Zenawi finally succumbs to despots Syndrome
An Ethiopian news website has caused panic after posting fake news that Prime Minister Meles Zenawi is dead. The article posted by Maleda Times, went viral on the internet. The article was shared many times on social networking sites, creating an impression that many people wanted Zenawi dead.
However, there have been wide speculations regarding Zenawi’s health after he missed the recent AU summit in Addis Ababa. There were also reports that Zenawi was in hospital in Belgium suffering from a stomach related illness. Mean while one humorous Ethiopian blogger (Addis fortune), went on to claim that the Premier had resurrected from the dead like Jesus. Citing several witnesses the blogger claims Zenawi resurrected on July, 20, 2012. Interestingly, unlike Jesus, the tyrant reportedly returned to Addis Ababa on a Friday evening. According to the bloggers witnesses he may be recovering well from the nameless condition that may be called “Despots Syndrome” or “chronic over rule’’.
The 57 year old Premier has ruled Ethiopia with an iron hand for more than 20 years. His regime is accused of committing crimes against humanity in the Ogaden region. The Ogaden region is home to over 8 million ethnic Somalis living in Ethiopia. Zenawi has been an enemy of the Journalism industry. His country has no media freedoms. Many Journalists are still languishing in prisons, while lucky ones have fled into exile.
If Zenawi finally dies, he will be remembered as a leader who oppressed his people, sent troops to invade neighbouring countries such as Somalia and Eritrea.