A 400-page book published in the United States by Netsanet Publishing Agency (NPA) in the Amharic language on the controversial legacy of Meles Zenawi and the EPRDF is a hot topic in Addis Ababa.
Entitled “The Gifts of Meles – A city without an owner”, it has been banned from public sale.
Copies can nevertheless be had on computer memory sticks, selling illicitly for up to 1000 birr (about $49).
It contains a critical account of the regime that pulls no punches written by an insider: Ermias Legesse, a former Secretary of State at the ministry for communication and government spokesman.
This former member of the EPRDF executive committee served in government for a dozen years until he defected in 2009 and took refuge in the United States.
An English translation of his book is due to be published soon. Continue reading Ex-Ethiopian Minister Ermias Legesse Spills the Beans