CNN features South Sudan wrestling

JUBA, 17 August 2011 – The CNN has published a feature on traditional wrestling in the Republic of South Sudan and how it can be used to unite the people.

"To bring peace among the tribes in South Sudan will take a lot of things but wrestling is an integral part of that process," Peter Ajak, an organizer of the wrestling matches, says. "It reminds people of their commonalities - what do they share in common - and through that they see that they are the same people and there is nothing else that can do that."

Please, click here to read the full feature.


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President Kiir's message during the raising of RSS flag at the AU Hq

JUBA, 16 August 2011 - Please, click here to read the speech the President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit delivered yesterday during the official raising of the flag of the Republic of South Sudan at the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Flag of the Republic of South Sudan officially raised by the AU

ADDIS ABABA, 15 August 2011 - The Republic of South Sudan was officially admitted today Monday August 15th, 2011 as a member of the African Union Commission.

That was in a very special sitting of the AU Commission held at the AU Commission conference hall in Addis Ababa, under the chairmanship of the AU/C Chairperson Mr. Jean Ping. During the sitting, the seat of the Republic of South Sudan was placed in the AU/C and was taken up by Ambassador Arop Deng. Members of the AU Commission in the sitting warmly welcomed South Sudan Representative to the Commission.


President Kiir addressing the AU Commission in Addis Ababa.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

Mr. Ping welcomed the membership of the Republic of South Sudan into the AU and described the welcoming ceremony as historic to the people of South Sudan and AU in general. He said the birth of the new nation of South Sudan came as a result of a peaceful referendum led by the two parties, the SPLM and NCP. Mr Ping said the AU voted overwhelmingly to admit South Sudan. He officially declared that South Sudan has now become an African Union member number 54.

In his key remarks when addressing the AU Commission meeting President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit said the independence of South Sudan has given hope to the people of South Sudan and the whole region. H.E Kiir commended the AU administration for admitting the Republic of South Sudan as country number fifty four in Africa.


The Flag of South Sudan is being raised among the AU flags.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

President Kiir reiterated that South Sudan will maintain a peaceful neighborliness with the North because the future generations of the two countries need peace and stability. He paid tribute to all African countries for their solidarity with the people of South Sudan since the time of struggle.

After the sitting, the flag of the Republic of South Sudan was hoisted among the African Union Commission flags in a very special ceremony organized by the AU Commission at the African Union commission Headquarters in Addis Ababa. The flag hoisting was conducted in the presence of the President Kiir, the Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia H.E Haile Marian Dastaly, and Chairperson of African Union Commission Mr. Jean Ping, besides other members of the AU/C.


President Kiir and other dignitaries witnessing the raising of South Sudan’s flag at the AU headquarters.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

Reported by Thomas Kenneth, P.P.U, from Addis Ababa-Ethiopia

Baseline survey on agriculture, forestry, animal resources and fisheries released

JUBA, 15 August 2011 – The ministries of Agriculture and Forestry, and Animal Resources and Fisheries have released a baseline survey on agricultural and animal resources in the Republic of South Sudan.

The survey provides a reliable, comprehensive and accurate source of baseline information about the current state of agriculture, forestry, livestock, and fisheries along with the food security situations. It also covers the available technical and advisory services from which indicators can be drawn and validated to guide the project implementation and to measure future project impact. It is envisioned that the survey results will inform and ensure whether the ongoing project interventions were appropriately designed as well as it attenuates a benchmark in which progress and impact measures of these and similar future projects will be assessed.

The report also provides illustration, real life examples and research methodologies which would assist the policy makers and planners to design strategic interventions and effective roadmaps for implementation of the food security and livelihoods programmes in South Sudan. Established investors, private sector, programme managers and planners may also use this survey report as a reference for policy development, effective planning, programme design, monitoring and evaluation.

The survey primarily targeted the rural farming households, state and county technical staff, and non-state actors involved in agriculture, forestry, livestock and fisheries development programmes, which are currently being implemented in the 10 states of South Sudan.

