Getachew Belay and Kefyalew Azeze defect to the U.S.

October 05, 2012 — Getachew Belay, the former Deputy Chief Executive Officer of The Endowment Fund For the Rehabilitation of Tigray (EFFORT), defected to the United States.

Getachew, who is the nephew of Tigray Peoples Liberation Front founder, Sebhat Nega, is believed to have siphoned off hundreds of millions of dollars from EFFORT before fleeing.

Sources say Getachew was one of the last officials to speak to the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi during his hospitalization for liver cancer in Brussels, Belgium.

Prior to his senior positions within the TPLF Central Committee and EFFORT, Getchew served as Minister of the Ministry of Revenue for the federal government between 2001 to October 2005.

In a similar event, Kefyalew Azeze, the former Vice Mayor of Addis Ababa and current advisor to Kuma Demeksa's tenure, has defected with his family to the U.S. and is seeking political asylum.

Getachew Belay, a senior Ethiopian politician, defects to the U.S. 

Kefyalew Azeze, the former Vice Mayor of Addis Ababa, defects to the U.S.