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Addis Ababa : Ethiopian opposition condemns discriminatory practices in City Administration

Addis Ababa City Administration denies accusation of discriminatory practices

Ethiopian Citizens For Social Justice _ EZEMA _ Addis Ababa

June 25, 2020

Addis Ababa’s acting Mayor, Takele Uma, tries to regularly make headlines for altruistic and “efficiency” in running the city administration. In doing so (and sometimes with the not so articulated rhetoric), he paints himself as a sort of progressive, within the context of Ethiopian politics, a politician who cares about the future of Ethiopia and the future of Addis Ababa city.

But in the shadow of that image, there appears to be a deeply ethnic Oromo nationalist figure who is striving to change the composition of the city in a way to serve ethnic politics.

It was not too long ago when his party officially claimed exclusive ownership right over Addis Ababa City. There have been allegations that his administration is practicing a discriminatory policy regarding the transfer of Condominium units to owners and illegal land settlement. 

Ethiopia has been facing multiple security and political challenges (both internal and external). For that reason, activists and politicians avoided bringing the malpractices (unjust too) in Addis Ababa City to the limelight vigorously. The coronavirus situation has provided another layer of the curtain for the Addis Ababa City administration to conceal ethnically motivated policy measures intended to alter the ethnic composition of the city. 

The city has already experienced too many illegal demolitions under the pretext of development and law enforcement work in the city. 

There had been even killings in the city in connection with demolition, not to mention arrests.

Yet, the problem got worse. And opposition parties have started to speak out against it.

On Thursday, Ethiopian Citizens For Social Justice (EZEMA) issued a statement condemning the discriminatory practices in the city administration.

“Concrete information we get from residents and from our party structures, the city is appearing as if it exists with the will of few individuals,” the party said in its statement.

It also said that the party was ignoring issues in consideration of the difficult nature of a transition time.  The party warned that the discriminatory practices by the city administration will further complicate the problems facing the city and those who are orchestrating the illegal land settlement practices and illegal transfer of Condominium will be held responsible.

The party has formed a committee to formally gather additional information and investigate discriminatory practices in the city administration. It also encouraged residents to continue to send information to the party.

The party said it will announce the results of its investigation regarding discrimination in connection with condo transfers and illegal land settlements in the city.

EZEMA is not alone. Balderas for Genuine Democracy, a legally registered party, has been studying and exposing grievances of Addis Ababa City residents.

Critical voices in the city say ethnic-based apartheid system is on the rise and ethnic-Oromo nationalist parties appear to be are into it under the guise of “redressing historical injustices.”

Addis Ababa City administration denied all the accusation.

The Mayor and his City Administration was not directly elected by residents of the city.

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  1. The purported “opposition party” does not make any sense at all. I bet the leaders have no clue how they would have proceeded, what condition it would have put, how it would have regulated the industry, how it would have determined the divestiture value, etc, etc. Just talk, to appear to be different from the Prosperity Party by picking any topic that has the attention of the public in the moment (in this case EthioTelecom) and take opposing view that is still empty of substance.

    Divestiture of EthioTelecom would be good for the industry and Ethiopian. EthioTelecom had been an inefficient monopoly ever since it was established. The infrastructure is outdated, and service has always been poor and expensive. The new entrants would help to improve on both counts.

    In my view, the best way to divest would have been to segment the service areas by the location, and sell each segment entirely or with minority ownership by the Ethiopian government through EthioTelecom. For instance, the entire country (or even Addis Abeba) could be divided into four quadrants with each quadrant owned and operated by a different company. That way, service providers of each quadrant would compete against each other, and that competition could force investments in improved infrastructure and services. Each quadrant could also have its own local private subsidiaries, thereby further encouraging competition, employment, innovation, and a booming technology sector. As minority shareholder, EthioTelecom would always be there to protect the interests of the nation as well as consumers.

    The way the divestiture is crafted now would enable EthioTelecom as the final decision maker over business decisions by the new entrants. Not good.

  2. CIVIL WAR ON THE STREETS OF ADDIS ABABA SHOULD NOT BE AN OPTION AS SOME ARE PREPARING FOR, even though Addis Ababa’s city administration is operating under the orders of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed .

    PM Abiy Ahmed needs to be held accountable equally as Takele Uma by using peacefully means. All political parties and civic organizations should hold back up copy records as Balderas is doing great job documenting the continuous illegal ID card giveaways sometimes hundreds of ethnic Oromo people getting ID cards in a one single Addis Ababa residence address ,also documenting the condo stealing , the white collar insider commercial bank robberies , the illegal demolitions and the land invasions . Righteous people in Addis Ababa should assist Balderas document by informing land grabs in Addis Ababa to Balderas , Addis Ababa should know we are under assault. The invisible enemy is not covid-19 only, it is also the PM & the illegal deputy mayor and the genocidal ethnic Oromos who are stealing all they can lay their hands on behind the scenes. The 86 people will be remembered as small numbers, once their assault goes into full blown effect so now is the time to intervene before they tighten their chokeholds. The more time they get to tighten their grip the severe the pain inflicted will be.

