Security beefs up in Juba County over land grabbing incidents

Security forces have been deployed in Molubur village of Lado Payam to tackle land-grabbing incidents.

By Simon Deng

Security forces have been deployed in Molubur village of Lado Payam to tackle land-grabbing incidents.

Charles Joseph Wani, the Commissioner of Juba County told The Dawn that the soldiers and police were deployed on Friday following the gubernatorial order issued on February 19 by Emmanuel Adil Anthony, the Governor of Central Equatorial State.

 “We have talked about the issue of land grabbing which is happening, we are implementing the order, we have now been able to arrest 40 people who are criminals, they are citizens of South Sudan but they are going against the law,” Wani said in an interview on Sunday in Juba.

Wani accused top government officials including senior army generals of grabbing public land in Mangala, Rejaf, Luri and Molubur, adding that the Chief of Defense Forces, Gen.  Santino Deng Wol needs to take action against senior army generals who are grabbing land around Juba. 

He revealed that land grabbers have taken over Ngolobo area, warning that the government will take action to protect properties, land and livelihood of the people of South Sudan.

“We do not know whether they are people who want to confuse the government or people who are against the system, they will be charged and immediately they will be send to national prison,” Wani said.

In late 2021, President Salva Kiir Mayardit formed a committee co-chaired by Michael Changjiek, the National Minister of Land and Housing and Emmanuel Adil Antony, the Governor of Central Equatoria State to assess land grabbing and informal settlement around Juba.

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