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Upper Nile has no roads, building set for November


July 27, 2011 (MALAKAL) – Citizens of Upper Nile state will see massive road construction begin by November, Kun Monylang Diing, the state minister of physical infrastructure said in an interview with Sudan Tribune in Malakal on Wednesday.

The minister acknowledged that roads inside Malakal, the headquarters of former greater Upper Nile region, are example of how gravely-damaged the roads network in the state are. Asked to speak about the current status of roads in Upper Nile, minister Monylang put it this way:

“For now, we don’t have roads [in Upper Nile] as we speak,” he said adding that “you cannot move throughout the year in Upper Nile state.”

“Next year for sure, people will travel throughout [the year,” he said.

Malakal is served by three main roads; one from north Sudan through Renk – Malakal called peace road which was funded by the government of national unity before the country split on 9 July following South Sudan’s independence declaration.

South Sudan’s federal ministry of roads will continue with construction of the Renk—Malakal road, which will continue to Jonglei state, according to the minister.

Other roads are Malakal—Nassir—Jookou to Ethiopia and Ethiopia to Pagak—Mathiang—Welgok—Malut then to Malakal. Most of the roads are dry season roads and minister Monylang who described them as merely “cleared” of trees without building of road layers.

Trade is not flowing between counties and responses to security challenges are always hampered by the curved roads starting within Malakal town. In remote villages, the cleared long-paths known as ‘road’ are submerged during rainy seasons halting land movement, Monylang said.

“Without roads, the economy will not grow. Without roads, the security [agents] will be difficult to respond,” he said.

Given volatile security situation, combating local clashes is the priority of the Upper Nile state government followed by the road construction, minister Monylang said.


Many citizens in Malakal drink untreated water fetch from River Nile. Minister Monylang disclosed to Sudan Tribune that one of the challenges needing “long term solutions” are building of new water treatment plant and electricity as “other big projects.”

“But you know, the town has grown and is growing all the time so, clean water doesn’t reach people. We are working to up-grade or build new plant. We have also transported [into Malakal] three generators and we [are] working to connect and operate as a temporally solution [to power shortage],” he said.

Big infrastructure projects have taken time to begin as after elections in 2010 feasibility studies had to be carried out. Costs and budgets were only agreed between companies and the state government in March just before the rainy season.

“And you know also in Malakal, there are some fights erupting all the time. There are more fights that occurred here in the town and the contractors ran away when there is war. We have to push them to come back to work,” he said.

After more than two decades of civil war, South Sudan’s infrastructures remains in a bad shape and constructing them is one of the immediate challenges the new nation is posed to address in order to respond to local security threats.


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  • 28 July 2011 06:58, by Chol Mading

    My question is what do you do with the 2% the sate is receiving every month from oil revenue? May be distributing the revenue among yourselves? These things should have been done long time ago.

    I think Gov. Simon Kun is a disgrace to Upper Nile, he must go!

    • 28 July 2011 07:59, by Land-of-Cush

      Now there is no road infrastructure because of rain’ when reach November and December then there will be another issues to prevent these roads infrastructure.

      • 28 July 2011 08:29, by LL Reuben


        Lack of money or will on the side of the governor is not the issue preventing the construction of roads in Upper Nile. The issue is insecurity caused by the militia presence in the area. Who want to work where unexpected killing is imminent at a given minute? Would one of you fellows work there knowing a militia will burst by at any given time and kill you? Think about it before you talk about money or weakness of some individual.

        • 28 July 2011 11:38, by Gatluak Manguel

          My friend, are you trying to say that thatsecurity issue in upper nile is worse than that of Jonglei state? is the security situation in Upper Nile worse than that of Unity state? is the security issue biger than that in WES? My friend, there is no state in South Sudan where security is not an issue. Lack of development in Upper Nile is not due to the security problem. It is a weakness from the governor. I know this man very well. We all voted against him but he was hand-picked by his gangs in juba simply to fulfil their mission of "LET US SERVE OURSELVES". This man must go from governorship and eat his looted money. We want the real development this time and if this greedy so called Kun wala Fahr wala rat is left as a governor, we will not go even a single step forward to development. Yaa kun please go!!!

        • 28 July 2011 18:56, by Chol Mading

          Rain and security aren’t issues and will never be. Many neighboring states are doing little development facing the same issues, but Gov. of Upper Nile is corrupted and the officials are there to fill their pockets and run away with money.

          I was there couple of weeks ago and I felt so sorry &&s work that Gov. Kun is doing. This man has zero knowledge of his leadership. He won’t accomplish any thing in that state. The only good news is that he may be on his way out.

          I am originally from Jonglei state; with little that we have at least we’re making headways in term of development.

  • 28 July 2011 12:40, by Ayuen deng

    It’s agood plan but remmber to supervise the contraction because living the campany to work alone will lead to poor work done .Like it’s used to happen here in jonglei state where ASCOM and AYAT have scoop billion of pounds but poor contraction done.

    • 28 July 2011 13:35, by Simon Peter Wal

      Its good that cde minister hss acknowledges the issue.. upper nile and unity should be a mong the best states in South Sudan..but unproper planning and unprioritized projects some times steals a hell of money..we are urging our fellow citizens to open wide their eyes and monitor what has been deliverd to them and to exactly know how fast the development is going..

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