H.E Kiir meets President Obama

NEW YORK, 22 September 2011 - The President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit today Wednesday September 21st, 2011 met his counterpart, the President of the United States of America H.E Barack Obama.

 


President Obama shakes hands with President Kiir.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


The meeting primarily centered on a range of issues of mutual concern between the United States of America and the Republic of South Sudan; issues pertaining good governance in South Sudan; the peace process; the need to resolve the remaining issues of the CPA; and post-independence arrangements.


Shortly after the meeting, the minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial told the press that the President of the United States of America H.E Barak Obama assured H.E Kiir that USA will continue to support South Sudan as a friendly state until South Sudan stands on its feet.

 


The two Presidents Obama and Kiir and their delegations in a joint meeting.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Hon Nhial revealed that H.E Kiir briefed President Obama on the post-independence arrangements and that South Sudan remains committed to cooperate with Khartoum in resolving the remaining issues. Hon Nhial said H.E Kiir briefed President Obama on the measures taken by the Government of the Republic of South Sudan for minimizing corruption and enhancing good governance in the country. President Kiir also stressed the commitment of the new state to the respect of human rights.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth Elisapana from New York


President Kiir arrives in New York

NEW YORK, 21 September 2011 - The President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit arrived yesterday Tuesday September 20th, 2011 afternoon in New York heading a very high delegation of the Republic of South Sudan to participate in the sixty sixth session of the United Nations General Assembly scheduled to commence on September 21st, 2011.


In the delegation are Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial, minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Hon. Emmanuel Lowilla, minister in the Office of the President; Hon. Stephen Dhieu, minister for Petroleum; Hon. Garang Diing, minister for Commerce, Industry and Investment, among others.

 


H.E Kiir being received by the South Sudanese in New York.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Before the UN/GA session President Kiir will on September 22nd, 2011 participate in a mini-summit in cooperation with member states on preventing and responding to sexual violence. H.E Kiir is expected to address the sixty sixth session of the United Nations’ General Assembly on 23rd September 2011 at the UN General Assembly meeting hall. In the margins of the UN/GA session, H.E Kiir will meet some heads of states.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth from New York


Government and UNMISS strengthening collaboration

JUBA, 22 September 2011 (NASS) – The Government of the Republic of South Sudan and the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) are working on modalities of collaboration on political stability, development and democratization of the new country.


During a meeting yesterday with Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin, the minister for Information and Broadcasting who is also the Official Government Spokesperson, the UNMISS delegation led by the Head of Political Affairs Ambassador Hiruy Amanuel, urged the Government of the Republic of South Sudan to establish clear and open communication channels with the UNMISS as a way of strengthening the relationship between them.

 


Dr Marial (right) meeting the UNMISS delegation.


In his remarks after the meeting Dr Marial assured UNMISS of the government’s commitment to cooperate fully with it in the pursuit of peace, security and political stability in the region. On his part Ambassador Amanuel affirmed the UNMISS’s commitment to support the government in delivering its pledges to the people of South Sudan.


In another event, Dr Marial pledged to support the Government of Eastern Equatoria State to disseminate its information widely both within the state and countrywide. The minister specifically promised to facilitate increased news coverage, capacity building of information management personnel in the state, as well the acquisition of modern communication equipment.

 


Dr Marial (right) meeting Hon Loluke.


Dr Marial made these pledges when he met the Deputy Governor of Eastern Equatoria Hon Nartisio Loluke in his office on Tuesday this week. Hon Loluke welcomed the kind gesture of the national government in supporting state governments. He also reported that security has improved in the state.


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


“We are committed to regional peace”, Dr. Machar

JUBA, 21 September 2011 - The Vice President of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan Hon. Dr. Riek Machar Teny has reasserted the commitment of the government of the new Republic of South Sudan to supporting peace in the region.


Speaking during the celebrations to mark “International Peace Day” at the Nyakuron Cultural Centre in Juba today Dr. Machar said South Sudan has affirmed her commitment to regional peace and stability by joining the regional body of African Union. “We have joined the regional body of African Union; we are committed to maintaining regional peace not only within the Republic of the Sudan but also with our neighbors”, said Dr. Machar.


Dr. Machar cited the recent fighting in the two areas of Blue Nile and South Kordufan and said there were lots of statements in Khartoum accusing the Republic of South Sudan of supporting the rebellions there. He asserted that these reports are untrue and unfounded. In an attempt to clear this rumour, Dr. Machar said, the President of the Republic of South Sudan sent a high-level delegation led by the minister for Defence and Veterans’ Affairs Gen John Kong Nyuon to Khartoum last week. He explained that the delegation also sought to push forward the pursuit for lasting peace between the Republic of Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan.

