Ethiopia: high-profile trial continued on corruption charges

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25 Responses

  1. Abe says:

    Melaku looks relaxed and confident. Could it be that his accusation is probably fishy?

    • ET says:

      why do u jump to fishy conclusion? this picture was not taken today. Such a -ve society

    • Lemagne Beyene says:

      I Just want only to know how can i change this news to my advantage in my next money collection meeting.

      This news will make business slow so i take any advice what to say .

      Talking the same thing for 22 years and leaving in collection money is not easy. if it wasn’t those Korkoro ras diaspora it wouldn’t have work any where else.

      So i am now tired seeing the same people for 22 years in the meeting and begging them money.

      If it wasn’t people like Birhanue go down and there knee and ask for forgiveness infront of melas i might be a minster or ambassador by now.

    • LaLoj says:

      Abe does the picture look like from the court room to you? I guess this pic was taken from when he was telling his victims ‘don’t worry feel happy I am here for you to let you get your imported merchandize at a reduced tax’ lol

    • pauwlose says:

      I know Ato Melaku Fanta is a selfless professional.He is known in his extraordinary policy measures which expanded the tax base, Everybody knows he served the regime with honesty and integrity. He was bold in his decison and to confront the thieves.In fact, he was so foolish to expect the regime would protect him from possible sobtages of tax evaders.I am sure he is a victim of sobotages and clashes between interest groups, some rich Merchants who are affilate to the ruling Junta would want him off their way as theywant to control the economy.May God help the ETV to tell the truth in both sides?

  2. Gezaee says:

    Can anyone help what transistor means in Ethiopia? I never knew this word while I was in Ethiopia. What is transistor? I know transistor in English as an electronic device that was invented in 1970’s that is used to build any electronic devices. It is an electrical engineering and physics technical term? I am confused what transistor means in Ethiopia? There is English mixed in Amharic which I can not understand. If I can not understand how would the Ethiopian farmer understand what transistor is ? Please explain to me those of you who know it. I have difficulties these reading Amharic in English and I find it difficult to understand sometimes

    • D.K says:

      Dear Gezae, in the context of Ethiopia. Transitor is a person who offers a transit service in Airport or sea port. Ye merkeb wikilna yalew ekawoch be wukelena ke wuchi yemasmetat ena yemastelalef fekad ke Ethiopia ye nigd merkeb dirjet and or ke customs office wesdo lemesrat yemiyaschel company yalew sew malet new.

      • Gezaee H. says:

        Thank you D.K for explaining; I see, does it mean there is no word for it in Amharic? Why they do not use a language that can be understood in local language? This is English word adjective. How would the majority of Ethiopian know what transistor means? you do not foreign technical word with local audiences. I see problem of language in Ethiopia these days; too much English written Amharic.

  3. Gezaee says:

    I see editorial negligence on the Amharic script. Why is author using group in Amharic as there is word for group in Amharic? This is abuse of both Amharic and English and unprofessional practice.

  4. Abe says:

    @Gezaee

    You can call it Astelalafi. It is related to shipping arrangment. Forwarding good to individuals/ companies from points of production/manufacturing

  5. Abe says:

    @ET

    You are optimistic about corruption campaign in Ethiopia. I am not. We can differ on this. A government that fails to create competetion cannot do away corruption. The first and formost duty of a progressive government is to institute competition. Moreover, the campain started from possible corruption conduits instead of the heads of corruption. It is all a campain for politiocal posturing and showcasing.

    • ET says:

      @Abe

      If you are concerned that much why don’t u approach the anti-corruption office report what you know together with you evidence. O wait, you r not going to do that ya because you love yourself ya. You c what Ethiopia want is a person who fight with action not with word cus that makes you b**ch. You criticizing people here ain’t going to bring change in Ethiopia.

      you not being optimist don’t matter cus what HMD is doing is not for the diaspora

  6. Abe says:

    @ET

    I do not have to approach the anti-corruption office because they have all information for all EPRDF big people minus Meles and Azeb families and extended families. That was orginized during Meles’ rule. It was orginzied to hit any power contender to Meles. As long as there is no, the file will remain a file. Corruption was also promoted by Meles- as the great Dr. Aregwi Berhe put it as mano masnekat. When one tries to challenge Meles, the file will be opened.

