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Ethiopian Ombudsman receives 100,000 complaints on demolition of residential houses around the capital

By Staff Reporter

ADDIS ABABA – (BORKENA) – The Ethiopian Ombudsman Institution expressed concern that the provision of temporary accommodation has not yet been prepared for those whose residential houses have been demolished.

The Institution announced that it has received 100,000 complaints on the measure taken to demolish residential houses in the name of “illegal construction”. 

Chief of The Ethiopian Ombudsman Institution, Endale Haile (Dr.) said in an interview he had with VoA Amharic Service that his institution received during the last Ethiopian Budget Year 133,000 complaints related to good governance and violation of human rights. The majority of these grievances are the ones related to the demolitions of residential houses in Sheger Town, which is under construction in Oromia Regional State.

Endale said that the administration of Sheger Town neither gives replacements for the residential houses it demolishes nor provides temporary shelters for displaced people. VoA’s attempt to include comments of the officials of the administrative body of Sheger Town was not successful.

Previously Mayor of Sheger Town, Teshome Adugna (Dr.) said while commenting on the issues that they were demolishing houses that were built without permission. He indicated that the measure taken to demolish the residential units “is processed to respect the rule of law”. He also spoke of discussions made with the residents before the houses were demolished.  

Chief Ombudsman, Endale Haile (Dr.) said that the pulling down of residential houses in the name of illegal construction is a problem witnessed in all big towns and he called on the government to give a lasting solution.

Endale further said that the Ombudsman institution is working to bring about solutions to administrative malpractices the executive bodies inflicted against the people, and respect of human rights. He recalled the submission of complaints numbering in thousands on administrative malpractices and human right violations occurred last year. The majority of the grievances are related to the demolition of residential houses in Sheger Town.

Despite discussions held between the Ombudsman Institute and the officials of the Sheger Town Administration, what is happening on the ground is quite different from what was raised during the conversation, the Chief of the Ombudsman said. (BORKENA).

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Subject: ” Ethiopian Ombudsman receives 100,000 complaints on demolition of residential houses around the capital”
    May 25, 2023

    LET US BE HONEST TO OURSELVES

    a). Question: Is the treatment described above a new phenomenon to ordinary common level of citizens in our DEAR
    CONTINENT, BLACK AFRICA?

    b). Let us be honest
    ARE WE BLACK AFRICANS RESPECTFUL TO OUR SELVES ?

    c). Let us be very honest to ourselves
    Is DISCRIMINATORY TREATMENT UPON OUR OWN PEOPLE, BY OUR OUROWN SELVES, A NEW PHENOMENON
    IN OUR OWN ATMOSPHERE ?????

    d). Let us be extremely honest to ourselves
    ARE WE, IN FACT, RESPECTFUL TO OURSELVES BY OURSELVES ????

    — – I ASK NO MORE —

    • What the hell are you going on about, rezen?

      Are you angry these demolishing are going on? Or, are you trying to say this is not new or some such?

      The demolishing are being carried out by an arrogant government that is being led by a psychopath, Abiy Ahmed.

      So, stop going about unrelated things and say to the sick man, Abiy Ahmed, stop being cruel, stop killing people, stop demolishing poor people’s houses, and leaving the elderly, woman and children without shelter.

      That would be more helpful, Okay rezen?

  2. Meanwhile, the honorable pm and chairperson of pp, abiy ahmed has started to renew and renovate the residential house of 1 elderly person. The pm’s Twitter account, Facebook account, Walta TV, Fana TV, EBC, ETV, OMN all have extensive videos of the pm wearing his tie and in suit at work.

    Thank you pm for renovating the residential houses of 5 people in the last 5 years. It will take you only maybe another 50,000 years if working twice as fast. That is only 2000 generations, mighty one. Your great, great, great…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….great grandchildren will finish this project, provided our universe will be extant by then. Great job!!!!!!!

