CES government and Prof. Akec are at war over land ownership.
The administration of Central Equatoria State has refuted charges of encroachment on the University of Juba property.
On Wednesday, the University of Juba Vice-Chancellor Professor John Akec took to Facebook to accuse the administration of Emmanuel Adil Anthony of stealing the University’s land.
Prof. Akec urged President Salva Kiir to intervene and put a stop to what he described as a takeover of university territory conducted with the assistance of organized troops.
The Central Equatoria State Government, however, asserts ownership of the disputed property in the customs area in a press release issued Friday morning.
“The site in issue is known as Nyakuron commercial center, which was formerly identified as Nyakuron East third-class residential neighborhood according to the time plan,” Maber Severino, the state Minister of Information, said.
According to Severino, the University of Juba was only given roughly 56,994.5 square meters by the then-Equatoria Region administration, and the State Ministry of Housing has all the facts.
The university administration had a senate meeting on Thursday and adopted many motions, one of which is a demand that the government of Central Equatoria State award the institution complete custody of the praised property.
“The administration of Central Equatoria State, which gave legitimate land titles to certain well-placed persons, should guarantee that all of these individuals cease their operations on university property,” one of the resolutions states.
“Security operators that they deployed… must be withdrawn from university grounds and the abovementioned land returned to full control of the institution within seven days,” the statement said.
The organization has warned that if any of the resolutions are not met, its employees would go on strike.
In response, the state administration characterized the university’s statement as aggressive claims against the government.
Minister Severino said that University of Juba resolutions are a premeditated misunderstanding intended to harm the state government’s image.
“Rather than seeking to drag the whole state government into the public arena, it would be sensible and respectable for the management of the distinguished University of Juba to correctly pursue bureaucratic processes with the State government for clarification on the problem,” he added.
A government official also denied any deployment on the disputed territory.
Flora Michael, minister of housing, land, and public utilities, has called on the administration of the University of Juba to seek explanation from the government.
“If they have something that is being taken, let them bring their documentation so that we can check as the housing ministry.” So the university has certain area, and the other part is reserved for other people.”
According to the institution’s officials, the exams were scheduled for Thursday but have been postponed indefinitely owing to the land grabbing.