South Sudan signs MoU with UAE Investment Company

ABU DHABI – UAE, 12 January 2012 – As part of the ongoing efforts to mobilize foreign investment to the country, the newly founded and underdeveloped Republic of South Sudan has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the leading Abu Dhabi Investment Company of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in order to invest in various sectors in South Sudan.

The Company has expressed its willingness and readiness to invest in South Sudan and also help to mobilize other partners from Europe, America and Asia to invest in the country. The Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, Hon. Dr. Riek Machar, signed the MoU with the Company’s CEO, Nazem Fawwaz Al Kudsi yesterday in Abu Dhabi city.

Areas of cooperation and investment by the company include railways, roads and bridges, housing estate, aviation, shipping, energy and utilities, oil and gas services, financing and securitization, telecommunications, ICT services, minerals and mining, banking, sports facilities, among others.


South Sudan VP, Dr. Riek Machar (left), signs MoU with CEO of Invest AD, Nazem Fawwaz (center) in Abu Dhabi, January 11, 2012.

Relevant respective ministries in South Sudan will work out the details of the priority areas or projects with the company. The governor of Unity state, Taban Deng Gai, also signed a MoU with the same company, at the same occasion, on infrastructures projects in his state.


The Abu Dhabi Investment Company, also known as ‘Investment AD’, was founded in 1977 by decree of the late His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, ruler of Abu Dhabi and President of the United Arab Emirates. It was originally to invest on behalf of the Abu Dhabi government. In 2007 the company was given a new mandate, to attract and manage third-party funds, in addition to the investment of government assets.


Owned by the Abu Dhabi Investment Council, Invest AD is closely aligned with the long-term diversification and growth objectives of the Abu Dhabi authorities as expressed in the government’s long-term strategy, the Abu Dhabi 2030 Vision, with special focus on Africa and the Middle East.

Dr. Machar also met with a number of other potential investors who similarly expressed their interest to invest in the region. He told the investors that his country is managing high expectations of the people after the region gained independence from the Sudan in July 2011, adding that South Sudan seeks to mobilize up to 500 billion worth of investment in the next five years.

Reported by James Gatdet Dak, the Vice President’s Press Secretary

President Kiir receives asset declaration forms

JUBA, 11 January 2012 – The President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit has today on Wednesday January 11th, 2012 in his office at the State House received a sample of the official printed forms for declaration of assets.


According to the minister in the Office of the President, Hon Emmanuel LoWilla, the form for the declaration of income, assets and liability is in compliance with the Presidential Order No 30/2011 for the declaration of assets. He explained that the forms will be sent to all the ministers, governors, National Legislative Assembly, the Council of the States, The Judiciary, state ministers, undersecretaries, directors general.

Reported by Thomas Kenneth

Deputy Chief Justice and other officers take oath of office

JUBA, 11 January 2012 – The Deputy Chief Justice of the Republic of South Sudan, Justice Ruben Madol Arol who was appointed recently through a Presidential Decree and approved by the National Legislative Assembly was sworn in today on Wednesday January 11th, 2012, before the President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, in a special swearing in ceremony conducted at the State House conference hall by the Chief Justice Chan Rec.

After the swearing in ceremony President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit congratulated Justice Arol for the new assignment given to him and urged him to fully cooperate with the Chief Justice and double efforts in improving the Judiciary of the new nation and make it efficient in delivering quality services to the people of South Sudan. President Kiir also congratulated Justice Arol for winning the confidence of the National Legislative Assembly.

On his part the newly appointed Deputy Chief Justice said that as he had taken the oath before the President, he will join hands with the Chief Justice and make sure that there is no ill will in the Judiciary of the Republic of South Sudan.

In another news development, the Republic of South Sudan Auditor General Ambassador Stephen Kiliona Wondu, who was appointed through a Presidential Decree and approved by the National Legislative Assembly also took oath of office today before the President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit.

President Kiir encouraged Ambassador Wondu to be strong in the new task given to him, which he described as a tough assignment, and directed him to fear no one’s threat, expose any corruption case and work for the interest of the accountable, transparent and credible nation. President Kiir also emphasized that more auditors will be recruited to Audit Chamber so that all the states and all levels of the government are audited properly. The President also assured that all the assistance and protection for the chamber will be provided by his office.

