Following the appointment of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) to the leadership of the ruling Front the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), stories originating from Ethiopia has dominated global news headlines, and this week was no different in this regard, as the detention of senior officials of the ill-fated Metal and Engineering Corporation (MetEC) and the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) made news headlines over the weekend.
Former Director General of the Metals and Engineering Corporation (MetEC), Kinfe Dagnew (Brig. Gen) has been arrested in Humera Tigray Regional State according to state media. This comes after the Federal Attorney General announced that 63 individuals from the National Intelligence and Security Service have been detained for alleged human rights violence and grand corruption. Below is the list of the suspects under custody.
In a statement he released today at press conference held at his Office, Attorney General Birhanu Tsegaye said that suspects especially of terrorism used to be detained in ghost prisons across the country and tortured by operatives of the National Information and Security Services (NISS).
In his first ever press conference since he took office last May, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PHD) has addressed wide variety of issues including the reform process and the interparty challenges in EPRDF, the recent conflicts in Jigjiga, and the progress of the nation’s mega projects including the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
The Head of the Ethiopian Sugar Corporation Endawek Abite disclosed to the parliamentary State Enterprises Affairs Standing Committee that they are unable to terminate its contractual agreement with the government owned Metals and Engineering Corporation (MetEC) as officials of the Corporation have been subject to harassments by the latter.