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S. Sudan steps up relocation to new capital city

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July 31, 2012 (JUBA) – A convoy of vehicles carrying an inspection team of national ministers of South Sudan’s government arrived on Sunday at the site of the proposed new capital, Ramciel, as the government steps up the relocation process.

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South Sudan’s VP and ministers in Ramciel

Last year the government resolved to relocate the capital from Juba to Ramciel in the centre of the region in Lakes state. The decision was triggered by wrangling between the national and Central Equatoria state governments as well as that of Juba county, over the jurisdiction of the national capital and how to acquire land in the city.

A committee was formed to do the relocation process under the chairpersonship of the minister of housing and physical planning, Jemma Nunu Kumba. A South Korean company was contracted to do the feasibility study, carry out aerial and ground surveys and create a master plan of the city.

The Korean company has set the deadline of October this year to finish the survey of the area.

Ramciel has recently been connected to Juba by road. Travelling in a convoy, it took the relevant ministers five hours to complete the journey.
In his remarks during a meeting with the ministers in Ramciel, vice president Riek Machar urged the ministers to expedite the implementation of their respective basic projects in the new capital.

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The first convoy of vehicles carrying ministers arrives in Ramciel from Juba by road, July 29, 2012 (ST)

The minister of telecommunications and postal services, Madut Biar Yel accompanied the team to Ramciel to install telephone network masts in the area.

Also attending were the minister of housing and physical planning, Jemma Nunu Kumba, the minister of electricity and dams, David Deng Athorbei and three deputy ministers for finance, roads and housing, respectively.
Machar spoke to a jubilant crowd of residents scattered around the Ramciel area.

MPs and chiefs representing the Ramciel area said they had agreed to give the territory to the national government for its capital. The commissioner of Aweirial county on behalf of all the Greater Yirol counties vowed that their communities will not reclaim the land from the government.

Ramciel was chosen as an alternative capital in 2003 by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) leadership in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. The decision was then reversed in 2005 following a complaint launched by people from the Greater Equatoria region.

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  • 1 August 2012 04:38, by salah

    Very beautiful area. Wonderful choice and a fresh start for great things to come.

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    • 1 August 2012 05:06, by Kurnyel

      Ramciel is a Nuer territory with in Dinka land but they sold it to Arabs in 1957 we have a reciepts that we have buy that location.

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      • 1 August 2012 05:14, by Kurnyel

        Poor and headed sub-present of republic of South Sudan Salva Kiir will not survive the third coup de tat which is under way atlases he do two things. 1 to resign from presidency 2 stops asking stolen money $ 4 billions

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        • 1 August 2012 05:56, by Gäär

          Kurnel,
          shut the fuck up. who told you black Arabs to meddle in our affairs? Nuer dont fight for land. Yes with have differences with Dinka but that doesn’t mean a black Arab can come all the way from the dirty North and use divide and rule to set us apart. you’re disgrace to your community. terrorists.

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          • 1 August 2012 05:59, by Kurnyel

            Gaar go back to school to learn more about English ya shetaan yin ta.

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            • 1 August 2012 06:59, by George Bol

              As long Riek Machar in power coup will happen.so FYI, Salva Kiir need to be careful for managing romurs because Riek no who can vote against him. If Salva is fool then he will talk again his true loyalts-Dinka Bor/ Let see!

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              • 1 August 2012 09:09, by Otong

                Am always confused when people are discussing the prosper of South Sudan this fucking Dinka man call George Bul Bol, leave the fact and talk about the abuse of the peacfull man Dr. Machar.Please I advise you without Dr. Riek Salva could not survive,you the Dinka can kill him for good,he is alive for Nuer and if your aims is like that the next coup will not be like that brave Dinka coup.

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          • 1 August 2012 06:02, by Gäär

            again, this is a master plan. its not about $4 billion lost. its about south sudan leaping to another level. we like the project and the location of the city here. it will be done. and folks like you will feel sorry for your bad wishes.

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            • 1 August 2012 06:10, by Kurnyel

              Gaar let’ us assume that what you said may yield fruit. To what extent have you so call black and blacken hearts people have achieved since you were given that small piece of land. Now the thieves called Ugandans are bringing deadly virus Ebola to you this will kills other 2 millions without Arabs to blame.

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              • 1 August 2012 08:04, by Ajok Reech

                Chinese proverb
                If you want to know your past - look into your present conditions. If you want to know your future - look into your present actions.

