Policy statement and achievements of the Ministry of Interior passed by parliament

JUBA, 21 December 2011 – The South Sudan National Legislative Assembly in its Sitting No. 41/2011 which was chaired by the acting speaker Right Hon. Gen Daniel Awet Akot received a presentation of the Policy Statement and Achievements of the Ministry of Interior by Hon. Gen. Alison Manani Magaya.

 

The minister appreciated the role of the SPLM in bringing the CPA to the people of South Sudan and the role played by the Ministry of Interior. He explained that the statement and achievements had been presented to Council of Ministers on 17th November, 2011. He also highlighted the achievements of police, prison and fire brigade. He also recognized the tremendous contributions by the former ministers of the then Internal Affairs Hon.Gen Daniel Awet Akot, Hon. Paul Mayom Akec and his immediate predecessor Hon. Gen. Gier Chuang Aluong for their efforts in bringing the law enforcement agencies for the betterment of the people of South Sudan.

 


Hon Magaya presenting the policy statement and achievements of his ministry.
[Photo: Marchelo Leopoldo Oder]

 

The objectives of the policy statement and achievements of the Ministry of Interior are:


  1. Building strong and effective institutions (structures);
  2. To formulate required legal frameworks;
  3. To deliver efficient service to the people;
  4. To achieve professional standard of performance by training;
  5. To attain transparency in financial administration and management, taking into account the President’s message on curtailing corruption and achieving efficiency;
  6. To build cordial relationship with the citizens through community policing;
  7. To promote social welfare needs of the service men and women through cooperatives, investments medical service, and agriculture and infrastructural projects;
  8. To establish regional and international cooperation;
  9. To attain an inclusive character in national police, prisons and fire brigade services and build an efficient and effective police which is mandated under the Transitional Constitution of Republic of South Sudan through South Sudan Police Act 2009 Article Six (6) 2 which stipulates that South Sudan shall have the primary duty of ensuring security for all of citizens.

 

He also mentioned that there are four top priorities program such as:

 

  1. Transform security services and enhance their capacity;
  2. Establishing National Security Architecture;
  3. Development of legal frameworks for rule of law; and
  4. Enhance community security and mitigate violent conflict and impact of mines.

 


Acting Speaker Rt Hon Akot (centre) flanked by the Clerk (left) and Legal Affairs Advisor (right).
[Photo: Marchelo Leopoldo Oder]

 

Hon. Magaya also enumerated the achievements of the ministry such as:

 

  1. Mobilization of organized forces to transformation and change;
  2. Re-commissioning of the demobilized police, prisons and fire brigade officers by President Decrees;
  3. Over twenty Ministerial Orders issued to embrace transformation and change, among which are orders issued to establish Anti Terrorism Units, Directorate of Passports, Immigration & ID Cards, Regulating Aliens Entry into South Sudan;
  4. Issuance of circulars to the states commissions on the policies governing the implementation of Transformation Action Plan 2011-2015;
  5. Graduation of 1,053 new policemen and women, 108 Custom Officers and promotion of 15 NCOs trainers at the Dr. John Garnag Training Centre, Rejaf as 2nd Lt;
  6. Construction of 50 police stations and 100 prisons ongoing;
  7. Meetings of the commissions in ten states of South Sudan every three months in Juba to share information and experiences;
  8. Incentive media coverage to address issues concerning transformation of police, prisons and fire brigade as well as education of the police to improve relations among the civilian population, foreigners, UN and diplomatic staff;
  9. Establishing buffer zone in coordination with army and UNMISS in Lakes, Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile as well as other states;
  10. Following up the new salary increment which is approved by August House on 23rd March, 2011 and approved by Council of Ministers on17 November, 2011;
  11. The second generation of the passports - diplomatic, special and ordinary - are replaced with new ones;
  12. Arrangements have been made to produce national IDs, visa stickers;
  13. Immigration, passport and civil registries will be established in ten states through Passport Act, 2011 and assented by H.E the President of the republic of South Sudan.

 

After a long period of enquiries and questions from Hon. Members, the policy statement and achievements of the Ministry of Interior was passed by August House. The sitting was attended by 195 members.

 

Reported by Clement Aturjong Kuot


SSRC chairperson urges NGOs to employ nationals

JUBA, 21 December 2011 (NASS) – The chairperson of the South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC) Hon Duer Tut Duer has called on the non-governmental organizations operating in South Sudan to employ nationals to enable the citizens to participate in national development.


Hon Duer made this call on Monday when he spoke to NASS at the Juba International Airport on arrival from Geneva where he had attended a meeting on the annual budget for 2012 of humanitarian organizations.


He said that the meeting had discussed the provision of relief and rehabilitation services especially to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) living around South Sudan’s borders with Sudan. He also said that the meeting discussed the provision of transportation to the IDPs at Kosti to enable them to travel back to their original homes.


Hon Duer also said that the meeting discussed how to provide support to the national organizations to empower them to deliver better services to the people.


Reported by Francis Oliver Kenyi, News Agency of South Sudan (NASS)


Motion on scarcity of lifesaving drugs passed by parliament

JUBA, 21 December 2011 – The South Sudan National Legislative Assembly in its Sitting No. 42/2011, which was chaired by Acting Speaker Right Hon. Gen. Daniel Awet Akot, received a presentation of the motion on scarcity of lifesaving drugs in the major cities of the Republic of South Sudan (RSS).



Hon. Paul Yoane Bonju Losukwa said that he has been empowered by regulation 42 of the adopted Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly Conduct of Business Regulations (2010) to present the motion on scarcity of essential lifesaving drugs in South Sudan.

 

He indicated that the people of South Sudan are facing the lack of essential drugs such as anti-malarial, antibiotics, anti-tuberculosis and anti–diarrheal anti-helmintic drugs to treat various intestinal worms. He further explained that the drugs are introduced by non-medical personnel. He also said that there is lack of drugs control, uncontrolled prices of drugs and that there are fake health facilities in South Sudan which are run by foreigners.

 


Acting Speaker, Rt Hon Akot.
[Photo: Emmanuel Subek]

 

He called on the ministries of Health, and Finance and Economic Planning to invest in:

 

  1. Pharmaceutical institutions
  2. Inviting the international companies to produce the drugs locally in South Sudan to reduce the prices
  3. Assist local companies to purchase drugs
  4. Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning to approve acquisition of hard currency
  5. Ministry of Health to regulate supplies of drugs
  6. Ministry of Health to import lifesaving drugs from abroad
  7. Ministry of Health to supply the main hospitals with essential drugs
  8. Ministry of Health to assist in exemption of imported drugs to reduce cost
  9. National government through Ministry of Health to establish quality control laboratories at entry points at the borders to avoid fake drugs
  10. Infant healthcare to be giving special attention such (drugs and milk)

 

He stated that the malaria is really killing the people. The motion was seconded by 21 Hon. Members of the August House.

 

During the sitting the minister of Health was present to respond on questions raised by August House. He said that the World Bank was purchasing the essential drugs on behalf of the government of former Southern Sudan and Government of South Sudan. He said that they were not consulting the government of drugs purchased which was a reason for expired drugs for instance drugs may be delayed in Europe or in India and brought when they are almost expiring.

