More than 80 farmers from Kebele 01, Adama Town, who claim their farmland has transferred to teachers, civil servants and investors without compensation, have appealed in person to the Oromia Regional State’s President Office in Bole on 19 June 2017, requesting payment from the Adama City Administration.
That happened after the seizure of the lands by the city administration, according to the farmers.
The dispute over the land issue started in 2010 when the city administration has officially informed the farmers to leave their plot for development.
Since then, the city administration promised to give 500 square meter and 200 Square Meter as compensation to households and adults who live in the households, respectively. This, however, never materialized, according to the farmers.
Ever since the land became part of Adama City in 1984, many farmers were undertaking their day-to-day activities in the area including those who were working on the land seized.
Tirunesh Geleta, 60, was among the farmers who filed a complaint at the president’s office. She is a widow, leading a life assisted by her children who are working as daily laborers.
Before the confiscation, she had 45,000sqm of land and now this has diminished to 7,500sqm due to the recent move of the City Administration.
“I am in a crisis as the city administration tells me that I am entitled to get nothing from my own land,” she said. “This poses a serious threat to my livelihood.”