Zambian company seeking investment opportunity in South Sudan

JUBA, 23 February 2012 (NASS) – A Zambian engineering company known as Ng’andu Consulting’ is seeking big investment opportunities in the Republic of South Sudan, the company’s managing director for its Rwandan franchise, Mr. Watson Ng’ambi revealed today during a meeting with the minister for Information and Broadcasting, Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin.

 


Dr Marial (left) welcoming Mr Ng'ambi (right) to the meeting.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


Mr Ng’ambi said company is one of the biggest private companies in Zambia with branches in Rwanda and will soon establish in South Sudan. He said the company has a remarkable history in the infrastructural development in several countries in Africa. He said they are well known for roads and bridges constructions, real estate buildings and sport stadia.


Dr Marial said South Sudan would express great interest in real estates and bridges adding that the old ones were destroyed by the protracted civil war. He also reiterated that South Sudanese wants genuine investors. He also said that South Sudan appreciates the support of Zambians during the struggle.


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


“Economic empowerment for war disabled is our target”, Deng Dau

JUBA, 23 February 2012 - The chairperson of the War Disabled, Widows and Orphans Commission Mr. Deng Dau Deng has said economic empowerment of the war disabled is the main target of his commission.


Speaking to goss.org in his office yesterday, Mr. Deng said that, the vision of the commission is to have a society in which War Disabled, War Widows and War Orphans have equal opportunities and rights to participate in development for improved quality of life.


Mr. Deng explained that war disabled are faced with a number of challenges including mobility as well as access to funds to start small scale income generating projects so as to contribute to nation development. He explained that in line with this, the commission has managed to secure some tricycles that have been distributed to the war survivors in all the ten states to ease their mobility.

 


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


He also said the commission is a support giving-service drive, is working on acquiring sewing machines, simple electronic grinding machines that the survivors can use for generating income for their families. He added that there are plans to acquire river canoes and speed boats that the beneficiaries would use for fishing hence generating income.


He also said the commission prioritizes capacity building. He explained that knowledge acquired from such trainings can be applied to generate income. He added that the commission has in plan small scale loans schemes that the disabled, widows will borrow to start small businesses. He encouraged them to form an association if they are to benefit from such programmes.


Mr. Deng observed that the government needs the support of other stakeholders to achieve this. “As government, we cannot do this alone, we need support from organizations, it could church organizations or community organizations to support the government in its efforts to help the people who paid dearly for the realization of this country”, Mr Deng said.


The South Sudan War Disabled Widows and Orphans Commission (SSWDWOC) is a commission that was established after the signing of the CPA in 2005. It only deals with the war disabled, orphans and widows.


Reported by Matata Safi


Health deputy minister meets Kenyan delegation

JUBA, 23 February 2012 - The national deputy minister for Health Hon Dr Yatta Lori Lugor yesterday at the Ministry of Health headquarters in Juba met a Kenyan delegation headed by assistant minister for Public Service Hon Aden Sugow.


Shortly after the meeting Dr Lugor told the press that the Kenyan delegation came to follow up the work of professional health personnel Kenya had sent to assist in different institutions especially in hospitals in South Sudan. He explained that the government of Kenya had sent a total of eighty (80) different health professionals such as doctors, specialists, nurses, surgical officers, and midwives to South Sudan last year. He reported that these professionals were distributed to the various states of South Sudan.

 


Dr Lugor meeting the Kenyan delegation.


He expressed appreciation of the initiative and added that Kenya has been assisting South Sudan for long. He explained that even during the war Kenya hosted South Sudanese refuges and also assisted in various training diverse cadres of civil servants. He also recounted how Kenya supported the formulation, signing and implementation of the CPA.


He explained that the fact that South Sudan was at war for a long time deprived it of human capital. He appealed for the expansion of the support programme saying that the two years currently stipulated for it is inadequate given the gravity of the human resource deficiency. He reported that the Kenyan professionals together with those from IGAD countries such as Ethiopia and Uganda, are doing a good job.


On his part Hon Sugow said he is pleased to hear the report on the good work the professionals sent to Juba about eight months ago have been doing. He said that Kenya will continue to support South Sudan such bilateral and multilateral international initiatives.

 


Dr Lugor meeting CDC officials.


In a related event Dr Lugor met the acting country director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Mr Christi Murray at the Ministry of Health in Juba. After the meeting Dr Lugor told the press that they came to congratulate him on his appointment. He also added that they discussed the role of the CDC disease management in South Sudan.


He said they also discussed issue of technical health personnel who will be sent by the CDC from the USA to South Sudan to support the country in various health issues.


Reported by Lindri Godfrey Alex


President forms Austerity Measures Committee

JUBA, 22 February 2012 - The President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit has issued a presidential order No. 08/2012 for the formation of the Austerity Measures Committee. The committee is composed of the following members:

S/N

NAME

POSITION

1-

Hon. Kosti Manibe

Chairperson

2-

Hon. Emmanuel LoWilla

Secretary

3-

Hon. Oyayi Deng Ajak

Member

4-

Hon. Elison Magaya

Member

5-

Hon. Garang Diing Akuong

Member

6-

Hon. Stephen Dhieu Dau

Member

7-

Hon. Kuol Manyang Juuk

Member

8-

Hon. Clement Wani Konga

Member

9-

Hon. Kornelio Koryiom Mayik

Member

10-

Hon. Dr. Majak Agot

Member

11-

Hon. Kom Kom

Member

12-

Hon. Simon Kun Puoch

Member

13-

Hon. Taban Deng Gai

Member

14-

Representative of Eastern Equatoria

Member

15-

Representative of Northern Bahr El-Ghazal

Member

 Terms of Reference for the committee:

The terms of reference for the committee shall be as hereunder:

  1. To assist the minister of Finance and Economic planning to determine the essential activities that must continue at full or at the highest level of funding possible;
  2. To establish monthly operating and capital limits for Ministries/spending units;
  3. To determine non-essential functions of Government for further cuts, including possible temporary shutdown;
  4. To regularly review and determine new spending limits depending on financial situation;
  5. To mediate between competing priorities; and
  6. To undertake any other task as the Council of Ministers or the President may direct.

 

Reported by Thomas Kenneth Elisapana


SSNLA passes and adopts the Companies Bill, 2012

JUBA, 22 February 2012 - The South Sudan National Legislative Assembly in its Sitting No. 57/2012 held at the main hall yesterday 21st February 2012 at 10:00 AM deliberated on the presentation of the Committee of Legislation and Justice on the Companies Bill, 2012 in its third reading by Hon. Dengtial A. Kuur, the Chairperson of the committee.


The report is in accordance with Regulations 107 of the National Legislative Assembly Conduct of Business Regulations 2011. The bill was a result of sitting no. 51/2012 dated 7th February 2012 in which Right Hon. Speaker of the SSNLA referred the bill to the Committee of Legislation and Justice for further scrutiny and incorporation of the observations and comments of the honourable members.

 

The committee in accordance with Regulation 135 (4) of the National Legislative Assembly Conduct of Business Regulations 2011 was mandated to revise and incorporate observations accordingly. The committee has worked on the following:

 

  1. Replace 2011 with 2012 to read Companies Bill, 2012;
  2. The definition of South Sudan National Legislative Assembly (SSNLA);
  3. Under section 9 add a third sub section to read invites the Republic to subscribe for shares;
  4. In the heading of section 13 replace in which an with;
  5. In section 13 (10) line 3 replace hundred with thousand South;
  6. In section 15 (4) line 3 replace hundred with thousand Sudan;
  7. In section 22 (1) line 1 delete the memorandum

 

Up to 124 amendments were read by Hon. Dengtial A. Kuur, the chairperson of Legislation and Justice Committee. The Committee is comprised of 11 members headed by chairperson.


After the presentation the August House deliberated and passed the bill to the fourth and final stage in which Right Hon. Speaker of the SSNLA requested the Clerk of the Assembly to read the title of the Bill which means that the bill is passed and adopted by the Assembly.


During the same sitting the presentation of the joint report of the Committee of Health and HIV/Aids and Legislation and Justice on Drug and Food Control Authority Bill, 2011 in its second reading stage was done by Hon. Elizabeth Chol.


The chairperson of Health and HIV/Aids Committee presented her report to the Assembly which was deliberated and discussed by August House and passed to third reading.

Right Hon. Speaker Gen. James Wani Igga chaired the sitting which was attended by 225 honourable members.

Reported by Clement Aturjong Kuot


Honey and lulu oil cottage factories thriving in Kajo Keji

JUBA, 22 February 2012 (NASS) – Cottage honey and lulu processing factories in Kajo Keji, Central Equatoria, are thriving and helping to lift the quality of the lives of the residents. This was revealed by a monitoring and evaluation team led by the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare which visited one of the projects to assess its performance.

 


Members of the women group demonstrate how they extract lulu oil.


The project which is sponsored the World Bank and targets 25 self-help women groups in the state. Apart from generating the much needed income for the members, the project is also aimed at bolstering food security in the region. Several similar projects dot other parts of the country.


The monitoring team was led by Mr Ajak Kuol Dengdit, the senior inspector for women empowerment projects in the ministry. He emphasized that South Sudan’s honey is unique and has the potential of easy acceptance worldwide. He also announced that the team will later visit Lakes State to inspect agro-based projects there.

 


Members of the group show samples of the honey they process.


Mrs Emilo Konga, the state focal point for the women in Kajo Keji said the women groups are extracting lulu oil, honey, candles and soap. She appealed to the relevant stakeholders to help them to reach markets.


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


South Sudan ready to support peace efforts in Darfur

JUBA, 21 February 2012 - The President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit yesterday in his office met the African Union – United Nations joint special representative to Darfur Prof. Ibrahim A. Gambari who was accompanied by the minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial.

 


H.E Kiir meets with AU-UN representative.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Shortly after the meeting, Hon Nhial said the meeting mainly focused on the situation in Darfur. He said Prof Gambari came to Juba to request President Kiir to provide support to the ongoing efforts to bring about peace in Darfur.


Hon Nhial asserted that during the meeting President Kiir reiterated the SPLM principle position adopted since the interim period in 2005 that South Sudan wishes to see the conflict in Darfur resolved peacefully. He further said President Kiir assured Prof Gambari that he will do everything possible to ensure that the international community efforts to restore peace in Darfur are promoted. Hon Nhial also said President Kiir is ready to receive updates from Prof Gambari on Darfur at any time.

 


Hon. Nhial and Prof Gambari giving a statement to the press.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


On his part Prof. Gambari thanked H.E Kiir for welcoming him and expressed his full satisfaction with the commitment made by the President Kiir for resolving Darfur crisis. Prof. Gambari said what is needed now in Darfur is peace and Darfurian people must be part of the solution rather than being part of problems in the relations between South Sudan and the Sudan.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


“Come home”, medical doctor tells South Sudanese professionals in the Diaspora

JUBA, 21 February 2012 - A group of South Sudanese doctors who have seen the suffering of their fellow countrymen in a country that show everything destroyed in the two long decades of civil war, have decided to break the cycle of suffering by establishing an affordable medical centre in Juba and calling on their other colleagues in the medical and other professions to come home.


Dr. James Joseph of Gudele Medical and Surgical Home (GMSH) in an exclusive interview this morning told goss.org that the idea of the medical centre was conceived to provide quality and affordable medical services to the citizens who have been spending a lot of money on treatments abroad.

 


Dr James Joseph during the interview.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


“We are building a new nation; to build a nation, you need to have healthy people because good health promotes development”, observed Dr. Joseph. Hr explained that if all the South Sudanese professionals in the Diaspora whether they are doctors or engineers came home, they would help in uplifting the new country.


Dr. Joseph noted that with the few and limited medical facilities, many South Sudanese have been trying to seek medical treatment abroad which he said is always expensive. “There are cases where some people sell their valuables to meet medical expenses abroad”, he said. He added this is not about money but doing service to the nation. He further stressed that South Sudanese have struggled with many diseases and he said it is time to say enough to diseases.


Dr. Joseph applauded the government of the Republic of South Sudan in ensuring the health of its people is safe. He observed many drug shops that have been operating illegal and without required medical qualifications have been closed.

 


A delivery bed at the maternity ward of the facility.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


It is widely believed that most of the small drug shops operate illegally and have poor storage facilities making the drugs they sell to the largely unsuspecting population harmful to their health. Dr. Joseph observed that it is against the medical ethics to sell or administer fake or expired drugs to patients. He added that this would do harm other than cure to the body.


Dr. Joseph observed that private medical sector is still faced with insufficient supplies of drugs. He explained that many people are falling sick because of the rampant existences of diseases. He mentioned diseases like malaria and typhoid being high among others.


Gudele Medical and Surgical Home (GMSH) that is located in Gudele trading centre, block (08) provides a wide range of medical and surgical services that runs 24 hours. They do major and minor operations, laboratory and blood bank services, ante-natal and maternal child health services, outpatient specialist consultations, admissions and inpatient care, and emergency healthcare service. It has over fifteen admission beds that according to Dr. Joseph are most likely to be increased as part of the structure that houses the medical centre is still under construction.

 


Front-view of the facility.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


With the announcement South Sudan’s independence in 9th July last year, many South Sudanese have been steadily coming back home after many years in exile. It is widely believed that initiatives like this could save thousands of South Sudanese Pounds that are spent on seeking for medical services abroad. Some areas that need to be tapped are the educational sector, agriculture, and tourism among others. The government has been on an investment drive to attract both local and international investors to come and invest in the Republic of South Sudan.


Reported by Matata Safi


Egyptian pharmaceutical to establish factory in South Sudan

JUBA, 21 February 2012 – An Egyptian delegation interested in building a pharmaceutical factoru is in South Sudan to explore the opportunity. The national deputy minister for Health Hon Dr Yatta Lori Lugor met with the delegation led by Dr Mohamed Awad Tag Eldin, a former minister for Health who is now the chairman of Pharmaceutical Company in Egypt.


Shortly after the meeting Dr Lugor told the press that the delegation came to explore ways and means of establishing a factory for manufacturing pharmaceutical products locally in South Sudan. He explained that Egypt has done a lot for South Sudan in terms of offering scholarship for the people of South Sudan. He thanked the people and government of the Republic of Egypt for their love for South Sudan.


He encouraged the delegation to invest in the country explaining that drugs being brought into the country are very expensive and pushing up the costs of medical care in the country. The delegation assured the deputy minister of their commitment to the investment opportunity to the benefit of the people of South Sudan.


Reported by Lindri Godfrey Alex


Kenya reaffirms commitment to support South Sudan

JUBA, 21 February 2012 – The Republic of Kenya has reaffirmed its commitment to support the Republic of South Sudan in various fields of development. This was announced by the country’s assistant minister for Public Service Hon. Aden Sugow Ahmed who officially opened a series of managerial skills training workshops for directors across line ministries in the government of the Republic of South Sudan on yesterday in Juba.


Hon. Ahmed urged South Sudanese to diversify the economic growth of the country and shy away from the propaganda that with the disconnection of the oil pipelines through the north, the nation will not develop. He assured the participants that there are other sources of getting income like agriculture and trade.


However, Hon. Ahmed warned the participants that the Republic of South Sudan has a lot of serious challenges which need double efforts to resolve. “Prioritize training for better service delivery and it will change the new Republic of South Sudan," he said.


On the other hand the deputy minister for Labour Public Service and Human Resource Development Hon. Kwong Danhier Gatluak told the participants that learning remains essential and asserted that even the President of the Republic can be trained, so learning has no limit. He called on the directors at the end of the course to be able to focus on and facilitate the attainment of the South Sudan vision of 2040 (good roads, security, infrastructure and development).


