South Sudan: America Wants Our Oil, Support Rebels -Makuei

The Broadcasting & Information Minister at his office in Juba (Photo: via Samuel Lokudu)

The Broadcasting & Information Minister at his office in Juba (Photo: via Samuel Lokudu)

May 16, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — The minister of information and broadcasting, Michael Makuei Lueth, accuses the western allies of supporting the uprising against Salva Kiir regime. Makuei believes that the United States has a key interest to control the oil and other national resources.

He also believes that the US government is playing its games to kick out China from South Sudan.

China is the major investor in the South Sudanese oil. In 2011, South Sudan’s crude accounted for 5 percent of China’s mega oil imports.

Juba kicked out the Chinese president of oil company in February 2012.  Liu Yingcai, a Chinese national and the president of  Petrodar Operating Company, was notified to leave the country within 72 hours after the South Sudan officials accused him of conspiring with Sudan to steal oil.

President Salva Kiir, however, approached the Chinese government to seek financial support, two months later, after the country was nearing collapse in April 2012. The Government of China referred Salva Kiir to the oil company. Kiir succeeded securing loans at a high interest rates.

President Salva Kiir accuses the western allies of wanting compensation for their contribution to South Sudan independent.

“People have come to fight us indirectly by saying they haven’t had a slice of the profits yet they “brought the independence” while the South Sudanese actually fought for and got their independence,” said President Kiir.

“They are backing the rebellion we are fighting now,” Kiir added.

“we thought we had friends in the west but after 15th we learned they’re friends only to certain sections.” Kiir said in Juba.

Kiir and Lueth aired their frustrations against the United States after Salva Kiir was threatened to sign an agreement to end hostilities in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Despite the flaring bilateral relations, many South Sudanese still recognize TROIKA (US, UK and Norway) for their support of South Sudan independent. TROIKA financed the SPLM/A prior to independent and also during the CPA.

US has spent more than $300 million since 2005 on professionalizing the South Sudanese army and over $10 billions in an attempt to stabilize South Sudan and promote economic and social development.

South Sudan has received nearly $ 28 billions from foreign aids since 2005, however, the country failed to invest in the nation building.

South Sudan civil war, which began in December, resulted from political differences within the ruling party, SPLM. Many senior SPLM officials accused the president of dictatorship and became vocal against corruptions in the country.

The president accused 75 officials of corruption in the past, however, the government did very little to hold anyone accountable.

Kiir accused the army of corruption and disloyalty in 2013, and went ahead to recruit a private militia known as Gelweng or Dotkubeny to “guard the president”. The militia involved in mass killing of Nuer ethnic group in December, after members of presidential guards fought among themselves.

Today, more than 70% of the national army has turned against the regime of Salva Kiir and continue to fight foreign mercenaries from Uganda, Egypt and Sudan. The government is financing the Ugandan army, UPDF and Sudan rebels to combat the uprising and to sustain the regime in power.

Salva Kiir and his main rival Riek Machar, signed a peace deal in Ethiopia last week, however, the ceasefire agreement is yet to hold.

The opposition leaders, who are gaining diverse and regional support, are still meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the second day.

Fighting continues in parts of Upper Nile and Unity States. Both sides accuse one another of violating the ceasefire, however, the oppositions accuses the government of not contributing in drafting the documents required to implement the recently signed peace agreement. The government has admitted that it won’t initiate agenda for talks with the SPLMs leaders.

Related stories:

South Sudan president Attacks The Nation’s Western Allies For Wanting “Compensation”

South Sudan kicks out president of oil company

S. Sudan government says it won’t initiate agenda for talks with rebels

China In The Middle: South Sudan’s Biggest Oil Importer Learns To Wield Its Clout

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