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'I Will Never Allow Destruction of South Sudan' - Salva Kiir

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir
Charlton Doki
President Salva Kiir vowed Monday that he will not allow South Sudan to be destroyed in the country's still-simmering conflict and pledged to develop the young nation and help people impacted by nearly six months of fighting.

In a speech to open the 2014 session of the National Assembly, Kiir accused anti-government forces allied to former vice president Riek Machar of violating a ceasefire agreed to in Addis Ababa last month, but insisted that he wants peace.

"I am also for the development and progress of this nation but will never stand for its destruction," the president said. "I promise to work with you to see South Sudan emerge strong economically and politically in the region and Africa at large."

Mr. Kiir also urged the different ethnic groups in South Sudan to reconcile their differences and work together so that the country can move forward. 

“I humbly appeal to you all, my dear citizens, including our brothers and sisters who are now in opposition, to forgive one another and come together in the spirit of true reconciliation and join hands to work in unity and understanding," he said.

The president said he hopes to reach a political agreement and permanent ceasefire with the opposition and form an interim government in the coming months. 

But he lashed out at those who he said are jockeying for position in the proposed transitional goverment, saying they have their eye only on their own betterment, not the good of the people.

"When they talk about the interim government, they see themselves in the center, that they are the ones going to lead that interim government," Mr. Kiir said, without naming names.

"I don’t think that is the right outlook because if we do that -- that you dissolve an elected government and you go for an interim government -- you will elect another government and the same thing will happen. You are setting a wrong precedent," he said.

Mr. Kiir touted the recently signed peace deal with long-time rebel leader David Yau Yau as an example of how his government can bring peace to South Sudan. He urged lawmakers to quickly endorse the agreement with Yau Yau.

Construction to begin on hydroelectricity plant


He pledged to help develop the country's infrastructure and economy, including by starting construction of the Fula Rapids Hydropower station by the end of this year. The project was supposed to begin late last year but was disrupted by the fighting that broke out in mid-December. 

The Fula Rapids project is expected to take three years to complete. The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) has pledged $50 million toward the project, which is expected to cost more than $160 million to complete.

Once operational, the Fula Rapids power plant it will provide enough electricity to cover the needs of the capital, Juba, and the border town of Nimule for 10 years, said Norad officials.

"This project will make South Sudan to be among the countries that export hydropower in the region. And this will play another key role in the social economic development in our country,” Mr. Kiir said.

The president also pledged to provide more funds to help the thousands of people displaced by nearly six months of fighting, to improve water and sanitation services to prevent health crises, and to develop South Sudan's almost non-existent network of roads. 

He made his promises as international media reported that South Sudan's oil revenues have fallen by around 30 percent, due to the fighting.

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by: Ssembir frank from: Nyakuron
June 08, 2014 11:47 PM
Every good work is always noticed,my presdo u've done awonderfull job to the people ov s.sudan and am suer no is gonna stops u ov protecting yo people may God reward,One love ,one people.s.sudan 2day....s.sudan 2morrow.

by: Ijjo from: Uganda
June 06, 2014 5:59 AM
Oh thanks guys ,oh god may u bless our country South Sudan but stepping down of our leaders ,in bracket this words (GOSS) mean ,gov't of stupid Sudanese who re holding there position by birth certificate pretending to lead us in very peaceful step but creating misunderstanding among us , to me both leaders must compromise bse so many our brothers and sisters had lost there life in their hands ,we can't continue with blooded hands to lead us as South Sudanese better president must quit from his position enough is enough brother if he is still leading us it's like a dangerous weapon on the hands of a mad person we need somebody to rules us as South Sudan let him forget about electricity ,or other service instead let him step down and request forgiveness.

by: Gatwich Koang Toang from: Ethiopia
June 05, 2014 2:58 AM
Instead of wasting time president, you just only want to say I resign and leave us alone you are dreaming things that will not happen to you. What destruction do you mean beside what you already made? or mean Bhar elgazel??? Take care if this reach there we will not have S.Sudan again mark me here.

