A flower farm believed to be associated with Mrs Azib Mesfin , wife of Prime minster Melese Zenawi , is blamed for water pollution in the south part of Ethiopia.
According to Hiber Radio, Las Vegas(America ) based Amharic community radio, the flower farm that is a believed owned by Mrs Azeb in joint venture with one foreign national affects the live hood of local people, located on the road to Aswassa (South Ethiopia ). The radio quoted closed sources in the area , who accused the owners of the flower farm for their poor management , by letting the toxic and polluted water to flow to the near by river , where locals use the water for fishing purpose .
Recently , they (Locals) have raised their concern to the representatives of the farm ;however they have been physically beaten and silenced by members of security forces believed to be assigned by the ruling party, EPRDF that Mrs Azeb is associated with ( not to make the problem in the public interest ).It is also reported that the farm is under 24 hrs heavy security surveillance by armed officers . The same sources also said that Photographing in side the flower farm is prohibited .
Even those employees who faced skins burn and respiratory problems because of lack of the necessary health and safety tools, gloves, masks boots are deprived to report about their problems for fear to lose their job. It is reported that in Ethiopia, several investors who engaged in the flower farming fail to respect the work and employment opportunity law that enforces employers to provide the proper safety equipments to their respective employees ,