UNMISS to resume rehabilitating Yei-Kajokeji Road in upcoming dry season

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UNMISS, local authorities meet to discuss restarting vital road repairs in Central Equatoria once the dry season begins. Photo by Taban Alfred/UNMISS.

1 Jul 2024

UNMISS to resume rehabilitating Yei-Kajokeji Road in upcoming dry season

Taban Geofrey Koma Alfred

CENTRAL EQUATORIA – Engineers from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) are set to resume a critical road rehabilitation project in Yei, Lainya, and Kajokeji areas of Central Equatoria state, following a temporary halt due to fuel shortages.

The project, which had been suspended briefly, will recommence once the dry season begins.

County Commissioners of Lainya and Yei have expressed relief at the news of the project's resumption, emphasizing the criticality of this route in boosting security, peace, trade, and community connections in the region.

"We are extremely glad to hear that UNMISS will resume this vital project at the end of the rainy season, and we appreciate their commitment to completing it," said Emmanuel Khamis, County Commissioner of Lainya.

Mr. Khamis’ words were echoed by Aggrey Cyrus Kanyikwa, his counterpart in Yei.

"This road repair will make a huge difference to communities across three counties in the state. They will be able to convene, ensure that livelihoods receive a boost and that they have easy access to education and healthcare. We, as County Commissioners, will work with the state Governor to make sure UNMISS engineers have all the support they need, including fuel and secure conditions to complete their intervention,” he stated.

A request to the UN Peacekeeping mission by both Commissioners: To ensure the road surface is durable using quality murram, which Njoki Rahab Kinyajui, Head of the mission’s Field Office in Juba took on board.

"We understand the importance of this road for local populations,” she averred. “We know that when people can travel to meet each other, it is easier to build trust and confidence. In fact, in many areas where roads have been improved, we’ve seen a decrease in violence and an increase in reconciliation and peace-building activities,” she added.

“We, will, therefore, make sure that we resume and complete this crucial repair as soon as possible.”

Such road rehabilitation projects are a testament to the importance of partnerships between international organizations, the government, and local authorities in creating conducive conditions for a brighter, more prosperous future.