South Sudan

Inside Salva Kiir’s New Plan for South Sudan’s Recovery

Kiir walking to the Parliament Building on August 15

On August 15, price security was tightened at South Sudan’s Parliament Building in Juba.

Commando units created security rings around the building that houses the country’s legislature as sniffer dogs combed the neighborhood for explosives.

Under heavy security, salve President Salva Kiir arrived at Parliament where legislators where waiting for his address.

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He was accompanied by First Vice President Gen Taban Deng Gai, information pills Vice President James Wani Igga and several senior government officials.

Many looked forward to a speech laying down the government’s strategic plan for a great leap forward following years of a destructive civil war.

This was the first time that Kiir was addressing the recently formed Transitional National Legislature following the peace agreement signed in Addis Ababa to allow the return of rebel leader Dr Riek Machar.

“I have had sleepless nights and spend every moment of my day thinking about a South Sudanese child who is hungry in a village. On the economy, sustainability and future prosperity are our national priority. We are experiencing severe economic difficulties and the hardships affecting so many of our people who deserve better living conditions,” Kiir admitted in his speech.

“However, the goal to change this situation of hardships is our paramount objective now,” he added.

According to United Nations, some 16,000 children have been recruited by the armed groups and armed forces since the crisis first began in the country in December 2013.

ChimpReports understands over 600,000 refugees have fled South Sudan to Uganda and other neighboring countries due to the recent violence.

With the country grappling with violence, hunger and disease; the world has been eager to see Kiir’s plan to transform South Sudan.

Kiir told the Parliament comprising lawmakers from the ruling party and opposition that government is now “working tirelessly to increase oil production so as to enhance the flow of hard currency.”

Oil is the largest foreign exchange earner for South Sudan.

When fighting broke out in 2013, oil production was reduced. The slump in oil prices worsened the economic situation in the country as government nearly ran bankrupt.

Kiir said government is “working on means to improve and control our non-oil revenue collection. These means include the use of our Revenue Authority Bill that we signed into law in 2015.”

He further pointed out that his system would ensure market control mechanisms to stabilize prices essential commodities including the use of subsidies when necessary.

Kiir addressing the legislative assembly

Kiir addressing the legislative assembly


“Road infrastructure is also a key requirement, especially for ferrying goods and commodities to various towns and villages in our country. Plans are already underway to make all-season roads,” he added.

“In order to achieve these, a unified plan has been developed – SEED (South Sudan Extended Economic Development). This development plan includes extensive infrastructural investment in roads, transportation and electricity as well as solid financial structures,” said Kiir.

“By ensuring food sustainability and strengthening the foundations of our economy based on the above mentioned plan (SEED) we can look forward to a bright future. As part of this broad plan, agricultural expansion, introduction of irrigation systems and industrial development shall usher in a diversified economy. We need a balanced economy; we cannot rely on an oil-based economy alone. For this plan to succeed, we need international assistance: from the World Bank, the African Development Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the private sector.”

Military affairs

On deploying opposition and government forces in Juba, Kiir said the “unnatural reality of one country and two armies coexisting side by side is dysfunctional and already proven to be disastrous as we witnessed during July’s tragic events.”

He assured that, “There will be one national army by May 1, 2017.”

The president said he had instructed the army Chief of General Staff Gen Paul Malong to start the process.

“Matters of recruitment, training, promotions, command and missions will be professionally determined and based on merit, not according to ethnic or political affiliations,” said the head-of-state.

Kiir said the military’s task includes, among others, assisting the country in all aspects of nation building, economy, agriculture, and infrastructure.

The armed forces have previously been accused of human rights violations including sexual violence and murder.

Kiir said with respect to military code of ethics and policy, the military will introduce and commence a broad educational campaign on military conduct with the general public.

“Before any military assistance, officers and soldiers will be briefed on proper conduct and behavior. Any aberration will be reported immediately and dealt with accordingly. Failure to report would be considered a breach of command responsibilities. The military will form a tribunal, headed by a General to oversee implementation of this policy,” said Kiir.

“As I mentioned before, and effective immediately, all abuses and sexual assault allegations and incidents involving military personnel will be investigated and those found responsible prosecuted and court-martialed to the fullest extent of the law,” he emphasised.


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