More on the corruption crack down

The government has proceeded on arresting more individuals suspected of corruption and bringing them to justice mercilessly. The number of individuals arrested has reached 52. On top of this, according to the report of Fana broadcasting corporate, the government has also frozen the assets of 210 additional individuals and institutions suspected of having relations with the already arrested corruption suspects. Also, the assets of another 15 individuals and companies is frozen following the relation they are suspected of having with the already arrested suspects. These are some of the companies whose assets are frozen.

  • Aser construction
  • GemshuBeyene construction
  • Tina construction
  • DMC construction
  • YemaneGirmay general contractor
  • Transnational computer trading
  • Hailem engineering share company
  • Kemamik trading PLC
  • Jong Ling international engineering and others.

Source: Addis Ababa, August 10 /FBC

Major step taken by the government in the fight against corruption

On July 25, 2017, the Ethiopian government has arrested more than thirty higher government officials, brokers and traders/ business man / suspected of corruption. The government officials used to work and were arrested in these government institutions according to the press release obtained from public relations affairs office. Federal and Addis Ababa Road Authority, sugar corporation, Ministry of finance and economic corporation and others. The head of public relations affairs office, Dr. Negari stated that these higher government officials are suspected of maltreatment of power entrusted to them by the government and the people. Dr. Negari outlined that these are not the only ones suspected and arrested for corruption, there are many others also who are under investigation and who will be arrested when the sufficient evidence is gathered. And the action to bring these men to justice will be strengthened after further studies and preparations.

This is an indication that the government has started to take serious measures at a high level to combat corruption which it promised to do so to the public repeatedly.

Source

Addis Ababa, FBC (Fana Broadcasting Corporate S.C.), July 25, 2017

Forged educational credential documents in Amhara region

In north Gondar Armacheho area, the regions civil service and human resource development office, stated that ten individuals were found working in different government institutions by pretending to be educated and graduated from higher educational institutions on June 26, 2017.

Out of the twelve government employees against which a report was made by the public accusing them as being fraud, the secretariat office president Ato Henok stated, two have made a forged Degree and eight have made forged Diplomas and pretended as if they obtained their credential documents from higher educational institutions.

Source

Amhara Mass Media Agency's post, June 27 at 6:45am

Oromiya region declared to investigate within a month, forged educational credential documents that have widely surfaced in the region

Dr. Bikila Huressa, officer of Oromiya region public service and human resource development stated that there are a lot of employees working in public institutions with forged educational documents. Dr. Bikila said the numbers of these employees is not clearly known yet, but it is certain that they are working in government institutions starting from managerial level down to clerk positions. These individuals according to Dr. Bikila, are working with forged Diploma, Degree, and Masters.

In the current year, a lot has been done to overcome the problem of good governance in the region, including terminating officials against whom the people logged complaints. But the result was insignificant.  The oromiya regional president Ato Lema Megersa stated that the grievance of the people is the result of the service provided by officials and employees of government institutions without the proper knowledge and know how.  One of the burning issues, among other things, in oromiya region is forged credential documents said Ato Lemma. And an action will be taken within a month on those officials and employees who have been working in government institutions with forged credential documents. The action entails termination and criminal liability.

Source

Addis Ababa, (FBC) fana fm 98.1 news, July 18, 2017

Tax evasion

Two public prosecutors and two brokers along with a Chinese citizen were arrested by the federal police commission crime investigation office on July 18, 2017. The suspects were caught red handed around bole area while the two public prosecutors and brokers were receiving 5 million Ethiopian birr from the Chinese claiming they would get his tax evasion charges dropped.

The Chinese suspect Biyo Lee has already been charged with tax evasion crime and was ordered by the Federal high court to pay 11 million birr tax money he owes the government and another additional 5 million birr fine. Mr. Lee has paid the said amount of money. But then Mr. Lee was approached by the brokers and the public prosecutors claiming they would get the case closed if he’d pay them 5 million birr. Mr. Lee accepted their proposal and was caught red handed with the other suspects while giving the 5 million birr.

The federal police commission stated that the suspects are under investigation by the evidences gathered against them.

Source

Addis Ababa, (FBC) fana fm 98.1 news, July 19, 2017