“No more politics but work”, asserts Public Service minister

JUBA, 15 September 2011 - The minister for Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development (LPS&HRD) Hon Awut Deng Acuil today stated that there is no more room for politics in the public service but hard work to deliver services to the people of South Sudan.

 

Addressing the staff upon resuming duties in the ministry, the minister assured the staff of the ministry, and indeed all South Sudanese, that the era of empty politics has gone. “We will never move a step forward if we don’t resist the temptation of tribalism and prioritize the public good in our service delivery”, asserted the minister.

 


The welcome meeting at the LPS&HRD

 

She further urged the civil servants to stand together and to lay a solid foundation in the Republic of South Sudan for the future generations. She urged the public servants to move forward steadily and discard personal interest in the public service. She also emphasized that the services should be delivered in a timely manner.

 

During the colourful occasion, the deputy minister Hon Kwong Danhier Gatluak also emphasized that the hard work of delivering services to the people of South Sudan has just begun and the need for commitment and full responsibility to meet the aspiration of the people cannot be overemphasized. Hon Kwong highlighted the motto of the Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development which is “Service without Fear or Favour”.

 

Reported by Justin Jada Joseph


Information minister urges Germany to support development in South Sudan

JUBA, 15 September 2011 – Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin, the minister for Information and Broadcasting has appealed to the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany to support socio-economic development in the new Republic of South Sudan.


The minister, who is also the Official Government Spokesperson, made this appeal yesterday in his office when he hosted a German delegation led by Hon Johannes Selle, the advisor of the Federal Parliament of Germany on economic development issues in South Sudan.

 


Dr Marial (centre) poses for a photo with the German delegation.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


Dr Marial called on the German government to encourage its private sector to invest in various economic sectors in the Republic of South Sudan. He explained that South Sudan is a virgin country that has vast investment opportunities in agriculture, wildlife conservation, capacity building, infrastructure development and vocational training, among others. The minister also requested the German government to support peace building initiatives in the country.


Hon Selle said his delegation was pleased with the potential opportunities for investment and development partnership in South Sudan. He said that the delegation will report back to his government after which a decision on the way forward will be made. He expressed confidence that Germany will work hand in hand with the Republic of South Sudan for the mutual benefit of their citizens.


Reported by Martin Jada, News Agency of South Sudan (NASS)


UNICEF reiterates commitment to education

JUBA, 15 September 2011 – The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has reiterated its commitment to support education in the Republic of South Sudan.


This was announced yesterday by Hon Joseph Ukel, the minister for General Education and Instruction after a meeting with the UNICEF Country Director for Sudan Ms Yasmin Hague and the organization’s Chief of Education in Juba.

 


Hon Ukel in discussion with Ms Hague.


The minister explained that the purpose of the meeting was to brief him and the new deputy minister Hon Rebecca Joshua on the role UNICEF plays in education in South Sudan. He said that UNICEF has reiterated its support for school equipment programme as well as the construction of new schools.


Hon Ukel explained further that UNICEF has assured him of their contribution to the construction of the thirty primary and four secondary schools in South Sudan within 100 days as pledged by the President. He said that even though work has not begun in some areas due to insecurity and flooding, the construction will commence as soon these hurdles are managed.


Reported by Gisma Shaban Suleiman


Hons. Alfred Lado Gore and Awut Deng Acuil sworn in

JUBA, 14 September 2011 – The two appointed ministers in the National Government Hon. Awut Deng Acuil, the minister for Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development, and Hon. Alfred Lado Gore, the minister for Environment, were sworn in today before the President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit.

 


The two ministers Hon. Lado Gore and Hon. Awut Deng Acuil taking oath of office before the President.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


After the swearing in ceremony, President Kiir congratulated the two ministers for the new assignment and wished them well in delivering services to the new nation. President of the Republic reiterated his personal commitment in supporting all the ministries in addressing challenges of the new nation.


On her part, Hon. Awut Deng Acuil congratulated President of the Republic for making the independence of South Sudan possible. She also thanked the President for reappointing her in the same ministry which she described as a challenging ministry. Hon. Acuil expressed her readiness not to let down the President and work as a team in implementing policies of the government.

 


President Kiir in the middle, Gore and Awut (left), Hon. Lowilla and Chief Justice Chan (right).
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


The minister for Environment Hon. Alfred Lado Gore described the President as a man of peace and appreciated H.E Kiir for appointing him as a minister in the National Government. Hon. Lado Gore expressed readiness to contribute seriously in serving the new nation through his ministry which he said is a key ministry.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth Elisapana


Information minister expounds the 100-days programme

JUBA, 14 September 2011 – The minister for Information and Broadcasting Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin yesterday explained the rationale behind the 100-days programme announced by President Salva Kiir Mayardit when he addressed the first joint sitting of the members of the National Legislative Assembly and the Council of States last month.


Dr Marial said that the programme is meant to provide a framework within which to deliver basic services to the people of South Sudan as promised by the President and SPLM during the election campaigns. He explained that the programme provides a pedestal from which other long-term projects will be launched.


The minister emphasized that the programme does not envisage a situation where all the services and development targets are met within the 100 days because that would not be practical. However, he explained that all government and other public institutions must embark on their respective elements of the priorities set out by the President diligently.


“Something must begin to happen in the 100 days; some results must be shown”, the minister emphasized adding that the people of South Sudan have waited for long to get basic services. He also called on the citizens to support the programme to make South Sudan a better country.


Dr Marial highlighted some of the priority areas for the 100-days programme as eradicating corruption, building physical infrastructure, improving educational facilities, ensuring security of persons and property as well as bolstering the rule of law, among others.


He also explained that even though the days are counted from the time the cabinet was formed, the period after the passing of the current budget will be crucial since the institutions will have the resources to implement the projects.


The minister also emphasized that President Kiir has set high delivery targets that all ministers and other government officers must achieve. He expressed confidence that the institutions will deliver tangible results within the period and beyond. He called on the National Legislative Assembly and the international development partners to support this programme by monitoring and reporting its progress.
 


Interior minister committed to professionalize law enforcement agencies

JUBA, 14 September 2011 – The minister for Interior Hon Alison Manani Magaya today reiterated his commitment to professionalize all the law enforcement agencies in the Republic of South Sudan.


Speaking after a meeting with the SPLM Secretary General Hon Pagan Amum at the party’s headquarters in Juba, the minister said that he has already put in place strategies to transform the forces to become more humane and professional in the discharge of their duties. He said he envisions the transformed law enforcement agencies to respect human rights and show respect for human life.


He said he had visited the party’s secretariat to align his strategies with the party’s manifesto and policies on the issues of law enforcement.

 


Hon Magaya (right) speaks to the media as Hon Amum (left) looks on.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


Hon Amum, on his part, emphasized that the goal of the SPLM is to build a free, peaceful and prosperous Republic of South Sudan. He said that the SPLM is interested to see the consolidation of the peace the country enjoys. He explained that having professional law enforcement agents who are properly trained and equipped will contribute immensely in the peace consolidation process in the country.


He also appealed to all South Sudanese to redirect their energies to create wealth and achieve dignified livelihood for which the SPLM/A fought for many years. He assured the minister of the support of the party in his programmes.


