Urgent prayers, fasting launched against CES gov’t

Urgent prayers, fasting launched against CES gov’t
Central Equatoria State Governor Emmanuel Anthony Adil (photo credit: courtesy)

The national board of administration of the Sudan Pentecostal Church has called for prayers and fasting against the Central Equatoria State Government.

This comes after Mr. Adil issued a Gubernatorial Order No.34/2021 for the Expropriation of Plot No.01 BK GII 3RD Class Hai Malakal Area from the Pentecostal Church on Tuesday this week.

Adil ordered that the State Ministries of Housing, Lands and Public Utilities, Local Government and Law Enforcement Agency, the Leadership of Juba City Council, the Head of Legal Administration and Public Prosecution Attorney, and the State Commissioner of Police shall undertake necessary steps to implement the Executive Directives with immediate effect.

In the same Gubernatorial Order, the Central Equatoria State government directed the responsible ministry to ensure the full compensation of the church but only if they produce the necessary documentation.

“The State Ministry of Housing, Lands and Public Utilities is hereby directed to compensate the Pentecostal Church for the expropriated plot with another plot, provided that the papers of the aforementioned plot be surrendered to the State Ministry of Housing, Lands and Public Utilities,” the order read in part.

However, according to a document seen by City Review, the Sudan Pentecostal Church’s General Secretary, James Lado Emiliano, says the aim for calling for prayers and fasting was about a struggle that the church had with the government of Central Equatoria State about their seized land in Hai Malakal.

 The Pentecostal Church said that the struggle has not yet come to an end, “We have taken the case to another level of higher authorities in the country, and we feel that prayer is one of the most important tools we can implore while the legal process has to take its course on the other hand.”

The Pentecostal Church also urged other churches to join them in the prayer that has started today Friday at 8:30 AM at Juba Christian Centre (JCC).

“All the faithful Christians within Juba are welcomed, let us join together to fight the common enemy of the church of Christ,” Emiliano said. 

The prayer was launched under the theme, “Let God arise, His enemies shall be scattered, and those who hate Him shall flee before him.” The theme was taken from the book of Plasms 68:1.

When contacted for comments, Central Equatoria State Press Secretary Derick Derickson told City Review that the government was preparing a rebuttal to the religious group.