We’ll continue Kalisto’s projects, JCC leaders pledge

We’ll continue Kalisto’s projects, JCC leaders pledge
The deputy mayor for infrastructure, Thiik Thiik Mayardit (left), deputy mayor for finance, Solomon Pitia (centre), and the Deputy CEO of Juba City Council, Martin Manas Lemi. [Alex Bullen, City Review]

Juba City Council administrators have assured the residents that they will continue with the projects initiated by former mayor Kalisto Lado, who was fired last week by Governor Emmanuel Adil.

The officials, who spoke in a press conference conducted at the Juba City Council headquarters on Saturday, were responding to the public reactions following the removal of the former mayor.

They said that the city council will always remain, but leaders just need to continue with the legacy of their counterparts who have previously served, as in the case of Kalisto.

“I want to tell you one thing and it is what we are missing as people of South Sudan. The institutions are institutions, they are not the personnel. The mayor (Kalisto) was the mayor of Juba City Council, which was formed in 1938 when he was not even born,” said Thiik Thiik Mayardit, the Deputy Mayor for Infrastructure and Development.

Thiik urged the public not to feel deflated, adding that all projects would be implemented.

“He was working as our boss and if he is removed, then those projects that have been there, even if everyone is not there, will continue to be implemented.” Every institution has its own policies which can be implemented by anybody,” Thiik stressed.

He said the JCC has a strong synergy that has enabled the leadership to achieve their goals and that drive is still there.

“We will be continuing with the projects which [are] on the pipeline, including ongoing demolition and removal of businesspeople who are operating on the roadside [but] it must be according to the law,” he added.

We are able

Solomon Pitia, the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Finance, said it was important for the public to differentiate between individuals and institutions.

“All those institutions have their own policies and once you are appointed, you are only going there to implement the policies. Once you are removed, the person that will come will also come and implement the policies because the policies are not owned by individuals,’’ he said.

 “We are going to continue with what he left. Where he left is where we are going to start from. We will continue reopening the roads and reorganisation of the market, ” Pitia vowed.

Pitia who acted as Juba City Mayor for two days said the removal of the mayor would not affect the ongoing projects, adding the changes were to foster the national and state vision to build a sustainable Juba City.

“We have noted with concern attempts by a section of the Juba City population to reverse the gains made by the leadership of the country, state, and Juba City Council (ICC). This is unacceptable and will not be allowed, ” he warned.

He said it was everyone’s responsibility as leaders and residents of Juba City, as well as visitors, to continue working for a better future.

“We reiterate here that our goal is to ensure a sustainable city [and] to] continue to focus on key dimensions of that sustainability as reflected in our society, environment, and economy,” he reiterated.

He added that the Juba City Council will continue to focus on improving traffic and transportation management. Environmental Management/Municipal Waste Management Climate Risk Management.

“JCC will continue with its policies of inclusive economic growth, infrastructure development, delivery of services (health, education, etc), maintenance of law and order, city planning and land use management, revenue collection and generation as per set by laws.”

However, Pitia called on the public to cooperate as they strive to build a city that meets the needs of the population.