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The South Sudan government in conjunction with Chinese contractors have placed a temporary hold on a key highway linking to Uganda, due to quality. The Juba-Rumbek highway connecting to Uganda has been placed on hold following a ponderous downpour in t...

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South Sudan: Govt alongside Chinese Contractor Suspends Construction of Major Highway over Quality

Published by: Tobiloba Chelsea
06/10/2020 06:23 PM

The South Sudan government in conjunction with Chinese contractors have placed a temporary hold on a key highway linking to Uganda, due to quality. The Juba-Rumbek highway connecting to Uganda has been placed on hold following a ponderous downpour in the last months, eating up sections of the road, according to the vice president in control of Infrastructure, Taban Deng. 

 

“The suspension does not mean the highway project has been terminated, the suspension is intended to follow up on the design of the road. I implore the company to build its capabilities within the period of suspension, to ensure the quality standard of the road, achieved", the vice president to journalists during a media conference yesterday. 

 

THE CONSTRUCTION 

The major highway is a 392km project linking Bahr El Ghazal Region to Uganda via the Equatorial region. The company in charge of this project is Shandong Hi-Speed Group Corporation, with a three year duration period. 

 

A few days ago, President Salva Kiir dismissed Mayiik Ayii, the Presidential Affairs Minister over what he described to be “terrible supervision of project”. The company will make further alterations to enhance the quality of the highway”, Chinese Ambassador, Huan Ning added. 

 

Huan further said, “China will ensure that this road is properly reviewed and well-constructed without faults”. In an interview, South Sudan Minister of Road and Bridges Simon Mijok Mijak, says, “The prior highway design, did not take into account other factors including the drainage system”. The seven-member committee has been created to investigate the issues, these committee members will deliver reports within 22 days and addressed to the Ministry. 

 

 

 

 

 

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