South Sudan changes budgeting cycle

JUBA, 14 September 2011 – The Republic of South Sudan has changed its annual budget cycle which will now run from July to June as opposed to the January-December cycle hitherto applied by the Government of Southern Sudan.


The change in the budgeting cycle was announced yesterday by the minister for Information and Broadcasting Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin when he addressed the first media forum since South Sudan’s independence.


Dr Marial also reported that the budget for the current financial year is likely to be deliberated by the Council of Ministers this Friday. He said the government has been releasing funds only for urgent purposes and salaries for the civil servants. He expressed confidence that the new budget will be aligned to South Sudan’s new status as an independent sovereign state with new responsibilities and institutions.

 


Dr Marial (right) accompanied by Hon Atem (left) addressing the media.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


The minister also introduced the new deputy minister for Information and Broadcasting Hon Atem Yak Atem whom he described as a member of the Fourth Estate whose contributions will be valuable for both the government and the media fraternity. He said Hon Atem is a veteran journalist who contributed greatly to the liberation struggle through the SPLA Radio and the weekly SPLM/A Update which he used to edit.


Hon Atem allayed fears that he may find it difficult to fit in his new position and asserted that media professionals are dynamic and are able to shift roles in the service of the people. He also emphasized that the media is a partner of the government in the interest of national development and public good.


The deputy minister also appealed for tolerance and explained that even though South Sudanese played different roles during the struggle, no role can be elevated above others. He explained that while some fought with guns, others used the power of the pen. Both roles, he said, contributed to the collective liberation war which has won independence for South Sudan. He appealed to all South Sudanese to accept each other and continue playing their diverse roles in national development.


Hon Atem also called on the media to carry messages of peace, hope and reconciliation which would unite the people and harness their support for new challenges of nationhood.

 


Senior Ministry of Information and Broadcasting officers following the proceedings of the media forum.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


Dr Marial announced the resumption of the weekly media forums to be held every Tuesday at the ministry’s headquarters. He also announced that the next forum will be addressed by the new minister for Interior Hon Alison Manani Magaya.


In attendance was Hon Bona Makuach Mawien the minister for Information in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, who appealed for long-term solutions to flooding menace in Aweil. He explained that flooding is normally caused by poor drainage systems. He said that the state government is addressing the situation with the support of the national government and development partners.


The forum was also attended by the Acting Undersecretary of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Mr Mustafa Biong Majak, the Director General for South Sudan Radio and TV Mr Arop Bagat, senior officers of the ministry and journalists from various local and international media houses.


South Sudan is committed to peace

JUBA, 14 September 2011 – The Republic of South Sudan is committed to building and sustaining peace within it and the region, the minister for Information and Broadcasting Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin has announced.


The minister reiterated the position of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan that the issues of Abyei, South Kordufan and Blue Nile can only be addressed conclusively by the full implementation of the relevant provisions of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).


He reported that the Sudan Armed Force and the SPLA are expected to withdraw from Abyei within this month. He said that Ethiopian and UN peacekeepers will ensure the rule of law in the interim period while a long-term resolution is being worked out. He appealed for humanitarian support to the civilian population there which is now displaced and living in deplorable conditions.


Dr Marial also denied allegations that the Republic of South Sudan is providing material and military support in Blue Nile and South Kordufan. He asserted that the Republic of South Sudan has no part in the conflicts in these areas. He reiterated that South Sudan backs the resolution mechanisms provided by the CPA through the popular consultations. He appealed to the Government of Sudan to desist from killing innocent people in the areas.


The minister also asserted that the government will collaborate with its regional counterparts to stamp out the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) menace from its territory. “We have a duty to defend the lives and property of our people”, he emphasized.


He also reported that the government has upped its efforts in building peace between the Nuer and Murle communities in Jonglei state. He said a multipronged approach involving the church, civil society, community leaders and the government is currently being applied to bolster peace in the region. He also explained that the government has put adequate measures in place to prevent revenge attacks which may fan the conflict further.


Dr Marial also reported that negotiations facilitated by the African Union are still ongoing between the Republic of South Sudan and the Republic of Sudan on the outstanding issues. He expressed hope that the issues will be resolved amicably.


The minister made these remarks yesterday when he addressed journalists at the weekly media forum hosted by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in Juba.


Resolutions of the Economic Cluster of the cabinet on tax collection malpractices

JUBA, 13 September 2011 – The Economic Cluster of the Cabinet of South Sudan, chaired by the Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, met on 8th September 2011 to deliberate on widespread malpractices in tax collection. A fact finding committee led by Hon Stephen Dhieu, Minister for Energy and Mines, reported that levies and taxes on imported essential goods and services are causing skyrocketing of prices. According to the same report, many unauthorized institutions have set up checkpoints for levying taxes.


The committee found that 44 authorized and 65 unauthorized tax collection institutions are operational across South Sudan. The customs checkpoints and stations where these institutions are found in big numbers are Nimule, Kaya, Jebel Kojur, Mobil, Juba International Airport, River Port and Gumbo. As a result, the cost of bringing goods to the market is artificially inflated.


In light of the findings, the Committee made the following resolutions:

 

  1. Establishment of a Revenue Authority at the national and state levels;
  2. Immediate removal of unnecessary checkpoints and road blocks;
  3. Elimination of illegal tax collecting units from all border entries and checkpoints;
  4. Harmonize system of tax collections between the national and state levels;
  5. Establish a mechanism for screening and licensing of clearing agencies;
  6. Encourage the establishment of bank branches at international borders for direct deposits and wire transfers;
  7. Regulate transfers by the National Ministry of Finance with the involvement of National Security and Police;
  8. Review policy on exemptions (e.g. food and building materials);
  9. Encourage the use of Letter of Credit by the Central Bank;
  10. The National Ministries which are responsible for the implementation of the resolutions are Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning; Commerce, Industry and Investment; Defence; National Security; and Interior.
  11. Customs clearances to be completed only at recognized 61 entry points. Please, click here to read the complete resolutions.

Information minister lauds role of Catholic Church in media development

JUBA, 13 September 2011 – The minister for Information and Broadcasting Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin yesterday lauded the role played by the Catholic Church in media development in the Republic of South Sudan.


The minister made the commendation when he hosted the Catholic Auxiliary Bishop of Juba Santo Laku Pio in his office in Juba. He said that the Catholic Church has installed several radio stations across the states of South Sudan. He pledged that the government will support the activities of the church aimed at boosting the citizens’ capacity to participate in their governance and national development.

 


Dr Marial meeting with the Bishop.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


Dr Marial also said that the existence of free and independent media institutions in South Sudan is evidence of the government’s commitment to building a democratic country thriving on the freedom of the press.


On his part, the Bishop reported that the church recently launched two community-based radio stations in Tombura-Yambio and Wau bringing the number of its community radio stations to eight. He explained that the stations which traverse the whole of South Sudan broadcast messages of peace, unity and reconciliation across the country. He challenged the government to do its best to deliver services to the people effectively.