    Worqu Belayneh

    Ethio Telecom is always burdened with heavy usage. Ever since mobile phones were introduced Ethiopians had been using their phones heavily to hold socializing conversations. If it wasn’t for the muggers almost all Ethiopians would love to be talking on their telephones all day while they are out and about or wherever they spend their days bringing service to be not at its best with the lines being constantly overloaded but that doesn’t mean Ethio Telecom needs to be sold by endangering the sovereignty of Ethiopia. It just means we need to be a little bit more conscious about our telephone usage. In the old days when telephone was just a landline in Ethiopia almost all telephones were used only for important issues , not to just be chopping it up or to talk “YeBat ena Yeqotu” as the past couple of decades , especially after the Badme war people don’t even know their own neighbors because socializing was being done through phones not in person which he s highly so unEthiopian . The children growing up not knowing their neighborhood kids was unheard off until the last couple of decades.

    Even Eritrea when it was under a sanction Isayas Afeworqi considered to sell their Telecom to foreign investors more than a decade ago , but Isayas didn’t sell it after finding out the dangers that arise by selling the Telecom. Now Eritrea is advising Ethiopia to sell the Ethiopian Telecom which is highly sabotaging from the Eritrean side and in the Ethiopian side selling the Ethio Telecom would be wreckless , childish , money mongering and irresponsible. That’s why Ethiopians need to start civil disobedience by not using their phones unless it is absolutely necessary to discourage foreign investors from entering the Ethiopian market. The power is in each and everyone of us , we can use the telephones and attract the vouchers or we can keep our money to ourselves by denying the Telecom our moneys which will discourage the foreign colonizers investors. Let’s find ways to socialize in person or read rather than being on the phone for hours each day.

    በገፍ ከሚሸጠው ዳቦ በግፍ የተወሰደው ኮንዶሚነም አሳዘነኝ።አዲስ-አበቤ-ንቃ/

  3. Liquid Telecom’s CEO. , Dr. Strive Masiyiwa. has personally confirmed that he is confident now they are at the stages of finalizing the Eritrean and Ethiopian Telecom’s deal with Isayas Afeworqi’s and with Abiy Ahmed’s blessings. Liquid Telecom is ready to go ahead with their acquisition while many others who bid at the begining of this year , canceled their bids due to Covid-19 pandemic.
    Even diasporas Eritreans and diaspora Ethiopians who put in their bids canceled their bids.
    Both the governments of Eritrea and Ethiopia are currently in a hurry to do bid evaluations to sell parts of their telecoms before the remaining cancel their bids also .


  4. My Amhara father-tenant was badly oppressed by another Amhara landlord. Both hailed from the same district in northern Ethiopia, both answered the call to fight against Italian invasion in the same regiment. When the war was over, the landlord was awarded large pieces of farm land where my poor father became his tenant/custodial.

    My father almost lost his life by Italian bullet that pierced through his chin and took out all his teeth. To add insult to injury, the landlord wanted I and all my siblings to remain his perpetual servants/tenants instead of going through school. His three children never want beyond 6th grade while all nine of us finished at least 12th grade. The landlord was furious with that, and finally evicted my poor family from the land to lives of misery under severed poverty. He was a very cruel person. Identical ethnicity did not matter then, and I believe it will not matter now and in the future. Did not matter under the communist Derge either.

    Good governance by any honest and farsighted leader (or group of leaders) from any ethnic group would do fine for me; Fano or similar other are irrelevant.

  5. Addis Ababa got Telecom infrastructures , remote areas in other regions got no receptions due to lack of the telecommunication infrastructures , solution being letting foreign investors build the infrastructures allover Ethiopia as Addis Ababa currently got the necessary TELECOM infrastructures.

    Some of these people resisting the Ethio Telecom sells to foreign investors are those residing in Addis Ababa who got no care for the other regions, they oppose this move because they only to think of Addis Ababa, in other regions we want Ethio Telecom to get sold so we can get the Telecom services in the remote parts of the country. We in other regions want to build condos with all necessities water , electricity and telephones as Addis Ababa condos get , until we build our condos we will stay in the condos in Addis Ababa for the time being . The Addis Ababa residents who are born and raised in Addis Ababa can go to their friends , parents , relatives … houses in Addis Ababa for the time being , we the people from the regions will end up homeless in the streets of Addis Ababa if we are not given preference to move in to the Addis Ababa or Koye Feche condos in Addis Ababa so we are staying in the Addis Ababa and Koye Feche condos in the meantime until we build the infrastructures along with condos in the regions outside Ethiopia. Once we develop the regions outside Addis Ababa we will return the condos to the Addis Ababa condo owners so bare with us , just stay patient and help us develop the remote areas in the regions outside Ethiopia in a timely manner. The quicker the regions develop the quicker Addis Ababa residents move in to the condos in Addis Ababa, opposing the Ethio Telecom sells to foreign investors got the potential to delay the development of the regions, which will in turn delay the time when the Addis Ababa residents will move into the condos in Addis Ababa or in Koye Chefe .

    We all the people of Ethiopia are in this together , If you the Addis Ababa residents delay one of the Prosperity Party’s actions now, know that you are delaying many other related things together.


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