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Meles’s father dies

Meles Zenawi is in deep mourning over his father’s death. His father, Zenawi Asres died here on Wednesday, June 25.

Enbilta, an Amharic weekly, reported this morning that the 82-year-old-man has been going through treatment for the past six months until he passed away three days ago. His body was seen off from Arat Kilo palace to Adwa where a funeral is expected to be held today.

According to the paper, Aboy Zenawi was born in 1926 in Adawa town, where he had spent most of his life. He was from the lower Tigrayan nobility and was given the title of Dejazmatch during the Italian occupation.He married Alemush Gebreleul, who is also of noble birth but from Eritrea.They had thirteen children, all of them survived into adulthood but none provided them assistance, financial or other, he once said in an interview.Meles was the third and youngest boy in the family.

Zenawi once said he had always wanted Meles to be a medical doctor. But the father’s wish never transformed into reality as his son abandoned the study of medicine at Addis Ababa University in the 1970’s to take up an armed struggle. Aboy Zenawi once said he had helped his son and another friend, Abay Tsehay escape from arrest by sheltering them in his farmhouse during the armed struggle.

Mele’s ascension to the highest political power years later was said to have come as a great surprise and consolation for the disappointed father.

The paper didn’t say whether Meles will attend the funeral or not.

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  1. Xendu
    June 27, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    Ashes to ashes

    And who knows, perhaps soon Ato Meles will be gone as well… but thinking more on the man and less on the father, a thought had struck me:

    Broadly speaking and you may judge this to be a reckless statement, I am convinced that by and large, we (Ethiopians) as a people have steadily been losing comprehension of the full import of the basic, easily observable logical and physical law that conventional “cognitive” reality is based upon. WuTin/hasab -> iQid -> dirgit -> FiTSamay temeseQaQlewibinal… Furthermore most Ethiopians have no clue of what “mengist” really means.

    Unless something is done, something else will not be achieved. Unless that is achieved, that other thing will only remain a dream.

    For the vicious, divisive, and diabolical man his many actions reveal him to be, Meles Zenawi can at the very least be credited for having retained full use of this common sense – of the logical progression of events on Planet Earth. Unless he left the stable cocoon he was once in with hopes for a bright, distinguished middle-class future, the change he wanted will not have happened for/with him…

    What carried him here could be an unapologetic attitude that must have come about once he summoned the will to give his once young conscience a through scrubbing and layered it with the basic blocks of Realpolitik (and in his case considerable personnal hatred – which sort of defeats the argument for Realpolitik… but that’s another topic)

    Who’d think that Meles could be used as a workable example for a way towards change in a country that he has quite definitely produced deep faultlines of terrible enmity among peoples. And politically convenient but historically damning decisions that have robbed generations of future Ethiopians of important options (Access to sea, anyone?)

    Nonetheless, he could be used as an example of a will to power. Think about what it has taken for other countries to finally come around to the concept of people governing themselves – democracy.

    We should open our eyes and let ourselves understand what we already know – what does it really take to gain power from those determined to perpetuate *their* control, what does it really take to build a trust among distrustful groups and share this power fairly under a blind, independent judicial system to finally at long last estabilish a system for people to govern themselves in a country at our stage?

    It takes Will. Will of a similar calbre as Meles has discovered within himself many years ago. It also takes several things this man barely understands. It requires the insight to see the necessity for dissent in a modern world, the understanding of the real/authentic path to order (one that paves way for “development” of a nation) lies in a system that that provides a path for free expression and self-governance of the people. It takes one with enough integrity to rise above the evil of fanning ethnic paranoia and grievances for maintaining control – if simply for ethical reasons or old-fashioned Feriha Igziabhair.

    It also takes a recognition of the value of the concept of ‘country’ and appreciation that this is more than just a geographic nomenclature only good to showcase in meetings as areas to control or navigate. As incredibly diverse as the many people are on this ‘piece’ of land, the ideal dream is – in forging any nation – is to create/rediscover the spirit of nationhood beyond hollow words belted out just in time for international occasions – in our people’s tiny, tragically compressed exposure these occasions are by and large A. war, or B. professional running

    What a large to-do list this country has…eh?

  2. purpleamhariccoffee
    August 19, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    finally he knows how everyone else feels.

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