Corruption in Service Delivery of Municipals in Metekel Zone Weredas Capital Towns; North West Ethiopia
Authors: Atnafu Morka Aldo and Abebe Zeleke
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Corruption in the public sector is often viewed as exacerbating conditions of poverty in countries already struggling with the strains of economic growth and democratic transition. Corruption is contemporary global issue that needs crucial attention. It should not be seen differently from HIV ADIS, Cancer, TB, poverty and the like that eroding the nations’ welfare. This study was therefore targeted Assessing Corruption in Service Delivery of Municipal in Metekl Zone Towns (Benishangul Gumuz Region).The objectives of the study were; to identify the areas and types of corruption in municipals service delivery; To analyze the degree of corruption in Municipals service delivery through the perception of people. To achieve the intended objectives, data were collected in seven weredas of Metekel zone from the targeted population-local officials, elders and residents of capital towns of the weredas by means of structured and unstructured questionnaires. The questionnaires were supported by unstructured interviews. Self-administered questionnaire were distributed for 312 resident populations and 64 persons were interviewed. The finding shows that different types of corruption; nepotism, bribe, embezzlement and fraud are perpetrated in municipals in different service delivery process and the magnitude was at severe situation. This was manifested by employment of incompetent personnel on key positions under pretext of different mechanisms. in different service delivery process such as in revenue collection, in land allocation, land use planning, expropriation of private property rights, land dispute and conflict management, other social municipal services, construction of infrastructure, and in house related services corruption practice was also found to be shocking. Consequently, using community as a means of preventive tool trough uninterrupted awareness creation, prevention of undue influence, monitoring and increasing public administration’s accountability through surveys, using religious leaders rigorously as means to shape their followers against corruption, and increasing the number of workers in municipals were recommended.