Compiled by Elias Meseret
(DireTubeNews. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)- The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has sent her condolences to the Ethiopian government, people and families of those who lost their loved ones following the stampede. The statement came after a deadly stampede happened on October 2, 2016 at the annual Irrecha Festival of Thanksgiving in Bishoftu town.
The Government of Ethiopia reported that 52 people were killed in the stampede. But opposition activists and opposition groups have reported a much higher number.
"The AU Commission Chairperson welcomes the government’s efforts to investigate the cause of the stampede and to bring to justice those responsible, while calling for calm and peace" Dlamini- Zuma said in a statement today adding that she also welcomed the three-days of national mourning. "The AU reiterates its solidarity with the victims and the people of Ethiopia during these trying times."
The AU Commission Chairperson also said she has welcomed the government’s efforts to investigate the cause of the stampede and to bring to justice those responsible, while calling for calm and peace.