ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia- The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa has confirmed this week to The Reporter, Ethiopian news site that a drone base in Ethiopia is closed. The latest development has East African politicos speculating. The statement from the spokesperson of the United States Embassy, David Kennedy to The Reporter via email says, “ we reached a mutual decision that our presence in Arba Minch is not required at this time,” he continued, “ our mutual needs change over time and a determination was made that our use of facilities in Arba Minch is no longer necessary.”
Recently, Ethiopia has been mired in a protracted mass protest which involved people from every walks of life — farmers to university students who have been demanding the government stop its ambitious plan to expand the capital to the surrounding towns at the expense of farmers in the area. Opposition groups and human rights activists say, more than 120 civilians were killed by Ethiopian security forces. They also claim the government detained thousands of protesters.