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No plans to demolish Ethiopia's Yared School of Music in expansion of Oromia Supreme Court – AFP Factcheck

The post was published on Facebook on April 1, 2022, and has been shared nearly 350 times.
Written in Amharic, it translates to: “Breaking news: The famous Yared Music School (YMS) will be demolished as the Oromia Court, located in 6 Kilo, plans to expand. For this construction, land was taken from YMS on the road from 6 Kilo to Menelik hospital for the Oromia court.”
The Oromia Supreme Court is the highest court in Ethiopia’s Oromia region.
Established over 70 years ago, Addis Ababa University’s Yared School of Music has made significant contributions to Ethiopia’s music industry. 
The two institutions are located adjacent to each other in Addis Ababa.
But the claim that the historic Yared Music School will be flattened to accommodate the court’s growth is misleading.
While it is true that the Oromia Supreme Court complex adjacent to the music school is being expanded, there are no plans to extend to the music school’s compound.
“I’ve seen several posts making the claim on social media, especially on Facebook. While it is true that the Oromia Supreme Court is expanding its complex which is located on the northwestern part of Saint Yared Music School, there are no plans to expand or request to extend our complex into the school,” Gonfa Atoma, a spokesman for the Oromia Supreme Court, told AFP Fact Check.
He added that the approximately 6,200 square metre expansion is being built on land that already belongs to the court. 
Addis Ababa University also dismissed the claim on their Facebook page. 
“The information that is spreading on social media about the demolition of Yared Music School, one of the constituent schools within Addis Ababa University, to create room for the expansion of the Oromia Supreme Court is not true,” reads part of the university’s statement, posted in Amharic on April 3, 2022. 
Moreover, AFP Fact Check found no publicly available plans or proposals about any expansion onto the music school’s grounds.
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