November 10, 2018
Today, more than 40 high-ranking executives (and most commonly known as military generals in most cases) were arrested in the capital Adis Abeb and the Metals and Engineering Corporation, the largest corporations of government military industrial complexes, are reported to be the Ethiopian Reporter.
The reporter, quoting anonymous sources, added that senior METEC officials and intelligence officials were arrested while they had a meeting in the building of the corporation, quoted as Amorav, near the Imperial Hotel in Gerja.
The reason officials are arrested is unknown, and the list of officials who have been arrested so far have not been revealed.
However, they are known to have been detained in the police command in Addis Ababa, where the former regional president of Somalia was arrested.
In the Vazema Radio report this week, it was said that the government is conducting a very secret investigation of corruption scandals, as the activity is on the reorganization of the corporation.
The news of their arrest came a few days after Abii Ahmed discovered in Gonder at a meeting with members of the community that his administration undertook a significant reform of the military in terms of the composition of the leadership in the command structure dominated by the ethnic Tigers. In a report released yesterday, Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT) said it was called "Sources Near the Prime Minister" to report that more than 160 military generals were interrupted.
METEC has investments in a number of sectors in the economy, but has been more active in the construction and mechanical engineering sector. However, the corporation is often accused of a bad project and grand corruption.
Brigadier General Kinfe Dagnav (pictured above), who led the corporation as director until he stepped back in April 2018, following the election of Prime Minister Abhi Ahmed as prime minister in the ruling party, recently defended METEC in the media, and Ethiopian corporations appear to see corrupt and incompetent.
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