South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, ahead of the 37th anniversary when the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) launched war of resistance on March 16, 1983, has announced to restore South Sudan’s agriculture sector.
The move has been announced to eradicate the current food and nutrition crisis in the country in particular.
In a statement, President Salva Kiir said, “We must end for once the annual threat of famine and hunger in South Sudan and give the World Food Program (WFP) and organizations alike a break. We must begin to take responsibility for feeding our people from our land.”
He added, “We have no excuse to allow the world to feed our people indefinitely. The time has come now to end this and to use our military for peacetime purposes such as food production and road construction.”
Speaking of the current threat from the COVID-19 pandemic, President Kiir said, “While the threat of hunger looms large, what is more threatening now is the fast-spreading COVID-19 pandemic. As a government, we acted quickly to warn our people and impose travel restrictions both internally and externally to prevent coronavirus from entering South Sudan.”
Calling the disease “dangerous”, President Kiir urged people to “not to ignore it”, as “it is spreading at an alarming rate”.