Debretsion Gebremichael: Corruption, pornography and sex tourism | By Abebe Gellaw


“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
Lord Acton

The new chairman of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and vice-administrator of the Tigray Region travels extensively around the world to take part in countless fancy conferences. He also makes many wonderful speeches. On such occasions, at home and abroad, “Dr.” Debretsion Gebremichael Measho, inspires audiences with his firm belief in women’s equality. He says he is committed to empowering women and creating opportunities to narrow the gender gap in Ethiopia. He speaks passionately about equipping girls with information communications and technology (ICT).

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  1. Why is Neftegna groups always engaged in Smear soothing , insult , name calling and black magic .

    Can that explain their being extremely poor despite ruling the country for hundreds of years ?
    why do they always resort to personal attacks when they do not have LOGIC to see to others ?
    Do they think they can beat a hero by talking cheap 24/7 like KOMARIT IN GONDAR BULUKO SEFER ?

    NO ONE WILL BUY YOUR GIRLISH ATTACK ABEBECH !

      • It is more than clear . Insult , , name calling ,jealousy ,black magic is typical Feudal character inherited from their forefathers .Too good other people see them as disgruntled CLOWNS OF LOW CHARM .

  2. If “abusing his power to force young and vulnerable girls” (i.e., rape) is true then it carries enormous legal and ethical implications. May be not in Ethiopia for now but certainly outside the country. Firstly, Debretsion will have problems traveling abroad as he could be charged with crime. Secondly, not only Debretsion but ruling party elite working in embassies, in international organizations, and traveling for business could all face legal issues. Abebe could also be charged for slander if evidence is lacking. I do realize that #MeToo is now a worldwide campaign against predatory behavior of powerful men. I also acknowledge Ethiopian women have no chance to speak up against ruling elite rapists short of getting murdered. There goes the dilemma. That is why this matter should take front and center of current debates.

  3. Hi guys,

    Now Abebe G. has graduated from diploma police to a moral police. Next time what would he add to his bio of ever shrinking “fame” as a blackmailer?

    Where Abebe lives, people who see this type of blackmail call it “cheap shot”. If he thinks “cheap shot” helps the opposition discourse, he is wrong.

    Who cares what the guy does in his private life? Sleep with girls and women if it is consensual and if he has the time and … to do them, why not? Give me one reason that makes getting laid wrong provided it is consensual and in private? Should we play it voyeur for what the guy does in his bedroom? Where is the limit to privacy measured against morality and yearn for a puritan society? Simply because he is a politician, is the argument his judgement might be clouded by his sexuality? In that case, we need legal proof which is different moral standard.

    For me, the so called “investigative report” which is in effect “copy and paste” undermines the credibility of the opposition as an alternative to TPLF/EPRDF and distracts people from focusing on serious political, economic and security issues the country faces. The report has a modicum of truth, but it is still trivial compared to our problems.

    I sincerely think a person like Abebe who wields a huge media outlet with a wide public outreach – ESAT – should be held to a higher standard which means to rise beyond trivialities and gossip. To dwell on moral turpitude of an individual is always a slippery slope which might trigger libel lawsuit.

    It appears that Abebe has joined the moral panic rocking the country he calls home right now. Even there, the call for a puritan society has gone unheeded. Would somebody tell us if Abebe private life is puritan or morally dirty? As the saying goes “charity begins at home”.

    After decades of opposition, it is sad to see the discourse in the opposition camp is still dominated by trivialities.

    • Emeye,
      You seem to be well-versed in the dark world of sleeping around and prostitution. You are a heck of morality liberator, if I may say so. Let us for a moment forget the unfairness of using women as commodity, Would you tell us a bit about the possibility of rapists within the ruling elite?

  4. menilik raised the good point
    we should blame someone for what he has done to the country but not on the acount of his private life this is is not the concern for the majority .

  5. Hallo. Tigreans. Ethiopian people are not qeletema like you!. Such a bastard people like Debretsion or Legese or Samora should be limited to gouvern those people beyond Tekeze.

