Kiir asks Jonglei citizens to embark on agriculture

South Sudan President Gen Salva Kiir Mayardit (Center) during his visited to Bor, Jonglei State on Thursday, April 1st 2021

The President of the Republic of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, asks the people of Jonglei State to invest in agriculture to end poverty next year.

In his public remarked, the president has encouraged citizens to be self-reliant by boosting local food production to reduce importing food commodities from neighboring Countries.

Addressing hundreds of people gathered at Dr. John Garang Memorial University of Science and Technology on Thursday, the president sees local food production as the best investment to end the economic crisis.

Senior government officials accompanied Kiir include presidential advisor Kuol Manyang Juuk, Government spokesperson Michael Makuei and governor of Central Equatoria State.

The first time Kiir visited Bor since the conflict erupted in 2013 between his forces and those loyal to former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar.

“I was coming to visit you to see the impact of flood in the area. Indeed I have seen it remained of cows, and I believe this disaster has also taken the people’s lives. Another flood is coming, and people should prepare for it, and you will be supported as you are fighting the flood.”

Jonglei’s residents expected the president to address insecurity in greater Jonglei, such as child abduction, cattle raids, and communal violence between Dinka and Murle, but the president focused on flooding only.

The citizens anticipating the government to talk about the disaster management strategic plans to end floods in the area, brief citizens on remedies to address violence, repair roads, health, education, and end inter-communal violence in the State.

“The visit of President gave us hope; we wanted him as a president to improve insecurity, flood, health, and education as well.” 

According to UNMISS Human rights report this week, community-based militias were responsible for 78 percent of killings, injuries, abductions, and conflict-related sexual violence on civilians. 

The Annual Brief on Violence Affecting Civilians, released by the Human Rights Division of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, documented killing 2,421 civilians in 2020, more than double the previous year.

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