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Juba squatters’ demolition to begin within days says GoSS official


By James Gatdet Dak

January 19, 2009 (JUBA) - Demolition of squatters targeting a number of residential areas in the Southern Sudan’s capital, Juba, will begin before the end of this month, a senior official said today.

The Central Equatoria state governor, Maj. Gen. Clement Wani Konga has announced that the demolition exercise was aimed at immediate recovery of grabbed land by unauthorized squatters, saying it was in accordance with the town’s Master Plan.

This phase of demolition exercise will target the residential areas of ‘Juba Na-Bari’, which is popularly known as ‘Tongpiny’ located north of the town, ‘Mere Lotor’, also popularly known as ‘Jebel Dinka’, west of the town and squatters surrounding the Mouseleum of late Dr. John Garang as well as some petrol stations placed in residential areas.

The supervision of the bulldozing exercise will involve the Survey Department and several organized forces that will include Joint Integrated Units (JIUs), Military Police and some Legal Advisors.

The demolition of the squatters in Juba, which also serves as the capital of Central Equatoria state government, is expected to affect thousands of people in the town.

It is not clear how the affected residents will cope up with the situation or whether the government has a plan to relocate them to other new residential areas.

The areas targeted are predominantly occupied by citizens from other states who put up illegally in those areas and could not legally obtain plots because of unsettled misunderstandings over the issues of jurisdictions and land ownership among different levels of government and local communities in Juba.


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  • 20 January 2009 07:36, by Mabior Ayuen Dengajok

    MY first question is, did government central equatoria give permissions for such amove?
    It’s been along silence just more than two years where land grapping was as deadly as nuclear weapons. It was that RAMCIL was going to be capital of South Sudan due to Northern government motivated politics in minds of illiterate’s people of central equatoria. It’s seem to be a good idealistic decision they had made, thanks God for letting them recognised their skin and their understanding as Southerners

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    • 20 January 2009 08:34, by Samuel Lwal

      Oh guys nothing to worry you about WANI KONGA’s decision of demolition of THONGPING and JEBEL DINKA.Its going to be like history between RATS and Cats,When cat became so tough on eating rats,rats sat in group and come up with IDEA/DECISION of fastening BELL on cat’s neck to be an indicator or an alert when attacking them.But all in vain it didn’t happen becease no one to implement what is said or aggreed upon!!

      Second to it,let the former millitia add salt into fresh wound, he will immediately see the impact,did he forget of what he did to people of Sothern Sudan or to SPLA/M during the strungle of liberation.
      He didn’t deserve to be GOVERNOR becaese he contribute zero.
      LET him jok his days are numbered.

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      • 20 January 2009 12:47, by pills

        Mr.Samuel Lwal,

        If you really want to make Juba look like any other capitals in the world, you have to agree with what H.E the CES Governor is trying to do. No authority can allow such illegal buildings within the vicinity of such important locations like the parliment and presidential offices. These areas are very embarassing to GOSS when visitors come to Juba. Before CPA, thsse locations were empty lands either belonging to the government, or to individuals.

        So, the issue has nothing to do with cats and rats. In fact, we should be happy when the CES government is finally determined to make Juba beautiful and clean. If this sounds unusual, then the problem is in you not CES government.You are threatening to launch war on CES government if it performs its duty because you don’t want system and role of law. But let me assure you, the Bible is very clear: those who kill with sward will die by sward. I personally don’t think that you are ready enough to die for illegal cause.

        Accusing Mr. Clement Wani won’t bring anything good for all of us. Mr. Wani is just an official trying to do the job assigned to him by the president of GOSS. You have to realize that appointment of Mr. Wani was done by the late Dr.Garang himself at the time when other Militia leaders rejected to deal with SPLM/A. This clearly explains the strong underground understanding between Dr.Garang and Mr. Wani during liberation struggle. Indeed, there are many Southerners who were wrecking the enemy from within with total blessing from SPLM/A.

        The point is where to relocate those who are going to be affected not why they should be evacuated. May be it’s a chance for some of us to head to our villages and try to develope them instead of this kind of life in Juba. So let us not exaggrate things, demolitions of illegal buildings is legal and if the government cannot do legal things what can it do?

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        • 20 January 2009 14:03, by Samuel Lwal

          Mr. Pills,

          Yajama,Equatoria what shall we do,in the first place before coming to Juba the proposed place(city) was RAMCEL becease your behaviours were not new to us.All Equatorias where ever they are cried at why is cxapital taken to Ramcel instead of Juba,this was the prediction we knew.
          Anyway,still is not late to move the city from Juba to the right place with the right people who can appreciate and know the meaning of the city,capital being near to people.

          Ya huu,don’t tell me abt Bible,am a practicing x-tian.

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        • 20 January 2009 14:17, by Achuach Justin

          I never agree with any ideas for planning the demolition estates. Why the governor is so concern with this issue? it because their will be budget for its planing.

          Mr. governor may I ask you one question or you don’t have time for internet, or becuase you don’t disirve allowence? if you have time please, why don’t you call for contribution planning to attack LRA in your part of state you are greedy,shameless, and selfish. if your citizans are attack by foriegners how do you feel.

          I am convince today by your corruption feeling for power.
          shameless governor,idior your stomatchs will break.

          How much will make you most concern on security of your citizans answer me.

