Why Ethiopian gov’t arrested Jawar Mohammed

Jawar Mohammed and his followers forcefully returned Hachalu’s body to Addis Ababa against the will of his families, said police

Jawar Mohammed _ Hachalu _ Ethiopia
Jawar Mohammed. Photo credit : Reuters via VOA Amharic

borkena
June 30, 2020

Hours after Oromia Media Network announced the arrest of Jawar Mohammed, the Ethiopian government confirmed the news.

Ethiopian Federal Police and Oromia Police Commission had a joint statement on the issue.

Jawar and thirty-four other individuals are arrested for what the government says is a forceful attempt to return the body of slain Ethiopian Singer Hachalu Hundessa to the Capital Addis Ababa. Bekele Gerba, a senior Oromo Federalist Congress leader, is among those arrested.

The body was on the way to Hachalu’s hometown, Ambo, based on his parents’ request when Jawar and his followers intercepted it in Burayu area just outside of the capital Addis Ababa, snatched the body by force and returned it to Addis Ababa.  And then they proceeded to Prosperity Party’s (ruling party) office near Addis Ababa Stadium.

What is known at this point is that Jawar is arrested in connection with that incident.

Federal Police Commissioner Endashaw Tassew disclosed that eight AK 47 assault rifles, five guns, and nine walkie talkie radios have been seized from Jawar’s escorts or followers, as the commissioner called them, as reported by Deutsche Welle Amharic service.  

Hachalu Hundessa’s families and parents were hassled when Jawar’s crowd forcefully took away the body to return it to the capital claiming that he should be buried in the capital Addis Ababa – against the will of the family members. Some other individuals who consider themselves as “Oromo activists” voiced their views on social media saying Hachalu should be laid to rest in Addis Ababa but again that is not what the family wanted according to Oromia Regional State president, Shimeles Abdissa.

The government was compelled to take the body and his family members using helicopters to the birthplace of Oromo Music star and activist that Ethiopia lost on Monday in the evening.

In what seems to be a show of government determination to maintain the rule of law, Ethiopian Federal Police Commission Endashaw said that “no one is above the law.”

Jawar’s escort have reportedly exchanged fire with the Federal police in an attempt to protect their leader, according citizens report emerging on social media.

Jawar Mohammed, who is now a member of senior leadership in the Oromo Federalist Congress, used to claim that the movement he leads is a second government in the country.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government was hesitant to arrest Jawar even at a time when more than 86 people were killed in Oromo region of Ethiopia in late October 2019 after he triggered a crisis.



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13 Responses to "Why Ethiopian gov’t arrested Jawar Mohammed"

  1. Abdo   June 30, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    absolute lie
    you naftegnas ,you will pay the ultimate cost of our blood. Oromiya shall be free

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    • Zenith   July 1, 2020 at 10:49 am

      Message to Oromo activists like you – There is no pure Oromo. If you look Ethiopian, then you probably are one. If speaking the language is the only requirement to be an Oromo, then the ‘Neftegnas’ you say should leave speak it too.

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  2. Ittu Aba Farda   June 30, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    Dear Editors!!!!

    You know what the cardinal statement by the security official is mentioned in this report?

    ‘No one is above the law’. Yes sir! Yeeeeeeeees Sir!!!!! No one, zilch, nada, zero, goose egg, ummmmm…. I gave up!!!!

    Meanwhile, the officials have the mandated duty to make the names of those arrested official. Transparency is a must and opacity is a no no. You see, when you give some people undeserved respect they think you are afraid of them. They think you will start shivering in your boots if you ever dare make eye contact with them. Just sheer and habitual grandiloquence can get some people carried away into thinking they are untouchable.

    Thank you for posting this article.

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  3. rezen   July 1, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    NEWS ITEM “Why Ethiopian gov’t arrested Jawar Mohammed”

    Summary of the News Item Above
    1. Jawar Mohammed and his followers forcefully returned Hachalu’s body to Addis Ababa against the will of his families, said police

    2. The body was on the way to Hachalu’s hometown, Ambo, based on his parents’ request

    3. Jawar and his followers intercepted it in Burayu area just outside of the capital Addis Ababa, snatched the body by force and returned it to Addis Ababa.  And then they proceeded to Prosperity Party’s (ruling party) office near Addis Ababa Stadium.

    4. eight AK 47 assault rifles, five guns, and nine walkie talkie radios have been seized from Jawar’s escorts or followers  

    5. Hachalu Hundessa’s families and parents were hassled when Jawar’s crowd forcefully took away the body to return it to the capital claiming that he should be buried in the capital Addis Ababa – against the will of the family members.

    6.The government was compelled to take the body and his family members using helicopters to the birthplace of Oromo Music star

    7. Jawar Mohammed, who is now a member of senior leadership in the Oromo Federalist Congress, used to claim that the movement he leads is a second government in the country.

    8. then 86 people were killed in Oromo region of Ethiopia in late October 2019 after he triggered a crisis.
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    CONCLUSION in a QUESTION Form or in the insightful Amharic expression TIZIBT:

    WHO HATCHED THE MURDER OF HACHALU HUNDESSA?

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  4. Ittu Aba Farda   July 2, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    I can tell you who planned and carried this senseless murder. I have managed to catch them before they were able to escape the country. They are here with me under house arrest in my basement. One is Puerto Rican and the two others are from Uruguay. They belong to two groups that have demanded elections be held next September in their respective ‘countries’. See, no one, I said no one can escape my dragnet. You know why? Cuz I was trained by my former boss the incomparable Field Marshal Getachew Assefa. Getachew and I go way back to our school years when we were attending The Marxist Leninist Institute(MLI) at the fabled Shangri-La city in our ‘country’, Peoples Republic of Tigray. Pay attention here! I said ‘country’ and not one of those of your ‘region’ things.

