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South Sudan and Kenya sign memorandum on construction of oil pipeline


January 24, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan and Kenya have signed a memorandum of understanding on the building of a oil pipeline from South Sudan to the Kenyan port of Lamu.

South Sudan and Kenya sign MoU for construction of oil pipeline, Juba, Jan. 24, 2012 (ST)

The agreement comes four days after South Sudan passed a resolution in cabinet to shut down the oil operations through the pipeline which passes through Sudan to its sea port of Port Sudan.

South Sudan accused Sudan of stealing its oil while Khartoum claimed it was confiscating the oil for unpaid fees; a claim Juba said was unfounded.

The South Sudanese government also passed another resolution seeking an alternative oil pipeline to another neighboring country.

A high level delegation from Kenya, led by the prime minister, Raila Odingo, arrived in Juba on Tuesday to negotiate the memorandum with their South Sudanese counterparts, which resulted in the signing ceremony at J-One Palace.

The Kenyan delegation also included its minister of foreign affairs, Moses Wetangula, minister of public service, Dalmas Otieno and minister of energy, Kiraitu Murungi, among others.

South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, and vice president, Riek Machar, witnessed the signing ceremony. Minister of foreign affairs, Nhial Deng and several other ministers and ambassadors were also present.

The minister of petroleum and mining in South Sudan, Stephen Dhiew Dau, and the Kenyan minister of energy, Kiraitu Murungi, signed the memorandum on behalf of their respective governments.

The memorandum also provided for the installation of fibre optic connections between the neighbouring countries.

In a press statement after the signing ceremony, the two ministers explained that the memorandum laid a foundation for economic cooperation between the South Sudan and Kenya.

“The purpose of this memorandum of understanding is to develop and expand a framework of cooperation and partnership between the Government of the Republic of South Sudan and the Government of the Republic of Kenya on the principles of equality, mutual benefit, mutual understanding, respect and trust,” partly reads the memorandum’s text.

The memorandum explained that the two countries will negotiate transit fees for the oil pipeline which will be based on international practice.

Currently, many countries in the region pay less than US$1 per barrel as transit fees; Khartoum is asking for $32.20.


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  • 25 January 2012 05:11, by NUER ONE

    Very good move for construction oil pipe to kenya our president, go ahead with Bashir to court for our oil which was been stolen by him.

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    • 25 January 2012 05:23, by SeekingTruth


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      • 25 January 2012 05:46, by Mi diit

        Bravo, bravo true brothers, South Sudan and Kenya. Complete the construction of the oil pipeline in less than a year. I hope the transit fee will be less than a dollar as practiced internationally. These are two truly sisterly countries dealing with their genuine economic cooperation. Khartoum bye until you have a clean heart in the future.

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        • 25 January 2012 06:32, by Tamongali

          Yesterday or few days ago all members of the forum attacked Kenya and some even went to extent of insulting them because they want to arrange for president Kiir to meet Omar of Sudan. Now we are praising Kenya for construction pipe line.Every one did that should apologize now.Let us not be contracting ourselves.

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          • 25 January 2012 06:46, by Tamongali

            I mean contradicting ourselves

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      • 26 January 2012 02:40, by SSLA/M Supporter

        Memorandum of what between SPLA/M mafia regime and the Kenyan looters! what are we going to learn from that corrupted east African country other than backwardness and theft! why Kenyans are moving in very pass to replace Sudan! That is why they support the separation of SS just exploit its resources, taking full advantage of SPLA/M naivety! Thank God I didn’t vote for the separation of SS!

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    • 25 January 2012 05:53, by omoni jr.

      we have to be very careful to kenyans too,these people know how to steal more than Arabs.So south sudan government has to work and follow all the business production closely and step by step.we need put our coordinators in every corners of the business destinations to avoid another oil-war with kenyans.

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      • 25 January 2012 06:05, by NUER ONE

        @ OMONI,
        you knows those people very well,Kenyans are dangerous in stilling,all fake dollars are been fabricated in south Sudan by Kenyans.Good comments Omoni.

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        • 25 January 2012 08:07, by molana

          someone exactly wrote on my behalf,Kenyans are professional thieves but i agree with someone who said African thieves are far better than Arabs and that is why MOU is being signed such that to remove mistust.
          Juba should be alert to Khartoum bcoz the moment we are preparing our own way, they will continue with stealing


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        • 25 January 2012 18:43, by Joseph Canada

          Omoni and Nuer One, that’s basically not true. Kenya is a trusted peaceful country with the same development that we are looking into. This is the real progress we are looking to. If Kenya was corrupted, they would have sold the SPLA leaders to Khartoum. we wont have CPA too!! Bravo to the two Governments!! Very proud. this is east Africa we are going to have.It’s also a Christian nation no lie.

