African Union to build a monument to honor two former leaders of Ethiopia

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Abbay Media News
Shiberu Tamerat

Leaders and ministers of African Union member countries attending the 29th conference in Addis Abeba Ethiopia agreed to erect a memorial statue in honor of His Majestie King Haile Selassie I and the late Prime Minster Meles Zenawi.

King Haile Selassie is memorialized for his contribution in establishing the Organisation of African Union (OAU), while Meles is honored for his work for Africa in the African Union (AU).

The last king of the Solomonic dynasty, King Haile Selassie was the architect and founder of OAU, together with Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Patrice Lumba of Congo and Senghor of Senegal. In 2012, the statue of Kwame Nkrumah was unveiled at the new AU headquarters, while the late Meles Zenawi vehemently opposed the erection of a monument for King Haile Selassie.

According to diplomatic sources, the government of Ethiopia lobbied AU members to erect a monument to honor Meles Zenawi. Other member countries especially Kenya pushed for and succeeded in convincing fellow nations to honor the late King Haile Selassie for his work in OAU by building his statue in the halls of AU.

A monument of the late Meles Zenawi will be built to honor his significant contribution to the AU since its founding in May of 2001.