Please, click here to download the full the report. Kindly be patient as it downloads; it is about 2 MB.

Government to stop brain drain

JUBA, 13 August 2011 – The President of the Republic of South Sudan, H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit today announced that the government will work tirelessly to attract and retain qualified citizens in the country and stop brain drain.

The President explained that South Sudan has lost its best educated people to other countries over the past several decades. He said that even though many of the people had fled the war they were able to learn and earn higher education degrees in the Diaspora. He said that it is now time that they returned home to rebuild their motherland.

“We will put our minds together and address the major challenges facing higher education in our country such as funding, accreditation of universities, physical infrastructure development, staffing, establishment of Research Councils, scholarships among others”, he said.


President Kiir addressing independence celebrations organized by the University of Juba.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

President Kiir underscored the role of universities in nation building. He said that universities and other institutions throughout the country will be the torchlight in rebuilding the independent country.

“As we have leaped into this new era, we must now mobilize our material and intellectual resources to develop. There are no other institutions more important than our universities that must become the basis of our strategy to build this country”, he said.

The President also said that his government will encourage the establishment and expansion of private institutions to expand the reach of education adding that the most important asset a nation should strive for is to have an educated population. President Kiir also announced that the government will form “Think Tanks” and professional institutions to critique and guide the government development agenda and policies.


Teaching staff of the University of Juba listening to the speech of the President.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

“We cannot develop if we do not invest in the development of the human resource in order to meet the challenges of modernization, particularly the implementation of the program of rural transformation”, he said.

President Kiir acknowledged that the universities are in a sorry state and pledged that the government will expeditiously embark on construction of modern campuses to match international standards thus becoming destinations for both academics and practitioners worldwide. “This is very critical especially if we want to retain all students to acquire their basic degrees locally; this can and shall be done”, he asserted.

The President challenged the academia to conduct rigorous research focusing on the development of agricultural sector, physical infrastructure and the establishment of basic industries to meet the basic needs of the South Sudanese. He encouraged them to learn from their counterparts elsewhere in the world but admonished them not to be “copycats”.


President Kiir being honoured by the University of Juba's VC Prof Abate.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

He also said that there is need to control the proliferation of private universities by setting standards that will determine the sustenance and quality of their establishment. He said that the Government of the Republic of South Sudan will assume its sovereign responsibility of providing the necessary support and guidance for the institutions of higher education.

Once again the President called on the people to embrace the culture of hard work. “I will continue to insist on you to work harder; I am already at work myself”, he said.

President Kiir made these remarks today when he addressed the students and staff of the University of Juba during a special occasion to celebrate the independence of South Sudan at the Main Campus in the city of Juba.

“Embrace dialogue”, youth told

JUBA, 12 August 2011 – The caretaker minister for Youth, Sports and Recreation Hon Makuac Teny Yoh today urged all the South Sudanese youth to embrace the culture of dialogue in addressing their challenges.

The caretaker minister made this appeal today when he addressed thousands of youth gathered at the Dr. John Garang Mausoleum in Juba to celebrate the International Youth Day. He appealed for unity in dealing with issues that concern the youth.

“If we have a cup of milk to share but do not agree on how to share it, we may spill it when each one of us jostles to take the first sip”, he explained.


Hon Makuac addressing the youth.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

“The individual voices of the youth may not be heard if you do not come together as a group and echo your voices”, he admonished. He said that such unity can facilitate mutual understanding among the youth and the community at large leading to peace and prosperity in the country.

The caretaker minister acknowledged that the youth face many challenges, not just in South Sudan but all over the world. He explained that the International Youth Day is celebrated in recognition of the need to mainstream youth issues in the global agenda.

He said that the biggest problem facing the youth the world over is unemployment. He explained that the government has put structures and strategies in place to address this problem. He appealed for patience among the youth saying that South Sudan has just become independent and that some of the strategies will need ample time to execute.


