Samuel Tafesse flashes his wealth – in America

There are three classes of the rich in Ethiopia: 1. the Woyannes (the super rich), 2. their hodam supporters (bottom-feeders), and 3. honest wealthy Ethiopians whose number is diminishing by the day.

(Note to non-Ethiopian readers: Hodam is one who has no conscience, who sells his country, his people, his soul… for material gain. Woyanne is the ruling junta in Ethiopia.)

Among the hodam class, the second richest person in Ethiopia, next to Al Amoudi, is said to be Samuel Tafesse, a business partner of Meles and Azeb, the Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu of Ethiopia.

Samuel has been known to flash his conspicuously massive wealth by building a palace for himself in the middle of Addis Ababa, and throwing lavish parties.

This week, Samuel Tafesse and friends, including top Woyanne officials, are arriving in Washington DC to attend an extravagant party to celebrate his 25th wedding anniversary. The party will be held next Saturday night, August 28, at the Mandarin Oriental, one of Washington DC’s most expensive hotels.

The who’s who of Woyannes and their hodam supporters, about 500 of them, have been invited to dine, wine, and dance.

The cost for throwing the party is estimated to exceed $200,000.

Etete Restaurant in Washington DC has been hired to cater the Ethiopian food (Tel: 202 232 7600).

Woyannes and the hodam class in Washington DC are busy this week buying party dresses and going to beauty spa in preparation for the party.

The wedding anniversary celebration will be followed by a house warming party for Samuel Tafesse’s mansion that is being built in Alexandria, Virginia, at the cost of $5 million.  Construction crews are currently hurrying up to complete the house (shown below), which is sitting on 2 acres of land, located 20 minutes drive from Washington DC..

Fairfax County public records show that the 2-acre land (see below), located at 6434 Casperson Road, Alexandria VA, was sold to Samuel for $750,000 in December 2008.

When presented with the plan to build such a huge house, city officials were unhappy because the land could be used to build at least 10 townhouses. They urged him to build his mansion in another location further in the suburbs, which he refused.

(The above satellite photo was taken before Samuel’s mansion was built. City planners wanted to use the land to build townhouses similar to those in the area.)

The small house in the middle of the land (shown above) has now been torn down to build Samuel’s 16,000 square feet gigantic mansion.

One amused neighbor who saw the construction wrote: “It is being built as strong as a bunker. The basement looks like you could practice firing machine guns without disturbing neighbors. The 4 car garage is larger than my townhouse.”

Building big homes and buying luxury items is not a crime. In fact, they need to be encouraged since they help create employment for many people. But when such wealth is accumulated illegally, by crushing other businesses through unfair competition, by bribing government officials and partnering with heads of governments, it is harmful to a nation in so many ways.

As a close friend and business partner of Ethiopia’s brutal dictator Meles Zenawi and wife Azeb Mesfin, Samuel’s company, Sunshine Construction, is the first in line to receive the most lucrative contracts for construction projects around the country. Conveniently, Samuel’s wife is the sister of Public Works Minister Kassu Illala, who supervises all major construction projects in the country.

Samuel’s partners, Meles and Azeb, whose wealth is estimated to be $1.2 billion, get a cut from all the profit he makes. Since profit is the only motive — and in the absence of  genuine inspection — most of the buildings and roads Sunshine and the other corrupt companies build do not meet quality standards. Some of them are already falling apart. In short, Samuel’s wealth is accumulated through pernicious corruption — the kind of corruption that suck the life blood of a nation.

There are so many hard working, honest Ethiopians who could be as rich. But they are kept down, pushed out and many are leaving the country because they are NOT friends or partners of powerful government officials. It is such corruption and greed on the part Woyannes and their hodam supporters that have created an environment where most Ethiopians are unable to work and earn decent income in a country as rich in natural resources as Ethiopia. Instead of living under such a system, many are fleeing the country, in the process being subjected to the kind of humiliation and indignity as shown below where poor, innocent fellow Ethiopians are forced by Kenyan police to lay on the ground, face down.

The difference between these desperate Ethiopians and the likes of Samuel Tafesse is that the poor and destitute Ethiopians are not friends and partners of the ruling class. They are not any less hard worker or less smart than the hodam class who are flashing their ill-gotten wealth in our face.

Woyannes and their hodam supporters are committing egregious offenses, with impunity, against Ethiopians because the Ethiopian elite, including scholars, religious leaders, artists, the media, those leading opposition parties, have all failed to provide leadership. It’s easy to blame every thing on Woyanne, but the truth of the matter is that Ethiopians in every field who have the responsibility to provide leadership have miserably failed, as Teshome Mitiku points out in this song below:

Leader-less people by Teshome Mitiku

121 thoughts on “Samuel Tafesse flashes his wealth – in America

  1. Jegnaw Ethiopiawe on

    Brothers and sister EVERY END HAS A NEW BIGNING let this be the new beginning for united Ethiopia so we can END the atrocity to our people,to our country Ethiopia.the looting of of Ethiopia by this HODAM WOYANE and CO.LET AS STOP THE POLITICAL BIKERING and focus our energy in supporting ARMED struggle and get rid of this cancer WOYANE from our land Ethiopia.

  2. misrak on

    elias,thankyou for this investigative are doing a big favor for all of us and your country by exposing this woyenne thugs.

  3. Alamerew on

    Elias this is a great journalism, well researched and appealing.
    Do in the future too provide us such exceptionally written articles.
    Great work.

    Samuel and Co. fail to know one thing.Wealth and prosperity could vanish in microseconds.

  4. Hahu on

    Elias, you are the true and galant fighter against Weyane. Keep up the good job. Thank you very much.

  5. Tazabi on

    I know personally Ato Samuel and I am not a member of any political party. In my view he is a hard worker business man starts from the ground and reach this level. I cann’t say he is not getting a help from the current government; he might get the support. Elias as a Journalist you have to balance his contribution for the development of the country with his fallback instead of criticizing him like this. He can buy what ever he wants once he is succeeded in his life that is why he is struggling to reach this stage.

  6. Mikael on

    Wow, I never heard that a person who dines and wines with 500 people is called “HODAM”. I feel sorry for those who call Elias a Journalist. Brother Elias, since when is making it BIG is a crime? I know you haven’t set a foot to Addis to pass a judgment on the quality of job Sunshine is doing – or have the expertise to belittle the so many good engineers, among them my own brother, who work for that company and pride themselves on their know how and technical skills. I’m not here to defend the guys connections or lack of it. I’m rather stunned by your audacity to suggest that making it big equates to being corrupt and a person with “no conscience”. I hope Bill Gate and Mr. Buffet will never get the day light of this bogus opinion. Elias, this may come as a surprise to you – but the number of Ethiopians who are making it big without the connection you are alleging are enormous. In today’s Ethiopia, if you work hard and willing to put the necessary sacrifice, sooner or later you will get there. I’m not naive to suggest connection does not help – but hey where else is that not the case? I thought even here in States – it’s who you know, not what you know. So, let’s get real and celebrate the fact that we have people as rich as the guy in today’s Ethiopia. One more thing, how do you know again that the Meleses’ have more than 1.2 Billion? I’ll say more about it the next time you try to come up with a new trick.

  7. Jegnaw Ethiopiawe on

    #6 tt7 thanks for your comment it took me to other site.
    but what i discovered about this Hodam Woyane Samuel Tafess and CO was amazing.
    i suggest others to go to this site see who is who.thanks…..

  8. DAWI on

    My question as a local business man, isn’t it illegal to take money out of the country?

    Why is he allowed to take that much money out of the country?


