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An Orthodox Church Priest stoned to death in the Ethiopian capital 

Ethiopian Security Authorities in the capital did not remark on the reported mob attack against Ethiopian Orthodox Church priest 

Kesis Abay Melese was stoned to death by a mob as he was heading back home after serving at Horsisa St. Mary church in the capital Addis Ababa. (Photo : Mahibere Kidusan )

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Credible local sources on Friday reported that an Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church priest is stoned to death in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. Eyewitnesses have confirmed the tragic incident to sources close to the Ethiopian Church. 

Mahibere Kidusan, an church organization recognized by the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, media identified the victim as Kesis Abay Melese.

What is known at this point about the circumstances under which he was stoned to death is that he was on his way home after a church mass service.  

He was serving in Horsisa St. Mary church in the area. 

The incident happened near Haile Garment’s locality on the outskirts of Addis Ababa. 

The report further indicated that the devices of individuals who were attempting to take video footage of what appeared to be a mob attack were seized by security forces and the contents were deleted. 

Mahibere Kidusan also said that its sources indicated that there have been threats against those serving in the nearby church. 

The Ethiopian Church has been facing unprecedented attacks under Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s administration over the past five years. To cite the latest incident, on March 2 government security forces fired teargas on members of the church in the premises of the church in the heart of Addis Ababa during a solemn religious procession to commemorate Martyr St. George.  One person was killed and dozens were wounded. 

Addis Ababa or Federal police has not yet remarked about the tragic killing of the priest in the capital Addis  Ababa. 

Apart from a physical attack on churches and servants in the church, the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church recently faced what appears to be a politically motivated division from within, the impacts of which was causing security concerns across the country. 

In a related development, the Ethiopian Church is calling upon church fathers in the Tigray region of Ethiopia to not opt to take a path that will leave the Ethiopian church divided and reunite with the Holy Synod. 

Bishops in the region seem to have taken a step to form a separate Holy Synod citing grievances during the course of the two years of bloody war. 

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7 COMMENTS

  1. It’s unfortunate someone has died. But despicable that Borkena and such would report by merely quoting “eyewitnesses” and no further evidence. The priest could have been killed by some gangs wanting money. No one knows what transpired between the attackers and the priest. You are suggesting it is an attack on Orthodox faith and on Amhara, etc. Nothing you and similar outlets report has a ring of authenticity.

  2. It is saddening to see servants of the church murdered by criminals. However, there is no evidence to support the view that killing is politically motivated or attack on EOTC. No one knows if it is committed by someone who need to hold the same position in the church or out of economic motives. Borkena is now becoming propaganda machine and posting what mahibrekidusan ordered to post in this wesite. Borekena is full of lies and against non-amhara ethinic groups deleting all views that dones’t concide with amhara elites expansion theory.

    Mahibrekidusan is terrorist group striving to accomplish its economic and political agenda.

    Zehabesha.com, fanos , ezema, enat party and all amhara associations in diaspora are terrorists
    don’t post it you anti ethiopia business men pursuing your economic dreams by inciting violence.

  3. It’s unfortunate someone has died. But despicable that Borkena and such would report by merely quoting “eyewitnesses” and no further evidence. The priest could have been killed by some gangs wanting money. No one knows what transpired between the attackers and the priest. You are suggesting it is an attack on Orthodox faith and on Amhara, etc. Nothing you and similar outlets report has a ring of authenticity.It’s unfortunate someone has died. But despicable that Borkena and such would report by merely quoting “eyewitnesses” and no further evidence. The priest could have been killed by some gangs wanting money. No one knows what transpired between the attackers and the priest. You are suggesting it is an attack on Orthodox faith and on Amhara, etc. Nothing you and similar outlets report has a ring of authenticity.

  4. Subject: “An Orthodox Church Priest stoned to death in the Ethiopian capital” borkena.com. March 24, 2023

    Humble Commentary
    I agree with the above commentators.
    The sad news should have been much more clearer in depth than what it is. Surely, borkena.com is much more capable in journalism than what we see a wishy-washy presentation.
    Dear Editor : What do you say? Please, don’t let us down.

  5. Sycophants get angry when their master gets exposed and shown as a naked emperor, and tinpot dictator running a banana republic. Sycophants get angry when their master gets exposed and shown as a naked emperor, and tinpot dictator running a banana republic.

    Similar posts by probably the same person. Why get angry with Borkena for just posting the news. ESAT news in Ethiopia has also posted the same news. The mark of a criminal mind entity is always deflecting, blaming the victim and covering up for the perpetrator.

