Ethiopia's Oromo land protest enters second day, Oromia govt reacts

Tony Gosling tony at
Fri Mar 8 13:09:22 GMT 2019

Ethiopia land protest enters second day, Oromia govt reacts 
2 hours ago


Thousands of people have turned out again in 
Ethiopia’s Oromia region in protest against 
housing unit allocations tied to land rights of 
the Oromo people – the most populous ethnic group.
The federal government has also yet to also 
comment. Conspicuously, the state-affiliated 
outlets – FBC and EBC have yet to report on the incident.

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Oromia regional government reacts

The Oromia regional government in Ethiopia has 
slammed the Addis Ababa city administration over 
its handling of allocation of condominium houses.

The government issued a statement on Thursday 
shortly after multiple protests were held across 
the region after low-cost buildings were 
distributed by the deputy mayor of the city, Takele Uma Banti.

Oromia rejected as unnecessary what it said was 
the handing over of condominium units found 
within a special zone of the region whiles 
disputes still remain over the exact boundaries of Addis Ababa.

The city administration earlier this week 
allocated about twelve thousand of the estimated 
51,000 flats built by government. The move was 
mainly to solve acute shortage of housing.

The deputy mayor was voted into office in July 
2018 to serve s 31st holder of the post. He had 
previously worked with the Oromia Transport Bureau.

Addis Ababa which serves as the national capital 
is located in the Oromia region but is one of two 
chartered cities in the country. The other one is Dire Dawa.

Oromos have long claimed the capital which is 
referred to in local parlance as Finfeenne. 
Oromia – the country’s largest and most populated 
region – completely surrounds the capital Addis Ababa.

The region was at the heart of protests that 
kicked against a plan to expand the boundaries of 
the capital in 2015. The protests morphed into 
anti-government rallies that led to political change.

The expansion plan was dropped in 2015 but the 
protests forced then Prime Minister Hailemariam 
Desalegn to resign in early 2018 ushering in the era of PM Abiy Ahmed.

Abiy, the first Oromo in recent years to become 
Prime Minister is also head of the party that 
currently governs the region, Oromo Democratic 
Party, ODP. The regional president is however the 
ODP vice-president, Lemma Megerssa.

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