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Sebhat Nega, TPLF founder and ideologue, captured alive

Six other TPLF officials were captured along with Sebhat Nega. Wife for the late Hayelom Araya is dead, according to Ethiopian Defense Force update

Sebhat Nega _ TPLF
Sebhat Nega

January 8, 2021 

A day after news of the death Sekoture Getachew and three other members of TPLF leadership is revealed to the public, the Ethiopian Defense Force on Friday announced that Sebhat Nega who is the founder and  ideologue of Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) is captured alive.  He was captured in an operation that the Ethiopian Defense Force conducted on Friday. 

“Leader of the Junta that was orchestrating ethnic violence and other members of the Junta are under control,” a brief statement from the Defense force cited  Brigadier General Tesfaye Ayalew, head of the deployment division within the defence force. 

The Ethiopian Defense Force captured Sebhat Nega in the wilderness of Tekeze, Zinjero cliff, a place that is said to be hard to access, it was said. 

According to the report, he was carried to his hiding place in the cliff part of the mountain, and members of the defense force had to do the same to bring him down from the top of the mountain where he was hiding. 

The capture of his sister, Kidusan Nega, also a member of the central committee of TPLF, was reported on Thursday. 

Sebehat Nega was one of the few people who founded the militant TPLF in the mid-1970’s in the wilderness of Dedebit. He was one of the most powerful men within the organization, at one point even more powerful than the late Meles Zenawi, and the architect of ethnic politics, and manufactured ethnic violences in the country. 

Apart from serving as chairman of TPLF, he was in charge of the TPLF business empire under the conglomerate Endowment Fund for the Rehabilitation of Tigray (EFFORT) and is said to have amassed hundreds of millions of dollars through corrupt means.

EFFORT itself is known to be worth well over 5 billion dollar as he himself hinted at one point. It was Meles Zenawi’s wife Azeb Mesfin who replaced him as EFFORT CEO after he was removed. After the war with TPLF in November 2020, the Federal government freeze bank accounts of companies under EFFORT.

The Ethiopian Defense Force also announced that it had captured six other TPLF officers : Colonel Atsedu Riche, Colonel Knife Tadese, Colonel Yemane Kahsay, Ato Asgede Gebrekirstos, Ato Amdemariam Tessema and Commander Berhe Girma.

The wife of Hayelom Araya, Alganesh Meles, reportedly died after she fell off the cliff in the part of the mountain where they were hiding. 

The Ethiopian government did not say as to when captured TPLF leaders including Sebhat Nega will appear in court – something that would also confirm to their followers that they are indeed captured. 

The Ethiopian government launched a law enforcement operation in the Tigray region of Ethiopia after TPLF leaders attacked several military bases of the northern command in what they called “pre-emptive strike.” 

On Thursday this week, the Defense Force announced that Sekoture  Getachew and Zeray Asgedom were killed as they were attempting to escape. 

There are still other key TPLF leaders to be captured. 

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  1. I’m flabbergasted and happy by this news, anyone that tries to harm my beloved country and people is my worst enemy and I consider Sebhat Nega the enemy of ETHIOPIA and the people of ETHIOPIA.. Congratulations ETHIOPIA.

    ኢትዮጵያ: ታብፅህ: ዕደዊሃ: ሐበ: እግዚአብሔር::

  2. Alem, it’s a legitimate and a valid question, I was thinking about Azeb’s where about, you must have read my mind.

  3. I’m sure those very upright and men of the highest value Jula and Bacha will treat this prisoner of war and elderly man according to our old tradition. He has been one of those commie demagogues I have been demonizing for years. But he must be treated as an elderly prisoner. But it is a crushing defeat not only for those who have been poisoning the gullible youth of Tigray but also for all others who have also feeding similar youths in all other regions with the same brew of bigotry steeped with tenets of communism. Our Creator The Almighty is telling us by this capture that He Has Not and Shall Never Abandon The Country Deified In Both Books of The Holy Scriptures. It was the children of that Blessed country who saved both religions(Bilal ibn Rabah and Mary Magdalene). Our Creator Shall Never Forsake That Country He Purposely Created!!! Now you commies and bigots!!! One word out of you! One word!!!