The training workshop will continue for five days and will focus on managerial skills, planning and installation of the performance management in various levels of government from the national to states.


Reported by Jogo Joice, Alnour Ango and Justin Jada


SSNLA passes the Higher Education Bill, 2012 to the third reading

JUBA, 21 February 2012 - The South Sudan National Legislative Assembly (SSNLA) in its Sitting No. 56/2012 at the SSNLA Main Hall received a presentation of the joint report of the committees of Education, Research, Science and Technology and Legislation and Justice on Higher Education Bill, 2012 in its second reading stage by the Chairperson of Committee of Education, Research, Science and Technology Hon. Samson Ezekiel Ndukpo.

 

The Bill is in accordance with regulation 103 (2) of the National Assembly Conduct of Business Regulation 2011 in which the Bill was referred by the Assembly to two committees of Education, Research, Science and Technology and Legislation and Justice. The Bill was tabled to the Assembly on the 21st, November, 2011 by national minister for Justice.

 

The Bill is comprised of 21 pages. Chapter one is about preliminary provisions; chapter two indicates general objectives of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology; chapter three explains the role of National Council for Higher Education; chapter four is about Higher Education Institutions; chapter five is on Finance, Accounts and Audit; chapter six is about miscellaneous provisions.

 

After long deliberations and discussions by the MPs the debate was terminated and the Bill passed with recommendations, observations and amendments and referred to the two committees for more incorporation, scrutiny and retable the Bill for third reading.

 

The sitting was chaired by acting speaker Hon. Gen. Daniel Awet Akot. It was attended by 195 members including national ministers.


Reported by Clement Aturjong Kuot


South Sudan approves austerity measures in response to loss of oil revenue

JUBA, 20 February 2012 – In response to revenue losses associated with the shutting down of South Sudan oil production, the Council of Ministers on 17 February 2012 approved an initial set of austerity measures aimed at immediately reducing government expenditures.

 

The measures approved by the Council, include that non-salary spending to be cut by an average of 50%; and a minimal reduction to block transfers (unconditional monthly grants) to States. The measures will be effective upon signing by the President.

 

The Council of Ministers also mandated that the salaries of all public employees be protected. In the coming weeks and months, the Council will regularly review the country’s priorities in order to meet proposed targets. The cutbacks are effective immediately and will ensure that the necessary funds are available for the continued operation of the government and security forces.


“These are swift and deep cuts, but no layoffs of civil servants, organised forces personal, and SPLA. Everyone’s paycheck is being maintained”, said Hon. Kosti Manibe, the minister for Finance and Economic Planning.


At the same time, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning is intensifying efforts to increase collection of non-oil revenue through enforcement of the Tax Act, 2009. Through increased compliance with the existing Business Profits Tax, Excise Tax, and Personal Income Tax, the Ministry aims to triple non-oil revenue collection within six months.

 

By Abraham Diing Akoi


300 engineering contingent of Japanese army arrives Juba

JUBA, 20 February 2012 (NASS) – At least 300 engineering contingent of the Japanese army arrived in Juba, the capital of South Sudan today.


The contingent was received by the government officials headed by the spokesperson of the government, Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin.

 


The Japanese contingent being received by top government officers in Juba.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


Addressing the media after the warm reception, Dr Marial, who is also the national minister for Information and Broadcasting said the contingent is part of UNMISS which is to help the peacekeeping force in the state. He added that this contingent will help a lot in the infrastructural development of the country.


Meanwhile the Japanese ambassador to Sudan, Mr. Akinori Wada stated that the arrival of the Japanese contingent to Juba is proof to the Japanese commitment for further support to South Sudan.

 


In a separate event, the government of Japan has signed an agreement with South Sudan to build two primary schools in Uror County, Jonglei state. The ceremony was witnessed by Dr Marial and representatives from the two communities of Duong and Maikir jack of Uror County.

 


The Japanese ambassador (left) and Rev Kony (right) exchange the agreement. Looking on is Dr Marial (centre).
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


Speaking after the ceremony, the representative of Duong community, Rev. Tut Kony said building schools in Uror will bring peace and development to the community.


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


South Sudan to enhance juvenile justice system

JUBA, 19 February 2012 (NASS) – The Republic of South Sudan is working with the relevant stakeholders to enhance juvenile justice system in the country, the deputy minister for Gender, Child and Social Welfare Dr Priscilla Nyanyang has announced.


The minister made the announcement last week during a workshop organized by the ministry in collaboration with UNICEF South Sudan to develop a strategic framework to enhance the protection of children who come into contact with the law either as offenders, victims or witnesses.

 


Dr Nyanyang (left) and Dr Ali (right) at the workshop.


Addressing the workshop, Dr Yasmin Ali, the UNICEF Representative in South Sudan underscored the need to protect the rights of vulnerable groups in the justice system. She said most of these vulnerable children also face several socio-economic challenges which predispose them to violence and abuse. She also explained that the formal justice system is administered by community leaders and traditional authorities which sometimes do not comply with the international standards. She said that this approach tends to be costly due to prolonged proceedings which are not child-friendly.


The workshop is a follow-up of the recommendations of the 2009 assessment of juvenile justice systems in South Sudan. A major recommendation of the assessment was that juvenile justice system ought to be restorative rather than punitive and provide diversion schemes as well as alternatives to detention for children who are tried and convicted.

 


A cross-section of some of the participants at the workshop.


The workshop was attended by over seventy stakeholders drawn from all the ten states of South Sudan, government ministries, the UN, NGOs, donors and civil society organizations, among others. It was coordinated by Regina Ossa Lullo, the Director General of Gender and Child Welfare.


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


“South Sudan should not depend on oil only”, urges Kwong Danhier

JUBA, 19 February 2012 - South Sudan should not depend only on oil revenue and should nurture the other non-oil revenue streams in its development efforts, Hon. Kwong Danhier Gatluak, the deputy minister for Labour Public Service and Human Resource Development has said.


Speaking while closing a workshop of executive directors and records management officers at Government Accounting training Centre in Juba on Friday, the deputy minister told the participants that South Sudan existed even before the exploration of the natural resources in the country and therefore can develop and run it affairs with other non-oil revenues. He said the country only needed commitment to and focus on this objective to meet this goal.


He urged records managers and directors to remain focused and disciplined while putting lessons learnt during the workshop into practice so as to bring change in their respective government institutions. He asserted that knowledge remains an essential element to the civil servants in the Republic of South Sudan and emphasized that the Ministry of Labour Public Service and Human Resource Development is working hard to meet the demand through capacity building.


The training workshop for records managers took four weeks and directors one week. It was organised by the Government of Kenya and South Sudan as part of technical assistance.

 


Participants pose for a group photo after the completion of the training.


During the closing ceremony deputy director of Kenya Institution of Administration (KIA) told the participants that all African countries are watching to see whether South Sudan will fail or succeed. He urged the participants to double their efforts to ensure South Sudan succeeds.


The technical support project is aiming to train 200 directors from various government institutions. The facilitators and participants have created an online forum for interaction which is accessible from Dforumv40@yahoo.com.


“This forum will bring all directors into one common understanding as well create performance management mechanism for better service delivery,” said Mr. Maurice Nyamunga, the Government of Kenya and South Sudan coordinator for technical support. He assured the participants that he will follow up directors and records managers in their different institutions to see if the knowledge gained during the training was put into implementation or not.


Both participants from records managers and directors lauded the efforts the governments of the Republic of South Sudan and Kenya are putting on capacity building of civil servants for good service delivery to the people.


A representative of the records managers called for the improvement of computer literacy since most of them lack these skills and computers at their workplaces. The directors’ representative called on the ministry to revisit and form Performance Management System at all government levels.


Reported by Justin Jada and Joice Jogo


Parliamentary lobby group for children launched

JUBA, 17 February 2012 - The South Sudan Parliamentary Lobby Group for Children (SSPLGC), founded and established in 2011 by members of the National Legislative Assembly to speak and act for Children Rights in the Assemble and beyond, launched its activities on Thursday 16th February 2012 at the Assembly main Hall. Supported and guided by Save the Children Organization SSPLGC is a voluntary lobby group of twenty registered members whose mission is to promote the welfare, protection, development and participation of children through voicing their concerns in budgetary, legislative and policy decisions.


Addressing the launch as a guest of honor, Deputy Speaker of the National Legislative Assembly NLA, Hon. Fathima Nyawang said the August House would fight hard to make sure that budget given to institutions concern with the welfare and protection of children is spent in the correct way for the benefit children. She added that all members of the house and the Committee of Gender and Social Welfare will stand firm and support the programmes of the group.


Chairperson of the South Sudan Parliamentary lobby Group for Children Ms. Mary Nawai appealed to the Assembly to assist the group in establishing its office in order to carry out its obligation towards the welfare of children. She cited lack of finance and premises as main challenges facing the group. She complimented the role of Save the Children for supporting the activities of the group.

 


Children on stage.
[Photo: Abraham Garang]


The function was attended by members of Ugandan Parliament headed by Ms. Florence Mutyamula Chairperson of Ugandan Parliamentary Forum for Children UPFC. Ms. Mutyambula shared the UPFC experience with the SSPLGC. UPFC was a founded in 2005 with the support of Save the Children Organization.


Children from Lologo and Juba orphanage centre presented speeches and drama conveying messages to the government and the society at large to take good care of the children by providing them protection, education, healthcare and basic needs. Representative of Juba Orphanage Centre said the orphans are not sponsored for their higher education after leaving secondary education.” Are we to stay in the orphanage for all our life” he asked. According to him orphans should not be left to reach the age of twenty in the centre.


Addressing the same occasion United Nations Children Emergency Fund UNICEF Ms. Yasmin Al Haque assured of UN body’s commitment to work closely with the government of the young Nation and the Parliamentary Group to ensure that children are protected and given all their rights.


Reported by Abraham Garang Deng


No confirmed meningitis outbreak cases in South Sudan

JUBA, 17 February 2012 - South Sudan’s national Ministry of Health has said that there are no confirmed cases of meningitis registered in South Sudan as it has been reported earlier in the media.


Recently there have been media reports that there was an outbreak of meningitis in the country after suspected cases of meningitis were reported.


Speaking to the press at the Ministry of Health headquarters, Lul Riek, the Director General of Community and Public Health confirmed that 24 suspected cases were reported in country with Central Equatorial state recording 20 of the cases. He said of the cases reported, five specimens of cerebral spinal fluid were collected and sent to Nairobi by AMREF for testing and affirmed that all were negative for neissaria meningococcal meningitis, the virus that causes meningitis.


“The Ministry of Health would like to assure the public that to date there are no confirmed cases of meningitis outbreak in the country”, reiterated Riek. He called on the public to remain calm saying the Ministry of Health is closely monitoring the situation in collaboration with state authorities, World Health Organization and other partners.

 


Mr Riek.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


Mr. Riek said the ministry took these reports seriously knowing that the Republic of South Sudan lies in the “meningitis belt” that stretches across Africa from Senegal to Ethiopia. He said this puts the population in the country at high risk of outbreak of the disease especially during the dry season.


He said the ministry responded after the reports in various ways to ensure no outbreak occurs. He explained the ministry through the state ministries of health responded by investigating all suspected cases and collected samples. He said the ministry has in place surveillance officers in all states for early detection of diseases. He also said that the ministry has prepositioned drugs and vaccines and laboratory supplies in readiness of any outbreak. He called on all the people to report any suspected case to the nearest health facility.


He also said the ministry was also working on investigating the rumours of suspected outbreak of measles in all the states. He recalled that since the start of year 2012, 140 suspected cases have been reported though out the country.


Meningitis is contagious disease shows the following signs and symptoms, with high fever, neck stiffness, headache, vomiting confusion among other.


Reported by Matata Safi


“Security MOU needs commitment to succeed”, Dr. Atem

JUBA, 15 February 2012 - The recently signed Memorandum of Understanding between the government of the Sudan and the newly independent Republic of South Sudan in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa mediated by the African High Implementation Panel can have significant bearing on the ground only if the two parties, the African Union and the International community commit themselves into implementing what is agreed.

 

Speaking to the press yesterday in Juba, Dr. Majok Atem the deputy minister for Defence and Veterans’ Affairs said most observers and the citizens of the two countries are wondering whether the two parties can stand up to what is enlisted in the MOU.

 

“I want to state here that if the two parties do commit themselves to implement each and every clause of the MOU, I’m convinced that it will definitely have a considerable bearing on improving the mutual relations between Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan”, he said. He added that there are a lot of principles in the signed MOU that will help in normalising state of tension between the two countries that, according to Dr Atem, is evident along the borders with Sudan.

 

Dr Atem stated that the MOU outlined important areas that include but not limited to, respect for each others sovereignty and territorial integrity, non interference in internal affairs of the other state, rejection of use of violence, equality and mutual relations and peaceful co-existence.

 

The deputy minister decried the continued state of insecurity along the borders with the Republic of Sudan. He accused Khartoum of continued bombings of areas that are within the Republic of South Sudan even before the ink on the signature of the security MOU could dry up. “As we speak the reality is a few days ago Khartoum has carried out bombardments in Jau and are currently occupying Babala in Western Bahr el Ghazal State”, he said. He accused Khartoum of pushing militias across the border to sabotage the oil industry in Unity state. He also condemned the recent statements by key figures in Khartoum in the state owned media which he said are not friendly.

 

Dr Atem said it must be ensured that the two parties adhere to this MOU that can pave way for the two parties to continue to explore other avenues of cooperation. He said this could be on cross border trade, improving diplomatic relations and many more other aspects of mutual relations and inter dependence.

 

Dr Atem said what is even most important for the two countries to realize and admit that they are two sovereign states and there should exist cooperation between them based on the principles of mutual and peaceful co-existence.

 

Meanwhile Hon. Atem Yaak Atem the deputy minister for Information and Broadcasting who hosted Dr Atem in weekly briefing said the citizens of the country are more concerned about the ongoing talks in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa because the issues at the centre of decision are issues of aspects of their daily lives. He said the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting will play its role of informing the nation.

 

Reported by Matata Safi


Warrap MP appeals for help to Abyei returnees

JUBA, 15 February 2012 – Hon Arop Madut Arop, a member of Parliament from Constituency No.1 in Warrap state has called for immediate aid to Abyei returnees whom he said are in dire need of food, water and medicine among other needs.


Hon. Arop who returned to Juba from Abyei a few days ago said many Abyei residents have decided to go back despite the presence of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) in Abyei. He said there are about 420 Ethiopian forces under the UN mandate already present in Abyei. Hon. Arop observed that the returnees depend on water carried all the way from Agok in water tanks by the UN Ethiopian peace keepers adding that all the water sources have been destroyed. Hon. Arop described Abyei town as ghost town.


He observed that all the returnees are settled in the surrounding villages of Dungok, Tangilin, Dukra, Toduch, and Marial Acha, among others. Hon. Arop applauded the work of the UN forces in Abyei saying there are in total control of Abyei area. “As of the important aspect of Addis Ababa accord of demilitarizing Abyei area from the SAF and SPLM forces, now there are 420 Ethiopia peacekeeper deployed in Abyei. They are so protective to the returnees in a way they even escort the returnees while looking for grass to thatch their huts”, said Hon. Arop.

 


Hon Arop (right) addressing the media.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


Hon. Arop urged every South Sudanese who can spare any assistance whether SSP10 or even SSP1 to the suffering people of Abyei. Hee stressed that the situation on the ground is dire. He said any assistance can be channelled through the office of the Abyei Community and any Church.


