Abugida Ethiopian American Information Center » Letter from Ethiopia. Welcome to Ethiopia’s election 2010: The case of Adwa – Eskinder Nega, Addis Ababa

where the landed gentry of Haile Selassie’s era easily schooled their children but which the top officials of the Derg shunned for financial and ideological reasons.But PM Meles Zenawi, who officially lives on a miserly government salary, and whose father had famously insisted that “he( Meles) does not even know what a 100 birr note looks like”, not only has schooled all his three children there, but is also now sending his eldest daughter to Britain’s most exclusive school, Oxford University. And my first instinct was to pose to the woman sitting in front of me, Aregash Adane, who is contesting for Meles’ parliamentary seat in Adwa, and was briefly his adviser, what I thought would be a witty question: Is Meles Zenawi a multi-millionaire? But most interviews rarely go according to script, particularly the interesting ones; and when we parted I had not inquired about her thoughts on Meles Zenawi’s whooping deficit between his official income and his children’s astronomical school expenses.

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