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Survey of South Sudan’s new capital begins


September 27, 2011 (JUBA) – The survey of the new capital city of South Sudan, Ramciel, will soon begin, according to the minister in charge of the planning for the building of the new city.

On Tuesday the committee chaired by the minister of Housing and Physical Planning, Jemma Nunu Kumba, held a preparatory meeting in Juba the current capital to carry out the survey and mapping of Ramciel.

In her press statement she revealed that her committee had already approved terms of reference for a firm that would be contracted to do the survey.

Kumba also said a draft budget has been passed by the committee for the activities to be carried out, including erecting temporary infrastructures at the site.
She also visited Ramciel area last week with members of her committee to acquaint herself with the terrain of the territory.

President Salva Kiir last month issued presidential order number 17, relocating the capital city from Juba to Ramciel.

He also constituted a committee chaired by the minister of Housing and Physical Planning to carry out the relocation process.

South Sudan became independent in July as part of a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of war. The SPLM, southern rebels who have governed the country for the last six years, symbolically never managed to take Juba from the Sudanese army during the conflict.

The move to Ramciel is seen as a move to pacify complaints of the Bari tribe, and others, who are indigenous to the area. Both Central Equatoria state and national ministries compete for influence in Juba.

Ramciel which will be close to the geographical centre of South Sudan will be situated in Lakes state but will have autonomy over its environs unlike Juba.


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  • 28 September 2011 08:28, by Longtweng

    Nunu Kumba, you are my girl, you are doing a good job indeed.

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    • 28 September 2011 09:25

      Ramcial is going to be the only reward to all the South Sudanese who field marginalized. They will have equal opportunities for the first time, to compete in a city that will host everyone. Racial is the beginning of Wealth for business folks, a clean city for human waste control,place call home for those wondering without houses, Government opportunity to avoid shanty towns and create modern hous

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      • 29 September 2011 06:00, by Abyei Soil

        Big up to the survey group, Ramciel is the only one which will restore some pain associated with land issue. I like it.

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      • 29 September 2011 06:13, by Akuma

        Good job Madam Nunu. Complete survey and complete services in demand like Education and health facilities. Thanks to our president Salva Kiir for having put Ramciel into consideration.

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    • 28 September 2011 09:27

      The Quorum of Bari and other tribes in central Equatoria are doing mistake to claimed the capital back

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    • 28 September 2011 22:52

      well done sudan tribune. I think at this time we need our togetherness as south sudanes toward building our beloved new country more than calling each others with inapropriate names, and tribulism. on the other hand, congrates goes to all south sudanes for the outstanding job move by ms. Nun. may God bless RSS.

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  • 28 September 2011 09:30, by wanibuluk ciciliba

    That is a very good move yes! I urge all the readers here to first of all tell me what the pressing issue of the Nation is?
    I thought we would first square out the issue of the Pipelines before engaging the geer of the relocation of the City. Literaly, we need the resources to build the City which must ofcourse come from the oil product yet no deal has not been reached b’tn Juba and K’tm, whatch!

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  • 28 September 2011 10:20, by whatsayyou

    That is Goog! Well move Mrs. minister Nunu, We can not year only the relocation with out any other step a head i think you will do beter.

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    • 29 September 2011 06:09, by Akuma

      Good job Madam Nunu. Complete survey and complete services in demand like Education and health facilities. Thanks to our president Salva Kiir for having put Ramciel into consideration.

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  • 28 September 2011 12:28, by Rising of the Sun

    It is good that the process of relocating the capital seems to be fast enough.

    But I also wish the process of establishing a well equipped and credible university for South Sudan should be even faster than this.

    Please, let’s do more to improve our higher education too. I hope the plan of the new capital also includes a university.

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  • 28 September 2011 12:39, by mathiang2

    Congratulation to all south Sudanese for the new City.
    my advise to Land committee is that there should be equality during land allocation to every south Sudanese. We should not refuse others because of what happen before. Let us give every one equal access to get land.
    Secondly Govt have have to build congrate Building and sould leave the Corimec
    Thanks to our President Kiirdit and his Cde in RoS

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    • 28 September 2011 15:02, by nhomachot Deng

      Dear Nunu,
      Congretulation!!!!!!! well done you are really daughter of Republic of South Sudan and you will be remeber by all generations to come because of your committment in building inclusive capital city where we all be felt at home for us all.Well done Mr President and the cabinet too

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  • 28 September 2011 14:47, by AJAK MANYANG

    congratulations to all South Sudanese for choosing Ramciel to be the Capital City for New nation of South Sudan. ramciel means- ’joining our hands together’and the big warning to Lake State is that, they shouldn’t be acting as Bari do. They must give freedom to the government for better planning and expansions.

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  • 28 September 2011 15:45, by Wen Tek

    Dear President,
    Your government has proved to be democratic in its decisions and policy formulation.This is evident in your government’s decision to relocate the capital to Ramciel in compliance with the request of the Bari Community to give them back thier traditional land.Democratic governments listen the people and the sovereint are the people.

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  • 28 September 2011 21:51

    I would like to reecho a very intelligent question posted by wanibuluk, what are the pressing issues at the moment?
    the notion of relocating the capital to ramciel is a secondary priority which should not be given primary attention at the moment,we need a well equip hospitals, schools and other basic services. you can’t plan to execute huge projects while ur people are of preventable diseases.

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    • 28 September 2011 23:52, by Deng piol

      Good move people of southsudan ,and also thanks to our president kiir to belleve that his gov is really Demacratic becz when u listen to group of people that mean is demacratic God bless our new nation,and best country in the world.

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  • 29 September 2011 11:45, by Celerino Lado

    for me the relocation of the city is not good for the moment, what we need now is the building of the schools specally premary schools as I stroll around some places in the south the children are tought under the trees which is bad. also we need to build more turmac raods specially juba bor raod or we need to tarmac all the raods which are connecting the ten states.

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