In spite of rapid growth, corruption keeps Ethiopia mired in poverty

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  1. Chala says:

    I think if we need to make a change in corruption we need to do the following
    1. We need tough low
    2. We need to pay better for the gov.staff as per there responsibility. As a 2000 birr a month salary man deciding a 300 million dollar road construction auction is not fair.
    3. We need to teach the people to hate those corrupt people and make them to feel out of the society. right now people get respect with the nice car he driving with stolen money.
    4. We all need change of mentality that we are asking a favor with the family or friend working in gov. position
    5. We need to support H/Mariam if he continue the fight with those big fish corrupt officials.

    • Chalalala says:

      @chala why illicit Financial Flow is highest in Ethiopia than all other east Africans? Because woyanes ethnic policy are making Ethiopians uncertain about the future of the country’s stability and hence everybody is becoming less loyal to his/her country. ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ የዎያኔ ደጋፊ ባለሃብቶችም ሆነ ተቃዋሚ ባለሃብቶች ገንዘባቸውን ወደ ውጭ የሚያሸሹት በጎሳ ፖለቲካ ምክንያት ወደፊት ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ ምን እንደሚፈጠር እርግጠኛ መሆን ስላልቻሉ ነው:: ኬንያ የጎሳ ፖለቲካ ስለማትከተል ሙስና እንደ ጉድ ቢበዛም ሙስና ሰሪዎቹ የሰረቁትን ገንዘብ እዛው እናት ሃገራቸው (ኬንያ) ውስጥ ነው የሚያፈሱት:: የኢትዮጵያ ባለሃብቶች ግን ኮ ሽ ባለቁጥር ገንዘባቸውን ይዘው ባእድ ሃገር መሮጥ ነውስራቸው:: ስለዚህ የኬንያን ሙስና ከኢትዮጵያ ሙስና ጋር ማወዳደር የሚፈልጉ መሃይሞች የኢሃዴግ አባላት ብቻ ናቸው:: ከኢትዮጵያ የሚወጣውን ገንዘብ ለማስቆም ዋናው መንገድ ሃገራዊ መግባባት መፍጠር ነው::

  2. teshome says:

    This is the only area I agree with toxic oppositions party that some political elites of EPRDF and top business men are severely corrupted. Now others are saying the Chinese investors are coming into the mix. It is completely disheartening to see a poor country like Ethiopia swimming in the ocean of corruption. The recent arrest of Ethiopia custom and revenue officials and other business men involved in the quagmire of corruption is a good example.
    Now it looks the government is committed to fight corruption than ever before. This shouldn’t be one time rhetoric march but rather needs to be a follow up and a mechanism to reach top elites of EPRDF. I would say corruption in Ethiopia is at embryonic stage when we compare it with some African countries, like kenya, Nigeria where corruption got matured and part and parcel of their culture.
    By the way there is a huge misconception and mis-perception about illicit financial flow among toxic oppositions Diasporas. Illicit financial flow is not by any means equivalent to corruption. Of course there could be a component of corruption. It is good to incite what Meles zenawi mentioned some years ago how two billion dollars flew from the country by Ethiopian Diaspora from collection of house rent. As he clearly said it, the house is rented for Embassies and diplomats is simply paid to the owners who lived in Europe or USA. And this illicit financial flow is considered by all toxic oppositions as corruptions.
    In General the illicit financial flow in Ethiopia is mostly related for mis-trading and unmatured stock exchange. Ethiopia has also lost close to $12 billion since 2000 to illicit financial outflows, according to Global Financial Integrity. But no where it was mentioned merely because of corruption. One thing should be clear here, All of us agree there is spice of corruption in the illicit financial flow hence Ethiopia needs to have a clear trading and stock exchange which accountable for the public

    • Alex says:

