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Fighting poverty in South Sudan should be SPLM’s top priority: Salva Kiir


Salva Kiir speaks to the SPLM retreat held in Lobonok county on Sunday 2 Dec 2018 (ST)
December 3, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudan President and leader of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) Salva Kiir called to rebuild the historical party to liberate the country from poverty.

Speaking before an SPLM retreat organized in Lobonok county of Jubek State on Sunday, President Kiir said the conditions in which South Sudanese lived before the independence did not change. " Did we liberate our people from Jalaba (North Sudanese) only to starve in our hands?" He wondered.

In his speech to the party members for the first time since the end of the 5-year civil war, Kiir said the revitalized peace agreement should herald the beginning of struggle liberate South Sudanese from poverty.

"From my perspective, the greatest enemy of the people of South Sudan is poverty, which is the mother of illiteracy, poor health, fighting, corruption and nepotism, hatred and jealousy. We must, without fail, confront poverty head-on and the SPLM must lead," said.

However, Kiir admitted that the SPLM is at its weakest point now since its founding in 1983.

He further pointed out that this weakness can be explained by the division of the party which lost its common vision.

"We have paid too much attention to the pursuit of power and personal gratification and we have taken our eyes off the ball," he said.

"We must return our focus on the continuing work of liberation to liberate our people from poverty, from backwardness and from destitute," he further stressed.

The South Sudanese leader called on the holdout rebels to lay down their arms and to join the peace process.

Also, he called on the people of Lobonok to distance themselves from the rebel activities which may jeopardize South Sudan peace and stability.

The SPLM conference will discuss and adopt a roadmap to rebuild the historical party ahead of the 30-month transitional period which will be concluded by general elections.


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  • 4 December 09:03, by deng

    Mr. President that is good but for me I think the corruption is first to be uprooted and use the power of laws and not laws of power, then we will be able to fight a good fight against poverty.

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  • 4 December 09:09, by deng

    you have said the truth, you will be respected by all citizens if what you said is implemented

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    • 4 December 09:18, by Pakuai

      Even if we are given 110 trillion Dollars today. And distributed to everyone. ’Our fools would just fold their arms & cross our damn arms’ sit around buy everything from Uganda, Kenya & other countries until after it finish. Then we start complain about misuses of resources and corruption, Dinkas/Jaangs/Jenges this or Salva Kiir that>>>

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      • 4 December 09:24, by Pakuai

        Everybody is just sitting around waiting for money from oil and no farming. But tell this simple truth to our lazies & our lowly informed fools that there is nothing free on this planet earth. And they will shout at you that you are a subhuman and other names but the idiots just want to be living on the UN free handout rations all their lives & complain about lack of enough food and all. Pathetic.

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        • 4 December 09:40, by jubaone


          Great piece! Only through inward reflection and positive criticisms can the SS progress. This kiirminal has been a disgrace and has failed the people of SS. They have made our people like slaves, beggars and destitutes and caused so much misery worse than jellabas. The SPLM has metamorphosed itself into a "Stupid People Lacking Manners" movement.

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          • 4 December 16:52, by jubaone

            This kiirminal and loser should have convened his first ever SPLM meeting in his village in Gokrial. But cuz his fellow jienges are neither interested in his political foolery nor bogus thrash, he had in Lobonok, the place of his short-legged chihuahua lapdog Igga. Lobonok people support NAS period.

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            • 4 December 19:37, by The Rhino


              Great words!Fact is,SPLM is long gone and dead with John Garang.Those who are now in it,around or above it are only hungry goons, assassins or warmongers who always crave for cheap quick dollar.Kiir is one of them.So,he has no legitimacy whatsoever to lament before the people of Lo’bonok or Equatoria at large for any second, third or so liberation.Jienges always tend to hijack common....

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              • 4 December 19:44, by The Rhino


                efforts ’liberation’ for their own achievements,NO!,not this time.Kiir should instate move to Kuajok and rally or lament before his jienges.Truth is,South Sudan will never ever be the same again!Equatorians need to promptly fix these facts into their naive heads.The sooner the better!

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                • 5 December 13:08, by jubaone

                  Thank you for these encouraging words. It was the Equatorians that revived this movement after a near total collapse. Equatorians again voted overwhelmingly for referendum in Jan 2011. Again jienges greedily wanted everything for themselves. Now this kiirminal comes to Lo’bonok and spews shit. So what? NAS is here to stay. Federalism/kokora or death. Jienge-free Equatoria 👊

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                • 5 December 13:10, by jubaone

                  Poverty is fought by pens and not guns. Jienges can’t do both.

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      • 4 December 09:25, by Joseph Canada

        Thank God you took your medication today and started thinking like a homosapien. At least I can correct you that if what you say was to be given to the people, most would probably buy Equipments to improve their lives. You would be surprised at what the people could do. I resent you saw even in some places people started building concrete houses.

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      • 4 December 09:40, by deng

        Dear Pakuai.
        you are right, because of corruption and illiterate which make people not to respect laws. I think people will benefits from education, roads hospitals, agriculture projects and all projects will employ people and not to distributing trillions of dollars to them, they will misuse as you said.

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  • 4 December 09:19, by Joseph Canada

    South Sudanese are very strong and independent people given chance to strive. The only bad elements are those in he Government who still from the nation and feel themselves with stash of cash and calling themselves “young tycoons, and blessed” using the national pocket. Kiir you are one of them. Unless you dismantle the mansion in Ethiopia and build home, people won’t trust what you say.

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  • 4 December 10:10, by Eastern

    It should......BUT easier said than DONE...!

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  • 4 December 10:35, by Games

    It will take at least 10-15 years for South Sudan to eradicate the poverties. The size of parliament and army alone would consume over 50% of budgets. 30% would disappear in the pockets of those of Makuei Lieth and the rests. 20% wouldn’t be enough for the infrastructures

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  • 4 December 11:53, by Lenin Bull

    And where were you Mr.President when all these messes were occuring? Were you sleeping or sleep-walking your presidency duration? Well you have spoken well. Actions speak louder than words. Please tramslate those good patriotic words into actions now starting now and not tomorrow. Or else you are losing slowly mark my words. We are not all fools to be fooled everyday, every year.

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  • 5 December 08:35, by Black Nation

    Security stability first and then fight against poverty in the country ya Mr. President.Am I communicating?

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  • 5 December 18:23, by Charles Majok

    Good, Lord. God moves in mysterious ways. How can the leader of the gang of thieves from Bahr El Ghazal talk about fighting poverty. Does he mean that SPLM officials should continue to fight poverty by looting the resources of the country? Good, Lord.

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