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Kiir says he will fight against poverty in South Sudan


November 28, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit, has reiterated his government’s commitment to fight against poverty which he said has inflicted on the bulk of the populations across his new country for many years.

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South Sudanese President Salva Kiir (photo Paul Banks/UNMIS)

Kiir was addressing the launching of a conference on agriculture and food security on Tuesday at Nyakuron Culture Centre in Juba when he revealed that 48% of his country’s population is food insecure.

The situation inflicts a heavy toll on 86% of the country’s population which lives in rural setups, he said, urging the communities to specialize in farming activities through the support by programmes of the government.

80% of South Sudan is arable land suitable for agriculture but only 4% of the land is cultivated for agriculture, according to the official statistics.

He also called on the cattle herding communities not to use the 11 million heads of cattle in the country only for prestige but to also introduce them in commercial activities and promote fishery as well.

The President appealed to those who want to invest in agriculture to do so and help change the poverty situation in his country by 2014.

Corruption in the government also prevents progress in the development of the new nation and the president has always reiterated his zero tolerance policy on the disease which harms the future of the country.

Hangovers from the past differences also contribute to the lack of the badly needed unified front as comrades in order to collectively chart the nation’s future in peace and harmony.

President Kiir also told the conference on Tuesday that the populations including the leaders are mentally traumatized by the decades of war and are in need of counselling in order to progress.

“Even me I need people to come around me and talk to me,” he said, in a direct reference to the trauma.

On Saturday last week, Kiir’s deputy, Riek Machar, also told a preparatory meeting for a reconciliation conference scheduled for April 2013 that the nation was still in trauma due to its violent past and in need of healing through a national reconciliation process.

“South Sudan has gone through a violent past which has caused mental barriers with some still fighting wars in their minds,” he told the preparatory meeting in the Council of Ministers hall on Saturday, adding that “the country should reconcile with its own past.”

“People should accept the past even if not necessarily forgetting it and come to terms with it,” he further advised.


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  • 28 November 2012 07:25, by Jalaby

    Would you also fight against corruption and captures the 75 thieves?
    What a liar, weak and incompetent president!

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    • 28 November 2012 07:34, by Aaban

      I’m here to save you from your ignorance, why do you care about their problem or are you southerner? Look how you just jump from silliness to an airhead person, do we have corruption in our country or not? I can view you as a silly child with no respect for humanity, and that is what your blasphemous airhead Al Bendairya Al Dahimashya ja’lain Hashimite janjaweed criminal are good no it,

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    • 28 November 2012 07:39, by Big Boy

      South Sudan Kiir Mayardit has said urgent steps must be taken to boost the country’s ailing economy.
      In a speech addressing the launching of a conference on agriculture and food security on Tuesday at Nyakuron Culture Centre in Juba,Kiir said the time had come to view growth The President appealed to those who want to invest in herd cattles to do so and help change the poverty.

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      • 28 November 2012 07:47, by Big Boy

        Misuse doesn’t have a plan, Splm. They are wise enough to know that nobody can plan an economy, with all its myriad consumers and entrepreneurs, successfully. They know that the best solution is to let people work things out voluntarily without the interference of ignorant control freaks. And if you are implying that a lack of acceptance means they are in error, I ask you “What percentage of joble

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    • 28 November 2012 07:58, by Dinkawarrior

      Very tremnedous message from you Mr.President! But how would you and your corrupted government reduce proverty? First of all,you should start from your own house by not having more than one wife or more than five children.The more you have many wives with many children, the disappearing the public founds is to be consider. Stop lying Mr. Cowboy! What did we get out after 100 days of your promised?

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      • 28 November 2012 08:19, by Ruach

        What skills will you eradicate poverty while corruption has reached all its branches? Fighting poverty? Are you joking? Do we have roads? Do we have clean water or hospitals?Do you know the elements of poverty?Do you know how to tackle it?Give chances to others 7 + 5 years are enough for you.

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    • 28 November 2012 10:47, by South Dengjok

      Dear me,
      I never seen stealer who can stop other theft from stealing and I nebba see blind who can achieve the objective,cuze Kiir is blind that dinka drive to do their will and they just use him for destruction and stealing of south Sudan properties and sell them outside ,is not a good leader with no quality of leadership.

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    • 28 November 2012 21:35, by Mwalimu Kuol

      Eradicating poverty is a good initiative Mr. President. However, for a such an initiative to be feasible you have to eradicate corruption first. Corruption is the worst enemy that need your first attention. Get rid of it first and poverty will not be longer a major threat or issue.