The Deputy Chairperson for Employee Justice Mrs. Sylvia Michael Lugor, and the Deputy Chairperson of the Local Government Board Mr. Anthony Ariki Lowly were also sworn in today before the President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit.

Similalrly, the Head of Legal Administration in the Office of the President Molana Majok Mading Majok, and his deputy Mrs. Ajonye Perpetua Paya and the Legal Registrar Mr. Athian Akec Ong’a also took the oath of office before the President of the Republic. The Legal Administration is established under the Office of the Legal Advisor to the President.

Reported by Thomas Kenneth

SSNLA approves appointment of Chairpersons and Deputy Chairpersons

JUBA, 11 January 2012 – The South Sudan National Legislative Assembly (SSNLA) in its sitting No. 44/2012 held at the SSNLA Main Hall today in Juba presented the nomination of Chairpersons and Deputy Chairpersons for the approval of the August House. The nominations are as below:


Serial No.

Name of the Committee

Name of the Chairpersons

Name of the Deputy Chairperson


Committee of Security and Public order

Hon. Aleyu Ayien Aleyu

Hon. Timothy Tot Choul


Committee of Development, Economy and Finance

Hon. Prof. Paul Logale Jumy 

Hon. Kutin BayakGil


Committee of Public Service, labour and Human Resources Development

Hon. James Mat Ruon

Hon. Akuot Deng Kawac


Committee Legislation, Justice and legal Affairs

Hon. Dengtial  Ayuen Koru

Hon. Permena Awerial  aluong


Committee of Member

Hon. Mark Nyipouch  Obang

Hon. Anthony Kudus Justin


Committee of information, Telecommunication and culture

Hon. Joy kwaje eluzai

Mary Atong  Bona 


Committee of Public Account

Hon.Kam Kam Geng


Hon. Jamal Lomologin  Peter


Committee of Human Rights and Humanitarian Affaires

Hon. Angelina  Nyamouaka  Moguon

Hon. Gabriel Guot Guot


Committee of Regional and international Cooperation

Hon. James Lual Deng

Hon. Jennet Aya Alex


Committee of Energy, Mining, Commerce and Industry

Hon. Henry D. Odwar

Hon. James Kueth Chuol


Committee of Land, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment

Hon. Stephen Ajongo Akol

Hon. Lang Tap Lam


Committee of Gender, Religious, social Welfare and Sports

Hon. Batariya Monyror Maker

Hon. Nadia Mahjoub  Babirkir


Committee of Heath and HIV/AIDS

Hon. Elizabeth Nyawal Chuol

Hon. Awiel Mawien Atem


Committee of Education, Research, Science and Technology

Hon. Samson Ezekiel Ndukpo

Hon. Caguor Aduong Manyang


Committee of Services and Physical Infrastructure.

Hon. Daniel Deng Monydit

Hon. James Gatkor Wodial


Committee of Pace and Reconciliation

Hon. David Okweir Akway

Hon. Veronica Louis Renzi


Committee of Development Committee (CFC)

Hon. Beatrice Aber Samson

Hon. Deng Goc Ayuel


Committee of Rural Development, Irrigation and Water Resources

Hon. Prof Francis Ben Ataba

Hon. Vosca Martin Enok

Right Hon Igga (centre) chairing the sitting today.
[Photo: Marchelo Leopoldo Oder]


Right Hon. Gen. James Wani Igga, the speaker of the SSNLA chaired the sitting.  Hon. Minister Michael Makuei Lueth, the minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Minister of Justice attended it.


The presentation of the Public Accounts Committee report on the Audit Financial Year 2005/2006 by Hon. Kom Kom Geng, the Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee was adjourned to allow the minister for Finance and Economic Planning and the Auditor General to attend the sitting.


Today’s quorum was 191. Before the sitting, the Right Hon. Speaker Gen James Wani Igga signed the new Conduct of Business Regulations, 2012 which was operationalized from yesterday.


Reported by Clement Aturjong Kuot

Khartoum refuses RSS financial assistance, takes South Sudan oil - Petroleum minister

JUBA, 10 January 2012 – The minister for Petroleum and Mining in the government of the Republic of South Sudan Hon. Stephen Dhieu Dau has accused the Khartoum government of taking the country’s crude oil despite their refusal to take an assistance of about 2.6 million United States Dollars to help them recover from their economic shock that came about when the Republic of South Sudan’s broke away in July last year.