 

He also said that the Ministry of Health is expecting outbreak of meningitis and they have prepared 600,000 doses for people of South Sudan. He explained that the policy statement of the Ministry of Health is on the way to parliament as well as Medical Council Bill which governs medical professionals. He indicated that the public is not friendly to the environment. He said that is why the people are getting sick daily because the environment is not clean.

 


Hon Dr Michael Milli Hussein (second right), the minister for Health and Hon Michael Makuei Lueth (right), the minister for Parliamentary Affairs taking notes during the sitting.
[Photo: Emmanuel Subek]

 

The minister reported that the ministry has responded to the need of the people during the government of Southern Sudan and Government of South Sudan such as the areas of the conflict. He said that the establishment big laboratories for quality test drugs are ongoing.

 

He said that the ministry will distribute over a million mosquito nets to the people of South Sudan which are donated by the international community. He challenged the August House of not producing bills which can govern the Ministry of Health and medical professionals. He emphasized that the investors cannot invest in the health sector if the road, public power, market and land is suitable. He said that the investors are getting a problem in obtaining land in South Sudan.

 

After a long inquires and questions the motion was passed by the August House with observations and amendments. Today’s quorum was 170.

 

Reported by Clement Aturjong Kuot


Renegade Gen Athor is dead

JUBA, 20 December 2011 (NASS) – The leader of the most disturbing rebel group in South Sudan, Lieutenant General George Athor was killed around 1800 hours yesterday by the SPLA border patrol at Morobo County-Central Equatoria State when infiltrating South Sudan from Rwanda.


This was announced today by the Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan Hon Dr Riek Machar Teny in a press briefing in his office.


According to the Vice President, the death of renegade General George Athor and one of his soldiers comes as a result of a clash with the SPLA while coming from Rwanda, driving through the eastern borders of Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda to recruit in Central Equatoria state. Dr Machar said the body of the renegade general is on the way to be handed to his family for burial.

 


Dr Machar announcing the death of renegade Gen George Athor. He is flanked by Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin (left), the minister for Information and Broadcasting.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


While answering questions after the briefing, the Vice President noted that, the death of Athor was not a plan from the government since the government had declared general amnesty to all rebel groups in the bushes of South Sudan.


He appealed to all the followers of General Athor to heed the amnesty and pardon is already declared by the President of Republic, H.E. Gen Salva Kiir Mayardit during the independence celebrations on 9th July 2011.


Dr Machar also reiterated the commitment of the government to the agreement reached between Athor forces and the government of South Sudan on 19th November 2011. He also called on all those who rebelled against the government to lay down their arms and join the process of peace and development in the country.


General George Athor rebelled against the government right after the April 2010 elections over the gubernatorial position of Jonglei state.


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


Gen Athor is dead

JUBA, 20 December 2011 – Please, click here to read the press release from the Office of the Vice President, Republic of South Sudan announcing the killing of renegade General George Athor by the SPLA yesterday, 19 December 2011.
 


Spokesperson slams Khartoum over students’ recruitment into military

JUBA, 20 December 2011 (NASS) – The minister for Information and Broadcasting who is also the Official Spokesperson of the government of the Republic of South Sudan Hon. Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin today condemned the government of Sudan over the recruitment of South Sudanese university students across the Republic of Sudan into the Republic of Sudan’s military.


“The attitude of recruiting South Sudanese university students into the military by the Khartoum regime is an irresponsible exercise”, said Dr. Marial during a media briefing at the ministry’s premises. “Our students in Khartoum are there for studies and not for military purposes; we strongly protest the exercise as a government”, stressed Dr. Marial.

 


Dr Marial (right) addressing the press. He is accompanied by his deputy Hon Atem Yaak Atem.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


“I thought our conflict is only on petroleum and its facilities, but if we have to step into the citizens and looting their properties, then it is another problem”, he wondered. Dr. Marial said South Sudab will not to copy Khartoum’s attitude though north Sudan has its citizens, properties and even their embassy in South Sudan.


Dr. Marial reiterated that the President of the Republic of South Sudan, H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit has promised that South Sudan is committed to remain in peace with its neighbor and not to go back to war.


According to available reports, the Khartoum government has launched a campaign against the South Sudanese university students across Khartoum to join the military by force over the past week.


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


Japan dispatches engineering unit into UNMISS

JUBA, 20 December 2011 – The Government of Japan today dispatched an engineering unit of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) consisting of up to 330 personnel to the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS), in addition to the two Staff Officers that are already dispatched.


The engineering unit will work to improve infrastructure, including maintenance and repair of roads. The Government of Japan will also dispatch a Staff Officer who will be in charge of planning and coordinating engineering activities to the Mission Support Division of UNMISS.


Furthermore, Japan will dispatch a unit consisting of up to 40 JSDF personnel to South Sudan, Uganda and Kenya, to support the engineering unit in the areas of transportation and supply, as well as coordinate with the relevant bodies such as the UN and South Sudanese government agencies.


South Sudan now faces the critical juncture of nation-building after the long civil war between the North and South Sudan, the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) implementation and the following independence. The Government of Japan recognizes that peace and stability of South Sudan is important for the peace and stability of Africa, and that support for the nation-building and stability of South Sudan is one of the significant challenges for which the international community needs to work on cooperatively.


The Government of Japan, as a responsible member of the international community, will continue to cooperate with the international community and make proactive efforts toward the achievement of peace and stability in South Sudan.


Resolution of the security and public order passed as six Bills are tabled

JUBA, 20 December 2011 – The South Sudan National Legislative Assembly in its Sitting No. 40/2011 held yesterday at the SSNLA main Hall in Juba received a presentation of the draft of the resolution by the Standing Specialized Committee of Security and Public Order on the urgent and important motion on insecurity in and around Juba city which was presented by Hon. Tongun Lodu Rombe early this month.

 

The resolution is a result of the 13 December, 2011 sitting in which the committee was mandated to draft a resolution regarding the matter of insecurity in Juba and South Sudan in general. The motion was presented to August House on 30 November, 2011 in pursuant to Regulation 42 of the adopted Conduct of Business Regulations 2010.

 

Hon. Tongun Lodu Rombe from constituency No. 3 Munuki, Juba, said that the committee has appreciated the reports of the ministers for Defense, Interior and the Central Equatoria state government on the these matters and incursions into the territory of South Sudan and aerial bombardment of civilian settlements in Unity, Upper Nile, Western Bahr el-Ghazal, and Northern Bahr el-Ghazal states, displacement of the civilian population.

 


Hon Igga chairing the meeting.
[Photo: Mathew Henry Majok]

 

The resolution stressed that Government of Sudan is recruiting South Sudanese citizens as mercenary groups with the intention of fighting the South Sudan Government. The report indicated that there is concern that criminal activities such as murder, rape, robbery, money-laundering and counterfeiting may increase. The resolution stressed that foreign nationals and South Sudanese are involved in insecurity in Juba city. It has been reported that all criminals from the neighboring countries have come to South Sudan and are causing mayhem.

 

The South Sudan National Legislative Assembly condemned the incursions of Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) into the territory and airspace of the Republic of South Sudan. The government of Sudan is supporting the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) to destabilize Western Equatoria and Western Bahr el-Ghazal states. The Government of Sudan is forcibly recruiting the South Sudanese youth to fight the government of South Sudan. The government of Sudan is reluctant in resolving the outstanding issue between the South Sudan and Sudan such as borders, demarcation, and the Abyei question. It has been reported that government of Sudan is planning annexation of South Sudan territory contrary to the 1956 borders.

