9 December 2012

Ethiopia: Fineline-for Reasons As Diverse and Many As They No Doubt Could Be Genuine...


For reasons as diverse and many as they no doubt could be genuine, the political establishment appears to be keen keeping the "Meles-fire" alive, gossip noticed. There is a loss family members and close circle of friends suffer, hence little surprising should they want to keep his memory enduring.

Yet, there are top leaders of the Revolutionary Democrats who see an opportunity to use his "legacy" - an overly used word now - as a political rallying factor to move the public to the direction they deem is necessary, claims gossip. This appears to be more visible among those in the regional state of his native land, Tigray, while as much could be said about those in major towns, gossip noticed.

Thus are all sorts of initiatives popping up here and there, including a widely circulated humour allegedly has occurred in Addis Abeba. Local authorities in one of the districts located in the south west of the capital could have no power to override residents, who resisted the demolishing of their homes, when they stood on their way with a huge banner depicting the photo of the late Meles Zenawi.

Indeed, and humour aside, small businesses and outlets began to emerge across the city bearing the name and image of Meles, naming themselves after him, gossip observed.

But there are also those who are not necessarily party apparatchiks but close to Meles on their own term while he was alive who are now proposing to start several initiative of local and international reaches. One is tabled by a close friend of his to organize an international conference here in Addis to talk on what Meles stood for and celebrate his memories, gossip disclosed. Another who has had an acquaintance of a distant nature but seem to be a fan of Meles has suggested opening "something in his name" of global reach, claims gossip.

Close family members of the late Prime Minister, leaders of the ruling party and the administration appear to be concerned about a potential explosion of initiatives by many whether or not their consent is first sought, according to gossip. Providing a resemblance of guidance and coordination, if not offer consent to these initiatives coming from several individuals and groups, is seen an appropriate measure to take, gossip disclosed.

This is thought to be not only wise in avoiding repetitive initiatives by groups who would not know of each others' effort, thus use resources inefficiently, but also necessary to avoid possible attempts to name places that may not fit the record of the late Prime Minister and appear appropriate to match his legacy, claims gossip.

Accordingly, the administration is on its way to form a high level committee comprising family members and senior leaders of the party that would receive applications for initiatives, review proposals and provide consent and support to those considered appropriate, and take its own initiatives, gossip disclosed.

Gossip has identified the possible candidates that may comprise such a committee. Obviously, Meles's widow, Azeb Mesfin, takes a prominent role in this committee, while Addisu Legesse and Bereket Simon, two of his political allies ever since a breakaway of a major group in the TPLF back in 2000, are plausible politicians to have a place in the committee, gossip disclosed.

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