Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, hopes Zimbabwe will repatriate the exiled former East African country’s leader, Mengistu Haile Mariam.
Writing on social media, veteran Zimbabwe journalist, Violet Gonda revealed what the 42-year-old Ethiopian leader spoke in her ear on World Press Freedom Day. Wrote Gonda:
During the World Press Freedom Day ceremony in Addis, Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed had the opportunity to whisper in my ear that it was time for Zimbabwe to repatriate former President Mengistu. I replied with tongue in cheek that he must be patient we will send Mengistu back.
Mengistu has been living in Zimbabwe since 1991 after leaving Ethiopia following a bloody civil war and the threat of invasion by Somalia, a neighbouring country and cessation of Eritrea.
He is infamous for his bloody reign over Ethiopia when he ruthlessly crushed all forms of opposition to his rule.