Journalists’ Discussion on Ethiopia’s Sweeping Anti-Corruption Crackdown (Video)

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  1. BB says:

    ሁል ጊዜ የምለው ነገር ቢኖር አቶ ዳዊትን በሚሰራው ስራ መመስገን አለበት እላለሁ ስራውን በትክክል እየሰራ ስለሆነ ። በመቀጠል በሙስና የተጨማለቀውን ማንኛውም ሰው መንግስት እርምጃ መውሰድ አለበት ህዝብም ከመንግስት ጋር መቆን አለበት። አንዳንድ ዲያስፓራ የሚሉትንና የሚጮሁትን መስማት አያስፈልግም አጀንዳቸው ጥላቻና ምቀኝነት ነው ባጠቃላይ እንኾን አገር ሊመሩ ቤተሰባቸውን መምራት ያቃታቸው ግለሰቦች ናቸው አንዳንድ ዲያስፓራዎች ባጠቃላይ በጫት በመጠጥ በሽሻ ላይ የተዘፈቁ ግለሰቦች ናቸው አቶ ዳዊት በይበልጥ አሜሪካ እያለ በደንብ ያውቃቸዋል ምን አይነት ሰዎች እንደሆኑ ስለዚህ
    ለነዚህ አይነቱ ሰው ጊዜ አጥፍቶ መናገር ፋይዳ የለውም።
    በርታ አቶ ዳዊት

  2. Angesom says:

    Average Monthly Salary in Ethiopia: 6,129 ETB.
    Average yearly salary in Ethiopia: ETB 74924 (US$ 3690)
    Cost of Living in Ethiopia in dollars
    Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.81 $ 2.69-5.30
    Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.78 $ 0.45-1.36
    Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.82 $ 0.41-1.36
    Eggs (regular) (12) 1.92 $ 1.80-2.50
    Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.20 $ 1.02-4.54
    Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 2.13 $ 1.13-3.63
    Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 2.81 $ 1.81-3.40
    Apples (1 lb) 2.48 $ 1.81-3.63
    Banana (1 lb) 0.33 $ 0.29-0.36
    Oranges (1 lb) 0.55 $ 0.41-0.68
    Tomato (1 lb) 0.34 $ 0.27-0.45
    Potato (1 lb) 0.24 $ 0.23-0.27
    Onion (1 lb) 0.34 $ 0.27-0.45
    Lettuce (1 head) 0.75 $

  3. Prof PC Reddy says:

    Dear Editor

     

    Being a senior Indian  Economist, having around a decade of experience in Ethiopia as professor, I don’t agree with the forecast on growth of Ethiopian economy on fake data and anti correption dramatic movement.

     

    As a socio-economist,  I have travelled around many towns and villages in Ethiopia out of my personal interest and interacted with different people across the different cross section of people in Ethiopia. The country is suffering under the shadow of dictatorship since 40 years i.e some time under Derge rule under the name of communism and some time under the Prime Minister Mellasse under the name of pseudo democracy for about 20 years, the same political system is carried even now.

     

    Having an excellent resources in Ethiopia, corruption and autocracy type of governance are the two major hurdles in the growth of Ethiopian economy. What I found is that the political intellectuals always try to give wrong data to the international community to mislead the scenario in Ethiopia

    Forget about freedom and human rights, it is dangerous political system, beyond the imagination of Edi-Amen of Uganda and  Germany Hitler rule, against the humanity in Ethiopia where the military shoots the people on the heads brutally without any warning. I was stunned to see that and questioned my self how the military kill its own people brutally.

    Besides the majority of the intellectuals, every common man in Ethiopia feels bad about the large scale corruption by the politicians, govt officials and connected businessmen across the country and could not open their mouth because of fear of death as well no freedom for media and journalists.

    Every citizen in Ethiopia says that corruption is quite common by the ruling party related govt officials and businessmen.  But It is wonderful to know recent strange news on the arrest of corrupted officials and middlemen in Ethiopia. Let us have a open debate on this  issue. 

    Recently, happened to read about the Ethiopian budget and IMF appreciation on that. I am also reading several articles saying that there is an excellent growth in Ethiopian economy with highest GDP. All these things are one side appreciations based on the fake data and as a senior economist I expect an international pen debate on this.

     

    For example:

     

    I came to read the strange news on the arrest of corrupted officials and middlemen in Ethiopia which needs an open debate on this  issue also.

