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S. Sudan’s Kiir decries war effect on development projects


September 25, 2017 (JUBA) – The ongoing civil war in South Sudan has affected implementation of development projects, prompting the diversion of resources, President Salva Kiir admitted on Friday last week.

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President Salva Kiir addresses the nation from the State House on September 15, 2015, in Juba (Photo AFP/Charles Atiki Lomodong)

“War is bad, it is not good. It affects implementation of developmental projects. Schools cannot be built, roads cannot be constructed. Like now the road to Terekeka up to Yirol and Rumbek has remained impassible”, he told the state-owned television (SSBC).

The president said he instructed the army chief of defense of forces, Gen. James Ajonga Mawut to make use of the military’s engineering unit to construct the road the links Juba to Bahr el Ghazal region.

“If there was not war, this road would have been constructed, but the war came in and the resources have to be redirected to meet the urgent matters like financing peace and implementing it. Now what we are doing is to do some of the work ourselves. I will tell him [Mawut] to tell them to repair the road instead of bringing people from other countries,” stressed Kiir.

“So, let us stop the war and let us not fight again so that we can build bridges that would connect people,” he further added.

Meanwhile, the governor of Terekeka state, Juma Ali Malou said work on the road requires would more than 10 drums of fuel.

He said the road has been in a bad condition and that it could not be repaired because of the conflict that hit the country in 2013.

The South Sudanese leader said he regretted the suffering nearly four years of civil war has inflicted on the people.

"I am not happy. I am hurting inside. How can I be happy when I see my people suffering?" asked Kiir on Friday.

At least 7.5 million of the estimated 12 million South Sudanese will need assistance in 2017, the United Nations humanitarian respond plan showed.

Conflict broke out in December 2013 following months of internal wrangling in the ruling party (SPLM) over leadership, vision of the party, reforms and democracy. The civil war has killed thousands of people and displaced millions as refugees to neighbouring countries. Also, an estimated 1.9 million others are internally displaced in the country, with thousands sheltering at the U.N protection of civilians’ sites within the country.


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  • 26 September 2017 07:06, by lou nuer

    Redirecting resources to the implementation of peace. Which peace? Kiir don’t deceive the world you are implementing peace say that resources are directed to finance military activities and bribe people interrupted the peace and finance our stomach and Greater Bahel Gazal in general as you talk of road link bahel gazal leaving other road like Bor road, Torit and many more other like Yei.

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  • 26 September 2017 07:27, by dinkdong

    Like the war just came walking into South Sudan without his knowledge and now he is talking of lack of development. You are not smart and we will not forget what you and your buddy Riek Machar did to this nation. We will hold you forever for the corruptions and atrocities you contributed to the failure of South Sudan.

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  • 26 September 2017 08:10, by Eastern

    Kiir made the following statement...

    “If there was not war, this road would have been constructed, but the war came in and the resources have to be redirected to meet the urgent matters like financing peace and implementing it. Now what we are doing is to do some of the work ourselves. I will tell him [Mawut] to tell them to repair the road instead of bringing people from other countries,” stress

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  • 26 September 2017 08:13, by Eastern

    Kiir chose to wage war rather than implement an imposed peace; Kiir argued that war is better than bad peace..! Kiir chose to squander the meagre resources of the country to PROCURE ARMAMENT TO FIGHT THOSE OPPOSED TO HIM. Most dinka people agreed with this and many died fighting and others are now dying from starvation, diseases, etc.Why do you want the Juba-Yirol road repaired now..?

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    • 26 September 2017 13:33, by jubaone

      Fools often learn the hard way. If this Kiirminal were visionary, he would have foreseen the detriment he was getting the SS into, and not opt for war. He let himself be dragged like a donkey by the JCE instead of muzzling them. Now all is gone, he has wasted lives, money, time and energies. Just a loser. How does he manage his family anyway?

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  • 26 September 2017 09:03, by Tilo

    I though you said peace is been implemented and that no fighting in the country
    Now why can’t you fix the road since you have started implementing the peace for more than a year now.
    Hypocrisy will surely kill you one day ya Jieng. Jieng has allow some Dinka individual to tarnish the jieng community image in the country n the world at large.

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    • 27 September 2017 00:07, by garrak1520

      You started the war sir, you thought you will come victorious forgetting that you have malnourished soldiers and undisciplined over 700"generals", the army with most generals on earth. You chose war over the welfare of your people. Why talk about it today? War helps you cover all the horrible things you did , and most importantly, war helps you steal more money. NO CONTROL

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  • 27 September 2017 06:41, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    We should put the arms down & used the peace as a mean of re-construction not for destruction so that our people can have glimpse of the peace of mind for the more than decade of wars

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  • 27 September 2017 19:11, by injuba

    Even in times of peace, no roads would have been constructed, no schools would have been provided to the people of South Sudan, exept the ones paid for by WFP or other donors. This government of thieves would have put everything in their pockets. Kiir is crying because he and his croonies can’t steal as much as they did before.

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