Ethiopia’s ruling party doesn’t allow rich people to be its members – Rameto

By IndepthAfrica
In Djibouti
Aug 20th, 2013
COUNCIL of African Political Parties vice-president Redwan Hussein Rameto says rich people in Ethiopia are not allowed to be members of the ruling party as a way of protecting the country’s interests. During an executive members meeting on Sunday, Rameto said the decision to bar rich people from being part of the ruling party was a preventive measure for members not to engage in corruption. “It’s possible to get out of poverty and assume renaissance and we still have to fight corruption. Never hesitate to chase out anyone who is found guilty of corruption. In Ethiopia, the first one to go behind bars was our former prime minister before our great leader Meles Zenawi. A month ago, we arrested customs authorities, including their director,” Rameto said. He said arresting corrupt people was part of protecting public resources. “…We need to change the value system of our citizens through civic education. Another factor is to fight poverty and ensure national resources benefited all our people unlike where resources end up in a few pockets,” Rameto said. He warned that leaders in government should not take its citizens for granted or as “spectators in a stadium”. And Rameto said governments should not allow the civil service to stifle development. He said African governments needed an efficient and effective civil service for countries to develop. Rameto, who is also Ethiopian Minister of Information, said it was possible for African countries to come out of poverty and attain renaissance. “It’s the civil service that make things move. You need an efficient and effective civil service in order to have development,” Rameto said. He said African countries needed to come up with home-driven strategies to grow their economies. Rameto said governments would fail to guide the economy if they allowed the private sector to influence them.

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