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April 4, 2012 (JUBA) - The governor of South Sudan’s Central Equatoria state, Clement Wani Konga, said on Thursday that the government should stick to mobilising more internally generated resources rather than depending on oil revenues and external borrowing from multilateral financial institutions which generate “huge kickback”.

Konga said unifying the people of South Sudan and ending tribal conflicts should be the government’s number one priority.

“As a new nation, we must pay much attention to [the] unity of our people. [The] unity [of] our people is the priority of any government whether it is us at the state level or those at the central government. There must be peace among our people. This is priority [number] one”, he said.

“The second priority is self-reliance. We must till the land which is abundantly available for use to produce food. The third is proper management of the locally generated revenues. There must be [a] proper taxation system between the two levels of governments, the states and the central government”, he added.

Early last March, officials at the ministry of justice said they were studying a proposal aimed at introducing legislation that would limit how much the government could borrow from either local or international financial lending institutions, arguing that an open borrowing system results in excessive borrowing by the government, leaving it short of funds to support other important projects.

If drafted, the legislation will firstly be handed to the council of ministers for discussion before going to the national legislative assembly for further in-depth deliberations. The house would then decide on whether to pass an act giving the country power to determine the terms and conditions on which money is borrowed or reject the legislation outright on the grounds that it sees no basis for introducing such a law.

South Sudan remains heavily dependent on oil generated revenues, but is currently facing severe budgetary deficits as a result of shutting down oil production last year after accusing the government of neighbouring Sudan of diverting its crude oil for its own profits.

However, an agreement signed recently between the two countries permits the South to use oil infrastructure located in Sudan to export its crude oil to international markets.

Konga, who appears to be sanctioning the idea of legislation which would limit how much the government can borrow, maintains it is not possible for any borrower to independently set the terms and conditions of borrowing.

“That is why I have always supported a fairer taxation system, for example, for those that exploit our natural resources, such as timbers. If we are able to maximise what we generate locally, it minimises the requirement for us to go to outside institutions to borrow, whether on their conditions or on our conditions”, he said in an interview with reporters after meeting investors interested in establishing a brewery in the state.

“Usually, even at a personal level, when you go to a bank to borrow you don’t go there at your conditions, you borrow at the conditions that the bank has. So, I don’t think it is possible for [a] country which is still new, or even any other country, to set their own conditions when they borrow from multilateral institutions like the African Development Bank, the World Bank and many others, he explained.

Konga says the country should instead focus on boosting key sectors of the economy such as agriculture, tourism and communications to cut down on borrowing, adding that South Sudan should also team up with other third world countries to negotiate for better lending conditions.

“I have always heard people [speaking] of huge kickback which means interest to pay later. This can be addressed [if] we seek cooperation with other countries. It is the cooperation which can put pressure on these institutions to make them moderate the lending conditions. But, on [an] individual basis, it’s impossible for any country to set its own conditions and then go to any of the international banks and say ‘we want to borrow at these conditions’; it doesn’t work,” he said.

“But if you work with other developing countries and other continents and say ‘let us have better lending conditions’, you stand a better chance. As customers, you can cooperate with other third world countries [and] those that borrow, and lobby for better lending conditions.”

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  • 5 April 2013 07:02, by trinitri

    many steps still to do, the future is not simple but we can build our own now!

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  • 5 April 2013 07:11, by Force 1

    Who are those condemning others of land-grabbing and the ones that calling for the unity of people of South Sudan? These two messages don’t go together from the same people who accused others of land-seizing! People shouldn’t pretend to advocate for something they don’t practice; it sound silly!

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    • 5 April 2013 07:26, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Force 1, you are wrong if you condone illegal acquisition of any property that does not belong to you. The way to go right is to to pass through the rightful channels to get anything be it a sewing needle or land. The unity of the people who suffered and struggled together to the end is and will be paramount to peoples existence, man or woman!

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  • 5 April 2013 08:19, by Fundamental Change icon

    Clement Wani,the governor of the Dinkas by the Dinkas and for the Dinkas.Clement why do u question the Dinkas when they are looting the economy? You should instead be happy bcoz they imposed you as the governor of CES as a puppet leader despite the fact that you miserably failed in the 2010 governorship race in CES.You should infact be ashamed of your self.Idiot

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    • 5 April 2013 08:50, by omoni jr.

      Bro, Mr. fundamental and change icon , you said the truth,clement wani is just piece of shit and Dinka puppet,Alfred Gore beat wani and Dinka government Rigged election and installed old man called clement wani.No problem we will see next time,Equatorians are Not like you jenge,it is civilized community in south sudan...

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    • 5 April 2013 08:52, by Turism

      Fundamental, do you know who Clement Wani? if you know this guy as i know him is indigenous exaltly in central Equatoria particularily in Madari. so is not even related to any body from dinkas. your hatred will soon be seen as you good leader like Konga.

