KCA University to establish campus in Unity state

NAIROBI, 2 December 2011 – The Chancellor of the KCA (Kenya College of Accountancy) University Prof. Arthur Eshiwani has announced that the university will establish its foothold in Unity state of the Republic of South Sudan.

He proclaimed this yesterday during his speech at the KCA’s 3rd graduation ceremony at Ruaraka Campus graduation square.

Prof. Eshiwani explained that it is through the help of Honorable Barnaba Marial Benjamin to the KCA University that compels them to think of establishing the same project in Unity state of South Sudan.

Nonetheless, KCA University which is one of the top private universities in Kenya this year graduated over one hundred students mostly from the faculties of Communications and Informatics, Business Administration and Commerce.


Dr Marial addressing the graduants.

In his ever longest speech, the minister for Information and Broadcasting who was also the guest of honor in the ceremony, appealed to the graduants who graduated under the theme ‘Harnessing ICT capacity for entrepreneurship’ to venture into the young Republic of South Sudan so as to join hands in development. “Many governance institutions, structures, policies and positions need to be developed while the few ones existing needs improvement”, he said.

On his part, the permanent secretary of Ministry of Information and Communication in the Republic of Kenya, Dr Bitange Ndemo urged the graduants to seriously pay attention to the youngest of Republic in Africa than in the western countries of Europe and America noting that Africa needs a lot. He further advised the graduants not to let their lives be shaped by others and rather to focus on what they want and build themselves. “It doesn’t matter what people may say”, he noted.

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

Joint ministries of information coordination meeting closes in Juba

JUBA, 1 December 2011 – The annual joint ministries of information coordination meeting closed in Juba today. The closing remarks were given by the Director General of Information, Mr. Mustafa Biong Majak. In his remarks he said that the Minister, who is away, was very concerned about the meeting and had assured before his departure that he would consider some of the recommendations.

Mr. Biong said that they are concerned about the states and that the Ministry had tried to hold this meeting last year but failed. He was thankful that the BBC suggested financing this meeting this year. He added that people had been very busy since the referendum and the independence. He said that the workshop’s deliberations reflected problems being faced and the recommendations reflected the reality at the state and even national levels. Because of this situation there had been complaints by those in the Diaspora as some could not catch up with SSTV news especially in Canada and Australia due to time difference. He added that 24hrs service was needed.

He said that the Ministry would try to have a special budget in order to overcome this. “Our plan in the Ministry is to have all the ten states and even in some counties own TV and radio stations. Some counties like Raja which is 220 miles from the boarder – should have its own”, he said.

The DG said that as the participants go back to their states, the message they should go with is a promise from the national government that “we” will do something. He said that preparations for a supplementary budget for 2011-12 and even the 2012-13 budgets were underway. Some of the recommendations would be taken care of by the Ministry, while donors would be approached to support the others. “If we want strong media, we have to get technical support and equipment that can cover all the 10 states”, he said.

The DG closed by thanking the BBC and UNICEF for making the meeting a success. He added that he hoped that within two months some of these recommendations will be a reality.

Reported by Rosemary Chacha

Insolvency Bill, 2011 is passed to third reading

JUBA, 30 November 2011 – Hon. Dengtial A. Kuur, the caretaker chairperson of the Committee of Legislation and Legal Affairs tabled the Insolvency Bill, 2011 in its second reading to the South Sudan National Legislative Assembly in its sitting No. 33/2011 held in Juba today.


The Bill is in accordance with Regulation 99 (1) of the adopted SSLA Conduct of Business Regulations 2010. The Bill was a result of sitting No. 3/2011 of the First Session dated 17th August 2011 in which the Hon. Minister for Justice tabled the Bill for the first reading.


The Bill therefore was referred to the Committee of Legislation and Legal Affairs for consideration and scrutiny before being presented to the August House for more deliberations and discussions.


The committee worked on the amendments, recommendations and observations that are summarized in 84 points. After short deliberations the August House passed the Bill into third reading with amendments, recommendations and observations.


During the same sitting the Hon. Tongun Lodu Rombe presented an urgent and important motion on security around Juba City, which was, seconded by 24 Honorable Members. He came up with following reasons behind insecurity:


  1. The low and irregular payment of the organized forces;
  2. The insecurity is caused by “Niggers”;
  3. Poverty and increase in population;
  4. The criminals are living in un-demarcated areas;
  5. Low response of the police at night;
  6. Slow response by the Judiciary in sentencing the criminals in prisons;
  7. No clear policies from the Government of Central Equatoria State on land allocations for those who do not own land; and
  8. The presence of bars and lodges in the residential areas.

