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The young man who looks after his mother

The Boy Who Cares for His Mother is a fictional story. When accountable city administration bodies explicitly state that they don’t systematically keep track of the number of condo blocks, units, and locations developed, something doesn’t feel right. A few years back, it was alleged that a whole condominium building had gone missing, albeit some of the units have since been abandoned and in ruins.

How did a valuable item go so cheap that it went unreported and unclaimed? I mean, the lack of housing is the biggest issue plaguing Addis Abeba’s administration and the vast majority of its citizens. The one resource that double-quickened the downfall of the previous administration was the abuse and speculation in urban housing.

EPRDFites and their allies are said to have traded and gambled on urban land with such reckless abandon that they are said to have become millionaires overnight.

There are rumors circulating that the ‘neglect’ was intentional and planned so that insiders in the City Administration could later claim it. The generosity of the city administration in “rewarding” its staff.

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