“South Sudan has no problem with existing oil contracts between China and Khartoum”, President Kiir

JUBA, 9 August 2011 - The President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit has asserted that South Sudan will have no problems with the existing oil contracts between China and the Government of Sudan in Khartoum, but the contracts must be reviewed because South Sudan is now an independent State. President Kiir made the remarks during his meeting today August 9th, 2011 with the Chinese Foreign Minister Dr. Yang Jiechi who led a high-level delegation to South Sudan.

President Kiir pledged that South Sudan will maintain a good relationship with the North, and urged the Chinese government to prevail upon President El-Bashir not to block the oil pipe lines. The President of the Republic called on China to help in the building of infrastructure of the young nation of South Sudan in the fields of education, health, roads and agriculture sectors.

Dr. Jiechi said in a press statement after his meeting with President Kiir that the relationship between China and South Sudan dates back to forty years ago in medical and agricultural fields, and that China sees a great potential for furthering friendly cooperation with the Republic of South Sudan.


President Kiir (right) meeting Dr. Jiechi (left).
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

He told the press that during the meeting he extended an invitation of the President of the People’s Republic of China H.E Hu Jing Tao to President Kiir to visit China within this year. He explained that China would like to maintain high level contacts and exchange visits by delegations from different fields including inter-parliamentary relationship, party to party, education, provincial and municipal administration.

On the economy and trade relations, the Chinese minister said his country is ready to cooperate with the new Republic of South Sudan in the field of agriculture, infrastructure construction, and oil production. He added that China is ready to uplift the living standards of the people of South Sudan.

On his part, South Sudan’s caretaker minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation H.E Deng Alor said the visit of the Chinese minister to Juba will help build a special relationship between the Republic of South Sudan and People’s Republic of China. He explained that the President’s meeting with the Chinese delegation covered a range of cooperation issues in the areas of economic, political and regional development. H.E Alor emphasized that South Sudan will cooperate with China since it needs to build its infrastructure.

Reported by Thomas Kenneth/P.P.U/RSS/Juba

Chinese minister arrives in Juba

JUBA, 9 August 2011 – The foreign minister of the Peoples’ Republic of China, Dr. Yang Jiechi, arrived in Juba this morning for a one-day series of diplomatic meetings aimed at deepening the relations between the two countries.

Addressing journalists at the Juba International Airport, Dr. Jiechi expressed his pleasure to visit the new Republic of South Sudan and explained that the two countries have a lot in common. He expressed confidence that the series of meetings he will hold in the South Sudan capital would lead to deeper cooperation in all spheres.


Hon Alor (right) welcoming Dr Jiechi (second left) at the Juba International Airport.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

Dr. Jiechi also congratulated the people of South Sudan for winning their independence. He said it was his first time to come to the country but confessed that he has heard a lot of good things about the country and its people. He wished the new country well in its endeavours in nation building.

On his part, Hon Deng Alor, the caretaker minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Republic of South Sudan, who received his counterpart at the airport, said that the meetings will discuss issues relating to bilateral relations and mutual interest between the two countries.


The two ministers admiring photos commemorating the 40 years of Chinese presence in South Sudan.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

From the airport, Dr. Jiechi visited his country’s embassy before joining Hon Alor at the ministry’s new premises – near Beijing Hotel – where they viewed a collection of photos commemorating 40 years of the presence of Chinese medical practitioners in South Sudan since 1971. Currently, China has a team of medical staff in Wau as part of the UN peacekeeping mission. The two ministers then went into a meeting at the ministry.

Dr. Jiechi is expected to meet the President of the Republic of South Sudan, H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit later in the day. He will be hosted for lunch at the Da Vinci Hotel in Juba before leaving Juba late afternoon.


Chinese nationals waving the country's flag as they welcome their foreign minister at the Juba International Airport.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

Speaker points the way forward

JUBA, 9 August 2011 – The Speaker of the National Legislative Assembly, Rt Hon James Wani Igga yesterday outlined a number of steps that should be taken to create an environment conducive for the people of South Sudan to improve their lives. He said these include to:


  1. Improve security comprehensively both in the countryside and urban centres in the entire Republic;
  2. Abide by the international human rights principles, charters and rule of law;
  3. Nurture liberal democracy and multiparty political system;
  4. Rout out the evil of corruption;
  5. Attract foreign investment and economic support to spur socio-economic development; and
  6. Eradicate tribalism and nepotism.

The Speaker highlighted these priorities when he addressed the first joint sitting of the National Legislature of the Republic of South Sudan at the Nyakuron Cultural Centre in Juba. The Speaker challenged the legislators to rise to the occasion and support the nation building process by enacting the requisite legislations promptly.

Hon Igga also outlined the major achievements of the former Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly (SSLA) during its six-year tenure. He said the house passed 351 resolutions and 62 bills; issued 33 summons to ministers, governors, Auditor General and chairpersons of commissions; and listened to 11 statements from the President during the period. He emphasized that the SSLA began from “zero” but managed to accomplish its mandate despite the challenges.