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      • 25 January 2012 09:56, by actiongatkuoth

        Hi there,
        good news to day,
        is good for South Sudan to relocate pipeline to east africa countries,
        instead of north sudan.
        but you have to know this, kenyan are dangerous then arab in the north.
        we need to be serious for that people.
        because poor person wailing for some one is properties.

        why Southener wake the sleeping dog???????????????

        we have to be careful otherwise !!!!

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        • 25 January 2012 16:34, by ABDALLA BIN ABDALLA


          Your statement (Kenyans are more dangerous then Arab) is absolutely correct.
          Kenya is a leading corrupt nation in African
          Kenyans are big thieves.
          Kenya is a poor nation.
          Kenya has highly educated elits brought up in corruption.
          Mr. kiir, be careful with kenyans
          Dr. Riek don’t let Kenyan fool you. Arabs fooled you in 1991 and don’t let kenyans fool you in 2012. Be brave not stupid

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          • 26 January 2012 03:51, by BlackNationGreatNation

            You are full of shit any those who are like you in this forum, Kenyan government practices Law & Order, but the government of Khartoum are pure thieves, ignorant dictators who do not practice Law & order, or respect Human rights, they steal in day light not being afraid to be seen by the public. Now that’s what you call thieves. Kenyan pursues peace, but sedan pursues more wars such a shame.

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    • 25 January 2012 06:43, by Tamongali

      Nuer one, i hope Kenyan will not be like Sudan.This is always the fate of land locked country to be at mercy of other. I ask god Kenya will not to be like Sudan as they are very good friends.My question is, the signing of memorandum of understanding does it mean the beginning of construction or some more negotiations needed?

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    • 25 January 2012 07:05, by john agoet

      That set. we the people of the south used to hardship ever since the creation of this land of Sudan, We are all behind your leadership,let north to transmits Nile water through these pipelines HaaaaaaaHaaaaaa

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    • 25 January 2012 08:12, by Legacy Elites

      Before sending our oil to the world markets thru K, Lamu. Local Factory is number one priority so that we don’t import fuel.

      Bentiu Oil Refinery Factory woyee! SPLA WOYEE

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      • 25 January 2012 17:50, by Padiet Deng Alony

        Too do not forget Maluth Oil Refinery.

        Better African thief then Arab thief

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    • 25 January 2012 08:52, by Nyamlelthii

      Alot of thanks to H.E the President of Republic of South Sudan and the Council for the wise decission but be careful of our friends.They are more wise than Arabs in theft since you know the crime rate in Kenya.

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    • 25 January 2012 09:38, by Lokorong

      Good move South Sudan! Just for your advice Khartoum is a dangerouse and aggressive thief and Nairobi is dragging you into crocodile’s tears game and will chop your dollar dollar slowly. You better let them they buyers come and buy oil in South Sudan. There your loss will be of minor scale. RoSS UNITED OYEE!

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    • 25 January 2012 10:13, by Chanson

      Thumbs up to Government of South Sudan and our Kenya counterpart.Raila Odinga (PM) is our brother and Kenyan at large are our African brothers.Better them to take what we have than Arabz taking it.Mar-kun-ateep wek koc NCP!!!

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    • 25 January 2012 11:13, by Acinitos

      I hope that is good start,and hope that agreement sign should be respected,generation to generation to come thank good business.

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    • 25 January 2012 16:37, by Bolman

      that is avery good move its black to black agreement no more alaah upwabar

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  • 25 January 2012 05:13, by Cobra Bior

    well done kenyan brothers "blood is thicker than water". let khartoum knows that our plan B works. Bunch of thieves.

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  • 25 January 2012 05:30, by akid malual

    Great Jobs South Sudan, the port of Jesus be definitely easy cooperation than Muslim Business port Sudan. but eye on Britain Game play. South Sudan is no long under non prospective recognized but new born State real and truth African.
    Clear move on South Sudan.

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  • 25 January 2012 05:42, by Lang

    South Sudan Oye!
    I hope construction can start as soon as possible! :D
    Look now, a billion dollar deal is slipping through Sudan’s hands into to Kenyas if any northerners are mad about anything be mad at yourself lol.

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  • 25 January 2012 05:49, by Odingo

    Building oil pipeline to Kenya not solution.
    Folks, the reason why Kenya government rushed to signed a deal with South Sudan is because they will steal more oil than what Kartoum has stolen, and at the end of the day, they will tell South Sudan to build their oil pipeline some where else. The solution is to take back the north Sudan as apart of South Sudan from those Arab people.

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    • 25 January 2012 05:58, by George Bol

      Mr Odingo,

      How can we take the North Arab back to be African people?
      We would have taken the area in the year of 1990-1993 but there are primitive tribes who always sided with Jallaba in forms of militia and the SAF Servants against the patriots.While others run to uganda and Congo for safety while leaving the only patriot on the battle field. Now shut up and follow your own way because you loser

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      • 25 January 2012 09:19, by monduloka

        Finish to mention those who run to kenya,kakuma,australia America to make ur comment geneunn.

