Hotel owners to meet over gov’t unpaid bills of about 24m USD

By James Atem Kuir

Owners of hotels and apartments in Juba said that they were planning to meet to demand millions of dollars in unpaid accommodation bills owed by government since 2018.

The Hotels and Catering Association of South Sudan met yesterday at South Sudan Hotel in Buluk, but could not decide on the next course of action as fewer members turned up for the meeting according Gabriel Mabior the secretary of the association.

“We postponed the meeting because we were very few today. We want all the owners of the hotels (hosting the government officials) to be present so that we come out with agreed position,” Mabior said.

Mel Garang Yout, the spokesperson of the association said that they called meet this week or next week tolet their members know the scheduled time for meeting.

Juba Monitor had information that government owed up to 24 million United States dollars in accumulated accommodation bills to the hotels and apartments hosting hundreds of officials from the various peace parties signatory to the 2018 peace deal.

Unconfirmed sources said that the government had however cleared some of the dueslater this year.

The officials including top military officials and ministers among others were accommodated in the hotels in Juba by the now-defunct national Pre-Transitional Committee to oversee implementation activities in the run up to the formation of the transitional government.

In February this year, the hotel owners threatened to kick out the officials after the government failed to clear the dues.

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