There is hardly anything bureaucrats love than having policymakers who are zealots …


There is hardly anything bureaucrats love than having policymakers who are zealots in regulations. While regulation disempowers members of the public, no bureaucrat can thrive without having that indispensable weapon:…


Describing what transpires inside the most powerful governing party of Ethiopia as an intense power struggle may sound a bit far-fetched

Describing what transpires inside the most powerful governing party of Ethiopia as an intense power struggle may sound a bit far-fetched, says gossip. The power dynamics and alliances are fluid;…


Of late, there are a few places where public perception of professionalism is under erosion…

Of late, there are a few places where public perception of professionalism is under erosion as in the nation’s diplomatic front, claims gossip. Such misgivings on ambassadorial appointments do not…


There is a growing anxiety at the top tier of the Administration of the PM …

There is a growing anxiety at the top tier of the Administration of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn over the build-up of debts to foreign creditors, largely to China, gossip revealed.…


Two seemingly unrelated events but of national significance took place last week…

Two seemingly unrelated events but of national significance took place last week. Members of the all-EPRDF-and-allies dominated Parliament plucked up their courage last week in grilling Kinfe Dagnew (B. Gen.),…


Enforcing discipline with the state to shape up in its budgeting is often an uphill task

Enforcing discipline with the state to shape up in its budgeting is often an uphill task. All the more though, ensuring its functionaries are tight in their spendings and regulate…


Abraham is up rocking the boat; he appears to be determined . . .

The Ministry of Finance, one of the oldest institutions in the country, has a charismatic, intelligent and courageous minister in the persona of Abraham Tekeste (PhD), gossip noted. Brought to…


The Revolutionary Democrats have mustered their rank . . .

The Revolutionary Democrats have mustered their rank and file at the Civil Service College, attending their ritual and marathon indoctrination sessions. Having three rounds, the first batch, comprising the top…


Apparently, it takes so little for this government to please people in Addis Abeba…

Apparently, it takes so little for this government to please people in Addis Abeba and a few other cities across the country, gossip observed. The formula is to unplug major…


The Revolutionary Democrats are to celebrate their 25th year in power

Having their roots deeply entrenched in the leftist spectrum of politics, the Revolutionary Democrats are to celebrate their 25th year in power come May 28, 2017. Over the past quarter…


The one thing EPRDFites are averse to in their rule is the formation of more than one power centre…

The one thing EPRDFites are averse to in their rule is the formation of more than one power centre, gossip has observed. A quarter of a century on, with their…


It is unusual for a federal agency to get estranged with the very administration it…

It is unusual for a federal agency to get estranged with the very administration it belongs to. Yet, that is what is happening with the Ethiopian Policy Studies & Research…


The results of the last national elections have no doubt undermined…

The results of the last national elections have no doubt undermined the hopes for competitive multiparty democracy in Ethiopia. Not even the staunch supporters of the EPRDFites have the courage…


There has been no time when the Revolutionary Democrats were as fragmented…

There has been no time when the Revolutionary Democrats were as fragmented since their formation in 1989 as they are now, claims gossip. The fracture along several layers is mind-boggling,…


There could perhaps be no political party in the world that has mastered the art of self-flagellation…

There could perhaps be no political party in the world that has mastered the art of self-flagellation as the EPRDF does, gossip observes. It is a Maoist culture successfully used…


Djibouti’s President, Ismail Omar Guelleh, known among close circles as IOG, is due to arrive here in Addis…

Djibouti’s President, Ismail Omar Guelleh, known among close circles as IOG, is due to arrive here in Addis this week, for a three-day state visit. Born and raised in Dire…


The rift between leaders of the TPLF and the ANDM

There is perhaps no one in the sub-region as perceptive on Ethiopia’s internal dynamics as neighboring Sudan can be, claims gossip. Khartoum appears to have the knack for seeing through…


The current leadership of the OPDO is now rocking the boat among the Revolutionary Democrats

The manner in which the current leadership of the Oromo Peoples’ Democratic Organization (OPDO), Messrs Lemma Megerssa, chairman, and Worqneh Gebeyehu (PhD), deputy, came to power was conventional neither to…


The popular saying that history repeats itself…

The popular saying that history repeats itself was more evident two weeks ago during the summit by heads of state of the African Union (AU). The top most agendas of…


Time changes everything…

  Time changes everything, so says the popular English dictum. So true, claims gossip considering how much things have changed over the past 25 years since the fall of the…


Ethiopia’s political system has a lot to go for before it masters…

Ethiopia’s political system has a lot to go for before it masters safeguards on untamed political power of those in charge of the executive branch of the government, says gossip.…


There was perhaps no time when the leadership of the Revolutionary Democrats…

There was perhaps no time when the leadership of the Revolutionary Democrats has been as polarized as now, gossip noticed. In fact, some at the gossip corridors rather prefer the…


Addis Abeba is in a bizarre mood lately…

Addis Abeba is in a bizarre mood lately. And for a good reason. Business is in all-time slow due largely to the hold up in the federal government’s budget disbursement;…


The administration of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn…

The administration of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn had one of its rare emergency cabinet meetings on Saturday afternoon, gossip disclosed. It was called to discuss the alarming deterioration of the…


In the midst of leadership paralysis, the Revolutionary Democrats have…

In the midst of leadership paralysis, the Revolutionary Democrats have continued to be overwhelmed by resistance from within, gossip observed. Suffice to say that the elections of Lemma Megerssa and…




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