Koysha Hydroelectric workers arrested for speaking to the media


Melat Mulugeta

The Salini Impregilo Group has been building complex and crucial projects for Ethiopia’s economy since 1957.  On May 24, 2016, Salini Impregilo signed a 2.5 billion Euros contract with Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) to build Koysha hydroelectric plant. The highly anticipated project hit a wall in recent years, and employees working have been protesting to receive their salaries and a much-needed improvement on the managerial level. Despite holding many protests, respective governmental bodies have ignored their call for help. They visited Mereja TV’s studio on early May to voice their concerns and grievances. 

Mereja TV received an anonymous tip that authorities have arrested the employees who contacted the studio and other media outlets for the platform. It is to be remembered that the employees stated concerns for their safety previously. According to the report, more than 20 employees have been arrested, some even from the gates of the Human Rights Commission office in Addis Ababa. Mereja TV contacted the commission but the spokesperson denied any knowledge of the arrest, or any grievances filed prior.