 

The August House urges the executive to:

 

  1. Coordinate with our neighboring countries to share information about criminals who have entered to South Sudan territory;
  2. Control immigration into the Republic of South Sudan;
  3. Register aliens that are already in South Sudan through the Ministry of Interior and their embassies;
  4. The Ministry of Commerce should stop importing the motorbikes except for NGOs and government organs;
  5. Ministry of Interior should issue identification numbers for policemen and clearly displayed on their uniforms;
  6. Ministry of Interior should come up with one uniform to identify the police;
  7. Ensure cooperation and coordination of the national and state level security organs, including the urgent finalization of national security strategic plan;
  8. Table arms control legislation to the August House;
  9. The Constitutional office holders should be guarded by police except the President and the Minister for Defense;
  10. Police foot –patrols in insecure residential areas to fight crimes;
  11. Central Equatoria government should provide space for establishment of police posts in insecure areas of Juba;
  12. Implementation the salary structure of organized forces that was approved by August House early this year;
  13. Implementing community policing at state level as prescribed by law; and
  14. Immediate close down of bars in residential areas.

 

The South Sudan National Legislative Assembly appealed to the international community and regional governments to urgently improve the protection of civil population by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), ensure that rapid implementation of outstanding issues of CPA between SPLM and NCP and provide humanitarian assistance to displaced people. Finally after a long debate the resolution was passed with observations and amendments.

 


Deputy minister for Justice presenting the bills.
[Photo: Mathew Henry Majok]

 

During the same sitting the six Bills were presented to the August House namely the Drug and Food Control Authority Bill, 2011; Engineering Council Bill, 2011; the Political Parties Bill, 2011; the South Sudan Red Cross Society Bill, 2011; the Civil Aviation Authority Bill, 2011; and the Mining Bill, 2011. The six Bills were presented by the deputy minister for Justice. The six Bills were tabbed for first reading and passed to the second reading and referred to Specialized Committees.

 

The sitting was chaired by the speaker of the SSNLA Ritgh Hon Gen James Wani Igga. It was attended by 187 members.

 

Reported by Clement Aturjong Kuot


USA lifts sanctions on South Sudan

JUBA, 19 December 2011 (NASS) – The United States of America has lifted sanctions on the Republic of south Sudan, Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin, the minister for Information and Broadcasting disclosed yesterday upon his arrival from the International Engagement Conference (IEC) in Washington DC.

 

Dr Marial further revealed that the US government has promised South Sudan the membership of the African Government Opportunity Act (AGOA) which makes possible the export and import of South Sudan’s product to the USA without any taxes charged.

 

He also reported that during the high profile conference, South Sudan was introduced by the USA to the international community. Similarly, the role of the international community in enhancing development in South Sudan was highlighted.

 

At the same time, the minister for Finance and Economic Planning, Hon Kosti Yokania Manibe reported that the government of South Sudan put across to the world the vision of the young nation during the conference. He also said that the vision was well received by the international community.

 

In his statement at Juba International Airport, Hon Manibe said that the conference was a resounding success for the Republic of South Sudan.

 

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


South Sudan to collaborate with Ethiopia in the fight against HIV/AIDS

JUBA, 18 December 2011 – The Republic of South Sudan will collaborate with Ethiopia in its efforts to fight against the HIV/AIDS scourge, Dr Esterina Novello, the chairperson of the South Sudan HIV/AIDS Commission, has said.


Speaking on Saturday when she hosted Dr Tedro Adhanom Ghereyesus, the Ethiopian minister for Health at the commission’s headquarters in Juba, Dr Novello said the minister visited Juba on the invitation of his counterpart in the Republic of South Sudan Hon Dr Michael Milli Hussein. She said that Dr Ghereyesus is the first health minister to visit the new Republic.


She commended the collaboration between the two countries emphasizing that HIV/AIDS knows no borders. She called for concerted efforts and exchange of experiences to manage it. She reported that the commission had paid a benchmarking visit to Ethiopia to witness how the country is managing its fight against HIV/AIDS. She said that the visit by the minister will provide opportunity to discuss modalities of collaboration further.


Dr Novello appealed for support to build the capacity of the South Sudanese in the fight against the disease. She said Ethiopia is a friendly country which has been supporting South Sudan and expressed hope that this support will now be enhanced.


She reported that the commission has already sent some students to the universities of Mekale and Jima in Ethiopia who are now pursuing postgraduate studies in biostatistics and health information. She said that South Sudan is still keen to train more personnel on monitoring and evaluation as well as any other health discipline. She explained that this support is important given that the South Sudan’s universities have just relocated from Khartoum and are facing myriad challenges before the students can settle down.


Dr Novello also decried the over-reliance of the African countries on external health aid. She reported that the cancelation of the Global Health funding was a big blow to Africa. She called for homegrown sustainable health programmes to enable African countries to manage their health interventions effectively. She reported that South Sudan is currently mobilizing resources to cope with the reduced external funding. She said collaboration between countries is one way of containing this challenge.


On his part, the Ethiopian health minister expressed optimism that the two countries will collaborate effectively in the health sector. He also offered training opportunities for South Sudan’s health workers in Ethiopia. He also said that Ethiopia will help to South Sudan in whatever way possible.


Reported by Lindri Godfrey Alex


President Kiir addresses press in Washington DC

WASHINGTON, 17 December 2011 – Please, click here to read the press statement H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit, the President of the Republic of South Sudan, gave at the end of the International Engagement Conference on South Sudan in Washington DC, on Thursday 15 December, 2011.

 


President Kiir (left) listens to a question by a journalist during the press conference. He is flanked by Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin (right), the minister for Information and Broadcasting.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

 


H.E. Kiir meets UK minister for International Development

WASHINGTON, 16 December 2011 – The President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit in the margins of the IEC meetings, yesterday evening in the Presidential Suite at the May Flower Renaissance Hotel in Washington D.C. met with the United Kingdom’s minister for International Development Hon. Stephen O’Brien.

 


H.E Kiir welcoming the UK delegation.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


The meeting discussed ways forward for how best the UK as a member of TROIKA can contribute in delivering services to the people of the new nation of South Sudan. Besides that, the meeting centered on some of the continuing issues of security and the high level dialogue which took place in the IEC about accountability, transparency and corruption.

 


H.E Kiir meets with the UK minister of International Development and delegation.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Shortly after the meeting, Hon O’Brien told the press that his country’s government is very supportive of the new state and will continue to build a good partnership with South Sudan. He sent a verbal message to the people of South Sudan that they now have a wonderful opportunity of building their new country and making use of the numerous potentials of the country in a rightful way. He asserted that the world is confident that the newest nation will improve the security and deliver good services to its people.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth from Washington D.C


“USA will not allow Khartoum to bomb Blue Nile and S. Kordufan”, Senator Kerry

WASHINGTON, 16 December 2011 – The Chairperson of the Foreign Relationships in the United States Congress Senator John Kerry said that women are the center of economic development in the developing countries and called upon the women to clearly define their priorities to guarantee that their voices are heard, and provide everybody a country recommendation of building a state.

 


H.E Kiir shakes hands with Senator Kerry.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Senator Kerry made the remarks in the closing session of the International Engagement Conference yesterday evening at Marriot Wardman Hotel in Washington D.C.


