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Old February 6th, 2011, 07:47 AM   #1
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South Sudan to build a new capital city

South Sudan to establish a new capital city and relocate from Juba after independence

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February 5, 2011 (JUBA) – South Sudan will soon begin to implement a huge project of building a modern ne capital city for the newly independent state, saying the historical regional capital, Juba, does not meet what is required of a national capital in terms of infrastructure for public institutions, investment and the accommodation of diplomatic missions.

After a referendum in January where 99 percent of southern Sudanese voted to separate from the north, the southern region is expected to become independent in July.

Several groups of potential investors who have had interest to invest in the capital for the last six years failed to do so because of lack of land for investment the south says. The southern government also has not built permanent structures for its executive, legislative and judicial institutions as the status of the town had not been settled. In Juba, which hosts about a million people, thousands of citizens have failed to legally acquire plots of land to build on.

Dozens of countries are expected to recognize the new independent state and will need pieces of land in which to establish their respective embassies.

Juba, which was established almost a century ago, by British colonial administrators, as the headquarters of former Southern Sudan’s three regions of Greater Bahr el Ghazal, Upper Nile and Equatoria, is said to have been disorganized, particularly for the last six years during its fast growing expansion. Officials say this is because of endless wrangling over jurisdictions of its administration by different levels of government, coupled with lack of standardized housing and poor surveying.

The semi-autonomous Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) has used Juba as the seat of the government, in accordance with the region’s interim constitution of 2005. Juba is also state capital of Central Equatoria

The local Bari community of Juba has cautioned against expanding Juba to incorporate the surrounding villages without their permission, quoting the provision in the interim constitution which stipulates that land belongs to the people, making it difficult for both GoSS and state to expand.

The GoSS, which serves as the highest authority overseeing the ten states of the semi-autonomous region, has for the past five years requested Central Equatoria state government to relocate its capital to any of its other towns or locations, but the request was rejected.

Two years ago, the GoSS also came up with an alternative proposal to leave Juba for Central Equatoria state and establish a new capital at Gondokora Island, north of Juba, so that the two capitals could co-exist as twin cities. The proposal was also rejected by members of Bari community elders and intellectuals, according to officials.

In the resolution passed on Friday in the Council of Ministers meeting chaired by President Salva Kiir Mayardit, the government reached the decision to relocate the capital to a “befitting” new location elsewhere in the South.

The minister of information and official spokesman of the government, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, told the press that the “new capital would befit the new state of South Sudan.” He said the decision was not against any community or authority, but in the interest of the new nation.

He said two competing locations have been proposed for study before the government could choose one as a federal territory in which it will build the new capital. One of the proposed locations is an area which straddles four states; the north-eastern part of Central Equatoria, north-western part of Eastern Equatoria, south western part of Jonglei and south eastern part of Lakes state.

Another proposed location for the capital is Ramciel, which officials say is the geographic center of South Sudan has been the choice of SPLM – the former rebels who now govern South Sudan - since 2003. It is located in north-eastern part of Lakes state, near the border with Unity state to the North and Jonglei state to the East.

Marial added that a ministerial committee will be constituted by the president to visit the two proposed locations, study their respective topographies and seek consent of the communities inhabiting the areas and report back the findings within three weeks.

Citizens who spoke to Sudan Tribune in Juba on Saturday backed the idea of a new capital. A Juba University student who wanted to be identified only as Achol said: “I am very happy to hear that we will have a new modern capital city. Juba is so congested and disorganized. And besides, the state authority is not giving land to people who want to build houses. Juba is also nearer to Uganda and far from the rest of states and counties such as those of Tonj West in Warrap and Renk in Upper Nile. We want a capital in the center of South Sudan.”

“Yes let them relocate [the capital]. Juba of today is not the way it used to be, it has been spoiled by land grabbers. Legally acquired plots of people have been robbed by land grabbers who are new comers to this town. It will be a good chance to recover such lands once the capital is relocated,” said another, Michael Peter.

“The government is right to decide on best way of doing things. The capital city can be put anywhere in Southern Sudan. It doesn’t matter where it would be located as long as it is suitable and communities or authorities of such locations accept to give that land to the government to be the capital,” said a government official who did not want to be named.

While officials say it is important to consult host communities and seek their consent, they also explained that the provision of the CPA [Comprehensive Peace Agreement) and the interim constitution, which stipulates that land belongs to the people or community, has been misinterpreted or misunderstood by the communities. They further argued that the same provision further explained that the land will be managed by the government on behalf of the people, which they said acknowledges the government as the authority to decide and supervise on usage of land.

Marial said the ambitious project will not compromise other competing priorities in the service delivery and development of South Sudan in the coming period. If a new location is confirmed, the new independent country will contract companies or firms to do feasibility study as well as come up with the cost of building the new modern capital and attract investors who can finance the city project.

Officials say it can take at least five years to complete building the city.
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Old February 6th, 2011, 08:30 AM   #2
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I thought it would be better if they improved Juba first before considering other options. Good news though.
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Old February 6th, 2011, 01:16 PM   #3
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South Sudan to establish a new capital city and relocate from Juba after independence


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Marial said the ambitious project will not compromise other competing priorities in the service delivery and development of South Sudan in the coming period. If a new location is confirmed, the new independent country will contract companies or firms to do feasibility study as well as come up with the cost of building the new modern capital and attract investors who can finance the city project.
Great news...I like the idea of building it at the junction of those four states.