  4. የኢትዮጵያ: አምላክ: የናዝሬቱ: እዬሡሦ: የሠላምና: የፍቅር: የአንድነት: አምላክ: የአብርሐምና: የይስሐቅ: አምላክ: የያዕቆብ: አምላክ: የአሮን: አምላክ: የኢሳያስ: አምላክ: የኢትዮጵያውያን: አምላክ: ፍርዱና: ውሳኔው: ንቅንቅ: አትልም: ፍርዱም: ፍፁም: ንትና: ማንም: አይቀይራትም: አይለውጣትም: ገና: ይፈርዳል: ቁጣውም : አስጨናቂ: አስጠባቢ: ናት:: ማንም; ማንም: በጉልበት: በሃይል: አይቀይራትም: ከፆለትና: ተንበርክኮ: ከመለመን: በስተቀ::

    ኢትዮጵያ: ታበፅህ: ዕደዊሃ: ሐበ: እግዚአብሔር::

  5. I might add, our part of resolve should and must be preserving our past, as essential as it maybe, like any other pertinent and detrimental historical facts to our beloved country ETHIOPIA and therefore preserving our past is a treasure and a gift to our future.

  6. Subject: “Sebhat Nega, TPLF founder and ideologue, captured alive”

    Commentary, 9 Jan 2021
    Is there a lesson to Ethiopia from the above overall subject matter?
    Or is it just news of sadness to the loser and happiness to the winner?
    Is that what Ethiopia is gearing to — just to celebrate the winning with ecstasy?
    How about the “LESSON” out of it for the benefit of Ethiopia, which includes Tigray?
    Shouldn’t Ethiopian Leaders be an example of farsightedness for the benefit of ALL PARTS of Ethiopia?
    Shouldn’t Ethiopia be mindful of other possible similarities in other parts of Ethiopia for any reason?
    When “fragments” of a Country display various “flags” for their own identity, isn’t that the first step that leads to various ambitions of hungry individuals for power and glory? Those individuals who arouse such possibiliites are smart and ambitious for their own glory and richness.
    Is Ethiopia in that direction? The glorification of TODAY may very well be the beginning of pregnancy for an unexpected ugly developments of TOMORROW. Just review human history.
    Ethiopia — for that matter, the entire Continent of BLACK AFRICA — must know and differentiate between what is inherently beneficial to the country against superficial glory on the surface. CAUTION: NEEDLESS TO SAY, THIS IS NOT TO IMPLY (FOR A SECOND) THAT THE DANGER TO ETHIOPIA’s INDEPENDENCE BE TAKEN LIGHTLY WITH OPEN ARMS. The pillar idea here is the need to maintain the ancient history of Ethiopia as one of the oldest independent nations in the world. Ethiopia, as a BLACK AFRICAN COUNTRY, must live up to that glorious fact.

  7. In my humble opinion, as well as for the good of Ethiopia’s and the people of Ethiopia’s future, Ethnic-federalism must, should be completely abolished and dismantled deep from it’s roots, never to be heard of again, In the land of ETHIOPIA, period end of the story. From the gate-go, ethnic federalism was initiated by those who wanted Ethiopia to be disintegrated and by the enemies of ETHIOPIA from within and without, such as Herman Cohen and the Woyane terrorists at large. In the name of GOD they’ll fail miserably again and again.

    • hi ዝነኛው: ኢትዮጵያዊ::

      ethnic federalism should be replaced by unitary regime dominated by Amhara, god chosen people written in your holy crap book of debteras ??
      genocides against humanity for the last 40 years by TPLF, amharas hatching lies like a stinky fly.

      Are you killing innocents and creating this lies to defend yourself

      You will not civilize at all no matter how you study and go 2 Harvard…. donkey will not change its color and its animalistic instinct character.


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