Juba City Council rues SSP150M expenditure on garbage collection

Juba City Council rues SSP150M expenditure on garbage collection
A pile of garbage in Marol Market before the general cleaning was launched by Bor Municipal Council [Bolice Mayar Anai, City Review]

Juba City Council is decrying the ballooning cost of waste management, with its expenditure running into millions of pounds with rather impressive results.

The acting Chief Executive Officer of Juba City Council, Mogga Ngwangki, said on Wednesday that the council forks out more than SSP 150 million for garbage collection in the city—a figure that remains unsustainable.

“City council hires trucks in a day at SSP 100,000, and they are more than 15 trucks, which translates into SSP 150 million per day,” Mogga said, although The City Review could not independently verify this statement.

Mogga said for the last three months, the city council paid more than SSP 150 million for the collection of garbage despite tasking East Africa Go Green Company to manage the waste.

According to him, Go Green is supposed to be held accountable for the collection of garbage in Juba and Kator blocks of Juba City.

“All these losses are not supposed to be attributed to Go Green East Africa because the city council contracted the company to manage the waste,” Mogga said.

“Africa Go Green Company is supposed to take responsibility for collecting garbage as per the agreement; this time we are not going to be messed up by any company, “Mogga said.

Mogga urged the citizens to cooperate with the council on environmental cleanliness but also added that a competent company dealing with waste management should be brought on board.

The City Review called the managing director of East Africa Go Green Company, Goaner Timothy, for a response, but he was not reachable by the time of going to press.

Last year, Juba City Council signed a 10-year contract with the East Africa Go Green Company to manage waste in Juba City territory. But the company was forced to stop operations after it ran into a fierce legal battle with Simon Trading, another company that alleged that Go Green had not settled its debts in a deal to procure vehicles for garbage collection.