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South Sudan minister promises to address students concerns in Uganda


By Philip Thon Aleu

March 5, 2011 (KAMPALA) – South Sudan minister of Youth, Sports and Recreation Makuach Teny Yok has pledged to address grievances raised by students studying in neighbouring Uganda through government strategies of jobs creation and financial support.

South Sudan minister of Youth, Sports and Recreation Makuach Teny Yok is received at Kampala International University by student leaders. March 5, 2011 (ST)

South Sudan is due to become independent in July following a referendum earlier this year agreed as part of a 2005 North-South peace deal.

Minister Teny, who was visiting Kampala, presided over a ceremony at Kampala International University (KIU), organized by the university’s South Sudan Students’ Association (KIUSSA), to celebrate the successful referendum.

He told the youth to prioritize achieving excellence and acquiring knowledge to create a competitive private sector in South Sudan rather than relying on limited government jobs.

“The government is undertaking jobs creation seriously and over 1 million jobs will be [reserved] for youths,” he said to ululations of the students who filled a hall on Saturday at KIU’s main campus in the Ugandan capital.

Teny categorically dismissed students’ claims that unemployment is rampant in Juba, the seat of the South Sudan government, by saying: “What we are looking for is knowledge, which can be used in any sector – private or government’s, but there are jobs [in South Sudan].”

Speaking before the minister took to the stage, the leader of KIUSSA, John Malith Mabor, said that young qualified people in Juba are being denied jobs and government institutions.

“It is not good to hear that few of our students who managed to graduate are still jobless when the country needs skilled man power,” he said.

Malith, who is the president of Kampala International University Sudanese Students Association (KIUSSA), also requested the minister to press the government of south Sudan to empower young people and to “sort out” underdevelopment in the region.

The student leader said he appreciated the South Sudan government for the financial assistance students receive for tuition fees. The policy aims to encourage students on private scholarship in East African countries.

South Sudan minister of Youth, Sports and Recreation Makuach Teny Yok joins Warrap dancers at celebration of independence vote at Kampala International University. March 5, 2011 (ST)

South Sudanese overwhelmingly opted to secede from the north in January’s referendum. The plebiscite was a result of 2005 comprehensive peace agreement (CPA) that ended two decades north-south civil war where at least 2 million people died according to the UN. The new nation will gain statehood on 9 July, 2011 in accordance with the CPA.

Being at war a year before the Sudan’s independence from British in 1956, South Sudan is one of the world poorest regions where basic infrastructures are extremely underdeveloped and the rate of illiteracy is high.

Though the peace return to the south in 2005, thousands of former refugee students continue to attend schools in neighboring east African countries.

The celebration of South Sudan referendum result, at Kampala International University on Saturday was attended by various South Sudanese communities in Kampala as well as the Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS) mission officials.

Traditional dancers and local artists performed at the series of interludes at the ceremony that lasted for several hours. The scene was joyous when the guest of honor Minister Teny joined danced with a group of dancers from Warrap.

Speeches from various representatives dominated the function. Student representatives from Uganda, Tanzania and Somalia were also present.


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  • 6 March 2011 06:44, by Ajak Johnson

    Dear readers

    The ministers always visit Ugandan Universities,and more universities abroad. is their movement official or personal?
    Why do they interesting in visit Uganda universities while neglecting the students with in south Sudan ?

    They haven’t visit any of the universities in the south and address the problems facing the students within the country .This is questionable.
    I am not meaning that they shouldn’t visit students abroad but they have to balance the situation.

    • 6 March 2011 09:12, by AdierCien

      In The Name Of The Trinity God Amen.
      Dear Ajak,I spent several years abroad upto today as speaking I’m not around in Africa but GOSS ministers never reached where we’re. I wonder, is it because the name of the country, Russia? No, I cann’t believe this we are doing the same thing though based in scattered diaspora and I think they never throw a single eye on us. But of course we don’t need them much. What worry me is the situation in Abyei,people being guns down by armed forces from the well known south Sudan enemies you know,I’m touched by the bad situation in Abyei. I call upon govt and all our buddies to look this problem jointly. There are some writers whose their names are popular on this site who are strongly criticising the Dinka tribe being a dominant to the southern territory, I want to assure you brothers & sisters especially historical boy & Taban that when they were fighting arab,each and every clan throughout Dinka communities suffered a great lost of life and even their properities. Now,they are suppose to be compensated by allowing them to excesaise their duty of being a liberators. I’m not a Dinka by the way but it is the fact, other critics says ’many cooks spoil’that is the liai ,let’s come together and build the promised land south Sudan.

      • 6 March 2011 12:44, by Ajak Johnson

        Dear AdierCien
        Thank you very much for your advice to sudantribune readers thier comments are tribal and can not help us build a new nation. It is good to overcome A say that south Sudanese can rule themselves. Saying These is Nuer,Dinka,Shuluk,Acholi and more tribe is useless. lets jiont hand and build a new nation.

        • 6 March 2011 13:38, by AdierCien

          In The Name Of The Trinity God Amen.
          I appreciated dear Ajak Johnson. Those who preaches disloyalties between our communities will find the price for it.

    • 6 March 2011 13:36, by Wiyual

      Dear Mr. Ajak,

      As the best of my knowledge, the current Minister of Youth, Sports and Recreation visits the University of Juba once there is an occasion or invited.

      His current visit to Kampala is officical because he was invited as the Guest of honor by the South Sudanese Student Association in Kampala.



      • 6 March 2011 14:50, by Mango

        Dear Readers,
        Get to know that the University in question is a private institution. This Minister of GOSS has some dealings with the Management interms of kick backs. What I know is that this Institution KIU is the worst in Uganda interms of intake for university student. Most of the students obsorbed are those who failed to hit the threshold for Govt Institution. If you think I am lying check their A Level results you will prove for your self. These people will never deliver any tungible service to the govt. These degrees obtained from overseas, neighbouring countries especially private institution should be properly checked by the public service. I remain to see what good these graduate will bring home!

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