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S. Sudan and US development arm sign understanding for $203m fund


June 15, 2009 (JUBA) – Officials from the governments of semi-autonomous Southern Sudan and the United States came together Monday to pen a Memorandum of Understanding on US$203 million in funding.

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Minister Oyai Deng Ajak agrees with USAID official Earl Gast, June 15, 2009.

The funds are part of an overall Regional Assistance Grant Agreement signed between USA and GOSS in September 2008.

In signing the agreement, the south Sudanese officials acknowledged US support in several development sectors: sustainable livelihoods, healthcare including HIV/AIDs and malaria treatment and prevention, expanded access to education through interactive radio and gender equality scholarships and other programs, governance, and elections preparations.

The event, held at Home and Away Business Center in Juba, was led by Government of Southern Sudan Minister of Regional Cooperation General Oyai Deng Ajak, and Earl Gast, Acting Deputy Administrator for the Bureau for Africa of the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Also present were the USAID Mission Director in Sudan, William Hammink; the USAID Director of Sudan Programs, Bradley Wallach, who travelled from Washington; and the Acting Consul General of the US Consulate in Juba, Erin Tariot.

Minister Ajak had just arrived yesterday from a one week stay in South Africa to meet with ANC leadership in Johannesburg.

Among the attendees for the Government of Southern Sudan were: Minister for Presidential Affairs Luka Biong Deng, GOSS Minister of Commerce and Industry Barnaba Marial Benjamin, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Samson Kwaje, Minister of Energy and Mining John Luk Jok, Minister of Animal Resources and Fisheries Festo Kumba, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Joseph Duer Joakok, Under-Secretary Ministry of Regional Cooperation Cirino Hiteng Ofuho, Under-Secretary Ministry of Roads and Transport Daniel Wani, and Director General of Roads and Bridges Jacob Marial.


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  • 16 June 2009 09:55, by Simpleman

    Mr. Regional Cooperation, you should be very careful in handling this money, don’t be like others who are running after such a huge amount to deposit in their stomach account so try at least to show a good example to others by this time.

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    • 16 June 2009 17:11, by Adok Liei

      $203m is a huge amount of Money ever donated to any other Country by US, the all world will laugh at you if u miss use this amount, and you will be ask to remunerate it back. that affiliation from US needs an apparatus set carefully by GOSS officials who are the ministers in each and every ministry for the use of that funds, otherwise you will be ending up paying debts to US when individuals had already put it in their own pockets, than by the end of 2020, you will tell us again Nile Commercial Bank had ran out of Money/funds when you had used our own resources to repay the funds back to US.We will see if Oyai Deng Ajak will operate veraciously to take one step forward to the development of South Sudan.

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  • 16 June 2009 10:10, by Deng Athuai

    $203m donated by the US government is a huge money and much welcome for the development of the south,but the remaining question is,how is this funds going to be used by the individuals who are assigned to allocate it is a bit doubting and daunting to us the must concerned citizen who are always facing the brunt of corruption.
    As citizens of this beloved country,south Sudan,should be responsible,talk and disclose it to the public which ever means and the danger it pose on us.

    GOSS should stop buying expensive cars,paying accomodation for its officials who abundant to live in the affortable houses for less for such a nescent and struggling government,lavish and unnecessary travel expenses from this money and should be used for developmental projects,like clean drinking water, roads,sanitation and electricity which brings huge income tax revenue for the government to generate businesses,why should we sleep in darkness while God has given us enough uranium and copper

    Mr Oyai a divorced wife learn from her previous mistakes should she remarry another man again,please take good charge of this money for the seek of your future political reputation and our country

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  • 16 June 2009 11:25, by Sala Gai

    Hi oyai Deng

    how will you miss use the SPLA funds with Mr mouth and you are not yet rich up to now, please learn the politics background of the country whereby you can develop the whole Southern Sudan.

    Rethink back the aim of SPLA/SPLM

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    • 16 June 2009 16:38, by Garang Arok

      To:Deng Athuai and salah gai

      Men drop your sponsored personal hatreds and see carefully on the counts of achievements ever undertaken by our SPLA generals dating back to the war times,and if so, find out whether Gen.Oyai was not among the best five able commanders the movement was ever proud of,also re-study the war campaigns launched under his command if they do not contribute to the present CPA.

      It does not really matter where one comes from,but what he/she does to our struggle must be seen with full sights and analysed with undistorted minds.
      I wonder how mr.Gai can tell Gen.Oyai to learn the politics of the country,instead Gen.Oyai and his unshakened SPLA/M comrades should be the ones to teach people the iams of the then movement,this is the fact clear to every one in black and white even verbally.

