Sir Malcolm Bruce, chair of the UK Parliament's Committee for International Development, on an official visit with a delegation of MP's last week, dismissed allegations against the villagization program as "unsubstantiated".
In an interview with a local newspaper Sir Malcolm said DFID and other agencies had monitored the villagization program, undertaking a dozen visits to the regions, and "what these review missions have concluded is that they could not substantiate the claims."
Sir Malcolm said the missions had not categorically rejected the allegations, but they had not been able to find evidence to substantiate the accusations that had been made.
He added: "we cannot make decisions based on allegations." Sir Malcolm, who said the discussions he and the delegation had held with high-level officials in Ethiopia were "frank", went on to say that on human rights issues he and his delegation had observed was that "what we have now is mostly allegations, many of which government has already addressed."
The result, he emphasized, was that the UK currently had in Ethiopia "a program which is delivering a very good result," and that overall the UK aid programs in Ethiopia were effective.