Hon. Rombe stated that these criminals have murdered about 49 people this year.


The Caretaker Chairperson of Defense, Public Order and Security Hon. Aleu Ayieny Aleu said that there is no act which can prevent the illegal arm owners, no traffic laws, and immigration laws to manage the inflow of foreigners. He also said that there is no labour act for foreigners.


Hon. Daniel Deng Mongdit of Rumbek North said that there are no national identity cards to differentiate between South Sudanese and foreigners and no community police.


Hon. William Agel Deng from Aweil South County (SPLM) raised the motion to terminate the debate and summon the ministers concerned such as Defense, Interior, National Security; Governor of Central Equatoria and the Mayor of Juba City.


The appointment of four government officials such as the Audit General, Ambassador Steven Kiliona Wondu; Chairperson for Anti Corruption Commission, Justice John Gatwich Lut and his deputy Mr. Johnny Saverio; Chairperson of Human Rights Mr. Lawrence Kodis Korbandi and his deputy Mr. Biel Jock Thich were vetted and approved. 108 voted for approval while 81 members opposed the appointments as 16 members abstained. The sitting was attended by 189 members.


Reported by Clement Aturjong Kuot

Joint annual coordination meeting of the states ministries of information kicks off

JUBA, 30 November 2011 – The State ministries of information and telecommunications today began a two-day Joint Annual Coordination meeting in collaboration with the BBC World Trust. It was opened by the Deputy Minister for Information and Broadcasting, RSS, Hon. Atem Yaak Atem.

In his opening remarks, the Deputy Minister said that the workshop is highly welcome and has come at the right time. He said that the BBC had been involved in training South Sudanese media professionals since the 1970s adding that Mr. Mustafa Biong, the Director General of Information, was one of those who benefitted. “I also did my research in Britain with the support of the BBC”, he said. Hon Atem also described the BBC is a top broadcaster and therefore state ministries are getting top training.

Hon Atem said that he is more concerned with news reporting at the state level than in Juba. He said that 95 percent of the population lives in the rural areas but coverage is “almost nil”. He added that agriculture, insecurity and such issues took place in the states. He also said that the resources are also in the states. He said that the participants would be briefed later by the DG as he has been in the Ministry for 35 years and has been in all the meetings regarding the states. “This is the person to advise you as he is an old hand”, he added. He encouraged the states officials to openly express themselves but to also be realistic in making their requests.


Hon Atem (right) addressing the participants. He is accompanied by Mr Mustafa Biong Majak, the Director General of Information.

The Deputy Minister also related how the recent retreat in Mombasa (Kenya) which was expected to be relaxing turned out to be a workshop. He said they had long working sessions and had presenters who were experts on the public service. He reported that the Kenya’s Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s main message was that Kenya had 50 years of independence and had made many mistakes. He advised the participating Ministers that as a last-born child South Sudan should learn from the mistakes of the older brothers. In particular South Sudan should avoid vices such as ethnicity and abuse of office.

Hon. Atem said that after the training they met their counterparts in Nairobi in the Ministry of Information and had discussions with the Ministry staff to see how they could help. One important unit was the public information unit whose staff was sent to various ministries and counties (our equivalent of states) as press officers.

The Deputy Minister urged the states to organise the training of people who will be covering the states and counties – people who would send information straight to SSTV. He said that it was the Ministers and DGs who would organise such training. He further said that the staff would have to be equipped and trained on the use of video cameras. He reminded the meeting that SSTV was viewed worldwide and that people in the Diaspora felt at home when they viewed what is happening at home. He said that the complaints emanating from these broadcasts were a necessary part of good governance.


Some of the participants at the joint meeting.

He concluded his remarks by reiterating the need to communicate with rural communities and vice versa. “If you come up with an agricultural project to produce tomatoes so we do not import from neighbouring countries, this kind of information should be shared. Please deliberate here how you should be heard whether in print or electronic media”, he said.

During the deliberations, the participants discussed the need for greater coordination between MOIB and the state ministries. They also shared the challenges faced at the state level and ways of overcoming them. In attendance were Ministers from state information ministries, DGs and Directors, senior staff from MOIB, staff from BBC World Trust Service and representatives of the independent media.