      We all understand, the culture of impatience and tribalism is prominent in our country now but in reality every one has a tribe, that means we all belong to some tribes,so whose tribe is not important then.it is better we see our leaders with national eyes rather than local ones.

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      • 17 June 2009 05:41, by Ajawuk Juma

        To Garang Arok,

        Seeing one side of the coin that always set this country anti-clockwise. Who don’t know Gen.Oyai Deng Ajak missusing army’s funds. Yes I appreciated Mr Ajak’s achievements since he joined the movement in 1985 and I still respects him for that reason.

        Mr Garang Arok telling the truth does not mean hating someone or tribalism!!!!

        We did not go to the bush for personal enrichment but for freedoms, Equalty, and developments not just only the Government of Southern Sudan Goss after CPA

        It was Mr Ajak’s responsibility to equiped the army, pay army salaries on time, and make sure they get their foods and the uniforms as well however, he failed to do that. Mr. Garang we have to show the whole world that we are capable to do little things we are enable to do rather than this song called cpa cpa cpa

        WHat Deng and Gai said is obviously true thus, any sond minded persons will not dispute it.

        Take care buddy!!!!

        I am another freedom fighter at the corner

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  • 16 June 2009 17:42, by Solomon T.Kang

    Bravo and Gen.Kir was so wise enought to put you there because you were the same person who suffered trying to bring end to revelluose way of diong things in to Professional Army which ofcourse you did. Lt.Gen. James Hoth has always been at the scense and that President puts him right in to that positision. SPLA/M have had already got civilized in the bush bfore we have come in to these mes with Arabs. wish you good continuetion and I personally believes we shall make it to the last corner stone.

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    • 17 June 2009 05:35, by makur

      Dear Brothers and Sisters

      I thinks that you all of you are wasting the time to give some advise to those who are in charge of high position. Each of everyone of them are going to use these $203m on women. OYAI DENG AJAK is going to marry a new wife, right away, new house, new buses biggest one, plus giving the rest of money to his relative. There is nothing going to happen. Just wait, tomorrow you will hear different things. Here is a secret,Gen kiir has 40 wives. Dr Riak machar has 36 wives. James wanni igga has 35 wives and Oyai Deng ASjak has 35 wives and one wife is on the way coming to him. Can you imagine if all leader are having such wives and you people do expected development of the country. Please brothers and sisters, there was nothing good with our leaders.

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  • 17 June 2009 06:15, by Wad Juba

    Folks, i know $203(mil) is a large sum of money and can really impact positively on the development of our nation.

    I sense a lot of mistrust from most comments, regarding the way how Hon. Oyai Deng is gonna handle the "Benjamins/Dead presidents" in implementing the funds, but should we not wait untill proven otherwise

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    • 17 June 2009 08:27, by OYAT

      Am very sick of the people who are all the time blaming the Southern Sudan government officials. What do yours thinks yours are? Government correction officers? or what?

      Let them do their job. $203m is nothing to ours government, because they been dealing with ten time more money then that. So if don’t trust Oyai Deng, that is your problem not every body.

      God bless all ours people.

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    • 17 June 2009 15:10, by Solomon T.Kang

      Hi guys how dare have you written very childdishly about your leaders what wuold you do if you were in their positions. I know you can’t do anything rather than insultings. to me, we just need to redirect our leaders when they are wrong but don’t insults them. who doesn’t know what each of them had done in the bush, lets also tell our selves the truth that no one is willing to downgrade our Nation and its’ citizens, but are you sure you are handling things right where you belong. I therefore would like to warn those who wants to remove spactecles of other people instead they shuold first remove theirs. how many wars have you commanded and if you didn’t, what do you know about this Nation some people comes today and wuold emmediately comments that, so and so have done this and that, yet they have contributed none intsead they have caused road blocks during the war.so please take shower before you eat.As for our leaders, wash out

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      • 18 June 2009 14:47, by Ayuel

        I hope the former SPLA general will not touch the grands because this grands are not like SPLA Salary which is ues any howly by hight ranking general by his orders and commands.

        The general knows very well that if he misues this grands then immediately he will be told to leave peacefully like the way he was told to step down from the military to his home village to go and rest he did not rest for all these difficult time when the war was fought.

        He must to ues this public funds corectely and in good manner so that he can be call back to his former position.

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