European parliamentary committee delegation in Juba

JUBA, 20 July 2011 – A delegation of the European Parliamentary Committee on Development is in Juba to acquaint itself with the development needs in the new country.


During a meeting with the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Peace and CPA Implementation Beatrice Khamisa Wani at the ministry’s offices in Juba today, the delegation discussed the priority development areas in which the European Union can partner with the new Republic of South Sudan.


The head of the delegation Mr. Patrice Tirolien told the press after the meeting that the European Union is appealing to the international community to give South Sudan a chance and support its socio-economic agenda. He admitted that given that the country emerged from war recently, there are still many developmental gaps to be addressed. He appealed to the international community to help fill the gaps.


Mr. Tirolien also reported that they had discussed how to facilitate the safe movement of the internally displaced persons along the borders, especially those fleeing from the mayhem in Abyei.


On her part, Madam Khamisa reiterated that the Republic of South Sudan is keen to maintain a cordial relationship with Sudan given the common history and cultures the two countries share. She also said that the Republic of South Sudan is pursuing amicable resolution of the outstanding issues such as North-South border demarcation and security.


Madam Khamisa also appreciated the role played by the European Union in the development of South Sudan during and after the war. She expressed hope that the bloc would continue to provide similar support to the new country.


Reported by Lindri Godfrey Alex


Vacancy - Tax Director, Warrap

JUBA, 20 July 2011 - Warrap State’s Ministry of Finance, Trade and Industry is seeking to recruit a Tax Director in a grade (3) super scale in the Directorate of Taxation. Please, click here for the full advertisement, job description and other details.


Information minister urges states to disseminate information widely

JUBA, 19 July 2011 – The caretaker minister for Information, Republic of South Sudan, H.E. Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin today urged the state governments to disseminate information from the states widely so that the rest of the country and the international community can be adequately informed of the events and development projects in their respective states.


The caretaker minister made this appeal when he hosted a delegation from Jonglei state led by the Deputy Governor Hussein Mar in his office in Juba this morning. He congratulated the people of Jonglei for celebrating the independence of the Republic of South Sudan peacefully.


Dr. Marial also underscored the role of the media in stimulating dialogue and unity in the pursuit of national ideals and development in the new Republic. He cited radio and television as some of the media channels that the state governments can utilize to inform the citizens effectively.


On his part, the deputy governor said that there are many development projects in the state which have not been adequately covered by the media. He reported that strategies are now in place to ensure effective coverage of the state in the near future.


The deputy governor also relayed the congratulatory message of the people of Jonglei to President Salva Kiir Mayardit and the people of the Republic of South Sudan on the realization of independence of the new state.


“I wish to assure the President that the leadership and people of Jonglei state are behind him”, he said.


Reported by William Jufur


Scholarship opportunities

JUBA, 18 July 2011 – The Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, Republic of South Sudan is announcing the availability of scholarships for the study of a Master’s degree in Vocational Pedagogy.


The scholarship opportunity is sponsored by the NORAD programme of Masters Studies (NOMA) in conjunction with Kyambogo University, Akershus University (Norway) and the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology.


The consortium is offering ten scholarship opportunities for South Sudanese to undertake the Master’s programme beginning in August 2011. This will be a two-year full time programme leading to the award of a Master of Vocational Pedagogy of Kyambogo University, Kampala, Uganda.


Vocational Pedagogy consists of education oriented towards teaching, training and learning in relation to work and the labour market. It acknowledges the interplay between working life and education systems.


Those seeking consideration for the scholarships should have an honour’s degree in any vocational or professional field; work experience of at least two years; a recommendation from the employer; as well as a statement of purpose or motivation (up to one page). Possession of 60-80 credit in Pedagogy/Education will be an added advantage. Candidates having professional training which can be validated to be equivalent to the requirements above are eligible for consideration.


The interested candidates are advised to seek more information from the Undersecretary in the Ministry, Mr. Mou Mou Athian Kuol.
 


Invitation for Bids (IFB) – MoHERST, GOSS

JUBA, 18 July 2011 - The Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology has been allocated funds by the Government of South Sudan and it intends to apply part of the allocation for the supply and delivery of foodstuffs for students at the University of Bahr el Ghazal. Please, visit the "Tenders" page for more details.


Council of ministers approve launch of new currency

JUBA, 16 July 2011 - The first meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of South Sudan held yesterday under the chairmanship of H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayrdit discussed issues of finance and economy of the new republic, especially the issues related to the introduction of the new currency of South Sudan.


According to the caretaker minister for Information and Official Spokesman of the government H.E Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, the council reiterated that the launching of the new currency of South Sudan will be done on the 18th July 2011. Dr. Marial also said that the President of the Republic is expected to be the first South Sudan citizen to go to the bank to exchange his money.


