Museveni Attends Zenawi’s Funeral In Addis Ababa


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purchase cost geneva;”>The State funeral for the fallen Ethiopian leader is taking place today.

treat geneva;”>According to Ethiopia media, thousands of mourners gathered near a public square in Ethiopia’s capital on Sunday to pay their final respects to Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who was praised for lifting many out of poverty but vilified by some for restricting certain freedoms.

Ethiopian officials said the Addis Ababa funeral is being attended by hundreds of dignitaries from around the world, including several African leaders.

The White House said it was sending a delegation led by Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N.

The funeral is the culmination of two weeks of national mourning. Posters, pictures and quotes attributed to the late prime minister have been ubiquitous in nearly every street of the capital.

After the funeral service in Meskel Square, a procession will carry Meles’ casket for burial at the Holy Trinity Church, where some of the country’s most illustrious people are interred.

Museveni, accompanied by the 1st Lady, Hon. Janet Museveni, was received at Bole International Airport on Saturday by an Ethiopian Minister, Uganda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Sam Kutesa, Dr. Crispus Kiyonga, Uganda Ambassador to Ethiopia, Mr. Mull Katende, Deputy Ambassador Idule Amoko and other embassy officials.

Speaking to Ethiopian journalists at the airport, Museveni said he was saddened by Meles Zenawi’s death because no one had expected it.

He paid tribute to him as a leader who championed the revival and transformation of Ethiopia into a modern country.

He said the fallen leader was also a Pan-Africanist who worked closely with them.

From the Airport, President Museveni and his wife proceeded to the Grand Palace where they signed the condolence message.

The President then laid a wreath on the casket of Meles Zanawi.

Talking about Zenawi, President Museveni commended him for standing out and not betraying his historic duties of building and transforming the country and of Pan-Africanism.

Born in 1955, Meles Zenawi was elected Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in 1995.

Earlier in 1985, he became Chairman of the Tigreyan People’s Liberation Front which later transformed into the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front which he led to storm Addis Ababa in 1991 to overthrow Mengistu Haile Mariam.

He led an interim transitional government that in 1995 organized national democratic elections that elected him Executive Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

His mandate as Premier was 3 times renewed in national democratic elections of 2000, 2005, and 2010.

During his tenure at the helm of Government, Meles Zenawi steered the country on the path of economic recovery during which Ethiopia witnessed unprecedented economic transformation, growth and development, becoming one of the fastest growing economies of Africa.

He has also been a central player in Regional and Continental security, especially in the fight against Islamic extremist and fundamentalism in the Horn of Africa particularly Somalia which he twice invaded and in providing peace-keeping forces in Darfur and Abyei in the Sudan and as far as Sierra Leone in West Africa.

Meles Zenawi leaves behind a widow and three children. Deputy Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, is expected to lead the country until the scheduled elections in Ethiopia gives Meles Zenawi state funeral

Meles, who ruled for 21 years, died Aug. 20 of an undisclosed illness in a Belgian hospital. He was 57. During his rule, Ethiopia was a strong U.S. ally on counter-terrorism issues, particularly in Somalia, and some saw him as Africa’s intellectual leader in efforts to fight poverty.


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