    You said that HD is not expected to do anything for diaspora. I challenge your assertion. As long as I am citizen of Ethiopia I deserve the service and transparency required no matter where I am. Only unaccountable government would would deny this fact.

    You are one angry man. No need to speak vulgar language. Just put your case. If we do not agree we agre not to disagree.

    • Gezaee says:

      I agree with you Abe; Meles actually the father of corruption; you know corruption is not just stealing money only. If there was no corruption, Meles would not sit on power he died. Besides, what about killing, assassinating, chasing comrades in arms? it all start on the top and went down. Still the Corruption sharks are the top woyane leaders. These Guy and Grebrewahid are just the small fishes in the sea. The really dangerous sharks are still there. They are those who landlocked our country for evilness and those who are selling the land of the poor people are those top sharks there. The top sharks are not touchable for now because they are too too powerful. Alas, all Sharks could have been removed long ago and allow our country to use its ports and also saves many lives who perished for the so called badme war. Alas, Diaspora works for the sharks by dividing people and scaring people. The sharks are sharks.

      • ET says:

        @Abe Mr I know it all
        1) “agree to disagree” that it a good pint, so if u can do that with me then why can’t you do that with HMD?

        1) Do u pay tax to Ethiopia govt now? you don’t ha…

        2) Talking about Nationality most diaspora including u and I are prepared to sale our nationality for the sake of bread which is the shame of all shame so like it or not when we go back to Ethiopia we are second hand citizens.

        3) Well, when Melse notices the wrong doing of the previous Gov he didn’t flee to US and start talking from the comfort of this bed room, he fought with action. So if you are really concerned for Ethiopia and Ethiopian then guess what you need to do give up what ever you doing and ……………… ya know what.
        Again Talk don’t bring a change!!!!!!!!!

      • ET says:

        @Gezaee
        That is what politics is. When you become politician you do thous things, it is the nature of the business. We may not like it well I don’t but that how it is in the real life. Can you give me one Gov that do not do that in the world? pls.

        Gezaee exactly that is my point
        Look, it is not even a year since PM HMD assumed his position and already he is arresting ministers. U know what it is easy to cash judgment and criticize others when u are not the one making all those though decision. I am sure when you walk in their shoe it is a different story. I think he is like a cat trying to take down an elephant, can’t jump high enough so has to start somewhere, he has started not right at the bottom but in the middle ( I believe he has jumped high enough considering the time he has been in the office) so lets give him credit for what he has done so far. May be what HMD did or is doing is to send massage to the big fish you know ( I am coming to get you) big fish u are next on the line

  7. Mario (from Ohio) says:

    ኣንዳንዶቻቹ ክቡር ሚኒስተር መላኩ ፈንታን ትናት የወያኔ ቡችላ እያቹ ስትሰድቡት የነበራቹና ኣሁን ኣሁን ስለሱ እያላችሁት ያለውን በማወዳደር ከጥላቻ በስተቀር በምትሉት ሁሉ ምንም ዓይነት ዓላማ እንደለላቹ ለመረዳት ኣያዳግትም።

    እኔ ብሆን ማንም ይሁን ማንም የወያኔ ቡችላ እያል ስሰድበው ከነበረ ኣሁን ደግሞ “የወያኔ ቡችላ ታሰረች” እል ነበር!

    Being a hypocrite is, being an aimless !

  8. Abe says:

    @Mario

    I do not have tears for Melaku. Seraw yawtaw if there is fair trial. I’m disputing the procedure on tackling corruption.