Reported by Martin Jada, News Agency of South Sudan (NASS)
 


Capacity building crucial for all development projects

JUBA, 13 September 2011 – The Ministry of Gender, Social and Child Welfare has appealed to sponsors of development projects to include capacity building of the beneficiary communities so as to enhance the impact of such projects on the community.


This appeal was made yesterday by Mr Ajak Kuol Deng the Senior Inspector for Women Empowerment in the ministry when he led a team of monitoring and evaluation specialists to Bereka and Lokurubang bomas of Lainya County, Central Equatoria State to inspect agro-based projects there.

 


Minister for Gender, Child and Social Welfare Hon Lasuba (right) welcoming Hon Dr Nyanyang, the new deputy minister (standing).


Mr Mikaya Wani, one of the chiefs of the area said that some of the projects have not done well because the target beneficiaries lack the technical capacity to manage them. He also said that the situation has been compounded by unpredictable climatic conditions. He explained that vegetables, onions, tomatoes and cabbages in some of the farms have been destroyed by rain.


The projects, which are sponsored by the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) target 36 self-help women groups. They are aimed at bolstering food security in the areas and also to lift the living standards of the beneficiaries. There are other 108 similar projects countrywide sponsored by the Ministry in collaboration with the World Bank.


In another event today, the Ministry welcomed its new Deputy Minister Hon Dr Priscilla Nyanyang Joseph Kuch. Presiding over the ceremony held at the Physical Rehabilitation Reference Centre in Juba, the minister Hon Agnes Lasuba Kwaje urged all the members of staff to work as a team to deliver the mandate of the ministry. She said that it is an honour to receive the deputy minister whom she said would contribute immensely to the success of the ministry. On her part, the deputy minister said she was happy to join the ministry and called on the staff members to work hard to deliver quality services to the people of South Sudan.


Reported by Simon Akol, News Agency of South Sudan (NASS)


“Go on air or lose your license”, Dr. Marial warns

JUBA, 13 September 2011 – Idle radio and television licensees that are not on air risk their licenses being withdrawn, Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin, the minister for Information and Broadcasting has warned.


“The licenses are issued for you to operate and if you are only carrying them in your briefcases to show that you have a broadcasting station, there is no reason why we should not withdraw them”, said Dr Marial. He explained that there are so many media houses knocking at the ministry’s doors for licenses and they can’t get some of the frequencies because they have been taken by companies which are nonfunctional.

 


Dr Marial (centre) consults with senior ministry officers.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


The minister issued this warning yesterday during a meeting at the ministry headquarters while addressing operational issues with the top ministry officers. Dr. Marial asked the Director of Public Information in the ministry Mr. Paul Jacob Kumbo to write to the managers of all these “stations” to explain why they remain idle.


On other matters, the minister urged every South Sudanese citizen to work hard in developing Africa’s youngest nation. “We will have nobody to blame for our lack of development this time round. It’s our collective responsibility to work hard so as to realize the aspirations of our people”, said Dr. Marial. He called on all the officials not to magnify the challenges but face them head-on to deliver services. “The challenges are the reasons we are appointed to our various position; the appointing authorities have confidence in you in relation to problem solving”, he emphasized.


Reported by Matata Safi


Abyei Joint Oversight Committee launched

JUBA, 12 September 2011 – Following the signing of the Temporary Arrangements for the Administration and Security of the Abyei Area on 20th June 2011, the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) convened an inaugural meeting of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC) last week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


The two-day meeting, which was launched by AUHIP member Mr. Pierre Buyoya was co-chaired by Mr Omer Suleiman and Mr Deng Alor Kuol representing the Government of Sudan and Government of South Sudan respectively.


Similarly, Ambassador Kuol Alor Kuol and Brigadier Mohieldin Ahmed Elhadi also attended the meeting as members representing South Sudan and Sudan respectively while Mr Boitshoko Mokgatlhe, representing the African Union Commission and UNISFA Force Commander Lt Gen Tadesse Tesfay participated as non-voting members.


The meeting adopted the modalities for the work of the AJOC which shall be based in Abyei to oversee the administration of the area and to take responsibility for security issues in particular.


After receiving a briefing from the Force Commander, the meeting agreed on a timetable for the deployment of all forces out of the Abyei Area, to commence on 11th September 2011 and to be completed by 30th September 2011.


The members of AJOC also agreed, in their work, to keep in mind the interests of the local communities, especially as the planting and migration seasons are due to commence soon. The meeting also agreed that AJOC will hold its next meeting in Abyei town on 15th September 2011.


On behalf of the AUHIP, Mr Buyoya commended the two governments for the successful launch of the AJOC and for taking the decisions necessary for implementing the Abyei Administration and Security Agreement.


New Interior minister vows to reorganize police forces

JUBA, 12 September 2011 – The minister for Interior Hon Alison Manani Magaya and the Deputy Minister Salva Mathok Gengdit yesterday vowed to reform and reorganize police forces to reflect professionalism while discharging their national duties.


The minister announced that the reorganization of police forces at different levels up to the grassroots through training and restructuring will soon start within the ministry. He emphasized that South Sudan currently enjoys immense goodwill from its partners and should harness it to flourish.


Addressing all the ten states commissioners of police during a consultative meeting at the Star Hotel in Juba Hon Magaya said that the two-day meeting, which was his first in the new posting, was important to shed light on the myriad challenges of internal security and how to address the security bottlenecks in the country.


“We are independent, a sovereign state as other nations in the world; we have absolute responsibility over our nation’s destiny which can only be achieved if we have set the right road map for the police services”, he said.


The minister explained that the meeting was to facilitate the development and implementation of strategic policies and action plans to enable the police to combat, prevent, investigate, detect crimes and maintain law and order in South Sudan.


“We have national responsibilities to be carried out diligently based on our professional ethics since our people have high expectations of the government to provide adequate security for the maintenance of peace that we need desperately”, he said.


The minister urged the commissioners to prioritize manpower and see what can be done to render adequate and efficient policing services. He also said that the force will install appropriate financial management system to facilitate transparency and minimize wastage of resources. He also said that the ministry will look into the police welfare issues to boost their morale and service delivery. He appealed to all the police officers to collaborate and ensure a smooth transformation.


On his part, the deputy minister appealed to all police commissioners to speak their mind freely and disclose the challenges that affect them in their respective states to facilitate their inclusion in the ministry’s strategy and action plans.


Reported by Ater Garang Ariath
 


Public opinion polling underway

JUBA, 11 September 2011 – The International Republican Institute (IRI) is conducting national public opinion polling in the Republic of South Sudan to gauge the views of the citizens on what they perceive to be the biggest issues facing them, the IRI Resident Programme Officer Mr James Turitto has announced.


Mr Turitto explained that the polling exercise began in July this year and that the results are expected sometime in November 2011. He said that the project commenced in July with the development of the questionnaire and recruitment of the researchers. He explained further that August witnessed the training of the researchers as well as completion of logistical arrangements. The researchers, he said, were dispatched to the field thereafter and are currently collecting data. He estimated that the data collection will take about two to three weeks after which the data will be processed and released.

