Seyoum Ogbamichael, Ten-Years after His Death: Did He die from Natural Causes or Was He Murdered? *



Let us remember and honour the tenth anniversary of Comrade/Brother Seyoum Ogbamichael’s Death!

Drs. Tsegezab Gebregergis

Seyoum Ogbamichael, the Eritrean hero and indefatigable fighter for Eritrean independence, justice and democracy, suddenly died on Saturday 17 December 2005 at a hospital in Addis Ababab, Ethiopia, while on a diplomatic mission in Ethiopia.

His family, friends and the Eritrean people as a whole, on whose behalf Seyoum Ogbamichael struggled his lifelong, were told to believe by the untrustworthy TPLF/EPRDF led rulers of Ethiopia that he died from a heart attack. Sadly, to date the claim of Ethiopia’s rulers that Seyoum Ogbamichael died from a heart attack is accepted uncritically by the political organization which Seyoum Ogbamichael shaped and led for decades at a difficult period of Eritrean history.

Seyoum Ogbamichael was a very cheerful, highly self-confident, easily approachable, trustable, straightforward and smart person, with unique managerial and leadership qualities and very quick at identifying and recognizing actual and potential friends and enemies.

 I had a very high respect for Seyoum as a political leader and as a person and I always enjoyed discussing Eritrean politics with him.

Had Seyoum Ogbamichael lived long enough and was given the opportunity to serve Eritrea and its people; he could have played a historic role in representing Eritrea on the stages of African and world politics. Unfortunately, he died at such a very young age and at a very critical period of Eritrean history: i.e., at a time when his country and its people needed his service so much. His death is thus a great loss to Eritrea and its people, as well as to his family.

Ten years after his death, I still question very strongly the death surrounding Seyoum Ogbamichael. Indeed, I believe very strongly that Seyoum Ogbamichael did not die from natural causes as we are told to believe by the woyane rulers of Ethiopia. In other words, I still maintain Seyoum Ogbamichael did not die from natural causes. He was mysteriously killed by the woyane security services on the direct order of the TPLF gangs ruling Ethiopia today.

He was murdered precisely because he had an unwavering and courageous nationalist stand in defense of Eritrean sovereignty, honor and territorial integrity. He took such brave political position, sitting right in the heart of Ethiopia during the 1998-2000 Eritrean-Ethiopian war. Indeed, on several occasions, Seyoum Ogbamichael had unapologetically told the TPLF rulers of Ethiopia that they have no right whatsoever to interfere directly or indirectly in Eritrean affairs. He was thus considered by the TPLF rulers of Ethiopia as an unsubmissive and un-amenable person to play the role of a TPLF puppet.  Henceforth, a political decision was made by the TPLF gangs to physically eliminate him.

After all is said and done, I am very hopeful when the political dust has fully settled in Ethiopia and the classified documents made open for researchers to examine their contents, we will definitely know the truth surrounding the mysterious death of our heroic brother/fighter, Seyoum Ogbamichael.

In the meantime, I will adamantly stick to my own guns.

We will always remember Seyoum Ogbamichael for the heroic and valuable service he rendered to his country and its people.


*I presented and read the above article in 2015 at the tenth anniversary of Comrade/Brother Seyoum Ogbamichael’s death held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.