     

    To my perception, it is only a political drama and there is no case of punishing those arrested in the past. The corruption in Ethiopia is open secret from top to bottom at govt level because all the top level official positions and political positions are nominated positions only which is against to the principle of democracy.

    When I worked in Maddawalabu University, I found huge curreption in construction, practical and office equipment and library books.during 2012 some dramatic arrest s was made and after some time they released them.without any punishment. Same in the case of Ambo University during 2015. I found huge library buildings and laboratories without books and equipment. I heard the same scenario in almost all Universities.

    There is no strict financial and performance  auditing and punishments for the corrupted. Every common citizen in Ethiopia say same thing and it is a major setback for the development of Ethiopia.

    I heard that there was great fear to do corruption during Derge period and absolutely no fear for corruption after Derge time and even today in Ethiopia.

    If any one question that what happened to several hundred billion USD International funds in the last two decades, the corruption scenario will come to open truth, because inspite of that several  hundreds of billions USD international funds, why more than 70%  of Ethiopians are below poverty line till today and why International community blindly giving funds without questioning this.

    Unless the high level politicians and officers in Ethiopia open their heart and question themselves in this political drama, it is loss to their  country only, as long as they hide the truth and focus wrong data to the informational community, as well as international community also must open the discussion to know the truth to set-right  the Ethiopian economic with real-time scenario.

    New York Times journalist also said Ethiopia faces dangers due to oppression of majority.

    If the present PM Haile Marem really makes an historical anti-corruption move in Ethiopia, he will become histirical hero and may become father of Ethiopia Nation.

    Prof PCS Reddy Economist India 
    +918790471108

  4. Adi wedi says:

    Keep doing what u doing and we will see what is gonna happen. One of my friend visited tigrai 2 month ago and told me “i don’t know how tigrai was 20_26 year ago but right now comparing to some other cities in ethiopia it is way to go to catch up” and here u guys r fantasizing about non_ existence thing. I mean u dont Have anybody other than meles who can thinknor what?

  5. አሁንም ብዙ ሰዎች ስለ ዋናዎቹ ተጠያቂዎች አለመያዝ የባሰ በመንግስት ላይ ጥላቻን እያጠነከረ የአመፅ ፍላጎትም እየጨመረ እንደሆነ እየገለፁ ነዉ።
    በነገራችን ላይ፦ አቶ ዳዊት የማትፈልገዉን የሃሳብ ፅሁፍ እንደ TOL እና Tesfanews አለመሰረዝህ ምስጋናየ ለማቅረብ እወዳሎህ።

    • bb says:

      ማናቸው ዋናዎቹ? ዳዊትን በማመስገንህ እርግጥ ነው ትክክል ነህ ሆኖም ግን ዳዊት እንደነዛ አንዳንድ ጭፍን ጥላቻ ያላቸው የዲያስፓራ ሚዲያ እንዳልሆነ መገንዘብ ያስፈልጋል ።

  6. Moltotal Demie says:

    If Dawit wanted to discuss the issue, with no hidden agenda, engage Sisay Agena and let let people see for themselves. Otherwise is tabloid!

    • bb says:

      መቼም እስካሁን ድረስ እንደምናየው ከሆነ አቶ ዳዊት ስራውን በትክክል እየሰራ ያለ ወጣት መሆኑን አብዛኛው ኢትዮጵያዊ እየተገነዘበ ያለ ይመስለኛል ግን አንዳንድ ትምክህተኞች ዲያስፓራ ሁል ጊዜ ለጥሩም ሆነ ላልሆነ ስራ ተቃውሞ እንደነሱ ካላደረረክ በነሱ ቤት ትክክል አይደለም ሆኖም ግን እነዚህ ምድረ ሰካራም ጫታም ሽሸኞች ወሬኞች ከጫዋታ ውጭ ስለሆኑ ማንም አይሰማቸውም ፊልማቸው ተቃጥሎአል ሰው በሰራው የሚመቀኙ እንኾን አገር ሊመሩ ቤተሰባቸውን መምራት ያቃታቸው ምድረ ፍች ሁሉ ኢትዮጵያችን ቦታ ለነሱ የላትም።

    • Adi wedi says:

      Engage sisay? Have u ever heard a word called level.

