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The Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Services Enterprise (ESCLSE) has become the sixth public institution in the latest corruption scandal.
Late this week Federal Police arrested five top officials of the Enterprise on suspicions of corruption.
According to the information that Capital obtained, Chief Alemu Ambaye, who led the shipping division as a deputy CEO since Ethiopian Shipping Lines was dissolved for the conglomerate with other logistics sectors in 2011 was arrested on Friday.
Sisay Abaferda, Corporate Service Deputy CEO, and Dessalegn Gebrehiwot, Port and Terminal Deputy CEO of ESLSE, were also arrested on the same day.
Siraje Abdulahi, former ESLSE Djibouti branch head and Plan and Business Development head at the enterprise and recently transferred to the multimodal division as a head, is also under custody.
Samuel Melaku, the Finance head, was also arrested.
ESLSE has been the sole multimodal operator for almost seven years. The enterprise has been the sole commercial vessel operator on the continent since the South African based vessel operator, Safmarine was bought by the Danish global logistics giant A.P. Moller-Maersk Group in 1999.
In recent years the enterprise has expanded its business by buying additional vessels including the first oil tankers. ESLSE has expanded dry ports. It has also stated it would buy RoRo vessels to manage growing vehicle imports.
In the 2016/17 budget year the enterprise earned 15.8 billion birr in total revenue, which is 82 percent of the projection, from sea transport, freight forwarding and port services, according to the enterprise website.
Recently, in relation to the anti corruption campaign police arrested more than 55 active and former officials at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation, Ethiopian Roads Authority, Sugar Corporation, Addis Ababa Housing Bureau and Addis Ababa Roads Authority. The government says the crackdown will continue. Some individuals were also arrested in relation to the cases with the officials. The assets of the companies and individuals were also frozen by the court, while some of the individuals associated with the frozen assets were not arrested. Police did not mention the names associated with Gemshu Construction, Aser Construction and DMC on their lists.