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Ethiopia has woken up to the shocking news of the assassination of Oromo musician and activist Hachalu Hundessa who was shot dead in the capital Addis Ababa.

Hundreds of Oromo youth took to the streets of the capital Tuesday morning to express their anger at the killing of the musician they fondly called "Hache"



Questions are now been raised by the public over who killed the popular musician and why.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has sent his condolences following the assassination  and promised a full investigation in to the killing.

In a Facebook post PM Abiy Ahmed termed the killing "an evil act" and said the police had launched an investigation to ascertain who was behind Hacaaluu's death.

Oromo  activist turned politician Jawar Mohamed said the killing targeted the whole Oromo nation.



"They did not just  kill Hachalu. They shot at the heart of the Oromo Nation, once again !! It was Tadesse Biru, Haile Fida, Elemo Qilxuu, Eebbisaa Addunyaa...now Hacaaluu! You can kill us, all of us, you can never ever stop us!! NEVER !!" Said the influential  politician who last October claimed the Abiy administration had plotted to eliminate him.


At his Addis Ababa residence security has been beefed up as tension heightened in the Oromia region where the musician hails from.

Haacaaluus assassination comes less than a week after he appeared on Oromo language tv OMN live interview to give his stance on the current political situation in Ethiopia.

In the interview he  stated that the Oromo people are "not free yet".



He denied  reports that he supported the country's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and that he had received monetary  benefits from backing the Premier.
Hacaaluu criticised the former Ethiopian monarch Menelik II and the presence of the Emperor's statue in the capital Addis Ababa.

Reports of his death has shocked the entire Oromo nation and in his home town Ambo residents took to the streets to condemn the killing.

 

Popular Oromo Musician and activist Haacaaluu Hundesssa was on Monday night shot dead by unknown assailants in the capital Ethiopia.

A Police source confirmed to Horn24News that the musician known for his politically critical lyrics is reported dead. Haacaaluu was shot around the Galan Condominium site.

He was rushed to Tirunesh Beijing General Hospital where he succumbed to the gun injuries.

Burundi’s outgoing President Pierre Nkurunziza died of Covid-19, diplomatic sources in Bujumbura and Nairobi confirmed on Wednesday.

The Burundi government said Nkurunziza’s sudden death was a result of a heart attack. The 55-year old was due to stand down in August following elections on May 20.



“He had coronavirus but no one would say so because the president had played it down all along,” a western diplomat based in Bujumbura said.

 

About 11 days ago, Denise Nkurunziza, the first lady of Burundi, flew to Nairobi seeking medical treatment for a reason that was officially undisclosed.

However, it was confirmed later that she was suffering from Covid-19. She was, however, successfully treated at the Aga Khan University Hospital and rushed back to Burundi on Tuesday after the government announced her husband’s death.

According to the government statement, the Burundian strongman attended a game of volleyball on Saturday but fell ill that night and was taken to hospital.

It was reported that the president exhibited all the coronavirus signs and was struggling to breathe when he was rushed to a level 3 hospital in Karuzi in eastern Burundi.

Although he appeared to recover on Sunday and spoke to those around him, his condition suddenly deteriorated on Monday morning.

Government officials then frantically tried to get him to Nairobi or Dar es Salaam in Tanzania but could not make a decision quickly.



“There was a lot of confusion with two sides failing to agree on whether to transfer Nkurunziza to Nairobi where his wife was being treated or to Dar. In the process the President passed on, a senior diplomat in Nairobi said on Wednesday.


Apart from his wife, his other close family members have been infected by the disease, which has killed 414,377 people across the world.

Another 7,354,275 people have been infected and 3,628,913 people have recovered.

In Africa, 197,000 people have been infected and 5,000 people have died.

Like his close friend John Magufuli of Tanzania, Nkurunziza had refused to impose restrictions in the small and poor African country, allowing sporting events and mass political rallies to go ahead.

Burundi has reported 83 cases of Covid-19 and officials have insisted that God will protect them and have asked citizens to go about their daily lives without fear.

“Burundi … has signed a special covenant with God, whether you believe it or not," Nkurunziza said recently.

Last month, the former footballer expelled the representative of the World Health Organization amid criticism of the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. It has carried out very few tests and held large rallies in the run-up to the election in May.

There was little public show of mourning on the streets as the country began a seven-day mourning period.

 



“He leaves behind a country whose economy is in very bad shape,” said a hospital employee who asked not to be identified for fear of reprisals.


Burundi’s economy is mired in poverty and cut off by international donors after the United Nations documented widespread rape, torture and murder of political opponents by ruling party activists and state security forces.

It remains unclear whether the powerful cabal of army generals and security chiefs who propped up Nkurunziza during his 15-year rule remain united over the succession.

Nkurunziza had been due to stand down in August, making way for retired general Evariste Ndayishimiye, who won the election that the opposition said was marred by violence and rigging. The constitutional court last week rejected the rigging charges.

Pascal Nyabenda, a civilian who heads the national assembly, is now meant to take over until Ndayishimiye, his former rival, starts his seven-year term at the end of August.

Authorities have not commented on the succession or Nkurunziza’s burial date.

Nkurunziza was loved and feared — loved by those who felt he lived up to his promises when he was elected after the civil war and feared by his political opponents.

When the former rebel leader took office in 2005 at the age of 40, the country had been brutally torn apart by an ethnic conflict that had killed about 300,000 over a decade.

Young, optimistic and charismatic, he managed to live up to everyone's expectations by uniting people and rebuilding the economy. Between 2006 and 2011, the president — known for his preaching and love of football — received seven international awards for his peacebuilding efforts.

But after a decade in power, his reputation took a nosedive and the unity he had built collapsed when he organised a referendum to allow him to stand for a third term. Deadly protests erupted, there was a coup attempt and hundreds of thousands of people fled the country.

After this, he only left the country officially once — by car to neighbouring Tanzania. The UN accused him of oppressing the opposition and killing and abducting opponents, accusations vehemently denied by Burundi's government.

Despite suspicions that he planned to stay on for a fourth term, he did not stand in elections in May, which were held despite the coronavirus.

He and his wife Denise had five children and adopted several others. They regularly organised prayer gatherings. The man who was to become Burundi's "supreme guide to patriotism" put all his successes down to God, including what he said the country's success against Covid-19.

A former Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) commander identified as Lemmo Wariyo was on Thursday  kidnapped near Sololo in Kenya  by a armed men from a rival OLF faction.

According to a Moyale Sub County official who seek anonymity Wariyo an Ethiopian national had visited his Kenyan wife at Dambala Fachala for a naming ceremony of their newly born baby when he was accosted by armed men and taken to an unknown location.

Sources told Horn24News that Wariyo had belonged to the Brig.Gen. Kemal Gelchu faction of OLF.

Ethiopia in 2018 removed OLF, ONLF and Ginbot 7 among other rebel groups from terror list with hundreds of political prisoners released and ex rebels returning from exile.



Kemal Gelchu is now the leader of Oromo National Party (ONP) a political outfit that will be competing in the upcoming  Ethiopia general elections while Dawud Ibssa heads OLF Party after officially ending an armed struggle. Together with Prof Merera Gudina led Oromo Federalist Congress the three parties in January signed a pact to form a regional coalition called "Coalition For Democratic Federalism".

However several bands of fighters are yet to down their weapons and remain in the bush including on the Kenya-Ethiopia border and have been involved in alleged kidnappings and assassination of rival factions members.

Wariyo who hails from Bale has been living as a political exile in Nairobi Kenya under UNHCR since 2008.

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