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Lakes state Community welcome relocation of capital to Ramciel


September 6, 2011 (RUMBEK) – Around a thousand people in Lakes state turned out on Sunday to celebrate the relocation of South Sudan’s capital from Juba in the south of the country to centrally positioned Ramciel.

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Lakes state governor Chol Tong speaking to the press in his office about the relocation of South Sudan’s capital to Ramciel. (ST)

The Governor of Lakes state Chol Tong Mayay congratulated South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and the country’s newly appointed council of ministers for the bold decision, which comes just less than two months after the country gained its independence.

Sunday’s celebrations were held in Yirol West, Yirol East and Awerial counties.

Mayay said that Lakes state was "very proud" to become the host of the capital for Africa’s 54th country.

Governor Chol said the community in area had offered the land to build the new capital without any conditions to the government.

"I here also would like to thank chiefs and community of Yirol West, Yirol East and community of Awerial for their courageous to offer this land to the government without any condition".

John Garang, the first president of Southern Sudan, reportedly wanted to place the national capital in Ramciel during his administration, but he died before South Sudan achieved independence and its largest city of Juba became the capital instead.

The area is inhabited by the Chiec community of the Dinka ethnic group, who keep cattle and cultivate crops in the highlands of the area during the dry season, while moving to the Nile marshes during the wet season.

There are conflicting reports over its suitability for larger-scale construction, with some characterising the area as sunken and swampy. Others contend that the rocky highland areas could can support a major city.


Abraham Maker Gol, a student from Lakes said that the it was a "radical decision that deserves popular support from logical citizens. The issue of land in Juba, was derailing development. In the six years since South Sudan gained self governance there have been political tension in Juba between the states and national legislature and ministries, with both trying to assert their authority on land issues in particular".

“I am very happy for the president of Republic of South Sudan, to choose Ramciel as [the] capital city of South Sudan", James Malou a Lakes state resident said in Rumbek. "I am really telling our citizens [that] it is the right time to build international city in that place."

According to Kau Matueny, having the capital city in Ramciel was the answer for their suffering during the 22 year with the Khartoum government in North Sudan. “It is a privilege and a gift to the people of Lakes State for our contribution in the liberation struggle no matter how marginalised we are - this is our only gift”, he said.

Mark Ochieng, said that it had been a mistake to have the capital in Juba as it was a junction between neighbouring Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia. "I love the president’s decision to relocated [the] capital to relate [to] all the 10 states of the Republic of Southern Sudan", he said.

The new location is near the geographic center of the country and borders the three greater regions of Equatoria, Bahr el Ghazala and Upper Nile. It is very close to the point at which the borders of Central Equatoria, Eastern Equatoria, Jonglei, and Lakes states meet.

Manyher Makuendit, another resident, cautioned that “there will be advantages and disadvantages of the new capital’s location, warning local inhabitants of the consequences. The capital will be governed by the national government and not by the host state.

Ramciel no longer belongs to the local residents, he said, it now belongs to all Southern Sudanese people regardless of their tribe.


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  • 7 September 2011 08:04, by Sundayw

    Juba will still remain a formidable commercial capital just like Lagos in Nigeria. So people should not see this as a loss for the local Bari community.

    Ramciel is a little bit not strategically defensible position in case of war with North. It is easily accessible from the North.

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    • 7 September 2011 08:17, by Jeti


      Idiot. You are suffering from jealousy. Your Juba will never be a capital city. It’ll be a mere city just like other cities in the South or else you will make it your state capital, motherfucker!!

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      • 7 September 2011 08:39, by MINDED.DUDE

        Mr.Jeti or Jackass,
        Remember to collect all your internal displacement persons [IDP] to Ramciel and get a free land there.

        We still keep IDPs in these areas of Equatoria.
        1-Madi land-Numule.
        2-chukudum-Didinga land.
        3-New cush.Didinga land,
        4-Natinga- Didinga land.
        5-New site -Toposa and Didinga land.
        Just move these damn homeless to Ramciel immediately.
        They gonna get killed everyday sir.