He further called on the international community to put pressure on the Khartoum government to totally withdraw its forces from Abyei.


He made this appeal yesterday in Juba while addressing the press in the weekly ministry of Information and Broadcasting media briefing. He was hosted by the deputy minister of Information Hon. Atem Yaak Atem.


Reported by Matata Safi


Governors of Lakes, Warrap and Unity states brief parliament

JUBA, 15 February 2012 – The South Sudan National Legislative Assembly (SSNLA) in its sitting No. 54/2012, which was held at the SSNLA Main Hall yesterday received a report of the three governors of Lakes, Warrap and Unity states to brief the August House on the urgent and important motion on security issue in Tonj East County of Warrap state presented by Hon. Caguor Adong Manyang as per Resolution No. 80/2012.

 

Hon. Nyangdeng Malek Dielic, the Governor of Warrap state said that the problem between the three states is due to cattle rustling between the pastoralist communities of War rap, Lakes and Unity state. She said that so many people are lost because of cattle rustling and indicated that her state is supporting the policy of disarmament for the following reasons:

 

  1. To control the rustlers not to cross to neighboring state;
  2. The civil population should be disarmed and abide by law;
  3. To deliver services in each state; and
  4. Advocate the civil population to respect the role of the law and not taken the law into their hands.

 

She called on the SPLA to speed up the process of disarmament of the civil population in Unity state. She stressed that the government of Warrap state is committed in disarming the civil population who have arms and pointed out that 6,904 rifles were collected in nine counties of Warrap state.

 

Hon. Taban Deng Gai the governor of Unity state explained to the August House that Nilotic Dinka and Nuer have been known by cattle raiding which is a cause of the problem. He also explained that the cattle raiding is a result of loss of proprieties such as cattle during the civil war. He said that most of their cattle were raided by the Misseriya and Rezigat. He indicated that the so called White Army and Gelweng (cow protection force) are also the source of the conflict. The governor said the White Army and Gelweng are operating in remote areas. He also said that the lack of human needs such as physical, psychological and social also contribute in the conflict. He called on the three governors to work for peace.

 

Hon. Eng. Chol Tong Mayay the Governor of Lakes state said that his government is working hard to see that disarmament of civil population and that the apprehension of culprits and trial of cases is speeded up. He said that they will coordinate with the Judiciary to avail competent judges for all types of cases, engage the traditional leaders in peace building and reconciliation process, establish community police, increase recruitment, training facilitation of police, prison warders, wildlife, motivate security organs and coordinating with the neighboring states. He recommended the following:

 

  1. Ensure that simultaneous and comprehensive disarmament process in ten states;
  2. Deployment of well trained, disciplined and professional organized forces;
  3. Urgently enact laws that will help address the illegal possession of firearms by civilian;
  4. Speed up the cases which are in courts;
  5. Improve security roads to link the states;
  6. Engage youth in positive activities such as peace process; and
  7. Called on national government to form an independent body to verify the issues.

 

After deliberation and discussion the August House passed the reports of the three governors to standing Specialized Committee to incorporate more input and submit it to the Office of Speaker Right Hon. James Wani Igga for final endorsement and presentation to the executive. The sitting was chaired Hon Igga.

 

Reported by Clement Aturjong Kuot


Khartoum stops budges and limits IDPs repatriations

JUBA, 15 February 2012 (NASS) – The minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Hon. Joseph Lual Acuil has announced that Khartoum government has stopped budges from coming to Juba through the Nile and limits the duration of IDPs repatriations from northern Sudan to the 8th of April this year.


Hon. Acuil revealed this today while addressing journalists on the current humanitarian situation of internally displaced persons coming from northern Sudan.He said the idea to stop budges from coming to South Sudan came from Khartoum’s defense minister.


“We were in Khartoum recently with the minister for Interior to discuss on the humanitarian arrangements and issues related to South Sudanese prisoners who are under the Khartoum government. All of a sudden we heard that the defense minister in the Republic of Sudan decided to stop the budges heading to Juba”, he said.

 


Hon Acuil addressing the media.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


Available reports say the Khartoum government stopped the budges from coming to Juba because the government in Juba was using them to transport SPLA weapons when going back but the minster said he doesn’t have the details on this because after bringing the internally displaced persons then automatically he has nothing to do with them.


Hon. Acuil explained that they tried so many ways to convince Khartoum defense minister but wasn’t successful and instead the defense minister suggested three options which Hon. Acuil is uncomfortable with due to the insecurity.


“The options given to us were, train from Babanusa to Wau, buses to Bentiu and Renk, and finally through flight if we are not satisfied”, he explained. He explained that the number of internally displaced persons in northern Sudan is still high, between 500,000 and 700,000, which is not very easy to repatriate in the timeframe decided.


According to the minister, some IDPs were not comfortable with the options, but the deadline is very close. He said he is working hard to extend the deadline decided by Khartoum to June so that at least they can do something though it is very hard.


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


President Kiir welcomes new UN official to RSS

JUBA, 14 February 2012 – The newly appointed Deputy Special Representative for the UN Secretary General for Political Affairs in the Republic of South Sudan Mr. Raisedon Zenenga was introduce to the President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit today on 14th February 2012 at the State House in Juba.


Mr. Zenenga was introduced to the President by the SRSG Ms. Hilde Johnson. President of the Republic welcomed the newly appointed UN official to the newborn state of South Sudan.

 


President Kiir (centre) welcomes Mr Zenenga (right) as Ms Johnson (left) looks on.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Ms. Johnson said in a press statement after their meeting with the President that the newly appointed Mr. Zenenga is a citizen of Zimbabwe and has a long-standing experience in peace keeping.


On his part Mr. Zenenga asserted that he is delighted to join Ms. Johnson and her team in UNMISS to implement the mandate of UNMISS in South Sudan. He affirmed his strong support to the priorities of the new national government adding that he looks forward to working together with the government and the UN family.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


“Juba mayor should be elected by all residents”, grievances chamber chairperson

JUBA, 14 February 2012 (NASS) - The chairperson of the South Sudan Grievance Chamber, Justice Deng Biong Majak has suggested that the mayor of Juba should be elected by all the residents of the city. He also said that the position should be held at the national government level and not at the state level.


He explained that the current holder of the office, Mohammed el Haj Baballah, was appointed by the Central Equatoria State government. He reported that this appointment has several legal complications.


“Last time when the mayor of the Juba City Council was summoned to answer some questions in regard to the security situation in Juba to the national parliament it could not work since he is supposed not be the one briefing the parliament on that because in the state level his position is lower than a minister meanwhile what he carried was higher even to the state minister”, he explained.

 


Justice Majak (left) accompanied by the deputy minister for Information and Broadcasting Hon Atem Yaak Atem at the forum.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


Justice Majak made this suggestion when he addressed the media forum hosted by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting today. He also reported that the chamber has conclusively dealt with over 800 cases of SPLA staff and others that were grieved.


He also said that the chamber had resolved many grievance cases than announced but they were unable to prove it because most of those whom their cases were been resolved do not report back.


He pointed out that the chamber is currently not strong enough because of the absence of a legal framework which is actually the reason why it is very difficult to evaluate and inspect government institutions to ensure good governance.


He further disclosed that the chamber is working to develop a strategic plan; conduct civic education and mapping of the chamber branches so as to deliver effective service.


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


Church supports government decision to shut down oil wells

JUBA, 14 February 2012 (NASS) – The Pentecostal church of South Sudan has welcomed government decision to shut down oil wells.


This was announced by Bishop Isaiah Majok of the Pentecostal church yesterday after meeting with the minister for Information and Broadcasting Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin.


Bishop Majok said the decision of the government to shut down oil wells is the right thing to do at this moment until all the differences are sorted out. He also called for a peaceful process in solving the problem between the two governments to avoid aggression in the nearest future.

 


Dr Marial (right) meeting the leaders of the Pentecostal church.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


He further disclosed that the Pentecostal church is thinking of building churches and clinics in the affected areas of Jonglei in order to help the government solve the problems there.


On his part, Dr Marial appreciated the support of the church towards the decision taken by the government in regards to oil saying it is very important. He also commended the idea brought by church to build schools and clinics in the affected areas of Jonglei noting that it is crucial and will contribute to peace in the area.


In a separate event, the Executive Vice President of the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Overseas, Sean Callahan said CRS is seeking to strengthen its program along with the government to ensure more development in South Sudan. He said the CRS has a long history in South Sudan and participated strongly in the enforcement of the CPA and the successful referendum.


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


H.E Kiir receives recommendations from the Council of States on Lou Nure and Murle crisis

JUBA, 13 February 2012 - The President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit has today on Monday 13th February 2012 at the State House received recommendations and resolutions of the Council of States on the crisis between the Lou Nuer and Murle ethnic groups of Jonglei state.

 


President Kiir (right) meeting Hon Bol.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


This was in a meeting he held today at the State House with a delegation of the Council of States headed by the speaker of the Council of States Hon. Joseph Bol. Hon Bol said in a press statement that the delegation came to meet the President purposely to hand over to him recommendations and resolutions of the Council of the States regarding the recent crisis in Jonglei state.


He added that during the meeting the delegation explained to the President the importance of establishing a commission for infrastructure and economic development in Jonglei state. President Kiir promised to examine the recommendations and put it into action. Hon Bol expressed hope that the situations in Jonglei state will soon become normal and stable.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


IFC’s Jean Philippe visits Juba

JUBA, 13 February 2012 – Mr Jean Philippe Prosper, the International Financial Corporation IFC’s director for Eastern and Southern Africa arrived in Juba yesterday for a two- day visit to Juba, the capital South Sudan.



Speaking to the press shortly after touching down at the Juba International Airport, Mr. Prosper said his visit to Juba is to make follow-ups on some of the activities of IFC in the newly independent Republic of South Sudan. “You may recall a few weeks ago, we had a Public Private Partnership (PPP) workshop in Juba, we would like to continue our decisions with government officials on PPP”, he said.

 

Mr Prosper is scheduled to meet with top government officials during his visit. He is expected to meet South Sudan’s Vice President, H.E. Dr Riek Machar Teny, the minister for Finance and Economic Planning, Hon Kosti Manibe Ngai, minister for Health, Hon Micheal Milly Hussein, minister for Commerce, Industry and Investment, Hon Garang Diing Akuong, and the minister for Electricity and Dams, Hon David Deng Athorbei.

 


Mr Prosper addressing the media.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

 

Mr Prosper is also expected to meet donor representatives among them, the American Charge d’Affaires, Chris Data representing the Ambassador, Mr Kevin Mullaly, Director, USAID and the Norwegian Ambassador, Ingrid Ofstad, and as well as representatives of private sector.

 

He also announced that IFC is opening an office in Juba to have its activities in full gear in the newly independent country. Mr. Prosper observed IFC has been in service in South Sudan since 2005 and indirectly investing in South Sudan through some of the commercial banks. He mentioned Kenya Commercial Banks as being one of the banks through which they were able to process 100 million dollar loan last year and he added that IFC is in talks with other banks in South Sudan to support PPP development.

 

Mr. Prosper’s visit comes on the back of investment promotion activities by the Government of South Sudan, supported by IFC. These include the launch of the expanded second phase of the investment climate reforms program, an international engagement conference on South Sudan that took place in Washington DC, America, in December 2012, and the public-private partnerships (PPP) workshop in Juba in January 2012.

 

IFC is a member of the World Bank Group that is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector.

 

Reported by Matata Safi


Russia promises South Sudan latest technology

JUBA, 13 February 2012 (NASS) – The Russian KASKAD Company for telecommunication development and investment has pledged the Republic of South Sudan the latest technology in the field of media and telecommunication.


This was announced by the director general of the company, Alexander Ilin state late last week following a meeting with the minister for Information and Broadcasting, Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin.


Translating Mr. Ilin’s statement, the chief executive officer and the chairman of the company, Salman Salaev said Russia through KASKAD telecom is ready to deliver the latest media technologies of radio and television to the Republic of South Sudan.

 


Dr Marial (centre) meeting the Russian delegation.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


He disclosed that they have already organized training for twenty journalists from the various departments of information to Russia this year and soon they will bring in experts to help improve media in the young Republic.


Meanwhile, Dr Marial commended the initiative introduced by the Russian company to improve media in South Sudan. The minister appealed to the other friendly countries to assist the young state saying that the nation is beginning from zero.


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


“Human capacity building is top priority”, labour deputy minister

JUBA, 13 February 2012 - Five day training workshop on managerial skills for senior managers in various ministries in the Republic of South Sudan ended in Juba on 10 Friday 2012. The main purpose of the training was to equip top managers with knowledge, skills and attitude to transform their organisation into highly performing institutions.

 

In his closing remarks the Deputy Minister for Labour Public Service and Human Resource Development Hon. Kwong Danhier Gatluak told the participants that building human capacity remains a cornerstone in the new Republic of South Sudan. “Out of war South Sudanese are the right people to be train so as to transform all levels of government to meet future plan of 2040 development plan of the nation,” Kwong asserted.

 


Directors during the closing training session.

 

He urged the directors during the closing ceremony to double their efforts to perform better and bring change after acquiring the managerial skills, for South Sudan would depend on oil revenue but build skills to manage other non-oil revenue. The deputy Minister applauded the vital role played by the government Kenya as part of technical support to the government of South Sudan in terms of capacity building.

 

In the same occasion the Undersecretary of Labour Public Service and Human Resource Development Madam Angeth Acol De Dut explained that such trainings are very critical to the performance management and can boost rapid development of the nation.

 

Representatives of the participants at the end of the training explained that the concept of transformational leadership, strategic thinking in an organisation and examining the road map for developing a shared vision for transformational leadership was paramount. He added that without any doubt or fear the participants who are directors from various ministries will put the lesson learned during the workshop into practice to achieve the vision and mission of the Republic of South Sudan in 2040.

 

Reported by Justin Jada and Alnour Ango


South Sudan to establish National Health Insurance Fund

JUBA, 8 February 2012 (NASS) – The Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare is determined to establish the National Health Insurance Fund in the Republic of South Sudan (RSS).


For this plan to materialize, a three-day workshop under the theme “Health Insurance for all” was conducted recently. It discussed the possible and appropriate ways and methods to improve the health care and the service provision in RSS. The workshop was officially opened by the minister for Gender, Child and Social Welfare Hon Agnes Lasuba and chaired by the deputy minister for Health Dr.Yata Lori.


Hon Lasuba referred to the famous saying that “better late than never” to mean that although the health insurance was never established by then the ministry is now working very hard to establish the scheme to cover all the citizens in all the ten states of RSS.

 


Participants at the workshop listen to the address by Hon Lasuba.


“After Sudan’s independence in 1956, the government was responsible for funding health care. However, due to increase of the population and high expectation of better health care, coupled with purchase of modern equipment and technologies by the government, it was not able to cope with the high demand single handed. In late seventies patients payment was introduced to assist government but did not work because most patients could not afford”, she explained.


The National Health Insurance Fund shall cover all employees in public and private sectors, families with low income, disabled, unemployed, and pensioners. The contribution rate for NHIF now is 10% whereby the employer pays 6% and the remaining 4% by the employee. Also there is another flat rate contribution which is paid on behalf of certain categories through different sources as follows (third party) and six members of the contributing family (contributor) up-to-18 years of age. The health insurance scheme has to be independent under the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare.


