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Ethiopia arrested Disaster Risk Management Commissioner over alleged corruption 

Mitiku Kassa, Ethiopia’s Commissioner for Disaster Risk Management, and Elshadai Relief and Development Association are painted as partners in crime 

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Mitiku Kassa, Commissioner of The National Disaster Risk Management Commission, who is arrested over allegations of corruption (Photo credit : EBC)

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Ethiopian Police on Wednesday announced on Wednesday that it has arrested Mitiku Kassa, Commissioner of The National Disaster Risk Management Commission. 

Police are alleging that he was involved in serious corruption, which is said to have been committed over two years ago,  and embezzled hundreds of millions of Ethiopian birr. 

The Commissioner is said to have partnered with Elshadai Relief and Development Association in committing the crime.  His spouse is said to be the executive director of the organisation. 

Police claim that the commissioner took food and non-food items that were meant to be for aid purposes and diverted them for his own personal use.

EBC, state-owned media, reported that Police had sent evidence, supporting its claim, to ETV, a state-owned television station.

“National Disaster Risk Management Commissioner, Mitiku Kassa, conspired with Elshadai Relief and Development Association Director, Yemane W/Mariam and other employees to make corruption crime, in connection with food aid and other items that was released in the name of those who need it, appear legitimate,” police claims, as cited by EBC report. 

Furthermore, it made claims that the investigation by the Prosecutor General office Corruption Crime Directorate and the Federal Police Commission established that Commissioner Mitiku Kassa and Elshadai Relief and Development Association Director, Yemane W/Mariam, created inappropriate working relations to embezzle aid food items by doctoring the number of people who need aid and by coordinating food aid distribution when there were no recipients. 

Centres of the commission and Elshadai Relief and Development Association branches in Afar, Amhara, Oromia, South Ethiopia, and other regions were investigated, according to the report by EBC. 

Among the findings , police claimed, are aid food taken out from the commission in the name of aid seekers had been illegally converted to cash for personal use. 

472,000,000 Ethiopian Birr, over half a billion birr worth of wheat, 34,000 quintals of maize, 77,000 litres of cooking oil, and 4000 quintals of rice are the resources from the commission diverted to personal use in a corrupt way, according to police claim. 

The money obtained through corrupt practice is said to have been invested in real estate in the capital Addis Ababa and Hawassa in the name of family members including spouses, children, and parents. 

What Mitiku Kassa has to say about the alleged corruption is not indicated in the report from state media. 

In 2019, Mitiku Kassa was appointed as  “a member of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement,” – according to a report by the UN. 

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9 COMMENTS

  1. If I get my way, I will execute the thief in public as lesson/warning to, I am certain, at least hundreds others like him

  2. Subject: “Ethiopia arrested Disaster Risk Management Commissioner over alleged corruption: Borkena.com , July 13, 2022

    Quote: Ethiopian Police on Wednesday announced that it has arrested Mitiku Kassa, Commissioner of The National Disaster Risk Management Commission.  Police are alleging that he was involved in serious corruption, which is said to have been committed over two years ago,  and embezzled hundreds of millions of Ethiopian birr. Unquote

    Sad Commentary
    An Ethiopian gentleman with dazzling attire — especially the necktie— is accused of swindling government money, which means the money of the People of Ethiopia!!!! Imagine, the implication and the possible swindling by other government employees. Call me NAIVE. Apparently, Ethiopia is infested by also other Ethiopian Government Employees who are swindling the People of Ethiopia. OH! LORD, have mercy upon the innocent Ethiopian people. For sure, they are engulfed by SHAME, SHAME and SHAME. I happen to learn that, in a certain country, such kind of swindling is considered nartural !!!!!!!!

    In any case, what a way of destroying the name of an ancient independent free African Country for time immemorial. What a Shame!! Now, what do teachers in schools teach their young, pure hearted, Ethiopian Children??? What a disgrace for an ANCIENT country like ETHIOPIA.

    DEAR ETHIOPIA, BEND DOWN YOUR HEAD AND CRY. For a RELIEF. It MAY WORK!!! OTHER WISE, THE END.

  3. Any surprise? Tip of the ice berg of the public corruption that Woyane clique spawned and presided over decades and left behind. If true , this particularly disturbing because it involved in basic food items and food charity and help intended for war and drought and affected people. I’m sure it affected many drought affected Kebeke in Somali and Oromia regions and It has often been reported in the region that some corrupt local business men and administrators were part of these unethical and criminal scheme.

  4. Tplf has used so many outfits–disaster relief, peace and security, development, privatization, etc–to steal public money and generate foreign aid in the past five decades. The sad thing is that Mitiku Kassa, his wife, etc have used the poor as cover to advance a Tplf agenda both here and abroad (Mitiku is on UN disaster relief panel smuggling into Tigray electronic devices along with enriched foods for Tplf militia, etc; as WHO DG Tedros oversteps his duties to promote Tplf from terrorist to victim of “genocide.”). This is a tested and tried tactic of Tplf. Good job Abiy Admin caught the gang with its hands in the cookie jar. Just wait and you will now hear NOISE that Mitiku Kassa and the rest were arrested NOT BECAUSE THEY ARE THIEVES/CRIMINALS BUT BECAUSE THEY ARE FROM TIGRAY!

  5. This robbery of public fund and above all trust seems to be so brazen. But I ain’t surprised. It is in the doctrine of the demonic school of thought of Marxism/Leninism/Maoism and when it is translated by our own deacons/deresas of this devil’s sermon to make it palatable in the old country it is called ‘revolutionary democracy’. Folks, just step back and ponder for a minute. What does it make you when you snatch away life saving food supply from the mouths of the starving, sell it in the market and pocket the money? What are you? Who are you? Don’t you dare call yourself an Ethiopian? Don’t even think about it!!!

  6. Late is better than never. But the arrest of ato Mitiku Kassa and the leaders of Elshadai Relief and Development Association will disrupt the TPLF network and reduce the embezzling of humanitarian aid. Corruption in this case is very serious and inhuman and those involved should face severe punishment.

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