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President Salva Kiir (C) poses for a photograph with FVP Taban Deng Gai (L) and Second VP James Wani Igga (R) at the Presidential Palace in the capital of Juba, July 26, 2016. (Photo Reuters/Jok Solomun)
September 7, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir has vowed to undertake radical economic reforms to end the country’s current economic crisis and improve the living condition of the conflict-affected people.

President Kiir, according to a statement read for him by James Wani Igga, and aired by the state owned South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation on Wednesday said he was aware of the worsening economic hardship and the difficult living conditions people are facing.

The government, he said, was working hard to find possible answers to the situation.

“My message to you, the citizens, I know you are suffering and because of your resilience your government and the leaders are working way to stop this senseless and take strong measures to reform the economy, said President Kiir is a televised statement delivered on his behalf by the Vice President Wani.

The presidential message which was read during a meeting of the Chamber of Commerce vowed to reform South Sudan’s trade policies to help address some of the economic challenges.

Kiir acknowledged the other challenges his administration was facing, including political instability and the high crime rates in the capital Juba.

South Sudan devalued its currency in 2015, on the advice of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), pushing the economy of the country dependent on oil exports to a difficult situation.

The civil war pitting government soldiers and armed opposition fighters led by the former First Vice President Riek Machar have added a huge pressure on the economy of the young nation.

The new nation has been at war since December 2013, just two years after the attainment of independence, which came after decades of conflict with Khartoum. Oil, which was expected to be South Sudan’s main revenue stream, has failed to bring the desperately-sought development.

The continuing civil strife has all but stopped production in Unity State, one of the country’s two oil areas. Thousands of South Sudanese have fled the violence at home, while equally large numbers have been displaced internally.

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  • 7 September 23:36, by dinkdong

    How’s he gonna do that? Give the money he and 74 others looted back to the country?

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    • 8 September 01:03, by Agany Malim

      To reform economic crisis in ss is not a matter of go on television to read out statement about it but need collective works rather looting the little one that we get from oil production. Again you leaders of evening can not do it unless leaders of sun light can able make reform that you always talk about. What you do is suspected to be some thing illegal in the country so ti remain to declear it

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    • 8 September 02:58, by garrak1520

      How many more messages to the people. Mr. President, you cannot lead, please give up the power and watch the capable take over. It’s greed who is keeping you in Juba, not love for the people. For the good of S.Sudan, don’t wait for the end of war to go. You are the reason for the war, and as long as you are in power, the war will go on. For the love of South Sudan, just leave.

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    • 8 September 06:05, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      I’m telling to the president,
      Impossible thing can’t be aired out.
      Economic cannot improve in the present current.
      1.Corruption.
      2.Senseless war
      3. Auction of Dollar in black market.
      Let South Sudanese be suffering till the day come of solving this.

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      • 8 September 14:05, by jubaone

        Ayuiu,
        Now you are writing sense. That is how concerned intellectuals do things: in a analytical, orderly manner. These are good points.

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  • 8 September 00:51, by Nairobimitot

    If you help him to stop the war, the president Kiir can reform the economy within one year. Despite the current economic crisis that has been imposed up on him, he will still do it. He is a warrior, and you will see he will sure get it done and improve the country economically.

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    • 8 September 07:07, by Malakal county Simon

      Nairobi

      But he is the one who started such a senseless war due to fear of losing power...... At the same time, is capable to stop this senseless war if he truly have a heart for his country and his people’s ..... Otherwise, you’re just beating around the bush if your scares to point your finger to the right direction......

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    • 9 September 16:14, by Mr Point

      The country has been politically unstable and economically unfeasible since Kiir staged his power grabbing fake coup in 2013. Everything Kiir touches turns to ash.

