions and national election board in the country’s effort to secure national consensus.
The EDP’s political philosophy, the Third Way, is winning support from the citizens, particularly those who are bored with hate politics and recognize the damage it sustains on the public, according to Chane. He also point out the fact that rational politics is the most successful means to defeat the absolute dictatorial tendencies of the ruling Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), rather than the commonly displayed extremely blind opposition against the ruling party. 
When asked how the party perceives the belief of the EPRDF on the already established national consensus while making an effort to create one in the near future, Chane responded that the EPRDF is only against national reconciliation as it believes the current political actors are not victims with each other rather than national consensus.
Chane argued that realizing national consensus should take precedence, although he states that EDP supports both national reconciliation and national consensus as a matter of principle. He also emphasizes that if the right agendas are designed, EPRDF is interested in the topic of national consensus. He indicates that the issue of national consensus is a pending matter in the National Political Parties Forum, of which EPRDF is one member. “Everyone who loves this country will not oppose the issue of national consensus,” he adds.
EDP’s New Year wish expresses is for the year to be of peace, health, and love for every Ethiopian, particularly to members of the defense force ensuring the inviolability of the country’s border, those who are in prison, and immigrants living outside of the country.
Source: The Reporter
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መንግስት በምቀጥለው ኣመት እንደባብሎን ግንብ በግንባታ ላይ ያረጁትን የኣዋዳ ቦርቻ ኣይነት የንጽህ ውሃ ፕሮጀክቶችን ለመጠናቀቅ ማሰቡ ለህዝብ ጠቀሜታ ሲባል ነው ወይስ ለፖለቲካ? 


የተጀመሩ የመጠጥ ውሃ ፕሮ ጀክቶች እንዲጠናቀቁ በኣዲሱ ኣመት ርብርብ እንደምደረግ የመንግስት ሃላፊዎች ሰሞኑን ሲናገሩ ተሰምቷል፤ ለመሆኑ በሲዳማ ዞን ውስጥ ከተጀመሩ በርካታ ኣመታትን ያስቆጠሩ በመጽሐፍ ቅዱስ ውስጥ እንዳለው የባብሎን ግንብ ታሪክ በግንባታ ላይ ያረጁ እንደ ኣዋዳ ቦርቻ ፕሮጀክትን ጨምሮ  ሌሎች በርካታ ከምገባው በላይ የተጓተቱ የንጽሕ ውሃ ፕሮ ጀክቶችን ይጨምር ይሁን? ወይስ ምርጫ ለማሸነፍ የምደረግ የገዥው ፓርቲ የፖለቲካ ፕሮፖጋንዳ ነው? ለማንኛውም በቆይታ የምናገው ይሆናል።


