May 24, 2020 (Thessherald)–The newly paved tarmac road linking Rumbek and the capital Juba, constructed by Chinese engineers, has raised new concerns after it was easily swept away by recent floods.
Two years ago, President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping entered into an agreement on the sidelines of the 2018 Forum on China–Africa Corporation (FOCAC), that allowed Chinese companies to build two Highways in exchange for South Sudan’s 10,000 barrels of crude oil per day.
Mading Ngor Akech, a journalist who went and inspected the damages issued the following statement.
“On May 23rd, 2020, due to the unprecedented heavy rainfall for several consecutive days around Juba, we have encountered some damages in some section of the road between Juba and Terekeka of Juba-Rumbek Road. The damage happened on two locations including one overflowing section located at Kilometer one (K1) from Bilfam Junction with length of eighty (80) meters, and another section located at Kilometer four (K4) with length of three hundred (300) meters.”
According to several netizens who expressed their frustrations on social media, what angered them is the fact that the road is still new and has not been officially opened for public use.
Take a look at some of the reactions from members of the public.