      @ተሾመ why illicit Financial Flow is highest in Ethiopia than all other east Africans? Because woyanes ethnic policy are making Ethiopians uncertain about the future of the country’s stability and hence everybody is becoming less loyal to his/her country. ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ የዎያኔ ደጋፊ ባለሃብቶችም ሆነ ተቃዋሚ ባለሃብቶች ገንዘባቸውን ወደ ውጭ የሚያሸሹት በጎሳ ፖለቲካ ምክንያት ወደፊት ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ ምን እንደሚፈጠር እርግጠኛ መሆን ስላልቻሉ ነው:: ኬንያ የጎሳ ፖለቲካ ስለማትከተል ሙስና እንደ ጉድ ቢበዛም ሙስና ሰሪዎቹ የሰረቁትን ገንዘብ እዛው እናት ሃገራቸው (ኬንያ) ውስጥ ነው የሚያፈሱት:: የኢትዮጵያ ባለሃብቶች ግን ኮ ሽ ባለቁጥር ገንዘባቸውን ይዘው ባእድ ሃገር መሮጥ ነውስራቸው:: ስለዚህ የኬንያን ሙስና ከኢትዮጵያ ሙስና ጋር ማወዳደር የሚፈልጉ መሃይሞች የኢሃዴግ አባላት ብቻ ናቸው:: ከኢትዮጵያ የሚወጣውን ገንዘብ ለማስቆም ዋናው መንገድ ሃገራዊ መግባባት መፍጠር ነው::

  3. Gezaee says:

    I told you people; Woyane is rotten. Woyane feeding the flesh and bones of its martyrdoms of all the people who gave their only lives on earth. There is nothing evil as human being on this planet.

    Woyanes, you smell rotten, Kehadiwoch, Asadabiwoch.

    • bendo says:

      @Gezaee

      Can you ever do civilised discussion on idea than insult. We know that you can right good english but it doesn’t give you the right to bulshit in every topic.
      Try to think like a mature man and talk about idea. this is a discussion forum for idea not a place like old bad woman just moaning in about every thing.
      grow up brother and get life. you are full of hate about every thing. you insult egypt, ethiopia, the gov. and the opposition every one expect asking your self what did you do to the country that give you to insult every one except your self.

      • Gezaee says:

        Bendo ( banda ? ),

        You delete my comment on Tigraionline, you delete my comment on aiga forum and with the main objective to hide crime, to promote injustice, racism? We can not discuss with selfish and greedy people. If you are concerned about Egypt? then you hang yourself. You are trying to make friendship with Egypt at my expense? Leboch, lksksoch, acheberbariowoch, you can not afford to take insult, but you can afford to be rotten corrupt?

        • bendo says:

          @gezaee

          I am still not going down to your road and play your game insulting. i am just giving you advice other wise you will have short life with this all hate inside you for everything.

          Insulting everyone who have a different idea than you is not civilised. What makes you different than ESAT or ETV both are insulting every one who have different idea than them. just like you.
          My last advice is some one who talk too much to show he knows every thing is know nothing.
          try to read a lot than commenting page long insult in every topic.

    • teshome says:

      @Gezaee
      you still refuse to grow up…
      Why do you use all kinds of absurd words in each and every comment? You had lingual incontinence, look the words you are using smell rotten, Kehadiwoch,… Asadabiwoch etc…
      You, guy must be suffering from brain tumor. I think screening is mandatory.

  4. Gezaee says:

    Woyane will hide corruption by deleting comments on tigraionline and aiga. Ignorance, woyane is trying to blindfold Ethiopians so that it can continue looting the poor people of Ethiopia.Shame

    • No Comment - Read Only says:

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      • Gezaee says:

        ESAT = tigraionline = Aiga = Ethiomedia = ER = …

        There is no difference. you say the same; they say same. who is right?

        I am with Awramba, Dawit Kebede; I can see the brightness in Dawit. You are all in darkness. Leave alone to help Ethiopia, you need help for yourself. you are parasites in our society. Go and check on Tigraionline, only ethnic hatred comments are allowed. Go and check it.

        This is the only website where ethnic bashing is not accommodated. There no point pointing finger at ESAT while you are not different from ESAT. Last time, I spend one hour writing a long comment how to control corruption in Ethiopia. All my comments was deleted 100%. But ethnic hate is not deleted. Is this different from ESAT?

