Juba City Council demolishes building on road reserves
Juba City Council has started a demolition exercise on structures built near roadsides in Hai Thoura residential area in Juba on Saturday.
The reason for the road demolition according to Mayor Kalisto Lado is to expand the main road of Hai Thoura neighborhoods.
“The neighborhood has become a commercial and investment attraction. So it needs an expansion in the main road which was 40 meters according to the original design and plan of the neighborhood, and unfortunately, it is now only 10 meters from the encroachments of homeowners,” Mr. Lado said.
The mayor was speaking during the demolition of the road on Saturday.
Lado said widening the road would benefit both the citizens and businesses because the number of vehicles has increased and the cars will now be easily parked.
He also said the government has projects for the installation of water, drainage systems, electricity, and even insulation of fiber internet.
“The people of South Sudan should understand that the reason of the public order operation is not to harm any citizen or business owners, but it is to provide the best quality services to the people and the government has the right to secure and maintain public places to deliver services. Our national capital must meet with the regional and international capitals,” he said.
The mayor said the road expansion would continue to other areas such as Kator and Munuki blocks, Bilpam, Gudele Road, Gumbo, Konyo Konyo, and Jebel. He warned those who encroached road reserves to prepare for the worst.
“The time has come for the public benefit, and the extension is considered illegal, and as the Juba City authorities, it is our constitutional mandate and duty to organize all the city’s neighborhoods, and provide the required services to the citizen”.
He added, “What is happening now in Hai Thoura neighborhood is a message to all residents of Juba that whoever interferes with any street, government institution, or public places is considered a criminal, and his or her building will be demolished immediately,” he warned.