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Netizens express mixed reactions to axing of Juba mayor

Author: Charles Wote | Published: Friday, November 19, 2021

Mayor Kalisto Lado plants a tree as part of Keep Juba Clean and Green project a day before he was fired, November 17, 2021 | Credit | Courtesy

South Sudanese netizens have expressed mixed reactions over the dismissal of the mayor of Juba.

Kalisto Lado was fired on Thursday barely a year after he assumed office.

In a gubernatorial decree read out on E-B-C Radio, Central Equatoria State Governor Emmanuel Adil relieved Lado without naming his replacement.

When asked why the governor fired the mayor, Governor Adil press secretary – Derick Derickson – said:

“As you know, this is always the normal phenomenon in the political arena. Anything can happen at any time.”

Kalisto Lado was appointed in March 2021.

During his tenure, traders repeatedly accused him of demolishing makeshift establishments – a move he claimed was part of “Keep Juba City Clean and Green” project.

Yesterday, the Chamber of Commerce in Central Equatoria State for the second time threatened to drag to court the city council for over-taxing small businesses.

Reacting to the news, some netizens welcomed Lado’s relief for “destroying businesses”.

“He pulled down shelters. He imposed exorbitant taxes on businesses,” wrote Anyang Ng’ong on Facebook.

Another Facebook user, Jurkuch Bol, congratulated the governor for removing Lado.

“Illegally knocking down shelters and destroying people’s businesses then make noise about it in the media is what Junubin call hard work? Mabruk Gov. Adil for wielding the axe!!,” Bol wrote.

However, others showered Lado with praises, saying the “patriot” should have been given more time to make positive changes.

Thokjang Ajak described his sacking as “absurd”.

“He dedicated all his energy and time for the betterment of his people; from expanding roads to decontamination of the city in a few month he has been to the office,” he tweeted.

In October, Lado accused some unnamed senior government officials, including military generals, of impeding ongoing opening up of feeder roads in the capital.

He cautioned those hindering the work of drastic measures.

“If you are a top government official or a general, please don’t be encouraging evil,” Lado warned, a stance that made him “the bravest mayor”, according to Ngor Mabor.


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