        The problem now; they woyanes think they control the world. They even they control the sun, the moon and the communication, internet? oh my God, thanks to internet now; All the walls of suppression, muzzling, oppression, repression is torn apart by internet. This is why we are reading 12 billion has stolen from the poorest of the poor of the world. What type of government is this? This is a government of thieves only.There is no country has lost 12 billion dollars. There is corruption in many country, but it is petty in house corruption. Ethiopian corruption is not just demostic. It is international now. Ethiopia will be number one now in corruption? Woyane will get corruption noble prize soon. You will not know until the day comes, but you are rotten to the bone. You are eyes are blinded by hate, corruption; you ears are deaf because you will not hear to the public. I have never seen dumb people like this. What is all these? inviting foreign citizens, giving them money to start business? allow them to do business free of duty? removing people from their land and handing their land to foreigners for free? destroying forest? Taking water bodies from Nomads and give the land and water to Indians, Arabs? oh my God, what type of human being are you? is it greed that blinded your heart and mind,eyes? greed is like a flame that burns people to ashes. It will burn before you realize it. Wushet defense mechanism will not get you anywhere. You can deny it for sometimes and you can suppress society for limited time, but nature dynamic, change will come and you will pay a price for your crime. There is no in history criminals go unpunished. The virtue of theft is downfall. Good luck with your corruption development. I think your GTP includes being corrupt. Why do collect money from the poor diaspora for the so called your renaissance dam while you looting 12 billion dollars? It does not make sense. you are spoiled because no one ask what you do. You gamble with the interest of the country as if it is your private property and no one takes to charge. You come here to tell us about toxic diaspora. You are more toxic, rustic, corrosive than diaspora. You will never understand yourself until the entire cry on you. Dumbs

    • EthioZena says:

      well said buddy, well said….

  5. Meron says:

    Good article. Thanks Dawit for sharing.

    I also think it is worth sharing the following well articulated article by a Sudanese professor about the current Nile Issue.

    http://news.sudanvisiondaily.com/details.html?rsnpid=223971&fb_action_ids=4311392082782&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map={%224311392082782%22%3A348281288608406}&action_type_map={%224311392082782%22%3A%22og.likes%22}&action_ref_map=[]

  6. Annabelela says:

    Teshome, you blame the diaspora even if you are the thief? you are the ugliest person on the web; people like u will not give woyane a face lift, but you will destroy it by rationalizing everything to diaspora. You are much more toxic than diaspora. you do know how much people hate your ignorance on the web. 12 billion dollar stolen is not corruption? but illicit? You are one of the corrupts in the system and all these money is looted because of the corrupt system which you do not agree on.

  7. teshome says:

    @Annabelela
    Why do you prefer to live in a blissful ignorance?
    I just explain to you what illicit financial out flow means? If you or anybody had a different understanding, then I would be glad to read. I think in the space and time you waste, you could said a thing or two.
    Please open your eyes and see right and left to understand its concept.
    If you want to have a clue, here is the link how one has to understand the concept of financial out flow
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illicit_financial_flows

    You seem to be increasingly frustrated by the misinformation and disinformation you had been fed. You see this is a good example not to take at face value what all you read or listen.

    The bottom line is, I didn’t deny that the elites EPRDF officials are free from corruption even I went too far to describe them that they are swimming in an ocean of corruption.
    Dear friend what do you want more than this?
    Please put your absurd words aside, and convince me if you have any different idea.

  8. Annabela says:

    Teshome,

    There is no need to read Wikipedia to understand about corruption. Corruption is because of corrupt government. No need in search of Wikipedia vocabulary or waste of doing research on it. you are trying to give it different name. It is all corruption. If your government was not corrupt such would not exist.

  9. Mario says:

    Dawit thank you for being the best Ethiopian journalist in the Ethiopian diaspora! Your emergence has given us a hope that there will be more Ethiopian to emerge to serve the Ethiopian public! Ethiopians are abandoning extremists like G7 & joining sane Ethiopia. Who are helping their motherland in anyway they can!

    God bless Ethiopia

    Since corruption can poison a society,We need to fight together to reduce it to the minimum level! We can differ in politics , but not at fighting corruption & extremists like G7 & it’s lie propaganda machine ESAT!

  10. EthioZena says:

    12 billion dollar stolen by ‘woyane” (government officials)but at the same time they are asking poor Ethiopians to buy bond to build the dam? we all know where this “bond’ money is going.ONLY a fool will buy this useless bond to make “woyane” a billionaire.12 billion dollar just gone…and they are telling us they are building our country.what a shame. we all know where the 3 billion went. Melese’s personal account. They are talking about corruption but Azeb Mesfin is still living her life. what a joke, what a joke!

