Header advertisement
Header advertisement
Header advertisement
  • HOME
  • South Sudan
  • Machar Rebels Threaten to Block Regional Infrastructure Projects

Machar Rebels Threaten to Block Regional Infrastructure Projects

SPLA soldiers on the battlefield in South Sudan (Photo: Julius Dada/ChimpReports)
SPLA soldiers on the battlefield in South Sudan (Photo: Julius Dada/ChimpReports)

    By: Giles Muhame

  • Feb 28,2017
  • 959 Viewed

South Sudan rebels have threatened to block the implementation of the Eastern Central Corridor infrastructure projects unless their leader Dr Riek Machar is consulted, Chimp Corps report.

“The Eastern Central Corridor Project will not work unless the SPLM/A-IO under the leadership of Former vice president Dr. Machar is involved for its smooth running,” said Maj. Dickson Gatluak Jock, Deputy Spokesperson, SPLA/IO.

“For all the services or items normally expected or required in the project: SPLM/A-IO which is controlling the large areas in Upper Nile and its resources should not be left out; otherwise the (project) would not be ‘a done deal,’” he added.

The Eastern & Central Africa Corridors focus on delivering an agreed set of activities that will enhance interconnectivity in transport through infrastructure development and trade facilitation.

COMESA, EAC and SADC (known as the Tripartite) have determined that transport inefficiencies and prohibitively high transport costs are among the biggest impediments to realising their vision of regional prosperity and have prepared an Action Plan for these key trade routes of Eastern Africa.

In East Africa, the Northern and Central Transport Corridors connect the people of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

These corridors also provide port access to the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.

The rebels said the Eastern Central Corridor Project which comprises “different layers that have to be implemented in different phases will be too expensive physically, financially and militarily because all the project sites are fully controlled by SPLA/IO forces.”

For example, said Maj Gatluak,  “Inland transportation from Ethiopia and Djibouti to South Sudan and construction of  Dry port in Pagak or Gambella, or any other convenient place, for incoming goods from South Sudan would be impossible because it’s we (the SPLM/A-IO) controlling all the routes and bordering the Western town of Gambella in  Ethiopia but not the government.”

It remains unclear if the rebels would pose a huge challenge to the regional infrastructural projects.

Any threats to the projects could see regional leaders raise a joint force to battle the rebels.

Currently, Uganda and Ethiopia have the deadliest militaries in the region.

Maj Gatluak said it would be “impossible” to construct the proposed railway line connecting Pagak (South Sudan) to Addis Ababa and Djibouti and the Refined Products Pipeline from Paloch refinery in South Sudan to Gambella then Addis Ababa and Djibouti.

“Without proper consultation and agreement with the leadership of  SPLM/A-IO, the following would be difficult to be implemented: Crude Oil Pipeline from intended refinery in South Sudan to Gambella then Addis Ababa and Djibouti, construction of Oil storage facilities in Gambella or Pagak , Fiber Optics Cable from Djibouti to Ethiopia to South Sudan,  Electric power supply facilities to South Sudan,   Financial interconnection between Ethiopia and South Sudan to allow the utilization of Ethiopian Birr between the two countries and Development of  Ethiopian Pagak border area to accommodate travelers to South Sudan and roads construction,” he added.

“To guarantee a smooth implementation, there is a need to involve the SPLM-IO. Otherwise its wishful thinking and all agreements would remain unworkable on papers.”

Trade along the corridors has a positive impact on the region and many initiatives have been undertaken to improve corridor efficiency.

However, corridor performance is still hampered by high transport costs, degraded physical infrastructure and national policies that are incompatible with regional goals.

Header advertisement
# , # , #

Don't miss the stories AND LET'S go!!!

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
  • John Okel

    This us another cheap way of inviting Ethiopia to come and shoulder the insecurity burden of South Sudan. Can the leaders of IGAD countries be honest for once?!!!

