BY: DAWIT FANTA
The 11th Commandment
Two weeks ago the Federal Audit Bureau reportedly announced an illicit loss of three billion birr /173,410,404.62 USD/ from the Federal Offices as a result of corrupted purchasing procedure and Misuse. To our surprise, Ministry of Finance and Economy is among the list.
On the other hand, a report published by Global Finance Integrity exposed that Ethiopia has lost $11.7-billion to outflows of illicit funds in the last decade. In 2009 alone the figure was $3.2-billion, exceeding both the value of its total annual exports and the total development aid it received that year. Imagine that the Ethiopian people are suffering from abject poverty and destitution but the illicit capital leakage is increasing year after year exponentially.
On the contrary the Zenawi regime has setup a Federal Institution named “the Federal Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (FEACC–Tsere Musina)” which is supposedly investigate the exercise of corruption in the country.
But irrespective of the presence of such privileged iron fisted “Anti-Corruption Commission”, why is impossible to minimize the act of corruption, if not to stop it?
To answer this question we have to go back some eleven /11/ years back as “the Anti-Corruption Commission” had been set up by the parliament officially. This Federal Office was set up when TPLF was split into two factional groups: the Zenawi and the purged Siye group; and its sole end purpose was to criminalize the leader of the other factional group Siye Abraha by a politicized corruption: End of the Story. The same principle is still repeating by this institution, which is unless you stand against the political belief of EPRDF and unless you impose a threat to the political life of the dictator Zenawi regime, it doesn’t matter how much you get involve in an act of corruption. And the “the Anti-Corruption Commission” opens its eyes if and only if you get involve in a politicized corruption crime, not in actual corruption. That is why corruption reaches to a level of state policy in Ethiopia. Apparently, the Zenawi regime has an unwritten rule called the 11th Commandment: “It doesn’t matter your involvement in corruption so long as you serve TPLF’s political belief”.
Generally the effect of corruption is intolerable in countries like Ethiopia since it leads to the depletion of national wealth and causes to conversion of public wealth to private and personal property, inflation, weakling work ethics; and socially discourages people to work together for the common good, results to social inequality and widen gap between the rich and poor.
In fact we are facing all the above effects of corruption in Ethiopia, and the Zenawi regime is one of the most degenerated and corrupted regime in the world.
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