Okay Africa Foundation, a South Sudanese youth organization based in the capital Juba, said Thursday it is launching an initiative to clean up Juba city on Saturday morning.
Odhong Ngor, the logistics officer of the organization, told Radio Tamazuj that the launch of the “clean up Juba” campaign will kick off on Saturday.
“The initiative is called Nadafa le Beledna in our South Sudanese language. It is a campaign targeting our youth because it a chance for the youth to come together after the peace agreement had been signed,” he Ngor.
He further said all youth groups and politicians are invited to join the Juba cleaning drive. He urged all youth in the capital city to turn up for the street-cleaning campaign on Saturday.
“We are targeting Juba town starting from Mudiriya on Saturday. But we next time we will move to other neighborhoods,” he said.
He pointed out that the Juba City Council had pledged to provide security during the campaign. Ngor noted that they plan to extend the cleaning drive all states of South Sudan.
Juba is the capital and largest city of the Republic of South Sudan. It also serves as the capital of Jubek State, one of the 28 states of South Sudan. The city is situated on the White Nile and functions as the seat and metropolis of Juba County.
In the 19th century, a trading post and Christian mission, called Gondokoro, was located in the vicinity of Juba. It was the southernmost outpost of the Egyptian garrison, supported by a handful of soldiers, mostly ill due to the malaria and blackwater fever that was dominant in the region. Gondokoro was also the base of the explorers and campaigners (Sir) Samuel and Florence Baker during their expeditions to what is now South Sudan and northern Uganda from 1863 to 1865, and from 1871 to 1873.