It is important for everyone to have his or her own National Health Insurance cover (NHIF) however, once a person is insured specific members of his or her family are entitled to the same package: parents and children, below 18 must be proved with birth certificate. This insurance is compulsory for both governmental and non-governmental organizations.


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


People should expect cut-down in funds

JUBA, 8 February 2012 (NASS) – Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin, the minister for Information and Broadcasting who is also the official spokesperson of the government has said that ministries should expect some cut-downs in their funds after council of ministers financial cluster meeting which is due to take place this weekend.


Dr Marial stated this today in a media briefing organized for the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning in order to deliver austerity measures taken after the closure of the oil wells.


“The briefing is supposed to be for the minister for finance but he said he will not be able to brief journalists on the austerity measures unless they have been discussed by the council of ministers. But all the ministries should expect reductions in their funds”, declared Dr Marial.

 


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


He revealed that the oil wells that Khartoum was claiming to be 300 were a lie. “We found 600 oil wells operating during the shutdown which is completely contradictory to what Khartoum was saying”, he said.


He as well disclosed that the government has signed another memorandum of understanding with Ethiopia to construct oil pipeline passing through Djibouti to facilitate huge transfer of oil from the landlocked South Sudan.


Dr Marial told the journalists that Japanese Toyota Company has started feasibility studies in the Lamu project which was signed recently between South Sudan and the Republic of Kenya. Dr Marial further announced that they have talked with a pipeline construction company from Texas, United States of America which is ready to construct in six months’ time.


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


“Help South Sudan re-establish returnees”, Professor Machar urges

JUBA, 8 February 2012 - Professor Moses Machar Kachuol, the Chairperson of National Committee for Absorption and Integration of South Sudanese returnees has urged all institutions, both local and internationals operating in the Republic of South Sudan to back up the government in its drive to absorb and integrate South Sudanese returnees coming back as a result of the country’s attainment of independence.


“Every South Sudanese coming home has high expectations especially with the announcement of independence; the government would like to see these people helped by accommodating them wherever possible. The government is already working on that but single-handedly the government cannot do it. It calls for combined efforts from every stakeholder who would want this country to get on its feet”, Prof Machar said.


Pro Machar made this appeal yesterday in Juba while addressing journalists about the challenges the government is faced with while receiving these returnees whom he said are filled with excitement of South Sudan’s independence and shouldn’t be ignored.

 


Prof Machar addressing the press.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


He observed that many South Sudanese who are mainly returning from the North and the Diaspora are in dire need of support to redefine their lives. He said most of these people particularly those coming from Khartoum have not even been paid their after-service packages.


He underscored the government’s efforts to absorb some of the returnees. He explained that the government has identified vacant positions in the national and state governments that are expected to be filled by some of the returnees. He said that most of the returnees have all the qualifications required for various jobs besides the unclassified that he said some have acquired skills in different fields.


The idea of forming a committee to look into the affairs of the returnees was conceived last year after South Sudan broke away from the rest of Sudan. Many South Sudanese who were forced out of the Sudan during the long two decades of civil war all over the globe have been steadily heading home after the birth of African’s youngest nation of South Sudan to once again resettle in a country they call their own.


Reported by Matata Safi


Senior managers acquire managerial skills

JUBA, 8 February 2012 - Five day training workshop on managerial skills for senior managers in various ministries in the Republic of South Sudan kicked off in Juba two days ago. The main purpose of the training is to equip top managers with knowledge, skills and attitude to transform their organisations into highly performing institutions. The Kenya Institution of Administration in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour Public Service and Human Resource Development has organised the workshop.

 

In his opening remarks Alvino Mior Guer, the Director General for Establishment and Budget asked the participants to consider gender and regional balance to boost up unity and economic development of the new nation. He added that most of the senior managers lack decision making skills which the workshop will address.

 

The workshop was sponsored by the government of Kenya as part of technical support to the government of South Sudan. Participants at the end of the training are expected to explain the concept of transformational leadership, strategic thinking in an organisation and examine the road map for developing a shared vision for transformational leadership.

 

“If people of South Sudan can stay focused to achieve independent through difficult history of struggle, then South Sudanese people can attain rapid development,” said Mr Maurice Nyamunga, the Coordinator for Kenya and South Sudan government technical support. He added that leadership within ministries in the government of the Republic of South Sudan must bring change and remain focused to national objectives.

 

Mirella Ibwaha, the Acting Director for Capacity Building in the Ministry of Labour Public Service and Human Resource Development told the participants that about 200 senior managers will benefit from training by the Kenyan government on the technical support.

 

Reported by Justin Jada and Alnour Ango


Arab league pledges support for media development in South Sudan

JUBA, 7 February 2012 (NASS) – The Arab League through Unicom for Software Development has shown great interest to support media development in the Republic of South Sudan.


This was announced today by the representative of the Arab League, Gen. Osama Hammam after a lengthy meeting with the minister for Information and Broadcasting Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin.


Mr. Hammam said the Arab League, via Unicom, is ready to support South Sudan Television with the modern mobile studio that broadcasts directly from satellite to facilitate communication with the states of South Sudan.

 


Dr Marial (left) meeting Mr Hammam.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


He as well added that after this step, Unicom will be thinking of supporting the government with microwaves and fiber optic to make television transmission easier on the local bases.


Mr. Hammam further disclosed that they are looking forward to introduce a system whereby television transmission in South Sudan is possible through electric wires.


Dr Marial welcome the initiative brought by the delegation from the Arab League saying their responsibility is more than the development of media in the region. He asserted that the government will fully cooperate with the Arab League to establish strong and modern communication system in the territory.


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


SPLM’s first political bureau as an independent country closes in Juba

JUBA, 7 February 2012 – A two-day Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) political bureau meeting, deemed as the first since South Sudan attained independence in July last year, closed today at Home and Away Business Centre with a number of resolutions and recommendations on political, economic and security issues in the country.

 


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


This was disclosed by the SPLM Secretary General Pagan Amun to the press at the SPLM secretariat today. Click here for communiqué.


Reported by Matata Safi


Parliament passes elections bill to second reading

JUBA, 7 February 2012 – The South Sudan National Legislative Assembly (SSNLA) yesterday in its sitting No. 50/2012 at the SSNLA Main Hall dated 6th February, 2012 received a presentation of the National Elections Bill, 2012 of the Republic of South Sudan by the minister for Justice on behalf of the Executive.


The Bill was drafted pursuant to the powers granted in Articles 26 (2) and 197, and Schedule (A) (30) of the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan, 2011 which empowers the national government and national legislative to regulate elections and referenda bills. The Bill comprises of twelve (12) chapters and one hundred and forty-three (143) sections. After the presentation the Bill the August House passed the Bill in first reading to second reading.


During the same sitting the Hon. Caguor Adong Manyang, SPLM Tonj East County Warrap state presented an urgent motion on the security issue in Tonj East County of Warrap State in accordance with the provision of Regulation (77) (i) and regulation (74) of Conduct of Business Regulations of the South Sudan National Legislative Assembly SSNLA, 2011. He tabled the urgent motion to the SSNLA because 78 people were killed in Tonj East County early this year and 72 wounded; 9 people are missing while 40,000 vulnerable were displaced due to the conflict; and 17,400 heads of cattle were looted.


After the deliberation and discussion the SSNLA adjourned the sitting and summoned three Governors of Warrap, Unity and Lakes to brief the August House on the security situation between the three states within seven days.


The sitting was chaired by Right Hon. Speaker of SSNLA Gen. James Wani Igga. It was attended by 218 members.


Reported by Clement Aturjong Kuot


“SPLA forces vigilant to whatever Khartoum may be preparing for”, Upper Nile governor

JUBA, 6 February 2012 (NASS) – The governor of the Upper Nile state, Hon. Simon Kun Pouch has declared that the SPLA forces in Malakal are vigilant and ready to whatever reaction Khartoum government is preparing for after the closure of the pipelines going through Port Sudan.


The governor made this declaration today after briefing the minister for Information and Broadcasting Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin on the general situation in Malakal especially the impact brought by the oil shutdown.

 


Dr Marial (right) meeting Hon Kun (left).
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


Hon Kun said in the first days of the closure, market prices were very high, but now things have changed because of the good relations with Ethiopia. He added that the Ethiopian government went further to support the government in Malakal with electricity from their own national grid.


Meanwhile, Dr Marial in his meetings today asserted that the government of the Republic of South Sudan will never transport oil through Port Sudan unless the Khartoum regime accepts 73 cents as the transit fees. He also hailed the effort exerted by the Upper Nile government to open borders with Ethiopia to facilitate the marketing processes.

 


Dr Marial (right) meeting Mr Rene.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


In a separate development the Democratic Republic of Congo has expressed interest to strongly support the landlocked South Sudan. Mr. Ilume Tembele Rene, who is in charge of DRC affairs in South Sudan said they have established an embassy last month and soon they will have an ambassador to South Sudan after the appointment of their prime minister.


He revealed that the president of the DRC said that though his government is not fully established he assures South Sudan of full support.

 


Dr Marial (right) meeting Dr Koh.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


On the other hand, the international leadership foundation has shown great concern to assist and partner with the government of South Sudan to bring up leaders of integrity. Dr Victor Koh who headed the organization’s delegation to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said before working on the infrastructure the government needs to have moral vision to strengthen the foundation of development.
He as well cautioned the government to avoid borrowing schools curricula from the neighbors noting that it may affect the future of the country.


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


Minister for Health meets Lainya delegation

JUBA, 5 February 2012 - The national minister for Health Hon Dr Michael Milli Hussein last week at the Ministry headquarters met a delegation of Lainya led by the paramount chief Enosa Lucky Yona. The delegation was also accompanied by Hon Dousman, a member of National Legislative Assembly.


Shortly after the visit Dr Hussein told the media that the delegation came to appreciate the ministry. He also reported that it presented a request for the construction a memorial hospital at the grave of late Samson Kwaje. He said he will raise the issue with the President and work out a way forward on the matter.

 


Dr Hussein poses with the Lainya delegation.
[Photo: Lindri Godfrey Alex]


The delegation also raised issues of lack beds at the Lainya Hospital saying patients sleep on the floor. He pledged to address the problem saying that people should not sleep on the floor at this time of peace as they did during the war. He said he will visit Lainya, Kajo Keji, Yei, Morobo and Terekeka to inspect health facilities.


Meanwhile, the Lainya paramount chief Enosa Lucky Yona said the government is still young but asked the minister and other government officers to do their best to deliver services to the people.


Reported by Lindri Godfrey Alex


“South Sudan handled oil crisis in safe and responsible manner”, says MacPhail

JUBA, 3 February 2012 (NASS) – The ambassador of the United Kingdom to South Sudan, Dr Alastair McPhail said the government of South Sudan handled the oil crisis in safe and responsible manner.


Dr McPhail made these remarks yesterday evening after a consultative meeting with the minister for Information and Broadcasting, Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin.

 


Dr Marial welcomes Dr MacPhail.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


Dr Marial informed him on the matters of the oil problem between Sudan and South Sudan, stressing it is crucial for governments like the UK to know the status of South Sudan especially when there are crises.


Responding on what was printed by Khartoum on their passport which says “for all countries except Israel and south Sudan”, Dr Marial stated that Sudan and South Sudan are not enemies. He added, however, that it is their decision. He also cautioned that Khartoum government should also know that Misseriya and Rezigat are grazing in South Sudan territory.

 


Dr Marial (right) meeting the USAID team.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


Meanwhile, Dr MacPhail said the UK is looking forward to see an agreement between Sudan and South Sudan so that the future of both countries is safe and secured.


In a separate event, the mission director for the USAID, Kevin J. Mullally revealed that the agency is keen to collaborate with the government of South Sudan to improve their official website, www.GOSS.org. He said once they get green light from the government, they will increase links so that other web sites will link up easily to browse government information.


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


Japan establishes office, engineering defense force in South Sudan

JUBA, 2 February 2012 (NASS) -The government of the Republic of Japan has established a permanent office and engineering defense forces in Juba.


This was revealed by the Japanese special representative to South Sudan, Masami Tamura yesterday shortly after meeting the minister for Information and Broadcasting, Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin.


Dr Marial welcomed the steps taken by the government of Japan to establish a permanent office and engineering defense force in the Republic of South Sudan. He noted that out of the “A” groups of countries, Japan is the only country that contributes to the peace keeping forces in the state.

 


Dr Marial is introduced to the members of the Japanese delegation.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


He further explained that Japanese Toyota Company is involved in the feasibility studies of the new pipelines going to Lamu, the Republic of Kenya.


Mr. Tamura said the engineering defense force will be working on the infrastructural development projects, particularly roads. He as well affirmed that the government of Japan has also taken note of the areas of media service, more especially South Sudan Television and Radio.


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


“We will not fail our citizens”, declares Deng Alor

JUBA, 1 February 2012 (NASS) – The national minister for Cabinet Affairs, Hon Deng Alor Kuol vowed that the government will work hard to deliver professional service to the citizens of South Sudan.


He made the announcement today while opening a workshop on strengthening undersecretaries’ effort to effectively execute the newly introduced policies by the council of ministers.

 


Mr Agawo (left) addressing the participants.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


Reading Alor’s speech at the workshop organized by Adams Smith International, the Secretary General of the government of South Sudan, Abdun Agawo said the people of South Sudan look to all government officers for leadership especially at this strained time adding that the government will not fail them.


Whereas, the deputy minister for Information and Broadcasting, Hon Atem Yaak Atem adviced all the government institutions to unify their voices when speaking to the public, stating that what happened in the other ministry reflects the face of the government.

 


Participants at the workshop.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


He further appealed to all the undersecretaries of the various ministries to cooperate with the information officers deployed by the Ministry of Information in order to strengthen government communications system.


Meanwhile, the deputy minister for Labor and Public Service, Hon. Kwong Danhier Gatluak urged the undersecretaries to effectively execute government policies and plans in order to ease development, stressing that citizens demand a lot from civil servants.


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


Government prioritizes pensioners’ needs

JUBA, 1 February 2012 – The Government of the Republic of South Sudan has given top priority to give pensioners’ their right. This was disclosed yesterday by the Undersecretary of Labour Public Service and Human Resource Development Madam Angeth Acol De Dut.


The leadership in the Ministry of Labour Public Service briefed the pensioners on the progress and challenges of paying their right. Angeth Acol told pensioners that they are not forgotten but soon their money will be paid off and there will be no irregularity in the monthly payment to the respective bank accounts of the beneficiaries.


“We are now working hard to absorb technical people in the area of pension to review the remaining pending files including the downsize one,” Acol stated. She added that the technical manpower will also help strengthening the new pension policy design in the Republic of South Sudan which was passed by the council of ministers recently. However, she called on the beneficiaries to remain calm as the government is facing many challenges.


The Acting Director of Pension in the Ministry of Labour Public Service and Human Resource Development Thomas Tut assured the pensioners that the government has the responsibility to pay 302 already processed files. He explained that out of these about 65 pensioners did not turn up to identify their bank accounts. He urged other pensioners to inform the rest the process and progress. He asserted that the remaining files will be worked on but emphasized that the government needs the patience from the beneficiaries.


“Currently we are paying 196 pensioners their monthly benefits from January to December 2011; 171 already finished and 25 to be submitted to Finance for payment,” he said. He further added that out of the pensioners only 41 qualified for gratuities and they were paid.


Mr Tut assured the pensioners that all pending issues with the North, including pension’s liabilities, were taken to the new files under the chairpersonship of the SPLM Secretary General Pagun Amum, to negotiate with Khartoum.


He also reported that two laws of Pensions Fund and Civil Service Pensions Scheme have been drafted and they are in the Ministry of Justice.