 


Dr Machar addressing the gathering.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


He added that although there are problems in the two areas, South Sudan’s stand is always for a peaceful resolution of conflicts. He explained that this is the reason why South Sudan is supporting the initiative of the AU under Mr Thabo Mbeki in getting a lasting roadmap in addressing the issues of the two areas. He further added that South Sudan and the Sudan have a lot of interdependence which he said cannot be ignored.


On the Ugandan rebels of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) Dr. Machar said that South Sudan has tried to mediate a peace agreement between the government of Uganda and the LRA to resolve the conflict that affected livelihood and caused human suffering in northern Uganda, parts of South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic. He regretted, however, that the final documents were not signed. “We are still hosting the Ugandan troops in our soil, giving them necessary access and information to bring the LRA menace to an end”, he explained.


Furthermore Dr. Machar underscored the importance of internal peace which, he said, should begin with one’s immediate neighbour. He called on the people to desist from the culture of hostility. He said most of the population in South Sudan grew up during the struggle when they were exposed to “seeing guns” all the time. “Our people are still dying in our own hands mostly because of tribal conflict or cattle rustling; the time to fight is over; it is now time to make peace a reality”, he asserted.

 


Participants at the celebrations.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


He said the International Peace Day means a lot to South Sudanese than any other citizens of Africa because of its history of more than 50 years fighting for freedom. “We had been denied peace for too long; we are now beginning to see peace and most of our people who are displaced across the world, including those who went to the northern part of the country, are beginning to come back”, he said.


Speaking at the same event the representative of the African Union, Ambassador Nakaha Stansilaus said that the overwhelming recognition by the rest of the world of the sovereignty, will and choice of the people of South Sudan to get independence, including the government of the Sudan, is an extremely important contribution to regional peace and stability.

 


Ambassador Nakaha Stansilaus addressing the celebrations.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


He said peace needs not to be a mere concept or even an aspiration but a reality and a way of life. He said it is regrettable that when a day of peace is celebrated, there are still too many sufferings in different parts of the world. He further said the theme of the day “make your voices heard” reflects the desire for concrete action for peace. He said an occasion to celebrate peace should be an opportunity to reflect on one’s responsibilities to advocate for sustainable peace, which he said, should strive for ensuring not only the end of violence but also enjoyment of full human rights.


He also appealed to the South Sudanese who took up arms to fight the then Government of Southern Sudan to lay down their arms and embrace the amnesty declared by President Salva Kiir Mayardit. “I want to solemnly appeal to all South Sudanese who took arms against their own people and government to respond positively to the executive pardon extended to them by the President of the Republic of South Sudan”, he said.


The occasion was also attended by representatives of the UN, AU, NGOs, and government officers, among others.


Reported by Matata Safi


Ministry of Gender signs off Rajaf project

JUBA, 21 September 2011 (NASS) – The Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare yesterday signed a contract with Straightline International Limited for the second phase of the construction of the Rajaf School for the Blind and Deaf.


This phase of the project will entail the construction of an office block, dining hall, kitchen, washrooms, manager’s house, workshops and a hall at the school. The school has been funded by the government to demonstrate its commitment to alleviate the challenges the blind and deaf South Sudanese face and to empower the persons with special needs.

 


The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare (left) exchanges the contract with a representative of the Straightline International Limited (right).


The objective for the establishment of the school is to rehabilitate children with special needs in all the ten states of the Republic of South Sudan. The school will give them the equipment and learning materials which will aid their livelihood without having them to rely on others for their daily needs.


The learners in the school will be trained in agriculture, handicraft, use of Braille and white cane, simple arithmetic through the use of abacus, among other skills. When complete, the school will be of international standards.


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


Japan reaffirms its support for the Republic of South Sudan

JUBA, 21 September 2011 – The government of Japan has reaffirmed its commitment to support the development of the Republic of South Sudan.


The reaffirmation was made yesterday during a meeting between Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin, the minister for Information and Broadcasting with Mr. Akinori Wada, the ambassador of Japan in the Republic of South Sudan.

 


Dr Marial (right) in discussions with Mr Wada (second right).


Speaking to the News Agency of South Sudan (NASS) after the meeting Dr Marial appreciated the continued support that South Sudan has received from Japan. He expressed hope that the South Sudanese private sector will interact freely with their Japanese counterparts and learn from each other and build mutually beneficial relationships.


On his part, Mr Wada said that Japan is committed to promote mutual trade and investment in the Republic of South Sudan. He emphasized that political and security stability is important for the creation and sustenance of an environment which is conducive for private sector development.


