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Ethiopia legislating ethnic composition in the public service, Ombudsman expresses concern  

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Endale Haile (Dr.), Ethiopian Ombudsman chief

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Toronto – With ethnic-based conflicts pervasive in the country with legal and administrative support to the ethnic politics including ethnic-based regional states, the Ethiopian government is now poised to introduce what appears to be an ethnic quota system in the public service – apparently at the Federal and city administration levels. 

This week the government announced that it is working on amending the existing public service Proclamation 1064/2010. it is already discussed at the House of People’s representative. The degree to which meritocracy is compromised is yet to be seen. 

Why was the change needed?

According to local Ethiopian sources, among the key factors that necessitated the amendment is the ethnic composition of public servants. However, disability and gender were also cited as factors as rationale for amending the legislation to ensure “inclusion.”

It is said that “building a government administration and service that considers the composition of public servants that ‘looks like Ethiopia’ is very necessary.” Abiy Ahmed’s administration has been exploiting the narrative long before the law was discussed for an amendment to demonstrate that his ruling “Prosperity Party” is working to bring about equality.  

On the contrary, there have been voices from critics that Abiy Ahmed’s administration is rather working mostly to purge ethnic Amharas from the public service including from the Addis Ababa City Administration. It is to be recalled that Addis Ababa City administration introduced exams to test experienced and senior public servants who worked for several decades in it. What was tested was their “knowledge.” 

Apart from social media activists and politicians, organizations are expressing concern about what appears to be a politically motivated project of creating a “public service that looks like Ethiopia.” The worry appears to be about a trend that deviates from the ethical implementation of the law. 

Concerns 

The Ethiopian Ombudsman is expressing concern that the implementation of ethnic composition legislation could bring about political pressure. 

The Ethiopian Reporter cited Endale Haile (Ph.D.) , head of the Ethiopian Ombudsman,   as saying “While the legislation implies that the public service has to look like nations and nationalities but the public service is not an ethnic institution.”

He rather talks about the principal values of public services; ethics, neutrality, and professional competence. He points out that it should not be based on ethnic composition.  He expresses concern that ethnic-based entry to the public service could bring about political intervention and even lead to worse problems.  

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1 COMMENT

  1. TPLF officials should arrest armed gangs and individuals responsible for killings, kidnappings, and looting in Tigray TPLF officials should arrest armed gangs and individuals responsible for killings, kidnappings, and looting in Tigray

    Stop the genocide of Amharas, Tigrayans , Oromos and all other ethnicities .
    The Prosperity Party should put an end to its all-out genocide against the Amhara people. Stop ethnic-based violence and mass arrests motivated by the narcotic desire to expand territory, fear of losing power, and self-serving behavior.

    TPLF cadres should arrest armed gangs and individuals responsible for killings, kidnappings, and looting in Tigray. Some of the culprits are thought to be former Tigray fighters.

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