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S. Sudan’s Kiir accuses ex-officials of mismanaging airport funds

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July 7, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudanese president Salva Kiir has accused former officials of “disappearing” with millions of funds intended for the first phase of planned upgrades to Juba International Airport.

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The new Juba airport terminal under construction (photo credit: Rwandair)

“This Juba airport [project] has taken our money since 2005 and the people who did that are now the ones shouting outside after having squandered this into their pockets,” president Kiir said on Monday without disclosing names.

“That time, they used to bring [construction] companies and asked for 30% or 40% down payment. All this money has disappeared with people,” he said.

China Harbour Engineering company is implementing the $150 million airport upgrade. The first phase of the 30-month project is expected to increase the current 2,400-metre runway by an additional 700 metres, with a parking yard and immigration offices also to be constructed.

South Sudan’s roads ministry is implementing the project, courtesy of a loan extended by China’s Export and Import (EXIM) bank.

“I hope China Harbour Engineering company will help South Sudan realise a world class airport,” Kiir said.

The young nation has not implemented any major project since its former rebel movement (SPLM) assumed leadership in 2005 following the comprehensive peace accord that ended the more than two-decade-long civil war with Sudan.

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  • 8 July 2014 08:26, by Mr Point

    The president made the allegations but gave no names and gave no evidence.

    Did Kiir ever make allegations without evidence before? That made him look stupid when the trial ended, when innocent people had to be released after brewing wrongfully detained.

    Oh yes. it was when he dreamed up the fake coup

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    • 8 July 2014 08:39, by Joseph Canada

      the answer to u is No. he has never mention the names of anybody because that someone is himself! Tha guy have squandered 85% of the national Resources! 40% for beer, while 45% goes to Museveni and the rest go to Ethiopia where his daughter is!

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      • 8 July 2014 21:08, by omoni jr.

        JOSEOH CANADA
        hahaha,
        you are right my brother.

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    • 8 July 2014 21:40, by Nyesi Ta

      Keep beating your empty barrel ya sekeran duma. Money was stolen in every establishment in the country, who did ur pseudo-government prosecute? Those relatives of urs who stole millions of dollars at the presidency were suspended and later on without the report of the investigation, you ordered them re-instated. Mr. Pres. who do you think u are fooling around? Just wait, for ur days are numbered.

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  • 8 July 2014 08:46, by Mr Point

    It’s true that Kiir’s leadership leaves no legacy of providing hospitals and schools in South Sudan.

    The national resources have been used to build fine houses in Australia and to buy hotels in Kenya.

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  • 8 July 2014 08:53, by 4Justice

    CORRUPTION IN THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

    http://nyamile.com/

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  • 8 July 2014 08:56, by Mel mosa

    Why you let them disappeared with this huge amount of money Mr. president? It is your job to monitor people not to let them disappear with money. You should be accountable for it because that is you job.

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  • 8 July 2014 08:59, by Niggorota

    He waited until his gangs left the country then he started talking. Madam Nyanydeng was here until Dec 19th. What did he do to her. nothing. He even gave Nyandeng a piece of land at the airport to build a private hanger for cargo. He took no action then he accuses then,

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  • 8 July 2014 08:59, by Niggorota

    He waited until his gangs left the country then he started talking. Madam Nyanydeng was here until Dec 19th. What did he do to her. nothing. He even gave Nyandeng a piece of land at the airport to build a private hanger for cargo. He took no action then he accuses then,

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  • 8 July 2014 09:30, by Black Africa

    Who are you accusing Kiir ? If you are one of them. Please, shut up and resign ! It’s you who screw up the whole country .

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