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Haymanot Bedada, a graduate student, found dead in her college laboratory. Who killed her?

Grief-stricken parents of Haymanot Bedada want the government to hold the killers of their daughter to bring before justice. She was stabbed to death in a college laboratory.

Haymanot Bedada _ Ethiopia
The late Haymanot Bedada. Photo : social media

May 28, 2020

Graduate student at Tikur Anbessa Hospital in the capital Addis Ababa.

What is known so far, based on information from the Addis Ababa Police Commission, is that on May 25, 2020, she was in a laboratory room at the Tikur Anbessa hospital Health College.  She was in the laboratory to carry out her research. On May 26, 2020, she was found dead around 5 p.m. local time. 

Police had to break the laboratory room where she was carrying out her research work. Based on the police report, she was killed in a horrifying manner. She was stabbed in the neck and chest.

Her cell phone and other belongings were taken. Social media sources say a laptop and a 5000 birr cheque from her father were also taken.

Haynanot Bedada _
Haymanot Bedada

Addis Ababa Police have four suspects in custody.  However, it did not disclose their identities – at this writing. Moreover, police said that an investigation is underway, and the result will be made public.

Haymanot Bedada did her undergraduate degree in clinical pharmacy at Tepi University, which is located in southern Ethiopia, and was serving as an assistant lecturer after completing her study with great distinction.

She was 28 years old. Information on social media indicates that She was born and grew up in Metehara town which is about 188 kilometers to the South East of the capital Addis Ababa. 

Her parents currently live in Nazret (Adama) – just 100 kilometers southeast of Addis Ababa. “My daughter was not involved in any forms of politics. I don’t know why they have to kill her in such a horrifying manner,” her father is cited as saying.  And the family is demanding an answer from the government to investigate the matter and bring the perpetrators to justice. 

In September 2019, Etsegenet Anteneh, an employee of Ethiopian Airlines was brutally choked to death in the capital Addis Ababa by people who were offering bajaj transport service. At the time, there was a rumor that the perpetrators were politically motivated by ethnic-nationalism. Police, however, did not confirm it.

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  1. RIP

    Addis Ababa needs a better police force. The Addis Ababa police force is unable to protect the residents , it’s mismanagement is encouraging criminals to become bold .

    Just to name few of the reasons why crime is becoming a common occurrence in Addis Ababa

    1. The Addis Ababa Police force is under the command of the federal police which is totally wrong, the PP Takele Uma reform failed to reform the Addis Ababa police force to make it directly accountable to the residents instead of letting it stay under the command of the federal government. The people of Addis Ababa are unable to hold the Addis Ababa police accountable because the AA police does not answer to the Addis Ababa City but instead the Addis Ababa police answers to the federal government only , which leaves the residents with not appropriate say on their safety issues especially when it comes to the demography change related crimes and retaliations.

    In USA the FBI does not command the Washington DC police force but in Ethiopia the federal police commands the Addis Ababa police force which is demoralizing not only to the Addis Ababa police force but also to the Addis Ababa tax payers who pay the total budget of the Addis Ababa police only for them not to get their safety protection the way they need it.

    2. Currently the Addis Ababa police force is too overworked , understaffed , underequipped , underpayed with the federal police unable to assist the Addis Ababa police because the federal police is too busy concentrating on enforcing the laws in other parts of the country which is making the crimes counts in Addis Ababa per day higher than the crime counts in all other parts of the country , with the number of backlogs of cases amounting to a high number that had never been seen before since it’s inception.

    3. The Oromia police department force are operating in Addis Ababa freely by leaving the Addis Ababa police force out of the loop completely , making the Addis Ababa police force look less skillful. In many cases it is found out that the Oromia police department is harboring the criminals instead of bringing them to justice.

    4. In Addis Ababa many Khat addicts who used to spend their days chewing khats are currently spending their days serving vigilante justices to many people for various reasons. Some do it for money but many do it because they feel like it is the right thing to do, since the Addis Ababa city government failed to protect the residents they feel that it is up to them to fight crimes and to fight vigilante justice. In many cases unfortunately lives had been lost in vain .


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