Dr. Marial said the Central Bank of South Sudan will designate areas to which the citizens will be requested to go and exchange their money within a period of two months. He also said that strict security arrangements will be introduced during the currency exchange. The minister also said that the exchange rate is one to one (1 SDG = 1 SSP).


Dr. Marial also reported that the council is requesting all the media houses to announce to the public daily the importance of changing their money within the stipulated period.


Dr. Marial also reported that President Kiir stressed the importance of building South Sudan economy by harnessing the local natural resources. He said that during the meeting, President of the Republic briefed the council that the United Nations Security Council unanimously endorsed the membership of the Republic of South Sudan as a member of the United Nations General Assembly, and that on the 14th July 2011 the United Nations General Assembly also unanimously admitted South Sudan as the country number 193 in the United Nations.


President Kiir congratulated the people of the Republic of South Sudan for this great achievement and called on the citizens to take charge of their affairs knowing that the country is now recognized by the international community.


Dr. Marial also told the press that the authorities in Khartoum have stopped newspapers from coming to South Sudan. He said that the country will continue receiving newspapers from other countries such as Egypt and East Africa.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


President Kiir signs Central Bank law

JUBA, 15 July 2011 - The President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit has today Friday the 15th, July 2011 in his office signed the Law of Central Bank of South Sudan.


After the signing ceremony, the caretaker minister for Justice H.E John Luk Jok told the press that the law will govern the operations of the Central Bank of South Sudan. He also reported that the Bank has started receiving the new currency of the Republic since yesterday.


H.E Luk also disclosed that the law contains a number of provisions linked to the functions of the Central Bank of South Sudan in monitoring policy, price stability and stable exchange rate. He also pointed out that the law has put a legal foundation of controlling all the commercial banks in the Republic of South Sudan.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth, P.P.U. RSS - Juba


President Kiir honours “Mr. Kwacha Kworol”

JUBA, 15 July 2011 - The President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit was congratulated by the Swedish Sudan expert and father of the lost boys who worked tirelessly during the struggle with the SPLA, Dr. Conradin Perner who is locally known by the name Mr. Kwacha Kworol.

 


President Kiir honours "Mr. Kwacha Kworol" for his appreciable role in the struggle for the freedom of South Sudan.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]
 


President Kiir expressed his appreciation to him by giving him the flag of the Republic of South Sudan, which symbolized that the struggle was not in vain.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth
 


Dr Machar's speech at the UNSC

JUBA, 15 July 2011 - Please click here to read the speech delivered by Dr. Riek Machar Teny, the Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, during the UN Security Council meeting on 13 July 2011.

 


President Kiir receives congratulatory message from President Obama

JUBA, 14 July 2011 - The President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayrdit today received a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States of America H.E Barack Obama.


The letter was delivered to H.E Kiir today in his office at Presidential Guest House by the USA Ambassador to South Sudan Mr. Barrie Walkly. Mr. Walkly told the press after delivering the letter that in the letter, H.E President Obama congratulates the people of South Sudan for achieving independence and H.E Kiir for assuming Presidency of the independent country.

 


President Kiir (left) with Mr. Walky (right).


The USA ambassador added that the letter was also concerning diplomatic relations between the USA and the new Republic of South Sudan besides establishment of the USA embassy in Juba. He also pointed out that the USA Embassy was opened officially in Juba on Saturday 9th July 2011.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth
 


UN admits South Sudan

UNITED NATIONS, 14 July 2011 (Reuters) - The General Assembly admitted South Sudan on Thursday as the 193rd member of the United Nations, sealing the new African country's independence after decades of conflict.


The assembly vote, by acclamation, followed South Sudan's independence ceremony in the capital Juba on Saturday, after its people voted in a January referendum to break away from Sudan - a decision accepted by Khartoum.


Applause broke out in the General Assembly as South Sudan became the first country to join the world body since Montenegro in 2006.


"Welcome, South Sudan. Welcome to the community of nations," U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. Assembly President Joseph Deiss said it was a "historic and joyous moment."


South Sudan's vote for independence was held under the terms of a 2005 peace deal that ended a 20-year war between north and south Sudan.


Sudan became independent in 1956 but was long plagued by conflict between its mainly Muslim Arabic-speaking north and its black African south, where many are Christian or follow traditional beliefs.


The Security Council, which has to rule on all U.N. membership applications, had recommended on Wednesday that the General Assembly admit South Sudan.


Presenting the resolution to the assembly, South African Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said South Sudan was an exception to the African practice of adhering to colonial borders and "in no way creates a precedent for separatist tendencies." (Reporting by Patrick Worsnip; Editing by Eric Beech)
 


President Bashir's speech

JUBA, 14 July 2011 - Please, click here to read the speech President Omar al-Bashir delivered during the proclamation of independence of the Republic of South Sudan.

 


AU looking forward to welcoming South Sudan

ADDIS ABABA, 14 July 2011 - The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 285th meeting held yesterday 13 July 2011, was briefed by the Commissioner for Peace and Security on the accession to independence of the Republic of South Sudan and the ceremony that took place in Juba on 9 July 2011.

