Aksum University awarded Sebhat Nega an Honorary Doctorate Degree

Photo – Axum University awarded Sebhat Nega Honorary Doctorate [Photo: Mulualem Asfaw]

Photo – Axum University awarded Sebhat Nega Honorary Doctorate [Photo: Mulualem Asfaw]

Posted on Saturday, July 2, 2016 @ 8:09 pm by Daniel Berhane

Sibhat Nega Medhaniye, 81, is one of the founders of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). He is commonly referred to as “Aboy Sebhat” – a heading for a father figure.

He attended primary school at Nigist Saba School, Adwa, Tigrai region and high school in Mekele and graduated in Economics at Haile Selassie I University (now Addis Ababa University) in 1964. Later, after the armed struggle, he studied Masters of Business Administration from Amsterdam University.

Sebhat quit his job as Ministry of Finance’s officer in southern Ethiopia and took a job as school director in Adwa. Shortly afterwards, he teamed up with a group of college students and locals and started armed struggle in February 1975 – where he dropped his birth name Wolde-Selassie and picked his nom de guerre Sebhat.

TPLF’s Central Committee elected Sebhat as chairperson unanimously, following the first, the second and third congresses, 1978/79, 1982/83 and 1989/90, respectively.

Photo – Axum University awarded Sebhat Nega Honorary Doctorate
Photo – Axum University awarded Sebhat Nega Honorary Doctorate [Photo: Mulualem Asfaw]
In a rare move in African politics, Sebhat resigned from his post, despite the resistance from the Central Committee, citing the need for a younger chairperson as TPLF moves to forming the national coalition EPRDF and to capturing governmental power. Sebhat’s chosen successor, Meles Zenawi, was adopted by the Central Committee in 1990.

Aksum University lauded that:

Sibhat has made a historic move in the smooth, democratic and peaceful political power transfer to young and capable successors by becoming exemplary in handing over his power to his successors enthusiastically and purposefully.
The relation between Sebhat and Meles, however, deteriorated in the second half of the last decade.

He was perceived as unhappy with the direction of the party when he left the executive committee of TPLF and EPRDF in 2008. He left the central committee of TPLF and the council of EPRDF in 2010.

Sebhat has been in charge of the economic department of TPLF until 2001. He was also the CEO of the TPLF parastatal EFFORT from 2001 to 2010. Currently, Meles Zenawi’s widow Azeb Mesfin runs the conglomerate.

Nonetheless, Sebhat continued to wield considerable, albeit dwindling, power in the party and the government,.

Sebhat’s power in the party dramatically increased in post-Meles Ethiopia, though he is merely a head of a government think-tank, of the Ethiopian International Institute for Peace and Development.

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Editing: We corrected the years of the TPLF congresses. We added a sentence about Sebhat’s second degree. We also corrected the years of his tenure as EFFORT CEO. We regret the errors and the omission.

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4 Responses to Aksum University awarded Sebhat Nega an Honorary Doctorate Degree

  1. gud

    July 4, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    VIVA own golden gift

  2. papie

    July 4, 2016 at 8:24 PM

    ayee axum, how you awarded a murderer with an honorary degree. You are the same…shame to the university

