Eritrea: Funeral ceremony of late Eritrean Generals, Died in Car Accident

Asmara, March 26, 2014 – The funeral ceremony of the late Eritrean veteran freadom fighters Brig. General Mebrahtu Tekleab (Vaynac), Brig. General Amanuel Haile (Hanjema) and Mr. Desu Tesfatsion would be conducted tomorrow, Wednesday 26 March at Asmara Patriots Cemetery.

The veteran freedom fighters passed away in a car accident last Thursday at Ab-Dirbabu area along Massawa-Mahmimt road while they were travelling to take part in the 30th anniversary celebrations of the demise of Wiqaw Iz.

Eritrea is mourning the shocking death of two of the country’s most decorated and highly accomplished veteran fighters, Brigadier General Amanuel Haile “Hanjema” and Brigadier General Mebrahtu Tekleab “Vaynak” who were killed yesterday in a fatal car accident on the road to Mahminet.
Vetran fighter and former head and financial manager of Red Sea Trading Corporation Mr. Desu Tesfatsion is also killed by the accident.
The three gallant officers were en route to participate on the three-day pilgrimage to Mahminet to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Eritrean People Liberation Front’s (EPLF) victory over the Ethiopian “Wukaw Command” (wukaw iz) of 1984.
Birg. General Amanuel “Hanjema” and Birg. General Mebrahtu “Vaynak” were both commanding officers during the 1984 operation on the North Eastern Sahel front that decimates the huge Ethiopian colonial army of the “Wukaw Command”.
With the death of the army’s Chief of Staff Maj. General Gherezgiher Andemariam “Wuchu” earlier this month, the death of these two selfless Generals will be indeed a great loss to the government and the people of Eritrea.
Birg. General “Hanjema’s” last appointment was as Zonal chief of staff and deputy to the late Major General “Wuchu” in the Dankalia zone. Birg. General “Vaynak’s” last appointment was as Inspector General of the army.
People and Government of Eritrea are in a mass outpouring of grief.
Eritrea’s history lives in the history of each of these heroes who sacrificed their lives for the liberation of Eritrea and those who are standing tall, in defending her sovereignty and territorial integrity.
May Eritrea’s beloved martyrs rest in peace.

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  1. This is a great loss for Eritrea and Eritreans. The three galant fighters who fought for the sole God given right of Freedom to be realized. They fought they won and they gave the greatest gift to go to the ballot box to vote “YES” for freedom.

    These three fighters have made history. A history that comes rear and can not be repeated. They will always be remembered as the great “HEROS” Eritrea’s sons.

    Rest in peace my heros!!!

  2. Yeah, it was one of Eritrea’s saddest moments to witness the death of such brave and dedicated Eritrean veterans. What is even more intriguing is what really caused their death. There are rumours that the presidential death squad could have secretly killed them. Recently this has been rather a trend in Eritrea. The dictator in this small East African state is reported to be living in a state of continuous fear that he has deployed secret killing squads to eliminate any one who could pose a threat to his ‘throne’. If these rumours are true, then we are probably going to witness more killings of experienced and capable inidividuals inside the country.

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