In its regular meeting yesterday, Addis Ababa city administration passed decision to suspend 133.6 hectares of land, which it says was identified during the second phase of land audit, not to be transferred to developers – according to a report by state media Ethiopian News Agency (ENA).
The report added that the city administration transferred 495.3 hectares of land to developers between 2011 and 2017.
Why it is suspending the land transfer this time around? “Procedures followed for the transfer lacked transparency and did not consider the city’s vision for the future.”
Seemingly, some of the land transfers were meant to be for developers engaged in manufacturing sector and Takele Uma’s leadership says the land transfer “violates 16/2005 regulations for manufacturing industries.”
Suspension of service delivery will remain in effect until the administration comes up with directives after “analyzing economic and social relevance of” the land transfer requests.
Last month, about 154 land leased to the private and public sector were cancelled on grounds that it is needed for “public use.”
The decisions taken in the city since prime minister Abiy Ahmed appointed Takele Uma, and many say that the appointment violated city rule, are meeting with increasing skepticism as some seem to fear that there is an intent to change the demographic composition of Addis Ababa.
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