Reported by Justin Jada and Alnour Ango


H.E Kiir meets Mbeki

ADDIS ABABA, 1 February 2012 – The President of the Republic H.E General Salva Kiir Mayardit yesterday on 31/1/2012 in his residence at the Presidential Villa in Addis Ababa met the Chairperson of AU/HIP Mr. Thabo Mbeki. After the meeting Mr. Mbeki announced in a press statement that the AU/HIP has proposed to the two heads of state H.E Kiir and Omer El-Bashir that negotiation should resume on February 10th, 2012 in Addis Ababa.


Mr. Mbeki confirmed that the two parties agreed to resume the negotiations to discuss a number of questions, among them being the oil crisis between Juab and Khartoum, joint political and security mechanisms to discuss issues related to security of the both countries. Mr. Mbeki further said the upcoming negotiations will center also on issues of the steps to be taken for demarcating the border between the two countries. Besides that the coming talks will discuss issues of the citizenship after the ending of transitional period in the coming march.


Mr. Mbeki urged the two parties to come back to the negotiation with some understanding to resolve the issues.


Meanwhile, the SPLM Secretary General who is also the chairperson of South Sudan negotiating team to Addis Ababa Mr. Pagan Amum Okec assured that AU/HIP has proposed February 10th 2012 for the resumption of the talks on the burning issues between Juba and Khartoum. But during the meeting, Mr. Amum said he presented a copy of a letter from the oil companies saying that President Al-Bashir has directed oil companies to load 600,000 barrels from South Sudan oil, which he said is another action of stealing South Sudan oil. He said President Kiir discussed the issues with Mr. Mbeki.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth from Addis Ababa


Imports and Exports Bill, 2011 and Red Cross Society Bill, 2011 passed

JUBA, 1 February 2012 – The South Sudan National Legislative Assembly (SSNLA) yesterday passed the Imports and Exports Bill, 2012 and the Red Cross Society Bill, 2011.


In its Sitting No. 49/2012 held at Main Hall the SSNLA received a presentation of the Committee of Gender, Child, Social Welfare, Youth, Sports & Religious Affairs and Legislation and Justice on the Red Cross Society Bill, 2011 in its Second Reading by Hon. Bataria Mayror. The Bill was presented in accordance with Regulations 102 (1) and 135 (4) and( 12) and in its sitting No. 40/2011 dated 19/12/2011 in which the Right Hon. Speaker referred the Bill to the joint standing specialized committees to scrutinize and report back to the August House. After the report was presented to the SSNLA the members deliberated and discussed it and agreed and passed it to third and final stage with amendments and comments and observations.


During the same sitting, the house received the report of the Committee of Energy & Mining, Commerce and Industry on Imports and Exports Bill, 2011 in its third reading and final reading by Hon. Henry Dilah Odwer, the chairperson of the Committee. The committees made a number of recommendations.


After long deliberation and discussions the Bill was passed to fourth and final reading with amendments, comments and observations. Therefore the Right Hon. Speaker of SSNLA requested the Clerk of the SSNLA to read the title of the Bill implying it is passed.


The sitting was chaired by Right Hon. Speaker of SSNLA Gen. James Wani Igga and was attended by over 200 members.


Reported by Clement Aturjong Kuot


President's AU speech

ADDIS ABABA, 31 January 2012 - Please, click here to download the speech delivered by President Salva Kiir Mayardit at the 18th AU Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


Parliament passes report of the Public Accounts Committee and Imports and Exports

JUBA, 31 January 2012 – The South Sudan National Legislative Assembly (SSNLA) yesterday in its Sitting No.48/2012 held at 10:00 received a continuation of the discussion of the report of the Public Accounts Committee on the Audit Reports of the Fiscal Year 2005/2006 presented by Hon. Kom Kom Geng, the chairperson of the committee.


The report was presented early this month but it was adjourned because the Auditor General and the minister for Finance and Economic Planning were not in attendance. After long deliberations and discussions the report was passed by the SSNLA.


During the same sitting the August House continued to deliberate and discuss the report of the Committee of Energy and Mining, Commerce and Industry on import and export Bill, 2011 in its second reading by Hon. Henry Dilah Odwer, the chairperson of the committee. The Bill was a result of sitting No. 13/2011 of the first session dated 21st September, 2011 which was tabled by the minister for Justice after the Bill was presented to the August House. The Bill was referred to the specialized committee in accordance with 99 (1) of the adopted Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly Regulations (2010) for scrutiny of the Imports and Exports Bill, 2011.


After long deliberations and debate the August House decided to pass the Bill to third reading with observations and amendments and present next day for third and fourth reading due to urgency.


The sitting was chaired by Right Hon. Speaker Gen. James Wani Igga and attended by 212 members. It was also attended by ministers, Auditor General and chairpersons/deputy chairpersons.


Reported by Clement Aturjong Kuot


Nigeria ready to support south Sudan

JUBA, 30 January 2012 (NASS) – The government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has affirmed its readiness to support South Sudan.


This was announced today by the Nigerian consul general to South Sudan, Mr. G.K. Dangiwa after a courtesy call on the minister for Information and Broadcasting, Hon. Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin.

 


Dr Marial (right) meeting Mr Dangiwa (left).
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


Dr. Marial appreciated the efforts made by the government of Nigeria in assisting South Sudan right from the days of the peace talks till this moment of nation building.
He as well expressed condolences to the country for the massive killings happening in Nigeria, wishing them success in resolving the differences.


Mr. Dangiwa said if there is anything South Sudan wants the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is willing to assist especially in the areas of manpower development.

 


Dr Duany (left) presenting a pack from Bloom to Dr Marial (centre). Far right is Mr Gwado Ador, the Training and Research Director in  the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


In a separate event, the chairperson of the recruitment board in the Ministry of Labor, Public Service and Human Resource Development Dr Julia Aker Duany announced that Bloom magazine of Bloomington Indiana, United States of America has expressed their interest to support the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in capacity building so as to assist the civil society organizations in the field of Journalism.


She also disclosed that the magazine is impressed with South Sudan and wants to be in the country as partners so that they can build the capacity of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.


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



President Kiir joins the other African heads of state and governments as they pose for a photo in front of the new AU headquarters.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


H.E Kiir holds closed door talks with UN boss in Addis

ADDIS ABABA, 29 January 2012 - President of the Republic H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit today in his villa at the Sheraton Hotel met the United Nations Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki Moon on the margins of the AU Summit. Mr. Ban was accompanied in the meeting by some of his assistants among who were Hilde Johnson the UN special representative to South Sudan and Hile Makarious the UN representative to the Republic of Sudan.


According to the minister for Foreign Affairs Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial the meeting mainly cantered on two main issues. The first was the situation in Jonglei state and the efforts being exerted by the UNMISS in supporting the government of South Sudan to contain the situation. The second issue was the oil crisis between Juba and Khartoum. On the first issue, Hon Nhial explained that President of the Republic briefed Mr. Ban on the steps taken by the government to normalize the situation in the state.

 


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


Hon Nhial also reported that the UN Secretary General Mr. Moon expressed gratitude to the government of South Sudan for taking serious steps to buttress peace and stability in the area. Mr. Ban said the UN will continue to help the RSS and if more assistance is needed by the government the UN will be ready to provide it.


On the question of oil, Hon Nhial said President Kiir briefed Mr. Ban on the current oil crisis between Juba and Khartoum. Mr. Ban called on the two parties to continue to engage in dialogue under the auspices of AU/HIP so that the crisis is normalized.

 


President Kiir meeting the Chinese delegation.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


President Kiir also held closed door talks with the foreign minister of the People’s Republic of China Mr. Yang Jiechi and his delegation. H.E Kiir briefed him on oil crisis. Mr. Jiechi appreciated President Kiir for all the efforts he has made to find a solution of the crisis and urged him to continue the dialogue with the Khartoum Government.


Meanwhile, the 18th session of the Assembly of the African Union commenced yesterday. More than forty heads of state attended the session. The AUc was given to the President of Benin H.E Yayi Boni, and his deputies are President of Uganda H.E Yoweri Museveni, and President of South Africa H.E Jacob Zuma.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


AU’s new HQs and conference centre inaugurated

ADDIS ABABA, 29 January 2012 – The President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit and the accompanying delegation yesterday evening in Addis Ababa attended the inauguration ceremony of the new African Union Headquarters donated and constructed by the Chinese Government. The ceremony was attended by more than forty heads of state under the chairmanship of the President of Equatorial Guinea, who is also the chair of the AU, H.E. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

 


President Kiir chats with South African President Jacob Zuma during the inauguration of the AU headquarters.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


In his inaugural remarks, H.E. Mbasogo expressed on behalf of all the African Union states appreciation to the government of the People’s Republic of China for showing a real friendship with Africa, and for its continuous support to the AU organizations.


Meanwhile, the PM of Federal Republic of Ethiopia H.E Meles Zenawi said the Chinese support to the African Union has paved the way for Africa to rise and shine and building of the centre is a result of a true friendship between China and Ethiopia and the other African countries.

 


The new AUheadquarters.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


China's top political advisor Jia Qinglin, and chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, addressed the inauguration ceremony of the new AU Headquarters and said the building in Addis Ababa shows China's support for African countries to gain strength through unity and integration process.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


No agreement on the oil crisis as IGAD summit concludes

ADDIS ABABA, 28 January 2012 – The President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit arrived in Addis Ababa the capital of Ethiopia on Friday January 27th, 2012 to participate in two important meetings one of which was the 20th Extra-ordinary summit of the IGAD Heads of State and Government, and the other being the African Union Summit.


Before the IGAD summit H.E Kiir held closed door talks with President of Sudan El-Bashir at Sheraton Hotel in the presence of Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and the Ethiopian Prime minister Meles Zenawi. The meeting mainly focused on the current oil crisis between Juba and Khartoum but the parties came out with no any tangible agreement.

 


H.E Kiir in the 20th IGAD Summit.
[Photo:Thomas Kenneth]


After the meeting the four presidents in the evening of 27th January, 2012 joined the closed talks of the 20th Extra-ordinary summit of the IGAD to discuss three main agendas as disclosed by the IGAD Meles Zenawi. The first agenda was acceleration of the integration of IGAD infrastructure; the second was Somalia issues; while the third agenda was on the oil crisis between Juba and Khartoum.


Shortly after the summit, Hon Zenawi announced in a press conference that IGAD Extra-ordinary summit has made some progress in the first two agendas without giving details but concerning the oil crisis between Juba and Khartoum the summit came out without reaching a final agreement. He explained that the summit advised the two parties to continue with negotiations under the AU/HIP umbrella.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth from Addis Ababa


Talks on oil crisis between Juba and Khartoum reaches deadlock

ADDIS ABABA, 28 January 2012 – The Secretary General of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), who is also the chairperson of the South Sudan negotiating team on the oil crisis in Addis Ababa Mr. Pagan Amum Okec announced in a press conference yesterday evening at the Sheraton Hotel, Addis Ababa that the IGAD facilitating talks to help the AU/HIP on the oil crisis arising from the fact that the Government of Sudan took unilateral action of stealing the oil belonging to the Republic of South Sudan have reached a deadlock.


Mr. Amum explained that the talks have failed because the Sudan Government insists to continue stealing the oil of South Sudan and has refused the proposals made by the Government of South Sudan as a way forward to return the talks and the situations to normal. He said that the proposals:

 

  1. The Government of Sudan is requested to immediately release the detained ships loaded with sold oil of RSS, and are now in Port Sudan;
  2. The Sudan Government must compensate the value of the stolen oil of RSS, which was sold by the Sudan Government (was sold to the United Arab Emirates and Singapore);
  3. Sudan Government must pay all the damages caused by their actions, particularly the ships detained in Port Sudan; and
  4. The Government of Sudan must commit itself not to divert and steal again any oil of RSS going through the territories of Sudan on transit.



SG. Amum talking to the press at Sheraton Hotel, Addis Ababa.
[Photo:Thomas Kenneth]

 

Mr. Amum reassured the press that the oil production will not resume unless the above proposals are put into action by the Sudan government. He asserted that the shutdown operation will soon be completed.


Meanwhile the RSS is negotiating with Kenya and Ethiopia to build alternative pipelines, which he described as a tough decision but, he said it is in the interest of the people of South Sudan and is to prevent RSS resources from being stolen and robbed by the Khartoum Government on their way to the international markets. Mr. Amum concluded that with all these situations the RSS is committed to continue with talks with Government of Sudan to resolve the outstanding issues.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth from Addis Ababa-Ethiopia


Government welcomes partnership with the private sector

JUBA, 27 January 2012 - A two-day workshop organized by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, that was aimed at underscoring the importance of Private Public Partnership (PPP) in attaining sustainable development closed yesterday in Juba with the Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan Hon Dr Riek Machar Teny asserting the government’s readiness to partner with the private investors.


Dr Machar who was speaking at the closure of the workshop said without the private sector, the government cannot do much. “Today in South Sudan the government is the sole employer. It is the opposite in most countries around the globe where the majority of the population is employed by the private sector”, he observed.

 


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


He said that the private sector in South Sudan is so small and employs very few people. Furthermore, he said the government is also encouraging the local investors to partner with the government the same way other foreign investors do. “PPP cannot only be done with the foreign private investors but could as well be done with the South Sudanese private partners”, he said.


The Vice President reaffirmed the commitment of the government to make the investment environment in South Sudan attractive for investors. “Today it takes an investor 26 days to start a business in South Sudan but we want to change this such that our procedures can be as simple as possible to catch up with the rest of the world”, said Dr Machar. He also explained that if an investor comes to South Sudan and spends seven days without doing business, the seven days would have been seven days of lost opportunity”, he said.

 


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


The Vice President observed that during the last 55 years of the then Sudan, the culture of doing business was very little with South Sudanese. He said most of the businesses were run by the northern Arab Sudanese. He however noted that today South Sudanese are beginning to realise that venturing into business is the way forward.


He observed that South Sudan is a land with so many investment opportunities that he said if well tapped can benefit both the investor and the people of South Sudan. “It is not only in Juba that you can get opportunities, we have Western Equatoria and Western Bahr el Ghazal that in some point in the year registers the greatest number of flies. Why? Because of mangoes”, he joked. He explained these states do produce a lot of mangoes that go unprocessed. He called on the potential investors to take advantage of such opportunities that are not yet exploited.

 


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


Mr Emmanuel D.B Nyirinkindi, the IFC’s Advisory Services Manager for Africa region said the objective of the workshop was to give the government an insight as to how PPPs are structured, how PPP has worked in other African countries, its challenges and how best this concept can applied in the context of South Sudan addressing the challenges of providing increased access to infrastructure. He observed that the government of South Sudan has not implemented the PPP. He added that once that is done, it will be easier to address the financial aspects after the government has identified a private sector partner. He stressed the commitment of the IFC and World Bank to PPP in South Sudan.


International Finance Corporation (IFC) is the private sector arm of the World Bank that works to build economies through the private sector.


The workshop that was widely attended by top government officials from both the state and national levels, representatives from the donor communities, representatives from African countries like Zambia, Zimbabwe and Nigeria that have seen PPP benefits over the years, and private sector representatives.


Reported by Matata Safi.


IFB - Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation

JUBA, 27 January 2012 - The Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation invites sealed bids from eligible and qualified bidders for the Supply of Office Furniture. Please, visit the "Tenders" page for the details.


