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South Sudan working to address fuel shortage, says official


January 31, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan government said Tuesday that it was working hard to explore how best it could address the fuel shortage situation so that it does not affect activities of some its essential agencies and institutions with critical role in the country.

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A fuel attendant in Juba, South Sudan (ST/File photo)

“The ministry is exerting every effort to address this matter. We are working together with all the stakeholders so that we come up with one and harmonized plan and strategy to ensure that all essential agencies and institutions are not affected,” Macar Aciek Ader, head of the national oil corporation told Sudan Tribune.

The official did not, however, elaborate on the plans and strategies, which agencies and institutions will apply to address fuel shortages.

Fuel scarcity hit the South Sudanese capital, Juba resulting into failure by newspapers in the country to produce its Monday editions.

Fuel shortage in South Sudan has affected public transport and peoples’ movement, sparking public discourse, with some describing the young nation as an oil-producing country without fuel.

“Look today, there are no newspapers. The public transport has been affected. Ordinary people are finding it extremely difficult to move. What does this mean? It simply shows that we are an oil producing country without fuel”, said James Wieu Dut, a trader.

Major newspaper owners, mostly the independent ones, apologized to their clients, saying it failed to publish due to shortage of fuel.

People living at the outskirts of Juba town in Shirkat, Gumbo, Gudele, Munuki, Miya Saba, Kator, and Jebel had to walk places where they would carry out their daily routine duties and activities.

However, those seeking for fuel at fuel stations had to stand in the queue for long hours, at the end of which some could not get despite spending long hours in line as most stations ran out of fuel.

South Sudan is one of poorest countries in the world with the worst indicators of development, health and education. Its oil sector, which accounts for over 90% of government revenues, has been badly affected by more than three years of conflict.


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  • 1 February 2017 06:08, by Akuma

    Bullshit, when you divert over 100 tanks to DR Congo for your own business and individual benefits. The best option is take Nile Pet from President office and give it back to Finance Ministry to manage it since it is part of National revenue. Why under President office Macar Aciek?

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    • 1 February 2017 06:39, by Midit Mitot

      I had strongly agreed with you, South Sudanese leaders are just working for their own benefit instead of developing the nation, that,s why they have destroyed the country.

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      • 1 February 2017 07:18, by Akuma


        Everything has an end. Today is theirs and tomorrow will be different people. So let them joke and time will tell

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    • 1 February 2017 06:54, by Eastern


      Good the needful; I appreciate your self critism which I think sounds healthy. Kiir is everything in South Sudan. Kiir thinks he can subsidize petroleum products and wage a war with armed opposition and the economy will remain healthy. Somebody, very close to him, should warn him that he’s failing at a terrific speed!

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      • 1 February 2017 07:17, by Akuma


        President Kiir is not a problem as you stated above. All government officials working with him are not working to suit the welfare of citizens and that doesn’t require rebellion or arms opposition to topple government by forces. In this case of Nile Pet, citizens can demonstrate their anger and President can relieve Macar and his colleagues who are now benefiting from Nile Pet.

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        • 1 February 2017 09:06, by Tilo

          If kiir is not the problem but people around him is, Why can’t he hold them accountable for embezzling government fund and corruption.
          He [kiir] has the power to send all the corrupt elite to jail and transfer their personal asset to be owned by government. Kiir need to fight corruption otherwise he is not different.

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        • 1 February 2017 12:51, by Eastern


          Are you kidding? Will Kiir coated with NSS allow any citizen demonstration under the hot sun if South Sudan. Are you leaving in utopia?

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        • 1 February 2017 12:54, by Eastern


          Are you kidding? Will Kiir coated with NSS allow any citizen demonstration under the hot sun if South Sudan. Are you leaving in utopia? KIIR IS EVERYTHING IN SOUTH SUDAN in including that miserable boss of the useless Nile Pet.

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        • 1 February 2017 19:35, by Midit Mitot

          Eastern & Tilo,
          Kiir himself is not a problem, but those who are surrounding him are the problems. Look, his subordinates were diverting over 120 oil tanks without his knowledge.

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          • 1 February 2017 20:00, by Eastern

            Mitot Mitot,

            Kiir’s the problem! In the army when those under you don’t act as they should, the commander is held responsible. The UNMISS force commander was sacked by Ban Ki Moon when UNMISS peacekeepers failed to do their work. Kiir being a soldier has failed to reign those who are diverting cheap fuel to DR Congo for their personal gains!

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            • 1 February 2017 20:03, by Eastern

              Stop this cheap talk of Kiir’s good but it’s those surrounding (his leutanants really) are they issue. This kind of argument sounds stake and pedestrian!

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            • 1 February 2017 20:03, by Eastern

              Stop this cheap talk of Kiir’s good but it’s those surrounding (his leutanants really) are they issue. This kind of argument sounds stale and pedestrian!

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  • 1 February 2017 08:09, by Gabriel KK

    What a bad image! Oil producing Country is struggling to met domestic needs. If those Bodaboda, buses and small generators stops because of lack of fuel, then no doubt government will face it hard.

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  • 1 February 2017 08:42, by Dengda

    @ Akuma, I hope February begin with good change for you, I think you will change your name from Akuma(Government)to ordinary citizens. This exactly what we have been telling you, some of us who are critical on government, but you have been defying our called, every sectors government failed in, simply thing like fuel should not be bad to that extend. I hope your car didn’t dry up.

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    • 1 February 2017 09:18, by Akuma

      Hahahah Dengda,

      I stand with government whether bad or good. But I can speak out free like other citizens.

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  • 1 February 2017 09:10, by Fair Man

    You are dreaming? I believe you are speaking from abroad! Demonstration of whichever kinds are criminal offenses, punishable by live gunshots. Please revisit the war demonstration of December, 2012 and see for yourself. Exceptionally, any protest against UN, AU, US, Sudan or IO are allowed. Against Gov’t is a treason!! Please come here.

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  • 1 February 2017 10:30, by Kush Natives

    J1 elites becomes a comedians boys now a days, why do they always change an oath of allegiance? Why do they swear in the name of God, that they will serve this nation? It’s now really in opposite, they swear to God to fill their pockets. There’s government can succeed without follow up in this universe-Kiir failed the nation together with Riek Machar!

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  • 1 February 2017 13:30, by Eastern

    Dear South Sudanese,

    It’s not only fuel that’s in short supply; food is ver scarce and it’s worst in the northern parts of South Sudan....http://gurtong.net/ECM/Editorial/tabid/124/ID/20206/Default.aspx

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