Unity State Legislative Assembly Condemns Juba University Vice Chancellor’s Statements on River Naam Clearances
Members of the Unity State Transitional Legislative Assembly strongly condemned the recent statements made by Prof. John Akech, the Vice Chancellor of Juba University, and his associates regarding River Naam clearances.
These statements, which circulated on social media on various dates, have raised concerns and disappointment among the government and people of Unity State.
In response, the Unity State Legislative Assembly has voiced their condemnation, denouncing the irresponsible nature of Prof. John Akech’s statements and accusing him of pursuing a hidden agenda.
The remarks made by the Vice Chancellor and his associates are seen as contrary to the desires and interests of the people of South Sudan, particularly those in the Upper Nile region and Unity State, with regards to the clearance of River Naam.
Among the controversial statements attributed to Prof. John Akech are the following claims:
Proposed relocation of the people of Unity State: Prof. Akech allegedly suggested that the residents of Unity State should be relocated to unknown places, leaving Bentiu empty and deserted, to make way for other government activities. This proposal has been met with strong opposition and criticism.
Derogatory remarks against the people of Bentiu: The Vice Chancellor reportedly made derogatory remarks, referring to the people of Bentiu as “Gatluaks of this World.” Such derogatory language is viewed as both disrespectful and divisive.
Allegations of Egyptian manipulation: Prof. Akech has claimed that the government of South Sudan has been manipulated by the Egyptians to initiate the dredging of River Naam.
He further alleged that certain individuals from Unity State, whom he refers to as sycophants, have blindly pressured the President without understanding the crucial importance of the river.
Call for interception and confiscation: The Vice Chancellor purportedly called for the National Security Services of the Republic of South Sudan to intercept and confiscate the machinery used for the dredging project.
He asserts that the project was illegally launched by the late Minister of Water and Irrigation, Hon. Minawa Peter Gatkuoth.
These statements have stirred controversy and sparked a strong reaction within Unity State. The Unity State Legislative Assembly has taken a firm stance against these remarks, expressing their solidarity with the people and their commitment to safeguarding the interests and well-being of Unity State.