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GREEDINESS DESTROYING SOUTH SUDAN –KIIR

President Salva Kiir Mayardit said greediness among South Sudanese is one of the factors destroying the country.

“What is destroying us today is ourselves- greed,” Salva Kiir said.  “People are very greedy. Some of us thought that after the 21 years of struggle and now that there is peace they must be rich overnight. And this is why we have gotten that name of corruption, that South Sudanese are corrupt.”

Kiir made the remarks while addressing a crowd at Freedom Hall on Saturdayduring celebrations of the attainment of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) by the Vice President Dr. James Wani Igga.

Igga obtained his Doctorate from Bulacan State University in the Philippines, in taxation policy and investment. Upon his graduation, Igga was appointed a visiting professor by Juba University.

Kiir said the Vice President should use his doctorate to develop the country, but not to destroy it. “Somebody said a word before about PhD, I want to remind my dear colleague Wani that his PhD should not also follow the other PhD that brought us troubles in our country, it must be a PhD that leads us to development and progress in the country,” President Kiir said.

He said South Sudanese used to be the most honest people, not asking for bribes for services, but now things have changed.

“People came from different countries to the extent that now our name has really become very bad,” he said. “We are the ones fighting for no reasons, why is it that our economy which we started as a strong economy deteriorated to the extent that we are not able to afford a meal per day per family. What happened? It is because we brought different cultures and different ways of doing things.”

“With such activities, the economy cannot grow, let us work together,” Kiir said

To the youths, he said they should not be frustrated by lack of jobs because “it is a matter of time and this situation is going to be rectified and we will move slowly and smoothly.”

Kiir said Dr. Igga should correct the economy by teaching the students how to collect taxes.

About the National Dialogue, Kiir said it will bring back the people of South Sudan. “This National Dialogue will bring us back together, if we all embrace it and talk to one another with sincerity; it will definitely bring us back together.”

He said the steering committee is an independent body which does not work on the orders of the President, but only contacts him when they need assistance.

“I am not sitting in their meetings when they come here. I don’t come there but they know how to contact me if they need something from me,” he said.

He said all the political parties must join in to bring back peace in the country.

When responding to Janet Aya who said that women are tired of war and they want peace, Kiir said he is a humble man.

“I want to assure you mama that I am a very peaceful and humble man,” he said. “I don’t want fighting. Let us close that chapter of war, and let us open another chapter of peace. We will have to work together all the political parties. There is nothing better than to embrace one another. To embrace one another is the best thing that we can do.”

According to President Kiir, if the National Dialogue is conducted as planned, peace will return to the country.

By Jale Richard

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