An Ethiopian owned hotel in the capital Juba has accused Bona Malwal and several other senior officials of living in the hotel for longer periods and failing to pay hotels rental and service charges which now amounts to thousands of South Sudanese Pounds and US Dollars.
The hotel management says the elder who is a leading member of the Jieng Council of Elders and also believed to be an advisor to embattled President Kiir has been living in the hotel for an unspecified long period of time without paying the hotel their bills despite repeated calls from the hotel management for officials to pay monies they owe to the hotel, the hotel also accused several other government officials of staying for several years without paying their bills but only giving promises of paying soon as they are paid by the government or when they get a lucrative government contract.
The Glory Hotel manager Seyoum Berhey who is an Ethiopian told journalists he has finally decided to file charges against several senior officials including Bona Malwal for living in the hotel for long periods while failing to pay their monies, saying he will be looking to see the Jieng Council of Elders leading members in Juba courts until all his money is paid.
The manager was heard shouting, “I have had enough, I will see them in court, this elders have to respect business rules” said a disappointed Mr Seyoum.
Government officials in Juba and their relatives are known of living in hotels for longer periods with promises to hoteliers that government would clear the bills, Hotel bills are said to cost the South Sudanese government millions of dollars every year.
This is not the first time Bona Malwal who is a former advisor to Sudanese president Omer Bashir has earned bad media attention, in 2011 referendum Bona Malwal was accused of calling South Sudanese to vote for unity with Sudan instead of independence while serving as advisor to Omer Bashir, meanwhile earlier this year Bona was accused of stoking tribalism in South Sudan after telling a meeting in the US that dinka tribe should rule South Sudan whether the other 64 tribes liked it or not, he called on the US to back president Kiir’s regime but seems his demands were ignored by the US administration.
The Jieng Council of Elders in which Bona Malwal serves as an executive member is seen as to have played a key role in the country’s current conflict by advising president Salva Kiir to implement a pro-Dinka policy of domination, the body has been accused by a leaked Africa Union Report of planning and involvement in December 2013 massacre of Nuer civilians in Juba after disagreements within the SPLM ruling party.
The hotel has released a blacklist which it says contains names of those individuals who have stayed and not paid.
Bona Malwal has not yet responded to the accusations against him by the Glory Hotel by the time of this report.