  9. Gemechu on

    # 9 MIKEAL-I agree with all what you said.Let me say something, Elias and the hate diaspora politicians will push away more peaple like me and you from joining the struggle to bring political change in Ethiopia.
    Remember what Elias posted lasttime a story about one succesful business person and his name is Henok Tesfaye.N

  10. Daro Tulu (Tokichaw) on

    Hummm! Samuel is able to build a house worth an estimated 5 – 7 million dollars in the United States. Where did he get all this money and how was he able to ‘secretly’ ship it out of poor Ethiopia? Even foreign companies are not allowed to stash their profits out of the country in this magnitude. The rest of us are not allowed to take out foreign currency in a much, much less volume? What is this? What does it tell us?
    Guys, instead of accusing Elias, yes brother Elias, you better thank him and ask all the relevant questions. Why build a house of this size? Is Meles thinking of ‘retiring ‘ in Virginia. Is this mansion built for Samuel’s partner in crime Azeb Mesfin?
    Ask and ask. Do not blame the messenger for bringing the news.
    Thanks Elias. Next time, I hope you will post a picture of all those who went to the house warming party so we can shame them. Imagine! I still can not believe that 5 million dollars is taken out of poor Ethiopia and invested in rich USA.

  11. dfabachew on

    Don’t worry about these hodams. These hodams knows meles will be here with a begging bag after the party is over. These pieces of s–are not only shameless they are also heartless.

  12. Gemechu on

    # 9 MIKEAL

    I completely agree with all what you said. Let me say something, Elias and the hate Diaspora politicians will push away more people like me and you from joining the struggle to bring political change in Ethiopia.
    Remember what Elias posted last time a story about one successful business person and his name is Henok Tesfaye. Now Henok’s mother restaurant called (Etete) is added to an “Hodam” list or associate of Weyane because they just got the contract to deliver Ethiopian cuisine to Samuel’s party. Tomorrow, Henok will be called “Hodam” or Weyane’s partner in DC. Come on guys, how many businesses we are going to kill. Remember how artist Abonesh lost her business on 9th street with that radio interview long time ago, she gave to Ayalkibet and interrupted by one of the hate-politicians and a cab driver called “Fasil.”
    Is this the system, they use to discourage people?
    Samuel had two vending spot in RFK stadium during the 2008 soccer tournament to sell condos. Why Elias didn’t say anything at that time and why now. Samuel has also the right to build what ever size house here in US or any other free country because he can afford it .It is not a crime be rich in a capitalist society. All what Elias accused him for needs to be investigated deeply and professionally? Not just what Elias has done.

    death for hate politics

  13. Teshome Balcha on

    I think i know Mr.Samuel Tafess in 1966 EC. We were the same school in Addis Ababa, Felege Yordanons, Chercos. His father was a painter. He used to sell CocaCola in Adiss Abeba stdium. His nick name was Cocacola. I do not remember that he completed high school,Tefere Mekonnen. If he was the one whom you are talking about, Wow! I do not think that he could be a malty million-er. Thank you Mr. Elieas for good information. Keep up for your great job!!!

  14. koster on

    That is typical of African looters instead of giving back to their people avoid country, they lead an extravagant life. Sooner or later they end up in disgrace.

  15. Tizibt on

    It is amazing to see all Weyane sycophants crying foul when one of their close buddies is exposed. Well done ER. We all have heard that Samuel is a very close friend of Azeb and by logical deduction a friend of the tyrant Meles. Do these Weyane parasites imagine that we are ignorant of Weyane’s deceitful and treacherous characteristics. Thanks to ER’s investigative journalism, we also know that the man’s wife is the sister of the Minister of Public Works. Does any Weyane really know the origins of Samuel’s wealth. Was he or his family wealthy business people before Weyane’s arrival to Ethiopia? Or did he accumulate his wealth abroad and took it back to Ethiopia with him, when Weyane arrived in Ethiopia. How come Samuel, who resides in Ethiopia, is allowed to build a house in the US costing $5 million when the Ethiopian Customs and Immigration Law only allows travellers US$3,000 to take with them. So all you Weyane parasites, don’t BS us we do not want to hear your shrill complaints about our “intolerance” of “legally accumulated wealth”!!

  16. Fassil on

    I agree with Mikeal and Gemechu. I never thought whatever Elias Kifle. He seems to be writing well but his articles are misguided and fall far short of journalistic standards. There wasn’t anything investigative here. Although I do not have anything to prove him otherwise, I do not see any concrete evidence either. Many of the things he write fall into the “Alubalta” category potentially doing a lot of harm to people who simply believe what this guy says.

  17. Anonymous on

    Hey comment #9, who talks about your brother here? what Elias says is correct, the so-called hard working man is corrupted upto his neck. Every penny he makes with weyane is a blood money. Because your brother works there doesn’t mean you know everything.

  18. From the distance, yayew on

    when everything and anything that is available above and below the land the robbers invaded is owned, controlled, and run by members of the crime family, it is no wonder, but sad; it is no thriftiness, but extravagance; it is no sharing, but greed; it is no about the people and the country, but me, me, and me and personal and group interest; and it so sad, our homeland is exploited and looted by the few gutless robbers.

    Ethiopians, we have been aware of how these robbers have been looting our country until it is broke; therefore, et’s do more to accelerate the downfall of Zenawi’s regime and declare long lasting victory for all Ethiopians.

  19. Jegnaw Ethiopiawe on

    it is not a crime to build what ever u want, it is not a crime to make a lots of money.
    but it is a crime when you loot Ethiopia. it is a crime when you have Woyane giving u a contract because you are associated with criminal cancer of Ethiopia. but yet there are 70% Ethiopians Going hungry every is a crime to benefit in the expense pour Ethiopia.stop blaming ELIAS and ER.
    blame Ur owen greed blame Woyane not the victim which is Ethiopians…….

  20. Dawit on

    Answer for your question and comment # 19 called “Tizibit”

    By the way, I am not an, “EPRDF,” member or supporter and I do not support the hate- political movement in the Diasporas either. I support those who are struggling to bring a political change back home with a peaceful means in the future.

    Your question was quoted here by copied it from your comment:-
    “Does any Weyane really know the origins of Samuel’s wealth? Was he or his family wealthy business people before Weyane’s arrival to Ethiopia? Or did he accumulate his wealth abroad and took it back to Ethiopia with him, when Weyane arrived in Ethiopia”.

    First of all, you made a mistake here at the end of the question by saying, “When weyane arrived in Ethiopia”. I think it is better to say, “When they controlled the entire country,” because Tigiray WAS and IS and WILL BE the part of Ethiopia. They didn’t move from out side of the country as foreigners.
    For your question, does any Weyane really know the origin of Samuel’s wealth?
    The answer is YES, he was a small contractor during Col. Mengistus’s socialist regime.
    Do you remember at the end of the regime and about three years before it collapsed that Derg relaxed its economy policy from command (socialist) to mixed economy?
    Then I remember Samuel was the first business man to take advantage of it and to invest real state business. He received a land in front of George building where Flamingo bar and restaurant is located on Bole road, not far from Mesikel square in my Wereda 18 and Kebele 07 to build a nice looking 11 story white color office building. Now at this time, the entire “Ketena” 2 of Kebele 07 is demolished including my family house for him to expand his real state and hotel business .I like it because it is going to be changed for a better looking.
    He rented the entire building for Japanese and next to it; he has his own company office.
    His wife also runs a “SUNSHINE” beauty salon business on the ground floor.
    By the way his daughter and his younger sister run the same “SUNSHINE” hair salon business in Falls Church VA on George mason drive in skyline business center.
    What I heard was that his wife was from SUNSHINE” business family before they got married. But I don’t know whether his wife accumulated wealth abroad and moved it to Ethiopia for good when “EPRDF” controlled the entire country.
    I think the wealth he accumulated before May 28, 1991(Ginbot 20) also gave him the power to get project contracts especially, highways in the rural part of the country with 100 of millions of Birr. Now with in 19 years he becomes one of a successful business people in construction, real state development and hair salon businesses.
    But he and God knows how Sunshine Construction, received the most lucrative contracts for construction projects around the country, as Elias said. Is that because Samuel’s wife is the sister of Public Works Minister Kassu Illala, who supervises all major construction projects in the country, I don’t know. How did he take the dollars out of Ethiopia to build a 5 million dollar house here in VA? Also I do not know.

    But why we are always “Mikegna”, when some people become successful. Is it in our blood to be sucked out?

