24 Feb 2019

 

Juba Gets New Mayor

A new Mayor for Juba City Council has been sworn in on Wednesday to replace former Mayor Stephen Wani Michael.

Juba Gets New Mayor
His Lordship Mayor Semir Khamis (Middle) with Governor Augustino Wani Jadallah (Left) | Photo by Ojwe Lumara

By Ojwe Lumara

JUBA, January 30, 2019 [Gurtong] - His Lordship Mayor Semir Khamis had served as deputy Mayor for Administration and Finance during Stephen Wani’s reign. Former Mayor Wani was removed nearly three months ago by Jubek State Governor Augustino Wani Jadallah.

Mayor Khamis promised to execute plans of the city in a transparent manner and deliver services to the citizens. “Mr. Governor, you have given me this role in the most difficult time but let me assure you that officials of Juba City Council are ready to work and deliver services to the people of Juba,” he said.

At the swearing in ceremony, Governor Jadallah tasked the new mayor to improve the image of Juba City Council. The City Council in recent months has been criticized over high taxation of business in Juba.

Governor Jadallah said he has been receiving complaints of illegal collection of taxes from traders and citizens against Juba City Council’s tax officers.

“The image of Juba City Council in the market is very bad. Someone came to me in the office that they took 40, 000 SSP from him but wrote 10, 000 SSP in the receipt, I am still following up the case. You are supposed to execute your duties in a manner that citizens will appreciate,” he said.

He said he also has information about the officers collecting 25,000 SSP from each household in some residential areas for no reasons.

“You should follow up the allegation. There are allegations that there is something called allowance of mayor which has spoiled the reputation of Juba City Council.  You need to correct it,” he tasked the new Mayor.

The governor also ordered the new mayor to renovate roads in the city, fix security lights, and shut down places of commercial sex.
 

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