“Country headed in the right direction”, IRI opinion poll

JUBA, 8 December 2011 – An opinion poll conducted by the International Republican Institute (IRI) has revealed that South Sudanese feel that their country is headed in the right direction. The poll results also showed that the citizens overwhelmingly approve of the national government leaders and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), the country’s ruling party.

The poll results which were released last week also indicate that the majority of South Sudanese feel that the security situation in the country has improved in the past year. Crime and security – cattle raiding and local crime – alongside health were also identified as some of the issues that are of great importance to the citizens.

Although the poll results point to apparent gender-based inequality, the majority of the respondents expressed the willingness to support efforts to change the status quo. For instance, 79 percent indicated that women would make good legislators while 86 percent expressed readiness to vote for a female candidate in an election.

The nationwide survey sampled 2,225 South Sudanese adults from all the ten states of South Sudan. The study was organized and analyzed by Pechter Polls while the data collection was done with the support of Samahi Ltd, a local South Sudanese research firm. The survey was conducted in the respondent’s choice of language. The margin of error did not exceed plus or minus 21 percent.

A non-partisan, non-profit organization, the IRI advances freedom and democracy worldwide by developing political parties, civic institutions, open elections, democratic governance, and the rule of law. The IRI has operated in South Sudan since 2002.

South Sudan has made tremendous progress in eradicating guinea worm

JUBA, 8 December 2011 – South Sudan though being the worst hit country in Africa by guinea worm disease is tremendously moving well in its journey to eradicate the disease from the country.

Available data indicates that only one thousand and ten (1010) cases were reported this year in six states compared to twenty thousand (20,000) cases reported in 2006.
Hon. Dr. Yetta Lori Lugur, the deputy minister for Health while speaking at the opening of the two-day sixth annual guinea worm eradication review meeting in Juba Bridge Hotel today said South Sudan has come a long way to where it is today in the fight to eradicate the disease in the country. He explained that about 92 percent reduction over the last five years has been achieved and attributed this success to the technical and financial support from the Carter Centre, World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF which, he said, collectively have being supporting the government in this fight.


Dr Lori addressing the participants at the workshop.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

Dr. Lori said the review meeting has come at the right as the country is engaged in an effort to eradicate guinea worm disease transmission by 2013. He said the review meeting will serve to review all the guinea worm eradication activities, assess the progress that has been made and set new priorities in the last attempt to wipe the disease out of the country.

The deputy minister, however, decried the many challenges hampering the eradication efforts saying that they are real. “We all know that we are not preventing guinea worm by vaccination nor do we prevent it by drugs”, he said.

Dr. Lori said seasonal transfers of livestock from one grazing ground to another, population displacement due to cattle rustling, non availability of safe water sources, limited trained personnel, remoteness and difficult terrains that limit accessibility, predominant dependence on donor are the major challenges that hamper accelerated efforts to eradicate guinea worm disease.


The deputy minister posing with the participants.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

He observed that one of the major concerns for the government is that only 22 percent of the guinea worm endemic villages in South Sudan have access to clean and safe drinking water. This, he said, implies that about 78 percent the guinea worm endemic villages need clean drinking water.

Dr. Lori underscored the many achievements despite the challenges. He said the 13th to 14th October guinea worm acceleration meeting for water, sanitation and hygiene in Kopoeta Eastern Equatorial was a success.

He stated that the meeting cemented the partnership of the government with its development partners and reaffirmed commitment of partners in the provision of clean and safe drinking water in the areas most affected villages. He praised the Carter Centre, UNICEF, WHO, CRS, the Ministry of Water and Irrigation as well as the Eastern Equatoria government for organizing such a credible meeting.

He urged frontline staff, the surveillance officers, village volunteers to dedicate themselves wholeheartedly in the programme and work harder in detecting every guinea worm case and containing every worm.


Ruiz-Tiben talking to the press at the workshop.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

Dr. Ernesto Ruiz-Tiben, the director of guinea worm eradication program of the Carter Center in Atlanta Georgia said the results of this year’s guinea worm prevalence indicate that South Sudan is very close in the war of eradicating the guinea worm disease. He said South Sudan happens to be one of the last remaining highly endemic areas in the world and one of the four African countries with greatest cases reported besides Mali, Ethiopia and Chad that only constitutes twenty six percent of the guinea worm disease cases in Africa.

He said the Carter Centre has been working with the people of South Sudan before and after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in fighting the disease. He said that having the guinea worm eradication job done means understanding the objective of the eradication program which is to interrupt transmission of the diseases. He observed that guinea worm eradication intervention is not by use of vaccination, and not even any curative drugs. “We don’t have any medication that can cure a person from guinea worm disease”, he said.

He said what is most important for the people living in the highly endemic areas of guinea worm infection to know is that the disease is transmitted through drinking dirty water that may be containing the disease and learning preventive measures like stopping people already infected entering into water sources.

He said the Carter Centre will work together with the government and other partners like UNICEF which have programmes of providing clean and safe drinking water in the fight against guinea worm disease

Guinea worm disease is a parasitic worm infection that occurs mainly in Africa and its transition is through drinking standing water containing tiny water fleas infested with the larvae of the guinea worm. In the human body the larvae matures and grows up to about three feet. It is observed that the worm after a year emerges through a painful blister in the skin causing long term suffering and sometimes crippling its victim.

Reported by Matata Safi

Kenya pledges support for South Sudan’s cooperatives

MOMBASA, 8 December 2011 (NASS) - The minister for Cooperatives and Marketing in the Republic of Kenya, Hon. Joseph Nyagah has pledged that Kenya will support the development of the cooperatives system in South Sudan. He made this announcement yesterday while addressing a team of South Sudan’s cabinet led by the Vice President Hon Dr Riek Machar Teny on the role of the cooperative movement in national building.

Hon Nyagah’s announcement followed questions and comments from the South Sudan’s ministers on his presentation on the third day of the ministers’ retreat at the Mombasa Continental Resort.

He said Kenya will soon send professionals to South Sudan to train them in the areas of cooperatives and rural development adding that Kenya is very keen and open to help South Sudan as partners in cooperative movement towards national building.


Hon Nyagah addressing the retreat.

In a related development, Kenya’s state minister for Public Service, Hon Dalmas Otieno advised the government of the Republic of South Sudan to always be frank with its citizen and avoid the “baby sitting mentality” noting that it will cause problems in the future.

He explained that when Kenya first got independence, the government embraced the concept of “uhuru na kazi” meaning “independence and work”. He emphasized that it is very important for political leaders to propagate this concept among the citizens very frankly so that they don’t rely totally on the government. “People must work”, he noted.

He further urged the government of South Sudan to review the land policy because if left to the community, it will be mismanaged and in turn bring problems to the Republic of South Sudan.


Hon Dr Machar following the proceedings of the workshop.

“I know the issue of land was previously made to be the property of community for the reason that Khartoum regime will play with it but now you have an independent government so it is to be the property of your government so as to avoid chaos”, urged Hon Otieno.

He further urged the government to focus on service delivery and also to cultivate and sustain trust in the citizens so as to avoid conflict with the government stressing that the strength of the country is on its citizens.

Meanwhile, the minister for Agriculture and Forestry in the Republic of South Sudan, Hon. Betty Agwero Achan commended the pledge made by her counterpart from Kenya saying the government owes Kenya a lot for its continued support to the Republic of South Sudan. She welcomed the support and expressed hope that it will continue.

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

H.E Kiir directs Muslim leaders not to politicize religion

JUBA, 7 December 2011 – The President of the Republic H.E. Gen Salva Kiir Mayardit has directed leaders of the Muslim Community in the Republic of South Sudan to double their efforts in resolving all the administrative and internal issues facing the Muslim Community. Particularly, he urged them not to use religion for political purposes.

President Kiir made the remarks during a meeting he held today with the Muslim Community delegation headed by Gen. Tahir Bior Ajak, the Secretary General of South Sudan Muslim Council, and Sultan Abdulbagi Ayii, the chairman of Muslim Counsel (known as El- Shura). The meeting mainly discussed administrative issues facing the ongoing activities of the Muslims besides minor differences between the Secretary General of Muslim Council and the Council of Shura.

