Sebeta

Sebeta

Sebeta is a town in central Ethiopia. Located in the Mirab Shewa Zone of the Oromia Region, this town has a latitude and longitude of and an elevation of 2356 meters above sea level. It is the administrative center of Alem Gena woreda.

At Sebeta is a school for the blind. It was made part of the Haile Selassie I Foundation in 1959, and construction on a new building began 4 October, 1962.

Based on figures from the Central Statistical Agency in 2005, this town has an estimated total population of 25,143, of whom 12,079 were males and 13,064 were females. According to the 1994 national census, the town had a population of 14,100.

History

A plot to kill the Emperor near Sebeta with a land mine in the road was discovered on 16 November 1969. Eight people were arrested, and the leader, 76-year-old Tekle Wolde Hawariat, killed himself next day after a gun battle with police at his home in Addis Ababa. He was mentioned without dishonor in the Ethiopian media because of his valuable service to the country in previous years.

A congregation of the Mekane Yesus Church was established in 1979. The congregation's church was burnt by a mob in April 1994, and the leaders of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church afterwards failed to condemn the act.

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