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    • 25 January 2012 06:00, by Snipper

      I bet, if Kenyans steal the oil; i believe they won’t steal amount worth of $815 millions in three weeks and if they demand high transit fees, it won’t be more than $2 which people from the North say is nonense.

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      • 25 January 2012 06:33, by ONEK-JAH

        Kenya is a truly long term frind for this new republic, they suppoerted us during our arms strugle and even in negotiating the CPA may God bless the two countries.

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    • 25 January 2012 07:27, by john agoet

      Brother Odingo; don’t be naive. These people” the regimes in Khartoum” are not appropriate people to talk with, we will talk with right people in the right time, it will be sooner

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  • 25 January 2012 05:53, by George Bol

    The South Sudan must be keen for the security issues in the border with the North. The Khartoum has committed a crime when they admitted that they compensated the oil because they were not paid. My priority must be the defend of the aggression from the North because they are like snake whose head was cutoff.

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  • 25 January 2012 05:57, by Snipper

    It will be a sorry moment for the people of Sudan when an opportunity that would earn them billions of dollars a year is blunderly missed!!

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  • 25 January 2012 06:09, by ILoveSudan

    Congratulation. It is the State right to do whatever it likes with its resources. Well done. Just one point
    I hope the leaders are genuine about it and their motive is not only to harm Sudan. Good luck.

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  • 25 January 2012 06:24, by Madina Tonj

    Let Khartoum government remain with their port, people term that your mouth can punish you, this is what happen exactly from Khartoum. They steal oil for South Sudan when ask, they said, they took the fees when South Sudane hav a shipment which is not true. The acompanies knows that, all shiping were all paid off with proof but the new pipeline made by Khartoum was absolutely a looting property

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  • 25 January 2012 06:32, by Samuel Mabior

    Good move, arab should know that we didn’t separate for failure, we should change everything which have mark of Sudan to South Sudan, Congratulation to President Kiir, let someone also remind him to change police sign and custome procedures.

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  • 25 January 2012 07:05, by Ambowl Papakayo

    Congratulations! that’s a very good step by the two countries. Now I wonder whether the government of Sudan is going to use the infrastructure to pipe blood of its own citizens because that is what NCP is good at doing.
    Shame on you,Bashir and your panel of killers because you’re only going to leave this country after having done economic downtown of the highest order. But we’ll heal soon!

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    • 25 January 2012 07:41, by Lang

      "Now I wonder whether the government of Sudan is going to use the infrastructure to pipe blood"
      I would not be shocked if they actually did do this.

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  • 25 January 2012 07:21, by ILoveSudan

    People.. Please .. Stop this ugly hatred, take the arabs, north, khartoum elements, out of it. This blind hatered will destry you southerners, think of the future, and hope the best for each other, your country and your neibours. This way you are going to advance.

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    • 25 January 2012 07:43, by Matiop Panchol

      I might agree with you in saying that Southerners should not generalize because not all N. Sudanese are making the decisions. The culprit is the Government of Sudan embodied in the person of El Bashir and his NCP croonies. They think they can deceive and steal from S. Sudan. However, they are in for a big surprise, and a terrible mistake that they will never dare repeat.

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    • 25 January 2012 07:57, by Lang

      Its easy for u to say don’t have hatred to southerners when youve never experienced: being forced to take ur oppressors language & religion, when you see people or your family members die from preventable disease from government neglect/government bombing/ethnic cleansing/famine/etc.
      When you this happens to you I dare you to say you have no absolutely no hate!

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      • 25 January 2012 07:58, by Lang

        Especially having no hate to people who keep quiet to the injustice and even side with the evil government.

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  • 25 January 2012 07:31, by Matiop Panchol

    Good job Mr. President! Our Kenyan neighbours have been true friends during the long years of civil war, so we can confide in them. Let Bashir and his supporters learn from their greed and deception.

    Wanavyo sema wahenga "Siku za mwizi ni arubaini." (A thief has only forty days)
    Mungu abariki Afirika Mashariki! (God bless East Africa!)

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  • 25 January 2012 07:34, by Chol A.

    Northern Sudan behave like a kid who used to push away a feeding spoon on its mouth while crying for food!. Kenya now will benefit and north will just watch due to being agreedy on southern Sudanese oil’!!!’
    Ahaaaaaa shame on you North. You always daggy assuming that South will be soft to accept your theft proposal norw Kenya has taken your chance sorry.

