Scholarships Reveal Sources of Corruption in Aden Government
Recent leaks of Yemeni lists of educational scholarships for studying abroad prompted many to demand that legal authorities expose the corruption of the coalition government, which has been feeding on the pain of Yemenis since the beginning of the war on Yemen, in a way that shows the scale of the disaster and rampant corruption in Al-Alimi’s authorities.
In the latest leaks in the country, official statements issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs showed the names of official’s sons and leaders in Al-Alimi government, and attachés who have been abroad for several years, in a picture that reveals another face for the corruption that eats away at the corridors of the coalition government.
The lists showed that many of the names from sons of military leaders’ sons and relatives of officials were repeated, which indicated the dispatch of close associates of state figures to be employed at the same time as attachés in the same country, in a picture that reveals the state of grand corruption, to obtain huge financial returns that pour into the pockets of officials’ relatives.
A group of names appeared that were repeated in the leaked lists, and they were granted a scholarship decision to study, and another decision to appoint in the attachments, among them; they are Asma Hammoud Saeed Al-Mikhlafi – Assistant Health Attaché, Ankara, Ibrahim Sultan Hizam Al-Atwani – Attaché, Kuala Lumpur, Abdul Rahman Muhammad Moqbel Al-Hamiri – Assistant Health Attache, Kuala Lumpur, And Jazem Hussein Al-Aji Al-Awadi – Assistant Health Attaché, Cairo.
Yemenis described these leaks as one of dozens of cases that target them and confiscate their rights in favor of the influential. The leaks raised many questions about corruption deals that gave them the ability to distribute the rights of Yemenis in favor of the Presidency Council powers appointed by the coalition, and military figures and party leaders in one of the most famous transnational corruption cases.
Yemeni male and female students at home and abroad described the leaked disclosures as a calamity. A statement issued by them said: “We, as Yemeni students at home and abroad, were shocked by the leaked lists that contained the names of the official’s sons in the state.” Starting with the president, passing through ministers, officers and various leaders.”
The statement added, “Despite our knowledge of rampant corruption in all state institutions,
we did not expect that the farce of rights has reached this level of tampering with the rights of the people, and absorbing their capabilities with this amount of greed.” Denouncing the tampering with the capabilities of the people, we announce the launch of an accountability campaign for the Ministry of Higher Education.
The statement called for reviewing the names on the lists and re-evaluating and withdrawing undeserved grants and financial aid based on clear and specific criteria, and work to publish a specific mechanism and clear criteria for students to obtain grants and financial aid based on fair competition and principle of equal opportunity.
The statement confirmed their entitlement to demand the periodic publication to the lists of scholarship students, in application to the principle of institutional transparency. It called on Yemeni student unions abroad and at home to assume responsibility towards union members, and work to claim the rights of its members, take this seriously.
The statement held the Minister of Higher Education, all officials in the ministry, and members of the coalition government responsible for what happened. Demanding the development of solutions and emphasizing the continuity of claiming their rights and the rights of their fellow students, and exposing aspects of falsehood and corruption.
Earlier, Yemenis on social media denounced the hashtag #scholarship_thieves to take the lead in interactions, denouncing the corruption of the coalition government leaders, and recipients of scholarships abroad disbursed from the country’s budget.
Despite Al-Alimi’s decisions, many observers considered the decision to absorb popular anger, and it was not responsible. The fact that the decision was broad and not defined by measures to combat corruption in his respective coalition government.