The AU hands-over agro-based project in Western Equatoria

JUBA, 9 August 2011 – The African Union Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development (AU-PCRD) branch of the African Union Liaison Office in Sudan (AULOS-Juba) office, in collaboration with the South Sudan Reconstruction and Development Fund (SSRDF), handed a “Fruit Tree Nursery and Vegetables” project to the Lozoh community, in a ceremony that took place in Lozor Payam, Mundri East, Western Equatoria State, on Saturday 06 August 2011.

Both delegations were headed respectively by AULOS-Juba Head of Office, Ambassador Stanislas Nakaha, and by the SSRDF Chairperson, Mr Alikaya Aligo Samson. Also present were the Commissioner of Mundri West, Mr Samson Arop Ephraim; the Commissioner of Mundri East, Mr Francis Ali; the Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Ahmed Labi; and the Director General of the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs Republic of South Sudan, Mr Wicliffe Galatian Dabai.


One of the farms the project sponsors.

The ceremony provided a platform for the officials and the Lozoh community to dialogue, notably on the challenges faced in agriculture in Mundri, on the day’s great achievement, and on the way forward.

“Today, we hand the project over to you, but I can guarantee you that the African Union will continue to work with you in the months ahead,” said the AULOS Head of Office during his statement to the community.

Vacancies – South Sudan Law Reform Commission

JUBA, 9 August 2011 – The South Sudan Law Reform (Review) Commission invites applications from suitably qualified South Sudanese to fill several open positions in it. Please, click here for the details of the positions and application procedures.

President Kiir to form new government this week

JUBA, 8 August 2011 – The President of the Republic of South Sudan, H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit today announced that he will form the new government this week. The President made this announcement when he addressed the joint sitting of the National Legislature at the Nyakuron Cultural Centre in Juba today.

President Kiir also said that the nominees to the cabinet will be vetted and approved by the Assembly before they can take their respective offices. He also said that the new cabinet members will have to work hard to deliver the services the government has promised the people.

He also said that the government will be disciplined and committed to work with the interest of the people at heart. He said vices such as idleness and corruption will not be tolerated, not just by him but also by the people of the Republic of South Sudan. “For South Sudan to succeed, we need to abide with the principles of transparency and accountability; only then can we build a strong foundation for our new nation”, he said.


President Kiir addressing the parliamentarians at Nyakuron Chultural Centre in Juba.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

The President also announced that the priorities of the new government will be to give all children in South Sudan, especially girls, an opportunity to obtain quality education; provide basic healthcare in all villages, bomas, payams and counties; develop requisite physical transportation and other infrastructure to spur development; promote and buttress the culture of justice and the rule of law; complete the transformation of the SPLA into a national army; improve food security through enhanced agriculture; as well as enact and implement essential laws and legislation on ethics in the public service to eradicate economic crimes such as corruption, nepotism and tribalism.

President Kiir promised that the government will deliver basic results in these priority areas within the next one hundred days of taking office. He admitted that there will be challenges but reiterated that he will provide the necessary political goodwill to deliver on the pledges.

President Kiir addresses the first sitting of the National Legislature

JUBA, 8 August 2011 – The President of the Republic of South Sudan, H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit today addressed the first joint sitting of the National Legislature and the nation at the Nyakuron Cultural Centre in Juba.

“This day is yet another momentous occasion for our nation. The convening of this First Joint Sitting of our two houses: the Council of States and the National Assembly is a historical episode in our life time”, President Kiir said.

President Kiir urged the citizens to remember that the freedom they now have also comes with responsibility and new obligations. “Let us recreate ourselves, let us find new ways, new thinking and be ready to learn in order to adequately meet new challenges...every challenge should be considered an opening for greater opportunities and triumphs”, he said.

The President called on both houses to conduct their business with patriotism and dignity for the benefit of all the people of the Republic of South Sudan. He cautioned them against competition and urged them to synergize in their functions. “While debating matters of national interest, it is important that we put the well being of our people and nation first”, he said.

He also called on the people to treasure the past struggles and victories but also work with dedication to build the new country for posterity. “If we deviated away from the core objectives of our liberation struggle, the sacrifices made by many will be for nothing”, President Kiir cautioned.

The President reiterated his statement during the Martyrs’ Day celebrations that there is nothing material the country can offer worth the sacrifices of the martyrs than building the nation whose freedom has been bought by their own lives. “What is worth the ultimate sacrifice they made is for us to build this nation...[and it] requires cohesion, hard work, honesty and altruism”, he said.

President Kiir called on the Legislature to play its watchdog role on the government effectively. “I request you, our parliamentarians and our international partners, to assist us and to hold us responsible”, he said.

Chinese foreign minister to visit Juba tomorrow

JUBA, 8 August 2011 – The foreign minister of the Peoples’ Republic of China, Dr. Yang Jiechi, will visit the Republic of South Sudan tomorrow.


