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The Role of Sidama Indigenous Institutions in Conflict Resolution: In the Case of Dalle Woreda, Southern Ethiopia

Abstract The major goal of this study was to assess the role of indigenous institutions in handling/ settling conflicts in the Sidama Society. Sidama Communities are found in Sidama Zone, Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State (SNNPRS). The research was conducted in Dalle woreda, Sidama Zone and it was purposively selected. Qualitative research methodology was employed in the study for its appropriateness to assess the role of indigenous institutions in handling/ settling conflicts in the study area and data was collected through the use of interview, key informant interview, focus group discussion, personal observation and document review. The results obtained from the study suggest that Conflicts in Sidama, as in anywhere else, may vary from trivial interpersonal disagreements to a serious dispute which might eventually lead to homicide. The most common conflict issues in Sidama are grazing land, water, farmland and borderland. There are many deeds and account

የራስን ዕድል በራስ የመወሰን ጥያቄን በመጀመሪያ ለክልል ማቅረብ እንደ ግዴታ ሊቀመጥ ነው

የራስን ዕድል በራስ የመወሰን ጥያቄን በመጀመሪያ ለክልል ማቅረብ እንደ ግዴታ ሊቀመጥ ነው የጠያቂውን ማኅበረሰብ አምስት በመቶ ፊርማ ማሰባሰብ ያስፈልጋል የራስን ዕድል በራስ የመወሰን ጥያቄ ለፌዴሬሽን ምክር ቤት ከመቅረቡ በፊት፣ የክልል መፍትሔን አሟጦ የመጨረስ ሕጋዊ ግዴታ ሊቀመጥ ነው፡፡ የፌዴሬሽን ምክር ቤት ሥልጣንና ተግባርን ለመዘርዘር ተሻሽሎ የተረቀቀው አዋጅ እንደሚያስረዳው፣ የራስን ዕድል በራስ የመወሰን የመብት ጥያቄ በማንኛውም ማኅበረሰብ ሊቀርብ እንደሚችል፣ ነገር ግን ይህ ጥያቄ ለፌዴሬሽን ከመቅረቡ በፊት የክልል መፍትሔዎችን መጠቀም ግዴታ መሆኑን በረቂቁ አዋጅ አንቀጽ 27 ላይ ሠፍሯል፡፡ ‹‹የራስን ዕድል በራስ የመወሰን የመብት ጥያቄ ወደ ምክር ቤቱ የሚቀርበው በክልሉ በሚገኙት የተለያዩ የመስተዳደር እርከኖች ቀርቦ አጥጋቢ መፍትሔ ያልተሰጠው መሆኑ ሲረጋገጥ ብቻ ነው፤›› ይላል የረቂቁ ድንጋጌ፡፡ ክልሎችም የራስን ዕድል በራስ የመወሰን የተመለከቱ ጥያቄዎች ሲቀርቡላቸው በሁለት ዓመት ጊዜ ውስጥ መወሰን እንደሚኖርባቸውም የሚገልጽ የጊዜ ገደብ በረቂቁ ተቀምጧል፡፡ የራስን ዕድል በራስ የመወሰን የመብት ጥያቄዎች የሚባሉትም ማንኛውም ማኅበረሰብ ማንነቴ አልታወቀልኝም ብሎ የሚያነሳው ወይም ማንኛውም ብሔር፣ ብሔረሰብ ወይም ሕዝብ ቋንቋዬን፣ ባህሌንና ታሪኬን የማሳድግበት ሁኔታ አልተመቻቸልኝም፣ በክልልና በፌዴራል አስተዳደሮች ሚዛናዊ ውክልና የማግኘት መብቴ አልተከበረም፣ ወይም በማንኛውም ሌላ ምክንያት አድልኦ ተፈጽሞብኛል የሚል እምነት ካደረበት ክልላዊ አስተዳደሩን ጠብቆ ለፌዴሬሽን ምክር ቤትም ሊቀርብ የሚችል መሆኑን ይገልጻል፡፡ ከዚህ ቀደም በነበረው አሠራር የራስን ዕድል በራስ የመወሰን ጥያቄ ለክልል አስተዳደር አ

“African Union Hall” inaugurated at Hawassa University, Ethiopia, as AU Commission Chairperson challenges students and faculty to a mind-set change

The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, officially inaugurated the Graduation Hall of Hawassa University in Ethiopia as the “African Union Hall” on 12 May 2016. The ceremony took place right before she delivered an inspirational public lecture on the theme: “2063 African Continental Vision”. Dr. Dlamini Zuma also awarded prizes to the best female students, female lecturers and mid-level officials. The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma The Hawassa University President, Professor Yosef Mamo, at the occasion announced the offer of 10 scholarships to students from other African countries and expressed the University’s aspiration to be a truly Pan African University by ensuring an enrolment of a minimum of five per cent African students by 2025. “On behalf of Africa, I thank very much Hawassa University for offering the ten scholarships to African students. I think this is a very good sign for o