 


Mr Turitto making a presentation during the workshop.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


He underscored the role of opinion polling on gauging people’s opinions about national issues to enable policy makers and political parties to make more responsive decisions which are in tandem with the top priorities of the populace.


The IRI has conducted more than 150 national public opinion polls in 37 countries around the world including five African countries such as Angola, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Uganda. In this particular project the IRI is partnering with a renowned American pollster Petcher Polls and Samahi, a South Sudanese research firm. Mr Turitto also said that the poll is being conducted in collaboration with the South Sudan National Legislative Assembly and political parties.

 


Some of the participants at the workshop.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


Mr Ian Worte, the Petcher Polls’ Field Trainer urged the government and other policy makers to make use of research findings in decision making, policy communication, identifying policy and other needs as well as evaluating existing programmes. He explained that opinion polls bridge the information gap between the grassroots and the government and other institutions.


The two research officers made these remarks at a workshop organized last Friday to sensitize various stakeholders on opinion polling. The workshop was held at “Home and Away” in Juba.

 

Reported by Matata Safi


South Sudan pledges $1m to mitigate effects of drought in the Horn of Africa

JUBA, 10 September 2011 – The Republic of South Sudan has affirmed its pledge to contribute One Million United States Dollars to support the ongoing efforts to combat the devastating effects of the drought that has affected the Horn of Africa.


This was announced yesterday by President Salva Kiir Mayardit when he addressed the Summit on the Horn of Africa Crisis in Nairobi, Kenya. The President said that though the contribution may seem modest compared to the enormous needs that have to be met it is an important symbolic gesture that underscores South Sudan’s commitment to the region.


“South Sudan will stand by Kenya and the countries of the Horn of Africa region in every way we can. Together we will rebuild our affected communities, assist them to reclaim their lands and livelihoods and gradually regain their confidence to build up their food security”, said President Kiir.

 


President Kiir addressing the Summit on Horn of Africa Crisis in Nairobi.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]
 


President Kiir also conveyed the sincere sympathy of the people of South Sudan to their brothers and sisters in the Horn of Africa, who are heavily affected by the drought, especially in Somalia and the Northern part of Kenya.


He asserted that the crisis is not just about loss of crops and livestock alone but explained that it is about the loss of lives, habitat and ecology, serenity and culture. He also said that the impact of the crisis on the security is deeply alarming. “I mean security in the larger sense of the term, that is to say, food security, physical security, national security and health security”, he explained.


President Kiir also drew the attention of the region to the condition of the internally displaced persons. He explained that some of the international reception centers and refugee camps are hosting more than they can accommodate and warned of disaster should any out-break occur in the centers. He called for urgent, collective and concerted measures to mitigate the looming crisis. “Now is the right time for concerted actions to avert future famine in our region”, he appealed.

 


The Summit on Horn of Africa Crisis at the UN Complex in Gigiri, Narobi, Kenya.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]
 


The President also urged the region to learn from the disasters and prepare adequately to manage them in future. He expressed concern that even though early warning systems related to drought patterns and food shortages are now generally accurate, official governmental response is lagging behind and below the required funding to adequately confront the food crisis.


President Kiir also called for wide dissemination of information to raise the awareness of the communities about the drought and food crisis in the region. He called on the affected countries to mobilize their societies as a whole including the general public, private sectors, civil societies, religious organizations and political parties to contribute to addressing the disaster.


He explained that South Sudan is also affected by the current food crisis. He said that the situation is exacerbated by the stoppage of cross-border trade by the Government of Sudan, which has affected four states that border Sudan. He also said the challenge has been compounded by the most recent fighting in Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan States sending refugees into South Sudan. All of these people, he said, are now fully dependent on food assistance. The President said his government will devote adequate resources for rehabilitation of the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors in order to bridge the food shortages and enhance food security.


Lakes State nominates representative to Ministerial Committee for Ramciel

RUMBEK, 10 September 2011 – The Government of Lakes State has nominated Hon Mabor Mayen Wol the minister for Local Government and Law Enforcement Agencies to the National Ministerial Committee coordinating the plans to relocate the capital of the Republic of South Sudan from Juba to Ramciel.


Announcing the nomination yesterday, the Governor of Lakes State, Eng. Chol Tong Mayay said the nomination is in conformity with the Presidential Order No. 17 dated 6th September 2011 forming the Ministerial Committee for Ramciel. Click here for the announcement by the governor.


At the same time the Lakes State’s Council of Ministers meeting under the chairmanship of the governor yesterday officially welcomed the decision to relocate the national capital from Juba to Ramciel which is in Lakes State. According to Hon Marik Nanga Marik who is the state’s Information minister and Official Spokesman, the council also commended President Salva Kiir Mayardit for issuing the order which has set off preparations for the building of the capital, the Ramciel Union.


The state’s council of ministers also expressed the state government’s and communities’ respect for and commitment to the national status of the capital city. The council also pledged the state’s support for National Ministerial Committee for Ramciel.


Law Reform Commission sets priorities

JUBA, 9 September 2011 – The South Sudan Law Reform (Review) Commission (SSLRC) will prioritize constitutional implementation laws, criminal law reform, commercial law reform, land law reform, social law reform, customary law reform and education in the next three years.


These priorities were concretized during a two-day consensus building workshop which closed in Juba yesterday. The participants at the workshop were key stakeholders in the government, civil society, donor community and regional institutions. The workshop used both plenary and syndicate break ups approaches to interrogate and build consensus on the issues.

 


Hon Unango (right) making closing remarks at the workshop accompanied by the SSLRC chairperson Justice Deng Mijak (left).
[Photo: Matata Safi]


Among the facilitators were the chairpersons of law reform institutions in Uganda, Malawi and South Africa who shared their experience with their counterparts in South Sudan.


Closing the workshop, the deputy minister for Justice Hon Paulino Wanawilla Unango commended the commission for organizing the workshop and also lauded the participants for engaging actively in the deliberations. He stressed that the commission complements the role of the Ministry of Justice and does not compete with it.


The deputy minister also thanked the international facilitators for sharing their experiences in law reform processes. He urged the local stakeholders to learn from these experiences.

 


Some of the participants at the workshop.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


Various sessions of the workshop were coordinated by Justice Deng Biong Mijak, the chairperson of the commission; Justice John Gatwech Lul, a commissioner; and Prof Deng Awur who is also a commissioner in the SSLRC; among other presenters.


The SSLRC is a constitutional body that derives its mandate from Article 137(1) of the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan. The commission is responsible for reviewing, revising and reforming the law to facilitate improved efficiency in the administration of justice and service delivery in the Rule of Law Sector (ROLS).


Reported by Rosemary Chacha


South Sudan bags three silvers in the East African schools tournament

JUBA, 9 September 2011 – The Republic of South Sudan bagged three silver medals – one in basketball and two in athletics – at the East African Secondary Schools Association Games which closed over the weekend in Mbarara, Uganda.


In an exclusive interview with GOSS.ORG reporter the Deputy Director of Co-Curricular Activities in the Ministry of General Education and Instruction Mr Charles Sokivi Thomas lauded the performance taking into account that South Sudan is the youngest country in the bloc and has several challenges in sports.


