​Carry your own cross: Mayor Allah-Jabu tells off Thiik over bullet comment

​Carry your own cross: Mayor Allah-Jabu tells off Thiik over bullet comment
Juba City Council Deputy Mayor for infrastructure Development Thiik Thiik Mayardit.

Juba City Council has distanced itself from the comments made by Deputy Mayor Thiik Thiik Mayardit anyone found protesting in the city will be gunned down.

“One person was shot (by the police) and five people have been arrested. And this is what I want to put on [sic] that in South Sudan we don’t have water cannons where if you go on strike then they disperse you with high pressure water. We also don’t have tear gas. What we have in South Sudan are the real bullets.”

“If you want to lose your life with greedy people who want to achieve their thing, whether you are in government or not, we’ll deal with you,” Thiik Thiik, the Council’s Deputy Mayor for infrastructure Development said in response to a protest by a section of youth who were protesting the high cost of living.

Thiik’s statement that was captured on video has received public uproar from a section of citizens.

On Wednesday, Mayer Michael Allah-Jabu said his deputy did not speak on behalf of the city leadership.

“That (statement by Thiik) is not t​​he position of Juba City Council. As the City (leadership) we always allow peace co-existence within the city and if there are any cases of such kind, we apprehend the culprits and then investigate,” said the Mayor.

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