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December 2, 2012 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s cabinet on Friday took another step towards implementing the plan to relocate the national capital from Juba to Ramciel in accordance with the resolution it passed last year.

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Following a six-year protracted stalemate over the jurisdiction and administration of Juba city between three levels of government; namely national government, Central Equatoria state and Juba County, all of which claim Juba as their respective capital, the cabinet last year resolved to relocate the national capital to the interior part of the nation in Lakes state, north of Juba.

The minister of Housing and Physical Planning, Jemma Nunu Kumba, was charged with the task to head a committee for the relocation process. Nunu contracted a South Korean company to do the feasibility study and make the necessary aerial and ground surveys of Ramciel in order to present to the cabinet any further action.

The thinking is that the new capital will be built within a specified designated “federal territory” with clear boundaries and will enjoy an exclusive national jurisdiction free from any claim by any of the states. The city shall be administered by a mayor appointed from any part of South Sudan and the position will eventually be electable by the city dwellers.

Ramciel’s federal territory is estimated at the radius of 40km from its center and curbs some parts of Jonglei state, just across the Nile, and Central Equatoria state, particularly in Tali area.

In the Council of Ministers meeting on Friday chaired by President Salva Kiir Mayardit, the cabinet endorsed progress reports which were jointly presented by minister Nunu and her technical team including the consultants.

Barnaba Marial Benjamin, minister of information told the press on Friday after the meeting that based on the reports presented the cabinet endorsed specific sites where the new Ramciel city center shall be developed within the allocated overall federal territory.

South Sudan also plans to build in Tali one of the biggest international airports in Africa for the new capital. This is also to try to compensate for the region being a landlocked country, officials say. The government has been studying possibilities to form alliances with some of the best international airlines in order to make it happen.

The government however acknowledges lack of funds to build the new city on its own but works to attract foreign direct and indirect investments to build it. For instance one of the international housing companies a few months ago in Juba declared its readiness to construct over four thousand modern residential houses in real estates in the new capital.

The national government has for the last one year resolved to stop constructing new government buildings in Juba, except for Central Equatoria state, and also informed diplomatic missions about the relocation plan.

The road connecting Juba and Ramciel has been successfully cleared and vehicles take about 4 to 5 hours on the bad road and may take only 2 hours if tarmacked.

However, allocations of plots and constructions of permanent buildings may not begin in the new city until after a design of a Master Plan, which will outline the sections of Ramciel, is completed during the first quarter of next year.

(ST)

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  • 3 December 2012 07:02, by Mi diit

    Bravo South Sudan.
    You really need a modern looking national capital city which can be called a home by every South Sudanese. People are tired of quarrelling over every piece of land in Juba. I think the Jubans will also enjoy getting land in Ramciel without quarrels. And by that time they will realize that city dwellers also bring development to the local populations around the city.

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    • 3 December 2012 07:45, by Malou Manyiel

      Action sound louder than words, they say. It will be a good move by South Sudan government if all the plans as they appeared in the paper are implemented. Unless we South Sudanese see all these plans are implemented, this is where we shall move across the ten states beating our chests that we have the goverment for our needs and interests.

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    • 3 December 2012 08:53, by Young Lotuko

      Is Remchel in Lake State?

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    • 4 December 2012 01:11, by Baring

      Dear Fellow South Sudanese.
      Let us not be angree and madness about the moving of Capital city out of Juba, it is good so that we can have at least two mordern city. and also you have to remeber this, Juba still one of our commorecial city and is belong to south sudan, not a different country.

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  • 3 December 2012 07:04, by Monye Jur

    This is a good move despite the austerity, let the Khartoum guys know that we are still going aforward even though the taps are closed.

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  • 3 December 2012 07:08, by George Bol

    Our founding father Dr John Garang survey Ramciel and propose it as a future capital for the South Sudan. He has understood difficulties that always surrounding Juba. Good suggestion indeed in Ciec Area in Lake state.

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  • 3 December 2012 07:17, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Developement of the new city can done when the massive corruption is lifted in the across country by the senior leaders. They are eating money of surivy and developement money.

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    • 3 December 2012 09:41, by Amantiel Kem

      @ Ayuiu Makuac, thanks a lot to have known today that corruption hinders development and other things. begin with yourself now. u have been collecting taxes for your personal gains all these years. stop it from now ok?

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  • 3 December 2012 07:24, by Jalaby

    With such great corruption that hammering the south only naive people will buy that kind of story!
    However, It’s really a good idea to move the capital out of Equatoria area because Dinka messed it all in Juba!
    Yes please, make the new capital as close as possible from Arab/Jalaba border so their warplanes can easily bombard it!

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    • 3 December 2012 11:38, by South South

      Ja;aby,
      Shut up your dirty mouth. This is not your business son of a thief.

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    • 3 December 2012 17:19, by panchol

      jalaby, don’t you think that where we get such resources for building new National Capital City South Sudan will not anti- aircraft? without airplanes and what have you SPLA gallant forces can even reach you in khartoum. It just a matter of UNSC.

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  • 3 December 2012 08:21, by Foxtail

    so, the chicken-hearted Equatorians are the ones costing our country billions of pound for building the new captital.
    this is absolutely nonses. although, it’s goodnews for majority of us.

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  • 3 December 2012 09:00, by Gabriel KK

    I like this idea of a new international airport and a new city but where will money come from?????

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    • 3 December 2012 10:05, by viper

      The transfer of the city will stop the mad Dinka Dominated SPLA/M from usual drinking of wines in any nearby drinking place because Juba is full with bars that makes it easy to drink any time you want. He will have nowhere to drink unless he remains in Juba here as a street boy. Iam so tired of this street boy.

