November 10, 2018
More than 40 senior executives (most known as military generals) and security officers responsible for METEC (the largest military industrial complex of the government corporation) are now arrested in the capital Addis Ababa, an Ethiopian reporter reported.
The reporter, quoting anonymous sources, added that METEC's administrative and intelligence staff were arrested because they had a meeting at a Amariw company building quoted near the Imperial Hotel in Gerji.
The reason why officials are arrested is unknown and the lists of arrested officials have not yet been published.
However, they are known to be detained in a police commissioner in Addis Ababa, where the former Somali regional president was arrested.
The Wazema Radio report this week said the government is conducting a very secretive investigation of corruption scandals because it is undergoing reorganization.
Reports of their arrest came days after Abiy Ahmed revealed in Gonder during a meeting with community members that his government had made a meaningful reform in the military as regards the composition of leadership in a command structure dominated by ethnic Tigreans. In a report released yesterday, Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT) cited what it says "Resources Close to the Prime Minister" to report that more than 160 military generals have been abolished.
METEC has invested in a number of sectors in the economy, but has been more active in the construction and engineering sectors. However, society is often accused of misconceived project and major corruption.
Brigadier General Kinfe Dagnaw, who led the corporation as the director until his resignation in April 2018, following the election of Prime Minister Abiye Ahmad as Prime Minister within the ruling party, was recently corrupt and incompetent in the media defending METEC.
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