By Gaitachew Bekele
. . . a fascinating own account of a public provider occupation n the interval resulting in the 1974 revolution. It ...persuades and gives genuine perception into the real noblesse oblige of the 1st iteration of technocrats drawn from the social elite of the put up- battle period.
-James McCann, Boston University
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The operation took four hours and it was a delightful surprise to everyone concerned, including the surgeon Dr. Johnson that Bekele survived two major operations, one after the other, within a period of two weeks. He left the hospital two weeks after the second operation, and lived eight more years. That was the first time he had been confined to bed. When Addis Ababa was founded, Bekele's father Zewdu had been allocated a plot at Arat-Killo, where both father and son had residences which they used when they were on duty.
While such an over-simplification cannot be wholly true, the clothes which a man chooses to wear can sometimes be a clue to his inner-thinking, how he perceives himself and those around him. I remember when I first went to London, I visited Madame Tussaud's Waxworks and felt enormously proud to find a statue of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie dressed in the traditional costume of Ethiopia. It is my contention that tradition and culture are vitally important elements in the identity of a nation.
Thus, the concept of desertion did not exist. There was no oath of loyalty since it would have had no meaning within the traditional system. Only if there were a plot against a ruler would plotters swear an oath of loyalty to each other in their cause. It was Haile Selassie who introduced an oath of loyalty to the emperor by incorporating it into the role of his officials when he became emperor. However such an oath had little meaning in the event of his unprecedented and disgraced downfall, it did him little good.
The emperor's clothes: a personal viewpoint on politics and administration in the imperial Ethiopian government, 1941-1974 by Gaitachew Bekele