Embassy of The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopa
in the Republic of South Africa

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Addis Ababa July 25, 2017 The government has apprehended 34 senior government officials and businesspersons for alleged corrupt practices, according to Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO).

During a media briefing he held today, GCAO Minister Dr. Negeri Lencho said the government has started crackdown on rent seeking more than thirty persons have been arrested.

He added that the study carried out thus far indicates that this number will increase.

The suspects currently arrested are from governmental institutions and the private sector.

The senior government officials are from Addis Ababa Roads Authority, Federal Roads Authority, Sugar Corporation, Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation and others, the Minister disclosed.

The measure will be extended to regional institutions, he stated.

Detailed information on the arrests will be given later, it was indicated.

The measures had to be taken because the government has the responsibility to promote good governance and ensure development with equity and benefit all sectors of the society, the Minister underlined.