By Deng Machol
Juba – Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta has told President Salva Kiir to wield his efforts in providing services to ordinary South Sudanese, rather than emphasize on political chumminess.
According to president Uhuru, the East Africa country is spending too much resources on political accommodations and favors instead of providing basic services such as housing, roads, water, electricity and health to the common citizen.
South Sudanese warring leaders are expected to form a government of national unity in November by sharing power through the revitalized peace agreement, as a way of ending the five-year political war, which has claimed nearly 400,000 lives and uprooted 4 million people from their homes.
President Uhuru made this remarks at the Kenya’s National Prayer Breakfast Conference attended by Kiir today in Nairobi.
At the same event, President Salva Kiir said the quest for power by various leaders in South Sudan has sidetracked resource meant to develop the world youngest country.
He called Kenya and the East African community to help South Sudan overcome its leadership crisis, and embark on the path of development.
“I want you also to pass the same message to your neighbors. South Sudan is one of them, you know that we are fighting in South Sudan up to now amongst ourselves…The result is innocent lives have been lost. I want to back you in that initiate that the president took to bring you two together should also go far to reach us in South Sudan,” says president Kiir.
Meanwhile, Kenyan president Uhuru says those fighting for leadership [in South Sudan] are only serve to hurt the country.
President Uhuru further appealed to the South Sudanese leaders to uplift the lives of every citizen, rather than themselves.
“Leadership is not about who is the President but it’s about services to your people and the people of South Sudan, who are desperately need peace in order for them to get services that they fought for many years,” says president Uhuru. “And Kenya’s stands ready my brother to work with you and all your colleagues to help the people of South Sudan achieve that long waited for objectives of a strong, united and prosperous South Sudan, and ultimately as you have said we join with Kenya and all other East African countries and become one great nation in the service of God and God’s people,” he added.
President Kiir has been in Nairobi for the last three days where he participated in the UN Habitat’s panel discussion on innovation and urbanization.
Kenya was peace broker of 2005, between Sudan regime and the former rebel groups, SPLM – led by late Dr. John Garang De Mabior, which later resulted to the independence of South Sudan in 2011, following the referendum voting after two decades of civil war.
But the country descended into another civil war on December 2013 after political disagreement between president Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar.