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Relations between South Sudan and Kenya, vital - Kiir


February 20, 2011 (ABYEI) - Salva Kiir Mayardit, the president of soon-to-be independent South Sudan has said that there is huge potential for joint ventures between the oil-producing region and the neighboring Kenya considering the country’s experience in trade and investment.

The South Sudan president hopes the two governments will explore more avenues to boost interaction both at the political and economic levels for their mutual benefit, as the region approaches independence in July.

Speaking to Sudan Tribune from the regional capital Juba on Sunday, a presidential aide, who did not want to be named, said the president Kiir made the remark while talking to the Kenyan Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka on Friday.

While receiving congratulatory message of the Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki delivered by his Vice President Musyoka, the aide quoted president Kiir as saying: "We would not be where we are today, without the support of Kenya. I welcomed you and your accompanying delegation to Juba. So feel at home and I am happy you have come to witness the results of a long and difficult journey that took 13 years to negotiate".

Kenya hosted peace talks between North and South Sudan, which ended over two-decades of civil war. Many leaders of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) were based in Kenya during the conflict.

"You know how this process began in 1993 culminating in the signing of the CPA (Comprehensive Peace Agreement) in Nairobi in 2005. Essentially, this is your baby and we are glad that you played your role together with other Kenyans and people from different parts of the world to see to it that we succeed," said president Kiir.

Kiir briefed the Kenyan delegation on the various challenges facing the nascent region, which include developing a strong human resource base, infrastructural development and the intention of his administration to continue to strengthen relations through bilateral mechanisms, in line with the framework of co-operation.

Many of the four million South Sudanese displaced during the civil war fled to Kenya, as well as other neighbouring countries and the North of Sudan.

He said the decision made by the Kenyan government to send such a high level delegation led by Vice President to the region will improve business links. "This affirms the bilateral ties that existed between the Kenyan government and people. These ties needs to be continued and extended into development of a strong Partnership based on mutual respect and shared values," he said.

Kiir said South Sudan has great potential for foreign investment, which is why his government is reviewing the interim constitution to make region more investor-friendly.

"My government seeks close co-operation with relevant authorities in your country to enhance co-operation and potential investment," said Kiir, adding that Kenya is widely accepted as a bridge between the Eastern African community and the rest of the world.

“It is my belief, however, that this bridge of friendship extends far beyond these two regions as has been demonstrated by your engagement in peaceful settlement of the conflict in Sudan, and more especially in the opening of Consulate and establishments of cooperatives in South Sudan immediately after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in several African" countries.

On his part, the Kenyan Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka who was speaking in the office of South Sudan President, in the presence of a high-level government delegation to formally endorse the referendum results and welcome the new state in a meeting, said his country wants the leaders of North and South Sudan to work closely to consolidate peace, sort out resource sharing and agree on border issues in the post-referendum period.

He also pledged an additional 400 million Kenyan Shillings (nearly $5 million) towards capacity building in South Sudan.

The package entails the seconding of 80 top-notch public servants to the new state for a period of three years. He paid a glowing tribute to the people of South Sudan for conducting a peaceful referendum.

"The grand coalition government in Kenya is happy with the way you conducted the exercise. It is a testimony that Africans can peacefully and successfully manage delicate transitions," said Musyoka in a televised statement on South Sudan Television on Friday shortly after meeting South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

Musyoka further commended Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir for supporting the referendum and finally endorsing the new state. ”What is remaining now is for both the leadership of the South and that of the North to work together in a peaceful atmosphere towards propelling the now two neighboring states forward,” he said.

He expressed optimism that the East African Community would be keen to welcome the new state. Kenya’s public service minister Dalmas Otieno said his country was determined to assist the people of South Sudan quickly get their civil service “up and running”.

On bilateral trade, Minister Chirau Ali Mwakwere said Kenya was focusing on three key areas — boosting of cross-border trade, enhancing manufacturing capability and the implementation of infrastructural networks linking Kenya and South Sudan.


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  • 21 February 2011 07:21, by Omoni Atari

    kenya & Uganda south sudan love you.

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    • 21 February 2011 07:22, by Omoni Atari

      I graduated in Mackos boys in 2005.

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    • 21 February 2011 14:53, by Kolnyang youth

      Dear :Southerners

      a poor student brought up by certain rich man until he finished his studies can not forget the rich man who educated him .South Sudan government should not forget the below countries .

      they have contribute a lot to the Success of our Country so the relationship should be tighten between those countries and South Sudan.


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  • 21 February 2011 07:25, by Dinka Dominated SPLA

    Good for you Mr president Kilir Mayardit do your job as you said that the car that Dr John Garang and you driving has no revere gear. which meant that both of you where doing the same jobs fantastic indeed.
    God bless you and Dr John garang plus rest of fighter.

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    • 25 February 2011 15:09, by Okello Dominic Oliha

      By Okello Dominic Oliha from Isohe

      Dear all Southern Sudanese we should focus for developmental considerations not on the issue of divission as others do put it.

      We are very happy with the cooperations our president is trying to create with the good neighbours like Kenya,Uganda,Congo,Ethiopia,etc.These Countries helped us alot during the erra of liberation.