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  • 8 September 01:51, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Unless the solagan so called Honourable get changed nothing can change!The definition of( MP) my own analysis stead fo half of the money goes into pockets of the burgoseis.until this culture change nothing will ever change the current situation in the South Sudan. I belief the greedy,selfishness nature of the created human beings. The hearts that are full of wanting more n more

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    • 8 September 03:14, by john akeen

      The situation in our country is really easy to be controlled, and the war that is going on in our country it’s really easy to be controlled, and the tribalism that is in our people heart, it’s really easy to make it go away from our people, but only one thing that is very difficult in our country that can not be solve easily. I tell you, educating our people is the most difficult thing

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      • 8 September 06:49, by Kuch

        Mr. John Akeen,
        There is no more real aimless armed rebellion in the country to be honest. The only war left is a psychological & propaganda war. The SPLA has done its job. But the real enemies of peace these days in South Sudan are the US, the UK, their UN & their NGOs. Mr. John Akeen, tell me, what part of South Sudan is still being occupied by Riek Machar rebels, none that l know of>>>

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        • 8 September 06:55, by Kuch

          The government of South Sudan has called for national dialogue to iron out the issues ailing our country & has reach out to anyone to come & join the national dialogue. I understand that even the criminals like Riek Machar, Lam Akol, Thomas Cirilo, Pagan Amuom & other who are cowering in foreign countries were contacted to come back home & join the national dialogue, but they flatly refused>>>

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          • 8 September 07:02, by Kuch

            on the directives of their foreign masters or proteges (the US, the UK & their UN). The US, the UK, their UN & their NGOs have taken the criminals like Riek Machar, Lam Akol, Thomas Cirilo, Pagan Amuom, Majak Agoot & Rebecca Nyandeng hostage in foreign countries and they are using them as their *blackmails & bargaining cards* to be welcomed into our country so that they can come & plunder>>>

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            • 8 September 07:06, by Kuch

              our country like they doing in Libya, CAR, Iraq & other countries. Do you many South Sudanese people understand the reason why the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their allies often use this phrase "that the national dialogue & peace in South Sudan must be inclusive"?>>>

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              • 8 September 07:13, by Kuch

                Everybody knows that the national dialogue is already inclusive. But *the US, the UK, their UN & NGOs* have no provision in our national dialogue & they want to be included & that is why the keep saying making noises that the ’national dialogue must inclusive’ for peace to prevail in South Sudan. My fellow South Sudanese, Pagan Amuom, Lam Akol, Thomas, Rebecca Nyandeng, Riek Machar & others>>>

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                • 8 September 07:22, by Kuch

                  are all hold up by their foreign masters in foreign countries & their Riek Machar armed rebellion has been crushed on the ground. The government of South Sudan had called them to come back home for national dialogue, to come & form their own political parties or rejoin the mother SPLM if they so wish & help in the restructuring of final constitution before general elections>>>

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                  • 8 September 07:30, by Kuch

                    But the traitors are refusing to come back home because their foreign masters of the US, the UK, their UN & their NGOs have not gotten a deal. The US, the UK, their UN & their NGOs have lost everything. Their Riek Machar & their so-called former detainees that they thought they would use as their puppets/stooges that they can install into power in our country & then>>>

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                    • 8 September 07:35, by Kuch

                      they (the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their allies in between) can remotely micro-manage our country & our people in Washington, Wall Street, London, Brussels, Paris, Dubai & other shady capitals around the world where the criminals behind the current mess in our counry bank their loots>>>

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                      • 8 September 07:42, by Kuch

                        But the evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their sleazy allies in between regime change business in our country didn’t work for them as they had planed. They (the US, the UK, Norway, their UN, their NGOs & IGAD-plus countries) went & drafted their so-called compromised proposed peace Agreement (CPA II) or ARCISS in hotels, brothels & bars of Adis Ababa>>>

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                        • 8 September 08:00, by Kuch

                          and pushed their damn rubbished into the government of South Sudan & the South Sudan with their puppets/stooges of Riek Machar & Pagan Amuom to sign it. And when their (TROIKA countries, their UN, NGOs & IGAD-plus counries) imposed so-called ARCISS or CPA II:http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article56093
                          exploded in their own evil faces in July last year, then the evils went & draft their own>>

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                          • 8 September 08:08, by Kuch

                            damn additional UN mercenaries in their brothels, hotels & Bars of Adis Ababa & New York & called them regional protection force (RPF):http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/08/approves-peacekeeping-force-south-sudan-160812191513815.html
                            Allegedly to come & "protect airport & vital installations" Which was an outrageous load of rubbish to invade our country on the disguise of their damned so-called>>

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                            • 8 September 08:17, by Kuch