Volunteers in Colorado collected and shipped 20,500 books to Hawassa University

At the May meeting of the CSU System Board of Governors, CSU President Tony Frank presented the Ram Pride Serivce Award to Nancy and Bob Sturtevant for coordinating a three-year book drive to stock the library at Hawassa University in Ethiopia. Photo by William A. Cotton, CSU Photography Ethiopia: Volunteers in Colorado collected and shipped 20,500 books to Hawassa University Source:  Colorado State University The herculean effort of collecting 20,500 up-to-date textbooks and shipping them halfway around the world into the hands of scholars in Ethiopia has earned a trio of Colorado State employees this year’s Ram Pride Service Award. Bob and Nancy Sturtevant and Paul Evangelista received the Ram Pride Service Award at the May 5 Colorado State University System Board of Governors meeting in Fort Collins. Presented by CSU President and System Chancellor Tony Frank, the Ram Pride Service Award recognizes “service above self” in upholding CSU’s land-grant mission and characte

Farmers Attribute Coffee Income Rise to New Agri Techniques, Experts

No hustle and bustle like a town. The way to Yirgalem from Hawassa. The magnificent view along the main avenue is very astonishing. It rains all day. The running water in both sides of the ditches are peaceful. As urbaner the muddy scene and the rain is difficult to walk easily but it is not disturbing. Huts are sparse. All-in-all nature is at its best in Sidama Zone. Anyway, the reporters of the Ethiopian Press Agency march to get coffee growing farmers who are making coffee everything of their lives. Farmer Kebede Germamo is from Chuma Kebelle of Dale Woreda. He was nurturing his coffee while it was raining. He told the visiting the Ethiopian Press Agency journalists that he has been engaged in maize production for many years for household consumption using traditional method. But, since 1995 he was massively cultivating coffee on his 4.5 hectares of land. He said that applying the new agricultural techniques and expertise secured from the agricultural experts undertaking trans

Invitation to the Sidama Martyrs’ Commemoration and Inclusive Conference – 2016

The Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF), in collaboration with Peoples’ Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD), has organised the 14th Commemorative Anniversary of the Sidama Loqqee massacre. The event marks the genocide and assassinations committed by the TPLF/EPRDF barbaric regime against the civilian population of the Sidama. This year’s event will be commemorated in unison with other peoples of Ethiopia with a renewed sense of hope, aspiration, determination and purpose to stop the continuation of such heinous crimes against humanity perpetrated by incumbent regime for the last 25 years. The themes of the event will be remembering the fallen civilians and discussing the future direction of the country. Representatives of the communities from Oromo, Ogaden, Gambella and other peoples will give their own testimonial remarks about the massacres of their respective people. The ongoing massacres of people from Oromo, Ogaden, Benishangul, Gambella, Omo valley and the rest will

ኢትዮጵያዉያን ለምን ይሰደዳሉ?

ኢትዮጵያ ከቅርብ ዓመታት ወዲህ ፈጣን የኢኮኖሚ እድገት ከሚያስመዘግቡ የአፍሪቃ ሃገራት አንድዋ መሆንዋ እየተነገረ ነዉ። በሃገሪቱ ሰላምና መረጋጋት ከሰፈነ በርካታ ዓመታት ማስቆጠሩን የሃገሪቱ መንግሥትና ደጋፊዎቹ ይናገራሉ። ይሁንና የኤኮኖሚዉ እድገትም ሆነ ሰፈነ የተባለዉ ሰላም ለዜጎች በተለይም ለወጣቶች ትርጉም ያለዉ ለዉጥ ያመጣ አይመስልም። አውዲዮውን ያዳምጡ። 28:52 ዉይይት-አደገኛዉ የስደተኞች ጉዞ በብዙ ሺህ የሚቆጠሩ ኢትዮጵያዉያን ወጣቶች በገፍ ወደ ተለያዩ ሃገራት እየተሰደዱ ነዉ። የተመድ እና ሌሎች የስደተኞች ጉዳይን የሚከታተሉ ዓለም አቀፍ ማኅበራት እንደሚሉት ኢትዮጵያዉያን ወጣቶች ጦርነት እንዳፈረሳት ሶማልያ ወይም ከፍተኛ ጭቆና ይፈጸምባታል ተብላ እንደምትወቀሰዉ ኤርትራ ሁሉ ኢትዮጵያም በርካታ ዜጎችዋ እየተሰደዱ ነዉ። ወደ አዉሮጳ ደቡብ አፍሪቃና ሃረብ ሃገራት ለመግባት የሚሰደዱ ኢትዮጵያዉያን በየአካባቢዉ የሚደርስባቸዉ ግፍና በደል ዘግናኝ መሆኑን በህይወት የተረፉ ስደተኞች ይናገራሉ። ሌሎች ደግሞ በየበረሃዉና በየባህሩ ሞተዉ ይቀራሉ። ለኢትዮጵያዉያን ወጣቶች በገፍ መሰደድ ምክንያቱ ምን እንደሆነ ለማወቅ በየጊዜዉ የሚደረጉ ጥናቶች እና ዉይይቶች ቢኖሩም እስካሁን ድረስ ወጥ ስምምነት ላይ የሚያደርሱ ስምምነቶች የሉም። ወጣቶቹም መሰደዳቸዉን አላቋረጡም። በቅርቡ የሜዲተራንያን ባህር ለማቋረጥ ሲሞክሩ ሰምጠዉ ከሞቱት 500 ያህል ስደተኞች መካከል ከግማሽ የሚበልጡት ኢትዮጵያዉያን ናቸዉ ተብሎ ይታመናል። በዚሁ በያዝነዉ ሳምንት የዛንብያ ፖሊስ 34 ኢትዮጵያዉያን ስደተኞች ግዛቱን አቋርጠዉ ለማለፍ ሲሞክሩ ይዞ ማሰሩ ይታወቃል። ይህ በቅርቡ የሰማነዉና በምሳሌ የምንጠቅሰዉ ብቻ ነዉ። ኢትዮጵያዉያን ለምን ይሰደዳሉ? የዛ