Reported by Rosemary Chacha

Parliament passes the Gender, Social Welfare, and Religious Affairs report

JUBA, 29 November 2011 – The Hon. Debora Ajok Garang presented a 20-page report of the Committee of Gender, Social Welfare, Religious and Youth and Sports. The Committee was to find out the repatriation of the returnees who have been in Kosti and Renk in accordance with Regulation 128 sub regulation 2 of the adopted South Sudan Legislative Assembly Conduct of Business Regulations, 2010.

The committee composed of five members, is headed by Hon. Debora Ajok Garang the chairperson of Gender, Social Welfare, Religious Affairs and Youth and Sports. After the visit the committee came up with the following recommendations:


  1. The repatriation of IDPs from transit camps in Kosti and Renk to different parts of South Sudan
  2. The transport by barges and trains should be given priority over the other transport facilities
  3. All the companies which were legally contracted to transport the IDPs should be paid
  4. The August House to summon the minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management
  5. Some of the Specialized Committees such as Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, Gender, Social Welfare, Youth and Sports, Finance & Economy Planning Development, Health and HIV/AIDS should be part of the committee to oversee of the process.


After long discussions and deliberations the August House passes the report.


Hon Igga (centre) presiding over the sitting.
[Photo: Mathew Henry Majok]


The South Sudan Legislative Assembly (SSNLA) also in its sitting No. 32/2011, which was held at SSNLA Main Hall, received a motion on acute shortage of clean drinking water in the Republic of South Sudan. The motion was delivered by Hon. Paul Yoan Bonju.


The motion is in accordance with regulation of 42 of the adopted Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly Conduct of Business Regulations 2010, which empowers any honourable member to raise a motion on issues of public interest. The Hon. Member explained that South Sudan is a land of many rivers such as the Nile, Kiir, Yei, Kare, Kit, Bahr El Zaraf, River of Sobat which is comprised of Pibor, Akobo – Baro. He stressed that South Sudan is rich water resources than other countries in Africa.


He said that the people of South Sudan are dying daily due to waterborne diseases such as diarrhea, cholera and typhoid. Hon. Paul quoted the policies and priorities of the SPLM such as providing and improved access to clean water in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).


Hon. Paul requested the August House to summon the minister for Water Resources & Irrigation and the head of South Sudan Urban Water Corporation and Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs). He requested for a full financial report on the remittance from water collection since 2005 up-to-date. The motion was seconded by over 21 Hon. Members before it was tabled to the August House.


The sitting was chaired by the Right Hon. Gen James Wani Igga, the speaker of SSNLA. It was attended by 233 Hon. Members.


Reported by Clement Aturjong Kuot

President Kiir advocates government-church cooperation

YEI, 27 November 2011 –The President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit said joint efforts and cooperation between the government and the church will lay a strong foundation for peace and stability among the communities in the Republic of South Sudan.

H.E Kiir made the remarks today when addressing the faithful in the occasion of the Silver Jubilee of the Catholic Diocese of Yei River County organized held at the “Christ is the King Parish” in Yei, under the theme “Service with the power of the Cross”.


President Kiir arriving for the function.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

President Kiir congratulated all the citizens of Yei River County for the success they gained in the last elections and referendum which brought the real freedom for all the people of South Sudan. H.E Kiir called on Yei River citizens to remain united in good and in difficult situations. He also congratulated Bishop Arkulano Lado Tombe, Bishop of Yei Diocese for keeping the diocese united in serving God and preaching peace and reconciliation among Yei River citizens.

President Kiir warned those seeking to destabilize livelihood in South Sudan that they will surely face justice. He gave direct orders to the Commissioner of Yei River County not to allow bars to operate during working hours and take necessary measures against anyone who violate the directives.

On his part Archbishop Lukudu Loro described the 25th anniversary of Bishop Arkulano Lado Loro in serving God as a miracle in the history of the Catholic Church. Bishop Lukudu announced to the brethren that more dioceses will be suggested by the bishops of South Sudan and the suggestion will be forwarded to the pope for approval. Bishop Lukudu urged the faithful not to surrender to the weaknesses of the body but serve God and build his church.


The Commissioner of Yei River County Rtd. Maj. Gen. Elia Wai Wai said the church and the County government are working together in addressing challenges of the people. He appealed to the national government to avail tractors and other agricultural inputs to help the citizens of the county in agriculture.