  11. Ash says:

    Re:- Corruption…

    We know Corruption exist ..we know the problem… We don’t want anyone to tell us …

    My beaf, is do u have soulution? Some even suggest to remove TPLF government
    My question is with him to replace it? Do u think cud, ginbot 7/11 r any less corrupt? Do u think if Ethiopia opp party took power do u think corruption get any better.. If it stay the same they what I the point replacing

  12. Alex says:

    @ Editor why you are not posting my comment? @ተሾመ do you know why illicit Financial Flow is highest in Ethiopia than all other east Africans? It is Because of bad woyane`s ethnic policy whi is making Ethiopians uncertain about the future of the country’s stability and hence everybody is becoming less loyal to his/her country. ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ የዎያኔ ደጋፊ ባለሃብቶችም ሆነ ተቃዋሚ ባለሃብቶች ገንዘባቸውን ወደ ውጭ የሚያሸሹት በጎሳ ፖለቲካ ምክንያት ወደፊት ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ ምን እንደሚፈጠር እርግጠኛ መሆን ስላልቻሉ ነው:: ኬንያ የጎሳ ፖለቲካ ስለማትከተል ሙስና እንደ ጉድ ቢበዛም ሙስና ሰሪዎቹ የሰረቁትን ገንዘብ እዛው እናት ሃገራቸው (ኬንያ) ውስጥ ነው የሚያፈሱት:: የኢትዮጵያ ባለሃብቶች ግን ኮ ሽ ባለቁጥር ገንዘባቸውን ይዘው ባእድ ሃገር መሮጥ ነውስራቸው:: ስለዚህ የኬንያን ሙስና ከኢትዮጵያ ሙስና ጋር ማወዳደር የሚፈልጉ መሃይሞች የኢሃዴግ አባላት ብቻ ናቸው:: ከኢትዮጵያ የሚወጣውን ገንዘብ ለማስቆም ዋናው መንገድ ሃገራዊ መግባባት መፍጠር ነው::

    • teshome says:

      Alex
      I think you had conceptual problem about illicit financial out flow.
      Let me give you one example, The Chinese economy hemorrhaged US$3.79 trillion in illicit financial outflows from 2000 through 2011, according to a new report [PDF] released today by Global Financial Integrity (GFI), a Washington, DC-based research and advocacy organization.
      ..Do you all this money is attributed for corruption? The answer is emphatic no.
      Secondly, Do you think the chain’s illicit capital out flow is because the chain is not stable country. You logic again suffers lack of basic knowledge of illicit financial out flow.
      Please boy come out of this blissful ignorance.

  13. axumawe says:

    Good job dawit!
    For a change we have to read some thing else,for me there is some thing i can’t understand that is when some one goes to school he/she is going to school to helpe those who are in need ,to serve your people & your country,long time a go un older person tolled me life long education about corruption,miss juctes,fovertithem & all the things going on in our time.
    do any one knows what he say (THE MOST UN SECUER PEOPLES ARE THOSE WHO ARE EDUCATED,i was shocked & stuend and i ask this person how ?
    And he say open your eye look around,open your ear and listen.i say ok
    1st he say they go by the book, they well never violet the rule,no common sense or any thing.
    2nd they are selfish they just care only for them self and there imdate family.
    3rd they think b/c they are educated they believe that they are above the low.
    gradualy when i thought of his remarks
    i be came to believe in his thought,
    When it comes to corruption it is a personal choise there are so meany brave men/women who are proudly serving there society,country. i well love to salut them,but all so there are those who i mintiond above worest enemis of the society.haven say that it is up to each individual to stile or to not stile,to serve your people honestly or to embazl them,corruption is a sickness wich can’t be treated by any body exepte the individual him/her selfe.
    it doesn’t mater how many lows & regulation a government well crate.it is a personal consious diction. and our country have so mach work to do in this matter.the government should keep up the work they already start they need to cut the corr from the top,and it is not going to be easy,also the public needs to resist handing to be ahead of his/her brothers & sisters, when we say we well change our nation,each of as are the face of our nation,each of as needed to change,each of as have rsponsbltey,we need to be part of the change,we need to have self respect,if i don’t want to be treated badly ,i need to know what i give is what i get back.to have respect to other brothers/sisters i should respect my self 1st.then that is the bigning of change.to still from a poor nation is the worst crime of all time
    we the people have the power but we need to use it the right way.that is what i believe long live Ethiopia!!

  14. Gezaee says:

    Message to all Ethiopians:

    Do not give to give any money to the government anymore. You are wasting your hard earned money. This is government worthy of your money. These government a thief government. Stop raising money. You are fattening EPRDF officials.

    They are ruling arbitrarily, now laws, no rules, just bezefekede. There is no responsibility; there is no accountability. you government robbing your country togethers with Arabs, Indians, all kinds of thieves across the world invited to invest and to rob the poor people.This is called development, development over my dead body.

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