Bentiu Secondary School won a silver medal in boys’ basketball and the other two in athletics.


Mr Sokivi explained that South Sudan, which is a member of the association, has been participating in the games since 2008. He said that each member must present at least four teams, both boys and girls, in the games to qualify as a member. He reported that South Sudan has met this threshold. Furthermore, he explained, that 2011 was the first time South Sudan presented a girls’ football team a development which he described as progressive.

 


Mr Sokivi stresses a point during the interview.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


He explained that South Sudan’s performance at the games has been improving since 2008. He said that it is the recognition of this improvement that South Sudan’s basketball team was selected to represent the federation in the inter-continental games in Ohio, USA held last month. He regretted, however, that the team could not travel owing to the Khartoum government’s reluctance to issue its members with the necessary travel documents.


Mr Sokivi explained that South Sudan would perform better if the various challenges school sports in the country faces were addressed. He cited lack of qualified coaches, inadequate sporting programmes, and inconsistency in training and practice as some of the challenges that schools face regarding sports. He emphasized the need to train sports trainers.


He also suggested that every school should have a sports teacher, current sports teachers and coaches should get access to refresher courses to update their skills, talent search scheme to identify and nurture youth talented in sports should be developed, executives in the central and state governments should support sports in their respective schools, awareness of the value of sports to the country and individuals should be created, and sports be mainstreamed in the schools curricula.


Reported by Matata Safi


President Kiir in Nairobi for "Horn of Africa Crisis Summit"

JUBA, 8 September 2011 – The President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayrdit and the accompanying delegation arrived in Nairobi this afternoon to participate in a two-day summit on the Horn of Africa Crisis under the theme: “Ending Droughts Emergencies: A commitment to Sustainable Solutions”.


H.E President of the Republic will address the summit tomorrow.

 


President Kiir receives a bouquet of flowers on arrival in Nairobi.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


The Government of Kenya proposes to host the summit together with the United Nations, the World Bank and IGAD with the objective of focusing at length on country-led programmes as the basis for comprehensively addressing and dealing with the humanitarian, security, development and climate change challenges of the current crisis in the Horn of Africa.


Also the summit will identify gaps and examine opportunities for putting remedial regional mechanisms in place.


The main outcome of the summit will be the adoption of the Nairobi Action Plan, which will outline the main elements of programs that the countries in the Horn of Africa would undertake to implement and present the assistance that the international community is requested to pledge.

 


President Kiir inspects a guard of honour on arrival in Nairobi.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


The summit will be chaired by H.E President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya and co-chaired by the United Nation Secretary General, H.E Mr. Ban Ki-Moon. Other proposed co-chairs will be the President of the World Bank and the Executive Secretary of IGAD. The conference will be attended by four categories of dignitaries:

 

  • The heads of states and governments of the nations of Horn of Africa (Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti and Somalia, with Kenya as the host);
  • The Secretary General of the UN, President of the World Bank, the Executive Secretary of IGAD, Chief Officer of the UNHCR, the World Food Program, FAO, UNEP, other UN agencies as well as President of African Development Bank;
  • Ministers/ Secretaries of selected developed countries, Gulf States and G20 Countries as well as the EU; and
  • Heads of the International Red Cross, Oxfam and other international NGOs.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth Elisapana
Presidential Press Unit
RSS/Juba


President Kiir appoints advisors

JUBA, 8 September 2011 – The President of the Republic of South Sudan has issued Presidential Decree No. 33/2011 for the appointment of the following Presidential Advisors in the Republic of South Sudan, and they are:

S/N

Name in Full

Position

1-

Hon. Madam Rebecca Nyandeng De Mabior

Advisor on Gender and Human Rights

2-

Hon. Rtd Gen. Joseph Lagu

Special Advisor

3-

Hon. Telar Ring Deng

Advisor on Legal Affairs

4-

Hon. Tor Deng Mawien

Advisor on Decentralization and Inter-Governmental Linkages

5-

Advisor on Religious Affairs

To be appointed

6-

Advisor on Economic Affairs

To be appointed

 

Reported by Thomas Kenneth Elisapana
Presidential Press Unit
Office of the President - Republic of South Sudan


South Africa to support South Sudan media

JUBA, 8 September 2011 – The Republic of South Africa has expressed readiness to support the development of media and communication systems in the Republic of South Sudan.


This was revealed today during a meeting between the minister for Information and Broadcasting Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin and the Editor-in-Chief of the independent Pan African News and renowned South African journalist Dr Snuki Zikalala.

 


Dr Marial (right) holding dicussions with Dr Zikalala (left).
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


Dr Marial thanked the government of South Africa for its continued support to the Republic of South Sudan. He pledged the two countries will cooperate to push forward the principles of democracy and mutual investment to improve the livelihoods of their citizens. On his part, Dr Zikalala said that they will hit the ground as soon as the requisite framework is developed.


In another event, Dr Marial received a special Pakistani delegation led by Ambassador Seema Naqvi. The delegation expressed interest to support the Republic of South Sudan in the areas of information, engineering, medicine, education and textile manufacturing.

 


Dr Marial (right) receiving a token from Ambassador Naqvi.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


In an exclusive interview with this staff writer, Ambassador Naqvi affirmed the commitment of the Pakistani government to stand by the people of South Sudan as they make the first steps into their independence. She also said that Pakistan will support various training programmes in diverse fields in an effort to bring together the citizens of both countries in mutually-beneficial friendship.


Reported by Martin Jada


Lakes state government issues civilian disarmament order

RUMBEK, 8 September 2011 – The Governor of Lakes State Eng. Chol Tong Mayay has issued a Provisional Order No.2 ordering a comprehensive disarmament of all the civil population in Lakes State’s eight counties with effect from September 7, 2011.


The order is to be executed by the SPLA forces together with the other organized forces and Lakes State county commissioners strictly but peacefully for a period of three months beginning from September 7.


The Governor is asking all the civil populations in Lakes State who possess any arms to voluntarily surrender them to their respective chiefs or the police. He has also authorized the county commissioners to supervise and oversee the process and report to him.


The order permits the SPLA forces to search any area as authorized by the commissioner concerned.


The Governor has also directed that all the rifles collected be assembled in every county headquarters under the control of SPLA forces, which shall later on bring them to the state headquarters from where they will be dispatched to the location determined by the SPLA Headquarters.


Please, click here to read the Order.


President Kiir meets Pakistani envoy

JUBA, 7 September 2011 - The President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayrdit welcomed in his office this evening the special Envoy of Pakistan Prime Minister to South Sudan Ambassador Seema Naqvi.


Ambassador Naqvi told the press after the meeting that she came to Juba to express solidarity of the Pakistani Government with South Sudan, and that the meeting with President Kiir explored fields of cooperation between the two sides in areas of training, investment and development.