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    • 20 January 2009 12:04, by Othogomoi

      I think the Government of central Equartoria is right in demolition of this shanty Areas around Juba.
      because its no becoming central for criminals,those who are in these areas are the one creating insecurity during the night hours.you can see somebody brought from the village who does not know anything,what is he/she doing in the town?
      secondly most of this land have been grabbed by force,how can you say to your fellow southerners that you fought for the land,or you got it by blood.
      that means some southerners do not know their enemies,or they are looking for anoher war.
      in all the whole world when you come to some body house you have to respect the owner of the house and his/her system.
      people are not animals without planning, let the town be planned,if you go to ten state of southern sudan, they are not planned,at least let Juba be plannned and system be in order.
      if you don`t want just go to the place where you don`t it,go to the place where they is no planning.
      but we want Juba to be in order and system, not like others states where they are no orders and systm.that is why capital of southern Sudan is not taken to other states till they organize themselves.
      keep up Government of Central Equartoria,longlive Juba and Longlive Equartoria land,because you open to changed

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    • 23 November 2012 05:50, by pokedakhobi

      I have to do a report for our school magazine on this topic, and your blog has been beneficial. Can you please add more reference to this point, thanks.
      Is trading gambling

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  • 20 January 2009 08:36, by tayeb M. Alhassan

    This issue is extremely sensitive for the Southern authorities if to remember what had happened in Zimbabwe few years ago in televised sceneries authorities cracked down citizens’ shaggy huts leaving thousands of homeless suffering under fierce weather conditions including women and children. Governments anywhere should have moral commitments and responsibilities towards citizens with priorities for the poor having shelter, something to feed and other life sustain subspecialties. Before starts homes demolition we hope authorities have already availed materialistic appropriate substitutions or otherwise citizens will be obliged to make their own choice residencial of Zindiay, Zagalona or Taradona somewhere around the city.

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  • 20 January 2009 10:59, by Nelson Turdit

    Mr. Wani i do gree with you for the sake of town planning to shape the seen of this rural village capital of Juba. could you also add the issue of dirtyness of Juba? especially those who own shops are eating money for nothing in unhealthy enviroment and they don,t think even cleaning infront of their shops that connect with tarmacing. when you see all along the way from malakia, malawi and Nimir-talata are very dirty and no city council to deal with such situation. Mr. Governor, your poor administration is now known, you are like a cow or goat which can sleep where it,s urinate.

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    • 20 January 2009 15:03, by philip Lukudu

      This slums must be demolished,and for those who are government employees the authority must allot to them a piece of plot(demarcated).And for those who are just idle in the town ,let them be taken to their home village to make use of the land.And those who likes to criticise the good idea of C.E state administration mostly are short-sighted,for instant when Jonglei governor demolished the market in Bor he was praised by his tribesmen,and when someone from another state is trying to clean his state this ignorant people started calling him names.Just to remind you Clement Wani was a general in Sudan armerd forces as other southsudanese , he was not tribal militia as other can put it

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      • 20 January 2009 15:41, by mr x

        ok if he is the genral of sudan army forces and now he is become the governor of Juba capital of southeren sudan so that he is working under NiF IF NOT THAT LET HIM DO IT FIRST AND WE WILL SEE WHAT WILL HAPEN AT THIS MOVEMENT.NOTHINGS MORE TO SAY

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        • 20 January 2009 23:35, by Danford

          You, guy, it look like you’re guessing much about your life, you’’’’re myiopic analysis on the issue of demolition has completely taken different demention, and replicates ignorance of the highest magnitude. What made you to bring the issue of NIF, here if you are not looking for problem, who is working for Nif?, Kiir or Konga?

          You must speak up your mind, otherwise it look like your life is taken inbalance.

          Take care while responding to national issues, they are not foe Equatoria, Dinkas, Nuer but for southerners ok.

          Leave the mentality of MURA AND POUREGE TAKING OK, we are for and in New Sudan.....................and Language is so important please,

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  • 20 January 2009 23:16, by J.James

    Wow Memolition!

    Demolition sound just bitter to pronounce with my peaceful lips. I don’t think that should be termed that way. Why don’t we just root out those who took lands illegally and let the others remain in peace because this demolition is going to affect those who are not suppose to be affected and that at the same time may spark violents.

    Secondly, I think people of Equatoria need to learn a language of sharing and courtesy instead of devisive words of segregation and bitterness. The issue of being from another state should not be applied in this situation at all because Juba serves as South Sudan capital not a village for individuals to pocket it. I don’t just get it.

    However let see how that will run first.

    God bless.

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  • 21 January 2009 00:19, by silly boy

    South Sudan will never be united. Ok you kick the Dinkas out of Juba, they will go back to Bor and kick out the Nuer and Anyuak in Bor, Latuho will do the same in Torit. Every tribe will reclaim every town as their territory.

    Guess how ugly things will get.

    Try and see what will happen.

    silly Boy

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    • 21 January 2009 06:27, by Wiyual

      For the sake of city cleanness, those huts should demolish. But affected residents shall be compensated to build their house in areas designated for them without being left out. Juba is a South Sudan Capital, and those who wish to live there have right to stay as constitution clearly gives all Southerners to reside where they want. But I do encourage GoSS to enforce decentralizations in order to reduce urban populations and live small and rural towns undeveloped.

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