Selected Cassation decisions on Women — Ethiopian Legal Brief

The Federal Supreme Court, in co-operation with Network of Ethiopian Women’s Association (NEWA) has published selected Cassation decisions related to women’s rights and women litigants. Click the link below to download the publication. cassation on women

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East African lawyers seek Common Market integration Nov 18, 2017, BY Tom Mugisha, of Law & Governance Studies Library Blog

EAC-FlagsKAMPALA – Lawyers under the East African Law Society (ELS) are seeking to be integrated into the regional common market to get cross-border experience and be able to compete with global law firms.

The lawyers made the appeal on Friday before President Museveni of Uganda during the ELS 22nd Annual Conference that attracted law societies   Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar was   at the Imperial Resort Beach Hotel, Entebbe.

Richard Mugisha, the ELS president said that without being integrated in the common market, the law firms in East Africa are will continue to businesses to “foreign firms” that provide legal and consultancy services to the regional governments expensively.

“ There is need for an East African Community policy to consider the integration of local firms to handle cross border transactions because foreign firms have been taking all the high value transactions and only assign us to work on their behalf” said Mugisha.

He added that; “we are always left out on grounds that our firms have no capacity but this should not make us undermined. We need protection for our legal market in the region especially through being trusted to provide legal services to governments”

The president of the Uganda Law Society, Francis Gimara told President Museveni that enabling East African law firms to trade freely across the region will make them suit the growing global competition.

“What is hindering our competitiveness at the global level is the fact that most law firms operate only in their mother countries. But when the EAC heads of state come up with a policy to liberalise our services across the region, we will become globally competitive”. Said Gimara.

In his response, Museveni who spent nearly an hour lecturing the lawyers about the importance of integration, said that he and his fellow heads of state have never received written resolutions from the lawyers seeking their services to be integrated in the common market.

“I am surprised that you are now talking about integration because it is rare for the learned friends to talk about this. But you need to write your resolutions and I carry them in the pocket to convince my brothers- the heads of states because I cannot feed them on rumours” said Museveni.

The president who said Africa has been suffering from “barren legalism” told lawyers that they can only achieve prosperity through promoting economic integration of East Africa and the entire continent because it is the only way they will sell their services beyond traditional borders.

The Attorney General of Uganda, William Byaruhanga said that he and his colleagues from partner states are set to sign a legal profession integration policy draft before it is endorsed by the heads of state.

He asked the lawyers to add their consent to the integration at the legal profession level adding that Uganda is already adding a voice to the process.

Meanwhile, President Museveni has also launched the African Support Fund- a USD 1m project run by the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF).

Stephen Karangizi the ALSF Chief Executive Officer said that the project that starts in January 2018 will help build the capacity of young lawyers across the continent to gain legal professional experience in order to suit the competitive market.

Purdue poised to improve sorghum for millions with $5 million grant, November 15, 2017





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Purdue poised to improve sorghum for millions with $5 million grant,

 gebisa-gatesLO (1)LATESTፕሮፌሰር ገቢሳ ኢጄታ ጥገኛ አረምን መቋቋም የሚችሉ ዝርያዎችን ለማዳቀል ለሚሰሩት ምርምር አምስት ሚሊዮን ዶላር አሸነፉ። ፕሮፌሰር ገቢሳ ለአራት አመታት የሚዘልቀውን የገንዘብ ድጋፍ ያገኙት ከቢል እና ሜሊንዳ ጌትስ ግብረ-ሰናይ ድርጅት ነው። ፕሮፌሰር ኢጄታ እና የምርምር ባልደረቦቻቸው ማሽላን የሚያጠቃ ጥገኛ አረም ዘረ-መል ላይ ያለውን እውቀት ለማሳደግ በመሥራት ላይ ይገኛሉ። ተመራማሪው ከአራት አመታት በኋላ በደሐ አገሮች የሚገኙ ወጣት የስራ ፈጣሪዎች አረምን መቋቋም የሚችሉ ዝርያዎችን በስፋት ለማምረት ይችላሉ የሚል ተስፋም አላቸው። በኢትዮጵያ ተወልደው ያደጉት ፕሮፌሰር ገቢሳ ኢጄታ በአሜሪካኑ የፑርድ ዩኒቨርሲቲ ሥመ-ጥር ተመራማሪ ለመሆን በቅተዋል። ከዚህ ቀደም ድርቅ እና ከማሽላ የምግብ ንጥረ-ይዘትን ለይቶ የሚሻማ አረምን የሚቋቋም ዝርያ ለማዳቀል በቅተዋል። ከስምንት አመታት በፊት የዓለም የምግብ ሽልማትን ያሸነፉ ሲሆን ከሰሐራ በታች በሚገኙ የአፍሪቃ አገራት በመቶ ሚሊዮኖች የሚቆጠሩ ሰዎችን ለመመገብ ላደረጉት እገዛ ከበሬታ የተቸራቸው ተመራማሪ ናቸው።


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University scientists will develop stronger, more versatile varieties of sorghum that have the potential to reach millions of African farmers, thanks to a $5 million, five-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The foundation’s grant is the second for Gebisa Ejeta, a distinguished professor in the Department of Agronomy and director of the Purdue Center for Global Food Security. Ejeta, the 2009 World Food Prize laureate, was recognized for his work in developing and distributing high-yielding varieties of sorghum that are also drought-tolerant and resistant to striga, a parasitic weed that robs maize, sorghum, rice, pearl millet and sugarcane of necessary nutrients. Striga can devastate a crop and impacts more than 100 million people in Africa.

Over the last four years, Ejeta, along with his students and research collaborators, uncovered the basic genetic and biological processes that control striga resistance in sorghum. They identified a gene involved with the release of a chemical from sorghum roots that signals striga seed to germinate and attach to those roots.

That has led to the creation of new sorghum varieties that combine striga- and drought-resistance more readily using molecular technology. So far, 961 tons of seed have been distributed to more than 400,000 farmers in Ethiopia and Tanzania.

“With more high-throughput phenotyping and the ability to sequence a large slate of genotypes, we identified an important gene that is foundational for imparting striga resistance,” Ejeta said. “It helps to move that gene with confidence and consider new ways of exploiting that gene. Some of that we’ve already been working on.”

This next phase of the program will focus on advancements in biological research, specifically identifying more genes involved in imparting broad-based and durable striga resistance in sorghum and other crops.

“We would have multiple genes that we can move around and pyramid together, so there is no risk of one gene breaking down in the future,” Ejeta said.

The new project will expand to support researchers in Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Niger, Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Mali to develop a breeding pipeline for more high-yielding, nutritious, disease-resistant and drought-tolerant varieties of crops. The project plans to support private seed systems that will distribute high-quality hybrid sorghum seeds more effectively in those countries.

“This creates opportunities for farmers and small businesses to engage in gainful employment and develop the agricultural industry in these countries,” Ejeta said. 

Writer: Brian Wallheimer, 765-532-0233,

Source: Gebisa Ejeta, 765-496-2926,

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