– Government Running –
According to Gai, all organs of government were in place including the Judiciary, Executive and Parliament which had opened and even had a Speaker appointed.
By May next year, he explained that South Sudan will have united its forces which was one of the major requirements of the peace agreement.
“The President has directed all the commanders of the forces that he needs the army of the country to be fully united by May next year. We have to start uniting these forces by now. We have started sending supplies so that troops can gather the soonest.”
Uniting the forces, Gai explained will be a major breakthrough to solidifying the country’s stability pointing at existence of parallel armies as the major cause of perennial eruption of violence in South Sudan.
With decades of violence, political instability and lack of development, South Sudan has suffered both socially and economically.
During his meeting with President Kenyatta, Gai said he appealed for assistance to feed the people of South Sudan reeling in harsh times and agreed to send a technical team to dialogue on Kenya’s intervention.
Minister of Petroleum Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth who was part of the delegation accompanying the Vice President urged investors to explore the oil industry.
Following the violence of July 8 in which about 300 people were killed, he said production of oil had fallen from 500,000 barrels of oil per day to 130,000.
He said starting Monday, the country will increase its oil production. He also announced that the country will construct an oil refinery by December 2016.