Monday May 9, 2022
Major-General Gebremedhin Fekadu – who went by the alias,
Wedi Necho – died in detention in Addis Ababa last week.
He has been described as a “martyr” who paid “the ultimate
price” at the hands of the Ethiopian government.
Fekadu was the head of communications in the Ethiopian
National Defence Force (ENDF) before his imprisonment as part of the sweeping
detention of almost all Tigrayan members of the ENDF.
In an emotional statement, the Tigrayan transitional
government said the decorated soldier, who also served as the commander of the
African Union (AU) peacekeeping missions in Liberia and Somalia, wrote an
They blamed the Ethiopian government for forcing Fekadu,
“who committed no sin other than honourably serving his people and country, to
languish in jail solely on account of his Tigrayan identity, ultimately killing
Fekadu was arrested on 11 November, along with 17 other
military generals and low-ranking officers, for allegedly cutting
communications to the Northern Command and enabling Tigrayan forces to attack
Along with four brigadier-generals, five colonels and five
lieutenants, he was charged with treason.
Reports in East Africa say Fekadu was visited by his wife
and child at the Federal Prisons Commission, Kaliti High Detention Centre, the
morning he died.
The Tigray transitional government is now demanding an
inquiry into the circumstances around Fekadu’s death.
“The Government of Tigray demands an independent
investigation to be conducted by an impartial international entity into the
circumstances surrounding the martyrdom of the heroic freedom fighter,” the
“We will work towards addressing the multifaceted problems
facing our people as well as avenging the loss of all of our heroic martyrs,
including the sacrifice of our heroic fighter, Major-General Gebremedhin