South Sudan minister apologizes for ‘worst’ roads in region


South Sudan’s Roads Minister has apologized to the public for the poor condition of the country’s roads, as an investigation found them to be the worst in the region. (BBC)

The roads deteriorated after recent torrential rains that made them impassable due to flooding and mud.

More than 1,500 trucks carrying food supplies have been stranded for weeks in the western Equatorial state.

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Roads Minister Simon Mijok Mijak said engineers are working on the roads and the trucks could leave in a few days.

Roads in South Sudan have been described as “the worst” in the region, in a report by an East African body, the Northern Corridor Transit and Transport Coordination Authority (NCTTCA).

“The roads in South Sudan are of the lowest category, the worst, while Rwanda and Kenya are from good to very good,” said NCTTCA Executive Secretary Omae Nyarandi.

He added that South Sudan should focus more on policy and planning and maintenance to improve the road network.

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