Azeb Mesfin partners blackmail athlete Haile Gebreselassie


haile gebreselassie berlin marahon 2009 photo by victah sailerThe appearance and speech by superstar Ethiopian athlete Haile Gebreselassie at the ruling junta (Woyanne/EPRDF) conference in early September, had caught many by surprise. Throughout his career as an athlete, Haile has tried to distance himself from the Woyanne regime, as all the other star Ethiopian athletes. So what has caused him to show up at the ruling party’s conference now? The answer is not shocking or surprising.

According to Ethiopian Review sources in Addis Ababa, Meles Zenawi’s wife Azeb Mesfin (commonly known as the “Mother of Corruption”) and her business partners are going after Haile’s {www:enterprise}s with demands for partnership.

For a long time Haile has been heavily investing in real estate development and this year his new five star hotel in the town of Awassa was {www:inaugurate}d. The 4-story, 150-room hotel was built at the cost of 200 million birr. Haile is also preparing to build 200 condos in Addis Ababa on 40,000 square meters of land.

Recently, Meles Zenawi’s {www:puppet} mayor of Addis Ababa, Kuma Demeksa, who is a close ally and business partner of Azeb Mesfin, has ordered the confiscation of the land that has been leased to Haile. Apparently, his company, Haile & Alem Real Estate, is competing with other companies who have Azeb as partner.

The reason Kuma gave for confiscating Haile’s land is that construction of the planned condos has been delayed. Haile said that he was unable to start construction because the Addis Ababa City Administration, led by Kuma, would not demarcate the land for 4 years after it was leased to him.

It is to protect his business interest against the Mother of Corruption that Haile has suddenly appeared at the Woyanne conference, according to observers.


44 thoughts on “Azeb Mesfin partners blackmail athlete Haile Gebreselassie

  1. Hi Elias,
    I am sorry but i do not feel sorry for Haile. Although he is hero in long distance running, he has never express concern about 80million people who are suffering under woyane. i feel sorry when he decide to speak up for many voiceless.

  2. tsehay on

    This is a true story. I know close reatives of Haile’s wife. The poor guy does anything the mafia group asks him to do to keep his business going. The sad thing is we sll seat and watch our country is being destroyed by ” a short boy with big belly and big eyes”. We need to rise up and pay the ultimate sacarfice to eradicate these sick gangs from the face of the earth.

  3. Isn’t this the same guy who was one of the so called “Shimagles” who kept quiet while Birtukan was languishing in Kaliti on trumped up charges of denying the terms of her pardon he intimately knows? He should have told the truth instead of keeping quiet while an innocent lady was languishing in jail.

    What goes around comes around.

  4. Bedlu on

    Totally wrong, Haile willfully bowed to Woyane.Elias don’t cover up Haile’s irresponsible and selfish act.Haile joined the ‘hodams’ club.I admire Elias for saying a spade, spade.In this case he made totally wrong excuse.

  5. Tegist on

    When Haile appeared at that conference, I expect something is going wrong. We all know Haile is a businessman. I personally appreciate his investment. He is working for himself and for his country. But when he appeared at the woyane conference in Adama/Nazereth, his main objective was to protect his properties from the Woyane Janta or to run his business as smoothly as possible. At this very movement there are a lot of Ethiopians ready to scarify their lives let alone their properties. But, unfortunately Haile did not want his condo investment in Addis Ababa. As a world known Athlete and as an investor, I used to love and respect Haile, but at this time around I understand that Haile do not like Ethiopians and he is extremely materialist.
    Haile lives in Addis/ Ethiopia and he very well knows what life looks like for the population of Addis in particular and for all Ethiopian in General. Haile is thinking for his huge Condo investment in Addis Ababa, but the population of Addis is thinking about what to eat for his breakfast or for his lunch. Our brothers, sisters, mothers, and fathers in Addis Ababa are unable to eat once a day because of corrupted and dictatorial regime of Meless Zenawi. And Haile knows this fact but he presented his maliya to meles as a gift at the Woyane conference in Adama/Nazireth. On this conference, Haile further said that Meles is a good leader. We have seen meles/Woyane for the last nineteen years but we didn’t see any good things from Meles. Haile what do you have to tell us about good things of Meles?

