November 10, 2018. The reporter believes that more than 40 former METEC officials and intelligence members are detained.
METEC leadership and intelligence forces were arrested yesterday, 9 November 2018, the report is revealed.
The government of the Ethiopian government has so far not discovered whether anyone is detained from METEC, much less – who were former officials of METEC.
According to sources, they were arrested when they met in the Gerji area of Addis Ababa at a former Imperial hotel, which the corporation bought and renamed as the Amoraw building.
According to sources, they are considered detained at the Federal Police Interim Detention Center.
METEC has been in hot water for some time now, which current government officials consider to be profound corruption and mismanagement.
According to government officials, in August of this year METEC was terminated from the project of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) for delays and mismanagement. Read here about the METEC story.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has criticized the fact that this is not only a major contributor to the delays in GERD projects, but also triggered Salini Impregilo, an Italian company that is the main contractor for GERD, to claim compensation for delays.
In October this year, and perhaps attempting to restore its name, the military-controlled manufacturing company METEC announced that it would be reorganized.
In addition to the upcoming reorganization, METEC also changed its name to the National Metal Engineering Corporation (NMEC), pending government approval.
Brigadier Kinfe Dagnaw, who led the corporation as director, was recently a media advocate at METEC until he retired from office in April 2018, after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was elected Prime Minister of the Government Party.
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