Prosecutors in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region to Hold Labor Strike

By Staff Reporter

Tigray-ProsecutorsOctober 4, 2020 ( -- Prosecutors in Ethiopia’s Tigray region are to hold a labor strike on Monday over alleged political meddling and pressures from their superiors, reports have said.

The prosecutors on conditions of anonymity told the Ethiopian Press Agency (EPA) that the regional government has continued to meddle in their works and that negatively affected their lives and careers.

“The region’s government interventions are many but the major ones include denying professional freedom, unfair remunerations and dismissal from jobs,” they said  

According to the prosecutors, the escalating living conditions coupled with political interventions negatively affect their professional freedom and serve the Tigray of people fairly.   

“Prosecutors in the region are less paid than those prosecutors who are working in other parts of the country and the regional government turned deaf ears despite repeated requests for the pay raise. Our salaries have been by far less than those salaries earned by judges in Tigray region,” they said.

Meanwhile, the Ethiopian Federal Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission is to file lawsuits against one minister, 10 state ministers and 174 government officials of the Addis Ababa city administration for failing to declare their assets based on the country’s proclamation number 668/2002.

The officials were supposed to disclose their personal wealths until last Friday October 2, 2020. The commission in a recent report said the majority of government officials have not registered their assets despite repeated calls from the commission.

Ethiopia is the 96 least corrupt nations out of 180 countries, according to the 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index report by Transparency International.

Corruption Rank in Ethiopia averaged 109.16 from 2000 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 138 in 2007 and a record low of 59 in 2002.

Asset Registration and Declaration Director with the commission Mesfin Belayneh told local media that the commission has delivered a list of names of one minister, 10 state ministers and 174 officials of Addis Ababa city government officials to the federal attorney general to make them accountable for violating the proclamation.

Mesfin said the commission had once again extended the period during which the officials were supposed to get their assets registered but refused to do so despite repeated calls.

The government officials were communicated to get their wealth registered between September 28 and October 2, 2020 as the last deadline along with 1000 Ethiopian Birr fine for each day.

The commission's mandate including the right to investigate and file charges against suspects of corruption has been taken over by others following the parliament’s decision in mid 2018 and its role in bringing corrupts before court has remained weak.

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