A youth club marching to commemorate International Youth Day in Juba.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

He appreciated the role the South Sudanese youth at home and abroad played in mobilizing the people to vote favourably during the referendum in January 2011. “The success of the referendum was a tick to your mobilization efforts”, he said.

The caretaker minister also announced that the ministry has renovated several recreational facilities in Juba and elsewhere in the country. He called on the youth to use these facilities and desist from idleness and alcoholism. He said apart from supping up the youthful vigour, the use of drugs (including “sisa”) is detrimental to health and is a leading cause of deaths among the young people.

He also said that the government has rehabilitated vocational training institutions all over the country and urged the youth to enrol in these centres and acquire skills to enable them to get jobs or engage in income generation activities.


Boy scouts march to mark the International Youth Day in Juba.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

Hon Makuac also called on South Sudanese communities to support the development of the girl child. He said that the people should now give girls adequate opportunity to get education. He said that the era when girls were perceived to be for merely getting wealth through dowry is long gone.

The Undersecretary in the Ministry Mr. Peter Baptist Abakal clarified that even though this was the first International Youth Day celebrations after becoming an independent state, the occasion had been marked in South Sudan since 2008. He said this practice exemplifies the government’s committed to deal with the issues affecting the youth.

Reported by Matata Safi

Construction of 34 schools to begin

JUBA, 12 August 2011 – The construction of thirty primary schools and four secondary schools sponsored by a group of donors including UNICEF and UNOPS in various locations in the Republic of South Sudan is set to begin next week.

This was announced by the caretaker minister for Education Hon Dr Michael Milli Hussein yesterday after holding a consultative meeting with representatives of UNICEF, UNOPS and DFID in his office in Juba.

He said the bidding process has been completed and that the selected contractors will move to the allocated sites next week. He emphasized that even though some of the proposed sites are not easily accessible at the moment, this situation will not hinder the project from commencing.


Dr Hussein (right) poses for a photo with Ms Geeta Verma (left), the UNOPS director, after the meeting.
[Photo: Emmanuel Gai]

“Even if some of these places are not accessible at the moment, we have to do what we can to reach them because there are children there who need education”, he explained.

He also announced that UNICEF has pledged to donate some tents which will be used in some areas where children, especially those from returnee families, are learning in the open. He also reported that they discussed the promise by UNICEF to provide textbooks to schools in South Sudan.

The caretaker minister said the construction of these schools is a major milestone towards the delivery of the pledge of the President to the nation that the government will expand the reach of education to all corners of the Republic and keep every eligible child in school.

Reported by Gisma Shaban Suleiman

“We have adequate reserves”, CBSS governor

JUBA, 11 August 2011 – The Governor of the Central Bank of South Sudan (CBSS), Mr. Elijah Malok yesterday announced that the country has adequate hard currency reserves to last several more months. Though he did not divulge the amount, he assured the country that the reserve is adequate to support the government and public business.

Mr. Malok explained that the bank holds two categories of reserves. He explained that the first category is for the running of government businesses and its projects while the second category is for the public and is used to pay for goods and services imported into the country. He said both categories of reserves are meant to be used wisely in the public interest.

The governor announced that the CBSS gives commercial banks USD 28-40 million every month through open auctions. He advised members of the public to seek hard currency from the commercial banks and forex bureaus. He also advised business people to use banking systems to transact cross-border money transfers and desist from using physical transactions.


Mr. Malok addressing journalists at the media forum.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

The governor clarified that the CBSS no longer issues currencies preferentially to any forex bureaus. He said the bureaus buy the currency and sell it to the public with a profit margin. He reported that at independence of South Sudan, the exchange rate for the dollar was 2.7. He said that the CBSS had pegged the SSP at 2.9 but reported that the rate has since risen to 3.3 due to increased demand. He expressed hope that the currency will stabilize in due course and gain against the dollar.