Dr. Jiechi.


Please, click here to read his message to the people of South Sudan.

President Kiir's speech to the first sitting of the National Legislature

JUBA, 8 August 2011 – Please click here to read the speech of H.E. Gen Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan, to the first joint sitting of the National Legislature and to the Nation.

Global Fund to grant South Sudan membership

JUBA, 7 August 2011 – The Global Fund, an international institution financing projects leading the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria, will grant the Republic of South Sudan membership on the 15th August 2011.

This was announced by the Country Coordinating Mechanism – South Sudan (CCM-SS) secretariat during a one-day orientation workshop for its new 2011-2013 members at the Heron Campsite Hotel in Juba on Friday.

During the workshop, the facilitators briefed the new members on the role of the Global Fund in fighting HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria in South Sudan. They emphasized that the Global Fund is an innovative partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector, and the affected communities. They also clarified that the Global Fund is just a funding instrument and not an implementing agency. It seeks to make available and leverage the additional financial resources necessary to achieve national goals in the fight against the three diseases.

The participants were also introduced to the CCM-SS constitution, governance manual, and the conflict of interest policy. These documents need to be adopted to facilitate the admission of the CCM-SS to the Global Fund membership.

Once admitted to the Global Fund, the CCM-SS will play a significant role as the national agency which will oversee and safeguard the implementation of projects funded by the Global Fund which is based in Geneva.

Reported by Barnabas Mabor

“The new government will be endorsed by the Assembly”, President Kiir

JUBA, 6 August 2011 - The President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit has announced that the list of the expected new government of the Republic of South Sudan will be endorsed by the National Legislative Assembly and urged the Assembly members to approve the list without considering it through tints of tribalism.

President Kiir made the remark when addressing the joint meeting of the SPLM Caucus of the two houses - National Legislative Assembly and the Council of the States - yesterday evening of Friday 5th August 2011 at the Main Hall of the National Legislative Assembly. The President called on the SPLM Caucus of the two houses, as a leading party, to be united and lay down a solid foundation to fight for one purpose of delivering services to the people of the new nation.

President Kiir warned ministers having contracts with different developmental projects and programs to be careful and check themselves since accountability will soon be required to start from the top politicians of the government to the bottom. President Kiir strongly urged the SPLM caucuses to be loyal to the party, be disciplined and faithful in attending sittings of the Assembly.

The President also appreciated the African countries for their tremendous efforts in facilitating the worldwide recognition of the Republic of South Sudan as a sovereign nation in the international community of nations.


President Kiir addressing the SPLM caucuses of the two houses.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

The Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, Hon. Dr. Riek Machar Teny described the joint meeting as a historic moment for its was the first time for the Republic of South Sudan to have a National Assembly and Council of the States. Dr. Machar urged the SPLM Caucus of the two houses to work hard to meet the high expectation of the people of South Sudan by delivering basic services, peace, stability and good governance.

Dr. Machar urged the Assembly to carry out its real oversight role but cautioned the members not to compromise and politicize its functions of accountability when dealing with legal issues. He further said the addition of the sixty six members to the National Assembly and the thirty members to the Council of States will add more value to the two houses since many of the members are experienced.

The Speaker of National Legislative Assembly Rt. Hon. James Wani Igga welcomed the new SPLM members to the Assembly and said the SPLM caucuses are expected to respect human rights, supremacy of rule of law and combat corruption. The Speaker added that the unity of the South Sudanese must be reflected in the two houses. He urged the two houses not to quarrel over distribution of powers but be loyal to the party. He explained that 80 percent of the bills to be approved by the Assembly originate from the concerned institutions, then to the Ministry of Justice and from there to the Council of Ministers, and the final approval by the Assembly which represents 20 percent. He called on the government institutions not to delay preparing laws that govern their procedures and send them to the Assembly through the appropriate channels. He briefed the caucuses on functions of the Assembly in the coming critical period.

The purpose of the joint meeting was to lay down strategies of how to start the journey of building the new nation of South Sudan.

Reported by Thomas Kenneth


President Kiir addresses joint SPLM Bureau and Caucus in the Council of States

JUBA, 5 August 2011 - The President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit reiterated that the expected new government of the Republic of South Sudan will be formed based on ability and qualifications; not tribal representations.

President Kiir said this when addressing a joint meeting between the members of the SPLM Political Bureau and the Council of the States SPLM Caucus held on the evening of Thursday 4th August, 2011 at the Conference Hall, Presidential Guest House in Juba.


President Kiir addressing the SPLM Political Bureau and Caucus of the Council of States members.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

President Kiir congratulated all members of the Council of States for the new post and urged them to work as one body in serving the new nation of South Sudan by sticking to the functions and responsibilities assigned to them. President Kiir said the house is having a lot of challenges for it starts with no infrastructure and references. Nonetheless, he said that the government will support it adequately to enable it to stand.

