The body of Simegnew Bekele (Eng) laid to rest yesterday on, July 29, 2018, at St. Trinity Cathedral Church in Addis Ababa, located near the grand palace.
During the funeral service, police fired a tear gas to separate the crowd who want to follow the coffin to the church and was prevented by organizers due to limited space in the church as a reason.
Mulatu Teshome, president of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy prime minister of Ethiopia, High profile government officials, Ministers, Ambassadors, Diplomats, Religious fathers, Artists, residents of Addis Ababa, have attended the funeral service of the national hero.
Dressed in black costumes, some with the image of Simegnew Bekele, scores of people turned out in huge number from all the corners of the capital and its immediate surroundings, swept streets to attend the departure held at Meskel square, the place where Simegnew found dead on Tuesday, people were crying and shouting slogans for their hero.
Many were expressing their inner regret for the sudden loss of the engineer who spent years of hardship leaving his life and relatives, to raize national symbol , a project that the country proud of, his death before the seeing the completion of the dam which he sacrificed his life to, is that, makes the news very shocking and painful a young man from the crowd, who wants to remain unknown, told to Dire tube.
“We should pay everything to make his dream come real, this is my message for the youth, ” he stressed.
After departure ceremony, the body was taken to St. Trinity Church, the place where his body is buried, accompanied by many. religious ceremonies were conducted and his body laid to rest around 7 o’clock.
After Ethiopians mourn the death of the chief, celebrated engineer and a public face of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) which is said to be the first in Africa (on completion), many were expressing their deepest grief and sorrow across the nation.
The sudden and tragic end of Simegnew Bekele who is glorified for his commitment and dedication for the success of the hydroelectric dam was a center of hot discussion and arose various issues of dialogue among people of the country.
Apart from pity, numbers of hypothesizes are voiced by the public regarding the reason for his sudden and untimely death. Everybody is wondering the fact behind, which remain untold officially, accept the statement of the police commissioner Zeynu Jemal, broadcasted hours after his found dead in his car at Meskel Square.
Tewodros, 37, was one of the inhabitants f Addis flooded to attend the funeral service, he was very emotional and lost words to express how he is sad about the death of Simegnew Bekele.
“It is very painful,” he said cleaning tears roll down his face.
“The governments to clear facts behind his death soon” “we need Justice Tewodros shouted.”
In a press briefing he gave Tuesday afternoon, the commissioner confirmed that Simegnew was found shot dead on his left side of the neck, although a Colt pistol was discovered on the right-hand side of the deceased.
No official autopsy report is released from police or St. Paul hospital where his body was taken to Examination.
Angry youth in Gonder staged a protest just after the news of his death was circulated via the news outlets. a horde of youth who went the streets to express their discontent demanded justice for Simegnew. They were shouted for his rest to be in Gonder, his hometown, sources disclosed.
The GERD project now believed to have reached 65 pc completion is contracted by Salini – Impregilo, Italian construction company, whereas its electro-mechanical works, is under the military Industrial Complex_ Metal and Engineering Corporation (MeTEC).
Simegnew Bekele was born in 1965 in Makisegnt, a small village near Gonder. In the late beginning of 1980’s he was registered as a trainer in the training center at the former Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation and began to work as a teacher after he has finished the training and graduates with great distinction.
After working as a teacher he was resigned and withdraw from the center because of disagreements and returned back to join the corp[oration in other position studied civil engineering. Then, has worked as vice project manager at GilgelGibe I and an as a project manager at Gilgal Gibe II.
Simegnewu is a father of three, his wife and children are currently living in Canada, according to sources close to the family.
In 2014, Simegnewu was also been nominated for “Yebego Sew Shilimat ” an award which is organized by the founder Daniel Kibret, in a category of “performing governmental responsibility effectively” and He has been working as project manager for the Grand Renaissance Dam until his death.