H.E Kiir holds important meeting with leadership of the two houses

JUBA, 26 January 2012 – The President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit today on Thursday January 26, 2012 held an important meeting with the leadership of the two houses - National Legislative Assembly and the Council of the States - in his office. The two house leadership led by Rt Honorable speakers James Wani Igga and the speaker of the Council of the States Hon. Jospeh Bol Chan.

 


H.E Kiir meets the two houses' leadership.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

 

Shortly after the meeting, Hon Igga told the press that the two houses’ leadership came to brief the President of the Republic on the three days deliberations and resolutions of the two houses on the historic speech of the President about the shutdown of oil production.

 


H.E Kiir receives the resolutions of the two houses.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

 

Hon Igga said the two houses unanimously passed the speech and strongly supports the decision of the executive to immediately shut down oil production.

 


Hon Igga talking to the press.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

 

He further reported the leadership of the two houses handed over the resolutions which comprise of more than 33 points to the President of the Republic. Besides that, the two houses’ leadership handed over to the President a report on four days Tombura Reconciliation Conference which discussed border issues between the two ethnic groups of Balanda and Azande adding that the two ethnic groups agreed to resolve the border issues between them.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


National Legislature passes President’s speech with recommendations

JUBA, 26 January 2012 – The South Sudan National Legislature yesterday passed the speech delivered by President Salva Kiir Mayardit on the oil crisis. The speech was passed during the Sitting No.3/2012 held at the SSNLA Main Hall on Wednesday January 25, 2012 at 3:00 pm.


Yesterday’s deliberations followed the referral of the President’s statement to the joint sitting of the South Sudan National Legislative Assembly and the South Sudan Council of States on 24 January 2012 to the specialized committees.


The two houses appreciated the resolution of the Council of Ministers dated 20 January, 2012 on closing down of oil production. The committee stated it was deeply concerned about the blocking ships docking at the terminals in Port Sudan by the Khartoum government. The two houses condemned the action in the strongest terms. It also:

 

  1. Condemned the Republic of Sudan for stopping the shipments of Republic of South Sudan oil at Port Sudan terminals;
  2. Instructed the Khartoum government to stop the confiscation of South Sudan crude oil; and
  3. Stressed that Khartoum government is working to destabilize the people of South Sudan and its government.


The two houses came up with general resolutions as follows:

 

  1. The two houses unanimously support the decision of the Council of Ministers to shut down oil operation in South Sudan;
  2. The two houses request the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining to avail to the two houses comprehensive data covering oil agreements, production, and sales before and after CPA;
  3. Request the government of the Republic of South Sudan to sue the government of Sudan at the international court in order to recover the stolen South Sudan oil;
  4. Instructed the government of the Republic of South Sudan to complain to the UN Security Council, AU and regional institutions;
  5. Continue dialogue with the NCP on outstanding issues of the CPA;
  6. Protect and secure all oil fields in South Sudan;
  7. Seek bilateral agreements with the regional and international entities in order to protect the territory of South Sudan; and
  8. Request the UNMISS to protect the civilians in the oil fields in case they are attacked by Khartoum.


After long deliberations and debate the Hon. Atem Garang, the government Chief Whip raised a motion to terminate the debate and pass the statement with recommendations and amendments. The sitting was chaired by the speakers of the National Legislative Assembly and the Council of States.


In a separate sitting the South Sudan National Legislative Assembly in its Sitting No. 47/2012 chaired by its speaker received a presentation of the joint report of the Committee of Infrastructure on the Civil Aviation Authority Bill, 2012 in its second reading. The presentation was made by Hon. Philip Thon Leek.


The Bill was tabled for its first reading in Sitting No. 40 of the first session 16/12/2011 by the minister for Justice before the House in accordance with regulation 102 (1) of South Sudan National Legislative Assembly Conduct of Business Regulations referred it to the Committee of Services and Physical Infrastructure, and the Committee on Legislation and Justice to work on the bill and retable it to the SSNLA. After long deliberations and discussions, the August House passed the Bill to third reading and to the fourth and final reading in which the Right Hon Speaker instructed the Clerk of the SSNLA to read the title of the bill to mark that the bill is passed and adopted by the August House. The bill is needed to enable the Ministry of Transport and Aviation to carry its duties. The sitting was attended by 212 honorable members.


Reported by Clement Aturjong Kuot


South Sudan and Kenya sign MoU on construction of oil pipeline

JUBA, 26 January 2012 - The Republic of South Sudan and the Republic of Kenya have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to build oil pipeline from South Sudan to the Kenyan Port of Lamu. The agreement comes four days after South Sudan passed a resolution in cabinet to shut down the oil operations through the pipeline which passes through Sudan to its sea port of Port Sudan.


South Sudan accused Sudan of stealing its oil while Khartoum claimed it was confiscating the oil for unpaid fees; a claim Juba said was unfounded.


The cabinet also passed another resolution seeking for an alternative oil pipeline to another neighboring country.


A high level delegation from the Republic of Kenya, led by the Prime Minister, Raila Odinga arrived Juba on Tuesday to negotiate the MoU with their South Sudanese counterparts which resulted to the signing ceremony at J-One Palace.


The Kenyan delegation also included its minister for Foreign Affairs, Moses Wetangula; minister for Public Service, Dalmas Otieno; and minister for Energy, Kiraitu Murungi, among others.


South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, witnessed the signing ceremony. The minister for Foreign Affairs, Nhial Deng and several other ministers and ambassadors were also present at the occasion.


The minister for Petroleum and Mining in South Sudan, Stephen Dhieu Dau and Kenya’s minister for Energy, Kiraitu Murungi, signed the MoU on behalf of their respective governments.


The MoU also provided for installation of fibre optic connections between the two neighboring countries.


In a press statement after the signing ceremony, the two ministers explained that the MoU laid a foundation for economic cooperation between the Republic of South Sudan and the Republic of Kenya.


“The purpose of this MoU is to develop and expand a framework of cooperation and partnership between the Government of the Republic of South Sudan and the Government of the Republic of Kenya on the principles of equality, mutual benefit, mutual understanding, respect and trust,” partly reads the MoU’s text.


The two ministries will work out the details of the agreement on the pipeline and fibre optic and begin the implementation of the two projects.


The MoU pointed out that the two countries will negotiate and agree on transit fees for the oil pipeline which will be based on international practice.


Currently countries, particularly in the region pay less than a dollar per barrel as transit fees.

 

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


Dr Marial receives report on restructuring the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting

JUBA, 25 January 2012 (NASS) – The minister for Information and Broadcasting, Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin today morning received a report from the committee tasked to propose reform in the ministry.


Briefing the minister, the head of the committee, Mr Mustafa Biong Majak, who is also the Director General of Information, said the report tackled the issues of regional balance as well gender. He also said the report touched on the case of South Sudanese officials who returned from Khartoum and the Diaspora.


Responding to the presentation, Dr Marial said that the report has come at the right time when South Sudan is embarking on a restructuring program for the government after attaining independence. He assured that the ministry will implement the recommendations.

 


Dr Marial (left) receiving Mr Majak (right).
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


On a related development, the deputy minister for Information and Broadcasting, Hon Atem Yaak Atem announced that after an emergency meeting with the Directorate of Radio and Television the ministry has taken note of the performance of directorate. He reported that solutions are underway to deliver educative, entertaining and informative programs.


Hon Atem said the reason why the performance of the SSTV is not convincing is because it inherited a lot from the Khartoum government which back then did not have the intention of good mass communication and education for the South Sudanese public.


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


“Desist from violence”, women group urges Jonglei youth

JUBA, 25 January 2012 – A group of South Sudanese women from the constitutional review taskforce, individual activists and advocates has called on the youth from Jonglei state to desist from acts of violence and rather embrace peaceful coexistence.


Speaking at a press briefing in Juba today, Aguil Dechut Deng, the chairperson of South Sudan women constitutional review taskforce said with South Sudan’s history of 21 years of war and destruction that claimed 2.5 million lives and displaced more than 5 million people, there is no need for more lives to be lost particularly after attaining independence.


“We as the women of South Sudan condemn the cycle of violence in Jonglei in the strongest terms possible and we call upon the youth of Jonglei to restrain from this act of violence”, she said.

 


Ms Dechut.
[Photo: Matata Safi]
 


The group also called upon all members of parliament from Jonglei to call for a live discussion to be broadcast on TV and local radio stations that should call on all the communities in Jonglei to desist from attacking one another and call for calm in the state. She said the women of South Sudan would want to see an end to the conflict saying they will not fold their hands on their chests and watch youths that she said are the future of the country killing one another.


The group further called on the government to speed up the deployment of more troops that are necessary for the restoration of law and order in the state. Ms Dechut underscored the importance of the disarmament programme to be carried out in Jonglei. However, she said this should be carried out with the collective involvement of the traditional leaders, community leaders, women and youth groups, intellectuals and religious leaders to score success.


Reported Matata Safi


President assures constitutional review commission of unfettered independence

JUBA, 25 January 2012 – The forty five members of the National Constitutional Review Commission appointed recently by a Presidential Decree, under the chairmanship of Prof. Akolda Ma’an Tier took oath of office yesterday on Tuesday January 24th, 2012, before the President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, in a special swearing in ceremony conducted by the Chief Justice Chan Reec at the State House conference hall in Juba.


Addressing the occasion of the first convening and swearing in of the National Constitutional Review Commission at the State House, President of the Republic said the constitution is a document for all the people of South Sudan and every person regardless of ethnicity, gender, education, status or wealth, has the right to voice opinions on the text. President Kiir directed the commission to review the transitional constitution of the new state, travel around the country to provide information on the constitution and collect views on its revisions.


“I vow to give the commission absolute freedom in producing its draft. There will be no political interference on the content of the draft, which should reflect the considered views of the commission, obtained after its process of wide consultation”, President Kiir asserted.


He said the civil society has a special role to play in the drafting and deliberation of the constitution and urged the civil society to give proposals that fit in the context of the South Sudanese society. President Kiir called on the members of the civil society to support the constitution making process by providing a channel for the views of the people and by educating the public on constitutional issues and be continually engaged with the commission.


On his part the chairperson of the commission Prof. Akolda Ma’an Tier expressed, on behalf of the commission members, a sincere gratitude to the President for having confidence in the members of the commission to review the two hundred and three articles of the transitional constitution of RSS. As a technical body he said they will accomplish the task given to them in a very short period of time.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


President’s speech on oil crisis tabled in parliament

JUBA, 25 January 2012 – The speech the President delivered to the Sudan National Legislature on the current oil crisis was yesterday tabled in parliament for deliberation.


H.E the President had stated that the crisis has reached a stage that is unacceptable. He explained that on the 6th of December, 2011 his office was informed by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning that the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining had informed it that all shipments which are leaving through Port Sudan should pay 32.2 dollars per barrel before they leave the port.


He also said that his office was informed that four ships carrying 3.5 Barrels of Dar blend were detained by Khartoum. He further explained that Khartoum has also detained four ships from docking at Port Sudan. He said that they were purchased with 2.8 million dollars but they were unable to collect them. He also said that eight vessels remain under the control of the Government of Sudan with oil worth 630 million dollars. He also stated that they have also taken 185 million dollars from South Sudan oil. He said they are diverting 120,000 barrels per day for their refineries in Khartoum which is 75 percent. The President said that the diversion of South Sudan crude oil is vital to the security and welfare of the people of South Sudan.

 


The speaker of the SSNLA (center) chairing the sitting.
[Photo: Marchelo Leopoldo]


The decision to shut down oil operation in South Sudan was unanimously decided by the Council of Ministers on January 20, 2012 with immediate effect on crude oil belong to South Sudan. H.E the President instructed the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning to initiate contingency plans for revenue collection and allocation and accelerate the increase of non-oil revenues. He also said that safely, security and health of the citizens of South Sudan remain top priorities. He also said that they are working with the African Union and other allies to reach an agreement with the Sudan Government if it is for the benefit of people of South Sudan.


The parliament deliberated the statement and finally referred it four specialized committees to be headed by the chairperson of Energy, Mining, Commerce, and Industry Hon. Henry D. Odwar; Committee of Health and HIV/AIDS; Committee of Development, Economy and Finance; and the Committee of Land, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment to enrich the statement and incorporate the observations and recommendations before presenting it back to the August House for endorsement.


The sitting was attended by the 188 members from the SSNLA and 26 members from the South Sudan Council of States. It was briefed by the minister for Energy who said that the shut down ongoing and indicated that about 90% of pipelines are successfully shut down. He also reported that the ministry is considering alternative pipelines Kenya, Ethiopia, Congo and Central African Republic. The minister for Finance also said that life will go on. He explained that there is no alarm of inadequate funds adding that the Government will manage the little resources it has.


Reported by Clement Aturjong Kuot


South Sudan instructs oil companies to stop operations

JUBA, 21 January 2012(NASS) – The Republic of South Sudan has instructed all foreign companies operating in its oil fields to prepare a shut down plan for halting the operation of its oil.


The order was announced by the minister for Information and Broadcasting and the Official Spokesperson of the government of South Sudan, Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin to reporters yesterday in a press briefing at the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting headquarters.


He said the Republic of South Sudan’s crude oil is now not safe in the Republic of Sudan saying that it is being stolen and prevented from reaching the international market by the government in Khartoum.


“In the last few days Khartoum has stolen approximately over $ 350million worth of oil from South Sudan using force while preventing over $ 400 million from being purchased and this is through restricting vessels from entering or leaving the port by using their security”, Dr Marial explained.

 


Hon Marial (right) and Hon Dhieu (left) addressing the media yesterday.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


He explained that the decision comes after series of violations from Khartoum. These include:

 

  1. On the 24th Dec. 2011, government of Sudan (GOS) prevented loading of 600,000 bbls of South Sudan-Nile blend;
  2. On the 30th, Dec. 2011, GOS detained 1000,000 bbls Dar blend sold to Vitol;
  3. On the 31st, Dec. 2011, GOS prevented ships from loading 600,000 bbls of RSS Nile blend;
  4. On the 3rd, Jan. 2012, GOS detained vessels loaded with 600,000 bbls of Dar blend of RSS which belongs to Petronile;
  5. On the 8th, Jan. 2012, GOS detained Sinopec vessels loaded with 900,000bbls Dar blend of RSS;
  6. On the 13th, Jan. 2012, GOS lifted 605,784 bbls Dar blend crude oil of RSS;
  7. On the 16th, Jan. 2012, GOS lifted by force 618712 bbls Dar blend crude oil of RSS;
  8. Also on the same date, GOS instructed PDOC to transfer 120,000 bbls of Dar blend crude oil of RSS to be delivered to Khartoum refinery directly from the illegal pipeline tie into KRC which was partly constructed and operated by GOS;
  9. On the 19th, Jan. 2012, GOS lifted by force 600,000 bbls of RSS’ Nile blend crude oil.


“Indeed, the option of shutting down the oil companies is not the best but the Republic of South Sudan is a sovereign nation and must protect its resources”, said the minister for Petroleum and Mining Hon Stephen Dhieu Dau.


He stated that the oil operations will remain shut until a fair deal is reached with Khartoum or else it will remain so till South Sudan develops its own oil infrastructure that will ensure the people reap the true benefits of their oil.


He also promised to return the oil stolen by Khartoum right from the 24th Dec. 2011 till the last day of the theft. He stressed that he will never give up until the stolen oil is brought back to its rightful owners, the people of the Republic of South Sudan.


He further warned the oil companies involved in buying the stolen that the government of South Sudan has already taken legal procedures to trace them and will take drastic legal action against them.


