March 29, 2021(Nyamilepedia) — The newly appointed mayor of Juba City council, Mayor Kalisto Ladu, has vowed to repossess lands that have been illegally grabbed and return them to their rightful owners.
Speaking during the swearing in ceremony, the mayor called on those who are illegally occupying lands to surrender them to the city council immediately.
“Anyone who grabbed land should bring back that land to the City council. Whoever builds on the land that was allocated to the police should return it. Whoever builds his house on the road calling himself a big person, my friend, the government is bigger than you. We will destroy it and cars will move on that road,” Mayor Ladu said.
He said his administration will destroy structures that have been built on public lands.
“Whoever grabbed a football pitch meant for children or functions, we will destroy it. We will bring it back.” Ladu said.
“This is our mission because our children will be playing well and doing training. The functions that normally block roads like a wedding is because where the functions are supposed to take place have been grabbed and all those will be returned,” Moyar Ladu vowed.
Earlier, the Central Equatoria State information minister Paulino Lokudu had alleged that the most of the land grabbers are military generals who use their ranks to forcefully demarcate and grab land from the local communities.
“Those people who are grabbing the land are military generals and they are doing it in their capacity as high ranking individuals in the army and not directed by the military institution.” The Minister alleged.
“They are using their interest and rank of the government to forcefully demarcate and grab land from the local communities,” Minister Lokudu continued.
The minister further explained that a committee was sent to verify some of the land grabbing cases in Mangala but were unfortunately threatened by the illegal occupants of the lands because they were well-armed.