Ethiopia to tighten anti corruption campaign: Premier

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Corruption in Ethiopia is a lot less than other African countries. Even though a legislative framework against corruption exists in Ethiopia, anti-corruption regulations are rarely enforced.

By Muluneh Gebre, muluneh@alleastafrica.com

The Ethiopian government will stiffen its anti corruption campaign against leadership allegedly involved in corruption, the country’s prime minister said in a press briefing on Monday.
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said an investigation bureau was established under the auspices of the Ethiopian Federal Police to fight corruption and to hold accountable those involved in corruption.
The country’s government recently arrested 130 individuals on suspicion of corruption, right after cabinet reshuffling in November last year following massive unrest across the two largest ethnic groups of the country.
A tough investigation will be held on leaderships who were singled out as corrupt by the public and the government will take the necessary measure if it is supported with evidence
The Premier indicated that an institution called “Democratic Center” was established in order to allow the public to give tips on corrupt leaderships.
When asked if the State of Emergency imposed on last October had created a negative impact on the country, the Premier said “it didn’t bring any harm on the economy, development, peace and general situation of the nation.”
“Its impact was seen slightly on the service sector, especially the tourism industry. However, the government is conducting a study to know its impact on the sector,” he said.
“In order to maintain or lift the state of emergency, we need to make sure that durable peace and stability are existed in the country as well as hear from the public their views on the decree.” the premier noted

Responding to a question concerning deployment of troops by Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Eritrea at Yemen’s Red Sea coast, the Premier said it would not be a threat for Ethiopia as it has a strategic partnership with both Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

But, with respect to the Shaebian government, Hailemariam said “Ethiopia will respond for every Asmara regime’s offensive measure or attempt against Ethiopia,”.
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