Juba City Council demands $200M compensation from Go-Green

Juba City Council demands $200M compensation from Go-Green
The Mayor of Juba City Council, Michael Lado Allah-Jabu [Photo: courtesy]

The Mayor of Juba City Council, Michael Allah-Jabu, said the council is demanding compensation of $200 million from the East African Go-Green Co. Ltd.

He said the company must pay for the whole duration that the City Council exempted it from paying for their services.

In an exclusive interview with The City Review, Allah-Jabu said the City Council had spent between $180 million and $200 million for the two years of the Go Green programme.

He reiterated that there was no law that would permit the East African Go-Green company to demand $100 million from the City Council.

“We paid between $180 million and $200 million because this time they were not doing the job. They have to pay us this money. I don’t know which law is going to allow them to force us to pay $100 million that they are saying simply in their mouths and they are not doing anything,” Allah Jabu said.

He added that the terms of the contract indicated that if service was not delivered within 90 days, the other party had the right to terminate the contract.

“I think it is just for the sake of talking; otherwise, they don’t have any right to sue us. If you are not doing the job for 90 days, the contract says that after 90 days of continuous absence from the service, the other party has the right to cancel. That is why we canceled it,” he added.

New company

Allah-Jabu continued that the City Council was therefore willing to contract with a national company to take over the duties of the City Council and that the citizens must understand that keeping Juba clean is part of their responsibility.

On June 7, 2023, the mayor terminated the contract of JCC with East Africa Go-Green Company, seven months after declaring the company insolvent.

Then on June 20, 2023, Pan African Law Chambers LLP, Bullen Isaiah Kulang & Co. Advocates, and Case Advocates LLP filed a joint demand notice for East Africa Go-Green Company to sue Juba City Council.

Go-Green demands $100 million for what it terms a “breach of the contract and in damages.”

“We are demanding 100,000,000.00 million dollars for breach of the contract and in damages,” the demand letter read partly.

It further warned JCC that failure to comply within a week to pay $10 million in lawyer’s fees would prompt action from Go-Green.

“We are ready to pursue the matter aggressively. If you do not comply within 7 days from the date whereof, we shall institute legal proceedings against you at your cost and peril,” it partially notes in the demand notice.

“If, however, you have no intention of complying, kindly inform us immediately so that we may institute the Reference without delay,” it adds.

The demand notice stated that East Africa Go Green Co. Ltd. signed a 10-year garbage collection contract with Juba City Council on September 7, 2021.

According to the contract, the East Africa Go-Green Co. Ltd. would collect garbage in Kator, Juba, and Munuki blocks of Juba City Council; nevertheless, the terms of the contract were not revealed to the media during the launch of the company’s work.