Makuei denies corruption ranking, terms watchdog groups as blood-suckers

Michael Makuei Lueth, Minister of Information addresses the press after the African Union heads of state and government summit held in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa |Photo: File

In response to the latest corruption classification released by Transparency International, Information Minister Michael Makuei says that corruption has become rampant everywhere in the world, even in the United States and Germany.

“Even America and Germany are corrupt,” said Michael Makuei in an interview with Sudans Post.

He accused Western watchdogs of making millions of dollars and profiteering from conflicts. “These are people who write like that so that they earn their living on our blood.”

On Thursday, the Berlin-based investigative body released its annual report on corruption perceptions, ranking South Sudan and Somalia as the most corrupt countries in the world, scoring 12 points out of 100.

“Yes. I don’t deny that there is [no] corruption in South Sudan like other countries, but it is not the most corrupt,” Makuei said in an interview this morning.

Makuei admitted that there are corruption cases in South Sudan, like any other country around the world.

“Yes, South Sudan as I said early like other countries, even America is corrupt. There is corruption even in America, even in Germany. So we can’t deny that there is corruption in South Sudan but to rank it as the most corrupt country is unacceptable,” he said.

The South Sudanese Minister of Information, who is also the government’s spokesperson, accused Transparency International and other researchers of making up baseless and nonfactual reports without supporting evidence.

“These NGOs and UN Agencies are the most corrupt and their reports are based on what. So I don’t really believe these are genuine reports. After all, it is after studying the corrupt countries all over the world and then you begin to rank them. Do they make that or they reach their conclusion,” he wondered.

South Sudan slipped into conflict in 2013, and has been ranked first on the list of the most corrupt countries in the world, since 2019.

S. Sudan, Somalia draw 12-12, ranked as most corrupt nations on Earth

A report released by Transparency International says that South Sudan and Somalia are the most corrupt countries in the world, with each scoring 12 points on the Corruption Perceptions Index.

According to the report obtained by Thessherald, the two countries were followed by Syria with a score of 14, followed by Yemen and Venezuela which share the same scores of 15.

“The data shows that despite some progress, most countries still fail to tackle corruption effectively,” the group said in a statement.

Most countries have made “little to no progress” in tackling corruption in nearly a decade, a new report by Transparency International says.
The Berlin-based nonprofit group ranks countries on a scale of zero to 100, with 100 being the least corrupt.

The least corrupt countries are Denmark and New Zealand, with both scoring 88. They were followed by Finland, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland, with scores of 85.
South Sudan has been ranked for three years in a row as one of the most corrupt countries in the entire world

The report says that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been used by governments as a tool of corruption

“COVID-19 is not just a health and economic crisis. It is a corruption crisis. And one that we are currently failing to manage,” Delia Ferreira Rubio, Chair of Transparency International said.

“The past year has tested governments like no other in memory, and those with higher levels of corruption have been less able to meet the challenge. But even those at the top of the CPI must urgently address their role in perpetuating corruption at home and abroad.”

Somalia alarmed by ‘unfolding situation’ in Ethiopia

The Federal Republic of Somalia | Foreign Affairs Ministry

November 19, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Somali government has voiced its concern over the ongoing endless fighting between the Ethiopian Federal troops and the TPLF forces in the Tigray region, and called on the warring parties to find common ground to resolve their differences amicably.

“The Federal Republic of Somalia expresses concern over the unfolding situation in Ethiopia. The Federal Government of Somalia reiterates its support for the unity of Ethiopia, and calls for dialogue to amicably end the internal conflict in Ethiopia,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday.

The Somali government expresses its solidarity with the Ethiopian government, and pledged to help it bring the conflict to an immediate end.

“Somalia, as a neighbor and a friend is willing to offer its full support in the quest to end the current situation in Ethiopia.”

“Somalia echoes calls from the region to immediately and peacefully resolve the conflict in Ethiopia. The Federal Government of Somalia holds that now, more than ever, our region needs to consolidate its collective contributions with the common goal of peace and security to promote opportunities for our people. Somalia reaffirms its solidarity with the Government of Ethiopia under the leadership of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in keeping the constitutional order, and respecting the territorial integrity of Ethiopia.”

Somalia, which borders Ethiopia from the west, hosts thousands of Ethiopian troops – currently serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISSOM) as part of regional efforts to maintain peace and security in the Horn of Africa.

Ethiopia, the second most populous country in Africa, has been embroiled in a deadly conflict for weeks pitting the Ethiopian National Defense Forces against the TPLF-led opposition forces in the Tigray region.

Since the outbreak of fighting earlier this month, the Ethiopian government has come under increasing international pressure to enter into a meaningful dialogue with the TPLF leadership. However, the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy, has shunned international calls for peace.