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        • 7 September 2011 11:30, by Junub sudan

          Dear Guys

          leave alone this man call minded

          he dosent know what he saying by the way .
          hw Dinka died in those place he had mentioned in his comment
          so let him wake up those who had died in those place .
          then Dinka will leave that place for him.
          also he had talk about killing .tell him dinka cannt fair about dead .
          iwish god should punished him .

          God Bless Dinka in those place and let continue them with their normal live their.

          BY Junub Sudan man .

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        • 8 September 2011 07:07, by Kondit

          Glory to God for the wonderful leadership in the Republic of S. Sudan. Brothers and sisters, this is a decision that the council of ministers took as whole, which council is made up of all people across the states of S.Sudan. Again, the parliament of RSS is composed of all representatives from all the states, which eventually passed the Transitional constitutional of RSS which constitution provides that land belong to the people of RSS, so these tribes mentioned are just part of the tribes that make up the population of RSS and those you called as being IDPs are part of those specified communities in your comments. Let’s restraint ourselves from tribalistic politics. Let’s develop RSS as a whole. Thank you all.

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          • 8 September 2011 12:42, by Board1

            why do people celebrate in Lakes State. no defernt between Bari and Agar bcoz non agar can not be given plot

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      • 7 September 2011 10:12, by hard liner

        I just want to inform you that no equatorian really feels jealous because the capital is going to be shifted to ramciel, infact all the equatorians are feel good for your information because you dinkas are so useless to stay with and that will lead to tribal fight so the idea is good because the new capital will be in between the three states and land grabbing wont be a problem since things will be organised.

        The other reason is that because you guys are lazy borns who are productively zero in terms of agriculture, we dont want suckers or parasites who make people sick, just see how dirty juba town is! its because of you guys i wonder where God was looking when he was creating you guys!!!!!

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        • 7 September 2011 11:40, by kuek madau akot

          What if people don;t insult one another for a decision taken by the government after popular c
          onsultations were conducted more a year,when are you be able to be convinced by facts.You guys from Greater Equatoria will insulting because there are no characters of ruling.................

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      • 7 September 2011 22:47, by The money.

        What is wrong with the youths of ’South Sudan’? everyone tend to write a vulger thing in responds to any artcle posted here...do we still have to remain as a nation or some group of our people have now learnt alot and want go sole? Ramcial was proposed as a capitail for the South in the 1960s but one among many reasons it was postposd was that the community where the capitail will be situated will fight over the leaderships and all the privilages it entails.Am afraid the ephuria has made some youths talk about Juba as if it is a foreign city.but in line with the Garanga and SPLM vision,let Kiir take the town to the Village.

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    • 7 September 2011 10:02, by angunliach

      Your are son of bitch, Lake state was captured and arabs never recaptured it, how would you say that Ramciel is accessable to arabs. Ramciel simply means,’’ meeting point’’ for the South Sudanese, not just commercial city Juba you were talking about, Juba make no sense to most of us and that was why it’s voted out by perliament.
      mind your own bussiness please.

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      • 8 September 2011 06:49, by Sundayw

        Learn English sir before joining the big boys.

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    • 8 September 2011 15:51, by unity state boy

      I can thank vice president Dr Riek Machar for his idea that he said in year 2005 for relocated the capital city to Ramiciel and also our president Kir for your implementation of idea of Dr Machar for relocated the capital.
      Machr for tomorrow ,,,

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  • 7 September 2011 08:05, by Jeti

    Thank you Mr. President without forgetting the most hard-working 2 South Sudanese servants by the names of Dr. Marial Benjamin and VP Dr. Riek Machar for pressing the president Kiir to move the capital from the slum capital to the urban capital.

    Dr. Riek Machar and Marial Benjamin, please keep coming up with new ideas. You are the eyes and the mind of the president and South Sudan as a whole.


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  • 7 September 2011 08:16, by belle loboi

    this man is dying soon. he look,,,,,,, wow please give him some change God.