  21. ayele on

    thank you for bringing and investigating this burnning issue…you have gone so much to fight weyane and thier hodam servants by searching more about thier corrupted wealth…..

    btw….the owners of etete restaurant of washington dc Henok tesfaye and brothers are a number of one servants of tplf in washington dc area…as a result they took catering during weyane fake millunium celebration 2 years ago…they were a right hand for a weyane top police officer during his visit to washington and now they are taking a part @ samuel’s party……so unless they have a tie relationship with top weyane officials there is no single way they are chosen to serve weyane back to back…shame on them…no more etete resturant….and thier resturant will be shut down soon as ethiopians boycott it….

    thank you elias! Let we ethiopians follow the job elias and expose this weyane elements everywhere

  22. Anonymous on

    #9 You better shut your mouth up. You know why Elias is not going home. While people like Samuel Tafesse robing Ethiopia in day light, our brother the one and only practical man Elias Kifle is fighting weyane without rest. He could sing “Kindibu” or dedicate his known website for Weyane and al-amudi and travel home every week, like “Hod first Ben fetala Kebede”. But he is a man of principle and he is on the side of the people.

  23. wowzer on

    Do you notice how many people seemingly are against your reports? At least half of those comments, if not more, are by Woyane’s PR team. This phenomenon as been noted many places on the net.
    So, logically, the more such comments you get, the more likely it is that you’re hitting a nerve.

    I don’t always agree with you, and sometimes bitterly disagree with you. BUT I NEVER EVER make the threat to leave the struggle to join EPRDF. That’s what distinguishes the undercover Woyanes from the Ethiopians that honestly disagree with you.

    By the way, somebody needs to go to the party entrance and take pictures and videos of all that show up. They have to pass through public property to get there. Have somebody with high definition zoom capable camera to capture these individuals and expose them the same way March4Freedom did.

    Woyanes in the “diaspora”, you will be exposed. You will be linked, little by little, to the same regime you claim has persecuted you so that you can get your asylum. No holds barred.

  24. Sami on

    Hi People, Don’t be surprised things are getting soooo corrupt and as the saying goes “scratch my back and I will scratch yours” the Restaurant called ETETE is not preparing for making business but the owner(her oldest son) just have a baby from Samuel’s daughter out of a wedlock. He is a married man but out of his marriage he did a favour to Samuel by pregnanting his daughter for the support he got in obtaining the Regan/Dallas parking lot.

  25. Yineger on

    Gemechu by the way you said it right, by sheer default if a person works,associates,make profit,get help,… is HODAM period.

  26. anbeso on

    I mean, Elias posted a picture here. What more evidence does one need. There is better than average circumstantial evidence here to indict this looter. Thank god for public records in America. It is shameful for all those who will attend this event, who don’t have any conscious, definition of Hodam. Some one who will attend has told me that he might post pictures and names of the Hodams on world wide web. Good Job Elias on this investigative journalism.

  27. Selam Jibejal on

    If what Elias reported is right – Friends of Ethiopia should storm/demonstrate at the hotel to make the world now that ato Samuel is not welcome here as he is one of the tyrants of Africa.

  28. FANO on

    #9 Mikael… wrote ” Brother Elias, since when is making it BIG is a crime?”

    Making it big is not a crime. Actually, it should be praised. What makes “making it big” a crime is when it is blood money. When you are backed by the most ruthless government and all opportunities are handed to you by ignoring others who are in the same business and you are partner and member of the Weyane crime family, that makes it “big crime” Ask yourself how much this guy worth what he was doing before joining the Weyane mafia. How long did it take him to make it this big?

  29. Ethiopiwe on

    It is not a crime to be rich rather how how u make it. Think of Ethiopia, a poor country few of them are rich beyond imaginable, the rest probably have one bread or not. how did he makes his money? by corruption? your country is on sell. have you realized that? let me tell u what i have seen. his power he build houses for him and his children. that is ok. i have seen bigger than that. but the street that pass by his house the metal that been installed on peoples land for speeding cars so you can slow down. I call that corruption. have you read the guy who sent to person for carrying 100,000 br at bole airport? the chinese guy who wants to take 40.000 doller? they all have been punished. when it comes to them it is ok. that makes me sick to my stomach. Fassil, this is not ALUBALTA. it is the fact.

  30. bika on

    … is my wish to see hundreds or thousands like Samuel in Ethiopia,they are signs of progress and prosperity.I think the world is fed up of hungry Ethiopians….. thank you Mr. Muartegna….

  31. Lessanu on

    The main problem in our country is our inability to distance ourselves and even attack these Bandas.

  32. WELL on

    Elias u make me laugh to the floor with your crap talking,why U HATE? the guy has every right to do what ever he feels like doing,it aint a crime to celebrate anniversary,and Samuel is not woyane u dont need to trash the hard working guy’s name like this u are dead wrong.U wish u have his wealth and his luxury life back home,u get payed by Issayas to BARK like a dog right? WOW WOW WOW.

  33. Denkoro hizb on

    I can’t believe people read such garbage. There should never be personal opinion in journalism. Flabergasted that this is the number one site for Ethi news, reflective of a denkoro hizb, i feel sorry.

  34. Atter on

    I know Samuel, he is a very hard working individual.
    He starts from small painting jobs. I don’t expect him to be perfect.
    But remember, it takes a lot of dilligence, hard work and countless
    sleepless nights to grow in businnes.

    Choose to be positive. He work and got it. Embrace him.
    Am tired of reading biased and demonized messages.
    Be cured …

  35. Jegnaw Ethiopiawe on

    #25 Dawet…Tizbit did not say Tigray…he said Woyane……Woyane it dos not represent Tigray…so pleas read carefully….

  36. Simon on

    I just stumbled on this site,browsing for some good and positive story of my country,
    but what i found is same hateful story which probably originates from what looks like pure jealousy.

  37. Ethiopiwe on

    fellow Ethiopians do you know this the so called rich people do not have enough money to pay to eth bank they borow milloins and millons of money from differnt banks that is ethiopians moneny and thay cannot pay because they alrady transfer it here and what do you say are we Mekegna. All are we saying let it be just. This is the fact instead of building a mansion let him pay his debt first. This worries me much. For all ethiopians i do not think they are angry becouse he samuel or others are milliners. we should be concerned about the unpaid money they borrowed and that money is some where out side ethiopia.

  38. Mikael on

    I’m surprised by so many people praising Elias for his “reporting”. The very fact we are talking as much about Elias as the article itself tells the whole story. A good “journalist” is never the part of the story. In any case, I’m shocked how many of us seem to be clueless about things and still manage to comment on the subject. Folks, it is legal to get as much money as possible into this country – the more the better – as long as it follows all the proper procedures. This country is in dire need of willing investors. This is the problem I have with some folks thinking. It was not a long time ago when we were told that – everything was going to Tigray and just only people from Tigray can advance further. Now, since this guy doesn’t fit that mold, we are coming up with all the justifications to make him a criminal. When I said my brother works there, what I meant was that there are countless dedicated people working for the company who pride themselves by doing a quality work. After all, this guy can only the admin work at best. I wish people will wake up and say; Ok may be things are not as good as could be but a progress is visible and let’s contribute to the success of the this poor country. The buildings and bridges this guy is making are not going leave the country when this government dies its natural death. Wake up – wake up. See things for what they are. Stop whining and make a difference by going home and by investing your hard earned money and still unwashed brain. Trust me, if you don’t stick your nose where it does not belong – maninly on politics – nothing bad will happen to you. Don’t be fooled by what you read and hear from the hate mongers.

  39. Anonymous on

    The end of hatemongering era is very near.Ethiopians blinded by die hard diaspora’s are finaly comming to theier sense.
    Elias Kiflom,It time to pack up and and start digging your trenches in Nacfa Eritrea.

  40. Safety on

    It is obvious that you don’t make that much money or accumulate wealth without having a tie with the government.

    I doubt if there is any individual who engaged in business in Ethiopia could even move a single step without dealing with the corrupted system and government.
    There are so many Samuel likes created in Ethiopia who took advantage of the existing situation and make a good living for themselves.

