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Kenya-South Sudan highway to be completed in 2020: official

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July 4, 2019 (NAIROBI) - Chinese contractors working on the Kenya-South Sudan highway will complete project by 2020, an official said.

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The principal secretary in Kenya’s Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development, Julius Korir told Xinhua that three Chinese contractors won the tender to upgrade about 248 km of road to bitumen standards on the road section linking South Sudan.

"So far the project is about 30 percent complete and we expect the road to be commissioned in 2020," he said Monday.

Korir said Kenya is prioritizing the highway, which is part of the East African Community road network so as to boost intra-regional trade.

He said the poor quality of the existing roads has negatively impacted on trade between Kenyan and Africa’s youngest nation.

"Kenyan traders are forced to travel through Uganda in order reach South Sudan, a process that could take up to three days. With the new road, travel time will be cut by at least two days," stressed Korir.

South Sudan is a strategic partner of Kenya in many areas. The two countries have cultural similarities as many South Sudanese lived in Kenya during the war before independence.

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  • 5 July 14:00, by Midit Mitot

    A lot of planning , proposals, promises from so many countries an yet never implemented.EAC are kidding to South Sudan.

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    • 6 July 05:03, by Pakuai

      Midiit Mitot,
      At least Kenyans are doing their own part. Kenya is not in bad shape in term of infrastructures and educated workforce. Here in South Sudan, we are in negative gear in both. And that is why some South Sudanese with brains have begging criminals like Mr. Riek Machar, his allies and their bunch of losers to stop their aimless armed rebellion and focus on developments. And development need peace, stability and infrastructures, it is just as plain as day and night. South Sudan army should even greatly in building our country’s roads.>>>

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      • 6 July 05:13, by Pakuai

        Investors, whether local or international investors don’t uncertainty or stability, it is the way it always has been and will always be. No one to would want to invest in an area where his/her business would be destroyed and end up with loss of his/her investment. But if South Sudanese should just stop these nonsenses and embrace peace, amend our constitution, make good investment laws, build our infrastructures and have strong adherence to rule of law. Then many countries in our region and around would want to do business with South Sudan and South Sudanese people>>>

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        • 6 July 05:30, by Pakuai

          And no one will make these things happen, but South Sudanese themselves. Countries like Kenya have known the benefits of peace. And probably infrastructures like schools, hospitals, roads and others keep people in peace. Farmers need roads to take their produces to shopping centres and they also need schools and clinics/hospitals to take their sick family members to. Developments and insecurity are two poles apart. Some of our leaders who are full of themselves and their inflated egos to rule South Sudan and South Sudanese people at all cost should just man up and give South Sudanese people a break>>>>

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          • 6 July 05:48, by Pakuai

            to chart their own future. Of course, every country or a family, there are sometimes problems, and there are always to resolve those problems without wars. Yes, there some problems that can be resolved by wars. Our war with our cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan was justified because they even want subjugated our us and take over our country just like they have through out centuries of ’encroachment after encroachment’ when our ancestors wrongfully welcomed the creeps into our country. But the ’Any nya one, Anya nya two and the SPLM/A’ drew ’a line in the sand not to be crossed again’ and here we have our independence from the creeps. So why are we still fighting useless trivial wars among ourselves? It is sheer stupidity, simple and plain>>>>

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      • 8 July 10:32, by Midit Mitot

        Pakuai,

        Don,t trust those Kenyan guys much, those are looters. Nothing connected this with Dr Machar!

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  • 6 July 12:35, by Anthony

    Good. the shithole south sudan needs more roads with the better developed kenya for trade.

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