Source: ESAT News
April 22, 2013
Dr. Tsegaye Bekele and Shambel Alemayehu Woreta, Dean and Police Section Head of the Wondo Genet College of Forestry, a College under Hawassa University, have been arrested for opposing the sale of the College’s land for a local investor.
An official at the College preferring to remain anonymous said that the two were detained since last Friday for being critical and opposing the sale of the College’s land for a Wondo Genet native investor.
He said the two officials refused to sign and give the land. Their arrest is also related College to the ethnic background of the two officials.
Shambel Alemayehu has been charged with “organizing a force to assail the Sidama people of Southern Ethiopia”. There was some chaos when a dozen of police officers entered the College to arrest the Head. Eyewitnesses said Shambel Alemayehu was saying “I have not committed any crime. My only crime is that I come from the Amhara ethnic group”, when he was being detained.
Our efforts to speak to the University and local authorities did not bear fruit.
According to an information available on the College’s Website, Wondo Genet College of Forestry (WGCF) was established as Forestry Resources Institute in January 1978 to train forest technicians in a two-year Diploma program. In 1996/7 academic year, the college was upgraded to a four-year degree program following the transfer of the Forestry Faculty from Alamaya University to WGCF.