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S. Sudan minister refuses to take blame for Juba fuel crisis

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December 10, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s petroleum and mining minister, Stephen Dhieu Dau, said recent fuel supply issues in the country are not the government’s responsibility.

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People queue at a fuel station in South Sudan’s capital, Juba on 18 October 2014 (ST)

Speaking to reporters at the ministry headquarters in the capital, Juba, on Wednesday, Dhieu said vessels importing fuel to the Kenyan coastal town of Mombasa had been delayed for 10 days.

“The petrol is not even in Kenya. Even if you have dollars, you don’t get it. There was a delay of the ship,” he said.

“This is the problem that we all face in the region, not in South Sudan alone,” he added.

South Sudanese transport operators have increased fares within Juba and neighbouring towns after petrol ran dry, forcing motorists to buy from the black market.

Fuel suppliers claim the government is not issuing them with the Letter of Credit required by traders to access US dollars to to import items abroad.

Howeverm Dau dismissed the claims, saying the government is not to blame for the current situation.

“The shortage of fuel is not a problem of South Sudan. It is a problem of East Africa. It is not our problem,” he said when asked by the media to offer an explanation.

Although South Sudan produces crude oil, it lacks refinery facilities and thus relies on imports of fuel from neighbouring countries.

Juba was also hit with acute fuel shortages in October, paralysing transport and resulting in long queues at fuel stations across the capital.

There is an emerging trend in Juba of so-called ‘black market fuel’, sold at higher prices, with officials describing the practice as unacceptable.

The uncertainty of fuel supplies often leads to panic buying, with motirists buying in bulk and stockpiling additional supplies.

The ministry has previously discouraged the practice.

(ST)

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  • 11 December 2014 07:44, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear All:
    Poor leadership of drunkard president with his gangs, they called themselves a government while they are a groups of mafia, we are going to block your way poor and fool, where are you going to get enough fuel? Commander Kenyi will block your way soon, before 23 Dec, you will mark my wards.

    Song of Ngundeng
    Currently in front line
    Pathay Jonglei State.

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    • 11 December 2014 16:33, by siddaw

      What a lame lie. I’m presently in Kenya but have not heard of such. What then is Kenya not experiencing such shortage? Let the Minister come out clearly to explain what happenn other than confabulating his own unseen thoughts. If indeed he’d fail to manage the Energy Sector for our country, then let him give the way for others. We can’t be fool like kids, Mr. minister.

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      • 11 December 2014 16:35, by siddaw

        TThe Minister should come out clearly and explain what really happened.......

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  • 11 December 2014 08:00, by Gangura

    Dinka Kingdom will make this country to remain poor and poorer till when Dr. Machar or any of Equatorian like Col. Bakosoro takes over from the idiot is when this country will get vision, as per now all mess will continue and Kirr with his cabinet will mislead the country all the time.

    Gangaru
    Currently in Pagak

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    • 11 December 2014 14:30, by Nyesi Ta

      Gangura,
      The Jieng has no kingdom and if they dream of having one they will not be able to goven it because of their anarchic way of life. Look at what they are doing to themselves in Lakes State. Jieng’s bad culture is the result of the mess in the RSS. Cattle rastling and thievery is the norm they brought into the government. These guys have the affinity to steal anything, for they are heartless

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    • 11 December 2014 16:04, by Hardlinner

      Unless your murderous king has been reprogrammed, otherwise he was part of same government that have failed us for last ten years or so. Neither the opposition nor government have any will to build the refinery. Ss need partriots no thieves like kiir, riek and their gang of supporters. No matter what, riek and kiir are just villagers with village mentality.

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  • 11 December 2014 09:06, by Freedom Fighter

    I argue that government of South Sudan did not prioritize well right from the inception in 2005. You failed to build one single refinery and ignored or underestimated the threat posted by the White Army militia to the sovereign South Sudan. I wouldn’t role out the possibility of the White Army chocking up South Sudan in the neck.

    Real Freedom Fighter

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    • 11 December 2014 13:27, by Lango2010

      the messing up this country is not accounted to President Kiir as you preach but it was a collective responsibility of machar, Kiir and all those who held the key position in the Country. you always rush to blame others while you did not even solve an inch of your own problems. MIND YOU, ANYBODY WHO TALK ON TRIBAL BASES IS A CURSE TO OUR NATION.

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  • 11 December 2014 13:38, by Paul

    The problem with South Sudan government is that they lack strategic thinking process. Kiir’s government thinks/thought that any country that supported South Sudan during CPA is permanently our friend. In politics, your friend today can be your worse enemy tomorrow. SS gov’t need to think of "what if Kenya denies us their port tomorrow, what is the alternative?...........

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    • 11 December 2014 13:47, by Paul

      Think of the issues that may face the country in the nearest future and initiate alternatives now. What could the government have don’t had they predict fuel shortage? what if Meseveni somehow drop dead and his country is taken over by hostile party, what kind measures can SS gov’t put in place to compensate for the geostrategic losses? Strategy, strategy!

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      • 11 December 2014 15:15, by Ahmed Chol

        Paul,
        All you said is correct but it requires a head. Kiir has no head, he has a hat.

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  • 11 December 2014 16:12, by Hardlinner

    steven Dhieu should stop his lies. Indeed its government responsibility to supply fuel to the nation. Steven, where is the refinery?. We have crude oil, and the only missing piece is refinery. Just accept that you are busy stealing public funds and forgetting to put necessary infrastructure in place. Your government and those opposition thieves are same entity.

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