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Jonglei hopes for oil production in 2013

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December 24, 2012 (BOR) — Jonglei Governor, Kuol Manyang Juuk, said Monday there are "good signs" that oil production will commence next year as the security situation improves in the South Sudan’s largest but troubled state.

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Jonglei state Governor Kuol Manyang Juuk speaks to the press in Bor on December 24, 2012 (ST)

In his Christmas address, Governor Kuol Manyang Juuk said that 2013 will be a year of development.

"We believe a lot of things will happen for example the oil [exploration]. We will have oil in Jonglei state next year. There are good signs that we are going to get our own oil and there are a lot of investors that are ready to come [to Jonglei]," said Governor Manyang.

The French oil firm, Total is the operator of Block B in Jonglei state. However, it failed due to security reasons to engage explorations activities in the immense state.

Unconfirmed reports aid last September that the south Sudanese government intend to split the 120,000 square km oil block between three companies.

Despite widespread violence between rival cattle herding groups at the beginning of the year and an rebellion that began in April Governor Manyang described the past year as peaceful compared to previous years. He asked rival ethnic communities to embrace tranquility.

The United Nations estimate that 2,000 people have died in Jonglei’s inter-ethnic conflicts over cattle and retaliations for previous raids and abdctions.

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Thousands of people match in Bor, Jonglei State to celebrate Christmas Eve, 24 December 2012 (ST)

"The government of South Sudan wants to build the road linking Juba to Bor to Malakal," Manyang said, when asked what peace dividends people could expect in 2013.

Decentralization of state government to counties will be a priority in the next year he said. The state government will also building a road linking Bor, Pibor and Pochalla with Ethiopia as well as some smaller connector roads, the governor said.

He also promised that more police will be trained and deploying to the state’s counties to boast civilians protections are measure governor Manyang claims.

Jonglei State experienced large scale tribal clashes in 2011 including Lou Nuer retaliatory attack on Murle tribe, killing many people and displacing thousands others. Revenge attacks blamed on armed civilians from Pibor’s Murle followed.

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Thousands of people match in Bor, Jonglei State to celebrate Christmas Eve, 24 December 2012 (ST)

Governor Manyang counts the reintegration of forces of late renegade general George Athor Deng into SPLA, disarmament exercise and Jonglei communities’ peace conference as successes.

The rebellion of David Yau Yau, however, which began at the same time as Athor, after the elections of 2010 has continued despite a peaceful interlude between 2011 and April 2012.

Earlier this month South Sudan’s army shot down a UN helicopter mistaking it to be a Sudanese military aircraft resupplying the Yau Yau’s in Pibor County. The United Nations Security Council has strongly criticised Juba for the friendly fire incident.

(ST)

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  • 26 December 2012 08:11, by Mapuor

    Mr Kuol
    Lets admit that Jonglei can never be peaceful if nepotism that is practiced by both Lou Nuer and Dinkas of Bor,Twic,Nyarweng and to some extend Thony doesn’t stop.Minorities like Dinka Hol and others as you know are not even considered human beings leave alone employing them.

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    • 26 December 2012 09:25, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Our oil in Jonglei is either contracting or expanding in size due to prolonged time for extraction,let hope for the gain or loss in this situation.

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    • 26 December 2012 15:18, by Chol

      Mapuor,
      If I go to Rumbek and asked one of Agaar people to name the tribes in Jonglei, none of them is going to names the tribes in Bor the way you did. It would have been smarter of you if you would have name yourself Riak, Dau, Aleer or Gatluak. Have another try my friend; let me say it again; you’re not fooling anyone!

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  • 26 December 2012 09:58, by Jalaby

    Mr. Kuol, You really need to hope for ending cattle raiding in Jonglei first before hoping for the oil production! What happened to oil that exists in Unity and Upper Nile? did anyone benefit it? it’s still lying deep in the ground and has no use because of your stupidity and selfishness you thieves!

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    • 26 December 2012 21:14, by zulu

      Jalaby,
      Get your stupid laundry out of your head, and stop wiping your arse with your hand. Use toilet paper. Oh. I forgot. No toilet paper is made in the Sudan.

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      • 27 December 2012 03:02, by ngadodo

        For me, I blame system which gave Mr: Kuol Manyang, somebody who consuming Drugs call Miriwinni to be leading State, just stupidness of Mr: Cowboy Salva Kiir who gave him to be continues Killings people in jongeli State. He should not continue be lead in these situations where people killing like dogs everydays.

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