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Audit Report In The Ethiopian Parliament Unveils Grand Corruption 

Auditor’s report seems to suggest that government failed to take action to hold officials involved in corruption accountable 

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Meseret Damtie, Federal Chief Auditor. (Photo : PD)


Toronto –  Meseret Damtie, The Federal Chief Auditor, on Tuesday appeared in the Ethiopian Parliament (also known as the House of People’s Representatives) to report findings from the ended fiscal year. 

According to a report to the parliament, The office of the Federal auditor has completed about 43 follow-up audits for 2023/2024 ( until January 2024) 

The report unveiled a grand corruption in the public service involving hundreds of millions of birr. It established that several government departments were paying out salaries in the name of employees who were either terminated or no longer working for the department. 

92 government offices were instructed to return 443,023,864.91 million birr (apparently to the Ministry of finance) but what was returned was only 11 percent ( 48,217,965.67).

The auditor emphasized the need to hold offices that failed to return money based on the previous fiscal year audit, accountable. She called on the parliament to act on it. 

A news update from the House of People’s Representatives cited the auditor as saying “Audited Federal public service offices to take a corrective measure to fix audit gaps and those institutions that need to be held accountable were reported including to the office of the Prime Minister.”  

The grand corruption in the Immigration office 

The Immigration Citizenship Service is implicated in what could be said to be grand corruption. While the office does not have the legal authority to levy penalty fees on clients who did not make it the day of the appointment for issues related to obtaining a passport, the office was collecting penalty fees on its own. 

It was also reported that the office opened a bank account on its own bypassing government procedure and collected about 17.9 million birr in a matter of five months between September 2023 to January 2024. 

Worse, it paid out money from the collected money to employees on alleged grounds of “overtime hour pay” and holiday gift – both of these were reportedly not authorized by the government. 

Corruption has reached unprecedented levels under Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government over the past six years. And the problem has been described as one that is pervasive across the public sector involving all levels of government officials. 


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  1. Let’s be honest. Corruption has been a nagging problem for all forms of governance since humans found it necessary to govern themselves. It has been in the news even in the most democratically ruled countries. But with all well laid down checks and balances in place, those who committed such shameful crimes are usually caught and severely punished. But in countries like Ethiopia where there are no strong checks and balances in the fabric of governance, corruption has become a tradition among government employees since 1974. Boy, do they have long, sneaky sticky fingers!!! Just look at what being said about the immigration office. When officials found the nation’s coffers are hard to reach, they created their own and devised ways how to pilfer.

    Once a relative told me how such corruption stretches all the way down to remote local levels. A small bus owner/driver was ticketed for made up violation and faced the judge in a small rural village. He was found guilty and ordered to pay about 200 in the local currency. He paid the penalty in cash and asked for a receipt. He was told that his payment will be in the court’s record and that will be the permanent receipt. He was told off for asking for a receipt. He chose to leave town immediately and never returned. I am told such in-your-face corruptions are rampant particularly now in conflict zones of Oromia and Amhara regions where the already fragile law and order have broken down completely.

    Just look at this statement by the auditor.
    ‘92 government offices were instructed to return 443,023,864.91 million birr (apparently to the Ministry of finance) but what was returned was only 11 percent ( 48,217,965.67).’ That is about 8 million in US dollars and only 11% of it was recovered. But the rest is nowhere to be found. But you may guess where it headed. It might have ended up in Minnesota or Toronto. Corruption has been part of a career in government circles in that country for the last 50 years. It is a drug resistant pathogen eating at the heart of that gem of the colored.

    Bravo, bravo, bravo our patriot daughter/sister H.E. Meseret Damtie! Go get’em tigress!!!


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