  6. Ittu Aba Farda on

    What I heard from people in the capital who know about this particular incidence is that Haile is one of those people with deep pockets who once or many times before grabbed extensive plots of prime real estate promising immediate or sooner development into business or condominium units. But a lot of these land grabbers decided to hold most of their holdings as open plots. They are carrying that old culture of the defunct feudal system without tenants. They used their budding and eventually precarious old connections to obtain the land from the city government most of the time for nominal fees. They thought their greed can outwit that of the goon from Adwa and his coteries. Not so fast says Mrs. Dracula now. I own everything and will take back anything when I feel like it. One word out of you, arrivederci rapacious land grabbers!!!! I own the army, the police, the air force and about 4-5 million misguided and confused people in pockets. But she may tell her jack ass at the city hall to back down for now. Haile may be too sour for her now to chew.
    In one way, it is really a sad story. He was shown right on TV lauding about the so-called 5-year development plan telling the assembly that he just cut down to a two-year plan. By authority he was saying that? Who knows. Now he has to explain what he meant by that. I think he deserves that.
    On another economic front, it is becoming obvious that the city is showing quite a few business failures in the real estate area that rebars sticking out of unfinished developments are seen in a lot of places. When I told this to one of TPLFites I know nearby, he told me one of the funniest stories I ever heard. The goon and his stooges are talking about economic stimulus plan. I could not stop laughing until it hurts. I think I have been wrong. Brothers Elias and Al G.Mariam, World Bank and all prominent economists have been wrong!!! With 9-12% growth every year for the last 20 years, Ethiopia has grown to be an industrial power that it needs a stimulus plan to sustain that growth!!! I could not stop laughing folks. I still could not stop laughing. Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk!!!! These folks are sick!!!!

  7. dfabachew on

    Why you give this high school drop out bitch such a publicity which she could not get it at any cost. Leave alone tegadays their security guards are crapping on Ethiopian peoples head. From kebele to zone to sub zone to werda and awrajas and kiflehagers and the whole nation rulers are tigrians who are working for tegadalays. If there is any thing we should do is there has to be new tactic which has never tested. In my my mind every kiflehager has to start its own armed struggle to clean up this mess created by tegadalay.

  8. If Haile Gebreselassie is among the league of house demolishers of defenseless and helpless folks then he deserves the kind of degrading and humiliating article that ran about him on The New York Times this week. Haile has made himself power monger of the same caliber as Al-Amoudi, Sunshine and Woyane Inc. Haile’s oversize aspiration and ego, be it in politics or business, is increasingly getting the better of him. Injustice and Greed go hand in hand with power and wealth; he is no different than the so called Woeyanes if he is after wealth by unfair means. The proof: his acquisitions are typical of that of tycoons. Modesty in wealth and the role of helping the poor, the sick and disadvantaged is what would make him hero all the way.

    Nokia & Farmers

  9. ittu Aba Farda admirer on

    Sir/Madame ittu Aba Farda

    You are an excellent writer. Your writing style flows smoothly…. Do u have your own blog????

  10. just an external observer on

    Azeb Mesfin is growing in stature in a very provocative way. She is modelling her behaviour on the ambitious Chinese concubines of the emperor during imperial China. She dresses like a Hollywood actress with tight designer jeans and wide-screen eyeglasses, but that cannot hide her cheapness. Her consort and partner in crime, the midget pimp Meles seems to be afraid of her and lets her do whatever she wants to do. I suspect Azeb might have been the main force behind the attempt to humiliate Birtukan. There seems to be some sort of battle between the noble Birtukan and the cheap Azeb, and this has become the main narrative of our politics. Birtukan vs Azeb, quo vadis Ethiopia? Haile G/Sellassie has chosen Azeb over Birtukan, what about you?

