Simegnew Bekele (Eng.), the general manager of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project, which it being built on the Nile River, has been found dead in his vehicle in Addis Ababa’s Meskel Square this morning, The Reporter has learnt.
It was also learnt that the engine of the vehicle he has been driving (a Toyota Land Cruiser V8) was running when the police came to the scene.
ESAT News (July 26, 2018) The chief engineer and head of the the Grand Ethiopia Renaissance Dam (GERD) was found dead in his Land Cruiser at Meskel Square in the capital. The passing of the engineer has sent shockwave across Ethiopia.
GERD was said to become Africa’s largest hydropower dam with a capacity of 6,450 MW when completed. However, the
project has been dogged by controversies. According to reports , there has been massive embezzlement by top TPLF officials undermining the progress of the project.
Bekele headed GERD since its launch in April 2011. The engineer reported to Debretsion Gebremichael the Board Chair of Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation until recently.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed had expressed concern over the progress of the project. He reportedly said that with the current pace the dam was unlikely to be completed in 10 years.