ethiopan artist today et broadcasts corporations meeting in his crusade against the widely accepted wisdom of Nkrumah’s pan-Africanist legacy Ali Mufuruki further went to saying that Nkrumah’s one-party rule and socialist economic orientation was a complete leadership failure that led to his eventual downfall. But a counter response came shortly afterwards from the world-renowned diplomat and negotiator Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi who personally took part in the struggle for independence over half a century ago: “One must not judge Nkrumah based on wisdom of today, but that of 50 years ago.” Joining the conversation, Olusegun Obasanjo, the Chairperson of the Tana Board, couldn’t contain his satisfaction when he said: “What we heard is exactly what we want at Tana. Contradictory points of view that are debated and discussed.” The public didn’t wait to pursue the conversation. Political leaders, academics, and civil society stakeholders took their turns to keep the discussion up on one of the Tana’s public dearest topic. In his speech, “Reflections on Late President Kwame Nkrumah ‘s Pan-Africanism Legacy” Ali Mufuruki may have tasted the patienceof Ethiopia’s Pm Hailemariam Desalegn who left in the middle of the speech; whereas Addis Standard couldn’t verify if PM Hailemariam was walking out on the speakr , or simply left to attend to other business, three more people sitting in the back namely, Tamerat Kebede of Inter Africa group, Amb. Dr. Samuel Assefa, former Ethiopian Ambassador to the US, and Davis Francis, chair, division of peace studies at Bradforn University have told Addis Standard that they were walking out and did so only to come back after the speech was finished.Ethiopia’s government has explained that privatisation of the national airline and state telecommunications company is being done to ease the shortage of foreign currency. Ethiopia announced last week plans to open its state-run telecoms monopoly and state-owned Ethiopian Airlines to private domestic and foreign investment. In an exclusive interview with state broadcaster, Fana BC, Dr. Yinager Desie, Commissioner of the Ethiopian National Planning Commission said lower export performance, failure of mega projects to commence production, high demand for imported goods and growing external debt burden have worsened the shortage of foreign currency. displayAdvert("mpu_3") Ethiopia requires more than $13 billion over the coming two years for oil importation, private investment, upgrading of existing projects and for repayment of external debt. South African telecommunications firms MTN Group and Vodacom Group have already expressed interest in taking up investment options in Ethiopia’s telecom sector as soon as it opens up. Desie says the privatised enterprises would generate large amount of foreign currencies to tackle shortage. The commission will therefore give priority to foreign companies in privatising the enterprises as government’s decision is targeted obtaining foreign currency.