Master plan won’t be implemented unless consensus is reached: Muktar

Addis Ababa, December 11, 2015 (FBC) – Chief Administrator of Oromia Regaional State, Muktar Kedir, has urged anti-peace forces to refrain from adding fuel to the violence that had occurred in some parts of the regional state.

Muktar gave a press conference here today on the violence that had occurred in connection with the master plan to integrate Addis Ababa and Oromia Special Zone.

The Chief Administrator also briefed the media about the ongoing response to the El Nino caused drought.

The violence had occurred due to limitation to clarify the master plan and this has created uncertainty among the community as well as led the public to raise question, he said.

The plan is not to take land from Oromia, but it is meant to link Addis Ababa with the surrounding Oromia region with infrastructures such as road, water and electricity, he said.

But some anti-peace groups are using the gap created in clarifying the master plan to propagate their hidden agenda, he said.

He called on these groups to refrain from adding fuel to the violence.

According to Muktar, discussion will be held on the master plan at all levels.

The plan will not be implemented unless common understanding and consensus are reached, he said.

Translated and posted by Amare Asrat