Ethiopia’s Meles Foundation leaves activists angry

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Mohammed Awad

April 07, 2013

Meles LegacyADDIS ABABA: The launching of a new foundation in Ethiopia in honor of late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has left many activists in the country questioning the future of the country, arguing that dictators should not be given foundations in their name.

“This is horrible,” said Yussif Mohammad, a Muslim activist who was detained during Meles crackdown last year before he passed away. “I think this would be kind of like if Egypt would have a foundation for Hosni Mubarak. It would be unthinkable.”

In his opening address last month in launching the foundation, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn remembered the late PM as “exemplary leader in his unique leadership skills and flawless performance as chief of the executive” and added that “the establishment of the Foundation is deemed necessary as a thorough study of his life and his works and their implementation thus far is important to ensure the continuity of the renaissance of Ethiopia.”
Former First Lady, Azeb Mesfin, on the occasion noted that the Foundation will assist researchers interested to study Meles’s academic works through scholarships to ensure the continuity of the implementation of his vision.

The Meles Foundation aims to serve as a memorial of the prime minister’s great contribution in socio -economic issues, climate change negotiations and for his efforts aimed at ensuring peace and security of the continent among other things.

But activists like Mohammad told that this foundation continues the status quo and authoritarian nature of the Ethiopian government.

“We have fought for our rights over and over again, but now the foundation as a remembrance to a man who killed his own people and stifled freedom of speech is existing. It says a lot about where we are as a country.”


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  1. yussif Mohamed belo activist denkem drom akrari eslam kehadi new mesged ketefekedleh mech aneseh. lemn agerh yemen atehedm.

  2. For heaven sake!! anyone who reads his bible will know that Zenawi of TPLF (that curse of the nation) is right now in Hell! Crying for a drop of water to cool of his tongue! He is burning in Hell right now! Thank God, that Meles is now in a place where he would not trouble Ethiopia any more!
    Give him a foundation and foundation of a foundation he will ever never get out of Hell !!! The blakcness of the darkness of hell was upon that man even before he died. And now he is into it being tormented day and night without any rest!
    He tormented the nation and now he is paying for that for all eternity!

    God shall remove the curse (Weyane) from the land and shall heal the nation !!!
    Blessed be His name forever

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