  11. Ittu Aba Farda on

    Writer#11:

    Sorry to say that I don’t have a blog. I like this website so much that I like to write my opinion when I see it useful and necessary. I am at a blessed age considered aging but still hope that one day before it all ends for me to see our country and the people we left behind are free of goons and despots just like what people in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil deservedly achieved. Insha Allah!!! Our Creator have ways of bringing evils and their deeds to their fateful ends where freedom loving individuals like Obang Metho,Al GM, Elias and many many millions of brothers and sisters live together and share the abundance they have in peace and harmony. What is wrong with that? It just makes narrow nationalists and chauvinists violently mad and killers of innocent people. It shall all come to fruition sooner or later!!! Insha Allah!!!!

  12. Alamerew on

    Haile is an opportunist who doesn’t live to his conscience rather his pocket and hod.
    Had he been a real man- he would have had opposed the merciless and inhuman acts that he was part and parcel of- Bertukan’s case and many injustices- he is a crime collaborator.

  13. Kaale on

    Haile is a very good athlete and the whole world commends and appreciates his performance. As ethiopians we have been proud of his achievements in athletics. He has also amassed considerable wealth and is doing businesses that in a way are helpful to the country. However, his recent inclination towards and flirting with the evil empire is unnecessary. Cynicism and Ego certainly got the better of Haile. He often with out being asked says his organisation is not an NGo. But he should remember that NGOs are not about money giving. They are charitable organisations. Charitability comes out of heart and not out of pockets. Haile’s cynisim when it got the better of him reveals the natural cruelity that he posesses. Helping the poor comes first out of understanding of their situation and not a tiresome affair as haile tries to argue forever. His evasion of the olimpics in marathon and evsaion of road races where elites compete is true. He worries more about money and less about earning medal for his country.

  14. Bihon on

    We know her she is a whore but for Haile he must understand the land he has is belong to Ethiopia not to this Koshasha Ye Welqayit Dimet.Even he must have to stop to say that and there.

  15. Innocent victim on

    The blame should go to the people who earned it…Meles, Azeb and their gangster buddies. People please, Haile is a victim of looters and a bunch of street hoodlum criminals that has no business of running a village, let alone a multicultural country of 80 million people. Let’s us not throw away all the things Haile has done for his country and understand the circumstances he is in. It is impossible to deal lawfully with the most corrupted, undisciplined, unethical, immoral and bloody hand government like TPLF. Unlike Azeb and the rest of woyane looters…Haile earned his money with dedication and hard work, and he is a victim of TPLF mafia. The last thing he needs is, his own people turning against him while Azeb and Co. are in the process of robbing his hard earned bloodless money. . Please! People! All the BLAME belongs only to MELES, AZEB, and THEIR MAFIA TPLF MEMBERS!

  16. Anonymous on

    so easy to judge and condemn when you’re not facing the drama yourself. Easy for all you far living bad mouths to chatter about everybody but yourselves. Entertaining though….

  17. Anon from Nashville on

    Ethiopian review said, “It is to protect his business interest against the Mother of Corruption that Haile has suddenly appeared at the Woyanne conference, according to observers.”

    That means he is a self serving donkey who will never stop from doing anything to fullfil his individual interest and protect his money no matter what happens to his country, brothers, mother, sisters and father and most of all to his country.
    He should have learned from others before him who were approached by Woyane for its advantage and later blakmailed or thrown out in to the gutter even killed.
    I do not have sympathy for Haile at all. Let him harvest what he sow. What I want is this to be an glaring example to anybody that associated with Woyanes.
    Haile is history for the Ethiopian people and movement now.

  18. solomon on

    there are millions of hailes who if it was up to you, narrow minded haters, would end up dead or in jail as people used to do in the 70s and 80s, let alone become millioners. haile is simply being realistic to give credit where it is due and i am pretty sure every athlete, artist and business man feel that way but are afraid to express their feeling.

