ADDIS ABEBA – The former head of state-run Electric firm and deputy head of military-run industrial conglomerate METEC were charged over corruption linked to grand renaissance dam construction project.
Azeb Asnake, former head Ethiopia Electric Power, Mulu Woldegeriel, former deputy head of MeTEC, and 49 other people were “charged with corruption in relation to a forest clearing project for the country’s flagship mega hydro project”, reported state-run news agency, ENA.
Azeb is currently working for a foreign firm after she was sacked from her position in August 2018. Mulu, previously charged in a separate corruption case involving METEC, is in jail awaiting trial in that case.
The two were charged in relation to a $159 million contract awarded to MeTEC to clear a forest area where water from the dam on the Nile River is planned to flow, Attorney General office spokesman Zinabu Tunu told Reuters.
At least half of the money was wasted and the contract was never finalized, he said.
Nearly 50 other people, some of them former METEC officials and other employees of private companies involved in the contract, were charged along with the two senior officials.
Image: Azeb Asnake [File]