Arkulano Lado, the Bishop of Yei Catholic Church called on the faithful to hold on the power of the cross and be a symbol of reconciliation in the church and the community of South Sudan.

The occasion was attended by bishops and representatives of all the Catholic dioceses from South Sudan and the Republic of Sudan among them the Archbishop of Juba Diocese Paulino Lukudu Loro.

Reported by Thomas Kenneth

“Claim your rights”, Gender minister urges women

JUBA, 27 November 2011 – The deputy minister for Gender, Child and Social Welfare Dr. Priscilla Nyanyang Joseph has called on women to learn and claim their human rights as enshrined in the constitution.

“When women know they have rights in the constitution, they will be able to stand up and claim their rights; because rights are claimed, they are not given”, said Dr. Nyanyang.

Speaking at the Nyakuron Cultural Centre on Friday while officiating at the commemoration of the international day for eliminating violence against women, Dr Nyanyang said the new Republic of South Sudan, like any other nation in the world, has obligations to be fulfilled to its people and part of which is to protect, observe and fulfill the rights of every South Sudanese.


Dr Nyanyang addressing the participants.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

She noted that the history of South Sudan of war has diverse impacts on its population where some have developed a culture of violence. She also attributed the culture of gender-based discrimination to the long civil war in which some South Sudanese learnt the lesson that other people were less than others.

The deputy minister stressed that it is time for all South Sudanese to consider themselves as equals and that the opportunities that the new nation is to bring is for all.

Dr. Nyanyang reaffirmed the commitment of the government to protecting the rights of its people. “The government of the Republic of South Sudan is fully committed to protecting the rights of its people; that is why we are participating in any kind of campaigns geared towards protecting the rights of our people”, she said.

She announced that her ministry has launched 16 days of activism against gender-based violence and said the campaign will conclude on the 10th of December 2011. She added that the government is already developing some policies and laws that will allow women, girls and boys to access the right to protection.

She noted that there has been some legal vacuum in regard to this disadvantaged group hence denying them justice. He assured that her ministry and other government institutions will work hand in hand in ensuring that tangible measures are put in place in trying to protect the rights of women.


Juba Day Secondary School students act a scene depicting domestic violence.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

Dr. Nyanyang noted that women, to a larger extent, have been denied access to service, property and inheritance. The minister called for women empowerment in both the countryside and in the cities. She said if women are educated then they will be able learn more.

The deputy minister also decried the low number of women holding government offices. She explained that this scenario can be partly attributed to early marriage of girls before finishing school. She called on parents to value educating the girl-child adding that her ministry and Ministry of Education are in talks to see if more boarding schools can be constructed to keep girls in schools and limit their exposure to circumstances that lead to early marriages.

She further stressed that though the Child Act stipulates clearly that girls below the age of 18 should not be married cases of forced marriages are still going on unreported. She said girls are not coming forth to report their parents. “We also know that some of the girls open cases by committing suicide”, she noted. She said it is unfortunate that some young girls have lost their lives because of forced marriages by parents.

She assured that the government is aware of these and urged the law enforcers to make sure that the laws that are passed are respected by all the citizens of South Sudan.

Reported by Matata Safi

H.E Kiir directs team to conclude negotiations in Addis

JUBA, 25 November 2011 - The negotiating team of the Republic of South Sudan, heading to Addis Ababa under the leadership of the SPLM Secretary General Mr. Pagan Amum has received strong directives from the President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit to negotiate with Khartoum Government on all the outstanding and arising issues so that there is peace between the two countries.


President Kiir meeting Mr Amum.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

This was disclosed by Mr. Amum shortly after his meeting today on Friday November 25th, 2011 with President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit. Mr. Amum further said the SPLM is heading to Addis Ababa with a clear directive from its leadership and having a comprehensive package of negotiating points with Khartoum Government and aiming at achieving the return of Abyei to South Sudan, border demarcation according to 1 January 1956, peaceful commercial and economic relations and South Sudan to continue exporting its oil through the Republic of Sudan on basis of paying the charges according to the existing agreement without any changes and discrimination.

