South Sudan has plans to import electricity from Kenya as the country’s infrastructure takes a battering from months of conflict.

Minister of Electricity and Dams Jemma Nunu Kumba said the government is looking to bring electricity from Kenya through Narus in Eastern Equatoria State, in the south of the country, following seven days of power supply disruptions in the capital Juba.

Ms Nunu said: “We have shortages of electricity around Juba, which is why the ministry decided to shut down power sometimes because there’s not enough distribution of electricity in the city.

“This plan [with Kenya] will provide more megawatts of electricity than we currently have. The government is putting an effort in this so that we don’t have this electricity issue again.”

Nunu said South Sudan’s ill-existing infrastructure has been severely affected by the eight months conflict.

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