  7. ash says:

    i think the solution is very simple pay ur government official the real market value

    for example Melaku Fanta, Director General of the Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority ,,, while
    collected 100 billion birr from 46 billion birr almost 50 billion birr increased .his salary was 4000birr per month .. ,,, Ato Melaku introduce cash machine and computerised taxation system what thanks he got
    arrest..

    second reduce the power of Revenues and Customs Authority… as of now they can shut u down claiming u didnt pay tax … the solution is the RCA , If they think the tax payer evading tax they should go to neutral court let the taxpayer have a neutral hearing and let settlement reach as of now the taxman levy birr million in tax.. and refused to reduce it until pay up….. as i said if the RCA have only have power to take u to court then they cant shut u down for unwarranted reason.. if RCA taxman keep on losing in court then he himself would be investigated so the power is balanced

    another idea is pay as u go tax system, where the government doing job and collect tax.. for example in business area they can installed security camera and protesting the business and the customers from pickpocket which drive the customers crazy.. if the govt. reduced the pickpocket and hooligan problem and build road and sewage system who doesn’t want to pay tax..

    the government also protect the private property if u registered and paying tax.. if u have ownership book the government should defend u from id thief who try to scam u or take over ur property without proper kassa or ur willingness to sale .. … how the government do that GPS mapping and digitised ownership property…for example someone can produce fake ownership paper on your house and sale it to other people and u will be in trouble if everything done in paper format but if it digitised u have more chance to fight fake ownership duplicate

    another thing is using smart phone to pay tax,,, this must be done fast and all the line up in RCA office must be stopped and wasting the whole day to pay tax must be stopped now

    another thing is education teaching people paying tax make good business sense.. because if government print money hyperinflation inflate will affect everyone business … look what happened to Zimbabwe

    for Ethiopia govt. should encourage to move to import substituent and govt. should help this people by giving them tax holiday and free land as we speak Ethiopia inflation is out of control a house in AA cost the same as in Ny … if we dont fight the high inflation it will turn in to hyperinflation … to stop high inflation we should encourage competition, competition brining the price down … iif the price of chicken high then give incentive for people to enter in to pen production business

    did i say national digitised ID card … where ur finger would be the Identifier.. this is good if one contractor steal or didnot do good job he cant just change his name and start again and cheating people … whereever he goes his finger identified him so no body can hide his criminal record this is good business for business community … if they want to hire someone they know who they getting and they willing to pay higher price for goood people

    and so on…

  8. Mengistu says:

    The senior Indian economist! I strongly believe that you are biased with Ethiopian economic growth index done by IMF and World bank. It is not only one institution that analyzed Ethiopian economic growth,it is many, though, the results vary, they all agreed on the growth percentage. I think the people you meet and discus sway your economist skill than rely on real data and information you read on IMF and world bank. Not , only the data, you can see it physically the countries growth.

    No denial, that there is corruption in Ethiopia, and to me, I do not agree with extent of corruption that is going on within, for corruption is a cancer. A cancer that eats away at citizen’s faith in democracy and development side by side, diminishes the instinct for innovation and creativity tight national budget, crowding investment. It contributes to waste talent of entire generation. It also scares away investments that create jobs. but ,as economist you should consider the theory that corruption itself is an indication of economic growth. You do not have to read IMF or World bank report to figure out the countries economic growth you can tell by the corruption itself. I am giving you lay man example because you dismissed the countries economic growth all claiming that IMF and world bank Ethiopian economic growth is fake. It is plane and simple you can see it every where, and in Ethiopia because we are poor the growth is visible, not, like the developed countries.

    India the largest population in the world with high technology and educated population in the world is still struggling to alleviate poverty and corruption is to extent and the government has found ways to control and contain it as much as possible if not eliminate it. In Ethiopia, as well the government is attempting it’s best to educate, train, inform the public first about corruption and taxation f before putting every one in detention, this kind of method, I call it a mature and a forward decision. It has taken over a hundred years for all economically developed countries to get what they are now. Critics like you are the ones who see things , therefore, continue writing but in a constructive way. do not follow the nay Sayers or negative thinkers and write by their emotions rather than facts and your own professional outlooks.

    Ethiopian developmental democracy ideology is a blend of all ideologies complied from the past, present and the future digested from the experiences of the other countries and facilitated for governance of the current leading elites with a thought leading the way for the future generation.

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