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Meles’ Rent Allocation Is Breaking Down: Alex De Waal

By Debirhan |

Watch Prof. Alex De Waal talk about the case of current Ethiopia during the launch of his new book Money, War and the Business of Power in the Horn of Africa on Jan.28, 2016 at the USIP.
Alex says responding to a questioner from 1:20:00 minutes:

“The political governance is I think in a very interesting moment by which the highly centralized rent allocation that was undertaken by the late PM Meles Zenawi is breaking down. And Meles was very explicit that he was not interested in eliminating rent but in allocating rent. Now his successors, therefore, have huge amount of resources in their hands to allocate. And given that none of them has that same centralized command over everything that goes on in investment development policy, the system is becoming more like of cartel of different power centers, each of which is allocating resources. This is likely to lead to a sharp increase in corruption. It does not mean that the developmental project is going to be derailed but it will take on a different character and the extent to which in that transition the voices of the people can be heard so that there can be a democratic debate is going to be really challenging because one of the things that happens when you centralize power in a single party with no opposition is that party rocks from the middle. That always happens and this is a challenge of Ethiopia how to prevent that rock at the center given that the EPRDF is politically dominant otherwise it will be in a trouble.”

The inquirer forwarded a follow up question but Alex’s actions revealed that he didn’t want to say much on EPRDF’s Ethiopia, he has the most cordial and smooth relationship with, especially the late Meles.
Meles’ Rent Allocation Is Breaking Down: Alex De Waal

8 Comments

  1. Dictators have always satanic friends on whom they rely for actions they take against their people. The late Meles had also Joseph Stieglitz as his media relations consultant in the international arena. Satanic friends of dictators do not have conscience since they are blinded with by personal gains.
    Prof. Alex De Waal might have been granted financial sponsorship by leaders and so called billionaires (looters)in countries of the Horn to publish his book. I am sure his book could not reflect the miserable lives that the peoples of the Horn are leading. I hope his book could narrate the wealth of the leaders that they amassed over the graves of the peoples.I would have been more than satisfied burning his book had a copy of it reached my hands after reading it.

  2. Dictators have always satanic friends on whom they rely for actions they take against their people. The late Meles had also Joseph Stieglitz as his media relations consultant in the international arena. Satanic friends of dictators do not have conscience since they are blinded with by personal gains.
    Prof. Alex De Waal might have been granted financial sponsorship by leaders and so called billionaires (looters)in countries of the Horn to publish his book. I am sure his book could not reflect the miserable lives that the peoples of the Horn are leading. I hope his book could narrate the wealth of the leaders that they amassed over the graves of the peoples.I would have been more than satisfied burning his book had a copy of it reached my hands after reading it.

  3. Alex De Waal has been romanticizing guerrilla fighters since the 1980s. He is friends with Meles and very protective. Remember Alex is involved in shaping Meles Foundation!! He wants us to believe Meles was “uncorrupt” [to use Stiglitz’s word]. Meles was part of the corruption ring with his wife Azeb in the lead and EFFORT as the prime institution.

  4. Alex De Waal has been romanticizing guerrilla fighters since the 1980s. He is friends with Meles and very protective. Remember Alex is involved in shaping Meles Foundation!! He wants us to believe Meles was “uncorrupt” [to use Stiglitz’s word]. Meles was part of the corruption ring with his wife Azeb in the lead and EFFORT as the prime institution.

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