Anti Corruption Commission to disclose government officials’ assets

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The Federal Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (FEAC) announced that it will release information on the assets of over 50,000 government officials, which it has been registering during the past two years. The list shall be made available soon, the Commission declared.
Ali Suleiman, Commissioner of FEAC, told the media that the much anticipated information will be available on its website as soon as the bid process to upload the data is completed. According to Berhanu Assefa, Public Relations Head of FEAC, the international bid is funded by the World Bank which will closely observe the proceedings and that it is in motion. He told Capital that the information will be released in the near future.
Meanwhile, the information on the assets will be accessible to relevant bodies for law enforcement purposes and to the media.
“We will allow media to access the information about the assets of specific government officials in relation to media work,” he confirmed at the discussion held with media representatives on Wednesday. FEAC explained that, during the first round report on assets disclosure and registration, the assets – possessions, incomes and the incomes of family members – of over 50,000 government officials were registered.
The Assets Disclosure and Registration process aims to ensure accountability and transparency among the population, which is also an indispensable tool in fighting administrative malpractice and corruption.
The registration and assets disclosure of government officials is based on the wealth registration proclamation endorsed by Parliament in March 2010. According to the law, assets secured through inheritance, household goods and pension benefits will not be included.
Since its crackdown on some government officials and members of the business community a few weeks ago, the Federal Commission’s undertakings have become a major talking point and issue in the country.
Wednesday’s discussion with media representatives aims at strengthening the Commission’s relationship with local media organizations.
The Commissioner noted that his office will reach out to the media more than it used to, guaranteeing easier accessibility.
Recently, the Commission arrested high-level officials of the Ethiopian Revenue and Customs Authority (ERCA) and some prominent business people suspected of grand corruption whose cases are being heard in court.
In addition, it is expected to intensify its activities with regards to other sectors, mainly government procurement areas and construction and Addis Ababa land issues that was under investigation by the Commission for the past several years.
It has also announced that it will include the private sector in its investigations, which up until now focused on corruption cases related to public assets.