The minister, while speaking to the press today at the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting headquarters in Juba, accused Khartoum of ordering all the foreign companies working on the oil to divert all South Sudan crude oil of December 2011 from Nile Blend to the Khartoum and El Obeid refineries.

Hon. Dau also said Khartoum also ordered 550,000 barrels of crude oil from South Sudan’s Dar Blend oil entitlements for December to be delivered to a Sudanese buyer. He further said Khartoum started the construction of a new pipeline between Petrodar pipeline and the Khartoum refinery to permanently divert 13 percent of Dar Blend to their refineries.

The petroleum minister in his statement also said Khartoum is preventing the shipment of South Sudan’s oil by detaining loaded ships that are ready to leave and also stopping ships due for loading South Sudan’s oil. He reported that two ships that were loaded with 1.6 million barrel of Dar Blend oil from South Sudan were prevented from leaving to the international waters by the authorities in Khartoum and other 0.6 million barrels of oil also prevented from leaving.

The minister also rubbished claims by Khartoum that South Sudan has not been paying money for transit fee. A letter by the foreign companies that was presented to the journalists by the minister of which a copy was said to have been sent to the Sudan Ministry of Petroleum and Mining indicates that the Republic of South Sudan has been paying its dues.



Hon Dhieu (left) addressing the press in the company of Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin (right) the minister for Information and Broadcasting.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


The minister also warned any foreign company that is illegally buying oil from South Sudan that the government of the Republic of South Sudan would consider taking legal action against perpetrator of this act. He explained that such a person or company stands lose.

Meanwhile the Undersecretary from the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining Mr. Macar Aciek Ader said the decision taken by Khartoum to block the shipment of South Sudan’s crude oil will have grave economic implications on South Sudan. “Price is a function of time. If we were to load our 1.6 million barrels of Nile Blend in December, which would have brought us the price of about 118 US dollars per barrel and multiply that with the 1.6 barrels, that will give you what we have lost due to the blockade”, he explained. He added the blockage also affected buyers of South Sudan oil as they have commitments to their refineries overseas.

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, condemned the acts of Khartoum of taking and blocking oil from the Republic of South Sudan to the international markets. He said what Khartoum has done is a total violation of sovereignty of the Republic of South Sudan. We are two different and sovereign states; each state has sovereignty over its resources”, stressed Dr Marial. He further stressed that it has never happened in the world where another country can go and interfere with the resources of another country.

For more information on this story, click here for the press statement.

Reported by Matata Safi

RSS marks the seventh CPA Anniversary

JUBA, 9 January 2012 – South Sudanese across the Republic of South Sudan today are marking the seventh anniversary of the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), an agreement signed in 2005 that ended Africa’s longest civil war between the former rebel group of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SLPM/A) and the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) of Khartoum in the Kenyan town of Naivasha. It’s estimated that about 2.5 million people died during the civil war with thousands forced to refugee camps across the globe.

The struggle that was headed by the founding leader late Dr. John Garang de Mabior who died in a plane crash on his way back to South Sudan from an official visit to Uganda barely five months after the signing of the CPA is one that is cherished by all South Sudanese from all walks of life as it bought to them peace that they had been fighting for even before the independence of the Sudan in 1956.


President Kiir votes in the landmark referendum last year.

South Sudan seceded from the rest of the Sudan in July last year after voting overwhelmingly for separation in a referendum exercise which was promised in the 2005 peace agreement. The people of Southern Sudan were given two options either to vote for unity of the Sudan or to have Africa’s largest country split into two.

The seven month old country that was completely devastated by the long civil war has seen tremendous change in development from the time the SPLM/A inherited it from the National Congress Party (NCP) with the guided leadership of H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit the President of the Republic of South Sudan. Roads, hospitals, schools, security and basic service delivery rate high on the score sheet of achievements of the new government.


South Sudanese celebrating independence.

The day that has only been declared a public holiday with very little activities across the country is perhaps seen as a day for families to rejoice together in their homes and to reflect what the achievement means for the future of the country.