Senator Kerry emphasized in his speech to the IEC that the conference was not only about the development but was an opportunity to share a commitment to seeing the promises of January 9th and July 9th 2011 being fulfilled, adding that USA is ready to help South Sudan develop its oil resources and that time has come to making South Sudan institutions accountable.

 


Senator Kerry addressing the IEC closing session.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Senator Kerry underlined to the conferee that Sudan Government in Khartoum has diverted from resolving the political issues of its marginalized people to aerial bombs and denial of humanitarian assistance. Kerry announced that USA will not allow Khartoum Government to move forward with its aerial bombs against the villagers in Blue Nile and South Kordufan. He stated that the position of the USA is always requiring the fulfillment of the CPA including the three areas of Blue Nile, South Kordufan and Abyei.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth from Washington DC


Dr Machar calls on Jongei state communities to stop violent conflicts

JUBA, 15 December 2011 – The Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, Hon Dr Riek Machar Teny, has called on the communities in Jonglei state to stop violent conflicts in the state.


He made the appeal yesterday through a group of journalists in Juba following reports which suggested that a joint revenge attack was underway against the Murle by Lou-Nuer and Greater Bor communities.


There has been a cycle of violence in the state for the last six years resulting in the death of thousands of people every year coupled with attacks from the forces of renegade George Athor Deng.


He urged the Lou-Nuer and Dinka communities not to carry out any revenge attack against the Murle. “I therefore call on the people of Lou-Nuer, Twic East, Duk and Bor South not to move beyond their borders in trying to carry out revenge attack against the Murle community”, he said.


Dr Machar also called on the Murle community to release the children and women they abducted from the Lou-Nuer and Dinka communities. “Similarly, I call on the Murle youth who have infiltrated and abducted children and women from the Lou-Nuer and Dinka areas to return them to their respective communities”.


He said the national government was making consultations with the state government to find ways to revive the reconciliatory processes among the communities. He further explained that the government would deploy more SPLA and police forces to the volatile areas to deter revenge attacks and create buffer zones between the rival communities.


Reported by James Gatdet


AU welcomes the efforts of the Sudanese parties to address the Abyei issue

ADDIS ABABA, 15 December 2011 – The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Jean Ping, has commended the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC) for convening its second meeting, in Abyei, on 13 December 2011, and taking important decisions that outline cooperative measures that will facilitate immediate humanitarian assistance to the people of Abyei Area.


The Chairperson of the Commission has welcomed the spirit of partnership and cooperation with which the Governments of Sudan and South Sudan, through their representatives, addressed the implementation of the ‘Temporary Arrangements for the Administration and Security of Abyei Area’ Agreement.


The Chairperson of the Commission said he is encouraged that AJOC continues to engage on pertinent issues spelt out in the Agreement, namely the redeployment of forces and the establishment of the Abyei Administration and the Legislative Council. In this regard, he is urging the two Governments to resolve their outstanding differences related to these issues, in order to facilitate the return of the IDPs and the resumption of seasonal migration through Abyei.


Mr Ping expressed his appreciation of the role played by the AUHIP in convening this crucial meeting and of its continued engagement with both states on issues relating to Abyei. He also said he recognizes the important role played by United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), under the command of Lieutenant General Tadesse Tesfay, in stabilizing the security situation in Abyei.


He reiterated the commitment of the African Union to continuously support the AJOC through the AUHIP and the AU representative on the Committee. To that effect, the Chairperson of the Commission urged the AJOC to ensure that it convenes again as agreed, on 18 January 2012.


The AJOC was established by the ‘Temporary Arrangements for the Administration and Security of Abyei Area’ Agreement, concluded under the facilitation of the AUHIP, in June 2011 in Addis Ababa. It is mandated to exercise political and administrative oversight of the Abyei Executive Council, on behalf of the Presidents of Sudan and South Sudan, with particular focus on security matters.


IEC on South Sudan kicks off in Washington

WASHINGTON, 15 December 2011 – The International Engagement Conference for the Republic of South Sudan co-hosted by USA, UK, Norway, Turkey, EU, UN, AU, World Bank and International Finance Corporation kicked off yesterday at the Marriot Wardman Hotel in Washington D.C. The opening session was addressed by the President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, USA secretary of state Mrs. Hilary Clinton, Mrs. Suzan Page the USA Ambassador to South Sudan, and representatives of USAID, AU, and Turkey government, among others.


In his opening remarks, President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit conveyed sincere gratitude of his people and government to the governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, Norway, and Turkey for convening the conference and for raising the profile of the Republic of South Sudan. President Kiir highlighted the milestones in South Sudan’s long walk to freedom under the cruel heel of war since the independence of Sudan in1956 up to the CPA in 2005, saying that the people of South Sudan in this period knew nothing other than war to free themselves from repression, exploitation, discrimination and slavery.

 


H.E Kiir gives remarks to IEC.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


H.E Kiir called on the conferee to join South Sudanese people in building a strong united productive, prosperous, tolerant, democratic and secured South Sudan.


President of the Republic briefed the conferee on the vision of the new state up to 2040, guided by the principles and values of democracy and political pluralism, to address issues of ethnic diversity, devolution of power through decentralization and self-governance. He explained that the vision is centered on supremacy of the rule of law and separation of powers, respect of human rights and fundamental freedom, justice and equality, accountability and transparency.


President Kiir underlined the steps taken by the government in creating a peaceful atmosphere for good governance and investment, among which are disarmament process, declaration of assets by the end January 2012.

 


View of the conference.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


He said Abyei issues cannot be resolved militarily but peacefully through freewill of the Abyei people and in the spirit of the CPA. President Kiir called on the international community to intervene and stop Khartoum from violating air space of South Sudan and bombing villages including refugee camps.


The United States Secretary of State Mrs. Hilary Clinton said the International Engagement Conference meant to help the people and leadership of South Sudan chat their future, as President Kiir has laid out an ambitious vision for development, USA fully supports the vision. US Secretary of State called for resolution of the conflicts in Blue Nile and South Kordufan and urged South Sudan to end transition from armed struggle to nation building.

 


US Secretary of state Clinton addressing IEC.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Mrs. Clinton called on the conferee to help President Kiir’s pledges to build strong institutions without corruption and promote transparent and accountable governance. She expressed pleasure of USA administration for the steps taken by SSNLA in considering stronger auditing and anti-corruption measures, adding that friends of South Sudan are actively helping South Sudan government to manage its oil responsibly. Mrs Clinton expressed hope that the world will over the next years see the roads and schools built, clean water provided and every single man and woman will say that it is because of good leadership. Mrs. Clinton said aid alone is not enough, private enterprises must be established to create jobs for the people.


Mrs Clinton appealed to the Government of South Sudan to open up a political space to allow the young men and women take part in civil society, free press and genuine political competition, and do more to ensure women full participation in every level of society for the women are marginalized of the marginalized. She concluded her speech by saying that “South Sudan needs intensive care from all development milestones because the birth of a new country, like the birth of a new child”.

 


President Kiir shakes hands with US Secretary of state Mrs. Clinton.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Representatives of USAID, Norway, UK and Turker in their remarks assured their full support to the development vision for South Sudan.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth from Washington D.C.