  6. የተቃውሞው ጎራ ይበልጥ ዘቀጠ ፡፡
    ፈረንጅ ጭቃ መቀባት (mud slinging ) ጥላሸት ማቡነን (smear sooting ) ወደሚለው ተግባር ወረደ ፡፡

    የጎንደሩ የጥቂቶች ኪነት በሀሣብ ማሸነፍ አቅቶት ከቆየ ብዙ እንቁጣጣሾች አለፉ ፡፡የታሪክ መአት ቢያወራም የስንክሣር አቧራ ቢያቦንም ኮተታም ደብተራ ከመባል ውጭ ምንም አልፈየደለትም ፡፡

    አሁን ደግሞ መቀመቅ ወረደ ፡፡ ተራ ጭቃ ልቅለቃ ላይ ተሠማራ ፡፡ ፈረንጅ dirty game ቆሻሻ ጨዋታ ወደሚለው
    በስብእናና በሞራል የከሠሩ የሚጫወቱትን ጨዋታ ተያይዞታል ፡፡
    ለነገሩ በቀጥታ ከሻእቢያ የተንኮል መፅሀፍ እንደተቀዳች ነጥብ ሣይቀር መኮረጃተው ያጋልጣቸዋል ፡፡ nice try ሌላ ብላ አለ ነጭ ፡፡
    ይልቅ ሀሣብ ካላችሁ እሱን አምጡ ፡፡ ያለዚያ ሁሌ ማማት ማማረርና ማርዳት ( የ”ማ” ህጎች) አይነፋም !!

    ከገሙ ላልቀር ጥንብት እንደ esat -eretv!

  7. Ato Gellaw,

    Thank you for the interesting article. You are a Patriotic Ethiopian hero. Keep up the great job. Your brave and patriotic speech at the G8 meeting in 2012 by interrupting DICTATOR MELLES ZENAWI’S, another ADWA dictator/criminal like Ato Debretsion, speech and calling him DICTATOR, DICTATOR in front of world leaders such as OBAMA, lead to the death of the dictator w/in few month and started the TPLF DEATH MARCH WHICH IS FINALIZING AS WE SPEAK. If what you are saying is true, Ato Debretsion should resign as TPLF chair and from all other positions in government and his ass should immediately go to court. Embezzlement/waste and abuse of hard working Ethiopian people money for despicable and pervert sexual orgy parties is a crime of a highest magnitude and punishable by not only a long jail sentence but also the dude must pay millions if not billions of money to Ethiopian people. If found guilty, all his assets including his house, business, bank accounts all over the world should be frozen and given to Ethiopian people. Moreover, his status as PEDOPHILE, RAPIST and ANTI WOMEN should be shared with world leaders which will lead to his ban from traveling out of Ethiopia or perhaps ADWA, except to communist china, the most brutal/criminal/oppressive country in the world. In addition countries such us USA and EU may take a legal action against this low life evil pervert. If TRUE, AS THE EXPOSURE OF MELLES ZENAWI’S CRIME TO THE WORLD BY ATO GELLAW IN 2012 LED TO HIS DEATH/COLLAPSE W/IN FEW MONTH THE EXPOSURE OF ATO DEBRETSION’S CRIME WILL HAVE SIMILAR OUTCOME. So, Ato Gellaw continue to whack TPLF son of bitches and they will continue to drop like flies. JUMP BITCH WHACK, JUMP BITCH WHACK.

    • Fiction of unemployed, disgruntled and delusional people.

      Disgusting people,Glad you dirty people are away and far from my country.

  8. Oh, man! Oh, man!

    At this moment, I don’t want to be Abebe Gelaw.

    Rumer has it that Debretsion G.M. is swearing to kick Abebe’s ass. They say he is consulting lawyers in the U.S. to commence action for defamation per se because Abebe is said to have accused him of a unfounded crime, something adversely reflecting on his fitness to conduct public responsibility and imputed to him serious sexual misconduct.

    They say his line of legal action is likely to succeed than not.

    Abebe relies on hacked accounts and leaked digital materials for the report. Since the hacker has left what experts call Digital footprint which leads to one’s digital activities on the internet or on digital devices, they say he is traced and identified by name and address. The hacker is said to have used Debretsion’s account to serf escort services and pornographic webs and posted e-mail message.

    In the first place, the fact that the materials for the report came from a hacker has undermined its credibility. More than the hacking is the name and address of the hacker who corrupted Debretsion’s account preparing for Abebe’s report. I think Abebe’s and the hacker’s asses are to be hit real hard in court.

