Police arrested twenty eight businessmen and government authorities on alleged corruption charges. State media,in a facebook update, cited Federal Police Commission to report that the suspects are arrested in relation with 1.5 billion Ethiopian Birr loss to government – apparently in revenue.
The report didn’t name names but four of the businessmen are said to be Ethiopian investors with legal license for coffee trade and have been in the business for many many years.
Some of the suspects are authorities in quality control and marketing department of Ethiopian Coffee and Tea Authority.
The suspects are arrested for alleged corruption crimes committed between 2008 and 2015 ( 2000-2007 Ethiopian calendar)
Three of the suspects are described as”professionals” within Ethiopian Coffee and Tea authority.
It is to be recalled that government arrested 125 people sometime in the last week of December in relation to corruption within Addis Ababa City Administration that led to illegal transfer of land and loss of revenue to the city administration.
So far none of the arrested on corruption charges since last month appeared before court and their identities is not revealed to the public which is giving rise skepticism that the regime is just playing political tricks.
As part of the pledge to what the regime called “in-depth revival”, a political rhetoric that emerged after the popular movement across Ethiopia, government claimed that it tasked itself to get ride of corrupt government officials and fight corruption.
Skepticism on the part of the public partly emanates from the belief that it is unlikely for any government officials to be free from corruption in a system that is based on corruption. In fact it is is high ranking officials of the dominant Tigray People’s Liberation Front that are believed to be mired in grand corruption in multiple forms and not a single one of them is behind bar on corruption charges so far.