From the streets of Juba spoke to many South Sudanese and what most of them said was not far from what one by the names Akoon Malual said: “We have been celebrating the 9th of January every year until the end of the interim period, much as the day will always remind us of the end of the struggle and the beginning of peace, what is even most important for us now is the 9th of July which was the declaration of independence to the Republic of South Sudan.”

Reported by Matata Safi

President Kiir commends WES authorities for maintaining peace and stability

JUBA, 8 January 2012 – The President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit commended Western Equatoria state government for maintaining peace and stability among its communities and urged the state authorities to continue with this spirit and not to allow anyone to insert seeds of hatred and division among the people of the state.


H.E Kiir meets Hon Bakasoro.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

This was disclosed to the press by the Governor of WES Hon. Joseph Bangazi Bakasoro after his meeting on Friday with the President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit. Hon Governor of WES added that President Kiir urged WES authorities to spread the message of peace and stability to other states facing tribal conflicts.


Hon. Bakasoro giving statement to press.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

Hon. Bakasoro also told the press that during the meeting he briefed H.E Kiir on the achievements and challenges of the state in the last year of 2011. He went on saying that education, health and agriculture are the top priorities of WES government for economic and human resources development in the year 2012. He also said he briefed H.E Kiir on the upcoming Tombura conference scheduled for January 18th, 2012 to discuss greater Tombura community issues concluding that his government and the WES people are committed to implement all the policies and directives of President Kiir’s leadership.

Reported by Thomas Kenneth

Council of ministers passes the National Election Bill, 2012

JUBA, 8 January 2012 – The national council of ministers in its regular meeting held on Friday January 6th, 2012, under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit passed the National Election Bill for the year 2012 with some amendments, and that was after being presented by the minister for Justice Hon John Luk Jok.

According to the minister for Information and Broadcasting, who is also the official spokesman of the government Hon. Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, the Bill is now ready to be sent to the National Legislative Assembly for the final approval.


The council of ministers meeting.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

Dr. Marial said the council also discussed a memo presented by the minister for Petroleum and Mining Hon Stephen Dhieu on the issues of transporting South Sudan crude oil. He said the Government of Sudan has stopped two ships loaded with the South Sudan crude oil from going out to the marketing places, adding that the Government of Sudan also in a very hostile manner prevented two ships from coming to Port Sudan to load the South Sudan crude oil for the international markets. The council discussed the issues and explored many options that will be disclosed soon. Dr. Marial described the action as a plan of the Khartoum government to continue stealing the oil of South Sudan.


Dr. Marial talking to the press.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

Dr. Marial announced that the Government of South Sudan has been paying both the transportation and the processing fees to the Republic of Sudan since the 9th July 2011 and all the oil companies in South Sudan are witnesses for that and the companies have presented detailed documents on that to the Government of South Sudan and the Government of Sudan in Khartoum. And the documents prove all the fees paid by the Government of South Sudan.

Reported by Thomas Kenneth

Work kicks off at the Ministry of Housing’s low-cost housing unit project

JUBA, 6 January 2012 – The dream of the Ministry of Housing and Physical Planning to construct low cost housing units for civil servants of the government of the Republic of South Sudan has come true as work on a pilot project is already going on at the site.

The site that is about nine kilometres on Juba-Yei road with the view of Mt. Jebel Kujur on the East is expected to have fifty (50) housing units each on a separate plot. A Chinese construction company called Zhonghoa Overseas Construction and Engineering is the one contracted to build the estate.


An artist's impression of the estate.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

In an exclusive interview with in his office today, the Director of Housing in the Ministry of Housing and Physical Planning Mr. Abuni Ereyi Bassa said thirty of the fifty units will be villas of four bedroom each while the remaining twenty will be constructed as bungalows consisting of three and two bedrooms each.

Mr. Bassa explained that the idea of building low cost housing for civil servants came up in 2007 but regretted that due to cost involved in undertaking such a big project, the idea kept dragging on until last late year when the minister for Housing and Physical Planning Hon. Jemma Nunu Kumba took up the initiative to start the project even with only fifty units.


Mr Bassa during the interview.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

The Housing Director said initially the plan was to build up to about 2,000 housing units with Ethiopia showing interest in the construction work.

Mr. Bassa observed that with the work already started and hopefully finishing the pilot project successfully, many people will be more than ready to be accommodated in these low cost government buildings. “We really want to make these units affordable to everybody. You can see here we are putting units of different standards; it is either a bungalow or a villa of two rooms, three rooms, mention it”, he explained.

