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Cabinet agrees to clean rivers to allow smooth flow of water

Eight children drown to death in Bentiu IDP Camp
Bentiu IDPs camp washing corridors and swiming areas. [Photo: Chondok Stephen Magei]

The council of ministers on Monday reached consensus to clean rivers in order to cut out water hyacinth
that are blocking transportation and flow of water.
“The cabinet decided that what should be done is the cleaning and clearing of the waterways, remove
any obstacle on the way and land and clearing ways so that the water can be used for navigation and
other issues,” said Michael Makuei Lueth, the Minister of Information during press conference.
The meeting held in Juba was chaired by President Salva kiir Mayardit.

Makuei noted that the entire country is under water flowing months of heavy flooding since the start of
this year.
“These weeds need to be removed so that the water flows,” Makuei said.
The decision came in the aftermath of the presentation of the Minister for Presidential Affiars, Barnaba
Marial Benjamin on the outcome of the public consultation on river dredging and also the Minister of
Environment and Forestry, Josephine Napwon on building resilience of the government and community
to mitigate and adapt to the impact of climate change.
Makuei said that afterwards cabinet passed the resolutions to high level committee that will be chaired
by the minister of presidential affairs that also includes, the ministers of health, humanitarian affairs,
wildlife and interior.

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