Mr. Malok also explained that the bank is independent and stringent in managing public funds. He said that the bank exercises caution and puts in place contingency measures to ensure smooth running of the government so that the country’s economy does not grind to a halt.

He said the bank has not received any oil money since the 30 May 2011. He said the government is operating with the contingency funds the bank had saved. “If we didn’t do this, we would have collapsed before declaring independence”, he said.

The governor made these remarks when he addressed the media at the Ministry of Information headquarters in Juba yesterday. The caretaker minister for information, Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin who facilitated the forum, explained that the governor will address the media again next Tuesday to give an update on the currency conversion and other fiscal matters.

Reported by Matata Safi

Currency conversion progressing well

JUBA, 11 August 2011 – The ongoing currency conversion in the Republic of South Sudan is progressing well, the governor of the Central Bank of South Sudan (CBSS), Mr. Elijah Malok has said.

Addressing the media at the Ministry of Information headquarters in Juba yesterday, the governor said that the bank is happy with the progress made so far. He expressed confidence that the exercise will be completed successfully within the stipulated period.


Mr. Malok (left) addressing the media as Dr Marial (right) looks on.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

The deputy governor of the CBSS, Mr. Kornelio Koriom, who is also the chairperson of the technical committee overseeing the currency conversion exercise, said that members of his team are committed to reaching every corner of the country. “We initially had challenges but we have now reached all the ten states of the Republic of South Sudan; we have moved to counties, payams and even to bomas in some cases”, he said.

Mr. Koriom reported that the work done so far is very encouraging in spite of the fact that it is the rainy season and some areas are inaccessible. He said the committee has had to use helicopters and even boats to reach such remote places.


Mr. Kornelio Koriom.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

He also reported that so far about SSP 1 billion has been exchanged. He explained that assuming that the estimation that SDG 1.5 billion was circulating in South Sudan (in practice there may be a variance because of cross border transactions) then the progress is superb.

Mr. Koriom emphasized that it is the duty of everyone to exchange their currency. “Every individual must participate; we cannot afford to be careless about our wealth. Everyone must change whatever they have. No one should pass the buck to anyone else”, he emphasized.


The Acting Undersecretary Mr. Mutafa Biong Majak (left), the DG for SS Radio and Tv Mr. Arop Bagat (second left) and other senior Ministry of Information officers follow the proceedings of the media forum.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

The deputy governor also warned that the SDG will have no value after the conversion window is closed and advised all the people to go and exchange the currency in time before it is too late. “We have created many centres in Juba town and elsewhere for this purpose; no one has an excuse not to exchange their currency”, he explained. He said that the committee is working with all the media to publicize the exercise using all languages so as to reach out to everyone.

The media forum was facilitated by the caretaker minister for Information Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin. It was also attended by senior officers of the Ministry led by the Acting Undersecretary Mr. Mustafa Biong Majak and Director General for South Sudan Radio and Television Mr. Arop Bagat.

Reported by Matata Safi

More Council of States members sworn

JUBA, 11 August 2011 – The Rt. Hon. Joseph Bol Chan, Speaker of Council of the States yesterday swore in three honourable members who did not attend the swearing ceremony last week.

The three members were Hon. Jaden Jada Solomon, Hon. Sultan Ismail Konyi and Hon. Michael Marlo Dhor were sworn in during the First Council/2011, First Session /2011, Ordinary Sitting No: 2/2011 dated Wednesday 10th August 2011 at Blue Room 10 00 am.

The sitting also discussed the role of the Council as defined by Constitution of South Sudan. The Speaker announced that the members of the Council will be visiting different African countries, United States of America, and other countries in Europe to learn how the Council of States there function. He also stated that the Committees are working on different laws related to states.

The Speaker also reported that the committee is also working on the Council of States Conduct of Business Regulation (2011) which will be tabled for discussions.

