Corruption Crackdown

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A few days ago the government has arrested about 34 higher government officials, brokers, and business man suspected of corruption. On July 29, additional information was released by the federal attorney general. In the press release, the federal attorney general Ato Getachew pointed out that the number of government officials, brokers, and business man suspected of corruption and put under police custody has reached 42. Ato Getachew underlined the operation of arresting those suspected of corruption will continue. Also, the amount of money embezzled from the government and the people was put in detail by the attorney general. Accordingly,

  • From the federal road authority 1 billion 358 million birr,
  • From Sugar Corporation, Tendaho and Omo Kuraz Sugar Development Projects worth 1 billion birr 21 million birr,
  • From Ministry of Finance and Economic Development,  1.1 billion birr,
  • From Addis Ababa City Roads Authority over 198 million birr and
  • From Addis Ababa Housing Development Project Office, over 41 million birr

Source; Addis Ababa, FBC (Fana Broadcasting Corporate S.C.), July 29, 2017

The aggregate of the listed amount of money believed to be embezzled is more than 3.7 billion Ethiopian birr. This is a huge amount of money. It may not seem to be that huge when it is indicated in numbers. But the loss is very cumbersome when it is estimated in terms of how many significant and very essential   infrastructural projects which our society desperately is in need of, are stolen and put into greedy individual’s pockets. Imagine if these much money was spent on the proposed plans, if it was spent on building large hospitals in every region, imagine how many lives could have been saved. So many schools could have been built which could have graced us with the next scientist, doctors, engineers, lawyers, leaders etc. imagine how many houses (condominiums) could have been built for the many Ethiopians who don’t have houses. Imagine how many roads could have been built, connecting Addis Ababa with different regions making activities like trade very smooth and contributing a lot for the region’s economic development and creating job opportunities for the many unemployed fresh graduates. Instead all this money is accumulated in the hands of the few who are very greedy, selfish, and cruel citizens who abuse and live a lavish life style at the expense of the many who are economically poor. But the action being taken recently by the government on these individuals is very encouraging. These people should be brought to justice for they have committed the worst possible crime out there, corruption. The government should be appreciated for these honorable act and once again for standing beside the people.