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By Wondimu Mekonnen
The simplest definition of state corruption is the self-enrichment of government officials through the
use of the power bestowed on them and state mechanism. In
that is running its own Mafiosi economic empire, not the country as a legitimate caring government.
The country itself is up for sale, as long as there are buyers out
there. That is why people in Gambella1
were to evicted and their land sold to Indian and Arab, Turkish,
Pakistani Billionaires. Recently, the Ethiopian Government refused
to cooperate with the World Bank when it was asked to investigate
whether the World Bank violated its own policies by funding, in
which thousands of people were allegedly relocated to make way for
The British Government actually knowingly or unknowingly funded a
programme that evicted
the tribes of the Lower Omo Valley in south west
Ethiopia – chief among them the Mursi, the Nyangatom, the Bodi and
the Daasanach, who depend
on a combination of flood retreat cultivation on the banks of the
Omo River, rain fed cultivation
further back from the river, and cattle on the grass plains3,
again to make way for foreign agricultural investors. The land of
the Amaras, Afars, Oromos and all over the country is up for a grab.
The boarder land with the
away from Ethiopian farmers and given to a neighbouring country. When the Sudanese military came
to take over the land, the farmers stood up to protect their property, fighting back bravely. However,
their own government attacked them from behind in defence of the alien Sudanese military.
More than half of
Liberation Front (TPLF). From the remaining 50%, about 25% belongs to the Sheik Al Amoudi, an
Ethiopian born Saudi Billionaire, who does business with them, probably stashing millions of dollars
away for them in foreign banks. Then about 12.5% belongs to its satellite parties, while only 12:5%
belongs to rest of 90 million people. When the regime declares the fast growing economy of the
country, one should understand that actually it is meant the fast bulging pocket of the ruling officials,
and not the people at all. Our people are poorer than ever. The number of starving has quadrupled.
Millions live on the street.
The regime itself estimates that “150,000
children live on the streets
Looking at United Nations Development Programme, Human Development
Index, we find
gives 33 points at Corruption Perception Index. The highest is
lowest score 8, awarded to
When it comes to Natural resources,
Then what went wrong? To begin with, we have had wars and battles
throughout our history. Most of our productive times have been
wasted fighting to ward off invaders. Our history tells us that we
fought for more than 100 years against the invading Turks, not to
mention Italians and other colonialists from
the incumbent ones, to break up the country. This one is the worst
To add insult on injury, then there is this occasional draught that
used to come every 10 years. We heavily depend on rain water, rather
than using the irrigation technology. Have we had peace in the
country, even without touching the River Nile, we could have taken
out as much water as we wanted for agriculture from the rest of the
rivers for irrigation purpose, without igniting the fury of the
powerful neighbours and use it to cultivate more than enough crops.
STATE CORRUPTION IN
Al Mariam (2013), a professor of California State University wrote Recently, the World Bank released its 448-page World Bank (WB) report, “Diagnosing Corruption in Ethiopia” with evidence galore showing that Ethiopia under the absolute dictatorship of the Meles Zenawi regime has become a full-fledged corruptocracy (a regime controlled and operated by a small clique of corrupt-to-the-core vampire kleptocrats who cling to power to enrich themselves at public expense). Perhaps the report’s findings should not come as surprise to anyone since “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely”.12
Al Mariam further explained that In the study of World Bank, the major determinants of corruption are listed as poorly functioning legal and judicial system incontinent with the 1994 Constitution, an overregulated bureaucracy, emphasising regulation rather than service delivery, a low-paid civil service, a new yet rudimentary government, based on federal structure, and weak budgetary and financial control, with an outdated procurement structure, and poorly trained financial staff.
As many as 4.6 million people need food
annually, but aid money is not combating hunger. It comes from the
front door but returns through the back door. As I have mentioned in
the introduction, 50% of the Ethiopia Economy is run by EFFORT, the
TPLF Economic Power House. It is not the Public sector but enjoys
every privilege that the Public Sector enjoys because it owners are
the dictators in power. It is not required to pay any tax because it
is seemingly a Charity Organisation, created to “rehabilitate” the
war torn-apart economy of Tigray. However, it has not only just
is a conglomerate of economic empire that amalgamates 66 companies
under its control, having two or more giant companies in every
sector of the economy. For example, Addis Pharmaceutical Factory
controls all the licence of producing, importing and distribution of
medicines. Almeda Textiles Factory controls clothing business.
