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Khartoum and Juba connected by road after decades


By James Gatdet Dak

November 29, 2008 (JUBA) – Sudan’s national capital, Khartoum, and the capital of the semi-autonomous Government of Southern Sudan, Juba, are now connected by all-weather road after they were cut off from each other by the two decades of war between North and South that ended in January 2005.

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WFP food aid trucks on the road to Juba. (file photo WFP)

In the Council of Ministers meeting on Friday chaired by the First Vice President of the Republic and President of the Government of Southern Sudan, General Salva Kiir Mayardit, the Minister for Roads and Transport, David Deng Athorbei announced that a vehicle could now travel by land from Khartoum to Juba through Bahr el Ghazal region.

Athorbei said the opening up of roads connecting the two capitals, separated by thousands of kilometers, is one of the biggest achievements scored by the three-year old Government of Southern Sudan after the signing of the CPA.

He said it also takes only about ten hours to travel between Khartoum and Bentiu, Unity state, by car.

Road transport between the two capitals will significantly reduce high transport charges, since many people would now have the other cheaper choice to use land instead of air transport.

Air transport between Juba and Khartoum costs about $200 per one-way ticket.

River transport in the South has also been in use from Juba to Kosti by ship or boat, but usually takes more than a week of tiresome journey to reach the destination before you proceed to Khartoum on another four-hour journey by land.

Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Gabriel Changson Chang, told the press after the meeting that the Council also approved a road construction project worth $400 million dollars contracted to EYAT Company to construct a number of additional major roads connecting states and with neighboring countries.

Chang further explained that the Ministry of Roads and Transport has other additional road projects to connect Southern Sudan and Ethiopia through Upper Nile, Jonglei and Eastern Equatoria states, respectively.

The Ministry also plans for next year to asphalt the current respective roads connecting Juba to Uganda and Kenya.

Ministry of Roads and transport is one of the Government’s biggest spending institutions after security followed by education.

It is seen by the Government as key to service delivery to the people and promotion of trade and investment in the region.


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  • 30 November 2008 06:49, by julius mowanga

    A ma i dreaming or it’s real, that our leaders in North & South of Sudan,realized that,in order to make Unity attractive,they have to connect the two diver nations by a cheap means of transportation,so that they can meld the gap of misunderstanding and build their bilateral relationship with trust and confidence.I wanna ask those who used to cause us a big headache,thinking that unity with Jallaba will hold us back as Arab-Slaves;who don’t conceive the policy of self-interest,economically and politically, as a mature nation turning every stone that may lead for a bright future and stable development!!!is it better to keep a close eye on your enemy-partner of interest or being a sapient to Uganda and KENYA???
    I do believe in all Africa united Eco-socially with a single currency and one passport,not only that tiny part of the Black Continent called South Sudan,eh?

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    • 30 November 2008 14:54, by Charles

      Dear all,
      This is really a very great contribution to all of us whether you are living in North Sudan or South Sudan.It’s true we should have good links to ensure easy communication and transportation of goods and services especially for the business people. Even if we(South Sudan) are separating as a different country,we should continue to be in a close friendship with North Sudan,just like with other neighboring countries of South Sudan. We should not hate Northern Sudanese,we were in the same Country before,(The old Sudan)and it was only the marginalization of us by the Northern Government of both Al-Bashir and Nimeri, that made our heroes(D.r John Garang,Joseph Lagu,Salva Kiir etc) to struggle for the freedom of our rights.It is true that for justice and freedom to prevail in any society,we must sacrifice our lives,and that is why they sacrificed their lives for us,and we are finally at this stage.Thank God for that.With out their struggle this road that we are talking of now would have not been opened. But,for those who are still dreaming that South Sudan will be as one country with North Sudan:please forget and rub it out from your mind,so that you free and you will live a happy life when we separate.You are mistaken.We are not going back to those days of the darkness.What we need now is to maintain our friendship as being people who were from the same country before.Just like what North Korea and South Korea are doing right now:They are different countries but they live in harmony.I Wish all the two countries a successful future.We in diaspora are looking forward to seeing that the two sister countries work hand in hand and develop. When I will be traveling to Juba,I will go via Khartoum,being happy and proud of my two countries.

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  • 30 November 2008 09:40, by tayeb M. Alhassan

    This is the type of news we need, support and appreciate.

    Nothing impossible if we divert brain power and abilities to accept civil alternation challenges. Our country is not poor as alleged but I think we have been suffering from some kind of Creative Thinking Poverty Syndrome disease to understand real reasons behind frequent national war irrupts. A rough road build is a step towards skepticism defeat and trust prevail. A small but solid convincing step towards vast development strides going to take place accross the South to serve better attractive unity purposes of the NEW SUDAN. Normal people need nothing more than easy life facilities to make life easier as essentially as political injustice lift off required.

    Work hard and share me hopes of The NEW SUDAN comes true.

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  • 30 November 2008 15:22, by omons stephen

    It’s good to connect south with the strategic countries of East Africa for the better trade that would lead to reduction of prices. South Sudan survive during two decades of war with out any supply from Khartoum, so there nothing good that Khartoum-Juba connection can bring to the development of South Sudan, rather it would facilitates the importation of terrorist from North to south.

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  • 30 November 2008 22:56, by Richard Yongo P. Milla

    What differnce will it make if Khartoum is connected to Juba/South Sudan? Even if they build the best road in Africa to connect South-North, isn’t it our oil money they are using?I consider all these just one stupid thing call politics of which the jallaba want to play with your minds and see how you will jubilate, and you fooled Southern Sudanese are so happy. USAID is clearing our roads leading to neibouring Kenya & Uganda we are not celebrating. We are depending thoroughly in food items from these neibouring countries, I don’t know whts so special about these countries, is it our only border.If we are talking of intreast, we’ve more intreast in the north than in the other countries, its an automatic/natural thing that the roads have to be better, of which they should’ve done it right after signing CPA. Instead they should’ve taken the initiative to clear the inter-states roads and prove to be a government other than smugglers of resources. For me, this is just what goes around comes around, instead lets ignore that one, and concerntrate here on our misery (roads) in the capital Juba. Dr. Garang had a dream, a dream of NEW SUDAN, and the jallaba are submissive and started to implement it because they’ve no option. They are squized/screwed from every corner, they wanted you (Southerners) to blindly stood by them of which I’m sure our wise leaders will not let the dream of NEW SUDAN fade out; and let us to shame. If they (jallaba)wanted to make the roads good, instead lets tieten the security not to let terrorists in/our resources out. We (Southerners) have to live in a dream that one day we’ll also be neibours to jallaba, where-by we’ll ask for a salt from their Red Sea and they’ll ask for oil from our oil-rich South Sudan and we’ll live happily ever like my other friend has said like North & South Korea, not like India & Pakistan of which India is suffering the consiquences. South Sudan Oyeee!!!! Oyeee!!!

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  • 1 December 2008 07:40, by Mayom hawk

    Dear Guys,
    The TRUTH of this NEWS is a WHITE LIE.
    H.E. the minister for Roads and Transport is not saying the truth. Juba is not accessible by Road from Khartoum by an all weather road but by a sand mixed with mud road, if it is murrum, the better.
    I thought you guys are living in Sudan, but all your comments portray your being far away from the ground we are lying on.

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