There's more to gain in having a stable South Sudan
SEE ALSO :South Sudan makes minor oil discoveryTransition to full stability By appointing Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka as Special Envoy for peace monitoring in South Sudan, Uhuru is showing his utmost commitment to accelerate social and economic growth, while furthering efforts for unity following ‘the handshake’ at home. During his meeting with Kiir, Uhuru discussed the “once in a lifetime” opportunity that the fledgling nation has for exponential growth. South Sudan is too young to already have status quos in place, which makes it an immensely exciting time to partner with it. The possibilities are limitless. The question remains: Will the young people of South Sudan put their differences aside and go for unity, or will they continue to fight? With our help, we can make sure it is the former.. Many countries go through periods of conflict right after achieving independence, but not all of them have a neighbour willing to provide comprehensive guidance to form successful democratic institutions. Moreover, Uhuru pledged all the technical and diplomatic support necessary to help them reach a ceasefire and then transition to full stability. The construction of the Lapsset corridor project, which will link us with South Sudan and Ethiopia, is a major step towards effortless and efficient regional trade. Our relationship is a two-way street. A new deal struck between our nations will send geothermal energy to South Sudan in exchange for gas from their oil fields. As the ninth largest producer of geothermal energy in the world, there is no need for Kenya to hoard its energy. By sharing it with our neighbours, we help their industrialisation process; a game changer for their economic growth. We also set an example for the entire world about sustainable energy use, which has been a recurring theme for the duration of Uhuru’s tenure. In exchange, we get much needed gas without paying high premiums to import it from other continents. Why go searching for natural resources far away when much of it can be sourced closer to home? Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter stated that a transmission line through Lodwar to South Sudan is in the works. This is a much more environmentally friendly way to ship energy than bringing in resources from distant countries. As former US President Harry Truman once said, “All will concede that in order to have good neighbours, we must also be good neighbours.” The Kenyan government is wise in recognising the importance of making sure that all is stable and well on our borders. Together we are stronger, so let us pray for, and do the best we can for South Sudan. - The writer is a Human Resources consultant and comments on topical issues
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