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Water tankers resume work after standoff with City Council

Author: Moyo Jacob Felix | Published: Friday, February 17, 2023

Water tankers filling at the newly-built water-point in Juba. (Photo: Eye Radio).

The Deputy Mayor of Juba City says water tanker drivers have resumed the supply of water to the residential areas after the issue was resolved on Thursday.

This comes after the water suppliers on Wednesday morning staged a strike and deserted the newly-installed water points in Juba.

They were protesting an alleged imposition of hefty taxes and regulations by the Council.

Speaking to Eye Radio on Thursday evening, Deputy Mayor Thiik Thiik Mayardiit confirmed the resumption of the water supply.

According to Thiik, the drivers boycotted work after the City Council asked them to process medical cards and uniforms to guarantee hygienic supply of water to the Juba residents.

“We have solved the issue and the issue was not actually something big. It was just a small thing. If people would have heard understanding, they would have solved it,” he said.

“The issue is that, the City Council introduced some of the new things of which the water tankers are having rights, I don’t deny that they don’t have right”.

The water tanker drivers draw water from Mauna, Gudele, Munuki, Seven Days, and Jebel areas as well as the major water-points on the bank of the Nile.

The water filling stations, which were installed by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency, were opened last month.

Earlier, Juba City Mayor Michael Lado Allah-Jabu accused the water tankers drivers of sabotaging government policies.

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