    After all Melaku was instrumental for jailing so mny business people for reasons of corruption. Owner of Ayat real estate was asked to pay 3 billion birr, and 79 years prison terms. This is insane. A 70 years old man with so many good records being sentenced ruthlessly maybe for some procedural violations. It shows so much cruelity when in fact the main corrupts are within the EPRDF.

    http://www.thereporterethiopia.com/index.php/news-headlines/item/392-prosecutors-ask-for-3-bln-birr-fine-for-ayat-79-years-for-founder

  9. Mario (from Ohio) says:

    ኣቤ

    ኣገራችን በሁሉም በኩሌ በሀሁ ደረጃ ነው ያለችው። ለምኖ የሚበላ ሰው መኖሩም ንዘንጋ!መንግስታችን ደግሞ የተቻለውን እያደረገ ነው። እንደምታየው ኣንዳንዶቹ ተመክረው ጥሩ እየሰሩ ነው ኣንዳንዶቹ ደግሞ እየተንሸራተቱ ነው ወዘተ። ስለሆነም ሂደቱ እንዲያምር ከተፈለገ ጠንካራና ኣላማ ያለው ተቃዋሚ ድርጅት ያስፈልጋል። ያለ ጠንካራ ተቃዋሚ ፖለቲከኞች ሊስተካከሉ ኣይችሉም፣ያለ ጠንካራና በፅኑ ኣቋም ላይ የተመሰረተ ተቃዋሚ ኣገራችን በፍጥነት ልትገሰግስ ኣትችልም። ፖለቲከኞች ፈርተው ፖለቲካቸውን እንደስራ የሚይዙት ጠንካራና ፅኑ ተቃዋሚ ሲኖር ነው። ስላልታደልን ግን ተቃዋሚዎቻችን እንዳሻዋ ሲከመሩና ሲፈርሱ ነው የምናየው! ፖለቲከኞች በሚፈልጓት ቦታ ከደረሱ በኋላ የተቻለውን ኣድርጎ እዛ ያደረሳቸው ወገን ዞር ብለው ኣያዩም። ወያኔ/ኢህኣዴግ እንደጠበቅነው ባይሆንም በፅናት ታግለው ኢትዮጵያን ነፃ ኣውጥቷል፣በሁሉም መስክ ኢትዮጵያን እያንቀሳቀሱ ነው። ለዚህ እንቅስቃሲያቸው በጥላቻ ያልተመሰረተ ተቃዋሚ ቢያገኙ ኖሮ ካለንበት እንሻል ነበር። ስለነመላኩና ሌሎች በሙስና የታሰሩ ባለስልጣናት ደግሞ በሂደት የምናየው ቢሆንም ምን ቢሆን ሰዎች ናቸውና ሊሳሳቱ ቻሉ፣ለዚህም ሌሎች እንዲማሩበት በህግ የተመሰረተ ቅጣት ሊያገኙ ይገባል። ባገራችን ህግ በወረቀት ብቻ ነው የነበረው ፍትህ ግን ኣልነበረም። ለዚህ ነው በሁሉም መስክ በሀሁ ደረጃ ያለነው።
    ስለ በመላኩ የተነሳ ታሰሩ ላልከው፣ኣገራችን እስክትሻል ድረስ ዜጎቻችን ይታሰራሉ፣ይፈናቀላሉ፣ይደበደባሉ፣ይሞታሉ ወዘተ። ቶሎ እንድንሻል ግን እንደኢትዮጵያውያ ኣንድ የሚያደርገንና ልዬነቶቻችንን ኣቻችለ ባንድ የምንቀመጥበት ሁኔታ መፍጠር ኣለብን። እኛ እንደሆን ወያነ/ኢህኣዴግን የሚከለክለን የለም፤የተከለከልነው ከወያኔ/ኢህኣዴግ የተሻለ ነው፤ የተሻለ የለም ፤”ከበሮ ሲያዩት ያምር ሲይዙት ያደናግር እንደሚባለው በስራ ያልተሞከረ ስለተናገረ ብቻ ይሻላል ሊባል ኣይችልም።