The SPLM Secretary General and chairperson of the negotiating team Mr. Amum revealed that the team is heading to Addis Ababa to make sure that the Sudan Government has stopped its aggressive practices against the sovereignty of South Sudan and stop supporting militia groups in Unity and Upper Nile states, adding that South Sudan is ready to help the Republic of Sudan financially in order to fill its financial gaps. He concluded that the new state is committed to peaceful negotiations with Khartoum and that the team is going to Addis Ababa on invitation extended by the AU/HIP to resume the negotiations with the Khartoum Government.

Reported by Thomas Kenneth

Campaign against gender-based violence launched

JUBA, 25 November 2011(NASS) – The Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare yesterday launched the 16 days of activism campaign against gender-based violence. The campaign was launched by the Deputy Minister Dr Priscilla Nyanyang Joseph.

This year marks the 6th anniversary of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence in South Sudan but is the first year that the South Sudan is celebrating as an independent nation. The Ministry is working to devise new ways to utilize the campaign to bring about transformative change.


The deputy minister addressing the press during the launch. She is accompanied by the Undersecretary (left) and Ministry Advisor (right).

Yet despite this increase awareness, women continue to experience violations in alarming numbers and new forms of violence are emerging. There is needed to look more closely at the structures in place that permit gender-based violence to exist and persist.

This year the global theme is "from peace in the home to peace in the world” advocating the challenge of militarism to end violence against women. The national theme for this year is "South Sudan, join hands to fight violence against women".

In South Sudan the 16 days of activism against gender based violence was first celebrated in 2006. In 2008 the celebration marked the launching of the first special protection unit (SPU) at Malakia police station. The ministry organized a procession led by a police band and women, school children, government staff, UN agencies, NGOs and other activists marched from Buluk near the Technical School to Malakia Police Station, where the first special protection unit was officially opened by the former minister Hon. Mary Keden Kimbo. Since then two other units have been opened in Juba and Munuki police stations. Others have been launched in Yambio, Western Equatoria State; Wau, Western Bahr EI Ghazal State; Malakal, Upper Nile State; and in Kwajok, Warap.


Some of the journalists who attended the launch.

The South Sudan child Act 2008 has put the age for marriage at 18 years and should be with the consent of both parties. Due to consequence of forced marriage three girls in Lakes State and two in Jonglei State met their death because they refused to accept the arranged marriages. Cases related to individuals taking the law into their hands are many and many women stay in police custody for long periods before trials are made. Domestic violence is another area where women’s human rights are violated most. In 2009 a man killed his wife and the young girl child almost cutting their heads off.

The campaign will today at the Nyakuron Cultural Centre host a half-day program. The campaign will be waged through panel discussions on television and several radio stations. At the state level, the ministries of social development will commemorate the 16 days of activism in their respective states independently.

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

The AUHIP welcomes the resumption of the Sudan-South Sudan talks

ADDIS ABABA, 25 November 2011 – The African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) has today announced and welcomed the resumption, in Addis Ababa, of the Post Referendum Arrangements negotiations between the Republic of Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan. The negotiations resumed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 21st November 2011, with talks on border issues including the principles and demarcation of a soft border.

Today, additional delegates from the two states will arrive in Addis Ababa to continue high-level negotiations on a range of other issues, including transitional financial arrangements, oil, trade issues, assets and liabilities.

In line with its mandate, the panel is committed to working with the two states to facilitate agreement on all outstanding issues in order to realize the aspiration of the two viable Sudanese states at peace with each other.

Bearing in mind the challenges that attach to any process of this kind, the panel is committed to see all of the matters to conclusion, and is consulting with the parties on the best means to bring the variety of outstanding issues to a successful resolution.

Batch 2.A of police graduate in Rajaf

JUBA, 24 November 2011 – More than 500 police, prison, customs and fire brigade officers of different ranks re-commissioned and reinstates recently by a Presidential Decree were today today on Thursday November 24th 2011 sworn in before the President of the Republic at Dr. John Garang Unified Police Training Tenter in Rajaf West.


H.E Kiir addressing the graduates.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

Besides that 1,053 Batch 2.A of police recruits who have undergone training in different police activities and public disorder management also graduated today at Rajaf. The graduation marked the promotion of 15 instructors of the training center into Second Lieutenant. It was also witnessed by the UN/SG Representative Ms. Hilde Johnson and a number of the members of the diplomatic corps in South Sudan.

