This article was last updated on May 27, 2022
The project will be implemented by contractors from the Shandong Hi-Speed Group People’s Republic of China under the supervision of the Ministry of Transport, roads and bridges to ensure quality standards are met.
Speaking during the launch President Salva Kiir said that development is paramount in ensuring peace within the country.
“I am telling you that peace will come back to this Country. However, we must work for it….If we do this development, nobody will fight the other. Lack of development is what causes fighting”
The construction of the roads will ease service delivery to the people and foster economic development within the different states.
The Deputy Governor of Central Equatoria State (CES), Manasseh Lomole Waya said during the launch that the construction of roads in South Sudan will not only enhance service delivery but improve the lives of the people of South Sudan.
“The importance of roads and bridges network in our country does not need to be emphasized because it is important for the economic development of our nation. This particular road will mark the beginning of greater thing for this nation. These roads will surely enhance movement of people, goods and services. It will also prosper and consolidate peace, unity and progress of the people of the Republic of South Sudan”
He also said that plans are underway for the constructions of other roads including, Juba-Kaya road, Juba-Bor road, Juba-Maridi road and the Juba-Kajokeji road.”
The Minister of roads and transport, Kuong Danhier Gatluak said the construction of the road will connect six states. That is, Central Equatoria State, Lake State, Warrap State, Unity State, Western Bahr el Ghazal State and Northern Bahr el Ghazal.
The Chinese ambassador to South Sudan, Ma Qaing, said that the Juba-Rumbek road is the life line of South Sudanese because it links the country to the west and the north.