Memorial to be held for Meles Zenawi


The one-year anniversary of the death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi will be marked on Tuesday.

Last week, a number of events were held, including the laying of a cornerstone at a park which is to be named the Meles Zenawi Green Growth Center.

The cornerstone was laid by former first lady Azeb Mesfin, Board Chairperson of the Meles Zenawi Foundation, and Addis Ababa’s new mayor, Diriba Kuma.

They said the park will acknowledge the contributions of the late Prime Minister to the environment and green economy.

In commemoration of Meles’ life, candlelit vigils will be held across the country on 19th August and trees will be planted at a number of spots in Ethiopia on the 21st, according to the Foundation Vice Chair, Kassa Teklebirhan.

A new 90-storey research center is also to be built in the late Prime Minister’s name.
The Meles Zenawi Foundation will make the PM’s original manuscripts accessible to scholars and researchers in the near future.

Donation to the foundation can be made through various means, such as sending SMS messages or through a bank account that is to be opened in Addis Ababa, as well as regional towns.

The Meles Zenawi Foundation was established on April 6th 2013.

It was set up to establish a library and research centre, provide fellowship, recognize noteworthy achievements and oversee the construction and management of a public park in memory of the late Prime Minister.