Addressing the occasion President of the Republic and C-IN-C of the Armed forces H.E Gen Salva Kiir Mayardit congratulated the re-commissioned officers and the new graduates of Batch 2.A for completing their training successfully. President Kiir appreciated the government and people of Japan, UNDP and all the partners who contributed in establishing Dr. Garang Unified Police Training Center at Rajaf West. Nonetheless, he called on the people of South Sudan not to depend on others but concentrate seriously in building the new nation with their own ability. He urged the new graduates to defend the citizens and protect their properties honestly.


Recommissioned officers taking oath.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

On his part the minister for Interior Hon. Alison Magaya announced that the first batch of Police College will start their studies next year at Rajaf Police Training Center and that the college will award Bachelor’s degree in Law. He also announced that Ministry of Interior has planned to establish police training centers in the ten states to train not less than 500 police at the state level.

The Inspector General of Police Gen. Acuil Tito assured the public that the graduates of Batch 2.A are ready to address social and tribal conflicts in South Sudan and are ready to create a good atmosphere for socio-economic development of the new nation.

Reported by Thomas Kenneth

National Bureau of Standards Bill tabled for second reading

JUBA, 23 November 2011 – The South Sudan National Legislative Assembly in its Sitting No. 31/2011, which was held at the Main Hall today, received a report of the Committee of Legislation and Legal Affairs and Committee of Energy, Mining, Commerce and Industry on the National Bureau of Standard Bill, 2011 in its second reading presented by Hon. Henry Diliah Odwar, the Caretaker Chairperson of the Committee for Energy, Mining, Commerce and Industry.


The Bill is a result of the Sitting No. 13/2011 of the first session dated 21 November, 2011, in which the minister for Justice tabled the Bureau of Standard Bill to the August House. The Bill is also in accordance with Regulation 99(1) of the adopted Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly Conduct of Business Regulation, 2010. The Bill was drafted by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment and presented to the Council of Ministers before being sent to the August House.

The Committee, in accordance with Regulation 133 (4) and (10) of the adopted Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly, considered the observations, comments and recommendations such as whether the Bill is consistent with the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan. The committee consulted various stakeholders and technical experts in the issues related to the Bill.



No major correction has been made to the Bill but he Committee has corrected minor error such as typographical errors and semantics.

The Committee borrowed from the East African countries and referred to World Trade Organization (WTO). After along discussions and deliberations the August House passed the Bill to the third reading with amendments that the National Bureau of Standards should be under the Presidency and not under the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment as was proposed by the committee to the August House. The August House agreed that the National Bureau of Standards should be an independent body and overseen by the Presidency.


The Right Hon. Gen James Wani Igga, speaker of SSNLA chaired the sitting which was attended by 202 members.


Reported by Clement Aturjong Kuot

GIZ official stresses need for interaction between farmers, processors and traders

JUBA, 23 November 2011 – The project manager of the GIZ on food security and agricultural development Mr. Jurgen Koch has stressed the need for a forum for farmers to come together with the processors of their products to share their challenges in food production and distribution. He said such kind of forum would provide opportunity for both farmers, processors and even traders to learn on the best and modern practices of farming, how to reduce on production costs, where to market their products and even how and where to access financial assistance.

“You have seen it here farmers complaining that the processors will not pay them what they will ask and the processors complaining that the farmers are asking for too much for their products and that is how the value change is working”, said Mr. Koch. He noted that it is such forums that these groups will be able to exchange information as to what each of them needs for affordable, available and quality products in the markets.

Mr. Koch made these comments yesterday at the start of a two-day value chain coordination group meeting organized by GIZ, the Germany Development Cooperation under its programme of Food Security and Agricultural Development in Regency Hotel Juba. The coordination meeting, according to Mr. Koch, will deliberate on flour value chain and oil value chain.


Mr Koch stressing a point during the workshop.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

Mr. Koch said the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry had observed in the recent past that the donors and other partners are all focused on input supply production without taking into consideration the other aspects like market development, food security, the consumer, the processor and traders in the agricultural sector. Mr. Koch added that it was due to this factor that the ministry contacted the GIZ to come in and assist.

He said that the GIZ in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry have conducted seventeen value change sub sector analysis on seventeen agricultural products. “We are not doing this theoretically in a classroom but doing it real”, he said. Mr. Kochi explained that in value change they are looking at flour value, for instance cassava and maize, and oil seed value change that looks at groundnuts, sunflowers and even “lulu” oil, a wild tree that produces seeds that are rich in oil.