Reported by Clement Aturjong Kuot

Hon Amum meets Egyptian diplomats

JUBA, 11 August 2011 - The caretaker minister for Peace and CPA Implementation Hon Pagan Amum yesterday met the Egyptian assistant minister for Foreign Affairs for Sudan Affairs Ambassador Mohamed Morsy and the consul general of Egypt in Juba Moayad Fathallah El-Dalie.

After the meeting Hon Pagan Amum told the press that they had discussed a number of issues and more importantly the relationship between the Republic of Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan.

Hon Amum said they discussed how Egypt can help both South Sudan as an independent country and the neighbour to both Egypt and South Sudan to improve the bilateral relations between the two countries which will help in the promotion of good relations of all the countries in the Nile valley and others in the periphery.

He said South Sudan appreciates the role the government of Egypt played throughout the period of the search for peace and the period of the implementation of the CPA. He also appreciated the assistance Egypt has been providing to South Sudan in the areas of development and provision of social services to the people. The minister also said that South Sudan is looking forward to develop further relations with Egypt into the future.

Reported by Lindri Godfrey Alex

President Kiir hosts Mokaya community delegation

JUBA, 10 August 2011 - The President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit received congratulations from Community of Mukaya Payam in Lainya County. This was during his meeting today at Presidential Guest House, J-1, with a delegation of Mokaya community headed by Chief Bullen Soro Eliaba. During the meeting, the people of Mokaya community pledged to stand with President of the Republic in the next struggle for equal development in the new nation of South Sudan.


President Kiir (seated second right) poses for a photo with the delegation.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

Chief Bullen Soro Aliaba told the press after the meeting that the delegation came to express their appreciation to H.E Kiir for helping the people of South Sudan to cross safely from the land of slavery to the land of peace and love.

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

South Sudan gets new communication codes

JUBA, 10 August 2011 – The Republic of South Sudan has been assigned .ss (dot ss) as its alpha-2 Internet domain code and SSD as the alpha-3 numeric code, the caretaker minister for Telecommunications and Postal Services, Hon Madut Biar Yel, has announced.

He explained that the alpha-2 code is generally used for Internet domains which will henceforth bear the suffix .ss. For instance, a web site belonging to the Presidency of South Sudan will be known by the domain He said that the code is just like a country’s flag which identifies it from the other countries and peoples. It is assigned by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). It is reserved and used by independent or sovereign states. Consequently, all independent countries have their own Internet domain codes. For, instance, the code for the Sudan is .sd; Uganda’s is .ug; while Kenya’s is .ke.

Hon Madut said that public institutions, businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals will now be able to register and use appropriate types of domain names which indicate clearly that they operate from the Republic of South Sudan.

The caretaker minister also explained that the alpha-3 code is used to mark and identify passports and national currency to facilitate international financial transactions. He explained that it is used as the SWIFT code facilitating international money transfers. He said that it is also useful for international police (Interpol), civil aviation and meteorological functions.

Hon Madut also appreciated the ISO for expediting the issuance of the codes. He said the South Sudanese can now celebrate their independence fully knowing that they are recognized internationally. He said the ministry’s technical team will work on an appropriate roll-out strategy which will be announced in due course.


Hon Madut stresses a point during the press conference.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

On other matters, the caretaker minister announced that the Council of Ministers has passed a resolution that all subscribers of telephony services should register their SIM cards. He said this is aimed at securing the services of individual customers.

He also announced that GemTel will soon begin using 097 and not 047. He said that the current network code belongs to Northern Uganda and had been issued for use in South Sudan through negotiations between the two governments. He said the use of the Northern Uganda code was necessitated by the refusal of the government in Khartoum to grant GemTel a Sudanese network code. He said the company is working on the change and will notify its customers accordingly.

He also said that the process of migrating from 249 to 211 is on course. He announced that the deadline for the changeover is 15 December 2011 when the use of 249 will be terminated. He also reported that work is ongoing on the country’s international gateway. He said that from the 15 December 2011, all network operators will be required to route their traffic through the gateway at Gumbo on the outskirts of Juba. He said that engineers from Erickson are currently working with their counterparts in South Sudan to set up the gateway.

