Ethiopian Country Manager of Dangote cement, Deep Kamara, has been killed by gunmen, report by Addis Standard says.
It’s reported that Kamara was shot dead Wednesday May 16 (2018) by yet to be identified gunmen near the Dangote Cement Factory located some 85 kilometers west of Addis Ababa in Adeberga woreda, Oromiya region of the country.
Kamara’s other two employees-driver and secretary-were reportedly killed along with their boss.
The assailants are yet to be found by Ethiopia’s law enforcement agencies at the the time of filing this report..
Before they were killed, there had been violent attacks on Dangote facilities in Ethiopia shortly after Aliko Dangote launched the company in 2016.
Economic analyst opines that the assassinations and other violent attacks on the cement company means that all isn’t well with Dangote’s operation in Ethiopia
Report says local community had been attacking the facility during the infamous wave of protests by the Oromiya people.
The violence is hinged on some unresolved labour issues related to private employment agencies commissioned by the company to handle all employment-related issues.
Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, threatened to shut its operations in Ethiopia if the authorities in Oromiya failed to put things under control.
At the time of filing this report, there is no official statement from Dangote Group.
The violence is as result of the Dangote Group to understudy the country before venturing investing in the country, Forbes’ writer quoted a Kenyan economist, Tony Watima, as saying.
“Dangote’s Ethiopian troubles are a pointer to what happens when you use a top-down approach of inducing senior government officials to initiate a project and fail to properly engage the community. Everyone knows the Oromiya region is an anti-government region. Dangote should have done better due diligence,” he says.
The story first appeared on Forbes