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August 2012

The first female boss of the AU is taking a job that may taste the limits of her ability as a seasoned technocrat

Tsedale Lemma

The 19th AU head of states and governments summit held in July in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia was under the theme “Boosting Intra-Africa trade,” but hardly anyone, from the media to international observers, seemed to have paid a fraction of attention to it. The election of a new chairperson, the second attempt in the history of the continental body, was what stole the weight off the theme.  The result caught everyone by a big surprise as South Africa’s Interior Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma materialized as the first woman, and South African, to win the top position of leading the continental body for the next four years. 

That Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has been taken ill as of recent is unfortunate, but the manner by which it has been officially communicated to the deserving public has many wrong messages written all over it


July 22, 2012 marked one month since this magazine first asked Shimelis Kemal, Ethiopia’s State Minister for the Government Communication Affairs Office, (GCAO), during a media briefing for an update on the Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s health.