  19. wubitu on

    He gave his medal to the mass murderer Meles Zenawi. Furthermore everybody knows in Addis that he is a Stingy person. He never showed concern about lack of freedom in ethiopia and about the murdered ethiopians. When poor people ask him for help, he tells them you must work hard like me to get it. When his Neighbour died few years ago, he contributed only 20 Birr.

  20. abbay on

    someone told me who knows haile and his wife closely haile is a good athlete beside that he is greedy and complaining about penny once he retired we will see his true personality.

  21. Wake_up! on

    Oh poor guy! He is only doing this to protect his business. Oh poor kinijit leaders! They only admitted guilt to save their lives and fight another day. Oh poor lady liberty! She only confessed to see her little daughter and elderly mum. Excuses excuses excuses! If you are to stand for your right, be prepared to pay the ultimate price. You can start a struggle with one eye on business, life or even family. If you can’t stand the heat, GET OUT OF THE KITCHEN! At this rate, the meles dynasty will continue with Semahal Meles at the helm 20 years from now.

  22. Simachew on

    Who is whore? Meles or Azeb or both? I think when one has some kind of behaviour, she/he attracts her/his type. Forshure she is but for me both Meles and Azeb are the same and their daughter too, thanks to Elias Kifle for the photo posted sometimes back.

    As to Haile, he knows what to say in the field of corrupted people. If there were a real democracy, Haile will run for a seat, will definately win it, and he would work hard for the livehood change of the people.

    Fact, there is no democracy in Ethiopia, and there is abundace of Corruption in the tplf eram, unheard of in the History of Ethiopia!

  23. በፍቃዱ on

    ጀግናው አትሌት፣ ሻለቃ፣ ክቡር ዶ/ር ኃይሌ ገ/ሥላሴ ነፍሳችንን የሚያመጥቁ ድሎችን በተለያዩ ዓለም ዓቀፍ መድረኮች አሳይቶናል፤ ሰንደቅ አላማችንም በሱ ስራ በዓለም ሕዝብ ፊት በኩራት ተውለብልባለች፡፡ የማይደክም ጀግና አትሌት ብቻም አይደለም፣ የተሳካለት የቢዝነስ ሰውም ሁኗል፡፡ ደስተኛ ቤተሰብ ለመምራት የቻለም ትልቅ ሰው ነው፡፡ እንወደዋለን፤ እናከብረዋለን፡፡ ሲሳሳት ወይም የተሳሳተ ሲመስለን ደግሞ እንወቅሰዋለን፡፡

    ኃይሌ ገ/ሥላሴ አምባገነኑ መለስ ለስምንተኛ ጊዜ በተመረጡበት የኢሕአዴግ ጉባኤ ላይ ተጋብዞ የአምስት ዓመቱን (በእንግሊዝኛ ቃል እየተጠራ ያለውን) ዕቅድ ከራሱ የሰከንድ ድል እና ሽንፈት ጋር እያወዳደረ ነበር ስለስኬታማነቱ የመከረው፡፡ ስህተት መስሎ የታየኝ ነገር ግን የተከሰተው ከዚያ በኋላ የስልጣን ጥመኝነታቸውን በፓርቲያቸው ውስጥ ሳይቀር በዴሞክራሲ ስም እያንፀባረቁ ላሉተ ጠቅላይ ሚንስትር መለስ ለመጀመሪያ ጊዜ ክብረወሰን ሲሰብር ለብሶ የተወዳደረበትን ማሊያ በስጦታ መልክ ማበርከቱ ላይ ነው፡፡ እኔ የኃይሌን ነገረ ስራ ሳስበው ያን ሰሞን ‹‹የሃገር መሪ መሆን ማን ይጠላል?›› ሲል ለጋዜጦች የተናገረው ትውስ አለኝ፡፡ ኃይሌ ለአምባገነን ሹማምንቶች ባደባባይ ስጦታ ማበርከቱ ለ‹‹ማይጠላው›› ሃገረ-ገዥነት አቋራጭ መንገድ ይሁነኝ ብሎ፣ ወይስ ላብ እና ገንዘቡን ያፈሰሰበት ቢዝነስ ዋስትና እንዳያጣ ሰግቶ? – ያም ሆነ ይህ ግን ክስተቱ እና ሒደቱ ኃይሌን ከታሪካዊ ተጠያቂነት አያላቅቀውም፡፡

