Celebrating the Revolution
Narrated by Shimelash Bequele
There was a man called Kumche Ambau who was a government official in Buwi during the DergueThe Dergue, or Derg was a communist military junta that overthrew the government of Haile Selassie in 1974. It effectively remained in power till 1991. period. He is famous for celebrating the fourth anniversary of the revolution by lighting forty candles. Later on he was transferred from Buwi to Machakel as a government official. In Machakel one elementary school teacher wanted to take annual leave and asked Kumche Ambau (the government official) to give him leave. Kumche Ambau asked the teacher to answer the following question as a criterion to have the permission and forgetting that it is his right to take leave.
“Who celebrated the fourth anniversary of the revolution by lighting forty candles?”
The teacher answered, “That’s simple. It is the great Comrade Kumche Ambau.”
And Kumche Ambau allowed him six months leave without any legal basis.
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