PM Hailemariam removes Mekuria Haile

(by EthioTime) Seems an attempt of overhauling the leadership of his government, Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn has recently removed Mekuria Haile, Minister of Housing and Urban Development.

Though Prime Minister Hailemariam did not offer any reasons as to why the minister has been sacked, a letter that was signed by the PM mentioned that Mekuria was given another position in government as advisor to the PM on the issues of housing and urban development with the rank of a minister. Is has also been confirmed that Mekuria received the letter a week ago, reports a local newspaper in Ethiopia.  

However, according to a high-level discussion held back in November 2015, lack of good governance and emergence of rent-seeking trends in the government institution has posed a serious threat to the system. And hence, the Ministry, which is led by Mekuria, is one of the institutions that were cited in the good-governance report, which was discussed at the high-level meeting.

However, recent reports indicate that Mekuria’s ministry was raised in connection to severe maladministration and lack of good governance. Former comrades of the ruling EPRDF revealed that the real administrative power has never been given to Mekuria which led to create strong network of officials to embezzle the land and housing development mainly in the city of Addis Ababa.   

Mekuria was severely challenged in the House of People’s Representatives in June in connection with the performance of his Ministry and the slow delivery of public condominium houses to home-seekers.

Particularly, he was grilled by a Member of Parliament after he reported that over 80 blocks of condominium houses were either lost or were not constructed despite fact that they were included in the site map. MPs were also angered over his comment that he claimed he knew nothing about the lost houses.

Mekuria, who was born in Azza area of Gurage Zone, has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Addis Ababa University (AAU) and has obtained his Master’s degrees in International Business Management and Business Administration from Universities in Ireland and England. His first post in the public sector is the Trade, Industry and Urban Development Bureau of the Southern Region and cabinet member of Southern Regional State. He then moved to Addis Ababa as manager of the city under Kuma Demekssa who was back then Mayor of the city. His current ministerial portfolio materialized in 2010, in the then Urban Development and Construction Minister which was later renamed as Minster of Housing and Urban Development.

Image: Mekuria Haile

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  • mekuria_1995@yahoo.co.uk Added Greeting Dear editor of Ethiotime.com. My transfer of position doesn't have what so ever any connection with our recent national phenomenon. I came across recently with some health problems. I reported this to my party and government on the problem. Based on this we made thorough discussions and made decisions. It is very clear that there are lack of good governance in our cities. This is sectorial and the structural issue. Even though the minister's contribution is very important, it is not practical to correlate unanimously with a given individual.
    Correction on your article 1) In the federal Ministry of urban development and housing there is no as such maladministration as you put in this article. you can check with the ministry of civil service and human resource development. Our ministry is one of the pioneer in implementing the reforms. You can also check with the Auditor General, starting from the 2006 EC the audit report is so clean.
    2) Concerning the 88 condominium cases of the par-lama inquiry, It is corrected by the same MP on the same media. The so called missed blocks were misunderstanding and they corrected this by giving press release. I think you can find this from EBC file.
    3) The ministry hasn't been commented on any platform concerning the network or direct attachments in the addis Ababa land administration issues. Unless otherwise contributing for the automation system building. Let us give all us value for truth and think being on others' shoes, too. Thank for the concern and opening comments page.
    Mekuria Haile

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