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  • 25 January 2012 07:42, by Daniel Buolmawei

    Government officials of South Sudan want to understand aimless patience and inaction aren’t working. Now most of them feel happy as they are inwardedly feel independent. Leaders do not care of taking risks and most of the times, you win, now, they are victorious over ruthless and mindless Khartoumers. Innocent and vulnerable Sudanese will pay the deeds of their blind leaders. I am happy a little—

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  • 25 January 2012 07:50, by Daniel Buolmawei

    Abit, but I am not full happy until I see Abyei is taken back by all means. This is another decision I am waiting to hear for full assurance that our leaders cease being inactive and their usual inability to act is halted. Khartoum must be politely asked to hand over us Abyei and if not, then we must hit the hell of them out of Abyei.

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  • 25 January 2012 07:54, by Both Ruach Pur

    Let us not compare Kenya and Noth Sudan/Arab because Jalaba are the real thieves and we fought we Arabs for our Indefedend.
    But Kenya will not do thesame like what Arab do to us.
    Otherwise, let us be patient untill pipeline completed.

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  • 25 January 2012 09:32, by Sudan virus

    Better to be stolen by fellow Africans than foreigners-Arabs.

    I live more comfortably in Kenya than in my former country Sudan.

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  • 25 January 2012 09:52, by Both Ruach Pur

    I think fighting with Jalaba will not cause any disaster to us because we fought with Arab since we don’t have enough power and we tolerate it.
    Now enough is enough, we don’t need Arab again.
    Whatever Arabs need, we are ready.

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  • 25 January 2012 11:08, by Ruach Jing

    Bravo your Excellencies, it is actually good move that the khartoum will know that are truly African but we why now we were all aware that we are going to be new nation?

    otherwise is a good move

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  • 25 January 2012 11:41, by Lokeji

    Congratulations president Kiir and your government for your timely shot on the dead body of NCP government. I think this economical war has produce a quick result in dismantling the NCP core figures,some days back we learn of a memo of thousand brothers(calling for change) and yesterday i learn of the resignation of Qutbi al mahadi( secretary for political affairs) from the party.go a head mr kiir

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  • 25 January 2012 11:53, by Lokeji

    Mr president don’t allow these idiot NCP agents who are writing nonsense in southsudannation website to disturb your current thinking and political direction. leave them to bark and keep on cracking these damn shit jalaba and always remember that the southern citizens are behind you. I thank God for awakening you from your deep sleep.

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  • 25 January 2012 14:02, by your Dad

    congretulations comrade Kiir, Kenya is the best option for our oil. but negotiation on transit fees should be berore construction of pipilines even if it will be on international basis.

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  • 25 January 2012 14:55, by Deng Chol Malual

    The transit fee should have been agreed upon to deter future renegotiation tension.
    Otherwise, I agree with the "U" turn for oil-gas pipeline to Kenya.


    Deng Chol

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  • 25 January 2012 17:12, by ABDALLA BIN ABDALLA

    Two good things will not come out of Kenya.
    First CPA was sign in Kenya, it was successful.
    Second RSS to transport oil through Kenya.
    Kenya will do away with one.
    Kenyans want to reward themselves with oil.
    South Sudan will be a slave to kenya because Kenyan will manuplate them and have direct access to their policies.
    Any criticism from south against Kenyans will make them more furious and wors

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    • 26 January 2012 02:06, by Elijah B. Elkan


      Sorry dude, anything is better than what is coming out out Khartoum. Those imbeciles in Khartoum don’t know what is good for their country. The inbreeding of relative in Khartoum is taking it’s toll, and it’s producing lots of morons. Khartoum soon or later will feel the wrath of it’s citizens. Bashir is the world most wanted criminal, and he should hang.

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  • 25 January 2012 17:46, by JAMES KUOI STEPHEN

    Practical operation and objective are high accepted as the purpose to success. We don’t blame opinion and decision to move to new oil pipline construction in Kenya.People want evidence with agreement as well as you co.operate. Althought it take years, Be friends with your brothers than enemy, who are looting your goods or oils I/We approcieted!, extremely prosgress to government of South sudan

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  • 25 January 2012 21:09, by James Maker Akok

    Thank you South Sudan Government for Oil pipeline to Kenya. God blessed South Sudan, and Kenya.

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  • 26 January 2012 02:56, by equtoria helped

    i’m proud to be from south udan =D

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  • 26 January 2012 06:15, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    This should have been done 3yrs ago.
    we have soo foolish leaders in the south that does not looks for long future outcome. something easily can fool ours uncles. Now devil Arab give them lesson to move too late. short can easily be sheated by Arab this time.
    if SPLA/M did not liberate Sudan out from Arab hands
    be African people liberation Army/Movement
    APLA/M liberation of Nguetbuny.

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  • 26 January 2012 13:44, by Yangman

    South Sudan Government oyee SPLM oyee SPLA oyee and other parties with in Government of South Sudan for pipeline to Kenya. thanks to president Kiir.


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