Formal gov’t officials on the verge of being evicted as Kiir set up committee.
South Sudan’s President, Salva Kiir Mayardit has constituted a ministerial committee to identify government buildings that are being held by previous constitutional position holders so as to remove them to allow a way for members of the transitional government of national unity.
This decision came following a presentation by South Sudan’s minister of Cabinet Affairs Martin Elia Lomuro concerns paucity of lodging for the members of the unity government.
According to Dr. Martin Elia, there are at least 66 government residences in Juba in possession by former government officials.
Most of these mansions, he adds are being inhabited by former government officials including advisors, ministers, non-executive officers and senior military generals.
Lomuro remarked that, a decision has been taken to analyze the specifics of the buildings and people living there.
“Some of these residences are being inhabited by former advisors, former ministers, non-executive officials, military officers, police officers and even workers from different institutions including from the state”, Dr. Lomuro told the press following the council meeting on Friday.
He stated that, the activity is designed to get such buildings inhabited by legitimate folks.
Those who will not be in accord with the government decision, Elia warns would be forcibly expelled.
“So, that is the decision that has been taken and we look forward to establish the committee to go in details and eventually report to the cabinet in proposal for quiet vacation or forced evacuation”.
According to media reports, some government officials have been hiding in hotels owing to limited lodging facilities in the nation.
Early this year, hotel and apartment owners in Juba expelled hundreds of governmental and political party members who could not pay their fees since 2018.
This also led to several hotels cut off power and water supplies to compel the authorities to leave.
In May last year, the African Union urged both the government and opposition representatives to cease spending a lot of money on hotel rooms.
South Sudan government has been apparently spending a lot of money on hotel bills for particular politicians, their bodyguards and families at the price of offering service to the general populace.