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    • 5 April 2013 09:00, by Peter Mading

      You man, the name you choose for yourself is really describing you. Change from Arabs to simi-Equatoria but not a South Sudanese. Clement is an Equatoria and strong Equatoria Icon who stood with Arabs until the signing of the CPA compare to Alfred Lado who was a coward running away from the SPLA-to Jallaba. When Konga joined the SPLM/A he is the one to call himself the name you call yourself.

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      • 5 April 2013 09:07, by Peter Mading

        To continue; Wani can be an Icon for the Fundamental Change of the Equatoria attitudes otherwise the Independent could have not been achieved if Change of mind and heart could not come from Konga. Wani is very strong politically and at the same time a hero and not a heroine. How can the heroine defeat him in a big nation where he is recognised? Who is Alfred Lado? What are his achievements?

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    • 5 April 2013 09:25, by mayen

      my friend you were in khartoum. it was until the was of panthou that is when you and your nyagateen were kick out of khartoum to south sudan. 2010 election was done in transparent way were equatorian vote for the candidate of theirs choice neither nuer nor dinka. stop tirbal hatred but preach peace for our nation to move forward

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    • 5 April 2013 10:31, by SPLM- DC Hardliner

      how can clement talk of proper management of local revenue his personal account is the chest of CES- revenue authority. he is among the top 13 looters revealed ny the US (the only Equatorian for that matter)all cow men. any one being protected by kiir is a top looter because he (Kiir) does not want to loose any of his team members for fear of revealing the secret tools they use to dispossess south

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    • 5 April 2013 11:26, by Gabriel Ajak

      Your coward Lado was own the 2010 election why don’t you swoon-in him as a ces governor if you are all not coward, to a sure you by now, even the 2015 election you will not will if not start loving to the man Dinka by now.

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      • 5 April 2013 11:36, by mayen

        Gabriel Ajak you are wrong. where do you get that information from? lado gurei was rejected by his own bari people clement win with clear and clean victory konga oyee death to lado gurei and death to riak machul

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        • 5 April 2013 11:49, by Gabriel Ajak

          Mayen,
          if Dinka agitating the whole tribes in the where will they go to open their case against Dinka.

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    • 5 April 2013 11:32, by Gabriel Ajak

      Start loving to your husband Dinka before 2015 come, otherwise your chair will be grubbed again like what happen to Gore in 2010.

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  • 5 April 2013 09:34, by DDooggaa

    Fundamental Change icon,
    You have got a point, This thing called Kongo is just a shit like his Dinkas. he is selling Land to his shits illegally but the problem. He is soon dying of HIV/AIDs, he is using the state resources to maintain himself from his AIDs. He was defeated in the 2010 election by Gore, we all know even the insect know this. He is the only Illiterate leader among the Equatorians.

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  • 5 April 2013 12:27, by bolingo

    Bravo clement wani konga gwolo for your hard work and its because of your hard work as a governor thats why C.E.S is peaceful and the bari’s, pojulu’s have freedom to talk against you.
    These people are alway good at talking and making noise but when it comes to action they cry alot.
    KEEP TALKING WOMEN OF LODU GORE ( kidobok lulalet lo gwuluyi i kimang).

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    • 5 April 2013 14:55, by Fundamental Change icon

      Bolingo,Do a je Dinga ko kilo jongons ajo.Do ko wani Konga ling a dinga ko kilo jenge.Clement failed left and right but Kiir imposed him becoz one he offered his only daughter to Kirr as sex mate and second Clement is the Dinka agent in forceful acquiring ofland in CES.We did not want to rebel in 2010 for the interest of the independence of South,now that we are independen,try to impose him again.

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  • 5 April 2013 14:22, by jay b

    To me, it’s become crystal clear this time is a campaigning season for the dreamers. You can notice even those who said inflamatory and backstabing things in past are saying polite things this time around. That is interesting and funny to hear, because they are not wrong for what they are saying. They are politically correct, but bad past record will make y’all become short of winning the contest.

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  • 5 April 2013 14:24, by Makunon

    Shit renegade, which unity? when you hold gun for years to promote division. who woke you from sleeping to talked about unity of the people of South Sudan. Shit!!

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  • 5 April 2013 15:56, by paul lamu

    Normally uncivilized behavior of people is that of not paying attention to the words someone says, but to how the person looks like, so brothers weather you are equatorian or non-equatorian, I believe you are the leaders of tomorrow, so debate wisely, listen to the words he says, but don’t bother yourself how he looks like, cause he will leave the power soon, the Nation will remain there. RSS Oyee

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  • 5 April 2013 16:36, by bolingo

    @fundamental change
    lelo yii mundari lo dinga jongo kulo and thats why they respect and fear us.
    The land you claim to be yours is being grabed, what have you done to stop them apart from crying.
    You only knows how to talk but don’t know how to act.

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  • 7 April 2013 00:21, by Developer

    Tell us were are some fund located, we dare need capitals to set up our business to beautify our new nation.

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