      Let us continue guiding our leaders of the GOSS though there they are working under difficulties.

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  • 21 February 2011 07:57, by Liberator

    Mr. Kiir

    I don’ think you know what the word ’Vital’ means in terms of both in National or international relations contexts.

    As important Kenya & Uganda were to our liberation struglles.

    No country in East Africa is vital as to the South Sudanese during liberation struggles as Ethiopia was in given it’s unconditional support in terms of logistics, Military, political, and Moral on its soil at the time when there was pretty much unanimity against hosting succession armed movements among O.A.U(the predecessor of current A.U)members at the time.

    Kenya & Uganda were only receptive of Southerners after the end of cold war and the sweeping democratic changes sweeping the world at the time,

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    • 21 February 2011 08:44, by Peter Mading

      It is always good to appreciate the role of one country to another. However, those days of " Marching Times" will not get away from the minds of true Southerners.

      The Kakuma refugees lives, The Kenyan Police along the roads starting from Lokichogio down to Nairobi, the 1996 inccidence of torturing and arresting the Southern Sudanese residing in Kenya urban areas, the kenyan pick pockets harrassing Southern Sudanese snatching Shillings notes from Southern Sudanese claiming that the notes does not bear Dr. Garang’ head, that the Shilling notes only bear Moi head and Jomo Kenyatta- the Only Jogoo of Kenyan.

      During those years Kenyan citizens did not realize any progress in terms of their economic growth. The presence of Refugees in Kenya gave many kenyans Jobs opportunities and thus enhanced rapid developmet in their Country to an extend of getting millions of Jobs in Southern Sudan with Humanitarians organisations and further more to Government of South Sudan.

      In addition to that many of them are owning private companies and businesses. The presence of KCB in South Sudan as a muniplier has proved the word "Vital" as expressed by our President.

      If we are to improve relations,the Vice President of Kenya should be informed to carry message back to his Kenyan citizens that Southern Sudanese are to be respected as human beings and people of Identity. Those bads words released by Kenyans against Southerners are to be discarded and Kenyan are needed to apologize and Southerners are to forgive them.

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      • 21 February 2011 09:05, by Lokaku

        Peter Mading, I agree with you. However you might want to know that our leaders in South Sudan learnt the art of theft of public funds and massive corruption from the Kenyans when they lived there, hence the cordial relations among them. I personally would prefer the Ugandans than Kenyans. Yes you remember what the Kenya Police, Immigration etc did to Southern Sudanese refugees. Do we need such people in an independent South Sudan?

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        • 21 February 2011 09:52, by Peter Mading

          We the observers shall use the Ladger books for records:
          We need to draw two collumns:
          First Negative collumn is for bad deeds done to us by Kenyans;
          Second Positive collumn is for our perserverance in Kenya to reach the CPA that was discussed from 2002 and signed 2005 in Kenya;

          It is very right that our leaders are to be made aware of and to only consider positive aspects from Kenya styles of Governance. I only like one in Kenya- I.e. The Kenyan ciriculum that does not give a child chances of Laziness. That positive aspect as to be adopted by our Governement so that our Children have really 9 months of study. It will make them strong academically.

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    • 22 February 2011 02:41, by Hero

      Mr Liberatornuer

      Wrong mate, you are not better than Mr President.Stop being bias to his excellency.

      Be assured that, all Eastern Africa nations are so vitals to the young nation of ours despite which one has contributes most to our success, whether be regionally or internationally.

      Otherwise, thank.

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  • 21 February 2011 08:16, by Son of Greater Equatoria

    Thanks but no thanks. I was reading the east African and they said south Sudan applied for east Africa community which i strongly disagreed with for the following reasons:
    We are still new born country.
    we have to build our infrastructure or institutes.
    If south Sudan join the east Africa community we are screw because 99 % of southern are poor or there is no southern companies to compete with the rest of east Africa. So Mr Kiir be careful done sell south Sudan to Kenya and Uganda because it’s well known most of the GOSS have close business relation with Kenya and Uganda.

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  • 21 February 2011 11:49, by Jeti Leek

    Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia we love you to be our neighbours. Feel at home when you are in South Sudan but you need to take proper care of South Sudanese who are in your countries.

    South Sudan is a hospitable country but you should not misbehave. You live foreigners with respect.

    Thank you,


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  • 21 February 2011 14:43, by gais juvan

    Dear Readers,
    Am writing not commenting on this article but on how readers can comment.
    Comments are not stories, history, background of origin or opinion.
    Most reader are using the chance to comment to post History (see what Gatwech wrote in the article: S.Sudan need PM, says SPLM-DC) this may not be exact Headline but story related to...) That was not a comment!!!.

    Dear Sudan Tribune,
    Am Suggesting to you (herein controller of Web sudan tribune) to alteast limit the words to be written at the commentary (atleast from 250-300words).
    2. To create Opinion column at your web page.
    3. To create History column at your Web page.
    This may enable pepople to post relvant information to the particular column or page.
    Reader are tired reading stories, history which they tought is a comment.

    Readers! Avoid writing histories which are copied and pasted at commentary site/column.

    Many thanks for the observation.

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