    First of all, nobody, let alone a priest, should be the target of any violence or bodily harm, let alone murder. For the past five years, the abiy criminal gang has failed to protect the safety and right to life of Ethiopians, especially time after time, the victims are identified to be people who oppose the administration, are of non Oromo ethnicity, are not pro pp. These are not statistical anomalies. If they were statistical anomalies, the frequency should be close to zero.

    abiy ahmed is a man of substandard humanity, devoid of ethics, lacking morality and completely unfit for leadership. he is an ideologue blinded with oromumma grandeur of delusions and illusions. his actions conversations, his repulsive demeanor and lack of any principles, his unbridled lust for power and his avarice for his throne shine the light on his nakedly visible sociopathic and psychopathic mindset. his cult worshippers and the sycophants that surround and clap for him can do whatever they want. Nobody cares. History shows the adolf hitlers, the stalins, the mao zedungs and similar elk too had had millions of yes men and women. They are all in the dust bins of yesterday’s the ugly, the bad and the horrific. abiy’s current worshippers too will face their reserved spots in the dust bins of the trash of history.

    The objection to abiy’s regime is based on what has happened and is happening to Ethiopians on his watch.
    People like Ittu Abaye farda are always the first to defend the abiy regime.

    In the past, in Ethiopia the police force was seen as a respected team of professionals whose commitment to law and order was never politicized. Nobody, nobody in Ethiopia during Emperor Haile Selassie’s or even during Mengistu’s era (putting the political cadre squad of Keebler’s aside) questioned about the ethnicity or legitimacy of the police force.

    The police force was a professional well trained unit that to the best of its abilities aspired to use criminal justice, psychology, forensic science technology to prevent crime, to identify criminals and bring them to the long arm of the law to face justice. ፓሊስና እርምጃው was a very popular newspaper dedicated to the works of the police force that was in print, circulated and read by the Ethiopian public at large.

    Today under the abiy, shimeles and adanech leadership, the oromumma criminal gang in “police” uniform violates the rights of millions in day light, shoots tear gas on parishioners inside church compounds, kicks a man on horseback with gun and dismounts him while on video record and slaps a priest. All these acts make the regime a repulsive, despicable and deplorable collection of lowlives and thugs.

    Only a coward debases oneself to this level to be feared. The more despicable the abiy gang gets, the more hated it becomes. The more the regime gets hated, the more illegitimate it looks. The days of this criminal gang are numbered anyway. The desperation is all visible on their faces. The economy is in tatters. It is quiet a poetic justice that the war monger abiy ahmed who wasted billions of dollars of infrastructure in a poor nation, who sacrificed hundreds of thousands lives, is eating his political turd sandwich made by his mentors tplf before the entire world.
    Getchu, who has mocked, taunted and ridiculed the neophyte as “ the colonel”, “the pastor”, “the grade 7 to PhD”, the “leader who cannot answer his educational background if seriously investigated” on and on is back. And Getchu has a much better and commanding grasp of the English language, than “yours truly excellency”,it is gonna be fun and hilarious.

  6. Very sad if it is true. But thing is for sure; Abiy is sycophant, deceptive and an aspiring dictator, not an honest character nor democrat. He is doing more harm than good . On the other hand, I will take grain of salt w off whatever Mahibere Kidusan says or reports. They have own nefarious agenda to stoke religious politico and social divisions.

  7. You all have to find and listen to Abiy Ahmed’s speech video in Afan Oromo language. When he speaks in Amharic and Afan Oromo his messages are completely the opposite.
    If you cannot find it listen to the recent ( early April) 360 media
    He gave speech to his audience in Oromia Zone, by using the “we” meaning Abiy and the Oromo people. He said using the usual OLF false narrative, “when we get organized we can burn, eat (kill people) and destroy those who oppressed as and told us you cannot live or go there.
    What is not done to Amhara people in Wollega? Just like Abiy Ahmed told them Amhara people raw flesh, literally have been eaten. There bodies dismembered, chopped up, disfigured, houses and properties burned, mass displacements, when Genocide perpetrators are fee and rewarded with money, houses, jobs and name it.

    Now Abiy is preparing for the last time strategy. Killing all Amharas by disarming them and removing protection from them and expose them defenseless from the coward Oromo OLF and TPLF beasts, Amhara Genocide perpetrators.

    His speech is the typical fascist, tyrant and extremist dangerous speech that qualifies him to be the main candidate for Crime against Amhara Genocide.
    That speech must be pushed around the world and let the world hear it!!
    He is the main reason for Amhara sufferings, deaths and destruction. That explains clearly why he is content and relaxed when Amharas are slaughtered in Wollega, the BLOOD BATH of Amhara people.

    The only option for Amhara is coming together and stand as tough, and indestructible against the Abiy Ahmed Oromo plot, Amhara hater and murderers.

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