The spectre of possible cabinet reshuffling in the federal government
is back again, gossip noticed. There is a widespread
feeling up at Arat Kilo that a considerable number
of the ministers - young and inexperienced - are
making a dent in implementing what is considered to
be the most ambitious government program of the GTP.
Not even the president of the nation, Girma W.
Giorgis, during his state of the union address to
the joint assembly of both houses last week, could
contain his thoughts; describing the plan as
“overstretched”, gossip noted.
But it is too early to tell who among his disciples the chief priest
will retain or replace, according to gossip.
However, the administration has been subjected to strong criticisms
from those within for the neglect and abandonment of
those who served it as ministers, vice ministers and
state ministers over the past two decades. Some of
them could fall from power, thus losing all that
public office brings in form of privilege, but those
remaining might also wonder whether it is worth
serving such an administration, claims gossip.
There were a few examples in the past. One shocking incident was the
purging of Assefa Kesito from power and his forceful
eviction from a state-owned house. He had made a
surprising ascendance to power as Minister of
Justice in the aftermath of the historic 2005
election, was removed from his position as a
minister for his poor performance in handling the
unpopular bill on charities and civil societies and
was subsequently appointed as an advisor to the
President’s Office. The image of his furniture
scattered around the door of a small villa published
in an Amharic weekly was no doubt an embarrassing
moment for the administration.
Another person who served as Justice Minister was Hareqa Haroye.
Departing from public office, where he once had the
privilege of enjoying a chauffeured four-wheel
drive, he has been reduced to commuting. The Defense
Minister was kind enough to give him a ride
recently, gossip claims. Speaking of defense
ministers, the once strongman Seyee Abraha has
reportedly now been served notice to leave the state
house where he has been a resident for two decades.
Although it is unlikely to expect generosity from
his comrades-cum-archrivals, it is not clear whether
his family will be given a replacement house in his
This accusation of abandoning of former ministers may not be limited to
those who have fallen from grace. Even those who are
inside the fence and are believed to be on good
terms are not being treated accordingly, gossip
Two former deputy prime ministers stand out as examples, gossip claims.
For instance, Tefera Walwa, who has had a problem getting a retirement
entitlement for some time, could not find office
space granted by the state, claims gossip. He has
had to settle for accommodations of sorts at the
legal research center run by former Justice
Menberetsehay Tadesse, gossip disclosed.
The dilemma is a little different when it comes to Addisu Legesse,
though. Although he resides in a refurbished
government house, he has yet to be able to claim all
the privileges and entitlements listed in the law
for retired public service people. Despite
retirement from his cabinet position, he still uses
an office located inside the Prime Minister’s office
up in Arat Kilo, and has thus not been granted all
the privileges the law is suppose to provide him,
All these woes come as a result of the failure by the Ministry under
Sufian Ahmed to establish a bureau responsible for
such follow-ups, claims gossip.