                              regional protection force (RFP). And when the US, the UK, their UN & their NGOs with their so-called regional protection force (RFP) regime change of government of South Sudan didn’t work out still, then the evils sent their creeps to Central Equatoria & then shouted at the top of their evil lungs that there was going to be Genocide in South Sudan & some that was not even on anyone mind>>>

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                              • 8 September 08:38, by Kuch

                                in our country but a ruse by the criminals in America, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creeps in between to crawl their evil selves into our country. Their creepy criminals working in their CIA, MI6, USAID, MSF, OXFAM-UK, and their other creepy European secrete agents posing as NGOs workers were even goading the central Equatorians to run to Uganda because they were being targeted>>>

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                                • 8 September 08:47, by Kuch

                                  by their so-called Dinka/Jenges government government, simply because they (the Central Equatorians Yei, Juba & Kejo-keji ) were not Dinkas/Jenges. The US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & some of their allies in between genocide in South Sudan didn’t happen as they had hoped for. A lot innocent Dinkas/Jenges were brought out on high ways & the drivers of the cars were asked if there>>>

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                                  • 8 September 09:22, by Kuch

                                    there were MTNs (Dinkas/Jenges) in (a derogatory way) from the buses & cars from Yei-Juba & Juba Nimule roads & were brought out & murdered by thugs. But the US, the UK, their UN & their NGOs & some of their criminal allies in between, kept quiet but then but went on to blame the government of South Sudan. The same evil corporate Ameerica, the UK, their UN, their NGOs pushed their Thomas cirillo>>

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                                    • 8 September 10:24, by Kuch

                                      to Adis Ababa after they found out their dirty intrigue on South Sudan & against the South Sudanese people’s regime change business was not going anywhere in our country & against our people>>>

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                                      • 8 September 14:51, by Angelo Achuil

                                        "Radical Reforms" I am thinking really??? Would you care to explain HOW??

                                        To "KUCH" Have you ever taken the time to pause and ponder the meaning of your name "KUCH" and compared it with your long, long, long rants posted here? I just wondered.

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                                  • 8 September 09:36, by Tilo

                                    Kuch
                                    What is the point you are trying to make, I failed to understand your story buddy.

                                    Of cause there is fighting happening every where in the country, No interstate road due to insecurity; civil servant re not been paid 4 month n so forth...
                                    Which ND is fruitful, kindly tell us what did you achieve from the so called ND?
                                    Why do you keep on mentioning the west in every comment?
                                    u need a help

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        • 8 September 17:38, by jubaone

          Kuch,
          Your assessment defies common logic. Riak is packed in SA and has no control over SS and yet nothing is functioning. Runaway inflation, fleeing refugees, starvation, lawlessness, thuggery, corruption et al and yet your uncle seems to have no control at all. How do you explain that? US, UN, NGO, evil juus? That is jienge paranoia.

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      • 8 September 09:45, by Free at Last Viva!

        But educating our people is only possible in a peaceful atmosphere. But with current situation in our Country, nothing is easy to control my dear. You are just dreaming. BUT WE WILL BE FREE AT LAST! when the right leader come who will set up and install the system that will never be blown a way by corruption. That leader is Dr. Riek Machar. He will surely come. you just give him a chance.

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  • 8 September 05:19, by Nyesi Ta

    These 3 lost men of South Sudan indeed have mud in their heads. Radical economic reforms will never improve the living condition of ordinary South Sudanese unless the God damn men find a solution to stop the on going war. Somebody somewhere need to educate Kiir Al Awiir that the economic crisis is the product of the war he started and still perpetuating.

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    • 8 September 17:45, by jubaone

      Nyesi Ta,
      Kiirminal has been stupified to believe that the new "Dr" Wani will deliver the academic background needed to bring about radical economic reforms. Now they have another PhD in the club, just wait and Dr. Wani will join the rest of Drs Riak, Lam Akol, Peter Adwok, Nyamliel etc. cos he has become "mentally liberated" than the luak savage and kiirminal. Anyway, I am proud of Dr. Wani.

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  • 8 September 06:25, by Tilo

    Dear Mr. President
    We have heard your messages and tired of it, it always ends on SSBC and thus all you can do "read out nice and beautiful message" FYI, we don’t need the messages, we need action. Did you stop the war with Ur ND yet? What happened and how far have you gone with ending the war through ND? You are just a joke, disgrace and a curse to SS.
    S. Sudanese are tired of you n ur leadership

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