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E. Equatoria governor says natural resources at risk from foreign forces

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April 13, 2014 (KAMPALA) – The governor of South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria state, Louis Lobong Lojore, has urged South Sudanese citizens in the country and abroad to work together to protect the nation’s natural resources against exploitation by external forces and support a peaceful solution to the current crisis.

The governor has warned that neighbouring countries could work to further destabilise South Sudan in order to take advantage of its natural resources.

“There are people whose interests are to sponsor conflicts in order to benefit from it. And their interest [is] to let us fight among ourselves [and] at the end of conflict we will find all our resources has end[ed] up somewhere with them. Let us be careful and open our eyes in order for the safety of our country’s resources,” said Lojore.

With valuable natural resources, including oil, Lojore said South Sudan is at risk of being plundered by greedy neighbouring countries, calling on people to “wake up” before it was too late.

While the governor stops short of naming which countries may pose the biggest threat to South Sudan’s natural resources, Uganda’s involvement in the conflict has raised tensions.

The Ugandan military deployed troops to fight rebel forces alongside the South Sudanese army (SPLA).

The move has angered South Sudan’s rebel movement, led by former vice-president Riek Machar, who is accused of orchestrating an alleged coup attempt on 15 December, which the government blames for the widespread outbreak of violence.

Uganda has been accused by some countries of sponsoring conflicts in the Congo, Rwanda, Central Africa Republic (CAR) and Somalia, with the intention of smuggling minerals.

Lojore says South Sudan is blessed with a diversity of minerals, including black gold and diamonds, which he fears could end up in foreign hands if a full-scale regional war broke out.

The governor told Sudan Tribune that the Equatoria region had long been marginalised by South Sudan’s leadership in Juba, which has offered scholarships and opportunities to members of a certain tribe, while denying others.

He said Equatoria students had largely missed out on funding handed out to help students study abroad.

Addressing Equatoria students last week, Lojore urged students to continue to excel, saying the region’s leaders would continue to fight for a more equal distribution of scholarships.

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  • 14 April 08:48, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear All.
    At the beggining it seem like the government bring the foreign troops to fight a long side with government, but today it turn to the red line of being exploited the resource in illegal way, that useless president leading the counrty in to the darkness where they don’t know its end. We believed that South Sudan is rich country, but leaded by top drunkard leaders.

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    • 14 April 10:04, by Tong dut

      Ugandan will loot everythings in south sudan, and it was President kiir who brought for buying all south sudanese resources.

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  • 14 April 12:17, by Jubawe

    Now we start telling truth, soon the citizen are the one will kick out Kirr from Juba because of his corruption and tribalism preacher, when Governor Louis start speaking out meaning that Equatorian can’t handle any more, Kirr known if Equstorian turn their back from him, Dinka doesn’t how to fight than spoil other to fight in their favor but not any more in South Sudan. Kirr soon will run to UG

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  • 14 April 16:33, by Nyesi Ta

    Museveni told the the Ugandan Parliament that he went to South Sudan to bring food to Ugandans Mr. Governor.

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  • 15 April 09:38, by Ambago

    Mr. Governor finally confesses that Equatoria region had long been marginalised by South Sudan’s leadership in Juba. Everyone long knew that Equatoria students are being systematically discriminated against when it comes to funding studies abroad. So after this eyer opener statement do you still need some one to highlight the dangers of"Dinkocracy"for you, Sir?

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  • 15 April 10:02, by Joseph Canada

    Finally Lobong have open his eyes!! Let us see where this will take us. Moseveni have cause regional conflicts since he got into the power. He did this in Congo, CAR, Sudan, Rwanda, Somalia and Now to South Sudan. Now it’s clear!! Dinka greed will sell the South Sudanese again the Way Abel Alier did. Food Lover and greedy Hogs!!

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  • 15 April 10:54, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Lobong, that is the news we expect to hear from you as a leader of Equatoria!! We expect to hear more from Wani Igga, Governor Bakosoro of WES, and Governor of Central Equatoria State. I suppose that is why Ladu Gore and others are no longer under the flag of marginalisation, Oppression and Injustice. Something must be done to correct all these. No one can do this to us except our selves and now.

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