Diplomatic and Consular Service Bill, 2011 passed

JUBA, 15 December 2011 – The South Sudan National Legislative Assembly (SSNLA) in its sitting yesterday at the Main Hall received a presentation of Standing Specialized Committee of the Diplomatic and Consular Service Bill, 2011 in its second reading stage by Hon. James Lual Deng Kuel, the Chairperson of the Committee of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

 

The Bill was a result of the Sitting No. 29/2011, dated 21st November, 2011 and pursuant to resolution No.39/2011, of the National Legislative Assembly. The August House considered the presentation of the first reading of the Bill which was presented by Hon. Minister of Justice in accordance with regulation 133 (4) and (9) of the adopted South Sudan Legislative Assembly Conduct of Business Regulations 2010 in which the speaker of the August House referred the Bill to committee to consider the observations, comments and recommendations.

 


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

 

Hon. James Lual Deng Kuel Chairperson of the Committee of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said that the Bill is in conformity with the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan. He also indicated that the corrections were done before the Bill was tabled for second reading. He also said that the recommendations, observations have been incorporated by the committee.

 

The Bill is summarized in eight chapters. Chapter I is the Preliminary Provision which contains the title and commencement, repeal and saving, purpose, authority and application. Chapter II is on Advisory Council which is about establishing the Council, functions and duties of the Council, the institute for Diplomatic Studies and appointment and tenure of the Principal Director. Chapter III is on the Diplomatic and Consular Mission and is explaining the establishment of Diplomatic and Consular Missions, functions and powers of Diplomatic Missions, head of Diplomatic Missions, functions and powers of head of Mission, permanent missions at regional and international organizations, temporary and special missions, functions and power of the head of consular mission, offices of the Technical Attaches, functions and duties and centers. Chapter IV is about arrangement of the posts and titles, grades of the posts of the Diplomatic and Consular Service. Chapter V is talking about appointment of eligibility conditions, the appointment and promotion in other Diplomatic and Consular service posts, powers of the President to appoint Non Diplomatic Personnel to the post of Ambassador, the oath, probation period, promotion to other Diplomatic and Consular posts, transfer to Diplomatic and consular Missions abroad, secondment for work abroad, secondment from the ministry to international organizations and other countries. Chapter VI is about conditions of service, emoluments and privileges for members of Diplomatic and Consular service which explains the Conditions of Services and Compensation for members of Diplomatic and consular service abroad, increments, allowances and privileges and termination services. Chapter VII is Code of Conduct and Discipline such as Code of Conduct, disciplinary procedures and penalties. Chapter VIII is about miscellaneous provisions such as the appointment of South Sudan Honorary Consuls, Endorsement of the Appointment of the Honorary Consuls in South Sudan, privileges to enjoy Honorary Consuls, interest Caretaker, Diplomatic and Special Passports, Consular Charge and Regulation.

 

After long discussions and deliberations the Hon. Samuel Dura (Warap State SPLM) raised a motion to terminate the debate and pass the Bill in second reading to third reading and final in fourth reading in accordance with regulation 91 of adopted Southern Sudan Conduct of Business Regulations, 2010. The motion was seconded by Hon. Members. Therefore, the Bill was passed chapter by chapter. The Right Hon. Speaker then asked the Clerk of the August House to read the title of the Bill and declared that the Bill is passed. 175 members attended the session which was chaired by Right Hon. Speaker Gen. James Wani Igga.

 

On 13 December, 2011 the South Sudan National Legislative Assembly passed the International Monetary Fund, and World Bank Group Institutions Bill, 2011 in its second reading by Hon. James Reat Gony and passed it to third reading and to the fourth and final reading.

 


The body of the late Dr Lual at the SSNLA.
[Photo: Mathew Henry Majok]

 

Before yesterday’s sitting the body of late Dr. Lual Lual Akuei a former deputy speaker of the former Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly was brought to Assembly for viewing by the August House. The Acting Speaker Gen. Daniel Awet Akot condoled the August House, people of South Sudan, family, friends and relatives and people of South Sudan. He stated that the late former Deputy Speaker had played a big role in serving the people of South Sudan. He prayed that he rests in peace.

 

Reported by Clement Aturjong Kuot


AU Security Council broadens UNISFA mandate

ADDIS ABABA, 15 December 2011 – Recognizing the urgent need for Sudan and South Sudan to commence the process of border normalization and that the situation in that area constituted a threat to international peace and security, the Security Council yesterday decided to broaden the mandate of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) to include assistance in that process, including supporting the development of effective bilateral management mechanisms, facilitating liaisons and building mutual trust.

 

Unanimously adopting resolution 2024 (2011), the Council urged Sudan and South Sudan to implement fully their commitments under the agreements of 29 June, which concerned the creation of a safe demilitarized border zone, and 30 July, dealing with establishment of a Joint Border Verification and Monitoring Mechanism, and urged those Governments to cooperate fully with each other and provide full support to UNISFA, enabling it to implement its mandate.

 

The Council also called upon all Member States, in particular Sudan and South Sudan, to ensure the free, unhindered and expeditious movement to and from Abyei and through the Safe Demilitarized Zone of all personnel, equipment, provisions, supplies and other goods, including vehicles, aircraft and spare parts, for the Mission’s exclusive and official use. UNISFA will also assist the parties in ensuring observance within the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone of the security commitments agreed upon on 29 June and 30 July.


Mombasa retreat recommends collective responsibility in cabinet decision

NAIROBI, 15 December 2011 (NASS) – The two weeks Mombasa retreat has recommended that the government should focus on collective responsibility in cabinet decision and multiparty system of governance.


In his speech during the closing ceremony last Tuesday, the Speaker of Kenya National Assembly, Hon. Kenneth Marende cautioned the government of South Sudan that collective responsibility in the cabinet and multiparty system in governance is very critical if the government has to succeed in steering the country along the desired path of growth.


On his part, the Vice President of South Sudan, Hon Dr Riek Machar Teny stated that although there has been great progress made during the retreat South Sudan still remains a young nation with most of its citizens in need of service. Dr Machar added that the government of South Sudan recognizes that there is no panacea, easy and rapid solution to the challenges facing the countries such as South Sudan but they are inspired by the experience they had.

 


Dr Machar addressing the participants of the retreat.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


Meanwhile, Kenya’s state minister for Public Service, Hon. Dalmas Otieno assured that Kenya will be sending more 33 public service officers to the Republic of South Sudan to join those who are already in the country. He further said Uganda and Ethiopia will send 120 officers to make up 200 officers for the capacity building in South Sudan.


At the same time, the minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Moses Wetangula disclosed that in their last East African Community summit in Burundi, a special summit where South Sudan’s full admittance to the community will be declared was scheduled for April. He said that once South Sudan joins the East African Community, its citizens will access Kenya’s higher institutions of learning at local fees just like the Kenyans. He also advised the government of South Sudan to take Kiswahili very seriously because it is the language of instruction in the East African Community.


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


President Kiir addresses South Sudan Community in Washington D.C.

WASHINGTON, 14 December 2011 – The President of the Republic and C-in-C of the SPLA H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit reiterated that the Republic of South Sudan will not allow an inch of its land to be taken by any one and South Sudan will not take its people back to war but is ready for self-defense. He made the remarks when addressing the South Sudanese community last night in Renaissance Hotel Ballroom in Washington D.C.

