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Addis Ababa condominium houses awaken ownership claims

The Ethiopian federal capital located in the heart of the Oromia region has been in controversy for the past few years. The Oromo Ethnic group, the largest in the country, have been demanding for a special interest law regarding the city, which they call 'Finfinee'. They recount a long history of atrocity which violently displaced them from their land i.e Finfinee and alienated from their culture. The controversial topic was reignited after the Addis Ababa City Administration Savings & Houses Development Enterprise (AASHDE) announced the winners of 51,229 condominium houses. The announcement triggered waves of protests in many Oromia cities. Oromo Democratic Party (ODP) gave a statement opposing the house transfers to Addis Ababa and assured that the party will continue to fight to assert ownership claims over Addis Ababa. Takele Uma, acting mayor of Addis Ababa and ODP member, announced that Addis Ababa City Administration and Housing Administration Board has decided to transfer half of the houses without lottery draw to farmers and their families whose land was used for housing developments.