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Ethiopia: Arrests Continue in Corruption Allegations

(Addis Fortune) The attorney general has arrested three project managers and two managers of the Addis Ababa Savings & Houses Development Enterprise, raising the number of arrested officials who are suspected of corruption to 42.


The officials who were arrested include Saba Mekonnen, land management and infrastructure development design vice manager, Shimelse Alemayu, housing coordination administration vice manager and Tsedale Mamo, manager of the Addis Ababa Housing Development Project Office.

The officials are suspected of allegedly granting a contract a decade ago to a construction company that did not participate in the bidding process. Getachew Ambaye, the nation’s first attorney general since 1994, told the press in his office this morning that the government lost a total of 41.8 million Br in the process.

Last week, the government arrested three dozen officials, investors and a broker.

This is the second grand corruption case since the arrest of Melaku Fenta, former director of the Ethiopian Revenues & Customs Authority (ERCA), along with his deputy, Gebrewahed W. Giorgis, and other known business figures in 2013.

PUBLISHED ON JUL 29,2017 [ VOL 18 ,NO 900]

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