 


H.E Kiir addressing S.S C in Washington D.C.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


President Kiir announced that South Sudanese Students in Khartoum are now being recruited by force to come and fight their own new country, adding that peace, stability and development is the top priority of the new Government. He briefed South Sudanese community on the latest development about the CPA remaining issues that includes Abyei, border demarcation, Blue Nile, South Kordufan and the oil issues.


President of the Republic also announced to the South Sudanese community that his government has taken serious steps of fighting corruption, among which a new Anti-corruption Chairperson is appointed and a Presidential decree was issued for all the functionaries starting from the directors to the ministers to declare their assets within a period not later than the coming January 2012.

 


S.S.C are listening to Kiir's speech.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


H.E Kiir commended USA Government for providing shelters and schools to the South Sudanese community and for lifting sanctions from all south Sudan areas which was imposed on the whole Sudan before the independence. H.E Kiir appealed to South Sudanese Community in USA to discard tribal differences and be united and contribute effectively to the development of the new Nation, for the development is the only longest war remaining. Every single South Sudanese has contributed to the struggle which brought freedom in July 9th 2011, some contributed politically, militarily, educationally.

 


S.S.C Awards symbol of power and leadership to H.E Kiir.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


On his part the South Sudanese Community Chairperson in Washington Ms. Natalina Bona Malwal assured unity of the community and their commitment to stand behind the President for realization of peace, stability and development in South Sudan.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth Elisapana from Washington D.C.


Workshop for Information officers kicks off in Juba

JUBA, 14 December 2011 – A one day training workshop on performance management and reporting framework for the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting public information officers seconded to line ministries and other government institutions organized in partnership with Adam Smith International kicked off today at Home and Away Hotel in Juba.


In his opening remarks the deputy minister for Information and Broadcasting, Hon. Atem Yaak Atem said the role of the information officers is a very important one in the sense that they act as “mid-wives” linking the people with the government.

 


Hon Atem addressing the participants.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


He observed that the government is committed to a two-way system of information in that the government information gets across to the people and at the same time the people the government is communicating to get to pass their views to the government. “There is no reason for us to be talking to the people when the people are not talking to us”, he said.


Hon. Atem stressed that proper information communication is important in that the citizens get informed of what the government is doing as well as the difficulties the government is facing in delivering the services to the people. He stressed that this can only be possible if the information officers do their job well.


The deputy minister re-echoed the commitment of the government in giving the public the opportunity to express themselves so that they as well can participate in governance. He said the government is accountable to the people and stressed the importance of building the capacity of the information officers who are going to pass that information and to the citizens.

 


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


Hon. Atem stated that the Republic of South Sudan is barely six months old and pointed out that the world is watching every step of the government and called on the information officers to play their part in the development of the country.


The Adam Smith International-Africa’s Dr. Alex Appiah-Koranteng Advisor on strengthening Executive Government Project said the workshop is an important one for it aims at improving the capacity of the information officers to be able to deliver services to the government. He further said it also aims at ensuring that the citizens of the country benefit from the improved performance of the participants.


He said at the end of the workshop, the participants are expected to be better equipped to deliver and explain well government policies to the people citizens of the Republic of South Sudan.


Reported by Matata Safi


H.E Kiir arrives in Washingto D.C for IEC

WASHINGTON, 13 December 2011 – The President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit arrived in Washington D.C. on Monday 12th December 2011 afternoon. He is accompanied by a good number of national ministers and deputy ministers who are now present in Washington D.C. for the International Engagement Conference for South Sudan.


Among the ministers are Hon. Kosti Manibe minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin minister for Information and Broadcasting, Hon. Emmanuel LoWilla minister in the Office of the President, Hon. Stephen Dhieu minister for Petroleum, Hon Garang Diing minister for Commerce, Industry and Investment, Hon. Agnes Lasuba minister for Gender Child and Social Welfare, Hon. Gier Chuang Aluong minister for Roads and Bridges, and the minister for General Education Hon. Joseph Okelo, among others.

 


President Kiir being welcomed to Washington.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


H.E Kiir is expected to address the opening session of the Conference on Wednesday December 14th, 2011 at Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington D.C. Besides that, the USA Secretary of State Hilary Clinton will articulate to the conference the United States Government’s commitment to the success of South Sudan in meeting its development challenges.


The two-day International Engagement Conference for South Sudan will digest the strategic development priorities of the new state government and will highlight opportunities for engagement with private and public sector investors, that is, in concentration on the following:

 

  1. Development vision of the Republic of South Sudan
  2. Accountability, Transparency and Governance
  3. Integrated social service delivery
  4. Management of Oil Revenue
  5. Human Capital Development and capacity building
  6. International coordination
  7. Key factors for attracting investors to South Sudan:
    1. Oil and Renewable Resources
    2. Information and communication Technology (ICT)
    3. Agriculture
  8. Specific investment policy
    1. Transport infrastructure (Airports, roads and Bridges)
    2. Clean Water and sanitation
    3. Capacity building services.



H.E Kiir, Hons Nhial and LoWilla and others at Dulus Int. Airport Washington D.C.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]
 

Reported by Thomas Kenneth Elisapana from Washington D.C.


Dr Machar joins President Kibaki at Kenya’s 48th independence anniversary

NAIROBI, 13 December 2011 (NASS) – The Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan Hon Dr Riek Machar Teny and the ministers who are in Kenya for retreat yesterday joined President Mwai Kibaki and people of the Republic of Kenya in marking the 48th Jamhuri (independence) Day.


The commemoration was done at the Nyayo National Stadium which hosted the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) celebration in the year 2005.

 


Dr Machar addressing Kenya's independence celebrations.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


In his speech during the celebration, the Vice President expressed gratitude to the Republic of Kenya for the great support they offered during the time of the struggle and more specially in facilitating the CPA underlining that South Sudan owes a lot for the Republic of Kenya for the support during the CPA and transition to independence on the 9th July.


He further appealed to the government of Kenya to support the young nation of South Sudan in its developmental process.

 


Kenya's armed forces marching during the independence celebrations.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


On his part, the ViceP of Kenya Hon. Kalonzo Musyoka commended the presence of South Sudan’s Vice President and his entourage in joining Kenyans during the celebrations saying that Kenya is proud to see that South Sudan is making progress.


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


Regional plan to make South Sudan the “hub” of sea ports shipments in Africa underway

MOMBASA, 13 December 2011 – Plans are underway and some already at the implementation stage to make South Sudan the ‘hub’ of sea ports shipments for East, West and North Africa.


These include projects to build highways and railways passing through South Sudan and connecting to the Indian Ocean from Kenya and with the Atlantic Ocean in West Africa and Red Sea to transit goods coming from either direction.


The issue was discussed with Kenya’s Ministry of Transport and Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) in Mombasa on Saturday during the retreat of South Sudanese ministers under the chairmanship of the Vice President of South Sudan, Hon Dr Riek Machar.


Kenya has already started to implement their part of the joint regional project by building both the highway and railway to the border with South Sudan and that would also branch to connect with Ethiopia.


The Vice President revealed that the joint plan was not a new Kenya idea but was initiated since 2003 during the CPA negotiations and he personally had to write an article about it. He said the process was only delayed because South Sudan was busy for the last six years working on implementation of self-determination’s referendum to independence.


