Illegal business increased following clamp down on ERCA officials


The Ethiopian Revenue and Customs Authority (ERCA), whose leaders and top managements have been arrested on corruption suspicion a week ago, announced that it is carrying out its day to day activities headed by two of its deputy directors.
Efrem Mekonnen, Public Relation head of ERCA, told Capital that Kaidaki Gezahegn, deputy director of Operation Design and Development, and Abraham Niguse, deputy director of Change and Modernization are currently assigned as acting directors.
Meanwhile, in the wake of the unexpected arrest of its top management that gripped the country, the authority identified an increase in illegal business activities springing up in various business sectors. On Friday May 10, Melaku Fenta, director of ERCA, Gebrewahid Woldegiorgis, deputy director of Law Enforcement, Eshetu Woldesemayat, Chief Prosecutor of ERCA, Mamo Abdi, tax and customs affairs adviser to the Director of ERCA and Dawit Ethiopia, director of Risk Management Directorate of ERCA, were detained on allegations of corruption with other officials of the authority and branch officials that also include heavy weight businessmen, totalling 32 individuals.
According to Efrem ERCA employees  are expecting the assignment of a new director from the prime minister’s office.
Meanwhile, the current acting management discussed with employees of the authority on Wednesday May 15, so as to harmonize the work under the current circumstances and in the absence of its top management.
Efrem said that the illegal business activity mainly related to non issuance of receipt against sales and/or effecting unrecorded sales on their cash register machine was observed on some business areas taking the opportunity and the gap they expected shall occur with the incarceration of ERCA officials.
The public relation head however, cautioned the business community to continue in their kosher activities as “We will continue taking measures as usual,”  he stressed.
As of Tuesday 14, 25 suspects including ERCA officials have appeared before court.