Bom in 1941 (E.C) at Arussi the eldest of a family of two sons and a daughter, Getachew had his early education at Ras Dargey Secondary school where he won a few prizes in academics and athletics. ambition was to be an engineer. He is a good all rounder, having achieved a degree of proficiency in footbail, basket-ball and volley-ball; keen on visiting Japan. Though not decided on marrying early, he wishes his future wife to be educated and cultured. He is fond of western music and ball room dancing. He is a keen Student of electronics and intends joining the engineering branch of the army.