  3. ዘነበ አምባቸው ካሊፎርኒያ አማሪካን

    July 5, 2016 at 9:41 PM

    የሱዳን መንግስት የሃገሪቱን ግዛት በመጠቀም በሊቢያና ግብፅ ወደ አውሮፓ ለመሰደድ ጥረት የሚያደርጉ ኢትዮጵያውያን ስደተኞች ቁጥር እየጨመረ መምጣቱን ገለጸ።የአረና ፓርቲ አባል ባለፈው ሳምንት ተገደለ:: የአረና ፓርቲ አባል በሳምንቱ መጨረሻ ባልታወቁ ሰዎች መገደሉ ተገለጸ። የአረና ፓርቲ በማህበራዊ መድረኩ እንዳስታወቀው ወጣት ዝናቡ ሃይሉ ባልታወቁ ሰዎች የተገደው በሳምንቱ መጨረሻ ሲሆን፣ ኩርመዓጋ በተባለ የአፋር ክልል ውስጥ ሞቶ መገኘቱም ተመልክቷል።
    በቅፅል ስሙ ሴንቸሪ በሚል የተጠቀሰው ዝናቡ ሃይሉ አርብ ሰኔ 24 ቀን 2008 ዓም ከጓደኞቹ ጋር ምሳ ከበላ ከሰዓታት በኋላ ሞቶ መገኘቱን ከዘገባው መረዳት ተችሏል።ወደ አውሮፓ ለመሰደድ ጥረት የሚያደርጉ ኢትዮጵያውያን ስደተኞች ቁጥር እየጨመረ መምጣቱን ተገለጸ
    የሱዳን መንግስት የሃገሪቱን ግዛት በመጠቀም በሊቢያና ግብፅ ወደ አውሮፓ ለመሰደድ ጥረት የሚያደርጉ ኢትዮጵያውያን ስደተኞች ቁጥር እየጨመረ መምጣቱን ገለጸ።
    ባለፈው ወር ብቻ አብዛኞቹ ኢትዮጵያውያን የሆኑ ከ300 በላይ ስደተኞች ሱዳንን ከሊቢያ በሚያዋስናት የሃገሪቱ ሰሜናዊ ግዛት አካባቢ በቁጥጥር ስር መዋላቸውን የሱዳን ፈጥኖ ደራሽ ኮማንደር የሆኑት ጄኔራል ሞሃመድ ሃምዳን ለሱዳን ትሪቢዮን ጋዜጣ አስታውቀዋል።
    የስደተኞቹ ቁጥር መበራከትን ተከትሎ የሱዳን መንግስት በሰሜን እና ምዕራብ የሃገሪቱ ክፍል የሚገኙ የበረሃ አካባቢዎች ላይ የቁጥጥር ዘመቻ መክፈቱን ጀኔራሉ ገልጸዋል።
    ሱዳን ከሊቢያ ጋር በምትዋሰንበት የሰሜናዊ የሃገሪቱ ክፍል በአሁኑ ሰዓት ለዘመቻው ሲባል ዝግ መደረጉንና የስደተኞቹ ጉዳይ ለሃገራቸው አሳሳቢ እየሆነ መምጣቱን ጄኔራል ሞሃመድ ማምዳን ለሱዳን መገናኛ ብዙሃን አስረድተዋል።
    በየወሩ በሺዎች የሚቆጠሩ ስደተኞች ወደሃገራቸው በመግባት ላይ መሆኑን የተናገሩት የሱዳኑ ጄኔራል የአውሮፓ ህብረት ሱዳን ስደተኞችን ለመቆጣጠር ለምታደርገው ጥረት በቅርቡ የ100 ሚሊዮን ዩሮ ድጋፍ ማድረጉን አውስተዋል።
    የአለም አቀፉ ስደተኞች ድርጅት (IOM) እና የተባበሩት መንግስታት የስደተኞች ኮሚሽን በርካታ ኢትዮጵያውያን በጎረቤት ሱዳን እና ጅቡቲ በኩል በማድረግ ከሃገር በመሰደድ ላይ መሆናቸውን ይገልጻሉ።
    ባለፈው ሳምንት በስደተኞች ዙሪያ አመታዊ ሪፖርቱን ያወጣው የአሜሪካ ውጭ ጉዳይ ሚኒስቴር ጎረቤት ሱዳንና ጅቡቲ በርካታ ስደተኞች የሚያቋርጡባቸው ሃገራት ሆነው መምጣታቸውን ይፋ አድርጓል።
    የሪፖርቱ ይፋ መደረግ ተከትሎ በጉዳዩ ዙሪያ ምላሽ የሰጠችው ሱዳን የሃገሯን ግዛት እያቋረጡ ወደ ሊቢያና ግብፅ በመሰደድ ላይ ያሉ ኢትዮጵያውያን እንዲሁም የሌላ አገር ዜጎች ጉዳይ አሳስቧት እንደሚገኝ ገልጻለች።
    ከኢትዮጵያ የሚደረገው የሰዎች ስደት መጨመርን ተከትሎ የአውሮፓ ህብረት ባለስልጣናት ከወራት በፊት ወደ አዲስ አበባ በመጓዝ በጉዳዩ ዙሪያ ምክክር ያካሄዱ ሲሆን፣ በሺዎች የሚቆጠሩ ኢትዮጵያውያን ስደተኞች በሱዳን፣ ግብፅ፣ ሊቢያ፣ የመንና ሌሎች ሃገራት እንደሚገኙ ታውቋል።
    የኢትዮጵያ መንግስት ወደሱዳን የሚሰደዱ ሰዎችን ለመቆጣጠር በሚል በሁመራ ከተማ ዙሪያ ቁጥጥር ቢያደርግም የስደተኞቹ ጉዞ አለመቋረጡን የተለያዩ አካላት ይገልጻሉ።

    ከግድያው ጋር በተያያዘ 5 ግለሰቦች በጥርጣሬ የታሰሩ ሲሆን፣ አስከሬኑም በመቀሌ አይደር ሆስፒታል ምርመራ እንደተደረገለት መረዳት ተችሏል።
    ዕድሜው 35 እንደሆነ የተገለጸው ዝናቡ ሃይሉ፣ በምርጫ 2007 አረናን ለማጠናከር ህንጣሎ ዋጀራት በተባለ አካባቢ መንቀሳቀሱን ያስታወሰው ዘገባ፣ በዚህም በተደጋጋሚ መታሰሩን እንዲሁም የድብደባ ወንጀል እንደተፈጸመበት ዘርዝሯል።
    አረና ከተመሰረተበት ከ2000 ዓም ጀምሮ ባለፉት 8 ዓመታት ዝናቡ ሃይሉን ጨምሮ አራት አባላት እንደተገደለበት ገልጾ፣ ስማቸውንም ዘርዝሯል። ሟቾቹ አረጋዊ ገ/ዮሃንስ፣ ልጃለም ካልአዩ እንዲሁም ታደሰ አበራ ናቸው።

  4. Betelhem Borruu

    July 5, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    Recently Aksum University awarded Sebhat Nega an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Leadership and Politics as if all those Tigrayan degree holders earned their degree due to their Academic performances. We know all Tigrayans that request degrees get degrees eventhough they don’t deserve it in their school performances. TPLF kids has been getting free A+ grade pass whether they deserve it or not for all exams for 25 years in all schools within Ethiopia starting from higher institutions to kindergartens free pass for all TPLf affiliated kids and adults has been common. , governmental organizations such as Ethiopian Airlines is a good example for giving free pass for all Tigrayans . That is why Ethiopian Airliners always asks the ethinicity background on job applications since Tewolde became CEO a practice that was not being done while Girma was the CEO. Previously before Girma became CEO Siye Abraha made it a law for EAL to ask ethnicity background for job applicants so they discriminate against non-Tigrayans.