TPLF (EPRDF) to Construct 7 storey Headquarters in Addis and a Training Centre – By WUDINEH ZENEBE Addis Fortune

March 4th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

The Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), the ruling political coalition, is to construct a seven-storey headquarters and a training centre with a projected cost of 120 million Br. The headquarters is expected to lie on a 4,330sqm plot in Arat Kilo, off the road from the Parliament building to the Social Security Authority.

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The Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), the ruling political coalition, is to construct a seven-storey headquarters and a training centre with a projected cost of 120 million Br. The headquarters is expected to lie on a 4,330sqm plot in Arat Kilo, off the road from the Parliament building to the Social Security Authority.


The party secured the plot in 2006 from the Addis Abeba Land Development and Administration Authority under the City Caretaker Administration. Settling a 20pc down payment of the 6.2 million Br lease price, the EPRDF acquired the plot for 90 years.

The design of the structure was developed by Begziabher Architects for free according to sources close to the project.

However, Begziabher Alebel, major shareholder of Ultimate Consultancy, has declined to comment.

Budgeting 40 million Br for this project, the party has requested the City Infrastructure Development for a construction permit. The cost of the construction, however, is yet to be fully calculated.

“We expect to secure financing for the construction from our supporters as we did for the design,” top brass of the party told Fortune.

The training centre on the other hand is planned to be installed in Sendafa, 39Km northeast of Addis Abeba, in the Oromia Regional State. This centre, which is expected to consume the remaining 80 million Br, is to be constructed on 25hct of land and MH Engineering Plc will undertake consultancy work.

The centre is will incorporate a 673sqm administration building, museum, 20 classrooms each with 70 seats, four lecture theatres with 70 seats each and 470 student dormitories. For senior party members, there is expected to be VIP bedrooms with en-suite baths, lounge and dinning and kitchen.

EPRDF is an alliance of four groups; the Oromo Peoples’ Democratic Organisation, the Amhara National Democratic Movement, the Southern Ethiopian Peoples’ Democratic Front and the Tigrayan Peoples’ Democratic Front. Together they hold 472 of the 527 seats in the house of peoples’ representatives following the election held in May 2005.

The results of the last legislative elections on May 13, 2005, have not been accepted by all contesting parties. The disagreements led to a prolonged crisis and public unrest which led to deaths tallied to 193 by the Election Inquiry Commission.

The EPRDF came to power in 1991 toppling the military Derg regime after intense guerrilla fighting ousting the president Mengistu Hailemariam (Col.). It now claims that its membership has grown to four million.

According to a top party official, the training centre is needed to upgrade the capacities of these members.

Beyene Petros (Prof.), member of Parliament and head of the United Ethiopian Democratic Forces (UEDF), is not moved by the decision of the ruling party.

“The EPRDF would not change no matter what it builds,” he told Fortune. “What difference does it make? The resources of the public are under its grip.”

Not all opposition party members agree with Beyene, though.

Moshe Semu, chairman of the United Ethiopia Democratic Party (UEDP)/Medhin, believes that the move would flash a glimmer of hope on the future politics of Ethiopia.

“Members of the party may develop a better ideology,” he told Fortune. “It is also good for the opposition.”

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