The week that was
It has been a great week for different sorts of juicy news. An Addis businessman reaped 100,000 Birr from a friend in a bet after Manchester United won Chelsea in the champions League final last Wednesday. But he gave it all and ten thousands Birr more to fellow supporters.
Betting on sporting events, especially the Premier League, has become common around here but this must have been one of the most unusual winning football bets.
The 50- year- old man who watched the game at his lavish house on outdoor screen with numerous musician friends overjoyed when the match ended like the way he predicted it too. Among the celebrities who were at the rich man’s residence to watch the game were Niway Debebe, Haileye Tadesse , Serawit Fikire, and Tadele Roba.
To celebrate his windfall, the ecstatic Manchester United fun gave 10,000 Birr to each of eleven celebrities who were on his side while watching the game, handing out ten thousand more than he grabbed.
In another news, Niway Debebe, who is back home after 16 years of stay abroad, found himself in an uncomfortable position after a newspaper reported about “his apology” to the government.
In an interview with Addis Admass last Saturday, he hits back at the claims.” I haven’t done anything wrong and I have nothing to apologize for,’ he said.
His statements follow claims in the Awra Amba Times, an influential Amharic weekly, that he returned to Ethiopia after apologizing secretly to the government seeking pardons.
Niway in the past has been an outspoken critic of the Meles government but has gone soft since he came back home.