More than 40 senior executives (and in most cases are known to be military generals) and the security staff responsible for METEC, the largest military industrial complex of government companies, were arrested today in Addis Ababa, the capital said. Ethiopian Reporter.
Reporter, who reported anonymous sources, added that METEC's senior intelligence and intelligence officials were arrested because they had a meeting at the Amoraw Building, near the Imperial Hotel in Gerji.
The reason why the officers were arrested is unknown and the lists of those arrested have not been announced so far.
However, they are known to be detained in Addis Ababa, where the former Somali regional president was arrested.
A Wazema Radio report this week said the government is conducting a very secret-looking investigation of corruption scandals, as the company's reorganization activity is in progress.
The news of their arrest came a few days after Abiy Ahmed revealed to Gonder at a meeting with members of the community that his administration had carried out a substantial reform in the army as regards the leadership composition in the ruling structure dominated by ethnic Tigers. In a report released yesterday, Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT) reported what it called "Sources near the Prime Minister" to report that more than 160 military generals have been terminated.
METEC has made investments in various sectors of the economy, but has been more active in construction and engineering. However, the company is often accused of poor project completion and high corruption.
General Brigadier Kinfe Dagnaw, who led the company as director until he resigned in April 2018 after the election of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed as prime minister in the ruling party, was recently found in the media defending METEC, corrupt and incompetent.
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