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‘I endured public pressure, insults,’ says Allah-Jabu

Author: Alhadi Hawari | Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Michael Ladu Allah-Jabu, former Mayor of Juba City - credit | Awan Moses/Eye Radio | April 15, 2022

The former mayor of Juba City has said his leadership endured public pressure and insults and advised his successor Emmanuel Khamis to be strong and withstand public criticism.

Michael Lado Allah – Jabu was removed in a gubernatorial decree issued by Central Equatoria State Governor Emmanuel Adil Anthony on Monday.

Adil appointed Lainya County Commissioner Emmanuel Khamis to take care of the activities of the city council.

He dissolved the top office bearers of the city council including two deputy mayors and the Chief Executive Officer.

Allah – Jabu says his leadership endured public pressure and insults, and urged the public and staff of the city council to cooperate with the new mayor to discharge the mandate of taking care of the city

“He [the new mayor] will face a lot of issues, questions, criticisms, and all that, even insults,” Allah-Jabu said. “We have been badly insulted but we were just taking it simple.”

“He [the new mayor] has to be strong in this because he will be attacked just in a short time by our people because anyone who expects service or development,” he added.

“I called on the entire leadership especially the administrative officers that are still available in City Council to cooperate with the new leader so that he does not face challenges, ” Allah-Jabu said.

“Our population of Juba City Council, I appeal to them to cooperate with the leader that has been brought to take care of Juba City Council”.

The former Mayor said he was not surprised by his removal, terming it a routine in the political arena.

“I want to make it clear that it is not a surprise to me because I know that in any position with the appointment,” the former Mayor said.

“You can lose it [position] at any time and you are supposed to praise it also, do not take it to that extent of being upset about it.”

“It’s not a surprise to me because I know that changes matter at any time it happens”.

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