Habesha Cement suspends production due to security threat, Dangote Cement’s trucks burnt

28 October 2017, The reporter Ethiopia
By Kaleyesus Bekele
Dangote’s trucks burnt down
The newly built Habesha Cement on Tuesday suspended production at its plant near Holeta town, Oromia Regional State after young protestors occupied the cement manufacturing plant which was inaugurated last April.

Reliable sources told The Reporter that young protesters occupied the manufacturing plant and demanded to be given jobs or to be put on the company’s payroll. Sources said the company was forced to fully shutdown the plant on Tuesday due to the security problem.

According to sources, the company has been active in community development projects and has a strong affirmative recruitment policy which gives priority for local communities.

Mesfin Abi (Eng.), CEO of Habesha Cement SC, confirmed to The Reporter that the cement plant has suspended production due to the security threat. Mesfin said that it was a few individuals that instigated the problem. “More than 20 youngsters from the locality and other places occupied the mining area hampering our operation. We are working with the local community and administration to amicably solve the problem,” Mesfin told The Reporter. He declined to give further details saying that it will harm the ongoing efforts to solve the problem peacefully.

In a related news, five trucks that belong to Dangote Cement were burnt down in the recent sporadic conflicts in the Oromia Regional State. Sources told The Reporter that last week three trucks were burnt down to ashes in Gebreguracha town and two trucks were burnt by protesters on Thursday in Ambo town. According to the Gadissa Dessalegn, Communications Bureau of Ambo town, 10 lives were lost in the deadly clash that took place in Ambo.

The situation in the Oromia Regional State is tense at the moment due to the sporadic clashes in different parts of the region.
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