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    • 29 November 2012 02:54, by Young Lotuko

      Stop lying to the people, let the 75 thieves face court first and bring back the 12 billions u all have stole..Its not 4 billions people..wake up

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  • 28 November 2012 07:26, by George Bol

    Law must be annex for those who attack innocent people in the South.Agriculture is the main source of food in the South but insecurity is the problem across the South.

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    • 28 November 2012 07:39, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Can we all guess who said this words
      "Khartoum has cheated me for 30 months than I realized that I was a joke and quite, now I’m here feeling sorry for my Nyagatism"
      Have your say on this,
      _>< <%#^^*+^][| >€£¥?.,!<>#%

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      • 28 November 2012 08:02, by Dinkawarrior

        Mr. Dinka D. SPLA/M!
        Here is my guess >> Dr. Holocaust Machar!

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        • 28 November 2012 09:55, by Big Boy

          Dinka Worrio and Dinka Domina...all you are right of what you had mentioned, Machar is cowdis and jealous to their peoples of south sudan during famine 1991-4,and if the famine repeated again he may turn their eyes to Kiir gove..as quite abit nowadays and he is looking way, how to tackle hunger etc...

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      • 28 November 2012 08:03, by Ruach

        We have two people who graduated in the school of tribalism,corruption,idiocy(Mangoor) and school of terrorism,Gayism,looting,idiocy,murdering,suicide bombing,(Jallabi).Take care they are very nasty who are noxious like striga weeds in sorghum! Jalgaysterrorism is hired to terrorize South Sudanese and will be trapped very soon and Mangoor is working against his cousin tribes and will go to hell so

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        • 28 November 2012 08:10, by wang

          Most of them are still having nightmare sleeping from 1991. It was a good lesson thought

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          • 29 November 2012 05:15, by Bolman

            you re right brther wang forexample if the youngman enjecticulated hard the Girl at the first that Girl wouldn’t forgets the youngman to death itseem like those of Dinkas who faces the unforgotable lesson from silenceworriors tribe who always bringback Dinkamindless within aminute if they wanted,thank for reminder Wang let them baking like missexfulwoman.

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          • 29 November 2012 22:28, by panom lualbil

            Thank you so much MR PRESIDENT, becos fighting food insecurity is the only solution to NAATH who would run to KHARTOUM to be all fucked as women and used against our country-S Sudan. They are of world’s critic foodie whom brains were sold to KHARTOUM by OMER BASHIER. Though, their rebelions has no win at all. They just rebel and go leaving SPLA as the same.

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  • 28 November 2012 07:31, by sudani

    these are the things that we need to hear from your mouth. but you can not feed your people with only talks and no action. give them one example and the will follow. I know Dinka and Nuer not lazy people.

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  • 28 November 2012 07:43, by wang

    Kiir need to concentrate on corruptions in the central government and civilians conflicts first. Eradicating the poverty in South will take at least a decade.

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  • 28 November 2012 08:00, by dinkdong

    How will they fight the poverty when they cannot stop looting federal money?

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    • 28 November 2012 08:49, by sudani ana

      Kiir said" “Even me I need people to come around me and talk to me,” he said, in a direct reference to the trauma."
      There we have it. I have always known that he was mentally disturbed and in need of serious counselling or some form of mental health treatment.

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  • 28 November 2012 09:12, by 4Justice

    Oh oh finally "zero tolerance policy" again, you keep recycling it again and again, maybe the mantra might magically help. Look, you can’t end corruption without removing people like Gier, Deng Athorbei and the rest, we know for a fact you may be blackmailed or implicated if you take any action against those corrupt thugs.

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  • 28 November 2012 09:15, by Foxtail

    can anyone tell me, what’s this guy called Jallaba smokes?
    or is he a confussed personality. he has alot of problems in his own country and he mindless about that and is only concentrating outside problems. this guy is mad! his president is dying, Sudanese are refugees in my country.

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  • 28 November 2012 09:18, by 4Justice

    Trauma = mental illness = intellectual disability = bad leadership = bad decisions = bad governance. Solution: Resignation

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  • 28 November 2012 10:38, by manyang mawech

    This guys is not a normal person. look at his mouth …you can see his greediness man.Shame on Awan clan Dinka whom produce such a naive.

