Editorial

PAY THESE HOTELS THEIR OWED DUES

Many hotels and restaurants in Juba are silently feeling the pinch of not being paid for services they have rendered out, mostly, to public institutions. The outstanding runs into millions and without any immediate hope to have them paid. It became obvious when the government gave out an order to have some senior civil servants vacate hotels they had been occupying with some since independent. Some had even moved in these hotels with their entire families and went to an extent of cooking their own meals in these places. Their bills ran also into millions and although most of them left the hotels, their bills are yet to be cleared. The issue of peace delegates being evicted from some of the hotels for huge amount of outstanding bill is not new because it has been reoccurring from time to time. There are hotel owners who have spent their good time and resources following up payments which are not coming. These businesses have been hit double by the coronavirus outbreak and the down dive in the economy. The hospitality sector is one of the largest private employers of the locals. If government institutions do not support them then they stand to close the doors as have been noticed with the outbreak of the COVID-19. It is against good order to seek services that ends up not being paid for. These hotels and restaurants should be paid their money for service delivery to enable them continue to offer more to the country including employing young graduates who are in the streets without jobs. Those public institutions owing the hotels money should pay them. The management of the hotels should also be alert not to allow repeat of the same. They have the right to say no if and when they deem necessary.

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