The caretaker minister also announced that South Sudan has applied for other international standards including the Universal Postal Union (UPU) to enable the country to receive and send parcels internationally.

The caretaker minister made these announcements this afternoon when he addressed the media in his office in Juba. The meeting was also attended by the Undersecretary in the Ministry, Engineer Stephen Lugga Juma, among other senior officers of the Ministry.

Human rights to be entrenched in education curricula

JUBA, 10 August 2011 – Principles of human rights will be entrenched in the education curricula at all levels of education in the Republic of South Sudan.

This was announced by the chairperson of the South Sudan Human Rights Commission, Mr. Lawrence Korbandy yesterday after holding a consultative meeting on the matter with the caretaker minister for Education, Hon Dr Michael Milli Hussein.


Mr Korbandy (right) addressing the press after the meeting. He is accompanied by Mr George Justin Achor (left), the Undersecretary, Ministry of Education.
[Photo: Emmanuel Gai]

Mr Korbandy said that theirs had been a brainstorming meeting to develop strategies of mainstreaming human rights in the educational system. He said that one of the ways this would be achieved, which they discussed, is through the development of human rights learning materials.

The meeting was held at the ministry’s headquarters in Juba. The Undersecretary in the ministry, Mr George Justin Achor also attended the meeting.

Reported by Gisma Shaban Suleiman and Emmanuel Gai Maker

Peace-building workshop kicks off in Juba

JUBA, 10 August 2011 – A workshop on strengthening architectures of peace in the Republic of South Sudan kicked off in Juba today.

The workshop which is organized by the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) will deliberate issues relating to human security in the Republic of South Sudan, North-South relations, decentralization versus centralization, the citizenship question, enhancing women’s agency, engaging the youth to foster their role in the new political dispensation as well as regional dynamics with peace implications to the new country.

Opening the workshop, Amb Stanislas Nakaha of the African Union said that the Republic of South Sudan, as a new country, needs strong peace infrastructure to start and remain on the right footing. “The Republic of South Sudan must be at peace with itself and its neighbours to remain viable”, he said.


Amb Nakaha addressing the workshop participants.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

He said that maintaining cordial relations between the Sudan and South Sudan is pivotal to the nurture of sustainable peace in the region. He explained that the African Union has always supported the full implementation of the CPA and is keen to witness the conclusion of negotiations on post-independence issues. “We hope that the results of the negotiations will not leave any of the parties feeling aggrieved”, he said. He also urged all the parties to build bridges so that peace can prevail.

Amb Nakaha also emphasized the role of good governance in buttressing the pursuit of peace and said that it creates an environment which is conducive for equitable access to national resources. He said that in such an environment, the citizens feel they have a stake in the country and work hard to keep it peaceful.

Dr. Kwesi Greenidge, a senior researcher at ACCORD, said that the organization is implementing peace-building and peace-keeping projects in the Republic of South Sudan. He said that the organization has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Peace and CPA Implementation and are collaborating on peace building programmes such as people-to-people dialogue and mediation.

The workshop which closes on Friday is being held at the Juba Grand Hotel.

Reported by Matata Safi and Nargis Alphonce

Foreign minister hosts Russian ambassador

JUBA, 10 August 2011 - The caretaker minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Hon Deng Alor Koul today in his office met the Russian Federation ambassador Sergey N Shishkin and discussed diplomatic and bilateral relations between the two countries in the pursuit of development of the new nation of South Sudan.

In a brief statement to the media after the meeting, Ambassador Sergey conveyed the recognition of his county Russia to the government of the Republic of South Sudan. The ambassador also said that Russian nationals and companies are keen to invest in agriculture, food processing, road construction, housing construction and many other areas in the Republic of South Sudan.

Reported by Miriam Maneno

“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

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