Meles Zenawi to build 80 million birr lavish residence

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  • Azeb Mesfin will supervise

Reporter : By Zekarias Sintayehu

A lavish residence is being built for Prime Minister Meles Zenawi which could cost more than 80 million birr, according to estimates.

The new residence includes presidential suites for visiting guests of the PM.

Prime Minister Meles and his family were living inside the Grand Menilik Palace since the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) ousted the Derg regime in 1991. The First Family then moved to a G+1 establishment facing Sheraton Addis, leaving the Grand Menilik Palace three years ago. Varnero Construction Plc, a local contractor, who had built this house for the First Family is said to have taken up the construction of the new edifice inside the premises of the Grand Menilik Palace. The project is said to be supervised by the First Lady of Ethiopia, Azeb Mesfin.


The office of the Prime Minister requested 14,207,800 birr from this year’s government budget to construct guest houses but only 6,310,000 birr has been approved by the House of Peoples Representative (HPR). In addition, the HPR approved 3,769,200 birr from the requested 29,549,000 birr for the Palace Administration to construct guest houses. According to informed sources, the budget for the new PM’s residence and guest houses will possibly come from both institutions.

The new PM’s residence is expected to be finished in two years time, and the Grand Palace compound has been upgraded to a marvelous green garden.

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Detant Ayele Mitiku March 21, 2011 - 3:42 am


JOJO March 23, 2011 - 2:40 am

Distorted news it is built for the prime minister office not for Meles when he is out another will live in it.

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ahmio April 11, 2011 - 11:53 am

For those of you who often shouting abroad. Shame on you guys!!!! You will never win the game!!!! We have seen that some of you caught by police and tied your hand back. This is shame for Ethiopians like you. You are disrupting others life while most of you guys are refugee and asylum seeker. Are not you feel shame?????. Have you not asked yourself how much you are ignorant? Look how the police officers angry over your emotions. Are not you asking yourself that these police officers said that you guys disturbing their country???. How can someone accepts your idea while you are breaking the basic elements of democratic rights for which you are shouting of it. You r non sense and often driven by your emotion. You are getting small and you will shout and die for nothing.

tesfa hailu May 11, 2011 - 1:00 pm

guys,look!dont bother about the price what it spent for the boulding for it is not for prime minister meles zenawi but for the ofice thereof with intent bouild the image of the country.

Ahimad gulu July 7, 2011 - 7:41 pm

he was living at nizeret millitry comp fear of his starnge addminstration.but wasting bilions of brirr for personal use. Azeb Mesfen became madoff.she forget her frist born son and killid husband, she forgete wolikait people. What kind of bell she have ,she solid any thing ,herslef because of mony?

kassahun Ekubazegi July 14, 2011 - 2:32 pm

I need to say don’t disturbe our peace and development!!!
why you warry about million birr??
b/c pm meles office building mean not for his personal use, but
pm meles working hardly to change the image of our countery.
so please think our to work together

kassahun Ekubazegi July 14, 2011 - 2:34 pm

Be refine
you are not successed
with this lies

Samoa August 26, 2011 - 11:32 pm

This will remain the property of Ethiopia and it doesn’t worry me at all. I rather worry about the consumables that is being spent over by the first lady, if it is true.

lkdjflkj lkjdlfk November 28, 2011 - 12:19 am

menelik gebi wust woyane yegba? yasazenal. gena hidet lay nen. besumenged hone belela woyane baftimu yedefal. tebel asretcheten enetekemebetalen.

we-are-not-idiots May 10, 2012 - 6:01 pm

The dude is a prime minister not a president so he doesnt deserve it. Why can’t that money be spent on orphange and poor people, Melez can survive without living in a castle.

Pastor mekonnen July 19, 2012 - 1:22 pm

Guys may lord bless you why talking this kind of selfish talking for our leader it is nothing mind on ur buissenes

gme July 28, 2012 - 8:22 am

don’t have a day dream with this bunch of lies


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