ሙሉ ዜናው የፋና ብሮድካንቲን ነው ፦
   

የተጀመሩ የመጠጥ ውሃ ፕሮጀክቶች እንዲጠናቀቁ በአዲሱ አመት ርብርብ ይደረጋል - አቶ አለማየሁ ተገኑ

 
አዲስ አበባ፣ ጳጉሜ 4፣ 2006 (ኤፍ.ቢ.ሲ) ባለፉት አራት ዓመታት ከ30 ሚሊዮን በላይ ህዝብ የንፁህ መጠጥ ውሃ ተጠቃሚ ማድረግ ተችሏል አለ የውሃ መስኖና ኢነርጂ ሚኒስቴር።
በእድገትና ትራንስፎርሜሽን እቅዱ 5 ዓመታት 32 ሚሊዮን ህዝብ የንፁህ መጠጥ ውሃ ተጠቃሚ ለማድረግ የታቀደ ሲሆን፥ ይሄንንም በተያዘው የ2007 በጀት ዓመት ለማሳካት ይሰራል ብለዋል ሚኒስትሩ አቶ አለማየሁ ተገኑ።
ተጠቃሚዎች በበኩላቸው የአገልግሎት ጥራት መጓደል ችግር በሰፊው እንደሚታይ ያነሳሉ።
ሚኒስትሩ ከፋና ብሮድካስቲንግ ኮርፖሬት ጋር ባደረጉት ቃለምልልስ እንዳሉት፥ የችግሩ መንስኤ ተለይቶ ለመፍትሄው ርብርብ እየተደረገ ነው።
የንፁህ መጠጥ ውሃ አገልግሎትን ለማሻሻል እየተሰሩ ያሉ ስራዎች እንዳሉ ሆነው ፤ በከተሞች አካባቢ የሚስተዋለውን ከፍተኛ የውሃ ብክነት ለመቀነስና ለመቆጣጠርም ፤ የውሃ ብክነት ቅነሳ ፕሮጀክት ተቀርጾ በአዲስ አበባና በክልል ከተሞች እየተተገበረ ነው ብለዋል።
ህብረተሰቡ በሁሉም ስራዎች ላይ ከሚኒስቴር መስርያ ቤቱ ጋር ተቀራርቦ መስራት ከቻለም፤  የታቀዱት ስራዎች እንደሚሳኩ እምነታቸውን ገልፀዋል።
The Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED) is said to have halted the revision of Ethiopia's income tax structure following advice
from Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn's macroeconomic team on the inflationary implication of rolling out the tax amendment so close to when the government gave its employees a pay bump.
According to The Reporter's sources, the PM's macro-economy advisory team recommended exercising some precaution when thinking of introducing the revision made on the income tax structure mainly for the inflationary pressure it might have when coupled with the salary increment. As per the suggestion of the advisory team, MoFED delayed the tax revision proposal submitted to it by the Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority (ERCA) two years ago.
After conducting a thorough assessment of the country’s tax schedule, ERCA proposed a general tax reform affecting many of the tax proclamations including the Customs Proclamation, which had caught the attention of the authority much earlier. Both the proposal and the revision gained acceptance quickly, which culminated in the ratification of revised customs proclamation by the parliament a few months ago.
Among other tax categories that need revising, payroll and corporate taxes from the income tax category and those indirect tax types such as turnover taxes and value add taxes levied on the end user of products or a services are the main ones, according to sources.
However, the advice of the macro-economy team to MoFED focused more on the two stands of taxes from the income tax category; payroll and corporate taxes. According to the same sources, the team focused more on payroll taxes and corporate taxes due to their potential to start inflationary pressure on consumer prices in the local market. They further explained that a reform on income tax categories would directly affect the disposable income left in the consumers’ pockets after paying their taxes, and that would directly affect the price of the commodities that they buy from the market.
“It is mandatory for us to delay the revision on employment and corporate taxes categories at least for one year,” the source said.
The proposed revision on the payroll tax for instance is anticipated to have a significant effect on the existing minimum taxable income bracket or the threshold beyond which income will not be taxed, the 150 birr mark, and the 35 percent flat rate levied on salary bracket exceeding 5,000 birr. In fact, the two have always been identified to be the most controversial areas of the payroll tax structure in Ethiopia. For the 150 birr minimum threshold, the basic idea behind leaving income below that of the tax system seems to have been the main driving factor for its long time revision. According to experts, the basics of exempting income brackets below 150 birr is that if a person is perceived as an enterprise that is producing but getting the reward in the form of a salary as opposed to corporate income of businesses, then 150 birr is supposed to be the minimum amount of money that a person needs to ensure its survival. Just as costs in the case of businesses, which is deductible from the income of businesses before taxes are paid, 150 birr is assumed not to eligible to be taxed, hence deducted from the whole of the income of individuals before taxes. But, revision was long overdue since the value of 150 in market has long lost its value to achieve what it is assumed to achieve, pundits argue.
Hence, with this revision forthcoming together with the recent move of salary increment to government employees means that employees could have received much more money in the form of disposable income which could in turn be inflationary.
It is to be remembered that aiming to adjust the existing cost of living, the government of Ethiopia has decided to make adjustments to the pay of its employees by as high as 46 percent, incurring a total 10 billion birr additional cost per annum.
Source: The Reporter
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