    As the report suggests, not only Debretsion’s account has been hacked, accounts of others who allegedly wrote about his impropriety have also been hacked. Here too, apart from and in addition to the hacking which raised serious credibility issue, they are saying name and address of the hacker is available. It is suggested that this hacker is different from the one mentioned above but presumed to have worked together.

    Abebe also relies on what he called « digital evidence leaked online”. This can be done by anyone anonymously or without anonymity and claim it is a “leaked” material. He says the leak has been “verified and authenticated by digital experts” which are believed to be the hackers themselves. Experts in the field can testify that hackers can put defamatory material in a face book.

    Debretsion has all the evidence he needs to kick asses.

    Abebe’s only defense is if he establishes his report is true. How can he prove his report is “true” if the digital footprint provide names and addresses of those who planted the untrue information which Abebe used for his report? Evidence in IT is scientific and incontrovertible (as much as DNA is) which makes it believable. Personally, I would like to see Abebe successfully prove whatever he wrote is true. Which means kick Debretsion’s ass, but I am afraid he might lose terribly and with disgrace.

    The record libel verdict in the United States is $222.7 million. A fraction of that will cripple Abebe Gelaw for life. Where Abebe lives, there are criminal defamation laws too with very limited defense if they are invoked.

    Such legal action might cost money – a lot of money – but the rumor suggests Debretsion is on the march. If he does not have enough money, EFFORT should back him. Elias Kifle of Ethiopian Review, and after years of mudslinging right and left, was humbled and finally desisted from defamatory practices because Al Amoudi took him to court and squeezed him hard enough from which he has not recovered to this day.

    Abebe will not desist from mudslinging unless someone shakes him like Elias.

    Drop trivialities while people are seriously working to save the country and its people.

  9. Given how wired and weird the world is, the reports maybe true. Nonetheless, it is not a breaking news to accuse and abuse the individual. Dr. D/Tsion must be judged on what he is doing or not doing for the country. Not on what he is doing in the bedroom. Whether it is with prostitutes as alleged or whomever he wishes to sleep with as long as force and power is not used to lure people to do unwanted things. I care less!
    I understand skewed politics makes people blind and help align with what was than what is. Our country is surrounded by Arab armies and this is not the time to talk about the sexual behavior of a minister. We were never born to be an angle. None of us are immune to fault. I hope, Dr. D/Tsion will ignore this alleged accusation and focus to solve the critical issues of the country. Our country is at a crossroads. It is time to work as one people and one nation to fend off an impending direct or indirect invasion from Egypt and to meet the demands of our people for freedom and tranquility.

  10. ኣይተ “truth”
    በመጀመርያ ይቅርታ እንድጠይቅ ይፈቀድልኝ፣ እናንተም ይቅርታ ጠይቁኝ! ለምን ቢባል እናንተ ገፍታችሁ ገፍታችሁ ይሄው የባንዳ ጠበቃም ለመሆን ስላበቃችሁኝ!!
    ጉድ ሳይሰማ ይቅርታ የሚያጠያይቀ አባባሌ እንግዲህ ይሄውላችሁ፣

    መለስ ዜናዊን የአበበ ጩሄት አልገደለውምና ዝም ብላችሁ ያልሆነን ነገር እያዳረሳችሁ አትኑሩ:: ያ ባንዳ ቀላል ሰው አልነበረም:: መአት የውስልትና አክሮባቶችን በክፉኛ ይችል ነበርና! እንኳንስ የአዳራሽ ጭሆትን ይቅርና የዛሬዎቹ የዲያስፖራ ሸንጎ “ዴሞክራቶች” አባላት እነ ኣረጋዊ የወያነ ሊቀ መንበርና እነ ግደይ የወያነ መከላከያ ሚኒስተር በነበሩበት ስዓታት ላይ ምድረ ትግራይ ያሳለፈውንም ገሃነመ እሳትን ተወጥቶት ሲያበቃና ቆየት ብሎም ቀደምተኛው ሊቀ መንበራችን ይሉት እንደነበረ፣ “ለምሳ ያሰቡትን ለቁርስ እያደረሰ” አልነበር እንዴ ለስደት እና ከአርባ አመታት በኋላም ደግሞ ይሄው “ለዴሞክራትነት” ያበቃቸው:: ከቀደምተኛው ሊቀ መንበራችን የሚለይበት ደግሞ አንድ ሌላው ጠባዩ፣ ዋና ጠላት ብሎ የሚለውን አይገድልም፣ እንዲያው ወደ ውጭ አባርሮ በቁመናቸው ሆነው ብቸኛ ሊቀመንበርነቱን ሲመገብ እንዲያዩ ያደርግማ አልነበር እንዴ? ምናልባት አበበንም እንደ ዋና ጠላት ቆጥሮት ሊሆን ይችላል በሂይወቱ እንዲቆይ የፈቀደው እንጂ ስንቱ ለጋ የትግራይን ልጅ እማ በጠቅላላው አለም አቀፍ እየተፈራረቁና ከየናቱ ጉያ እየመንጠሉ እያወጡ ፈጁትና-ደፉት አይደል እንዴ!

