The killings of Deep Kamara, Dangote’s Ethiopia country manager, came barely two weeks after the cement maker announced a 4.4 per cent drop in its pan-African operations (outside Nigeria), largely attributed to disruptions by the civil unrest in Ethiopia and a dip in sales in Tanzania

By Allan Olingo‏ (The EastAfrican) |

Dangote Cement, which three years ago took East Africa by storm, is facing a hard time in the region, especially after the recent killing of three of its employees in Ethiopia. The cement maker is also struggling with unfavorable policy changes in Tanzania.

Dangote’s Ethiopia country manager Deep Kamara and two of his aides were shot dead in the restive Oromia region, where the cement firm has had tense relations with the local community.

At some point, things were so bad the firm was forced to suspend operations in August 2017 for a month.

Ethiopian government agencies said Mr Deep Kamara was returning to the capital from the factory when he was ambushed by unidentified gunmen, who killed him, his driver and personal assistant.

Carl Franklin, a spokesperson for the Dangote Group, was not immediately available for comment over the killings.

The tragedy came barely two weeks after the cement maker announced a 4.4 per cent drop in its pan-African operations (outside Nigeria), largely attributed to disruptions by the civil unrest in Ethiopia and a dip in sales in Tanzania.

The firm sold 2.2 tonnes of cement in the first three months of this year, lower than the 2.3 tonnes sold in the same period last year.

“In Ethiopia, sales at our 2.5Mta factory in Mugher, Ethiopia, fell by 16.7 per cent in the three months of 2018 as a result of continuing disruption due to civil unrest in the Oromia region, as well as more local challenges we are experiencing with the communities around our mining operations in Mugher. As a result, we sold approximately 443Kt of cement in the quarter, down from 532Kt over a similar period in 2017 with a market share of 22 per cent, meaning we remain the market leader in Ethiopia,” the firm said in its latest financial results update.

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