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    • Sofia   July 16, 2020 at 5:37 am

      Jawar mohamed is our hero oromoo activist have behind 50 miliyon oromoo people we demand free our beloved jawar mohamed otherwise ethiopian going to be destroying without jawar mohamed no peace in oromiya we need justice for jawar mohamed

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      • gelila   July 25, 2020 at 11:59 pm

        Yes seemingly he’s the leader of people who can’t spell Million and people who are dumb enough to think the People’s Republic of Tigray is a country. In other words the inferior who think they can claim Oromo liberation as a strong-sheild. The idiots who don’t understand that the state of the world does’t allow for existence of tiny little tribal regions like we had 200 years ago. The idiots who can’t see the promise of an economically stable and prosperous Ethiopia. The people we sane people get likened to when Americans say “tribal people.” I’m ready for ideas to lead without any help from tribal affiliation. I’m ready for democracy. I promise Jawar does not speak for 50 million Oromos. He definitely doesn’t speak for me or my family.

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  5. Ittu Aba Farda   July 3, 2020 at 12:11 am

    This is just hot off the press. It was reported that the day PM personally arrested the untouchable Jawar bin Mohammed the city of Addis/Finfine was rocked by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. The shaking was strong there wasn’t one building left standing. The whole city is nothing but rubble. Abiy thought he had personally arrested and took Jawar to prison but he was not that successful. By the strong innate spirit he has Obbo Jawar had cast a spell on the guards that sent them to deep sleep and managed to escape. He is now at his military base about ten miles from the center of the city. The capital is all surrounded by his mighty army and Abiy has called for a truce and admitted unconditional surrender. How dare he arrest this man of the highest I.Q. on the record in the first place? How dare he arrest this rare genius breed? Does he know that the term paper Obbo Jawar wrote at Stanford and Columbia on how to resolve ethnic and regional conflicts is being used by more than 250 nations? Does he know that Obbo Jawar was the one who solved the Kosovo crisis between Albanian and Serb ethnic groups? The UN Security Council, Serbia and Kosovo have just passed unanimous resolutions demanding an immediate and unconditional decision. They have also demanded the resignation of PM Abiy and be replaced by Jawar immediately. Otherwise they have threatened with back breaking economic sanctions. They have also demanded Ethiopia hand over all the keys and control of GERD to Egyptian officials before the end of the day tomorrow, Friday. The nations of Comoros, Tuvalu, Cherokee Nations, Falkland Islands, Socotra Island, The Antarctica, Tasmania and the Republic of Palau have just imposed complete economic sanctions on Ethiopia following the arrest. I didn’t tell them he had escaped and is here with me now. As you all know Ethiopia’s economy is 99.9% dependent on the revenues it generates from the trades with these mighty nations. I told you all and PM Abiy to not even think about touching this incarnation of Sheikh Sayid Abiyo of the 1950’s. Don’t tell me that I did not warn you about that. I told you a million times already. You did not listen to me and now you ended up losing everything.

    I see some of you justifying his arrest because he caused the death of citizens. Citizens have died, ok!!! So what? Big deal!!! Citizens just die anyway!!! Citizens die after being run over by trucks. Citizens just die for no reason!!! So what is all the fuss about? O, You’re just being so silly!!!

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    • gelila   July 25, 2020 at 11:52 pm

      OLF intellectuals always try to prop up their achievements at Stanford and stuff and then say something as clever as “Citizens die anyway, whats the fuss about?” It would be hilarious if people didn’t actually believe them and just saw them as a joke. If no one cares about loss of life why should we sympathize with the Oromo whose entire movement is based on the preciousness of Haachalluu’s life? Why should we care about Jawar’s life? Make it make sense. If you want the world to care about your life maybe go by the rule of not killing others to prove a point.
      Your movement. Doesn’t. Make. Sense.

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  6. Zakir Baderu Hussien   July 21, 2020 at 12:16 am

    this foolish Ehiopian dictator Abiy Ahmed is thinking our Hero Jawar Mohammed is a single individual.never. I said never! we Oromo people who are expected to be more than half of Ethiopian population are standing with Jawar!! thinking to bring the united Ethiopian with Jawar in jail will never be realized.we will see together !! Abiy MUST GO!!

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    • gelila   July 25, 2020 at 11:44 pm

      Phew. Listen, friend, I’m Oromo. So is Dr. Abiy Ahmed. Some of us do not want Ethinic genocide. Some of us aren’t going to sellout our country. Cause we’re not all uneducated people prone to fantasy and inferiority complex. Thanks.

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    • gelila   July 26, 2020 at 12:02 am

      Thats what happens when terrorists do terrorist stuff. Also you seem to think Abiy is an individual. Laughable.

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  7. gelila   July 25, 2020 at 11:41 pm

    Someone please get them water. I can’t even read OLF supporter comments without losing brain cells. Itu Aba Farda said “Citizens die anyway!! whats the fuss about?” If citizens die anyway why did you even start your movement? Why all the fuss about Haace? God you’re insufferable and incapable of thinking critically about anything. Secondly, in response to Zakir or whoever. Can someone please educate you that you are not the majority of the whole? You are a plurality. There is 37% or something Oromos and 27% Amhara, 6.5% tigray and the rest is other. To be the majority (over 50%) you would need to combine Oromo, Gurage, Tigray and Sidama. Also if being the majority had anything to do with power then the TPLF wouldn’t have been in power for 10 years. Anyways, how about we just be Ethiopians ok? I’m tired of waiting until the time when Ethiopia is developed and past this tribal way of thinking, its overplayed and dumb.

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