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      • 3 December 2012 11:16, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

        This poor kid is trying to drage me into his level but he will remaind as such,
        Does have an idea where my background is? I’m rich not with money from south Sudan but from my family, I grown up were non of you knows, I’m not going to discribed myself otherwise you want to know who I’m, but guess what, I’m property of south Sudan government, during the war and now in governing system,
        I don’t drink

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        • 3 December 2012 11:56, by Jalaby

          Dinka Dominated SPLA/M,
          "..and now in governing system"
          My friend, that’s strong evidence that you’re a corrupted person, in other word "Thief"!
          Are you among the 75 official thieves? Did you receive a letter from Mr. Kiir about returning the money you embezzled?!

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          • 3 December 2012 12:44, by Mi diit

            Jalaby,
            Dinka Dominated SPLA/M is running the biggest company in South Sudan on behalf of his uncle. Isn’t that so Dinka dog? Eat and you will vomit it all someday. I guess you will not die from such excessive drinking of alcohol before we get hold of your tail alive!!!

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            • 3 December 2012 13:07, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

              There is no vaccine against stupidity, Nyagatism, betrayer & greediness otherwise I would have help you boys,
              , you two can be qualify for weak, trush allegation, shame on you

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              • 3 December 2012 13:17, by Mi diit

                We know you twin-headed son of bitch aka DDS. We will soon get hold of your long ugly tail and trash it in your primitive village.

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                • 3 December 2012 14:55, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

                  HadbaHak one by one, ya ybn El-Mitneka,

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        • 3 December 2012 19:41, by viper

          You did nothing during the war dog, and you will forever remain a man with no history. What I know about you is that, you are a confused street boy, a misbrought up kid whose parents failed to bring up in a manner that can keep a child peaceful. You are just a wild dog who lacks the future. You will forever remain a wild street boy like that

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  • 3 December 2012 10:04, by Emporio

    juba is not appropriate city for south Sudan geographically is good to have different place but the current government is not capable to offer the security and basic life standard for its citizens forget about developing dream city for southern Sudanese , i know the map is already there but it will be hanging in the wall for ever

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  • 3 December 2012 10:07, by sudani

    Jalaby
    You do not either manufucturing those warplans in your sudan rather then buying them with the money that you got from southern oil and natural resources. SPLA is going to celebrate the new year with the new radar sysem being installed in all southern sudan torritory. So. don’t laugh.

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    • 3 December 2012 21:52, by Northern Sudanese

      sudani
      how many times do we need to explain that we purchase these planes from our own money, if it was really coming from southern oil why don’t you still have no air force?
      and you have been claiming these radars for a year, while you can’t even feed yourself?

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      • 4 December 2012 01:36, by mohamed mahgoub

        Which radar do we realy have one! I heard our stupid defence M. said the Israelis jammed the only one we have at khartoum airport - which is only good for civilian aviation air trafficking- we all know that our can only fly during day time to bomb its own ppl in SK & BN

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  • 3 December 2012 13:08, by Gangura

    Hahahaha where was all these ideas when the oil was shut down? what I know so far is that is another way for our Governemt to eat the money since our agreement of reopening the exption through North is just at the coner, I,m vry sorry for our Governemt in South Sudan we always do blamed Mudukuru but Dinkas are the wast, their even killers

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  • 3 December 2012 13:51, by LOJUBA

    We don’t want to talk much about transferring this City, any is free to say what he/she wants , or decide what you want for the new city, we Equatorians we don’t hate or chase any one from Juba, but we do beg for our SECURITY, as everyone knows killing always every nigh and only EQUATORIANS, If Ramciel will be the best City with full SECURITY I think it is better for us to keep our Government.

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  • 3 December 2012 13:59, by Northern Sudanese

    just a simple advice to southerners
    don’t change your capital because otherwise we will be saying ’’Ramchiel juwa juwa’’ instead of ’’Juba juwa juwa’’. Juba sounds better and your history connects to that town.

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    • 3 December 2012 18:02, by panchol

      Northern Sudanese.
      Our South Sudanese visionary Leader Dr. John Garang. De Mabior said let us take towns to rural area because it has been a courageous for South Sudanese to have Tamarc roads for the first time since creation. Juba historically it will be develop too as 2nd national city. mores, no one is going to change the name as you put it. Arab had change names of our towns.

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  • 3 December 2012 14:32, by philipdit wol

    The earily, is the better" I wishe that ready company to begin with ,s four hundred thouasnd housing they mention if need be, Then the other willing companies may comes in.

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  • 3 December 2012 19:28, by Whortti Bor Manza

    This bunch of fools or the so called council of ministers are fond of big dreams impossible to achieve. Even the previous graphic design of Ramciel showed whites rather than Dinkas/Mundaris with strips like cut faces in the streets. Alleviate poverty in Warrap and NBG hunger prone states before you think of Ramciel. Shame on you for being deceiptful.

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  • 4 December 2012 01:17, by hellonearth

    IS IT ME, OR IS IT THAT I SEE JALABY, SUDANI, NORTHERN SUDANESE AND LIKES MEDDLING WITH SOUTH SUDAN INTERNAL AFFAIRS. HEY HATERS OF SOUTH SUDAN LISTEN I HAVE A SIMPLE FAVOR I WANT YOU ALL TO DO. FOCUS ON YOUR COUNTRIES AFFAIRS. REMOVE YOUR DICTATOR AKA BASHIT AND HIS DYING GOVT. KEEP OUT OF SOUTH SUDANESE MATTERS. GOOD

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