“I know challenges are there after shutting the oil fields but the government through the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning has taken measures to address them; we will soon be building our own pipeline to transport oil through the Republic of Kenya”, he said.


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


South Sudan shuts down oil production

JUBA, 20 January 2012 – The national council of ministers in its regular meeting held today under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit directed the minister for Petroleum and Mining to shut down oil production in the Republic of South Sudan.


This directive was in response to the continuous stealing of South Sudan’s oil by the Khartoum government as well as the blockage of South Sudan’s oil from going to the international markets. Reports indicate that Sudan has stolen Republic of South Sudan’s oil worth 350 million US dollars.


According to the minister for Information and Broadcasting Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin who is also the official government spokesperson, the cabinet directive followed a report tabled by the minister in the Office of the President Hon Emmanuel LoWilla and the minister for Petroleum and Mining Hon Stephen Dhieu who had been sent by the President to the neighbouring countries such as Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia to consult over the oil crisis between Juba and Khartoum.


Dr Marial announced that through the report the council made the following resolutions:

 

  1. The minister for Petroleum and Mining is directed to take appropriate steps to shut down oil production and avoid any environmental impacts in the area;
  2. The Ministry of Petroleum and Mining is directed to proceed immediately with the construction of an alternative pipeline and refineries so that the Republic of South Sudan can mitigate these problems initiated by the Khartoum government;
  3. The African Union High Implementation Panel (AUHIP) will continue to be the forum for dialogue on all the outstanding issues between Juba and Khartoum;
  4. The minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation is directed to brief all the friends of the Republic of South Sudan about the situation.


Dr Marial also reported that the council passed a report presented by the Vice President Hon Dr Riek Machar Teny about a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) he recently signed on behalf of the Republic of South Sudan with Abu Dhabi Investment Company.

 


The council meeting in Juba today.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Dr Marial also announced that the council deliberated on a memo from the minister for Finance and Economic Planning Hon Kosti Manibe on the adoption of the recommendations of the inter-governmental fiscal relations taskforce especially on the issues of taxes. He said that the council specifically approved that:

 

  1. Customs are under the national government;
  2. Business profit tax is under the national government;
  3. Personal income tax is under the national and the state governments;
  4. General sales tax is under the national and the state governments;
  5. Excise duty is under the national and the state governments;
  6. Stamp duty is under the state government;
  7. Real property tax is under the state government;
  8. Land registration tax is under the state government;
  9. Motor vehicle tax is under the state government;
  10. National resources taxes are under the national and the state governments; and
  11. User charges are under the national and the state governments.


Dr Marial also said that Khartoum backed the militias which kidnapped two priests from South Sudan in Rabak town. He identified the priests as Fr. Jospeh Malau and Fr. Silvester Moga. He said those militia groups have sentenced the two priests to death if a ransom of 500,000 is not paid to them. He added that the issue is being handled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and that the deputy minister for the ministry has travelled to Khartoum to discuss the issue with the government there.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


“Redouble efforts to stop the cycle of violence in Jonglei”, Ms Hilde Johnson

JUBA, 20 January 2012 – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan’s (UNMISS) Special Representative of the Secretary General Ms Hilde Johnson has called on all the concerned parties to the ongoing security crisis in Jonglei state to redouble their efforts to put an immediate end to the cycle of violence which she said is putting thousands of lives at risk and threatening the stability of the whole area.


Ms Johnson while addressing the press at the UNMISS headquarters in Juba yesterday said UNMISS condemns the use of violence by communities and urged their political, traditional and youth leaders to do their utmost best to end the killings and confrontations in the area that has suffered far too many causalities.


She also said UNMISS was deeply concerned about the statements made by some individuals and groups that carry messages of hatred.


Ms Johnson said threats were made to wipe out an entire ethical group from the face of the earth. She said United Nations condemnsd these statements in the strongest terms. “We have been informed that repetitive hate language continues to be used, calling for ethnic violence and inciting communities to take aggressive action. This is a grave concern and we strongly condemn these hate messages”, said Ms Johnson.


She said any statement that could incite ethnic-based violence is totally in violation of both the international law and South Sudan’s domestic laws. She said this is totally unacceptable.


Ms Johnson called on the leaders of all communities at all levels in Jonglei state to stop inciting communities through use of violence. She also called on the government of South Sudan to bring the full force of the law to bear against those responsible for inciting violence.

 


Ms Johnson addressing the press yesterday.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


She stressed that in accordance withf the Security Council Resolution of 1996 and within the UNMISS capacity that underscores protection of civilians, UNMISS took decisive measures that show it commit around half of its combat-ready personnel to the heavily populated areas of Jonglei like Pibor and Likuonole. She explained that these forces were moved to places where civilians were under greatest threat. She said these actions combined with the government troops helped save many lives. She said they as UNMISS regret every single life lost in areas where they were able to reach. He observed that the recent attackers moved in small groups, sometimes attacking at night making containing the violence a challenge logistically.


She said since the attacks, there have been several numbers of causalities circulated. She said preliminary findings have confirmed evidence of a number of civilians killed or injured. She said this is unacceptable. She however said the findings so far do not provide the basis for the scale of causalities claimed by some media houses. She said that UNMISS highly commends the government’s decision to conduct an investigation into the events and the numbers of causalities of the violence in Jonglei. She called on the government to hold the perpetrators of these terrible attacks and counter-attacks to account.


Ms Johnson has commended the government of the Republic of South Sudan for the progress made as the country prepares to celebrate its first year of independence. She said the government and the people of South Sudan will have to take decisions that will not only impact on their lives but those of the future generations of the country. She said South Sudan is moving progressively and with determination towards consolidating its independence on the national and international scene. She said this is exemplified by the new country’s joining of the AU, UN, IGAD, Great Lakes Conference, COMESA, Nile Basin Initiative and the G7+.


She further stressed the importance of the South Sudan’s relation to its northern neighbour of Sudan saying it is critical to the stability of not only the two countries but of the region at large. She called on the parties to the outstanding issues relating to border demarcation, oil, and citizenship among others, to resolve them with lasting solutions.


Reported by Matata Safi


Khartoum scuttles the Addis Ababa talks

JUBA, 19 January 2012 (NASS) – The Addis Ababa talks hosted by African Union High Implementation Panel (AUHIP) have failed because Khartoum government spoiled the environment for discussions, the minister for Information and Broadcasting, Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin revealed in an exclusive interview yesterday.


Dr Marial said up to the very day of the talks on 17 January 2012, Khartoum was forcing the oil companies to load South Sudan’s oil into its vessels without the permission of the government of South Sudan.


“How can we be discussing with Khartoum on the issues of oil especially the transit fees while they are now confiscating our oil by force”, wondered Dr Marial.


Earlier this month, the minister for Petroleum and Mining, Hon Stephen Dhieu Dau said the government of Khartoum stole South Sudan oil and blocked ships loaded with the young nation’s oil from reaching the international market despite the offer of assistance worth billions of dollars from government of South Sudan.


“We even left to them some of our money from oil going from Abyei but the government in Khartoum still doesn’t have the feelings of humanity despite their membership in United Nations Human Rights”, said Dr Marial.


Khartoum recently admitted that they confiscated South Sudan’s oil but justified it by saying that they are taking it because of the unpaid transit fees. Dr Marial condemned the statement saying it is a lie Khartoum is trying to fabricate to win public opinion.


He explained that the government of South Sudan has been paying the fees and that it is only that the two parties did not agree on the transit fees. Khartoum in the past, and up to now, insists to obtain from South Sudan 36 dollars per barrel as transit fees but the government in Juba has not accepted the charges. He said the fees demanded by Khartoum are exorbitant and beyond the international standards.


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


Zimbabwean appointed Deputy Special Representative for UNMISS

JUBA, 19 January 2012 – The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon today announced the appointment of Mr. Raisedon Zenenga, a Zimbabwean, as the Deputy Special Representative (political) in the United Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

 


Ms Johnson (right) introduces Mr Zenenga (left).
[Photo: Matata Safi]


This was revealed to the media today by Ms Hilde Johnson at the UNMISS headquarters in Juba. Ms Johnson said Mr. Zenenga has experience of over 28 years in the United Nations, government and diplomatic positions and will be in charge of the political pillar of the mission. She also said his experience in managing peacekeeping operations in conflict and post-conflict areas constitutes a timely reinforcement and a significant asset to the mission’s leadership capacity.


Click here to see the press release for more details.


Reported by Matata Safi


UK reiterates its commitment to support South Sudan

JUBA, 19 January 2012 (NASS) – The government of the United Kingdom is committed to support the declared humanitarian disaster area of South Sudan, the ambassador of the United Kingdom to South Sudan, Dr Alastair Mcphail said yesterday after meeting the minister for Information and Broadcasting Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin.


Dr Mcphail disclosed that Her Majesty’s government will continue to take a keen interest in what is happening in Jonglei and find a solution to it. He explained that they were in Jonglei last November and will be leaving soon to get facts on the ground so that whatever interventions they make can be of support to the affected communities there.

 


Dr Marial meeting Dr Mcphail.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


During the meeting, Dr Marial appealed to both UK and the regional government of Ethiopia to help assist the government of South Sudan to monitor those from Jonglei who are arming themselves in Ethiopia.


He also informed the UK ambassador that the government of Sudan in Khartoum is still confiscating the oil of South Sudan by force.

 


Mr Parvin and delegation meets Dr Marial.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


In a separate development, the general distributor of Mercedes Benz, Chrysler and Jeep in Zimbabwe, Chris Parvin is seeking to help South Sudan to become a better nation.


Chris Parvin whom Dr Marial described as a strong supporter of the SPLM/A during the struggle, said after the meeting the minister that his company has some projects and ideas to help South Sudan progress.


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


SSNLA delegation to ACP-EU parliamentary session presents report

JUBA, 19 January 2012 – South Sudan National Legislative Assembly (SSNLA), yesterday in its sitting 46/2012 held at main hall received the report of its delegation to the session of the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of nations (ACP) which was presented by Hon. Atem Garang D Dekuek.


The SSNLA delegation attended the 26th Session of the African Caribbean and Pacific group of nations. The session was joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) between the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of nations and European Union (ACP- EU) which took place from 17th to 23rd November, 2011 supported by AWEPA South Sudan. The aim of the visit was to familiarize and find out the processes and procedures on how to acquire the membership and signing the Cotonou Agreement. The European Development Fund (EDF) is the key player whcih provided assistance to ACP.


The Cotonou agreement comprises:

 

  1. Development of Cooperation;
  2. Economic and Trade cooperation; and
  3. The Political dimension.


The objectives of the Cotonou agreement are to promote and expedite the economic, cultural and social development of the ACP members; equality of the partnership and ownership of the development; pivotal role of dialogue and the fulfillment, differentiation and regionalization; cooperation arrangements and priorities.


Hon. Atem explained the role of JPA is to promote democratic process through dialogue and consultation, facilitate greater understanding between the people of the European Union EU and ACP member states and raise awareness of development issues; discuss issues pertaining to development and EU and ACP partnership and adopt resolutions, and making recommendations.


After long deliberations and discussions, the report was passed and adopted. The sitting was chaired by the Acting Speaker Hon. Kom Kom Geng and was attended by 162 members.


The delegation comprised of:

 

  1. Hon. Atem Garang D Dekuek - head of delegation
  2. Hon. Stephen Ajango Akol - member
  3. Hon. Anne Lino Abyei - member
  4. Hon. Caesar Bayeh Loyalala - member
  5. Mr. Emidio Marcello Dere - supporting staff
  6. Mr. Andrew Vuga Jackson - supporting staff


Reported by Clement Aturjong Kuot


President Kiir receives report on human rights abuse at Rajaf Police Training Center

JUBA, 18 January 2012 – The President of the Republic H.E General Salva Kiir Mayardit today received a full report on the alleged human rights abuse which took place at the Dr. John Garang Unified Police Training Center in Rajaf West, Central Equastoria state.

 


H.E Kiir receives report on Rajaf human rights abuse.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


The report was presented to the President today by the investigation committee on human rights abuse at the Rajaf Police Training Center, headed by Justice Stephen Simon Beningwa.


Shortly after the meeting, the Chairman of the Committee Justice Stephen Simon Beningwa said in a press statement that the committee was formed last year by the Presidential Decree Number 14/2011 to investigate the alleged human rights abuse at the Dr. John Garang Unified Police Training Center.

 


The committee presents the report to the President.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


He explained that after swearing in before the President, the committee visited the center and took statements from seven victims, thirteen witnesses, three doctors of the clinic in the center, and some representatives of the UN agencies working at the center.


Justice Beningwa asserted that the investigation committee completed its task last December and submitted its final report which contains findings and recommendations to the President of the Report H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, and the report.

 


Justice Stephen Simon giving a statement to the press.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


Ministry of Health delegation concludes visit to Jonglei

JUBA, 18 January 2012 – A delegation from the national Ministry of Health yesterday concluded a one-day visit to Jonglei State to assess the health situation in the state following the recent cattle rustling clashes between the Murle and the Lou-Nuer tribes.


Reports on the ground indicate that malaria infections and anaemia are high, among other infections, of which women and children are the most affected.


The minister for Health in the government of the Republic of South Sudan Hon. Dr. Michael Milly Hussein has promised to rescue the situation and also called on the County Commissioner of Pibor Joshua Kony to demarcate the area for Nyachigak Nyachiluk Memorial Hospital whose foundation stone was laid by H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit the President of the Republic of South Sudan in 2010.


Dr. Hussein called on the two communities of Murle and Lou-Nuer to desist from hostility and exercise peace among them. He added that development cannot take place in the absence of peace. He reiterated the commitment of the government of the Republic of South Sudan in finding a lasting solution to the tribal conflict in Jonglei and maintaining peace in the rest of the country.


Meanwhile Mr. Kony applauded World Food Programme (WFP) for the food supplies it has been giving to the displaced people of Pibor and called on the other humanitarians organizations to extend similar assistance.


The delegation visited among others, the proposed site for Nyachigak Nyachiluk Memorial Hospital and the Pibor healthcare unit. The delegation was headed by Dr. Hussein and comprised of officials from the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and the ministry.


Reported by Francis Oliver and Matata Safi


Foreign affairs press release on Darfur rebels

JUBA, 18 January 2012 – Please, click here to download the press release by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on allegations made by Sudan that South Sudan promised to expel Darfur rebel group (JEM) from its territory.


Roads minister pledges quality network throughout the country

JUBA, 18 January 2012 – Roads and Bridges minister, Hon Gier Chuang Aluong has promised the people of South Sudan to have a full and high quality road network throughout the country within ten years.


Hon Aluong made this promise yesterday when he addressed journalists at the weekly media forum hosted by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The minister said that it is evident that South Sudan’s infrastructure was devastated by the many years of liberation struggle and will need a lot of resources and work to develop. However, he asserted that the government is prepared to build high quality and sustainable roads across the country.


Hon Aluong underscored the importance of a good road network by comparing it to the body veins through which supply blood to all the body. He emphasized that the government will develop a similar network reaching every state, county and payam. Though he emphasized that no part of the country will be ignored, he pointed out that the projects will be implemented in a phased manner.

 


Hon Aluong stressing a point using the South Sudan map.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


The minister underscored the importance of roads. “Roads facilitate unity, security, education, health and agriculture”, he stressed. He said the security problems that have been witnessed recently in Jonglei, Upper Nile, and Unity sate can be attributed to several factors but he emphasized that the absence of roads network is a factor above others. He assured that his ministry will be constructing security roads in Jonglei and other states to help the security forces to respond quickly enough in times of emergency.


