American communication expert J Davidson analysed Hailemariam Desalegn's public performance and speeches. The expert has given him a big F as his poor communication skills fall far below the stadard expect of a national leader. This came in the wake of the decision of Azusa Pacific University to revoke an honor it had already bestowed on Hailemariam and the cancellation of the honoring ceremony slated for July 31, 2014.
The saga to finalise the inheritance of a prominent lawyer, the late Teshome Gebremariam, continues a year after he died, while his survivors are dodged in a court battle that has seen assets and bank accounts under his name frozen. Last week, a judge at the Federal First Instance Court, Lideta Division First Succession Bench, ordered for the amendment of the liquidation report of Teshome’s assets, for the third time.
A revered veteran lawyer, Teshome died at the age of 86 while on a businesses trip in Namibia on December 16, 2016. Educated in Canada, he had served as a minister of Mines and an Attorney General during the time of Emperor Hailesellasie. He was also one of the few young and educated Ethiopians returned from aboard to be instrumental in the formation of the Organisation of the African Unity (OAU), in 1963, in Addis Abeba. He had spent years in prison after the fall of the Emperor’s government in 1974 before he was released in the 1980s.
He began to practice law immediately after his release and is known to have represented international mining companies and mega-corporations with interests in Ethiopia.
Following his passing, his survivors, Amsaleworq Mekonnen, his widow, and Wessen Teshome, his daughter, have been locked in a dispute that surfaced in the country’s courts on multiple counts. They have opened a succession file on February 18, 2017, taking their case to the First Instance Court after the City Administration Court recognised them as heir and widow of the deceased.
However, two of Teshome’s former assistants in the law firm he had practised, Lidet Abebe and Mahlet Habtewold, brought civil suits against the survivors claiming unsettled fees before their departure following his passing. Though his family stepped into execution, the proceeding was stopped after Lidet, who worked in Teshome’s legal office for four years, claimed to be paid 46,000 dollars the office owed her for her services on trademark registrations. The case lingered further for a year now for the survivors opened a civil suit at the High Court against Mahlet, claiming an unpaid 750,000 Br they say she took from the firm as a loan.
Mahlet denied taking loans but argued the money was a payment made for her service to the law firm. However, she opened a counterclaim for 1.4 million Br in unpaid service fees and appealed for the case to stay injuncted until a ruling is given in the case under litigation.