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Give economy more time to improve, Kiir tells citizens

Author : | Published: Wednesday, March 18, 2015

President Salva Kiir says South Sudanese may wait a little longer for the economy to improve.

People have complained of rising food prices, fuel shortage and scarcity of the US dollars for imports.

Addressing a public rally this afternoon in Juba, Kiir said that peace alone may not solve the country’s economic hardships.

He called on the Minister of Finance to focus on improving the agricultural sector.

In other areas of his speech, he called for the lecturers of public universities to call-off their strikes over unpaid allowances and urged IDPs and refugees to return to their homes.

The president also asked the SPLA Chief of General Staffs to order all army commanders to observe ceasefire.

President Kiir and Dr Riek Machar disagreed on power sharing, reintegration of forces and the wealth sharing in the latest round of talks in Addis Ababa.

Mr Kiir said the SPLM in Opposition put forward many demands for a peace agreement.

The president strongly rejected the looming sanctions and reiterated his readiness to continue negotiating peace with Dr. Riek Machar.

UN Sanctions

President Salva Kiir has downplayed the looming UN sanctions on South Sudan, saying that the country can rely on agriculture.

In the same public address, President Kiir said there are a thousand tractors to be used in farming.

He said as long as the rain will not be stop, the country can rely on agriculture scheme.

“If people are talking about sanctions about South Sudan unless they go up and agree with God to stop the raining in south Sudan that will be really,” he said.

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