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    • 7 September 2011 08:55, by gotutu


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      • 7 September 2011 09:17, by belle loboi


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  • 7 September 2011 09:55, by Mathet Muonyayang Mayen Igai

    It’s an honour to thank our governors and officials for overwhelmingly hospitality welcoming they offered.
    Governor Chol Tong Mayai you’re right, the area is inhabited by the Chiec community of the Dinka ethnic group, who keep cattle and cultivate crops in the highlands of the area during the dry season, while moving to the Nile marshes during the wet season.
    One thousand people from Lakes state students; sisters, brothers, elders, children and orphanages who are living in western world, in America, Swaziland in the Hague, Australia, England, Israel, turned out on Sunday to celebrate the relocation of South Sudan’s capital in St John catholic churches.
    Law no many people are doing it here in abroad as you know it’s is very hard subjects, we would have come down and celebrate the relocation of the new city. Moreover we are very busy working and studying.
    Once again I would like to thank South Sudan government for good choice.

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  • 7 September 2011 15:13, by albino mabor

    Congratulation!!! Mr. president and council of ministers plus those who participate especialy the commitee to make your wise decision to relocate the national capital to center of the country. Of course peaceful area, there will be no more land grabbing complaint. Mr.President make sure this is a one of your best achievemet you did to your fellow south sudanese citizen as you already lead us from the darkness to see the light of the world, you hold a great position to our present generation who were witness the strugle. though there are alot of complaints day/night about your leadship but people have to learn that we will not be satisfied all at a one time no that’s not true let us be patient, stop tribal differences and encouraging unity among our people.
    [As we all known that Kiir belong to Dinka by tribe but that’s not how he look like, now he hold national position [presidency] not a union or tribal chief.

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  • 7 September 2011 16:20, by bonagk

    good ideas for capital to be change to lake state ramciel because it is in middle of states. my question is, what of those clans which use to eat people in lake state, what could be done for them before people go there?instate of celebrating the news it will be sorrow to hear people are losing their life let government be serous for this issue you must not known why people lake state are celebrating it most than the rest of the states in south sudan

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  • 7 September 2011 23:48, by James Maker Akok

    Thank to South Sudan Government, and thank to every body. I’m happy too for South Sudan Capital to be in Lake State because it centre. I’m worrying about the Swampy in Yirol areas. It’s better to move South Sudan Capital to Rumbek Ramciel. Let South Sudan Capital to be in Rumbek Ramciel.

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  • 8 September 2011 04:44, by Tambura

    Folks,I am here to tell you guys 8 billions US dollars was revenue of oil those thieves received in last six years they didn’t build toukols as schools classes in south Sudan, what will make you to believe those thieves are going to build new capital? On Sunday they were celebrating how much money they are going to steal by the name of building new capital,that was not the first time I hear about that new capital I heard about it five years ago.Don’t be fool. with a lot of unqualified ministers on place it will take them 50 years to build 100 Km road to that dreaming capital, where they are going to bring that money from? mark my words.... weak up my people south Sudan need new faces new ideas new generation to lead the country to new capital and next level. those unqualified generals should step down and leave the country to new generation with new ideas to take south Sudan to next level I am a man with clear vision,therefore I am asking you and pray you vote for me in next election I will unite you make you proud of your country and than put food on table better health care clean water clean roads schools than will build your dreaming capital I will build pipeline first so we can sell our oil then get money for the new capital if you will vote for me that is the way I will lead you,building capital need a lot of money. Don’t let them fool you weak up my people.


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    • 8 September 2011 15:03, by Board1

      I wonder why James Maker is demanding the capital to be in Rumbek meanwhile Rumbek is inhabited by Agar only. no a single plot given to non Agar, and if I ask u aguestion, is non Lakes secure there in Rumbek? correct me if I am wrong. let it be in that swampy area,it is better then dayly couralling over land issues.and if the gov’t make a mistake to allow u to settle near the new capital, then your claiming of land will start.

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