On his part the minister for Information and Broadcasting Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin said Pakistan has requested immediate diplomatic relations with the Republic of South Sudan and that Pakistan will soon name its ambassador to South Sudan. He further disclosed that President Kiir has welcomed the visit and expressed readiness of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan to cooperate with Pakistan.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


Relief of Presidential Advisors by Presidential Decree No. 32/2011

JUBA, 7 September 2011 - The President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit has issued Presidential Decree No. 32/2011 for the relief of the following Presidential Advisors:

S/N

Name in Full

Position

1-

Hon. Madam Rebecca Nyandeng De Mabior

Advisor on Gender and Human Rights

2-

Hon. Rt. Gen. Joseph Lagu

Special Advisor

3-

Hon. Telar Ring Deng

Advisor on Legal Affairs

4-

Hon. Tor Deng Mawin

Advisor on Decentralization and Inter-Governmental Likages

5-

Hon. Rev. Tijwong Hather Agwer

Advisor on Religious Affairs

 

Reported by Thomas Kenneth Elisapana
Presidential Press Unit
Office of the President/ Juba


Ministry to reduce water-instigated conflicts

JUBA, 7 September 2011 – The Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation will prioritize the reduction of conflicts resulting from water shortage among the people, the minister Hon Paul Mayom Akec has announced.

 


Hon Mayom (standing) addressing the staff of the ministry.
[Photo: Michael Abraham]


Addressing staff members of the ministry yesterday during a brief function to welcome him to the ministry on his reappointment as minister, Hon Mayom said that the ministry is working on the construction of dams along the River Nile to act as reservoirs to reduce the rivalry at water points. The minister also emphasized that the reduction of conflicts contributes to national stability which is necessary for the development of the new country.


On his part the newly appointed deputy minister Hon Ali Ketta Uchi called on the staff to embrace the spirit of hard work, commitment and cooperation. The function was held at the ministry’s headquarters at Hai Cinema in Juba.


Reported by Alex Amin John


National Assembly adopts anti-corruption report

JUBA, 7 September 2011 – The South Sudan National Legislative Assembly yesterday adopted the 2010 Annual Report of the South Sudan Anticorruption Commission.


The 83-page report was presented to the assembly by Dr. Pauline Riak, the chairperson of the commission. It highlighted the major activities and achievements of the commission in 2010. Some of the major achievements include the development of the 2010-2014 anticorruption strategy; facilitation of workshops on good governance, ethics and reforms to the then Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly; and signing of a memorandum of understanding with all the state governors. Dr Riak also enumerated the challenges the commission faced in 2010 key among them being inadequate funding.


The assembly noted that the commission is now mandated under the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan to prosecute corruption suspects. The members said this provision will strengthen the fight against corruption in the country. The members of the assembly emphasized the need to heighten the fight against corruption and commended the President for declaring war on the vice.


The assembly then discussed the report and sought clarifications from Dr. Riak. Some members asked her to publish the names of the most corrupt persons in the country but she said that can only happen after the cases are investigated fully and the suspects have been convicted. She dismissed reports that a list of 13 most corrupt persons has been sent to the Office of the President.


Dr. Riak explained that the commission partners with other institutions, including the South Sudan Audit Chamber in the fight against corruption. She emphasized that the fight against corruption is the collective responsibility of assembly, government, judiciary as well as the public. She also explained that the declaration of assets is a constitutional requirement of all public officers.


After a long debate Hon. Kum Kum Geng raised a motion terminating the debate and calling for the adoption of the report with the observations and amendments. The report was then adopted. The sitting was chaired by the Acting Speaker Hon. Gen. Daniel Awet Akot. It was attended by 208 members.


Reported by Clement Aturjong Kuot


“Deliver results in the 100 days”, urges Information minister

JUBA, 6 September 2011 – The minister for Information and Broadcasting Hon. Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin today urged the Directorate of Radio and Television in the ministry to work diligently to deliver the relevant results within the 100 days as pledged by the President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit.


The minister made this call when he and the Deputy Minister Hon Atem Yak Atem made a familiarization tour of the directorate’s headquarters in Juba today.


The minister reiterated the need for teamwork in the ministry and emphasized that top officers cannot achieve anything without the support of all the team members. “I alone cannot do anything; I can be a minister and you a director and the other is a messenger, but if we don’t have teamwork, we cannot achieve anything meaningful”, he said.

 


Dr. Marial being received by the joyous staff of the Directorate of Radio and Television.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


During the tour the top officers in the directorate highlighted some of the challenges they face in their respective duties. Nonetheless, the minister appealed to the staff to utilize whatever they have at their disposal to deliver quality services to the people in spite of the challenges. He emphasized that South Sudan is at the critical moment of its development and that no efforts should be spared in the pursuit of its socio-economic agenda.


On his part, the deputy minister Hon. Atem emphasized that challenges are part and parcel of organizations all over the world and should not be an excuse for non-performance. He quoted a statement by the late Dr. John Garang that if there were no problems in life, then human beings would have no reason to live. He urged the staff members of the ministry to learn from the challenges and seek appropriate solutions to them.

 


Dr. Marial (sitting right) and Hon. Atem (sitting left) get a feel of the South Sudan Radio broadcasting studio.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


The Acting Undersecretary in the ministry, Mr. Mustafa Biong Majak underscored the role of television and radio in propagating government policies and programmes and challenged the directorate to do its best in delivering its mandate.


The minister and his entourage was hosted by the Director General of South Sudan Radio and Television Mr. Arop Bagat, the management team, and staff of the directorate.


Reported by Matata Safi.


Private sector key to economic development

JUBA, 6 September 2011 – The participants at a business community workshop in Juba have underscored the pivotal role played by the private sector in stimulating and sustaining economic development in the new Republic of South Sudan.


The workshop brought together participants from all economic sectors in South Sudan to create awareness about the Private Public Dialogue (PPD) principles, approaches and best practices with the aim of empowering the business community to participate effectively in leveraging economic growth through private-public partnerships.


Opening the workshop, the Undersecretary in the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Ms Elizabeth Majok said that government is committed to supporting the development of the private sector. She said that there is immense political goodwill from the government for the private sector development. “The President himself is committed to nurturing the private sector; the private sector should now play its role and spur economic growth in the country”, she said.

 


Ms Majok (left) addresses the participants as Mr Swaka (right) watches on.


Ms Majok reported that four business-related bills are currently before the National Legislative Assembly. She explained that the bills relate to consumer protection, standards as well as weights and measures. She said that these bills, when enacted, will play a major role in streamlining the business environment in South Sudan.


The Undersecretary also called on the business community to focus on service delivery rather profiteering. She said a focus on service delivery will help reduce the current high prices of commodities and services in the country.


Speaking at the same function, the Undersecretary in the Ministry of Justice, Mr Jeremiah Swaka said the ministry has prioritized mercantile laws and has facilitated the enactment of several trade laws. He reported, however, that Trade Marks and Intellectual Property laws are yet to be developed.


Mr Swaka also appealed to the citizens to engage actively in the private sector. He regretted that the sector seems to be in the hands of the foreign nationals and enterprises. He also cautioned business persons against imitating other businesses. Conversely, he appealed to them to identify and build their own unique business niches to ensure diversification and profitability.

 


Some of the participants follow the proceedings.


He called on the business people to uphold ethical conduct and deliver high quality services to the citizens and the country. “The government would like to deliver quality services to the people through the private sector”, he said. He also appealed to the business community to be conspicuous in facilitating the development of the business environment it desires.


