July 26, 2017 – The government has arrested 34 senior government officials and business people for alleged corruption, according to Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO), reports ENA.

During a media briefing he held today, GCAO Minister Dr. Negeri Lencho said the government has started crackdown on rent seeking and more than thirty persons have been arrested.

He added that the study carried out thus far indicates that this number will increase.

The suspects currently arrested include people from governmental institutions and the private sector.

The senior government officials are from Addis Ababa Roads Authority, Federal Roads Authority, Sugar Corporation, Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation and others, the Minister disclosed.

The measure will be extended to regional institutions, he stated.

Detailed information on the arrests will be given later, it was indicated.

The measures had to be taken because the government has the responsibility to promote good governance and ensure development with equity and benefit all sectors of the society, the Minister underlined.