 

The Council looks forward to welcoming the Republic of South Sudan as the AU 54th Member State, and pledged its commitment to accompany the growth and the building efforts for the new Nation of South Sudan.

 

Click here to read the full press statement by the AU on the meeting.


The Transitional Constitution of South Sudan

JUBA, 14 July 2011 - Please, click here to download the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan.

 


Republic of South Sudan gets new country code

JUBA, 13 July 2011 – The Republic of South Sudan has been issued 211 by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) as the country code for telecommunications, H.E. Madut Biar Yel, the minister for Telecommunications and Postal Services, has announced.


Addressing the media at the ministry’s headquarters this morning, the minister reported that they have been in touch with the ITU over the issue and are delighted with the telecommunications body’s prompt action on the matter.


He announced that the code will be activated 48 hours after the official recognition of the Republic of South Sudan by the United Nations. He also reported that the United Nations General Assembly is meeting today to formally recognize the new country. He expressed confidence that recognition process will sail through smoothly and that the code will be in operation shortly.

 


H.E. Madut Biar addressing the media in Juba.


The minister explained that the new code is memorable given that the digits closely resemble 2011 which is the birthday of the new country. He also said that the digits are simple and can be remembered by all and sundry.

 

He urged the telecommunications operators in the country to configure their systems appropriately and roll out the new code as soon as it is activated. He reported that the citizens started calling him on the Independence Day to find out the new code of the new Republic.


The undersecretary in the ministry, Engineer Juma Stephen Lugga explained that the ITU will issue an operation bulletin to all the international community announcing the activation of the new code. With that the country will desist from using 249 and migrate to the new code forthwith.

 


The minister, undersecretary and other ministry officers pose with the telecommunication operators.


The minister also announced that the country’s top level domain will also be issued soon. He reported that the ministry has applied for .ss and are confident that it will be issued in due course.

 

The press briefing was attended by other senior ministry officers, telecommunications network operators and journalists from local and international media houses.
 


New stamps for South Sudan

JUBA, 13 July 2011 – New postage stamps have been launched for the new Republic of South Sudan.

 


Brig. Gen. Biar


According to Brigadier General (Rtd) Elijah Biar Kuol, the Director General for Administration and Finance in the Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services, 100,000 copies of the stamps have already been distributed to all the states of South Sudan.


He said the focus will be in the rural areas where more than 80 percent of the citizens of the Republic of South Sudan live.

 


Samples of the stamps.


The DG made these revelations this morning when he talked to the media at the ministry’s headquarters in Juba.
 


President Kiir welcomes new UNMISS representative

JUBA, 12 July 2011 - The President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit today in his office at the General Secretariat of the Republic, met the newly appointed UN Secretary General’s representative to the Republic of South Sudan Mrs Hilda Jonson.


President Kiir during the meeting welcomed the appointment of the new UNMISS representative as well as the new mandate for the mission. H.E Kiir pledged that the new state will work closely with the new UN mission in order to address some issues of internal security, border monitoring and disarmament through DDR programs. President of the Republic also emphasized the need to provide practical skills to the former combatants.


Shortly after the meeting, Mrs. Jonson told the press that a new United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has been established with a new mission and mandate to work closely with the government of the Republic of South Sudan.


Mrs. Jonson explained that the new mission of the UN in the Republic of South Sudan is different from the previous one, saying that the previous mission was to manage implementation of the CPA until 9th July 2011 while the main responsibility of the new mission is to support the new Republic of South Sudan in consolidating peace, assist in security sector and capacity building.


In other news, the speaker of South Sudan Legislative Assembly Rt. Hon. James Wani Igga congratulated the President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit for his selfless efforts in leading the people of South Sudan peacefully to the Independence Day, and for being the President of the new nation of South Sudan.


This came in a meeting H.E Kiir held today with the Hon Speaker James Igga. After the meeting the Hon Igga told the press that he discussed with the President some administrative and political issues among which is the thirty days consultation period given to the President to consult on the composition of the parliament with the political parties for having an adequate representation in the Assembly and to show inclusivity in the upcoming government of the Republic.


Hon Igga said that sixty six members will be appointed in the parliament and its majority will be from the political parties. He announced that within the period of consultations, the Assembly is will be recess for forty five days subject to being recalled by the President of the Republic of South Sudan.

 

Reported by Thomas Kenneth


South Sudan Pound to be released by Monday

JUBA, 12 July 2011 – The South Sudan Pound (SSP), the new currency of the Republic of South Sudan, will be released into the market by Monday 18 July 2011, Mr. Elijah Malok the head of the Central Bank of South Sudan has said.


Addressing the media at the bank’s premises this morning, Mr. Malok also announced that the new currency will exchange 1:1 to the Sudan Pound (SDG) in the meantime but added that the value may change in the coming days based on market factors.