    በኔ እምነት ኣሁን ኣገራችን ከኢህኣዴግ የተሻለ የላትም ስለሆነም የሁላችንም ጥረት ኢህኣዴግን መወዳደር የሚችል ፖለቲካዊ ድርጅት የሚፈጠርበት ሁኔታ መሆን ይገባዋል።በእገሌ ታሰረ እገሌ ተፈታ ጊዝያችንን ማጥፋት የለብንም። ትናንት ሰዎች በገፍ ተገድለው ኣንድ ጉድጓዶ ውስጥ የሚጨመሩበት ጊዜ ነበረ ወዘተ። ኣሁን ኣገራችን እየተሻለች ነው። የያዘችውን ሀሁ ጨርሳ አቡጊዳ እእንድትጀምር የሁላችን ጥረት ያስፈልጋታል እንዲያውም የሁላችንም ጥረት ተጠራቅሞም ቢበቃት? የጥላቻ ፖለቲካ በመስበክ ከጥፋት በስተቀር ሌላ ሲገኝ ኣይተን ኣናውቅም።
    በተለይ በተቃዋሚ በኩል እየተደረገ ያለው የተቃዋሚ ደጋፊዎች ቆም ብለው እንዲያስቡ ያስፈልጋል።
    ብንሻል ለራሳችንም ላገራችንም እንሻላለን!
    ኣመሰግናሎህ!

  10. Abe says:

    Mario,

    No one should defend corrupted people. But look, the accused did not even get the benefit of talking to their lawyers. What do you call this kind of justice? We got to stop this prejudgement before the cases are there for everyone to see. It is obvious the government have decided they are criminals before the courts do. If we all agree on common sense laws, everyone will be protected. Look, Gebrewahid for instance objecting the arrest of his family, said, “what kind of country we are becoming. Let me be asked on the crime I did, if I did it.” Ironically he never thought that way, in defend of justice, when he was once a powerful person/authority.

  11. Mario (from Ohio) says:

    እንግዲህ ኣገራችን በሁሉም መስክ በሀሁ ደረጃ ነው ያለችው ብለናል።ብዙ ስህተቶች ተፈፅመዋል ካለንበት የማንሻል ከሆን ደግሞ ስተቶች መቀጠላቸው ነው። እኔ በሙስና ስለተዘፈቁ ሰዎችና ቤተሰቦቻቸው ግድም የለኝ። ድሀው ህዝብ ለዛሬ የምትበላ ለማግኘት በእግሩ ይኳትናል እነሱ ግን ሲያማርጡ ኖሯል! ኣንዳንዶቹ ኣንዳንድ ነገሮች ሲያሸሹ ተይዟል! ኣንዳንዶቹ 80 ሺ ብር ከፍለው ለማምለጥ ሲሞክሩ ተይዟል! ስለዚህ እንደኔ ከሆነ የሚያሳስበኝ ስለ በሙስና የተዘፈቁ ግለሰቦች እስከቤተሰቦቻቸው ሳይሆን በዚህ መሃል ድሃው ህዝብና ገበሬው የሚያጎሳቁል እንዳይፈጠር ነው!

    ባጠቃላይ እኛ ድሮ የተሰራ ታሪክ እንጂ ምንም ነገር የለንም! ከኣፄ ሚኒሊክ በኋላ ታሪካችን የውርደት ታሪክ ነው! ለዚህም ነው ባለንበት ደረጃ ያለነው!

    ፍትህ እንደፋብሪካ ተገዝቶ የሚተከል ኣይደለም! የሰው ልጆች ከህፃንነታቸው ጀምረው ፍትሃዊ ሁነው ካላደጉ ፍትሃውያን ኣይሆኑም!በኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ በፖለቲካ ጨዋታ ያሉት ኢትዮጵያውያን ፎትህ ባልነበረባት ኢትዮጵያ ተወልደው ያደጉ ናቸው!

    መንግስት እያደረገው ያለው በጣም የሚደነቅ ነው። በማይረባ ተንኮል፣በስርቅ፣በቅጥፈት በጣም የተራቀቁ ሰዎች ያሉባት ሃገር እየመሩ ነው!
    ስለዚህ እኛ የነ ጂ7ና ሜድያዎቻቸው ጀሌ ሆነን ሳይሆን ይኼን ሂደት በትክክል እንዲካሄድ ሁላችንም እንደኢትዮጵያውን ባንድ ቃል ድምፃችን ማሰማት ይገባናል! ይኼን እድል ሌላ ጊዜ ላናገኘው እንችላለን! ካሁን በፊት ሳንጠቀምበት ብዙ እድል ኣምልጦናል! ሙሰኛ ሁሉ እንዲመነጠርና መጠኑ ከግማሽ በታች እንዲሆን ባሁኑ መታገል ነው! ሙሰኞች ኢህኣዴግ ቢቀየርም እዛው ይቆያሉ!ተጠርጣሪዎች ላይ እግልት እንዳይደርስ መከታተል! ሙሰኞች እስከቤተሰቦቻቸው መታሰራቸው ኣትጥላው! ለሂደቱ በጣም ጠቃሚ ነው!

