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Idlers ordered to go home and dig -Makuei

The government has urged all citizens to stop idling in towns.

Speaking to journalists after the regular Council of Ministers’ meeting last Friday, Information Minister and Government Spokesperson Michael Makuei Lueth said idlers should go back to the rural areas to start cultivation to help eradicate hunger in the country.

Minister Lueth said anybody who is doing nothing in Juba town should return to his or her respective villages for cultivation.

“It is only when we till the land that we shall produce food. The idea of people relying on imported food is not advisable. We need to go back to the land and produce our own food,” Makuei said.

Makuei continued that the cabinet urged all South Sudanese who are loitering and idling in Juba and other towns in the country to go to their homes and cultivate.

He further said the 33 trucks containing foodstuff imported by the government had already arrived in the country.

He said the food items had been distributed to 27 cooperative shops and centres in Juba.

The centres include; Cosmos Tombe in Gudele two, Abraham Centre (Rock City), Zachariah Lologo, Crown Auto two Atlabara, Crown Auto three Gudele two, Jebel Dinka Centre (Jebel Dinka), Fawad Centre Nyakuron, Well Done Investment Hai Referendum, Crown Auto five Suk Sita, Crown Auto Trade six along Bilpham road, Crown Auto seven in Juba near Juba Teaching Hospital, Ramciel Cooperative New Site, St. Kizito Centre (Suk Libya).

Makuei said citizens can now purchase the imported foodstuff from the above mentioned cooperatives and shops at the price set by the government.

According to the price set by the government, 50 kilograms of maize flour costs 4,550 SSP, a bag of beans 6,424 SSP, 50 kilograms of wheat flour 3,728 SSP, 50 kilograms of sugar 5242 SSP and 20 litres of cooking oil at 2842 SSP.

He said that food would be rationed out so that everyone could get a share.

Makuei added that no individual would be allowed to buy in large quantities.

“Because the quantities brought is limited, people are advised to buy in small quantities. No one will be allowed to buy in large quantities,” he said. “But it will be rationed such that at least everyone gets a portion until the next consignment arrives,” Makuei said.

He added that the government would again import food from the neighbouring countries and once it arrives in the country, will be distributed to other states.

The high level Emergency Committee that was established by the Cabinet on 28th April, 2017 was tasked with the responsibility of studying and come up with appropriate solutions for the current hunger situation in the country. The Committee since its establishment has imported foodstuff worth three million dollars from the neighbouring countries like Uganda and Tanzania through Ramciel Company.

Ramciel Company is currently selling the foodstuff at subsidized prices to citizens through the 27 cooperatives and shops in Juba.

By Sasuk Taban

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