Mr. Malok also reported that negotiations are underway with the Central Bank of Sudan to redeem the old currency from South Sudan which he estimated to be about 1.5 to 2 billion. He said the value at which the old currency will be redeemed is still being negotiated.


He also announced that the international exchange rate of the new currency is still being calculated. Nonetheless, he announced that it will be through a managed float system. He explained that the exchange rate will be determined by market forces in the region and beyond. He announced that the exchange rate will be known within a period of one week.


Mr. Malok also announced that a committee to sensitize the public about the new currency began the mobilization exercise this morning. He said that the bank will establish exchange centres to which citizens will return the old currency in exchange for the new one.

 


Portraits of the front and back of the 25 South Sudan Pound note.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


He also said that South Sudan will not ban the old currency. He explained that it may be used for cross-border trade transactions. However, he said that its continued use would depend on whether the Sudan chooses to keep it or not.


The Central Bank leader also displayed the new currency to the media. He announced that there will be six denominations – 1, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100 – but added that lower denominations in the form of coins are still being minted.


Mr. Malok said that the Central Bank of South Sudan Bill is still before the South Sudan Legislative Assembly but expressed confidence that it will be passed in due course. He clarified that even though he signed the new currency as “governor”, he is not yet officially appointed to the new position.


He also said that the bank is not able to state the anticipated inflation levels. He explained, however, that inflation in the region, especially in Uganda and Kenya, will affect the new country in the short-term until it is able to tilt the trade balance in its favour.


The press conference was also attended by H.E. Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, the minister for Information, Government of South Sudan; Mr. Mustafa Biong Majak, the Director General of Information; as well as senior officers of the bank.
 


“July salaries will be paid in new currency”, says Dr. Marial

JUBA, 12 July 2011 – H.E. Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, the minister for Information in the Government of South Sudan, today announced that July 2011 salaries of the civil servants will be paid in the new currency.


He explained that the government has had difficulties getting the local currency from the Central Bank of Sudan for the past one or so months making it difficult for it to pay the workers. He said that the outstanding June salary will also be paid in the new currency.


The minister also asserted that the country is undergoing a transformation and that many things will change for the better. He called on the citizens and the international community to support the country as it makes its “baby-steps” into the future.

 

Dr. Marial (centre) addresses the press as Mr. Malok (right) and Mr. Mustafa Biong Majak, the DG Information (left) look on.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


He also reported that the Republic of South Sudan has set in motion steps to join the international organizations such as the United Nations, African Union, COMESA, IGAD, and the East African Community. He reported that the Vice President, H.E. Dr. Riek Machar Teny, has travelled to New York to represent the President at a UN meeting which will deliberate the membership of South Sudan later this week.


The minister also announced that the Nile Petroleum company has formed a joint-venture with an international oil marketing company to market South Sudan’s crude oil. He said this is critical as the country must take charge of the sale of its oil resources.


Dr. Marial also called on the local and international media to exercise their freedom responsibly. He cautioned against inaccurate and sensational reporting. He also advised them not to blow isolated incidents out of proportion but put their stories in the right perspectives.


The minister made these remarks when he addressed the media at the Central Bank of South Sudan premises in Juba this morning alongside the head of the bank, Mr. Elijah Malok.
 


President Kiir's speech

JUBA, 12 July 2011 - Please, click here to download the speech President Salva Kiir Mayardit delivered during the independence celebrations. Kindly, be patient while it downloads.

 


Statue of the late Dr. John Garang in Juba.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


Dr. Machar takes oath of office

JUBA, 11 July 2011 – The Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, H.E. Dr. Riek Machar Teny has taken the oath of office.

 


Dr. Machar (right) takes oath of office as President Kiir (left) watches.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


Dr. Machar was sworn in by the President of the Supreme Court of South Sudan Justice John Wol Makec this morning at the Office of the President in the presence of H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan.


Thereafter, the caretaker ministers also took oath office at the Cabinet Room in Juba.
 


President Kiir dissolves government, forms caretaker government

JUBA, 11 July 2011 - President of the Republic of South Sudan General Salva Kiir Mayardit yesterday issued three Presidential Decrees regarding the Government of South Sudan.


The first decree relieved Dr. Riek Machar Teny of his position as Vice President of the Government of Southern Sudan while the second one appointed him as the Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan.


The President also issued Decree Number Three for the continuation of service of Presidential Advisors in their positions as Advisors to the President of the Republic of South Sudan pending final reorganization of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan.