Related Articles

South Sudan, Equatorial Guinea Announce Partnership on Oil and Gas

South Sudan and Equatorial Guinea have announced an historic partnership, setting out the terms for a strong bilateral relationship between the African oil and gas

South Sudan Plane Crash: All 44 Passengers Alive

A commercial passenger plane belonging to the South Supreme Airlines crashed and instantly burned to ashes in the South Sudan’s Wau state. The Antonov 26

IGAD Expresses Concern over Stagnated South Sudan Peace Process

The IGAD Council of Ministers has expressed serious concern over the lack of progress in the implementation of South Sudan peace agreement signed in August

Machar Rebels: We are Under Heavy Attack

South Sudan rebels loyal to Dr Riek Machar have accused government-backed forces of repeated bombardments, threatening a full scale war, Chimp Corps exclusively report. SPLA-IO

South Sudan to Start Releasing Political Detainees Today

The government of South Sudan is expected to start releasing political prisoners on Saturday. President Salva Kiir who is still facing the three years old

Rebecca Garang: Salva Kiir Must Stand Down

South Sudanese politician Rebecca Garang who is also the widow of SPLM founder, John Garang has called for President Salva Kiir to ‘stand down’ and

SOUTH SUDAN: Clashes in Malakal as Uncertainty Surrounds Juba

Heavy fighting broke out again in the South Sudan’s Greater Upper Nile capital of Malakal on Monday morning between the government forces and those under

Machar Rebels: Kiir’s Tribal Militia Slaughtering Civilians

South Sudan President Salva Kiir has been accused of using tribal militias to “terrorize the population through ethnically targeted killings, systematized rape, looting, plundering of

Defected South Sudan General, Swaka, Accused of Corruption

Lieutenant General Thomas Cirillo Swaka, the Deputy Chief of General Staff for Logistics in the SPLA army, who this past weekend defected from the armed

No Healthcare for Fleeing South Sudanese as War Intensifies

The situation is worsening in South Sudan day and night for the fleeing civilians as heavy fighting continues between the government and rebel forces of

Header advertisement

Error, no group ID set! Check your syntax!
Latest News

Header advertisement

Fury as Pioneer Bus Crashes Woman

Police was called in urgently to calm a rowdy crowd after one of the street vend... (Read More)

FBL: Maroons’ Hopes of Direct Promotion Held Huge Blow

Fufa Big League Kiira United 2-1 Maroons FC Maroons will have to wait for anothe... (Read More)

Lord Mayor Lukwago Skeptical on Museveni Camera Project

Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has said he is doubtful the Closed Circuit Tel... (Read More)

Ssekisambu Stars as Vipers Annihilate Kiboga Young

2016/17 Uganda Cup Vipers 7-0 Kiboga Young Uganda Cup holders Vipers Sports Club... (Read More)

Opposition MPs Want Report on Kaweesi Murder in 3 Weeks

Opposition Members of Parliament (MP) led by the Shadow Defense Minister, Gilber... (Read More)

DP Rushes to Constitutional Court Over Opposition Leadership in Parliament

Opposition Democratic Party (DP) National Vice President and EALA MP, Fred Mukas... (Read More)

UPDF Recover 2 Guns, 6 Bombs in Tororo Hospital

By David Oduut The Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces UPDF has Thursday afternoon ... (Read More)

New Guidelines to Reduce Government Importation

Ministry of Finance has Thursday announced a new set of guidelines aimed at prom... . (Read More)

Debutant Waiswa Scores Late as Uganda Hold Kenya

FIFA international friendly Kenyatta stadium, Machakos Kenya 1-1 Uganda Moses Wa... (Read More)

Kabale: Murder Suspect Arrested at Prisons Recruitment Centre

Benson Andinda Basheija, a 26 year old murder suspect was on Thursday arrested a... (Read More)


Rugunda Hails ‘Inspirational” Obote Minister Dr Nkwansibwe

The Prime Minister Dr David Livingstone Ruhakana Rugunda paid a moving tribute ... (Read More)


Error, no group ID set! Check your syntax!
Special Reports

SPECIAL REPORT: What Makes Uganda Standard Gauge Railway Costly?

Around 2010, East African leaders realised that infrastructural bottlenecks were... . (Read More)

French Embassy to Promote Uganda Through French – Cranes Game

The French embassy has revealed plans to fly the French military soccer team to ... (Read More)
Like Us on Facebook
Acquistare Cialis here.
Header advertisement