    I would be more interested to know what they do to help the millions who have nothing to eat, to those who suffer with chronic illnesses due to the lack of access to medical facility or medication, to those who have no access to education or materials, to the millions of street sleepers who spend each and every night in the dirty corners of Addis and other cities with empty stomach.

  41. Anonymous on

    Elias, you are an outstanding investigative reporter. There are more stories to report, and I can’t wait to hear more of it. It is literally sickening to know that there are more hodam Ethiopians than we can count. I am sad, mad and angry all at the same time, knowing that 12 to 15 million Ethiopians have nothing to eat, and some Ethiopians like Samuel Tafesse who lack empathy, integrity and commonsense build 5 million dollar homes. Depressing news, but the truth must be told.
    Only Woyane PR team try to reason with thieves like Samuel Tafesse and find an excuse for every looter Woyane. It is really disappointing to see your website is swarmed by Woyane commentators. I’ve already stop visiting another well known Ethiopian website because of Woyane PR team. Elias, I hope you are going to do something about it.

    So far, out of 42 comments—Sadly, 15 of them are from Woyanes.

    Elias, I thank you, for a job well done!

  42. Yineger on

    All of this people who are crying for Samuel are in and around Washington DC who are hoping to get an invitation to wash up with the blood champagne. I really don’t know where we lost our common ground of thinking right.People in Ethiopia wants to work hard or working hard to be like Samuel Tafese,the problem is they don’t sleep with weyane. Or they don’t have respect for weyane. In Ethiopia everyone should be equaly free to get rich, for example Haile G/Selase is by any account much better than an average guy and he got his money by chasing others that is fair and square.We might have another side about Haile’s smile around weyane too that gives us a different feeling about Haile.My point is we don’t care if the guy makes Billions so long as he/she dosn’t put his/her finger in the blood of millions of ETHIOPIANS (by huging,sharing,giving,accepting goods…).

  43. when on


    I think I trust your information more than even ER’s. ER’s message although they bring us valuable information, it is driven towards resentment and therefore, every information they bring tends to be skewed. I disagree that when many in Ethiopia are poor, such explosion of wealth by some is sickening. However a person can always be successful without getting any benefits from government, etc. This is definitely shown by many Ethiopian Entrepreneurs for centuries. Remember, those entrepreneurs who most tend to be from Gurage are hard workers and definitely everyone knows that. They don’t look down on the type of work they do starting from kulinet, listro, etc, while I remember, neighbors who were Gonderes used to insult these Gurages that saying the Gurages do dirty jobs and love money. But then these Gonderes were doing nothing but make sure they appear professional and look good. Because of the hard work of these Gurages, they tend to be well off and if someone like Samuel is rich, it shows that and is proven that he worked his butt off to be where he is today. As governments change, how people achieve varies. For instance we have a corrupt government therefore, in order for people like Samuel to continue his work, he may be forced to be used that while Weyane is making money on the side he will be allowed also to continue his work. Lots of people do what they do in order not to leave their country and provide jobs and so on. They are sacrificing something as well, that is the oppression of Ethiopian people. I know one rich guys who supports the poor there as much as he can because of conscious. Even though extreme wealth is inexcusable if true, Weyane gets strong hold on these Entrepenures. Some leave when they lose jobs such as their coffee business. Governments come and go but Entrepenures are important for Ethiopia’s economy.

  44. Yineger on

    Mikael wooow you are dam and clueless.Just because your brother is working for the second rich man in Ethiopia and you are going to attend the flashy party you said “Stop whining and make a difference by going home and by investing your hard earned money and still unwashed brain. Trust me, if you don’t stick your nose where it does not belong – maninly on politics – nothing bad will happen to you. Don’t be fooled by what you read and hear from the hate mongers.” We are not stupid,what we are saying is ETHIOPIA is not only for haves ETHIOPIA is for all.How dare you tell us not to touch politics?

  45. when on


    I so much agree. People want to be elite by looting Ethiopia’s bank and not returning the money. Weyane doesn’t care as long as they accumulate mass amount. The Ethiopian banks are going broke along with the stolen gold of Ethiopia’s treasure. Indeed in a way, we are contributing the destruction of Ethiopia and we are perpetuating the survival of Weyane. Peole, when you have bad leadership, you end bu doing the same thing. Weyane is deliberately being a bad leader, it is not accident because when there is chaos, they can profit and push their political agenda therefore there has got to be another leaders who can counter attack that who will sacrifice for the survival of Ethiopia

  46. anonymous on

    I’d say let him enjoy and spend his money which ever way he chooses. Let’s be honest, even the reporter won’t pass such an opportunity (to make it BIG) if he/she were given the opportunity.

  47. Ittu Aba Farda on

    First of all I want to thank Brother Elias for his report regarding a fellow Ethiopian and his massive wealth. I have read every comment submitted by the congregation shown until I start writing my own comment. It was a moving experience for me to read through all the comments both for and against the report. I was moved by the quality of this man, our own Elias who, true to his convictions, opened his website door to all. Some of them even wrongfully told him off but he still let it ride. Then I started struggling with myself to hold back my over flowing emotion. From what I heard over and over again, not only from Brother Elias, but from countless other international news agencies, this is what is not allowed in Ethiopia. Thank Brother Elias. May Allah give you all the strength and sustenance in your unabated effort to provide us venues for exchanging views!!! Insha Allah!!!!
    In the meantime, we all know that to be such filthy rich in countries such as Ethiopia, you must have a formidable connection with someone in the inner circle of the ruling clique. And when his wife is the sister of the official who holds the key of the construction contracts…..Come on guys!!! Do you need to read that on his forehead!!! Do you think nepotism that has been running for centuries in our country will just go away in a heartbeat? At least it should raise all sorts of questions and must be investigated. By the way, what is IRS saying about this fellow?

  48. Anonymous on

    please don’t forget to include yourself as denkoro since you are reading and commenting

  49. truly on

    I am really sad. I never thought we have Ethiopians as jackass as this- discouraging everybody who works hard and do not align with them. How do you think a country can grow when half of the population is like Eliase and his stooges !

    I wish I were not Ethiopian !

  50. Anonymous on

    He has to prepare a hideout outside Ethiopia to run to in case things will not work out well in Ethiopia for him and his alikes.

  51. Anonymous on

    #47, you and the likes of Solomon Tafessame are problems not only for Ethiopia, but also for the continent of Africa. It is not morally justifiable to have extreme excess wealth by looting the poor and let the poor die of hunger. It is impossible to get this filthy rich by owning businesses in one of the poorest country in the world, without robbing the citizens. At the end of the day, the money is coming from the poorest Ethiopian Tax Payers who are struggling to make ends meet.

    #56, I agree with you that, it is good to have honest discussion and hear from people who have different opinions, at the same time, why hear from people who never disagree and never criticized Meles and Co. that looted and committed gruesome crime.

  52. Eden1 on

    A provocative piece with a reasonably honest conclusion.

    “It’s easy to blame every thing on Woyanne, but the truth of the matter is that Ethiopians in every field who have the responsibility to provide leadership have miserably failed,

    The song: It is also provocative, but not true all the time. Good leadership makes a world of difference, but a whole lot more goes into building good, healthy and prosperous society. The people themselves as well could make a difference. I agree with the singer’s statement about lack of trust among members of the said society. That is also a big problem that needs reforming, and it is not easy to rebuild trust.

    Over all, the taste of power and money and its effect varies from individuals to individuals. Even with pen names, dedicated educators and writers who have been their need to write what it means, its temptation, the wall it could create between the masses and themselves, their fear and/ or blindness to the state of life they are in.

  53. henk on

    I know Samuel in person. He had a successful business and comfortable Bole mansion way before woyane was in power. He built his business from the bottom through hard work. Elias, please try to be better than the people you despise, woyane. Why complain about woyane if you think it is okay to make up a story to attack others..