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        • 1 August 2012 06:38, by Dinkawarrior

          Kurnyel?
          Don’t be against Joshua, otherwise God will punish you seriously, you need to be careful on what you’re doing there with Jurmathiang. Let me ask you one question my friend! How many million of dollars have you earned after your betrayal?

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          • 1 August 2012 06:45, by Kurnyel

            Feck Josua Salva Kiir can not be camparative atall, he is a evil number one in South Sudan.

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        • 1 August 2012 07:45, by Ajok Reech

          it seemed you guy ran out of what to write. stop nonse

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        • 1 August 2012 12:38, by Young

          Great start our government should speed up the projects inorder to safe time.For those who think to overthrow the government of people of South Sudan it’s a lie that government was legitimately electe. To people of Yirol your hospitality is known world wide keep it up.

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    • 1 August 2012 06:28, by William Awalwala

      Guys,

      Aren’t you happy that we are on the verge of allocating our capital? Stop divide and rule policy, we are one and will remain so comes what. We should be thankful that we got our land that we called our own. There will no longer be quarrel over land in Juba for Ramciel will satisfy all.

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      • 1 August 2012 10:45, by Lual Ngor Lual

        William, it is comforting to get some people like you commenting. I personally read comments by many useless boys not because they are informative, but because they are funy. You wonder how did they bring the coup issue here. Thank God our leaders do not bother to read them, for they would be drawn into unecessary defence. Ramcial is good as Juba, Let us build all of them.

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        • 1 August 2012 12:05, by peter

          am welcoming the Relocated the New Captial City ,Bravo President Salva Kiir ,continue do nt Look Behind ,continue with the your work

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        • 1 August 2012 13:21, by peter

          am disapppoint ,When I Look in to the Comments of Peoeple who dosent know what they are doing ,am sorry for that Guys ?

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    • 1 August 2012 16:55, by Abikacha

      Stupid fools no day and time you will ever use little skills and knowledge you gained to make positive comments that will benefit the two Sudans ! Damned sons of bitches you are such idiots that deserve nothing but death so that the world and Sudans will be free of good for thing beings like u all !!! Bullshits talk shits and you really gat your names !!!!!

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    • 1 August 2012 18:31, by Augustino Ambros

      Yes bro. its really! really! really a fresh start for the great things to come man.
      That is a good choice!

      Its very nice place with hills & a very green land base.

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    • 2 August 2012 10:05, by Ruach

      It will be a nice city with a good atmosphere,but carnivals!

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  • 1 August 2012 05:48, by dengtaath

    Kurnyel
    Quote "Ramciel is a Nuer territory with in Dinka land but they sold it to Arabs in 1957 we have a reciepts that we have buy that location".

    Are you an Arab? And did Nuer say any thing about the ownership of the land? What do you really wanted to communicate here? Is a national capital, is nothing else, is a land for all Southerners whether nuer Equoterian, Dinka, Shilluk and so on.

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    • 1 August 2012 05:52, by dengtaath

      kurnyel,
      Don’t cause another problem, stay in your hold. The inhabitant of Ramcial agreed to give land to the national government, what is your trouble again?

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      • 1 August 2012 05:57, by Kurnyel

        The Arabs are peace loving people in Sudan throughout the history. We make this Country a better place since then and now, without the interference of Southerners especially Dinka and Nuer this Country would have been no different from Dubai in term of development death to both tribes mentioned.

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        • 1 August 2012 06:06, by Gäär

          Kurnyel,
          Its a shame that fools like you are still alive. with billions of dollars you’ve sucked from the South since independent from Britain, you’re blaming Nuer and Dinka for lack of development? shame on you. You have made the country a terrorist haven not a better place. what have u done? nothing! you’re marginalised and yet you feel happy about it. slave minded black arab.

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          • 1 August 2012 06:12, by Kurnyel

            Gaar is better to be a terrorist than being a Nuer.

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            • 1 August 2012 06:17, by Gäär

              may be you’re waiting to explode in the coming days as a suicide bomber. who knows. you’re in a depression stage in your life. but we love it when you guys die like that. Black hearted man cannot plan such a foolish act.

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              • 1 August 2012 06:23, by Kurnyel

                Gaar is btter for you to eat Nup or welwel so that you can think clearly you better quite commenting on political issues than focus on your life death to you and your parents

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                • 1 August 2012 14:27, by Ruach

                  The so called Kurnyel must be Mangoor/Dinka Dominated SPLA as this guy is very colorful.Death to him and his Associates!!

