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February 26, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudan has established its first civil aviation authority to regulate the industry and develop its potential in the region 19 months after gaining independence.

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A sign welcome visitors to Juba International Airport in 2011 (Photo: BBC World Service)

South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, issued the decree on Tuesday, establishing the authority’s board. He also appointed police general Agasio Akol as the chairman of a seven-member board of directors that will oversee the body.

The civil aviation authority will help facilitate some of the requirements needed for the formation of airline companies and their regional and international recognition.

A group of South Sudanese business people have already formed a civil aviation company known as South Supreme Airlines under the chairmanship of renowned businessman Ayii Duang Ayii.

The group met with the vice president, Riek Machar, on Tuesday prior to the establishment of the board for the civil aviation authority. During their discussions they raised a number of concerns and potential challenges that faced the fledgling industry, particularly on issues that necessitated the urgent formation of the board.

Ayii said the company had already purchased several planes that will conduct affordable flights in the country and across the region.

While building roads and bridges remains a priority, the government is also embarking on an ambitious project to connect at least the 10 state capitals by air transport.

The landlocked country has not yet established a national carrier but plans to build one of the biggest international airports in the Tali area, north of Juba, and ally itself with some of the best airlines in the world.

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  • 27 February 2013 06:19, by Turism

    Bravo to the president Kiir for appointing the police general Agasio Akol as the agent of development that will lead the seven boards of directors to facilitate some of activities.

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    • 27 February 2013 06:39, by Khat Nyalang Kuoth

      Ayii Duang is a greedy man charging people heavily at 200$ per night! Where did he get money early like this? He is one of the bunches of looters.He needs to inhal,but not exhal.

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    • 27 February 2013 06:55, by Khat Nyalang Kuoth

      He is from his family in Awan Chan

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  • 27 February 2013 06:38, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    Salva Kiir Miyardit, you are too late to establish that program. I know you have already invest youself and that is why you come up with that program. Second, South Sudan government is not a government for Dinka Awan-Chan. It is the government for everybody. Agasio Akol is from Awan-Chan, and he finished Agriculture and not aviation. Ayii Duang Ayii is from Awan-Chan too. Shame on you.

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    • 27 February 2013 07:01, by jay b

      Hey Deng, why bother buddy? Leave that sucker alone, just few days left and he will be gone. South Sudan is a land of "moce rotdu bent dit". The man has caused more damage than good . The day he be gone, will be the day of liberation for the innoncents he killed and wanting to kill on the daily basis. What a curse to this very nation.

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      • 27 February 2013 07:38, by AUGUSTINO DENG

        Jay D,
        I am not lying to you my dear. If I got atomic bomb, I should first bomb this fucken call South Sudan especially Juba, and then after one month I moved to Khartoum. Salva Kiir and the rests of his cabinet are spoiling the heritage and pride of South Sudan. In learning process, "NO STUPID can teach the STUPID" Stupid can be taught by the minded person. I am sorry.
        By Augustino Deng.

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  • 27 February 2013 06:43, by Fundamental Change icon

    when it comes to appointments the principle of ’blood is thicker than water’ is always applied starting from ministerial,ambassadorial and now the chairmanchip appointment irrespective of the qualification.No wonder that is always the status quo.Where the president comes from is where the lion’s share always goes was the principle of Moi the then leader of kenya and now its copied and pasted in SS

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    • 27 February 2013 06:54, by Michael Angelo

      Augustino Deng,
      I know you hate the president so bad but I want you to know that Ayii Duang Ayii is not from Awan Chan. Also you don’t have to be assigned only to the area where you’re trained. Dr. John Garang was trained as an agriculture economy but he became a sucessful politician while he never study political science. Please there is nothing wrong with Agasio Akol Tong appointment.

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      • 27 February 2013 07:13, by jay b

        Ya mic, how much you get paid by Benydit to start talking like that . Just receive your money and shut up . When he gone you be sorry like a fool.

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      • 27 February 2013 07:32, by AUGUSTINO DENG

        Dear Micheal Angelo,
        Thank you for comment my dear. I know Agasio Akol myself, and he is exactly from Awan-Chan Nyal of Akon County in Warrap State. Salva Kiir Miyardit is the first racism man. He is quiet, however, he is full of races. Salva Kiir is a lucky guy, but not lucky in mind. To me, I better honor Omar Bashir even if he is my enemy. Salva Kiir is nothing to me.
        By Augustino Deng.

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        • 27 February 2013 07:46, by Michael Angelo

          Augustino,
          I don’tdispute your claim that Agasio Akol is from Awan Chan but Ayii Duang Ayii is not from there. He is actually from Aweil. I am not from Awan Chan and I don’t agree with most of president’s decisions, but you don’t have to study aviation in order to hold that post.

