A single party (Front), known as the TPLF has been fully in control of the country since 1991 after seizing power by violent means. In the last 26 years of its repressive rule, the TPLF regime has never been willing to create a conducive atmosphere for fruitful engagement and a genuine political dialogue with all stakeholders in the country. This blog is mainly focused on raising awareness, driving change and creating impact for the realization of a genuine multiparty democracy in Ethiopia.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Ethiopia has "High Defense Corruption", TI's Defense Corruption report out
By De Birhan 29 January 2013
U.K.'s Government Defense Anti-corruption Index (GDAI) released today has listed
Ethiopia in the "D - Band" Category of High Defense
Corruption. The Report stated with regard to political corruption
risk, Ethiopia, though there are de jure provisions for a standing committee to
scrutinize policy, the ruling party has 99 per cent of seats, making
significant objection to policy unlikely. "There is a concern over the
role of ethnicity and political loyalty in military selection processes."
reads the Report.Similarly in terms of procurement, the Report said
“Open competition in procurement is not carried out in practice."
Each country was assessed using a comprehensive questionnaire of 77
questions, clustered into five risk areas: political risk, finance risk,
personnel risk, operations risk, and procurement risk and scores them in bands A to F, with A being
"very low" and F "critical where Eritrea is placed.
Only Australia and Germany were listed in the A
band, which grouped defense establishments that are "accountable to their citizens,
... are transparent about their spending and activities, and have strong
controls in place to combat corruption that are actively enforced," stated
Fifty seven of the 82 countries assessed, or 70
percent, have high to critical risk of corruption, scoring in bands D, E, or F.
The global cost of corruption in the defense
sector is estimated to be a minimum of US$20 billion each year, the
organization said, citing data from the World Bank and the Stockholm
International Peace Research Institute.