  54. Yineger on

    GORASH AGOORASH you must be Meles himself “THE WEAK SHALL BE EATEN!!!” ? well you are acting like a shark in an Ocean but don’t forget you are a small fish a sardine like to be exact.

  55. Mikael on

    Anonymous and 53 are the kind of people that makes us look fools as Ethiopians. They can’t even try to read between the lines and discern what someone else is trying to convey. The mere fact that someone is not pro their views is reason enough for them to categorize the others in one box. Now, are we saying that the government should involve itself in the business of wealth distribution by controlling how much money one can have, or tell the wealthy how and where they should spend their earned money? I’m sick and tired of those who seem to be shocked by the idea of this guys connections. Are they forgetting being wealthy means having the key to ACCESS. I wonder in what world they are living in. I wish this was not the case, but hey it’s what it’s and live with it. When I also say: “involve yourself in politics”, I wasn’t suggesting not to be involved in politics per say – I rather was making a point about getting in touch with “woyanes”. In that case – if you oppose their views, they will fight you like there is no tomorrow, like they should. If you can stand that heat, well “mengedun cherk yadirglieh”. Anonymous, I wish I was invited to the party as you suggest I was. I’m a little man with no chance getting even close to this guy. I’m just trying to stay sane under all this propaganda. I’m not a politician and does not aspire to be one either. I consider myself a true Ethiopian living with a guilty feeling for choosing the life I have and no participating in the struggle and advancement of the country and the people who gave me everything I have today. The least I can do at this time, I thought, was defend this people (woyanes) for trying to bring a change however imperfect. That’s all, no more no less. Go ahead paint me as you want – the truth shall set me free!

  56. guwer on

    For those who claim to have known Samuel as a wealthy man even before Woyane, I have a message:

    I heard of families who had been exceptionally wealthy people before woyane and lost everything after Woyane took control of the country.

    So, my message is your argument is invalid.

    You remember the saying: “Behind every fortune there is a crime.” Especially in the case of Samuel you can not honestly argue that this person accumulated his wealth honestly.

    Samuel built palace for himself and his family members in Ethiopia and it already got him in “the mouth of” the citizens of Addis. His new palace in the state will only get him more of the same.

    Samuel joined the Sheikh, and the pope in decadent excess that revolted the good citizen.

    In a country where tens of millions of people are starving, such ostentatious display of wealth is gross, if not criminal.

    Such crass disregard to the sensibilities of their fellow country men, women and children who are dying of hanger, is astounding.

    No more to say.

  57. ethiopian kid on

    Dear Elias, there were times I diagreed with you. I will never ever take away that you have the balls man. I have no word to describe you. I wished there were a lot more Ethiopians with your kind of guts. You remind me our brave forfathers who fought in the defence of the mother land.

    I have no problem with people getting rich but in a country like Ethiopia when such kind of wealth goes beyond to a complete waste there is no dobout the end looks coming.
    thx. bro

  58. zuma on

    Elias more than ever your Investigative report is on the money brother I like your new way of journalism Name and Shame and Every body who read your news will contribute what they know about this hodams lets bring their crime and cruel Looting the poor Ethiopians Money in to the day light the more we know about this hodams the more we weaken the blood sucking woyanes

    god bless u Elias keep pushing!!

  59. Tezibt on

    Why complain about woyane if you think it is okay to make up a story to attack others..

  60. ENASEB on

    The Virgina house is built to house top Woyane families in their future exile from Ethiopia, it may be the future house of Azeb Gola and genocidal PM Meles ZZZZZZZZZZZ.

  61. Action on

    “An Operator’s Manual”

    “Abstract for Assisted Regime Change: A Bright Future Ahead?

    This paper explores the world of the coup d’ etat, with a focus on Africa and the involvement of outside actors in particular. As such, after introducing this topic, I take the reader on a brief journey through a number of the terms used in this paper as well as those seen so frequently in the press, in public and in academia about coups. These various terms are addressed and clarified (or at least I hope they are) in order to explain the difference between, say, a putsch versus a guardian coup versus a pronunciamento versus a revolt…”

    go Read more here:

  62. Action on

    Derg did this:

    “The Derg unleashed the Red Terror because it considered itself powerful beyond measure and that its opinion alone represented the “absolute” truth about Ethiopia. Anyone that did not conform to its kind of “truth” was a counter-revolutionary and subversive.

    All of the photographs below are hanging in the museum. I apologize for the glare on some of the photos, but the light in the museum was not even sightly conducive to quality photographs…”

    Above is photo I couldn’t paste.

    See full blog by someone @:

    Tigryans killed not few like derg but the whole Ethiopia.

  63. MeKegna on

    Ayyy….typical yeHabesha meKegnenet … Jealousy is with in fabrics of the habesha. Why?

  64. MeKegna on

    Secondly … this is NOT the translation of ‘Hodam’.

    (Note to non-Ethiopian readers: Hodam is one who has no conscience, who sells his country, his people, his soul… for material gain. Woyanne is the ruling junta in Ethiopia.)

    Bad journalism.

  65. Fitsum Berhe on

    I am not against people buying or selling houses. But I am worried of smuggling foreign currency and built a mansion here. If this guy is only operates in Ethiopia how did he get foreign currency while the country is in shortage for foreign currency? During the Emperor’s regime all the foreign companies like Shell, Mobil and Agip are allowed to remit their profits after taxes about 12% the rest they have to invest in the country. Than derg came and told them no remittances use all the profits in the country. So here we have a local business man not a foreign company why they allowed him to have a foreign currency from the coffee sale. We know the hair salon in VA does not make that kind money.

  66. Action on


    Why didn’t u post “An Operator’s Manual”

    “…Regime Change: A bright Future Ahead…”???????????

  67. Anonymous on

    I will be attending this event. What a beautiful hotel. I will wine and dine with one of the richest man in Ethiopia while you are outside trying to take pictures. Let me know when you take a picture though so I can smile. It sucks to be broke or not know a rich guy to get invited. You will get there one day when your uncle takes power, that is if you are alive by then.

  68. satenaw on

    thank you for your great work. That was a perfect name,,as you said all those hodams are so selfish and do not care about the rest. i just can not believe how the hodams brain can your neighbour, your country people live in suffering and pain and u do not feel it? but, i know it is just the way it is. their concsious is covered by greed and selfishness and will never care if millions starve and die.

    In the opposite the hodams will do anything to get rich and have money at any cost. they will sign an agreemnet with “luciferous, the king of darkness” himself and sell their soul to live the pathetic short life in this world with every kind of money at their disposal. they build palaces,throw parties with the money taken from the rest of the Ethiopian people struggling to survive. very sad,,please,the rest of us let us feel the pain of the People back home and do whatever we can..exposing hodams.

  69. anonnmous on

    It doesn’t matter whether Elias is part of the story or not.The fact is Sanshine construction on bole road is well knowen conglamorate who has close attachment with the ruling clique.It gets its construction contracts in its back door beting–that is what is being condemend back door business with weyanee. Commet #52 Mr dawit, how is it you know very much about mr.tesfaye and you claim to be non weyane.You seem to think that to expose lebas and embezlers is what you call Mekengnet.It is wrong to get rich by bribing go.official,it is wrong to be front men for go.officials where they assist to hide their money.Such ones are really unashemedly HODAMS.

  70. Once upon a time in DC on

    I bought 2 properties from Sunshine (One apartment, and one Villa). Unlike other real estates in addis, the property was handed to me at the expected quality and without any increase in prices. My respect for Mr Samuel’s company. For those who are calling any Ethiopian residing in Ethiopia Hodam, I dont think there is any other HODAM than you guys. If it was not for your HOD, you would have been back home with your fellow brothers and sisters to share the fruits or sufferings.

  71. Anonymous on

    Elias, why are you letting the disease causing flies spitting out venom on your website? Come on! Elias, it is time for you to buy fly repellent and get rid off the flies!

