It appears as though there was hardly a time in the past when Addis
Abeba was deserted of its officialdom, as was the
case this past week, gossip observed.
What the Revolutionary Democrats have been plotting for almost over a
year to turn the tide of public opinion in their
favour has finally come to be tested, disclosed
gossip. Their change in tactics from playing
defensive in the spin war game to going on the
offence has been laid bare, with the who-is-who in
their rank and file having sojourned mainly to the
United States (US), Canada, the United Kingdom (UK),
They are ready to dazzle the Diaspora; in return they want to mobilise
huge amounts of money to finance public
infrastructure. They also want to see the vocal
members of the Diaspora (they view them as a
minority) be neutralised after winning the minds and
hearts of what they claim is the silent majority,
The EPRDFites want to overwhelm those in the Diaspora with at least 14
such meetings taking place yesterday and today, all
at the same time. Yet, all these meetings are by
invitation only, in an apparent design to keep
militant opponents at bay, gossip discovered.
However, what is the point of travelling as far as the land of the free
simply to meet converts and true believers?
Whether supporters or critics, the EPRDFites will have to face the
music in places where some are powerfully resistant,
Hailemariam Desalegn, deputy chairman of the EPRDF, and Kassa
Teklebrehan will have their debate at Howard
University in Washington DC. It is thought to be one
of the toughest places due to those offering
resilient opposition to the rules of the
Revolutionary Democrats that is concentrated in the
city, a proportion higher than any other place in
North America, gossip projected.
Arkebe Oqubay was in California while the darling of the West, Tewodros
Adhanom (PhD), may have arrived in Columbus, Ohio,
together with Melaku Fenta. Teklewold Atnafu would
be in New York. Both places are not considered
threatening to these officials, due to the
relatively smaller number of Ethiopians residing
there, according to gossip. Many of them do not
appear politically embattled.
The possible new thing about these visits is not the size of the
delegation or the manner in which the meetings would
take place. This time around, the EPRDFites are
accompanied by members of the business community,
particularly those who have moved back to Ethiopia
over the past decade and are believed to have
succeeded in their respective venutres, gossip
Take Tadewos Getachew, who owns property on Africa Avenue and luxury
resorts in Bishoftu (Nazarath) and Bahir Dar; or
Yosuf Rejja, the person behind Talent Search; as
well as Brehane Assefa, a financial guru with an
advisory role to Neway Gebreab, chief economic
advisor to the Prime Minister; not to mention Yoadan
Tilahun behind Flawless Events.
These returnees were invited by Mebrat Beyene, director of Diaspora at
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), to
participate in these meetings to share their
experiences of settling back in Ethiopia with
members of the Diaspora, gossip claimed.
How exactly these returnees were selected is a wild guess being
contemplated in the gossip corridors of town.