November 10, 2018
More than 40 high ranking management (and known as military generals in many cases) and Security personnel responsible for METEC (Metal and Engineering Corporation), the largest military industrial company, were arrested today in the capital Addis Ababa, reported the Ethiopian Reporter.
The reporter, citing an anonymous source, added that senior METEC officials and intelligence were arrested when they held a meeting in the Corporate building, called Amoraw, around the Imperial Hotel on Gerji.
The reason why the officials were arrested is unknown and the list of arrested officials has not been disclosed so far.
However, it is known that they were detained in the Addis Ababa Police Commander, where the former regional president of Somalia was arrested.
A report by Wazema Radio this week said that the government was conducting a very secret investigation into corruption scandals because activities to reorganize the corporation were ongoing.
News of their arrest took place a few days after Abiy Ahmed announced at Gonder during a meeting with community members that his government was carrying out significant reforms in the military in terms of the composition of the leadership in the command structure which was formerly dominated by ethnic Tigreans. In a report published yesterday, Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT) cited the so-called "Source close to the Prime Minister" to report that more than 160 military generals had been stopped.
METEC has investments in various sectors in the economy but is more active in the construction and mechanical engineering sectors. However, companies are often accused of completing bad projects and major corruption.
Brigadier General Kinfe Dagnaw (pictured above), 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, recently in the media defending METEC, a a company that seems to be seen by Ethiopians as corrupt and incompetent.
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