    የኃይሌ ገ/ሥላሴን በምሳሌ አነሳነው እንጂ የኢትዮጵያውያንን ጥቅም የመሸጥ አቅም ያላቸውና አዝማሚያም ያሳዩ ሌሎችም በርካቶች ናቸው፡፡ ሰራዊት ፍቅሬ አንዱ ምሳሌ ነው፡፡ ቋንቋው ራሱ የአቢዮታዊ ዴሞክራሲ ጋዜጣ ዋና አዘጋጅ እየመሰለ መጥቷል፡፡ አርቲስቶቻችን የቅጂ መብትን ለማስከበር በሚል ሰበብ ‹‹ሃብታችን›› እያሉ የሚጠሩትንና የሰራቸውን ሕዝብ ከመሸጥ ወደኋላ እንደማይሉ መዳፍ መትቼ እምላለሁ፡፡ ባለፀጋ ኢትዮጵያውያንም ይህንን ፍረጃ ማምለጥ አይችሉም፤ ‹ታክስ ነክ ጣጣ እንዳይመጣብን እና የኢንቨስትመንት ዓላማችን እንዳይደናቀፍ› የሚሉት ዓረፍተ ነገሮች መፈክሮቻቸው ናቸው፡፡ የዘንድሮውን የኢሕአዴግ የአዳማ ጉባኤ በቀለም ያሸበረቁት ባለፀጎቻችን ናቸው፡፡ እነዚህ ሁሉ እንደሰበዝ እየተመዘዙ ቢወጡ የሚቀረው ሰፌድ ለመጥማጣ ነው፤ ድሃውና የተገፋው ብዙሃኑ ሕዝብማ በራሱ አቅም ቢኖረው እስከዛሬ ለምን ዝም ይላል? አሁን ብዙሃኑ ለጥቂቆች አቅም መፍጠር ብቻ ነው የሚችለው፤ ወደፊት ግን ነገሮች ይለዋወጣሉ – ‹‹ፊተኞች ኋለኞች፤ ኋለኞች ደግሞ ፊተኞች›› እንዲሉ፡፡

    በዚህ ጽሁፍ ውስጥ የኮነንኩት የገዢው ፓርቲ ደጋፊነትን አይደለም፣ ለኢትዮጵያ በጎ ያለመ የሚመስለውን ዕቅድ አይደለም፣ ኃይሌ ገ/ሥላሴንም አይደለም:: እያወገዝኩ ያለሁት ከኢፍትሃዊነት፣ ከብልሹ አስተዳደር፣ ከፀረ ዴሞክራሲያዊነት ጋር ማበርን/መተባበርን ነው::

    አሁን የተጨመረ
    በዚህ ፅሁፍ መልዕክት ስር ሁለት ዓይነት አስተያየቶች ተሰንዝረዋል፡፡ ኃይሌ የፈለገውን ማድረግ መብቱ ነው – አንድ እና ኃይሌ እንደሃገር ሽማግሌነቱ፣ እንደተሰሚነቱ በስብሰባው ላይ ቢያንስ ስለብርቱኳን ሚዴቅሳ እስር አንድ ነገር መናገር ነበረበት የሚሉት – ሁለት ናቸው፡፡ ሁለቱም ወገኖች አሳማኝ ነጥብ አላቸው፡፡ ሁለቱንም ወገኖች መደገፍም መቃወምም እንደየፍላጎታችን ይቻላል፡፡