Express Transit Service Plc (EXTRAN) dominates the transportation
Any donor that brings in food to feed the hungry poor is required to
use the service of one of the TPLF transportation companies to move
the shipment from the Port of Djibouti to anywhere inside the
country. This lucrative business belongs to EFFORT and no one has
the right to question that. By the way, the TPLF truly believes that
that it is the international communities’ responsibility to feed its
own starving population. Begging for food is no more shame. Hunger
is needed phenomenon for the TPLFites to amass wealth. It has no
time to deal with the provision of food for the hungry, being bent
on money making mission mission for itself. Coming back to an
example of how EFFORT controls economic sectors, we can mention for
instance the supply of cement for government construction. That is
entirely EFFORT’s Messebo Cement Factory’s are of business. The most
talked about Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile that is currently an
EFFORT makes money. Guna Trading House, Hiwot Agricultural Mechanisation, Mesfin Industrial Engineering are some giant companies under direct control of EFFORT. In April 2009, EFFORT merged with Dejenna Endowment, which brought another set of six companies under the direct ownership of EFFORT. These are Biruhe Tesfa Plastic Factory, Machew Particles Board, Dimma Honey Processing Factory, Alagye Forestry, National Geo-Textile Factory and Aberdelie Cattle Fattening and Exporter. That concluded the dominance of TPLF in every sector of the economy. We can safely conclude that
EFFORT is a parasite lynch that is sucking blood out of
There is this much talked about fast development of the country.
That us supported by the number ofskyscrapers built in
rent it out to the foreign dignitaries. No fair bidding. The roads are meant to transport TPLF products
and military personnel. They are built with the aid money donated or borrowed to fund for the
purpose, but the job is done by EFFORT companies. Construction of roads and bridges is exclusively
EFFORT’s lucrative business that no other business would have had access. It is entirety TPLF’s money
making machine amassing billions of pounds. Alright, we have roads.
So what? Colonialist
more roads in
VISIBILE INDIVIDUAL CORRUPT OFFICIALS
Every official of the TPLF regime is corrupt to the core. Corruption is a kind of allowed activity by the TPLF to enrich oneself. The TPLF follows the philosophy of “Don't put a muzzle on an ox while it treads grain” (ሲሾም ያልበላ ሲሻር ይቆጨዋል). If you are an official of the TPLF, you are expected to be
corrupt. It is rather suspicious if you are incorruptible and you probably land yourself under scrutiny.
You can amass, not just millions of dollars, but even billions, as long as you don’t fall out with the
establishment of the TPLF. You can’t do business on your own. You need to share it with the TPLF
officials. In the meantime, you have got to know how to stay within the bounds of TPLF structure.
Diagnosing Corruption in
Once Meles Zenwi said to his appointees: “EPRDF’s appointment to aigher office is like sleeping on a
tree-branch. If you snooze, you will drop.” (የኢሕአዴግ ሹመት የዛፍ ላይ ዕንቅልፍ ነው። ሽልብ ካልክ ዱብ ነው).
They will ignore any corrupt official until he/she rebels against the establishment of the TPLF.
A goodexample is, the former
Defence and Prime Minister of
The Queen of Mega has been declaring on television so many times
that her husband was the poorest head of state in the world18
that made his family live on 4,000 birr payroll based salary per
Poor me! That was a joke of the century. Just weeks after the Queen
of Mega declared that laughable statement, CELEBRTY NETHOWRTH
I think, Celebrity Net Worth, got it entirely all wrong. If that was the case, how come, a check in the
name of his elder daughter Semhal Meles Zenawi, for US5 billion21 was deposited into a bank in New
All these are the tip of the ice-berg, ladies and gentlemen. Probably there are deposit account in the
name of their other children at various capital cities of the world.
This includes Far East countries such as
We knew about Meles’s embezzlement of resources, way back as far as 2005. When the information
on embezzlement and stashing away of millions of dollars came out, Meles and his gang filed suit in a
US court against four Ethiopians for making false and defamatory statements. The four Ethiopians
were Goshu Habte, Yonas Habte, and Dawit Kebede who live in the
who resides in
“Not only are the defendants fabricated statement damaging to the personal reputations of
the plaintiffs, but also seriously risk and undermine
relations, including with its economic development partners.”22
Oh dear-dear! Rather than being scared, the Diaspora were so excited about the possibility of bringing the daytime robbery of the TPLF into the open and started to pledge money to cover the legal cost of the four defendants. Had the case gone ahead it would have been opportunity that the BBC and major credible news agencies throughout the world would have had a chance to bring the truth to the open.
According to Ethiopian Review23, a counter lawsuit was being filed against Meles, Bereket and other
top officials of the EPRDF regime by Tensae radio accusing them of torture and murder of Ethiopian
civilians. According to the evidences that are being gathered so far, some of victims could be close
relatives of Ethiopian Americans. That scared a hell out of them and immediately instructed their
The following table shows a fraction of some money deposited at various places across cities of the world, in the name of high ranking officials of EPRDF/TPLF at the time.