The Advisors are Lual Diing Wuol Advisor for Political Affairs, John Koung Nyoun Advisor for Security Affairs, Madam Rebekah Nyandeng De Mabior Advisor on Gender and Human Rights, Telar Riing Deng Advisor on Legal Affairs, Alfred Lodu Gore Advisor on Diplomatic Affairs, Tor Deng Mawein Advisor on Decentralization and Intergovernmental Linkages, Salva Mathok Gengdit Advisor on Military Affairs, Cornelius Befo Advisor on Monitoring and Integrity in Governance, Col. Sidig El Manas Basil on Southern Blue Nile ,Chief Kong Kong Bol Advisor on Inter Communal Peace, Joseph Lagu Yanga Special Advisor, Dr.Martin Elia Lomuro Advisor on Public Affairs, General Kennedy Gen. Ngery Inter communal Peace and Traditional Leadership Affairs, Chief Tem Kok Ngor Advisor on Inter border conflict and Traditional Leadership Affairs, Dr. Joseph Montueyl Wejang Advisor on Social Services, Rev. Tijowk Hadher Agwet Advisor on Religious Affairs, Isaiah Kulang Mabor Special Advisor for Wild Life and Tourism and Gissmallah Abdallah Rasas Special Advisor to The President.


The President also issued Presidential Decree Number Four relieving ministers of the Government of Southern Sudan. The President also issued Decree Number Five appointing Caretaker National Ministers of the Republic of South Sudan.


The ministers are are: Kosti Manubi Minister for Cabinet Affairs, Pagan Amum Okiech Peace and CPA Implementation, Nhial Deng Nhial Minster of Defense, Deng Alor Kuol Foreign Affairs, Dr. Cirino Hetieng Ofuho Office of the President, John Luk Jok Minister of Justice, Gier Choung Aloung Interior, Michael Makue Loweth Parliamentary Affairs, David Deng Athorbie Finance and Economic Planning, Oyay Deng Ajak Investment, Awut Deng Acuil Labor and Public Service, Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin Information, Dr. Luka Tombekana Monoja Health, Dr. Ann Itto Leonardo Agriculture, Anthony Lino Makana Roads and Transport, Dr. Michael Milli Husein General Education, Stephen Dheiu Dau Commerce and Industry, Isaac Awan Maper Environment, Jemma Nunu Kumba Housing and Physical Planning, Madut Biar Yel Communication and Postal Services, Garang Diing Akoung Energy and Mining, Agnes Kwaje Lasuba Gender, Child and Social Welfare, James Kok Ruea Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Paul Mayom Akech Irrigation and Water Resources, Joseph Ukel Abango Higher Education, Science and Technology, Abdallah Albert Wildlife Conservation and Tourism, Nyaluk T Gatluak Animal Resources and Fisheries, Mary Jarvis Yak Human Resource Development, Makuac Teny Youk Youth, Sports and Recreation, Gabriel Changson Chang ,Culture and Heritage and Dr. Pricilla Nyanyang, Minister without Portfolio.


According to the Presidential Decree the National Caretaker Ministers shall perform the usual ministerial functions and duties in their ministries. The ministers shall not take any major policy decision or enter into any major contractual obligation while discharging their responsibilities as caretakers.


The President issued Decree Number Six for the continuation of service of the Chairpersons, Deputy Chairpersons and Members of Commissions and Independent Institutions. They are to continue to serve in their current positions in the Republic of South Sudan pending reorganization of The Government of The Republic of South Sudan. They are to continue performing their functions and duties.


All the decrees are effective from Sunday 10th July 2011.


The Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan Dr Riek Machar Teny will take oath of Office in the Office of the President of the Republic this morning Monday 11th July 2022 at 10.00 am while the Caretaker National Ministers of the Republic of South Sudan take oath of office in the Office of the President of Republic at 12: 00 pm.


Three ministries have changed names. The Ministry of SPLA and War Veterans Affairs will now be known as the Ministry of Defence, Regional Cooperation as Foreign Affairs while the Ministry of Legal Affairs and Constitutional Development has been renamed the Ministry of Justice. No new ministries have been created and no new faces have made their way into the first government of the brand new African country.

 

Abraham Garang


India recognizes the Republic of South Sudan

JUBA, 11 July 2011 – The Indian Prime Minister, H.E. Dr. Manmohan Singh, has sent a letter to H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan extending formal recognition of the Republic of South Sudan.


“On behalf of the Government and people of India, and on my own behalf, I extend to you and the people of South Sudan our heartiest felicitations on the declaration of the independent state of South Sudan. We share the happiness of the people of South Sudan on this auspicious occasion”, he said.


In the letter of recognition dated 9th July 2011, the Prime Minister also said that India has been closely associated with South Sudan and was present during the signing of the landmark Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Naivasha, Kenya in 2005.


“We remain committed to the peace and prosperity of South Sudan and shall continue to partner with South Sudan in its development and nation building efforts in the years ahead”, the Prime Minister said.
 


Countdown to South Sudan’s independence as heads of state begin to arrive

JUBA, 8 July 2011 – It is “all systems go” in Juba as invited guests, among them heads of state, begin to arrive in the capital city to witness the birth of Africa’s country number 54 and the world’s country number 193.


