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S. Sudan better than it was three years ago, says official


July 8, 2014 (JUBA) – A member of South Sudan’s ruling party (SPLM) said the new nation was much better position than it was during the pre-independence era.

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Anne Itto, the deputy chairperson of the SPLM party (ST/File)

Ann Itto, the SPLM’s acting secretary-general, said citizens had been able to access more social services since South Sudan seceded from neighbouring Sudan.

“We fought. We negotiated peace … We protected our people during that time. Our people voted and we became independent. We mobilised the inter community to recognise us,” Itto told reporters at the party’s headquarters in Juba on Tuesday.

“We started well for the last three years. We have built roads; we have built schools; we have built hospitals; we have developed laws. We started building the foundation of a nation,” she added.

SPLM, a former rebel movement turned governing party, fought against Sudan from 1983 to 2005. In 2005, parties to the conflict signed a Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), paving the way for the 2011referendum on self-determination, which saw majority of South Sudanese choose secession from the north, with the young nation declaring its independence on 9July.

However, the SPLM-led government has been criticised for massive corruption since taking charge of South Sudan. In 2013, president Salva Kiir wrote to former and current government officials demanding the return of $4 billion in stolen funds.

Analysts say the president and his government have done very little to curb widespread corruption.

“Definitely, given the historical records that are out there, people have the rights to be pessimistic,” political analyst Augustino Mayai said while speaking on the local Bakhita FM radio station on Tuesday.

One Juba resident told Sudan Tribune, that the president had failed to deliver on several promises since 2005.

However, Itto insists that the ruling party was working in the best interests of South Sudanese people despite facing many challenges since conflict erupted in mid-December last year following a split in the SPLM.

“It takes South Sudanese themselves to work for peace and wants peace in order for us to move pass independence to laying the foundation of the nation we fought for,” she said.

South Sudan marks its third anniversary as an independent state on Wednesday, but its three years of self-rule has been mired in violence, which has killed thousands and displaced over a million people during the latest crisis.


The world’s youngest nation, a new report stated, is currently the world’s “most fragile” state, ending Somalia’s six-years atop the Fragile State Index. The report from the US-based Fund for Peace blames chronic instability, fractured leadership and growing ethnic conflict its poor ranking.

However, after attaining its independence, South Sudan featured in the then Failed States Index (FSI) in 2012 and was ranked the fourth country overall.


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  • 9 July 2014 08:00, by Malakal county Simon

    Is Ann Itto on Drugs?? How can South Sudan be better than it was 3 years ago when it was recently listed as the world number 1 fragile state????

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    • 9 July 2014 09:18, by Ahmed Chol

      where was Ito during the war? I am just curious.

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      • 9 July 2014 18:45, by omoni jr.

        With due respect, you need to pack your "Takataka’ [belongings] and go home and look after your grand kids, instead of uttering nonsense here and there. You had just consumed a lot of drugs/alcohols and woke up at the middle night dreamed and opened your nasty and big mouth about something opposite to what it is supposed to be. You are really stupid woman ever see.

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  • 9 July 2014 08:03, by Mr Point

    There is a shoot to kill curfew in Juba.
    10% of the population internally displaced.
    75,000 are seeking protection in UNMISS camps.
    Over 10,000 have been killed since Kiir dreamed of a fake coup so he could move against political rivals.
    Foreign agencies provide food to South Sudanese - their own governing party provides bullets.

    And Anne Itto says things have improved!

    She’s acting.

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  • 9 July 2014 09:00, by Chol Mading

    Dr. Itto, for crying out loud please don’t bring yourself low like that. You can earn the money you are getting now with much dignity. Lies won’t help our country and won’t achieve anything. All people all over the world know what’s going on in the country. Don’t fool yourself. The only road was build by USA not kiirdit government. People are dying of hunger as we speak, what’s better—zero.

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  • 9 July 2014 16:49, by AbuDeng

    “...We have built roads; we have built schools; we have built hospitals; we have developed laws. We started building the foundation of a nation,” she added.

    I and others have said this government doesn’t accept reality. From my research and work, I cannot name one school, one road built, one hospital built by RSS after having $19 billion in oil $. Other governments built these things in RSS.

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    • 9 July 2014 16:57, by AbuDeng

      For referencing sake, see quote from the noted French expert on Africa Marc Levergne, a member of the French National Centre for Scientific Research:

      “The leaders are living on conquered territory and hope to profit from the South Sudan’s oil wealth,” he added. “Meanwhile, they have done nothing for the country, no roads, no schools, nothing.

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      • 10 July 2014 07:23, by Rami Tot

        R u really conscious? How can s sudan is better than before when it’s experience mass graves,hunger and a number one fragile state?
        Look at you are being considered igga was humiliated yes during celebration of Nuer massacre he wasn’t given a respect looooool

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  • 10 July 2014 07:31, by Positive Thinker

    My dear people do not blame the old lady too much she is only dancing to the tune of the current music in order to survive the dictatorship. What do you expect if people like Martin Majut Yak starts referring themselves Ag/SG of SPLM. The poor lady is scared to death my dear people.

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