The Muslim Community leaders appreciated the President of the Republic and his government for taking Muslim community issues into the consideration and for supporting them in resolving their own problems.

The Secretary General of the Muslim Council in South Sudan Gen. Tahir Bior Ajak announced to the press after the meeting that the two bodies of the Muslim community, the Muslim Council and the Muslim Counsel (known as Shura) have agreed today before the President of the Republic in the spirit of brotherhood and reconciliation to discard all the differences and work together in preaching peace and unity among the people of the new state of South Sudan.

On his part the chairman of Islamic Counsel, Sultan Abdilbagi Ayii announced that the Islamic Counsel general conference will soon be held in Juba to discuss all the internal and administrative problems facing the Muslim Community.

Reported by Thomas Kenneth

IMF and World Bank Group Institutions Bill tabled for first reading

JUBA, 7 December 2011 – The South Sudan National Legislative Assembly (SSNLA) today in Juba received a presentation of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group Institutions Bill, 2011 in its first reading stage by Hon. Paulino Wana Wila, the deputy minister for Justice.


The Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning drafted the Bill with the assistance from the Ministry of Justice in the government of Republic of South Sudan. The Bill was drafted in accordance with the provisions of Articles 57 (d), 101 (p) and Schedule A (3) of the Transitional Constitutional of the Republic of South Sudan, 2011 which gives the government the authority to legislative on matters of national concern.


Section 5 empowers the government to accept membership to the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Institutions on behalf of the Republic of South Sudan while section 6 provides “Special Drawing Rights and Obligation” on the Republic of South Sudan on admission to International Monetary Fund and World Bank Institutions.


Hon Igga chairing today's sitting.
[Photo: Marcello Lado]


The Bill is summarized into five chapters and schedules as follows:


  1. Chapter 1 - Explains the Preliminary Provisions;
  2. Chapter 2 - Membership to the institutions;
  3. Chapter 3 - Financial provisions;
  4. Chapter 4 - Certain Provisions having the force of law;
  5. Chapter 5 - Miscellaneous; and
  6. Chapter 6 - Schedules


The August House referred the Bill to the Committee of Development, Finance and Economic Planning for scrutiny and more incorporation of observations and passed the Bill for second reading.


During the same sitting the Hon. Tulio Odongi Ayahu (SPLM Party list Eastern Equatoia) tabled a motion on the Council of Ministers’ Resolution of 2nd September 2011 on the transfer of the national capital from Juba Ramciel. He quoted the Transitional Constitution’s article 50 sub-article (4) and (5) which affirmed that Juba shall be the national capital of South Sudan.


After he presented the motion, the August House request the leadership of August House to summon the concerned ministers - Housing and Physical Planning , Cabinet Affairs - and the former chairman of relocation of the capital Gen. Oyai Deng Ajak to brief the August House about the process of the relocation within seven days.


Right Hon. Speaker Gen. James Wani Igga chaired the sitting which was attended by 163 honourable members.


Reported by Clement Aturjong Kuot

SS Conduct of Business Regulations, 2011 Insolvency bills passed

JUBA 7 December 2011 – The South Sudan National Legislative Assembly in its Sitting No. 35/2011 held yesterday at its Main Hall in Juba received a report of the Select Committee on drafting of Conduct of Business Regulations, 2011 in its fourth and final reading which was tabled by Hon. Kom Kom Geng.


The Bill is in accordance with regulation 105 of the adopted Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly Conduct of Business Regulations, 2010. Hon. Geng explained that the sitting was a result of Sitting No. 30/2011 dated 22nd November 2011 in which the Right Hon. Speaker of the SSNLA referred the report to the select committee for incorporation of the observations and recommendations of the Hon. Members.


Some of the major changes include the sub regulation 4(b) which indicates that the Sergeant-at-Arms shall announce and usher in the Speaker’s Procession. Regulation 65 also indicates the importance of dress code in its sub regulation (1) (d) which stipulates that the speaker, clerk, legal advisor, sergeant-at-Arms and hall attendants shall wear specified uniforms reprehensively. Regulation 117 has been adjusted in order to stipulate that the tenure of office of a Chairperson or Deputy Chairperson shall be two years commencing from the date of appointment.


