CORRUPTION IS STATE POLICY
I am speaking in terms what is de facto rather than de jure.
We have heard in recent weeks from ETC’s Board Members
that corrupt officials of the Ethiopian Telecom Corporation have been dealt with. It is far from the truth. Besides, those
officials are allowed to enjoy the money they have looted. No criminal charge is pressed against them so far.
Employees of ETC have made public their proposals for anti-corruption measures, and some concerned Ethiopians recently urged
in secret almost all foreign telecom companies operating in Ethiopia to adopt the motto, “I
Yet in the realm of perceptions, as evidenced from opinion polls, corruption is seen as
remaining endemic among ETC’s officialdom. ETC’s CEO, Members of Board of Directors, and SOME of the middle
level management and ALL the high level management group are seen by ETC employees and the ordinary public as among
those most likely to be involved in corruption.
Some evidence that corruption continues to determine the flavour of
daily life are corroborated by the infamous two cases ( as reported in the Anti Corruption Website) i.e, the Ushacom and the
Data Dimension 4 million U.S Dollars case is unhealthily influencing the officials to go out of their way. If the allegations
about Ushacom and Data Dimension are true, it is impossible to believe that such practices could be going on without the complicity
of big government officials and high profile politicians.
It is time for a review of anti-corruption measures, and
for serious consideration whether steps such as those proposed at our website should
be taken on board to ensure the eradication of improper behaviour by officials. (Please read my open letter to H.E. Junedi
Yet even before then, a point made by me in my previous comment needs
to be followed through. I said recently that in the last three years in ETC,
I have heard of no-one going to jail for corruption.
If indeed corrupt officials are being wormed out, they should
not be allowed discreet departures. All ETC employees know how the former Deputy CEO of ETC left Ethiopia
and purchased a house worth 500,000 United States Dollars in America.