Today is the 32nd day since Ethiopia’s khat-addicted dictator Meles Zenawi disappeared from the public view, and except for very few trusted associates, no body knows where he is currently. Over the weekend, Ethiopian Review Intelligence Unit has looked for him at all the morgues and hospitals in Brussels, where he was reported to have been receiving medical treatment, and there is no sign of him. His bodyguards have left St. Luc Hospital.
One thing there is no doubt about is the seriousness of the dictator’s illness. His health was deteriorating fast, and according to U.S. diplomatic sources, when he was in Washington DC on the invitation of President Obama last May, he collapsed at least once and forced to skip a dinner reception at the Woyanne embassy.
It is also not clear who is currently running the regime in Ethiopia, although it is rumored that Berhane GebreKristos is in charge. Certainly it is not the puppet “deputy prime minister” who was dispatched to China last week by his TPLF masters, while former foreign affairs minister Seyoum Mesfin returned to Addis Ababa from China.
While strongly stating that Meles is alive and recovering, senior members of the TPLF junta are sending their close family members out of the country with loads of foreign currency. Seats on most Ethiopian Airlines flights are currently being completely filled with families of the ruling junta.