The President called on the Council of States members to elect its Speaker, the Deputy Speaker and the Chief Whip in its first sitting today Friday 5th August, 2011. President Kiir urged the Council of the States members to work hard in order to discourage the culture of idleness among the youth and contribute effectively in implementing the vision of taking towns to the villages.

President Kiir also formally announced to the gathering that the former rebel fighting the Government of Southern Sudan Maj. Gen. Peter Gatdet is the first militia leader to respond to the amnesty he declared during the Independence Day on 9th July, 2011. He said the former rebel is now in Juba. “We welcome him back home to contribute in building the new nation of South Sudan with no conditions”, said the President.


Some members of the SPLM Political Bureau and Council of States follow proceedings of yesterday's meeting with President Kiir.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

On his part the Speaker of National Legislative Assembly Rt Hon. James Wani Igga highlighted the most important functions and responsibilities of the Council of the States as hereunder:


  1. To enact the laws which interest to the states;
  2. To supervise the national reconstruction projects and programs being carried out by national institutions in the states;
  3. To monitor the implementation of the decentralized systems by the institutions in the states;
  4. To ensure communal harmony among the people in the states;
  5. To approve changes in the states names or capital of states names, and to resolve boundary disputes between the states; and
  6. To carry out any function stipulated in the constitution.

Canon Clement Janda on behalf of the SPLM Caucus in the Council of States appreciated the SPLM leadership, and President Kiir in particular, for welcoming former the members of the Council of the States back home after working for six years in the North. Canon Janda expressed readiness of the SPLM Caucus in the Council to cooperate as one team in serving the new nation of South Sudan.

Reported by:
Thomas Kenneth Elisapana
Presidential Press Unit


Vacancy – General Manager, South Sudan Pensions Fund

JUBA, 5 August 2011 – The Ministry of Labour and Public Service, Government of the Republic of South Sudan, wishes to fill the position of General Manager, South Sudan Pensions Fund (Grade 1). Please, click here for the detailed job description, requirements and application procedures.


Directorate of Radio and TV gets three transmitters

JUBA, 5 August 2011 – The Directorate of Radio and TV in the Ministry of Information has received one new FM radio and two TV transmitters.

The caretaker minister for Information, Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin said that the new equipment will extend the reach of the state radio and television services. “This is a major achievement for the new country”, he said.

Dr Marial said that radio and TV play a pivotal role in disseminating valuable information on government programmes and policies as well as educating the masses on issues relating to health and agriculture among other matters close to the heart of the new nation.


Dr Marial addressing staff of the Directorate of Radio and TV.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

He commended the work of the Directorate explaining that SSTV ventured into satellite broadcasting within the first two years of the establishment of the then Government of Southern Sudan. He said that this was not a mean fete but an indication of the government’s commitment to empower the people with information and knowledge.

The caretaker minister said that the fact that SSTV broadcasts for only 12 hours on satellite limits its potential. Nonetheless, he explained that it is still a good achievement enabling people all over the world to tune in to the channel and access authentic information on South Sudan. With the two new transmitters, he said, the SSTV will soon launch 24-hour broadcasts.

Dr Marial also commended the Directorate for its superb performance during the independence celebrations. He said the occasion was a success largely because of the publicity and promotion programmes which the radio and television executed. He urged the staff to keep up the good work assuring them that many South Sudanese, including President Salva Kiir Mayardit, tune in to their broadcasts.


Mr Mustafa Biong Majak, the Ag. Undersecretary.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

The caretaker minister made these remarks when he officially opened new office blocks at the South Sudan TV (SSTV) premises in Juba yesterday. He clarified that these offices are temporary and will be used by the Directorate while a new premise is being constructed for it. The caretaker minister announced that the new premise will be a modern facility with multiple production and broadcast studios for radio and TV as well as a media centre. He said the Ministry has financial challenges but pledged that it will do what is possible with the meagre resources available.

The Acting Undersecretary Mr Mustafa Biong Majak said that given the important role radio and television play in the dissemination of government policies, the Directorate is normally given priority when allocating resources in the Ministry.


Mr Arop Bagat, the DG for Radio and TV stresses a point during the function.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

The function was attended by staff of the Directorate led by the Director General Mr Arop Bagat, Director of SSTV Mr Francis Duku, Director of South Sudan Radio Ms Susan Alphonce, among other senior officers.

Reported by Matata Safi

Vacancy – ICT Hall Controller/Webmaster

KUAJOK, 4 August 2011 – The State Ministry of Finance, Trade and Industry, Warrap State has an opening for ICT Hall Controller/Warrap State Webmaster. Please, click here for further details.

President Kiir holds consultative meeting with Rt Hon Speaker

JUBA, 4 August 2011 - The President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit today Thursday 4th August, 2011 held a consultative meeting with the Speaker of the National Legislative Assembly Rt Hon James Wani Igga in his office at the Presidential Guest House in Juba.


President Kiir (right) listens to Hon Igga (left) during the consultative meeting.

