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Bashir promises more railway construction in South Sudan

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March 11, 2010 (WAU) – President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir and First Vice President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Thursday inaugurated a rehabilitated railway line in Western Bahr El-Ghazal state and promised to extend the transportation network farther.

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Railway train arrives in Wau, March 2010

The railway line opened today with a length of 446 kilometres running from Kordofan into Wau. The completion of this stage of renovation follows the landmark arrival of a train from Babanousa into Aweil on September 25, 2009.

In the conclusion of his speech delivered at a mass rally held in Wau stadium, President Bashir during promised more railway connections in Sudan extending from Wau to Rumbek, Juba and Uganda. He said that he had agreed with Uganda and Kenyan on business deals to empower the country’s economy.

This project cost $51 million and was funded largely by the Unity Support Fund, which was established by presidential decree on June 15, 2008 as a means to "make unity attractive" ahead of the 2011 referendum on South Sudan’s independence. International donors were also involved with some funding administered by the World Bank.

The railway had functioned during the last civil war when it was used to supply government garrison towns. But the line was targeted by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army’s in offensives against strongholds in Bahr El-Ghazal. The railway has not operated since 1991 when SPLA decided to break the line, said James Deng Dimo, Western Bahr El-Ghazal SPLM secretariat spokesman.

The two visiting politicians today, Bashir and Kiir, did not appear to agree about why the line had been disabled. Kiir recalled that the railway had been delivering military hardware to empower government army forces in South Sudan. By contrast, Bashir recalled that during the war period the railway was used for delivering services to people in South Sudan as well as agricultural and construction materials.

State caretaker Governor Efisio Kon Uguak said that it was not a day for political divisiveness but one to mark the first stage of implementation of the north-south peace deal by the national government and the government of Southern Sudan. Uguak also added that the arrival of this railway will reduce high prices of goods in Wau and will boost local trade.

President Al-Bashir likewise told crowd that the first train is loaded with food materials for southern and western Bahr El-Ghazal, which will help reduce prices. Also, he called for holding free and fair elections and voiced support for implementing the 2005 peace deal.

Salva Kiir arrived yesterday at 4:00 p.m. after a direct journey from the Kenyan capital, where he was attending an assembly of the seven-nation Intergovernmental Authority on Development. Bashir arrived somewhat later, at 5 p.m., after a trip from Rumbek through Kuacjok and Tonj. He has been touring southern towns as part of his campaign for the election in April.

With the occasion concluded, President Bashir travelled to Raga County where he will be received by County Commissioner Hon. Lauic Romadhan. Kiir has gone to the Southern Sudanese capital at Juba.

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Reporting by Manyang Mayom in Wau.

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  • 12 March 2010 05:03, by murlescrewed

    I will not trust anything a guy running for office says till I take train from Bor to Khartoum. Al-Bashir is all of a sudden mindful of the attractiveness of unity while he is busy proclaiming the Islamic identity of our country. Talk about contradictory priorities.

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    • 12 March 2010 05:35, by NYDG

      Why do you need to take a train to Khartoum? Why not take a train to Juba and other southern cities. This is the problem we have in southern Sudan. Many look at Khartoum as the only paradise among all. This will affect the outcome of the referendum specifically in the Dinka community who love to go to eat in Khartoum as their number shows as the most among those who convert to Islam just because to get food.

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    • 12 March 2010 07:17, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      My congratulation goes to H.E Omar Hassan Al Bashir for having done a great benefit to Southerners. This is going to improve the social heath of the Sudanese at large as well. The construction of the railway is a very great achievement so far. Thank you once more.

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      • 12 March 2010 16:33, by kuur Deng

        To Machut,

        I think we need to have double mind of reverse our IQ in scrutinizing such a plan of action.simply because if you have headache,you can treate with paracetmole or Asprine and not by chewing sweet then later you fail to get solution to your problems.

        What is the meaning of building railway rapidly and deeply into the south than any other places in the country and why is it so, so faster in building it? And who request this railway to built in the south? Or does it mean that railyway is the only development needed in the south?

        Well with these few remarks,I’m not disputing the rapidly changed and development brought forward by mr. president that you all think would help us but this is so blackmailing and pure blindfooling.

        To be honest ,there will be no way for Isalamist gruops in the world rather the north to leave south sudan free without bloodshedding and this why i want all of you to think much deeper about this railway.

        Beshir is preparing for the way he can drops the troops when south sudanese leadership may attenpt to announce the unilateral independent of the south as a separate state.

        You cann’t believe this as suggestion but real,the ideal in beween is that, should south Sudanese endeavour for sucession then the only way is to get the oil reach land of Abei,Palloch,Bentiu by fource and the way for them is ready as you show it.

        Dear brothers and sisters,we should think,think and think twice before we comments on such article and this is what is lacking in our leadership. This is another baden on innocent children in Bar Elgazal. I hates it into the maximum!

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      • 12 March 2010 20:54, by Jay

        Shadrack Nuer Machut, these weird names sound no less than a dupe hiding in a mask.

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    • 12 March 2010 07:32, by Hardlinner

      come on guys bashir is big liar. first where is the promises he made in 2005 in lake state. he said that he will build hospital, roads and many other things and didn’t do them. bashir should be told that we people of lake state are not kids to listen to bullshit promises from cocksuccker bashir. so bashir should just fuckoff and leave lake state to splm. we will never give any vote to killer. there is no one in lake state who has never lose a family member during the war that bashir waged on southerners.

      no vote for NCP in south period and we don’t carry about your railway.
      we southerners will build our own railway, so bashir go and fuck yourself in north.

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      • 12 March 2010 20:58, by Angelo Nyang

        Hello southern sudanese my message for special government in south should open them eyes for Bashir because Bashir is not doing the delopment he try to clear the railway or road to be ready for the war because nothing left now he seem the south is going in 2011 and the one chocies for him is to war us so we sign CPA in 2005 why the North government doesn,t build the south all this year until the end of the 2011 they are think about delopment this are kind of confuse some southern the do not know what bashir with his government have been thinking.
        again northern government are not sleep they are trying for many way to cread the problem in the south because of 2011 hope to the southern older, young and ladies guys i wish you are not going to forget what happen some years most of you are born in the war why you always forgot your enemy

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  • 12 March 2010 05:06, by babadit

    BIG lay to the southerners, that is what Al Bashir is for when it come to south sudan.
    tell him we are tried of that, forward ever backward never

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    • 12 March 2010 06:02, by Angelo Ajiech Manyuat

      Dear Readers,

      Those who support Bashir while they seen in their own eyes what Bashir had done to Sudanese people in generally and in particular Southerners are an idiot and food lovers whose their motive is just eating eating while other Sudanese are suffering in the hand of this dictator. Thus, let’s united this time and vote out this apathy president and elect Yasser Arman in order to change Sudan. Yasser is a true leader who will really bring many changes to Sudan if we support him. For those who don’t know him, he’s a down to earth person.

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  • 12 March 2010 06:47, by paul baak anyaar

    Ladies and Gentlemen, we ought to be rational here. The inaugurated railway line will facilitate movement in our young nation and we should show our gratitude for that. Food has been brought to succor our starving folks. We must be grateful. More railways have been promised, and we must be skeptical. Bashir asked for our votes and that is what arouses our suspicion. The inauguration of the railway, provision of food items and more promises will never influence our democratic choice during elections and Referendum. Bashir is more indebted to us than we are to him. Do you think a 400km railway is all we should get for millions of barrels of oil grabbed by the North?

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