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          • 1 August 2012 09:20, by Otong

            We have to be careful about George Bul and Kurnyel, these guys are animals, they talk always about the distructions of South Sudan, not development. Please I personally advise all of you to give up from these two animals whose sllipery for destruction of our land South Sudan.

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        • 1 August 2012 13:18, by Free6stars

          Dream on,So you think Sudan will Unite again.Khartoum brought Kokora to the South.

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  • 1 August 2012 06:27, by viper

    Yep Dr Riek, move this capital to Ramciel and make sure that you put the residence of Mayardit in a separate place so that we see who will dare look to his eyes. His residence in Juba is not strategic at all. Let those conspirators go and make their failure shits against him in the heart of Bahr El Ghazal again so that we see how will they cross that wide river to their village

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    • 1 August 2012 06:32, by Kurnyel

      Hahahaha Viper the looming genocide in South Sudan, this is a clear sign that Dinka will for sure get ride of Nuer and the entire small communities of Equatoria, world should start to remove Dinka from power right now before it become too let.

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      • 1 August 2012 08:37, by viper

        I don,t talk with useless foreigners Kurnyel. I also don,t talk with those who lack logic like you. Good luck

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    • 1 August 2012 06:34, by William Awalwala

      Mr.Viper,

      Don’t believe on rumuors. Those were rumuors that some individual carried out but not all the community they came from. Even Salva kiir himself blame it on SPLM-DC defectors.
      We fought hand in hand for this land and no one could turn us to square one with coup. If some SPLA commanders conspired against the president then they ought to be judged alone, not community they came from.

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    • 1 August 2012 06:35, by viper

      Once we reach to Ramciel, the security of the president can then be handed to wise Aliap sons couz they will not accept the lies of those who use to call themselves as "thon awa" couz their cows were bought last time with playing cards by those greedy pple cheating them that those are money. Any body who will plan another shit against Kiirdit will soon disappear

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      • 1 August 2012 06:40, by Kurnyel

        Am more than happy to see Southerners massacres themselves like rats, viper you have make the point that president Kiir will be a life president for no change. Hahahaha

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      • 1 August 2012 06:57, by LL Reuben

        Viper,

        Why don’t you kill yourself if you’re so tired of the Bor Dinka. What has this news to do with yesterdays fabrication coup...don’t you’ve anything tangible to contribute other then spewing hate against a well organized community like the Bor. Mr internet warrior stop being a shame of the fact that you’re Nuer.

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        • 1 August 2012 21:10, by panom lualbil

          Mr. President needed to be very careful, what REIK MACHAR was doing in Unity State particularly [Leer or home of nyagate] will one day pop up bitterly and will be too late. Cowards always starte fight where civilians are. It was fine this time but who know for next time!

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      • 1 August 2012 09:41, by Dinkawarrior

        Viper

        Am worry about moving capital to Ramciel, because it will be too close to those traitors and greedy animals who called themselve "Gar Ma" or "Gat ma" or "Gat Guale"

        They’re decendant of Gatluak Manguel> they’re going to eat people if they don’t enough money and make my words. They will run back to khartoum if they don’t have good positions.

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    • 1 August 2012 06:41, by Gäär

      Viper,
      lets for once unite as South Sudanese. dont mix up different topics. now look, this black Arab called Kurnyel is taking advantage of you and inflick his divide and rule.
      lets look at the bright side of this relocation which we all love but dont create something that divert the topic in hand.
      thank you

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      • 1 August 2012 06:48, by Kurnyel

        Gaardit why are you so stereotyping, when dealing with politics you should have to see both side of coins viper is telling the truths.

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        • 1 August 2012 07:01, by William Awalwala

          Kurnyel,

          Make sure your words carry alittle bit of weight and value before uttering them. This is ensure respect and comprehensive understanding. I have seen you just hurl words without a trace of thoughts and meaning.
          No matter what you say, make it clear and meaningful, not just name calling which is for unwise ones.

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        • 2 August 2012 08:13, by Ruach

          Ill minded pple like Kurnyel will really cause problems.Sudan is worst failed State after Somalia

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      • 1 August 2012 06:58, by Toney Toney Matot

        Gaar,
        i appreciate your advice to viper.the subject should not be diverted.we must be united period.please keep up that spitit.

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  • 1 August 2012 08:53, by Son of South SudanKG

    Dear Brothers and sisters,

    Please dont wast your time on Kurnyel, Arabs teached him how to lie.

