William Ngabonziza, the chairman of the Rwandan Diaspora in South Sudan. (Photo: Radio Tamazuj)

Rwandan Community in Juba pledge to support city cleaning campaign

The community of Rwandans along with the Rwandan UN Peacekeeping Contingent in Juba on Saturday pledged to join the campaign to clean Juba City.

Speaking during a celebration in Juba to mark the 30th anniversary of the liberation of Rwanda, William Ngabonziza, the chairman of the Rwandan Diaspora in South Sudan, said there are about 600 Rwandan nationals living in Juba who will come join the cleaning campaign “to make Juba as clean as Kigali.”

“Juba is going through the cleaning campaign of the city and the mayor has the mandate of transforming Juba. I promise her that the Rwandans living in Juba are ready to partner with her and do what we are doing in Kigali to clean Juba together with the military personnel from Rwanda,” he stated. “From next week, we request an appointment with the mayor, alongside the (Rwanda) contingent commanders, so that we agree and sign a memorandum so that the Rwandans will participate in the cleaning Juba campaign together with the citizens of Juba.”

Ngabonziza added: “We want to make Juba look the way Kigali looks today.”

For her part, Juba City Council Mayor Flora Gabriel Modi called for collective support from citizens, non-citizens, and UN peacekeepers to clean the city.

“The Rwandans in South Sudan are our friends and as the mayor of Juba, I want them to support me in the campaign. I know it is a long way but we will be together to tell you the truth, I plan to soon send some to Rwanda to acquire experience in garbage collection,” she revealed. “I need the UNMISS to help me because you now live in Juba, this is one of your countries, and you are now almost South Sudanese. I need your support so that we clean just like Rwanda.”

Mayor Modi appealed to the local people in Juba to welcome the Rwandans as friends because South Sudan is vast and needs your support from whoever comes to the country as an investor or to work for the UN or other organizations.

“Let us come together so that you support my city because Juba City needs your support,” she added.