South Sudan embassy in DRC faces eviction over rent payment

South Sudan’s Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan. Photo: Reuters

Juba/Kinshasa, April 27, 2018 (SSNA) — South Sudan’s embassy in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been ordered by a landlord to vacate the embassy building after the young nation diplomats failed to pay rent for months.

In a letter obtained by the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA), the embassy top diplomat in DRC Martin Issa Mizani asked superiors in Juba to urgently send money to pay the landlord. In the text, the diplomat said the Landlord has refused to listen to them and warned that the fate of the embassy in uncertain and urges South Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to “save the image” of South Sudan.

“Despite our usual efforts to convince the Landlord to continue bearing with us, he decided during a meeting held earlier today at the embassy that, we should quit his property on Tuesday 1st of May 2018,” Martin said in the letter.

“This communication serves as an official notification to Headquarters on the nearest fate of this mission and, a request so that your esteemed office can try to rescue the mission and save the image of our beloved country from being tarnished,” he added.

Many South Sudan’s embassies have in the past been closed globally due to inability to pay rents. The South Sudan News Agency understands that the meeting between embassy officials and the Landlord was held on Wednesday.

South Sudan’s economy has been devastated by the ongoing civil. The World Bank estimated that South Sudan oil reserve will “become negligible by 2035.”

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