The work is expected to be finished by September this year. Mr Bassa called for support from all stakeholders and particularly the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning to support the efforts of the Ministry of Housing so as to reach its target of 2,000 housing units.


Ongoing work at the construction site.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

He reported that the ministry plans to roll the project to all the ten states of the Republic of South Sudan. He said the ministry in the states intends to build state administration offices and accommodation for state government employees.

As to how much it will cost a government employee to have the comfort of the estate, Mr. Bassa explained that the price will be determined by the cost of construction of the different types of the units and upon acceptance of one’s application but he maintained that they (units) will be affordable.

Reported by Matata Safi

“Jonglei state is a humanitarian disaster area”, Council of Ministers

JUBA, 5 January 2012 – The national council of ministers held an extraordinary meeting on Wednesday 4th Jan. 2012 under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit to discuss two serious agendas: the insecurity situation in Jonglei state and issues of exporting Oil of South Sudan.

According to the minister for Information and Broadcasting who is the official spokesman of the government Hon. Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, the council resolved to declare Jonglei state as a disaster area in terms of humanitarian affairs. He further said the council asked all the international relief agencies including the UN agencies to take an urgent humanitarian assistance to the Lou Nuer, the Murle and other affected areas in the state.


The Council of Ministers meeting yesterday.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

Dr. Marial also said the council resolved to deploy more forces in the state to guarantee full security in the area and a concurrent disarmament to be carried out in all parts of the state. He further reported that the council resolved to establish a high level committee to bring reconciliation among the two ethnic communities of Lou Nuer and Murle. The council also considered issues of infrastructure in the state.

Dr. Marial also said the council of ministers directed the two ethnic groups to return all the abducted women and children of the both sides and reunite them with their communities. The council has confirmed that the national forces are now in a full control of Pibor.

The spokesman also said the council of ministers discussed some issues facing the oil export from South Sudan and resolved that South Sudan government should build its alternative pipeline and refinery to supply the national needs of the new nation as well as the need of the neighboring countries.

Reported by Thomas Kenneth

“Lou Nuer should vacate Murle territory completely”, warns Dr. Marial

JUBA, 5 January 2012 (NASS) – The minister for Information and Broadcasting who is also the official spokesman of the government of the Republic of South Sudan has warned the youth of Lou-Nuer to vacate the territories of the Murle today after a meeting with a delegation from the Murle.

He said the Lou-Nuer should vacate the Murle territory so that the government can be able to deliver relief services to the affected Murle people.

He also appealed to the commissioners of both Uror and Pibor counties to cooperate with the government to see that the abducted children as well as the property of both Lou-Nuer and Murle communities are returned.


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

Preliminary reports show that Lou-Nuer had started vacating the Murle territory but Jonglei advisor on security affairs Hon. Jodi confirmed that the Lou-Nuer were still in the Murle territory and there is possibility of attack because the forces sent by the government did not reach.

He also condemned the reports published on the recent incident between Lou-Nuer and Murle saying they are unfair and must be balanced so as not appear as tribal.

In a related development, the new Commissioner of Uror County, Simon Hoth Duol urged the national government to speed up road construction in Jonglei state to enhance security situation in the area.

He further assured that his term in office will put an end to the political support to the conflict in Jonglei state and create peace among the Lou-Nuer and Murle emphasizing that the Lou-Nuer and Murle are brothers and sisters.

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

President Kiir meets with delegation of pupils from Usratuna Basic School

JUBA, 4 January 2012 – The President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit today in his office met a delegation of pupils from Usratuna Basic School led by Hon. Elizabeth Enoka the chairperson of Parents/Teachers Council-Usratuna Basic School.


H.E Kiir in a general photo with Usratuna pupils.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

During the meeting, the delegation of Usratuna Basic School pupils acknowledged the leadership of H.E Kiir for leading the people of South Sudan to real freedom, and presented him with a gift of good wishes. The delegation briefed the President about the challenges and problems facing one thousand and eighty seven pupils and thirty teachers of Usratuna Basic School, and urged H.E Kiir to intervene and rescue the situation in Usratuna Basic School.


