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Veteran politician says Ethiopia is entangled with corruption 

Andargachew Tsege
Andargachew Tsege during an interview with Anchor Media, August 17, 2023 (Photo : screenshot from Anchor media interview)

By Staff Reporter

ADDIS ABABA – August 18, 2023 – (BORKENA) – A veteran politician said that the country has been entangled with corruption and nepotism. Andargachew Tsigie said in an interview he had with Anchor Media that individuals close to the ruling party have become the richest citizens out of the blue. 

Andargachew, the renowned politician who was once kidnaped by TPLF-led Regime at Sana’a, Yemeni Airport is saying that people in Ethiopia are leading life from hand to mouth. He said that the residents in Addis Ababa have been forced to buy a quintal of teff for birr 10,000 and a kilo of tomato for birr 100. But on the other side of present day Ethiopia there are individuals  who throw wedding parties at a cost of millions of birr, according to Andargachew.

Andargachew said that a quintal of teff was sold for birr 3,000 some five years back and a kilo of tomato was priced at birr 20 birr. Now things have gone from bad to worse, according to him. He said that he can hardly imagine how 90 percent of the people survive this cost of living. 

The veteran politician expressed surprise at how the officials and other few individuals who are affiliated to the incumbent were drenched in corruption and nepotism. He said during his interview with Anchor Media that those who were once poor have currently emerged a muscular power in terms of financial resources. These people who had no means of their own income have amassed a big amount of money estimated at hundreds of millions of birr. 

Andargachew raised an issue about an individual who was once unable to settle a monthly payment for a gymnasium service. Expenses for his gymnasium exercise were covered by the hotelier. Now that man has become one of the richest individuals in the town, according to Andargachew. “This same man, still jobless, has donated 20 million birr to Addis Ababa City Administration. He has become the owner of 100 million birr,” Andargachew said. There are thousands of such people who have become rich without raising their single finger to do a job, according to him.

He has also raised about an individual who prepared a wedding ceremony at a cost of birr 70 million. “He invited 7,000 people for the wedding.” This is the country where such millionaire individuals are mushrooming overnight, according to Andargachew. 

Andargachew was asked whether he had any discussion regarding the issue with the Premier. He said that he forwarded comments and views to the Prime Minister by mentioning the names of the corrupted officials. “I have resisted this for a long time. I have told him that an individual [he mentioned name] has taken such an amount of money. But the Prime Minister has not done anything to correct the practice,” he said.   

Andargachew said that the ethnic-based racism that was witnessed during the TPLF regime has now become a common trend. Thousands of people who are affiliated to the incumbent are amassing benefits illegally. Systemic theft is rampant in the country. “People are being employed en-masse without any proper qualifications. The theft is being committed by officials who are practicing this nepotism,” he said.

The veteran politician mentioned corruption incidents, extortion and some individuals rotten in corruption. “I know an individual who paid two million birr so that his detained wife would be released. Today the son of Werkineh Gebeyehu (PhD), chief of IGAD, drives a Range Rover that costs 40 million birr. The country is inhabited by people who have embezzled money from the impoverished people. There are military generals who own hotels and big buildings. A general [he mentioned name] from TPLF converted 900 million birr to USD and sent it overseas through the airport” Andargachew said.

Available sources indicate that Angargachew Tsigie was the chief executive officer of ESAT, an independent media outlet in Ethiopia. He previously served as the secretary-general of an opposition political party, Ginbot 7 that was labeled as a terrorist group by the Ethiopian government until 2018. On 23 June 2014, he was abducted by Ethiopian security forces while in transit in Yemen’s Sana’a International Airport and languished at an unknown prison in Ethiopia. On 29 May 2018, he was released by the Ethiopian government following political reform by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. 

Andargachew left his country last week in connection with the deteriorating political situation in Ethiopia. 

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Dismantle Mahibrekiduisan, which is sponsoring Fannos, and put all its ringleaders behind bars in cages.

    Due to Andargachew Tsege’s demonic, nasty rhetoric, many lives have been adversely affected and have been subjected to mass killings and arrests. Andargachew Tsege, Abebe Belew, Habtamu Ayalew, and those who share their genocidal views are genociders and should be brought to justice.

    Crooked, wicked people like Messay Mekonen within the Amhara Genocidal Group hiding in the west are manufacturing lies to establish immigration status for their family members in order to bring them to the USA and other wealthy countries in the western bloc.

    Fanno has to stop killing all non-Amhara people by sticking names on them and affiliating them with the OLA, TPLF, or other groups. It is the right time to dismantle MahibreKidusan, a satanic Amhara genocidal association playing religious cards and enjoying the best of both worlds by acting like a religious leader and meddling in the socio-economic and political affairs of the state.

  2. Andargachew Tsige is the agent of Eritrea and his departure from Ethiopia indicates the Oromo led government is distancing itself from Asmara. Asmara intervened in the Tigray war and supported the government and the Amhara forces. Now Eritrea is training and arming the Amhara forces which are battling the Oromo dominated government army. So far the news from the battle fields in the rebellious Amhara region speak of the army losing forces and equipment. The threat to Oromia is growing and Tigray will be forces to intervene to defend it. Oromia is the gift of Tigray to the Oromo people. Eritrea and Tigray are the competing powers in Ethiopia and the horn of Africa.

  3. Quote: “Veteran politician says Ethiopia is entangled with corruption” UNQUOTE, August 18, 2023

    Humble Opinion, 22 Aug 2024
    a). “corruption” ? No one will disagree the existence of that ugly phenomenon

    b). And the fundamental cause of disintegration of Ethiopia is PROVINCIALISM BASED ON RACISM !!!???

    c). And then, the following question pops out: “what makes RACISM popes out in Ethiopia at THIS PARTICULAR ERA?

    d). It leads us to another glaring question: Was there similar RACISM. during the period of [in alphabetical order] Haile
    Sellasie, Menelik, Tedros, Yohannes ……… gloriously so many to list them down

    e). It follows by a penetrating humble question: Would the Universally known ancient Great Britain FALL into the above
    similar embarrassing phenomenon??? I am quick to add: it is an absurd question in the annals of world history.

    f). But I can’t help asking myself: why NOT THEN for The ANCIENT INDEPENDENT, THE BLACK AFRICAN COUNTRY —
    NAMED ETHIOPIA???? WHY NOT ???? WHY NOT??? WHY NOT, FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE ????!!!!

    ——————–PEACE ON EARTH ———————

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