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Sir Charlie Chaplin Speaks!

Posted by 4kilo on October 17, 2007

This is not Joke!


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My recent Addis Visit

Posted by 4kilo on September 2, 2007

Addis Ababa being the socio,economic and political capital of Ethiopia,as is the whole nation, is facing all kinds of challenges.The ever growing number of its residents,lack of Transportation system,Sanitation and Waste disposal,environmental pollution,Housing ,modern communication and information system infrastructures but most importantly lack of visionary leadership has exacerbated its problems. a brief look into some of the above stated challenges,will give us a hint up to how much we should be worried in the future of our beloved city.

  • it is unthinkable to satisfy public transport by just few thousand taxis and public buses for a city of millions as Addis Ababa.There must be other means of transportation as subway train system ,other electric driven city buses etc.At present the city may not afford to built all these infrastructures but we should be able to see the city is going in to the right directions.
  • I am not mistaken when i say there are no sanitation and waste disposal system in the capital.Off course, there are few sewerage systems that drain into the nearest river crossing the city or to streams within the city.It is also common to see sewer flowing right by your door step in the middle of the day.It is not a matter of spending billions to make it right that is needed, it is a change in peoples attitude that must be changed too.
  • Housing is the other big problem.If you are a college graduate or even have five or ten years of experience ,you can’t still afford to rent a dissent home let alone owning it.These problem can only addressed only if the private sector is actively involved.The government can make deal with private investors in real estate business so that they can provide affordable services to the public.At present, you have to invest millions if you try to purchase a house from one of private real estate developers.It is very frustrating to note that the government is trying to control every aspect of our lives.Why is everything have to be done by the government? which results, time and again, total mess in both quality and quantity.
  • although,the road density in the city is the smallest even when compared to neighboring countries capitals,Addis Ababa leads in the number of traffic accidents.Officially, the city roads are owned by Addis Ababa Roads Authority ,however in practice the roads doesn’t seem to have owner,one can simply see roads which are constructed just a few years back are highly damaged including the ring road which suffers from faulty design,construction work and miss management.Roads of such type,flexible pavements with butmen surfacing and selected material fill as sub base are basically designed with great protection from storm water . Routine maintenance works which may involve single person with normal hand tool should have been enough in most cases to save most common road damages in the city.Unfortunately,during rain season sometimes it is very difficult to differentiate between the road and storm water drainage.why is these happening?somebody must be responsible for all these basic in tolerable mistakes.Another sad fact is the general public attitude and usage of the roads by both the pedestrians and drivers…….why don’t people use the crossing bridges over the ring road instead risk their life and try to cross an 80km/hr freeway? more on addis soon….

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Thinking blogger Award!

Posted by 4kilo on May 23, 2007


Filwehapundit has recently awarded my blog and it is with great honor that i accept the award
.It encourage me to do more out of my busy schedule. Thank you for noticing my posts.Obvisouly i need to do a lot.I would like in return to dedicate this ‘ thinking blogger’ banner to all those bloggers who are pro-democracy and concerned bloggers about environment.

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May God bless his soul!

Posted by 4kilo on May 7, 2007

Anthiny Mitchell

The Death of Anthony Mitchell,AP’s Ethiopia reporter since 2003 until his expulsion by the notorious then Information Minister,Bereket Simon, is really a big loss to Ethiopia and Africa in General.I had to wait till officials confirm his death partly because i don’t want to believe his death as he was really good to Ethiopians.A few days before this tragic accident i put Alan Johnston, BBC’s Gaza reporter, picture in the side bar in protest to his continued detention by Palestinian kidnappers not knowing this tragedy will happen to our hero,Anthony Mitchell.May God bless his soul!

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Wutet Tekor!

Posted by 4kilo on January 30, 2007

Wutet tekor (performance based management)

Today in Ethiopia wutet tekor performance based management(i am not sure for the translation),is a common word among government employee in nearly all public utility’s. It is kind of management theory the Ethiopian government is fall in love.However,on the other hand nearly all the worker’s supposedly to benefit from it, are against it.In all workshops or seminar’s held to convince the workers,officials faced fears opposition.Unfortunately they didn’t listen and i am not surprised,it is for the simple reason that they are ordered to do so.I don’t know how far these people are planning to implement by force what they think is ‘the only management theory for the countries development’ but i am sure it is a complete failure.It has in fact already failed.I personally believe it has failed due to the following reasons among others,

1.the workers supposedly to benefit from it,have opposed it from the start and no one asks why or is willing to listen and make arrangements may be bring another management theory

2.those people who brought this idea have little or no knowledge of the countries working conditions and personalities.Clearly people would like to get as much as their effort,off course with few exceptions but the fact on the ground doesn’t allow you to compete it will only allow you fight between workers to do specific job.I remember in one of organization i was working with, the number of workers needed on that specific section was three but there were 27 people! their job doesn’t require big skill, they were only recording incoming and outgoing letters.For which of these three people shall the work be assigned? what about the others? here comes the problem! now employee has to beg or even bribe to their closest boss to be assigned to do that job because it is the only way for promotion.To be honest most of government offices are more like charity organization where elder men and women in the name of ‘working’ get paid.The number of employee and the amount of job is not compatible,people hired or transferred to by somebody who want them to be there one way or the other way regardless of the amount of work actually existed.This is to show you just tip of the problem.I can give you another example, EEPCo one of Ethiopia’s biggest stated owned power corporation has a total number of employee close to 9000 may be more yet the company runs a total installed capacity of 700Mw let’s now compare it with one Europe power company,Statkraft which runs an installed capacity of more than 28,000Mw employe’s a total of 2000 professionals! here i realize the difference we have but just look the difference(40 times).Are they using wutet tekor? certainly not! The key here is for skilled person with his/her equipment or machinery(if any) it is known that standard amount of job will executed.In this case the system as whole is evaluated not only the person.Let’s put processionals in their respective position and evaluate the system as whole! for one professional it is well known how much it delivers for specific job.

3.It may work for some service providing small enterprises like what the government claims as successful in in capital .But this doesn’t mean it will work for government organization and services.Hence it is important to treat each kind of services and products separately.

There is still good chance to make things right,drop this wutet tekor! and don’t impose by force this obsolete management theory.

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