News of the arrest of Ethiopian Revenue and Customs Authority heads along with private business men and women on alleged corruption and tax fraud crimes continues to be the talk of the town. On Friday May 10th, the Ethiopian Federal Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (FEACC) announced that ERCA’s Director Melaku Fenta and his deputy, Gebrewahid Woldegiorgis, were detained along with other 23 suspects.
The list of those detained went on to include Eshetu Woldesemayat, Head Prosecutor of ERCA, Asmelash Woldemariam, Kaliti Branch Customs Head, Tiruneh Berta, Confiscated Property Administration Head of ERCA, Amogne Tagele, Nazareth Branch Customs Head, and Mulugeta Gashaw, engineer at the Oromia Regional State Special Zone.
The infamous list continued with the names of local businessmen such as Ketema Kebede, owner of KK Trading Plc, Semachew Kebede, owner of Intercontinental Addis Hotel, Mehereteab Abraha, investor and youngest brother of Siye Abraha, Nega Gebregziabher, owner of Netsa Trading, Zerihun Zewde and others.
This news has brought about hot discussions in cafes, stores, taxis, bars, hair dressers and other places where people gather. A lot of different opinions are being expressed, some expressing their appreciation for the FEACC, some protesting that more should be done and others just expressing their disbelief that such high level officials could even get involved in corruption. Capital tried to gather here a selection of these opinions.