Somalilandsun- A relentless campaign to rout out corruption in Ethiopia has so far ensued with over 200 powerful persons detained since Prime Minister Abiy ascended to office early this year.
The events unfolding in Ethiopia have now reached somaliland following the arrest of Brigadier General Berhe Tesfaye, who was Ethiopia’s General Consul in Hargeisa for over a decade.
According to sources Brigadier Tesfaye as arrested in Addis Ababa three days ago on alleged corrupt practices perpetrated during his tenure in Hargeisa.
Having been recalled back in late October 018, the long serving resident Ethiopia diplomat in Hargeisa is accused of having accrued large amounts, to the tune of millions through misuse of office.
According to our source the large sums were accrued from Somaliland owner companies whose imports were registered as belonging to the Federal Government of Ethiopia thence pass Berbera port without paying relevant fees.
Apart from foodstuffs other imports in the scam included construction equipment as well as METEC weapons ordinance in addition to scrap metals bought within somaliland.
Having facilitated the registration of these goods as government imports, Brigadier Berhe is said to have then been paid half the initial cost payable to port authorities for his services.
This operation came to light after the arrest of Colonel Gebregziabher Alemseged ‘Gebre Dilla’ who was the political affairs attached in charge of southern Somalia, who is reported to have been the link in the corruption cartel.
This cartel involves former senior federal government and army officials as well as luminaries of the once mighty powerful Tigray Peoples Liberation Army-TPLF.
The arrest of these two former powerful diplomats serving in Somalia and somaliland came after bank accounts revealed large sums of money with investigators also guided by relevant internal transactions to many current and former all powerful TPLF members.
While misuse of office is a crime in any country and against any person it is worth mention that Overt activities by Brigadier General Berhe Tesfaye in Somaliland we’re very helpful to the people