The Rt Hon Speaker told the press after the meeting that they had discussed the need of the President to address the SPLM Caucus of the two houses - the National Legislative Assembly and the Council of the States.

Hon Igga explained that President Kiir will meet the SPLM Caucus of the Council of States today evening and the SPLM Caucus of the National Legislative Assembly tomorrow. As far as the sittings are concerned the Speaker announced that the Council of the States will hold its first sitting tomorrow Friday 5th August, 2011. He also announced that the National Legislative Assembly will hold its first sitting on Saturday 6th August, 2011 at 10:00am after which the two houses will hold a joint sitting.

Reported by:
Thomas Kenneth Elisapana
Presidential Press Unit
RSS, Juba

28 secondary school exam centres open in South Sudan

JUBA, 4 August 2011 – The Ministry of Education has opened 28 examination centres to be used to administer this year’s South Sudan Certificate of Secondary Education examinations, Mr. Simon Nyok Deng, the Acting Secretary for Secondary School Examinations has said.

Mr. Deng explained that various schools have been implementing the South Sudan Secondary School curriculum which was launched by the President in 2007. He said that the levels of implementation vary from state to state with Eastern Equatoria leading the other states. He reported that of the 28 centres opened, 14 are in Eastern Equatoria while the rest are shared between Central Equatoria, Western Equatoria, Lakes and Jonglei states. The other five states are yet to present candidates for examination under the new curriculum. He challenged these states to double their efforts and migrate to the national education curriculum.


Mr. Deng in his office in Juba.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

He also reported that the South Sudan Examinations Act has centralized the administration of all examinations in the Republic of South Sudan. Initially, each state administered its own examinations. Mr. Deng also reported that the relevant institutions are now working to constitute the national examinations council which will administer all national exams.

Mr. Deng clarified that the Sudan Certificate of Education examination will still be taken by some schools which are using the curriculum but added that it will be phased out gradually. He also explained that other examinations such as the Uganda Certificate of Education are also administered in some schools in South Sudan. He expressed confidence that South Sudan’s own examinations will be offered in all the public schools in about two years.

Mr. Sebit John Mark, the Subject Secretary for Maths and Physics examinations explained that the secretariat moderates all examinations administered by the states to ensure compliance with the national standards and quality.

South Sudan's education curriculum is unique

JUBA, 4 August 2011 – The Director of Curriculum Development in the Ministry of Education Mr. Omot Okony Olok today asserted that South Sudan education curriculum is unique and best suited for the country.

During an exclusive interview with GOSS.ORG in his office today, Mr. Olok said that the curriculum has been developed out of the global best and tailored for the needs of the new Republic. Specifically, the curriculum, he said, caters for linkages between the formal and informal education systems. This provision is important for the South Sudan's context where many people missed the opportunity to attend school due to the war of liberation.

Mr. Olok also explained that the curriculum has provisions to impart life skills to the learners. Some of the life skill areas in the curriculum, he said, include HIV/AIDS, environmental awareness and conservation, and landmines awareness.


Mr. Olok during the interview.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

He also said that the education calendar has now been harmonized and runs from February to December in three terms separated by holiday intervals in the months of April, August and December. He explained that this calendar is different from the one used by the Sudan which used to end in March. He also said that the long holidays have been scrapped because they were detrimental to the learners.

Mr. Olok said that the curriculum is founded on twelve core subjects which he identified as English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, History, Religious Studies, General Science, Business Education, Commerce and Agriculture. He said that there are also a number of optional subjects offered in secondary schools.

He said that the government is determined to phase out the other curricula by 2013/2014. He said that this goal will only be realized if all the stakeholders joined hands to surmount the myriad challenges the sector faces. He identified some of these challenges as lack of learning materials, gaps in the curriculum, lack of an educational printing press, as well as inadequate capacity of curriculum developers and implementers.

President Kiir relieves 12 advisors

JUBA, 3 August 2011 – The President of the Republic of South Sudan, H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit today issued Presidential Decree No. 13/2011 for the relieve of the Presidential Advisors of the Republic of South Sudan, 2011.


Consequently, the following twelve Presidential Advisors of the Republic of South Sudan are hereby relieved from their positions as Presidential Advisors in the Government of the Republic of South Sudan:


Name in Full
1 Hon. Lual Diing Wol Advisor on Political Affairs
2 Hon. Alfred Lado Gore Advisor on Diplomatic Affairs
3 Hon. Lt. Gen. Salva Mathok Gengdit Advisor on Military Affairs
4 Hon. Kornelius Befo Advisor on Monitoring and integrity in Government
5 Hon. Col. Sadig Elmansi Basil Advisor on Southern Blue Nile
6 Hon. Sultan KongKong Bol Riam Advisor on Inter-communal Peace
7 Hon. Dr. Martin Elia Lomuro Advsor on Public Affairs
8 Hon. Gen. Kennedy Gain Ngare Advisor on inter-communal Peace & Traditional Leadership Affairs
9 Hon. Sultan Pio Tem Kuac Ngor Advisor on Inter-Border Conflicts & Traditional Leadership Affairs
10 Hon. Dr. Joseph Monytuil Wiejang Advisor on Social Services
11 Hon. Isaiah Kulang Mabor Special Advisor for Wildlife and Tourism
12 Hon. Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Gismala Abdalla Rasas Special Advisor to the President

Reported by:
Thomas Kenneth Elisapana
Presidential Press Unit


Liberation struggle archive opens in Juba

JUBA, 3 August 2011 – An archive holding artefacts of the liberation struggle for the independence of the Republic of South Sudan dating from the pre-colonial era opened at the Dr. John Garang Mausoleum in Juba today.