  72. Friends of Samuel Taffessse on

    From Friends of Sammy Taffesse
    • Sammy Taffesse started Sunshine Construction Company, PLC, (“Sunshine”) as a sole proprietorship business entity 25 (Twenty-Five) years ago. The company grew to a private limited company about 9 (Nine) years ago.
    • Sunshine has gone through tough challenges, up and downs of business trends, like other businesses have. Despite these challenges, through the hard work and ethics of the professional leadership of Sammy, Sunshine has persevered and become one of the top construction and real estate development companies in Ethiopia.
    • In today’s Ethiopia there are so many successful businesses in every corner of the country; Sunshine is just one of them. Sunshine is extremely grateful for the Ethiopian government for creating an enabling atmosphere to do business in Ethiopia and also to grow while doing business.
    • Sunshine as a private company competitively bids for public and private construction projects.
    • Sunshine works solely with private banks and insurance companies to finance the operation of its construction and real estate development projects.
    • Sunshine has successfully completed many public and private development projects. These projects include infrastructure projects such as roads and bridges, buildings for institutions, industries, and residences. Sunshine also builds houses and townhouses.
    • This year alone, the following road projects have been successfully completed by Sunshine and handed over to the local and/or federal government:
    o Benshangul – Assossa Road
    o Zewaye – Butagera Road
    o Nedjo – Garso Road
    • Sunshine also builds mid-rise buildings and houses for government and private developers. This year the following projects have been completed by Sunshine:
    o Merry-Louke residential 210 Villa houses,
    o Gerdji Project 34, G+4 mid-rise buildings
    o CMC Project 11, G+4 Mid-rise building
    • For the past 25 (Twenty-Five) years, Sunshine, under the leadership of Sammy, has delivered projects on time, within budget, and with quality workmanship. As a result, the company has won the hearts and minds of the public and government. It is because of its strength and efficiency that Sunshine has won projects competitively and repeatedly. Currently, Sunshine continues to have several projects under its portfolio.
    • Sunshine employees about 1025 (One Thousand Twenty-Five) permanent employees and more than 6000 (Six Thousand) temporary employees on project sites.
    • Sunshine believes in professional development of its employees, treating its employees with utmost respect and in paying its employees with fair and reasonable compensation.
    • At Sunshine, every employee strives to give his/her best. With more than 7000 (Seven Thousand) employees giving their best, this becomes the energy and driving force for the company’s success.
    • Each year employees of the year receive bonuses that include awards, houses, cars, and money.
    • Even though Sammy had a humble beginning, he now conducts business around the world in places like China, Dubai, South Sudan, and the United States of America. Each of these businesses in different parts of the world follows the same disciplined leadership from Sammy; and they are all successful.
    • Through Sammy’s business connections he was able to facilitate technology transfers to Ethiopia such as:
    o The Terrazzo Tile production plant
    o The Hollow Block production plant
    o The Computerized Spare Parts Store
    • Because of his international business relationships and acumen, Sammy will be the first in the country to collaborate with Marriott International Hotel to open 4 (Four) Marriott Hotels in the near future; the first Marriott-Sunshine 5 (Five) star hotel will open for business during the first quarter of 2011, and the others to shortly follow.
    • Under the great leadership of Sammy, Sunshine also gives back to the community. The following are examples of Sunshine’s charity work:
    o Pre-K to high school buildings built in Nekemete City and donated to the City.
    o Sunshine also donates about $150,000 (One Hundred Fifty Thousand Birr) to school for operations cost monthly.
    o Sunshine promises to build retirement houses for the under privileged elderly in Addis, ground breaking for the building was held earlier this year.
    o Sunshine has also held the ground breaking ceremony in Agena, which is a village located between Butagera and Wolkiette for an elementary school. This school will be donated by Sammy to the people of Agena.
    o Sunshine held a ground breaking ceremony on January 2010 at Axum for an elementary school. This school will be built by Sunshine and donated to the people of Axum.
    • In addition Sammy and his wife Fettlie are the benefactors to many churches in Ethiopia.

  73. Beza on

    If Sunshine does all of this for our country why are we all bitter and quick to point fingers? This article had no source nor evidence it’s pure speculation. Come on people, have any of you accomplished anything from that list? Thank you comment # 85

  74. Anonymous on

    how can he sleep at night, illegally accumulating all this wealth on the expense of poor Ethiopians. Ye Ethiopia Amelak yeserawn yistew.

  75. The pure fact! ER1990 on


    This one is very simple …… Etate is owned by Henok. Some would say, it’s owned by his mother. Well, he invested the money and helps her with promoting and managing it as needed including entertaining people that are influential in D.C. politics and high level official in Ethiopia. This is the same Henock that was profiled in Washington Post Newspaper for winning to manage the National and Dulles Airport in Washington D.C. It’s also true that Henok made it in USA by working hard the American way. But, once he got it made, with (including or not?) the help of his mothers’ and father connection, he had been trying to invest in Ethiopia. One of his business associates is Samuel that helps him with his construction company in Ethiopia (from what my sourness telling me, he has several bulldozers). Beside his business relationship with Samuel, he just had a baby from Samuel’s Stepdaughter that was MARRIED (OH! by the way Henock is MARRIED as well when he got Samuels’s daughter pregnant). These are a whole bunch of Hodams that care less to what happen to poor Ethiopians or Ethiopia as long as they are living the sop-opera life style. As far as Samuel is concern, the house you posted in your web site is one of several he has here in USA and in Dubai. At least, he has three houses in D.C. Metropolitan area that each one of them worth over a million dollars. The place in Dubai is out of this world! …… I can go on, but I am sure you get the picture.

  76. How many of you are buliding your house in Ethiopia, or trying? How many of you own your home here in the state? How many of you own more than one house or tried to own? After you answer this question. You know if you are successful or not. This the country there is land of opportunity, and you should take advantage of it and make your life successful… I do belive that everybody should live there life the way the wont it or dream it… Stop the coffee talk (gossip)and do some thing for you self and for your family… for those who complaint about bing reach as bad thing, I feel so so sorry for you and for your familys. I do belive that everybody is working everyday for better tomorrow. wake up and smell the coffee… Work so hard so you can bulid you dream house here in the state or Ethiopia..

  77. tezibt on

    To Friends of Samuel Taffessse says:

    Well he can do what ever he wants with his money but in my view, his contribution is nothing compared to his wealth. Specially, a person like Sammy who came from poor family, he understands what poverty is like but he doesn’t help the poor. Don’t brag about what he philantrophy. Again he can do what ever he wants with his money but I see you as a fool when I see your comment. Did you hear about Bill Gates or Warren Buffet, do you know about their philantrophy. I am not even asking that much or from that matter any thing but stop bragging for nothing he has done. Yes even pick pockets do give to gabriel and few other churches so that they get mercy and protection while on duty.

  78. tezibt on

    Again some of you need to control your jealousy because it is obvious that some of you look like you know Henock in person and that you are attacking him because he made it and you are still parking attendants and cab drivers. Guys we can only have few successful business men. The rest of us need to chill. Attack him on his association with weyane if you have evidence otherwise your jjeoulousy and sickeness is showing.

  79. Anonymous on

    Well,can you imagine how much wealth the rest of Zinawianrobbers accumeleted through disgusting robbery?

    Ethiopians,just streatch your imagination and measure how wide and how deep the wealth of Zinawianrobbers is;it will definitely sickning you deep into your heart.They have multidimensional sources of profits.They sell girls,they sell land,they sell livestocks,and they sell babies;our babies.Today,they are the absolute owners of everything,and they are the undisputed and uncontested owners of everything and anything that is available above and below the land that they invaded twenty years ago.These Zinawianrobbers entered the rich and the wealthy life as soon as they invaded Ethiopia and they did not waste time to murder and loot Ethiopians.To Zinawianrobbers,it is business as usual;looting and murdering Ethiopians.In reality,Zinawianrobbers are nothing but parasite.They will definitely fall asleep while sucking.