Addressing the media this morning in Juba, H.E. Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, the minister for Information and Official GOSS Spokesperson, announced that all the arrangements are now complete. He also announced that Eritrea’s President Isaias Afewerki has already arrived. He also reported that the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and other heads of state are expected this afternoon and tomorrow morning.

 


Some of traditional troupes dancing on the streets of Juba this morning.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


“This is an historic day which will change the map of Africa and mark a major milestone in History and Geography curricula and books”, he announced. Dr. Marial also said that the new country will join the East African Community, Commonwealth, COMESA and other regional and international organizations.


He extended a warm welcome to all the guests and urged them to interact freely with the people of South Sudan to understand their history, values and aspirations.


Addressing the same press conference, Mr. Paul Jacob Kumbo, the Director of Public Information, urged the media to get the requisite press badges and vehicle stickers from the Public Information Centre today to facilitate their movement tomorrow.
 


NCP minister and officials defect to SPLM

JUBA, 8 July 2011 – H.E. Abdallah Albert Alfoger Chokho, the minister for Wildlife Conservation and Tourism, Government of Southern Sudan, yesterday defected from the National Congress Party (NCP) to the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) together with senior party officials in the South.


Announcing the defection to the media yesterday, Mr. Riak Gai, the Deputy Chairperson of NCP, Southern Sector who also defected, said that their move is motivated by the need for unity in the new country. “Because the people of South Sudan have chosen independence from the North we have also decided not to be linked with the NCP”, he said.


Mr. Gai explained that the decision to defect was taken by the party’s organs at different levels in the South and not just by individuals. He restated that they are no longer members of the NCP from yesterday 7 July 2011.


“We need unity in South Sudan; though we also need pluralism and multipartyism, the right course of action at the moment is to join hands with our brothers and sisters in the SPLM so that we face the challenges of building this new nation of South Sudan together”, he said.


Mr. Gai emphasized that it is only unity which would enable the people of South Sudan to build a viable state. He said their action was prompted by the need to meet the collective aspirations of the people of South Sudan.


“Today we are recommitting ourselves to support the leadership of our brother President Salva Kiir Mayardit as the elected President of the Republic of South Sudan”, Mr Gai said.


Mr Gai was accompanied at the press conference held at the South Sudan Hotel in Juba by several NCP officials in the South, including H.E. Manoa Peter Kuol, a state minister in Jonglei.


Reported by Matata Safi


Civil society proposes principles for justice and peace in South Sudan

JUBA, 8 July 2011 – The Southern Sudan Civil Society Taskforce (SSCSTF) has today proposed six principles that South Sudanese should to embrace so as to create a just, peaceful and equitable society.


First, the SSCSTF proposes that there should be zero tolerance for violence as a political means to uphold elected governments. The society also proposes the use of consultation and dialogue as a means of resolving conflicts.


The SSCSTF also proposes zero tolerance of tribalism, nepotism and corruption. It calls on the government to put in place policies and laws that discourage their use. Nonetheless, the society admits that such vices cannot be removed from any society by legal means alone but the concerted effort of all the populace.

 


SSCSTF representatives, Mr. Taban Kiston and Ms. Lorna Merekaje addressing the media.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


The protection of the freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly are also some of the principles the SSCSTF has proposed. The other principles include transparency, accountability and inclusivity, and the protection of the rights of women and girls.


On the violence in Abyei and South Kordofan, the SSCSTF urges the parties to the CPA to respect and protect the human rights in the two regions. It has particularly asked the Government of Sudan to stop the killings, rape and bombing of civilian communities in Kordofan.


The society has also called on the CPA parties to work expeditiously on the pending issues notably the issue of Abyei, the North-South border demarcation, popular consultations in Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan states, citizenship, foreign debts and sharing of oil resources.


The SSCSTF proposed these principles this morning during a press conference held at the South Sudan Hotel in Juba. The conference was addressed by representatives of the SSCSTF led by Mr. Taban Kiston, Mr. Peter Lasu Ladu and Ms. Lorna Merekaje.


Reported by Matata Safi


The constitution is here!

JUBA, 7 July 2011 – The Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly (SSLA) yesterday in a marathon sitting from 2-11pm passed the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan setting in place the constitutional foundation upon which the new nation will be planted in less than 48 hours.


The Interim Constitution of South Sudan 2005 (Amendment) Bill 2011, also known as “The Transitional Constitution of South Sudan” was presented to the August House by Hon. Dengtiel Ayuen Kuur, the chairperson of Legislation and Legal Affairs Committee.


After arduous debate and scrutiny, the bill was passed with amendments. It was supported by 114 members of parliament as 5 opposed it while 4 members abstained. Jubilation greeted the news that the constitution is now in place.


“So on the 9th of July, we will have a government of the Republic of South Sudan with a constitutional authority”, declared H.E. Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, the minister for Information and Official GOSS spokesperson.


Dr. Marial explained that all the other symbols of authority of the new country including the national flag, coat of arms, national anthem and currency are all ready. “What in fact remains now is the event of 9th July to launch the new nation”, he said.