The Undersecretary also called on the relevant institutions to streamline immigration through issuance of work permits to safeguard local jobs. He also cautioned “briefcase businesses” that their days are numbered as the ministry will soon begin inspections to confirm physical locations of businesses incorporated in the Republic of South Sudan.


Mr Akuei Deng Akuei, the Undersecretary of the former Ministry of Investment asserted that South Sudan invites and encourages foreign investment. He called for the establishment of a centralized revenue authority to streamline taxation.

 


Ms Jean Lubega-Kyazze (left) and Mr Patrick Banya (right) of the IFC follow the proceedings of the workshop.


The workshop was organized by the South Sudan Business Forum (SSBF) in partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group. The SSBF Programmes Coordinator, Mr. Gabriel Aliga said that the forum facilitates private-public dialogues and has so far contributed to the development and enactment of several business laws and establishment of institutions aimed at enhancing the business environment in South Sudan.


CNN features South Sudan wrestling

JUBA, 6 September 2011 – The CNN has once again featured South Sudan wrestling. Please click here to watch the video.
 


South Sudan's capital to move to Ramciel

JUBA, 3 September 2011 - The Council of Ministers of the new Government of the Republic of South Sudan in its second meeting held yesterday Friday September 2nd, 2011, under the chairmanship of H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit the President of the Republic, resolved that in view of the protracted stalemate over the issue of the Capital of South Sudan, and the fact that this has had a negative impact in development in South Sudan since 2005, and considering the fact that, the Government has not succeeded in allaying the concern of the stakeholder communities regarding land ownership if Juba continued to be the Capital and cognizant, that the transitional constitution of South Sudan does not preclude relocation to the capital to alternative site, the Capital of south Sudan will be relocated to Ramciel in Lakes state.


The Council further directed the minister for Housing and Physical Planning to initiate the process and modalities for implementing this resolution.


Reported By Thomas Kenneth


SDG valueless in South Sudan

JUBA, 2 September 2011 – The Sudan Pound (SDG) is no longer a legal tender in the Republic of South Sudan and is therefore valueless in the country, the Governor of the Bank of South Sudan Mr. Kornelio Koryom has announced.


Speaking to the press at the bank’s premises in Juba this morning, the governor said that effective today the SDG can no longer be used to transact any business in South Sudan after the currency exchange period elapsed yesterday.


The governor also announced that the bank will soon release coins which he said will be in 50, 25, 10 and 5 piaster denominations.

 


Mr Koryom addressing the media.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


Mr Koryom explained that the collected SDG will be kept by the bank awaiting the results of the ongoing negotiations facilitated by the African Union on whether the Republic of Sudan will redeem the old currency or not. He said the bank will decide what to do with the currency once the negotiations are complete and a conclusive decision is reached.


He commended the committee which coordinated the exercise for a job well done in spite of immense logistical challenges. He also thanked the governors of all the ten states of South Sudan for supporting the currency conversion programme.


The press conference was also attended by the deputy governors Mr Jamal Abdalla Wani and Mr John Dour Majok. Also in attendance were the members of the currency exchange committee as well as senior Bank of South Sudan officers.


“Let’s work as a team”, Information minister urges

JUBA, 1 September 2011 – The minister for Information and Broadcasting Hon. Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin today urged the ministry’s staff members to work as a team in disseminating government information, policies and programmes widely.


The minister emphasized that South Sudan is now an independent country which must stand steadily on its own. “As a new country we must now shoulder all the responsibilities of nationhood”, he said adding that empowering the citizens with relevant information is one way of buttressing the country’s independence.

 


Garlanded Dr. Marial (right)  being received at the ministry's headquarters by the Ag. Underssecretary Mr. Mustafa Biong Majak (left).
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


He also welcomed the contribution of all members of staff and expressed confidence that the ministry will achieve much through teamwork. “There is no reason why we should not do better as a ministry if we work together”, he said. The minister also announced that he will visit all departments in the ministry beginning Monday.


The minister made these remarks today during a brief ceremony to welcome him to the ministry. Even though he held the same position in the previous cabinet he explained that the reappointment has rejuvenated him and is a demonstration of confidence in him. He pledged that he will perform his duties with diligence to ensure that all the people of South Sudan are informed adequately. He thanked the staff for organizing the welcome ceremony.

 


Dr. Marial cuts a welcome tape.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


Speaking during the same event, the Acting Undersecretary of the ministry Mr. Mustafa Biong Majak said that the minister helped lay a very strong foundation for the ministry and that it is a great honour to have him back to accomplish the plans.


Mr. Majak also welcomed the appointment of Hon Atem Yak Atem as the Deputy Minister in the ministry. He said that Hon Atem is a legend in the Information field whose contribution will be invaluable. “We will work together to build this ministry and serve the people of South Sudan”, he said.


The ceremony which was held at the ministry’s headquarters in Juba was attended by all staff members among them the DG South Sudan Radio and TV Mr. Arop Bagat and other senior officers.
 


“I am a youthful minister for the youth”, says Dr Cirino

JUBA, 1 September 2011 – The newly appointed minister for Culture, Youth and Sports Hon Dr Cirino Hiteng Ofuho has expressed confidence that his youthfulness will aid his performance in his new assignment working with the youth.


Addressing the media today after the cabinet swearing in ceremony in Juba, the minister said that he is not just a youth at heart but also age-wise. “I am turning 45 years of age this December and that fits my definition of youth”, he said. He further explained that being a youth would enable him to understand and respond to the needs and challenges of the youth intimately.

 


Dr Cirino during the swearing-in ceremony.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


He said that his agenda for the youth will be to create job opportunities for both the educated and un-skilled; empowering the youth, especially those who dropped out of school because of the war, through vocational training in crafts like carpentry, masonry and others; development of youth farms on which the young people can engage productively; and build a national strategy to mainstream youth affairs in the country’s development agenda.


The minister said that he will work closely with the youth and trade his suits for casual wear to fit in their circumstances. He said that he will work to realize the slogan of the youth this year which is: “we are the youth for freedom”. He said he will support the youth realize and use their freedom for peace and development of the country. His vision is to empower the youth to enable them to compete effectively with their counterparts in the region and globally.


Reported by Matata Safi


New cabinet takes oath of office

JUBA, 1 September 2011 – The new National Ministers of the Republic of South Sudan today took the oath of office. The ministers were sworn in by Justice Chan Reec Madut, the Chief Justice of the Republic of South Sudan. The President of the Republic of South Sudan, H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit and the Vice President Hon. Dr. Riek Machar Teny witnessed the swearing in ceremony.

 


Members of the new cabinet taking the oath of office.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


Statement on allegations by the Government of Sudan

JUBA, 31 August 2011 – Please, click here to read the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on the accusations of the Government of Sudan regarding the alleged support to rebels in Southern Kordufan and Darfur.

 


National Legislative Assembly approves new cabinet

JUBA 31 August 2011 – The National Legislative Assembly today approved the new cabinet of the Republic of South Sudan in its Sitting No:9/2011 held at the Main Hall in Juba.


