Ababa, June 11,2005 (WIC) - The Oromia State Chief
Administrator, Junedin Sado, said the decision passed by the
Executive Committee of Oromo People Democratic Organization (OPDO)
yesterday to move the capital of the state to Fifinne (Addis Ababa)
was made on the basis of an extensive study and has no relations to
the current political situation.
While briefing journalists today, Jundein
said the decision was made in line with the resolution of the
regular state council meeting held in Nekempt town in 2001, which
entrusted the OPDO with the task of undertaking study regarding the
seat of the government.
to the Chief Administrator, the study included the benefits the
Oromia state would get and other related socio-economic affairs.
said the decision made by the OPDO should be approved at the state
council meeting to be held soon in conformity with the constitution
of the country.
state government had set up two cabinets entrusted with the task of
conducting the study during the past four years, he said, adding
that the decision to move the capital from Adama to Finfinne was
made following the interest of the Oromo people as reflected in
various public forums.
on the relationships with the Coalition for Unity and Democracy
(CUD), which has won the election in Addis Ababa, the Chief
Administrator said the two parties would function under the umbrella
of the constitution and the City Charter, adding that this has been
the case over the past years.
said there would not be any conflict as long as OPDO and CUD members
and supporters are operating peacefully in both Addis Ababa and the
said a study has been conducted by professionals to determine the
role of Oromia state, adding that the findings of the study would be
realized following its presentation to the federal cabinet of
ministers and the approval of the House of Peoples Representatives.
stated that by moving the capital city of the Oromia state to Addis
Ababa the state would enjoy its special privileges in line with the
federal constitution. The Chief Administrator however underscored
that the city would maintain its status as the federal capital city.
meanwhile assured the CUD that it could operate peacefully in areas
where it has won seats in the state in accordance with the
constitutional rights of peaceful coexistence.
Chief Administrator added that there would not be any room for
conflict as long as the constitution is respected.