Mr. Koch noted that the two value change projects are being used as pilot measure and added that it is part of GIZ’s initiative of capacity development to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. He said the findings and recommendations from such projects can be useful to traders, organizations, Chamber of Commerce and the South Sudan Business Forum (SSBF).

The meeting brought together representatives from the World Bank, commercial banks, farmer groups, and food processors, to mention but a few.

Reported by Matata Safi

Government spokesperson leaves for Japan symposium

JUBA, 23 November 2011 – Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin, the minister for Information and Broadcasting who is also the Official Government Spokesperson today left the country to represent the Republic of South Sudan in a peace building and reconstruction symposium in Tokyo, Japan.

The trip follows an official invitation to Dr Marial from the Japanese government through the President of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to be the guest speaker at the symposium and share the experience of the Republic of South Sudan as a post-conflict territory which has recently become independent.

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

Reorganization of OP staff structures expected in due course

JUBA, 23 November 2011 – The newly-appointed Chief Administrator in the Office of the President Molana Mayen Wol Jong today announced that reorganization of the staff structures at the Office of the President to suit the demands of the office will be done in due course.

Molana Jong made these remarks when addressing a special ceremony organized by the staff in the Office of the President today on Wednesday 23rd November 2011 for the reception of the new Chief Administrator and bid farewell to the former Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the President. He urged the staff in the Office of the President to act responsibly and deliver services to the President’s office in as a team.

He also expressed his sincere gratitude to the President of the Republic for showing confidence in him through the new assignment. He said he is ready to welcome complaints and proposals for solutions to problems facing the staff.


Molana Jong (centre) addressing OP staff.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

Molana Jong also appreciated the former Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the President Mr. Martinson Oturomoi for his great efforts in establishing the new offices for the staff and wished him a good luck in his new assignment as the Deputy Chairperson of the Law Review Commission.

On his part Mr Oturomoi urged all the staff in the President’s office to cooperate with the new Chief Administrator. Mr Oturomoi also thanked the President for giving him the new assignment.

The staff of the Office of the President expressed their readiness to cooperate with the new Chief Administrator and support the Office of the President in building the new nation of South Sudan.

Reported by Thomas Kenneth

“Be vigilant to defend RSS territories”, President Kiir directs police

JUBA, 22 November 2011 – The President of the Republic H.E Gen Salva Kiir Mayardit has today directed the police and other security agencies to be vigilant and protect the territories of the Republic of South Sudan, especially from any aggression from the Republic of Sudan.

“The Republic of South Sudan will not go back to war with Khartoum; we are for peace and development but those who beat drums of war in Khartoum know that South Sudan is ready to defend its territories from any aggression”, he said.


President Kiir addressing the police officers.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

He also directed the police officers to create a good and strong relationship with the citizens to facilitate collaboration with the police in their duties. He urged them to be united for one goal and discard tribal conflicts which serve the enemies of peace. President Kiir strongly directed the police officers to respect UNMISS activities in South Sudan and cooperate with regulations and laws of the UNMISS helicopters, because UNMISS is supporting the new nation by providing security in many places.

The President made these directives when addressing more than 379 police officers from the rank of Maj. Gen. to the rank of Lieutenant, and customs duty officers demobilized by the Khartoum government and re-commissioned to the Republic of South Sudan Police Services by the Presidential Decrees No. 8/2011 and No. 54/2011 during their swearing in ceremony organized by the Ministry of Interior at the Police General Headquarters in Buluk, Juba.


Police officers taking oath of service.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

He also congratulated the re-commissioned police and customs officers for the new assignment given to them. He urged the officers to be ready to face the challenges of building a strong new nation. President Kiir directed the officers to double their efforts in implementing the law fully on the ground, protect the constitution and territories of the new nation and respect the principles of the human rights when arresting any national or foreign suspects.

On his part the minister for Interior Hon. Alison Manani Magaya urged the police to focus more on how to serve the new country in a professional manner. Hon. Magaya said the transformation of the police has many challenges but the ministry is facing them through designed policy of recruitment, training, assignment and two years transfer from place to another. Hon. Magaya added that transparency and accountability will be strongly taken in consideration by the ministry.


Hon Magaya addressing the police officers.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

The occasion was also attended by the Deputy Speaker of National Legislative Assembly Hon. Daniel Awet Akot, a number of ministers, government officials, police and SPLA senior officers.