    የሆነ ሁኖ ኃይሌ ገ/ሥላሴ በዚያን ቀን ንግግሩ ኩራት ብቻ ሳይሆን ክብረወሰን ሰብሮ ካገኘው ደስታ ይልቅ እዚያ አዳራሽ ውስጥ ተገኝቶ መናገሩ እንዳስደሰተው ሰምተናል፡፡ እንኳን እሱን ደስ አለው ብቻ – እኛን ስንቴ ደስ አሰኝቶን የለም፡፡

  24. Anonymous on

    Who cares about Haile. They could take all his property as far as any regular citizens’ concern. Let’s be honest, he did not work for the people he works for himself. Why should he be treated differently, why would we have to feel sad more than we feel sad about the other people? unlike the ordinary people he have the opportunity to do business somewhere, but he chosen to feed, woyanne, the blood suckers

  25. omega on

    hi all:
    we all talked about this and related burning issues. The fact of the matter is that we have to transcend from chit-chatting to act-acting.
    Please guys, lets us work together, involve actively in a sound political movement,
    contribute your best to that cause.
    That is what is need right now. Guys.

  26. How come you guys mixing up politics with athletics? Haile is a smart and educated.Where do you need him to invest?USA?EUROPE?He is a hero of Africa.All athletes of Ethiopia are great because of him.He was the best athlete of the world and an ambassador.You guys keep talking and Haile will keep running.This is the difference.Empty barrel makes a loud noise.Please leave him alone and no one can stop him what he want to do so.We can write any thing with out proof.All you guys can talk and write 2.03 hour continuously,but Haile used this time to break the world record of marathon.Tell me who has 27 world record on earth?

  27. dfabachew on

    Here in America when a man is totally controlled by his woman they call it pussy wiped or pussfied. It means the man lost his manhood and turned in to a walking zombee. What ever the woman says his replay is “yes as you wish”. This the kind of character is that the Ethiopian leader is showing. It is known that no matter what kind of make up they make him used, meles continues to be gordendinos. It looks like this baboon looking leader left his balls in dedebit. The women is in full control. Some people who are colse to meles says “he doesn’t want to be presedant.” “It is his husband oops wife that forced him to continue. ” What a waste.

  28. Anonymous on

    I do beleive people like Athlete Gerbgeselassie desrve great recognition and appreciation and respect for what they do for themselves and make their country proud. However, we should not forget that our fathers/mothers and forefathers/foremathers have paid their ultimate sacrifices( their lives) for the very survival of thier country with out any earthly benefit. The had lived for truth and they had died for sake of truth. Are we witnessing the same in what Athlete Hahile is bevaing and acting particularly after the 1995 election and after he his digusting speech at the TPLF conference. Humliating one’s personality for the sake of making more earthly wealth (property) is not only a very clumsy excuse but it is an absolute self-diqualifing and dehumanizing behavior.

  29. Anberbir on

    It is high time for Ethiopians to start realizing that Meles and his wife Azeb own everybody and everything in Ethiopia. Whatever others may think they own is the left overs which both Meles or Azeb do not desire. Haile knows this very well, for anyone residing in Ethiopia this type of incident is no surprise.

  30. kikit on

    If one is forced to live in Zinawianrobbers’ wold,the fight to liberation must continue until all and everyhing is free.

    But on the other hand,if one choses to live in Zinawianrobbers’ wolrd knowing the sytem does bad to that person,then it is left to the willing person to bear the unfairness.