  80. Mister_05 on

    Friends of Samuel Taffessse,
    The usual Woyane spin. Good try, but we have seen enough not believe a word that comes out of the supporter of looters and friends of tyrant killer Meles. The contributions your friend has made is a drop in a bucket, compare to what he has made by milking the poor Ethiopian people. Your friend has made his millions out of all Ethiopians, but it seems all his contributions is going to Meles’s birth place. Could it be a deal that was made with the devil? I bet, as we speak, Solomon Tefessame’s hardworking day laborers are struggling to make ends meet, while he is building a five million dollar home, and throwing lavish unnecessary party for his corrupt unethical people like himself. How disgusting!
    The last twenty years, Housing in Ethiopia, have become the most corrupted business in the world,
    at the cost of 76 million Ethiopian Tax Payers.

    “According the World Bank, the level of standard of living in Ethiopia to day is the same as it was 40 years ago.”
    “…In Ethiopia, less than 5% of the population is getting richer at the cost of 90% of the population…”
    Read more:

  81. Eden1 on

    If what Friends of Samuel Taffessse listed is true, then the meaning of wealth, its purpose and fruition is well realized. Good for Mr.Samuel and spouse.

    If the issue is his business partnership with Woyane, we don’t know for sure. Association between business contractors and government is not uncommon at all in most of the world. The point might be to know the behind the scene activity, such as corrupted regime cleaning out resources and opening businesses in ordinary citizens names. Now that kind of partnership is questionable.

    -Bidding granted to unqualified competitors over qualified citizens without connection?

    Admit it connection is important. It is also part of public relation. Over all people who turn out rich have had good peoples skill, like to have plenty of company around themselves, are out going etc.

    -Unfair practice of granting bidding to less qualified competitors over well qualified business people is part of the core of Elias’ article and that can call for a nice discussion.

    The Dulles and National parking bid to the public’s knowledge was given to unknown immigrant company like the recent Ethiopians/Etete’s proprietors. They won because their bidding was four times less than some of the other companies. Now, that could be taken as a legitimate reason to offer the business. In general Ethiopian governments and businesses may not be thorughly ethical in such practice.It was only recently that giving and receiving bribe was a usual way of getting results in Ethiopia and most likely still the same.

  82. Kit Kit on

    In the beginning,they were a small group of bandits;then,grew larger and larger and became armed robbers.Disguised as Arab merchants made blood money in millions of dollars while the little ones and the weak perishing.They bought weapons,guns and bullets and invaded Ethiopia and created two economic systemss;one for themselves and another one for Ethiopians.

    They quickly dispatched themselves throughout Ethiopia,and broke into homes and vandalized the lives of families.They then entered the lives of the rich and the wealthy;rewarded the moles,spies,and the informers who settled in the cities before them.

  83. when on


    I cannot believe that you are measuring value based on material thing. Do I have to own a house to make me successful? How about morality, how about being a good human being. It sounds like the only way we can be human beings is by owning material things. Think outside of the box. Put your brainwashed of this system away and think for a bit.

    To all,

    Over all, if you are a successful wealthy person, Weyane will come after you. They will give you two options, either you work with them or your property will be confiscated. Not only you work with them, they monitor you in every way. Lot of good businessmen have died secretly in the hands of Weyane. News say they committed suicide but it is the hands of TPLF even using by poison. Many good Ethiopain industrialists die and people say it is heart problem, sudden death, etc, no, no, no, it is poison that they get killed. If you work with them however, you get monitored. Since the past 2 years, even if you work with them and you are not Tigray or close to them, TPLF is now confiscating people’s businesses deceitfully for example, cofee owners were out of job. There are very few non Tigray businesses these days. Meles almost confiscated Sunshine construction but Azeb stopped him because Samuel and his wife are very close to Azeb. She saved Sunshine. It will not be long until Meles turns against these non Tigray businesses because he will never trust them anyways. Instead of perpetuating for TPLF’s power, let us bring the downfall of TPLF. For example, we can research under different name what tPLF has in the West and challenge that. Challenge their stooges, challenge those who are exporting the wealth and money from Ethiopia to live here under false claim by applying asylum, challenge, challenge, challenge.

  84. Aba Kifayi Guda Kedjella / Shoa on

    Well done Kifle Elias!!!!

    The Ethiopian Patriot.

    Do please continue your good job.
    God bless you!!!!

  85. Tamiru Tafese on

    Thank you very much for the information.
    However, the big quetion is why the Etete restirount is singled out? That I will never ever agree.
    I think also they are making their living like many Ethiopians in the land of free people, the USA. Therefore,we should leave them alone.

    Ethiopian discredited elites who made the miserable life in Ethiopia are merly responsible for the current situations.
    Nobody is to be blamed other than these pseudo intelectuals and useless beasts who brought red terror and Bantustanism.

    Long live the Etiopian People!!!
    Hell with puppet regime of Melse Zenawi.

  86. Anonymous on

    Tamiru Tafese, Is it true that the owner of Etete restaurant’s son helped her to open her restaurant? Is it also true that, her son is close to tyrant Meles, and got help from looter woyanes to grow his business? Please don’t get me wrong, I am trying to find out the whole truth.

  87. JO JO on

    how was he able to get millions of dollars out of the country? don’t tell me he isn’t in the pocket of azeb and the TPLF…

  88. tezibt on

    Jo Jo

    If this is the same Jo Jo, didnt your dad loot Ethiopian Airlines and disappear to the U.S. Well he did it the same way ato Kibur your dad did it.

  89. tezibt on

    while we need to be vigilant, we also need to stop the non sense of talking trash. Most of the problem was not caused by woyane rather by hodams in every block. One thing that really worries me most is that most of in the U.S. are not using the oppportunities this country offer. Most are getting old with out money and education. A cab driver lives better life in addis than in the U.S., there is no unity to do any thing; therefore, that is turning people to be so mean and gossipy. The best way is to work hard, go to school, and get united. Every thing else will fall in its place.

  90. Anonymous on

    It is sad, the likes of you don’t know the difference between educated people and professional looters. Meles and his Woyane friends are just cold-blooded–cutthroat–con artists who got rich by robbing 75 million Tax Payer Ethiopians.

  91. Zerihun Abebe, UK on

    Something stinks here; this guy became a billionaire in less than 20 years where the woyanes excluded all Ethiopians but only the select few to get rich. All this anniversary celebration and buying assets outside of Ethiopia is a classic case of stealing from the country and laundering most of the money. When the country is hard up for a foreign currency, this leba is taking out money out of the country. It is a fact he is an ass licker of woyanes and he will be judged.

    My other surprise is the wedding anniversary, as it is well known that this man is a serial womanizer. He chases young girls, as young as his children all over Addis and also abroad. Shame, shame…

  92. Anonymous on

    There is even talk of the Patriarch being involved in Sunshine Construction, Samuel’s company. Nobody knows how he made his money. His company is practically the only private construction firm that gets lucrative contracts from the government.

    I believe, it is illegal to export such a huge amount of foreign exchange (by our standards) except for importing goods.

  93. Ewnetu on

    Elias the predictable Mikegna,

    I wish your readers could get a copy of all the materials you used to write during the Derg time. Typical that you would be so spiteful of private enterprise. And yet you would not think twice to be “Hodam”.

    Is that not the reason why you had a lot of people in agony and pain when you had power back in the days “HODAM” ADERBAY.

    Funny though, you are here in America in the land of the free, and you are defecating on the principles of freedom and honesty and private enterprise. Time will as always catch up with you again.

  94. Addis on

    Sour grapes. You are not a journalist, rather someone who is mis-informed, disgruntled, intellectually poor person. Success does not equate to corruption.

  95. Chaso on


    I would like to commend your fairly reasonable comments on this matter and other related issues. I am not regular here as such other than occasionally checking some home news. But, this weekend I had some spare time and took time to read all the comments posted for this article. Though there are very few rational and reasonable posters, most seem to be throwing their emotional views and hatred from both sides. That is really sad.

    When it comes to the main topic, I think, people seem to be losing track and missing the target. The way the article was written and the contents of most comments do not seem helpful for the struggle against the tyranny. Rather, it causes divisions among the people so that woyannes would be happy and buy more time for their missions. Believe me, they are so happy to see this happening among the diaspora. No body is paying attention what is going on back home at this time as everyone is focused on a single event where a wealthy individual throwing a lavish party here in the US.