በኣሜርካ ትልቁ የኣልባሳት ኣምራች የሆነው PVH በዚህ ክረምት ምርቶቹን ከሃዋሳ ማምረት ይጀምራል

በኣሜርካ ትልቁ የኣልባሳት ኣምራች የሆነው እና Tommy Hilfiger እና Calvin Klein ምርቶች ባለቤት ፒ..ቪ.ኤች ከኣዲሱ የሃዋሳ ኢንዱስትሪ ዞን ምርት ልጀምር መሆኑ ተሰማ። ዝርዝር ወሬውን ከ just-style   ድረጋጽ ያንቡ

የሲዳማ ቡና ኣብቃይ ኣርሶ ኣደሮች የቡና ምርታማነትን ለማሳደግ በመስራት ላይ ነን ኣሉ

የወራንቻ ኢንፎርሜሽን ኔትዎርክ ከቴክኖሰርቪ ድህረ ገጽ ላይ ያገኘው መረጃ እንደሚያመለክተው፤ ወደ 200 መቶ ሺ የምቆጠሩ የሲዳማ ቡና ኣብቃይ ኣርሶ ኣደሮች በኣለም ደረጃ ጥራት ያለውን ቡና የምያመርቱ ቢሆንም ከቡና ምርት ማግኘት ያለባቸውን ያህል ገቢ ባለማግኘታቸው የተነሳ በድህነት ኑሮኣቸውን በመግፋት ላይ ይገኛሉ። እንደድረገጹ ትንተና ከሆነ እነዚሁ የሲዳማ ቡና ኣብቃይ ኣርሶ ኣደሮች በድህነት ኑሮኣቸውን እንድገፉ ምክንያት የሆናቸው ኣነስተኛ የመሬት ይዞታ ባለቤት ከመሆናቸው በተጨማሪ ከዚሁ ዝቅተኛ ምርት ስለምያመርቱ ነው። ለዚሁም እንደ ፈሬንጆቹ ዘመን ኣቆጣጠር ከ 2 ሺ 13 ጀምሮ ቴክኖሰርቪ ከኣይዲኣች፤ኔስትል እና ከሌሎች መሰል ድርጅቶች ጋር በመተባበር የሲዳማ ቡና ኣብቃይ ኣርሶ ኣደሮች ገቢን ለማሳደግ እየሰራሁ ነኝ ይላል። ዝርዝርመረጃ ከታች ይጫኑ 

Ethiopian Family Searching for Meskerem Qedel Adopted from Sidama Zone in 2011

Female named Meskerem Qedel sent in for adoption in September, 2001 E.C, 2009 Western Calendar. She came from the Sidama Region, Alta-Chiko Woreda, Gunde Kebele. Ethiopian family member is Degife. Ethiopian family received photos and a letter through the agency in 2011. A neighbor’s phone number is available.  For more Information

Ethiopians celebrate Easter despite drought

ADDIS ABABA ( Minasse Wondimu Hailu - Anadolu Agency ) Thousands of Ethiopian Christians are defying tough conditions caused by a dangerous drought to celebrate Easter. The predominantly Orthodox community celebrates Easter Sunday on May 1 this year – later than the Western Christian calendar – after a 55-day fast from meat, milk, butter and eggs. Lent in Ethiopia lasts longer than the 40-day period for which Jesus Christ fasted in the wilderness at the start of his ministry, according to Christian theology. Ethiopians see an extended 15 days during which the clergy and faithful pay homage to kings, heroes and saints, including the nine saints of ancient times who had come from Asia Minor and responsible for expanding the Orthodox across the country. The country is said to have embraced Christianity in the 4th century CE. However, this year latest data from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), suggests more than 10 million Ethio