  12. Mario (from Ohio) says:

    ኣቤ
    የማወራው ኣማርኛ እየገባህ ኣልመሰለኝም!common sense ቢኖረንማ ምን ኣጣላን? የምንጣላው እኮ common sense ስለሌንና ያለንበትን ሁኔታ ስለማናውቅ እኮ ነው!በተለይ በተቃዋሚ በኩል! እኛ በሁሉም መስክ በሀሁ ደረጃ ነው ያለነው ስልህ ኣይገባህም እንዴ? ከህፃንነቱ ጀምሮ በፍትህ ያላደገ ሰው ፍትሃዊ ኣይሆንምምምምም!
    ስለ ገብረዋህድ በኔ ኣስያየት የኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ በተለይ የትግራይ ህዝብ በኣራቱም ኣቅጣጫ ብዙ መስዋእት ከፍሏ! በተሳሳተ የፖለቲካ ስነ ሃሳብም ይሁን በማንኛውም የፖለቲካ ድርጅት ይሁን ሂወት ቀልድ ኣይደለምና ሂወቱን ከፍሏል፣ላገሩ ሂወቱን የከፈለ ደግሞ ሁሌ ክቡር ነው! ስለሆነም ሰውየው እንዲሰራ ተመድቦ የህዝብን ኣደራ በመብላቱ በሱም ይሁን በቤተሰቡ ከዚህ የባሰ ቅጣት ቢደርስበትም ተገቢ ነው የሚል እምነት ኣለኝ!
    የኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ ኣንድና ሁለት ሳንቲሞቹን ኣጣብቆ ኑሮውን ለመግፋት እየጣረ ባለበት ጊዜ ከቤቱ ይሄን ያህል ብር፣ዩሮ ዶላር፣ሲገኝ ወንጀል ኣይደለም እንዴ? የኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ ከልጆቹ ኣፍ ቀምቶ ሆዴም ትንሽ ትብላ እያለ ከደመወዙ ቀንሶ ኣባይን ገድቦ አገሩን ከድህነት ለማውጣት እየጣረ ባለበት ጊዜ!

    ስማ ኣቤ እኔና ኣንተ common sense ቢኖረን ኖሮ እዚህ ሁላችን ስለምናውቀው እያወራን ጊዚያችንን ኣናባክንም ነበር! Common sense ቢኖረን ኖሮ ስለምናውቃቸው ችግሮቻችን ሳይሆን ስለመፍቻቸው እናወራ ነበር!ተቃዋሚዎቻችን እያቸው! መፍትሄ ለመሆን ብቃት ስለሌላቸው ስለምናውቀው ዜና ሲደግሙልን ይውላሉ!መፍትሄ ከመሆን ላገራችን ችግር ሆኗል!ለዚህም ነው እኛ ከኢህኣዴግ የተሻለ የፖለቲካ ድርጅት የለንም ብየ “ኣህያ የሌለው በቅሎ ይንቃል” የሚለውን ምሳሌ ያስቀመጥኩት! ስለዲክቴተራዊነት ያወሩልናል ግን እነሱ የባሱ ዲክቴተሮች መሆናቸውን እናቃለን እያየናቸውም ነው!
    ስለሆነም ለነገሩማ ኢትዮጵያውያን በመሆናችን ካለንበት መሻል ነበረብን! ብንሻል ጥቅሙ ለኛ ነበር ባንሻልም ዋጋ የምንከፍለው እኛ ነን!
    Common sense ያላቸውማ ባለንበት በምእራቡ ዓለም እያየናቸው ኣይደል። ሁሉም ነገሮቻቸው በየጊዜው ተገንዝበው በመፍታት ኣሁን ልጆቻቸው ኣርብና ቅዳሜ ልክ እንደ ሰርግ ነው የሚኖሩት!
    ኣመሰግናለሁ!

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