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South Sudan President Launches Juba Airport Renovation Project

Passengers disembark at Juba International Airport, which is to undergo an overhaul funded by China's Export and Import Bank.Passengers disembark at Juba International Airport, which is to undergo an overhaul funded by China's Export and Import Bank.
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Passengers disembark at Juba International Airport, which is to undergo an overhaul funded by China's Export and Import Bank.
Passengers disembark at Juba International Airport, which is to undergo an overhaul funded by China's Export and Import Bank.
Philip Aleu

President Salva Kiir launched a multi-million renovation project at Juba International Airport Monday with a speech accusing former government officials of embezzling millions of dollars meant for infrastructure improvement projects. 

Mr. Kiir insinuated in his speech that those he was accusing of massive corruption are now members of the opposition movement that is trying to topple his government. He did not name any names. 

“This Juba airport has taken our money since 2005 and the people who did that are now the ones shouting outside after having squandered this money into their pockets," Mr. Kiir said.

"They are the ones who are accusing the government of corruption. But they used to bring the companies and ask for 30 percent or 40 percent downpayments. All this money has disappeared with people," he said.

Former vice president turned opposition leader Riek Machar and many of his supporters have gone into hiding or fled South Sudan since fighting broke out in mid-December.

Mr. Kiir vowed that none of the $158 million that has been allocated to improving the airport will go into the pockets of corrupt officials.

Chinese funding

The renovation project is being undertaken with China, "a friendly country ... who we believe is up to the task of building this international airport,” Kiir said.

The upgrade will include extending the airport's runway from 2,400 meters to 3,100 meters, the construction of duty-free shops and more parking lots, and the expansion of immigration offices.

As part of a Chinese-funded project to upgrade Juba International Airport in South Sudan, the runway will be extended to 3,100 meters.As part of a Chinese-funded project to upgrade Juba International Airport in South Sudan, the runway will be extended to 3,100 meters.
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As part of a Chinese-funded project to upgrade Juba International Airport in South Sudan, the runway will be extended to 3,100 meters.
As part of a Chinese-funded project to upgrade Juba International Airport in South Sudan, the runway will be extended to 3,100 meters.

The project is expected to take 30 months to comlete and will be funded by China’s Export and Import (EXIM) Bank.

Li Yi, the manager of the China-based Harbour Engineering Company that will carry out the airport construction, said he was "excited by the prospect that Juba International Airport will soon present itself to the whole world in a new appearance."

But to help the Chinese complete the project on time and on budget, Li urged South Sudan’s leaders to restore peace in the country, which has been mired in conflict for the last seven months. 

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by: Buomkuothp from: Ethiopia
July 09, 2014 7:25 AM
I never understood anyone said southsudan is Peaceful and love country! (Illegitimated Regime).
Unless God his word and decision for this Nation to be freeeee!!!
My people are dying for nothing.

by: koang from: Canada
July 08, 2014 11:03 PM
Kirr you are a war lord your chana not sure about what you guys doing.


by: David from: Seward
July 08, 2014 6:47 PM
I think the government of south sudan lost every thing and now people are dying by famine while the president talking about building the airport which is substantial at moment this shows kirr government did care about any thing is going on in this country.

by: Lomugit John from: Torit
July 08, 2014 10:35 AM
kiir must stepdown such that peace can prevail in the state

by: Likambu Jiggo from: Juba
July 08, 2014 8:43 AM
If only Kiir could step down and allow peace prevail in this beautiful nation.Kiir and his government have failed completely,with open nepotism,there will never be one South Sudan, one people

by: james kolang
July 08, 2014 8:07 AM
Building the airport is not a solution for peace Mr kirr and his vice president.iga.your government is a wound to many people 's hearts.go home kirr and wait for u will pay the price of so losts.u were the president from the begining of sosudan independent and nothing work in the country's.so u can not be .trust even our spla colleagues are seeing u ruining the south sudan's beauty it'people.a lot will stop u from ruining south sudan.

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