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Private property ownership contributes to stability – Sudan’s Machar

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By James Gatdet Dak

June 25, 2008 (JUBA) – The Vice President of the Government of Southern Sudan, Dr. Riek Machar Teny on Wednesday said his government was encouraging both foreign and domestic private sectors to invest in housing sector in Southern Sudan to help meet the citizens’ demands for houses in the autonomous region.

He said the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) has already approached the German government and private companies in that country to build estates of houses in the region.

Dr. Machar also revealed that the Government of Southern Sudan was in the process of considering designing a policy that would make it possible for citizens to get loans and build private houses, adding that private property ownership also contributes to maintenance of peace and stability in any nation.

“If you own a private permanent property that you value, you do not create instability that would destroy your property,” said Machar.

He explained that the loans could be repaid back by installments.

He said the government should discourage accommodation of staff in government houses because this would not contribute to empowerment of individual’s economy and private ownership of permanent assets.

He said it was unfortunate that the pre-war generation was now joined by the generation of the recently concluded wars without any considerable houses built in Southern Sudan.

Since 2005, the autonomous GoSS has been spending millions of dollars every year to accommodate, in very expensive hotels, senior government employees who could not get government houses for accommodation.

Last week, the Government of Southern Sudan reached an agreement with the Ethiopian government on construction of houses in Juba. In a project to be implemented in early 2009, the Ethiopian government would provide expertise and building materials.

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  • 28 June 2008 05:28, by Juach D Juach

    Dr Machar deserve a credit for that statement. If this is not going to be another lip service then there is hope for our people back home and in diaspora. That is a superb proposal and South Sudanese hope it is gona be followed up!

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    • 28 June 2008 07:39, by Ajuong

      Congratulation Benyda (Kuor-midiit)!!!

      It is very appreciatable and much positive to hear such a wise decision. In fact this is what most of Southerners expect from you if there happens to be no reservation in the move. We want you to make use of PhD in the development of this Nation for the benefit of your people and the people will remember you once you depart from this world. This is always the aim for every human being. Keep it up H.E. Riek!! But give first priority to Unity within the Government(GOSS).

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    • 28 June 2008 09:30, by Majak-da

      Good words by wrong person!

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  • 28 June 2008 05:42, by Kur

    Give the devil his right.I think Riek is right on this issue that the government would discourage government officials from residing in the houses owned by the state.These houses must be rented and made available on subsidised basis to those who cannot afford building their own homes.Furthermore, it would be an excellent step if the government of South Sudan would provide loans to South Sudanese to build their homes and properties that will empower them in different ways. Therefore our parliament must adopt this kind of housing strategy.

    Kur

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    • 28 June 2008 07:07, by Deng John Ajang

      It is a good statement if there is no any other policy behind because politicians are like chameleone.Put your statement in to action and we deserve development in the South.

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      • 28 June 2008 08:42, by Amanya Joseph

        hai Mr Riak if you have never been appreciated for what you did,it is now time to say that you are true developmental person.

        Now let me say a word about housing problems in Southern Sudan,whenever I am in Juba I feel like most of our money goes to housing. If we can see most of these ministers are sleeping in those rudimental tents @ a cost of About 100 or 200 US dollars, imagine such big loamsum of money if it was put in some project like building houses for these ministers and their directors things would have been resolved

        Secondly most of our ministers and the directors are renting some big Banglues in Kampala,Nairobi and other African Countries hence returdating the development of infrustructures in Southern Sudan. with all these I would like to say keep the wisdom for the South at that level but shouldn’t be infiltrated by corrupt minded citizens otherwise it will be a failure.

        To all the citizen of Southern Sudan take this project to be a new and unique proposal of the goverment and we should make use of these services very well otherwise we shall remain squaters on our own Land with all these resources that we have.
        God bless our leaders and give them wisdom since I know that most of those houses in Juba are of post colonial period.

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  • 28 June 2008 10:02, by Dmangau

    It may going to be like the agreement made by H.E with Britain government for scholarship.but the Britain government agreed to sign the document so that is to be official but he was not happy because he need money so that the money goes to the pocket.
    Here I just wanted to thanks Dr Riak for his nice Job,I hope is not going to be like other approaches but still something not in place.
    Government of Southern Sudan(Goss) may work harder to approach as many companies as possible but still big question not answer ,where is the Capital city? Is this really Capital city? City of discrimination,Jealousy, tribalism and others.

    we don’t need city of Jealous, discrimination and tribalism. we need capital city that will be for all so that all will have right to own land right to build your own House but not City that fews claimed.

    For this city to be for all, there some things to be solves before it become ours city otherwise.

    it is not bad to approach German Government and companies to build states but where? Just let wait for Central equatoria to tell Goos to move out of those news build offices.
    I come to Just in 2005 and up to now nothings done about citizen to own land and build freely.

    where are we going?

    I wanted to ask very fews whose their eyes are open to advise the majorities of blind to see very far like other southerner.

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  • 28 June 2008 17:22, by Justin Chicago opiny

    GOVERNMENT HOUSING ESTATES

    The GoSS Minitry of Housing and infracture must build housing estates to be rented by the public. It will not take long before the money is recovered.And for those who can afford the loan to build private homes let them be given. Housing estate companies can build RENT TO OWN homes another good way to avoid depending on the government. Depending on the government entirely is killing us and our economy.Come up with good ideas such as these to bring development. A good idea once implimented saves a million Dollar.

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