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Over 90% of houses in South Sudan are grass-thatched, mud huts


April 28, 2013 (JUBA) – The latest data revealed by the South Sudan’s ministry of housing and physical planning has indicated that 93% of the so-called privately owned houses in the new country are made of grass-thatched or mud huts, popularly known as tukuls.

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A young woman gives finishing touches to her Tukul in Twic county, Warrap State (UNMISS)

The fact, according to the ministry, needs generation of mechanisms to address the severe challenging situation in the housing sector in the country, such as establishment of a bank to facilitate building of “decent houses” by citizens through mortgage system.

Despite the fact that individuals and families in South Sudan own those huts and the lands they are built on, the populations continue to live below the world standard in housing as the nation has not yet taken giant steps in fulfilling the constitutional rights of citizens to live in decent houses.

The minister of housing and physical planning, Jemma Nunu Kumba, on Friday presented a memo to the cabinet, which approved establishment of Housing Finance Bank, with the initial capital of $200 million on a public-private-partnership (PPP) basis.

The government, through its newly established Housing Development Corporation, will have a share of 20% in partnership with the local private sector, 31% share, and foreign investors, 49%.

The official spokesman of the government, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, told the press after the Friday resolution that the mortgage system will help citizens build concrete houses for themselves.

Public clients or officials of the government would be given up to 15-years period to repay the loan, and the arrangement can be made through employees’ respective work places.

Currently, only few foreign banks such as Equity Bank and Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) offer limited loans to home builders while charging high interest and a period of about 3-years within which a borrower is expected to repay the whole loan.

The Housing Finance Bank will enter into an agreement with private developers to construct various classes of houses in all the ten states for purchase by government employees and the general public.

The new strategy is required to ensure creation of real estate development sector whose role will be set to provide the necessary housing stock for feeding the mortgage market in South Sudan.

The SPLM-led government has been struggling to implement its policy of “taking towns to the people” in the rural areas for the last eight years.


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  • 29 April 2013 07:45, by Malou Manyiel

    All the things promised by our government to the citizens are all falling. Taking town to people as a policy has now changed to " Put money into government officials’ pockets for their private gains". There is no save heaven for our citizens to live. Our sufferings must continue, only God is with us.

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    • 29 April 2013 19:44, by Justin Chicago opiny

      There is only one word to the minisrty of insfracture and housing. Take Action and period.

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  • 29 April 2013 08:18, by cbuongdit cholkua

    That’s a point,everybody in the whole world wants to live in a decency housing.But to me,I think it’s too soon to bring it up.Because it thought that,we were first have to put those private sectors in place before we jumped to the top.which I also believe that it’s only 3 to 4% of South Sudanese who are now employed and the rest are still living under Zero to Dollar aday.That needs our govt to-

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    • 29 April 2013 08:25, by cbuongdit cholkua

      Con-our govt needs to steped up and do something on jobs creation.How are those citizens going to pay their mortgages while they are not emplyed?

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      • 29 April 2013 08:42, by Robot

        This is another insult to the government, i thought Jemma Nunu was going to say, we are going to reduce duties and VAT on building materials or make them Duty Free such that they are cheap and minimum wages people could afford to buy them!!!!, where is that vision?, i will one time agree with someone who suggested that this ministry scrapped off.

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      • 29 April 2013 08:50, by Mohammed Ali 2

        How can the people pay their mortgages?Which banK will lend money if they are not capable of repayment? You have to have a stable job for quite long period with substantial salary to pay your mortgages.It is too early to have such a system.America’s economy almost collapsed due to failure of the mortgages system!

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        • 29 April 2013 09:52, by Chol A.

          Haha! that is another way of allowing money to go state miniters pocket. The miniters who make themselves to be working in governemnt and have business some where will normally own these money and hire cheaper contractors and build fake houses. What we simple need is to make building materials market cheap and let concrates house compulsory to empopyers and that will be better.

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        • 29 April 2013 10:49, by Turism

          Mohamed Ali, which mortgage are you telling us that we didn’t put in place i don’t think so if you are talking about "Mortgage Advice" IF that the case it is beause you don’t know how ss is managing itself. fuck you all arabs! TURISM.

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  • 29 April 2013 15:38, by trinitri

    petrol money will give everyone of us 5 stars houses

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  • 29 April 2013 16:02, by steven

    It is very important to address this issue appropriately. Hopefully with further prosperity of the whole country, the situation in this field will improve too.

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  • 29 April 2013 17:09, by Oppressor


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    • 29 April 2013 20:15, by Nuer Empire

      Funny! A woman thatching a house in Warrap? Looool!!

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  • 30 April 2013 00:01, by Northern Sudanese

    you see south monkey (south south)
    the difference between me and you, you live in a mud hut while I live in a 2 floor house. my family owns 2 houses in sudan 1 with just a ground floor in Omdurman and 1 in Khartoum elgereif Gharb. we have electricity, you have no electricity. we have something called TV , you have no TV. we keep animals away, you sleep with them. we have bath , you love cow piss.

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    • 30 April 2013 02:41, by adamu

      HAHAHAHAHAAAAA! HAHa! My friend don’t you know that grass is better than a donkey’s feces. Hehehehehehehe, how could you live in a place that stings and filthy of donkeys’ shit brother. In reality, south sudanese and darfurians are even far better of than most of you who are asserting to be living in story buildings. I don’t see anything good in living in a big tall building. not for w. Africans.

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      • 30 April 2013 09:23, by Northern Sudanese

        donkeys feces? lol you know your just day dreaming right? you guys smell of cow piss! our place smells normal, but you, even your own body smells of cow piss http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tRzM2tZFng&list=LL2iKEtJHxmKnnz5uF10axyA
        dude, there is no link between darfurians and south sudanese. darfurians know that water is clean and piss is dirty

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      • 30 April 2013 09:28, by Northern Sudanese

        of course you monkeys hate story buildings, you monkeys love the jungle :) you love walking naked, you love having sex with a cow, you love to shower with cow urine , you love eating outdated food, 93% of your people live in huts , you love stealing cows, a person with 10 cows is considered rich in your region hahahahaha i can smell your body which smells like piss :D

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  • 30 April 2013 04:44, by Matur Lueth M

    That’s a crucial decision made by our government ever. However, this cause me no anticipation because what our stack holders publish is not what they do.

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  • 30 April 2013 22:26, by Gordon

    What is wrong with these beautiful Tukuls? They fit perfectly to the needs of the villagers, are easy to erect without any imported building material and money. The majority of the people need clean water, schools, hospitals and secure roads to the neighbors.

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