The archive was opened officially by the speaker of the National Legislative Assembly, Rt. Hon. James Wani Igga who commended the people of South Sudan for voting overwhelmingly for their independence for which the liberation martyrs, heroes and heroines fought gallantly. He explained that had the people not voted overwhelmingly, the results may have been manipulated. He said the vote for total independence was a fitting tribute to the liberation martyrs who sacrificed their lives fighting for it.


Hon. Igga explaining a point when he opened the Liberation Archive in Juba.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

Hon. Igga asserted that the vision of the New Sudan is now exemplified by the independent Republic of South Sudan in which freedom, equity, justice, rule of law, respect for human rights and prosperity prevail. He paid tribute to the late leader of the SPLM/A, Dr. John Garang de Mabior, and described him as a courageous, optimistic, intelligent, honest and selfless leader who spoke and stood by the truth. He further said that Dr. Garang remains a role model for the people of South Sudan.

The speaker also said that the major responsibility of the citizens and the government now is to create an environment which is conducive for the enhancement of the lives of the people and asserted that this is the essence of independence. He called on the people to embrace the spirit of hard work to better their lives.


Some of the artefacts on display at the archive. These weapons were used by the Anyanya I warriors.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

“I am surprised that small things like sweeping brooms, tomatoes and even ngete are all coming from Uganda. Let us begin to work; we should not wait for miracles to happen because they are very rare these days”, he said. He called on leaders to lead by example and demonstrate good work ethics. “If a leader goes to the office late, the subordinate staff will do the same”, he said. Hon. Igga also urged the people to unite and tolerate each other.

Reported by Matata Safi and Narjis Alphonce

Ministry of Gender making artificial limbs in Juba

JUBA, 3 August 2011 – The Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare is making artificial limbs for amputees whose limbs have been severed by land mines, gunshots, road accidents, snake bites, crocodile bites as well as victims of polio.

The ministry runs a fully equipped Physical Rehabilitation Reference Centre on Yei Road in Juba with support from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The centre offers pre-fitting physiotherapy, disability assessment, lower and upper limb prosthetics as well as lower and upper limb orthotics services. It also produces crutches, walking frames and wheelchairs.


A technician displays one of the artificial limbs made at the centre.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

According to Mr. Cosmas Abolou, the Deputy Director for Disability, the patients are normally assessed by the technicians and physiotherapists at the centre before artificial limbs are tailor-made for them. Mr Abolou also explained that the centre has the capacity to serve an average of one hundred patients per month. He reported, however, that currently it serves sixty patients on average per month largely because of inadequate transport systems for prospective patients who are in remote parts of the country.

Mr. Abolou also explained that the centre does not just fit the limbs but also trains the patients on how to use them in ordinary life situations. He said that on average, the patients stay at the centre for about three weeks before they walk out with these devices empowering them to become independent and productive members of the society. He also said that the centre recommends the use of the artificial limbs instead of wheelchairs. He explained that wheelchairs are expensive to maintain and also difficult to use in the local terrain. He said that only patients who unable to use the artificial limbs are given wheelchairs.


A technician explains the assembling of a tri-cycle to Mr. Stephen Bichiok (centre) and Mr. Cosmas Abolou (left), senior officers at the Ministry.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

All the artificial limbs are made at the centre by well trained local technicians who are all employees of the Ministry. Mr. Abolou reported that the Ministry is committed to train at least two employees in orthopaedic and other related skill areas every year.

According to Mr. Faridu Msangi, the ICRC’s Acting Head of Orthopaedic Project, the organization considers the project as a humanitarian action for the benefit of the people of South Sudan. He commended the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare for its commitment to addressing the needs of persons with disability.


A technician explains how artificial limbs are moulded.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

Mr. Msangi explained that the technology used in the production of the artificial limbs is appropriate and ensures that all the components of the devices are produced locally. He said that this approach reduces the costs and also ensures that the patients do not take too long at the centre but are discharged in the shortest time possible.

He also explained that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) the Ministry has with the ICRC is devised in a way that the Ministry is incrementally taking charge of the project as the ICRC moves out gradually. The centre also partners with Ustratuna, an Italian NGO in Juba, for the training of staff members.


