Taban Deng Gai: South Sudan leaders meet Uhuru, appeal for economic aid for food


South Sudan First Vice President Taban Deng Gai on August 17, 2016 led a delegation to Nairobi where they appealed for economic assistance from President Uhuru Kenyatta to enable the strife-town country buy food and provide basic services. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Taban Deng Gai told reporters in Nairobi that his country has run out of money to buy food and provide essential services to people.

THURSDAY AUGUST 18 2016

South Sudan First Vice President Taban Deng Gai on August 17, 2016 led a delegation to Nairobi where they appealed for economic assistance from President Uhuru Kenyatta to enable the strife-town country buy food and provide basic services. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

In Summary

  • South Sudan delegation met with President Kenyatta on Tuesday to appeal for economic assistance.
  • Mr Deng, whose appointment to replace Riek Machar has been controversial, was leading a transitional government delegation that included  several ministers.

By AGGREY MUTAMBO
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South Sudan is reaching out to Kenya for help to revive its ailing economy following years of violence.

A delegation of Transitional Government of South Sudan officials were in the country on Tuesday after which they met with President Uhuru Kenyatta to appeal for what they called economic assistance.

On Wednesday, South Sudan First Vice President Taban Deng Gai told reporters in Nairobi that his country has run out of money to buy food and provide essential services to people.

“We have been facing difficulties in delivering services to the people. We have appealed to President Uhuru Kenyatta because Kenya is a big economy. What the people of South Sudan need is unga, you are producing a lot of unga (flour), you are producing a lot of rice and you are producing a lot of mafuta (cooking oil),” he told a news conference at Intercontinental Hotel.

“We briefed our brother (President Uhuru Kenyatta) about the current economic difficulties the country is facing. You recall that the country is going through inflation and lack of resources because we have been depending on our main resource which is oil and given the current crisis and the oil crisis internationally, the little that we have produced is not earning us much money.”

Mr Deng, whose appointment to replace Riek Machar has been controversial, was leading a transitional government delegation that included  several ministers.

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