Raila Odinga hailed PM Ahmed Abiy

ODM leader Raila Odinga (Right) and Ethiopian Ambassador to Kenya Meles Alem (Left) when he met the National Reconciliation Commission team from Ethiopia who visited him at his Capitol Hill office. [Wilberforce Okwiri/Standard]

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has hailed Ethiopian Prime Minister Ahmed Abiy for opening up democratic space in his country.Raila said the economic and political reforms being spearheaded by Mr Abiy would go a long way in creating stability in Ethiopia and the rest of the Horn of Africa region.The former PM was speaking yesterday at his Capitol Hill offices in Nairobi when he met a delegation from the Ethiopian Reconciliation Commission.Ethiopian Ambassador to Kenya Meles Alem said the team was hoping to learn from Kenya’s experience in addressing historical injustices, especially on the workings of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission that was set up after post-election violence.

Raila singled out Ethiopia’s opening of bilateral and diplomatic relations with its erstwhile enemy of more than 26 years, Eritrea, as a positive gesture that would help create partnerships across the region.“Ethiopia has gone through a very turbulent period and right now it is in transition to democracy with new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who has began the process of unifying and reconciling various communities and is also creating new relationships with neighbours of Ethiopia,” Raila said.He continued, “One has been reconciliation with Eritrea. As you know, for a long time there was conflict between Eritrea and Ethiopia but soon after Abiy came to power he moved to seal a peace process between the two countries.”The ODM leader said that Addis and Nairobi shared a cordial relation, adding that the two countries were committed to strengthening their relations.“We share a long common border with communities across the border and we want to have peaceful relationship and cooperation.”


  1. In TIGRAY engineers are close to building agricultural machineries. METEC built so many tractors before the political change brought PM Abiy to power, now since General Kinfe was arrested METEC is selling it’s assets with all it’s experience and knowhow on building farm machineries forced to flee to Tigray.

    METEC’s highly skilled design engineers employees are vowing to help Tigray only, by being angry how General Kinfe was treated by the PM Abiy’s goverenment.

    Now the 10’s of thousands of engineering students at METEC University are not given accrediation upon graduation by PM Abiy’s goverenment even though the students are better engineers than students that graduated with engineering degrees from other engineering schools in the country . It is said former Derg’s Defense Construction Corporation CEO , General Tadesse attested to the skills of METEC University graduates but now Colonel Abiy is denying the METEC University graduates accreditation.



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