Kenya’s Ministry of Transport confirmed the initiative saying that once the regional project of highway and railway through South Sudan is implemented, it will reduce the period wasted in the ocean for movement of goods across Africa by over two weeks.


Currently ships had to move from Indian Ocean in East Africa and sail around southern Africa in order to reach goods to the other side of Africa in the west. The ships could now offload goods at Kenya ports and ferry them by the railways and highways to countries in the region.


South Sudan, which is geographically located at the center of Africa, would be required to establish centers with the necessary facilities for transit goods passing through the country to the other nations in the region.


Kenya is also planning to build oil pipelines connecting to South Sudan and refineries as it would buy crude oil from South Sudan, according to Kenya’s ministry of Transport, besides the internal plans by South Sudan to export its oil to the regional and international market.


Dr Machar further explained that South Sudan would also improve on its connections with north Sudan. South Sudan as a landlocked country also plans to build one of the biggest international airports at a place called Tali near the proposed new capital, Ramciel, with a free trade zone around it.


He said the airport can have the capacity to land the biggest cargo planes in the world and fly in heavy cargoes into the region which other international airports in east Africa currently do not have the capacity to handle.


Reported by James Gatdet Dak, VP’s Press Secretary


“Press should be a partner in our democratic development process”, Atem

JUBA, 13 December 2011 – The deputy minister for Information and Broadcasting Hon. Atem Yaak Atem has said the government perceives the media as a partner in the process of developing a democratic, secular and free society.


“We cannot develop without a free follow of information from the government to the people and vice versa”, he said.


Hon Atem made these remarks while speaking to the Ambassador of Germany Peter Felten in his office on Friday who had asked to be briefed on the state of the media in the country. He said that the policy of the government is to encourage a democratic way of life in South Sudan in form of freedom of expression in the media.


He observed that freedom of expression and the need for a democratic society was one among the many principles that forced the people of South Sudan to rebel against the governments in Khartoum. He stressed that the only way the government can be accountable to its people is by granting freedom of expression.


He however decried some few incidents in the recent past involving some journalists and the security. He explained that the reason is simply because the government is in a transition from a guerilla movement to a democratic governing system adding that this is a process and therefore may present itself with hiccups here and there. He assured that with time this will be addressed quoting the famous say that “old habits take time to die”.


The deputy minister observed that South Sudan has a democratic tradition citing that there is a spirit of openness in the country side where chiefs sit under trees and discuss everything openly with their people and respecting their will.


He stressed that it is the wish of the government of the Republic of South Sudan to achieve a democratic society. He said the government is working towards it.


Hon Atem acknowledged that the media in the country is still weak. He attributed this to insufficient training acquired by journalists especially with the private media, and non existence of media institutions in the country, among others. He said this has at times resulted in inaccuracy in reporting where some journalists write unbalanced articles.


He appealed for assistance from friends to help develop the media in the country both in the government and private media.


The German Ambassador Peter Felten, who was accompanied by the German deputy chairperson of the parliamentary group for East Africa Dr. Ralf Brauksiepe and the Germany deputy minister for Labour and Social Affairs, said the meeting was to establish contacts and further broaden the diplomatic relations between the two countries.


He said the people of Germany are happy that the will of the people of South Sudan to form an independent state has been respected. He further added that one important and an integral part of an independent state should be an independent and free media. He said the government of Germany is with the people of South Sudan in the process of building their country.


Reported by Matata Safi


Gender ministry signs MOU on child protection with Government of Sudan

JUBA, 13 December 2011 (NASS) – The Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare of the Republic of South Sudan on Saturday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Government of Sudan for the protection of unaccompanied and separated children.


The MOU establishes the modus of cooperation between the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare of the Republic of South Sudan and the National Council for Children Welfare of the Republic of Sudan. It also clarifies the roles and responsibilities of each party, with regard to the establishment of the Family Tracing and Reunification (FTR) common system. More specifically, it regulates the data sharing and management related to the separated/unaccompanied children, the interim care, the longer term alternative care where reunification is not feasible as well as specific steps towards tracing and reunification.


Furthermore the National Council for Children Welfare is mandated by the Government of Sudan to advocate for the protection of children and fulfillment of their rights in accordance with national laws regional and international instruments ratified by Sudan, coordination of all child protection issues and development of policies and procedures that ensure the protection and welfare of the children.

 


The Chairperson of National Council for Children Welfare Gamer Habbani and the Undersecretary of Gender and other officials signing the MOU. Looking on (standing from right to left) are the legal counsels of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Gender; and Stephen Wiu, a senior officer in the Ministry of Gender.


On the other hand, the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare is mandated by the government of South Sudan to develop policies that promote protection of children in accordance to the Child Act 2008 international standards on child protection, promote rehabilitation and reintegration programmes for children associated with armed groups orphans children living and working on the streets and other children without parental care, support the education of the girl child, coordinate the child protection issues at the state level, and develop policies that promote child participation in decisions that affect their wellbeing.


Signing the MOU, the Undersecretary in the Ministry Ms Esther Ikere Eluzai said that South Sudan has suffered the consequences of civil war, droughts, desertification and floods which have displaced many people and broken the traditional coping mechanism and social support networks. She explained that this scenario has led to the high number of children unaccompanied or separated children living in the streets or in alternative family care.


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


H.E Kiir in Nairobi on his way to Washington DC

NAIROBI, 11 December 2011 – The President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit and the accompanying delegation arrived in Nairobi today afternoon on his way to Washington DC to address a two-day international engagement conference on South Sudan scheduled for 14th – 15th December 2011.

 


President Kiir arrives in Nairobi enroute to Washington DC.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


The Conference will be hosted by the United States of America and is aimed to honour the new state and open a dialogue with the Government of South Sudan on development and investment. The conference will outline the strategic development priorities of the government and will highlight opportunities for engagement with private and public sector investors.

 


President Kiir is welcomed in Nairobi.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


The Conference will draw participants from the USA, UK, EU, AU, World Bank, and International Finance Corporation among others.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


VP visits KPA over Lamu project

MOMBASA, 11 December 2011 (NASS) – The Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, Hon Dr Riek Machar Teny and the ministers who were in Mombasa for a working retreat yesterday visited the Kenya Port Authority (KPA) over the issue of gigantic Lamu port project.


They were accompanied by the deputy state minister for Public Service and received by the managing director of the KPA Mr. Gichiri Ndua.


After the warm reception at Kenya Port Authority, the Vice President said prior to independence 60% of South Sudan’s imports and exports were coming and going through Port Sudan but right after the independence things changed. He said the visit was to see how Kenya can help South Sudan in accessing imports and exports through their ports.

 


Dr Machar touring Mombasa port.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


The VP and his entourage were briefed by the permanent secretary of Kenya’s Ministry of Transport, Dr Cyrus Njiru on the system of the port and more specially the Lamu Port project which is intended to facilitate South Sudan in the import and export process.


Dr Njiru said South Sudan is second to Uganda in accessing the Mombasa Port which contributes immensely to their revenues.


The deputy minister for Commerce, Hon. Jenken complained of mismanagement of transit goods at the port, the KPA managing director said South Sudan revenue officers are welcome to be based in Kenya to help in fixing such problems. He also disclosed that every country using the port is welcomed to share in port’s stakeholders’ meeting.


