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Hachalu Hundessa popular Ethiopian singer assassinated

Police Confirmed that Ethiopian popular singer Hachalu Hundessa is assassinated on Monday in the evening in the capital Addis Ababa.

borkena would like to express condolences to his family and his fans.

Hachalu Hundessa  _ Ethiopian Singer
The late Hachalu Hundessa. Photo source : FBC

June 29, 2020

Popular Oromo singer Hachalu Hundessa reportedly killed in the capital Addis Ababa.

According to a report by state-affiliated media, Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC), he was shot on Monday in the evening near Gelan Condominiums.

Addis Ababa Police Commission Commissioner, Getu Argaw, reportedly told Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (also state media) that police have arrested an unspecified number of suspects.

Police also said that it will disclose to the public the result of the investigation.

There are fears that the assassination could trigger instability in the country. 

Currently, Addis Ababa City is said to be quiet and stable, and police have requested residents in the city to stand in guard of peace in their region.

Birhanemeskel Abebe Segni, an ethnic Oromo activist who was consular in one of Ethiopia’s consulate in the United States after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took over power in 2018, wrote on his personal social media page a message that points a finger to a group of people without naming names. 

He wrote it in Amharic language which could translate as “They killed Hachalu Hundessa. The ‘racists’ are determined. Oromo has to choose either freedom or death.”

Apparently, his claim came even before Addis Ababa Police commission released the news to the public. Later, he also wrote in English saying “Today, Ethiopia assassinated Artist Hachalu Hundessa, an Oromo!!!”

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has expressed his condolences on the passing of Hahcalu Hundessa.  “I express my deep condolences for those of us who are in deep grief since the news of the death of the shining young man Artist Hachalu Hundesa is heard. We are at a time when we have to pay attention to activities in our country given the gravity of the matter. Let us express our condolences by keeping ourselves safe and preventing further crime,” he wrote in Oromo and Amharic languages. 

His message came before the police report.

It might take weeks before the truth about the assassination is revealed.

About a year ago, Ethiopia’s Chief of Staff of the Defense Force, General Seare Mekonnen, was assassinated in his own residence along with his friend, Maj. General Gezai Abera. 

A considerable number of Ethiopians, who are reacting to the news of Hachalu’s assassination, tend to think that there is a high likelihood that there is a political plot behind the killing of Hachalu Hundessa; and that it could be internal or external.

His death came days after a controversial remark about Emperor Menelik and his statue in the capital which extremist ethnic Oromo nationalists  vow to demolish.

Hachalu was prominent for his Oromo songs

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  1. This has all the indications of an act familiar with bigoted groups and individuals that want uncontrollable chaos erupt in the country especially in Oromia. They will do anything to get the chance to carve out a territory to call it their own even it means hacking their own parents including using this young man as a sacrificial lamb. These bigots have their operatives everywhere including the government apparatus. To these bigots if they don’t get what they have dreamed about for decades then the heck with the country. They don’t give a damn about it. I have said this before that sending soldiers during the dead of the night to a person’s residence could have been the act of these hirelings to trigger riots and they succeeded. I was introduced to the music of this young a few years ago(I am still stuck with Obbo Birra’s classics on a cassette tape) and found the tonality of his songs very palatable to my ears and he stroke the right notes with me. What a loss!!!

    Now, we should all now rise up to the occasion and refrain ourselves from spewing around incendiary remarks about this tragic event.

    My family’s heart-felt condolences go out to his family and loved ones. May He Rest In Eternal Peace!!!!

  2. by the will of god one day they will pay back what they have done to us !
    we will naver ever forget you #justice for Hacaalu Hunddeessaa
    RIP my hero !

  3. My heart felt condolences to his family. This is how dangerous is Ethiopian ethnic based politics. I do agree completely with Itu Abba Cards that is surely an inside job from his own camp or remote established woyanne to create havoc. I do not think this administration to the extent it went to make happy it’s Oromo audience in past mass massacres it would do such a mistake to do this mistake. This is a desperate inside job to cause havoc and distraction to recent developments that included the wealthy man from Adama. And you also be right that there is in fight inside the government if you consider how that wealthy man avoided any criminal investigation and ended up in the west. It is a shame that the life and blood of this man is being sacrificed for political gain. And shame on alll those from the comfort of the west are posting in social media for retaliation and asking queero to retaliate. Retaliate? Who will be the scape goat the same song used to brainwash the youth for years?

  4. Ethiopian eat Ethiopian. I am a Rastafarian you all stop it. You have a country to build and a Black World to inspire. You have been asleep for over 40 years. Now let’s get back to work of building Enough for all to be non deficient and save ourselves from Annihilation. I Love You even when you don’t Love yourself Unconditionally. I am Ras Lawrence Davis May the God of all bless Ethiopia and Ethiopian of the World.

    • The country that had inspired other black nations to rise up is now left to fighting from within, thanks to the old soviet based ethnicity liberation fronts. What is worse, these fronts are destroying your King’s statues instead of building statues for their own heroes.

  5. Does anybody stop to think maybe Egypt hired the assassins?
    They know it will start ethnic conflict for sure. When Ethiopia is unstable, the GERD will slow down too!

  6. @Abeshaw,

    Egypt has been behind all the liberation fronts as financier for the last half century including financing TPLF and Eritrean ELF. That is not new news but if Egypt does use as tool would be the same extreme nationalists forces which would also benefit as both mercenaries killing their own plus political advantage from the vacuum created by possible caos. What ever Hachaluu could have said about Minilik few days ago is very miniscule compared to what have vomitted for years TPLF and EPDRF or for that matter have done individuals like the Gebissas, Gutemmas or Ararasas. It is also miniscule to the indignant killing and lynching that did happen to innocent non Oromos or moderate Oromos. And no one did come to defend with violence from the perceived neftegna. Because those scape goats are always innocent pesants. I am damn sure this is an inside work of the corrupt elite ethnic lord’s that may even be embedded in the security and military structures. Now the fights for interest will also included sacrifices of their own. What a shame. To the youth my only recomendation is to open your eyes from blind ethnic degenerative politics or otherwise you are giving this country that is yours and of your decendats to a corrupt sindicate that is turning dangerous overtime close to almost be a mafia state where you will probably do not want to end.

    • Well the top-down legislation of the country is based on ethnicity. Until that is dismantled, there will never be peace.

  7. I noticed most of Ethiopian people believe in conspiracy theory …Egypt is not (and will not be) engaged in any of dirty work inside Ethiopia ,,, Egypt has no intention to strike the dam either … all what Egypt wants is fair deal according to the international law,… your idiot governors are trying to use the conflict as distraction tool in your ethnic problems


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