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PM Abiy tells his cabinet the regime investigating foreign bank accounts held by senior officials

15 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Addis Abeba, May 15/2015 – In a meeting with senior government officials including members of his cabinet, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the government was investigating foreign bank accounts held by senior government officials, a source who attended the meeting told Addis Standard.

During the meeting held in his office today, the Prime Minister also criticized what our source said was “the spoon feeding culture” among members of his cabinet and senior government officials, who the PM blamed were “not forthcoming with sound policy ideas” and are “lacking the culture of creativity.”

The meeting, reported by state affiliated and state owned media houses who were allowed inside as a “half day discussion with high level government officials including Ministers on how to deliver the results and respond public demands,” was held inside the PM’s office.

According to our source, who wants to remain anonymous, the prime minister told attendees that foreign countries where bank accounts held by senior government officials are cooperating with his government in its investigations.  The Prime Minister also decided to move the weekly cabinet meetings from Friday to Saturday in order not waste working days by meetings.

Earlier today, the PM’s office released a statement containing names of five party veterans who have been discharged from their duties on retirement.  The list include TPLF stalwart Sebehat Nega, who was the head of Foreign Relations Strategic Research Institute. Others include, Belete Taffere, head of the Integrated Land Management, Planning and Policy Project bureau, Kassu Ilala (PhD) and Mekonnen Manyazewal, both from Policy Research Institute, and Tadesse Haile of the Trade and Industry Policy Planning and Execution bureau, who was best known as the longest serving state minister at the ministry of trade and industry.

Yesterday, another letter signed by the Prime Minister announced the replacement of Zeray Asgedom, Director General of the Ethiopian Broadcasting Authority, by Solomon Tesfaye, who has served the authority under the capacity of a deputy, among others.



Meles Zenawi-installed ‘robber barons’ spoil the broth in Ethiopia’s single-party state, while drought & famine continue to assail, threaten lives of over 15 million citizens

22 Nov

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

This article is the second part of Meles Zenawi: The aspirant ‘grey eminence’ of Ethiopian politics…
II.   Drought, hunger and political deceit

“የውጭ ድርጅቶች ቃል ገብተዋል፡፡ እስካሁን የደረሰ ዕርዳታ ግን እስከዚህም ነው፡፡ መንግሥት ነው እስካሁን እየሠራ ያለው፡፡ በዋናነት የማስተባበር ሥራ የመንግሥት ድርሻ ነው” (UNOFFICIAL TRANSLATION: Foreign organizations have pledged to help. However, to date not significant aid has been received. Therefore, the government is doing the heavy lifting, mainly in coordinating the tasks.”)

– Government spokesperson Getachew Reda
The Reporter on the Nov 16, 2015 encounter with the press


Weakest is the TPLF in controlling its lusts

From what we have so far known from daily life of Ethiopians, every facet of the nation suffers from serious lack of responsibility and accountability. These absences are further complicated by the lack of transparency and the rule of law. At every turn, in situations such as, for instance, the present drought and viewed against what is done and undone and the consequent information gap and the huge distrust out there citizens lives are complicated.
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