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An information sharing and working session on Ebola highlighted on Monday on the need for multi-sectoral approach at the African Union (AU) Headquarters here.

The Meeting jointly organized by AU and international agencies was meat to provide situational and operational updates from health experts, vividly exploring the successes and challenges since the outbreak and share instruments and mechanisms to enhance preparedness and response to health related disasters in Africa.

By Tsegaye R Ararssa*

  1. 1.     Introduction

What is the story of the Ethiopian federal experiment? What stories does it tell? And what stories can be told about it? Feeding from and into the ever polarized and polarizing ‘debate’ on Ethiopia’s politics, Dr Taye Negussie recently argued that the Ethiopian federal arrangement is synonymous with apartheid’s ‘racial federation’. In a similar vein, Dr Asfawossen Asrate also remarked that “ethnic federalism amounts to nothing but apartheid.”[i] In this piece, I seek to explore the tales the Ethiopian federal experiment tells (and masks) with a view to shedding light on whether, by juxtaposing the two systems, there emerges a tale of two federations or two tales of two differently unjust governance systems.