Reported by Thomas Kenneth

Parliament receives bill on house committees

JUBA, 22 November 2011 – The South Sudan National Legislative Assembly today received a Bill from the Committee drafting the Conduct of Business Regulations (2011) proposing eighteen specialized house committees.


The Bill was a result of the deliberations of the sitting number 21/2011 dated 17 October 2011 in which the Speaker referred the Conduct of Business Regulations Bill (2011) to the select committee to incorporate the observations of the members.


The committee, chaired by Hon Kom Kom, proposed the following specialized house committees:


  1. Committee for Defense, security and Public Order
  2. Committee for Economy, Development and
  3. Committee for Public Services and Labour
  4. Committee for Legislation and Justice
  5. Committee for Members Affairs
  6. Committee for Information, Telecommunication and Culture
  7. Committee for Public Accounts
  8. Committee for Human Rights and Humanitarians Affairs
  9. Committee for Foreign Affairs
  10. Committee for Energy, Mining, Commerce and Industry
  11. Committee for Land, Agriculture, natural resources and Environment
  12. Committee for Gender, Child, Social Welfare, Religious Affairs, Youth and Sports
  13. Committee for Heath
  14. Committee for Education, Research, Science and Technology
  15. Committee for Physical Infrastructure
  16. Committee for Peace and Reconciliation
  17. Committee for Constituency Funds
  18. Committee for Water Resources and Irrigation


Hon Wani Igga (right) following the deliberations in parliament today.
[Photo: Mr. Emanuel Subek]


Hon David Okera proposed that the term of the chairpersons and deputy chairpersons of the committees should not be limited. This was opposed by Hon Justin Joseph Marona who proposed that the term for chairpersons and deputy chairpersons be limited to two years. When the matter was put to vote, 134 members supported the two-year term limit while 20 members supported no term limits as 28 members abstained.


In the same sitting, the August House received the report of the Committee on Economy, Development and Finance on the Public Financial Management and Accountability (2011) Bill in its third reading. The report on the bill was presented by Hon Henry Omai who is the deputy chairperson of the committee. The committee had incorporated several changes emanating from the recommendations and observations of the members of the August House during the bill’s second reading. After deliberations, the bill was passed to its fourth reading. Given that there were no objections, the Speaker asked the Clerk of the Assembly to read the title of the Bill indicating that it is passed in its final reading.


Today’s sitting was chaired by the Speaker, Right Hon. Gen. James Wani Igga. The quorum was 182.


Reported by Clement Aturjong Kuot

Chinese deputy minister to visit Juba

JUBA, 22 November 2011 – The Chinese deputy minister for Commerce Mr Jiang Yaoping will today pay a one-day official visit to Juba, South Sudan. The delegation will arrive at the Juba International Airport at ten in the morning and leave at five in the evening.

The delegation is expected to hold a brief press conference at the VIP lounge before leaving the airport for the Chinese embassy where it will hold bilateral talks with Hon. Elisa Nyamlel Wako, the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and officials from the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, and the Bank of South Sudan.

Thereafter Mr Yaoping will sign the summary of the visit by the Governmental Economic and Trade Delegation of China to the Republic of South Sudan and an agreement on Economic, Trade and Technical Cooperation between the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of South Sudan and signing the change of text on the four projects sponsored by the Chinese government.

Mr Yaoping is also expected to officially handover anti-malarial drugs as well as attend a welcoming banquet hosted by the Chinese ambassador at the Chinese Embassy in Juba. He will also visit the Prefab House School, which is aided by the Chinese government, Computer Laboratory at the Juba University and the Vocational Training Centre in Juba.

Japan grants $2.2 million to South Sudan

JUBA, 22 November 2011 (NASS) – The Japanese government has granted the Republic of South Sudan 2.2 million US dollars, H.E Akinori Wada the Japanese ambassador has disclosed.

He explained that the grant is meant for food assistance to the Republic of South Sudan. He added that by the 5th of the next month, Japan will sign an agreement with South Sudan to assist in water supply in the capital Juba.


The Japanese ambassador explaining a point to Dr Marial.

In a related development, the President of Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Atsushi Hanatani has invited the minister for Information and Broadcasting, Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin to represent the Republic of South Sudan in a peace building conference in Tokyo, Japan.

Dr Marial appreciated the support offered by the Japanese government noting that this will strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.

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