Fine Line: A new culture of corporate generosity cropping up in Addis Abeba


There appears to be a new culture of corporate generosity cropping up in Addis Abeba, gossip observed. Yet it is a far detached from the traditional corporate responsibility, whereby companies…


Fine Line: Sufian Ahmed was dispatched to Beijing last week

Sufian Ahmed, the long serving Ethiopian finance guru, was dispatched to Beijing last week, hoping to see some of China’s key policymakers, gossip disclosed. His visit was prompted by a…


Fine Line: Hailemariam Desalegn is evolving into a prime minister

Hailemariam Desalegn is evolving into a prime minister at ease with himself when dealing with regional issues and military affairs, gossip noticed. It could perhaps be because, within a turbulent…


Fine Line:A power reshuffle within the high brass of the Oromo Peoples’ Democratic Organisation

A power reshuffle within the high brass of the Oromo Peoples’ Democratic Organisation (OPDO), has resulted in a lofty position in the federal government being occupied by a female for…


Fine Line: The profound leadership crisis in the Oromia Regional State resurfaced

The profound leadership crisis in the Oromia Regional State resurfaced last week, following the inevitable resignation of Alemayehu Atomsa, chief of the regional government and chairman of the OPDO, the…


One of three individuals close to the late Meles Zenawi …

One of three individuals close to the late Meles Zenawi during his last days, in August 2012, was Kassu Illala (PhD). The other two were his widow, Azeb Mesfin, and…


Those active on social media platforms were bitter…

Those active on social media platforms were bitter last week about the inconvenience of living in Addis Abeba, gossip noticed. There is no adequate transport, electricity, water, internet or mobile…


Fineline- The Revolutionary Democrats bestowed upon themselves the…

For a poor country like Ethiopia, with an ever expanding appetite for building the entire physical infrastructure of the nation, nothing sends a chill down the spines of those entrusted…


Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn was in his trademark gracious…

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn was in his trademark gracious mood early last week when he received an America delegation led by the Republican Senator James (Jim) Inhofe. While the Senator…


Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn is known by…

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn is known by those frequenting the power corridor on Lorenzo Te’azaz Road for his favourite adage – a developmental state will always remain cash strapped –…


Shiferaw Jarso, director general of Ethiopia’s Sugar ….

The whisper in the gossip corridors is not a pleasant one. Shiferaw Jarso, director general of Ethiopia’s Sugar Corporation, under a ministerial portfolio, is in the army hospital recovering from…


Mekonnen Manyazewal…

The state of Djibouti presents a test to the wisdom and negotiating ability of a non-EPRDFite minister in the administration of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, gossip observed. A capable technocrat…


Police investigators in South Africa were so hyper…

Police investigators in South Africa were so hyper sensitive about a kidnapping case last week that they persuaded a local journalist in Cape Town to stop writing follow-up stories, due…


The sudden departure last week of Miheret Debebe…

It is not in the habit of the Revolutionary Democrats to offer a cordial farewell to people who have served them professionally, loyally and for a long time, gossip observed.…


Tedros Adhanom (PhD) was a darling of the west…

Serving as a Minister of Health, Tedros Adhanom (PhD) was a darling of the west, gossip recalled. He has a disarming personality, unlike many of the administration’s officials who struggle…


François Gérard Georges Nicolas Hollande’s France . . .

François Gérard Georges Nicolas Hollande’s France will pose a challenge to Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in Paris this week, where his wisdom and courage will certainly be tested, gossip foresees.…


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