  31. Shaebia on

    There is a saying that, metaphorically, goes….. “One calls a crow, if hungry and wants to it, a chicken”
    I can’t believe there is still a tendency of relying on the rich & powerful in order to achieve your goal. Haile is no doubt an athlete out of this world & he is in a position of compromise once he invested his money in a land run by modern day gangesters. 
    My question is why not involve and empower the poor, neglected & mistreated people numbering close to 90% of the total population with genuine grieviance. They are ignored by all sides. Unless one mobilizes atleast 20% these disfranchised part of the society, The gang in Minilik palace will cruise with ease. 
    Forget Haile, who ofcourse wouldn’t want to see his hard-run earned money going down the insatiable gutter-gob of the the Azeb-Meles conglomorate, even Al-moudi’s hand was tied up when he thought that the US would freeze up his assets & use many excuses(like Al-Qaeda connection) to get their hand on Any money that they can get to ease their 2 Trillion debt-ridden economy. The man is clever, he stuck in with Weyane who is a good puppet of the US & he could get a protection by becoming a second string puppet of the puppet regime. Thing are complicated and must be seen in context. As for Haile, there was no way that his money could have been threatened oversea. He made the choice out of ignorance & probably lured into it by outside influence. 
    Main thing is to bring him into your camp as he can assist the struggle against the weyane junta, but the main ingredient is the mass.
    You get nowhere without the ordinary People(farmers, middle class, intellectuals, working class & women)
    Weyane will continue to buy & compromise people from all section of the society in order to demoralize & weaken the forces of good & justice, but the people should understand to handle setbacks as few battles could possibily be lost but the final battle of the struggle to get rid of the weyane cancer will never be defeated.
    Always work on consesus & unity so as to squeeze the noose around the weyane’s neck. 
    God bless your struggle for justice.  
       

  32. Lula @ aol.com on

    What happen to all Ethiopian hero kids, i am begining to think there is no man in ethiopia land, please stand up fight like your grand dad & dad , other wise let the ET woman give there skirt i am so upset all the drama going on in ET.

  33. Chala Tolosa Fesso on

    Haile has an endless appitite for political power and wealth. He successfully grabbed everything in a very corrupted means. The people of Ethiopia knows this very well. Haile will do any crime in order to amass wealth. He is a runner undoubtdely, but a greedy and selfish person. He is grooming himself for the presidency. Now he is in a position to blackmail any government official. No one blackmails him. The credibilty of the ER sources is questionable.
    He laboured a lot to get that platform to express to the public one of his many aspect.
    Guys don’t be deceived by unfounded news.

  34. Teddy on

    As an Ethiopian, I am ashmed to read some of the nasty comments here. Leave Haile alone! He is a great man and a hero. There are a lot of people in Ethiopia who make a living to just survive, not because they love or serve the government. He is no different than millions of Ethiopians. So what if he makes money? That’s his own money that he earned. Do not be jealous. Since when is being a bussinessman a sin? It’s easy to talk trash behind people’s back. None of you are even fit to ties his shoes. Hero’s are to be celebrated not trashed. Haile is Ethiopia! Wherever he goes, Ethiopia’s flag flays high and proud! Shame on you people!! You will probably wait after he dies to give him the respect that he so deserves. Why not while he is alive!!! This so unEthiopian. Shame on all of you trash talkers. Disrespectful idiots. Tilahun Gessese, Abebe Bekila, so many of our heroes would turn in their grave of they saw this trash. Shame, Shame, Shame.

  35. Real Estate Developers Snatched, Misused over 900,000 Square Meters of Land” – Addis Ababa Administration
    THURSDAY, 04 NOVEMBER 2010 08:11 NEWBUSINESSETHIOPIA.COM

    BY NEW BUSINESS ETHIOPIA REPORTER
    The Addis Ababa City Administration announced that it has lost over 96 million birr (5.8 million US dollars at the current exchange rate) due to the illegal expansions and transactions made by over 48 real estate developers.
    In different sub cities of Addis Ababa, a total of 923,380 square meters of land was grabbed illegally or misused by 23 real estate developers, according to the administration, which began a campaign to return the land to its land bank this week.

    Bole, Yeka, Nefas Silk Lafto, Kolfe Keranyo are among the major sub cities of Addis Ababa where significant number of illegal land gabbing has been found.
    Sunset on Sunshine?
    Sunshine Real Estate (sister company of Sunshine Construction Company), which has been in the market in Ethiopia for over 25 years, is one of the top real estate developers found being engaged in grabbing land from the city administration illegally.
    “In Bole Sub City, Sunshine real Easte has taken 35,000 square meters of land illegally and now we are on the process of returning the land to our land bank,” said Asalfew Amendu, Bole Sub City General Manager, in a news broadcasted on the national television yesterday evening (November 4, 2010).