The bill was passed during the Second Assembly/2011/Second Session/2011 Ordinary Sitting No.25/2011 dated 6th July, 2011 held at the Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly SSLA Main Hall in Juba. The sitting was chaired by Right Hon. Speaker of the SSLA Gen. James Wani Igga. It was also attended by the Deputy Speaker, Chairpersons/Deputies of Specialized committees, honourable members, GOSS advisors, GOSS ministers, UN representatives as well as the international, regional and national media houses.


Reported by Clement Aturjong Kuot


South Sudan set to become Eastern Africa’s bread-basket

JUBA, 6 July 2011 – The independent South Sudan has the potential and plans to become the bread basket for the Eastern African region, H.E. Dr. Anne Itto, the minister for Agriculture and Forestry, Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS) has said.


Addressing the media at the South Sudan Hotel in Juba today, Dr. Itto said that South Sudan will produce at least two million metric tonnes of food both for local consumption and for export by 2013.


“When Southern Sudanese voted for separation in the January referendum, they simply did so because they believed freedom would offer them opportunity for better lives and we believe as a government when we take our theme ‘better lives for all’ it is possible through agriculture”, she asserted.


She said though the government and South Sudanese appreciate other resources like oil which supports the bulk of the country’s developmental budget, she explained that Agriculture cannot be ignored.


“The government has given priority to agriculture…we are working towards increased food production through expansion of the production area from 3 to 5 hectares of farmland”, she said. Dr. Itto explained that given that the majority of South Sudanese live in the rural settings, it is not possible to make meaningful change in their lives without investing in agriculture and animal husbandry.

 


Dr. Itto (right) stresses a point to the media as Dr. Marial (left) looks on.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


The minister also emphasized that South Sudan is blessed with rich natural resources. “We have over 64,000 square kilometers of land, we receive nine months of rainfall in a year...this can be used to grow crops like maize, millet, sorghum and Irish potatoes”, said she.


Dr. Itto also said that South Sudan’s strategic location in the region would play a vital role in terms of market catchment. “With the good fertile soil and vast land we can produce enough food for the region”, she said. She said that the government has developed requisite policies and strategies to meet this target.


She encouraged the people not to disdain agriculture. “Most of our people think agriculture is a thing for the old people or the uneducated people; they think that once you engage in agriculture nobody will listen to you”, she explained. She called on all the people to help change this attitude.


She also urged investors to consider agriculture. “Most of the investors who come here today only invest in hotels, café and oil sectors where they think they can make quick returns”, she said. Dr. Itto also called on the development partners to work shoulder by shoulder with the government to rehabilitate the agricultural training institutes in Yambio, Yei, Halima and Politaka to empower the people to engage productively in agriculture.


The minister also said that the government will provide improved seeds, farm equipment and insecticides to enhance agriculture in the country. She also said that the government will invest in irrigation to mitigate unpredictable climatic conditions.


Dr. Itto was accompanied at the press conference by H.E. Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, the minister for Information who is also the Official GOSS spokesperson.


Reported by Matata Safi
 


Joy, pomp and colour as celebrations begin in Juba

JUBA, 5 July 2011 – There are three days left before the most awaited celebration of independence of South Sudan but in the capital, Juba, the party has already begun. People from all walks of life stormed to the streets today singing, dancing and shouting slogans in praise of the new nation.

 


The SPLA leading the parrade in Juba
[Photo: Matata safi]


It all started in the morning when all units of the armed forces including civil society, scouts and girl guides marched all the way from Buluk police headquarters to the Dr. Garang Mausoleum in a show of pomp and colour.


Later in the lazy afternoon heat when the hitherto scorching sun begins its journey to set, a huge group of women, youth and children moving on foot and in vehicles yet again stormed the streets of Juba in a joyful march.

 


School children were also not left behind.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


Deng, one of the demonstrators said that the people can’t wait for 9th July. He said his happiness began on the day it was announced that 98 percent of southerners had voted for secession. “In fact if it was not because of the CPA timetable I would have expected that we become independent immediately after the declaration of the referendum results”, he said.


Deng’s view captures the mood of the people in Juba and elsewhere in South Sudan. Finally, the freedom the liberation heroes and heroines fought for is here!

 


A sea of people wave flags celebrating the independence of South Sudan in advance.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


Reported by Matata Safi
 


Information minister assures on citizenship

JUBA, 4 July 2011 – The minister for Information, Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS), H.E. Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin has assured South Sudanese that citizenship issues have been ironed out and ready to be executed after declaration of independence this Saturday.


During a press briefing today at the South Sudan Hotel in Juba, the minister the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan allows dual citizenship. “So, if you have an Australian, Canadian or American citizenship, you will be given your right of being a citizen of this country so long as your mother or father is a South Sudanese”, he explained.