Usratuna pupil presents a gift to H.E Kiir.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

President of the Republic commended the efforts of the South Sudanese teachers in preparing the pupils for a bright future of the new nation. H.E Kiir called on the parents and the guardians to join hands with the teachers and take responsible steps of establishing a suitable atmosphere for the future of South Sudan pupils. President of the Republic donated fifty thousand SSP to Usratuna Basic School and promised to pay a familiarization visit to the school soon.

Reported by Thomas Kenneth

H.E Kiir launches center for issuing of national documents of RSS

JUBA, 4 January 2012 – The President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit yesterday officially launched the National Registration Center for the nationality certificate, identity cards and passports of the Republic of South Sudan. H.E Kiir also at the same time launched the issuing of the three national documents in a special ceremony organized by the Ministry of Interior at the main office of nationality, immigration and ID cards in Juba, under the theme: “The New National Identity for the New Nation”.


President Kiir launches the national registration center.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

During the launching ceremony, President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit received a new passport of the new nation as the first South Sudanese citizen to receive the new passport.

In his launching remarks, President of the Republic extended his sincere gratitude to the minister for Interior Hon. Alison Manani Magaya and his team in the ministry for a quality work done in issuing the national documents. He also appreciated the two ministries of Foreign Affairs and Finance for joining hands with Ministry of Interior to set up mechanisms for issuing the national documents.


President Kiir addressing the participants at the launching ceremony.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

President of the Republic strongly directed the two ministries of Interior and National Security to identify all the foreigners in the country and investigate those who entered in the country without work and residence permits and take any necessary measures against them. President Kiir warned authorities in the ministry not to issue diplomatic and special passports to the citizens who do not deserve them. H.E Kiir also warned government officials intimidating police officers issuing the passports and giving them bribes for diplomatic and official passports. He ordered the officers to report such cases to the authorities.

President of the Republic appealed to the politicians having hands in the crisis between Lou Nuer and Murle in Jonglei state to stop instigating tribal crisis between the two ethnic groups and work for peace and stability in the area. He reaffirmed that the government will not allow the two ethnic groups to continue killing themselves.


Hon Magaya stresses a point during the ceremony.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

On his part the minister for Interior Hon. Alison Manani Magaya announced to the public that the nationality certificate is the key document to the other official documents through which ID cards and passports can be issued. Hon. Magaya declared that the new national documents of the new nation will be very restricted to make sure that they do not reach non-South Sudanese. He called on the citizens to cooperate with the authorities in the process of issuing the documents adding that the first generation passport of RSS will be slowly withdrawn while the second generation is being issued. Hon. Magaya emphasized that the Ministry of Interior has set up mechanisms for recognizing the presence of foreign nationals in the country and make sure that they have work and residence permits.

The two ministers of Finance and Foreign Affairs Hon. Kosti Manibe and Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial who is responsible for diplomatic and special passports expressed readiness for facilitating the issuing of national documents to a deserve citizens.


Mr Koler speaks during the ceremony.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

The Vice President of Muehlbauer a Germany based company which manufactured the new RSS passport Mr. Mattauis Koler said when addressing the ceremony that the Republic of South Sudan passport is a first class electronic passport. He appreciated the Government of South Sudan for supporting the company in preparing the new passport.

Reported by Thomas Kenneth

“General security situation calm”, Col Aguer

JUBA, 4 January 2012 – The spokesperson of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) Col. Phillip Aguer yesterday in his address to the media said the general security situation in the country is normal and calm.

Col. Aguer while briefing the media forum at the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting headquarters hosted by the government of the Republic of South Sudan spokesperson Hon. Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin said there are no major events except for the reported movement of Sudan Armed Forces along the border with the Republic of South Sudan.

He said that the SPLA is closely monitoring their movements and maintained that so long as they don’t enter into the territories of the Republic of South Sudan, they will only be monitoring their activities. “We are strictly implementing the policy of the government of the Republic of South Sudan and that is to be on the defensive position”, asserted Col. Aguer.


Col Aguer addressing the media forum.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

He said Jua payam, in Unity state, is now under the control of the SPLA after being invaded by the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF). He said that in Unity State and Southern Korodofan SAF is still maintaining their presence as opposed to their supposed withdrawal from these locations explaining that SAF are about 6km from SPLA positions in Jua.