  3. Positive Mood, 26 May 2023
    ha ha ha ha ha , hu hu hu hu hu , hi hi hi hi hi, he he he he he, ho ho ho ho ho ……………………………………
    Thanks for the above humor.
    WE — ALL GOOD HUMBLE BLACK AFRICANS — NO WANDER, HAVE EFFECTIVE MEDICINE FOR OUR UNIVERSALLY KNOWN HEARTY LAUGHTER ha ha ha ha ha ……………………………….. and I am about one hundred-fifteen years old. !?!?!?! Any way, in our WONDERFUL DEAR BLACK AFRICA, the numerical AGE is not known and IT DOES NOT MATTER at all — I repeat, it does NOT MATTER. I LOVE THAT PHILOSOPHY — AND I DEEPLY LOVE MY BLACK AFRICA. >>>> IF ONLY OTHER “HUNGRY” COUNTRIES STOP THEIR SAVAGE EXPLOITATION OF OUR DEAR CONTINENT BLACK AFRICA.

    LET US BE OURSELVES >>>> NOT IMITATORS of STRANGE CRUEL CULTURE. WHO HAVE THE INHERENT DEVILISH DESIRE TO HAPPILY LIQUIDATE HUMBLE HUMAN BEINGS.!?!?!?!> WE ‘ LIVE — NO, NO, NO, ‘EXIST’– IN A STRANGE WORLD. C’est la vie, as ONE SLEEK COLONIZER PUT IT. INDEED, IT IS LIFE.

    • What the hell are you going on about, rezen? This one is even more unhinged, at least that is what it sounds like.

      What are trying to say, are you angry or unhappy that these demolishing are going on?

      The demolishing are being carried out by an arrogant government that is being led by a psychopath, Abiy Ahmed.

      So, stop going about unrelated things and say to the sick man, Abiy Ahmed, stop being cruel, stop killing people, stop demolishing poor people’s houses, and leaving the elderly, woman and children without shelter.

      That would be more helpful, Okay rezen?

  4. The latest report by the UN body about the situation in Western Oromia is alarming and extremely upsetting to me. It has reported that more than 850,000 innocent citizens have been displaced by violent thugs and the situation is dire. The majority of the displaced were targeted by the bigots for their ethnicity and there are also thousands of Oromos who are left homeless. This is what you get out of armed conflict which justifies my long held assertion that nothing good comes out of armed groups and regimes who believes in their guns more than their Allah gifted brain. On the other front the regime’s own funded human rights body has reported the wanton demolitions of citizens homes with and without warning. Places of worship, mosques, were also targeted and demolished. Outraged citizens had taken to the streets in peaceful protests and it is reported that there were fatalities and injuries. This is what deprives me sleep. Religious conflict is the last problem that country needs. Mosques and Churches should be considered untouchables. If they need to be moved this should be carried out with full permission of the followers of the religion. But what is new, right? In a country where once commies were in full control and ran rampage having both major religions as their targets such desecration of holy places may not mean much for their descendants/by-products who call themselves ‘liberation front’ this and ‘peoples’ organization’ that. They are everywhere these days except in Somali, Afar and a few other minority regions. Commies, commies, commies! What a predicament you left behind for that gem of the colored!!! That is why I have nothing but utter contempt for you.

    • Ittu Aba Farda,

      Let me give you a bit of clarity, Ittu. It seems you are muddying the waters, intentionally or otherwise.

      The worst of the gun totting criminals you are writing about above is the formerly Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF).

      ENDF is now turned into a private criminal army by Abiy Ahmed and is being used to carry out mass murders, torture, imprisonment, dislocations and property distractions in the Amhara region.

      The other gun totting criminal group is the Oromo Special Forces – a group that has been killing Amharas and other non Oromos in Oromo region for a while now.

      And then we have the OLF, OLA – groups armed and supported by Abiy Ahmed and Shimeles Kumar, unleashed on the Ethiopian people, especially the Amharas, to kill and maim and destroy as they pleased.

      Abiy Ahmed, Adanceh Abebe and other Oromo extremists along with these groups have now branched out into demolishing, mosques, churches, poor peoples houses. Actually they have been doing it for a while, they just intensified it now, getting more arrogant by the minute.

      What is next? We will see.

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