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S. Sudanese official links ending war to restoring economy

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August 6, 2017 (JUBA) - A member of the Jieng (Dinka) Council of Elders (JCE) has called for an end to the ongoing conflict in South Sudan, saying it was the only way of restoring the country’s economy.

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A pipeline that transports crude oil from the south to Port Sudan (Reuters)

Aldo Ajou Deng Akuey, in a statement published in a local daily newspaper, attributed the collapse of the country’s market economy to several factors, including halt in crude oil production.

“What the country needs at this stage is to make peace with itself, rehabilitate the damaged social fabric, politics, economy, restoration of national institutions, democracy and the rule of law, and move from here to there”, he told The Dawn newspaper.

Since its independence, South Sudan has relied on oil for all income—a situation that has significantly compounded ongoing political and economic instability due to the fall in crude oil prices.

South Sudan got the lion’s share of the oil when it split from Sudan in July 2011, but it’s only export route is through Sudan, giving Khartoum leverage and leading to ongoing pricing disputes.

According to South Sudanese officials, production in the past reached as high as 350,000 bpd but fell after a dispute with Sudan over fees for pumping South Sudan’s crude through Sudan’s export pipeline, which led South Sudan to halt production in 2012.

Even after restarting production, it never recovered to those levels, but it dropped to 245,000 barrels per day after the outbreak of the civil conflict in South Sudan in 2013, which hindered production in the oil-rich areas of the north.

“Anybody sitting back these days and posing blames and counter blames on individual directors or a minister is outside the true situation in South Sudan. The director of the Nile Pet, young or old, former or present should not be blamed. Or can any law enforcement agent charge or arrest traders who tried to benefit from the scarcity they did not create,” stressed the JCE member.

He added, “It is time, however, to acknowledge and agree to the fact that, we (politicians) have contributed to the physical destruction of our country, thus rendering our people into miserable lives and unprecedented sufferings”.

Inflation in South Sudan has reached more than 800% and the government is increasingly unable to pay its civil servants and the military forces.

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  • 7 August 07:35, by dinkdong

    ". . . ending war to restoring economy." Duh, you just figured it out now? Bunch of losers.

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  • 7 August 08:21, by Joseph Canada

    Idiots who have no brains to think. You Jienge started the war. Tou thought it wont affect you too? You behave like a hytempered child who pick the tone and hit his his younger brother, then when he sees him bleeding he start reggretting his own actions.

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    • 7 August 15:53, by jubaone

      Joseph Canada,
      Jienges are the beneficiaries of this war. There is NO war in jiengeland. They have free food deliveries from WFP, their cows get vaccinated, their children go to good schools whether in jiengeland or in Kenya/Uganda with stolen monies, they feed well with looted monies while the rest starve, they take by force as unkown gunmen, so what??

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  • 7 August 08:26, by Eastern

    Aldo Ajou Deng Akuey is dead wrong!! The war has ENDED (don’t ask me how or when...). Ask the old man why some of the oil fields are not producing crude oil for export. Ask the old man again why South Sudan still needs a Regional Protection Force to provide security along major highways, especially the Nimule-Juba highway. With China and Russia 100% behind Kiir, why is South Sudan running aground.

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    • 7 August 09:27, by South South

      Eastern,

      You are another old man who cannot really produce any good idea anymore. Aldo Ajou is speaking as a member of Council State, which is part of the government. He is stating his own personal idea. Not only China and Russia are 100% with South Sudan. Regional countries are with us too that why Reik is parked in South Sudan.

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      • 7 August 15:38, by jubaone

        South South,
        Eastern rightly alludes that there is NO MORE war after the capture of Pagak by the nyagateen. all is quiet now. The cononmy is buzzing and all petro-dollars incessantly flowing. All bandits, conmen, goons and prostittutes are returning to Junub to further plunder and loot while jienge benydits/bandits enrich themselves, that is good economy.

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      • 7 August 15:42, by jubaone

        South South,
        Great that Riak is parked somewhere in SA. Now Taban can kindly request his fellow Nuers to quit the UN camps and go home. Jienges too, should stop fleeing hunger from their luaks and go and do worthwhile agriculture instead of idlling and squatting in Equatoria. Hurrah! The Kiirminal has brought peace now Jineges Go Home (JGH), hurah!

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        • 7 August 18:06, by South South

          jubaone,

          You are a copy of Eastern. You are an old man who cannot produce anything new to us here. What kind of old man are you? Talking about "prostitutes" as a good sign of a good economy? Oh my God!!!!! Good news is that you will die in DIASPORA.

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  • 7 August 09:17, by Lenin Bull

    War and strong/good economy are antitheses. Roads blocked by rebels or criminals, no agricultural activities, civilians have run away from their villages leaving redundant villages with no economic activities, etc, SPLA-Io burned down oil fields, etc. Who then will make miracle to improve the economy in the midst of all these negativities? Uncle Aldo Ajou you are right 100%.

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  • 7 August 09:24, by Lenin Bull

    I wish the Dinka Ageer switch off the only breast feeding South Sudan with oil money and let us see whether we will still have a country, government, or even economy to to talk about. The same oil money coming from Ageer Dinka areas in Paloch is being corrupted and stolen by thieves embedded in government in Juba.

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  • 7 August 09:30, by Lenin Bull

    Let war stop so that agriculture, live stocks, fishing, oil fields reopen, normal trading activities within South Sudan and between South Sudan and neighbors will resume. Peace will also convince some friends of South Sudan among the rich nations to pour more money into our economy thus improving the economy more. PEACE is the magic formula folks to our improve our economy but not Salva Kiir,

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  • 7 August 09:36, by Lenin Bull

    Not Riek Machar, not Lam Akol, not Deng Athorbei, not Stephen Dhieu. Be reasonable folks.WAR is master of poverty and those communities or tribes that still worship war are backward and primitive. Conduct an academic intellectual research in the region and further afield on war poverty and you will prove me right especially meaningless wars like SPLA _IO war fueled by superstitution of NGUNDAENG.

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  • 7 August 12:08, by Majesty

    “It is time, however, to acknowledge and agree to the fact that, we (politicians) have contributed to the physical destruction of our country, thus rendering our people into miserable lives and unprecedented sufferings”.

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  • 7 August 14:36, by Free at Last Viva!

    Blame after Blame.... South Sudan attained its independence but she is not free. we need freedom, and only freedom. Please, join the SPLM-IO, not Taban, for total freedom.

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