Col. Aguer also said Maban, parts of Blue Nile and the borders of Unity state are relatively quiet from the remnants of the late rebel leader George Athor.

On Jonglei communal clashes Col. Aguer said the SPLA is sending more troops alongside police officers. He said these forces were already on the way to Janglei. He said the by yesterday the reports emerging from the affected area of Pibor was that the Lou Nuer youths were already vacating Pibor towards their territories. He said this is a good gesture that the President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E Salva Kiir’s massage to the two communities is being implemented. President Kiir in his New Year message had asked the Lou Nuer to leave Pibor Murle area. The President had also assured that their cattle, children and wives allegedly taken by the Murle would be returned. He also asked the Murle to return the alleged cattle they had taken.

Col. Aguer decried the state of roads that he said have been a major setback for the SPLA in averting such clashes. He called on the government to prioritize the construction of roads so as to provide easy access to save lives in the future. He lauded the support of the UNMISS saying that they are helping with air patrols to see the movement of the communities hence helping SPLA to plan better in stopping the clashes.

Reported by Matata Safi

Juba dispels Khartoum’s allegations on JEM presence in territory

JUBA, 3 January 2012 (NASS) – The authorities in Juba have dispelled the accusations made by Khartoum that the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) vehicles have entered the Republic of South Sudan.

According to the available reports, Khartoum officials had announced on Radio Omdurman that Juba has been supporting JEM which is the strongest rebel group in Darfur that lost its leader Khalil Ibrahim late December 2011.

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 condemned the allegations today during the weekly media forum hosted by the ministry.

Dr Marial refuted the claims made over Radio Omdurman that JEM’s vehicles had entered the Republic of South Sudan and described it as a complete lie. He explained that the government of the young nation doesn’t have any hand on the move by JEM.

“It is very irresponsible for Sudan to be accusing a country like South Sudan which is only six months old over the issue like supporting the JEM”, Dr Marial said. He asserted that there is no presence of JEM forces in the Republic of South Sudan. He explained that in the converse the government is working hard to strengthen its relations with Khartoum.

He stated that the government of South Sudan is committed to the letter and spirit of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and that President Salva Kiir Mayardit made this very clear during his first foreign trip to Khartoum after the independence on July the 9th last year.

“We are expecting the President of Sudan to make an official visit to South Sudan after President Kiir’s visit to Khartoum, so how can we also act like enemies”, he wondered.

In a related development, the SPLA spokesman Col. Phillip Aguer accused Khartoum of supporting the conflict between Lou Nuer and Murle group in Jonglei. Col Aguer made this accusation while answering questions from the journalists during the forum.

“The heavy guns at the hands of both Murle and Lou Nuer have been supplied by the government in Khartoum through the late renegade George Athor to destabilize security in South Sudan”, he said.

At the same time Hon Marial appealed to the government in Khartoum to stop sending heavy guns and ammunitions to South Sudan instead of creating good relations. He stated that Khartoum is bound to lose because the weapons they will be sending will be confiscated by the SPLA.

Hon Marial also called on the remnants of Athor loyalists especially his deputy Pastor Paul Awan to come back home and continue with spiritual activities rather finding ways to killing innocent civilians in South Sudan. He pointed out that pastors are well known of giving Holy Communion to congregations in the churches but not taking guns to kill.

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

“Sudan is taking the oil of South Sudan without permission from the authorities”, H.E Kiir

JUBA, 2 January 2012 – The President of the Republic, H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit said the Republic of Sudan has been violating the airspace of the country and carried out military incursions in to the sovereign territories of the Republic of South Sudan at the borders.

In a New Year Message to the people of South Sudan, President Kiir pointed out that the Republic of Sudan is taking the oil of South Sudan without any permission from the authorities, an act he believes amounts to looting in a broad day light.

According to President Kiir, at the negotiations table between the Government of South Sudan and the Sudan, the government of the Republic of South Sudan had made substantial offers that would improve the economic and financial gaps of the Republic of Sudan in the spirit of Comprehensive Peace Agreement and to ensure mutual viability of the two states as a good gesture.


President Salva Kiir Mayardit

He was blunt that the hostile attitude from Khartoum towards the Republic of South Sudan should stop and added that the national government will continue with its diplomatic avenues to address a range of issues between South Sudan and the Sudan.