Mr. Msangi explains the role of ICRC in the centre.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

The centre which was opened in 2009 has dormitories and dining facilities for the patients. The kitchen service is outsourced to the Equatoria State Association for Disabled (ESAD). It plays an important role in rehabilitating citizens affected by the consequences of the war and other natural phenomena. A total of 733 persons benefitted from the services of the centre in 2009. From January to May 2011, a total of 550 beneficiaries have been served.

Latest Presidential Decrees

President Kiir sends “Ramadan kareem” message to Muslims

JUBA, 2 August 2011 – The President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit has sent “Ramadan kareem” messages to President Omar al-Bashir and all Muslim faithful in the Republic of South Sudan and Sudan. Please, click the links below to read the respective messages:

> Message to President Bashir
> Message to the Muslims in the Republic of South Sudan

Rajaf School for the Blind and Deaf almost ready

JUBA, 2 August 2011 – The Rajaf School of the Blind and Deaf which is under construction in the outskirts of Juba City is almost ready for opening.

According to the caretaker minister for Gender, Child and Social Welfare Hon Agnes Kwaje Lasuba, the construction work is progressing well. She said the ministry is working to ensure that the tempo is maintained so that the institution can be opened to serve these children with special needs.

Hon Lasuba made these remarks today when she visited the centre to inspect the progress of the project. She said that the centre is funded by the Government of South Sudan through the ministry to demonstrate its commitment to empower all children, even those with special needs.


Hon Lasuba (centre) inspects the construction accompanied by the Undersecretary Ms Mathiang (left) and other senior officers of the ministry.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

Madam Margaret Mathiang, the Undersecretary of the Ministry, who accompanied the caretaker minister, explained that the contractors are now putting final touches on the classrooms and workshops.

Mr. Jacob Lueth Geng, the contractor managing the project said that they are using local materials and making bricks at the site to minimize the costs of the project. He also explained that using local materials is convenient and saves time.

Independence celebrations still ongoing

AMARILLO (TX), 2 August 2011 – Celebrations of independence of the Republic of South Sudan is still ongoing in various parts of the world where South Sudanese reside. Last Sunday, 31 July 2011, it was pomp and dance in Amarillo, Texas, as South Sudanese there gathered at the local Civic Centre to celebrate their motherland’s independence.

The celebration party which had been organized by the local SPLM Chapter was addressed by many South Sudanese community leaders and other international guests. Mr. Bichok Lueng, the chairperson of the Sudanese Community in Amarillo commended the international community, especially the United States of America, for facilitating the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). He singled out Mr. George Bush, the former US President, for his efforts in supporting the realization of lasting peace in Sudan.

Mr. Lueng also called on the “Red Army” (Lost Boys of Sudan) to remember the charge given to them by the late Dr. John Garang that they should serve as the “seeds” of South Sudan. He also emphasized the role of education in supporting socio-economic development of the new country. “With better education and skills, we can be able to build and develop our nation”, he said.

The SPLM Chapter chairperson, Mr. Karbeno Kiir Deng Diing expressed gratitude to the other nationalities that graced the occasion. He also urged the South Sudanese to sympathise with the condition of the people of Darfur, South Kordufan and Abyei. He called on the international community to intervene appropriately and forestall further suffering of the people in these troubled areas.

The climax of the celebrations was the hoisting of the national flag of the Republic of South Sudan and singing of the national anthem amidst ululations and unparalleled bliss.

Reported by Deng Athiang Lual

President Kiir meets USA envoy, discusses economic conference

JUBA, 1 August 2011 – The President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit today met Mr. Princeton Layman, the USA Special Envoy to Sudan, and discussed the forthcoming economic conference on investment opportunities in South Sudan.

The conference which will be hosted by the USA administration in Washington DC will provide the American private sector a platform to understand and consider the various investment opportunities available in the Republic of South Sudan.

During the meeting, Mr. Layman commended the President’s vision for the new country as exemplified by his speech during the Independence Day celebrations. He commended the President for succinctly articulating the priorities for the new country as well as demonstrating the resolve to achieve them.

The meeting was held at the President's Office in the Presidential Guest House, J-1, in Juba.

Reported by Thomas Kenneth

South Sudan and Sudan sign border security framework

JUBA, 1 August 2011 – The Republic of South Sudan and Republic of Sudan have developed and signed a border security framework to be known as the Border Monitoring Support Mission.

According to the framework which was signed by the negotiations teams on 30th July 2011 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Border Monitoring Support Mission will ensure compliance to security commitments agreed to by both parties; support the control of small arms and light weapons across the borders; conduct institutional training for border police and border security mechanisms; receive, verify and resolve violations, disputes and complaints; assist, facilitate and help protect the demarcation teams; and assist in building mutual trust, confidence and environment which encourages long-term stability and economic development; among other functions.

Through a press release, the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) has welcomed the agreement on the framework and hailed it as a milestone in the resolution of the pending issues between the two states. “This agreement augurs well for their future peaceful cooperation”, the AUHIP said.

