A 400-page book published in the United States by Netsanet Publishing Agency (NPA) in the Amharic language on the controversial legacy of Meles Zenawi and the EPRDF is a hot topic in Addis Ababa.
Entitled “The Gifts of Meles – A city without an owner”, it has been banned from public sale.
Copies can nevertheless be had on computer memory sticks, selling illicitly for up to 1000 birr (about $49).
It contains a critical account of the regime that pulls no punches written by an insider: Ermias Legesse, a former Secretary of State at the ministry for communication and government spokesman.
This former member of the EPRDF executive committee served in government for a dozen years until he defected in 2009 and took refuge in the United States.
An English translation of his book is due to be published soon.
It details the EPRDF’s strategies and manoeuvres to prevent the opposition from winning the 2005 election, to place its men at the head of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church (EOC) and to divest Oromos of their land in the Addis Ababa region, distributing them to State-owned firms or Tigrayan investors.
It portrays the late Meles Zenawi as scheming, fearful and manipulating and brings the reader up to date on the mean tricks his wife Azeb Mesfin played against her political rivals within the coalition.
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In the eyes of the ruling party TPLF/EPRDF, political opponents are considered enemies who should be eliminated by any means possible, says former communications minister of the ruling party, Ermias Legesse.
So what are the methods the cadres of the ruling party are ordered to carry out to eliminate political rivals and secure 100% win out of a rigged election? Follow the must-listen speech Ermias delivered on November 1, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.