The list of the new cabinet was presented by the Acting Speaker, Hon Gen Daniel Awet Akot since the caretaker minister for Parliamentary Affairs had been relieved of the position before being reappointed and was among the appointees to be approved.

 


The Acting Speaker Hon Gen Daniel Awet Akot (left) chairing the sitting.
[Photo: Marchelo Leopoldo]


The Acting Speaker explained that the appointment of national Ministers of the Republic of South Sudan, 2011 was a result of the Presidential Decree No. 29/2011. He further explained that the President appointed the 29 national ministers pursuant to provisions of the Article 112 (1) of the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan. The Acting Speaker also explained that the 27 Deputy Ministers of Republic of South Sudan were appointed pursuant to Article 117 (1) of Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan.


After brief deliberations, the Chief Whip Hon. Atem Gararg requested the August House to approve the new cabinet. The members then approved the new cabinet by acclamation. Nonetheless, the Official Opposition leader and other six members opposed the appointments. Given that the majority of the members supported the new cabinet, the Acting Speaker declared that the appointment of the 29 National Ministers and 27 Deputy Ministers was officially approved by the National Legislative Assembly of the Republic of South Sudan.


The sitting was attended by 210 honourable members. Members of the new cabinet who are members of the National Legislative Assembly also attended the sitting.


Reported by Clement Aturjong Kuot


Ministry of Gender holds validation workshop

JUBA, 31 August 2011 – The Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare yesterday held a validation workshop for all the state ministers for Social Development to build their capacity and empower them to discharge their functions effectively.


Facilitating the workshop, the Advisor in the Ministry Mr. Peter Sukole Buni said that there is need for institutional and human capacity building in the state ministries. He said that the ministries need skills and institutional systems to develop and implement policies and strategies that support gender and social welfare issues in the respective states.


Addressing the participants, Mr. Santino Majak, a Director General in the Ministry, assured the state ministers that the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare will continue to support them by all means to develop and implement projects effectively. The one-day workshop was held at the Royal Garden Hotel in Juba and was attended by all state ministers for Social Development.


Reported by Simon Akol


President Kiir meets Deputy speaker of Israeli Knesset

JUBA, 30 August 2011 - The President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayrdit on Monday Aug. 29th, 2011 in his office at Presidential Guest House in Juba met a high-level delegation from the Israeli Knesset (parliament) led by its Deputy Speaker Mr. Danny Danon.

 


President Kiir shakes hands with Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset Mr. Danon.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


The meeting mainly focused on developing a framework by which Israel can support the economy of the new Republic of South Sudan.


Shortly after the meeting, the former caretaker minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, who has recently been appointed the minister for Cabinet Affairs, Mr. Deng Alor told the press that South Sudan has decided to establish diplomatic relations with the state of Israel. He also said that the Republic of South Sudan and Israel will soon name their respective ambassadors.

 


President Kiir meets the Israeli Knesset delegation.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Mr. Alor described the visit of the high-level delegation from Israel to South Sudan as a good beginning of the strengthening of relations between the two countries. He said that the new Republic of South Sudan will have a very close economic cooperation with the state of Israel. He said that Israel is ready to support South Sudan in agriculture, mining, roads and bridges.

 


Mr. Danon addressing the media after meeting the President.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]
 


On his part, Mr. Danon congratulated the people of South Sudan for realizing freedom and officially declaring independence on 9th July 2011. He further said that Israel is now ready to support the economy of the new independent state.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth Elisapana


List of National Ministers

1

Cabinet Affairs

Mr. Deng Alor Kuol

2

Defence and Veteran Affairs

Gen. John Kong Nyuon

3

Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Mr. Nhial Deng Nhial

4

Office of the President

Mr. Emmanuel Lowilla

5

National Security, Office of the President

Gen. Oyay Deng Ajak

6

Justice

Mr. John Luk Jok

7

Interior

Gen. Alison Manani Magaya

8

Parliamentary Affairs

Mr. Michael Makuei Lueth

9

Finance and Economic Planning

Kosti Manibe Ngai

10

Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development

Ms. Awut Deng Acuil

11

Health  

Dr. Michael Milly Hussein

12

Information and Broadcasting

Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin

13

Agriculture and Forestry

Dr. Betty Achan Ogwaro

14

Roads and Bridges

Mr. Gier Chuang Aluong

15

Transport

Ms. Agnes Poni Lokudu

16

General Education and Instruction

Ustaz Joseph Ukel Abango

17

Higher Education, Science and Technology

Dr. Peter Adwok Nyaba

18

Commerce, Industry and Investment

Mr. Garang Diing Akuang

19

Environment

Mr. Alfred Lado Gore

20

Housing and Physical Planning

Ms. Jemma Nunu Kumba

21

Telecommunication and Postal Services

Mr.Madut Biar Yel

22

Petroleum and Mining

Mr. Stephen Dhieu Dau

23

Electricity and Dams

Mr. David Deng Athorbei

24

Gender, Child and Social Welfare

Ms. Agnes Lasuba

25

Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management

Mr. Joseph Lual Acuil

26

Water Resources and Irrigation

Mr. Paul Mayom Akec

27

Wildlife Conservation and Tourism

Mr. Gabriel Changson

28

Animal Resources and Fisheries

Dr. Martin Elia Lomuro

29

Culture, Youth and Sports

Dr. Cirino Hiteng Ofuho

 


List of Deputy Ministers

1

Cabinet Affairs

Mr. Wek Mamer Kuol

2

Defence and Veteran Affairs

Dr. Majak Agot Atem

3

Foreign Affairs

Ms. Grace Daterio

4

International Cooperation

Prof. Elias Nyamlel Wako

5

Justice

Mr. Paulino Wanawila Onango

6

Interior

Mr. Salva Mathok Gengdit

7

Finance

Mr. Marial Awou

8

Finance

Ms. Mary Jervas Yak

9

Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development

Mr. Kwong Danhier Gatluak

10

Commerce, Industry and Investment

Mr. Kengen Jakor

11

Information and Broadcasting

Mr. Atem Yak Atem

12

Health  

Dr. Yatta Loli Lugar

13

Agriculture and Forestry

Mr. Beda Machar Deng

14

Roads and Bridges

Mr. Simon Majok Majak

15

Transport

Mr. Mayom Kuoc Malek

16

General Education and Instruction

Ms. Rebecca Joshua Okwaci

17

Higher Education, Science and Technology

Ustaz Gabriel Kuc Abyei

18

Environment

Mr. Philip Palet Gadin

19

Housing and Physical Planning

Ms. Mary Nyawulang

20

Telecommunication and Postal Services

Ms. Bettrice Khamisa Wani

21

Petroleum and Mining

Ms. Elizabeth James Bol

22

Electricity and Dams

Ms. Rhoda David Alak

23

Gender, Child and Social Welfare

Dr. Priscilla Nyanyang Joseph

24

Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management

Ms.Sabina Dario Okolong

25

Animal Resources and Fisheries

Ms. Nadia Arop Dudi

26

Water Resources and Irrigation

Mr. Ali Keti Ochie

27

Wildlife Conservation and Tourism

Mr. Obuch Ojwok