Haile Selasie I & Gondar Town: The Administration of Italian Buildings & Holdings (1941-1974)
Sub-theme: Economics, Political Economy, and Entrepreneurship
The city of Gondar was established in 1636 as permanent seat for the Ethiopian Empire. Italians also made in their five years stay in the country Gondar a bloom city by the building of more than 352 houses with new master plan for the first time at Gondar. It has been found out that between 1936 and 1941 Gondar glorified with Italian buildings with their own architectural style and laid the foundation for the present master plan. It is a puzzling fact that after liberation the imperial government pocketed all holdings found in Gondar. The main objective of this original study engages to explore the swipe of holdings in Gondar town by Haile Silassie I for personal consumption. This bad event does not advertise either by historians or professionals to this generation. Yet, no historical research was made under this subject discussion. To conduct this study, I consulted pertinent archives of North Gondar Zone Administrative dead files. In addition, attempts have been made to gather qualitative data through interviews and published and unpublished sources. On morrow of liberation, it was the lack of political nerve on the part of the patriots and hence Haile Selasie and his families took and utilize the buildings and holdings of Italians including lands and houses as “enemy’s property” to their own throughout the period (1941-1974). The patriots were, although not susceptible, therefore forced to connive accept that of ascendancy power. The officials enjoyed and led luxurious life at Gondar and Addis Ababa without engaged of daily activities. The only tasks for them were collected of tribute from peasants and being aware of the sources of threats, and security issues etc. When the officials were outgoing in 1974, the Derg confiscated and nationalized it.   Key Words: – Holding, Haile Selasie, Snatch, Administration .  Researcher: Girma Tayachew, Lecturer in Gondar University, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Department of History and Heritage Management.  Email: [email protected]   Mobile: 0924472709