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South Sudan’s Kiir joins regional leaders in launching Lamu project

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March 3, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir witnessed Friday the launch of the Lamu project which will give landlocked Ethiopia and South Sudan a maritime access to export its products and import others.

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Presidents [L-R], Salva Kiir of South Sudan, Mwai Kibaki of Kenya and Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia raise their joined hands on March 2, 2012 during the ceremony of an ambitious port project in Kenya’s resort town of Lamu (GETTY)

The $24.5 billion project in Kenya’s port on the Ocean Indian includes a pipeline, oil refinery and road network as well as a railway line to Juba.

For South Sudan, the project presents an opportunity to end dependency on oil pipelines and infrastructure of neighbouring Sudan. Juba suspended oil production after accusing Khartoum of stealing the oil as talks on transit fees failed to reach an agreement.

Speaking at the launch ceremony, Salva Kiir Mayadrit said "for South Sudan, it is a vision to long-term security. The backbone of our infrastructure that will allow us to end our reliance on oil extraction."

"It is a vision whereby in the future you will be able to board people and freight cargo in the morning in Juba and be in Lamu that same afternoon," he added enthusiastically.

South Sudan minister of information, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, at a press conference on Thursday said the cost of the construction would be shared among Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia.

However, Kenyan president, Kibaki, thanked in his speech some international and regional financial establishments like the World Bank, African Development Bank for their participation in the funding of the project. He further said that China is very supportive for the project.

Kibaki also reassured the residents of Lamu that their interests will be preserved and the government will do what is possible to avoid at negative environmental effects caused by the project.

The BBC reported that local residents are worried about the impact of the project on Lamu Island which includes a site classified by the UNESCO as World Heritage Site.

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  • 3 March 2012 12:38, by mohammed ali

    $ 24 Billion dollars, waw! Who has that much money in this world? Greece wouldn’t have gone bankrupt if there is that much money availiable in the money market.

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    • 3 March 2012 13:31, by Hillary B.M.L,M

      Ask Mohamed (???? ???? ????) to destroy the Project, otherwise Sudan will go Economically missing on Earth.

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      • 3 March 2012 15:02, by Chol

        Ali, Ethiopia is oil producing country and a landlocked just like South Sudan; it’s such a better timing for this collaboration.

        Construction of pipeline cost is a three way split and transit fee will be two ways.

        Ethiopia and Kenya made tremendous contribution during South Sudan liberation they deserve financial and economical benefits.

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      • 3 March 2012 16:02, by Mach

        Sudan will now be looking for different country that will pay them $ 36.00 transit fee and that country will not be South Sudan! Good luck Sudan, we wish you all the best.

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    • 3 March 2012 13:45, by john agoet

      Mohamed Ali
      I think you didn’t read the article well, is saying; The cost of the construction would be shared among these three countries, Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia and it will gives both landlocked countries, Ethiopia and South Sudan a maritime access to export and import their product, this is a one of many projects on the way

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      • 3 March 2012 13:48, by john agoet

        we just wants from you evil people of Khartoum to leave us alone and see in ten years time we will be the best economics in Africa

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    • 3 March 2012 13:59, by john agoet

      Mohammed Ali
      Yes you right, $24 billion is a lot of money but for your knowledge Omer Albasher and his two brothers are hiding double of that amount

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    • 3 March 2012 19:14, by panom lualbil

      Mohammed amok: That 24.5 billions isnt a personal’s money in ssudan tobe so surprise, but it’s a share of 3 countries 4 building new infractures, ’pipeline,road &train’ which is cheaper than us$ fees that khartom demanded south 4 period of building such infractures. U should have clapped ur hands telling BASHIIR 2 kiss ur anus dude.

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  • 3 March 2012 13:20, by John Costa

    Let hope this will go ahead, and creates many jobs to the regions. The budget for this project is not that much. I understand your argument, but Sudan will benefit in a long run.

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  • 3 March 2012 13:38, by viper

    Well done mr President. This is a very good signal to those Northern Sudanese. They are now left with only few choices, either they accept 0.69 or to hell with their pipelines

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    • 3 March 2012 13:42, by Loko El Pollo

      GREAT JOB MR KIIRDIT ALTHOUGH I DONN,T TRUST KENYANS.

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  • 3 March 2012 13:43, by Chok Deng

    We know your ill intentions Mohamed Ali,you stop negative thinking of impossibility of the project.

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    • 3 March 2012 18:42, by mohammed ali

      Deng, why donnot you call it realistic thinking.I didn’t say it is impossible, it is not feasible.The GDP of both Kenya+ Ethiopia is about $ 60 billions; how would you excpect to get 25 billions which is almost 50% of their GDP. Who will trust that the south will repay, in such a volatile region?It is only about 250,000 bbd!You can hope, but false hopes can lead only to depression & disaapointment

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      • 3 March 2012 19:54, by Elijah B. Elkan

        Mr. Ali,

        It’s so painful to see this ugly divorce between Sudan and South Sudan. Mind you, the big looser is Khartoum and it’s population. Mr. Ali, you give the impression that you’re half southerns. There are lots of intermarriages between north and south. However, indoctrination by Islamic fanatics screwed up everything. What happen to you people?.

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        • 3 March 2012 22:17, by mohammed ali

          Elijah,well the war cannot continue for 50 years. The idea to give southerners the choice to choose so as to get to a lasting peace! Unfortunately,the SPLA has got other plans fed by other people who donnot care about Sudanese S or N. Majority of Sudanese are half something! After-all nobody is pure, except Jews & Hitler, or so they claim.Arabs are a product of Asian (Ibraham) & African"Kuch"Hager

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          • 4 March 2012 00:34, by Elijah B. Elkan

            Mr. Ali,
            Khartoum government are making a big mistake, your country have to strip its citizen of their citizenship just because they are from southern origin.Khartoum should give individuals the option of denouncing their citizenship of either country.People should be free to choose what country they want to be citizens of.With all due respect Muslim religion is to blame for all idiotic problems.

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      • 3 March 2012 20:50, by Son of Upper Nile

        Mohamed Ali, you are so funny to me. You seem to consider yourself realistic and not an emotional guy. But when it come to positive news about South Sudan, jealousy makes you run mad. The word impossible is not in our dictionary. When we talked about our independent state. US, UK, Egypt and almost everyone including your in-law Deby opposed the idea and said it’s impossible. Simply we made it.

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        • 3 March 2012 21:01, by Son of Upper Nile

          No one can offer $24 b.to rescue another country economy "although South Sudanese were ready to offer $ 2.6 b to their brothers in the North" But when it comes to investment everyone is ready to pay. Didn’t you read that President Kibaki thanked World Bank, African Development Bank & China who are ready to contribute in the project. This is a rich region in Land , Oil & Hydro-power not a desert.

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  • 3 March 2012 21:53, by morogot batal

    huuu. brothers, where will khartoum pay it dept of antinov, helicopters gunship, all weapons it brought for war with s.sudan,salaries to his fighters ?????? since the oil is out of their control, no business with south sudan in any ways....these people are going to finish yoooooooh my GOD MY GOD MY GOD

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  • 4 March 2012 06:22, by E. Defense Forces
  • 4 March 2012 13:31, by Chok Deng

    Mohammed ru in an incongruous mood or what? if u talk of depression and disappointment of our plans.

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