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          • 27 February 2013 07:57, by AUGUSTINO DENG

            Micheal Angelo,
            It is true that you have to know something about aviation. I believe you cannot be a doctor if you didn’t go to school for medical, as well as you cannot give medicines to the patient if you don’t know the name of the medicines.That position need someone who really study aviation, but not someone who plant crops,or treat animals.
            Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpam.

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          • 27 February 2013 08:01, by AUGUSTINO DENG

            Mr Micheal Angelo,
            My concern is that I don’t want any arplanes to crash or fail again in South Sudan like what happened to the Late President Dr. JOHN GARANG and General DIIM DENG just because of lack of inspection. Agasio Akol is a sopisticated and a wise minded person. I respect him a lot.
            By Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpam.

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      • 27 February 2013 08:35, by Nuer Empire

        The fact that Garang did not study poletical science made him a busy killer of the educated like himself. He was the dictator(Red terror)in those years.
        The Nuer Empire

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  • 27 February 2013 07:13, by marie

    In most of the countries, politicians are lawyers by profession but not those who study political science. Most of the political science graduates actually end up being teachers.

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    • 27 February 2013 07:41, by Dukdal

      It’s development of Kiir’s family and not South Sudan. How can you appoint Akol who messed up Prison Service to lead such key institution if you really want to develop this Country? Kiir should have appointed someone with Aviation background, we have talented men and women in this field.

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      • 27 February 2013 08:07, by Michael Angelo

        Augustino,
        I am sorry that we turn this into a debate but what if there was no anyone graduated from aviation? Anyway, I still disagree with you because you cannot compare medicine with aviation field. George Bush was a pilot but he became a president of the United states. In addition, Dr. Riak Machar is a civil engineer by professional but he’s now a vice president of South Sudan.

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        • 27 February 2013 09:07, by AUGUSTINO DENG

          Micheal Angelo,
          Feigh Riek Machar was a vice president because he rebel from the SPLA. In South Sudan, when you rebel, you becomes a leader. Majorities of Generals in South Sudan now are they people who rebel and they are holding tough positions. George Bush was a pilot, but he had a mind and not like those bonehead leaders in the South.

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      • 27 February 2013 08:22, by Deng II

        The visionless President took many years without formed that important department. What the heck they never established that Department. The only first industry established in South Sudan was company of alcohol brewer. What a Country? President is hiring people only to eat and feed thier family,not to do work . A coward President that let Bashit become strong President in Africa.

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  • 27 February 2013 08:53, by barbayo

    Augustino Deng & Micheal Angelo
    you carried heads for nothing.

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    • 27 February 2013 09:09, by AUGUSTINO DENG

      Mr Barbayo,
      You can go with your head and help yourself with it and not me.

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  • 27 February 2013 08:57, by barbayo

    if your brother did something you appreciate him not that spirit you have.

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    • 27 February 2013 09:17, by Michael Angelo

      Barbayo,
      I guess you’re a sick bored kid surfing on the internet all night. What good your head bring if you’re not idiot.

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  • 27 February 2013 09:34, by Gabriel KK

    Augustino & Michael,
    You are both telling the truth.

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  • 27 February 2013 09:57, by Madingthith

    @Agustino or whatever you called yourself.
    What is so funny and special if president appointed Lt Gen Agasio Akol Tong to head the Civil Aviation board? It is the ordinary kind of presidential decree that had appointed other people e.g. is the chairperson of Political parties SS and 7 others members. why are you not complaining of his appointment if you are really a good observants.

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    • 27 February 2013 10:17, by Nuer Empire

      Is it a right position for Lt General to be in this post? No,but relatively.
      The Nuer Empire

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    • 27 February 2013 10:28, by AUGUSTINO DENG

      Madingthith,
      I think you are still behind. Scrutinizing the facts is the key important above everything else. Salva Kiir is a kind of a person that I will never trust until his death. After all,South Sudan is just a government for one family.It is not a government for everyone.I know Agasio Akol Tong. I respect this person a lot more than anyone, but he is not an aviator, he is an agriculturalist

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      • 27 February 2013 10:45, by Madingthith

        Augustino
        Who is that person who is graduated from Civil Aviation University and his/her left out by the president Salva Kiir in his presidential decree N0 27. If you are really a good nationalist you should have mention the names of aviation expert that suppose to be employed in this post of instead of Agasio Akol Tong. Mention their names if you have the list of such people of graduated.

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        • 27 February 2013 11:16, by AUGUSTINO DENG

          Madingthith,
          Assumption is not good. There are severals pilots nowadays in South Sudan, but the problem is that, Salva Kiir Miyardit is not looking forward for the development of the country. I can tell you that if you go to Salva Kiir’s home, you will find thousands of Awan-Chan Nyal people not even Awan-Mou people of Panliet County. Too much races.