President Kiir urged the Khartoum government to recognize the futility of its current aggressions and stop the spirit of war. He also appealed to the Republic of the Sudan that South Sudan is not its enemy and that the people are still have much to share in common. President Kiir said the people of the Sudan are always free to come to South Sudan and will always be welcomed by the people and government of the Republic of South Sudan.

Reported by Yousif Michael/SSR and Thomas Kenneth

Dr Machar calls on Lou-Nuer youth not to advance towards Pibor town

JUBA, 31 December 2011 – The Vice President of South Sudan, Hon Dr Riek Machar, has called on the defying Lou-Nuer youth to implement the verbal agreement he reached with them on Wednesday last week to withdraw back to the Nuer territory, warning them not to advance towards Pibor county headquarters of Murle community.

Early last week, several thousands of armed Lou-Nuer youth marched to Murle land and captured a strategic payam called Likwangole, which is about 25 kilometers from the county headquarters and announced that they would continue to capture Pibor headquarters and other payams and villages until the Murle community was completely “liberated and disarmed.”

The group claimed that they were carrying out a revenge attack for the killing in August of more than 700 of their members, mostly women and children, by armed youth from the Murle community in a village called Pieri in what officials say was the first major surprise attack one month after the region gained independence on 9th July 2011.



Dr Machar speaking to the youth at Likwangole.

Last Wednesday Dr Machar flew to the isolated affected payam of Likwangole to try to convince the Lou-Nuer youth who captured the town to withdraw and move back to their territory. The youth, who first refused to meet with the Vice President, finally reluctantly agreed to withdraw and gave condition that their wounded be evacuated first before they could withdraw back to Lou-Nuer areas.

However, after their wounded were evacuated on Thursday, on Friday they told the Vice President, who was spending the night with them in the area, that they were withdrawing back but instead diverted the route towards the Pibor county headquarters.

The governor of Jonglei state, Kuol Manyang Juuk, told the BBC on Friday that the youth have come up with a new demand that their abducted women and children be handed over to them by the Murle community before they could stop the attacks.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said they have intercepted about six thousand armed Lou-Nuer youth moving toward Pibor county headquarters on Friday burning villages and taking cattle on the way. Also tens of thousands of civilians have already fled from Pibor town on Friday to the bushes in fear of imminent attack, according to the UN report. UNMISS has already deployed a battalion of its troops in Pibor town to protect the civilians in addition to the SPLA forces on the ground.

Jonglei state governor Kuol Manyang, however warned that the deployed UN forces were insufficient and will not be able to contain the situation or stop the matching Lou-Nuer youth from attacking the town.

On Friday, the Vice President, Machar, who is still in the affected Murle area of Likwangole has been trying to stop the youth from further movement into the interior Murle land. On Friday he spoke on Thuraya phone with the leader of the youth, Bor Doang, who assured the Vice President that he would order his group to stop moving toward Pibor town and return back to Lou-Nuer.

It is not yet clear whether or not the youth leader would hold to his words despite the fact that the attack on Pibor town did not occur as feared on Friday.

Reported by the Vice President’s Press Secretary, James Gatdet Dak

South Sudanese Diaspora vow to end Jonglei’s conflicts

JUBA, 2 January 2012 (NASS) – The South Sudanese Diaspora from the United States of America has vowed to put an end to the vicious Jonglei’s conflict. This announced today by a group of South Sudanese Diaspora called ‘ambassadors group for peace’ after a meeting with the minister for Information and Broadcasting, Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin.

According to Mr Dhieu Deng Leek who is the leader of the group, the group comprises members from all the tribes in Jonglei state, with the vision of creating peace among the tribes in the state and their neighbors across the country.


Hon Marial (second right) posing with the group after the meeting.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]

Shortly after the meeting, Mr Dhieu stated that the people in the Diaspora know that the government is working hard to fix the problems shaking Jonglei state but added that the government alone cannot do all these because it is still young and has many challenges to overcome.

Mr Dhieu who recently came from Jonglei state pledged to contribute much in ending the conflict in the state and urged the people in the Diaspora to join hands with the government to realize lasting peace in Jonglei.

Hon. Marial commended the group for the initiative and assured them that they have the full support of the government. He also urged them to extend the same initiative across the Republic of South Sudan.

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