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


Tony Blair visits South Sudan

JUBA, 11 December 2011 – The former British Prime Minister is in the Republic of South Sudan in his capacity as the founder and leader of the African Governance Initiative (AGI) which is a charity organization that works with the African governments in capacity building that is geared towards service delivery.


Speaking to the press after his meeting with the minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial, Mr. Blair said the international community knows the huge challenges facing the new African country and stressed that there is enormous goodwill and support for the people of South Sudan from the international community.


He noted that there is immense determination among the people of South Sudan and the government to make the future bright even though the challenges seem very difficult to overcome. He said the world is fully behind the people of South Sudan. “What is important for the people here to know is that there is a great sense of solidarity to support the people of South Sudan and sympathize with their difficulties as well as a passion to help putting the difficulties right”, he said.


He added that Britain was part of the idea of creating a path for South Sudan’s quest for independence and reiterated that there is a tremendous desire to help and support people of South Sudan by the government of Britain.

 


Mr. Blair addressing the media in Juba in the company of Hon Nhial.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


Asked on the seemingly poor relationship between the Republic of Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan that has in the recent past witnessed cases of violence particularly in the border areas between the two countries, Mr. Blair stressed that it is important the international community helps resolve the problems between the Republic of Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan. He particularly said the security challenges have to be addressed.


He observed that this is a very big challenge to the new country dealing with the security challenges as it also tries to help build the infrastructure and provide basic services to its people since there has to be a change in the lives of the people of South Sudan after attaining independence.


Mr. Blair’s charity organization (AGI) is in three African countries of Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Liberia. He is expected to hold meetings with the President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit and other government officials.


Reported by Matata Safi


President Kiir receives credentials of four ambassadors

JUBA, 9 December 2011 – The President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit yesterday 8 December 2011 received the credentials of four ambassadors accredited to the Republic of South Sudan in a special accreditation ceremony organized at the Presidential Guest House in Juba.

 


President Kiir receives the credentials of the Egyptian ambassador.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


The Ambassadors are:

 

  1. Amb. Moayad Fathallah Mohammed – Ambassador of Egypt
  2. Amb. Chrition Bader – Ambassador of France
  3. Amb. Susan Page – Ambassador of USA
  4. Amb. Jan Sedak – Ambassador of Sweden


President Kiir receives the credentials of the French ambassador.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


With this the total number of ambassadors accredited officially to the Republic of South Sudan so far is nine (9). The first two delivered their credentials to the President on 16 September, 2011 and they were:

 

  1. Mr. Alaster Mcphail Ambassador of United Kingdom, and
  2. Mrs. Ingrid Osfstad, Ambassador of Kingdom of Norway to South Sudan.


President Kiir meets the Swedish ambassador.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


The second group of three delivered their credentials to the President on 15 November 2011. They were:

 

  1. Amb. Li Zhiguo from China
  2. Amb. Cleland Leshore from Kenya, and
  3. Amb. Peter Felten from Germany.


President Kiir congratulated the ambassadors and wished them success in their assigned jobs in the new state of South Sudan. He said the Republic of South Sudan will work closely with the ambassadors to strengthen bilateral relations in all fields, and foster cooperation and mutual benefit between their countries and the Republic of South Sudan.

 


President Kiir meets the American ambassador.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


The ambassadors expressed readiness of working with South Sudan to promote and facilitate cooperation, partnership and friendship with their countries.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


Norwegian People’s Aid marks 25 years in South Sudan

JUBA, 9 December 2011 – The Norwegian People Aid (NPA) today marked 25years of its solidarity with the people of South Sudan, since 1986, with a call to the government to build a stable democracy so that every voice in South Sudan has something to say in the development of their own future.


“The government needs to build a stable democracy so that every voice in South Sudan has something to say in the development of their own future”, said Jan Ledang, the NPA’s Country Director.


In an exclusive interview with the goss.org reporter, Mr. Ledang said the NPA has shown solidarity in practice with the people of South Sudan even during the most difficult times of the struggle for freedom for the people of South Sudan.


He stated that one out of the most many saddest moment was when one of the hospitals run by the NPA in Yei County in Central Equatoria was bombed by the then enemy forces destroying everything.


He said that this is very significant in the sense that it gives a very strong message that the people of South Sudan were not forgotten during the long struggle. He added that the NPA was one of the few non-governmental organizations that moved together with the SPLA into all the liberated areas helping people during the struggle.
Mr. Ledang stressed that the NPA, with the support of Unites States and Norway, managed to keep food distribution going and, besides food distribution, it was running five hospitals in the SPLA controlled areas.

 


Mr Ledang (right) showing Hon Dr Cirino Hiteng, the minister for Culture, Youth and Sports (left) a photo gallery of the NPA activities.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


He observed that the UN had limited access to the people in need of help because they were operating under the control of Lifeline Sudan which the NPA did not follow. He said the NPA had to move southwards from Northern Sudan to help South Sudanese whom, he said, were in enormous need of help.


He said now time has come for development to take root in South Sudan. He pointed out that right now there is not much need of emergency food delivery as has been the case. He said the NPA is currently engaged in rural development by supporting food production capacity development in order for South Sudanese to manage their own projects.


He said he is proud that the NPA is one of the largest NGOs operating in South Sudan with a total number of 900 South Sudanese employed out of the total number of 950 NPA staff in the country, meaning only 50 are foreign employees.


Mr. Ledang also stated that the NPA is engaged in strengthening the civil society by building capacity through trainings like in media and women group empowerment. He further added that in rural development the NPA is training farmers. He said that in mine action, the NPA has trained field staff to take care of the mine action and sensitize the communities.


He on other hand urged the government to review land issues such that food security can be ensured in South Sudan. He said the agricultural sector has to be developed such that the country can be self sufficient with food.


He said the NPA is operating in seven states all round the country except for Northern and Western Bahr el Ghazal as well as Western Equatoria where he said there is little NPA operations at the moment.


Reported by Matata


Government and private sector officials to attend top-level forum in USA

JUBA, 9 December 2011 – A high level delegation from the government of the Republic of South Sudan and the private sector is heading to Washington DC in the United States of America for a two-day conference with the heads of at least 300 leading American companies.


Announcing the conference to the press at the Juba International Airport on behalf of the private sector, the Secretary General of South Sudan Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture Mr. Simon Akuei Deng Garang said that the target of the private sector in the conference is to interact with the business community in the United States of America so as to learn lessons from them and also brief them on the investment opportunities and potential that the Republic of South Sudan offers.

 


Mr Akuei addressing the press.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


He said the government as well will also get engaged with their partners in the United States of America though he was quick to mention that the government will give their position. He said the business community of South Sudan is keen to open up South Sudan to potential investors so that they can engage in exploiting the investment opportunities in South Sudan. He mentioned investment opportunities in the petroleum sector, agricultural sector, roads and construction works, energy among other investment opportunities.


Mr Akuei noted that the delegation representing the private sector is tasked to talk to the American society to lobby for capacity building on issues concerning the private sector. “Building the capacity of the private sector is important because being efficient comes when you have the knowledge”, he said.

 


The delegation heading to Washington.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


The conference is expected to kick off on the Wednesday the 14th and will end on the 15th of December 2011.


Please, click here to read a press statement issued by the South Sudan Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture for more details.


Reported by Matata Safi


“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)