    The other reality is that for anyone who deals with any kind of business in Ethiopia and elswhere, it is NOT unusual for the business owners to try to have certain connection with authorities. I can say it is a tradition;it is not a new phenomenon. Then how come we make it a big deal here??? Simply we can recall Star Business Group, which was then a gigantic multi-billion birr conglomerate. What was the main attribute for their drastic growth like that within short period of time? Nothing but their connection with the top ellites of TPLF. As the TPLF got divided into two, SBG owners were put in the jail because their connection line got broken (their connection happened to be a losing party: seye, asefa, tsadikan, etc). That is always the risk one has to assume when getting connected with the authorities, just like trading stocks. The connection gives a high reward with underlying risk in case something goes wrong.

    I am not advocating the thing this particular individual has done/is doing right, but I agree with tezibt’s view that he is revenging the poor life that he had experienced before all this wealth. In fact, there may be a lot of questions that one could question about the source of his drastic wealth, and the way he is spending this amount of money out here while the people down there are in question of survival. Other than throwing a lavish party, why all these spending on real properties? Is it really strategic? To me it doesn’t sound reasonable.

    Finally, I want to throw one different view from all of you, posters. Most of you guys including the editor, do not seem know woyane pretty well. They are very smart and strategic. This individual is not from their ethnic group, nor member of the party. He is from Gurage. What is his relationship with Dr. Berhanu? There are a lot of millionaires from TPLF group, but I never heard of anyone of them did this kind of things. I see this in two angles 1) woyanes wanted to crack and kill this company (sunshine),or 2) they are paving the roads for their wealthy members to follow the same path. By no means, it won’t be out of these two. We will see!!

    Anyways, you guys in east coast seem to know each other pretty well; I live in west coast (calf) far from the diaspora flaming heat. GLTA.

  96. Chaso on


    All craps. How come you delete the comments that display the reality? Is that the way you play the game? It doesn’t take you anywhere. To shallow !!!!

  97. Chaso on

    Sorry for my latest comments. I thought you trashed it. I saw the comment posted. West coasters sometimes lose patience. Keep fair and balanced fighting.

  98. Denekew Geremew on

    Are you sure?

    Ato Elias, please verify with your source regarding Kassu Elala and Samuels’s wife (W/o Fetle) being family siblings. For me it makes all your effort of this investigative journalism questionable. I assure you we have too many Illalas in Ethiopia fathered their own siblings. Though, the connection with authorities is obivious of all Business personel at home we should give them a benefit to explain themselves, or check all the facts properly and without bias before trashing them completely. We are part of this nation and each one of us are responsible for our fellow Ethiopians, even the woyanes that we consider as aliens.

    Egziabher Ethiopian Yibark.

  99. Yineger on

    Chaso i have some of your wordings made me unconfortable ,why mention Birhanu in here?and you said you are in the west coast so you don’t know much? it seems to me you are in the center of all the talk.

  100. Chaso on

    What do you mean by “center of all the talk”?

    I don’t think that someone does necessarily have to be in DC area to know much about woyanes and their systematic game upon the people in general and on the successful businesses in particular. In fact, you (east coasters) might have much better access to get current home info. My suggestion, however, is not based on the current info; it is solely based on the very nature of woyanes. I learned that at a close distance when I was back home. In most cases, they never go direct way to play their systematic game. That is my personal view. Anyways, we will see how it goes.

    I wonder if you could share me and others how the party did go last night.

  101. yes yes on

    This is the men that ethiopia need .. we need a lot of rich ppl lke him to put a lot of poor our ppl on work … all ya haters talking shit … because your borko ass is working hourly … so what I admire samual Tefese … and I wish him all the best …
    Happy 25 year anniversary mr. Samual

  102. non par-tisan on

    Chaso. please tale me your share from sunshine i am just kiding. first you start with non partisan that is a good part. you ended with supporting samual. Any way what woyannes are doing in there? we know what they doing. In different plans and tactics, they do one thing,looting these poor people. Woyannes are so many face to convence us one they say unity, diversity, and so on but in the reality they doing the opposite. How get along with woyanne they think still they are the only honest party of the land. sometimes i am surprising when woyannes talk about unity, ethiopia, diversity after they did those all thing. 1 they split Ethiopia from Ert then they got reward for that, they become agoverment of ethiopia. I do not have a problem the struggle of Ertrian. The main problems these small group who are form bogus pareliament. 2 they divided the people by ethinic group. 3 they denie they were anti divesity, actualy they are anti unity anti diversity.

    from the total peoplation in the main key postion all of them from one ethinic group for instance late us take diffence minister/Military generals and other high rank officers/ almost 99.9 of them are from this small ethnic group. If any body need this information you can get from one of the ethiopian website their name and ranks.In any criteria woyanne is falied goverment.

  103. for when #96 One thing i didn’t said that you need to owne house to be successful. you are living in the state with all the opportunity, most probabely you don’t have anything to show for. doma ras… work smart

  104. Muluka on

    Hindia Chibsa, was taken into custody and sentenced at the Lideta First Instance Court 10th Criminal Bench on Friday, December 10, 2010 ,she was known to be Samuel’s partner and a businesswoman involved in building material supplies.
    The way it is going Samuel Tafesse might really need to get close to his allies in Washington Dc area

  105. dan says on

    Hodam samuael pay back bank money u borrwed u canot buy or builed with borrowed money.

  106. we found out samuel ordered by azeb mesfin to biuld that mansion she thinks she is going to exile in U.S she dream that as long we live that is not going to happen woyane and tugs they are not liveing nowhere but in jail. we will hunt them and bury them.

  107. Vincent Thomas on

    The reality is that Ehtopian are a deeply troubled people. What do I mean ? Ethopians have three major conflicts within themselves they are as follows: 1) Misplaced identity, in that Ethopians pretend to lack a strong self image of their “blackness” or black African identity. Their descriptions of their non identity with “blackness” would always be offensive to other Africans not only in Africa but also in the United States, Canada the Caribbean and South America. This attitude of Ethopians further alieanates them from other black African groups in the EU, for example UK, France and Holland. As a result of this intellectual, social and cultural isolation Ethopia and Ethopians will always find themselves isolated. Please allow me to go further on this point; unless you have oil and gas and other minerals a wealth of arable land, large educated workforce, strong military and stable transparent government, you are not in a position to isolate yourself from your neighbours.
    2) Obsesssion with “Ethopianism”
    This obsession skews all perceptions of reality for individual Ethopians. At the heart of this skewed reality is their mis-perceptian of their religion. To equate your religion to your culture is equilivant to idolitry. The Japanese learned this the hard way before and during World War II. Christianity is for everyone and the mission of a Christian is to spread the word of Jesus Christ being the way to the father. Once this belief is paired with a particular race, culture or nation you end up with idolatry because the focus is no longer on Jesus but on “religion”. The Ethopians have brought the curse of idolatry upon themselves as a result of this skewed racist, nationalist tradition of giving Christianity a national identity. By the way Good luck with your Muslim population.
    3)Missed opportunity of immigrants:
    Most dynamic immigrant populations follow a precise formula of educating, and economically and sociopolitically placing their members in strategic positions within their new home countries. This is important on two basic levels. One one level it is important to select the most best country to migrate to in terms of social freedom, economic and social mobility opportunities. Most Ethopians have done this by selecting countries such as the USA, Canada and the UK. However their behaviour in those countries are far from dynamic instead it is self absorbed and backwardly romantic. In Washington DC or London the representation of Ethopians in local or national politics is almost non existan althoug they have been their in relatively large numbers for several decades. Instead Ethopian communities create closed social ghettos where Ethopians focus inwardly while ignoring there need to metriculate and compete socially and politically in the wide society. They hold on to “cultural” practices sometimes focused on eating certain foods, coffee drinking and the previously mentioned religious groupings. Likewise their obsession with vacationing in Addis with displays of their hard currency relative wealth.

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