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    • 28 November 2012 10:52, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Foolish Nuer, go and killed your mother she refused to get married to great Awan Chan,
      We are ruling your ass, where are you going to? shame on savages Nuer uncivilized community of no direction, go and got your asses cheated by Bashir as your criminal uncivilized nyagat. Pout Nyuon stated during his surrender to us, who is our Dupty right now? Is not Nuer guy? Think well Nuer are slave,

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    • 29 November 2012 08:52, by siddaw

      Kiirdit isn’t from Awan clan although the Awanians who have never been to class 1 are currently driving the most expensive cars like Prados. Kiir is not Mayardit’s son. He came with his mum from another man.
      Above all. Being from Awan or Jikany is not what would justly rule our nation. We need to focus on how to evaluate or our own challenges instead of attacks others.

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  • 28 November 2012 11:14, by lokoromotoch jango

    For how long shall we remain traumatized, come on kir let’s wake up from that trauma that is making us cheat citizens of their share of this country. swelling stomachs at the expenses of the whole nation and covering it up with excuse of trauma won’t work......

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  • 28 November 2012 11:50, by littlejimmy

    you mother fucker your mind still on 1991-2, we did it and now you do your part THAT IS CORRUPTION that will give you bad history cowardice ignorant.Tribalists and Corruptists this is what your grandfather need. you will never and every do this to Nuer untill the end of the world. am pride of what my gandda did to your asses. son of bitch!!!!!

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    • 28 November 2012 13:02, by Lokorai

      Away with this idiot called Kiir! We are sick of his promises and should stop it. For how long shall the country continuous to be lied upon by this Dinka man

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  • 28 November 2012 17:50, by jwok


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  • 28 November 2012 18:19, by Northern Sudanese

    Kiir you don’t need to worry about poverty,sooner or later south sudanese will find out that you put another $4 billion from international charities into your pocket.over 90% of south sudanese live in poverty and probably those estimated %10 live abroad.they will accept it, you putting $4 billion in your pockets while half the people are starving,they accepted last time why would they refuse now?

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  • 28 November 2012 18:42, by Padiet Deng Alony

    Security first priority,how can people cultivate their arable land while there is no security.followed by rural development. it is rural areas that feed the urban cities with their cash and stable food crops in which their produce lead to industrialization.
    How can people work while they feel insecure even in their houses leave apart the rural areas even in Juba town the head of the government

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  • 28 November 2012 18:56, by Padiet Deng Alony

    Definition of poverty
    United Nations: Fundamentally, poverty is a denial of choices and opportunities, a violation of human dignity. It means lack of basic capacity to participate effectively in society. It means not having enough to food and clothing a family, not having a school or clinic to go to, not having the land on which to grow one’s food or a job to earn one’s living,

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    • 28 November 2012 18:58, by Padiet Deng Alony

      not having access to credit. It means insecurity, powerlessness and exclusion of individuals, households and communities. It means susceptibility to violence, and it often implies living in marginal or fragile environments, without access to clean water or sanitation.
      Let define it well and see the root causes of poverty

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      • 28 November 2012 19:41, by Ruach

        Padiet Deng Alony
        You really get the definitions and elements of poverty.Almost all people of South Sudan are under poverty lines,but how,what,who and when to tackle it is the most headache that can’t be simply said by mouth rather than commitments!We can’t drink oil without foods,but availability of foods will preserve our oils.Oil must be invested in agric

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  • 28 November 2012 21:25, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    Mr Salva Kiir Miyardit,
    You are a liar president. If you did not fight corruption, which happen day to day in your administration, do you think that poverty is an easy thing to fight for it? Do not compared poverty like the way you dwelled money in the South Sudan. Shame on you.
    By Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpam.

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  • 29 November 2012 09:09, by siddaw

    Traumatisation has now turn to be their lame accusation for their inability to perform the desired tasks of attaining our prosperity. They have finally admit that they are incompetent to govern us.
    Please Kiir & Riek. Eradicate traumatisation out of ur filthy heads. Where are the roads, hospital, security, good governance, investment opportunities if u seriously wanna develop S. Sudan?

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  • 29 November 2012 23:02, by Good Citizen

    to effectively fight and eradicate poverty, you must first and foremost eliminate CORRUPTION.it’s the prerequisite to any success that need be made.employ qualified personnel in the workforce to do away with incompetency, impose tribalism law,allocate more budget on Agriculture, open agric roads, detribalise the army, and last but not least, retire those people who were traumatised by war !

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