Hon Igga (right) chairing the sitting.
[Photo: Mathew Henry Majok]


Hon. Geng requested the August House to adopt the report with all the observations and recommendations in its final reading. Therefore the speaker asked the August House to pass the Bill chapter by chapter. Having passed all the chapters, the speaker asked the clerk to read the title of the Bill which means that the bill has been passed.


During the same sitting, the Hon. Parmena Awerial Aloung presented a report of the Committee of Legislation and Legal Affairs on the Insolvency Bill to the August House. He indicated that the report is a result of Sitting No. 33/2011 dated 30th November, 2011 in which the Right Hon. Speaker of the August House referred the report to the committee for further scrutiny and incorporation of the Hon. Members’ observations and recommendations. This is in line with Regulation 133 (4) of the adopted SSLA Conduct of Business Regulations, 2010.


In accordance with Regulation 91 of the adopted SSLA Conduct of Business Regulations 2010, the Hon. Awerial moved the Bill to fourth and final reading due to the urgency of the Bill. The Bill was also passed chapter by chapter after which the speaker requested the clerk to read its title indicating that it is passed by the August House.


The sitting was chaired by Right Hon. Speaker Gen. James Wani Igga and was attended by 199 Hon. Members.


By Clement Aturjong Kuot

Statement on SAF invasion of South Sudan

JUBA, 7 December 2011 – Please click here to read the press statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on the aggression of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) on the Republic of South Sudan. The statement was announced by the minister Hon Nhial Deng Nhial.


Hon Nhial (centre) speaking to the press. On his right is Hon Atem Yaak Atem, the deputy minister for Information and Broadcasting.

South Sudan joins IGAD formally

MOMBASA, 7 December 2011 (NASS) – The Republic of South Sudan has formally joined IGAD. This was disclosed by the minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya Hon. Moses Wetangula on Monday in his welcoming speech at the ministers’ retreat in Mombasa.

He said the Republic of South Sudan was formally admitted to IGAD, the midwife of the CPA, last Friday and is also on the queue to join the East African Community over the weekend in Burundi.

He affirmed that, once South Sudan has joined the East African Community, its citizens will access Kenyan institutions, especially education institutions, more easily pointing out that South Sudanese will study in the Republic of Kenya by paying the local fees.


Hon. Dr. Machar (right) addresses the retreat. He is accompanied by Hon. Wetangula (centre) and Hon. Dalmas Otieno, Kenya's minister for Public Service (left).

He further urged the government of South Sudan to focus more attention on the issue of DDR, so that the patriotic citizens can have access to formal and vocational education.

On the issue of Abyei, Hon. Wetangula cautioned that if the problem is not resolved in the next 24 months, Abyei will become another Kashmir. He urged South Sudan government to exploit every verse and chapter of the CPA before it expires. He said this will make sure that there are no future problems since bad examples are already there.

The South Sudan National Legislative Assembly had previously criticized the first group of ministers on the retreat but the Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan Hon. Dr. Riek Machar Teny explained that the team is not in the coastal city for holiday but serious business.

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

“Know your HIV status”, urges President

JUBA, 3 December 2011 – The President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit has urged all the citizens to take the lead in fighting the epidemic in Africa’s newest nation by knowing their HIV status.

Speaking at the end of the day-long World AIDS celebrations at the Dr. John Garang Mausoleum in Juba, President Kiir noted that HIV and AIDS is a big enemy to the new nation. He emphasized that the disease knows no borders and does not differentiate between the young or the old.

President Kiir said fighting the disease calls for the collective efforts of every South Sudanese as HIV and AIDS is not like other diseases that one can be immunized against. “Don’t say the fight against HIV/AIDS is the responsibility of the other people as the fight begins with you”, he emphasized adding that knowing one’s status is the best tool in dealing with disease. “I’m a soldier, and in my military training I was told to know my enemy before fighting it”, he said. The President explained that if people know their HIV status they can plan their lives better by either avoiding risky behavior that can expose them to contracting the deadly virus or by living positively with the virus.

President Kiir called on parents to openly talk to their children about the disease so as to make them aware of the dangers that may expose them to contracting the disease adding that the government is committed to seeing that the world’s theme of this year’s celebration is attained and the government would not like to see new infections.