He also explained that South Sudanese who were forced to flee South Sudan to the northern part of the country due to the effects of the two decades of civil war are welcome back to South Sudan if they voluntarily return to the South. “You know the Government of Southern Sudan has been doing its best to support the voluntary return of South Sudanese from the North; we are not forcing them to return but if they wish to, the government will always facilitate their return”, Dr. Marial explained.


Dr. Marial also said that GOSS does not have a problem with South Sudanese who voluntarily wish to remain in the North if the government in the North chooses to give them citizenship status there.


“We have heard the Khartoum government saying that after 9th of July South Sudanese living in the North will be regarded as foreigners but we are negotiating with the government in the North to have a better policy in handling this matter”, Dr. Marial said. He also explained that in future when South Sudan establishes an embassy in Khartoum, it will identify and support South Sudanese living in Khartoum.

 


Dr. Marial (right) addresses the media accompanied by Mr. Paul Jacob Kumbo (left), the Director of Public Information.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


On the issue of Northern Sudanese living in South Sudan, Dr. Marial said that it is up to them to choose either to get residence permits or citizenship status in the South. “We have no problem with somebody who has been living in the South for ten or twenty years getting citizenship here”, he explained.


On the currency issues, the minister urged the people not to refuse the Sudanese Pound. This came as a result of an allegation that some hotels are refusing to accept payments remitted in the Sudanese Pounds. “Yes, we have our own currency which will be in place soon but this does not mean that the people should not accept the pounds”, he said. “If there is anybody out there refusing the pounds let us know”, he advised.


The minister explained further that the pound is a legal tender and a property of the Central Bank in Khartoum. “In the Central Bank we had two windows; the secular window which is for the Government of South Sudan and the Islamic window which is for the Government of Khartoum”, he explained. He reported that negotiations are ongoing with the North as to whether it will retrieve the pounds or reach an agreement on its fate in South Sudan.


Dr. Marial also said that the arrangements for passports and other immigration issues are in place. He said these services will be accessed after the proclamation of independence.


Reported by Matata Safi


President Kiir meets President Al-Bashir

ADDIS ABABA, 4 July 2011 – The First Vice President of the Republic of Sudan and President of the Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS), H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit yesterday held a series of meetings with the President of the Republic H.E. Omar al-Bashir in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


The United States special envoy to Sudan Mr. Princeton Layman told the press after the meeting yesterday evening that all the outstanding issues between the two parties - SPLM and NCP - will not be resolved before the 9th July 2011. However, he said that at least by that time there will be a clear understanding of how the unresolved issues will be resolved as well as the time frame.

 


President Kiir (left) shares a light moment with President Bashir (right) during their face-to-face meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


Mr. Layman disclosed that he met H.E Kiir to get his views on the steps necessary to complete the implementation process of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed between the SPLM and the NCP in 2005.


By Thomas Kenneth from Addis Ababa
 


Vacancies for secondary school teachers

JUBA, 4 July 2011 - The Ministry of Education, Government of Southern Sudan is seeking to recruit qualified Southn Ssudanese for the following vacant positions.

 

  1. Secondary School teachers for Mathematics
  2. Secondary School teachers for Physics
  3. Secondary School teachers for English
  4. Secondary School teachers for Biology
  5. Secondary School teachers for Chemistry
  6. Secondary School teachers for History
  7. Secondary School teachers for Geography
  8. Secondary School teachers for Agriculture and Forestry
  9. Secondary School teachers for Accounting and Commerce
  10. Secondary School teachers for Religious study, Christinity and Islamic.
     

Please, visit the "Career Opportunities" page for details.


Countdown to independence

JUBA, 2 July 2011 - With one week to go before the independence of southern Sudan is declared on July 9th, the Government has revealed the agenda for the landmark celebrations. A host of concerts, sports events and religious prayers are taking place all week, reaching a climax on the day itself in the capital Juba and across the countryʼs ten states. The main planned events will centre around the 8th, 9th and 10th July.

 

Please, click here to download the full press release.

 


Celebration programme

JUBA, 2 July 2011 - This Saturday marks a major milestone in the lives of South Sudanese. They will celebrate their independence. Please, click here to download the celebrations programme.

 


South Sudan - What comes next?

JUBA, 28 June 2011 - Independence Day, 9th July 2011, will be an inspirational day of events in the South Sudanese capital Juba, involving a Declaration of Independence, flag-raising ceremony and parade. The events will be attended by community, religious and government leaders from all around the country, 30 heads of state from Africa and other international dignitaries.

 


H.E. Dr. Marial shows the media one of the publications bearing the coat of arms of the new Republic of South Sudan.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

 

Thousands of South Sudanese citizens and international friends will bear witness to the day, alongside local and international media. Round the country, there will be locally-planned celebrations in many villages and counties. These will include ceremonies, music, dancing and other cultural festivities, to herald the birth of the new nation.

 

Please, click here for more information on next steps for the new country.