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


President Kiir's message on accountability and transparency

JUBA, 20 September 2011 - Please, click here to read President Salva Kiir Mayardit's message to all South Sudanese on accountability and transparency.

 


Government's response to attack on UNMISS staff

JUBA, 20 September 2011 - Please, click here to read the government's response to the unwarranted attack on Mr Benedict Sannoh, a member of staff of UNMISS.

 


Ministry of Water to build reservoirs

JUBA, 20 September 2011 – The Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation is planning to build water reservoirs and drainage systems to supply water to the rural areas where it is needed most.


This was revealed by the minister, Hon Paul Mayom Akec during a meeting he held in his office yesterday with the United Nations Special Envoy to South Sudan Ms Hilde Johnson.

 


Hon Mayom (right) meeting with Ms Johnson.


In a statement to the press after the meeting, Ms Johnson explained that they discussed the security challenges resulting from water scarcity. She said that scarcity of water is one of the factors that trigger violence especially among the nomadic communities. She said that a long-term solution to water scarcity need to be worked out.


She said that even though the UNMISS is not a development agency she will use her office to lobby donors to support development projects in South Sudan. Increasing the access to water remains a top priority of the government of the Republic of South Sudan.


Reported by Alex Amin John


Ministry of Gender to screen staff

JUBA, 20 September 2011 (NASS) – The Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare will screen its entire staff from the level of Undersecretary to the lowest cadres.


During the screening exercise, the certificates, job descriptions and work experience of the staff will be reviewed vis-à-vis what they do on a day-to-day basis. The screening began today and will continue for the next one month.


This plan was revealed by the deputy minister Hon Dr Priscilla Nyanyang Joseph Kuch during a meeting she held with the Establishment Officers in the presence of the Undersecretary and other top ministry officers.


The deputy minister said that the objective of the screening is to harmonize the structures in the ministry. She emphasized that the exercise is important for effective service delivery and called on all the staff to participate in it fully by filling and submitting the relevant forms.


She said that staff who are either underemployed or are holding the wrong positions will be redeployed. She also announced that any vacancies arising from the exercise will be advertised and filled competitively.


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


President Kiir donates 50,000 USD to students union in Uganda

JUBA, 19 September 2011 – The President of the Republic of South Sudan (ROSS) His Excellency Salva Kiir Mayardit has donated USD 50,000 to the South Sudanese Students Union in Uganda.


The President had been invited by the South Sudanese Students in Kampala to join them in celebrating the Independence of the Republic of South Sudan. In a speech presented on his behalf by the minister of Higher Education Science and Technology Republic of South Sudan Dr Peter Adwok Nyaba, the President appealed to the huge number of South Sudanese students gathered at “Wonder World” over the weekend to shun tribalism.


The minister also urged the youth to lead in the process of discarding repugnant traditional practices such as cattle rustling which lead to the death of many youth. He called on the youth to be at the forefront of reconciliation and nationalism among their communities so as to build a better Republic of South Sudan.


Dr Adwok also encouraged the idle South Sudanese youth in Uganda to go back home and pursue education in any of the country’s five universities – University of Bahr el Ghazal, Upper Nile University, Dr John Garang Memorial University, University of Juba and Rumbek University.


Meanwhile the Student Union’s President Abraham Thon Chagai presented the challenges which the students are facing in Uganda. Some of these include delay in remission of tuition fees and other financial problems. He said that the donation of President Kiir will go a long way to helping alleviate some of these problems.


The celebration was also attended by several South Sudanese dignitaries in Uganda.


Reported by Peter Gai Manyuon from Kampala


The AUHIP welcomes the inaugural meeting of the joint political and security mechanism

JUBA, 19 September 2011 – Representatives of the Governments of Sudan and South Sudan concluded the inaugural meeting of the Joint Political and Security Mechanism (JPSM) in Khartoum yesterday. The JPSM was established as a mechanism by which the two states would cooperate on security and political issues, particularly in relation to their common border.


The first meeting was convened, jointly, by Sudanese Defense Minister, Lt. Gen Abdulrahim Mohammed Hussein and his South Sudanese counterpart, Gen John Kong Nyuon, Minister for Defense and Veteran’s Affairs.


At the request of the two Co-Chairs of the JPSM, H.E. Thabo Mbeki, the Chairperson of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), chaired the meeting, which was also attended by H.E Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, member of AUHIP, as well as the Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei, Lt Gen. Tadesse Tesfay.


The meeting received and discussed a report from Gen Tesfay and also adopted the texts of five previous agreements and documents as reference instruments of the JPSM.


