Ethiopia’s Dictator Meles Zenawi on a Death Bed: 1955-2012

A fortnight ago, Meles was trying to joke by disseminating a fairy tale story on President Isaias’ death from serious illness. Now, he is on that deathbed – for real.

By TesfaNews,

The rumor that goes viral all over the internet and across the country on the deteriorating health condition of Ethiopia’s longtime ruler and dictator, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, has finally been confirmed today by the Senegalese leader, President Macky Sall.

Zenawi, who has not been seen for the last several weeks, has missed an African Union Summit that opened Sunday in Ethiopia – a first since he assume power in 1991.

As the current chairperson of NEPAD, Prime Minister Meles was expected to deliver a report to 27th Summit of the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) ahead of the 19th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) to be kicked off today in Addis Ababa.

Instead, Senegalese President, Macky Sall opened the meeting and wished Meles a happy and quick recovery.

“PM Meles is not attending this meeting with us this afternoon for health reason. We would like to express that we wish him to recover soon to a better health,” President Sall told participants.

Deputy Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, who is also the Minister of Foreign Affair, instead, filled Meles’s seat at AU’s Hall located at the first raw of presidential seat that labeled with Ethiopian Flag.

Following his disappearance from the public, rumor is growing about his health condition. Specially, Meles has failed to show up at the parliament in the last two weeks where he was expected to deliver the already concluded fiscal’ year’s government performance. Following his absence from the parliament, public remains in dark with the growing speculation of his ailing condition, and the next year’s budget has not been endorsed yet. The parliament has not been even officially closed for recess despite one week has already gone from the usual schedule.

There is no official confirmation or denial given neither from the government nor his party’s office.

Sources confirmed Meles’ hurried transport to Belgium 3 days ago to receive an urgent treatment at Saint-Luc University Hospital in Brussels. Opposition websites are claiming that Meles is being treated for a serious and one-way illness – Blood Cancer.

However, other unconfirmed reports from the newly formed opposition alliance, the Ethiopian National Transitional Council (ENTC), has reported that they have been tipped off from inside sources close to the ruling party that the dictator is in a comma and may have even died earlier today. [We shall see about that…]

The most recent images of Meles aired by state-run Ethiopian Television showed him noticeably thinner.

His ultimate death will lead to internal infighting and instability in the country as the top and most corrupt TPLF officials fight for power. Another opposition website, Ethiopian Review, has reported that several family members of the TPLF junta have been observed leaving Ethiopia en mass during the past few days fearing possible chaos that could result from the power struggle that could follow the dictator’s death.
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9 thoughts on “Ethiopia’s Dictator Meles Zenawi on a Death Bed: 1955-2012

  1. What come around, goes around. The were fooling themselves with PIA illness and death but now look who is on the deat bed? Ay Meles Chenawi. Aba de'a rikeba

  2. People should not be surprised that an individual is sick or even is dead. He may not be perfect, but for the honest observer of Ethiopian History, This man has done miracles to his country, albeit with many pitfalls (Well you know he and his party is a party of Men, not Angles or God. What is important is people should not expect a big change as a result of his death, as the party has procedures for prower trnasition. Moreover, he was just an individual in the TPLF/EPRDF. There are millions who can even do his job just as better as he is doing it. TPLF/EPRDF is of the people and unless you kill all the people, it will not die, and it will continue to be the most influential and pragmatic party in Ethiopian politics

    1. Are you sure? Mengistu had millions of supporters (who were convinced of the ideology) not like Meles's who follow him to fill their stomach. But they disappeared to exist as he left the country. How can you be sure that this disjoint group of parties will continue the evil work of him????

  3. It´s very saddening if he dies because of illness. What he deserves is to be hanged upside down like Mussolini. This is too mercifull an end for him!

  4. Tesfa is a platform where we can discuss issues concerning Eritrea and our region in a civil and constructive manner. Please, let's refrain from slanders and insult.

  5. A corrupt heart is the worst enemy the fallen creature can have; it is full of evil devices, – of deceit, of folly, and abomination, and its owner knows not what is in him till it boils over, and is often past remedy before the evil is perceived. (Jeremiah 17:9)

  6. My dear Ethiopian friends,
    I was deeply saddened to learn of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's death and I would like to express my sincere sympathy to all Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia on behalf of the senior management team here at AIG. You’re Prime Minister Mr. Zenawi was highly respected by managers and employees alike throughout the entire company. He was regarded as a visionary leader by anyone who ever worked with him from our Security Firm providing Due Diligence and Security Management Solutions Worldwide.
    Mr. Zenawi's contributions to his country and Africa during his 20 years of dedicated and selfless service were many and varied. Please accept my heartfelt condolences at this difficult time and I ask you to please pass these sentiments on to your fellow Ethiopians. Mr. Zenawi was a remarkable man. Knowing him personally as I did for many years, I am well aware of the difference he made in the lives of many people, both in Ethiopia and in Africa. Many will miss him.
    With sincere sympathy,

    You will be missed….john.

  7. it has never being our calture to wish any humanbeing or animal to suffer or to die, and there is frankly nothing to gain out of it. What we acheive in Eritrea not on the weakness or illness of the enemys, but rather from the strength of our poletical system.

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