The AUHIP emphasized that providing security along the border is a matter of particular importance and urgency. “The AUHIP is confident that the mechanisms provided for in this agreement, including third party monitoring and verification, will contribute towards the construction of peaceful relations between the two states”, the AUHIP stated.

The AUHIP also reiterated its commitment to continue to support the two states in implementing this mechanism and in their efforts to complete negotiations on a range of issues that will support their mutual viability.

President Kiir's message on Martyrs' Day

JUBA, 31 July 2011 - Please, click here to read the message President Salva Kiir Mayardit delivered to the nation during the celebrations of the Martyrs' Day yesterday.

“Let’s build the nation as a tribute to the heroes”, President Kiir

JUBA, 30 July 2011 – President Salva Kiir Mayardit has called on all South Sudanese to participate actively in building the Republic of South Sudan as a tribute to the heroes and heroines of the liberation struggle.

President Kiir made this appeal today when he led the nation in celebrating the “Martyrs' Day” to commemorate the selfless sacrifice of the national heroes and heroines who lost their lives fighting for the independence of the Republic.

“The heroes did not die in vain. Though we cannot reward them materially, building this nation is a befitting tribute to them”, he said adding that South Sudanese can only show that they are proud of their country by developing it.


President Kiir addressing the nation during the Martyrs' Day celebrations in Juba.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

The President said that building the nation requires sacrifice, hard work, honesty, transparency, accountability and nationalism. He called on the youth to shun tribalism and join hands with all the citizens to build a unified nation. He warned them against violence. “Those calling you to pick up guns and kill your brothers are enemies of peace”, he cautioned. He said that South Sudanese have fought many wars for many years and that it is now time to consolidate peace.

President Kiir also appealed for dialogue in resolving differences. “If there are problems, let us sit down and an answer will be found”, he said. He also appealed for patience among the citizens emphasizing that development takes time to materialize. He explained that the government has only been in office for a few years but has achieved beyond expectation under challenging circumstances.

He also called on the South Sudanese to engage in agriculture and produce food for their families. He said that the new country cannot continue importing food. He also cautioned against the over-reliance on oil resources which, he said, can be depleted.

“From today we are getting into serious business; let us redouble our efforts if we are to be role models. Nothing comes easy; we have to double our efforts”, he said.


Citizens holding candles lit in memory of the martyrs.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

President Kiir also called on the armed forces to remain disciplined and respect human rights. He said the role of the army is to protect the sovereignty of the Republic and its boundaries. He cautioned members of the organized forces against misuse of arms. “The fact that you have a weapon in your hands does not give you the right to harm another human being”, he warned adding that those perpetrating such vices will be dealt with according to the law.

The same message was echoed by other speakers at the celebration who urged the people to put the past victories and pains behind them, unite and work to build the nation. The “Martyrs’ Day” is celebrated on 30th July every year in honour of the fallen heroes and heroines of liberation. It coincides with the day Dr. John Garang de Mabior, the late leader of the SPLM/A, died in a helicopter crash on his way back to South Sudan from a meeting in Uganda in 2005.

Reported by Matata Safi

“Manage diversity to build a vibrant state”, Francis Deng urges

JUBA, 29 July 2011 – Renowned South Sudanese author, scholar and advocate for international peace Dr. Francis Deng has urged his compatriots to recognize and manage their diversity so as to build a strong and vibrant state.

Dr. Deng who is the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General on the Prevention of Genocide made this call yesterday evening when he delivered a public lecture on the challenges of identity and nationhood.

He said that diversity is a global phenomenon which successful nations have endeavoured to manage so as to promote a sense of common belonging, dignity and respect. He explained that the independence of South Sudan has been brought about by the lack of effective diversity management mechanisms by successive governments in the North. He said that if the new nation of South Sudan wants to build a strong and inclusive state, it should not repeat the same mistakes.


Dr. Deng stresses a point during the public lecture in Juba.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

Dr. Deng said that diversity though a challenge can be harnessed for the benefit of the country. He said that ethnic homogeneity is not necessarily a recipe for peace and national unity. He cited the case of Somalia which has a homogeneous society but has been torn apart by clan differences.

“South Sudan being one of the countries in Africa least affected by modernity should use its diverse cultural values for socio-economic development”, he said. Dr. Deng also said that South Sudan struggled for so long on the basis of the principles of democracy and good governance. He called on the leaders to respect and build these ideals.

He also called on the international community, which had played a great role in bringing peace in Sudan, to also help in consolidating peace in the country by resolving the outstanding issues and deal with the socio-economic consequences of war which spanned half a century.

“The swift acceptance of South Sudan by the international community demonstrates that the whole world recognizes the justice and intimacy of the cause of the struggle of the people of South Sudan”, he said. He also said that it shows appreciation of the way the Government of South Sudan handled the general elections, the referendum and its outcome.

The public lecture, which was organized by the Human Rights Office of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), was delivered at the New Sudan Hotel in Juba.

Reported by Matata Safi