- The project is said to be supervised by the First Lady of Ethiopia, Azeb Mesfin.
REPORTER:March 19, 2011 — Ethiopia plans to build a new residence for Prime Minister Meles Zenawi which could cost more than 80 million birr, according to the Reporter.
According to the report, 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.