    SOSSKG

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    • 1 August 2012 09:52, by Kurnyel

      Are you a lair when claiming yourself as son of South Sudan why don’t feel shame with your big old wound on your leg son of a roten bitch.

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      • 1 August 2012 12:49, by Son of South SudanKG

        @Kurn
        Am a Son Of South Sudan which you called a roten Bitch yeah, what de worry you?
        Am not lying by claiming that am SOSS, coz I feel that way and I will do my single best to my Roten bitch country as u call it. I will show the world the positive side of my country.

        I keep it positive NO MATTER WHAT!!!

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    • 1 August 2012 10:05, by Dinkawarrior

      Guys Kurnyel is not an Arab!

      He is a Dinka man whose his father is from Dinka Agaar and his mother is from Nuer. So he is a confused animal who was brought up by single mother in Khartoum, he is unable to analysis things. In this way, he lost his Dinka identity but he has little bit of Nuer characteristics.

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      • 1 August 2012 10:10, by Gäär

        and you call yourself a Dinkawarrior too. is this how you fight?

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  • 1 August 2012 10:18, by Modi Lo Laja

    Dear Readers,

    Please learn to be sensible, responsible, intellectual, ........ and avoid being useless of your newly nation RSS.

    Don’t damage the RSS image due to your will of owning the leadership of this nation. God will curse you of your evil thought.

    Thanks,

    Modi

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    • 1 August 2012 10:47, by P.K.M

      Modi, no hard feelings; you know; you’ll be very well happy in Juba where you’ll never see any evil Dinka occupying your land once again! But it will not take that long to realize that you’re looking senseless alone.

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      • 1 August 2012 11:06, by P.K.M

        Modi, don’t take me wrong; all South Sudanese on every walk of life; no matter where they come from; where they live, whatever language they speak, color of their skin; short or tall; are highly welcome to a new no hate city.

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  • 1 August 2012 10:21, by Modi Lo Laja

    Dear Readers,

    God turn those rude words to peaceful words so that this new nation of our will be a peaceful Nation. Let our new Nation be the nation of tranquility, harmony, serenity, calm, quiet, stillness, reconciliation, liberty, freedom from strife, settlement, understanding, resolution, compromise, reunion, ceasefire, bringing together, appeasement, transparency, love, peacefulness, ……. and

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  • 1 August 2012 11:24, by sudani ana

    You guys talk about relocating the capital Juba to Ramciel as if it’s going to happen tomorrow. Buildind a new city costs billions of Dollars to spend on infrastructure such as roads, buildings, hospitals, schools, water treatmen and sewage treatment. You are talking tens of billions of dollars. Where is the money going to come from? This government is selling people dreams.

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    • 1 August 2012 11:33, by P.K.M

      Sudani ana, you built Khartoum the way it’s now using billions from South Sudan. What make you think South is not going to build its own city using its own billions? Since we cut off all the billions; chaos is endless now in Sudan because life there without South Sudan is hell! Nice try, can you try it again?

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      • 1 August 2012 11:44, by sudani ana

        PKM
        All am saying is where are these billions of dollars going to come from. Don’t forget you are not exporting oil at present and constructing a new pipeline to Lamu will take years. And even then, remember Ramciel is not SS, the government still needs to develop the whole country not just one city. If this Ramciel will cost 10 billon dollars to start off, wouldn’t that mean 8/9 billions for cont

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        • 1 August 2012 11:51, by sudani ana

          8 or 9 billion to be looted by corrupt SPLM/A officials and if lucky one billion left to develop the rest of the country? Aren’t the thieves who stole 4 billion dollars still in power?

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          • 1 August 2012 13:09, by P.K.M

            Sudan ana, we appreciate your care about South Sudan; but all you need to do is; take care of your own country first and if you become well off; then your advice will be considered legitimate in South Sudan; but since your country is in chaos; I don’t think you have any credibility to teach others how to organize, live and build our lives. Remember charity begins at home. cont----

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            • 1 August 2012 13:11, by P.K.M

              Do you know how much money your government officials looted? I don’t think you have any idea; because you just want to be a useful idiot in South Sudanese affairs.

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              • 1 August 2012 13:20, by sudani ana

                Notwithstanding all this, you still know my points are valid and make sense.

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  • 1 August 2012 14:29, by Modi Lo Laja

    Hi! All,

    You shouldn’t be imprudent to border your with only one person (Like Sudani Ana) but only think of how to build your New nation unless all of you are unwise.

    Thanks,

    Modi

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