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    • 27 February 2013 10:33, by AUGUSTINO DENG

      Let give the right position to the right person who had knowledge about it like it is said "Use the right tool for the right job". If we give position just because you know someone, then why do we need development in South Sudan? Agasio Akol Tong is supposed to be a minister of Agriculture, instead of Aviation. Shame to Salva Kiir.
      By Augustino Deng.Jech la mer from Tharpam.

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      • 27 February 2013 10:50, by Madingthith

        Deng,
        Bear in your mind that you are not allow to insult your own President even if it is bad to the extend that he is completely doing nothing on his role and responsibility as a president. If you are wise enough you would have not said that Agasio Akol is suppose to be minister for Agariculture, did you inspect all the Ministeries in Juba about whether the heads have specialized in their Jobs.

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        • 27 February 2013 11:10, by AUGUSTINO DENG

          Madingthith,
          I have right to insult Salva Kiir.If President Obama can be insulted,why not Salva Kiir Miyardit.? You insult when you see your flank is not doing good. I did not inspected all the ministers like you said, but on behave of Agasio Akol, I am affirmative that he is in a wrong position since I know him he specialized in Agricultural.

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          • 27 February 2013 12:52, by Madingthith

            Augustino
            In fact I don,t know Agasio Akol in person like you did, but I heard the way he does his things and the way he managed the Prisons Services when he was the Director General for PS in South Sudan. Now what can you do to remove him out of aviation post? Writing on the internet only is not the solution to the problem. remember this arab saying’ dog is barking and the camel is walking,,

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            • 27 February 2013 18:46, by AUGUSTINO DENG

              Madingthith,
              My point is not to remove Agasio Akol from that position. Agasio Akol is a well-educated person despite that the position he is in is a wrong position. Agasio Akol is a competent man, but I deserves him to be in his position of literacy instead of fluctuating him from position to any position. You need to digest my word properly.
              By Augustino Deng.

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            • 27 February 2013 18:46, by AUGUSTINO DENG

              Madingthith,
              My point is not to remove Agasio Akol from that position. Agasio Akol is a well-educated person despite that the position he is in is a wrong position. Agasio Akol is a competent man, but I deserves him to be in his position of literacy instead of fluctuating him from position to any position. You need to digest my word properly.
              By Augustino Deng.

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  • 27 February 2013 11:03, by kuac Agol

    God is great to let Gasio be selected by Presidential Decree as chair person of S.Sudan civil aviation, should it happened that some people complained his appointment as the they said that he did not know anything about civil aviation still we appreciate his leadership toward this post, providing the fact that he is not going to fly an europlane and bother to repair it, technical pple will do it

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    • 27 February 2013 11:22, by AUGUSTINO DENG

      If technical people will do it, then why we don’t hired that technical person instead of someone who don’t even no the part of the airplane.? This is how we remainded behind. I don’t know why some other people don’t even see and evaluated things rightly. To me, even if someone is related to me and he is in a wrong position, I can still dispute it because he will do nothing.

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  • 27 February 2013 11:32, by James Maker Akok

    People,
    The problems with our people in South Sudan, they use government as the place for getting money for themselves, their families, and their relatives that is why they connect to government with their people in government positions for them to get jobs in government whether they don’t have qualification education for the jobs.

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  • 27 February 2013 12:03, by Peter Mading

    I have no time to check on comments from many commentors here but these are billions of dollars stolen and hidden under renowned businessman Ayii.There is a continuation of looting through air fares, weight charges and etc to various destination.

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  • 27 February 2013 14:38, by Mandakoro


    3aini baaarda?..bis7rookom?
    South sudan will have airlines?!who are the pilots?where are the airports?who are the travelers?
    Firstly sit down and feed the hungry people,immunize vulnerable kids,reduce infant and maternal mortality,find away to export your oil,get clean water,improve sanitation,fight corruption and demarcate borders with mandakoros.let uncle salva kirr trans

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  • 27 February 2013 14:39, by Mandakoro


    3aini baaarda?..bis7rookom?
    South sudan will have airlines?!who are the pilots?where are the airports?who are the travelers?
    Firstly sit down and feed the hungry people,immunize vulnerable kids,reduce infant and maternal mortality,find away to export your oil,get clean water,improve sanitation,fight corruption and demarcate borders with mandakoros.let uncle salva kirr trans

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  • 27 February 2013 14:40, by Mandakoro


    3aini baaarda?..bis7rookom?
    South sudan will have airlines?!who are the pilots?where are the airports?who are the travelers?
    Firstly sit down and feed the hungry people,immunize vulnerable kids,reduce infant and maternal mortality,find away to export your oil,get clean water,improve sanitation,fight corruption and demarcate borders with mandakoros.let uncle salva kirr trans

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  • 27 February 2013 14:41, by Mandakoro


    port by Ethiopians for 2 decades?

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  • 27 February 2013 15:26, by 4Justice

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