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S. Sudan minister accuses humanitarian agencies of politicking


April 14, 2015 (JUBA) – A leading government official in South Sudan has accused international relief agencies and troika countries (United States, United Kingdom and Norway) of being more interested in interfering in the country’s political affairs than providing humanitarian assistance.

South Sudanese cabinet affairs minister, Martin Elia Lomoro, told a workshop of state ministers of agriculture in the capital, Juba, on Monday that international NGOs and humanitarian agencies were becoming increasingly nvolved in internal politics because they were after the resources of the nation.

“I want to tell you clearly that these humanitarian agencies are not interested in our development but want to involve politics because of our natural resources,” he told the gathering.

“They (NGOs) know we have oil and that is why they involve in politics,” he further alleged, without naming a particular humanitarian agency.

He also lashed out at the troika countries for suggesting solutions to the political turmoil in the country.

“When we were fighting for our independence, lost three million lives, where were they [the] so-called troika?” he said.

The minister was reportedly angered by recent threats of sanctions by troika countries should president Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar fail to sign a final peace agreement and end the war.

The troika is currently participating in drafting of a final peace agreement which will include power-sharing between the two rival leaders.

Lomoro’s rhetoric against the international community also previously came to light at a public rally on 18 March when he said South Sudanese lost three million lives and would even sacrifice more lives to defend their independence from whoever interferes in the internal politics.

He defended his criticism, alleging that the international community was pressuring the government of to accommodate Machar.

The cabinet minister told the agriculture ministers to work to be self-reliant, use local resources and encourage the people to open more lands and forget about the international community.

“The development partners are not interested in our development,” he said.

“We have to be economically independent by producing more food and forget about humanitarian agencies,” he added.

The state ministers of agriculture from the ten states of the country converged in Juba this week to devise means to promote farming in the countryside, which is also infested by insecurity.


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  • 15 April 2015 07:45, by marie

    The likes of Elia Lomoro are just opportunists. Did he ever fight? The guy was in welfare in London. He still keeps his family there depending on welfare. Elia should be the first person to be sanctioned from travelling and his family deported back to South Sudan, he would then start talking sense. Money can really change people, unbelievable.

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    • 15 April 2015 09:52, by Mayom County Boy

      white liars from Mr Elia Lomoro
      NGOS and International UN organization are working hands in hands with Salva Kiir Mayardit government
      why accusing UN for no reason ?

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  • 15 April 2015 08:21, by Mr Point

    Ella is ignorant of history and ignorant of politics.

    Does Ella know that there is one particular government which is guilty of political interference. One government that is only interested in exploiting the natural resources of South Sudan without regard to humanitarian relief or development.

    Ella is a minister in that government.

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  • 15 April 2015 08:29, by Mohamed

    Bite the hand that feeds you!
    The beginning of the end of a failed state!

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  • 15 April 2015 12:47, by Eastern

    Lumoro is a shame to the Equatorians. He’s been eaten up by Dinkocracy to the extend that he now spews his words like Makuei Lueth! Why can’t asouth Sudanese stand tall to these opportunists who have amassed enough to see them through any humantarian catastrophe that may befall the country anytime in the nearest future?

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  • 15 April 2015 15:43, by Kim Deng

    For your info, when the CPA was signed in 2005, the Khartoum troops were still dancing in Torit let alone Malakal, Wau and Juba. Had it not been the involvement of international community, especially the U.S., this Jungle (South Sudan) would have never been a country, but warfield.

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  • 15 April 2015 23:00, by Ambago

    This minister is a hypocrite. He should have known that throughout the two decades war of liberation, the entire Bahr al Ghazal and Upper Nile Regions has survived through the operation Lifeline Sudan. These lazy people never grew their food for the last thirty years !

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    • 16 April 2015 07:57, by Eastern


      Correct observation. Even now, people in parts of Warrap and Northern Bahr el Ghazal are already complaining food supplies thanks to their laziness whereby they think food must be supplied to them from outside their villages! Sudan has closed its southern borders and importing food from Uganda is not forthcoming thanks to shortage of US dollars!

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