Opposition groups denied food and water over hotel bills

Col. Lam Paul Gabriel (File Photo)

By Mandela Nelson Denis

The opposition groups in Juba have been denied food and water over accumulated hotel bills, Col. Lam Paul Gabriel, the deputy military spokesperson of Dr. Riek Machar’s group said.

Lam revealed that their group had stayed for five days without food and water and were sometimes locked out of their rooms.

This is the third month the opposition groups have been living in the hotels. They were brought to Juba by the National Pre-Transitional Committee (NPTC) as part of the processes to implement the Revitalized Peace Agreement.

The opposition politicians residing in the hotels are from the SPLM IO, the South Sudan Opposition Alliance, and the former political detainees (FDs).

“We have been harassed by hotel managers for quite some time now, for five days some services have been cut off, no food provided especially to people at Juba Grand Hotel. Today afternoon hours they decided to lock the doors away from our officers,”Lam told Juba Monitor on Tuesday.

He said 36 people at Juba Grand Hotel were denied food and water, saying some of them were surviving on food brought by their relatives.

“There are people who have families here, sometimes their families bring plates of food from home and we sit down and eat with those who do not have families,” Lam said.

Lam said the NPTC should be responsible for their welfare in Juba because they were brought by the committee to aid the peace process.

“We informed our senior officers to inform NPTC. NPTC is aware of what is happening to us in the hotels and whatever they are doing, trying to help we don’t know,” Lam said.

He said that last week when NPTC was informed about their situation in the hotels, the body brought two million South Sudanese Pounds to be given to each hotel but Juba Grand  Hotel refused the money yet other hotels accepted and continued providing services to the officers staying in the hotel.

Lam also said the vehicles that were given to the team to ease their movements were taken away, leaving many without means of transport to attend meetings.

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