Yesterday’s meeting also took steps to make the JPSM operational by agreeing on the composition of several committees and location of various bodies established under previous agreements. The meeting also acknowledged the central role of the JPSM in ensuring that the two countries have a safe and secure border.


The chairperson of the AUHIP welcomed the formal commencement of the work of the JPSM and congratulated the co-chairs of the JPSM for the conclusion of a constructive and successful first meeting. The Panel also notes that the JPSM is of particular importance for constructing peaceful and mutually supportive relations between the two states and looks forward to its work in the management of joint security concerns and the promotion of good neighbourliness between the two states.


The next JPSM meeting will be held on 18th October, 2011 in Juba, South Sudan.


President Kiir meets AU/HIP delegation

JUBA, 17 September 2011 - The President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit today in his office met the AU/HIP delegation led by the former President of South Africa Mr Thabo Mbeki.


The meeting was also attended by some prominent figures in the SPLM among them Mr. Pagan Amum Okech, the SPLM Secretary General, Hon Nhial Deng Nhial, the minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon Kosti Manibe, and the minister for Finance and Economic Planning, among others.

 


President Kiir meeting the AU/HIP delegation.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Shortly after the meeting, Mr. Amum said the meeting focused on the way forward for the negotiations between the Republic of South Sudan and the Republic of Sudan on the outstanding issues of Abyei, oil sector and oil arrears owned by South Sudan to be paid by the Sudan, contribution of South Sudan to assist in filling financial gap of the Sudan, the security situations between the two countries, returning of South Sudan IDPs from the North and the issues of payments of post-independence benefits by the Khartoum government to the South Sudanese people who were working in the North.


Mr Amum stated that during the meeting President Kiir expressed commitment of continuing with negotiations on the remaining issues with the Khartoum government to reach a comprehensive final agreement, which can put a base for good relations between Juba and Khartoum. Mr Amum explained that South Sudan is looking for a fair commercial agreement with Khartoum in the oil sector so that the Republic of South Sudan can export its oil through the Republic of Sudan based on pipeline fees payment that meets international standards. He revealed that President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit will present his positions on all the remaining issues within one week as requested by the panel.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


President Kiir receives credentials of UK and Norway ambassadors

JUBA, 16 September 2011 - The President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit has today on Friday September16th, 2011 received the credentials of two ambassadors accredited to the Republic of South Sudan, in a special accreditation ceremony organized at the Presidential Guest House in Juba.


The ambassadors are: Mr. Alaster Mcphail Ambassador of United Kingdom to South Sudan who is considered to be the first ambassador accredited in South Sudan and has taken the Ambassadors Deanship in the new nation. The second ambassador to present her credentials to the President was Mrs. Ingrid Osfstad, the ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to South Sudan.

 


President Kiir receives the UK ambassador.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Shortly after the accreditation ceremony, the minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Hon Nhial Deng Nhial told the press that the Republic of South Sudan has started the process of receiving credentials of the diplomatic envoys of different countries to South Sudan. Hon. Nhial also disclosed that the President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit assured the two ambassadors of his full cooperation with them in facilitating their mission of establishing a strong and beneficiary relationship with the new nation. He also explained that the two kingdoms have a long term relationship with the people of South Sudan since the struggle and they will help the new nation in standing on its own feet.


The British ambassador to South Sudan Mr. Alsater Mcphail said his appointment and accreditation as the first ambassador to South Sudan is a signal of a continuous commitment of the United Kingdom to help the new nation. The ambassador also said that the UK looks forward to seeing South Sudan join the commonwealth.

 


The Norwegian ambassador presenting her credentials to President Kiir.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


The ambassador of Norway to South Sudan Mrs. Ingrid Osfstad expressed her appreciation to the President for accrediting her to be the first ambassador of Norway to South Sudan, and she said Norway will always be on the side of the people of South Sudan in capacity building, economy and petroleum sector.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


Ministry to bring children from Khartoum within 100 days

JUBA, 15 September 2011 (NASS) – The Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare will bring all South Sudanese children stranded in Khartoum to their motherland within the next 100 days.


This plan was revealed today by the minister, Hon Agnes Lasuba Kwaje during a meeting of senior staff in the ministry to set priorities for the 100 days programme announced by President Salva Kiir Mayardit last month.

 


Hon Lasuba chairs the senior staff meeting.
[Photo: Simon Akol]


The other priority is to set up three drop off centres for the homeless children in South Sudan including those who will be returned from Khartoum.


The ministry is also prioritizing the completion of the Rajaf School for the Blind, establishment of a national insurance facility, and streamlining of women empowerment projects in South Sudan.


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


“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


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