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Another proposed location for the capital is Ramciel, which officials say is the geographic center of South Sudan has been the choice of SPLM – the former rebels who now govern South Sudan - since 2003. It is located in north-eastern part of Lakes state, near the border with Unity state to the North and Jonglei state to the East.
BTW is Ramciel an already established town or just an open place where they plan to build the city. Also, I remember Rumbek and New Cush were at some point (during the war) considered for potential capital cities...I personally think Rumbek is, geographically, at the right place for a capital City.
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Old February 6th, 2011, 01:18 PM   #4
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nice to see but who is paying fr it
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Old February 9th, 2011, 07:56 AM   #5
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I thought it would be better if they improved Juba first before considering other options. Good news though.
Juba will remain as commercial hub……Also, the whole process of relocation will take time to effect.
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Old February 9th, 2011, 07:59 AM   #6
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:BTW is Ramciel an already established town or just an open place where they plan to build the city..
It used to be a no man's land. But it now boasts a small settlement, ever since the idea of building a capital there sprang up.

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Also, I remember Rumbek and New Cush were at some point (during the war) considered for potential capital cities...I personally think Rumbek is, geographically, at the right place for a capital City
Rumbek is situated in a right position….But, its deficiencies are no different to Juba.
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Juba will remain as commercial hub……Also, the whole process of relocation will take time to effect.
As long as they don't neglect Juba and other major urban centres as they build this new city.
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Old February 9th, 2011, 12:55 PM   #8
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Can someone point out the new location on a map?
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Old February 9th, 2011, 10:29 PM   #9
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Ramciel - The new capital of the republic of south sudan.






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to a brighter future for the Republic of South Sudan
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I love it

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Can someone point out the new location on a map?
Trying to find it man, but it's not easy as many maps don't show it....It's somewhere in Lakes state but it never was a real town/village untill recently so you can't find it in the maps. I will upload the map as soon as i find it tho..
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Great work ya bh.
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Lake State Residents Endorse Ramciel as New South Sudanese Capital


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RUMBEK, 09 February 2011 (Gurtong) – Last week, the Government of Southern Sudan Ministerial Committee was formed to look into a more suitable place for a capital.

The Committee comprised of the ministries of Housing and Physical Infrastructure, Health and Rural Development.

The Lakes residents expressed their views during live call-in radio programmes on two radio stations in the state, Catholic-owned Good News Radio and the state government- owned Radio FM 98.

They said Ramcel is the ideal location as it is at the center of South Sudan, while others said it is historically significant besides being close to a water source.

They also said that the new location connects at least three other states, that is, Upper Nile, Central Equatoria and Jonglei.

The Lakes State Political Advisor Marko Chol Maciec, who also advocated for Ramcel however said the capital can be located in either Juba or Ramcel, but said Ramcel’s historical significance as the original administrative capital of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) was a key factor in considering the new nation’s capital.

The Lakes State Governor Chol Tong Mayay has also been in the forefront in lobbying for the relocation of the South Sudanese capital to Lakes State.

Just last week, South Sudanese leaders said they were considering building a new capital after their expected independence as the current hub Juba lacked infrastructure and space for new business.

“There are so many things that Juba doesn't have now in terms of services," said Dr Anne Itto, a senior member of the south's ruling Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM).

Dr Itto added the committee would also consider expanding Juba.

Juba, which sits on the banks of the White Nile in the south's Central Equatoria state, has seen a dramatic but chaotic expansion since a 2005 peace deal ended decades of north/south civil war.
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Old February 11th, 2011, 02:29 PM   #17
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Love the wide open spaces in the proposed city, a bit like Brasilia.
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Love the wide open spaces in the proposed city, a bit like Brasilia.
me too. I also like the white-house-looking building (could be the new SSLA building)...

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Great work ya bh.
Thanks Chief. It seems the Bari community is not going to change its on mind Juba or Gondokoro Island. And considering the heavy lobbying by lakes state's leadership, Ramciel could very well be our next capital

BTW, do you know where it is on the map? I've scanned the map of lakes, esp. around the three states junction, and no ramciel...it's probably not there yet
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Old February 14th, 2011, 07:46 AM   #19
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Thanks Chief. It seems the Bari community is not going to change its on mind Juba or Gondokoro Island. And considering the heavy lobbying by lakes state's leadership, Ramciel could very well be our next capital
Thus far, it look so……To me, the idea of building anything let alone a capital on Gondokoro Island was rather strange. I mean, it's a very historic piece of land among other things….Also, do you know how tiny that place is? The proposal was a sign of desperation from GoSS part…..Well, good thing that they have finally came to realisation that leaving is the best option instead of this stand off with Bari.

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BTW, do you know where it is on the map? I've scanned the map of lakes, esp. around the three states junction, and no ramciel...it's probably not there yet
Yes, it's not in any map. As you know, until recently it was a patch of land known only to Aliap, Atuot, and Ciec communities. BTW, the only part of Lake State bordering both Greater Upper Nile and Equatoria is Awerial County. And according to my understanding, the junction area is being considered as alternative to Ramciel. That mean, Ramciel may be situated in either or between two of Yirol Counties.

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The feasibility study has deemed Ramciel not suitable as the site of the new capital. The area is a swampy terrain......and that would make constructing anything there difficult and costly.

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