Name Amount in US dollar Bank and place
Meles Zenawi 41 Million Bank of
Abadi Zemu 22 Million Swiss Bank,
Sibhat Nega 29 Million Deutsche Bank,
Tefera Walwa 9 Million Bank of
Amb. Birhane G/Kirstos 19 Million New York City Bank,
Adisu Legesse 14 Million New York City Bank,
Arkebe Equbay 29 Million Bank of
Genet Zewdie 6 Million New York City Bank,
Prof. Indrias Eshete 7 Million New York City Bank,
Shimelis Kifle 12 Million Bank of
Abay Tsehaye 17 Million Bank of
Amb. Mohamod Duri 4 Million New York City Bank,
Dr. Maru Yirdaw 11 Million Deutsche Bank,
Bereket Simon 10 Million Deutsche Bank,
Source: http://www.tensae.com/ radio 22.05.05. It is importna to note that these foreign bank account funds are a miniscule compared to
the amount of funds that each individual owns using the so-called “shares” of their concocted para-NGOs such as EFFORT.
The Corruption Game
The Ethiopian regime is control freak. It is not just the military, the health, education the entire
economy, but also the media, the NGO and even individual lives under control. There is a Constitution to satisfy the wishes of donors. However, there are, the bills and new laws it fabricates every day. To control the media, there is a Press Law that contradicts the constitution. To silence both the local and the International Human Rights Organisations, there is an NGO law. To silence its opposition critics, there is an anti-terrorism law24. Just two days ago, it came up with another drafted new intelligence and security bill with various controversial provisions to amend the existing legislation that came into effect in 1995. As per this bill, any security personal may kill anybody on the spot while in duty, and is answerable to no one.
Anyway, whenever they try to pin down an opposition, a critic or anyone who falls out with them, they firstly play it on television, from which their court judges learn how to behave in handling such
government driven cases, pull out one of the new legislations and cage their opponents. Period!
Recently, there is information about a serious fall outs within the TPLF regime and its satellites after
the death of Meles Zenawi. All within the TPLF are trying to control power and fit in the shoes of Meles Zenawi. Those who have got the upper power, particularly control of the military have started playing a “corruption game”. Just like they did on the former Defence Minister, Seye Abraha, those in control have started crack down on their opponents again on the corruption charges. Before taking action though, as usual they started playing it on television. Every arrest had been seen, going as far as the Head of Internal Revenue, which sat at the level of ministerial post have been dramatised and well executed. The International community thought the regime of Hailemariam Dessalegn, the incumbent Prime Minister has been doing something to bring corruption under control, but it is just a game used to tame some officials trying to step out of line.
Anti-Terrorism Proclamation No.652/2009 - Federal Democratic
goes straight down to an individual level. Corruption in
Corruption bills are used to bring down only those who step out of the line of the ruling Maoist/Albanian type communist party, disguised as democrats. They follow democratic centralism.
A Gambella Region Senior Finance Officer had been on the run with
crucial documents to implicate corrupt senior Government Officials
of the region and EFFORT for the last two years. The fugitive came
out of his hiding after being promised immunity and 24-hour security
by the Federal Government until the culprit were brought to justice
with the documents in his procession. The fugitive asked audience
with head of Corruption Investigation Department, but he couldn’t
see him before two weeks because the official claimed that a
relative was sick in another part of
Everyone has to put up with corruption, shut up and watch as a bystander while TPLF cats eat and
fatten themselves. In a country where the government is not
accountable to the people, there is no way of getting rid of the
cancerous disease of corruption. The government of
The regime in power got there where it is now with its hands tainted in blood and corruption. It will
not leave the post without bloodshed. It will not function properly as a legitimate government, either.
Therefore, it has to be pushed out of the power before it pushes the country into a bottomless pit of
corruption. The power should be given back to the people, so that the people are able to elect a
government that they chose to look after them and the government they could bring down through
the ballot when they don’t want. Up until this moment, dictatorship breads corruption and corruption feeds the dictators to stay in power. They are not mutually exclusive. That is a vicious circle that needs to be broken.
Ethiopians are determined to get rid of these human rights abusers.
All we ask the
terrorises its people cannot be an ally against terrorism. I know that, the Ethiopian Regime is playing
the Chinese card. This is black-mailing. Just abandon it. Trust us. It will collapse. If you, particularly the British Government, take the right action now, you will remain with friends and trustworthy allies
forever – the people of
don’t have to look into crystal ball to predict what is coming. You already know it from experience.
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