Central Equatoria State Information Minister Francis Barson Yousa. [Gurtong/ Waakhe Simon Wudu]
By Waakhe Simon Wudu
JUBA, 16 June 2012 [Gurtong] –A resolution passed Thursday by the State Council of Ministers directs that residents and business persons who have illegally encroached and settled in government designated recreational grounds in the state will be ejected from the areas.
The State Information Minister Francis Barson Yousa told the press that most recreational facilities in Juba County have been invaded by illegal occupants.
He said the government has noted the congestion and lack of free space for commercial development due to the illegal encroachment designated areas.
He named Nimira Talata, Gudele West, Atlabara football grounds, Nyakuron Cultural Centre and Rock City sports grounds as some of the areas that have been illegally encroached by settlers.
“The Council has formed a committee headed by the State Minister of Infrastructure to ensure the implementation of this resolution. The committee has been tasked with identifying more encroached areas and ensure they are reclaimed”, said Yousa.
He added that any structures erected in the named areas will be demolished.
“We have seen that our children are playing on the roads thus endangering their lives. This move will also ensure that we have adequate recreational facilities that a city must have”, he said.
The latest development came amid tense debate on land issues in the state.
A recent report in parliament uncovered land malpractices in the state, with politicians being accused of rampant lad grabbing.