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Ethiopia bids farewell to assassinated Chief of Staff Seare Mekonnen

General Seare Mekonnen and his friend. Brigadier General Gezai Abera will be laid to rest in Mekelle St. Gabriel Church. Unlike the former chief of staff Samora Younis,Seare Mekonnen was very popular and respected among Ethiopians.

Seare Mekonnen _ Ethiopia _ Chief of Staff of the Defense Force
Prayer ritual at the Millennium Hall in the capital Addis Ababa. Photo : DW Amharic

June 25, 2019

Ethiopia is bidding farewell to slain Chief of Staff of the Defense Force, General Seare Mekonnen, and his close friend, Retired Brigadier General Gezai Abera, at the Millenium Hall on Tuesday in the capital Addis Ababa. 

Relatives and Friends of the deceased, President Sahlework Zewde, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, ministers, high ranking military officers and members of the diplomatic community attended the farewell ceremony, according to a report by DW Amharic. 

Following prayer rituals in the tradition of the Ethiopian Church, General Getachew Gudina who is Commander of the Northern division of the defense force readout a brief biography of the late General Seare whom Ethiopians seem to get to know well, and revere, following his appointment as Chief of Staff in June 2018.  

He was born in 1954 (Ethiopian Calendar which is 1962 G.C.) in Tigray region Endabaguna district from his mother Woizero Hiwot Yihdego and his father Mekonnen Yimer. He went to Shire high school before he joined the rebel forces of Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in 1969 E. C. (1977 G.C). After TPLF took over power in Addis Ababa,  he has served in the military in different capacities including as Chief of staff of the Defense Force. 

His friend, Rtd. Brigadier General Gezai Abera was also born in Tigray region, Aksum Town, one of Ethiopia’s major tourist attractions, in 1953 E.C. Like Seare, he joined the rebel movement in 1969 E.C. (1977 G.C.) and has served in different military positions after TPLF took power until he was retired in 2013. 

Seare was assassinated in his residence around 9 p.m. on Saturday while “organizing a military response to the situation in Bahir Dar, western Ethiopia,” as the government puts it and his assassination is linked to the alleged “coup d’etat” in Bahir Dar. His friend Brigadier Gen. Gezai Abera was in the Chief of Staff’s residence at the time and was also killed. The government claims that Seare was assassinated by his own bodyguard but no explanation is given as to how Brigadier General Gezai Abera was killed, same time and same place. 

Those who know Chief of Staff Seare Mekonnen describe him as a brave a man of principle. His stand towards ethnic politics and his mantra “I’m a soldier and a soldier does not have ethnicity. We have a country called Ethiopia”  has earned him much respect from Ethiopians. 

The narrative surrounding the assassinations of the generals is rather murky and Ethiopians are pointing finger on Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s administration. Initially, the government announced that the assassin is under control, then it was reported that the assassin was shot dead, and now government authorities are claiming that the assassin is wounded and in hospital.  

Bodies of General Seare and General Gezai Abera will be flown to Mekelle, the seat of TPLF government in Tigray, and the funeral will take place on Wednesday at Mekelle St. Gabriel Church, according to reports by state media EBC. 

The late Migbaru Kebede, Attorney General of Amhara region.

In a related development, bodies of Ambachew Mekonnen, who was president of Amhara region, his advisor, Ezez Wasse, and the region’s Attorney General Migbaru Kebede, who died in hospital in Addis Ababa, will be laid to rest at St. Gabriel Church in Bahir Dar.  These Amhara region leaders were shot while having a meeting on Saturday around 5 p.m local time.

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  1. The amhara are taking a magor role in creating choas and violence persistently in ethippian history. They have committed genocide in various notheren part of ethiopia during the military junta 1970 and 1980 s. Historians have alot to say what Amahra has done to the socalled minority who are fierecely tortured , burned alive and ramming innnocent people by a car, tank and other military vehicles.However, amahra used to barking and sticking their bloodtainted fingers on Tigray and other tribes. Amhara claims that they have churches which posess religious articles descended from heaven to attract people lavishly gather money.

    Amahra has bombarded and killed thousands in the market using miltary force by plane. Amahra is always using its diasporas in the western country to establish ties and gain the uppoerhand in the western media against Tigray people . Amahra is still asking asylum in US and EU claiming suppressed by Tiny Tigre while the liberators tigre are behind bars by the dictator PM Abiy whose fand call him prophet and God Messenger . Majority or outnumbering others cannot be justification to posesse skills to lead a country as amahra claims

    • Berhe,

      Don’t pretend like the TPLF has not committed all the terrible crimes while in power. Yes the Amhara elites were also guilty back in the days. But you should know these rulers saw all nationalities in the same eye. They conducted all business in the name of Ethiopia. So if they wanted to kill, they don’t care if you are Amhara, Tigre, Oromo, etc..

      But when TPLF was in power, they made sure that ethnic politics was in place. They made sure that Tigray was in favor. They made sure that Ethiopia would disintegrate!

  2. Dear Berha.
    I appreciated you commented, but I would rather you do not at this time with that
    Kind of message ethiopian would not like to hear. Yes Amhara leaders have problems at the moment they need everyone’s support not ridiculous comments like this. Your comment does not help if you have an issue with Amhara people keep it to yourself.

  3. can I ask you what do TPLF do in favor of TPLF?

    you used to claiming that Everything was transported to Tigray . You eyes get blurred and turn bloody when you see Tigray went green . It is because of the hardworking Tigryans but not Melse or other leader donot do something special.

    However, Amhara still whining that Tigray has killed more than 10 million amhara. And there are still amharas bragging that everyamahar should kill Tigre standing next or livinng nextdoor in an attempt to revenge for the life of amhara leaders , DR Ambachew and Gen Asamnew Tsige.

    What has done against your Tribe Amhara ? tell us except the blindly clamoring!! It is a mere propaganda to live in US and EU , and your loss of power .

    Yenante ethiopia yemetet hager nat


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