He is, She is, in a meeting "Sebseba Nachew"
In Ethiopia call to any office government or otherwise to reach an official and the first thing you will hear is “sebseba nachew”, he/she is in a meeting.
This could be considered similar to the “can you hold” answer one gets in the western world. But Ethiopia is not like any western world and cannot succeed with “sebseba nachew” and “can you hold” answers. Government offices should have public relation desk where informed desk officer can answer questions asked? The recently formed Communication Ministry is one way to go as far as the prime minster office is concerned. Other government offices should follow suit and avoid someone speaking for them!
Do you think having active public desk officers and spokespersons in every office will enhance the democratization process? And why do you think the “sebseba nachew” has become almost a culture? A convenience or every office holder is truly busy? Have Your Say!