Addis Abeba, January 23/2019 – The police have arrested founding member of the ruling EPRDF and veteran politician Bereket Simon, and former TIRET Corporate CEO, Tadesse Kassa, A.K.A. Tinkishu, the Amhara Mass Media Agency reported.
They are detained on suspicion of wasting public money when both were running TIRET Corporate, a conglomerate owned by the Amhara Democratic Party (ADP).
On August 24, ADP suspended both from its central committee membership and said they were being investigated for inappropriate conducts in running TIRET.
Earlier this week, an eight member congressional delegation visited Ethiopia. The delegation consisted of Senators Chris Coons, Jeff Merkley and Al Franken and Representatives David Cicilline, Joseph P. Kennedy, Betty McCollum, Terri A. Sewell and Kay Granger. While in Ethiopia the Members visited U.S. development assistance project partner sites, held a roundtable discussion with Ethiopian Civil Society members and met with the African Union Chairperson, Ms. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
On Sunday, the Members visited Sun Transfer Tech where they learned from the Managing Director about how a grant from the U.S. Government’s Power Africa, Off-Grid Energy Challenge is helping his company to bring solar power to rural households in Ethiopia. During the rest of the day, the Members split into two groups. One group visited Mama Fresh Injera, which investments from members of RENEW’s Global Impact Angel Network to open a new facility which allowed them to triple production and increase exports of fresh-baked injera, a staple bread of Ethiopian cuisine made from teff (a gluten-free grain) to U.S. and European markets. The group then proceeded to the Pioneer Seed Processing facility in Menagasha to learn about how more resilient hybrid corn seeds are helping Ethiopian farmers to more than triple their yields. DuPont partners with USAID and the Government of Ethiopia on the Advanced Maize Seed Adoption Program to provide sample seed on demonstration plots and field training sessions to show farmers how to best use fertilizer and improved production techniques to grow better crops. The visits provided the Members with the opportunity to see firsthand how the President’s Feed the Future initiative is increasing agricultural productivity and generating opportunities for economic growth and trade.
The other group of Members travelled to the Wara Health Post and a model household, both located in Aleltu Woreda in North Shoa Zone of Oromiya Regional State. During the visit, the Members learned how Health Posts fit into the larger primary health care system and the woreda Primary Health Care Units and how the entire health “eco-system”, which the U.S. Government has been supporting since 2008, is helping to bring drastic improvements in health care for Ethiopians throughout the country. At the model household, the group was able to witness how the Government of Ethiopia’s Health Extension Education Program, which focuses on raising awareness about healthy practices in areas like maternal and child health, nutrition, family planning, water and sanitation, works with individual households to serve as models for their community. The group then visited the IOM offices in Addis Ababa to discuss how international partners are working with the Government of Ethiopia to find solutions for accommodating the large influx of refugees coming to Ethiopia from neighboring countries.