JUBA (19 Feb.)
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has issued an executive order forming a high-level committee to make the necessary preparations for relocation of the nation’s capital city from Juba to the newly proposed site in Ramciel.
Ramciel area lies at the centre of South Sudan and borders a number of states. The proposed national capital has no public utilities and physical infrastructure.
According to the order broadcast by the state-owned South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC) on Thursday, President Kiir appointed the First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai, as the head of the committee.
The order also named Nhial Deng Nhial, senior presidential advisor and special envoy for diplomatic affairs, as deputy chairperson of the committee.
The committee members include the presidential advisor on legal affairs and constitutional development, Lawrence Korbandy, minister of finance, Stephen Dhieu Dau, minister in the office of the president, Mayiik Ayii Deng and minister of petroleum, Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth.
The order tasked the committee to recommend to the President what needs to be done and how preparations for the relocation of the capital city can be done.
File photo: Kiir addresses people in Yei town (Radio Tamazuj)