He also said the country is also engaged in linking the new country to East Africa, the Horn of Africa and beyond by building roads to facilitate trade. He said currently it is through Kenya and Uganda that most of the services in terms of commodities gets to South Sudan. He explained that if the road from South Sudan to Kenya through Lokichoggio is built it would cut about 400kms of the route goods and services to South Sudan take through Kenya-Uganda-South Sudan road. He added that this would as well reduce the cost of transportation that reflects on the prices charged in South Sudan markets.


Hon Aluong however said road construction is a huge investment with a lot of challenges. He said the people of South Sudan need to be informed of what the government is doing and the challenges it is facing. “Our people have high expectations; in fact our people wanted roads yesterday not even tomorrow”, he said.


Hon Aluong was hosted by the minister for Information and Broadcasting who is also the official government spokesperson, Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin.


Reported by Matata Safi


IFB – Seed processing and cleaning plants

JUBA, 17 January 2012 – The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry invites sealed bids from eligible and qualified bidders for the supply, delivery, installation and commissioning of two seed processing plants/units and three mobile seed cleaning units. Please, visit the “Tenders” page for further details on this and other IFBs.


“We’re confident of bringing peace to Jonglei”, Dr Marial

JUBA, 16 January 2012 (NASS) – The government of the Republic of South Sudan is very confident of bringing peace between communities in Jonglei State, the minister for Information and Broadcasting, Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin said today during an exclusive interview with Global Post, Bloomberg news.


He stated that the problem between Lou-Nuer and Murle communities in Jonglei State can be managed adequately because it is on cattle rustling and cannot be compared to what happened in Rwanda some years back.


He also accused Khartoum of engineering the conflict that has resulted in killing of innocent people in both communities of Jonglei State.


“The guns in the hands of Lou-Nuer and Murle which is up to now causing problems in Jonglei state were supplied by Khartoum to Lou-Nuer through the late Athor in order to destabilize situations in South Sudan”, he said. He also revealed that government has already taken steps to peace in the region.


“Among the most important things the government is doing to stabilize the situation include deployment of police forces, formation of investigative committee to trace the root cause of the problem, disarmament of the communities, engagement of both Murle and Lou Nuer youth in conferences, creation of buffer zones for police to monitor the violent movements of the communities and providing local chiefs with police to help them solve disputes”, Dr Marial said.


He further explained that the government is fully engaged in service delivery and is building roads so that mobility of government forces in the territory is easier. He added that once the resources in Jonglei are developed it can be part of solution to the problems noting that Jonglei is rich in oil, wildlife, agricultural land and hydro power of 5000 MW.


Dr. Marial as well said the problem will effectively be solved if oil companies came in to invest in Jonglei state. He disclosed that the government is planning to build oil refineries in the three states of Upper Nile, Unity and Central Equatoria to facilitate refinery processes while waiting for Toyota and Shell Oil Company to construct pipeline to make the transportations of oil companies to the international markets possible.


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


Khartoum has no legal basis for oil transportation fee - SPLM SG

JUBA, 16 January 2012 – The Secretary General of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) Hon. Pagan Amum has announced that after the historic signing of contracts between the Government of the Republic of South Sudan and the foreign companies operating on the oil fields in the Republic of South Sudan on Friday last week, the government of Sudan has no more legal, economic or commercial basis to charge the Republic of South Sudan for transportation and processing fee except for transit fee.


The government of the Republic of South Sudan on Friday signed a number of contracts with the various companies that are engaged on the exploration of oil in the production of blocks of 1, 2 and 4; block 5, 8; and block 3, 7. Among the documents signed included Transition Agreement; Agreement on training between China National Petroleum Corporation and South Sudan’s national Ministry of Petroleum and Mining; Memorandum of Understanding between the government of the Republic of South Sudan and the government of the People’s Republic of China concerning a medical team to work in South Sudan; and Memorandum of Understanding for economic and financial cooperation among others.


Hon. Amum while addressing the press yesterday at the SPLM Secretariat headquarters said the contracts meant that the control of government of Sudan on the oil industry in South Sudan has legally come to an end.


He said the companies now have legal obligations and responsibilities to the government of South Sudan that is representing the interest of the people of South Sudan. He added that the government of the Republic of South Sudan is the sole authority that grants permission to oil companies to operate in South Sudan.

 


Hon Amum addressing the press yesterday.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


“Now we have a bigger ground to tell Khartoum and the mediators that our oil is separate and we have nothing between the two of us on oil”, said Hon. Amum. He also said that an investigation on the alleged stealing of South Sudan oil is already in place by the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining, adding that the outcome of the investigation would be one of the issued of discussion in the next round of talks in Addis Ababa.


Hon. Amum while reacting to Khartoum’s recent allegations that the landlocked Republic of South Sudan that depends on its oil infrastructures was not paying its dues leading to Khartoum detaining loaded ships with South Sudan oil from leaving, and also blocking ships from loading. He said the oil companies have cleared South Sudan from the allegations levelled by Khartoum against the country. He said the companies have made it clear that South Sudan has been paying processing fee, transportation fee and that the government of Sudan has no rights to charge the government of South Sudan for processing and transportation fee. He further explained that all these charges are clearly stipulated on the contracts of crude oil transportation agreement and processing agreements respectively.


Hon. Amum echoed the significance of the contracts signed saying they are part of the greatest strategy of the government of the Republic of South Sudan that is aimed at developing natural resources in the country within a framework of transparency and to ensure that the development of the natural resources are aimed at maximising the benefits to the citizens of the Republic of South Sudan.


Reported by Matata Safi


RSS’s 100 note has been nominated for IBNS award

JUBA, 16 January 2012 - The Republic of South Sudan which attained independence from the Republic of Sudan in July last year consequently unveiling its own currency, may yet register another international recognition after its SSP 100 banknote was nominated for the prestigious award of International Bank Note Society (IBNS).


On the official website of the organisation www.theibns.org, the IBNS looks at banknotes quality in terms of design features that take advantage of the modern security features, good use of colour, contrast and general balance, artistic merit. And also considering a banknote that has been issued to the public for the first time in the year of nomination has seen South Sudan’s 100 Pound note competing along side Costa Rica’s 1000 Colones note, Peru’s 200 Sole note, Bhutan’s Ngutrum, Seychelles’ 500 Rupee note’ Kazahstan’s 10,000 Tenge note, Canada’s 100 Dollar note and the Bank of England’s 50 Pound note.


Nominations for the 2011 award closed on the 31th January this year and the announcement of the winning bank note after evaluation of each of the nominated notes by the IBNS members is due in April this year.


Available information on the IBNS website indicates that 2010’s award was taken by Uganda’s 50,000 shillings note, Bermuda’s 2 Dollar note for 2009 and Samoa’s 20 Tala note, among others.


The International Bank Note Society (IBNS) whicht started as a small group of enthusiastic banknote collectors that recognized the need to separate collecting banknotes from other numismatic interests and to forge an understanding of a largely unrecognized or overlooked collectables has grown over the years to a more than 2000 collectors, researchers in various countries over the globe.


Read more on this article by logging onto the website www.theibns.org.


Reported by Matata Safi


A high level Chinese delegation visits RSS

JUBA, 13 January 2012 – A high level Chinese delegation comprising of top officials from the Communist Party of China (CPC), Chinese government and Chinese businessmen led by H.E Li Yuanchoa, a senior member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China arrived in Juba today in the morning.


The visit that is aimed at boosting bilateral ties between the two countries is expected to see H.E Li holding meetings with the President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit and later lead the delegation for bilateral discussions with a team of senior officials of the SPLM and national government headed by the Secretary General of the SPLM Cde. Pagan Amum.

 


H.E Li being received at the Juba International Airport by top SPLM and government officers.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


In a press release issued by the SPLM, a number of documents on strengthening bilateral ties and cooperation will be signed. Among these are Transition Agreement; Agreement on training between China National Petroleum Corporation and South Sudan’s national Ministry of Petroleum and Mining; Memorandum of Understanding between the government of the Republic of South Sudan and the government of the People’s Republic of China concerning a medical team to work in South Sudan; Memorandum of Understanding for economic and financial cooperation between the government of the Republic of South Sudan represented by the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning and the Export-Bank of China; Handover of Certificate of the Borehole Drilling Project aided by the Chinese government to South Sudan; and exchange of letters between the Chinese vice minister for Commerce Mr. Chen Jian and his counterpart, the deputy minister for International Cooperation.


H.E Li who from the airport headed to Dr. John Garang Mausoleum to pay tribute was expected later in the day to also visit a Chinese government donated school called Friendship Secondary School in Juba located on Gudele Road after HASS Petrol Station.

 


H.E Li lays a wreath on the grave of Dr. Garang.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


China is among the first countries in the world to recognize South Sudan’s independence. Several Chinese firms are already investing in the Republic of South Sudan especially in the oil industry and construction sector. H.E Li is one of the most senior Chinese officials to visit South Sudan since the region gained its independence on 9th July 2011.


Reported by Matata Safi


Deputy health minister impressed by progress in Warrap and WEBG

JUBA, 13 January 2012 – The national deputy minister for Health Dr Yatta Lori Lugor has commended the efforts of the healthcare providers and professionals in Warrap state to uplift the health standards in the state.


The deputy minister made this commendation during a visit to the Warrap State Hospital in Kuajok early this week where he held meetings with the state’s senior ministry staff, hospital authorities and general staff in the hospital premises.


He said that in his judgment, the facility has attained high standards and should be a full hospital. However, he acknowledged that it still faces several challenges such as lack of sufficient and qualified staff as well as drugs. He expressed confidence that these challenges will be addressed in due course to enable the hospital to function optimally and benefit the people.

 


The hospital under construction in Kuajok.


Dr Lugor also thanked the communities in Warrap for donating the land for the construction of a referral hospital in the state. He said this spirit has demonstrated that the people of Warrap support the efforts of the government to improve the health of the people of the state and the country at large. He urged all other communities to emulate this progressive gesture. He announced that the health facility will have 200 beds on the completion of the first phase and said that it will be expanded gradually.


The deputy minister was accompanied by the acting state minister for Health, Hon Deng Maring Deng and the DG of the state Ministry of Health Dr Aguek Deng Aler who led him in inspecting the hospital wards and facilities such as the theatre and laboratories, among others. On his part, Dr Aler appealed for more support to the hospital to enable it to bridge the gaps so as to provide quality services to the people.


Earlier in the week, Dr Lugor visited and inspected the Wau Teaching Hospital in Western Bahr el Ghazal state. He was hosted by the state minister for Health Hon Dr Isaac Cleto Hussein and the hospital’s DG Dr James Okello Morgan. He commended the staff for doing their best in spite of the challenges and encouraged them to keep up the good work.

 


Dr Lugor at the Wau Teaching Hospital.


Dr Lugor also urged the state authorities to step up environmental management efforts and establish waste management systems in an effort to prevent infectious diseases such as cholera and meningitis. He also emphasized that time has now come for all the people to engage in national development and urged the people to stop harmful practices such as cattle rustling. He cited the case of Jonglei state where many families have been affected by conflicts and urged the people to advocate and keep peace.


Reported by Lindri Godfrey Alex


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


Public accounts report presented to the SSNLA

JUBA, 12 January 2012 – The South Sudan Legislative Assembly in its Sitting No. 45/2012 held at the SSNLA Main Hall yesterday Wednesday 11th January 2012 received a presentation of the Public Accounts Committee Report on the Audit Reports of the Fiscal Years 2005/2006 by Hon. Kom Kom Geng, the chairperson of the committee.


The report is the result of two reports of financial reports of 2005/2006 in accordance with regulation 133 (7) of the adopted Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly Conduct of Business Regulations, 2011. The two reports on public expenditure and revenue collection by the former Government of South Sudan (GOSS) cover oil revenue, non oil revenue, pay roll expenditure, operation expenditure, capital expenditure, and bank and cash accounts. The reports cover operations of the three arms of the Government of Southern Sudan which are the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary.


The report blamed the Government of National Unity (GoNU) for lack of information on oil revenue. The report indicated that US $ 80,600,000 and 78,800,000 were accounted for by GoNU. Non oil revenues were remittances to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MoFEP).


Reported by Clement Aturjong Kuot


Ministry of Information reviews policy for 2012

JUBA, 12 January 2012 (NASS) – The national Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of the Republic of South Sudan has reviewed its policy for better performance in the year 2012.


In its first meeting of the year 2012 held yesterday at the headquarters, the ministry promises to change the previous policies guiding its units.


The meeting resolved to change recruiting policies of the various units of the ministry, more especially on television that requires high level of professionalism. It further decided to enhance the training system and extend to the states so that reporting from there is more effective.


In his comments during the meeting, the Director of South Sudan Television, Mr. Francis Duku said the work of television will never be effective if the budget for TV is not increased because most things particularly programs need huge sums of money.

 


Hon Marial (centre) chairs the meeting.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


But, the minister for Information and Broadcasting Hon. Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin disclosed that Japan assistance on the media is on the way.


“At some point in my trip to Japan for the peace building and reconstruction symposium, the Director of Television in the Republic of Japan had promised to equip South Sudan television studios and the news agency of South Sudan”, said Hon. Marial.


He pointed out that the government of Japan has already carried out assessment on the situation of the SSTV and Radio and said that what remains is only the support which is highly expected.


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


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

1.

Committee of Security and Public order

Hon. Aleyu Ayien Aleyu

Hon. Timothy Tot Choul

2.

Committee of Development, Economy and Finance

Hon. Prof. Paul Logale Jumy 

Hon. Kutin BayakGil

3.

Committee of Public Service, labour and Human Resources Development

Hon. James Mat Ruon

Hon. Akuot Deng Kawac

4.

Committee Legislation, Justice and legal Affairs

Hon. Dengtial  Ayuen Koru

Hon. Permena Awerial  aluong

5.

Committee of Member

Hon. Mark Nyipouch  Obang

Hon. Anthony Kudus Justin

6.

Committee of information, Telecommunication and culture

Hon. Joy kwaje eluzai

Mary Atong  Bona 

7.

Committee of Public Account

Hon.Kam Kam Geng

 

Hon. Jamal Lomologin  Peter

8.

Committee of Human Rights and Humanitarian Affaires

Hon. Angelina  Nyamouaka  Moguon

Hon. Gabriel Guot Guot

9.

Committee of Regional and international Cooperation

Hon. James Lual Deng

Hon. Jennet Aya Alex

10.

Committee of Energy, Mining, Commerce and Industry

Hon. Henry D. Odwar

Hon. James Kueth Chuol

11.

Committee of Land, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment

Hon. Stephen Ajongo Akol

Hon. Lang Tap Lam

12.

Committee of Gender, Religious, social Welfare and Sports

Hon. Batariya Monyror Maker

Hon. Nadia Mahjoub  Babirkir

13.

Committee of Heath and HIV/AIDS

Hon. Elizabeth Nyawal Chuol

Hon. Awiel Mawien Atem

14.

Committee of Education, Research, Science and Technology

Hon. Samson Ezekiel Ndukpo

Hon. Caguor Aduong Manyang

15.

Committee of Services and Physical Infrastructure.

Hon. Daniel Deng Monydit

Hon. James Gatkor Wodial

16.

Committee of Pace and Reconciliation

Hon. David Okweir Akway

Hon. Veronica Louis Renzi

17.

Committee of Development Committee (CFC)

Hon. Beatrice Aber Samson

Hon. Deng Goc Ayuel

18.

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.
[FILE]


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.
[FILE]


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 goss.org 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 goss.org 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)