President Kiir arriving for the celebrations. He is being welcomed by the Chairperson of the AIDS Commission Dr. Esterina Novello Nyilok.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

The president also warned married couples against unfaithfulness explaining that it is such behavior that at times sneaks the virus into families consequently leading to the loss of lives and leaving orphans. “We do have so many orphans and disabled children who are as a result of the long civil war and we would not want to have more orphans as a result of HIV/AIDS”, he said. He called for positive living and openness with one’s HIV status so that people who know they are HIV positive do not infect others knowingly. “If you know you are HIV positive and go on infecting more people, then you would be killing your nation”, he explained.

President Kiir decried the negative attitude of some people towards some of the protective measures against HIV/AIDS such as the use of condoms. He said such behavior puts them in higher risk of contracting the virus and called on the sexually active people to change their sexual behavior if they are to avoid the AIDS scourge.

The president observed that with the declaration of independence of South Sudan, many people from different parts of the world with little knowledge about their health backgrounds are in Juba and he noted that some may be carriers of the HIV/AIDS virus and are loaded with money. He said that with the vulnerability of South Sudanese bearing in mind that most people are poor, they could fall prey to such people. He advised all South Sudanese to value life more than money.


School girls participate at the celebrations.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

He also called on South Sudanese to stop discriminating against people living with HIV/AIDS but instead support them.

The chairperson of the South Sudan AIDS Commission Hon. Dr. Esterina Novello Nyilok said HIV/AIDS is a great challenge with social, cultural and economic consequences in the society and explained that tackling the epidemic takes the collective understanding of the disease which in return can be able to redirect people’s behavior.

She explained that the only weapon to overcome the disease is by prevention and added that this can only be possible if every person takes the initiative of taking HIV/AIDS test to know their status. She said the tests are voluntarily, confidential and free. She said it is at times a difficult decision to take but has to be taken. “This is a very difficult decision to take but it must be taken by people of all walks of life, all positions in society”, she said.

She called on the government to avail funds to fight the scourge warning that currently the HIV prevalence among pregnant women in the country is standing at 3.1 and warned it may go further if a good strategy is not put in place. She commended the support of the government in the fight against the disease.

Reported by Matata Safi

Ministry of Information and UNICEF host media workshop

JUBA, 3 December 2011 – A two days joint training workshop organized by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the United Nations Children Fund on ethical guidelines on reporting on children was held in Juba last week.

The workshop attracted media practioners from the states of Jonglei, Eastern Equatoria, Western Equatoria and Central Equatoria. The workshop sought to deepen the understanding of the participants on the ethical guidelines on reporting on children.

The workshop aims at increasing the understanding of journalists on the potential of the media as advocates that can affect action by government, the public sector society, communities and individuals on issues of the child and furthermore to impart knowledge of sources of data on children in South Sudan and how to use the data to strengthen new reporting and advocacy on their work.


Mr. Majak.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

Speaking at the opening of the workshop in Hotel Intra-Africa in Juba, the Director General of Information Mr. Mustafa Biong Majak said he was surprised by the big number of the youths attending the workshop saying it is a good gesture as the youth are what he termed to be the backnone of the new Republic of South Sudan.

Mr. Majak applauded the UNICEF in building the capacity of journalists in South Sudan and added that women and children make up the majority of the population in the Republic of South Sudan and ethical reporting on issues pertaining to them is very important.

He noted that the media plays an important role in enlightening the population about child protection and their rights, health related issues to mention but a few. He stressed that the media plays a very important role in development and added that he believes in the youthful journalists who will play a very important role in informing the population.


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

However, Mr. Majak observed that a lot of challenges hinder the work of journalists in the young nation of South Sudan. He highlighted some of these as the lack of equipment and inadequate training of media practioners in the Republic of South Sudan.

He called on the development partners to come forth and support the development of the media in South Sudan. He urged the participants to take the training as an important opportunity and put to practice what they learn from the training.

He commended the work of the media houses in South Sudan in keeping the people across the country informed. Particulalry, he commended out Radio Miraya, Bakhita Radio, and Liberty FM.

Reported by Matata Safi

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)