    መለስ ዜናዊን በጨረር አድርጎ የገደለው WEST ነው!! የማሌሊት ስለላ ክፍል አጣርቶ የመለስን አሟሟት ጉዳይ ከደረሰበት በኋላና ለህዝብም ሊያስታውቅ አንድ ቀን ሲቀረው፣ ምናልባት በነጋታው ምንም ሳንከፍለው የእድራችን አባልም ሳይሆን እንዲያው ዝም ብሎ ጡሩምባ ነፊ ይሆንልናል በሚል ተስፋ ለህዝብ ባስታወቁበት ዋዜማው ዕለት ላይ ሰው ልከው “ሚስጢሩ” እንዲደርሰኝ አድርገው ስለነበረ ነው ይሄው ምንም እንኳን በዚያን ጊዜ የባንዳ ሞት ጡንባ ነፊ ሆኘ ለመገኘት ፈቃደኛ ባልሆንም ግን አሁን እናንተ በትክክለኛው አለም መኖርን ትላመዱ ዘንዳ ይጠቅማል በማለት ተስፋ ያደረውን አደባባይ የሚያውቀውን ሚስጢር እያካፈልኳችሁ ያለሁት! WEST’ም ይሄንን ጉዳይ ያካሄደው ምናልባት መለስ፣ የዓድዋንና የቴምቤንን ልጆች በሚያናክስበት ለከት የለሽ ለከቱ ራሳቸው ምእራቦቹ ዘንዳም ሊጠቀምበት ስለሞከረ ሳይሆን አይቀርም ይባላል! ይሄን የመጨረሻውን አረፍተ ነገር ግን አደራ ብዙም ሰው በተለይም ምእራቦቹ እንዳይሰሙት በሚስጥር ያዙት!! Ha..Ha..!

  11. Engocha Negn,

    You’re saying : “Abebe’s only defense is if he establishes his report is true.”

    How can he prove the “truth” if the report came from hackers who themselves surfed and posted materials on the guy’s account?

    Maybe Abebe needs eye witnesses from “exclusive brothels for rich playboys” he said Debretsion visited while on official trips abroad. Likewise, he might need witnesses to show Debretsion “abused his power to force young and vulnerable girls, married women and employees to have sex with him.” It is a serious claim the truth of which won’t be easy to prove.

    Abebe’s track record as “blackmailer” might work against him too.

    Until recently Abebe seemed to suffer from a “Ph.D.” envy which won him the famous name “diploma police”. He was after some Ph.D. holders – legitmate of fake – on a partisan basis. Some holders of the degree he mercilessly attacked were said to be close to TPLF/EPRDF. There were, however, people who appeared on ESAT and addressed as “doctor” without setting foot in class for the degree. For some reason, Abebe grew out of his role as diploma police.

    Now Abebe is portrayed as a moral police. I don’t know how he can grow out of this too. Maybe get a blow job? No, that won’t work. Debretsion might shake him hard in court.

    Stay tuned.

  12. No matter what TPLF rule has to end. Why does Ethiopia need 2 Congress, one in Addis and one in Mekele?
    Why do we need 2 armies, Ethiopian and TPLF? TPLF needs to be disarmed if they claim they are Ethiopians.
    All stolen properties have to be returned. TPLF Apartheid has to be dismantled and much more. Only then we will have ever lasting peace.

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