by: Gatwich Koang Toang from: Ethiopia
June 05, 2014 2:56 AM
Instead of wasting time president, you just only want to say I resign and leave us alone you are dreaming things that will not happen to you. What destruction do you mean beside what you already made? or mean Bhar elgazel??? Take care if this reach there we will not have S.Sudan again mark me here.
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by: John Tiop from: Juba
June 05, 2014 4:26 AM
Gatwich don't look at one angle, open your mind when you commencing . you always rebelled and you wanted to blame the gov,t. what let you to rebelled during the war and yet people were in the bush. patience is very important when you are a human being but you rushed immediately once violent ring in your mind. now innocent civilians are dying on daily basis like animals coz of your imppatience.

by: Lisa from: Tx
June 04, 2014 11:24 PM
Kiir, Chinese next Russian why ? Both countries, during the war between south and north they killed thousand of people and now again. Kiir, the blood of the innocent is in your hands you brought death at the door of every southern sudanese, instead of peace with your bothers and after we go for nation building, kiir you will answer to God, why you killed poor kids, elderly people, pregnant women, disable people etc. Kiir you let down Jesus. Don't pretend that your for peace your just pure Evil.

by: bleack president from: south sudan
June 04, 2014 10:26 PM
How can we trust your false wards while you still killing south Sudanese in cold blood, you better shut your mouth drunk president. This vulnerable situation was created by you and Yuo act like trumtant baby.

by: Isaac Gok k from: Australia
June 04, 2014 1:11 PM
The only way we should have a peace and unity,we need to change The old system to new system by marking new government with a new president and may be people will be able to forget what opened in that period. Without all those things, I don't think there will be peace in South Sudan.

by: Dut Paul M from: Nairobi, Kenya
June 04, 2014 12:54 PM
That was a nice speech from the president, the people of South Sudan loves you. Defend them from the rebels thesame way you protected and delivered them out of Arab's brutality. Protect and develope our infant democracy from being destroyed by those who only believe in bullets but not ballots. Long live the people of South Sudan.
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by: Isaac gok k from: Australia
June 04, 2014 2:13 PM
Mr Dut poul if you want to talk about what president have to do, don't till him to protect The people, till him to make a peace in the country in order war will stop and our people have a good live instead of killing each other.

by: Mabe from: USA
June 04, 2014 11:25 AM
Salva Kiir as an individual, is a disgrace to South Sudan. He has reduced this great country to a Banana republic. This is beyond tribal differences, it is the failure of one man in leadership period. Tribalism is nothing more than a tool to maintain his status quo, make no mistake he ignited and unleashed this monster upon us. I refuse to assign Kiirs failures to all Dinka's in the same way I do not believe all Nuers are reflected in Machar. South Sudanese wake up, we are mere pawns used by these so called "liberators" to enrich themselves. Ask yourself the simple question, why fight tooth and nail to gain an "office" whose sole purpose it to serve the people?

by: Lisa from: Tx
June 04, 2014 10:40 AM
South sudanese presendent,said he never allow destruction. He never told the truth. He not a man peace, its all about money not southern sudanese people, its not ethnic group in south Sudan, its you who called for disarment of the nuers army you started the destruction, the country will never move forward unless you a chance to peace the country without opposition will never develop. Mr kiir that is why we call it check and balance. You never mentioned peace and reconciliation with the opposition, how can you reach political agreement or permanent ceasefire with the opposition when you don't support peace. For your information south sudan will never have strong social economic development if kiir is in control, don't blem the opposition wake up kiir gave peace a chance let people express their freedom then you will the country development. Shame on you kiir its not six months of fighting but eight to nine years of disappointments No roads, hospital everything backwards, you can't improve what was not their unless your Jackass.
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by: Nunu from: south Sudan
June 04, 2014 1:00 PM
I don't thing either insults can be the solution to this, for it has now become a severe case and a psychiatric problem to all. intelligence need boosting and that is what president kiir deserved. we can't move with all this blame neither in both side, lets maintain respect no matter what constraints just prepared suitable advise on how he can become strong again in his work.
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