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Hotels in Juba closed downed over poor hygiene

The Mayor of Juba City Council has closed down some of the big hotels in Juba town due to poor hygiene.

The hotels are said to have poor sewage system that leaves waste material to flow openly.

This was discovered on Monday during the launch of a Keep Juba Clean: Keep Juba Green campaign.

“Our investors who claim to be investors in Juba are not doing the right thing. Instead of saving and giving us social responsibilities, they are behind the suffering of our people, like what is happening today,” said Stephen Wani, the Mayor of Juba.

“This is not the first time. Not only that you just go around these hotels along the river, they are doing the same and they are polluting the river.”

Though he had done the right thing, Mr Wani said, he expects the elites to question his action:

“Sometimes if you take action like what I have taken, some people somewhere will come and defend them.”

Meanwhile, the deputy mayor of Juba, Nhial Majak Nhial, said those who will condemn the closure “are actually killers.”

“If someone has the guts to call us later and say that City Council have done something wrong by closing a place in Juba that operate with this filthy water, this water later will go to streets of Juba,” he said.

Mr Majak added that those “who protect the operators that actually devalue and degrade our humanity, this is more than abuse”.

However, the Operations manager of Tulip Inn – one of the hotels the mayor said were closed down rejected the report.

Tony Jabbour told Eye Radio on Tuesday that they are now open.

“Our hotel never closed and will never close. There was nothing wrong with our pipelines yesterday. There was nothing wrong at all,” he said.

“This hotel never had the intention or will have any intention of harming anybody. The directives that were given by the deputy mayor yesterday were all fulfilled today – all of them.”

But the deputy Mayor, Nhial Majak, insists that the hotel was officially closed on Monday.

“The hotel was temporary closed by Juba City Council and it was opened yesterday in the evening for courtesy of the people who were in the hotel, not that because they have not done any crime. They were given a fine which they say they will pay.”