Ethiopia has an ethnic federal system that is based on the assumption that the ethnolinguistic
communities of the country are located in neatly defined, or definable, territorial areas.
On the basis of this assumption the federal system aspires to accommodate the ethnic diversity of
the Ethiopian people through, principally, if not exclusively, territorial schemes. This assumption
is, however, incorrect as far as urban areas are concerned which, despite being territorially
enclosed within one of the ethnic-based regions or sub-regional units, have thousands of multiethnic
dwellers. The territorial scheme thus fails to cater to a large contingent of multiethnic