    While Gad Real Estate has also found guilty by the administration for grabbing 14,000 square meters of land illegally from Bole Sub City, while Michael Real Estate and Satcon Construction Company have also taken 13,000 and 12,000 square meters of land illegally within the same sub city.

    On the other hand, In Yeka Sub City, Berta Construction Company leads grabbing illegally 33,100 square meters of land, followed by Sunshine and Gift Real Estate Company, which respectively took 21,000 and 10,048 square meters of land with in the sub city.

    A few days earlier this week, Mayor of Addis Ababa, Kumma Demeksa who appeared on the national television has also indicated that his administration will take a series measure to stop the illegal activities of the real state developers.

    In order to secure the money it has lost due to illegal activities made by the real estate developers, the city administration is now claiming equivalent value of the land with punishment from real estate developers, who already constructed houses on the stolen land.

    On the other hand, the administration is taking back the bare land taken by the developers to its land bank and plan to use it for other purposes.

    The administration also calls up on the public who purchased houses from these real estate companies and who are on the process to stay calm fro the measure the administration will take won’t affect them negatively.
    The administration stated that it will take further punishment measure on the real estate developers if they attempt to pass on (compensate) their loss to the public who bought house from the companies.

  36. Sheabia on

    Compare & contrast Paul Targat,(AKA the gentleman of athletics) to His long time competitor, Haile Gebreselassie. No doubt that Haile got Targat following Behind him most of the time …. But judging from Paul Targat’s interview with Riz Khan in the weekend on AlJazeera English, no one doubt that it’s Paul who is leading in their humanitarian effort and when it comes to the passion to help the poor. Haile got a lot to learn from Targat now in the humanitarian effort, as Targat has learned a lot from Haile in the track field from Haile I’m their hey days.
    God bless your struggle for justice.

  37. ethiopyawiw on

    Haile has done to Ethiopia no one has done before – and that is changing the image of the country. The last four or five decades famine and the subsequent endless aid has damaged the image of our otherwise proud country. Being ethiopian is still associated to poverty and famine. This badly hurt image of the country and national psyche got a facelift only by Haile and other great athletes we have. Sendek alamachinin kef adirigo yawilebelebe Jegna. Honor to him. How dare you speak against Haile? How dare you? He made a speech at the EPRDF conference – so what? He can even be EPRDF or OLF if he wants! Ke’Haile belai Etyopiyawi Yelem! Mariyamin!

  38. antenh on

    if ethiopian athletics federation were not corupted you could have seen hundred of abebe bikila in ethiopia.

    the world know well ethiopia if you go to remote area of japan a farmer will tale you who is abebe bilkila but abebe never save million of people in 1977 famine .

    the world say ethiopian produce runners and starved people .
    where do you put haile.
    he change the image of ethiopia?you have in a lough.

    if you only say he creat job ok.

    if ethiopians who lives in america they get the chance the could have change the country for good.

    think twice!!!

  39. Your country is communist. Haile doesn’t have to invest in Ethiopia, he can take his money that he earned somewhere else.

    Since when does somebody “owe” his country? Are we all slaves of our countries? Haile made his money with his own hard work, yet people who don’t want to work want a share of his.

    Haile creates jobs. Jobs cure poverty. Donations keep poverty going. NGO’s are all about keeping people poor because without poverty there are no NGO’s.

  40. let Haile do business..u know our struggle require long time and so many ethiopians are die because of this this Goverment. At list he did his best to give job to 1000/2000 family without any political view. some times we have to have this different faces, we need more business man to give job and fight with government..i think he has very bad times than most of US. life time hardwork spoiles his carrier.

    let him do give job to ethiopians save thier life, he can’t save the whole country he is one.

    prey GOD will show us time every body is working hard for the future.

    “bekachihu yibelen”

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